This Week's Laguna Beach City Council Actions:
Appeal of Rivian Theatre Project at Laguna Cinemas Dismissed
City Council Approves Streamlined Process for Property Owners Seeking More Fire Prevention Through Fuel Modification
City Council Receives Second Budget Update for FY 2020-2021
City Council Proclamation Honors the Late Barbara Diamond
Anyone wishing to donate towards the Permanent Press Chair honoring Barbara Diamond can send a check to:
The next meeting of the Laguna Beach City Council is Tuesday, March 9.
The City Council has asked its recruiting firm to hold three upcoming opportunities for public input regarding the next Laguna Beach City Manager.
Three Listening Sessions will be held via Zoom on:
- Saturday, March 6: 10- 11 a.m.
- Thursday, March 11: 6-7 p.m.
- Tuesday, March 16: 6-7 p.m.
Detailed Zoom information will be provided next week.
Listen to Today's Podcast Update With Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen
In today's podcast update, Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen discusses several of the items covered in Tuesday night’s marathon City Council meeting, including local assistance the City might receive in a proposal from the House Oversight Committee.
Major Coast Highway Traffic Delays Expected During Upcoming Caltrans Project
On Tuesday, February 23, the Laguna Beach City Council received an update by Caltrans on the current schedule for Caltrans' upcoming Culvert Replacement project on Coast Highway at Main Beach between Broadway and Ocean Avenue.
The Caltrans Culvert Replacement project will bring significant traffic delays to the area of Coast Highway at Main Beach. It is tentatively scheduled to begin the first week in April and last until Memorial Day.
Seven points of traffic control are planned within the Downtown area to help mitigate traffic concerns associated with the project.
For questions, please contact Caltrans at (657) 328-6000 or email Darcy Birden at firstname.lastname@example.org
Small Businesses Can Prepare Now to Apply for Upcoming Round 3 of California Grant Relief Program
This week California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a $7.6 billion coronavirus relief package that will set aside $2.1 billion in grants for struggling small businesses.
The package builds on the initiatives in the Governor’s January state budget proposal to increase aid to small businesses and provide license renewal fee waivers to businesses impacted by the pandemic.
The immediate relief for small businesses provides grants up to $25,000 for small businesses impacted by the pandemic, and allocates $50 million of this total for non-profit cultural institutions.
We anticipate that an announcement for how to apply for “Round 3” of this program will be made in the next few weeks.
The City of Laguna Beach can provide assistance with Small Business applications for grant relief funding through the Laguna Beach Business Assistance Program.
State Expands COVID-19 Vaccine Eligibility to Additional Groups
This week, the State opened COVID-19 Vaccine eligibility to Phase 1B (Tier 1), which includes: Education, Food Service, Grocery and Agriculture Workers, Child Care Providers and Emergency Services.
Eligible? CLICK HERE to pre-register through Othena to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine when it's your turn!
City Announces New Laguna Beach City Arborist!
The City of Laguna Beach is pleased to announce Matthew Barker has joined the Laguna Beach Public Works Department as the new City Arborist!
Matthew comes to us from the state of Virginia where he worked as an Arborist for the City of Alexandria for the past five years. He also has experience working as an Arborist at the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C..
Matthew holds his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Massachusetts in Biology with a concentration in Tree Community Ecology.