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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2020

Laguna Beach Fall Festival Happening Now at the Promenade on Forest!

The Laguna Beach Public Works Department has decorated the Promenade on Forest for our first ever Fall Festival at the Promenade, which was created an alternative to traditional City events due to COVID-19.

"The design of the Fall Festival is inspired by an old-fashioned hoedown," said Adam Gufarotti, Senior Public Works Analyst for the City of Laguna Beach. "We’re using hay bales, oak barrels, recycled wood, old shipping pallets and flowers for decor."

Pumpkin Carving Contest

As part of the Fall Festival, the City's first annual pumpkin carving contest is now open, and we look forward to seeing what this artistic City can come up with. Pumpkins may be carved, painted, airbrushed, or sculpted.

Entries are due on Monday, October 26, and you can enter by Clicking HERE. The top pumpkins will be put on display at the Promenade starting Friday, October 30!

Fall Festival 'Passport for Your Palate' Restaurant Promotion!

In partnership with the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, residents are encouraged to visit participating restaurants and business having special Fall Festival menus and merchandise through the new Passport for Your Palate promotion.

To participate, head over to the "Think Laguna First" website, download the “Passport for Your Palate” app, and pop into a participating Laguna Beach business for a chance to win prizes including a two-night stay at the Montage!

Upcoming Thanksgiving Kindness Wall & Holiday Window Decorating Contest

Our Thanksgiving Kindness Wall will be open on Friday, November 13, which is World Kindness Day. The Kindness Wall is a chance for people to write what they are thankful for and to spread kindness through our community!

Deadline for our first ever Holiday Window Decorating Contest is Monday, November 30. Business storefronts should be decorated and ready for judging by December 4th. Click HERE for more information!

See YOU at The Promenade on Forest!

As part of the City's Economic Recovery and Business Development Plan, two more new outdoor dining "parklets" have been constructed at Slice Pizza and Salerno's Ristorante in Downtown Laguna Beach!

Where to Place Outdoor Gas Heaters to Meet Fire Code

With light rain possible this weekend, a reminder that Laguna Beach Fire Code stipulates portable gas-fired outdoor heaters cannot be used inside a building or under any kind of tent or canopy.

Also, the minimum separation distance between the heater and a building, tent or canopy is 5 feet.

"Salamander" Style Heater

Options for heating a tent or canopy include using listed electric heaters underneath with properly sized and installed electrical extension cords, or using salamander heater / blowers installed outside (with or without a tube into the tent or canopy area).

Questions? Please contact the Laguna Beach Fire Marshal at firemarshal@lagunabeachcity.net.

The Woods Cove Slurry Seal Street Resurfacing Project is now underway through December 2020! Please adhere to parking restrictions as posted. Find out more at www.lagunabeachcity.net/slurryseal.

Laguna Beach Voting Information for 2020 Election

Voters have the option to vote by mail, vote in person at a Vote Center, or to use a Ballot Drop Box. Click HERE for information from the Registrar of Voters for Orange County. Click HERE to confirm that you are registered to vote — or to register for the first time.

Vote by Mail

You may mail your ballot in and track it — so you know when it has been counted. If you prefer to cast your ballot in person you may bring it to any Vote Center by November 3.

Ballot Drop Boxes

In Laguna Beach, our Ballot Drop Box is located at the Laguna Beach Library located at 363 Glenneyre Street.

Vote Centers

The City's two Vote Centers will be open from October 30 - November 2, from 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m., and from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. on November 3.

Laguna Beach Vote Centers will be located at: the Lang Park Gym located at 21540 Wesley Drive, and the Susi Q Community and Senior Center located at 380 3rd Street.

Click HERE for a list of all Orange County Vote Centers.

Campaign signs (like this one illegally placed on the Catalina Roundabout) are not allowed on public property. Please call Code Enforcement at (949) 497-0301 to report signs placed in violation of the City's Municipal Code. Do not attempt to remove the signs yourself.

Election Message from the Laguna Beach City Clerk

If you observe any non-violent illegal election-related activities – such as electioneering; voter intimidation; voting irregularities; general complaints; campaigning within 100 feet of a Vote Center; interference with an election official; bribery – these activities should be reported to Registrar of Voters by calling (714) 567-7600.

The Registrar of Voters currently has radio-dispatched teams in the field servicing all Ballot Drop Boxes daily.

Beginning on October 30, the Registrar of Voters will have Rapid Response Teams, Supervisors and Leads handling issues for in-person voting.

PLEASE VOTE!

Lisette Chel-Walker, Laguna Beach City Clerk, CMC

State Issues New Reopening Guidance This Week for Theme Parks and Outdoor Stadiums

  • Large theme parks are allowed to open once their county reaches the Yellow Tier, at 25% capacity, with advanced ticket reservations. Temperature screenings and masks would be required for entry.
  • Smaller theme parks may open once their county reaches the Orange Tier, at 25% or 500 capacity, whichever is fewer, for in-county resident visits, only. Temperature screenings and masks would be required for entry.
  • Outdoor stadiums may open once their county reaches the Orange Tier, at 20% capacity and Yellow Tier at 25%. Advanced tickets will only be available for residents within a 120-mile radius for assigned seats. Temperature screenings and masks would be required for entry.
  • All personal care businesses may resume indoor operations, with modifications, regardless of a county’s tier status. Temperature screenings and masks may be required for entry.

Upcoming Laguna Beach Flood Prevention Practice Day Monday

In an ongoing effort to make sure the owners of businesses located in the flood zone know how to install flood protection devices, the City of Laguna Beach is encouraging participation in the upcoming 8th Annual Flood Prevention Device Practice Installation Day on Monday, October 26.

“In a flood emergency, it is imperative that business owners and their employees located in the flood zone know how to install their flood protection devices,” said Laguna Beach Director of Community Development, Marc Wiener. “This practice installation day is simple training that can make all of the difference in a flood emergency.”

Flood Protection Practice Day is an annual, voluntary emergency preparedness training event encouraged by FEMA that is held each year on the fourth Monday in October.

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