Laguna Beach community Update City of Laguna Beach, California

FRIDAY, MAY 15, 2020

Coyote Activity Prompts Action and Safety Reminders

Following a coyote attack on a resident this morning near Oak Street and Temple Terrace, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and the US Department of Agriculture are working to capture the coyote in question.

The City is asking residents to be vigilant and alert until the coyote is captured. The City would also like to take this opportunity to remind residents of important safeguards to protect themselves and their pets and property from these wild animals.

Like most communities located in semi-rural areas, Laguna Beach has active coyote populations. Due to the brushy canyon areas and natural “den” type rock formations, our hillsides provide an attractive environment for coyotes and other animals.

However, coyotes do not require open space to survive, and have successfully adapted to living in close proximity to humans.

Use “hazing” techniques to shoo away coyotes, such as standing tall, yelling and waving arms while approaching the coyote; using a whistle, air horn, bell or other device; banging pots or pans together; stomping your feet; using a water hose, pepper spray, or throwing tennis balls or rocks at the coyote.

A Laguna Beach Animal Control Officer will respond to coyote calls if a coyote is seen in the daytime in areas around people, especially children, or anytime there is an attack or threatening behavior towards a person or pet.

If you have any concerns regarding wild animals, or see a coyote in a residential area, please call Laguna Beach Animal Services at (949) 497-0701. You may also report coyote sightings to coyotes@lagunabeachcity.net.

Beaches Open for Active Use Only Weekdays from 6 a.m. - 10 p.m. and on Weekends from 6 a.m. - Noon

Beaches are open on weekdays for active use only and on weekends from 6 a.m. - noon. The County beaches will operate this weekend with hours that coincide with the City beach hours. All dogs must be on a leash at all times on Laguna Beach City beaches.

Beachgoers are required to physical distance at least six (6) feet while on the beach. Face masks are recommended when possible.

If physical distancing guidelines and active recreation requirements are not observed, the beaches will be closed or beach hours will be limited to gain compliance and protect the community.

Essential Services Are Provided While Laguna Beach City Offices Remain Closed to the Public.

In honor of Police Officers Memorial Day, the City flew flags at half-staff today.


Call (949) 497-3311 During Regular Business Hours.

The public is always welcome to carry flags, just not flag poles, on public property within the City of Laguna Beach.

The City Council voted this week to prohibit poles on signs and other items carried during protests because it could be used as a weapon.

(Photo Courtesy of Stu News Laguna)

Construction Update on Critical Downtown Flood Control Facility

Construction crews are replacing the deteriorated outfall structure underneath the boardwalk at Main Beach as part of a City Capital Improvement Project.

The Laguna Channel between Beach Street and the ocean outlet was constructed in 1928 and is in need of repair to extend its service life and improve water flow.

The Laguna Channel Improvement Project will reconstruct the outlet structure at Main Beach, reconfigure the transition structure at Beach Street and perform spall repairs throughout the underground portion between Main Beach and Beach Street.

The project will extend the life of this critical flood control facility within the downtown area.

Access to affected portions of the boardwalk and cobblestone plaza has been restricted to facilitate the work and for the safety of the public.

Work is expected to be completed prior to the 4th of July weekend. The boardwalk and cobble stone areas will be restored to pre-construction condition.

Regular working hours for the project will be limited to 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

For more information, please visit the project website at the link below or contact Project Manager, Matthew Oxford at (949) 497-0792 or moxford@lagunabeachcity.net.

City Creates New Webpage to Provide Resources to Local Businesses

The City of Laguna Beach has created a new Resource Webpage and business assistance toolkit for local businesses.

The purpose of the toolkit is to help business owners get the information they need to safely and proactively prepare for reopening, and move past the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce also has a great list of our local restaurants offering take-out and delivery. Click the link below for more!

Listen to Today's Podcast Update With the Laguna Beach Police Department

Today Laguna Beach Police Capt. Rachel Johnson updates the community about the weekend plans for the beaches, and the work involved in the noon weekend closures.

She'll also address whose responsibility it is to enforce the Governor’s directives on business closures, discuss the April crime statistics, the type of crimes to be aware of, and the precipitous drop in DUI arrests since the pandemic began.

Laguna Beach Farmer's Market Saturday

The Laguna Beach Farmer's Market will be open on Saturday, May 16 from 8:00 a.m. to noon in Lot 11 of the Village Entrance located at the corner of Forest Avenue and Broadway.

Fresh plums at the Laguna Beach Farmer's Market.

State of California COVID-19 guidelines allow for the continued operation of certified farmers markets throughout the state of California.

Fresh produce at the Laguna Beach Farmer's Market.

Those guidelines include discontinuing samples, encouraging pre-bagging to expedite purchasing and spacing booths and patrons in accordance with state social distancing measures.

This newsletter is texted out directly to residents registered for Laguna Beach’s Nixle Community Alert system.

Know someone or a senior who needs to sign up? Simply have them text 92651 to 888-777.

To report non-emergency incidents, don't reply to the Nixle text. Call the Police Department's non-emergency number at (949) 497-0701.

The City of Laguna Beach is Committed to Bringing You Community Information

The Alta Laguna trailhead at Top of the World is open on a trial basis daily from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily. Physical distancing must be observed.

If You Have an Emergency,

Always Dial 9-1-1.

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