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THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2021

City Helps Bushard's Pharmacy to Begin Offering COVID-19 Vaccinations

The City of Laguna Beach has successfully worked with the Fritz Dudda Company, Property Manager of the former Laguna Drug property at 239 Broadway, to provide their site at no cost to Bushard's Pharmacy to use as a new COVID-19 vaccination site.

Bushard’s Pharmacy will manage the operation of the site, which operates through a web-based appointment scheduling system on their website.
"We'd like to thank the City of Laguna Beach and especially Assistant City Manager Shohreh Dupuis for helping us secure this vaccination site for our community," said Marisa Fader, Vice President of Bushard's Pharmacy (pictured.) "The City has proven a great partner to help us ensure the health and safety of our residents and community."

Bushard's will be vaccinating every Tuesday & Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. starting next week until they receive a bigger supply of Moderna vaccine and then will expand hours availability.

Marshal Abdullah, Bushard's Pharmacist in Charge, preps for vaccinations in the old Laguna Drug Building Downtown. Bushard's has already set up the vaccine clinic inside the old Laguna Drug property. Everything is in place including furniture, PPE supplies, proper vaccine storage, and their online scheduling platform.
Patients may park at an off-street parking lot adjacent to Laguna Drug and proceed inside for health and temperature screenings.
After the vaccine has been administered, patients will be observed for 15 minutes before they are directed to their car. Social distancing and mask guidelines will be followed.
City staff has approved a Temporary Use Permit for the vaccination site with a tentative five-month duration effective April 1. The permit allows for sufficient on-site parking to accommodate patient volumes, and also subject to State and CDC requirements for the operation of a COVID-19 vaccination site.
Starting today, everyone age 16 and over in Orange County is eligible to receive a COVID-19 vaccine. Per the CDC, the County has removed the Johnson & Johnson vaccine from all its vaccination POD sites and will continue to dispense the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines.

The Next Regular Meeting of the Laguna Beach City Council is Tuesday, April 20.

Under the new hybrid City Council meeting format, members of the public wishing to provide comments in-person are able to address the City Council in Council Chambers while observing physical distancing and wearing a mask. After providing a comment, members of the public must exit the room and can not stay to participate in further discussion. Zoom participation in the meetings will also continue, so the public may continue to safely participate and provide comments from home.

Today's Podcast Update with Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen

In today's Podcast Update, Mayor Whalen discusses the need to address post pandemic parking adjustments that will have to take place due to all the City's new outdoor dining.

The Mayor also talks about a couple of items scheduled for Tuesday’s City Council meeting, and tackles the question of avoiding outside pressures in order to make the right decision in selecting our next City Manager.

City of Laguna Beach Named Tree City USA Community for Third Straight Year!

The City of Laguna Beach is pleased to announce it has been recognized as a 2020 Tree City USA Community by the Arbor Day Foundation. This is the third straight year the City has received the award, as the City was also named a Tree City USA Community for 2018 & 2019.

“Maintaining our Tree City USA status demonstrates that the City of Laguna Beach values our urban forest, and recognizes the benefits that trees impart to all residents and visitors,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen. “It affirms the City’s commitment to caring for the trees that line our streets, span our parks, and constitute our open space.”
To achieve the Tree City USA recognition, the City met the required four core standards of sound Urban Forestry Management: maintaining a tree board or department/division responsible for tree care, having a community tree ordinance, spending at least $2 per capita on urban forestry, and holding an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

Upcoming Virtual Arbor Day Celebration on April 30th

The City will celebrate its Tree City USA designation at an upcoming virtual Arbor Day celebration on Friday, April 30th (National Arbor Day) at 3:00 p.m. at Top of the World Park. You can watch the Arbor Day celebration and tree planting LIVE on the City’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/lagunabeachgov.

Exclusive: Your Look INSIDE the Caltrans Coast Highway Culvert Replacement Project

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is replacing a 100-year-old box culvert under Coast Highway at Main Beach until May 24. During the construction, traffic has been reduced to one lane in both directions.

Over the next few days you will see large equipment moving into the area. A crane will be stationed at the job site tomorrow to move the pre-cast boxes for the new culvert into place.

What's Going on Down There?

Inside look: Caltrans crews working this week down in the excavated culvert area on sewer lines. Next week, construction crews will be forming walls and "inverts." Inverts serve as the bottom, or floor, of the new concrete boxes.
Above, crews prep the excavated area before pouring concrete on Wednesday morning. You can see the box culverts being replaced that run underneath Coast Highway's roadway!

Two upcoming full overnight closures of Coast Highway at Main Beach this weekend:

  • Friday, April 16 from 8:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. to install the precast box culvert sections.
  • Saturday, April 17 from 8:00 p.m. until 8:00 a.m. to install the precast box culvert sections.
Please utilize the detour maps for both northbound and southbound traffic during closures.

Caltrans Also Starting Coast Highway Resurfacing in South Laguna Monday

Caltrans is planning to resurface the inner lanes of Coast Highway between 7th Avenue and the southerly City limits. To accommodate the work, one southbound lane of Coast Highway will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on 4/19 and 4/21, and one northbound lane will be closed from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on 4/20 and 4/22. Driveways will not be blocked, but some turning movements will be restricted. Traffic delays can be anticipated.

For questions regarding these Caltrans projects, please contact Caltrans' Public Information Officer Darcy Birden at (949) 923-7136 darcy.birden@dot.ca.gov.

Go to www.lagunabeachcity.net/culvert for LIVE traffic cameras of the Downtown area!

Take the Pledge TODAY to Make Laguna Beach the Nation's Most Waterwise City!

The National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation Runs April 1-30

Take the pledge TODAY on behalf of the City of Laguna Beach in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation to save water, energy and protect our ocean, lakes, rivers, and streams!

Today's City Standings:

Plus, EVERY PLEDGE earns chances to win great prizes and nominate a charity in your community to be awarded a 2021 Toyota Highlander Hybrid XLE to help people in need.

Help Laguna Beach Stay #1!

Did you know? Laguna Beach's Nyjah Huston has been named to head the US Skateboarding National Team! The Olympic team will be named in July, when Skateboarding will make its Olympic debut at the Tokyo Games. 26-year-old Huston of Laguna Beach is considered the gold-medal favorite in Men's Street. Congratulations, Nyjah! (Photo courtesy @nyjah)
Work to replace pavers on Ramona Avenue will happen from April 26 - May 28. The one-way portion of the street will be closed during construction, Mondays through Fridays. Pedestrian access from the Glenneyre Parking Structure to the shops and restaurants will be maintained during construction. For additional information, visit www.lagunabeachcity.net/ramona.
Roof repairs will begin Monday at City Hall and 479 Ocean Avenue through May 14. Damaged or dry rotted wood will be repaired, and damaged roof tiles and rain gutters replaced. No impacts to building access or services are expected. For questions contact Pierre Sawaya, Project Manager, at (949) 497-0751 or psawaya@lagunabeachcity.net.
Cox is currently replacing equipment in Arch Beach Heights between 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through April to upgrade their fiber optic network. Minor traffic delays are expected. For more information, contact Todd Clay, Cox Representative, at (949) 563-8342.

National Dispatcher Appreciation Week: Thank You to Our Laguna Beach Dispatchers!

Senior Dispatcher Angela Cleveland (left), Dispatcher Steven McDowell and Dispatcher Rachel Richard are a few of the members of our fantastic dispatch team!
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