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THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2020

City Council Moves Forward With Revisions to Laguna Beach Historic Preservation Ordinance

At its regular meeting Tuesday, July 14, the Laguna Beach City Council approved the following significant revisions to the City's Historic Preservation Ordinance. The ordinance will now move to a second reading.

1) Property owner consent as a criteria for eligibility for the City's local Historic Register

The criteria for a property to be considered eligible for the City's local Historic Register now includes an explicit requirement for owner consent, creating a locally voluntary program.

2) Elimination of references to the 1981 "Inventory" of eligible historic homes

It has been determined that the 1981 Historic "Inventory" of homes eligible for the local Historic Register no longer meets the requirements of the Public Resources Code, as it has not been updated in the last 5 years. Properties on the 1981 Inventory will no longer be flagged during the plan check process or on a Real Property Report, and references to this "Inventory" will be eliminated from all City regulations and policy documents.

3) Clear definition of what constitutes a Historic Resource

The revisions to the Historic Preservation Ordinance provide a clear definition of a "Historic Resource" that is consistent with State Law.

4) Expanded incentives for property owners interested in Historic Preservation

The Mills Act, which is a historic preservation property tax incentive program, would be expanded to all homes on the City's Historic Register. Density bonuses in additional zones, relaxed open space and rear setback standards are also offered to historic properties.

The second reading of the ordinance is tentatively scheduled for August 11.

Mayor Whalen Discusses the Historic Preservation Ordinance Vote in Today's Podcast Update

In today's podcast update, Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen discusses Tuesday's Historic Preservation Ordinance vote, and where it goes from here.

We also learn about the conversations he continues to have with LBUSD officials about their plans for school this fall, and the safety-first mindset for our children & teachers.

To provide adequate funding to improve and maintain the City's sewer system for the next year, the Laguna Beach City Council has authorized a 5% sewer user charge increase for 2020-2021. For single family residences, sewer service rates will increase about $3.00 per month.

City Council Hears About Progress Made on Economic Recovery and Business Development Plan

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Laguna Beach City Council received an update from Assistant City Manager Shohreh Dupuis on the Economic Recovery and Business Development Plan efforts to date to help the City recover from the effects of COVID-19.

Since May 12, the Laguna Beach City Council has approved components of the Economic Recovery and Business Development Plan to help local businesses, including:

The Implementation of The Promenade on Forest

Amended Business and Parking Requirements in the Downtown Specific Plan

Funding for Target Business Recruitment

Approved Formation of a Cultural Arts Invigoration Taskforce

Arts Programming and Funding for Grants to Local Artists

All Economic Recovery Efforts Completed to Date:

"We've recently worked with the Chamber of Commerce to gain assistance for Laguna Beach small businesses through Supervisor Bartlett's office. As a result, 44 Laguna Beach small businesses and 11 non-profits were able to receive up to $10,000 in grants to help them with their COVID-related expenditures," Laguna Beach Assistant City Manager Shohreh Dupuis told the City Council Tuesday.

We Want Your Feedback on The Promenade on Forest!

We've put together a survey on the new Promenade on Forest and we want to hear from YOU! Click the link below to take the survey, or simply scan the QR code to get started.

Scan this QR code to take The Promenade on Forest survey!

Welcome New Laguna Beach Businesses!

The City of Laguna Beach would like to welcome new clothing boutique, Stitch + Feather, to Downtown Laguna Beach. Stitch + Feather is now open at 278 Forest Avenue!

Also, Nuance Home + Lifestyle has relocated to the Downtown area from the HIP District, and is now open in the Lumberyard Shops on Forest Avenue.

Welcome to all of our new Laguna Beach businesses!

Nuance Home + Lifestyle has relocated to the Lumberyard Shops on Forest Avenue. It was previously located in the HIP District's Pottery Place for the past 6 years.

Police Urge Awareness After Recent Garage Burglaries

On Saturday, July 11th at approximately 9:00 a.m., two residents of Laguna Beach reported being a victim of a burglary.

In the recently reported incidents, the residents were sleeping inside their homes, when the suspects gained access into the garage via unlocked vehicles in the driveway with garage door openers inside.

Please call the Laguna Beach Police Department if you suspect someone has entered your home or garage, or has attempted to. Additionally, if you suspect someone has been inside your vehicle, we ask that you report it as well.

If you have information regarding these incidents, please contact LBPD at 949-497-0701.

DUI Enforcement Operations Underway in Laguna Beach

Additional Officers from the Laguna Beach Police Department will be deploying this summer looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

“Safety is paramount, but especially during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Laguna Beach Police Captain Jeff Calvert said. “We are all in this together and want everyone to be as safe as possible when they are out. One way to do that is by not driving impaired.”

Drivers caught driving impaired and charged with DUI will pay a stiff price: an average of $13,500 in fines and penalties, as well as a suspended license.

Since January, the Laguna Beach Police Department has issued over 1,300 citations for speeding and loud exhaust violations within the City.

If you need COVID-19 testing, whether asymptomatic or symptomatic, please visit lhi.care/covidtesting or call 1 (888) 634-1123 to schedule an appointment.

Avoid these situations to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

City Hires New Emergency Operations Coordinator

Brendan Manning joins the City of Laguna Beach as the City's new Emergency Operations Coordinator. Prior to coming to Laguna Beach, Manning worked as a Disaster Management Advisor for the U.S. Forest Service and was located in Ethiopia, East Africa.

He also has experience working as a Emergency Services Coordinator, Community Health Advisor, and a Firefighter. Manning holds his Master’s Degree in Public Health Emergency Preparedness and Response from Loma Linda University.

You can reach Brendan Manning at bmanning@lagunabeachcity.net.

Renew Your Shopper Parking Permit Online!

Laguna Beach residents who have participated in the shopper parking permit program in the past can now renew their 2020-2022 Shopper Parking Permit online!

New permits will be mailed out the last week of July. No permits will be sold over the counter until September 8, 2020.

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

To sign up, text 92651 to 888-777.

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