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MONDAY, JUNE 8, 2020

County May Permit Additional Businesses Sectors to Reopen Friday, June 12

The California Department of Public Health released new guidance on how counties with attestations to readiness should modify behavior and operations to reduce risk for infection. All guidance is effective as of Friday, June 12 and will only be implemented with local health official approval.

The following sectors were issued guidance:

The California Department of Public Health is also publishing the County Monitoring List to give Californians insight into how their county is performing and provide early indication of developing areas of concern.

The Laguna Beach City Council and City Staff Welcome the Public Back to City Hall

City Hall will have limited hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for up to two weeks to allow staff to catch up on back work and to incorporate new safety protocols to keep the public and employees healthy. Thank you for your patience as we transition to working in this new environment!

How to Participate in the Tuesday's Laguna Beach City Council Meeting

The Laguna Beach City Council meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, June 9.

Click the link below for exact instructions on how you can participate.

Photo of Capt. Calvert Courtesy Mary Hurlbut/Stu News Laguna

Throughout the week, we have been aware of and have monitored the small protests at Main Beach. So far, each of them has been peaceful.

We continue to receive intelligence updates from around the county, and currently, we do not have a large-scale protest scheduled in Laguna Beach. However, this could change.

If we do learn of a large protest developing, we will send out a Nixle message to the downtown business group to make them aware. We have extra officers deployed to be visible and who are monitoring these events.

Rest assured, your Laguna Beach Police Department is prepared and will mobilize immediately to deal with any civil unrest that may occur.


Captain Jeff Calvert, Laguna Beach Police Department

'The Promenade on Forest' to Open June 15 in Downtown Laguna Beach

Starting today, Forest Avenue is now closed from Coast Highway to Glenneyre Street until September 8 for implementation of the 'Promenade on Forest.'

Laguna Beach Public Works crews work to implement 'The Promenade on Forest' on Monday.

The Promenade on Forest, an outdoor dining, music, art and retail display promenade is opening to the public on Forest Avenue in Downtown Laguna Beach beginning Monday June 15!

'The Promenade on Forest' will feature three decks for outdoor dining, a performance deck for virtual and live music and art, and three decks featuring outdoor retail display from local businesses.

Forest Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic from Coast Highway to Glenneyre Street throughout the Summer of 2020. Please use an alternate route.

Four curbside pickup areas are now in place for use by Downtown businesses and patrons now that Forest is closed. The pickup locations are denoted on the map below.

Laguna Beach Community Development Department Update

In 2012, the City Council initiated a comprehensive update to the Downtown Specific Plan (DSP). After a multi-year process a draft of the updated DSP is complete.

On June 16th the City Council will consider adopting components of the DSP, specifically, updates to the business permitting standards, parking requirements and design guidelines. Components of the DSP that address housing density, building height and parcel mergers will be considered at a later date as a separate amendment.

For additional information on the DSP update please contact Marc Wiener, Community Development Director, at (949) 497-0713 or mwiener@lagunabeachcity.net.

On June 23rd the City Council will consider issuing permits for a proposed remodel/historic rehabilitation of the Coast Inn Hotel and Restaurant, located at 1401 S Coast Hwy.

For information on the Coast Inn project you may contact Martina Caron, Senior Planner, at (949) 464-6629 or mcaron@lagunabeachcity.net.

New Shopper Parking Permits Now Available Online!

Residents who have participated in the shopper parking permit program in the past will be receiving their 2020-2022 Shopper Parking Permit renewal application in the mail next week!

You do not have to wait until the permit application comes in the mail to apply on-line. We highly encourage residents to take advantage of the on-line option (link below) to help promote social distancing.

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

Face coverings are required by all workers and patrons of all Laguna Beach businesses. No mask, no service.

Laguna Beach Small Businesses May Apply for Small Business Grant Relief up to $10,000

The Small Business Grant Relief Program will support small businesses and organizations impacted by COVID-19 in Orange County District Five, which is the district for Laguna Beach.

Grants up to $10,000 will be available to eligible Laguna Beach small businesses and non-profits within the district.

Applications are open from June 19-June 23. For more information on eligibility, criteria and grant selection for the program, click the link below.

The High School tennis courts will be closed for two weeks for resurfacing starting today. They'll be back in action on June 22.

Ocean Water Temporarily Closed at Sleepy Hollow Lane

The OC Health Care Agency’s (HCA) Environmental Health Division has closed the ocean water from Sleepy Hollow Lane to Cleo Street in the City of Laguna Beach to swimming, surfing, and diving due to a raw sewage spill from a pump failure located on a private property.

The affected ocean water area will remain closed to water-contact sports until the results of follow-up water quality monitoring meet acceptable standards.

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

Know someone who would like to sign up? Simply have them text 92651 to 888-777.

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