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THURSDAY, JANUARY 14, 2021

Answers to Your Questions About COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Who can get the COVID-19 Vaccine right now in Orange County?

A: Right now, the vaccine is available to individuals 65 years and older or individuals that fall within Phase 1A of the County’s vaccine tier framework. Those eligible must make an appointment, and live or work within Orange County.

I am eligible to get vaccinated right now. How and with whom do I make a vaccine appointment, and where do I go to get vaccinated?

A: Eligible individuals 65 years and older and individuals that fall within Phase 1A must register online at www.Othena.com and make an appointment to be vaccinated. Your vaccination appointment will be located at the County's Super POD site at Disneyland in Anaheim. Additional Super POD sites are set to be identified and open soon.

I'm eligible and I have tried to make an appointment on the Othena site but it won’t let me.

A: Due to overwhelming response, the Othena site may not allow you to make an appointment at times. We understand this is frustrating and ask for your patience. Our best advice is to check the site often, and register to get an email letting you know when there are appointments available.

Once I get a vaccine appointment at the Super POD site, what do I need to bring with me?

A: All who seek to be vaccinated MUST provide documentation indicating they are in the active vaccination Tier categories. Those who do not bring adequate documentation will be asked to reschedule at a later date when they can provide the necessary information.

Documentation includes Photo ID AND any of the following:

  • Professional license
  • Employee badge with name
  • Signed letter from employer on facility letterhead
  • Payment stub with printed name

Once you make an appointment through Othena.com you will be instructed on what specific documents to bring with you depending on the Tier.

Can I just show up at Disneyland without an appointment and get in line for a COVID-19 vaccine?

A: No. Individuals must have an appointment and must show identification and documentation of Tier eligibility at the site to receive a vaccination.

I can't find clear information about who is being vaccinated when. How will I know when my Tier is called to be vaccinated and I am able to make my appointment?

A: Most of those eligible to be vaccinated will be contacted through their employer. Others who are eligible should continue to watch for announcements through this City of Laguna Beach Community Newsletter, the Orange County Health Care Agency (HCA) website, social media and the news.

A Message from the City About Local Vaccine Efforts

The number one priority for the City of Laguna Beach is to vaccinate our residents as soon as we can, and we are working hard to make sure we have all options available to our community.

For now, the City of Laguna Beach is supporting Orange County's Super POD efforts, but we are currently also working on a "Plan B" should we get the opportunity to start vaccinating residents locally.

We've put a City vaccination team together to start working on logistics, purchased a refrigerator and a freezer to store vaccines and started a dialogue with our community partners to band together and get our town vaccinated.

Vaccination information is changing rapidly, and we understand the process may be confusing and frustrating at times. We want you to know we are working on solutions and share your urgency to get our community vaccinated as soon as possible.

City Council Extends the Promenade on Forest Through 2024 and Takes Steps Toward Making it Permanent

This week the Laguna Beach City Council voted to authorize staff to proceed with soliciting proposals from consultant teams to design, conduct project impact analysis, and complete the entitlement for the conversion of the temporary Promenade to a permanent plaza. An award of contract to the most qualified consultant team for this work will be brought before the City Council in April 2021. In addition, the City Council voted to extend the Promenade as it exists today until January 2024.

Outdoor Dining and Retail Display Areas Extended Through December 2021

The City Council extended the Temporary Use Permits for Citywide outdoor dining, outdoor display of merchandise, and exterior signage to December 30, 2021.

Virtual City Council Meetings Will Continue Until Orange County Moves to the Orange Tier

The City Council will continue to hold virtual meetings via Zoom until Orange County moves to the Orange Tier under the Blueprint for a Safer Economy framework, at which time City staff will report back with alternative meeting format options.

The next meeting of the Laguna Beach City Council is Tuesday, January 26.

Mayor Whalen Urges Community Support of Laguna Covid-19 Relief Fund

“Right now, we are in the darkest days of this pandemic and hundreds of local workers and residents have been laid off again,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen. “They are stretched to the breaking point to pay their rent, keep their utilities turned on and feed their families. I urge our community to do what it always does in times of crisis which is to rise to the challenge and raise $300,000 to match the City funds. Please dig deep and give what you can to help the cause.”
Go to https://lagunacovid19relief.com to Make a Tax-Deductible Donation Today!

Laguna Beach Restaurants & Retailers Receive $575,000 Through LB Cares Program

On Friday, January 8, 2021, 75 Laguna Beach restaurants and 82 Laguna Beach retailers received assistance checks totaling $575,000 from the City of Laguna Beach through the City’s LB CARES Grant Program.

“The whole pandemic has been really tough for local businesses, and the fact that Laguna Beach is doing what they are doing with this grant program to help the small businesses in town is amazing,” said LB Cares Grant recipient Brandon Ferguson, owner of The Den Barbershop and Shave Parlor (pictured.) “It will help us with catching up on bills so I can get caught up and back on track to where we were before the whole thing kind of hit us. Every little bit helps and the fact we were awarded the grant I couldn’t be more thankful.”

On December 22, 2020, the Laguna Beach City Council approved the $850,000 Grant Program, “LB CARES”, from City reserves to assist restaurants, bars and retail businesses experiencing impacts caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

"What the City gave us was amazing, that they were able to put this together," said LB Cares Grant recipient Chef Lindsay Smith of Nirvana Grille. "It gave us that little breather, as a lot of us in town are struggling right now."

The grant program provided direct financial assistance to these businesses and organizations by offering a $5,000 grant per qualifying restaurant or bar and $2,000 - $3,000 grant per qualifying retailer, on a first-come, first-served, basis.

“Our City staff is to be congratulated for implementing this program in record time and getting checks to our local restaurants and businesses in less than three weeks’ time from the Council’s approval,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen. “To distribute nearly $600,000 to over 150 local businesses provides a much-needed boost to our local economy. We will continue to process applications and more businesses will benefit in round two.”

The deadline to apply for LB CARES has been extended for restaurants and bars only until Tuesday, January 19. Click HERE to Apply Today!

Go to www.lagunabeachcity.net/LBCares to apply today!
New Laguna Beach Police Chief Robert Thompson starts on Tuesday, January 19. A virtual swearing in ceremony for Chief Thompson will be held in the near future with details to come. Welcome to the City of Laguna Beach, Chief Thompson!

Suspects Arrested in Catalytic Converter Thefts

At approximately 2:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 9, Laguna Beach Police Officers conducted a traffic stop in the area of Wesley Dr. and Coast Hwy. and found five freshly cut stolen catalytic converters were located in the trunk of the vehicle.

The occupants stated the catalytic converters came from 3 Toyota Prius, a White Ford F150 and a Honda CRV. All 5 occupants were arrested and taken into custody.

Did you know? Thieves target catalytic converters because they contain precious metals, like platinum, palladium or rhodium, that are valuable to metal dealers.

Three other arrests connected to catalytic converter thefts were made last night.

If you think you were a victim of this incident please contact the Laguna Beach Police Department 949-497-0701.

Construction is underway to improve safety barriers along Laguna Canyon Road between SR-73 and SR-241. The work is occurring nightly between 10:00 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. through August 2021 and requires periodic lane closures.
Construction is underway to resurface Coast Highway in N. Laguna between Ledroit Street & Newport Coast Drive and S. Laguna between Seventh Avenue & the southern City limits. Traffic delays are expected due to periodic lane closures from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday through May of 2021.
For additional information on either of these two road construction projects, please contact Darcy Birden, Caltrans Public Affairs Information Officer, at darcy.birden@dot.ca.gov.
Improvements to the creek next to the Animal Shelter and Pacific Marine Mammal Center (PMMC) have been completed. The work included new slope protection, landscape restoration, new retaining wall and enhanced perimeter fencing. The project also provided a new pedestrian bridge to improve pedestrian access to the Animal Shelter and the PMMC.
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