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Laguna Beach City Council Addresses Upgrades and Solutions for Improving the City’s Wastewater System

At a special Wastewater System Improvements, Planning and Financing Workshop Tuesday, the Laguna Beach City Council received an overview of the City's Wastewater System and repairs and upgrades needed.

Much-needed repairs to the City's Wastewater System include the aging North Coast Interceptor, the sole conveyance system (pipe) for wastewater collected within the City of Laguna Beach north of Nyes Place to the South Orange County Water Authority (SOCWA) Treatment Plant in Aliso Woods Canyon.

Tuesday, the City Council took these steps to facilitate much needed upgrades and improvements to the City's Wastewater System:

  • Directed staff to further study the options to construct new North Coast Interceptor pipes to provide redundancy to the forcemain portions of the pipes
  • Directed staff to initiate protest vote process proposing a 6% sewer service rate increase for each of the next 5 years beginning July 1, 2021
  • Asked the City Manager to pursue a low interest loan up to $16M consistent with improvements needed over next 2 years as identified in Capital Improvement Program. (The largest portion of funding would go towards replacing the aging segment of the NCI at Aliso Creek, and also fund the Anita Street Lift Station reconstruction and contribute to SOCWA Coastal Treatment Plant projects. The City Manager will return to the City Council with loan options for final consideration)
The monthly average residential sewer user rate in Laguna Beach is $63.70/ month. With a 6% sewer user rate increase, monthly rates would go up an average of $4.00 - $5.00 dollars in each of the next five years beginning July 1, 2021.

The next meeting of the Laguna Beach City Council is Tuesday, February 23.

Mayor Whalen Talks Upcoming City Council Fire Safety Measures

In today's podcast update, Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen tells us of the very important fire safety conversation that the City Council will take up at next Tuesday’s meeting regarding the updates to the City's Landscape Management Guidelines.

He also discusses a meeting planned between City officials and management at Mission Hospital regarding ways to improve security, and we discuss an upcoming Zoom meeting with the Top of the World Neighborhood Association on Feb. 21, and the items he’s expecting to talk about.

Caltrans to Give Update on Upcoming Coast Highway Culvert Replacement Project

On Tuesday, February 23, the City Council is scheduled to receive a presentation by Caltrans on the current schedule for Caltrans' Culvert Replacement project on Coast Highway between Broadway and Ocean Avenue.

The Caltrans Culvert Replacement project will bring significant traffic delays to the area of Coast Highway at Main Beach. It is tentatively scheduled to begin in April.

For questions, please contact Manuel Gomez at mgomez@lagunabeachcity.net.

See Ocean & Forest Avenues *Sparkle & Shine* Thanks to the New Downtown Tree Lighting Program!

The Downtown Tree Lighting Program was installed last week in Downtown Laguna Beach!

Trees are now lit up with lights on upper and lower Ocean Avenue and upper and lower Forest Avenue.

This pilot program has been well received by both the public and business community.

Come Downtown and stroll Ocean and Forest Avenues to experience the magic for yourself!

New Business Announcement! Haven's is now open at 435 N. Coast Highway in North Laguna. Welcome to all our new Laguna Beach businesses!
Download the Laguna Beach Parking App Today at www.lagunabeachparking.net!
New Heisler Park art installation, "Lunar Tides" was funded by donations from John W. Wolfe and Laguna Beach lodging establishments. The piece is by local artists Scott and Naomi Schoenherr, and serves as the new stage floor at the Heisler Park amphitheater. Click HERE to read more about this fantastic new installation! (Photos courtesy of Stu News Laguna.)

Apply Now for Upcoming Seasonal Ocean Lifeguard Testing and Academy

Tryouts will be Saturday, March 20th, 2021. The physical events portion will begin at 9:00 AM (sign-in starts at 7:30 AM) at the Main Beach Lifeguard Tower (The White Tower).

Candidates who have not submitted a complete application online prior to the deadline will not be eligible to test.

Questions? Contact Kai Bond, Marine Safety Captain at (949) 494-6571 or kbond@lagunabeachcity.net.

Southern California Edison (SCE) Work on Bluebird Canyon Drive - On Tuesday, February 23, between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., SCE will be replacing equipment and cables on Bluebird Canyon Drive between Morningside Drive and Regatta Road. Outage notices have been sent to affected residents. For more information contact SCE at (800) 655-4555.
The Disneyland Resort Super POD site will close temporarily, due to a lack of vaccine supply. Soka will remain open to provide a second-dose Pfizer vaccine, dependent on vaccine supply. Santa Ana College will close temporarily beginning on Saturday, February 20. Severe weather across the country has delayed delivery of COVID-19 vaccine supplies across the State of California, including to Orange County.
The CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Second Dose Guidelines advise the second dose should be administered as close to the recommended interval as possible (3 weeks for Pfizer-BioNTech, and one month for Moderna). However, the CDC’s guidance allows for second dose administration up to 6 weeks (42 days) after the first if it is not feasible to adhere to the recommended interval. The CDC is not advocating for people to delay getting their second dose, but the data from clinical trials support that it is still effective in the delayed range.

COVID-19 Vaccine Super POD Site to Open at Anaheim Convention Center for Second Doses

Effective February 24, 2021, everyone who received the first dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the Disneyland Super POD site will receive the second dose at the Anaheim Convention Center Super POD site.

The second dose appointment will remain at the same date and time; only the location will change. Othena will send a notification to everyone whose appointment location is affected by this change.

The opening of the Anaheim Convention Center site, which is scheduled for Wednesday, February 24, is potentially delayed, dependent on Moderna vaccine supply.

Appointments for the County’s Super POD sites are scheduled through the Othena.com user platform.

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