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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 24, 2020

Upcoming Fall Festival and Holidays at the Promenade!

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Laguna Beach City Council approved the upcoming Fall Festival at the Promenade (October 5 through November 29) and Holidays at the Promenade (November 30 through January 3.)

Fall Festival at the Promenade Activities Include:

  • Hay bales and pumpkins
  • Pumpkin Carving Contest
  • Thanksgiving 'Thankful Wall'
  • Restaurant Special Fall Festival menu items, advertising & promotions
  • "Passport for Your Palate" partnership with Chamber
  • Armed Forces holiday card drop-box
In Partnership with Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce, the “Passport for your Palate” program encourages residents to visit all participating restaurants and complete their passports for a chance to win prizes!

Holidays at the Promenade Activities Include:

  • Virtual Santa & Letters to Santa
  • First annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest open to all Laguna Beach businesses
  • Live Christmas Tree on the Promenade (residents may add an ornament to the community tree); tree lighting December 6 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Santa Parade featuring Santa in the Marine Safety Jeep
  • Trolley with Mayor and Carolers

See YOU at The Promenade on Forest This Holiday Season!

This Week's Laguna Beach City Council Action:

Received City Budget Update for FY 19-20 and 20-21

Tuesday's Budget update conveyed the City's FY 20-21 budget is reduced by $18M Citywide, and General Fund reduced by $9.4M. Summer TOT actuals will not be known until November, and sales tax not until January 2021.

The City Manager recommended the City preserve a 20% General Fund Reserve, and continue monitoring and adjusting the budget as needed given the unforeseen impacts of the pandemic.

Approved the Contract for Renovations to the South Main Beach Restroom

The rehabilitation of the South Main Beach restroom includes repairing the outdoor shower area (pictured), replacing plumbing, electrical, amenities, reconstructing concrete floors and pathways, and addressing ADA compliance.

Established the Coast Highway & Bluebird Canyon Drive Utility Undergrounding Districts to Increase Fire Safety

Both the Coast Highway and Bluebird Canyon Drive Undergrounding Districts are key public evacuation routes as identified in the City's Wildfire Mitigation and Fire Safety Report.

Approved the Remodel of the Historic Coast Liquor Store and New Cafe at 1391 S. Coast Highway

The City Council approval includes restoration of the original stained redwood finish to the building’s exterior. (Architect's rendering courtesy of Marshall Ininns Design Group.)

The next regular meeting of the Laguna Beach City Council is Tuesday, October 13.

In today's podcast update, Mayor Bob Whalen talks about the City Budget update and the exciting new Fall Festival and upcoming Holidays at the Promenade!

Go to https://www.ocbc.org/safedineoc/ for more information. Program runs through October 16.

Laguna Beach Firefighters Help Battle Bobcat Fire

Laguna Beach Fire Captain John Kuzmic, Firefighter Adam Fugate and Engineer Paramedic Pat Cary at the Bobcat Fire.

Laguna Beach fire crews and Laguna Beach Battalion Chief Crissy Teichmann are currently deployed to the Bobcat Fire in Los Angeles County as part of Strike Team 1860A. The Strike Team is made up of several area Fire Engines including Newport Beach, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Costa Mesa.

The City of Laguna Beach also has another engine deployed to the El Dorado Fire in San Bernardino County. That crew has been gone 18 days and will be home after three more days.

"Thank you to our firefighters extending mutual aid to help combat these wildfires across the state," said Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig. "We will receive the same assistance in the future if ever needed."

City Continues Partnership With South Laguna Residents

On Friday, September 18, the Laguna Beach Police Department, Marine Safety Department and Public Works Department met with Victoria Beach community residents to listen to quality of life issues from residents.

Laguna Beach Police Chief Laura Farinella

As a result, the Police Department has directed Parking Enforcement Officers to spend extra time enforcing violations in the area and using message boards to encourage beachgoers use crosswalks to get to the beach.

Beach Patrol Officers will also increase Sand Patrols and cite and give warnings for observed violations.

The Marine Safety Department has utilized Measure LL Funds to increase staff at the beach, and make sure all beach signage is clear and visible.

During the summer months, trash is picked up twice a day along Coast Highway. Public Works is evaluating additional locations on Coast Highway for more trash cans in South Laguna.

Community meeting between the Police Department and residents continue, like this one with Seacliff Drive neighbors before Labor Day weekend.

The Laguna Beach Police, Marine Safety and Public Works Department have proactively partnered with South Laguna Beach Residents and OC Parks & OC Lifeguards since 2016.

Caltrans Installing More Retroreflective Backplates Around City

Public Safety Power Shutoff events are power outages intended to reduce the risk of wildfires. When power is turned off, traffic signals at roadway intersections switch to battery power and begin flashing red indicating an all-way stop.

To improve motorist safety during power outages, Caltrans is installing retroreflective backplates on traffic signal heads at various locations on Coast Highway and Laguna Canyon Road throughout the City.

For questions, please contact Bob Koch, Project Manager, at (949) 497-0340 or rkoch@lagunabeachcity.net.

The work requires roadways to be reduced to one lane in each direction from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on the dates listed below:

  • 09/28 – Coast Highway at Reef Point
  • 09/29 – Coast Highway at Crystal Cove
  • 09/30 – Laguna Canyon Road at Canyon Acres Drive
  • 10/01 - Laguna Canyon Road at El Toro Road
  • 10/05 – Coast Highway at Ninth Avenue
  • 10/06 – Coast Highway at Seventh Avenue
  • 10/07 – Coast Highway at West Street
  • 10/08 – Coast Highway at the Montage

Public Art Installed This Week at Heisler Park

The installation of temporary art by artist, Chakaia Booker, approved by the City Council in April, was completed this week at Heisler Park, near the amphitheater. The sculptures are there for a nine-month exhibition.

Friday, September 25 National "See Something, Say Something" Awareness Day

Please Adjust Parking on Narrow Streets So Fire Trucks Can Pass

Please keep narrow streets clear for emergency access during fire season. Text LBRedFlag to 888-777 to get Red Flag Warning alerts to your phone.

Safely Dispose of Your Household Hazardous Materials

Household hazardous materials can spark fires while in transport or inside recycling facilities. Find out more about the proper disposal of household hazardous waste at www.lagunabeachcity.net/recycling.

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