Laguna Beach community Update City of Laguna Beach, California

MONDAY, APRIL 20, 2020

How to Participate in Tuesday's City Council Meeting

As a result of the COVID-19 virus, the public will not be permitted to physically attend the April 21, 2020 Laguna Beach City Council meeting but you are invited to observe and participate from home by one of the following methods:

1. You may submit comments on any agenda item or on any item not on the agenda in writing by email to cityclerk@lagunabeachcity.net (there is an interactive public communications form on the front page of the City’s website). You may continue to provide written comments up to 12:00 p.m. on April 21, 2020 (the day of the meeting). Please note that while these comments will be provided to the City Council at 3 p.m. on April 21, 2020, the Council members may not have sufficient time to review them prior to the meeting.

2. You may view the meeting live on Cox cable channel 852 and online on the City of Laguna Beach website: www.lagunabeachcity.net.

3. You may listen and comment over the phone or computer during designated public comment periods by following the steps below:

• Call (669) 900-9128, and wait for instructions. The Webinar id is 91119733371#.

• Let us know you want to comment on an item that is being discussed by pressing *9 on your phone.

• When you hear "your phone is unmuted," please proceed with your comment. The time for comments may be limited, so prepare your remarks accordingly.

• You can also click on the link below from your computer or smart phone to participate via zoom: https://zoom.us/j/91119733371

If you are not able to use this Webinar system, you may submit comments via email during the meeting to cityclerk@lagunabeachcity.net.


You can also tune in to the City Council Meeting broadcast LIVE on KX FM 104.7 radio!

All residents of the City of Laguna Beach are strongly urged to wear face coverings over their nose and mouth whenever they are in close proximity to others in public and private areas who are not members of their household.

Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen Advocates for Funding on Behalf of City

Over the weekend, Laguna Beach Mayor Whalen joined all 34 Mayors in Orange County and the County Board of Supervisors to urge Congress and the White House to provide immediate relief to support COVID-19 response on the ground.

The Mayors and Board of Supervisors wrote a letter urging Congress to unite and pass dedicated and flexible funding for all local governments, called the "COVID-19 3.5" Supplemental Plan.

The COVID-19 Supplemental Plan would provide $150 billion in new funding for state and local governments - including $29.5 billion for counties and $29.5 billion for cities to help cover expenditures and lost revenue.

Mayor Whalen Asks Board of Supervisors to Close County Beaches and Trailheads

Today Mayor Whalen sent the following letter to Orange County Supervisor Lisa Bartlett asking the Board to approve the closure of the beaches and trailheads in South County. The Board of Supervisors meets tomorrow.

Dear Supervisor Bartlett:

I strongly urge the Board of Supervisors to approve the closure of beaches and trailheads in South County at its meeting on April 21, 2020. There are several compelling reasons to do so.

First, with the unseasonably warm weather coming later this week we are extremely concerned that leaving the County beaches and trailheads open will put the health of our residents and those who come to the County beaches and trailheads at risk. The City closed all beaches and trailheads under our jurisdiction on March 23, 2020 and they remain closed. This means that visitors will be heading to just the few beaches and trails that are open and practicing social distancing will be difficult and by some ignored. We have all seen the video from the beaches in Florida that recently opened and there is no reason to expect a different outcome here with the first warm weather coming.

Second, with parking at Aliso Beach and adjacent areas of PCH already closed, the large crowds will park in neighborhoods in South Laguna putting residents there at greater risk. The large crowds also will mean more people in grocery stores, gas stations and convenience stores and take-out restaurants, again increasing the risk to many.

With the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases and deaths in the County and the surrounding counties continuing to rise, this is exactly the wrong time to entice large crowds to the beaches and trails.

I want to thank you for taking the lead in proposing these closures to your fellow Board members. We consider this an urgent matter for our City and are most hopeful the Board will agree with the compelling reasons to approve these closures tomorrow.

Very Truly Yours,

Bob Whalen, Laguna Beach Mayor

Aerial view of Heisler Park taken on Thursday, April 16, 2020.

Though all Laguna Beach City Offices Remain Closed to the Public, Essential Services are Provided.

For Questions Call (949) 497-3311 During Regular Business Hours.

Good news! Tests confirm that Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig no longer has COVID-19, has fully recovered and his quarantine period is lifted. A sincere thank you to everyone in the community for the well wishes and kind words sent to John and his family during his recovery!

Laguna Beach Family Donates 5,000 Face Coverings to City's First Responders

On Thursday, April 16, the Harris family graciously donated approximately 5,000 face coverings to Laguna Beach Firefighters from their clothing manufacturer Bella + Canvas.

The Harris family of Laguna Beach donates 5,000 face coverings to Laguna Beach Firefighters Thursday at Fire Station 1.

Thank you for another heroic act from our community to help protect those on the frontlines of COVID-19!

Resources Provided for Local Businesses

The City of Laguna Beach and the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce are committed to providing the resources and information necessary to address the needs of our business community during this unprecedented time.

Orange County Community Services has implemented a call center to meet the needs of businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

Businesses can call the Economic & Business Recovery Call Center at (714) 480-6500 or find more information at the link below.

Orange County Behavioral Health Information and Referrals Available

Police Remind Residents to Lock Vehicles

Laguna Beach Police would like to remind residents to properly secure their vehicles at all times.

Police remind vehicle owners to remain vigilant when parking and exiting your vehicle:

  • Take your keys. Don’t leave them in your vehicle.
  • Close all windows and lock all doors.
  • Never leave valuables in your vehicle, and if you do, make sure they are out of sight.
  • Never leave credit cards/debit cards, cash or your wallet or purse inside of your vehicle overnight.
  • Park in well-lit areas or preferably inside a garage, if possible. Install lights with motion sensors near where you park your vehicle.
  • Get in the routine of double-checking that your vehicle is locked and secure each night before bedtime.

If your vehicle has been stolen or broken into, follow these steps:

  • Call the LBPD non-emergency line (949-497-0701) to report a vehicle theft or break-in. Call 911 if observing a vehicle theft in progress. A copy of the police report and/or a case number will be needed to provide to your insurance company.
  • You will be asked to provide the license plate number, make, model and color of the car, the VIN number and any identifying characteristics.

Laguna Beach Drivers Reminded of Parking Meter and Lot Enforcement

The City of Laguna Beach is reminding drivers to pay their fees at parking meters and parking lot pay stations to avoid citations.

Street sweeping service will be performed; however, street sweeping parking enforcement will continue to be suspended throughout the City until further notice.

For assistance with parking citations contact the Police Department Parking Services Office at (949) 497-0355.

Power Outage This Weekend?

We had some reports of power outages in Arch Beach Heights, Top of the World and Woods Cove over the weekend. Stay in the know and sign up for outage alerts from Southern California Edison, at the link below.

City of Laguna Beach First Responders Say 'Thank You' to Local Healthcare Workers

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

Know someone or a senior who needs to sign up? Simply have them text 92651 to 888-777.

The City of Laguna Beach is Committed to Bringing You COVID-19 Information

Grace (on left) and Kate Gilles with lawn signs to support our local First Responders. Photo Courtesy: Stu News Laguna.

If You Have an Emergency,

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