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Laguna Beach City Council Extends The Promenade on Forest Through January 2021

Tuesday, the Laguna Beach City Council voted to extend The Promenade on Forest through January 31, 2021.

The Promenade on Forest: Shopping, Dining, Art, and You! is an outdoor dining, display and art performance area that creates a safe and exciting pedestrian-only experience on Forest Avenue from Coast Highway to Glenneyre Street in Downtown Laguna Beach.

The Promenade design supports local businesses by expanding outdoor dining areas and merchandise display areas on Lower Forest Avenue.

Survey Results Show Public Support for The Promenade on Forest

The City of Laguna Beach conducted a survey to get your opinions of The Promenade on Forest, and presented those results to the City Council Tuesday. Over 500 people responded to the survey. Some of the results are below.

76% of Survey Respondents like the layout of The Promenade on Forest.
70% of Survey Respondents like the aesthetics of The Promenade on Forest.
38% of those who responded to the survey stated they spent up to $50 during their visit to the Promenade on Forest. 22.5% of respondents said they spent from $101-$200 during their visit.

Key Features of The Promenade on Forest:

  • Operating hours from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily through January 2021;
  • Dining decks, retail display decks, and a performance art deck for virtual and live performances and temporary art installations;
  • Layout to promote safe physical distancing between parties, hand sanitizing stations and maintenance staff to regularly disinfect the furniture;
  • Face coverings are required at The Promenade. Free face coverings will be handed out to those who need them periodically;
  • String lighting to illuminate The Promenade and provide evening ambiance and security; umbrellas, potted trees and plants to provide daytime shade and ambiance.

See YOU at The Promenade on Forest!

This Week's Notable Laguna Beach City Council Action:

- The City Council passed a second reading of revisions to the City's Historic Preservation Ordinance. The Ordinance now goes to the California Coastal Commission for approval.
- The City Council approved the continued suspension of City Trolley service and most in-person recreation services through the end of 2020.
- The City Council authorized the City to proceed with the acquisition of two land parcels (pictured) at 31526 and 31532 Coast Highway, possibly for the location of a new South Laguna Beach Fire Station or other future City use.
- The City Council authorized a letter of support for Senate Bill 793, banning the sale of flavored tobacco in California.
The 2020 virtual Laguna Beach State of the City Mayor's Address may be viewed LIVE on Cox cable channel 852 and via Zoom by following the webinar instructions on this web page. The address will also be broadcast LIVE on KXFM 104.7 and on the Chamber of Commerce’s Facebook page.

Take the Challenge to Make Laguna Beach the Nation's Most Waterwise City!

The 9th Annual National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation is taking place now through August 31.

It’s the perfect opportunity for Laguna Beach residents to come together as a community to achieve a common goal, the designation of “The Nation’s Most Waterwise City!”

To participate, Laguna Beach residents can go to mywaterpledge.com, and make a series of online pledges to conserve water on behalf of Laguna Beach.

“Let’s be clear, we want you to keep washing your hands and cleaning and disinfecting your surroundings,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen. “But during these unprecedented times, having a safe and reliable source of water has never been more vital. The Mayor’s Challenge serves as a reminder that we must use water wisely so that it’s available in times like these when we need it most.”

City Council Honors Laguna Beach Police Chief Laura Farinella Before Upcoming Retirement

Tuesday, the Laguna Beach City Council honored Police Chief Laura Farinella with a proclamation for her exemplary service and impacts she has made to the Laguna Beach community while serving as the City's Chief of Police.

Farinella will retire on September 4 after serving as a law enforcement official for the past 30 years.

“Serving as Chief for the Laguna Beach Police Department has been one of the greatest honors of my career,” Farinella said. “I am extremely proud of the work the Laguna Beach Police Department has done and all of the new ways we’ve been able to connect with our community. I am confident the achievements and momentum created by this Department will continue to grow.”

Congratulations on your upcoming retirement, Chief Farinella!

Since January, the Laguna Beach Police Department has issued over 1,500 citations for loud exhaust and speed violations within the City.

Laguna Beach Mask Advisor Program to Continue This Weekend

To protect public health and safety and slow the spread of COVID-19, the City of Laguna Beach "Mask Advisors" handed out 2,100 free face coverings last weekend to those who needed them.

Most people contacted appreciate the free face coverings, and it is estimated over 90% of people are wearing face coverings while in the Downtown Laguna Beach area.

The Mask Advisor program will continue again this weekend throughout the City.

Be Counted Laguna Beach! Go to https://2020census.gov/en.html to take the 2020 US Census before September 30!

Traffic Impacts Expected During Upcoming Caltrans Culvert Replacement on Coast Highway

A Caltrans culvert replacement project under Coast Highway that will reduce traffic on Coast Highway between Ocean and Broadway to two lanes is tentatively scheduled to start in mid-late September. Traffic detours, signage and alerts will inform drivers of traffic impacts.

Here's a look inside the culvert slated for replacement under Coast Highway, which is almost 100 years old. These photos show how the concrete inside the culvert channel is crumbling, and the steel reinforcing bars are exposed. Due to its condition, a heavy rain event could cause the culvert to collapse, causing a sinkhole in Coast Highway and much more extensive repair.

The Caltrans Laguna Canyon Culvert project will remove and replace the aging Laguna Canyon Culvert, which is a box culvert located under Coast Highway across from Main Beach Park. The box culvert gathers storm runoff water and disperses it to the ocean.

The culvert slated for replacement is under Coast Highway in front of the gas station/mini mart next to the South Coast Cinema across from Main Beach Park. (Caltrans rendering.)

Caltrans crews will be working overnight at times to complete the work and replace the culvert as quickly as possible. There will be several occurrences during the project when Coast Highway will need to be closed during the overnight hours only. A detour will be in place during those instances.

For more information on the Caltrans Culvert Replacement Project call the Caltrans District 12 office at (657) 328-6000.

Caltrans Installing Retroreflective Backplates on Traffic Signals in Laguna Beach

Caltrans is installing new retroreflective backplates on the traffic signal heads it owns and maintains in the City of Laguna Beach, and throughout the State of California.

Caltrans is doing this to make the traffic signals more visible in the event of a power outage or public safety power shutoff.

For more information call Caltrans at (657) 328-6000.

Find More About the Upcoming Bluebird Utility Undergrounding Project

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Isaac Cordal is the artist behind the latest City Hall temporary art installation, called "Waiting for Climate Change." The sculptures are mounted on top of wood pieces salvaged from the Paradise Fire.
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