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New Helicopter Refilling System Strengthens City's Ability to Fight Wildfires

At its regular meeting Tuesday, the Laguna Beach City Council approved the purchase of one HeloPod Portable Helicopter Refilling System to bolster the City's ability to fight wildfires. HeloPod Refilling System tanks are fire helicopter water refilling tanks that hold between 5,000 and 7,000 gallons of water.

Watch the video below to see the HeloPod Refilling System in action!

Laguna Beach Fire Chief Mike Garcia told the City Council on Tuesday that in the event of a wildfire, the helicopter refilling tank system acts as a force multiplier by allowing each fire fighting helicopter to make more water drops per hour. It also frees up fire personnel for other duties.

Laguna Beach Fire Chief Mike Garcia

Aircraft are an essential resource for wildland firefighting. Without the HeloPod dip tanks located in the City, a firefighting helicopter fighting a fire in Laguna Beach would have to drop water and then leave the area to refill, costing precious time in a fire emergency.

The new HeloPod Dip Tank may be located near the Fire Road, though a permanent location has not yet been determined. Cover photo is City of Laguna Beach rendering.

The City Council directed staff to identify a viable location for a second Refilling System and return to the City Council if a viable location is identified.

The Laguna Beach City Council will continue meeting virtually through their first meeting in January 2021. The next meeting of the City Council is November 17 via Zoom.

Mayor Bob Whalen Talks About New HeloPod Dip Tanks in Today's Podcast Update

In today's podcast update, Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen discusses the purchase of the new HeloPod Dip Tanks to assist in the City's Firefighting efforts, and how they’ll be used.

He also explains the thinking behind tabling raises for City Councilmembers, and the procedures to follow if we discover fraudulent ballot boxes in Laguna Beach.

Due to unseasonably high heat and increased electricity demand, a statewide FLEX ALERT and call for voluntary electricity conservation is in effect today until 10 p.m.
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You Will Hear a Test of New Laguna Beach Outdoor Warning System Next Week

The City of Laguna Beach will test its Outdoor Warning System next week on Tuesday and Wednesday, October 20th & 21st, 2020.

The Outdoor Warning System is a network of remote speakers that, when activated, can initiate an audible tone and verbal instructions. Specific emergency information can be broadcasted over one or all of the speakers, depending on the information and target audience.

When completed, the City's Outdoor Warning System will have 21 sites. These sites are strategically located throughout Laguna Beach to provide as much coverage to residents as possible.

To date, 13 sites have been installed and will be activated for an initial test in advance of fire season. Once the remaining sites have been installed another test will be conducted of the entire system.

The City of Laguna Beach has ONE Official Ballot Drop Box location which is located at the Laguna Beach Library. Beginning October 30, you may also drop off your ballot and vote in person at the Laguna Beach Community Center/Susi Q or at Lang Park.

California Department of Public Health Urges Halloween Safety

To slow the spread of COVID-19, the California Department of Public Health recommends families stay at home or limit interaction between households this Halloween.

COVID-19 Halloween Activity Risk Levels:

Low Risk of Exposure:

– An indoor or backyard candy hunt with members of your household

– Make a game of hiding treats in tricky places instead of trick-or-treating this year

Moderate Risk of Exposure:

– Participating in one-way trick-or-treating at a few trusted houses

– Individually wrapped goodie bags for families to grab and go at the end of your driveway, edge of your lawn, or on a folding table with disinfecting wipes nearby

High Risk of Exposure:

– Traditional door-to-door trick-or-treating

– Ringing doorbells, huddling in close on front porches, and dunking hands in communal candy buckets

Enter the City's Fall Festival Pumpkin Carving Contest!

On Monday, October 5, the Public Works Department started decorating the Promenade on Forest for our first Fall Festival at the Promenade, which was created an alternative to traditional City events due to COVID-19.

The City's first annual pumpkin carving contest is now open, and we look forward to seeing what this artistic City can come up with. Pumpkins may be carved, painted, airbrushed, or sculpted.

Entries are due on Monday, October 26, and you can enter at lagunabeachcity.net. The top pumpkins will be put on display at the Promenade starting Friday, October 30.

Awards will be given to the Most Original, Scariest Pumpkin, Best Overall and of course the Mayors Award!

As part of the City’s Economic Recovery and Business Development Plan, two more parklets (outdoor dining areas) have been approved for Slice Pizza and Salerno's Ristorante in Downtown Laguna Beach!
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Today, Thursday, October 15, is the LAST DAY to be counted and take the US Census. Visit www.2020Census.gov to respond by today!

Public Works News Round-Up

Upcoming: Underground Facilities Installation at Glenneyre & Thalia
For more information, contact Crown Castle Construction Manager, Chrys Champlin, at (951) 975-1148 or Chrys.Champlin@crowncastle.com.

Installation of underground facilities at the northeast corner of the intersection of Glenneyre Street and Thalia Street will begin on October 26.

Minor traffic delays can be expected between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. on weekdays through November 6, excluding November 3.

Upcoming: Woods Cove Street Resurfacing Project
Updated project information, including tentative street closure dates, will be posted on the City’s project website listed below. Project working hours are 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. For questions, please call Josh McDonald, Associate Civil Engineer at (949) 497-0728 or jmcdonald@lagunabeachcity.net.

The City of Laguna Beach is planning to resurface public roadways in the Woods Cove area with slurry seal. Construction is scheduled to begin on October 19 and be completed in early December 2020.

Preliminary work, consisting of repairing damaged pavement and sealing cracks, is expected to occur during October and November, with roadway slurry seal application and restriping in November and December.

Project information, including a map of streets to be resurfaced, is available at http://lagunabeachcity.net/slurryseal.

Upcoming: Lane Reductions Due to Caltrans Retroreflective Backplate Installation
For questions, please contact Mark Trestik, City Engineer, at (949) 497-0300 or matrestik@lagunabeachcity.net

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.

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:

  • 10/21 - Coast Highway at Ninth Avenue
  • 10/28 - Coast Highway at El Morro
  • 10/29 - Coast Highway at Nyes Place
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