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WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 30, 2020

Happy New Year Laguna Beach!

Help Make This Year's New Year’s Eve Safe

The safest way to celebrate the New Year this year is to celebrate at home with the people who live with you or virtually with friends and family.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), staying home is the best way to protect yourself and others from the spread of COVID-19.

Travel and gatherings with family and friends who do not live with you can increase your chances of getting and spreading COVID-19 or the flu. Gatherings with other households are prohibited under the extended Regional Stay at Home Order.

The more people you are in contact with, the more likely you are to be exposed to COVID-19.

Laguna Beach City Hall will be closed on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day. Essential Services will be provided.

Applications for $500 Million in State Grant Funding for Small Businesses Open Today!

The first round of applications for the California Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program are now open.  From December 30, 2020 to January 8, 2021, the program will be accepting applications for grants ranging from $5,000 - $25,000 to underserved micro businesses, small businesses, and non-profits. The program will provide funding of $500 million to small businesses and nonprofits impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

If you meet eligibility requirements, we recommend that you apply ASAP as this grant will only be open for nine (9) days. Notifications of grant approval will begin January 13, 2021.

Steps To Apply Online:

Prepare to submit the following required documents:

  1. Most recent tax return filed (2019 or 2018)
  2. A copy of official filing of your business (Articles of Incorporation, Certificate of Organization, Fictitious Name of Registration, or Government-Issued Business License)
  3. Government Issued Photo ID of the person submitting the application (such as a Driver’s License or Passport)

The State has also announced additional assistance available, including Tax Relief as well as Recovery Loans through the California Rebuilding Fund.

Click HERE to Find out More About LB Cares and Apply NOW! Eligible businesses may apply for LB Cares until January 5, 2021.

Need Help Navigating Local, County, State and Federal Assistance Resources? See Below!

Click HERE for More Information on the Laguna Beach Business Assistance Service and to Sign Up Today!

Celebrate New Year's Eve With Takeout from Laguna Beach Restaurants!

As large gatherings or parties with other households are prohibited under the Regional Stay at Home Order, why not plan a New Year’s Eve celebration for the people you live with by getting takeout or pickup food from Laguna Beach restaurants?

Click HERE for a complete Laguna Beach Restaurant Directory to find exactly what you are craving on New Year's Eve, support Laguna Beach Restaurants and Think Laguna First!

Click HERE for a complete interactive Laguna Beach takeout and pickup restaurant guide and map!

Apply Now for Laguna Beach Committee, Commission & Board Openings!

Laguna Beach residents who are interested in serving on an open Committee, Commission, or Board can get an application from the City Clerk’s office or Click HERE to get a form online from the City’s website.

Applications must be filed by Friday, January 22, 2021, at 4:30 p.m. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline. Interviews and appointments will be conducted virtually on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 5:00 p.m., by the City Council.

Questions? Call the City Clerk’s office at (949) 497-0705.

Thank you to everyone who donated to this year's 'Spark of Love' Toy Drive! 'Spark of Love' collects toys and sports equipment for underserved children in Orange County. The Laguna Beach Fire Department has proudly taken part in the toy drive for the last 28 years!

Fire Engineer Chris Ornelas Named 2020 Laguna Beach Firefighter of the Year!

After careful review, being nominated by his peers, and receiving the nomination/recommendation from the Firefighters Association, the Laguna Beach Fire Department Command Staff would like to congratulate Fire Engineer Chris Ornelas on being selected as the 2020 Laguna Beach Firefighter of the Year!

Laguna Beach Fire Engineer Chris Ornelas is the 2020 Laguna Beach Firefighter of the Year

Chris works out of Station 4 in South Laguna and along with doing a great job with his required duties/responsibilities, he helps the department by taking on many special projects.

Congratulations to our 2020 Laguna Beach Firefighter of the Year!

There will be no trash or recycling collection services in Laguna Beach on New Year’s Day. Friday customers are asked to place their carts out on Saturday.

Upcoming Lane Closure on El Toro Road

On Thursday, January 7, 2021 between 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., SoCal Gas will be removing a pole along the westbound side of El Toro Road, east of Laguna Canyon Road.

The right lane and the shoulder will be closed on westbound El Toro Road. Flaggers will be directing traffic during the work.

For more information, please contact the SoCal Gas Project Manager, Olivia Gutierrez at (213) 244-2201.

New Temporary Art Sculpture Installed at Laguna Beach City Hall

“Loveseat Conversations” is currently on exhibit on the front lawn of City Hall through January 8, 2021.

Many will miss the company and conversation of friends and loved ones due to COVID-19 restrictions this holiday season.

"Loveseat Conversations" glows at night.

Laguna Beach artist, Gerard Stripling has responded creatively with his latest sculpture, “Loveseat Conversations,” currently on exhibit on the front lawn of City Hall through January 8, 2021.

"Loveseat Conversations" seen at night in front of Laguna Beach City Hall.

The project was funded though the “Fostering Creativity in a Time of Crisis Grant” awarded to Laguna Beach artists. The grant and temporary installation are a project of the Laguna Beach Arts Commission.

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