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Soka University in Aliso Viejo to Open Saturday as Next Vaccine Super POD Site

The County of Orange is opening its second regional COVID-19 Vaccine Super Point of Dispensing (POD) site at Soka University in Aliso Viejo on Saturday, January 23, 2021, starting at 8:00 a.m.

Vaccines dispensed at County Super PODs are currently available for individuals with appointments who fall within the State’s Phase 1A, all tiers, including persons age 65 and older. Appointments are required for vaccinations at all Super POD sites and available through Othena.com based on vaccine availability.

Register Now to Be Notified When You are Eligible to Make a Vaccine Appointment!

To date, 21,782 Orange County residents have successfully scheduled appointments through the County's vaccine appointment system Othena.com to receive the COVID-19 Vaccine.

Eligible individuals under Phase 1A (all tiers) who are registered in the Othena system, including persons age 65 and older, will receive an e-mail to schedule a vaccination appointment. All they need to do is simply register and an email will be sent to them when an appointment is available.

Have More Questions About How to Receive the COVID-19 Vaccine in Orange County?

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Join a Virtual Vaccine Town Hall With the OC Health Care Agency Director Today at 3 p.m.!

Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris will host a Town Hall featuring Dr. Clayton Chau, Director of the Orange County Health Care Agency, TODAY - Thursday, January 21 at 3:00 p.m., to answer your questions about how and when you can get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Dr. Clayton Chau, Director of the Orange County Health Care Agency

The virtual event will take place on Facebook and is titled “Get the Vaccine.” Click the link below to participate today at 3:00 p.m.!

The next meeting of the Laguna Beach City Council is Tuesday, January 26 via Zoom.

In today's Podcast Update, Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen discusses what he took away from yesterday’s inauguration of our 46th President, Joe Biden. He also tells us about his conversation with Dr. Clayton Chau, Director of the OC Healthcare Agency, and what we can expect regarding the vaccine distribution. He also discusses the City Council making some adjustments to the LB Cares Assistance Program, in order to help more local businesses.

Fact Check: Updates to Landscape Management Guidelines

To improve wildfire safety for the residents of Laguna Beach, the Fire Department is recommending amendments to the Municipal Code and General Plan that would allow them to review certain species of trees and landscaping that are possible fire hazards and review new trees to be planted only when a property owner requests a permit for brand new construction or a Major Remodel.

An average of only 26 property owners pull these types of permits in Laguna Beach each year, and the statements circulating that this fire safety update will affect every tree on private property or in open space preserves within the City is false.

The Planning Commission recommended that the City Council approve the proposed fire prevention amendments at its Wednesday meeting. The item will now go to the City Council for consideration in February.

Click HERE for an interactive map of all restaurants offering takeout and delivery in Laguna Beach!

Restaurant Table Service Still Not Permitted Under Regional Stay At Home Order

The City of Laguna Beach will not be issuing citations if tables and chairs located outdoors are temporarily occupied by customers to wait for, or consume, take-out food, but absolutely no table service can be provided.

Restaurants should ensure tables and chairs are regularly sanitized and placed such that large groups are not able to sit together and are always at least six feet apart.

Masks should be worn unless people are eating or drinking. The City will consider additional enforcement action if these rules are not being followed.

Thank You For Your Continued Cooperation!

Friday is the Deadline to Apply 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.

Traffic & Safety Laws for E-Bike Operators

Like other bicyclists, e-bike riders must obey the same traffic laws as motor vehicles by stopping for traffic lights and stop signs, and yielding the right-of-way.

It is unlawful to operate a bicycle (including an e-bike) on any sidewalk in town, on the Main Beach Boardwalk, and within any City park.
Helmets are required at all times for all bicycle riders under 18 years of age and for all riders of Class 3 e-bikes. Operators of Class 3 e-bikes must be 16 or older.

There are State laws that apply to the use of a bicycle, including e-bikes:

  • Type I E-Bike: This e-bike is pedal operated and can reach speeds up to 20 mph assisted by a motor. When the rider stops pedaling, the motor-assistance stops, as it also ends when the bike hits its maximum speed.
  • Type 2 E-Bike: This style is not operated by pedal, with the motor providing all the power. Its top speed is 20 mph.
  • Type 3 E-Bike: The third type is pedal-operated, with the motor helping to power it up to the speed of 28 mph. Only those 16 and older can ride this type.
Riders may be subject to fines of up to $250 for bikes without working brakes or if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol. For those between 13 and 21, violations will result in having their driving privileges delayed or suspended for one year.

Upcoming Red Curb Painting in Driftwood Neighborhood

Beginning January 27, City crews will be working in the Driftwood neighborhood between Wesley Drive and Ocean Vista Drive to paint red curbs near fire hydrants and on select street corners to enhance safety and visibility. For more information, please contact Natalie Chan, Assistant City Engineer, at (949) 497-0741 or nchan@lagunabeachcity.net.

Upcoming Virtual Public Workshop on Coast Highway ADA Improvements South Segment

On November 4, 2020, Caltrans received a concept review by the Laguna Beach Planning Commission for an ADA and Pedestrian Improvement project located on a continuous stretch of South Coast Highway and Coast Highway, from Moss Street to 5th Avenue.

No project decision was made at the November Planning Commission public hearing; however, the Planning Commission formed a Subcommittee to work with City staff and Caltrans staff to better understand the project scope and subsequently report back to the Planning Commission.

On Thursday, February 4th 2021 at 6:00 p.m., the Subcommittee will hold a virtual public meeting to further discuss project aspects and obtain public feedback.

Questions? Please contact Mark Trestik, City Engineer at (949) 497-0300 or matrestik@lagunabeachcity.net.

On January 25, one lane of Coast Highway between the Montage Resort and Wesley Drive will be closed in each direction from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for utility work. For more information contact Chris Taylor, Crown Castle Network Construction Manager, at 714-356-5168 or Chris.Taylor@crowncastle.com.
Construction is underway to resurface Coast Highway in N. Laguna between Ledroit Street & Newport Coast Drive and S. Laguna between Seventh Avenue & the southern City limits. Traffic delays are expected due to periodic lane closures from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday - Friday through May of 2021.
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