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City of Laguna Beach Increases Efforts to Urge Use of Face Coverings

To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and ensure compliance with State, County and City directives for the use of face coverings, the City of Laguna Beach is increasing efforts to encourage the use of face coverings throughout the City effective immediately.

Beginning Friday, July 24, the City will deploy “Mask Advisors” on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays throughout the City to ensure face covering compliance and will distribute masks to those that aren't wearing them.

Mask Advisors will be present in areas such as: South Laguna, the HIP District, Main Beach, Heisler Park, The Promenade on Forest, and Downtown sidewalks, and Coast Highway crosswalks.

Mask Advisors will be posted throughout the City beginning Friday, and will be wearing these vests and handing out face coverings.

Since June 26, the City of Laguna Beach has distributed over 1,400 free masks to patrons walking through The Promenade on Forest.

Additional prominent signage promoting face covering usage will also be added throughout those areas of the City on sidewalks and near crosswalks on Coast Highway.

A robust educational outreach campaign urging the use of face coverings on electronic message boards posted at the entrances to the City, street signage, through this weekly Community Newsletter and on City social media platforms has been ongoing since April.

"Protecting the health and safety of our residents, business community and visitors to our City is our top priority, and gaining better compliance with the Governor’s face covering order is our primary goal,” said Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen. “These additional enforcement efforts will further our simple message that if you come to Laguna Beach, you need to wear a face covering unless you are eating or socially distanced. It is not a big deal to wear a face covering but it is a big deal to save lives. Please help us do that.”

The State of California mandates that all members of the public wear face coverings over their nose and mouth when physical distancing of six feet cannot be maintained to others who are not members of their household in both public and private areas.

Laguna Beach City Council Approves Parklet Pilot Program

At its regular meeting Tuesday, July 21, the Laguna Beach City Council approved a new pilot program to allow Parklets in the City as part of its Economic Recovery and Business Development Plan.

Photo Courtesy: City of Santa Monica Public Parklet Program

Parklet Pilot Program

As part of the City's new streamlined Temporary Use Permit Program for businesses, the Parklet Pilot Program will allow businesses and restaurants to apply to use limited on-street parking and City parking lots for Parklets through April 30, 2021.

Parklets will be prohibited on Coast Highway and must also adhere to traffic, ADA and State restaurant safety guidelines. Limited signage will be permitted, and sufficient parking in areas adjacent to Parklets must be maintained for patrons.

Parklets are only allowed for restaurants and businesses that currently operate from a fixed location within the City of Laguna Beach.

City Council Moves Forward With Amendments to Downtown Specific Plan

Tuesday, the City Council also approved a second reading of amendments made to the City's Downtown Specific Plan (DSP), a document that guides the growth, design and development standards of Downtown Laguna Beach.

Downtown Specific Plan amendments include:

  • Reduce business requirements for on-site parking to three spaces for every 1,000 square feet of gross floor area, which will allow for greater flexibility for changing uses within existing buildings.
  • Change the Conditional Use Permit process for some businesses, allowing most uses such as retail and service businesses to be approved administratively.
  • Restaurants that serve alcohol and bars will still be required to obtain a Conditional Use Permit from the City. This will allow the City to monitor and regulate the number of establishments to ensure that the Downtown does not become saturated with these uses.

Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen Talks About This Week's City Council Action in Today's Podcast Update

In today's podcast update, Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen discusses Tuesday's City Council vote to move forward with amendments to the City's Downtown Specific Plan, and where it goes from here.

The 2020 State of the City Mayor’s Address (formally a luncheon) will be held virtually via Zoom on September 15, 2020. You will be able to view it LIVE on Cox Cable Channel 852 and listen LIVE on KXFM 104.7. More details to follow!

Update on Getting Haircuts and Other Personal Care Services Outdoors

New State guidance released this week clarifies what services you can get outdoors.

Hair services are allowed, as are services for skin care, nails, and massage.

Other services which require a hygienic environment (tattooing, electrolysis, piercing) cannot be performed outdoors.

Hear How the City is Ensuring Business Compliance With State Directives

Last week, due to increased COVID-19 transmissions statewide and rising hospitalization numbers, California Governor Gavin Newsom announced a list of businesses sectors required to either close again immediately, or move their operations outdoors.

Physically-distanced outdoor dining at Broadway restaurant in Downtown Laguna Beach. Bravo, Broadway!

In today's podcast update, Laguna Beach Police Capt. Rachel Johnson discusses how the Police Department is ensuring local businesses comply with State and local directives, and if compliance is not gained, the businesses will be closed.

We Want Your Feedback on The Promenade on Forest!

We've put together a survey on the new Promenade on Forest and we want to hear from YOU! Click the link below to take the survey, or simply scan the QR code to get started.

Scan this QR code to take The Promenade on Forest survey!
Have you seen military helicopters flying over Laguna Beach? Marines from Camp Pendleton and Marine Corps Air Stations Miramar and Yuma are training over Southern California for future conflicts. Training started July 14 and will continue for three weeks. – Meet Laguna Beach

City Installs New Speed Tables to Slow Drivers on Temple Hills Drive

The City is constructing a number of pedestrian improvements and implementing traffic calming measures on Temple Hills Drive, including extending the existing sidewalk from Dunning Drive to Rim Rock Canyon and installing two speed tables between Thalia Street and Dunning Drive.

This new sidewalk installed on Temple Hills Drive extends from Dunning Drive to Rim Rock Canyon.

Here's what residents are saying on social media about the project this week:

"Speed bumps on Temple Hills. Thrilled. The street is right below my deck. Thank you City. I had no idea these were going in and today they appeared. I’m so grateful to slow down the racers who insist to think this street is a racetrack. Thank you Laguna." - Shirley Endresen

"Well done City - that stretch has always been a speeding issue."- Jeff Greenough

New speed tables slow traffic on Temple Hills Drive.
Go to lhi.care/covidtesting to register and get started.

If you need COVID-19 testing, whether asymptomatic or symptomatic, please visit lhi.care/covidtesting or call 1 (888) 634-1123 to schedule an appointment.

It's Fire Season: Know Your Neighborhood Evacuation Route

It's fire season. As the weather warms and vegetation dries, fire can ignite rapidly.

Firefighters watch as planes drop fire retardant during the 2018 Aliso Fire in Laguna Beach.

The City of Laguna Beach is broken down into 22 different Evacuation Management Zones. Each zone has a specific evacuation map which can be found at the link below.

The City recommends you download, print, and become familiar with your evacuation routes!

Reminder to Stay Rattlesnake Aware as Resident Spots Rattlesnake Under House

This week Wesley District resident Sheila Morshead spotted this large rattler under her Laguna Beach home.

Be rattlesnake aware: generally not aggressive, rattlesnakes will likely retreat if given room and not provoked or threatened. Most bites occur when a rattlesnake is handled or accidentally brushed against by someone walking or climbing.

A new sculpture honoring Laguna Beach resident Skipper Carillo was dedicated last week at the corner of Glenneyre Street and Park Avenue. Skipper Carillo loves the Laguna Beach community and it loves him back in equal measure. Born prematurely, he grew up with a disability that he overcame with a pure heart and spirit and connection to people that he expresses by greeting everyone with his mantra, "Have a Home Run Day."

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