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State Issues Overnight Stay at Home Order to Slow Spread of COVID-19 Starting Saturday

In light of an unprecedented, rapid rise in COVID-19 cases across California, Governor Gavin Newsom and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) today announced a limited Stay at Home Order requiring that non-essential work, movement and gatherings stop between 10 PM and 5 AM in counties in the purple tier.

The order will take effect at 10 PM Saturday, November 21 and remain in effect until 5 AM December 21. This is the same as the March Stay at Home Order, but applied only between 10 PM and 5 AM and only in purple tier counties that are seeing the highest rates of positive cases and hospitalizations.

This limited Stay at Home Order is designed to reduce opportunities for disease transmission.

This Week's Laguna Beach City Council Actions:

Approved Coastal Commission modifications to the City's Short-Term Lodging Ordinance

The Short-Term Lodging (STL) Ordinance will limit the total number of STLs in the City to 300, and not allow any new STLs in residential neighborhoods - only commercial and mixed-use zones. There are currently 117 existing STLs in the City, which will count toward the City's total limit.

Approved Coastal Development Permit to establish a five-year, multi-phase parking rate structure for all Citywide public parking

Approved the Moss Street Beach Access Improvement Project

The Moss Street Beach access was temporarily closed to the public due to erosion and low sand levels, which created a drop-off from the bottom step to the beach. The Coastal Commission approved an emergency repair to make the beach accessible, with the condition that the City design and construct a permanent solution.

Approved adding a third pickleball court on the Lang Park tennis court

In addition to adding a third pickleball court on the Lang Park tennis court, the City Council voted to expand dedicated pickleball hours at the park and utilize the court as a multi-use tennis and pickleball court at all other times.

Approved making the dog play area at Moulton Meadows Park permanent

A new application for the dog play area will now be submitted to the Planning Commission to determine size, materials, location, and signage for the dog play area. The new area will include permanent fencing, improved irrigation and new turf and landscaping.

Approved a new mural as part of upcoming renovations to the South Main Beach Restrooms

Above is an artist rendering of the mural "Outburst" by Lynn Basa. The mural will be installed as part of renovations to the South Main Beach Restrooms, which will start in December 2020.

Approved new Mills Act Contracts for Laguna Beach property owners

Six Laguna Beach homes, like this one located at 502 Pearl Street, were approved for new Mills Act contracts on Tuesday by the City Council. The Mills Act establishes an alternative method for determining tax assessment values as an incentive to preserve historic properties. For more information on how to apply for the Mills Act, contact Russell Bunim at (949) 715-0850 or rbunim@lagunabeachcity.net.

The Next Regular Meeting of the Laguna Beach City Council is Tuesday, December 1, via Zoom.

New Grants Available to Support OC Restaurants Offering Outdoor Dining

The County of Orange is launching the Orange County (OC) Restaurant Outdoor Dining Grant Program on Friday to support local restaurants providing outdoor dining as required by the State’s purple tier guidelines.

Outdoor dining options at the Laguna Beach Promenade on Forest.

Grants of $1,000 are available for 1,000 eligible Orange County restaurants.

Applications will open beginning Friday, November 20, 2020, at 9 a.m. PST.

While indoor dining is no longer available, the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce 'Passport for Your Palate' Promotion is still happening outdoors! Click HERE to Download Your Passport and Think Laguna First!
Stay Local, Stay Safe - The safest way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year is to celebrate with people in your immediate household. The CDC recommends against traveling for the Thanksgiving holiday this year to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The State of California requires you wear a face covering whenever you are outside your home, with limited exceptions. Beginning Friday, Laguna Beach Mask Advisors will be handing out free face masks to those who need them on weekends through January.

Local Businesses Get in the Holiday Spirit with First Annual Window Decorating Contest!

All Laguna Beach businesses are encouraged to be jolly by golly and participate in the Chamber of Commerce's first annual Holiday Window Decorating Contest! You do not have to be a chamber member to participate.

Holiday lights went up at Rock Martin Jewelry on Monday. Cover photo: holiday window display at Tuvalu.

Prizes will be given to local businesses with the best holiday storefront displays. Register for the contest by Monday, November 30 at the link below!

World's Largest Fire Helicopter Used in Laguna Beach HeloPod Demonstration This Week

Tuesday, the Laguna Beach Fire Department held a demonstration on the Fire Road of its new HeloPod Helicopter Refilling System utilizing a CH-47 Chinook, the world's largest firefighting helicopter.

The new HeloPod Refilling System tank is a fire helicopter water refilling tank that holds 5,000 gallons of water.

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.

Reporters interview Laguna Beach City Councilmember Sue Kempf about the HeloPod tank capabilities at Monday's demonstration on the Fire Road.

For this week's tank demonstration, the Orange County Fire Authority brought in a Coulson Chinook CH-47 VLHT (Very Large Helicopter Tanker) to draw from the City's new HeloPod and drop water in the nearby open space.

Laguna Beach Fire Chief Mike Garcia is interviewed by reporters Tuesday at the HeloPod Refilling Tank demonstration.

The CH-47 Chinook helitanker is the world’s largest and most capable heavy-lift fire helicopter, able to drop 3,000 gallons of water or retardant in a single pass. The twin-engine, tandem rotor helicopter is being leased being leased by OCFA and Southern California Edison.

Media members watch the CH-47 Chinook approach to draw from the tank.

City Receives Highest Award in Financial Reporting for 5th Consecutive Year

The Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) has once again awarded the City of Laguna Beach the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the year ending June 30, 2019

“This recognition from GFOA demonstrates to our citizens that their City is being financially managed and reported with the highest standards and public transparency,” said Laguna Beach Director of Administrative Services Gavin Curran. “This is truly a team effort and the result of ongoing commitment by City staff to prepare another award-winning CAFR for the City of Laguna Beach.”

To receive the Certificate of Achievement, a governmental unit must publish a transparent, easily readable and efficiently organized comprehensive Annual Financial Report, whose contents conform to program standards.

For more information or questions please call (949) 715-8103.

COVID-19 Connection to Mental Health

You may be feeling anxiety, worry, or fear related to the social disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Everyone reacts differently to stressful situations, and there is help available. Stigma Free OC is a county-wide movement which aims to clear the stigma associated with mental illness and addiction.

Several City athletic fields will be temporarily closing for annual maintenance and turf renovations beginning Monday, November 23. Riddle Field: November 23, 2020 – January 25, 2021; Moulton Meadows - November 23 – December 14, 2020; Alta Laguna: December 14, 2020 – January 11, 2021.
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