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
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
Approved adding a third pickleball court on the Lang Park tennis court
Approved making the dog play area at Moulton Meadows Park permanent
Approved a new mural as part of upcoming renovations to the South Main Beach Restrooms
Approved new Mills Act Contracts for Laguna Beach property owners
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.