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THURSDAY, JULY 9, 2020

How to Participate in the Upcoming July 14 City Council Meeting

The Laguna Beach City Council (From Left to Right) - Councilmember Peter Blake, Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow, Councilmember Sue Kempf, Mayor Bob Whalen, Councilmember Toni Iseman.

Listen to Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen's Podcast Update

In today's podcast update, Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen fills us in as to the cautious approach to a possible start of school, the climbing numbers of COVID-19 infections, and how that might affect plans.

We also discuss Tuesday’s upcoming council meeting, and the Historical Preservation Ordinance.

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.

Youth Sports Practices Postponed in Orange County Due to New State Guidance

The State of California has recently amended its guidance regarding youth sports practices, team drills and training and will no longer allow them to occur throughout the state.

At this time, youth sports activities, including practices, will be postponed until further direction is provided from the State.

Currently, there is no scheduled time by which the state will re-open youth sports.

Laguna Beach Junior Lifeguard Program Canceled for Summer 2020

To help slow the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of the public, staff and Junior Lifeguard participants, the City of Laguna Beach is canceling the second and final session of the 2020 Junior Lifeguard Program that was planned to start in mid-July. The first session was already canceled.

The City continues to closely monitor the State’s progress toward moving into the next stage of the Pandemic Resilience Roadmap.

As the next stage of reopening is not expected to happen until after the planned start of the final Junior Lifeguard session, and due to the lead time required to conduct swim try-outs and prepare for the session, the City is canceling the entire Junior Lifeguard Summer 2020 program.

The City looks forward to offering the Junior Lifeguard program next summer!

Laguna Beach Lifeguard Rescue of Newlywed Couple Makes National News

On Tuesday, June 30, Laguna Beach Lifeguard Cameron Hauer rescued a newlywed couple swept out to sea while having their wedding photos taken near the Montage - and it was all caught on video!

The amazing double rescue video caught the attention of Good Morning America (GMA) and Laguna Beach Marine Safety Captain Kai Bond appeared on the program to talk about the heroic rescue.

Congratulations to Lifeguard Hauer and the Marine Safety Department! Lifeguard Hauer will be honored at the Tuesday, July 14 City Council Meeting.

WATCH the amazing rescue video below!

Video Courtesy: ABC 7

Laguna Beach Community Development Department Debuts New Online System

The City of Laguna Beach has launched new permitting software called OpenGov, enabling you to access project applications with the Community Development Department online!

Local Artist Creates Mural Installations for The Promenade on Forest

The Promenade on Forest now features public art installations including street murals by Laguna Beach artist James Thistlethwaite.

Thistlethwaite's latest installations on the Promenade on Forest consists of six large scale street installed murals.

“I’ve loved being involved with the Forest Avenue art installation and hope local residents and visitors see a little bit of themselves and the community of Laguna in the work,” Thistlethwaite said.

Thistelthwaite’s work will be on display through September 7, 2020.

The Promenade on Forest is open daily from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. in Downtown Laguna Beach.

Face coverings are required.

Face coverings are required in the State of California, and the City of Laguna Beach. Additional information can be found at https://bit.ly/2zSGL7t

THINK LAGUNA FIRST by Staying Safe!

Laguna Beach is a special and unique place to live, and we are working hard to keep up the energy of supporting our community.

One REALLY important way you can support our local businesses is to follow the precautions put in place to protect us all from the spread of COVID-19, such as wearing masks when visiting public spaces and practicing physical distancing.

Visit ‪THINKLAGUNAFIRST.org‬ for information on our local businesses, and ways you can help to support Laguna Beach!

Welcome New Laguna Beach Businesses!

The City is pleased to welcome JoAnne Artman Gallery at an additional Laguna Beach location, 346 N. Coast Highway!

The new JoAnne Artman Gallery location opens in July 2020 with "How The West Was Won," featuring the work of America Martin, Billy Schenck, and Greg Miller.

Welcome to all our new Laguna Beach businesses!

Laguna Beach Residents - Please Take Your 2020 Census!

According to data provided from the U.S. Census Bureau, Laguna Beach's 2020 Census response rates to date are currently 9.57% lower than what they were in 2010.

Census responses determine how billions of federal dollars will be distributed to local cities. More responses to the census means more money going to the Laguna Beach community for programs and services over the next decade.

The deadline to submit a response for the 2020 Census has been extended from July 31 to October 31.

Renew Your Shopper Parking Permits Online

Laguna Beach residents who have participated in the shopper parking permit program in the past can now renew their 2020-2022 Shopper Parking Permit online.

We highly encourage residents to take advantage of the on-line option to help promote physical distancing.

New permits will be mailed out the last week of July. No permits will be sold over the counter until September 8, 2020.

Plastic Free July Campaign Discourages Single Use Plastics

Plastic Free July is a global movement that helps millions of people be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.

Will you be part of Plastic Free July by choosing to refuse single-use plastics? Click the link below to take the pledge!

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To sign up, text 92651 to 888-777.

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