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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2021

Tips for a Safer Super Bowl Sunday

Watching the big game on Sunday? Don't fumble on COVID!

Coronavirus cases in the U.S. have surged after almost every major holiday of the past year. This weekend brings another unofficial American holiday: Super Bowl Sunday.

FaceTime is a fun way to watch the game safely with others and keep COVID on the sidelines.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommends gathering virtually or with the people you live with is the safest way to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday this year to help avoid another surge of the virus.

Celebrate safely, and don't mix households. Let's work together to keep the Super Bowl from becoming a Super Spreader event!

Stay Safe & Healthy, Laguna!

The Laguna Beach Restaurant Directory is now updated with Super Bowl Sunday specials as well as Valentines Day!! Click HERE for the interactive map and updated restaurant guide!

Today's Podcast Update With Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen

In today's podcast update, Mayor Whalen describes some important qualifications for a new City Manager, as well as the process of selection.

We also discuss the possibility of the City, having already banned rodenticides on City facilities, doing more to influence the private sector in doing the same.

The Laguna Beach City Council will meet on Tuesday, February 9 to conduct interviews and appointments to Boards, Committees and Commissions.

Laguna Beach Parking App Tops 60,000 Downloads!

The Laguna Beach Parking App, which was approved in 2014 as one of the City Council's top Parking Management Plan strategies to improve parking in the City, has reached nearly 60,000 user downloads to date!

The Laguna Beach Parking App makes it easier to find available public parking spaces in advance, which helps to reduce traffic congestion associated with circling and looking for open parking spaces. In addition, the program has provided a convenient, “touchless” option to pay for parking electronically through the app.

Due to COVID-19 and related Stay-at-Home orders, the Laguna Beach Parking App has not been actively promoted over the past year. As visitor traffic begins to increase during the Spring and Summer, the City plans to promote the Laguna Beach Parking App, particularly to visitors to Laguna Beach.
LIVE Parking availability right in the palm of your hand! The App features an interactive map of Laguna Beach that shows where parking is available whenever you need it!

The Laguna Beach Parking App was launched in 2019. Parking apps similar to the Laguna Beach Parking App are used in many cities with a high number of annual visitors or with coastal downtowns like Laguna Beach: Seal Beach, Santa Monica, San Diego, San Francisco, Newport Beach, Irvine Spectrum and the City of Chicago.

Initial software installation and hardware cost was approximately $1 million, with annual operation and maintenance costs approximately $95,000 per year.

City of Laguna Beach Reaches Settlement Agreement With Regional Water Board

The City of Laguna Beach has reached a settlement agreement with the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board, resolving an Administrative Civil Liability (ACL) related to a November 2019 wastewater spill near Aliso and Woods Canyon Wilderness Park.

As a result of the City’s immediate response to the spill and proven ongoing diligence to improve its wastewater system over the last 20 years, a settlement was reached.

Under the settlement agreement, the City will pay $785,789.50 to a statewide account for environmental clean-up and abatement projects, and $748,277.50 will be satisfied through the City’s funding of an “Enhanced Compliance Action” which is an infrastructure improvement project which will interconnect the City’s North Coast Interceptor (sewage transmission pipeline) with South Coast Water District’s (SCWD) Lift Station No. 2.

This will allow both the City and SCWD to bypass flow along Aliso Creek in the event of a future emergency or for maintenance - a tremendous logistical benefit for both the City and SCWD.
“Through this agreement, the City is able to partner with the South Coast Water District to implement a capital improvement project that will help strengthen both our systems and also provide safeguards to better prevent similar-type incidents from happening again,” said Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig. “Moving forward, an extensive assessment of the NCI system has resulted in options which the City will discuss with the public in workshops beginning in February 2021.”

The public is invited to attend a Special City Council meeting and public workshop via Zoom to address upgrades and long-term solutions for improving the City’s wastewater system on Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.

Since 2002, the City has invested significant resources to increase the reliability of its wastewater system including necessary upgrades, collection system maintenance and treatment plant improvements. The City also continues to see a steady decline in “Beach Mile Days,” which is a decline in the number of days beaches are closed annually due to bacteria levels present in coastal waters.

The ACL settlement agreement proposal will undergo a 30-day public comment period before the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board holds a public hearing to consider authorizing the agreement.

Register Now With Othena to Be Notified When You are Eligible to Make a COVID-19 Vaccine Appointment!

Questions about how to register or COVID-19? Call the new COVID-19 Hotline at (714) 834-2000.

'Senior Cuisine Delivered' Brings Restaurant-Quality Meals to Your Home

Age Well Senior Services and Meals on Wheels Orange County are pleased to announce Senior Cuisine Delivered as part of our comprehensive Covid-response for older adults in Orange County.

The Senior Cuisine Delivered program is designed to provide fresh restaurant-quality meals at an affordable price, delivered safely to doors of participating seniors through Age Well Senior Services.

Second Application Round Now Open for California’s Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program

Application period ends Monday, February 8; Free application webinars offered daily in several languages

Round 2 of the State's Small Business COVID-19 Relief Grant Program is now open through 6:00 p.m. Monday, February 8!

The $500 million program is intended for small businesses and nonprofits impacted by COVID-19. Grants range in size from $5,000 to $25,000. Approximately half of the available funds were awarded in Round 1, with disbursement beginning January 22, and the remainder will be awarded to eligible businesses in this second round.

The application portal will remain open through 6:00 p.m. February 8. Eligible applicants who submitted all necessary documents in Round 1, but did not receive a grant, will be rolled over for consideration in this second round – there is no need to reapply.

Bus Depot Public Restrooms Closed Next Week for LBCWD Repair

On Tuesday, February 9, from 5:00 p.m. to Wednesday, February 10, 6:00 a.m., the Laguna Beach County Water District (LBCWD) will be closing the #2 northbound lane of Broadway between north Beach Street and Forest Avenue, as well as the #1 left turn lane from Cliff Drive onto Broadway for a replacement of a damaged hydrant and hydrant valve.

No detours are expected, but the public restrooms near the bus depot will be closed during this time. For more information, contact the LBCWD at (949) 464-1041.

A new art installation at the amphitheater in Heisler Park is nearing completion. It should be grouted and sealed by the end of this week!
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