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This Week's City Council Action

City Council to Explore Options to Build New Community Pool

On Tuesday, March 12, the City Council reviewed alternatives for a future community pool facility. Options under consideration included joint use of a 50-meter pool planned by the Laguna Beach Unified School District at the existing site across from Laguna Beach High School or construction of a new 25-meter pool at an alternate site that would be built, operated, and maintained by the City. Following considerable public input the City Council deliberated the options and determined to not contribute toward design and construction of the District’s approved 50-meter pool and to instead include in the City’s Facilities Master Plan (Plan) will look at options to construct a 25-meter City-owned and operated community pool at a site to be included.

Fire Department Gives Report on In-House Ambulance Program

On Tuesday, the City Council received a report regarding the City's in-house ambulance program for Fiscal Year 2022-23. During that timeframe, the ambulance program completed 2,568 calls for service, 1,494 transports, and maintained an average ambulance response time of 7 minutes, which is 8 minutes faster than the Orange County benchmark for an ambulance response. The ambulance program also operated with a surplus of $42,000.

City Council Approves Mid-Year Budget Adjustments

On Tuesday, the City Council approved mid-year budget adjustments to the Fiscal Year 2023-24 Adopted Budget and salary schedules for Fiscal Year 2023-24. The City Council also approved the additional appropriations and adjustments by adding $300,000 to the Open Space fund, $200,000 to the Housing Fund, and $20,000 to the Laguna Canyon Foundation.

The Next Regular Meeting of the City Council is Tuesday, March 26 at 5:00 P.M.

The "Tentative Agenda" is strictly tentative and there is no guarantee that items listed will be agendized as scheduled due to changing priorities, new information, staff workloads, and other unforeseeable events.
The Week That Was (TW2) is an update on City business in previous weeks.

New Video Podcast: Stu New's Fair Game with Tom Johnson & Mayor Sue Kempf

In this week's Fair Game podcast with Tom Johnson, Mayor Sue Kempf recaps this week's City Council meeting including the discussion of a new Laguna Beach community pool and evaluating the first year of the City's in-house ambulance program.
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Community Celebrates 7th Annual Arbor Day Celebration at Boat Canyon Park

Last week, the City held the 7th annual Arbor Day Celebration at Boat Canyon Park. Attendees enjoyed live music, plant giveaways, and composting demonstrations. City Arborist Matthew Barker also announced the winners of the Arbor Day art contest. The event concluded with kids planting a new Torrey Pine tree with Mayor Sue Kempf and Councilmember Mark Orgill.
Last week, Mayor Sue Kempf and Mayor Pro Tem Alex Rounaghi attended the completion of the South Coast Water District's Tunnel Stabilization & Sewer Pipeline Replacement project. The project took seven years and involved replacing aging sewer pipelines and stabilizing critical infrastructure to prevent potential failures and ensure continued service to customers.

Inspiring New Art Installation "Dream Big" Takes Center Stage at City Hall

Last Thursday, the City held a public art dedication for "Dream Big" by Elizabeth Laul Healey on the City Hall lawn. Healey spent three months creating a 9-foot-tall watchdog statue named "Dream Big". The sculpture, filled with symbolism, features circles representing the circle of life and cherishing loved ones. Healey hopes her artwork inspires individuals to pursue their dreams fearlessly and have faith in themselves, encouraging them to aim high and persevere in their goals.

Adorable Ariel is Still Looking for a Loving Home

Ariel is a two-year-old spayed female black and tan Doberman. She is quiet and gentle, but also playful and affectionate when she becomes comfortable around others. She is missing a leg, but that does not stop her from walking with ease.

The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter adoption procedures are designed to make sure that both the potential family and the animal adopted are in the very best situation possible. The Laguna Beach Animal Shelter is located at 20612 Laguna Canyon Road. For any questions, please call (949) 497-3552.

LBHS to Host Annual ASICS Laguna Beach Trophy International Track Meet

The Laguna Beach High School Track and Field program is hosting the ASICS Laguna Beach Invitational track meet with over 1000 athletes participating. The field events will begin on Friday, March 15 starting at 2:00 p.m. and the track events will start on Saturday, March 16 at 7:30 a.m.

Expect traffic delays and parking congestion before, during, and after the event. Parking is available on the City streets and City parking lots around Laguna Beach High School.

Non-Profits: One Week Left to Apply for 2024 Community Assistance Grants!

The Community Assistance Grant Application period is open until March 21, 2024. Each year, the City of Laguna Beach provides Community Assistance Grants to local non-profit organizations that provide special services to residents.

The objective of this program is to assist local organizations in funding new projects or expanded services within the community. Grant awards are decided by the City Council.

Adult Indoor Pickleball Courts at Boys & Girls Club

Starting Monday, March 18, Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach will be opening the doors to the community for adult indoor pickleball.

The Boys & Girls Club has three courts with absorption reducing playing surface to reduce impact immediate injuries and long-term injuries. The courts make it possible to play pickleball rain or shine.
  • Pickleball days and times: Mondays & Wednesdays 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
  • Cost per player: $10/hour for doubles play (beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays)
  • Cost per court: $20/Hour for singles play (four spots must be reserved for singles play)

Listen to This Week's Live Music at the Promenade 🎶

  • Friday at 5:30 PM: Brian Roark
  • Saturday at 5:30 PM: Beth Wood
  • Sunday at 5:00 PM: Kai Kalama

Enjoy Your Weekend Ahead! 🌴

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