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Meeting with SCE President Pedro Pizarro
7/31/2015  Mr. Pizarro has accepted Mayor Whalen’s request for a meeting which will be held on August 21 in Rosemead. Mayor Whalen and Councilmember Zur Schmiede will be joined by the City Manager, Fire Chief, Director of Public Works, and the City Project Director during the afternoon meeting to discuss ideas to expedite the undergrounding of overhead utilities in Laguna Beach.

Senior Housing Task Force – Needs Assessment Survey
7/31/2015  A select sample of Laguna Beach residents received a survey in the mail to help identify the needs of the City’s senior community members. The deadline for the mail-in survey has been extended to August 10. The response rate from the community is already higher than anticipated, but the City encourages residents that have received the survey to submit their comments. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Belinda Deines, Associate Planner at (949) 464-6626 or

Police Officer Testing
7/31/2015  A competitive Police Officer testing process kicked off last Saturday when staff administered a written exam to qualified candidates. Out of the nearly 300 people applying for these open positions, approximately 50 will be invited to a physical agility exam on August 15, 2015. Individuals moving forward will then participate in a formal interview process taking place over a three day period. Applicants who pass the testing will be placed into a background investigation. Job offers are given to candidates who successfully meets State standards and fit the mold of what the community, and Police Department, are looking for in a Laguna Beach Police Officer.

2015 Juried Fine Art Exhibition
7/31/2015  The Arts Commission is currently accepting submissions to the annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition at City Hall. The competition is open to Orange County artists 18 years of age or older with two dimensional works. The juror will be Malcolm Warner, Executive Director of the Laguna Art Museum. The first place winner will be awarded $1,000. Applications must be made on-line with a non-refundable entry fee of $25. The deadline for submissions is September 8, 2015.

UBER Teams up with the Police Department
7/31/2015  As part of its “Know Your Limits” campaign, UBER has teamed with the Laguna Beach Police Department to prevent drunk drivers from getting on our roadways. As part of an educational outreach campaign, officers will be visiting local bars, restaurants, and nightclubs to meet with patrons and tell them about our program. Drunk driving education literature will be provided along with free UBER coupons for first time riders. The goal is to prevent accidents on our roads caused by individuals who have had “one too many.”

Cultural Arts Plan
7/31/2015  The City of Laguna Beach is in the process of developing an arts and cultural plan. This plan will create a cultural blueprint highlighting Laguna Beach’s strengths, areas of opportunity, and innovative goals for the future. It is important that all Laguna Beach residents have a chance to share their thoughts about the future of our great community. So, help us by completing our survey at The plan is being funded by the National Endowment for the Arts, lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Firefighters Support Library Readers
7/31/2015  Laguna Beach Firefighters, partnering with the Laguna Beach Library and Friends of the Library, will be handing out awards to young readers on Saturday at Bluebird Park. Students from the Laguna Beach Unified School District who have completed at least ten hours of reading during the summer will be awarded “Medals of Recognition” by Firefighters for avoiding the “summer reading slide” and keeping their brains busy. The event will begin at 11:00 a.m. with games and festivities with awards being handed out at noon.

Catalina Los Robles Roundabout Installed
7/31/2015  The City Council approved a preliminary design for a temporary roundabout at the five point intersection of Los Robles, Catalina, and El Camino Del Mar in April 2014. The temporary roundabout was installed last Monday and is fully functional. Because this is a new installation that people are not used to seeing here, delineators were installed as a temporary measure to aid in visibility until people get accustomed to the layout. There are still some aesthetic treatments for the central island that will be added over the next couple of weeks. So far, the feedback from drivers has been very positive. If the installation proves to be beneficial over a trial period of a couple of years, then a permanent installation may be considered.

City Hall Exhibition
7/31/2015  The public is invited to the “Laguna Plein Air Painters Exhibition” artist reception on Thursday, August 6, 2015, at 5 p.m. at City Hall located at 505 Forest Avenue. The exhibition runs through August 14, 2015, and can be viewed Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Former Laguna Beach City Manager Jim Wheaton passed away recently at age 85
7/2/2015  He served the City for eight years, from 1962 to 1970. A California native, Wheaton also served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy. After leaving Laguna Beach he served as City Manager in Corona for 19 years. He became Corona’s longest-serving City Manager before retiring in 1989.

City of Laguna Beach
505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach, California 92651
Phone: (949) 497-3311 Fax: (949) 497-0771