The following is from the City Council meeting of Jan. 10.

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EXTRAORDINARY BUSINESS

•Orange County Human Relations Commission representative Bill Wood presented the City Council with a certificate of appreciation for its support of the commission.

"It isn't like this in all cities," Wood said.

Wood reported that the commission mediated in 94 cases involving Laguna Beach. One hate crime was documented in 2010.

•Orange County Grand Jurist Don Dillon urged folks to apply to be on the jury. Dillon said the pay is not great, but jurors do get a reserved parking space at the courthouse while doing work that educational and worthwhile.

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PUBLIC COMMENT

The public is allowed to speak on any subject not on the agenda. Speakers generally are limited to three minutes, but the time can be adjusted by the council.

•South Laguna resident Christopher Toy recommended undergrounding utility power lines for safety, with improved neighborhood appearance an incidental benefit.

Toy said that trees or limbs falling on power lines have been responsible for a number of devastating fires, and downed power lines cannot be crossed by emergency personnel until the utility company has cut the power, which can hobble firefighters.

Property owners should be educated about the danger, the cost of undergrounding should be lowered and the process sped up, opined Toy. He said group discounts should be sought for the hookups from the utility to the homes, which can add $5,000 to $25,000 to the cost of undergrounding, and grants to subsidize the projects.

•Arts Commissioner Pat Kollenda listed a number of upcoming activities on the Alliance for Arts calendar, including Laguna Dance Fest, "Lonesome Traveler" at the Laguna Playhouse, Art Star Awards, Laguna Beach Music Festival, Laguna College of Art & Design student exhibit at City Hall and No Square Theatre's production of Chris Quilter's original "My Funny Valentine." For more information, visit http://www.allianceforarts.org.

•Robert Ross said the California Coastal Commission had served its purpose and should be "axed."

•Richard Picheny complained that three years have passed since he contacted the city about problems on the Groves property in South Laguna. Picheny said a spokesperson for the property owner had indicated that action would be taken within a year, but to date nothing has been done. He asked the city to take action if there is no action in the next six months.

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COUNCIL AND STAFF CHAT

Council members and staff report on events they have attended, people with whom they have met and other items of public interest.

•City Manager Pietig announced that a property in Arch Beach Heights had been donated to the city.