Laguna Beach City Council to consider return of summer concerts

Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen and councilmembers Toni Iseman and George Weiss begin an in-chambers meeting.
Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen and council members Toni Iseman and George Weiss begin an in-chambers meeting of the Laguna Beach City Council.
(Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

The Laguna Beach City Council at its meeting scheduled for Tuesday will consider a return of some summertime performances.

After the council previously suspended spring and summer concerts on March 9, the council will consider a proposal from the Arts Commission with a handful of city-funded events.

The performances include Music in the Park at the Festival of Arts on four summer Sunday afternoons, as well as Sunset Serenades each Friday evening in September.

Also included were a Circus Bella event and a “Welcome Home Concert,” to be held in late September and late October, respectively.

A staff report said that the “Sunset Serenades” concerts have happened on Fridays at Heisler Park since 2008, running from 5:30 p.m. to sunset at the amphitheater.

The performances are being recommended for approval on the condition that state and county guidelines concerning COVID-19 allow for the events to take place.

The council is expected to begin the meeting by honoring John Pietig, the retiring city manager, with a proclamation.

The proclamation acknowledges Pietig for 32 years of public service. He spent 20 years serving the community of Laguna Beach, where he was an assistant city manager for 10 years before serving as city manager for the past decade.

Prior to the regular meeting, a budget workshop will take place. City staff will give a presentation to the council regarding the proposed budget for the fiscal year 2021-22.

The budget workshop is scheduled to run from 3 to 5 p.m., with the regular meeting of the City Council to follow at 6 p.m.

The public is invited to give input during this session. The council is then scheduled to adopt the budget on June 15.

Laguna Beach City Council meetings are currently being held in a hybrid format that allows for public participation in person and online.

Members of the public who come to Council Chambers may wait in line to speak on a subject of interest and then exit the building. A face covering is required while speaking in person.

The meeting can be accessed virtually via Zoom at, and it can also be viewed by tuning in to Cox cable channel 852.

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