After the City Council reviewed a refinement of the Vision Laguna
Final Report, the steering committee saw how high the climb would be
to officially integrate the recommendations into the city’s general
plan and budget.
“The next phase will be tough as the community gets involved,”
admitted Fred Droz, committee chairman. “The final report was the
beginning and this will be a continuing process.”
Last March the City Council directed the steering committee to
boil down the “Vision Laguna 2030 Final Report and Strategic Plan”
and return with a consolidated action item list. The steering
committee appointed John Thomas and Melissa O’Neal to comb through
the report, eliminating duplicate action items and providing a status
report on each item. The result is a list of 33 action items and a
corresponding table that lists the status of each action item and who
is responsible for handling each item.
Droz stressed that the list is a supplement to the final report,
not a replacement. He recommended on behalf of the committee to
select and empower a committee to oversee the actual implementation,
to hold a community-wide validation event such as a convention or
community workshop, a public opinion survey, the development of a
12-24 month plan and the institution of an annual status report. As a
next step toward the implementation process Mayor Wayne Baglin
suggested conducting a workshop to further clarify what needs to be
done by the city, by the private sector or as a joint project.
Councilman Steve Dicterow questioned if this was a list of policy
goals, followed by Councilwoman Cheryl Kinsman who wanted to know
what would specifically be done next to clarify the city’s
responsibilities. Councilman Paul Freeman stepped in and suggested to
further refine the list.
“I would be happy to try and prepare an agenda bill item working
with the steering committee and suggesting very specific next steps,”
He said he would like to see a boiled down report brought back
before the City Council in two or three meetings. The council did not
vote to approve or oppose the report.
However, Thomas pointed out that the action items are not all
necessarily the responsibility of the city.
“People at large can take action,” he said. “This is not a list of
33 things the city has to do but rather things people would like to
He cited that a group of private citizens have begun work forming
the Laguna Institute, a proposed center for speakers, resident
intellectuals and artists and residents, community arts and crafts
facilities. Moreover he also cites that the parking study and steps
against mansionization are already in place.
“We’ve made good progress,” Droz said. “We look at this as a
continuing, ongoing plan.”
Droz plans to meet with Freeman to begin planning how to move
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-- Mary A. Castillo