The following is from the Laguna Beach City Council meeting of Jan. 16:
Approved without comment:
TRAFFIC TICKET PROCESSING, 5-0
The council authorized City Manager Ken Frank to contract with Turbo Data to process parking citations starting Feb. 7 and appropriated $36,000 from the Parking Fund to pay for the service for the rest of the fiscal year. Estimated parking citation revenue was increased by $34,000. The company will not be involved with the citing parking violations.
The City Council directed the city manager to develop a plan to improve customer service at City Hall. A percentage of the community will be surveyed on municipal services, at an estimated cost of $9,000 from the Community Services Department budget. Recommendations will be presented during budget discussions for the upcoming fiscal year.
CIVIC ART DISTRICT CODE CHANGES, 4-1
The council adopted a resolution to amend development standards for the Civic Arts District in the Downtown Specific Plan area, a resolution adopting the associated Local Coastal Program amendment and a request for certification of the amendment by the California Coastal Commission.
The revised building standards would include exceptions to the height restrictions on structures that benefit the public, including student housing specifically for a four-year art college in town, affordable artist housing and work space, significant arts-related uses, parking garages (such as the garage in the proposed Village Entrance) and/or public buildings that meet the intent of the Civic Art District.
An increase was also proposed in the allowed number of three in-lieu parking certificates if approved by the council as part of a public/private partnership or other fees established under a parking management program for all parking demands resulting from an intensification of use.
“If we sell the spaces, we better have the spaces,” Councilman Boyd said.
Kinsman voted no, but asked to have the record reflect that her vote was an objection only to issue of actual in lieu spaces.
“If someone pays for spaces, they should have an actual space, rather than a ‘phantom’ space,” Kinsman said.
RV OFFSTREET PARKING, 5-0
The City Council directed the city manager to explore options to keep recreational vehicles out of the public’s view in residential districts.
UNIMPROVED ALISOS AVENUE ABANDONED, 4-1
A resolution was adopted to conditionally abandon a 200-foot lineal portion of Alisos Avenue adjacent to 800 La Mirada to preclude the owner from granting access easements to the abandoned area and increase the total side yard setbacks to 25 feet, not necessarily evenly divided. Staff was directed to visit the property to ensure the terms of a revocable encroachment permit are observed. Mayor Iseman voted against the resolution.
Labor negotiations with the associations of the Laguna Beach Police and Municipal Employees; reviews of the City Attorney’s litigation status and tort claims; Broadway Partner; law suits titled Griswold vs. City, Miller vs. City and J. Kramer Corp vs. City; and possible acquisition of property. No action was reported.