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LAGUNA BEACH CITY COUNCIL WRAP-UP

Councilwoman Elizabeth Schneider absent*

PUBLIC COMMENT

Members of the public are allowed three minutes each to comment on issues not on the meeting agenda. The time may be shortened or lengthened at the discretion of the council.

  • Doug DuMaurier said the Irvine Desalter Project is producing toxic materials.
  • Arnold Hano asked why nothing is being done to halt mansionization.
  • Flatlander Rik Lawrence said the Casa del Camino was in serious violation of its conditional use permit.
  • The hotel owner has been advised that the city interpreted the CUP to mean that only registered hotel guests could use the rooftop deck and bar and if others were found using it, a citation would be issued, City Manager Ken Frank said.

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  • Bruce Hopping said a disservice has been done to Laguna surfers because no art work has been commissioned at the entrance of Brooks Street Beach.
  • Mayor Pro Tem Jane Egly said that the Arts Commission had delayed a Brooks Street art project until completion of street work that would dictate the parameters of a competition.

    COUNCIL/STAFF CHAT

  • Treasurer Laura Parisi announced that she had investigated internet security for banking transactions and is confident that Laguna banks had the best current technology. She said her office has information available to the public on internet banking security and also on the guidelines for investment of public funds.
  • Councilwoman Cheryl Kinsman expressed interest in a desalinization project by the South Coast Water District that will provide water to six coastal communities from San Clemente to South Laguna. The district serves the portion of Laguna Beach south of the pre-annexation border with South Laguna.
  • Kinsman also said she and Egly will be taking a tour of the sewage tunnel under South Laguna in their role as council subcommittee to the water district.

  • Egly announced she is surveying Laguna Beach pParks for potential sites for a permanent or moveable skateboard facility. She said she had seen a fabulous skateboard park on a Santa Barbara beach. Former Councilman Wayne Peterson, a big supporter of a skateboard park in Laguna, was blasted when he said that Main Beach would be an ideal spot for a park in Laguna "” highly visible and accessible, both desirable attributes.
  • Mayor Toni Iseman reported meetings with Vic Opincar and Walker Reed, the Vector Control Board and the Festival Coordinating Committee. She also attended the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club luncheon honoring Jean Raun as the club’s Woman of the Year.
  • “She probably should have been named Woman of the Decade,” Iseman said.

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    CONSENT CALENDAR

    Consent calendar items get approved in one motion unless a member of the council, staff or public “pull” the item, which then requires opening it for public comment and a separate vote.

    Approved without comment:

  • Minutes of the adjourned and regular meeting at 3 p.m., May 15, and the adjourned and regular meeting at 6 p.m., May 16.
  • Denial of a class action claim filed against the city by Jeff Layne, who objected to being assessed for expenses related to his arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence. City Attorney Philip Kohn recommended the denial after his office reviewed the claim.
  • General warrants of $4,626,541.53, disbursed on May 18; the May 10 payroll of $553,283.82;, and the May 24 payroll 24 of $615,636.84.
  • City treasurer’s report for April showing a portfolio of cash and investments totaling $67,642,408.02.
  • Resolution extending the Bluebird Canyon Emergency Declaration, which is valid for only 21 days and must be renewed.
  • Authorization for the city manager to enter a contract with Christopher A. Joseph & Associates for the preparation of a Lavender Lane project environmental impact report.
  • The use of structures and a public address system for the annual Little League Fiesta, to be held Saturday.
  • Purchase of piping manifolds from Southland Pipe Corp..
  • Rejection of all bids received for the Shaws Cove Lift Station reconstruction.
  • Pulled for discussion:

  • Staff direction to update the council at the July 10 meeting on the status of the South Laguna Streetscape project. Approved 4-0.
  • Agreement with the three art festivals for summer parking and authorization for Iseman to write a letter on behalf of the Festival Coordinating Committee to ask the Laguna Playhouse to voluntarily contribute to the costs of operating the festival lots. Approved 3-1, Iseman opposed.
  • A grant application be filed with California Integrated Waste Management Board for the Household Hazardous Waste Grant; direction to staff to look for a stationary site for hazardous waste disposal and to explore alternate ways to dispose of hazardous items. Approved 4-0.
  • EATERY SMOKING BAN 4-0

    A ban on smoking in outdoor areas of restaurants was unanimously approved on the second reading of a proposed ordinance amendment.

    HELP WANTED 4-0

    Residents of Laguna Terrace Park asked for a council resolution to ensure that the property will continue to operate as a mobile home park.

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    The council directed the city manager and attorney to report on regulations and policies that support the continuation.

    WASTEWATER CITY REP APPOINTED 4-0

    The City Council appointed Egly to serve as the city’s alternate representative to the South Orange County Wastewater Authority, from which Councilwoman Elizabeth Schneider has resigned.

    CITY GRANT SUB-COMMITTEE 4-0

    Egly and Kinsman were appointed for the third year in a row to review requests from local organizations for city council grants and to make recommendations to the council for deliberation at the Tuesday (June 19) budget hearing.

    CLOSED SESSION

  • Unspecified existing litigation
  • Possible acquisition of 16,000 feet along Laguna Canyon Road from Caltrans
  • Labor negotiations between the city and the Police Employees Association
  • No action was reported taken at the closed session, which is required by the state’s Brown Act

    ADJOURNMENT

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    9:25 p.m.

    NEXT MEETING

    The council will meet next at 4 p.m., Tuesday. Tentative agenda:

    *Adoption of the 2007-08 budget

    *Homeless Task Force recommendations

    *Councilman Kelly Boyd’s request for reconsideration of South Laguna easements

    *Formation of a sub-committee to study traffic congestion on Laguna Canyon Road at Anneliese’s School, requested by Iseman

    *Community/Senior Center design review

    Meeting agendas are available by 4 p.m., on the Thursday prior to the meeting in the City Clerk’s Office in City Hall, 505 Forest Ave. Agendas are also published on the city’s web site, www.lagunabeachcity.net, by 5 p.m. on the Friday before the meeting. For more information, call (949) 497-0705.


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