Input on Laguna's transit system sought

Laguna Beach will seek public input Feb. 10 on ways to improve the city's transit system.

IBI Group, Inc., a consulting firm, was hired to review the city's transit system and make recommendations for improvements. The company has studied the main-line bus service, summer trolleys, taxi service and senior transit provided by Sally's Fund.

The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in the community room at The Susi Q center, 380 Third St.

In other transit-related news, the city has expanded the role of part-time transit coordinator Anne Belyea, a Laguna Beach resident. She will be assisting Deputy City Manager Ben Siegel on implementing this summer's trial parking rate hikes, which the council approved last month, according to a news release.

Belyea has a master's degree in business administration and previously worked as the executive director for the South Coast Metro Transportation Management Assn., according to the release.

Her transportation background will assist in the evaluation and implementation of new parking programs and their linkage to public transit services, the release said.


Community assistance grants

The city is accepting applications for the fiscal year 2014-15 Community Assistance Grant Program.

This program is available to nonprofit or public organizations that provide services to residents of Laguna Beach, a city news release said.

More information regarding the grant program, including the application form, is available on the city's website:

Applications must be submitted by mail or in person to the Community Services Department, 515 Forest Ave., by 5 p.m. Feb. 28.

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