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City Council Wrap-Up

January 15, 2010

The following are from the Jan. 5 City Council meeting.

PUBLIC COMMENT

Dennis McHale asked on behalf of the Canyon Land Conservation Fund and Transition Laguna for reimbursement of the fees for renting the Festival Forum Theater and associated administration fees for the screening of a film.

Stephanie Skenderian announced the Laguna Beach Woman’s Club’s annual Mayor’s Appreciation Luncheon will be Feb. 5 at the clubhouse on St. Ann’s Drive.

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COUNCIL/STAFF CHAT

The council offered to split the fees for the rental of the Forum Theater, but the offer was declined. The fees remained in place.

Mayor Elizabeth Pearson reported meeting with Rep. John Campbell’s staffer Lew Penrose about the preservation of the South Laguna Post Office, which has been short-listed for closure.

The list of possible closures in Orange County by the Postal Service to save money has been reduced from 20 to two.

Pearson reported that Penrose is aware of the situation and has been able to help preserve some other small stations.

FESTIVAL OF ARTS LEASE MODIFICATION, 5-0

Modifications proposed to clarify the boundaries and legal description of the site, limitations on demonstrations at other locations and council approval for specific capital improvements on the grounds.

WHAT IT MEANS

The amended lease updated the site plan of the premises and approved $1.4 million in capital improvements as eligible for reimbursement from the Festival Capital Improvement Fund.

Reimbursement will be paid out over the next five or six years as the required 6% of specified revenues are paid annually into the improvement fund.

EXTERNAL LINKS ON THE CITY WEBSITE APPROVED, 5-0

The council adopted a revised website policy that incorporates the more common external link policies of other local cities, amending the city’s previous practice of limiting external links to federal, state, educational institutions, school districts and similar governmental agencies; links to local nongovernmental sites with broad community interest such as the Chamber of Commerce, Visitors Bureau and art festivals; and links added at council such as the Arts Directory.

WHAT IT MEANS

Links in general will consist of city-related programs, services, activities, policies and committees, but no political groups or individuals unless the link is to a website that contains only speech the city wishes to adopt as its owns as indicated by council action.

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