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City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

July 29, 2010

The following is from the July 20 City Council meeting.

EXTRAORDINARY BUSINESS

The council recognized the achievements of the AYSO Spring Select Soccer Team that won the national championship in the 13- to 14-year-old age group, which had 24 entries in the tournament. AYSO has almost 1,000 players in all age-groups in Laguna Beach, but due to vacations, only 11 were available and eligible to compete in the city's entry in the 13 to 14 category, the exact number of players required on the field.

Councilman Kelly Boyd introduced Aggie Dougherty, who distributed seven $2,000 checks to six nonprofits and a scholarship for the son of the late Chris Castro from the proceeds of the Dave LaBohn Memorial Spring Golf Tournament, hosted annually by Boyd. Recipients also included Laguna Beach High School golf teams' the Laguna Beach Community Clinic, accepted by Dr. Tom Bent; the Pacific Marine Mammal Center, accepted by board member Mary Ferguson; Laguna Beach Relief and Resource Center, accepted by board member Faye Chapman; the Boys & Girls Club, accepted by Bob Whalen and the Susi Q.

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Faye Hezar presented a thank you from the U. S. Census Bureau to the city for its participation in the 2010 census.

CONSENT CALENDAR

Consent calendar items are approved unanimously in one motion unless a member of the council, staff or public "pulls" the item, which then requires opening it for public comment and a separate vote.

Among the items approved unanimously:

Shooting Claim

The council denied a claim, without discussion, filed by the Cochran Firm on behalf of John Koenig and Cindy Tobis, successors in interest of Colby Koenig, who was shot to death while allegedly attempting to drive away from an accident scene.

The denial was recommended by the city's claims adjuster, with direction to send a standard rejection letter to start the six-month statute of limitations.

Koenig's death is still under investigation and the name of the officer or officers involved in the shooting have not been made public.

Community Block Grant

A $7,228 Community Block Grant was approved to provide emergency temporary shelter for fiscal year 2010-11.

Reusable Bags

The purchase of 2,000 reusable bags from ChicoBag Co. at a cost not to exceed $13,000, to be distributed free at public events as an incentive to discontinue customers' use of plastic and paper bags at grocery and retail stores was approved.

Historic property owners' taxes

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