Editor's note: Laguna Beach City Manager Ken Frank is retiring in December after 30 years with the city. In this column, he shares what he sees as the "top 10" most significant accomplishments of the city administration during the past three decades.
No. 9 on the list is the annexation of neighborhoods that belong in the city. Adding these neighborhoods to the city affords a higher level of public service to these residents and enables the city to control unwanted development in those areas.
Much of Laguna Beach was laid out and developed outside city boundaries in unincorporated Orange County. Over the years, these areas have gradually been added to the city. Annexation of these parcels increases the efficiency of our city and county governments because the county does not have to serve isolated pockets. During the last three decades, there were six neighborhoods annexed to Laguna Beach, all of which are within the Laguna Beach School District.