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City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

September 30, 2010

The following is from the Laguna Beach City Council meeting of Sept. 21.

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Great Park acquisition supported

The council voted unanimously to send letters to the Federal Aviation Administration and Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein supporting Irvine's acquisition of 1,000 acres of open space north of the Great Park for a wildlife refuge.

"We are trying to preserve habitat," said Laguna Greenbelt Inc. President Elisabeth Brown, who requested the city's support for the acquisition.

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The action was added to the agenda as an emergency item that came to the council's attention after the agenda was published.

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Parking Day report

Transition Laguna spokesman Les McClosey congratulated the participants in the PARKing Day event held on Sept. 17. He said the event, which is held in 21 countries on six continents, is designed to call attention to the consequences of a city being overwhelmed by automobiles.

Park-like or recreational settings occupied parking spaces along Forest Avenue throughout the day. Some of the participants were castigated by people who had difficulty in finding parking spaces.

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HIV/AIDS funds allocated

The council unanimously approved the recommendation of the HIV Advisory Committee to allocate direct services HIV/AIDS funds totaling $8,000 to: Laguna Beach Community Clinic — $5,000; Laguna Shanti — $2,000; and AIDS Services Foundation — $1,000.

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Loudspeakers code amplified

The council gave unanimous tentative approval to some changes in the wording of the section of city's municipal code related to loudspeakers as proposed by City Attorney Philip Kahn.

WHAT IT MEANS

If approved at the second reading the code would be amended to prohibit the use of loudspeakers from 9 p.m. to 9 a.m. rather than 5 p.m. to 9 a.m.

Wording on the use of loudspeakers near hospitals, churches, schools, courthouses and City Hall was changed to read "Sound shall not be emitted in a manner that unreasonably disrupts, obstructs, impairs or interferes with the normal use and operation of such facilities for their intended use."

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Customer service enhancements

City staff presented 15 recommendations on ways to improve customer service in the Community Development Department at City Hall, 11 of them unanimously approved by the council .

Among the 11 approved:

•Turn no one away even if they come for assistance outside posted hours for service;

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