Editor's note: 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. 4 on the list of City accomplishments over the last 30 years is: Rebuilding Laguna Beach after Major Disasters.
While we are fortunate to reside in Laguna Beach, one downside is the community's vulnerability to natural disasters, including landslides, fires, flooding and mudslides.
My predecessor and the City Council had already embarked on the rebuilding of Bluebird Canyon after the first landslide in 1977. Construction was in full swing and Oriole Drive, Meadowlark Drive and Meadowlark Lane were back in place. Unfortunately, since then, other smaller landslides have occurred at Del Mar in Arch Beach Heights, on Dunning/Cerritos in Rim Rock Canyon, on Mystic Way and below Las Brisas.