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City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

November 25, 2010

The following is from the Laguna Beach City Council meeting of Nov. 16. Mayor Elizabeth Pearson was absent due to illness.

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Design Board appointments challenged

During public comment, Peter Navarro read a statement requesting that the October appointments for the Design Review Board be nullified because one member of the Council voted for two candidates rather than three, that voting procedures be clarified, and that the alternate position be reinstated.

In response, Councilmember Verna Rollinger, who acknowledged that she had voted for only two applicants, said she was not the first to cast fewer votes than allotted, had done it before and probably will do it again.

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"I am sorry Mr. Navarro is so concerned about the appointment process," Rollinger said.

However, the process has been vetted by the city attorney. Council members are not obliged to vote for three applicants just because three seats are open, Rollinger said.

"And if I had used my third vote, the outcome would not have been different," Rollinger said. Arnold Hano corrected Navarro's statement that three members of the council are Village Laguna members. There are only two, said Hano, a founder of the group.

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Egly on Bike Summit

Councilwoman Jane Egly requested and was granted appointment as the council representative to the Coastal Cities Bike Summit, which is working to create a bike lane on Coast Highway. Egly also continued to inform folks of what is being done to reduce Laguna's reliance on imported water.

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Olive Street lot sale

City Manager Ken Frank reported that a purchase agreement with Mark Christy for lots above the Festival of Arts has been modified. At present, the city will retain two lots on Olive Street to insure that the Pageant is protected from light and noise that might have been caused by future development. There will be some impact on the Capital Improvement Fund, but there will be no postponement or delay on capital improvement projects.

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Runoff exemptions nullified

An amendment to the city code that eliminated lawn watering and irrigation run off as exempted discharges was approved unanimously on the second reading.

WHAT IT MEANS

Violators will be noticed and given a deadline to comply with the ordinance, which may be appealed.

Enforcement may include fines and ultimately legal action by the city.

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Big wheel parking restrictions

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