Our Laguna: A final look at an eventful 2010

January 20, 2011|By Barbara Diamond
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And finally…a brief look at what went on in Laguna in the last three months of 2010, culled from the pages of the Coastline Pilot.

Oct. 1: Geo-Technical Engineer Hannes Richter presented awards to Mayor Elizabeth Pearson from the California Geotechnical Assn. and from the American Society of Civil Engineers for the restoration of Bluebird Canyon.

"[The landslide] was a disaster, but it was also a defining moment for the residents and the city to work together," Richter said.

The Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee recommended the elimination of a ban on downhill skateboarding from a proposed ordinance, subject to council approval.

Members of the Laguna Beach Sister Cities Assn. visited Indian Territory on North Coast Highway to learn about a culture closer to home than Menton, France, the first of Laguna's sibling communities.


City Manager Ken Frank disputed City Council candidate Emanuel Patrascu's statements that seemed to imply that the council had illegally raised property taxes.

Patrascu stood by his accusation, based on his position that charging for sewer service is a tax.

Oct. 8: Frank announced that larger-than-expected revenue from property transfers put the city in a more robust financial position than anticipated when fiscal year 2010-11 began July 1.

The Laguna Dance Festival drew crowds to Main Beach

Oct. 15: Four successive years of increases in water rates were recommended by the Laguna Beach County Water District commissioners to offset escalating wholesale costs. About 70% of the district's prudent water-using customers won't see much difference in their bills, district General Manager Renae Hinchey said.

City staff was instructed to seek willing sellers of Edison financial allocations for undergrounding utilities to be acquired by the city to pay for a district on a section of Laguna Canyon Road.

Oct 22: A dramatic storm illuminated the night sky over Laguna on Oct. 19 and 1.6 inches of rain fell in a 24-hour period — a portent of what was to come before the year ended.

The fireworks many had expected in the City Council candidates' forums final erupted. Mayor Pro Tem Toni Iseman lashed out at incumbent challenger Patrascu for his quote she called a lie on an election flier. He stated that Iseman had raised taxes in Laguna by $11 million. Quite a feat if true, Iseman said, since the whole council can't raise taxes without a vote of the people.

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