New assistant city manager named
Christa Johnson has been appointed assistant city manager, according to City Manager John Pietig.
She will start Sept. 6. She is taking over the position previously held by Pietig.
Johnson comes to Laguna after spending the last five years as the assistant town manager for Windsor, north of Santa Rosa. She has also been assistant to the city manager of Alameda, near Oakland.
She received a bachelor's degree in political science from UC Santa Barbara and a master's degree in public administration from San Francisco State. She and her husband, Carl, have two children.
Friends of Newport Coast closes up
Friends of the Newport Coast has been dissolved, according to a letter from the nonprofit group to supporters.
Its board of directors voted in June to disband. Over its 35-year history, the group has helped protect almost 80% of the coast between Newport Beach and Laguna Beach.