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City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

November 23, 2011

The following is from the Nov. 15 City Council Meeting. All members were present.

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EXTRAORDINARY BUSINESS

Laguna Board of Realtors President Gary Boison Check presented a $6,987.26 check to the city for the installation of air conditioning in the holding pens at the Laguna Beach Animal Shelter.

The funds were proceeds from the annual Pet Parade and Chili Cook-off, hosted by the board's Charitable Assistance Fund.

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PUBLIC COMMENT

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•Marian Pack spoke again about safety issues associated with the aging San Onofre nuclear plant. She urged the council to follow San Clemente's lead and send letters to California Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission asking that the plant's license not be extended for another 20 years when it reaches its 40-year permit period in 10 years.

Councilwoman Verna Rollinger said that she would like an agenda item exploring actions taken by San Clemente and actions Laguna could take to be better informed on what to do in an emergency.

The Disaster Preparedness Committee is looking into emergency plans and will shortly submit a full report, according to Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson. Mission Hospital is the designated disaster center, Pearson said.

Pearson said she is pleased with the committee's work and what they are doing to ensure adequate information on what needs to be done before, during and after a disaster and the organization of neighborhoods.

•Gallery owner Mark Chamberlain said that Faye Chapman and Alan Boinus had approached him some time ago to put on an exhibit at BC Space in recognition of the city's participation in National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week.

The result was an exhibit featuring Chapman's photographs of Laguna's homeless population, along with works by other artists, to run through Dec. 22.

Donations of $361 raised at the show were presented to the city with the hope of opening the Alternate Sleeping Location for the homeless on really cold days, Chapman said.

Chapman also thanked the artists who contributed bowls to the Hunger Bowl fundraiser, the restaurants that filled them and the buyers, which included Councilman Kelly Boyd and Deputy City Clerk Lizette Chel.

Boinus asked for donations of coats and socks to the Laguna Relief & Resource Center. Chapman said women's shoes are also needed.

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