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City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

December 13, 2011

The following is from the Dec. 6 City Council Meeting. All members were present.

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EXTRAORDINARY BUSINESS

Retired Fire Capt. Bobby Scruggs was honored for 30 years of service to Laguna Beach and its residents.

He joined the Fire Department in 1981. He was promoted to engineer in 1983 and to captain in 1992. He retired in June.

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Scruggs said he is enjoying his retirement, but his wife was not as much.

City Manager John Pietig came down from the dais to personally thank Scurggs for his service and wish him well.

"I have been a part of just about every disaster in Laguna, so hopefully it will quiet down now that I am retired," Scruggs said.

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PUBLIC COMMENT

Bruce Hopping said that his Kalos Kagathos Foundation had made substantial contributions to the community over the last 40 years. He thought that Councilman Kelly Boyd planned to issue a proclamation recognizing him and his foundation. He asked when that might occur, as he was 90 years of age and not getting any younger.

COUNCIL AND STAFF CHAT

Councilwoman Elizabeth Peason announced a meeting on economic development assistance with the new Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kris Thalman, Assistant City Manager Christa Johnson, Iseman and Planning Commissioners Linda Dietrich and Anne Johnson.

"Over the past two years, the Planning Commission has not turned down a single application," Pearson said.

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CONSENT CALENDAR

The council unanimously agreed with the city claims adjuster's recommendation to deny of a claim filed on behalf of Leah Rogers, who said she fell on the sidewalk in the 300 block of North Coast Highway, and Community Recovery Coordinator Robert Burnham's recommendation to deny claims filed by Chubbs Inc., also known as Dog Ranch Bed and Breakfast, and Meowskers, both at 20401 Sun Valley Drive and related to the Dec. 22 flooding.

The council adopted a resolution to declare Dec. 15 A Day without a Bag to encourage the use of reusable bags for all stores.

Harris & Associates won by unanimous vote a contract not to exceed $438,000 for the construction management services for the Lifeguard Headquarters and Public Restroom project of Main Beach. The company's application was one of more than 20 received.

Bert Gross, representative for Four Leaf, one of the four finalists, asked the council to reconsider its decision because the company misunderstood the process.

Pietig said the company was respected, but the other applicants appeared to have a better grasp on what the city wanted.

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