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Briefly In The News

December 15, 2011

Weekly update from the city manager

•There's only a couple weeks left for residents to take advantage of free bulky item and hazardous waste pickups.

Every year, residents are allowed two free bulky item pickups and one hazardous waste pickup. Waste Management will pick up large items like furniture and appliances and up to 20 plastic bags of yard waste, according to City Manager John Pietig.

Reusable items will be delivered to Goodwill, and all other items will be sorted and recycled. To schedule a pickup, call Waste Management at (949) 642-1191. For hazardous waste collection, call WM Curbside Inc. at (800) 449-7587.

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A list of acceptable items for pickup can be found on the city's website.

•City-owned public parking lots have been registered with Streetline, a "smart parking system." Residents can get the Streetline application on their smartphone to see where parking lots are, what the payment system is like and how long they may park in the lot. Download the app at http://www.streetline.com.

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Community foundation taking donations

The Laguna Beach Community Foundation is available to assist with year-end charitable gifts, according to a news release.

By establishing a Donor Advised Fund, a donor can obtain a 2011 tax deduction and then make recommendations in the future for charitable distributions to any nonprofit.

Donors also can make a tax-deductible donation to any of the following funds maintained at the Laguna Beach Community Foundation.

The One World One Ocean Foundation Fund was established by the MacGillivrays, to help provide resources needed to protect and preserve our oceans and keep them healthy. Donations help fund education programs and support films, television programs and public engagement projects.

Glennwood House Fund assists the Glennwood House Foundation in their capital campaign to provide housing for special-needs young adults in the building at Ruby Street and South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach.

Disaster Fund assists in emergency disaster relief and prevention. This fund provided $25,000 in disaster relief after the December 2010 flooding.

Claes Andersen Hospitality Scholarship Fund, established by Georgia Andersen and her children to honor Claes Andersen, distributes money to the Laguna Beach High School Scholarship Foundation or similar entities or educational institutions.

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