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City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

February 02, 2012

The following is from the City Council meeting of Jan. 24.

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PUBLIC COMMUNICATIONS

The public is allowed to speak on any subject not on the agenda. Speakers generally are limited to three minutes, but the time can be adjusted by the council:

•Speaking on behalf of the Orange County Marine Protected Area Council, Laguna Ocean Foundation Chairwoman Louise Thornton announced that new regulatory signs are being posted, as well as new maps in harbors and at boat launching sites.

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She said an environmental training workshop was held last year for various enforcement agencies, and others are planned.

Thornton distributed brochures developed in collaboration with the state Department of Fish and Game regarding Orange County's marine protected areas.

•Wanda Delgado expressed concerns about dangerous behavior by skateboarders on Skyline Drive. She asked the Council to do something to protect the children and noted that Laguna Beach was becoming a destination for an extreme sport.

Councilwoman Toni Iseman said that she would like to revisit the skateboarding issue to review incidents and enforcement of the approved regulations.

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COUNCIL AND STAFF CHAT

Council members and staff report on events they have attended, people with whom they have met and other items of public interest:

•Pietig clarified the funding for the Main Beach Lifeguard Headquarters project, which he said might have been misunderstood in a published account. Costs are relatively close to the estimate provided when the project was approved, he said.

•Councilman Kelly Boyd reiterated that trees, views and safety, as stated at the council retreat are his main goals this year.

Councilwoman Toni Iseman said that one of her priorities, also stated at the retreat, is timely code enforcement.

Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson said one of her biggest goals is to make the Village Entrance finally happen.

•Mayor Jane Egly reported attending the Orange County Mayors Breakfast and said there are plans to connect the open space on both sides of the 405 Freeway so that wildlife would be able to go back and forth.

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