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City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

February 16, 2012

The following is from the Feb. 7 City Council meeting. All council members were present.

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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.

•City Clerk Martha Anderson announced that three residents will be appointed to two-year terms on the Recreation Committee and four residents to two-year terms on the Parking, Traffic & Circulation Committee. Applications are due in the city clerk's office by 5 p.m. Tuesday.

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•Councilman Kelly Boyd reported that he had received several phone calls from residents living near the Spencer Treatment Center on South Coast Highway. The residents are concerned about cars parked on their streets for what they consider lengthy periods relating to the center. He asked staff to look into it.

•Mayor Pro Tem Verna Rollinger attended the Soka University exhibition of Ron Chilcote's photographs of the Greenbelt, which will run through the first week in May. Rollinger said the exhibit is a reminder of why Lagunans spent so much time and effort saving the Greenbelt.

•Mayor Jane Egly said she'd spent considerable time since the last council meeting on water issues.

She was impressed with information on how to inform people on the way their actions affect the water, presented at a session at Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park's new Watershed Learning and Resource Center.

She attended a meeting of the South Coast Water District Advisory Board and learned from Laguna Beach County Water District General Manager Renae Hinchey that Laguna had achieved a 26% reduction in water usage in November and an 18% reduction in December.

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CONSENT CALENDAR

Consent calendar items are approved unanimously in one motion unless a member of the City Council, staff, or public "pulls" the item, which then requires opening it for public comment and a separate vote.

Among the items approved unanimously:

•Participation in a program that makes the city eligible for community block grants, which have been earmarked in the past for cold weather shelters and for other federal funding.

•An agreement to administer Measure M2 funds for the Irvine Cove Community Assn.'s Storm Water Diversion Project to divert debris and runoff to a nearby sewer lift station. Homeowner associations are not eligible to directly receive M2 funds, requiring city participation, which will cost the city nothing.

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