City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

March 12, 2012

The following is from the City Council meeting of March 6.



•The council presented a proclamation honoring the Assistance League's 50 years of service to the city.

•Senior sewer supervisor Graham R. Wright was honored for 30 years of service to Laguna Beach.

"It has been a pleasure to work here and to raise my family here," Wright said.




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.

•The Sister Cities Assn. of Laguna Beach is looking for a second sibling and the public is invited to make suggestions.

The announcement was made by Pat Kollenda, garbed and "patina-ed" as the Statue of Liberty, as she was on the association's float, which took first place in its division in the Patriots Day Parade.

Councilman Kelly Boyd and Mayor Jane Egly volunteered to be on the advisory committee.

Kollenda also announced that the association will be presenting the annual Fete de la Musique on June 16.

For more information about the association or to nominate a sister city, visit website

•Ruben Flores, owner of Visionscape and Laguna Nursery, won first place in a recent West Coast landscape competition for his design of an authentic Italian garden at Don Clurman home.

The tiered garden contains olive and orange groves, reminiscent of Italian gardens along the Amali Coast, and exemplifies the quality of property in Laguna, Flores said.

Flores also received a humanitarian award for his work on the community garden in South Laguna.

Leah Vasquez announced that Flores would be contributing his talent to the Hortense Miller Garden Open House on March 24. The public is invited, and shuttles will be available from the First Church of Christ Scientist parking lot from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

•Karen Philippsen, Laguna Beach Visitors and Conference Bureau president, predicted that international culinary art will be the next wave of tourism. She encouraged folks to visit

•Nancy Farrand spoke on behalf of Better Vision for Children, a nonprofit organization whose goal is to prevent and cure amblyopia — lazy eye syndrome — which if untreated can cause permanent vision loss. Parents need to be educated to have their children screened before it is too late to correct problems, she said.

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