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City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

April 13, 2012

The following is from the April 3 City Council meeting. Councilman Kelly Boyd was absent due to illness.

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EXTRAORDINARY BUSINESS

The city declared April Donate Life California month.

Mayor Jane Egly presented the proclamation to Debra Duran, filmed by her daughter, Jennae. The proclamation recognized the need for donors of organs, tissue, marrow and blood. A single donation of a heart, liver, lungs, kidney, pancreas and small intestine can save up to eight lives; a tissue donation can save up to 50 lives; and a single blood donation can help save three people. Almost 9 million Californians have signed up with the state-authorized registry to ensure their wish to be donors is honored.

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About 10,000 people, including Duran's daughter, are expected to participate in the Donate Life Run/Walk set for April 28 at Cal State Fullerton.

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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.

•Amy Walker gave a graphic description of animal behavior she finds offensive. She asked for clear rules prohibiting dogs from grocery store entrances, restaurant patios and areas where people are eating or drinking.

•Arnold Hano declared that 76% of voters in August 1971 approved a citywide height limit of 36 feet. Recent discussions by the Planning Commission about building heights triggered the comment.

•Bruce Hopping suggested the Junior Lifeguards could teach the city's children how to swim, and that the group be honored with a sculpture. He also denigrated the Monument Point memorial to veterans, which he says is not adequate, although approved by the city's veteran posts.  

•Matthew Wood, president of the Laguna Concert Band, reported that the group was one of the city's most active volunteer organizations and is gaining size, recognition and quality.

He presented the council with CDs of a recent performance that featured principal Chicago Symphony tubist, who was featured at a concert held recently at the Laguna Playhouse. Two swing bands, a Dixieland band and a flute ensemble, being tutored by the Pacific Symphony musicians, are subsets of the band.

The downside of the band's success is that the 65-member group no longer fits comfortably in the high school music room where rehearsals are held weekly on Tuesdays.

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