City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

April 26, 2012

The following is from the April 17 City Council meeting:



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.

•Laguna Beach High School students Garrett Burk, Barrett Thornton, Chloe Jackson, Briana Boyd and Nathanial Colburn urged the public to participate in the Laguna Beach Police Department's Prescription Drug Takeback Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. The students are active in the campaign to educate teens and parents about prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse issues.


•Katherine Doe announced that rental assistance vouchers were available from the Orange County Housing Authority. She said the Section 8 housing was opened recently for the first time in seven years and suggested that low-income families, disabled veterans and senior citizens investigate their opportunities.

•Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts Chairman Wayne Baglin reported that the annual Art Star Awards event, which was attended by Dana Gioia, past president of the National Endowment for the Arts, was sold out. He said competition was stiff for the seven different awards that were presented.

Baglin proclaimed the recent Laguna Dance Festival spectacular. Mayor Pro Tem Verna Rollinger and Councilwoman Toni Iseman concurred.

Baglin also announced upcoming cultural events, including the world premiere of "Tickled Pink" at the Laguna Playhouse, No Square Theatre's "Berlin on Broadway" on April 27 and 28, the First Thursday Art Walk on May 3 and the Arts Commission's Friday Sunset Serenades beginning May 4 at Heisler Park.

He thanked the council for its continued support of the arts in Laguna.

•Rick Gold reminded everyone that May is Heritage Month in Laguna. The Heritage Committee will be putting on several events, including an opening ceremony May 3 at Madison Square and Garden Café. There will be guided walking tours downtown throughout the month.

•John Blauner spoke of the medical fallout from low-level radiation after Fukushima. He urged tighter controls over nuclear power facilities.



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

•City Treasurer Laura Parisi commended Bank of America, which was named Corporate Patron of the Year at the Art Star Awards.

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