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City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

May 08, 2012

The following is from the May 1 City Council meeting:

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Extraordinary Business

Mayor Jane Egly presented a proclamation to David Horne's service to the city as long-time chair of the Laguna Coast Fire Safe Council and procurer of grants to fund programs that help protect the city from fire.

"I would like to give you a fire engine, but I will give you a proclamation instead," Egly said.

The proclamation extolled Horne's efforts that helped fund the Red Flag Patrol and Fire Alert Flag Program, which provide "extra eyes" to the fire professionals during Red Flag conditions and alerts passing motorists via the flags.

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Funding also was provided for the "chipping" program to assist in the removal of excess residential vegetation, the Water Wise and Fire Safe Garden at the Laguna Beach County Water District offices on Third Street and the Wildland Urban Interface Watchers, who monitor the solar-powered, computer-linked cameras strategically placed in Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.

"I am stunned," said Horne, who recently retired as chair of the Fire Safe Council. "I didn't think anyone noticed.

"I was here tonight to introduce my replacement, Dennis Grzeskowiak, who applied for the PTC and luckily you didn't appoint him."

Horne, an academic, said he gave himself the title of chair emeritus.

"He's got a proclamation and I am feeling inadequate," Grzeskowiak said.

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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.

• Lesley Domiano announced that 450 swabs were gathered in Laguna Beach in response to her plea for bone marrow donors for herself and others in need of a transplant. Donate Life personnel said that 10 to 30 prospective donors generally sign up in a drive.

Domiano expressed her thanks to the prospective donors 16 and older to 60 or younger, who signed up in the three drives organized in Laguna.

"I am so lucky to be part of this community," said Domiano, although no match was found for her in the drives.

•Eli Grossman, who has filed claims against the city, continued his verbal attack on the Laguna Beach Police Department, city staff, the city attorney and the City Council.

•Bruce Hopping asked residents to vote for Verna Rollinger and Lisette Chel in the November election.

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