City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

May 21, 2012

The following is from the May 15 City Council meeting.



Marine Safety Chief Kevin Snow read a proclamation signed by Mayor Jane Egly acknowledging National Beach Safety Week from May 28 to June 4.

The proclamation gave some safety tips for folks going to Laguna's beaches and the reasons why the rules should be followed.


More than 4.5 million people visit city beaches annually and more than 3,000 of them are rescued every year by Laguna's ocean lifeguards every year, according to the proclamation. In spite of lifeguards' efforts, some people drown, due to a disregard for or ignorance of safe beach practices.

Those practices include knowing how to swim, always swimming near a lifeguard, swimming sober and always following directions from a lifeguard.

The don'ts include never swimming alone, never diving in the water headfirst, protect your neck and don't fight the current.



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.

•HIV Advisory Committee Chairwoman Sarah Kasman reported that the committee last month provided HIV and AIDS educational materials and prevention information to Laguna Beach High School classes.

High school freshman Nicholas Rickoff distributed a brochure he developed titled "HIV/AIDS Update for Teens: What is the Risk No One is Talking About?"

The brochure includes a background on the HIV/AIDS, information on protection and advice to teens to get tested because of the risk of them contracting the disease if they are sexually active. According to the brochure, one in every three new infections will be someone between 15 and 24. Globally, 20- to 24-year-olds account for the second-most deaths from AIDS.

Councilwoman Toni Iseman, who is a member of the committee, said she was amazed at Rickoff's maturity as such a young age.

•Christine Rhoades, president of the board of the Laguna Beach Dance Festival, announced that the "Smithsonian Magazine" ranked Laguna as one of the Top 20 small towns in the United States and singled out the festival as a terrific art event.

Rhoades thanked the council for its support of the festival and for past Community Assistance funds, which are allocated annually in the city budget

Rhoades said two stellar troupes will be performing at the Laguna Playhouse in September.

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