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City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

June 13, 2012

The following is from the June 5 Laguna Beach City Council meeting.

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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.

•Two representatives of Greenbox Electronic Recyclers said the city is losing out on a free disposal of e-waste service because city zoning forced them to remove their containers from city streets. Matt Miller, founder and CEO of GreenBox Electronic Recyclers, and Jaime Gonzalez, company president, claimed that the company prevented more than 14,000 pounds of carbon emissions from polluting the atmosphere in a 30-day period.

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•John Kountz announced that the annual Field Day for amateur radio operators in the United States and Canada will be held June 23 and 24. The local operation will be set up on the fire road between Moutlon Meadows and Top of the World. The public is invited to visit, and they may communicate with anyone else in the world from that location.

•An emotional Charles Nick asked people to show compassion for others.

•Kathryn Doe was distressed by a letter she received from personnel at the Susi Q saying that she was no longer welcome there. She was concerned that it might curtail her attendance at Housing and Human Services Committee meetings, which are held in the facility shared by Laguna Beach seniors and the city.

City Manager John Pietig said that he would investigate whether Doe's banishment would affect her right to attend city committee meetings, which are held in community center areas of the facility.

Doe also requested information on filing nomination papers for a seat on the city council.

•Dee Smith recommended public storage areas be installed perhaps near public restrooms so tourists coming to the beach would have a place to park their belongings while shopping and dining in town.

She commended the city for its trial of bus service to the Susi Q, but recommended later bus service on weekends. She also suggested placing a security camera system or a security guard at the bus station to discourage people from aggressive behavior.

•Eli Grossman said that parking tickets were being issued illegally, and he accused Police Department parking personnel of a lack of knowledge and misuse of public service.

He said he too will run for City Council.

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