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City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

July 31, 2012

The following is from the July 17 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.

•Festival of Arts President Fred Sattler announced that this summer marked the beginning of a two-year celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Festival of Arts and Pageant of the Masters. He said the Festival and Pageant have attracted millions of visitors to the city since 1932, bolstering revenue for local businesses, contributing to the city's tax base and awarding more than $2 million in scholarships.

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The Festival has contributed to the city's history, as well as its economy, via lease payments that paid off the bonds for the purchase of Main Beach Park, city grants to local nonprofits and most recently a review of the Downtown Specific Plan.

"Residents have no doubt noticed the significant improvements we have made to the Festival grounds, which are a benefit to the entire community and make Laguna Beach an even more appealing destination," Sattler said.

•Kathryn Doe said that she has lived in Laguna for 31 years and is a candidate for the City Council. She needs signatures on her nominating papers and would appreciate support. She said she would be available to discuss issues.

•Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Kristine Thalman announced that Morgan Bixquert, Leo Rousseau and Gauthier Vandermeeren from France and McKenna Nokes of Laguna are interning at the chamber this summer.

All four have been distributing a two-page survey to businesses on a map put together by the Visitors and Conference Bureau. The survey was developed in conjunction with Asst. City Manager Christa Johnson. Results are expected by the end of August.

•Bruce Hopping announced that he was a member of the U.S. Olympic team in 1956 in Melbourne, Australia, again in 1960 in Rome, a member of the Far East Air Force during the war in the Pacific and a 50-year Emeritus Patron of the International Swimming Hall of Fame.

Hopping considers the Heisler Park veterans' memorial a disgrace and urged the Arts Commission to invite designs for a sculpture to truly honor veterans. He asked for recognition of Stuart Saffer, reported that the city's water fountain at Forest and Glenneyre wasn't working and the water was not fit to drink, and asked that his Kalos Kagathos Foundation's mural for Thalia Street be commissioned.

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