City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

September 12, 2012

The following is from the Sept. 4 City Council meeting. All council members were present.



Mayor Jane Egly presented a proclamation to Dave Thomas and Kevin Mundt commemorating the 20th anniversary of AREO, a gift and home décor shop on Ocean Avenue.

An open house was to be held Sept. 8 to celebrate the anniversary.

Egly commended AREO for it success, thoughtful service to its customers and generosity to Laguna's charities and nonprofits.

Thomas and Mundt expressed thanks to their loyal customers.




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.

•Thasa Zuziak thanked the council for organizing a very special party for Olympic Gold Medalist Annika Dries, a Laguna Beach resident.

Zuziak said more than 350 people attended the event at the community pool at which Dries signed autographs for two hours.

"That night when we were looking at pictures, [Annika ] said 'It was so much more than I could ever have dreamed of,'" Zuziak said.

Zuziak commended Director of Community Service Ben Siegel, Recreation Supervisor Tom Toman, Pool Manager Adam Gufarotti and his staff for their effort.

City Manager John Pietig said the staff was so enthusiastic about hosting such an event, Gufarotti had even deflated and painted American flags on several water polo balls.

"They would have had a Navy fly-over if it didn't conflict with the city's noise issues with planes," said Pietig, who also commended staff.

Egly said one of the highlights of her very busy month was meeting the gold medalist and showed off the memory banner from London, autographed and presented to the city by Dries. The banner will be displayed at the community pool.

•Bruce Hopping said that while serving in the South Pacific in World War II the ability to swim had saved his life several times. Hopping said the city should require all Laguna Beach children to learn to swim, free of charge in the community pool.

•Jonathan Paul stated the stability of his house at 31885 Circle Drive is threatened by any proposed construction of a patio on the edge of an unsafe cliff on the property below his home.

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