City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

October 08, 2012

The following is from the Oct. 2 City Council meeting. All council members were present.



Mayor Jane Egly presented Bree Burgess Rosen, founder, producer and director of "Lagunatics," with a proclamation recognizing the show's 20th anniversary.

"Lagunatics" is a musical parody that has been making fun of Laguna Beach since 1992, while raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for local charities.


Egly proclaimed "Lagunatics" the official musical "Roast of the Coast."

Egly also presented a proclamation honoring Montage Laguna Beach for its recognition by Conde Nast's "Traveler" magazine as an environmentally and socially responsible company.

The magazine recognized the hotel with the 2012 World Saver Award. Montage Laguna was one of 15 recipients and the only hotel in the United States to receive the award.



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.

•Charlotte Masarik thanked the council for the city's website and for free WiFi.

•Bruce Hopping said the city lost a significant amount of history when the Treasure Island Trailer Park was replaced by Montage Laguna Beach. Hopping said Treasure Island and El Morro Trailer Parks were the tribal headquarters for the Gabrielino Native Americans. He would like to see the tribes recognized by the Laguna Beach Heritage Committee or the Historical Society and urged the council to have a special agenda item dedicated to the history of Laguna Beach.

He also expressed gratitude to City Manager John Pietig for fixing the street light at Thalia Street and South Coast Highway.

•Arnold Hano said he had a meeting scheduled with City Manager Pietig to discuss the importance of undergrounding all the power lines in Laguna Beach. He was very concerned about fire and would like to see the citywide undergrounding of utilities expedited.

•Kathryn Doe announced her plans to be a write-in candidate for City Council in the upcoming election.

She also expressed concern about a proposed Orange County Transportation Authority fare increase and said the bus schedule should be extended.

•Andrew Soliz, who had uses a tipi and sweatlodge for sacred Native American religious ceremonies in his Bluebird Canyon backyard, asked the council to consider refunding the fines he had paid while trying to comply with city regulations.

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