City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

November 21, 2012

The following is from the Nov. 13 City Council meeting. All councilmembers were present.



Mayor Jane Egly and Councilwoman Elizabeth Pearson presented a proclamation to Councilman Kelly Boyd recognizing the Marine Room Tavern as the locals' place to gather to enjoy live music, dancing, fundraisers, election victories, birthday and other celebrations and memorials.

Peterson commended Boyd and his wife, Michelle, for their 25 years of ownership of the tavern, known to regulars as the Mar Bar.




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.

•Sandi Cain thanked the City Council for creating the Disaster Preparedness Committee.

"I know it made a difference in my end of town when we had a fire in September," Cain said.

She said the committee now has a master list of 50 names of people who are prepared to help in times of need.

Pearson said Cain was a wonderful leader of the committee.

•Portofino resident Sue Freeman reported that her neighborhood is the only place in Laguna that gets no cellphone service. She said she cannot drive and if her landline is down, she has no way of contacting anyone for help.

•Neighbor Joy Dittberner said that Verizon was permitted to build a telecommunications facility in Moulton Meadows in 2010, but the project has not materialized.

"We want to know what the next steps would be," Dittberner said.

Egly said usually folks complain about the installations, not about the lack of them.

•Robert Ross congratulated the two newly-elected City Council members, and he thanked the residents who had voted for him.

Ross discussed the Laguna Terrace Trailer Park's pending lawsuit, said the California Coastal Commission has no jurisdiction, and urged the city attorney to ensure the case is dropped.

He was advised by City Attorney Philip Kohn that the city is not a party to the lawsuit and has no involvement or participation whatsoever.

•Wayne Baglin, chair of the Laguna Beach Alliance for the Arts, thanked Mayor Pro Tem Rollinger and Mayor Egly for all they had done for the arts community in Laguna Beach during their service on the City Council. He listed the events on the November, December and January calendars and thanked the community for supporting the arts in Laguna Beach:

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