Mayor previews year's projects

He also reviews progress made last year on conservancy issues, calls for a view ordinance 'with teeth.'

January 10, 2013|By Barbara Diamond

Mayor Kelly Boyd gave the traditional State of the City update at the Laguna Canyon Conservancy Dinner Monday night at Tivoli Terrace.

Boyd, who sounded and looked healthier than at any time since his back surgery last year, previewed projects the council will address in 2013 and recapped city accomplishments in 2012 of interest to the conservancy.

"We bought 59 acres of open space — the McGraw and McGehee parcels — with [Proposition] 12 funds, and we are working on an additional purchase with the remaining funds," said Boyd, setting the tone for a group that has not always been in sync with his political objectives.


"We opened passive parks on Laguna Canyon Frontage Road near Woodland Avenue and on Park Avenue," he continued. "We improved the Artist Work/Live ordinances to provide density and parking incentives — trying to keep artists here in town. It is important to support young artists like those studying at the Laguna College of Art and Design."

Boyd also pointed out that the city had maintained the Alternate Sleeping Location in Laguna Canyon, which received a $50,000 grant to help defray expenses at the shelter. Boyd initiated the Homeless Task Force in 2008 that led to the formation of the Advisory Committee on Homelessness in 2009, which recommended the establishment of a nighttime shelter.


A look at 2013

"Some key community discussions in 2013 include the Village Entrance," Boyd said. "We have been working on it for years and we will continue to work on it.

"The bottom line is money. There have been so many alternatives proposed that no final decision has been made."

The Downtown Parking Management Plan is also in the works, Boyd said.

One of Boyd's concerns is the cost of the city's transit system, which now totals $800,000 a year, and could go as high as $1 million in the next couple of years, he said.

"We have to find a way to offset the cost," Boyd said. He said that he wouldHe said that he would support increased weekend trolley service if fares were charged.

During the Q & A period after his talk, Boyd said he isn't one to increase taxes, but he believes that a $2 fare is a good deal to get downtown for dinner and drinks.

Another long-term issue will be revived at the Jan. 15 council meeting when Boyd will propose a view ordinance "with teeth," which wasn't viewed favorably by the audience.

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