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City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

May 01, 2013|By Barbara Diamond

The following is from the April 23 City Council meeting. All council members were present.

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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.

•Billy Fried of La Vida Laguna pronounced the Earth Day Kelp Fest on April 20 the "perfect intersection of art and activism."

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Fried, a Coastline Pilot columnist and ardent supporter of bicycling for recreation and transportation, reported that he and several residents attended the Arts Commission meeting on April 22, to request that the commission allow artists to build beautiful sculptural bike racks.

•Sally Coffey announced the next fundraiser for the South Laguna Garden Park will be held June 7 at the Laguna Nursery. For more information about upcoming events or to make a donation, visit http://www.southlaguna.org/garden.

•Robert Ross opined that the city didn't need to spend money on an evaluation of the city's transit system, which he said is functional. He suggested the city purchase trolleys, preferably electric ones, rather than rent them.

Ross also voiced his concern about the number of attorneys listed in the Laguna Beach phone book. He wanted assurance that they are being taxed.

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COUNCIL AND STAFF CHAT

Council members and staff report on events they have attended, people with whom they have met and other items of public interest.

•City Treasurer Laura Parisi said she attended the Orange County Treasury Oversight Committee's April 23 afternoon meeting and the California Municipal Treasurers Assn. conference, held April 17 to 19 in Anaheim, which was focused on investing while the interest rates were low, safe investing and liquidity.

•City Clerk Lisette Chel-Walker announced that applications for four seats on the Arts Commission and two seats on the Planning Commission are available in City Clerk's office or online at http://www.lagunabeachcity.net. The two-year terms for both commissions will begin July 1.

May 14 is the deadline to submit applications to the City Clerk's office is. Interviews and appointments will be held at the May 21 council meeting.

•Councilman Steve Dicterow said a tremendous number of locals enjoyed last Saturday night on Ocean Avenue where the merchants remained open late into the evening. He said it was a great opportunity for all "Lagunatics" to interact, and he hopes the merchants will repeat the event.

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