City Council Meeting Wrap-Up

May 29, 2013

The following is from the May 21 Laguna Beach City Council meeting. All council members were present.



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.

•Morrie and Barbara Granger announced that a fundraiser for the South Laguna Community Garden will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. June 7. Revelry at the garden will include libations and a silent auction.


•Kathryn Doe encouraged residents to pay close attention to the news and to be better prepared for a disaster.

•Arnold Hano backed Councilman Robert Whalen's recent complaint about the length of time it takes to complete utility undergrounding projects. Hano said that the estimated six years is too long.

•Bruce Hopping recommended the city install mobile skateboard facilities and register skateboarders to ensure they know the traffic laws.



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

•Whalen said he enjoyed participating in the Spring Classic Golf Tournament, sponsored by Mayor Kelly Boyd, to raise funds for several local nonprofits.

He announced that the Boys & Girls Club fundraiser held recently at the Montage Resort set a fundraising record and that the Laguna Art Museum board of trustees has two new members, including Keith Swayne.

Whalen is on the board of the club and represents the city on the museum board.

•Councilwoman Toni Iseman cited an article in the Los Angeles Times to illustrate her request for an inventory of all utility poles in town to make sure they are active and not overloaded. Iseman said the article stated that Southern California Edison had agreed to pay $37 million to resolve concerns about overloaded utility poles that sparked fires that burned more than 3,836 acres.

She also said undergrounding utility poles is imperative in light of the disaster in Oklahoma, where folks were unable to contact loved ones because above-ground poles were destroyed in the recent tornado.

•City Treasurer Laura Parisi announced that Bank of America's community assistance group had allocated $35,000 to $50,000 to the Laguna Art Museum and the art festivals.

She also reported that the time has come to issue a request for proposals from banks to service the city.

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