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By Barbara Diamond | February 2, 2012
Deputy City Clerk Lisette Chel announced this week that she will run for city clerk. "I have served as deputy city clerk since 2008, under the guidance of Martha Anderson," Chel said. "I believe my experience will benefit the community, and I am excited to announce my candidacy. " As an elected official, the city clerk is independent and responsible only to the people of Laguna Beach, not to the council or the city administration. Her current post is appointed. "The city clerk's job is varied and needs an experienced hand at the helm to meet regulatory requirements established by law," Chel said.
NEWS
October 30, 2008
Martha Anderson is seeking reelection as Laguna Beach city clerk, a post she has served since 2004. The city clerk is a full-time, paid position. Anderson was deputy city clerk for five years under former clerk Verna Rollinger. The city clerk is the city’s legislative administrator, records manager and elections official. In addition to installing elected officials, the clerk swears in promoted police officers and firefighters. A City Hall veteran, Anderson began working for the city 17 years ago, the first five years in the finance and personnel departments and then three years in zoning.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | December 25, 2008
Verna Rollinger probably knows as much about what goes on in City Hall as anyone in town, and now she is in a position to do something about it. Rollinger, who served six terms as the City Clerk before she retired in 2004, was elected to the council in November. It was her second try for a council seat, having lost by less than 200 votes in 2006. “Winning is better,” Rollinger said the morning after the election. Although the council race is non-partisan, Rollinger’s victory was seen as a shift in the political power that swept Democratic candidates into office across the country.
NEWS
May 23, 2012
A candidates forum for the 74th Assembly District will take place from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Friday at Laguna Beach City Hall, 515 Forest Ave. The candidates for the newly redrawn district who will be attending are Assemblyman Allan Mansoor (R-Costa Mesa), a former Costa Mesa mayor and O.C. sheriff's deputy, and Democrat Bob Rush, a Newport Beach resident and activist. The third candidate in the race, Newport Beach City Councilwoman Leslie Daigle, a Republican, told organizers Tuesday afternoon that she would not be participating.
NEWS
January 13, 2014
The city is accepting applications for two committees: recreation and parking, traffic and circulation, according to the city clerk's office. Two two-year terms on the recreation committee are open while four two-year terms on the PTC committee are available. . Terms will run through Feb. 29, 2016. The City Council will interview applicants at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 4, the release said. Laguna Beach residents who are interested in serving on one of these committees can obtain an application from the city clerk's office or from the city's website at http://www.lagunabeachcity.net and file by 5 p.m. Jan. 28. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.
NEWS
By Verna Rollinger | September 26, 2013
For decades, the city clerk has prepared a tentative agenda for upcoming Laguna Beach City Council meetings, listing the items that are tentatively scheduled for council meetings for three or four months in the future. Until recently, the tentative agenda was attached as the last page of the City Council meeting recap and made available on the city's website. This made it relatively easy to find out what the council would be considering in the near future and make plans to attend the meeting.
NEWS
September 3, 2004
Barbara Diamond There's still time to join the City Hall Relay for Life team. Forty-three city employees -- four from the Laguna Beach County Water District -- officials and family members, one South Laguna resident and two representatives from A.G. Edwards have joined the team. More would be welcomed. "All of us have or will be touched by cancer," said Verna Rollinger, city clerk and team leader. "The statistics show that, in the United States, one of every two men and one of every three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetimes.
NEWS
July 16, 2004
Barbara Diamond City Treasurer Laura Parisi was the first candidate to pull nominating papers Monday morning for the local election. City clerk candidate Martha Anderson was the second. Neither had far to travel. The papers are picked up and filed in the City Hall office where Anderson is deputy city clerk, just down the hallway from the treasurer's office. Monday was the first day of the nomination period for the 2004 municipal election. The period ends at 5 p.m. Aug. 6 unless no incumbent files for reelection by the deadline.
NEWS
August 16, 2012
Friday was the deadline to file paperwork for the November election. Five City Council candidates submitted their papers: •Steve Dicterow, who previously sat on the council for 12 years . •Mayor Jane Egly and Mayor Pro Tem Verna Rollinger also filed papers. •Robert Ross and Bob Whalen round out the five. Ross has been known to question the City Council's and city counsel's expertise at meetings . Whalen has served on the school board, the Little League board and the Boys & Girls Club . Candidates were required to get at least 20 signatures from registered voters.
NEWS
By Linda Brown | August 18, 2006
In 1994, Laguna Beach adopted a campaign ordinance proposed by the League of Women Voters, Common Cause, and Shirley Grindle of Time is Now — Clean Up Politics, known as TINCUP, an organization dedicated to campaign finance reform of state, county and local elections. This ordinance placed a limitation on campaign contributions for the offices of City Council, City Clerk and City Treasurer. The campaign contribution limit for the current election cycle is $330. Since the League of Women Voters was one of the primary advocates for this ordinance, we feel a particular responsibility to see that compliance with this ordinance and other required campaign disclosure regulations is uniform.
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NEWS
March 27, 2014
The Laguna Beach City Council is accepting applications for positions on the Heritage Committee, according to a news release. Interviews for four of nine committee positions will be conducted at the regular council meeting at 6 p.m. April 22 at City Hall, 505 Forest Ave. All applicants will be interviewed. The Heritage Committee, which generally meets once a month, advises on matters pertaining to historic preservation such as placement of a structure on the historic register; removal of a structure from the register; creation of a special designation plaque program; alterations to structures; and demolition of historic structures in a commercial zone.
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NEWS
January 13, 2014
The city is accepting applications for two committees: recreation and parking, traffic and circulation, according to the city clerk's office. Two two-year terms on the recreation committee are open while four two-year terms on the PTC committee are available. . Terms will run through Feb. 29, 2016. The City Council will interview applicants at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. on Feb. 4, the release said. Laguna Beach residents who are interested in serving on one of these committees can obtain an application from the city clerk's office or from the city's website at http://www.lagunabeachcity.net and file by 5 p.m. Jan. 28. Applications will not be accepted after the deadline.
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By Verna Rollinger | September 26, 2013
For decades, the city clerk has prepared a tentative agenda for upcoming Laguna Beach City Council meetings, listing the items that are tentatively scheduled for council meetings for three or four months in the future. Until recently, the tentative agenda was attached as the last page of the City Council meeting recap and made available on the city's website. This made it relatively easy to find out what the council would be considering in the near future and make plans to attend the meeting.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | September 5, 2013
Resident Paul Merritt announced Wednesday that his proposed initiative to restrict the Village Entrance Project is moving forward. The city attorney has completed the title and summary of Merritt's proposed initiative as required by election law to get it on the ballot. Merritt plans to publish a notice in the near future. "'We the People' have now gotten to second base with the ballot initiative, and we are pleased with the steady progress," Merritt stated in an email. Merritt's initiative has not been endorsed by Let Laguna Vote, a group that also opposes the Village Entrance Project, which has been approved by the City Council.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | August 7, 2013
The Laguna Beach City Council agreed Tuesday that each member will make an appointment to the Wastewater Management Task Force and the public will not be part of the interviewing or selection process. Applications will be filed in the city clerk's office and made available to the public, but the council will not be required to choose someone who has applied. "If a member of the public wants to know why someone was chosen, they can ask the council member," said Councilman Steven Dicterow.
NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | June 14, 2013
Laguna Beach City Council members will decide whether to accept a legal consultant's suggestion the city deny a man's claim that a police officer mistreated him while he slept in his car on Nov. 30. The matter will go before the council at its regular meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday inside Council Chambers at 505 Forest Ave. The consultant suggested the city "send a standard rejection letter to the claimant [Leonard Porto]," according to a June 10 letter to the city clerk, available on the city's website.
NEWS
May 2, 2013
Ocean Foundation in need of volunteers The Laguna Ocean Foundation is seeking volunteers for its TideWater Docent program, which educates residents and visitors about the ecology in Laguna's protected tidepools. Docents volunteer at Crescent Bay, Shaw's Cove, Heisler Park, Wood's Cove, Goff Island and Treasure Island, all part of the Laguna Beach State Marine Reserve. Those interested have to attend one two-hour classroom training session and participate in on-the-job field training led by a professional, according to a news release.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 2, 2013
The Laguna Playhouse has been awarded a $6,000 grant for its year-round youth education programs, Executive Director Karen Wood said. The grant, provided by the Festival of Arts Foundation, will offer general support for the theater's youth programs, which include stage productions, school visits and a repertory and conservatory. The foundation has supported the playhouse every year since 1994, according to Wood. "It's so lovely of them to do this every year," she said. "It's so important for the kids.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | May 1, 2013
The following is from the April 23 City Council meeting. All council members were present. * 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. " 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.
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