May 9, 2003
Barbara Diamond The city's previously rosy financial picture has some thorny problems this year. "After enjoying several years of a booming economy, which allowed the city to augment its services and staffing, we are approaching the 2003-04 fiscal year in a relatively austere condition," City Manager Ken Frank said. The City Council will hold a public workshop at 9 a.m. Saturday in the City Council chambers to clarify, justify and discuss the proposed budget.
April 23, 2010
Regarding ?Chamber wants more liquor sales,? March 26. I was so disturbed that my hands are shaking with shock over the possible acceptance of this casual proposal to have more alcohol in our community. Here we are trying to convey to kids that drugs and alcohol will steer you into a downward spiral, and yet our chamber wants to have more sales to boost our economy. What is more important: the future of our society or sales? How can we continue to support positive decisions for our children when our leaders want to push the tide against them?
January 9, 2009
More was promised. Here it is, culled from the pages of the Coastline Pilot. July 4: Heisler Park was reopened with a ribbon cutting and public picnic. Hot dog! The annual fireworks display celebrated the birth of the nation, but it also heralded the opening of the 2008 Festival Season. July 11: Councilwoman Toni Iseman suggested adding another level to the Glenneyre Street Parking Structure. The council voted unanimously to re-up Police Officer Jason Farris’s duty as outreach to the homeless for at least another year.
April 23, 2004
BARBARA DIAMOND The countdown has begun for the new rocket ship at Bluebird Park. The "Rock-it for the Rocket" held Sunday at Tivoli Too brought in $13,500 toward the replacement of the Bluebird Park icon, torn down due to deterioration. The goal is to raise matching funds from private donations to match the city's pledge of up to $55,000. The fund total as of Wednesday was $42,393.97. The City Council recognized Sonia Campbell -- not the artist -- on Tuesday for her splendid organization of the Sunday event.
August 12, 2011
Christa Johnson has been appointed the new assistant city manager of Laguna Beach, according to the weekly update from City Manager John Pietig. She will start her new job Sept. 6. She is taking over the position that was previously held by Pietig. Johnson comes to Laguna after spending the last five years as the assistant town manager for the city of Windsor, north of San Francisco. She has also been assistant to the city manager of Alameda. She received a bachelor's degree in political science from UC Santa Barbara and a master's degree in public administration from San Francisco State University.
September 30, 2010
City Manager Ken Frank at the Sept. 21 council meeting commented on a council candidate's statements that might imply that the council has illegally taxed the residents. Frank was referring to statements made by candidate Emanuel Patrascu, who called fees for sewer service a tax. "There have been reports in newspapers that a candidate has stated that the council increased property taxes," Frank said. "I don't know where that is coming from. " "The council can't raise property taxes without a vote of the people.
June 24, 2010
[The following was addressed to Bob Murray of Bob Murray & Associates, the recruitment firm seeking candidates to replace retiring City Manager Ken Frank.] Dear Mr. Murray: I missed the public meeting to discuss the desired qualities for our new city manager. I hope it's not too late to add my two cents. I am a retired public administrator (MPA) and I have worked in several cities in south Orange County, including Laguna Beach. I've been a classified employee, city clerk appointed by the city manager, and finally a city clerk appointed by the city council.
January 2, 2009
The following items are from the Laguna Beach City Manager Ken Frank?s Friday Updates in December. ? Planning counter hours The Community Development counter will be open from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. Previously, the counter closed at 3 p.m. so staff could complete the paperwork for the day?s activities and to be prepared for the next morning. However, in order to improve customer service and provide as much flexibility as possible, the counter will now be open longer.
November 28, 2003
Barbara Diamond A complex planned for city property on Third Street probably won't be built as proposed because of changes prompted by concerns about the appearance and the costs. "The original project was not realistic, and we are talking about ways to modify it so we can do it," said City Manager Ken Frank, guest speaker Monday at the Village Laguna meeting. Comments on the draft environmental report for the project are being reviewed and responses prepared.