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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | January 6, 2011
The City Council on Tuesday approved negotiations with the provider of electric car charging stations for the installation of two stations in the city-owned Forest Avenue/Laguna Canyon parking lot. The council's support was based on charging tourists with fees for the service and parking, which will be limited to three hours. "Let's do this," said Mayor Pro Tem Jane Egly. The charging equipment is funded by grants made available by ChargePoint America. The city would pay the electricity costs and the $21,000 installation fee. The council says the fees will offset the cost of electricity and the loss of an estimated $23,000 in parking revenue over the next eight years from the two dedicated spaces, actual amounts to be determined.
NEWS
June 16, 2011
City gets grants to beef up police positions The Laguna Beach City Council has accepted a $100,000 state grant to fund permanent positions in the Police Department. The grant is made from the Supplemental Law Enforcement Services Fund, established through the Citizens Option for Public Safety Grant, or COPS, which was signed into law in 1996. The Clinton administration program funds local frontline law enforcement services. Design Guidelines team honored Zoning Administrator Liane Schuller, who created Laguna's award-winning Design Guidelines for residential development, and volunteer committee members were honored at the May 17 Laguna Beach City Council meeting.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2008
• GM stresses over self-imposed Volt timeline but remains committed to it: General Motors plans to launch its plug-in hybrid gas/electric car, the Chevrolet Volt, by the end of 2010 despite skepticism at GM about that target. As the race to bring a mass-market, rechargeable electric vehicle to the market heats up, GM Vice-Chairman Bob Lutz said employees working on the Volt are becoming nervous. “There is a lot of skepticism within the company about the timeline,” Lutz said at the Reuters Autos Summit in Detroit.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | June 23, 2011
With hybrids and electrics showing up more on Laguna Beach streets, the city showed support for green vehicles Tuesday by revealing two electric charging stations. Located at the Forest Avenue and Broadway parking lot, the stations are free for the first four hours. Electric car drivers from all over Southern California came to not only check out the stations and each other's vehicles, but to charge their rides as well because most electric vehicles can only travel 100 miles per charge.
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By Gustavo Grad | December 2, 2010
Perhaps no technology will transform society in the coming years as much as that related to personal transportation, since transportation is one of the most pervasive factors playing a negative role on the atmosphere. How to provide choices and flexibility to mobility needs is a question many have for a long time. A sign of our times is that peak-oil and economic uncertainty has plunged the automobile industry into a state of flux, and that soon the internal combustion engine will be obsolete, the question is: What's next?
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By Barbara Diamond | February 27, 2013
The following is from the Feb. 12 City Council meeting. * 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. View Equity Committee member Chairman Larry Nokes reported the committee had held its first meeting, (the second took place Feb. 19) at the Third Street Community Center. He encouraged public participation. * 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.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | May 5, 2011
The City Council on Tuesday took a somewhat dim view of a proposed amendment to the city code to regulate outdoor lighting on private property. It decided a draft of the proposal recommended by the Planning Commission needs some tweaking. Mayor Pro Tem Jane Egly was appointed to work with the sub-committee that created the draft. She will report back at the July 12 council meeting. "Hundreds of hours have been devoted to this," Mayor Toni Iseman said. "What can be salvaged?
NEWS
September 5, 2003
Ebell Club names new board of directors The Ebell Club of Laguna Beach has appointed Cristina Calderone as president of the 2003-04 Board of Directors. Also installed were Mary Thomson, vice president; Joyce Winter, treasurer; Ginny Preston, recording secretary; Karen Baker, corresponding secretary; and Carrie Joyce and Eleanor Tiner, directors. Calderone has been very generous with volunteering her time to programs such as Meals on Wheels; has been corresponding secretary for the Laguna Charm House Tour for several years; is co-director of an AIDS Care Team; is a member of the Episcopal Churchwomen Evening Guild; and has helped build homes for Corazon and Habitat for Humanity.
LOCAL
By Barbara Diamond | June 13, 2008
The Island Party rocked the Woman’s Club of Laguna Beach on Saturday night and raised more than $20,000 for the Resource and Relief Center. “It was a great event,” said Councilman Kelly Boyd , honorary chairman of the fundraiser. The club’s new floor got a workout with dancers stomping to the rollicking music of Sedona, while cast members of “Lagunatics” were having way too much fun rehearsing the parodies they performed later in the evening.
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June 16, 2011
City gets grants to beef up police positions The Laguna Beach City Council has accepted a $100,000 state grant to fund permanent positions in the Police Department. The grant is made from the Supplemental Law Enforcement Services Fund, established through the Citizens Option for Public Safety Grant, or COPS, which was signed into law in 1996. The Clinton administration program funds local frontline law enforcement services. Design Guidelines team honored Zoning Administrator Liane Schuller, who created Laguna's award-winning Design Guidelines for residential development, and volunteer committee members were honored at the May 17 Laguna Beach City Council meeting.
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By Barbara Diamond, coastlinepilot@latimes.com | January 6, 2011
The City Council on Tuesday approved negotiations with the provider of electric car charging stations for the installation of two stations in the city-owned Forest Avenue/Laguna Canyon parking lot. The council's support was based on charging tourists with fees for the service and parking, which will be limited to three hours. "Let's do this," said Mayor Pro Tem Jane Egly. The charging equipment is funded by grants made available by ChargePoint America. The city would pay the electricity costs and the $21,000 installation fee. The council says the fees will offset the cost of electricity and the loss of an estimated $23,000 in parking revenue over the next eight years from the two dedicated spaces, actual amounts to be determined.
BUSINESS
January 4, 2008
• GM stresses over self-imposed Volt timeline but remains committed to it: General Motors plans to launch its plug-in hybrid gas/electric car, the Chevrolet Volt, by the end of 2010 despite skepticism at GM about that target. As the race to bring a mass-market, rechargeable electric vehicle to the market heats up, GM Vice-Chairman Bob Lutz said employees working on the Volt are becoming nervous. “There is a lot of skepticism within the company about the timeline,” Lutz said at the Reuters Autos Summit in Detroit.
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