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By Bryce Alderton | October 31, 2013
Landscape architects and Laguna Beach planning commissioners are working to give the city's landscape-related policies teeth. The Landscape and Scenic Highways Element Committee's goal is to consolidate two existing documents that focus on landscape and scenic highways into one unified section of the city's general plan. "This element [document] seeks to create a long-term comprehensive plan that highlights the significance of our picturesque natural setting and unique artistic heritage," reads a description on the city's website . The group includes lead consultant Greg Vail, a former Laguna Beach planning commissioner, current commission Chairman Robert Zur Schmiede, Commissioner Anne Johnson, landscape architects Ann Christoph and Robert Borthwick, and Assistant City Planner Belinda Ann Deines.
NEWS
October 3, 2003
Focusing on fire prevention The Laguna Beach Fire Department joins the National Fire Protection Assn. and fire departments across the nation to observe Fire Prevention Week, which begins Monday and ends Oct. 11. The focus is to reinforce three areas of fire safety: talking about and practicing a home fire escape plan, eliminating home fire hazards and installing/maintaining smoke detectors in your home. The fire department reports that recent information shows that about 85% of fire deaths occur in the home and the majority take place between the late night and early morning hours.
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October 3, 2008
The Laguna Beach Fire Department joins the National Fire Protection Assn. and fire departments across the nation to observe Fire Prevention Month 2008, marking the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. ?Our focus this year is to encourage the community to regularly check for home fire hazards, both inside and out,? said firefighter/paramedic Thomas Padden, the fire department?s community education coordinator. ?With a little extra caution, preventing the leading causes of home fires ?
NEWS
October 4, 2012
The Laguna Beach Fire Department, along with the Orange County Fire Chiefs' Assn., are encouraging residents to have a plan in place if a fire breaks out in their home. The efforts of local fire officials are part of the national theme for Fire Prevention Week, "Have Two Ways Out," according to a news release. During October, firefighters will visit local schools and participate in emergency drills to educate people about fire safety and emergency preparedness. On Oct. 13, the public can visit any of Laguna's four fire stations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and take tours, meet local firefighters, check out the fire engines and ask questions about safety.
LOCAL
October 6, 2006
Fire prevention focuses on kitchens The Laguna Beach Fire Department joins the National Fire Protection Assn. and fire departments across the nation to observe Fire Prevention Week 2006, Oct. 8-14, marking the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. The focus this year is to spread the word that more fires start in the kitchen than in any other part of the home. Residents are encouraged to inspect their homes for fire dangers, and to create a fire-safe environment, ensuring that working smoke alarms are properly placed throughout homes and offices.
NEWS
By Candice Baker | September 6, 2007
“I don’t know who’s more nervous — the kids or the parents,” said El Morro Elementary School Principal Chris Duddy as he surveyed parents perched on tiny chairs in Lisa Williams’s kindergarten class on Wednesday. The parents had arrived with their kids for kindergarten orientation on the first day of school, but the former were the ones being orientated. Their offspring — bedecked in pink dresses, button-down shirts and even a cowboy hat — gallivanted on playground equipment outside, oblivious to the frowns of concentration in their new classrooms.
NEWS
October 8, 2004
Andrew Edwards When hot winds blow, a group of Laguna volunteers are charged with making sure the town keeps its cool. Members of the Red Flag Patrol program watch out for signs of fire when the risk for a blaze is greatest, typically when Santa Ana winds blow through Southern California in fall and early winter. Laguna graphic designer Pamela Adams has served on fire patrols since 2002. The dry winds inspired her to keep a lookout for nearby fire dangers.
NEWS
October 5, 2007
Building listen to fire safety proposals The city of Laguna Beach Building Division and Fire Department provided an insight into future proposals specific to building fire safety into homes and commercial buildings in Laguna Beach. The Oct. 1 meeting was well-attended by local building professionals. The city of Laguna Beach geographical area is designated as a Fire Hazard Severity Zone pursuant to the California Public Resources Code. The firestorms of 1993 resulted in this enactment.
NEWS
September 16, 2010
Three large homes have burned in Laguna Beach since Aug. 24, and none of them had working smoke detectors, according to fire officials. This is especially shocking in Laguna, where a raging wildfire destroyed some 300 homes in 1993. Fortunately, conditions this summer have been relatively safe as far as the potential for wildfire is concerned, but in at least two of the recent blazes, adjacent homes were threatened and one neighborhood was evacuated. No lives have been lost, but families have been left homeless and valuables have been destroyed.
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By Josh Aden | June 28, 2007
As summer crowds begin to storm Laguna's beaches, the city's safety organizations are gearing up to keep Fourth of July festivities safe. The holiday is one of Laguna Beach's busiest beach-going days of the year. Marine Safety Chief Mark Klosterman said he expects about 60,000 people to visit the beach Wednesday. Klosterman said last weekend's opening of the summer season wasn't too difficult for the lifeguard staff. The beach only had waves between one and three feet high and there was little in the way of dangerous currents, allowing the beach to be green-flagged all weekend.
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By Bryce Alderton | November 7, 2013
The Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach is one step closer toward using the Lang Park Community Center for one of its programs. The Laguna Beach City Council voted 5 to 0 at its Tuesday meeting for City Manager John Pietig to submit a conditional use permit application for Planning Commission approval, schedule a public outreach meeting and prepare a draft lease agreement. The club seeks exclusive use of the center's multipurpose room for The Laguna Club for Kids (TLC) program, which offers year-round after-school and summer activities for children ages 5 to 12, a city staff report said.
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NEWS
By Bryce Alderton | October 31, 2013
Landscape architects and Laguna Beach planning commissioners are working to give the city's landscape-related policies teeth. The Landscape and Scenic Highways Element Committee's goal is to consolidate two existing documents that focus on landscape and scenic highways into one unified section of the city's general plan. "This element [document] seeks to create a long-term comprehensive plan that highlights the significance of our picturesque natural setting and unique artistic heritage," reads a description on the city's website . The group includes lead consultant Greg Vail, a former Laguna Beach planning commissioner, current commission Chairman Robert Zur Schmiede, Commissioner Anne Johnson, landscape architects Ann Christoph and Robert Borthwick, and Assistant City Planner Belinda Ann Deines.
NEWS
October 4, 2012
The Laguna Beach Fire Department, along with the Orange County Fire Chiefs' Assn., are encouraging residents to have a plan in place if a fire breaks out in their home. The efforts of local fire officials are part of the national theme for Fire Prevention Week, "Have Two Ways Out," according to a news release. During October, firefighters will visit local schools and participate in emergency drills to educate people about fire safety and emergency preparedness. On Oct. 13, the public can visit any of Laguna's four fire stations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and take tours, meet local firefighters, check out the fire engines and ask questions about safety.
NEWS
September 16, 2010
Three large homes have burned in Laguna Beach since Aug. 24, and none of them had working smoke detectors, according to fire officials. This is especially shocking in Laguna, where a raging wildfire destroyed some 300 homes in 1993. Fortunately, conditions this summer have been relatively safe as far as the potential for wildfire is concerned, but in at least two of the recent blazes, adjacent homes were threatened and one neighborhood was evacuated. No lives have been lost, but families have been left homeless and valuables have been destroyed.
LOCAL
October 3, 2008
The Laguna Beach Fire Department joins the National Fire Protection Assn. and fire departments across the nation to observe Fire Prevention Month 2008, marking the anniversary of the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. ?Our focus this year is to encourage the community to regularly check for home fire hazards, both inside and out,? said firefighter/paramedic Thomas Padden, the fire department?s community education coordinator. ?With a little extra caution, preventing the leading causes of home fires ?
NEWS
November 23, 2007
All homes must be made wildfire-safe As portions of Southern California recover from the recent firestorms which ravaged property and businesses, it is wonderful to see Kelly Boyd, Ken Frank and the City Council take proactive action and revaluate city policy focusing on protecting our homes, families and our fireman from the dangers of a Sant Ana driven firestorm. According to the San Diego Fire Department, a home burned every 11 seconds in the recent fires and entire neighborhoods were left to burn, as they were deemed undefendable.
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By Barbara Diamond | October 4, 2007
Laguna Beach building and fire officials are proposing amendments to the new state building code designed to make the city more fire resistant. The proposed amendments will be reviewed at a public workshop, set for 5 p.m Monday in the City Council Chambers. The local amendments would tighten requirements on construction throughout the city “We will be asking for more fire-resistant materials and designs,” said building inspector John Gustafson, who will host the meeting.
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By Candice Baker | September 6, 2007
“I don’t know who’s more nervous — the kids or the parents,” said El Morro Elementary School Principal Chris Duddy as he surveyed parents perched on tiny chairs in Lisa Williams’s kindergarten class on Wednesday. The parents had arrived with their kids for kindergarten orientation on the first day of school, but the former were the ones being orientated. Their offspring — bedecked in pink dresses, button-down shirts and even a cowboy hat — gallivanted on playground equipment outside, oblivious to the frowns of concentration in their new classrooms.
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