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By Michael Beanan | July 13, 2007
Harvesting urban runoff from dry season flows of "abandoned imported water" has long been a high priority issue in Aliso Watershed planning documents. As a supplement to existing reclaimed water supplies, capturing and recycling urban runoff can actually improve the quality of present reclaimed water quality by substantially lowering total dissolved solids levels for use on golf courses and other irrigation situations. The Aliso Golf Course uses potable drinking water to irrigate its fairways and greens.
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December 25, 2009
The following is from the Dec. 15 City Council meeting. Home Sharing program During public comment, Sally Rapuano, director of La Playa Center for adults learning English as a second language, announced that the Cross Cultural Council has plans to begin a Home Sharing program in Laguna. The program matches non-related people who can share a home, providing the owner with needed services in return for renting a room at a nominal rent. The program has proved successful elsewhere, Rapuano said, and she expressed hope that the council would endorse the plan and perhaps offer financial support in the future.
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December 22, 2006
The city of Laguna Beach has joined with other cities seeking better control of irrigation systems to improve ocean-water quality. Laguna Beach has collaborated with neighboring agencies to be awarded a special grant designed to evaluate the effectiveness of installing "smartimers" and edgescape landscaping to reduce nuisance flows to the storm system, City Manager Ken Frank said. The Smartimer/Edgescape Evaluation Project, called SEEP, is a joint effort coordinated by the Municipal Water District of Orange County.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 5, 2012
Art is a component of the Broadway Street improvements designed to beautify the portal that connects the city to the canyon. The $700,000 project includes renovated sidewalks, landscaping and irrigation, and is partially funded by a $480,000 grant. Sculptures by Cheryl Ekstrom and Marsh Scott will beautify it, if the City Council approves the Arts Commission's recommendations at the July 17 meeting. "This is the first time I have ever won," Ekstrom said. "I felt like Susan Lucci.
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By Bryce Alderton | August 26, 2013
Four Laguna Beach parks will be renovated over the next two years, with improvements centered on turf condition and irrigation. Moulton Meadows and Top of the World parks will be done next summer, and Lang and Alta Laguna parks are scheduled for summer of 2015, said assistant city engineer Mark Trestik. "That way it doesn't compete with AYSO soccer in spring and fall," Trestik said of the summertime scheduling. He said the city has budgeted $2.2 million for all four parks as part of its capital improvement program, which also includes repairs to streets, buildings, street lights and storm drains.
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April 23, 2014
Laguna Beach's water quality department has placed its urban runoff units back online for the summer season. The city maintains 22 of the diversion units, primarily along the coastline. The units redirect to the sewer system irrigation overrun, pollutants such as brake dust, oil, fertilizers and pesticides, and other debris that collects in storm drains. About 8 tons of debris and pollutants are pulled out of the diversion structures and hauled away for disposal each year, according to a city news release.
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By Gary Underhill | November 28, 2008
The 8-cent-per-gallon cost of water quoted in the Coastline Pilot [?Water district OKs rate hike,? Nov. 14] should have been $.004 ($3.02 per unit/748 gallons/unit = $.004 = 0.4 cents/gallon). This does not include the fixed service cost of the meter. At $0.004 per gallon, there is very little motivation to conserve water and the related pumping costs of the energy that is required to deliver potable water 24/7 to our taps from Lake Powell, the Sierras and regional wells. To effect water and energy conservation, we should encourage our water districts to: ?
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By Dan Beighley | May 12, 2006
Occupants of three Canyon Acres Drive homes had a scare Monday when they were asked to evacuate for an hour following a mudslide. The city's contracted geotechnical engineer, Geofirm, determined the slide was a result of over-irrigation, City Manager Ken Frank said. The slide occurred about a half-mile from the Canyon Acres Drive site of a cluster of mobile homes housing victims of the June 1 Bluebird Canyon landslide. Following the landslide, homeowner Peter Hands was called home from work with news that a landslide took place in his backyard.
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March 3, 2006
The Laguna Beach Planning Commission has tacked another year onto the temporary parking permit for Montage Resort & Spa employees. Employees park across Coast Highway from the resort, using the old Unocal property, which the resort owns, and the adjacent strip, which it rents, hoping to buy it if the owners ever agree to sell. The commission voted 3-1 for the extension to Feb. 1, 2007. Commissioner Robert Zur Schiede was absent. Resort owners had requested a two-year extension.
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July 22, 2005
A minor landslide was reported on the 1300 block of Moorea Way in the Mystic Hills neighborhood Sunday evening. The earth slid onto Skyline Rd., which was closed to vehicles throughout the night and also for a time on Monday. No evacuations were ordered. The upper drive was closed to traffic until emergency personnel determined the slide was confined. Minor damage to the curb, gutter and road were reported. "We have not determined the cause, but it was awfully wet up there," city consulting geologist Hannes Richter said.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 5, 2012
Art is a component of the Broadway Street improvements designed to beautify the portal that connects the city to the canyon. The $700,000 project includes renovated sidewalks, landscaping and irrigation, and is partially funded by a $480,000 grant. Sculptures by Cheryl Ekstrom and Marsh Scott will beautify it, if the City Council approves the Arts Commission's recommendations at the July 17 meeting. "This is the first time I have ever won," Ekstrom said. "I felt like Susan Lucci.
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December 25, 2009
The following is from the Dec. 15 City Council meeting. Home Sharing program During public comment, Sally Rapuano, director of La Playa Center for adults learning English as a second language, announced that the Cross Cultural Council has plans to begin a Home Sharing program in Laguna. The program matches non-related people who can share a home, providing the owner with needed services in return for renting a room at a nominal rent. The program has proved successful elsewhere, Rapuano said, and she expressed hope that the council would endorse the plan and perhaps offer financial support in the future.
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By Michael Beanan | July 13, 2007
Harvesting urban runoff from dry season flows of "abandoned imported water" has long been a high priority issue in Aliso Watershed planning documents. As a supplement to existing reclaimed water supplies, capturing and recycling urban runoff can actually improve the quality of present reclaimed water quality by substantially lowering total dissolved solids levels for use on golf courses and other irrigation situations. The Aliso Golf Course uses potable drinking water to irrigate its fairways and greens.
NEWS
December 22, 2006
The city of Laguna Beach has joined with other cities seeking better control of irrigation systems to improve ocean-water quality. Laguna Beach has collaborated with neighboring agencies to be awarded a special grant designed to evaluate the effectiveness of installing "smartimers" and edgescape landscaping to reduce nuisance flows to the storm system, City Manager Ken Frank said. The Smartimer/Edgescape Evaluation Project, called SEEP, is a joint effort coordinated by the Municipal Water District of Orange County.
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