Laguna Beach's 2013 Accomplishments

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Editor's note: The following list was compiled and issued by City Manager John Pietig. Additional sections of the city's list of 2013 Accomplishments will be published over the next few days.

Village Entrance Project Advancement
- The City Council approved a concept to improve the Village Entrance that includes a landscaped pathway along the existing Forest/Laguna Canyon parking lot, the use of 725 Laguna Canyon Road, and no debt.

Trolley - Obtained a grant of up to $500,000 per year for additional trolley service during the summer and trolley service during spring and fall weekends.

Main Beach Play Equipment Renovation – The existing equipment at Main Beach Park was replaced by a customized, lifeguard-themed play structure in March 2013.

Energy Savings Grant – The City successfully retrofitted 72 fluorescent light fixtures with energy efficient electronic ballast at 10 Sanitary Sewer Lift Stations using the California Energy Commission, Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Program.

Grant Funding Secured for Water Quality Improvements – The City was awarded $200,000 from OCTA Measure M and $50,000 from the Miocean Foundation for the installation of the Gaviota Drive Urban Water Diversion Unit.

Capital Improvements - The Public Works Department completed several capital improvements in 2013 to improve local infrastructure: 

*Installed new sidewalk at the end of Laguna Canyon Frontage Road in addition to $200,000 in sidewalk repairs citywide. 

*Replaced over 1,000 parking meters with credit card capable parking meters.

*Removed invasive vegetation from Laguna Canyon Creek areas on City property.

*Constructed the Broadway Streetscape and renovated the Main Beach Lifeguard White Tower.     

Undergrounding Utilities - Completed undergrounding of utilities in the Allview Terrace area and initiated three utility undergrounding districts in the areas of Diamond Street, Agate Street, and Summit Drive.

LBUSD Joint Facilities Use Agreement - In September 2013, the City Council approved a new, five-year agreement with the School District for shared use of City and District facilities, such as the District’s pool, tennis courts, gymnasiums and fields for contract recreation programs.   

Rockledge Lift Station and Gravity Pipeline Rehabilitation –The project included replacing the dilapidated gravity collection system serving the neighborhood as well as the forcemain coming out of the station and discharging to the main in the Coast Highway.

North Coast Interceptor Valve Replacement – The City’s transmission forcemain includes seven locations along the pipeline fitted with air-vacuum release valve vaults, the seventh final valve system will be replaced by the end of the year.

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