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Fire Cause Determined; Old Trees Yanked; New Art Bench Installed

And more from Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig.

News from Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig:

Cause of September 16, 2012 Brush Fire Determined - The Laguna Beach Fire Department has completed the fire investigation for the September 16, 2012, brush fire above Ruby’s Diner.   The cause was officially determined to be from down power lines operated by Southern California Edison.

Ocean Avenue Artist Designed Bench - On Monday, October 15, 2012 artists Larry Gill and Gavin Heath will be installing an artist designed bench on the sidewalk in front of 237 Ocean Avenue. The bench titled “Streamline” is created of stainless steel, cast glass and concrete. The project was funded by the lodging establishments and the City of Laguna Beach.

Bluebird Trees Removals - The City Council directed the removal of eleven City owned Eucalyptus trees in Bluebird Canyon. The work started this week with removal of two trees. The remaining nine trees will be removed over the next three weeks.

Great California Shakeout - October 18, 2012 marks this year’s Great California Shakeout.  The City of Laguna Beach encourages its residents and businesses to assess their preparedness for any disaster and to sign up for Alert OC at www.AlertOC.com.  Tips for disaster preparedness are available on the City’s website at www.lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/fire/disaster/.

Boys Junior Breakers Volleyball Clinics - This new recreation program offered through the City’s Community Services Department teaches young athletes the basic fundamentals and strategies of volleyball.  This is a great opportunity for beginners to learn the basic skills and rules of the game while providing a chance for more experienced players to hone their skills.  Clinics take place on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons.  For additional information, please contact Coach Panaro at 949-370-1773 or scottpanaro@yahoo.com. Register at the Community Services Department, 515 Forest Avenue or on-line at www.lagunabeachcity.net.

Lifeguard Headquarters - The demolition of the public restrooms has been completed.  The wooden portions of the lifeguard headquarters building have been removed.  The removal of the concrete walls and floors of the building and the old sewer lift station will be completed after the shoring has been installed.  The shoring installation will take approximately two months to complete.

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