Weekly update from the office of Laguna Beach City Manager John Pietig:
AlertOC Regional Test - On September 24 at 10:00 a.m., a countywide test of the AlertOC system will take place. AlertOC is the county’s emergency notification system utilizing phone, email, and smartphone notifications. The AlertOC system is also an important communications component in the City’s emergency management program. Be prepared and register today at www.alertoc.com.
Artist Open Studios - Saturday, October 5, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be the official start of the 5th annual City of Laguna Beach Artist Open Studios. Participants can catch a free shuttle service from the Act V parking lot, located at 1900 Laguna Canyon Road, and take advantage of free parking. Held on the first Saturday of the month, October through March, 30 artists will open their studios to the public. This is opportunity to see artists working in a variety of media from glass blowing to bronze welding. This event is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.
PTC Committee Proposed Construction Permit Process Enhancements - The Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee (PTC Committee) has prepared proposed enhancements to the City’s construction permit process to address construction parking issues. The PTC Committee will hold a public meeting on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. in the Community and Susi Q Center to consider final changes to the proposal. A copy of the proposal is available for review and comment on the City’s website at http://lagunabeachcity.net/cityhall/pw/ptc.asp. Any program would have to be approved by the City Council prior to implementation.
Annual Composting Classes - The City’s solid waste hauler, Waste Management, will offer two free composting classes to residents this year. The classes will be held on Saturday, September 21, and Saturday, October 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Community and Susi Q. Center. Compost Bins and Worm Bins will be available for purchase during the classes at a discounted price. For more information regarding the classes, contact the Waste Management class instructor, Lisa Ryder, at (310) 874-2499 or email at email@example.com.
Firefighter Memorialized - Fire Captain Steen Jensen, who passed away on June 12, 2012, will be remembered on September 21, 2013, in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Each September, the International Association of Fire Fighters conducts a solemn ceremonial service at the Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial and Wall of Honor to honor the sacrifice made by professional fire fighters and paramedics who have given their lives in the line of duty during the previous year. Two off-duty members of the Laguna Beach Fire Department will travel to Colorado to participate in this ceremony.
Flood Gates - The Code Enforcement Division has placed an emphasis in allocating staff resources to directly assist property and business owners with the implementation of the recently adopted Floodplain Management Ordinance. All property and business owners of commercial properties located in the flood hazard zones are responsible to install floodproofing devices. These devices include hinged and or removable panels that can withstand the pressures of floodwaters. The barriers are intended to be temporarily installed at doors, windows or similar openings, prior to a flooding event. Code Enforcement staff has utilized the City GIS FEMA 100 Year Flood Plain map to determine the height requirements for floodproofing devices and notified all effected property owners. Code Enforcement Officers are also conducting on-site inspections with property owners or their agents to provide informational materials, answer questions regarding the recently adopted ordinance and to assist them in their efforts to reduce the possibility of structure flooding with the installation of floodproofing devices. Inspections will continue until all properties have complied. At the request of property and business owners, the Code Enforcement Division is in the process of scheduling a product demonstration of floodproofing devices.