I recently read about the improvement in our fire rating for Laguna Beach from a 4 to a 2. This may or may not lower our insurance costs, but it certainly makes the insurance industry aware of our conscientious drive to improve our exposure to fire losses in our town.
But the real heroes in our town comes from the leadership of our City Council, city manager and fire department. The fire department has been very proactive in doing commercial and residential inspections to reduce the potential fire hazards that exist in our town.
In addition, we have added 10 million gallons of additional water supply (the Lou Zitnik and Richard Jahraus water tanks), our goat program has expanded and we also have the Laguna Beach Fire Safety Council keeping a diligent look out for fires during our high fire season.
And, like it or not, the toll road cuts the wildland fire zone in half, giving Laguna Canyon less of a running start for brush fires. With these continuing efforts, perhaps more insurance companies will realize that the likelihood of another Laguna Beach fire storm has been sharply diminished.
John L. Campbell, Laguna Beach