Opinion: Laguna Beach City Corner


A Note From The Mayor

By Sue Kempf

Dear Laguna Beach Community,

Each year, the City of Laguna Beach and the Laguna Beach County Water District encourage residents to reduce Laguna Beach’s water consumption and energy use in the National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation. This challenge, presented by the Wyland Foundation, is a friendly competition between cities locally and across the country to see which city can be the most “waterwise” and provides opportunities for residents to participate in a series of informative and easy-to-use online pledges to use water more efficiently, reduce pollution, and save energy.

Laguna Beach has held the top spot for the last six years, and we are currently in third place. Take the pledge on behalf of Laguna Beach at mywaterpledge.com. It’s free, only takes a few minutes, and everyone in your household with an email address can take the pledge. I encourage all residents to do their part and pledge before April 30. Be the vote that puts us back in first place!

On Sunday, I had the pleasure of dedicating a stunning new art installation by Beau Stanton on the Third Street stairs that brings energy and excitement to our city. A big thank you goes out to Tammie Arnold and Mark Porterfield for funding this project. It is through generosity like this that Laguna Beach remains a special and caring place where people matter. I encourage everyone to stop by Third Street and check out this marvelous new piece of public art.

In other news, summer is just around the corner, and the City is excited to again be providing many expanded transportation options for our residents and visitors. Last week, the Council approved the 2022 Summer Parking Management Plan and Transit Services Update. The summer trolley service on the Coastal, Canyon and Summer Breeze routes will run from June 24 to Sept. 5. This year, we’re pleased to bring the residents of our community a new Summer Beach Trolley service from June 10 to Aug. 21, for folks heading down to the beach during the day with surfboards and other bulky beach gear. Our Laguna Beach Local on-demand pilot program continues with rave reviews, and summer parking passes for the LCAD, Act V and Susi Q lots will be available soon for purchase on the Laguna Beach Local Parking App. Thank you to our Public Works Department for getting everyone where they need to be with the least impact on our community and environment.

Earth Day is upon us and there’s no better reminder that we should be conscious to take care of our natural environment year-round. The City’s Neighborhood and Environmental Protection Plan and plastic-free city initiatives continue with trash pickers in neighborhoods, increased lifeguard service to neighborhood beaches, and a ban on single-use plastics at city parks, trails, and beaches. Thank you for doing your part to keep Laguna clean and beautiful for generations to come, and I hope to see out enjoying our spectacular City soon!

In Community Spirit.

Sue is the Laguna Beach Mayor and has been a city councilmember since 2018.

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