Short-Term Lodging Ban Up for Discussion

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A new ordinance prohibiting short-term vacation rentals will be discussed at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, by the city Planning Commission in Council Chambers, 505 Forest Ave.

The commission will consider a draft ordinance that proposes a prohibition on short-term-lodging in residential zones, conditions and requirements for short-term lodging permits in commercial zones, and grandfathering of existing short-term lodging permits. Home exchanges and home sharing will also be considered in the ordinance.

The staff report for this item will be available by 5 p.m. on Friday, March 11, on the city’s website.

 

Gardening with Less Water

David Bainbridge shares gardening secrets for droughts.
David Bainbridge shares gardening secrets for droughts.

Transition Laguna Beach hosts author David Bainbridge, who will discuss water-sipping gardening at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, at Neighborhood Congregational Church, 340 St. Ann’s Dr.

Bainbridge will deliver drought-resilience secrets for watering your garden with less water to achieve the same results. The technique lies in delivering the water directly to the plant’s root, allowing the plant the water it needs while cutting down on evaporation.

With inexpensive materials such as terra-cotta pots, recycled bottles and nylon rope, Bainbridge will share how to create simple and effective watering systems that reduce water use and work for any size garden or container plants.

 

 

Chamber Identifies the Town’s Leaders

Council member Bob Whalen, left, and former Chamber president Gregg Abel participate in last year’s event.
Council member Bob Whalen, left, and former Chamber president Gregg Abel participate in last year’s event.

Find out who’s helping whom and how in Laguna Beach at the 28th annual Chamber of Commerce leadership lunch from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, at Tivoli Too, 777 Laguna Canyon Road.

Representatives from a cross-section of local businesses, city staff and local non-profits have 60 seconds to share with fellow attendees their 2015 business achievements and goals for 2016.

Admission is $50- $60. Register at: LagunaBeachChamber.org, or by calling 949-494-1018.

 

 

 

Chamber Members Tee-up for Student Team

 

Golf coaches Sean Quigley, left, and Scott Finn, center, receive support from the Chamber of Commerce representatives Debbie MacDonald, second from left, and Cindy Stalnaker, right.
Golf coaches Sean Quigley, left, and Scott Finn, center, receive support from the Chamber of Commerce representatives Debbie MacDonald, second from left, and Cindy Stalnaker, right.

The Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce recently awarded $1,000 to the high school golf teams and are prepping for another scholarship benefit tournament in April.

Donations allow the program to run nearly year around, said Coach Scott Finn in a statement.

The local chamber is teaming up with the Aliso Viejo Chamber of Commerce at the Aliso Viejo Country Club on April 11 at 11 a.m.

Participants can sign up for 18 holes of golf at $175 per person or $700 for a foursome. Attend the silent auction, wine raffle, and dinner for $40 per person.

Info: visit LagunaBeachChamber.org, or call 949-494-1018.

  

Seniors Tie Up at The Ranch

The Legacy Ball, benefiting Laguna Beach Seniors and honoring the Kling Family, saddles up Friday, March 11, at The Ranch resort. Tickets for what’s promised as a western hoedown are $225 and can be purchased online at thesusiq.org.

 

Local Church Sends Aid to Refugees

Church members assemble donations.
Church members assemble donations.

World Vision will ship 300 refugee kits to displaced Syrians in Jordan and Lebanon, which were purchased by and assembled at Laguna Presbyterian Church last weekend, says a statement from the church.

 

 

 

 

Club Prepares for Celebratory Week

The Boys and Girls Club holds an open house March 7-11 led by BGC teens for prospective new members.

 

Zoe and Macey plan to share their insights with prospective members.
Zoe and Macey plan to share their insights with prospective members.

Throughout the week club members will participate in competitive spelling bees, college tours, community service projects, kickball tournaments and a kindness awards ceremony.

Alumni will be recognized and BBQ lunch will be served. For more information contact Oscar Parra, 949 494-7630, [email protected].

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Laughter Group Will Meet Tuesdays 

A new laughter yoga group will meet Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. in Heisler Park, near Jasmine and Cliff Drive.

Laguna Laughter Friends leaders are certified Laughter Yoga instructors with “fun, Laguna-style,” organizer Jeannine Luke Kenworthy says in a statement. Her co-instructor is Robert Gluckson.

Sessions begin with stretching and breathing exercises and laughing versions of traditional yoga poses.

The new group is open to experimental activities based on the ideas of participants.

More info: contact Jeannine Luke Kenworthy, 949 306-2639.

 

County Bus Service Aims to Improve

The Orange County Transportation Authority plans changes to its public bus service beginning in June aimed at reversing a near-decade long trend of declining ridership, says a statement.

The plan modifies 14 of its 77 routes. A new route will run from Costa Mesa to Santa Ana, providing direct service to Santa Ana College and other nearby schools. Route 87, which runs along Alicia Parkway providing service from Rancho Santa Margarita to Laguna Niguel, will be retained. And, along with some other modifications, the hours of the same-day taxi program for ACCESS users will be extended and the $3.60 transfer cost dropped.

For more info: visit www.octa.net/2016busplan.

 

 

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