Workshop Explains Historic Inventory

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A historic Laguna Beach home on Ocean Way in 2009.
A historic Laguna Beach home on Ocean Way in 2009.

A workshop about the city’s current historic preservation ordinance, the historic inventory and the impact of the California Environmental Quality Act on historic structures will be held from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 15.

City Attorney Phil Kohn and consultant Jan Ostashay will be present to field questions, says a city announcement.

The draft ordinance can be found online or contact planner Martina Speare at 949 464-6629.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Personnel Return from Norcal Fires  

A total of 10 firefighters staffing two engines and a command vehicle returned to Laguna Beach last week after having joined the battle July 29 to contain large brush fires burning in Northern California.

From left, fire engineer Brian Sarjeant and firefighter paramedic Zack DeJohn, were among 10 Laguna firefights who last week returned from battling the Willow Fire in Northern California.  Photo courtesy of the LB fire department.
From left, fire engineer Brian Sarjeant and firefighter paramedic Zack DeJohn, were among 10 Laguna firefights who last week returned from battling the Willow Fire in Northern California. Photo courtesy of the LB fire department.

The LBFD personnel were part of a “strike team” consisting of five fire engines from other fire departments in Orange County. Laguna’s participation is part of the state’s mutual aid system; the city is reimbursed for the costs of providing manpower, according to the city manager’s weekly update.

 

 

Jews Welcome the New Year

Chabad Jewish Center prepares for the new year with workshops at 30804 S. Coast Highway.

On Monday, Aug. 31, chef Mazal Yuditsky prepares holiday recipes for a Rosh Hashanah dinner at a private home. Email [email protected] for directions.

Children can participate in a challah bakery and shofar demo Thursday, Sept. 10, at 4:30 p.m. Wee ones 1 to 4 join in with a guitar sing Thursday, Sept. 17, at 9:30 a.m.

Rosh Hashanah services begin at 7 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, and resume at 10 a.m., Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 14 and 15, with the shofar sounding at 12:30 p.m. A Tashlich service follows at Treasure Island Beach on Monday only.

Services are open to the community. RSVP for the High Holiday programs at 949 499-0770.

 

Rooms for Rent

The Boys & Girls Club has rooms available for rental, suitable for art classes, a church service or celebrating a birthday. Options include the teen center, dance room, community room, education room, gymnasium and playground.

Rooms are available for alcohol-free functions on the weekends and outside the club’s normal operating hours. All proceeds support the club’s youth development programs and non-profit organizations receive discounted rental fees.

To schedule a tour or book an event contact Rocio Chavez at 949 494-2535 or [email protected]

 

New Rules to Keep City Trees in Check

A hearing about keeping publicly owned vegetation in check to prohibit blocking views will be held at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 1, in the City Council chambers, 505 Forest Ave.

A draft of a proposed ordinance will be discussed, which would establish a process to request pruning of city maintained vegetation that blocks views.

 

Merchants, Residents Warned to Prepare for Rain

 

Flood waters deposit mud on the Main Beach boardwalk and into the first floors of many downtown merchants in December 2010.
Flood waters deposit mud on the Main Beach boardwalk and into the first floors of many downtown merchants in December 2010.

City officials want residents to prepare for rain.

Homeowners on hillside lots with private terrace drains that carry runoff are urged to clear vegetation and debris and repair cracks to prevent water from seeping into the ground and destabilizing the hillsides.

Owners of properties within the natural floodplain of Laguna Canyon Creek are required to have a floodgate that can be placed in front of openings to buildings. All employees that work at the site should be trained and prepared to install the floodgate.

For buildings under construction, contractors must install and maintain erosion control devices to manage runoff and avoid damage.

Questions should be directed to Building Official Dennis Bogle at 949 497-0336 or code enforcement supervisor Fred Fix at 949 464-6678.

 

 

 

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