City Clerk's Office

The City Clerk is elected and serves a four year term. The department has two employees, the City Clerk and the Deputy City Clerk. Primary responsibilities include the following:

  • Preparation of agenda packets and minutes from bi-weekly City Council meetings
  • Administration of the City's records management system
  • Maintenance of the Municipal Code
  • Processing of legal documents (e.g. ordinances, resolutions, contracts, agreements, permits, in lieu certificates, historic register applications, domestic partnership registrations, etc.)
  • Administration of certain tort claims

The City Clerk is also responsible for municipal elections and must ensure that filing requirements are adhered to by elected as well as appointed officials pursuant to the Political Reform Act.

Lastly, the City Clerk's Department serves as a resource center for the public, providing information about various services and/or referrals to other sources.

To contact the City Clerk, Lisette Chel-Walker, call (949) 497-0705 or email,

Meeting with SCE President Pedro Pizarro
7/31/2015  Mr. Pizarro has accepted Mayor Whalen’s request for a meeting which will be held on August 21 in Rosemead. Mayor Whalen and Councilmember Zur Schmiede will be joined by the City Manager, Fire Chief, Director of Public Works, and the City Project Director during the afternoon meeting to discuss ideas to expedite the undergrounding of overhead utilities in Laguna Beach.

Senior Housing Task Force – Needs Assessment Survey
7/31/2015  A select sample of Laguna Beach residents received a survey in the mail to help identify the needs of the City’s senior community members. The deadline for the mail-in survey has been extended to August 10. The response rate from the community is already higher than anticipated, but the City encourages residents that have received the survey to submit their comments. If you have any questions about this survey, please contact Belinda Deines, Associate Planner at (949) 464-6626 or

Firefighters Support Library Readers
7/31/2015  Laguna Beach Firefighters, partnering with the Laguna Beach Library and Friends of the Library, will be handing out awards to young readers on Saturday at Bluebird Park. Students from the Laguna Beach Unified School District who have completed at least ten hours of reading during the summer will be awarded “Medals of Recognition” by Firefighters for avoiding the “summer reading slide” and keeping their brains busy. The event will begin at 11:00 a.m. with games and festivities with awards being handed out at noon.

City Clerk
505 Forest Avenue
Laguna Beach California
Phone: (949) 497-0302 Fax: (949) 497-0771