Village Entrance on September 2 City Council Agenda
8/26/2014  At its September 2nd meeting, the City Council will receive a presentation on the Village Entrance community workshop, held July 16th, 2014. The purpose of the workshop was to obtain public input on specific elements and features of the project, such as the historic sewer digester, carport behind City Hall and Laguna Canyon Road median improvements.

Police Memorial Sculpture Dedication
8/22/2014  On Sunday, September 21, 2014 the City of Laguna Beach will dedicate the Police Memorial sculpture “Eternal Legacy” by artists Gerard Stripling and Michele Taylor on Loma Terrace. The public is invited to attend the dedication which starts at 5 p.m. To accommodate the ceremony, Loma Terrace will be closed from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The sculpture dedication coincides with the 1st anniversary of Police Officer Jon Coutchie’s passing. This installation has been funded through donations raised by the Laguna Beach Police Employees’ Association, Laguna Beach Community Foundation and the City of Laguna Beach.

Sunset Serenades
8/22/2014  Every Friday evening from September 5 through September 26, 2014, at 5:30 p.m., the Arts Commission will present Sunset Serenades. The free concerts are held at the Heisler Park Amphitheatre with a variety of music genres as shown below.
9/5 The Screaming Furniture Jazz Outlet (Jazz)
9/12 Gayle Skidmore (Singer/Songwriter)
9/19 The Kalama Bros. (Island Soul)
9/26 Miss Erika Davies (Jazz Singer)
This program is funded by the lodging establishments and City of Laguna Beach.

Update on Shirley’s Bagels
8/22/2014  Shirley’s Bagels, which operates in a 590 square foot space at Broadway Plaza, wants to move to the larger 931 square foot space previously operated by Casey’s Cupcakes. The main issue is that Shirley’s Bagels is considered a restaurant (food service) use in that they prepare and cook food on-site in addition to consume food on-site, whereas the former Casey’s Cupcakes tenant was not considered a restaurant use because they did not cook, prepare or provide seating on-site. The shopping center site is under-parked for its existing uses. In short, moving to intensify (move a restaurant use to a suite that is larger) requires more parking. City staff are working to try and find an alternatives including revising the existing shared parking study prepared for the existing uses, providing valet parking and/or outdoor dining credits.

County of Orange Consolidated Plan Community Workshop
8/22/2014  Please join the County of Orange for a series of Community Workshops to help identify neighborhood needs and priorities.

2014 Juried Fine Art Exhibition
8/22/2014  The Arts Commission is currently accepting submissions to the annual Juried Fine Art Exhibition at City Hall. The competition is open to Orange County artists 18 years of age or older with two dimensional works. The juror will be Jonathan Burke, President of the Laguna College of Art + Design. The first place winner will be awarded $1,000. Applications must be made on-line with a non-refundable entry fee of $25.