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City Council Highlights: September 11

City Council Pursues Designation as World Kindness USA City

At its regular meeting on September 11, the Laguna Beach City Council passed a resolution to pursue the designation of a World Kindness USA City, declaring support for a kinder world for our children to inherit. City will also place World Kindness Day (November 13) on the City’s calendar for official recognition and use the City seal on World Kindness Cards to track acts of kindness as they are passed from one person to another. The item was placed on the City’s agenda by Councilmember Steve Dicterow, the City’s Goodwill Ambassador for World Kindness Day.

On June 26, the City received a presentation from Shadi Pourkashef, a local ambassador for World Kindness USA and adopted a proclamation to support the efforts of her organization, the Ability Awareness Project, to create a kinder world and reduce the instances of bullying in the community.

World Kindness Day highlights good deeds in the community focusing on the positive power and the common thread of kindness. The mission of the day is to bridge the divides of race, religion, politics, gender and zip codes. Kindness Cards are also an ongoing activity that can either be passed on to recognize an act of kindness and or ask that an act of kindness be done. Approaches are being made to the United Nations by the peak global body, The World Kindness Movement, to have World Kindness Day officially recognized and its members unanimously sign a Declaration of Support for World Kindness.

Community Assistance Grant Funds will be used toward the purchase of the City’s Kindness Cards.

Historic Digester Rehabilitation Options Discussed

At its regular meeting September 11, the Laguna Beach City Council voted to hold off on patching and painting of the Historic Digester building and asked staff to pursue grant funding for restoration of the exterior of the building and determine how to remove the remaining waste in the building.

The 1930s-era sewage treatment building is scheduled for an exterior paint and patch as part of the Village Entrance Project in fall of 2019.  The facility treated sewage up until the 1980s, but now serves as a Police Department storage area.  There are still an estimated 60,000 gallons of wastewater and 40 cubic yards of solid waste remaining in the building.

The City Council voted to have City Staff negotiate a change order with the contractor on the Village Entrance Project to put on hold the $100,723 cost associated with the patching and repainting of the building until a decision on restoration is made next summer.  In the meantime, Staff will find out if there is grant funding available for a possible exterior restoration and will also get quotes for the removal of the remaining waste in the building to present to Council at a later date.

Upcoming Historic Preservation Ordinance Meeting Rescheduled

The September 18, 2018, Special City Council meeting on the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance has been rescheduled to Saturday, September 29, at 1:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers.  The purpose of this Special City Council meeting is to clarify legal requirements surrounding the City’s Historic Preservation Ordinance and provide direction to the Historic Preservation Task Force.  The meeting was rescheduled to accommodate as many people as possible and encourage community participation on this important topic for our City.  The meeting will be broadcast live on cable channel 852 and streamed online at www.lagunabeachcity.net