California Drought Conservation Measures Discussed at Laguna Beach City Council Meeting Tuesday August 4 2015

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Laguna Beach City Council meets Tuesday August 4 2015 at 6:00pm.

Laguna Beach City Council meets at Council Chambers located at 505 Forest Avenue.

The California Drought and Laguna Beach Conservation Measures is scheduled to be discussed tonight.

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The City Council is deciding whether building permits can be issued on swimming pools, spas and decorative water features.

The City could decide on whether 54 building permits that have some sorts of pool, spa and or decorative water feature could proceed in the design review process.

 

The specific discussion is included in tonights proposed Agenda.

The specific discussion regarding the building of pools and spas and decorative water features in Laguna Beach is as follows:

ORDINANCE ESTABLISHING REGULATIONS RELATED TO SWIMMING POOLS, SPAS AND DECORATIVE WATER FEATURES DURING THE DROUGHT EMERGENCY

Proposal to identify regulatory options regarding swimming pools,

specifically including the disposition of pending applications for swimming pools

and water reduction policies to help conserve water.

STAFF REPORT
1) Adopt the Ordinance entitled,

“AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA, THAT TEMPORARILY

(1) MANDATES THE USE OF POOL COVERS FOR ALL SWIMMING POOLS AND SPAS AND

(2) PROHIBITS THE ACCEPTANCE OF APPLICATIONS, ISSUANCE OF DESIGN REVIEW APPROVALS AND ISSUANCE OF BUILDING PERMITS FOR DECORATIVE WATER FEATURES AND PONDS, AND DECLARING THE URGENCY HEREOF PURSUANT TO CALIFORNIA GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION 36937”

an urgency measure requires 4/5ths vote to mandate the use of covers for all swimming pools and spas,

and to prohibit City approval for decorative water features unless a non-potable water fill system is identified and installed.

2) Determine whether or not to prohibit the construction of future swimming pools and spas during the pendency of emergency drought conditions.

a. If there is not a desire to limit the approval and construction of new swimming pools, no additional changes to the proposed ordinance are necessary; or

b. If there is a desire to prohibit the construction of new swimming pool and spa applications during the drought, it is recommended that the adoption of the proposed urgency ordinance (4/5ths vote required) include a prohibition on the issuance of building permits for swimming pool and spa applications received by the City after July 14, 2015,

although applicants could pursue and obtain design review approvals.

This action would allow the 54 pending applications received prior to the moratorium to move forward for design review and, if approved, to obtain building permits and proceed with construction (this is Option II discussed earlier in the Agenda Bill).

3) Adopt the Ordinance entitled, “AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LAGUNA BEACH, CALIFORNIA, REPEALING ORDINANCE NO. 1602 RELATING TO A 45-DAY MORATORIUM ON APPROVALS OF DESIGN REVIEW APPLICATIONS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF SWIMMING POOLS”

(simply majority vote required) to repeal Ordinance No. 1602, which will immediately end the moratorium.

Laguna Beach Water Conservation Discussed Tonight at City Council Meeting

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Laguna Beach City Council meets tonight, Tuesday June 16 2015 at 6:00pm.
The Council meets in their Chamber located at 505 Forest Avenue.
The public is encouraged to attend.
Proposed Discussion Items Include: Continue reading “Laguna Beach Water Conservation Discussed Tonight at City Council Meeting”

San Clemente Garden Club Civic Beautification Today

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The San Clemente Garden Club is supporting the City of San Clemente today, Tuesday May 12 2015.
Members are providing maintenance to area gardens.
This is a community project that embraces ecology and conservation.
You can contact the Club to see how you can get involved! Continue reading “San Clemente Garden Club Civic Beautification Today”

Sustainable Gardening at San Clemente Garden Club Today

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The monthly meeting of the San Clemente Garden Club is today, Wednesday May 6 2015 at 1:00pm.
Today’s meeting will focus on water conservation and sustainable gardening pratices.
Diane Sukut of Master Gardeners of Orange County will be the speaker today. Continue reading “Sustainable Gardening at San Clemente Garden Club Today”

Zero Trash Cleanup Today in Laguna Beach and Other Local Locations 10:00am

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Lots of trash today from the Holidays!
Please help clean up!
Zero Trash has you organized!

1st SATURDAY is the cornerstone of the ZeroTrash movement. It’s a monthly open house event which rallys resident “adopters” to local businesses to “Pick-Up” the streets around them. Everyone is welcome. Parents, children, students, friends, neighbors, church groups, clubs, soccer teams, even those rowdy guys down the street!

Join Zero Trash the 1ST SATURDAY of EVERY month between 10AM and Noon to pick up the streets and cash in on some great discounts all around town as a thank you for your activism.
1st SATURDAY t-shirt ($10), ZeroTrash Picker, bags, gloves and hook-ups on food, drinks, clothing & more at our Storefront Supporter locations.

Just swing by at 10am to pick up your gear and spend a couple hours picking up your community.
At Noon Zero Trash will be hooking it up for everyone wearing a 1st Saturday shirt.
All you have to do is show up at any one of these locations:
Continue reading “Zero Trash Cleanup Today in Laguna Beach and Other Local Locations 10:00am”

Monday’s Only : South Coast Water District Residential Customers New Watering Day

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Starting next month, South Coast Water District customers will be required to limit watering days (using potable water sprinkler systems) to no more than one day per week. Continue reading “Monday’s Only : South Coast Water District Residential Customers New Watering Day”

San Onofre Community Engagement Meeting Tonight in Oceanside

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Southern California Edison announced earlier this month that they are fully funded to complete the 20 year and 4.4 Billion dollar decommissioning plan of San Onofre Nuclear Power Plant.
There will be a public meeting on Thursday August 28 2014 in Oceanside at 6:00pm. The meeting will be held at the
Quantum Learning Network Conference Center
1938 Avenido del Oro
Oceanside
Please arrive early. These meetings tend to fill up quickly. When there was public meetings at the St. Regis Hotel in Dana Point last year, they refused to let many community members in because the room was full. Eyewitness accounts told us that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station was represented on the Panel at that meeting and was also represented with mostly their employees in the audience. When their employees attend the community meetings this does not allow community members to attend the meetings.
To Learn more about the Post Shut Down Decommissioning Activities Report that Southern California Edison submitted to The Community Engagement Panel please connect on the following link. http://newsroom.edison.com/releases/san-onofre-community-engagement-panel-reviewing-nuclear-plant-draft-decommissioning-plan-environmental-report-and-cost-estimate

Laguna Beach Environmental Sustainability Committee Meets Tonight at 6:00pm

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The Laguna Beach Environmental Sustainability Committee Meets Tonight, Tuesday August 26 2014 at 6:00pm. There is a scheduled public comment period. The Committee is meeting at the Laguna Beach Community Center at 380 Third Street.
For more information please link to the attached agenda
http://www.lagunabeachcity.net/civicax/filebank/blobdload.aspx?BlobID=10458

Blue Whale Discovery Cruise at Ocean Institute Saturday 10:00am

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Join Dana Point Ocean Institute in their Blue Whale Discovery Cruise Saturday August 23 2014 at 10:00am. This event is until 12:30pm. Adults and children 4 years of age and older may attend. This event is discounted if you a Ocean Institute Membership.
This shortened version of their Blue Whale Safari is another opportunity to see these gentle giants. Come along in the search to find these magnificent creatures in our local waters. Their scientific staff will guide your adventure and offer plenty of information while you enjoy your time on the R/V Sea Explorer – witnessing the largest animal ever to inhabit planet Earth! Continental breakfast is not included. The Ocean Institute is located 24200 Dana Point Harbor Drive. For more information please contact the Institute at http://www.ocean-institute.org

Laguna Beach City Council Meets Tonight at 6:00pm: Laguna Canyon Road Discussion Scheduled

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Laguna Beach City Council Meets tonight, Tuesday August 19 2014 at 6:00pm. The Council meets at the City Council Chambers located at 505 Forest Avenue. The public is welcomed to attend. The Council has a full Agenda tonight. The Laguna Canyon Road Corridor Improvement Assessment will be discussed. The City wants to start a dialogue with the community regarding the assessment and it’s findings. For more information and the complete agenda items please link here:
http://lagunabeachcity.granicus.com/GeneratedAgendaViewer.php?view_id=3&event_id=40

Dana Point Ocean Institute Family Science Night Tonight Tuesday August 19 2014

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The Ocean Institute in Dana Point is presenting Summer Family Science Nights.
Spend a summer evening in their Samueli Conference Center getting up close and personal with local scientists. Your entire family is invited to visit as you survey the stars, explore the seas, and dive into the surf zone. Each workshop event will include a presentation by a guest speaker with alternate activities for kids, followed by a lab program to introduce your whole family to the fascinating world of science.
This weeks event is on Tuesday August 19. 2014 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
It is required that you register on their site at:
http://www.ocean-institute.org/programs/family.html
Speaker Trude Hurd, Director of Education, The Sea and Sage Audubon Center will discuss Backyard Birds In Your Neighborhood.
The presentation will focus on the common birds of Orange County and some of the not-so-common birds and learn how everyone can get involved in projects to help protect birds and keep them safe.
For more information please link to:
http://www.ocean-institute.org/programs/index.html

Dana Point Interpretive Center Hosts A Free Whale Walk & Talk at 9:00am Today

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Join in this morning, Saturday August 16 2014 at the Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center for a engaging walk and information session about whales and dolphins. This free event starts at 9:00 am and concludes at 11:00am. The Center is located at 34558 Scenic Drive.
From the Dana Point Nature Interpretive Center, you can see many different species of whale and dolphin! Come learn about our largest animal visitors on an approximately 1.5 mile walk through the Dana Point Headlands conservation area. Bring your binoculars (or use ours!) and learn migration patterns of different whale species that frequent the area, as well as how to best spot, watch, and identify whales.
http://www.danapoint.org/index.aspx?page=68&recordid=7367