The following is from the Jan. 15 City Council meeting. All council members were present.
The public is allowed to speak on any subject not on the agenda. Speakers generally are limited to three minutes, but the time can be adjusted by the council.
•Roger Butow told the council that the mural on the side of Hobie Sports is an ad, not public art.
"It is a sign, space was sold," Butow said. "I believe the Arts Commission was duped. I think all of us were snookered."
Butow first brought the matter to the attention of the council via emails, calling the information distressing for city officials, but even more so for him. He said he also had spoken with the police department and city manager about a course of action.
•Walker Reed presented some reusable shopping bags to the council in gratitude for the passage of the plastic bag ban, which became effective Jan. 1.
•Lee Winocur Field announced that UC Irvine professors and other qualified teachers will be conducting some Osher Lifelong Learning Institute courses at the Susi Q. Courses will include Modern American Women Writers and Science Salon, a discussion group. Most of the courses will be held at the Woodbridge Onken Classroom. The six-class courses cost $100.
For more information call (949) 451-1403; for help with enrollment, call (949) 824-5414.
•Arts Commissioner Pat Kollenda reported on upcoming arts and cultural activities in town.
•Lynn Steg thanked the city for Treasure Island Park but said something should be done about skateboarders and cyclists on park pathways from which they are banned. She suggested signage.
•Taylor Greene urged more water conservation efforts in the Laguna Canyon Road islands. Councilwoman Toni Iseman informed him that the Beautification Council is working on it, as well as she and Mayor Pro Tem Elizabeth Pearson, as part of the Village Entrance Project.
Iseman said she would like to see rebates for the use of gray water.
However, City Manager John Pietig said there is no way to get gray water from the treatment plant in South Laguna to city parks, but other conservation improvements have been installed.
•Margaret Butt suggested the city should do a better job of cleaning up Lang Park. She said she sweeps around the park and leaves piles for the city staff but they don't collect it.
COUNCIL AND STAFF CHAT
Council members and staff report on events they have attended, people with whom they have met and other items of public interest.
•City Treasurer Laura Parisi announced that she would again be out of the office Jan. 18. She was scheduled to attend the first League of California Cities' Revenue and Taxation Committee meeting.