The following is from the March 19 City Council meeting. All council members were present.
Mayor Kelly Boyd presented a proclamation declaring April as Donate Life California Month in Laguna Beach to Marisa Garcia, ambassador of the Department of Motor Vehicles program.
Organ, tissue, bone marrow and blood donations are life-giving acts recognized worldwide as expressions of compassion to those in need, according to the proclamation.
More than 116,000 individuals nationwide and more than 20,000 in California are on the national organ transplant waiting list, with one of them dying every 90 minutes due to the shortage of donated organs.
California residents may sign up with the Donate Life Registry when applying for or renewing their driver's licenses or Identification Cards at the department.
Garcia thanked the council for supporting the program.
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.
•After thanking the City Clerk's office for always being of assistance to him, Bruce Hopping went on to state that more art is needed along Coast Highway and suggested that the city initiate a design contest for Young Artist Community Services organization to submit murals or sculptures to businesses lining the highway.
Hopping indicated the city would be improved by the installation of a sculpture in Heisler Park similar to the U.S. Normandy Beach World War II Memorial and another one honoring the Brooks Street Surfing Contest.
•Gene Gratz said that he was concerned that some administrative decisions by Community Development Director John Montgomery are not appealable and the process should be revised.
•Eleanor Henry said she objected to a motorcycle officer lurking at Main Beach and questioned the legality of the practice.
She also said she read an article in the Coastline Pilot that the Parking, Traffic and Circulation Committee had approved five parking spaces between the 1200 and 1400 block of Bluebird Canyon Drive, but claimed that no one knows where they are. She also said the "No parking" signs are still in place.
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 reported that the Laguna Beach Investment Status meeting, held on March 12 was attended by Councilman Bob Whalen, City Manager John Pietig, Finance and Information Technology Services Director Gavin Curran and resident Karl Koski, a former city manager of another community.