The following is from the Oct. 16 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.
•Kathryn Doe asked why she was not selected to serve on the Housing and Human Services Committee after six attempts. Doe said she was running for City Council as a write-in candidate. However, she failed to qualify according to the Registrar of Voters process.
•Bruce Hopping said the late Dr. Eugene Atherton was a patriot for attending to people who could not afford medical treatment. He would like the Laguna Beach Community Clinic to be dedicated to Atherton for his years of devoted involvement with the clinic.
Hopping also said there was a large bump on Coast Highway near Emerald Bay that needed repair and reiterated his position that education and building self-esteem in young people works better than the War on Drugs.
"Prohibition didn't stop alcohol use," he said.
•Laguna Beach Community Coalition member Christy Cornwall announced that information on the prevention of alcohol and drug abuse by minors and ways to keep them safe may be found on the coalition's website: http://www.keepourkidssafer.org.
•Tijana Hamilton said she was the only Laguna Beach resident that attended the Community Coalition meeting regarding the social host ordinance, which is scheduled to be heard by the City Council at its Nov. 6 meeting.
Hamilton does not favor the proposed ordinance and said more community input is needed and urged the council to look at the repercussions of the proposed ordinance as well as the benefits.
She said the Community Coalition's brochure provided good information on the subject, and more information on underage drinking and the law could be found on the website, http://www.socialhostlaw.com.
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 Water Quality Director David Shissler introduced the new Senior Water Quality Analyst, Tracy Ingebrigtsen, who has replaced Will Holoman.
Ingebrigtsen, who is originally from Ohio, earned her bachelor's degree from UC Davis and worked for Stanford University for 15 years.
She has been working in Laguna for about two months.
"I couldn't be happier," Shissler said.