The following is from the May 7 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.
•Kendra Ulrich of Washington, D.C., thanked the council on behalf of Friends of the Earth for showing leadership and passing a resolution expressing concern about the San Onofre nuclear reactors. She said multiple cities throughout California had followed the lead of Laguna Beach.
Ulrich updated the council on the status of the San Onofre Nuclear reactors. She reported that Southern California Edison proposed an experimental restart to reopen Unit 2 at partial power in June for a five-month test period.
She said it would be cheaper for ratepayers to buy energy on the open market rather than restarting what she described as incredibly damaged reactors. She said there were too many open questions for the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to allow the restart of San Onofre.
•Theresa Cordova urged the council to pass a resolution similar to one recently passed by Los Angeles that she said called on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to wait to make a decision until it "fully reviewed public safety through a prudent, transparent and precautionary process, has allowed independent experts and the public ample opportunity to comment, and has confirmed that Southern California Edison has completed any resulting mandated repairs, replacements or other actions necessary to guarantee both short- and long-term safe operation of San Onofre."
Cordova said a number of other cities and school districts, mostly in Orange and San Diego counties, have passed similar resolutions.
Energy can be purchased and time is needed to make a prudent and well informed decision, she said.
•Arch Beach Heights resident Jonathan Chapman voiced concern about the effect of a proposed skateboard park on his neighborhood and his family's quality of life.
Chapman said the neighborhood is concerned about the added traffic, parking problems, noise and harm to wildlife.
Chapman urged the council to listen to the people who would be most affected by the addition of a skateboard park.
•Mike Beanan credited the teamwork of community organizations, city leaders and businesses for the "splashing success" of the fourth annual Kelpfest.
He said kelp forests are vital to the health of the ocean, removing carbon and absorbing carbon dioxide emissions. Besides removing contaminants, the forests protect beaches from erosion and provide shelter and food for fish and crustaceans.
Beanan announced that beautiful underwater kelp forest photos can be viewed on website http://www.lagunabluebelt.com.
He also displayed a poster featuring a mermaid, reminding the public that the city's first logo was a mermaid, reflecting Laguna's tradition of protecting the ocean. He said this was the reason the mermaid was chosen for the Kelpfest brochure.
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.