The following is from the April 23 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.

•Billy Fried of La Vida Laguna pronounced the Earth Day Kelp Fest on April 20 the "perfect intersection of art and activism."

Fried, a Coastline Pilot columnist and ardent supporter of bicycling for recreation and transportation, reported that he and several residents attended the Arts Commission meeting on April 22, to request that the commission allow artists to build beautiful sculptural bike racks.

•Sally Coffey announced the next fundraiser for the South Laguna Garden Park will be held June 7 at the Laguna Nursery. For more information about upcoming events or to make a donation, visit

•Robert Ross opined that the city didn't need to spend money on an evaluation of the city's transit system, which he said is functional. He suggested the city purchase trolleys, preferably electric ones, rather than rent them.

Ross also voiced his concern about the number of attorneys listed in the Laguna Beach phone book. He wanted assurance that they are being taxed.



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 said she attended the Orange County Treasury Oversight Committee's April 23 afternoon meeting and the California Municipal Treasurers Assn. conference, held April 17 to 19 in Anaheim, which was focused on investing while the interest rates were low, safe investing and liquidity.

•City Clerk Lisette Chel-Walker announced that applications for four seats on the Arts Commission and two seats on the Planning Commission are available in City Clerk's office or online at The two-year terms for both commissions will begin July 1.

May 14 is the deadline to submit applications to the City Clerk's office is. Interviews and appointments will be held at the May 21 council meeting.

•Councilman Steve Dicterow said a tremendous number of locals enjoyed last Saturday night on Ocean Avenue where the merchants remained open late into the evening. He said it was a great opportunity for all "Lagunatics" to interact, and he hopes the merchants will repeat the event.

•*Councilman Robert Whalen said he enjoyed the Earth Day Kelp Fest spearheaded by Transition Laguna and he also enjoyed the Imagination Celebration at the Laguna Art Museum the same day.

•Councilwoman Toni Iseman also enjoyed the Earth Day Kelp Fest and is looking forward to next year. She attended the Boys and Girls Club annual breakfast, highlighted by the singing of the 3- and 4-year-old children, and Community Band concert at the Laguna Playhouse.

Iseman said the Laguna Canyon Foundation was working on eliminating the non-native arunda grass in Aliso Creek. She said the elimination of arunda, which she described as a threat to the environment, is difficult and extremely expensive.

•Mayor Kelly Boyd said he attended many of the events mentioned by the council members, but wanted to take the time to commend city staff on the quality and quantity of its workload, including the Downtown Specific Plan, Parking Management Plan, Village Entrance Project, Broadway and Sidewalk Improvement projects, Lifeguard Headquarters, Scenic Highway update, View Preservation Ordinance, and the upcoming skateboard park.