City Manager’s Updates

Planning Commission Makes Recommendations for Streamlining Design Review Process – Phase I of the Community Development Department’s Action Plan to improve customer service and streamline the City’s Design Review process for property owners includes changes to Municipal Code and Local Coastal Plan Amendments. 

At its regular meeting on June 6, the Planning Commission recommended changes be made to streamline these processes, including: 1) administrative approval of pool/spa equipment and air conditioning units; 2) reducing the number of days for project staking and public notification from 28 to 14 days; 3) streamline how Administrative Design Review items are handled for an appeal; 4) transferring review authority for certain projects from the Design Review Board to Planning Commission; and 5) clarifying the revocation process. 

The proposed changes are intended to clarify requirements and streamline the discretionary review process, while maintaining a high level of review standards. The Planning Commission’s recommendations will now go to the City Council for approval. If passed, the process changes will then be sent to the California Coastal Commission for review and final approval. 

Emergency Kit Backpacks for Sale – Getting prepared for emergencies has never been easier. A Laguna Beach-specific Emergency Kit Backpack is available for purchase. The kit includes the following: AM/FM hand crank radio with flashlight and cell phone charger, 4-in-1 gas and water utility shut off tool, glow sticks, bio-hazard bags, nitrile gloves, N95 mask, 54-piece first aid kit, duct tape, an emergency poncho, solar blanket and a personal hygiene kit. 

Additionally, the kit will contain emergency plan templates and disaster-specific information. Each red backpack will feature an official City of Laguna Beach Seal. You can purchase the Laguna Beach-specific Emergency Kit Backpack for $50 on the City’s website at or in person at the Community and Susi Q Center, 380 Third St, during normal business hours. No profits are being made from the sale of this backpack. Let’s get prepared! 

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Junior Lifeguard registration is now open 

Junior Lifeguards – Registration for the 2019 Junior Lifeguard program is now open to Laguna Beach residents, with sessions filling up quickly. Participants must pass the required swim test or have participated in the 2018 program to be eligible to register. 

The next swim tests will be held this Friday, June 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 22, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Laguna Beach High School and Community Pool, located at 670 Park Ave.

Additional information about the Junior Lifeguard program is available at or by calling (949) 497-0788 with any questions.

Camp Bluebird – This year the City is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club to offer the ultimate summer camp experience. You can now sign your child up for Junior Lifeguards (ages 8-12), and the fun will continue at Bluebird Park. Boys & Girls Club staff will pick up your child when Junior Lifeguards ends and transport them to Bluebird Park for sports, games, arts, and other activities. When you’re done with work or errands, you can pick up your kids before 6 p.m. at Bluebird Park. 

For more information about the program, contact Adam Gufarotti at (949) 497-0304 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..