August Newsletter

August 2021
It’s back to school time! I wish all our school children here in Laguna Niguel a fabulous and productive school year. My oldest will start his college journey out of state and my daughter will continue in high school. As the Delta variant claims lives and the health of the unvaccinated, I would please encourage you to get vaccinated as soon as possible if you have not already. After checking with her doctor, my 99-year-old grandmother got vaccinated, and she is doing great! Public health truly affects all of us, let’s not go back to closed businesses and lock downs. Vaccines are allowing our economy to bounce back.
 
COUNCIL TERMINATES COVID EMERGENCY ORDER
Council sites a need to bring “peace to our residents.”
 
PRINCIPAL RETIRES
Aliso Niguel High School Principal, Deni Christensen, retires after 28 years of service to our schools. She was recognized at the June 20 city council meeting.
 
Orange County Council of Governments (OCCG) filed litigation against HCD
OCCG directors voted unanimously (Mayor Minagar is a director) to authorize a lawsuit against the California Department of Housing Community Development challenging the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) statutes. RHNA numbers were allocated for this next housing cycle (8 years) and many Orange County city leaders are upset over the high demands the state is placing on local agencies to provide affordable housing.
 
More information can be found HERE.
 
EBIKE DISCUSSION
The city approved an educational safety program for ebikes in addition to utilizing volunteers and reserve deputies to enforce ebike violations. Class 3 bikes are not allowed on trails according to California law and the city will start enforcing that law. Check your ebike for its classification. Council member Rains suggested a future capital improvement program that would allow ebikes to stay on roads by correcting bike lanes that don’t connect continuously. This would help keep ebikes off the sidewalks and out of the way of pedestrians.
 
CITY EXTENDS OUTDOOR DINING PERMITS
Outdoor dining permits will be extended until the end of the year.