May Newsletter

MAY 2021- 
Thank you for subscribing to my Laguna Niguel newsletter!  I wish all school children and their families my best as they return to sports (safely) and finish up an incredibly challenging school year. As a mother to 2 teens, I know that this past school year has affected children and families in profound ways. Here’s to opening up with vaccines (for 16 and up) and safe protocols – Onward!
The city manager announced that staff is reviewing legislation to regulate ebikes, no details have been given on what those regulations will be.
Mayor Pro Tem Gennaway announced that the city will have an educational town hall on May 5 to explain the ramifications of proposed state Senate Bill 9 (affordable housing). According to the OC Registrar, “. . . which would allow homeowners to put a duplex on single-family lots or split them without requiring a hearing or approval from the local government.” The full text of the proposed bill is HERE. Details are not yet available for the May 5 event.
There is a new police Chief in town! Chief Virgil Asuncion became Laguna Niguel’s newest police Chief on January 7, 2021. Chief Asuncion is a graduate of UC Irvine and currently studying for his MS in Criminal Justice. The city of Laguna Niguel approved its maximum obligation to the OC Sheriff at $15,478,515 for the FY 2020-21 (in June 2020). Since body-worn cameras have been approved at the County level, we may see those employed in the next fiscal year.
Please see my public comments at the April 20 city council meeting HERE. regarding the city council’s unanimous decision to approve 4 out of the 5 staff recommended budget adjustments after the Feb. 2 mid-year budget review revealed higher than expected property and sales tax income.