October Newsletter

October 2021
I’m devastated by the recent oil spill off the coast of Huntington Beach. The injury or destruction of our natural resources, like our ocean and beaches, negatively affects our economic development and property values here in Laguna Niguel. We must reduce our dependence on fossil fuels and utilize renewable sources of energy in any way we are able and we must hold those accountable who destroy our natural resources.
 
CITY CONDUCTS PARKS NEEDS ASSESSMENT
You can submit your opinions on our city’s parks HERE. One workshop was held on September 8, but you can still attend the two remaining workshops. Those dates are as follows: Oct 9 from 1-3 at Sea Country Senior Center and November 6 from 1-3 at Crown Valley Community Center.  Please participate so that the city can plan our parks for the next decade and beyond.
 
CITY COUNCIL DEBATES BRINGING BACK THE ANNIVERSARY CARNIVAL
Mayor Pro Tem Gennawey and Council Member Jennings advocated for bringing back the carnival as an annual signature event for the city, citing economic development and a “destination” event. Staff presented a cost estimate of $90,000 after banking on an increase in revenue for sponsorships and a decrease in costs.  Council members Sharma and Rains were critical of the event cost. Rains said she would support it if it could be a “net zero” cost event.  Mayor Minagar tabled the discussion for a future meeting, noting that both arguments needed be taken into account.
 
SB 9 SIGNED INTO LAW
A law that could radically change the landscape of our community, SB 9 has been signed into law. This bill would allow for builders to buy homes, knock them down and rebuild a duplex or more units without the approval of the city or HOA. There is growing concern that a city like Laguna Niguel could be radically changed by a law that could ultimately eliminate single family dwellings.
 
APPLY TO BE ON A CITY COMMISSION
The city is looking for volunteers for it’s city commissions. To learn about the vacancies and the application process: https://www.cityoflagunaniguel.org/1404/General-Information-and-Vacancies
 
BODY-WORN CAMERAS
Chief Asuncion told the Chamber of Commerce this week that body-worn cameras would be deployed in about 6 weeks.

Happy Fall everyone!