From ActCoastal

Year 2020
Month July
Location Virtual
Description The July meeting took place virtually from Wednesday, July 8 to Friday, July 10 as well as an additional day on Thursday, July 16. The agenda built on the Commission’s progress of transitioning to the virtual platform; notably, participants were able to submit video as well as audio testimony. ActCoastal partners commented on several items including the City of Laguna Beach’s parking program, Oceano Dunes Public Works Plan Update and Dust Control permit, and the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station Inspection and Maintenance Plan. The meeting resulted in one vote chart, the denial of the Laguna Beach Parking Program.

Issues voted on at this Meeting

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Issue Summary Outcome
Laguna Beach Parking Program This item was an appeal of the City of Laguna Beach permit to establish a multi-year, multi-phase parking rate increase for public meters and public and private lots located citywide including increases of up to 50% over three years for all downtown meters and metered lots, many of which are used for coastal access.

The Coastal Commission’s staff report recommended approval with modifications limiting the rate increases. The staff report also acknowledges that even with the limitations, approval of the program disproportionately impacts individuals from low income communities, whose primary option would be to park on the outskirts of the city and use the City of Laguna Beach’s Trolley services. However, the staff report fails to sufficiently account for the fact that the Laguna Beach Trolley Services are indefinitely closed due to COVID-19 concerns.

Due to this concern, as well as disproportionate impacts on individuals of low income communities ability to access the coast near Laguna Beach, the Commission denied the City’s proposed parking program.

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Vote Chart for this Meeting

Coastal Commission Vote Chart

July 2020 Meeting

Green Dot.png = Positive Conservation Vote         Red Dot.png = Negative Conservation Vote

Commissioner Laguna Beach Parking Program
CaroleGroom 2012.jpg Carole Groom Bad Vote
Nl12c hart.jpg Caryl Hart Good Vote
DBochco.jpg Dayna Bochco Good Vote
Donne.gif Donne Brownsey Good Vote
EffieT-S.png Effie Turnbull-Sanders Good Vote
Erik-280x300.png Erik Howell Bad Vote
Rice.jpg Katie Rice Good Vote
Escalante.jpg Linda Escalante Good Vote
Mikewilson.png Mike Wilson Good Vote
RU.jpg Roberto Uranga Good Vote
Saraa.jpg Sara Aminzadeh Absent for Vote
200px-Steve Padilla1.jpg Steve Padilla Good Vote