The following is from the March 20 City Council meeting.
The 100th anniversary of the Girls Scouts of America was recognized at the meeting,
Mayor Jane Egly, who was once a Girl Scout, read a proclamation extolling the accomplishments of the group, which includes developing leaders in education, business and government; hours of community service; and sending cookies to the military.
The proclamation was accepted by Katie Palina.
Girl Scouts Natalie Olson, Danielle Borelli and Stephanie Andrews distributed cookies to elected officials and city staff on the dais.
The public is allowed to speak on any subject not on the agenda. Speakers generally are limited to three minutes, but the time can be adjusted by the council.
•Amy Walker said that beaches are for people, not dogs, and asked the council to ban dogs from the beach. Previous attempts to keep the dogs off Laguna beaches have failed due to public protest.
•Festival of Arts President Fred Sattler presented the council with a check for $1,200 to help pay for recent lighting improvements for art in City Hall.
Sattler said the donation was in appreciation of the emergence of City Hall as an important place to exhibit art, such as the "Art That's Small at City Hall" exhibition.
•Bruce Hopping proposed a tax incentive for businesses that install art around their property in Laguna Canyon and the recommission of an art project at the Brooks Street stairs.
•Alex Gill-Gerards thanked the council for its support of the gay and lesbian community.
•Robert Ross said that at the last meeting he was ignored when he asked about attorney fees and administrative fees for the assessment bonds.
City Treasurer Laura Parisi explained again the costs and benefits of the issue.
COUNCIL AND STAFF CHAT
Council members and staff report on events they have attended, people with whom they have met and other items of public interest.