The following is from the Sept. 18 City Council meeting. Mayor Jane Egly absent due to a death in her family.
Mayor Pro Tem Verna Rollinger presented a proclamation honoring the Beautification Council on its Diamond Jubilee and its founder the late Harry Lawrence.
The council is celebrating 60 years of contributions to the city image, including recognizing outstanding improvements to commercial and residential properties that are in public view.
Longtime Beautification Council member Eleanor Henry announced that Lawrence will be honored on his birth date, Oct. 1, at a fundraising dinner from 6 to 9:30 p.m. at Montage Laguna Beach, 30801 S. Coast Hwy. The public is invited to attend, potential members particularly welcome.
Tickets are $100, $50 tax deductible.
For more information or to make reservations call (949) 494-4439.
The public may speak on any subject not on the agenda. Speakers generally are limited to three minutes, but the time can be adjusted by the council.
•Ann Hyde and Christine Montonna invited the public to a Friend Raiser at Madison Square Garden and Café, 320 N. Coast Hwy., hosted by Jon Madison.
Admission is one treasure per person to be donated to the Assistance League's Turnabout Shop or $25. Hyde said donations could be decorative items, collectibles, art, household items, jewelry and designer clothing.
Hors d'oeuvres, beverages and desserts will be served from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday. Entrance will be from the alley at the rear of the property.
•Wayne Fortin, founder and CEO of Trauma Intervention Program (TIP), introduced Freddie Charles, Laguna Beach resident and 15-year volunteer of TIP.
TIP-trained volunteers support folks affected by a tragedy, which allows police and firefighters to do their jobs. The volunteers are on-call 24/7, Fortin said.
"I am so thankful, glad that Laguna Beach calls on us," Charles said. "When I hear a siren, I hope people call on us — I don't want it to be necessary, but if it is — I hope you call."
Laguna Beach Police Employees Assn. President Larry Bammer expressed his thanks to Charles for helping the department shoulder the burden of emotionally stressed victims.
•Ocean Vista Drive resident Curt Bartsch said his neighborhood applauded the Fire Department for the extraordinary job fighting the fire above Ruby's. However, the fire has made him concerned about fuel modification, which has been banned where the fire broke out and he would like the dry brush cleared in his neighborhood.