LAGUNA BEACH, CA — Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Whalen delivered the State of the City Address Tuesday evening from his home over Zoom.
The online meetings are the new method of getting city business into the public eye since the coronavirus began. Since March, when Laguna Beach officials made swift, proactive decisions, coronavirus challenges have been vast to the city, county, state, country, and world.
“Nobody planned for COVID-19 to hit. While the lack of preparedness can’t be overlooked, it’s our response that matters,” he told the populace at large.
First, the city council made the impossible decision to implement a beach and business shutdown, among the first to do so in southern California. Second, they initiated the rapid plan and implementation of closing Promenade on Forest to cars, to keep restaurants and businesses going. At the same time, major town events were shut down for the summer, and more