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KSBR News Briefs on Tuesday, July 17, 2018


Southern California woman expected to survive bee attack

A Southern California woman who was stung hundreds of times by bees is expected to survive.

Orange County fire Capt. Tony Bommarito says a cleaning woman was attacked outside a Lake Forest home yesterday morning after parking her car near a hive that was hidden by bushes.

Bommarito says the hive may have contained at least 30,000 bees and the woman was badly stung. He says her face was covered with bees.

Bommarito says firefighters working without protective gear grabbed a carbon dioxide fire extinguisher and used it on the bees.

The woman was hospitalized in critical condition but Bommarito tells City News Service that her son says the woman is doing better and is expected to survive.

Four firefighters also were stung and two of them were treated at a hospital. All are expected to recover.

Bee experts removed about 10 pounds of hive.


Laguna Beach

The Laguna Beach City Council tonight may agree to put on the November ballot a proposed one percent sales tax increase measure to pay for the undergrounding of electrical wires to avoid fires caused by downed power lines.

Councilmember Steve Dicterow says there are two types of taxes the Council is considering. One is a special purpose tax that would designate the funds from the increased sales taxes to the undergrounding of wires. He says that option would require two-thirds approval from voters.

The other option is a general purpose tax, which means a City Council in the future, could change the use of the money. He says that would require a 50-plus- one approval from voters.

He says if voters were to approve the increased sales tax, it would remain until they would vote in the future to change it.

He says the undergrounding of electrical wires throughout the city would cost about 250 million dollars.

Tonight’s City Council meeting begins at six.


Lake Forest

The Lake Forest City Council tonight is expected to appoint five people who will sit on the City’s new Traffic and Parking Commission.

Mayor Jim Gardner says the Commission is necessary because traffic and parking problems have come from the rapid growth of new homes. There have been four-thousand new homes constructed within the past five years within a half mile of the 241 Toll Road. And that has resulted in 30-thousand vehicle trips a day in the city.

He says the Commission will study the problems and come up with possible solutions.

Tonight’s City Council meeting begins at seven.


Dana Point

The Dana Point City Council tonight will hear an update to the City’s Strategic Plan.

Councilwoman Debra Lewis says the updated plan for the first time prioritizes the city’s long term goals and objectives. And it has metrics to determine if the goals are being met to insure the city remains successful.

Tonight’s City Council meeting begins at six.


Laguna Niguel

The Laguna Niguel City Council tonight is expected to award 23 contracts for the construction of city’s new community center at Crown Valley Community Park.

City Manager Kristine Ridge says the current community center is 30 years old and will be demolished.

She says the brand new community center will be a two-story building with meeting rooms and classrooms.  It’s adjacent to the pool and the pool deck will be renovated.

She says the city will be paying for the 36 million dollar center out of funds it has been saving over the years for the project.

She says if the contracts are awarded, its anticipated construction will begin next month with completion occurring in 2020.

Tonight’s City Council meeting begins at seven.