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City Hall Pledged to Support Community Gardens

City Hall Pledged to Support Community Gardens

By Tom Osborne

Then-Republican Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger championed passage in 2006 of AB 32, the nation’s first statewide law to put a price on carbon to address climate change. As a result, the City of Laguna Beach’s Environmental Committee spent more than a year drafting what became Laguna’s Climate Protection Action Plan. Councilmembers passed the plan unanimously in April 2009. A provision of that plan reads: “Encourage edible landscaping and community gardens.”

Until now, City Hall has done a pretty good job of acting on its pledge to support that provision. A case in point involves the South Laguna Community Garden Park, established in late 2009. Our local government helped considerably with permit fees and more. Councilmembers have visited the Garden Park and have spoken at events. Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow requested the city fund half of the cost to buy the land on which the garden rests and when he was mayor sent letters of interest to the property’s overseas owners. Votes of support have come from Mayor Whalen, Councilmembers Toni Iseman, Kelly Boyd, and Rob Zur Schmiede. Until very recently, the partnership between the City and the Garden Park has been solidly dependable.

Read full article from the Laguna Beach Independent