Orange County

Laguna, San C. beaches will open

THE Main Beach at Laguna Beach will be open Tuesday morning (Wikipedia).

Laguna Beach and San Clemente will soon have what Huntington Beach wants.

State officials on Monday cleared two Orange County beaches to reopen this week, but neither of them is Huntington Beach.

Plans submitted to Sacramento last week by those cities to allow some active recreation such as swimming, surfing and running on their beaches were approved, according to a statement from the California Natural Resources Agency.

Gov. Gavin Newsom ordered all Orange County beaches closed last week after viewing “disturbing” images of people on the sand in Newport Beach and Huntington Beach which he felt were flouting social distancing restrictions sparked by the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the plans, swimming, walking, running, paddle boarding, surfing,  bodyboarding, kayaking and “non-stationary active motion” by individuals will be allowed.

Not allowed will be gatherings, beach towels, tents, etc., sitting or lying on the beach, setting up chairs and staying in place, holding picnics and bringing coolers and tables.

Laguna’s beach will open on Tuesday and be open weekday mornings from 6-10 a.m., but not on weekends. This will be Phase One of reopening the beaches. Phase Four would be a complete reopening and return to previous schedules.

Initial proposals from GGUSD groups

The presentation of initial contract proposals from two employee groups will top Tuesday’s meeting of the Garden Grove Unified School District Board of Education.

Proposals will be from the local chapter of the California School Employees Association – which represents non-teaching “classified” positions such as bus drivers and those in food service and maintenance – and the GGUSD’s Supervisory Unit, which is composed of those who oversee classified employees and their work.

Two meetings – all done through telecommunication – will be held. A closed session will begin at 5:05 p.m. to discuss labor negotiations and the regular session at 7 p.m.

The GGUSD serves most of Garden Grove along with portions of Anaheim, Cypress, Fountain Valley, Santa Ana, Stanton and Westminster.

Construction crash kills man in HB

A crash in a construction area on the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway in Huntington Beach took the life of a Costa Mesa man last week.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the accident took place at 10:34 p.m. on April 30 when his car went through cones in the area of Newland Street. Two workers were injured.

The driver, identified as Spencer Sandridge, 27, of Costa Mesa, was pronounced dead at the scene. The CalTrans workers were taken to nearby hospitals for treatment.

Southbound lanes of the 405 were closed until 8 a.m. the next day.

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