Golden Rain Foundation board approves Aliso Creek mitigation project at Laguna Woods Village – Orange County Register

The Golden Rain Foundation board on Wednesday, July 5 approved a motion for a project to make improvements at Aliso Creek, including mitigation repairs, and allowing $110,222 for habitat restoration and bridge improvements.

Earlier this year, winter storms caused significant erosion and plant loss to the mitigation area at Aliso Creek, a Village Management Services staff report stated. The mitigation project will include protection for the creek and bridge from water erosion, according to the report.

“This is a very exciting project because we’re able to make mitigation repairs there, which were not successful with just the planting as required originally,” VMS Community Manager Lori Moss said. “Now we’re participating in a mitigation bank, which is very common nowadays for projects that disturb habitat area.”

Moss said that this project will allow for removal of the sandbags along the creek and that the projects will be done in about six months.

“We hope (the bridge improvements) will make it so we don’t have further water damage in the event of large storms,” she said.

Resident Sally Sunderhaus, who lives near the creek, said the project sounds “all like great news.”

The motion was approved 8-1.

Social media

GRF approved a social media management program contract for five months, allocating $22,700 toward the contract work. The program will focus on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram and LinkedIn, according to the contract.

“I’m in favor of this motion because it’s another way for residents to communicate with us,” Director JoAnn di Lorenzo said.

Some of the clubs will be looking to move their websites to social media platforms as well, Director Diane Phelps added.

The motion was approved 8-1.

Naming policy

GRF unanimously approved a motion to allow a naming policy for GRF facilities and objects, and to establish a task force to look into policies and procedures for naming.

“A small committee task force would look into what things could appropriately be named and putting a dollar amount on that,” President John Parker said.

Examples for naming facilities and objects could include art donated by residents, benches and funding for the Performing Arts Center, the staff report stated.

Security guards commended

Two security guards, Ernesto Lupercio and Peter Di Bartomeo, were awarded a commendation for their work in helping to nab a gate runner.

“On June 18 around 4:40 a.m., officer…

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