Laguna Woods Memorial Golf Tournament May Return This Year – Orange County Register


The Golden Rain Foundation passed a resolution that would like the annual memorial golf tournament to return to the village.

The Men’s Golf Club event has been suspended due to COVID-19 restrictions. The last tournament, held in 2019, raised $35,000 to help residents in need, according to a report by Village Management Services staff.

This year’s tournament is scheduled for May 21.

The exclusive use of the 27-hole golf course would be granted on the condition that the regular rates for the use of the greens, the rental of the halls and the bar service are invoiced, as provided for in the resolution.

The board unanimously approved the resolution at a regular meeting on April 5. She must now meet a 28-day notification requirement for member review.

Memorial Day Half Marathon

The council passed a resolution that would allow limited use of village streets for the annual Laguna Hills Memorial Day Half Marathon.

Established in 1994, the 5K and 10K event is a collaboration between MemorialCare Saddleback Medical Center, the City of Laguna Hills and the Village of Laguna Woods, according to a VMS staff report.

The event is scheduled for May 30. Event organizers expect 5,000 runners and spectators.

The route would start on Calle de la Louisa and enter the Village through Gate 2. Then it would follow Via Estrada to Calle Aragon, Avenida Sevilla, Avenida Majorca and back to Via Estrada. Runners would exit at Gate 2.

No driving would be allowed on these streets during the race, and no parking would be allowed on the race course, according to a staff report.

Gates 2 and 4 would be closed from 5:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

The following dead ends would be closed from 6:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.: 9, 10, 21, 22, 23, 24, 40, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60 and 61.

With no objections, the GRF approved the resolution.

Donation policy

The GRF has passed a resolution that would change its donation policy.

“Our current donation requirements have changed; we have other sources of donations (such as) sponsorships (support from the Veterans Support Foundation) and personal donations,” said GRF President Bunny Carpenter. “This policy basically shows those other sources.”

Changes include eliminating the $100,000 cap on cash donations, allowing sponsorships, and transferring responsibilities from the chief operating officer to the chief service officer.

Additionally, circumstances where a donation or sponsorship would require VMS to acquire community space elements or maintenance costs to be funded by the donor would be waived.

The board unanimously approved the resolution. It must now meet a 28-day notification requirement for member review.

Parking Permit Program

The GRF passed a resolution that would implement an out-of-door parking permit program along Calle Sonora.

The property, which stretches from Gate 14 to El Toro Road, is private and owned by GRF, according to a VMS staff report.

An initial appropriation of $3,982 from the operating fund would be used to cover the costs of adequate signage.

“No, it would not require additional staff. This would be part of the regular patrol by our traffic specialists,” said Carlos Rojas, director of VMS security services. “We (patrol) already there every day.”

A permit would cost $97.50 per year. Staff expect the program to generate $6,500 per year, as noted in the report.

The board unanimously approved the resolution. It must now meet a 28-day notification requirement.

COVID-19 Update

The adjusted daily case rate in Orange County continued to remain low, now at 3.4 new cases per 100,000 population, according to the OC Health Care Agency.

The test positivity rate – the number of swabs and sputum tests positive for coronavirus – stands at 1.9%.

The health equity rate – the test positivity of disproportionately affected neighborhoods – follows at 2%.

In the city of Laguna Woods, public health officials are reporting 1,071 cases of COVID-19 so far.

Since last week’s report, two more deaths have been recorded in the city, bringing the total to 76 reported coronavirus-related deaths.

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