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Mission Hospital committed to serving Laguna’s seniors 

Mission Hospital Laguna Beach (MHLB) is committed to serving the health care needs of the people in the community. Since 2009, MHLB has partnered with many local organizations to carry out their mission to improve the health and quality of life of the people they serve. 

One group that MHLB has focused on is the aging senior population. As the fastest growing demographic in the United States, seniors are significantly affected by changes in health care. To ensure access to care, preventive services and to help educate seniors about healthy aging, MHLB partnered with Laguna Beach Seniors at the Susi Q. 

Also joining the community in 2009, the Susi Q offers activities, programs, support services and transportation for seniors in Laguna Beach. In sharing a similar mission and vision, MHLB partnered with the Susi Q to offer flu clinics and free transportation to seniors to the Laguna Beach hospital, as well as the Mission Viejo hospital. Over the past five years, MHLB has provided 1,050 flu vaccines through five flu clinics and 4,336 rides to their two hospital campuses. 

Executive Director of Laguna Beach Seniors at the Susi Q, Nadia Babayi, commented on their affiliation with MHLB. “In addition to providing flu shots and transportation to our seniors, our most compelling program, Feeling the Blues,was created based on Mission Hospital’s community health assessment in 2009, which identified depression in elderly women as a serious issue. Feeling the Blues provides 10 free sessions of individualized therapy for seniors who suffer from depression and isolation. Since its inception in 2010, the program outcomes have been wonderful and the seniors continue to engage in activities at the Susi Q after they complete the program,” Babayi said. 

Since America’s elderly population is expected to continue to grow at a rapid rate, MHLB will remain dedicated to serving the health care needs of seniors. MHLB is privileged to have a strong partnership with the Susi Q, who is devoted to helping seniors age gracefully. 

“Mission Hospital is committed to making a positive difference in the health of the Laguna Beach community by working closely with community leaders. Through our partnership with them, we were able to identify and address some of the most compelling health challenges facing our aging population. Mission Hospital maintains a strong commitment to public service and the community by dedicating significant resources to support community programs and health care access for the elderly and indigent patients,” Babayi added.

In addition to offering flu clinics for seniors, MHLB partners with the Boys & Girls Club of Laguna Beach and Day Workers every year to provide flu vaccines. Since 2009, MHLB has provided a total of 2090 flu vaccines through community flu clinics. 

To learn more about the services offered at Mission Hospital Laguna Beach, visit

Employment law talk by Dawn Knepper on July 31 is important for California supervisors and managers

Your company’s front line supervisors and managers are the persons who observe and respond to employee concerns and complaints on a day-to-day basis. They are your front line that can either create or defeat liability. 

Employment law specialist Dawn Knepper

This presentation by Dawn Knepper of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C., facilitated by the Laguna Beach Chamber of Commerce will provide take-aways that you can share with those critical supervisors and managers, to help them spot and address wage and hour, accommodation, and discrimination, harassment, and retaliation issues. There will also be a discussion of best practices in employee discipline and management. 

Plan to join Knepper for this special presentation on Thursday, July 31, at the Boys & Girls Club, 1085 Laguna Canyon Rd. The presentation will be from 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. and is $15 for members and $25 for non-members. 

You must RSVP for the event and you can do so by contacting Karen at the LB Chamber at 494-1018 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Knepper advises and defends clients in federal and state employment-related lawsuits and agency claims, including actions alleging discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and wrongful termination. Her experience includes successfully defending employers in both jury and bench trials and in arbitration proceedings.

Coastal Commission and The Ranch: An appeal of one


The California Coastal Commission (CCC) will hear the appeal of a portion of the City’s approval to remodel The Ranch at Laguna Beach, which is being spearheaded by one person.

Laguna Beach resident Mark Fudge submitted his appeal directly to the CCC, and on July 9 they agreed to review his case at their next meeting at a to be determined future date. 

What is the motivation for such a move?

Numerous calls between Friday and Monday to Mr. Fudge were not returned. 

The renovation of the 60-plus year-old resort has been unanimously approved by the Planning Commission, and all evidence indicates great popularity in the community.

Normally, when one has an issue with a property development in town it is appealed to the City Council.

At contention on the May 14 Planning Commission meeting was approval for some of the future phases of The Ranch renovation, including a spa/wellness center, staff room, and porte-cochere. 

As transcribed from the public video of the meeting, Fudge had “a couple of procedural things, a few concerns”, which he confusingly prefaced with, “The project looks fine to me.”  

One was about “100 years old” trees on the property, that he suggested be named “Heritage Trees”. 

The property developers have stated, and the commission’s approved plans indicate that no trees have been nor will be removed.

His next question pertained to CEQA (the California Environmental Quality Act). “It says that the project is exempt and I’m curious as to how that was arrived at. Maybe some discussion could be had on that. From what I can see in the canyon there are a number of protected wildlife and plant material species that some concern has to be given…”  

Then he went on to say, “I don’t think the project is going to affect those but then it doesn’t alleviate the City and Staff from doing the initial study and simply giving it a categorical exemption simply based on the status of where the project is is simply not appropriate. Those are my concerns.”

Fudge’s house overlooks The Ranch property from an ocean-view hilltop, with potential buildable lots surrounding it. 

His house is the famous and historical Halliburton House. It was designed and built by William Alexander Levy for the famed adventurer Richard Halliburton. Levy was also friends with Ayn Rand. Rand’s description of the Heller House, in her book The Fountainhead, were believed to be thinly disguised references to the Halliburton House (otherwise known as the Hangover House). 

Fudge had received approval for the remodeling of the interior to his house in April of 2012. After a work stoppage ordered on April 17 over concerns about demolition, a special meeting was called by the City Council one week later. By a vote of 3-2, it was approved to lift the order, but the owner had to present further detailed plans for interior changes.

It was a difficult remodel of an architecturally challenging design. 

As to his question of CEQA exemption, the Planning Commission approval of conditional use permit states that, “Pursuant to the California Government Code (section 15303c), a store, motel, office, restaurant or other similar structure not involving the use of significant amounts of hazardous substances and not exceeding an increase of 2,500 square feet is considered exempt from CEQA.” And, that the restoration and remodel of The Ranch property meets those requirements.

Annual Dunk-a-Cop returns Aug 2- save the date!

Laguna Beach’s fourth annual Dunk-a-Cop event is returning to the cobblestones of Main Beach on Saturday, August 2.

Each year, Laguna Beach police officers step up to the plate to be dunked to raise money for the Boys and Girls Club of Laguna Beach. More details to follow- stay tuned!

The multi-talented Elizabeth McGhee will deliver the FOA Art Talks lecture Thursday “Mirror Mirror”

Whether you’re an informed connoisseur, an amateur collector, or an art lover, join the Festival of Arts for fascinating and informative discussions with exhibitors during “Art Talks: A Lecture Series” on Thursdays from 12 noon – 1 p.m. 

Festival Artists talk about their inspiration, history, and careers in art. Listening to the artists present their work is not only interesting and inspiring, but gives attendees a deeper understanding of painting, printmaking, photography and other art on the grounds.

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Elizabeth McGhee (L) demonstrates to uber volunteer Nina Rietsch. McGee will lead a lecture on portraiture Thursday with the presentation: “Mirror Mirror”

The title of the show is: [title of show]. “…terrific. A kick ass time…” – naturally – by No Square Friday 

No Square Theatre’s new musical continues the tradition of local, quirky, talented and affordable entertainment starting this weekend

No Square Theatre jumps into summer with [title of show]. Hailed by the New York Daily News as a “terrific. a kick ass time…” and the New York Times as “delectable entertainment…a postmodern homage to the grand tradition of backstage musicals,” [title of show] is a quirky and poignant comedy about creative expression and taking risks.

With the New York Musical Theatre Festival just three weeks away, Jeff and Hunter agree to write an original musical to submit for inclusion in the festival. When they can’t come up with anything to write about they turn to their own lives for inspiration. With the help of their friends Heidi and Susan (and Larry at the piano), they decide to write a musical about it’s own creation. What they end up with is a musical about writing a musical about writing a musical. Throughout the process, the four friends learn lessons about themselves as people, friends and artists. 

With music and lyrics by Jeff Bowen and a book by Hunter Bell, [title of show] has been a national and international hit since it’s Broadway premiere in 2008. [title of show] received an Obie Award for it’s Off-Broadway production in 2006 and Hunter Bell received a Tony nomination for Best Book of Musical in 2009.

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“Die Vampire, Die” - L-R:  Berkeley Clements, Kevin King, Stephanie Draude and Joey Nestra rehearse a scene from No Square’s [title of show] opening Friday

The No Square Theatre production of [title of show] features a cast of four with Berkeley Clements (who made her No Square debut in Lucky Stiff last summer) as Heidi, and newcomers Joey Nestra as Jeff, Kevin King as Hunter, and Stephanie Draude as Susan. Joe Lauderdale directs and choreographs and Michael Repper (who also plays Larry) is the musical director.

[title of show] begins it’s run on Friday July 18 and continues to Sunday, July 27. All performances are at 7:30 p.m. at No Square Theatre in Historic Legion Hall. Tickets may be purchased online at for $20 or $25 at the door.

PLEASE NOTE: [title of show] contains adult language that may not be appropriate for pre-teens.

[title of show] is a quirky and poignant musical comedy about creative expression and taking risks.The show stars 5 performers including Berkeley Clements, Joey Nestra, Kevin King, Stephanie Draude, and Michael Repper. The director and choreographer is Joe Lauderdale; music is directed by Michael Repper. 

No Square Theatre is located in Historic Legion Hall, 384 Legion Street, just two blocks south of Laguna Beach High School, where there is ample free parking. Wine and soft drinks are available on the lawn before the show to encourage early arrival in the summer traffic. Seating is limited. Tickets are $20 online at and $25 at the door. Show dates are July 18, 19, 20, 14, 25, 26, and 27, all at 7:30 p.m.

No Square Theatre is generously sponsored by the Laguna Board of Realtors and Affiliates Charitable Assistance Fund, the Festival of Arts Foundation, the Lodging Establishments and the City of Laguna Beach, Mark W. Brisley, DDS, An Anonymous Donor, Chris Quilter, and Patrick Quilter/Quilter Labs. 

Other No Square summer news includes the Square Roots children’s musical theatre camp in August. Applications are now being accepted. Founding Artistic Director Bree Burgess Rosen will sing the National Anthem as part of a celebration of Laguna Beach at the OC Fair on July 23 and perform Broadway’s Best on August 17 as part of the Festival Of Arts’ Sunday in the Park Music Series.

For camp, audition, concert, and ticket information, please visit

KX 93.5 brings the Beach Boys to Laguna!


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KX 93.5 presents its second annual Festival of Music featuring legendary Southern California band the Beach Boys at Irvine Bowl (Pageant of the Masters) on September 27 at 7 p.m. Tickets for the public go on sale Friday at

The Irvine Bowl Policy Committee, including members of City Council, approved the venue’s first use for a major concert in more than 10 years.

“We’re thrilled that the city has the confidence in us to make history by bringing a band as iconic as the Beach Boys to Irvine Bowl,” said KX 93.5 Founder and Program Director Tyler Russell. “There’s no band with better Southern California roots to bring multiple generations of Lagunans together in what should be a truly memorable night.”  

Supporting acts will include Say Say, a Los Angeles indie/electronic duo, and 133, a local “super-group” featuring Steve Wood, Beth Wood, Jason Feddy, Nick Hernandez, Poul Pederson, Bob Hawkins, Drew Hester and Alan Deremo. 

Presenting sponsors include Tuttle Click Automotive, Wilson Automotive and 133 FILMusic Group. All proceeds will support non-profits KX 93.5, Tony Hawk Foundation, SchoolPower, Mauli Ola Foundation and Surfrider Foundation. 

Doors to the festival area open at 5:30 p.m. and the grounds will feature tasty dinner choices with food trucks, beverages and beach-themed cocktails. Beach Boys merchandise and sponsor activities will be offered at sponsor booths. 

The Beach Boys are led by Mike Love and Bruce Johnston, who along with Christian Love, Randell Kirsch, Tim Bonhomme, John Cowsill and Scott Totten continue the legacy of the iconic American band. 

Love’s role as the band’s front man sometimes overshadows his stature as one of rock’s foremost songwriters. “Surfin’,” The Beach Boys’ first hit came from his pen. With his cousin, Brian Wilson, Love wrote the classics “Fun, Fun, Fun,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” “California Girls” and the Grammy-nominated “Good Vibrations.”  Years later, he showed he still had the lyrical chops by co-writing the irresistible and chart-topping “Kokomo.”

Tickets start at $45. Special ticket packages that include the “KX 93.5 ‘Five Summer Stories’ VIP Pre-Party” with complimentary food and drinks, as well as an up-close screening of MacGillivray/Freeman’s 1972 surf classic “Five Summer Stories.” There are also a limited number of passes available for a “Club Kokomo” Meet ‘n’ Greet with Mike Love and The Beach Boys. 

Tickets and more information are available at Some show sponsorships are still available; email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

July 4th on Brooks Street


I wanted all of Laguna to know about the gathering of residents and friends on Brooks Street on the Fourth of July. 

They gather for those who served that we might be free, the playing of Taps, raising the US flag, reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and singing the “Star Spangled Banner.”

After that, we all paraded up and down the street before heading down to the beach for the annual Mark Metherell Memorial paddle out to 2nd Reef.

Here is a slideshow from Mary of the July 4 Brooks Street gathering!


Take a look all around you: where in Laguna? 

Maggi knows you’re looking around town for these “faces” and places. She’s pretty sure there’s at least one really tricky one here. Do you know where that is?

Drop her a note!

Begin with the photo below then click on the left-hand photo in the slideshow to view all three. Good luck!

Submit your answers to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The correct answers will be in Friday’s edition and on our Facebook page.

Have fun and thanks for playing!

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Dennis’ Tidbits



July 15, 2014

Comparing mood swings: ocean temps vs. McWeather

Local ocean temps have been going through some mood swings as of late; certainly not the intensity of Tidbits’ mood swings, but nevertheless, some notable ones. 

Last Wednesday morning, surface ocean temps in Laguna were at a balmy 73-75 degrees. That afternoon the dreaded westerlies blew at 15 mph or more. Thursday morning saw temps fall off 4-6 degrees at 68-70. The westerlies (the enemy) returned with a vengeance that afternoon and once again Friday afternoon. By Saturday morning the water was a chilly 64-65. Then overnight the winds shifted around from the southeast and blew all day Sunday and into the night at 10-12 mph. 

By Monday morning the temps had rebounded back up to 70. The southeasterlies blew all day Monday into the evening and today, as you read this Tuesday’s edition of Stu News, the water’s right back up there at 72-74 thanks to our friend, the southeasterlies. Quite a swing in such a short time!

Continuing with the travels of powerful hurricane Guillermo in August of 1997, the last epic El Niño summer….

After delivering a solid week of big waves, Guillermo veered more to the west, setting his sight on the Hawaiian Islands. On August 12, still a high end Category 4, Bill found himself about 1200 miles ESE of Hilo, Hawaii and sped up a notch, moving west now at 12 mph. He continued on this crash course for four days maintaining his strength and on August 16 he was situated less than 300 miles ESE of Hawaii. By that afternoon, hurricane warnings were issued for the islands. A huge ESE swell was already imposing its will on all windward sides of the island chain. 

Suddenly on the evening of August 16, Guillermo took a sharp turn to the NNW and then north, sparing Hawaii from its wrath excepting a few squalls from his outer bands on the Big Island and Maui. They were really bracing for a rough one and narrowly escaped a nightmare.

For the next three days, Guillermo continued northward and on the morning of August 20, he was situated about 2000 miles west of San Diego, still a category 3 storm. He moved to the NNE for three more days and on August 23 he turned extra tropical about 1400 miles west of the Oregon coast where he hooked up with a strong way early low that was barreling southeast from the western Gulf of Alaska. The combination of the two strong systems created a very strong low with a central pressure of 975 millibars, almost unheard of for this early in the season. 

The strong low made landfall on the coast of central Oregon with 50 mph winds and a whopping 5-7 inches of rain! That same low flung a way out of season strong NW groundswell at California, lighting up Rincon at a solid 6-8 feet for three days. That kind of swell was three months early! Imagine surfing the Queen, a spot usually reserved for winter, in 74 degree water! 

Guillermo had traveled full circle, first flinging a huge SSE and south swell at us, then a macking ESE swell at Hawaii, and finally lighting up all winter breaks in California! That’s what off the Richter El Niños can do!  

Next up… hurricane Ignacio this Friday.

See you then, ALOHA!

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