Laguna Beach

Where’s Maggi – the answers!

Maggi asked a tough question with this photo. But not too tough for Mario Guzman! That’s right, he was the only Stu News reader who got it right – this is a beach shot at Table Rock.

Thanks for sending in your answers, and keeping Maggi on her toes.    

Wheres Maggi 6 7 19

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Where’s this beach? At the south end of Table Rock

Susi Q presents monthly Alzheimer’s & dementia caregiver support group

The Susi Q Center hosts a free monthly support group for Alzheimer’s and dementia caregivers, the first Wednesday of the month, from 1:30 - 3 p.m. The group is facilitated by Alzheimer’s OC trained volunteer Sue Staub.

Alzheimer’s and dementia are life-changing for both those who are diagnosed and those close to them. Come share feelings, needs, concerns, and connect with other caregivers who truly understand what you›re going through. 

Drop-in or call (949) 715-8104 for more details.

Laguna Beach Seniors’ mission is to work together to enhance the lives of seniors through programs, services, and advocacy that promote independence, wellness, and community.

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The Susi Q Center is located at 380 Third St.

State of the beach

Photos by Scott Brashier

State of the beach dogs

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A standoff: “Which one of us is going after the ball if it goes into that big wave?”

State of the beach boat

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We need a bigger boat!

State of the beach Main

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Main Beach city: A sea of umbrellas and a tiny plastic house

Rainbow Reflections

A column about LGBTQ life in Laguna

By Craig Cooley

Photos by Mary Hurlbut

Rainbow reflections Craig

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Craig Cooley

Laguna Beach Pride 365 wishes to thank the entire community for its support of of this year’s Laguna Beach Pride. The attendance was excellent and the venues superb. Thank you to Nirvana Grille for the Friday’s welcome on the Rooftop, and Main Street Bar and Cabaret for the Dance Party. Saturday, our thanks to Harry Huggins for our Laguna Canyon hike, the Royal Hawaiian for an excellent Drag Bingo Brunch, and especially to Mo and Hasty Honarkar for their generous contributions and excellent staff service for our main event at Seven7Seven. 

For Sunday, we wish to thank Mozambique for hosting our finale event wrapping up a long weekend. 

I also wish to thank the Laguna Beach Pride 365 team that worked so hard for the last six months to pull it all together and make it the great success it became. They are already planning for next year. 

Rainbow reflections trio

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(L-R) Gordon Gardner, Bill Atkins, and Harry Huggins 

It wouldn’t have been what it was without the dream team, Jonathan Colliflower, Michelle Volz, and Bonnie Matthews. Along with the dream team, we had a bevy of excellent volunteers. Without our committed team and our volunteers, the event would not have been possible…a warm and heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you. 

We are grateful for the financial support of the many personal donations and corporate sponsors that stepped forward when their support was very much needed for the event and continues to be as we move forward. We sincerely appreciate all the donations, from just $5 on up.

But, most importantly, I wish to thank all the attendees that came and shared the message of love and inclusion. Your support and admiration are the reasons we do what we do. 

Rainbow Reflections Rouda

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Laguna Beach Pride 365 receives Congressional Recognition from Congressman Harley Rouda: (L-R) Jonathan Colliflower, Michelle Volz, Craig Cooley, and Harley Rouda

As the rainbow flag of diversity continues to fly at City Hall for the entire month of June, we are indeed grateful to be living in a community that is so abundantly accepting and inclusive. We must temper that with the realization that in so many other locations around the world, this is not the situation. There is still abuse, hatred, and capital crimes being committed and directed at the LGBTQ members of the community. From exclusion with employment opportunities to being fired for being our honest selves, discrimination and hate manifest themselves in many ways. Indeed, many laws and punishments still exist today, globally, that are severe and that come with sentences that may include lifetime incarceration and execution.

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Main event night at Seven7Seven 

So, it is with that perspective that I am so humbly grateful to our community. A community to be so very proud of – a community that can be an example to others, that can share the proud sense of love, and that helps many others as they struggle with being honest and who they are. A community that lights the path of love and acceptance, away from self-hatred, despair, and even suicide. 

Yes, I am indeed grateful, thank you Laguna Beach, thank you for being the best damn place on earth!

Happy Pride Month, everyone! 

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Troy Lee Designs hosts fun event to benefit Laguna Canyon Foundation on Saturday

Sponsored by Specialized and hosted by Troy Lee Designs, all are invited to join in for a fun night under the stars to benefit Laguna Canyon Foundation this Saturday, June 15, from 6-10 p.m. There will be free tacos, local drinks, live music, and a silent auction. 

This event is free to attend, open to all, and no tickets or RSVPs are necessary. All drink and auction proceeds will benefit Laguna Canyon Foundation’s trail program. So invite friends and family and plan on having a good night, it’s for a good cause!

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Party with Specialized and Troy Lee and support our beautiful canyon this Saturday

Public parking is available throughout downtown Laguna Beach and is free after 7 p.m.

If attendees would like to be sent an email reminder 48 hours before the event, grab a couple of “tickets” at the link here.

Troy Lee Designs is located at 380 Glenneyre St. 

Not able to make it, but still want to get involved or support Laguna Canyon Foundation? Visit for volunteering information and events, free guided hikes and rides, and a way to donate online. Let LCF know what inspired you to donate in the comment box when making your donation. #KeepitWild

Dennis’ Tidbits 


June 8, 2019

Chilly water, cool days; still looking for the rays

Dennis 5Tuesday’s heavy drizzle brought five hundredths of an inch of precipitation, bringing our season total to 19.93 inches, ever so close to that 20-inch threshold. The marine layer on Tuesday morning was at least 5,000 ft. thick and extended all the way from the middle of Baja’s west coast up to the Bay area and a thousand miles out into the Pacific.

Temps continue to average up to 10 degrees below normal in the coastal plain and 15-20 degrees below seasonal norms out in our deserts with highs in the lower deserts only in the low to mid 80s. We’re still waiting for our first 80-degree day here in town. Normally by now, we should have had at least five or six such days. Even the 70 mark has been hard to come by. Ocean temps are also several degrees below seasonal norms with today’s reading still a chilly 61.

Things are still pretty quiet down there in the Eastern Pacific Tropics with nothing seen in the near future. On the other side there was tropical storm Andrea back in May, but she did not affect any land masses down in the Caribbean. Earlier this week a disturbance was trying to pull it together off the east coast of Mainland Mexico, but it only amounted to a tropical low loaded with moisture that is dropping enormous amounts of rain in already flooded Southeast Texas around Houston, Galveston, and outlying areas. Up to 14 inches of rain has fallen in just the last 48 hours in some places. That’s as much as we get in an entire season!

Now that it’s June, the window of opportunity is open for violent tornadoes all the way from the Gulf Coast to the Canadian border and points east. May was the peak month for the number of tornadoes in our country but June is the second busiest month of the year. Now they’re popping up in places like North Dakota, Minnesota, Ohio, and Maryland. As you probably know by now, tornadoes have occurred in all 50 states. Just this past winter, there were seven twisters here in California with two reaching EF-2 status and three making it to EF-1 strength. Most of them were up there around Fresno. Down here, there were a couple of funnel clouds reported but no touchdowns. There was an EF-1 waterspout about three miles off Oceanside, but it never made landfall.

It’s too bad that Mike Trout, arguably the best player in baseball, has to play for such a mediocre team that is mired in fourth place and five games under .500. He just doesn’t have the supporting cast except for Albert Pujols, who is almost 39 and in the twilight of his Hall of Fame career. Right now, I think there are a couple of players with even better numbers than Mike’s. Not to downsize Mike’s production but look at the numbers that Colorado’s Nolan Arenado, the Dodgers’ Cody Bellinger, and the Brewers’ Christian Yelich are stacking up. 

You might even want to include the Houston’s Alex Bregman. The Phillies’ Bryce Harper’s numbers so far are not deserving of the 400 million dollar contract he signed. He’s hitting only around .250 with 12 homers and 40 ribbies. Not too bad, but if I’m paying him that much money, he should already be hitting around .350 with at least Ruthian numbers, say at least 25 round trippers and 70-75 runs batted in.

Have a great weekend, ALOHA!

Barbara’s Column

A rainbow is somewhere over Laguna


Photos by Mary Hurlbut

The gay community celebrated last weekend the right to live the life one chooses with whomever one chooses.

Events included a welcoming Happy Hour and Dance Party on Friday; a beach party and Tea Dance on Sunday; and sandwiched between them, a hike in Laguna Canyon, a Drag Bingo Brunch, and a festival of entertainment and dancing at Seven7Seven on Saturday. 

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Mayor Bob Whalen among the crowd

 “What a great event,” said Mayor Bob Whalen, who uncharacteristically raised his voice – he had to in order to be heard over the exuberant crowd at the festivities. “It is great to see the community come alive in Laguna.”

Whalen introduced Representative Harley Rouda, who presented a Congressional Citation to the event organizers with words of support. 

He announced that the first 100 days since the 2018 election have been productive, but much is still to be done.

“We all want legislation against hatred and bigotry, but it has to come from the heart,” said Rouda. 

A rainbow Craig and Harley

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(L-R) Jonathan Colliflower, vice president Laguna Beach Pride 365, Michelle Volz, treasurer/secretary of Laguna Beach Pride 365, Craig Cooley, president, and Congressman Harley Rouda

He concluded his remarks with a zinger that won him cheers: “Did Dana Rohrabacher ever come to one of these [Gay Pride events]?” he tossed off as he left the stage.

Rachel Curry presented a citation on behalf of Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris, who was unable to attend the event. 

Wilhelmina Caviar served as Mistress of Ceremonies and invited all the folks to go on Wednesday nights to O.C. Craft Gastro Brew Pub on Ocean Avenue for a performance of her Femmes Fatale show. 

Laguna Beach Pride 365 organized the weekend of events. 

“It was very emotional for me,” said Craig Cooley, president of the group. 

“Never would I have thought I would be on the stage at a Gay Pride event with the mayor of a thriving beach community and a U.S. Congressman expressing recognition for our efforts in diversity and inclusiveness. For that I am terribly grateful.”

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Mistress of Ceremonies Wilhelmina Caviar

Although no formal head count was taken, Cooley estimated that the crowd was pushing 600. In the afterglow of the success, his team, which includes Vice President Jonathan Colliflower, Secretary/Treasurer Michelle Voltz and Volunteer Coordinator Bonnie Matthews, are already working on next year’s event. That will include removing Rainbow Flags from the meters in front of City Hall on Memorial Day. 

Traditionally, the American Flag is flown on Memorial Day at half-staff on the pole in front of City Hall and small flags are attached to the parking meters. 

However, in an oversight, the gay community’s flags were displayed on the meters starting May 22, Harvey Milk Day, through June 2.

(Harvey Milk was the first openly gay supervisor in San Francisco. He and Mayor George Mosconi were shot and killed on May 22, 1978.) 

“I was shocked to see the Gay Pride flags flying instead of the American flag on Memorial Day,” said an outraged Debby Bowes

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(L-R) Rachel Curry presents a citation on behalf of Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris – Craig Cooley, Jonathon Colliflower and Michelle Voltz

City Manager John Pietig took the blame for the mix up at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. 

“It was my oversight,” said Pietig. “We did not intend to dishonor anyone, and it will be changed next year.” 

The request to display the flags was on the May 23 council agenda’s consent calendar and was not pulled for discussion by any member of the council or the public. 

Can you say Boom Boom?

Laguna has a long history with the gay community. 

Longtime Police Chief Neil Purcell Jr. organized police escorts from the Boom for patrons who felt insecure walking to their parked cars as part of his Community Policing Policy at a time when gays were being attacked.

For years, Bob Gentry’s name was followed by “the first openly gay elected official in Orange County.” He served three terms on the Laguna’s City Council from 1982 to 1994. 

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Dazzling entertainment

Laguna’s Al Roberts and Ken Jillson founded the Aids Services Foundation in 1985, when Laguna‘s gay community was being decimated by a disease that had no cure and very little effective treatment. At one point, for that matter, several points, Laguna had the highest incidence per capita of AIDS cases in the county. 

The foundation raised millions to serve the stricken…

Always look forward 

Always look Nestor

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Photo by Leonard Porto III

“I’ll just look straight ahead and not down at the ground.” Nestor keeps telling himself that cats aren’t afraid of heights.

Four recent earthquakes hit off Laguna Beach coast

Four earthquakes have now struck off the coast since Wednesday morning, June 5. Three quakes were reported Wednesday, with a fourth coming early Thursday morning.

The first of the quakes came at 3:47 a.m. Wednesday, having an epicenter 37 miles from Avalon and 64 miles from Laguna Beach. Two more came later in the day near the same spot. All were at a depth of around 4.35 miles.

Then at 4:25 a.m. Thursday, a magnitude 3.5 was recorded in the same area near San Clemente Island.

There were no reports of damage. 

Four recent earthquakes hit map of Pacific

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The City of Laguna Beach offers the following suggestions for residents on how to prepare prior to an earthquake disaster:

Secure your space:

--Move furniture like bookcases away from where people sit, sleep, or spend a lot of time. Move heavy objects to lower shelves and away from doors.

--Identify heavy items that will move like TVs, computers, bookcases, refrigerators, water heaters, etc. and anchor them to wall studs using straps. Hang mirrors and pictures on closed hooks. Prevent smaller objects from falling by using museum putty or wax. Install latches on kitchen cabinets.

Make a plan:

--Create an earthquake plan and determine what each person in your family or household will do before, during, and after a quake.

--Identify safe spots in each room at home, work, and school, such as under study desks and tables.

--Plan templates are available at:

Get disaster supplies:

--Everyone should have a personal disaster supply kit to sustain them for at least one week. Keep them where you spend most of your time so they can be easily reached.

--Laguna-specific emergency kits are available through the city for $50 apiece here.

Protect your finances:

--Organize important documents in a go-kit that includes copies of ID, insurance cards, etc.; a list of emergency contacts; photos/videos of belongings in your home (create a spreadsheet of valuable items with estimated value and serials numbers – this will help you file an insurance claim – put them on a thumb drive if possible). 

The city also recommends residents sign up for important Nixle Alerts by texting 92651 to 888777 or visiting

Laguna Beach Lifeguards to celebrate 90 years of ocean lifesaving on June 15

For over 90 years, Laguna Beach Lifeguards have patrolled city beaches to ensure beach goers a safe and fun filled day as well as protect our ocean environment. 

What began as a small troupe of able volunteers back in 1929 has evolved over 90 years into a highly trained and skilled professional lifesaving organization that keeps watch over thousands each day during the summer. 

To help recognize and celebrate the men and women of LB Lifeguards, both past and present, a day full of activities are planned on Saturday, June 15. 

 The festivities will start at Main Beach at 10 a.m. with a lifeguard friendly beach team relay competition and LB Lifeguard group photo, followed by a Marine Safety Headquarters public tours. A lifeguard picnic lunch will follow, and finally a no host cocktail social hour will be held at Hennessey’s Tavern at 5 p.m. where Guards and friends can re-connect with tall tales of lifesaving over the many years.

Laguna Beach lifeguard tower

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

Laguna Beach Lifeguards have been keeping watch over our beaches for over 90 years

Laguna Beach Lifeguards compete in several national and international ocean competitions each year. The morning team run-swim-paddle relay, scheduled to start the 90th Celebration festivities, will exhibit the lifeguard’s ocean athletic skills as well as demonstrate some of their ocean rescue techniques. 

After that, a massive historic LB Lifeguards photo will be staged in front of Main Beach Tower with veteran and current LB Lifeguards, snapped by former LB Lifeguard and award-winning photographer Mitch Ridder. 

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Department of Marine Safety will conduct public tours of their modern Lifeguard Headquarters for all to learn how their central command operates. Lifeguards and family members will then gather at noon at Picnic Beach Park for a hosted BBQ and view several historic Laguna lifeguard photos and memorabilia. 

The day will culminate with a final gathering at Hennessey’s Tavern in the upstairs room, from 5 - 9 p.m., to reminisce about old lifeguarding days in Laguna.

The Laguna Beach Lifeguard 90th Gathering event is supported by the Laguna Beach Ocean Lifeguard Foundation in conjunction with LB Marine Safety Association. The Laguna Beach City Council will recognize the LBLG 90th Anniversary with a city proclamation at tonight’s June 4 council meeting at 6 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers. 

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