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Laguna Beach Republicans announce June 20 meeting with three key speakers

The Laguna Beach Republicans (LBGOP) will hold its next meeting on Thursday, June 20, at Mozambique. Social hour begins at 5 p.m.; the meeting starts at 6 and ends promptly at 7:15. The three guest speakers will include former mayor Larry Agran, Spencer Finkbeiner, and Councilman Peter Blake. 

Laguna Beach Blake

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Peter Blake will speak at LBGOP meeting on June 20

Emil Monda, President of the LBGOP, invites all Republicans, Independents, and Libertarians to listen to the speakers. “To help honor the flag and veterans in June, we have a special speaker, former Irvine Mayor Larry Agran of Build The Veterans Cemetery, [who] will tell us why they are having problems getting a new veterans cemetery built in the Great Park in Irvine…and what we can do to honor our veterans.” 

Spencer Finkbeiner, Financial Director of the California Federation of College Republicans, will speak to the group about how to market to young people.

Wrapping up the program, Laguna Beach City Councilman Peter Blake will give us an update on his first six months on the Council. There will be sufficient time for Q&A.

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Mozambique is located at 1740 South Coast Hwy.

Bystanders turn into lifesavers at “Sidewalk CPR” during Hands-Only CPR training


Photos by Mary Hurlbut

National “Sidewalk CPR” week was from June 1-7, and during that time, locals and visitors to Main Beach and students at Laguna Beach High School had the opportunity to learn Hands-Only Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) from the Laguna Beach Fire Department (LBFD). This national event teaches participants how to effectively and efficiently deliver proper CPR with a quick lesson provided by local firefighters and medical professionals. 

Citizen CPR is rapidly growing as a way to empower bystanders to save a life when someone suffers sudden cardiac arrest. LBFD teamed up with the Orange County Emergency Medical Services Agency and the American Heart Association to bring “Sidewalk CPR” to Laguna last Friday on the Main Beach Cobblestones.

Laguna Beach Engineer Firefighter Paramedic Pat Cary says, “In total, from both sessions, we had around 500 people who learned the Hands-Only CPR.” 

Bystanders turn beach

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Hands-Only CPR at Main Beach Cobblestones

With 80 percent of all cardiac arrests occurring at home, learning how to properly provide CPR can double or triple a loved one’s chances of survival. 

Hands-Only is compression for the layperson, teaching the use of hands-only with no breathing. The hands serve as an external pump. 

At lunchtime on Monday, firefighters brought the training to LBHS. They set up the equipment in the quad, turned on the music, and announced the training. Approximately 140 students took advantage of the instruction.

Bystanders turn lifesavers

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Bystanders become lifesavers with LBFD on Friday

Firefighter Cary lists the steps in Hands-Only CPR:

--Shake and shout to determine if the person is (definitely) non-responsive, and then call 911 and put the phone on speaker mode

--Find landmark in the center of the chest, push hard and push fast

--Stay on the phone with 911 until paramedics arrive

(If you tire, find someone near you to quickly teach and then take over the CPR.)

Cary says, “If you don’t use it, you lose it, so it’s always good to take a 

refresher course.”

For anyone wanting to take a course in CPR for adults, children, infants, foreign body dislodging, or AED (automated external defibrillator), on August 3 from 8 a.m. - noon, the Laguna Beach Fire Department will teach a class on CPR/AED at the Susi Q Community Center. The class is for anyone with limited or no medical training who desires course instruction in CPR and AED use. Upon completion, students will receive an American Heart Association Heartsaver CPR Course Completion Card that is valid for two years. The cost is $50 for the class.

To register, go to the City of Laguna Beach’s summer catalog at

Dennis’ Tidbits 


June 11, 2019

When it comes to weather, there’s always a surprise 

Dennis 5The sun sets at 8:02 p.m. this evening and will set at 8 p.m. or later through July 19th. Our earliest sunrise is occurring at 5:42 a.m. and will do so until Thursday.

Thanks to recent southerly breezes, local ocean temps have crept up to 63-65 degrees here in Orange County.

The entire Pacific West Coast is looking at its first heat wave of the year with temps of 110 degrees plus in our southern deserts with 100-105 degrees in the Central Valley up through Northern California interior valleys. It will be in the mid 90s in places like Portland and Seattle up in the Pacific Northwest. It’s been an unusually cool spring in these areas, so there will be major snowmelt in the Sierra Nevada. As a result, rivers, creeks, and streams will likely overflow their banks this week. 

The Eastern Pacific tropics are still quiet, and we’re almost a month into the season. No development is forecast through this week. It’s still early in the 2019 season, but normally there should have been at least two systems by now. The slow start is blamed on strong upper level shear winds that stump thunderstorm formation. 

The Atlantic Basin is quiet this week as well, however, we have been getting a fair supply of long-period Southern Hemisphere swells for the past couple of weeks. Nothing major but enough to supply places like Malibu up north and Lower Trestle with some head high sessions so that certainly helps.

On this date 40 years ago in 1979, Laguna saw the invasion of thousands of tiny black flying spiders that decorated everything with their long silky webs hanging from everything. These little critters were blown all the way to our coast from the high deserts around Victorville and Apple Valley, their normal habitat. 

A rare out of season strong Santana event was in full swing as temps soared up to 100 degrees here at water’s edge, and the northeast winds blew all of these little devils to the southwest and deposited them here in town. When you got out of the ocean, these little guys would land on you and it kind of stung – probably due to the hot sun and the saltwater on your skin. There must have been a hundred thousand of them at the beach that day and elsewhere in town. The winds slackened by that evening, and they were gone. That’s why I’m so fascinated by the weather to this day. There’s always a surprise! 

See y’all on Friday, ALOHA!

Pink petals in a garden of plenty

Pink petals flowers

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Photo by Mary Hurlbut

This beautiful flower was spotted over the weekend at the South Laguna Community Garden Park

Ghost Moon 

Ghost moon palms

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Photo by Scott Brashier

Why is the moon out during the day? It means that while it is less visible at night, during the daytime it is more luminous. And there you have it. The moon can sometimes appear in the sky during the daytime because it is the closest object to Earth, and because its orbital cycle means that sometimes it is brighter in the day than at night.

Guest Column

Oregon, here I come!

Story and photos by Danielle Bauter

Like many other destinations around the world, Portland has long been on my list of cities to visit. So I jumped at the opportunity to use my frequent flyer miles and spend a long weekend there. Soon my mind began to fill with ideas of where to go, with Powell’s Bookstore at the top of my list. Wanting to make the most of my trip, I began to ask myself…why not explore other areas of Oregon as well?

I had heard about the Willamette Valley wine country, in particular a town called McMinnville, and I decided that I needed to visit to there too. My plan was to spend one night in Portland and two in McMinnville, with the hope of visiting the tasting rooms and meeting some of the winemakers and winery owners from the area. Little did I know that I would also become enamored with the town and leave feeling like I had made several new friends. 

I also had another adventure awaiting me in Portland – my first time driving an electric car. The good folks at Chevrolet had arranged for me to drive a Bolt EV during my time in Oregon, and I was excited for the experience. With a slate-grey metallic exterior and a compact build that still offered a lot of room inside, I was pleased to discover that it was so quiet when I turned it on. And then I realized that because the car has no engine, the only thing you hear while driving is road noise. 

Oregon here Heathman

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Library in the Heathman Hotel in Portland

One of the best things about Portland is that it’s a very walkable city, so I parked my car at the hotel and hit the pavement. I had polled friends and family about what to see and do there and while the overwhelming consensus was a visit to Powell’s, there were other suggestions like visiting the various gardens such as the Rose Garden and Mt. Tabor Community Garden. 

I also wanted to enjoy the wonderful Heathman Hotel 

(, namely the library there, which featured signed first editions of books by many well-known authors. Another fun activity was the hosted cocktail hour that is open to all guests. It was the perfect way to kick off an evening of eating and drinking my way through Portland. One of my favorite restaurants was Oven and Shaker, a pizza joint that offers creative pizza combinations, such as the Maple Pig with pork belly and maple mascarpone cheese. 

The next morning I departed from Portland en route to McMinnville, which is only about an hour’s drive south. Once again, I was amazed at the ease of driving the Bolt EV. And with the knowledge that I could drive 238 miles on one charge, it was such a relief not to have to worry about stopping to refill gas or finding a place to charge the car. I also loved that the car had a built-in WiFi hotspot. I felt that freedom of the road that you don’t often experience on the clogged freeways of Southern California, and I appreciated every second of it.

Oregon here Atticus

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Atticus Hotel in McMinnville 

As I drove up to the Atticus Hotel ( in McMinnville, I was excited that this would be my home for the next two days. Situated near 3rd Street, the main thoroughfare, the hotel is stunning. I walked through the front door and was immediately welcomed by their friendly concierge, who summoned me to their honor bar and offered an espresso or glass of champagne. 

And the room…oh the room! Words cannot do it justice but suffice to say that it was love at first sight. I loved the spacious living room that was lavishly decorated and the bathtub that welcomed a soak with a glass of wine, and it was clear by all of the thoughtful touches that they had left no detail untouched. I was also quite delighted to learn that it was important to the owners that they source as much as they could from local artists, craftsmen, and designers. Which was evident from the moment you walked through the door.

Oregon here McMinnville

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Downtown McMinnville 

The next couple of days were a whirlwind of activity – some of the highlights were meeting Maria and Rob of R. Stuart Winery for brunch at Red Hills Kitchen, which is located inside the Atticus Hotel. Maria even offered to take me on a tour of 3rd Street, pointing out shops and restaurants that she recommended visiting along the way I felt like I was walking with the mayor, as she seemed to know everyone in town and stopped to introduce me…

Opponents of Senate Bill 276 rally at Cottie’s community coffee gathering


Locals gathered in front of Fire Station One on Saturday to have a cup of coffee and hear what Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris had to say about fire safety and legislation.

The crowd more than tripled when about 80 yellow-clad, sign-toting opponents of Senate Bill 276 and a passel of children arrived to enlist the Assemblywoman’s support against Senate Bill 276. The bill requires state approval of exemptions from immunizations. Members of the group had previously attended “A Coffee with Cottie” in Costa Mesa to determine her position just after the bill was introduced. They came to be reassured of her opposition to the bill.   

“She said she did not support the bill as written,” said Laguna Beach resident Alicia Bradbury, one of the organizers of the orderly demonstration. “A major concern is the state making medical decisions instead [of] doctors.” 

Petrie-Norris shares parents’ concerns about SB 276. The bill is too severe, and vaccinations don’t work for everyone, she said. 

“We know people die from measles,” said retired Dr. Korey Jorgensen, who practiced medicine at the Community Clinic for decades. “All children should be immunized. The benefits outweigh the risk.” 

SB 276 is a follow-up to SB277, which passed in 2015. It required all students to have immunizations unless medically exempted or they could not attend public or private schools.

According to Bradbury, 0.7 percent of California students currently have exemptions under SB277.

“Now they are going after the less-than-1 percent of exempted children,” said Bradbury. “Under the new law, doctors must apply to the state for the limited list of exemptions.”

Seizures will not rate an exemption, although that is an issue with several parents at the gathering.   

“I have a child who was damaged by vaccination,” said Eden Marie Biele. “He was seizing and couldn’t breathe within six or seven hours after he was vaccinated. We were in the emergency room six to eight times in the next [couple] of months. Working with his doctors, we determined that vaccinations put his life at risk.”

He will not be exempted under SB276, his mother said. And under the bill, he won’t go to school in California. 

Opponents of protestors

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Opponents of Senate Bill 276 gather on Saturday

California schools are required to check immunization records for all new student admissions at Traditional Kindergarten/Kindergarten through 12th grade and all students advancing to 7th grade before entry. Parents must show their child’s Immunization Record as proof of immunization.

Laguna Beach Unified School District checks all immunization records for all new student admission at TK/Kindergarten through 12th grade and all students advancing to 7th grade before entry. Parents are required to show their child’s immunization record as proof of immunization.

Requirements on the district’s website for students admitted to Transitional Kindergarten/Kindergarten through 12th grade, starting July 1 include: 

--Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis (DTaP, DTP, Tdap, or Td) – five doses (four doses okay if one was given on-or-after 4th birthday; three doses okay if one was given on-or-after 7th birthday); for 7th - 12th graders, at least one dose of pertussis-containing vaccine is required on-or-after 7th birthday. 

--Polio (OPV or IPV) – four doses (three doses okay if one was given on-or-after 4th birthday) 

--Hepatitis B – three doses (not required for 7th grade entry) 

--Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) – two doses (both given on-or-after 1st birthday) 

--Varicella (Chickenpox) – two doses

These immunization requirements apply to new admissions and transfers for all grades, including transitional kindergarten. 

Students starting 7th grade need: 

--Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis (Tdap) – one dose (whooping cough booster usually given at 11 years and up) 

--Varicella (Chickenpox) – two doses (usually given at ages 12 months and 4-6 years) 

In addition, the TK/K-12 immunization requirements apply to 7th graders who previously had a valid personal belief exemption filed before 2016 upon entry between TK/Kindergarten and 6th grade.

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.

For more information, visit

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

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