Laguna Beach

Dennis’ Tidbits 


August 2, 2019

Take me out to the ball game 

Dennis 5Well, Stu, our L.A. Angels are irrelevant once again this year, hovering around the .500 mark and that’s about as good as it gets for them. They won’t make the postseason anytime soon, not when you lose 6 out of 7 games to the worst two teams in baseball, the Detroit Tigers with a record of 32-73 and the lowly Baltimore Orioles with a dismal record of 33-73 as of Wednesday, July 31st. 

You’re supposed to pounce on bad teams and if you don’t, then you’re going nowhere, third place at best in your division in spite of Mike Trout having a career year with a .322 batting average with a league leading 35 home runs and 84 RBI, also ahead of everybody in that category. He keeps getting even better each season, now his eighth, but one guy can’t carry a team by himself. 

Right fielder Cole Calhoun is putting up career high numbers with 24 homers already, but the club just isn’t jelling. Their starting pitching is mediocre at best as their most promising and emerging pitching star Tyler Stallings died suddenly last month at only 27 years old. Mike’s gotta be frustrated by now but he doesn’t show it and doesn’t complain as he’s a very gracious and humble guy. He did, however, remark the other day that he sincerely doesn’t really care about the monster numbers he’s putting up. But, he would really like to be involved in at least one playoff game victory, which hasn’t happened since he broke into the league way back in 2012. 

There seems to be a lack of team chemistry or something. Just thought I’d keep you updated on our home team. Our Angels have been in existence since 1961 but we only have one World Championship to our name and that was in 2002. That’s a long drought. Hope all is well, Stu.

Meanwhile, up the freeway, the L.A. Dodgers have the best record in baseball, and they have a 15-game lead in their division. They’ll get to the Big Party the way they’re playing. They have so many offensive weapons in their arsenal with their bench players and more talent than most other club’s starters. Their starting pitching staff is among the league’s best and their bullpen’s not too shabby.

At this writing, there are 20 teams on pace to hit 200 home runs or more with the Minnesota Twins currently on pace to clout a record 315 dingers, which would far surpass the club record of 267 by the 2017 New York Yankees.

This is a great time of year for sports as we’re in the two thirds mark in Major League Baseball and here comes the NFL. 

Have a great weekend, ALOHA!

As day softens into night 

As day sky

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Wisps of pink clouds float in a twilight sky and soon will be lost in the darkness

Freaky Friday 

Freaky Friday trolley

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Where is everyone? Watching the sunset?

How’s the water? 

Hows the ladies

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For a daily report with the Laguna Beach ocean temperature, put the Laguna Beach Lifeguards’ number in your contacts: (949) 494-6573.
Locals have been using this phone number for decades – today will be partially overcast in the morning, the surf is one to two feet, and the water temp is 70 degrees.

Summer stillness

Summer stillness rose

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A second rose bloom at Laguna Presbyterian Church

Summer stillness tree

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A new eucalyptus tree on Forest Ave

Where’s Maggi?

Another example of a fine hidden work of art in Laguna…Maggi wants to hear from Stu News readers who think they know where to find this. 

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

The location will be revealed in Tuesday’s edition, and we’ll let you know who got it right.

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Laguna Beach – A Look Back

Courtesy of Laguna Beach Historical Society

The circle of life not only applies to the law of the jungle, it can be seen in some of Laguna Beach’s beautiful historic architecture.

102 years ago, in 1917, on the corner of Coast Highway and Aster, three distinct styles were merged – its obvious Craftsman style, with both Japanese and Swiss influences, reflecting the melting pot of the early 20th century. For part of the 21 years it was a private home, housing local real estate baron Joe Skidmore.

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One of Laguna’s oldest and most beautifully historic structures, located at 308 N Coast Hwy

In this undated photo, two lazy palm trees sway in front while a lone pine accents the side patio.

In 1938, it became a restaurant, the Laguna Vista Café. In 1964, it became the Cottage, which dutifully served locals and tourists alike wonderful buttermilk pancakes, meat loaf, and strong coffee – until 2012, when Shallom and Jilla Berkman, owners of Urth Caffés in Southern California, took over the property. 

They worked with a city-appointed historian and hired a local architect, Todd Skenderian, known for his work on heritage properties in Laguna Beach. Their goal of preserving the history and the three architectural styles was clearly achieved. 

With the current Urth Caffe at the Cottage, a local landmark completes the circle of life.

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Laguna Beach Historical Society is located at 278 Ocean Ave. They are open Friday - Sunday from 1 - 4 p.m. For more information, call (949) 497-6834 or visit

Supervisor Lisa Bartlett discusses senior food insecurity with Laguna Food Pantry

Orange County Board of Supervisors Chairman Lisa Bartlett visited Laguna Food Pantry with representatives of Laguna Woods Village, Susan McInerney and Brian Gruener. Supervisor Bartlett, Fifth District, is concerned with Orange County seniors facing food insecurity. 

“Many seniors live on fixed incomes and face rising medical costs. They are often forced to choose between food and other necessities,” said Anne Belyea, Executive Director of the Laguna Food Pantry. “The Pantry is vital to our shoppers who bring home fresh eggs, milk, fruits, and vegetables weekly.”

Supervisor Bartlett’s visit was part of an ongoing effort to encourage organizations such as Laguna Food Pantry to collaborate with other organizations serving seniors. 

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Supervisor Lisa Bartlett visited the Laguna Food Pantry 

“Laguna Food Pantry has been working on an initiative to determine why so few seniors in need shop for free groceries,” Belyea said. Discussions with Laguna Beach Seniors, the Susi Q Center, Sally’s Fund, and Laguna Woods Village have been ongoing to find new ways to reach more seniors. 

“The Laguna Food Pantry Board believes no one should go hungry,” said Susan Thomas, Board Chair of the Laguna Food Pantry. “We champion the worth and dignity of all people and treat everyone as valued members of the community.”

For more information about volunteering or donating to the Laguna Food Pantry, visit or call (949) 497-7121. 

Celebrating its 25th year serving our neighbors in need, every weekday Laguna Food Pantry collects and distributes 5,000 lbs. of free, fresh groceries to approximately 100 families, half of whom have children. 

Located at 20652 Laguna Canyon Rd, north of the Dog Park, the Pantry is open from 8 to 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday. It is run almost entirely by volunteers.

Design Review dominates Council’s Tuesday meeting


Tuesday’s City Council meeting will include a joint meeting with the Design Review Board and two items related to design review issues.

A joint meeting of the council and Design Review Board meeting is scheduled for 4 p.m. The regularly scheduled meeting includes a hearing on the implementation of proposals to streamline the review process and a hearing on proposed changes to the design review appeals process. 

Identified as Phase II, the recommended streamlining will authorize amendments that will require further study, public participation and council direction to define the scope. 

Staff would like to proceed with a review of current discretionary review requirements to evaluate which are minor in nature and can be shifted to a lower level of review without jeopardizing the quality and purpose of the process.

Considerable progress has been made in the past four months on implementing an Action Plan, a comprehensive strategy that includes a wide variety of actions to improve services to the community, according to the staff report.

The so-called Action Plan highlights completion of key projects in 2019 that include the Downtown Specific Plan and the Downtown Action Plan; the Historic Preservation, Short-Term Lodging, Parking and Accessory Development Units ordinances; and major remodel/Bluff definition. 

Council and the California Coastal Commission have approved amendments to the STL, ADU and parking ordinances. The five remaining projects are expected to go to the council in the next 10 months, according to the staff report.

Staff recommendations include improving customer services and better training for new design review board and planning commission members.

The council is also asked to approve a revised version of an ordinance in which that the Coastal Commission found inconsistencies between the ordinance and the Local Coastal Plan, which staff believes it has remedied. 

Council is also requested to consider Mayor Pro Tem Steve Dicterow’s request to require all appeals of Design Review decisions be heard de novo –

Latin for starting from scratch.

Veteran health care executive named Chief Executive of Mission Hospital

Seth R. Teigen, a longtime health care executive, has been named Chief Executive of Mission Hospital in Mission Viejo and Laguna Beach, Providence St. Joseph Health announced. He will join the organization August 5.

Teigen was selected through a national search and most recently was president at Ascension Healthcare’s St. Francis and Franklin hospitals in Wisconsin. He has more than 23 years of experience with nonprofit health care systems and has been recognized for establishing cultures of excellence, patient safety, and teamwork.

“Seth is an inspiring leader. He is energetic, innovative and, most importantly, aligned with the mission and values of Providence St. Joseph Health to provide our communities with safe, quality, and compassionate healthcare,” said Victor S. Jordan, Health Network Executive and chief operating officer, Providence St. Joseph Health, Southern California Region.

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Seth R. Teigen has been named Chief Executive of Mission Hospital

Teigen joins Mission Hospital just months before the October opening of the Judi and Bill Leonard Institute for Cancer Prevention, Treatment and Wellness. The institute, the only comprehensive cancer center in Southern Orange County, will house a research and clinical trial program, a nurse navigation program, radiation oncology, imaging services, an infusion center, and complementary therapies, as well as an education center. 

Jordan called Teigen a perfect fit for the dual-campus hospital, noting his successful efforts to improve both patient and caregiver experience. He developed focused leadership rounding to create a greater tie among administration, caregivers, and patient care.

Teigen was recognized in 2016 as one of the 50 Rising Stars in Healthcare under 40 by Becker’s Hospital Review. Additionally, he was named to the In Business Madison magazine’s 40 under 40 list, and prior to that was recognized as the Young Healthcare Executive of the Year in Wisconsin (2012) by the American College of Healthcare Executives. A Wisconsin native, Teigen and his wife Nicole have two young sons, Deacon, 8, and Graham, 6. He succeeds Tarek Salaway, who relocated late last year to the Bay Area.

Mission Hospital is part of St. Joseph Health, a not-for-profit provider of integrated health care. Together, St. Joseph Health works to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves in the tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. 

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