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A note from Stu 


I hate being a stepchild of Los Angeles

Orange County has a total population of about 3.1 million living in 34 cities. We are the smallest county size wise in the state – while being the third largest in population.

We have a larger population than 21 states!

Yet – we are without our own network TV station because back when the FCC licensed regional TV stations in the early 50’s, OC had a population of around 400,000. 

All of the regional licenses – network and independent – went to LA owners because the population centers for OC were, for the most part, only a “bedroom” community for LA.

Each of the network stations today have “Orange County Bureaus” consisting of a van and a reporter and we can expect maybe four minutes of “Orange County Bureau” coverage on any given one-hour newscast. Four out of 60.

Why the heck watch the news on any LA station unless we have a crane topple over!

To my way of thinking, the FCC needs to make a license available for each of the three networks to operate as a flagship station in the OC.

Too close to LA you say?

Check out Washington, DC and Baltimore, MD. Both cities have network stations and local stations. The cities are 30 miles apart and the FCC is located in one of them!

Of course, we do have Pat Boone’s Channel 56 (12 on COX cable). 


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Dog Friendly Restaurants in Laguna Beach:

The Update!

You’re probably not going to find it hard to believe that the #1 Question I field the most at my blog and Facebook page has to do with where people are allowed to have their dogs in this town of ours. 

As our residents already know, Laguna Beach is extremely dog friendly. The beaches allow dogs on leashes, even during certain summer hours, and just about every retailer in town is welcoming to dogs. If every restaurant could have a patio, they would likely all be obliging to dogs as well.

Just as a reminder to residents and visitors alike, from June 15 – Sept. 10, dogs are allowed with leashes on all city and county beaches in the City of Laguna Beach before 9 a.m. and after 6 p.m. 

From Sept. 11 through June 14, dogs are allowed on the beach at any time, though they still need to be on leashes. 

I’ve just updated my Dog Friendly Restaurants list (a downloadable PDF), which covers all the dog friendly restaurants in Laguna Beach that we’ve managed to yet find that allow dogs on their patios. I’ve also pointed to the restaurants I’ve reviewed as recommendations with an asterisk (*). 

Just click: Dog Friendly Restaurants to retrieve your copy, or visit this Bitly link:

For the finer dining establishments that are still dog friendly restaurants here, please call ahead to ensure that there will be room for your dog on busier nights.


Diane Armitage is the author of a recently published 175-page book – “Laguna Beach’s Best” – a travel guide for locals and visitors. She writes a subjective blog found at She is a regular contributor to StuNews

Something for everyone in our wilderness parks

Reservations required Sign-up online: 

949-923-2235. Parking: $3


Laguna Coast

Wilderness Park


Aug 23 Sat Long Distance Hike in the Back Country 8-11:30 a.m. Explore the beauty and diversity of two canyons, Little Sycamore and Laurel Canyon, in the backcountry of the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. This will be a strenuous, 8.2-mile hike (770-ft. elevation gain) over rocky and uneven terrain. We will hike through sycamore and oak woodlands, riparian habitats, coastal sage scrub, and open grassland. Participants should be fit and able to hike long distances. For your safety and comfort bring 2 to 3 liters of water, a hat, a hearty snack and proper hiking shoes. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Donation: $2/person.


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


Aug 21 Thur Fitness Hike at Canyon View 8:30-11 a.m. Raise your heart rate and your spirits on this strenuous, fast-paced, 6-mile hike over steep and uneven terrain (400-ft elevation gain) with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. Ages 15 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. Donation: $2/person.

Aug 24 Sun Birding Walk 8-11 a.m. Spot native and summer resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this moderate 2-mile, level hike over uneven terrain through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States.Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Ranger HQ, 28373 Alicia Parkway. Parking: $3/vehicle. 

Aug 24 Sun Family Hike in the Canyon 8:30-11 a.m. Enjoy a hike with your family in the beautifully lush Wood Canyon, while exploring its wildlife with OC Parks Resource Specialist Rick Schaffer. This is a moderate 2-mile hike (300-ft elevation gain) over uneven and rocky terrain. Ages 7 and up. Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park, Canyon View Staging Area. Hike is free of charge.


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The LBPD Citizen Academy – is now accepting applications

The Laguna Beach Police Department is accepting applications for the Citizen Academy. The academy starts Thursday September 4, 2014 and will meet from 6 to 9:30 p.m. for twelve consecutive weeks (the thirteenth week is graduation). Applications will be accepted until August 28.

The Citizen Academy is a twelve-week non-stress course designed to provide community members with a better understanding of the Laguna Beach Police Department and to help foster better communications between police personnel and citizens.  The Academy will include instruction in the following areas: history of the Laguna Beach Police Department, investigations, traffic enforcement, accident investigation, driving under the influence investigation, gangs, narcotics, neighborhood watch, crime prevention, crime scene investigation, police K-9 program and volunteer programs. There will also be a tour of the police facility as well as vehicles and equipment used by the department. Academy members will be given the chance to shoot at the police firing range and participate in mock scenarios. There is also a tour of the Orange County Jail. 

To obtain an application and announcement for the Citizen Academy, contact the Laguna Beach Police Department at (949) 497-0701. For questions regarding this program, contact Class Assistant Ross Fallah at or Corporal Matt Meadow at or (949) 497-0758. For inquiries pertaining to this Press Release, contact Captain Darin Lenyi at (949) 497-0375 or

Applications can be mailed, faxed or emailed to you.

Crystal Cove State Park

Join a Park Ranger for a fun introduction to the ecology of Crystal Cove State Park in our weekly Junior Ranger programs.  This children’s nature program is a favorite in State Parks and allows visitors ages 7-12 to earn a badge.  Junior Rangers meets on Tuesday and Thursday mornings 8/19, & 8/21 from 10-11a.m Meet at the Berns Amphitheater

Crystal Cove Alliance is hosting Community Days in the Historic District’s Education Commons on 8/20, & 8/27 from 10-4. Enjoy free art classes, historical games, sea glass wrapping, dance classes, and more!  Check out Cottage #13, the Film and Media Center, and Cottage #22, the Park and Marine Research Facility.  Park in the Los Trancos lot. 

Come on down for a summer campfire program on Friday, 8/22 at 7:30 p.m.and learn about all the recreational fun available at Crystal Cove State Park and some of the unique plants and animals that call it home.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. 

Come down to the new Environmental Study Loop trail at Crystal Cove State Park and be a Citizen Scientist for the day.  On Wednesday, August 27 from 1-2 p.m. learn how you can help researchers understand the relationship between the park’s insects and plants.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.)  $15 day-use fee

Learn about some of the fun and interesting animals that live at Crystal Cove State Park on Saturday, August 30 from 12-3 p.m. at the Historic District Education Commons where Ranger Jenn will host a Beachside Chat. Park in the Los Trancos lot.

Summer is a wonderful time to learn about our local nature.  Join a park naturalist on a family hike at Crystal Cove State Park to learn about the plants and animals living in the park on Sunday, August 31 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater.


Volume 6, Issue 66                                                                              August 19, 2014

If that vase you bought Saturday at a garage sale had a genie that popped up offering you only one supernatural ability, which would you choose?
If that vase you bought Saturday at a garage sale had a genie that popped up offering you only one supernatural ability, which would you choose?
You must select at least one item to vote!

Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

“Photo Narratives”

By Tammy Lechner

Wednesdays from 12-3p.m., until 8/27.
Learn to tell stories through photographs. Explore principles of documentary photography and expand your ability to “see” and analyze visual content. Improve upon your narratives, editing, and layout skills.

Social Services Support

Are you a spouse caring for your loved one, an individual caring for your significant other, a son or daughter trying to coordinate services for a parent?  If you fit one of these descriptions, you are a caregiver. 

Whether or not it is side-by-side or from a distance, caregiving can affect your physical, social, and emotional well being resulting in strained relationships, physical ailments, and leave you emotionally drained.  Sometimes speaking with a professional care manager can help you balance your physical, social, and emotional well being.  

Judy Denton and Martha Hernandez, MSW, are available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30-5 in the Susi Q Outreach Office and can help you make sense of your situation and recommend resources and techniques to alleviate the stressors in your care giving life. 

Club Q Laguna

A new senior LGBT social club will start as a meet and greet and evolve as participants discuss the Club’s agenda.  Meets 3-5 p.m. on the 1st and 3rd Fridays monthly.

LGBT Support Group

All new: the senior LBGT community is invited to come together the second and fourth Monday every month from 3:30 to 5 p.m. to share tools and resources for living fuller lives. Facilitated by psychologist Dr. Michelle McCormick, PhD., the support group is an offshoot of our new Club Q Laguna and in collaboration with Shanti of Orange County. Please call for registration information.

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

Open Computer Labs

Free assistance with PCs, Internet, Windows, Facebook, smartphones, iPhone,
, or any Apple product. Offered everyday. Call for times.

Adult Hula Lessons

Come and dance the hula with us. The gentle and graceful movements will make you forget your troubles and mentally transport you to the islands. 

Instructor is Marianne Ripley.

Fridays from 1:30-2:30. A suggested donation of $3.00 per class is recommended.

Learn how to “uke” it up!

Early Intermediate Ukulele and Beginning Ukulele classes.  Learn to play this incredible instrument.  Call the Susi Q for more details.  New classes begin monthly.

Senior Yoga Class

Every Monday & Friday from 9-10

This class involves gentle stretching, joint rotation exercises and some tai-chi.  Exercises can be performed while standing or sitting.  

A $4 donation is requested per class. Instructor Pierce Shannon

Take the bus to the Susi Q

The city’s blue buses now stop right in front of the Susi Q Monday – Saturday all day. 

Schedules will be posted at all bus stops, so getting here is easier than ever. You won’t have to deal with traffic or parking!

Current Events Discussion Group meets every Tuesday & Friday

The Current Events Discussion Group meets every Tuesday and Friday from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.  The group is interested in your opinion of what is going on in the world.

The group consists of about 20 or so people who bring in an article about some event that they consider newsworthy.  Normally, each participant edits their article of interest so that the most important points can be read aloud in less than five minutes, but while you don’t have to bring an article to read in order to participate in the discussion, most people do.  A group facilitator helps to guide the discussion.

The entire community is invited to participate in this activity.


Bingo is now being played every Monday and Thursday from 10:30 – 11:30. On the third Wednesday of the month, the National Charity League sponsors “Birthday Celebration Bingo” – free to all.

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

Free Medicare Answers & Assistance

2nd & 4th Thursday, Monthly 10-2

The Susi Q has partnered with the Council on Aging to offer free Health Insurance Counseling. Call today for an appointment.

Contemporary Short Story Discussion Group

Second and fourth Tuesdays

2 – 4 p.m.

Members will take turns leading discussions of selected stories from “The Ecco Anthology of Contemporary American Short Fiction”. Contact Alison King, Ph. D. for more information: (714) 608-1322 or email her at:

Intermediate Ballroom Dancing Available Monday afternoons

Join us every Monday afternoon for ballroom dancing. Intermediate lessons are from 2-3.  Each session costs $7. 

Couples and singles are welcome.  

Be sure to wear appropriate shoes.

Free Estate Planning Legal Advice

Local attorney Leslie Daff is available to assist individuals with questions pertaining to the following topics: elder law, estate administration, estate planning, MediCal, and conservatorships.

Leslie Daff is available on the fourth Thursday each month from 12 - 2 p.m.

Bridge Group needs fourths 

The Round Robin Bridge group is looking for new players and substitute players.  The group meets the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month from 11:30-3:00 at the Susi Q. If interested, please contact Kathy Oliver at (949) 497-7927 or (949) 231-9235.

Monday morning Table Top Treasures

The Susi Q accepts small household items such as knick-knacks, holiday decorations, costume jewelry and other miscellaneous items on a daily basis and then sells the items on Mondays from 9 - Noon at Table Top Treasures.  All funds received from this activity sponsor a scholarship for a LBHS senior and help to pay for bingo prizes for our seniors.  

If you have any miscellaneous items that you would like to donate, please drop by the Susi Q from 9 - 3.

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Most events are free - so is parking!

Coffee Talk support group

Please join Laguna residents and facilitators including Kay Wenger, LMFT, in a supportive atmosphere where concerns, coping skills, and helping tips are shared. This free ongoing group meets every other Monday 10-11:30 a.m.

Mahjongg Wednesdays

If you are an experienced Mahjongg player, feel free to join us every Wednesday at 12:30 in the Game Room at the Susi Q.  

Tiles can be provided for you.

Needle Art Group 

The Susi Q Community Needle Art Group meets on the last Friday of every month at 1 p.m.  They create handmade items for local organizations. 

Monday Movie and Popcorn

12:30-3 p.m. in the Laguna Room.Free every Monday.  See the Front Desk for the current movie schedule

Alzheimer’s Caregiver Support Group

Join us the first Wednesday of every month from 1:30-3 p.m. for an informational meeting and informal discussion.  Strategies will be shared for dealing with loved ones who are affected by the disease.

Tabletop Tennis every week

Tabletop tennis, or ping pong as some might label it, is offered every Mon, Wed & Fri. 

There is a $25 annual fee. 

Bring your own paddle or borrow one of ours.  All we ask is that you wear non-skidding shoes. 12:30-4 p.m. on Mon and Wed; 12:30 – 3 p.m. on Friday.

LB Biz Club meets
Aug 21 Hotel Laguna

The Laguna Beach Business Club is proud to announce Bart Zandbergen as speaker for August 21. The club holds a breakfast meeting the third Thursday each month and hosts speakers that discuss topics valuable to achieving success in your personal and professional lives. 

Bart A Zandbergen, CFP, will present his Half Time Report. This informational presentation will cover:

1) Does the market have enough steam to continue this growth?

2) Will geopolitical unrest in Europe and the Middle East affect the US Stock Market?

3) Will inflation rise and what does that mean for the market and the economy?

All this and more will be discussed at this informational meeting.

Club meetings begin with a buffet breakfast and brief networking roundtable. Meetings are hosted at the Hotel Laguna. Non-members are welcome. For more information about the club or to register to attend a meeting please contact a club member or Bart Zandbergen at 949-455-0300 x218, or email:

The LBBC is a group of local business professionals and entrepreneurs. We meet monthly to discuss current events, business opportunities and share insights within the context of our community and our lives. Our goal is to build and maintain relationships with local professionals and businesses that we are proud to recommend to our clients and friends. To attend a meeting or for more information, please visit

“A Day in Morocco” at Odyssey Imports tomorrow from 11-8

Enjoy a taste of enchanting Morocco at Odyssey Imports this Wednesday, August 20 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. with Moroccan tea & food, Moroccan Music, and a complimentary Henna Tattoo. 

You’ll be be inspired by their Moroccan Home Decor collection. 10% off event special. Odyssey Imports, Panno Plaza 490 S Coast Hwy #8. 949.272.0129

City Hall 


Tuesday, August 19

City Council

Council Chambers – 6 p.m. 


Wednesday, August 20

Planning Commission

Council Chambers – 6 p.m. 


Thursday, August 21

Design Review Board

Council Chambers – 6 p.m. 



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