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A note from Stu 


Encrypted cell phones and the cops

Rob Pegoraro, a columnist for Yahoo Tech, wrote about how the cops everywhere hate the latest smartphones from Apple (iOS8) and Google (Android Lollipop) because both systems have encryption by default. 

Their data is encrypted when the phone is turned on and neither can be overridden. Even if the police have a warrant, the data cannot be accessed.

That’s because the internal key that is activated when the new phone is turned on for the first time cannot be bypassed. The manufacturers claim they cannot get the code to decrypt because the codes are maintained on a secure set aside, server. 

Until this past June, the cops didn’t need a warrant to search the data of a cell phone that was in the possession of a suspect at the time the person was taken into custody. The US Supreme Court ruled 8-1 in a California case (which I followed from nearly its onset four years ago) that a warrant was needed to search the data on a cell phone. The Court went so far as to say; in the majority opinion authored by the Chief Justice, that the privacy of a cell phone might exceed that of a private residence – wow!

Pegoraro included this quote in his column this week:

“Encryption threatens to lead all of us to a very dark place,” FBI Director James Comey warned in a speech last month. “Justice may be denied because of a locked phone or an encrypted hard drive.”

Well, Director Comey, now you know how the press felt when police departments switched to the 800 MHZ radio systems and virtually all police communications became encrypted. It put everything police reported in a very dark place. We have to assume that all press information is honest, and most of it surely is.

Reporters are often just what a recent screwball candidate called us: stenographers. (He was nearly right on at least one thing!)

 We have to accept details on arrests as the cops provide. Before encryption, police calls could be heard live on scanners readily available for purchase, which guaranteed a lot of ‘hearing’ witnesses.

Police agencies argue that it was and is necessary to keep the bad guys from knowing where the cops are as they commit a crime someplace.   

The manufacturers have encrypted cell phones to maximize the user’s security, something that matters greatly to many corporate customers and not far from the reason police agencies encrypted their radio broadcasts.

It fits both ways, Director Comey, and, I think, proves the point that you can’t eat your cake and have it too. 


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Diane Armitage

Best Thanksgiving pies in town! Order now!

Ron Reno, our beloved 30-plus year baker at Andree’s Patisserie is – once again – elbow deep in pie orders. Each year at this time, his bakery phone lights up with orders for his renowned Thanksgiving pies. 

They only come in three flavors (because who can really think of another?) – Pumpkin, Apple with crunch topping, and Pecan.


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When I was doing my first Thanksgiving here in Laguna, I asked my BFF, Lisa, for pie recommendations. She didn’t hesitate a second in referring Ron at Andree’s. Ron’s pies have been my flourish of a Thanksgiving dinner finish ever since. 

“I have people who’ve been ordering pies for 10 or so years,” says Ron. “Sometimes, the only day I see them all year is the day they pick up their Thanksgiving pies.” 

Indeed, people drive as far as Palm Desert and the far reaches of L.A. for Ron’s pies.

Small wonder. Each and every pie is baked from scratch – even the pie dough is crafted in single portions for each pie. Ron discovered early in the game that pie dough just can’t be doubled or tripled in the making – it gets terribly offended and refuses to cooperate as flaky, fresh piecrust.

Pies are particular, you know. Happily, the patient baker was willing to adapt to the finicky demands of said pies, and has turned out thousands of homemade pies that are sheer perfection. Last year, records were broken with well over 100 pies crafted and sold (he won’t let me tell you the exact number), and we’re wondering if yet another record can be topped this year.

On Tuesday before Thanksgiving, Ron begins his preparations, and the baking commences long into the night. On Wednesday, the baking continues, but only till that blue door closes in the afternoon.

Meanwhile, he’s still baking his daily 200+ baked goods and pastries, and even throws down some holiday coffee cakes that sell out in minutes, too.

 The bakery doors close at 2 o’clock sharp on Wednesday afternoon, and remain closed through Thanksgiving Day. Call in your pie orders today. 494-1577, and be sure to tell Ron that you heard about his fabulous pies from Diane in StuNews!  


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


Nov 21 Fri A Morning Stroll to Barbara’s Lake 9-11:30 a.m. Enjoy an outdoor stroll to Barbara’s Lake (Orange County’s only natural lake) on this leisurely paced, level, 2-mile hike with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists. All ages welcome! Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Little Sycamore Canyon Staging Area/Nix Nature Center. Donation: $2/person.

Nov 22 Sat Let’s Go Hiking! 8-10:30 a.m. Do you want to take a hike with other nature enthusiasts? Enjoy a 3.8-mile, moderate (600-ft. elevation gain) hike through Laurel and Willow Canyons with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers. You will experience a variety of plant communities, from Coastal Sage Scrub to Oak Woodland and enjoy a view of the ocean at the top. Minimal interpretation, but questions welcome. The terrain can often be rocky and uneven. Participants should bring water, a hat, a snack, and wear proper hiking shoes. Ages 15 and up. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, Willow Canyon Staging Area. Donation: $2/person. 

Nov 23 Sun Birding Walk 8-11 a.m. Spot native and winter resident birds with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteer naturalists on this 2-mile hike over uneven terrain (up to 400-ft. elevation gain) through one of the most diverse plant communities in the United States. For ages 12 and up (minors must be accompanied by an adult). Wear hiking or walking shoes and bring your binoculars. Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, James Dilley Preserve. Donation: $2/person. 

Nov 25 Tue Beginning Fitness Hike 9-10:30 a.m. Now is a great time to start a new fitness routine beginning with an easy 2-mile hike over moderate but uneven terrain to Barbara’s Lake and back (100-ft. elevation gain). Join an LCF volunteer and registered dietitian to learn about fitness and nutrition during this 1.5-hour hike. Wear walking or hiking shoes, hat, sunscreen, and bring water.  Ages 12 and up. James Dilley Preserve. Donation: $2/person. 


Aliso & Wood Canyons

Wilderness Park


Nov 21 Fri Tot Walk 9-11 a.m. Join Ranger Zak along with Laguna Canyon Foundation volunteers and bring your young ones (infant to age three) to explore Aliso’s wild backyard. We will see bugs, animal tracks, plants, birds and have all kinds of outdoor fun! Aliso & Wood Canyons Wilderness Park Ranger Headquarters, 28373 Alicia Pkwy.


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Crystal Cove State Park

Enjoy a guided moderate to strenuous 3-5-mile backcountry hike on Saturday, Nov 22 at 9 a.m. and learn about the plants and animals that call Crystal Cove State Park home.  Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. 

Enjoy a super -0.7 low tide at Crystal Cove State Park where a volunteer will lead a guided tidepool walk to Pelican Point on Saturday, Nov 22 at 2 p.m.  A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations.  Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #2. 

Join Acjachemen storyteller Jacque Tahuka-Nunez as she brings to life the lifestyle and culture of the local Native American starting with basket weaving at 4 p.m. followed by an interactive campfire program at Crystal Cove State Park at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Nov 22. Meet at the Berns Amphitheatre. 

Enjoy a guided tidepool walk to Little Treasure Cove on Sunday, Nov 23 at 2 p.m. when the tide will fall to a super low -0.8.  A volunteer will help identify animals and describe some awesome adaptations.  Be prepared to skirt rocks and maybe get wet.  Meet at Pelican Point parking lot #1.

Learn how to take beautiful photos of seascapes, the cottages, and sunset on a docent led Photography Walk at Crystal Cove State Park onSunday, Nov 23 from 3 p.m. until sunset.  Meet at the Los Trancos lot at the trailer. All camera types are welcome.

Enjoy a free sea glass jewelry making activity Wednesday 11/26from 10-4 in the Education Commons in the Historic District at Crystal Cove State Park (Park in the Los Trancos lot - PCH inland at stoplight Los Trancos then walk across the street or take the shuttle.)  Learn how to turn sea glass into a one of a kind creation.

Autumn 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, Nov 30 at 9 a.m. Meet at the Berns Amphitheater. (PCH inland at stoplight School-State Park, follow signs towards the campground.) 


Volume 6, Issue 92                                                                         November 21, 2014

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Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

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Club Q Laguna

1st and 3rd Friday | 3-5pm

A social group for Laguna’s LGBT community and friends.

It’s Your Estate

Call for dates: Facilitated by Peter Kote.  Providing the resources seniors need to make confident financial, estate, and charitable decisions.

Computer Assistance

Thursdays Noon-3pm and Fridays 9am – Noon. Please call ahead. One-on-one help with your laptop, smart phone, or tablet, PC & Mac/Apple, Windows 7&8.

The Alexander Technique

Mondays 1-2pm | $80. Discover healthy posture and spinal alignment for better balance. Facilitator: Sharon Jakubecy, M.

Join Our Hike

3rd Thurs | 10/16 & 11/20 | 8am | Free. Meet new hiking buddies, catch up with old friends and all while getting fit and enjoying nature! 

Photo Narratives

Wed |until 11/19 | 12-3pm |$150 pre-registration or $20 drop-in. Learn to tell stories through photographs.

Family History Workshop

Wed | until 11/19 | 3-5pm | Free. Discover your family tree.  Genealogy for beginners.  Facilitator: Beth Sand

Benefits Enrollment Center

Council on Aging and Laguna Beach Seniors introduce the Benefits Enrollment Center at The Susi Q to assist seniors and persons with disabilities find and apply for benefit programs.

Enrollment Available every third Friday 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. 

Call to register: 497-2441

Social Services Support

Feeling the Blues Counseling

One-on-one sessions for men and women.Schedule an appointment with a mental health professional. 10 free sessions. Call for more information (949) 497-2441

Case Management

Mon, Wed & Fri | 8:30am- 5pm | Free

Providing links to resources that promote safety and quality of life. Call for appt.

Small Circle Yoga

Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9-10am. $4 per class. The overall benefits will affect every aspect of your health and the quality of your daily life. Exercises can be performed while standing or while sitting in a chair. No floor or mat exercises are performed. Instructor: Wayne Lawrence

More Susi Q events below

More events, programs at the Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Parking is Free!

Laguna Beach Seniors is on Facebook! Sign up to receive our newsletter:

Adult Hula Lessons

Fridays from 1:30-2:30. $3 suggestion donation per class. 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. 

Ukulele University!

Play Along: Ukulele

Wed | 10:15-11:15am | FreeDrop-ins welcome!

Beginning Ukulele Players

Thur. | 9-10am | until 11/20 | $50/series or $5 drop in – Drop-ins welcome! Instructor: Tom Joliet

Intermediate Ukulele

Wed | 9- 10am | until 11/19 | $50/series or $5 drop in – Drop-ins welcome! Instructor:  Jack Morse

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

Tuesday and Friday | 9:30- 11:30am

Join this discussion of newsworthy events, and topics of special interest.


Join us for Bingo every Monday and Thursday from 10:30-11:30am. Try your luck to win prizes and gift cards. National Charity League sponsors “Birthday Celebration Bingo” on the 3rd Wednesday of every month, from 10:30-11:30am. Free!

Monday Movie and Popcorn

Free every Monday from 12:30-3pm. See movie schedule at

Intermediate Ballroom Dancing

Mon | 2- 3pm | Intermediate | $7 per class – Drop-ins welcome! Waltz, Rumba, Swing, Watusi, ChaCha, Country two-step, Fox Trot. No partner required.  Instructor: Candis Davis

Feeling The Blues?

Free Counseling!

If you are age 55+ and struggle with the blues, schedule a low-cost private session with one of our licensed therapists. You don’t have to feel lost. Call for an appointment. Se habla español

Health Insurance Counseling (HICAP)

2nd and 4th Thur | 9a.m.-1p.m. | Free

Provides assistance and objective information to help seniors and disabled persons make informed decisions about health care coverage, Medicare benefits and supplemental insurance plan options.  Sponsored by the Council on Aging.  Call for apt.

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:

Free Estate Planning Legal Advice

3rd Thursday of each month from 12-2 p.m. Local Attorney Leslie Daff is available to answer questions pertaining to estate planning, probate, and trust administration and to prepare and notarize financial powers of attorney, advanced health care directives, HIPAA authorizations, and trust amendments (to leave bequests to Laguna Beach Seniors, INC.) at no charge.

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 at the Susi Q. If interested, please contact Kathy Oliver at (949) 497-7927 or (949) 231-9235.

More Susi Q events below

Events, programs at Susi Q

Events require advance registration by calling 497.2441

Parking is Free!

Laguna Beach Seniors is on Facebook! Sign up to receive our newsletter:

Tabletop Treasures

Mondays | 9am – Noon.

Fabulous recycled and second time around treasures for sale at bargain prices. Small donated items are always appreciated for drop off from 9am-3pm. No clothing please. Proceeds benefit weekly Bingo and fund the Laguna Beach High School Scholarship from LBS.

Mindful Music

Fri | 10:30am - Noon| Free Explore the power of music for brain health; raise joy and self-esteem, improve health through music and singing. Fun, interactive, singing, music with Kathy Williams. Provided through a generous grant from the Picerne Foundation.

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. 

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.

Mermaid Fest at Jasmine General Store on Saturday

The owners of Jasmine General Store in North Laguna, Carol and Randy Robinson, are celebrating one year in business with a Mermaid Festival on Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at their 397 N. Coast Hwy location.

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All are invited to participate in free activities for all ages and there will be “goody bags” for the first 50 guests.

Learn to wire wrap genuine sea glass creating a pendant or ornament. Keep your creation at no charge.

Carol will sign copies of her book “Crystal’s Cove and the Legend of a Mermaid’s Tear.”

10th Annual MY HERO International Film Festival Nov 22

The 10th Annual MY HERO International Film Festival to take place on Nov. 22 in Santa Monica. The Laguna Beach-based MY HERO International Film Festival is celebrating 10 years of inspirational media from around the world. 

The Festival brings together professional and youth activists, filmmakers and heroes. Films honor those working for human rights, the environment, peace, and social activism. Poet, author, and educational visionary Paul Cummins will be honored with the 2014 Global Educator Award. A short film featuring Jack Black as Cummins will be shown in his honor. Kathy Eldon will present the Dan Eldon Activist Award. Ron Kovic will present a Peace Award and more.

Select winning films will be screened on Saturday, Nov. 22 at the Ann and Jerry Moss Theater, The Herb Alpert Educational Village, 3131 Olympic Blvd. Santa Monica.


Saturday’s Schedule:

3 - 5:30 p.m. Screening of Select Winning films

5:30 - 6:30 p.m. Filmmaker reception

7 - 9 p.m. Screening and Awards Ceremony

9 - 10:30 p.m. Celebration

City Hall

Committee Meetings – Etc. 


Monday, November 24

Arts Commission

Council Chambers – 5:30


Tuesday, November 25

Environmental Sustainability


Community Center – 6 p.m.


Thursday, November 27

Friday, November 28

Thanksgiving Holiday

City Hall Closed



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