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By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | August 19, 2010
The California Coastal Commission decided Friday to take up on appeal the redevelopment of the Coast Inn and the loss of the Boom Boom Room gay bar at a future hearing. Acting at the request of Commissioners Sarah Wan and Mary Shallenberger, and Laguna Beach activist Audrey Prosser, the commission decided that the proposed project raised "a substantial issue" with respect to the provision of visitor and tourist-serving facilities on the coast. The property, at 1401 S. Coast Hwy., is situated between the sea and the first public road in the city's designated Commercial/Tourist Corridor, according to a commission staff report.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | July 9, 2010
Like beauty, history is in the eye of the beholder. And when the beholders are viewing it from the vantage point of a bar stool, history can be a bit blurry. Take Tuesday's testimony about when and whether the Boom Boom Room, aka the South Seas, was or became a gay bar. Only in Laguna could this argument rise to the level of a City Council debate. The issue at hand: whether a wine bar should be required in the renovated Coast Inn. The verdict? A resounding "yes" from the Council.
NEWS
By David Hansen | March 21, 2012
It's been said that Laguna Beach was born gay, started by colorful artists and infused with an eclectic happiness that can only come from open-minded people. Then why has it become so straight? What happened to the energy, the progressiveness and self-effacing creativity? "It's not the same," said Fred Karger, 62, a longtime activist and now the first openly gay Republican candidate for U.S. president. "There are still a lot of gay people but many have left to Palm Springs or San Diego or Long Beach or Los Angeles.
BUSINESS
March 23, 2007
Fred Karger, of Save the Boom, is looking for a new owner for the landmark gay bar in Laguna Beach — without the participation of the present owner, Steven Udvar-Hazy. Karger says he "will canvass the globe to find a buyer" for the Boom Boom Room and the Coast Inn in which it is located. The Boom Boom Room is the oldest continuously operating gay bar in the Western United States, Karger says. "Once discovered and rediscovered, we are confident that this could be the most successful and profitable gay hotel and nightclub in the world," he said.
NEWS
By JAMES PRIBRAM | February 10, 2006
With so many hot topics in Laguna Beach right now, from water quality to the Mar Vista project fiasco to "mansionization," I thought it was time to take to the streets of Laguna and ask what was on residents' minds. Tom Girvin: "My main concern is the ability of developers to get a CUP (conditional-use permit) approved, then bring it back continually for revisions. After multiple revisions, which we call "piecemealing," the project becomes one that probably could not have been approved if the project had been submitted with all of the changes.
NEWS
September 7, 2007
The 12 winners of the Men of Laguna Beach calendar contest were announced Wednesday by a panel of judges and Save the Boom. The contest, which ran online and in the Coastline Pilot, garnered nearly half a million votes. In alphabetical order, the winners are: Caleb, Chris, Daniel, Gustavo, Joe, Michael, Ray, Russell B., Russell M., Ryan K., Ryan L., and Ryan W. In about a week the top three winners will be announced and the prize money, including $1000 to the first-place winner, will be announced.
NEWS
August 17, 2010
The California Coastal Commission decided Friday to take up on appeal the redevelopment of the Coast Inn and the loss of the Boom Boom Room gay bar at a future hearing. Acting at the request of Commissioners Sarah Wan and Mary Shallenberger, and Laguna Beach activist Audrey Prosser, the commission decided that the proposed project raised "a substantial issue" with respect to the provision of visitor and tourist-serving facilities on the coast. The property, at 1401 S. Coast Hwy., is situated between the sea and the first public road in the city's designated Commercial/Tourist Corridor, according to a commission staff report.
LOCAL
By Cindy Frazier | April 3, 2009
Laguna’s gay activist Fred Karger may be entitled to a little “schadenfreude” — translation, enjoyment of another’s misfortune — in the AIG mess. That’s because Karger’s nemesis, Steven Udvar-Hazy, is a major shareholder at AIG and his airplane leasing division — formerly the proverbial “cash cow” of the company — is now cash poor and may be going begging to stay in business. And Karger has a deal for him: make some quick bucks by selling the Coast Inn and Boom Boom Room.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | February 16, 2007
"Save the Boom" support exploded in 2006 in the wake of fears that the landmark Boom Boom Room bar would no longer cater to the gay community under new ownership. Almost 6,000 petitions gathered last year were delivered Tuesday night to the City Council in an effort to gain official support to keep the Boom Boom Room — and by extension the city — gay-friendly. "It is the oldest continuing gay bar in the Western United States," Save the Boom founder Fred Karger told the council.
NEWS
By Lynn Mitchell Haines | July 23, 2010
Fred Karger makes my blood boil. The Coast Inn is a lot more than just a gay Mecca, and his exaggerations about the history of the place make me crazy. So, thank you Cindy Frazier for your column about the Coast Inn ("Canyon to Cove: Finding history in a bar," July 9). It was such fun to read the recollections from people other than the gay community. The Coast Inn and I have quite a history together. I could write reams, but I'll try to be brief and add my family story the history.
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By David Hansen | March 21, 2012
It's been said that Laguna Beach was born gay, started by colorful artists and infused with an eclectic happiness that can only come from open-minded people. Then why has it become so straight? What happened to the energy, the progressiveness and self-effacing creativity? "It's not the same," said Fred Karger, 62, a longtime activist and now the first openly gay Republican candidate for U.S. president. "There are still a lot of gay people but many have left to Palm Springs or San Diego or Long Beach or Los Angeles.
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By Cindy Frazier, cindy.frazier@latimes.com | August 19, 2010
The California Coastal Commission decided Friday to take up on appeal the redevelopment of the Coast Inn and the loss of the Boom Boom Room gay bar at a future hearing. Acting at the request of Commissioners Sarah Wan and Mary Shallenberger, and Laguna Beach activist Audrey Prosser, the commission decided that the proposed project raised "a substantial issue" with respect to the provision of visitor and tourist-serving facilities on the coast. The property, at 1401 S. Coast Hwy., is situated between the sea and the first public road in the city's designated Commercial/Tourist Corridor, according to a commission staff report.
NEWS
August 17, 2010
The California Coastal Commission decided Friday to take up on appeal the redevelopment of the Coast Inn and the loss of the Boom Boom Room gay bar at a future hearing. Acting at the request of Commissioners Sarah Wan and Mary Shallenberger, and Laguna Beach activist Audrey Prosser, the commission decided that the proposed project raised "a substantial issue" with respect to the provision of visitor and tourist-serving facilities on the coast. The property, at 1401 S. Coast Hwy., is situated between the sea and the first public road in the city's designated Commercial/Tourist Corridor, according to a commission staff report.
NEWS
By Lynn Mitchell Haines | July 23, 2010
Fred Karger makes my blood boil. The Coast Inn is a lot more than just a gay Mecca, and his exaggerations about the history of the place make me crazy. So, thank you Cindy Frazier for your column about the Coast Inn ("Canyon to Cove: Finding history in a bar," July 9). It was such fun to read the recollections from people other than the gay community. The Coast Inn and I have quite a history together. I could write reams, but I'll try to be brief and add my family story the history.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | July 9, 2010
Like beauty, history is in the eye of the beholder. And when the beholders are viewing it from the vantage point of a bar stool, history can be a bit blurry. Take Tuesday's testimony about when and whether the Boom Boom Room, aka the South Seas, was or became a gay bar. Only in Laguna could this argument rise to the level of a City Council debate. The issue at hand: whether a wine bar should be required in the renovated Coast Inn. The verdict? A resounding "yes" from the Council.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | May 21, 2010
Laguna Beach planning commissioners were pleased with the final details on the renovation of the old Coast Inn at their May 12 meeting — including the addition of 1920s-themed flag poles and awnings — but continued to press the developer on a public display depicting the hotel's long association with the gay community. The location of such an interpretive center is still to be determined. The hotel might have a retail space, or a restaurant/wine bar — or all three — at the former location of the Boom Café, a 1,200-square-foot storefront, according to architect Morris Skenderian.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | May 17, 2010
Laguna Beach Planning Commissioners were pleased with the final details on the renovation of the old Coast Inn at their May 12 meeting — including the addition of 1920s-themed flag poles and awnings — but continued to press the developer on a public display depicting the hotel’s long association with the gay community. The location of such an interpretive center is still to be determined. The hotel might have a retail space, or a restaurant/wine bar — or all three — at the former location of the Boom Café, a 1,200-square-foot storefront, according to architect Morris Skenderian.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | April 23, 2010
The proposed renovation of the Coast Inn got a unanimous vote of approval April 14 from the Laguna Beach Planning Commission. But still unsettled is the question of whether the property — former site of the iconic Boom Boom Room gay bar — will be granted a coveted “K” rating for its historic importance to the city. Gay activists have sought to pressure the owner, Steven Udvar-Hazy, into keeping the Boom Boom Room open or donating the property to the city as a gay center, citing its history as a center of gay culture.
LOCAL
By Cindy Frazier | April 3, 2009
Laguna’s gay activist Fred Karger may be entitled to a little “schadenfreude” — translation, enjoyment of another’s misfortune — in the AIG mess. That’s because Karger’s nemesis, Steven Udvar-Hazy, is a major shareholder at AIG and his airplane leasing division — formerly the proverbial “cash cow” of the company — is now cash poor and may be going begging to stay in business. And Karger has a deal for him: make some quick bucks by selling the Coast Inn and Boom Boom Room.
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