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By Bill LaPointe | February 15, 2008
Cindy Frazier did a great job summing up the ?gay? issues in her column [Lumberyard Logs, ?Greed Trumps gay identity,? Coastline Pilot, Feb. 8]. I could not agree with her more, greed is what caused the loss of the Boom and Woody?s. I find it quite audacious that some in the gay community feel there is some obligation by the present owner of the Boom to donate the property for the sake of the gay community. The previous owners of the Boom did very little to support the gay community during their years of ownership.
FEATURES
By Josh Aden | March 30, 2007
After serving the gay community in Laguna Beach since 1992, Christ Chapel of Laguna will most likely be leaving the city. The church has been meeting at the Laguna Beach Woman's Club for more than 10 years, but this will be history at the end of May. The club, which has housed the nondenominational church that caters to gays and lesbians since 1996, told Pastor Lillian Lobb in November that the church would need to find a new space....
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.
BUSINESS
By Josh Aden | September 7, 2007
An American flag still hangs above the Boom Boom Room. The Boom’s other banner — the rainbow one — still gently waves on the same mast the way it always has. Now, though, the “closed” sign in the window is permanent. The Boom Boom Room’s taps are finally dry after a Labor Day weekend of closing parties. The echoes of Donna Summer’s “Last Dance,” the final song played closing night, are now just memories. Despite knowing the Boom was on its way out for more than a year, the loss is just beginning to settle in. Thousands of people came to capture one last memory of a place that has acted as a pillar of the gay community for more than 60 years.
BUSINESS
By Josh Aden | August 30, 2007
The end of Boom Boom Room is just over the horizon and its tight-knit community of supporters are gearing up for a weekend of Labor Day parties. For those who frequent the iconic bar, it will also be a weekend of goodbyes. Patrick O’Laughlin, one of the co-operators of the Boom and attached Coast Inn, said there is a sense of reverence. “I get calls all day and all night from people asking me if it’s actually closing,” O’Laughlin said. Four nights of parties featuring DJ’s that have been important to the famous gay bar are planned for tonight through Monday.
NEWS
January 19, 2007
A lot of anger is being directed at the owner of Woody's restaurant after the revelation that the longtime gay establishment would be turned over to a Mexican restaurant chain on Feb. 3. That's less than two weeks away. The prospective new operator has reportedly indicated to one person that he will "cater to the community" — and, while it may be wishful thinking that the "community" he refers to will be Laguna's gay community, it's a nice thought. Some who are angry want to punish Woody's owner by refusing to patronize other establishments he operates.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | February 7, 2008
The struggle over the future of the defunct Boom Boom Room — and by proxy Laguna’s gay-friendly identity — continues to roil. Great umbrage has been taken over comments made in the heat of a Laguna Beach City Council meeting regarding a restaurant’s hours, which are being construed as disrespectful to the gay community. Proponents of additional hours at Sapphire are accused of calling that restaurant a more desirable business than Woody’s at the Beach or the Boom, both gay establishments that are no more.
NEWS
August 25, 2006
Activists are delighted at the news that a one-year lease extension has been put in place for the Boom Boom Room and Coast Inn, considered historic and irreplaceable for the gay community. Thousands of signatures have been gathered on a petition asking the City Council to "do something" to permanently save the landmark businesses, which anchor Laguna's gay-centric neighborhood just south of downtown. What they hope the City Council could, or would, do is somewhat vague, but hopes are afoot that a "public-private partnership" might result in a permanent solution.
NEWS
By Dan Cavanaugh | January 26, 2007
I was sad to read about the impending closure of Woody's at the Beach, but I was very disturbed to learn that some in our community are venting anger at Joel Herzer for selling his business to a company that is not identified as gay. Joel has every right to sell his business to whomever is willing to give him the best terms. If there is still a market in Laguna Beach for an upscale restaurant/lounge catering to the gay community, no doubt someone will open one and do so with no competition.
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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 | 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 CafĂ©, a 1,200-square-foot storefront, according to architect Morris Skenderian.
NEWS
By Barbara Diamond | March 5, 2009
A demonstration by the gay community in front of City Hall on Tuesday appeared at first glance to be out of place in Laguna. About 100 opponents of Proposition 8 gathered on the corner of Loma Place and Forest Avenue, waving placards urging the overturn of the state constitutional amendment, which was approved by a majority of voters in November. However, the city is on record in opposition to the proposition that stipulates that only marriages between a man and a woman are valid in California, and only a minority of Laguna voters cast ballots in favor of it. “We came because we heard that supporters of the proposition were going to be here,” one demonstrator said.
NEWS
By Bill LaPointe | February 15, 2008
Cindy Frazier did a great job summing up the ?gay? issues in her column [Lumberyard Logs, ?Greed Trumps gay identity,? Coastline Pilot, Feb. 8]. I could not agree with her more, greed is what caused the loss of the Boom and Woody?s. I find it quite audacious that some in the gay community feel there is some obligation by the present owner of the Boom to donate the property for the sake of the gay community. The previous owners of the Boom did very little to support the gay community during their years of ownership.
NEWS
February 8, 2008
He heard no anti-gay slurs at meeting As a senior in this community, I really get concerned when so many of my ?peeps? put in writing what we are so often accused of being ? hard of hearing. The nine indignant residents that complained in a recent letter (?Some Sapphire remarks insult gay community?, Feb. 1) must have turned off their hearing aids, because what I heard at the City Council meeting was clearly different than their version. Nothing disparaging about the character of previous gay establishments was ever mentioned.
NEWS
By Cindy Frazier | February 7, 2008
The struggle over the future of the defunct Boom Boom Room — and by proxy Laguna’s gay-friendly identity — continues to roil. Great umbrage has been taken over comments made in the heat of a Laguna Beach City Council meeting regarding a restaurant’s hours, which are being construed as disrespectful to the gay community. Proponents of additional hours at Sapphire are accused of calling that restaurant a more desirable business than Woody’s at the Beach or the Boom, both gay establishments that are no more.
BUSINESS
By Josh Aden | September 7, 2007
An American flag still hangs above the Boom Boom Room. The Boom’s other banner — the rainbow one — still gently waves on the same mast the way it always has. Now, though, the “closed” sign in the window is permanent. The Boom Boom Room’s taps are finally dry after a Labor Day weekend of closing parties. The echoes of Donna Summer’s “Last Dance,” the final song played closing night, are now just memories. Despite knowing the Boom was on its way out for more than a year, the loss is just beginning to settle in. Thousands of people came to capture one last memory of a place that has acted as a pillar of the gay community for more than 60 years.
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