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HUNTINGTON BEACH...The waves are head high, glassy, skies are a sunny California blue and surfers routinely climb up and down The Cliffs at Goldenwest and Pacific Coast Highway.  Meanwhile, a waving American flag stands strong at its post greeting beachgoers, runners and bicyclists passing by.

Not just an ordinary flag. A family from out of town admires the landmark and asks a stranger to take a photo.  A woman runs by and honors the husband she lost in Afghanistan. A motorcyclist salutes the flag, kneels down, lays his head on the post and cries for his lost brothers.

The man behind this all is a local chaplain, Zach Martinez. He calls this sanctuary Patriot Point, founded Memorial Day of 2010. Martinez changes the flag every three weeks, and has upheld this memorial for five years out of his own pocket.
Martinez also councils veterans coping with PTSD and brings them down to the Point to meditate.

Five years later , the vision has finally been put into perspective.  President of Seacliff Tee It Up for the Troops, Mark Mayes, and Martinez shake hands, shed tears and hug as they join together with the same mission to make this memorial a permanent place.

From August 22-24 SeaCliff Tee It Up for the Troops will be hosting fundraising events at SeaCliff Country Club in Huntington Beach, California. Festivities include a Mixed Doubles Tennis Tournament, Raise It Up For the Troops party open to the public, Golf Tournament and live auction. Auction items include a five day vacation package to Hawaii and floor seats to the Laker game. Phillip Palmer, weekday morning anchor for ABC7 Eyewitness news, will be a featured Master of Ceremonies.

Saturday, August 22, 2015 @ 6-9pm : Raise It Up For the Troops, fundraiser & party
open to the public.

Saturday-Sunday, August 22-23, 2015 @ 10:00-4pm: Tennis Tournament

Monday, Aug 24, 2015 @ 10:00-5pm Golf Tournament: including opening ceremonies,
color guard, active military will be present, tanks, machine guns, (last year we had
Miss America)

Below are links for detailed information. Please do not hesitate to call or email me
with questions. Looking forward to learning more about your opportunities. Do you
have a media kit?

Proceeds will benefit the Fisher House, Vision2Victory, Freedom Station and Patriot Point. Since 2012, SeaCliff Tee It Up for the Troops has raised over $525,000, as a way to give back to those who have put their lives on the line for our country.


HUNTINGTON BEACH...Arrest of Interest-Other Possible Victims. On November 18, 2014, a female reported she had been raped by a cab driver after being driven home. During the investigation Samy Hakim was identified as the suspect and was arrested on 7-9-15. Hakim drives a taxi for Huntington Beach Yellow Cab and frequents the Huntington Beach and Newport Beach area. He frequently works weekend nights.

Samy Hakim


Police are seeking other possible victims and ask anyone with any information to please call the Huntington Beach Police Information Hotline at 714 375-5066. Photo:HBPD



SAN DIEGO...Thirty-four San Diego State University student-athletes were named 2014-15 Mountain West Scholar-Athletes, the league announced Wednesday morning. SDSU's total for the 2014-15 academic year surpassed last season's total by one when it had 33 honorees.

Sarah Haydock, a member of SDSU's Track team and Psychology major from Huntington Beach, was among the awardees.

The MW Scholar-Athlete Award is one of the highest academic honors bestowed by the Conference. To be eligible for selection, student-athletes must have completed at least two academic terms at the member institution, while maintaining a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, and have participated in varsity competition in a Mountain West-sponsored sport.

The scholar-athlete announcement comes days after a school-record 69 Aztecs were named to the Spring 2015 Mountain West All-Academic Team.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...On Monday morning, July 27th. Denny's restaurant at 18477 Beach Boulevard held their remodeling and reopening celebration with a ribbon cutting ceremony by members of the Huntington Beach Chamber of Commerce.

Lael Bland on Sunday during a crowded lunchtime


On the day prior of the event, Denny's franchisee/manager Leal Bland and members of his staff were kept busy with lines of hungry customers. When he found a moment he took time to plan for the Monday's event.

Patrick Brenden represented Congressman Dana Rohrabacher at the reopening


At 8:30 a.m. chamber members began arriving to the location. One of the first to arrive was Planning Commissioner and a Chamber member, Patrick Brenden. along with Chamber Jerry Wheeler and board member Teri Miles.

Lael Bland receives a plaque from Chamber President Jerry Wheeler


Lael Bland received several awards and commendations. Wheeler handed a Chamber of Commerce award that will surely be hung in a prominent location inside the restaurant for all to see.

Bland, Denny's staff and chamber members line up for the ribbon cutting


Bland received a commendation from Patrick Brenden who represented Congressman Dana Rohrabacher's office, Karissa Willette from Board of Equalization member Diane Harkey's office and representatives from Assemblyman Travis Allen and Janet Nguyen offices.

Lael Bland gets ready to cut the red ribbon

The red ribbon was readied and it was time for the cutting by Bland. As the cut ribbon floated slowly to the ground, Bland invited the chamber members inside for a sample of some of the goodies the public will be having.

Lael Bland cuts the ribbon


Next year, 2016, will mark a golden time for the Beach Blvd. location as they will be celebrating 50 years of serving meals to Huntington Beach residents and visitors alike.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...Wienerschnitzel has partnered with some popular SoCal-based brands including Redbull, Tilly’s, Pabst Blue Ribbon, and Ethika to host an exclusive hangout spot for the second year at the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach. The Breaking Point VIP Escape will be open to competitors, athletes and sponsors by invitation only this Friday and Saturday, July 31 and August 1.

This year’s Breaking Point experience promises to be better than ever with sponsored food and beverages, a DJ, live feed of the competition throughout, celebrity cameos and shenanigans…it’s always a good time when Wienerschnitzel’s giant hot dog mascot, The Delicious One, is around. The lounge is also a place for competitors to chill, unwind, celebrate, or blow off some steam (depending on how they performed).



HUNTINGTON BEACH...The following people were arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of an intoxicant. They have only been arrested on suspicion of a crime and, as with all crimes, are considered innocent until proven guilty.

  • Savannah C. Brewer, 22, Orange
  • Chris T. Burket, 54, Huntington Beach
  • Faith C. Devera, 19, Cerritos
  • Francisco Gonzalez, 25, Santa Ana
  • Parker J. Johnston, 40, Long Beach
  • Patricia O. Reid, 53, Huntington Beach
  • Wendell M. Perdue, 24, Corona
  • Andrew R. Johnston, 24, Huntington Beach
  • Daniel W. Neugebauer, 30, Huntington Beach
  • Danien P. Merrill, 43, Costa Mesa
  • Casey Fazzio, 22, Fountain Valley
  • Jessica M. Cowart, 25, Huntington Beach
  • Jaycel Celestino, 39, Carson



OMAHA, NE...Emily Peterson of Huntington Beach, a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences was named to the Creighton University Dean's List for spring 2015.

Full-time students who earn a 3.5 grade-point average or better on a 4.0 scale are eligible for the Dean's List.

About Creighton University: Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., enrolls 4,000 undergraduates and 4,200 graduate and professional students among nine schools and colleges. No other university its size offers students such a comprehensive academic environment with personal attention from faculty-mentors. Jesuit and Catholic, it affords incomparable interprofessional education, bridging health professions programs with law, business and arts and sciences - all on one walkable campus. Creighton has been top-ranked by U.S. News & World Report for 20 years.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...We don't think there is any need to yell "The dam is broken, head for high ground."

But no worry that rains will flood the ground above and that broken barrier on Fox Circle will cause the apartments below to be under water. Although?



IRVING, TX...John Lieblang of Huntington Beach, has been named to the University of Dallas Dean's List for the spring 2015 semester for earning a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Lieblang is majoring in Business.

The University of Dallas, located in a metropolitan area of nearly seven million people, is a leading Catholic university widely recognized for academic excellence by well-known publications, organizations and accrediting bodies. It offers distinctive individual undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the liberal arts, business and ministry that are characterized by an exceptional, engaged faculty, a commitment to shaping principled, well-skilled leaders and academic rigor in the Catholic intellectual tradition.



HUNTINGTON BEACH...Kimpton’s Shorebreak Hotel announced today it has partnered with Pro Surfer Sally Fitzgibbons, as she competes in the 2015 Vans US Open of Surfing event, held next week in Huntington Beach, Calif. As part of the partnership, the Shorebreak Hotel will be Fitzgibbons’ official home away from home, with the hotel providing accommodations and hosting meet-and-greets at its famed Zimzala Restaurant. Additionally, Fitzgibbons will be donating a custom hand-signed surfboard to the Shorebreak.

Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants took over management of the premier 157-guestroom beachfront hotel in February 2015. Constructed and opened six years ago, the boutique hotel was designed as a surfing-inspired resort, steps away from the iconic Huntington Beach pier, overlooking one of North America’s most recognized surf breaks. Now, as a Kimpton property, the hotel is truly embracing Surf City USA’s® surf culture, offering guests a quintessential Southern California experience, from the design and imagery to food, beverage, ambiance and programming.

“We are fortunate to be located in one of Southern California’s best resort destinations and world’s top surf spots,” said Gene Smallwood, director of sales and marketing at Shorebreak Hotel. “As an avid surfer myself, I am continuously amazed by the inspiring local surf vibe, and love that our guests can truly feel it while staying with us. It’s exciting to be able to partner with Sally this year and support such an amazing athlete, the sport and a major event that means so much to the City of Huntington Beach.”

The meet-and-greet with Sally Fitzgibbons, which the Shorebreak is hosting with Coco Joy, a FAL Group Brand, will take place at Zimzala Restaurant on Wednesday, July 29 from 4:30 p.m. until 6:30 p.m.

Earlier this summer, the hotel also sponsored the Epic Big Board Ride. At the event, 66 former US Open of Surfing Winners, Surfing Walk of Fame and Surfers’ Hall of Fame inductees, celebrities, and Huntington Beach heroes rode a custom-built, 42 foot long surfboard to break the GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ® for 'Most people riding a surfboard' on the world's 'Largest Surfboard.' The event was held on June 20, which was International Surfing Day.

In addition to supporting athletes and major local surfing events, the hotel is now offering the California Surf Experience package, which includes deluxe accommodations, a 90-minute surf lesson and a seasonal welcome amenity. The package is available through Dec. 31, 2015 and can be booked online at, rate code PSURF. Rates start at $399 per night.


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