Across the Area

New website for City of Garden Grove

THE CITY of Garden Grove’s new website (City image).

A new website for the City of Garden Grove has been launched. The new site –– features a new search engine and navigation system intended to emphasize city services and resources.

The site was created in-house by the city’s information technology staff, lead by Charles Kalil. The emphasis is on “responsiveness,” which means the site will be readable whether the user is viewing it on a desktop computer, laptop or smart phone.

Research indicates that most users of the city site are employing a mobile device.

This is the 10th version of the city’s website, the first debuting in 1996. The former web address –– will direct users to the new site.

“Blessing of the Waves” set for Sept. 9

The annual “Blessing of the Waves” ceremony will be held on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Pier Plaza (Main Street and Pacific Coast Highway) in Huntington Beach, starting at 8:30 a.m.

The star-studded program will bring together surfers, rock and roll and faith community leaders and legends.

It will include a tribute to Father Christian Mondor and Pastor Sumo Sato.

The event is organized by the Greater Huntington Beach Interfaith Council.

Be aware at chamber business breakfast

The Garden Grove Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a business breakfast on Friday with the theme of “Situational Awareness.” Kris Backouris, a community service officer with the GGPD, will speak on mental health, heat awareness, power outages, earthquakes and emergency preparation, among other topics.

It will be held at the Home Town Buffet in the Promenade Mall, 9635 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove. Check-in is from 7:20 to 7:40 a.m. The presentation is from 7:40 to 8:30 a.m.

The cost is $15 for members and $20 for non-members. RSVPs are required and should be made to (714) 638-7950 or by e-mail to

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