Across the Area

Graduations, BBQ, history, etc.

OUTDOOR DINING is blossoming on Garden Grove’s historic Main Street. Louie’s on Main (above) and Azteca Mexican Restaurant can now feed you under the soon-to-be summer sun and moonlight (OC Tribune photo),

A new column we hope to post on Thursdays of news and notes from around “our towns.”

A car parade to honor Pacifica High School Class of 2020 graduates is scheduled for Wednesday, June 10 starting at 5 p.m. The procession will follow along most streets in the West Grove area. Here’s the route:

The Garden Grove Unified School District has a regular feature, “Senior Spotlight,” focusing on prominent members of the Class of 2020.

If you haven’t seen them on Facebook, here’s a list of the honored:  Matt Cornish of Pacifica, Yaricsa Bravo of Rancho Alamitos, Chantel Perez of Santiago, Brenda Torres-Medina of Rancho Alamitos, Phuong Ly of Bolsa Grande and Javier Bello of Bolsa Grande.  Also Anthony Cazales of Pacifica, Edgar Pina of Rancho Alamitos and Clint Edward Hutchinson of Garden Grove High.

A new local TV show debuted on Tuesday on Surf City Channel 3. Local author and host Chris Epting’s “Hidden Huntington Beach” airs daily at noon and 8 p.m. The first episode tells the story of the Westfair Shopping Center at Warner Avenue and Springdale Street and the “battle” that occurred there in 1970. It will also be available on the city’s home page.


Shay Reardon has been recognized in 2020 as Clegg Elementary’s Teacher of the Year, Westminster School District Teacher of the Year and Orange County Teacher of the Year. She’s a third-grade teacher at Clegg.

Long time Garden Grove High baseball coach Jim Rawls has passed away. The Argonaut coach led the team for 25 years, and the red-and-white qualified for the playoffs each season. He was 76.

Another Santa Maria-style barbecue will take place on Saturday, June 6 at the Garden Grove Elks Lodge No. 1952. It’s a drive-up, take-out only affair to continue from its 11 a.m. start “until we sell out!” For $15, you have your choice of tri-tip, chicken or ribs. For $20 you can get a combo plate with three meats, sausage with sides. The lodge is located at Trask Avenue and Newhope Street.

Josh Lindsay, a Garden Grove city commissioner, did a live-streaming broadcast as he followed the route of Wednesday’s protest rally and march in the wake of the death of George Floyd. Some people appreciated the video coverage, but he’s taking some heat on social media for one particular comment. As marchers chanted, “I can’t breathe” – among the last words of Floyd – Lindsay said, “Maybe they should sit down if they are having so much trouble breathing.”

One more word on the protest. One woman approached a line of Garden Grove police officers, sprayed them to sanitize them and had them move so they were socially distanced from each other.  The officers were cool with that.

The City of Huntington Beach is offering free beach parking for all graduating seniors from the Huntington Beach Union High School District on Wednesday, June 10 and Thursday, June 11. It’s only valid at the Beach Boulevard entrance, and students must show current high school ID at the gate.

Do you have a tidbit of news about honors, celebrations, special events, etc. to share with our readers? Send it to Nothing political, please and no trash-talking.








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