Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Even More Pictures

Even More Photos From This Past Weekend

Out front of the Boom Boom Room, Michael signing up a brand new voter.

With the help of Amy, another voter registering!

Ken interrupting his dinner to register with Jake. It appears that registering to vote may cause funny faces....

As night falls on Sunday after a successful weekend of this pilot voter registration program, SAVE the BOOM!!! treasurer, Shane on left, signature gatherer, Brian and founder Fred, taking a break.

Monday, October 16, 2006

More Pictures from the Voter Registration Drive

at Woodys Saturday night. voter registration = fun!

and at the Boom Boom Room on Sunday -- 2 brand new voters registers with Jake:

across the street at the Koffee Klatch, a voter who recently moved is happy to
reregister with Jake and Brad:

meanwhile, back at Woodys this afternoon...Gay Voter Registration Central. Max with a happy couple, Brad and Jim:

as night falls at Woodys, Brian registering Don who recently moved, and just in time to vote in the November 7th election:

and finally SAVE the BOOM!!! Treasurer Shane, signs up a 2 stunning new voters at Woodys!

Thanks to one and all who made this first Gay Voter Registration Weekend Blitz a huge success!!! And special thanks to Joel Herzer and everyone at Woodys at the Beach for making this possible!!!

Voter Registration a Big Hit

The SAVE the BOOM!!! Team: Brad, Jake, Brian and Chris. Great job!!!

Gay Voter Registration Drive Off and Running
Weekend Blitz Underway -- 1 Down, 2 to Go...

LAGUNA BEACH, CA -- Dozens of new voters registered to vote last night in the first ever - gay and their friends - voter registration drive based out of Woodys at the Beach (, 1305 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach.

The Registration Drive continues at Woodys: tonight, Saturday from 10:00 PM to 12:00 Midnight, followed by a 5-hour blitz tomorrow, Sunday from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Sunday will feature 5 for 5 -- 5 beers for $5.00 along with food and beverage specials and lots of SAVE the BOOM!!! workers signing up new voters.

"This is so gratifying to be able to provide this service to Laguna residents. Last night so many people were so appreciative that we were making it easy and convenient for them to register to vote for the all important November 7th election," said organizer Fred Karger, founder of SAVE the BOOM!!! (

"We will be out in force tonight and tomorrow at Woodys, the Boom Boom Room and the Koffee Klatch, come by for some fun and register to vote!!!!, concluded Karger.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006


NEWS RELEASE Contact: Fred Karger (949)494-4750
October 9, 2006 Joel Herzer (949)376-8809



LAGUNA BEACH, CA - Joel Herzer, Managing Partner of Woodys at the Beach ( announced today that Woodys will sponsor a weekend long Gay Voter Registration Drive at his famed restaurant and bar located at 1305 South Coast Highway, Laguna Beach this coming weekend. The festivities will begin on Friday, October 13th and run thru Sunday, October 15th.

"It is so important that the Gay Community in Laguna Beach and our many friends all be registered to vote. We are going through so many political battles in our emerging civil rights campaign that each and every gay person should exercise his and her Constitutional Right and vote," said Herzer. "We will be pulling out all the stops at Woody's™ this weekend to make it fun and also accomplish our goal of registering as many new voters as possible."

There are city, county, state and federal candidates on the November 7th ballot and it is crucial that every gay voter participate in the election process. There are so many younger people in and around Laguna that we are targeting -- these are first time voters who will be voting for a long, long time. Additionally we will be registering and reregistering voters who have recently moved or just moved into town," he added.

"We are thrilled that Woodys is helping in such a huge way toward this first ever Gay Voter Registration Drive," said SAVE the BOOM!!! ( founder, Fred Karger. "Joel Herzer has always been a leader in Laguna, and his help in our campaign to register gay voters and our friends is spectacular. He has lots of exciting things planned over the weekend and we will be there in force with many volunteers to help register new voters!"

The schedule for the Voter Registration Weekend Blitz will be published in a few days, but be sure that Friday, Saturday and Sunday there will be lots of excitement and good times at Woodys," concluded Karger.

Are YOU registered to vote?

Monday, October 02, 2006

Voter Registration Drive Kicks Off

See the press release we sent announcing our first ever voter registration drive.

SAVE the BOOM!!! Launches Gay Voter Registration Drive

First of Its Kind in Laguna Beach

LAGUNA BEACH, CA - The grassroots campaign that began 5 months ago to save Laguna Beach's landmark Boom Boom Room and Coast Inn kicked off a voter registration drive this past weekend in front of the Boom Boom Room. Volunteers Andrew Reynolds and Michael Aguirre began signing up new voters on Friday night and the effort will continue for the next 3 ½ weeks.

"This is a first gay voter registration drive in Laguna's history," said Fred Karger, founder of SAVE the BOOM!!! ( "We hope that every gay voter who is not now registered to vote and all of our friends in town will register to vote in time for the November 7, 2006 election. We want to make sure that everyone will participate in this year's important election. The voter registration drive will continue through October 23, 2006, which is the cutoff for registering for this year's general election."

"We have federal, state and local candidates on the November ballot and it is so important that every gay person in Laguna Beach is registered to vote. This will be a bi-partisan effort and we plan on gathering as many new registrants as possible over the next 3 ½ weeks, with an on emphasis on registering first time voters," concluded Karger.

Bob Gentry, Co-chair of SAVE the BOOM!!! said, "I've been around Laguna politics for a long time and a gay specific voter registration drive has not been done before. We have been very successful over the past 30 years in activating the gay community, but there are so many new residents in Laguna and others whom have recently moved within the city that we need to seek them out and make sure that they are all registered to vote. The results of this year's City Council election on November 7th will determine the direction of Laguna Beach for the next two years and beyond. We hope to have a city council that will respond to the gay community and all our families, friends and supporters."

Bob Gentry was the first openly gay Mayor in the country in the 1980s. He was first elected to the Laguna Beach City Council in 1982 and served for 12 years. He served 3 terms as Mayor of Laguna during that period.

SAVE the BOOM!!! has recently concluded its summer-long petition drive and has gathered over 5,000 signatures in its attempt to save this historic property. Many volunteers and dozens of Laguna retailers participated in this petition drive. All of the petitions are being tabulated and will be broken down by gender, city, county, state and even the country of petition signers. All petitions will be turned in later next month to the Mayor and City Council of Laguna Beach for their consideration.