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Local Currents: Community Works

“As a waterman myself, I grew up admiring and being inspired by many of the great watermen legends of Laguna. I feel incredibly blessed to be given this opportunity to share my artistic talent in a way that recognizes some of these legends, and at the same time, gives back to the...

Local Currents: Government in the Sunshine

“The public commissions, boards and councils and the other public agencies in this State exist to aid in the conduct of the people’s business. It is the intent of the law that their actions be taken openly and that their deliberations be conducted openly. The people of this...

Local Currents: Political Tolerance

“I’m all about healing and forgiveness.” –Howard Hills   One of the nicest parts of the campaign season is when candidates graciously acknowledge their opponents after the voting is decided. All the negative emotions melt away, and we see the true humanity that campaigns...

Local Currents: Beware the Jabberwock

“”Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch!” — from the Lewis Carroll poem “Jabberwocky.”   Local political races in small towns are not usually where you find the...

Local Currents: Where’s the Fire?

“I support the pro-active support programs, education and activities dealing with teenage drinking and drug abuse but oppose the social host ordinance.” –Steve Dicterow, former Laguna Beach mayor and city council candidate. It’s been a bit wild to watch the railroading of the...

Local Currents: Exoneration

“Recognition should come to the reporter who uncovers public cheating or proves a convicted man innocent.” –Phil Donahue   Last week, I saw a Facebook post from Maurice Possley, or “Mo” as I call him, a good friend that moved to Laguna Beach in 2009. He was writing...

Local Currents: Get Your Gills Wet

“From birth, man carries the weight of gravity on his shoulders. He is bolted to earth. But man has only to sink beneath the surface and he is free.” –Jacques Yves Cousteau   The ocean has to be both the greatest escape and one of the best reset buttons that exists for me....

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Anticipating Laguna’s Brooks Street Surf Contest “The 50th Annual Brooks St. Surfing Classic is on hold. We are currently watching an intense storm in the South Pacific, which has potential to deliver a nice swell for next weekend, 8/18-19. Hopefully, one worthy of the 50th...

Local Currents: Giving Fun

“Mauli Ola put the ‘fun’ in ‘fundraiser’!” –Paul Hamilton.   Giving back doesn’t have to hurt. Mauli Ola, the local non-profit that takes young people with cystic fibrosis surfing to help them breathe easier, put on what may be the most fun charitable event I’ve been...

Local Currents: A Drop in the Ocean

“We ourselves feel that what we are doing is just a drop in the ocean. But the ocean would be less because of that missing drop.” –Mother Teresa Charles and James Dunlop, two brothers from Laguna Beach, have built an incredible business around DNA testing innovation. They...

Local Currents: Brooks Street & Rebellion

“A little rebellion now and then is a good thing.” –Thomas Jefferson A change dish with Thomas Jefferson’s comment inscribed in it sits on my desk, a reminder of the American experiment and the constant need to protect liberty. This coming week, I’ll be celebrating the American...

Local Currents: Local Solutions to Exotic Problems

“We aren’t doing takeout orders over the phone, you have to come in.”  — Umami Burger receptionist Planning dinner during finals week can be a bit dicey with schedules in flux and study groups coming and going. As I was returning from a joint meeting of the Eco Warrior...

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Advice for Students & Teachers From an Avant-garde Innovator  “My dance classes were open to anybody, my only stipulation was that they had to come to the class every day.”  –Merce Cunningham I’m writing this prior to Tuesday’s City Council meeting over the Social Host...

Local Currents: The Right Kinds of Problems

“Don’t be pushed by your problems. Be led by your dreams.” –Ralph Waldo Emerson.   Who ever thought that a high school tennis awards banquet could double as a comedy show? Dizz’s As Is, the legendary local restaurant and bar, hosted Laguna Beach Hi...

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Liberty & Monarchy   “The Arab Spring must be accompanied by a spring of freedom for all Arabs.” His Highness the Emir Sheikh Hamad Bin Khalifia Al Thani of Qatar.   How is it that a monarchy in the Arab world is more supportive in developing the foundation of...