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Author Archive for Tom Osborne

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Green Light

Green Light

When Ideology Trumps Facts In the ongoing, fractious city council election, Lagunans have been jolted by Jon Madison’s inability to validate implausible, phony academic achievements. Lagunans received another jolt at the Firebrand Media-organized candidate forum on Oct. 14 when candidate Michele Hall expressed mocking skepticism about human-caused global warming in response to a question from […]

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Be Prepared for Seduction

Be Prepared for Seduction

  Don’t drive a Tesla . . . unless you’re prepared to be utterly smitten by its features and performance and sticker-shocked at the $100,000 plus price tag. I drove the Model S recently and experienced both shock and awe. As a proud, Volvo-driving, tree-hugger living on the retirement income of a community college professor, […]

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 Hiking Badlands for Good Health

Hiking Badlands for Good Health

  For those of us who like hiking, south Laguna offers a labyrinth of scruffy, scenic trails.  Thanks to the County of Orange, the South Laguna Civic Association (full disclosure: I’m a board member), and other environmentally minded groups and citizens, public access to these paths was and remains secured.  Of late, I’ve come to […]

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Green Light

Green Light

For those of us who like hiking, south Laguna offers a labyrinth of scruffy, scenic trails.  Thanks to the County of Orange, the South Laguna Civic Association (full disclosure: I’m a board member), and other environmentally minded groups and citizens, public access to these paths was and remains secured.  Of late, I’ve come to appreciate […]

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Green Light

Green Light

  Sustainable Tourism on the Coasts of Southeast Asia My family’s recent tour of countries and coastlines in Southeast Asia yielded good and bad news. The bad news is that beaches bordering the Andaman Sea are being overrun, ironically, by folks like me.  The good news is that some countries and hotels located along these […]

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Green Light: Art, Nature and Science

Green Light: Art, Nature and Science

“Beauty will save the world,” said a character in a novel written in the late 1800s by Feodor Dostoevsky, one of the most revered authors in modern literature. Seemingly inspired by this insight, the MacGillivray family in town has long been making film documentaries that have aimed at saving dolphins and other marine creatures, and […]

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Green Light: Momentum Rebuilding to Clean the Creek

Green Light: Momentum Rebuilding to Clean the Creek

Reportedly, on average 3 million gallons of pollutants empty into Aliso Beach daily–rain or no rain.  Motor oil, fertilizers, animal dung, and more contaminate this much-used public beach and the waterway that flows into it.  Imagine the impact of this on public health; put more starkly, on the unprotected children who play at the mouth […]

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The Write Stuff 8/30/13

The Write Stuff 8/30/13

  Library Hosts Local Author   Thomas Osborne, local author and columnist for Laguna Beach Independent, will be at Laguna Beach Library on Monday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. He will answer questions and sign copies of his most recent work, “Pacific Eldorado,” which will be available for purchase. The library is […]

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Green Light: The California Coastal Commission: My Likes and Dislikes

Green Light: The California Coastal Commission: My Likes and Dislikes

Recently I spent two 10-12-hour days at the California Coastal Commission meeting in Long Beach’s City Council Chambers.  Had my schedule permitted, I would have attended the third and final day of that meeting. I attended because of my growing interest in protecting the Golden State’s magnificent 1,100-mile coast from development-driven pollution (think Aliso Creek […]

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Green Light - The California Coastal Commission: My Likes and Dislikes

Green Light – The California Coastal Commission: My Likes and Dislikes

Recently I spent two 10-12-hour days at the California Coastal Commission meeting in Long Beach’s City Council Chambers.  Had my schedule permitted, I would have attended the third and final day of that meeting. I attended because of my growing interest in protecting the Golden State’s magnificent 1,100-mile coast from development-driven pollution (think Aliso Creek […]

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Green Light - Jack Meehan: From Surfer to Mariner

Green Light – Jack Meehan: From Surfer to Mariner

Our kids grow up and one day leave Laguna.  Laguna, however, seldom leaves them.  They go off to college armed with their wits, often our credit card (yikes!), and whatever stuck from their upbringing.  Many are equipped with something else as well, an attachment to their coastal hometown and the sea.  Such a person is […]

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Green Light: Partnering for Preservation

Green Light: Partnering for Preservation

Preserving the California coast and its historic cottages is a big job.  Often it requires the partnering of citizen activists and their groups, the California Coastal Commission, and generous donors.  Such has been the case locally at Crystal Cove, nestled along the shoreline between Corona del Mar and Laguna Beach.  Laura Davick, founder of the […]

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Green Light

Green Light

Governing as if Environmental Factors Matter Do we replace our aging roof, or refurbish the entrance gate to our home?  We’re not always able to do both simultaneously. Naturally, we’ll prioritize and eventually finish both tasks.  Our city government, similarly, has to make a host of decisions (infinitely more complex and numerous than those in […]

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Green Light - Dilley’s Books: My Oasis

Green Light – Dilley’s Books: My Oasis

I’m a booklover.  I love the feel, the look, the smell of books.  I’m drawn to others who share this passion—librarians, collectors, and independent booksellers (particularly sellers of used volumes).  A trip to Portland always entails many hours at Powell’s Books, and similarly in the Bay Area I’m drawn like metal to a magnet to […]

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Green Light: Laguna and the Pacific World

Green Light: Laguna and the Pacific World

If you’re like I am, when you travel abroad, on returning home you may see Laguna Beach through a slightly different set of eyes.  Comparisons, contrasts, and spatial connections–all involving Laguna and the wider world–that I had not seen before embarking on trips to foreign lands seem to jump out at me on returning to […]