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Author Archive for Tom Osborne

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Thumbs Up for New Sustainability Committee I recently attended the reorganized and renamed Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC).  The seven-person group meets at the Susi Q Senior Center on the fourth Monday of each month at 6 p.m., and the meetings are open to the public.  As a former member of that body when it was […]

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Green Light - Coastal Sage: Peter Douglas and Ocean Stewardship

Green Light – Coastal Sage: Peter Douglas and Ocean Stewardship

Hello readers!  I’m back and so is “Green Light.”  My column has not appeared for the past several months.  Luckily, the Indy has seen fit to grant me a hiatus this past spring in order that I could travel to Japan with my family and then on returning finish my textbook, “Pacific Eldorado: A History […]

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Is Nuclear Safety an Oxymoron?  I was pleased by last week’s 4-1 City Council vote supporting San Clemente’s plea to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to require that the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) remove spent fuel from its site in order to be relicensed. It brought before our community a critical issue that I […]

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Rollinger and Council Act on Climate Change

Rollinger and Council Act on Climate Change

Three cheers for Mayor Pro Tem Verna Rollinger and our City Council! Enthusiastic attendees, like me, were not always able to conceal our jubilation when the Council voted overwhelmingly on Jan. 24 to adopt Ms. Rollinger’s thoughtful, practical agenda bill calling for four specific actions aimed at implementing the city’s 2009 Climate Protection Action Plan. […]

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Climate Protection Earns B+ Marks   Because of the difficulty of the subject matter, a B+ in climate protection is respectable.  In this town of high achievers I doubt that we’ll let up in our mission of implementing the U.S. Mayors Climate Protection Agreement and our city’s mechanism for implementing it, the Climate Protection Action […]

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Of John Steinbeck, Tide Pools, and Stars There’s so much to do at this time of year.  Holiday cards are coming in to our house but none have gone out.  I’m in the final stages of doing revisions of my California history textbook, which has kept me very busy.  Thus I had not intended to […]

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A Robust Recovery As Lagunans await implementation of the Marine Life Protection Act along our coast, an exciting announcement went out two months ago from one of the world’s premier science centers, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  This past August, the Scripps website (http://scrippsnews.ucsd.edu/Releases/?releaseID=1180) reported:  “Results of a 10-year analysis of Cabo Pulmo National Park (CPNP), […]

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A Robust Recovery  As Lagunans await implementation of the Marine Life Protection Act along our coast, an exciting announcement went out two months ago from one of the world’s premier science centers, Scripps Institution of Oceanography.  This past August, the Scripps website (http://scrippsnews.ucsd.edu/Releases/?releaseID=1180) reported:  “Results of a 10-year analysis of Cabo Pulmo National Park (CPNP), […]

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Is the Environmental Committee Sustainable?  At Tuesday’s City Council meeting the fate of the city’s Environmental Committee hung in the balance.  Most of the committee’s seven members would not be returning for the next term, which is scheduled to begin in November. Even worse, no candidates stepped forward to take their place. City Manager John […]

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Where Common Good Reigns Sign a petition for the Open Space Initiative; do it for the common good.  Let me explain. Mother Nature has given bounteously to Laguna Beach, which is why my family and many others live here.  Our seascape and landscape have few if any equals in scenic beauty in Southern California. On […]

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Kelpfesting, Then and Now Thirteen thousand years ago our Laguna Beach ancestors likely celebrated the life-giving bounties of kelp.  These ancient Californians or their forebears, like countless other coastal dwellers along the western shoreline of the Americas, had voyaged along what University of Oregon anthropologist Jon Erlandson calls the “kelp highway.”  The term refers to […]

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Saving Seals by Saving the Sea Recently my wife and I attended a fundraiser for Laguna Beach’s Pacific Marine Mammal Center. The event featured a showing of the MacGillivray Freeman film “Coral Reef Adventure,” followed by local resident and film director Greg MacGillivray fielding of questions from the audience. The film brimmed with footage of […]

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Merchants of Doubt, Texas Oil, and Prop. 23 Doubt. Texas oil companies. Proposition 23. These are three connected matters that are affecting all Californians. As mid-term elections approach, we need to understand these connections. I was helped in that regard recently by attending a lecture by UC San Diego science historian Naomi Oreskes on the […]

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Merchants of Doubt, Texas Oil, and Prop. 23   Doubt. Texas oil companies. Proposition 23. These are three connected matters that are affecting all Californians. As mid-term elections approach, we need to understand these connections. I was helped in that regard recently by attending a lecture by UC San Diego science historian Naomi Oreskes on […]