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Finishing a Legacy Begun by Others The open space initiative on this year’s ballot has raised questions and inspired debate. People naturally want to know how it would work, while some argue that it’s not necessary. For those with questions, I encourage you to visit...
Posted On 18 Oct 2012

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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...
Posted On 13 Aug 2012

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...
Posted On 13 Jun 2012

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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...
Posted On 17 Feb 2012

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...
Posted On 28 Jan 2012

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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 o...
Posted On 18 Jan 2012

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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...
Posted On 23 Dec 2011

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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...
Posted On 23 Nov 2011

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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...
Posted On 10 Nov 2011

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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,...
Posted On 06 Oct 2011

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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...
Posted On 09 Jun 2011

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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...
Posted On 21 Apr 2011

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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...
Posted On 24 Feb 2011

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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...
Posted On 22 Oct 2010

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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...
Posted On 22 Oct 2010
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