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The Agents of Stasis The Prohibitionists were out in force at the last Council meeting, squelching every parade, including test parklets, short-term rentals, medical marijuana dispensaries, and outdoor lighting at The Ranch. I’ll get to those last two at another time. This column...
Posted On 20 May 2016

Musings on the Coast

The Immigrant I continually have promised myself I will not write about frigging D. Trump. Or think about him. I promised myself and I will keep that promise. Instead I want to discuss my friend at the local cove, George. He is about 50, fit, more than well off, and of a humor...
Posted On 19 May 2016

Pet Peeves

Piglet in a Parklet I’m excited about the new parklet on Forest Avenue. Finally, I can park my car inside the restaurant. That was the trade off. Twenty diners now sit outside and bake. My car parks inside and doesn’t bake. These are trade offs that make for a great community....

Following the Money

Pick Your Flavor Don’t you hate it when you are craving ice cream, but all that’s offered is strawberry or vanilla. Well the city of Laguna Beach is about to offer you a selection of flavors. It’s called the 2016 Community Survey and $35,000 in public funds will be spent on...

Village Matters

Obstacles to Being on Foot Long time resident Hilde Keneley walks along the ocean side of Coast Highway in South Laguna twice a day with her dog Ginger. This is not an easy pleasant walk, with the speeding traffic on one side and walls and obstacles on the other. From her home...

Guest Column

The Council Has No Clothes We all know the story of the emperor who wears no clothes, but is admired nonetheless by an adoring, trusting public, mesmerized by politicians and their sway over them. That must be the case with our City Council.  We Lagunans generally assume council...

The Slant

Greetings and Prayers for Gelson’s Déjà vu — the feeling that you have already experienced something that is actually happening for the first time. Under the glare of the Walmart style fluorescent lights I ambled along. The clank of carts, smell of freshly hosed down...

Pet Peeves

Hold It You’ll just have to hold it until we figure out which bathroom you can use. Readers shouldn’t bother raising their hand for permission to go, either. Nobody goes until we flush out an answer. Holding it includes bullies out there. There’s an emergency moratorium on giving...

Wisdom Workout

A Bright Idea   Have you ever wished you could find an easy way to actualize your cherished dreams and goals? Do you try to protect yourself from self-criticism and disappointment if your results fall short of what you expected? Do you think you will ever reach the place...

Taking Stock

Tune In May And Stay To Play In recent months, it has not been easy to make money in stocks. Actually, it never is although strong market surges can create that impression for a while. Such bouts of optimism often pull in the unwary just in time for the next downward dip. In...

The Kibitzer

The Real OGs of OC The Newport Beach Film Festival concluded its 17th year, and I salute our neighbors to the north for a job well done. They may not have our scenery or soul, but they have plenty of parking, plus movie screens to exhibit over 350 films from 50 countries. There’s...
Posted On 05 May 2016

Guest Column

Mother’s Day Memories By Sara Nuss-Galles  Mother’s Day was a complicated time in my childhood. My mother had survived World War II in Europe, and she had difficulty taking joy in life. For me, Mother’s Day was an opportunity to heal my mother’s pain and make her happy....

Shore Scene

Secrets of a Special Scallop Although one has not been allowed to remove shells from the beach in Laguna for many years, finding a shell gives one the opportunity to learn about a particular creature in our ecosystem. One of the larger and, at least on the outside, duller shells...

Pet Peeves

Timberrr Under a spreading Eucalyptus tree The village wordsmith stands; The smith, a wimpy man is he, With small and delicate hands; And the muscle of his unused arms Are limp as noodle bands.   His hair is sparse, white, and long His face shows many cheers; His brow is wet...

Taking Stock

Gaining Altitude  Stocks continue their slow climb to altitude. They are fighting persisting headwinds from worries about China, tighter Federal Reserve policies, weak economic growth and collapsing prices of oil and other commodities. The sluggish growth stems back to the...