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A Critic of Profligate Spending at City Hall

Editor, I am writing regarding the proposed increase to sewer services charges. A 10 percent increase over three years is unacceptable and irresponsible. I have been reading about the frailty of the infrastructure for years. This money should have been set aside long ago. If...

Culture Karma: Poetry Abounds

Poetry month came and went with typically little fanfare and all but true poetry lovers neglect this ancient literary form. More often we miss the poetry in our midst. After all, every breathtaking blue sky or the morning marine layer hugging the coastline like a low flying...
Posted On 13 Jun 2012

Leaders Need To Finish Their Goals

Editor, I was a “lucky” respondent to a telephone poll this past week all about things in Laguna. When I finished answering the pollsters questions it struck me that over the past several years the council has wallowed around in a sea of indecision like a ship without...

M.F.K. Fisher: Finding Food and Love in Laguna

Long before Julia Child and Alice Waters, Anthony Bourdain, Ruth Reichl, or the countless other food writers of the last 50 years, M. F. K. Fisher blazed the path and published 30 essay collections, memoirs or translations of French epicureans. Generally acknowledged as the...
Posted On 06 Jun 2012

Art Seen

Art Students Exhibit Their Work in Spring Laguna Art Museum will host Laguna College of Art + Design’s graduate student Painting and Drawing exhibition with an opening night reception Saturday, May 5 at 6 p.m. The exhibition will be on display in the museum’s lower level...

Culture Karma

Classics Meet Modernists I’m visiting a friend in North Carolina where the trees are tall and blindingly green and weekend gardeners scurry like ants to remove the last bits of mulch and signs of winter. Back in Laguna Beach, spring seems a foregone conclusion. Summer is what...
Posted On 02 May 2012

Newsmakers

New Police Officer Starts   Mike Dippel came on duty this week as a Laguna Beach police officer after a three-year assignment with the state parks police.   Dippel majored in geography at Humboldt State and has worked various duties patrolling parks in Los Angeles and...

CULTURE KARMA

Talking About Art Part 2   At the Laguna Beach Arts Alliance Art Star awards ceremony, poet Dana Gioia treated the crowd to a compelling keynote speech about supporting the arts. Gioia, former head of the National Endowment for the Arts, who has published four award-winning...
Posted On 18 Apr 2012

Stop the Madness at City Hall

Editor, I am writing with what I think is a viable way to stop some of the madness at city hall.  Our “public servants” working on our dime at city hall harass and abuse the good citizens of our city every time we want to improve our homes or property.  Our...

The Plant Man

A Night at Design Review “When I am dead, I hope it is said, “His sins were scarlet, but his columns were read.” –with apologies to Hillaire Belloc   One of the pleasures of living in Laguna is greeting friends and acquaintances whilst walking, shopping, or gossiping during...

Culture Karma

Culture in a Coffee Cup   Writing is a solitary act so I often work at a café. I frequent several, taking comfort in the white noise of conversation and the familiarity of alternative living rooms. The café culture, perfected by Europeans and promulgated by Starbucks, is...
Posted On 28 Mar 2012

Art Seen

Stepping Out for Art Walk   Enjoy an art-filled evening in Laguna Beach Thursday, April 5, featuring a self-guided tour of member galleries, with artist demonstrations and receptions, a special pre-event at City Hall and dance performances.   The event is free to the public...

Design Review Criteria Need Updating

  Editor, In Laguna Beach there is a project approved by the city’s Design Review Board in my neighborhood, and I am looking again at how this project got the okay. Is everyone turning his or her head away? Once upon a time known for its charm, quaintness, and exceptional...

Culture Karma

Where Blue Meets Green   There are times when going back in time perpetuates the future; perhaps one concept that progressives and conservatives might agree on. Now and then.   New Year’s Day, Laguna Beach will become the first city in California to be ringed by blue...
Posted On 28 Dec 2011

Culture Karma

Can Gentrification and Preservation Co-exist?   I spent a recent afternoon in Venice Beach. Haven’t been there in years and much seems to have changed. Muscle Beach’s circus performers and bikini-clad roller skaters are still around. But the entire town, particularly the...