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No Radiation Detected in the Ocean

On its three-year anniversary, radiation from Japan’s nuclear power plant disaster at Fukushima has not shown up along the local coastline, according to radiation-monitoring scientists who released findings of their first sampling last week. They expect to eventually detect small...

Where Activism and Art Converge

By Daniella Walsh A black and white photograph focuses on a mother reading to her son. The caption under the image by photojournalist and author James Lerager identifies the woman as Debbie Baker, one of the countless “downwinders” affected by the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear...

Where Activism and Art Converge

A black and white photograph focuses on a mother reading to her son. The caption under the image by photojournalist and author James Lerager identifies the woman as Debbie Baker, one of the countless “downwinders” affected by the 1979 Three Mile Island nuclear explosion. She...

Taking Stock

Happy Thanksgiving From Wall Street Stocks entered Thanksgiving Week at record levels with the Dow Average through 16,000 and the S&P past 1800. The NASDAQ over-the-counter stock index is also having a good year although it is the ghost at the banquet, still over 20% below...

Japan’s Ex-Leader Reverses Stance on Nuclear Power

“Will we survive ourselves?” That’s the question Japan’s former prime minister, who resigned after the nuclear reactor meltdown in Fukushima, posed during an unprecedented visit to Southern California this week to oppose nuclear power. In San Diego for a panel discussion on...

Patsy Ann Weaver

Patsy Ann Weaver, a loving wife, mother, and grandmother, passed away at 79. Pat was the daughter of Willard Wallace Tully and Alice Katherine Tully.  She was born in Glendale, grew up in Alhambra and graduated from Alhambra High School and Pasadena City College where she met...

Nuclear Plant’s Safety Debated

Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairman Gregory Jaczko toured the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, still temporarily offline after a radioactive gas leak shut it down two months ago, to get a first-hand overview of safety issues there last Friday. At a press conference...

Nuclear Roulette

Editor, Thank you Tom Osborne for asking us, “Is Nuclear Safety an Oxymoron?” (Fe. 17 edition). We are very fortunate to have our Laguna Beach City Council voting to send a letter to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission asking that Edison remove the growing pools of radioactive...

Culture Karma

s long as the human race has created art there have been patrons of the arts. From the first patrons of feudal Japan to the Medici of Florence or the Warburgs and Guggenheims of New York, certain families are ubiquitous and generous. Laguna is no exception.

Taking Stock

The Guns Of August: The Fears Of September September should offer some relief from the market’s guns of August, the worst August in 10 years. The S&P 500 index lost 6% and unusual volatility seemed to scare investors even more. In one four-day stretch, the Dow Jones...

SONGS Not so Sweet

Laguna meetings on safety of San Onofre Nuclear Plant   Since the meltdown of Japan’s Fukushima power plant in March and its undetermined health implications, the safety of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) is the only thing on the minds of the founders of...

Local Currents

Embracing Hope Over Prophets of Danger     “We have hope for Japan despite our current dangers.” Yumiko Tochigi, entrepreneur and Green Room director.   Local Lagunan Gabe Sullivan, my business partner Scott Coon, and I spent the past two weeks in Japan launching our energy drink...

Class Notes

Staying Connected to Teens Michael Riera, a published authority on children and teenagers, is the guest speaker Wednesday, May 18, at Coffee Break, the parent education workshop that begins at 8:15 a.m. at the Surf & Sand Hotel. Riera’s cornerstone philosophy is that parents...

Disaster Victims to Share Their Wisdom

With shocking images from Japan’s quake and tsunami last month as a sobering reminder, Laguna Beach’s city officials aim to bolster disaster readiness here by learning hard-won lessons from victims of local catastrophes at a City Hall workshop Saturday, April 9. “We need to hear...

Local Currents

Difficulties   “Life is difficult,” M. Scott Peck, “The Road Less Traveled.”   The wonderful paradox of M. Scott Peck’s classic work is that once we accept the truth of life’s difficulty, we can transcend it and it ceases to be as difficult. A few of life’s difficulties...
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