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Green Light – Jack Meehan: From Surfer to Mariner

Our kids grow up and one day leave Laguna.  Laguna, however, seldom leaves them.  They go off to college armed with their wits, often our credit card (yikes!), and whatever stuck from their upbringing.  Many are equipped with something else as well, an attachment to their coastal...
Posted On 02 May 2013

Green Light: Partnering for Preservation

Preserving the California coast and its historic cottages is a big job.  Often it requires the partnering of citizen activists and their groups, the California Coastal Commission, and generous donors.  Such has been the case locally at Crystal Cove, nestled along the shoreline...
Posted On 04 Apr 2013

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Governing as if Environmental Factors Matter Do we replace our aging roof, or refurbish the entrance gate to our home?  We’re not always able to do both simultaneously. Naturally, we’ll prioritize and eventually finish both tasks.  Our city government, similarly, has to make a...
Posted On 18 Feb 2013

Green Light – Dilley’s Books: My Oasis

I’m a booklover.  I love the feel, the look, the smell of books.  I’m drawn to others who share this passion—librarians, collectors, and independent booksellers (particularly sellers of used volumes).  A trip to Portland always entails many hours at Powell’s Books, and similarly...
Posted On 05 Jan 2013

Green Light: Laguna and the Pacific World

If you’re like I am, when you travel abroad, on returning home you may see Laguna Beach through a slightly different set of eyes.  Comparisons, contrasts, and spatial connections–all involving Laguna and the wider world–that I had not seen before embarking on trips to...
Posted On 06 Dec 2012

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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