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Opinion: Laguna’s Housing Element – what every resident needs to know

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By Alex Rounaghi How will Laguna Beach add 394 units over the next eight years? By October, Laguna Beach must adopt a Housing Element that...

Wisdom Workout

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A Sanity Assessment Instead of making a list of New Year's resolutions, maybe it is time for another approach. Knowing where you are is the...

Opinion: Locals vs. Residents – Part 2

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“I’m not talking about the way it was, just the way it’s never gonna be again.” That’s the subtitle of local author Craig Lockwood’s delightful...

Green Light

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A Tale of a Girl, a Garden, and an Elf Decades ago, I read to our then-young sons the Dr. Seuss classic, “The Lorax.” What...

Opinion: Left of Center

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What’s With Our Language? By Jean Hastings Ardell A few weeks ago a guest column “What’s in a Life?” appeared in this newspaper. In it I...

Guest Opinion: How to get your doctor to listen to your concerns

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By Dr. Jorge Rubal Dear Susi Q: I feel like my concerns are dismissed by my doctor as just old age. How do I get...

Heart Talk

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From 1953 to 1961, James B. Utt, my grandfather, was Orange County’s only congressman. From 1961 until his death in office in 1970, he was one of only two Congressmen. During this time, his distinctive name had recognition, respect, and power in what has been termed one of the most conservative counties in the nation.

Finding Meaning: Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

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By Skip Hellewell Two Laguna Beach scoutmasters, hiking over the 11,700' Kearsarge Pass with their troop in the Sierras, came across a trail sign. One...

Opinion: Positive Change For Laguna

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Tourism in the COVID-19 Era By Tyler Russell McCusker Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the damage to our economy and the effects on peoples’ willingness to...

Opinion: Green Light

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Laguna’s Council Exclaims “Yes” to Climate Action California is aflame. More than two million acres and counting were charred this year. Lives have been lost....

Opinion: A Love Letter to Michael

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By the time you pick up this paper, Michael Minutoli may still be on his feet at the intersection of Brooks and Coast Highway,...

Opinion: Positive Change for Laguna

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Why I Support the Downtown Specific Plan By Tyler Russell McCusker As Morgan Freeman says in my favorite film Shawshank Redemption: “Andy had to crawl through...

Opinion: Positive Change for Laguna

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Supporting Our Musicians By Tyler Russell McCusker For many musicians, the “rockstar” life can become a nightly chore. You schlep your PA system to...

Guest Column: Thinking About Jimmy Carter

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I always have felt a strange connection to Jimmy Carter. It probably stems from the fact that my dad, a liberal Democrat to his...

Opinion: Flirting with Disaster

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(Full disclosure: I co-own a bike tour business in Laguna.) I’m sorry to say this, but I fear it’s just a matter of time...