Laguna Beach Independent Columns Section

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

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...

Guest Opinion: Fudge Cake

I had a birthday recently and someone asked me what I wanted. I thought about defeating climate change, peace on earth, and of course...

Opinion: Green Light

The Education of Surfrider CEO Chad Nelsen He’s learned; he’s playful; he’s determined; he’s optimistic. He’s one of Laguna’s and America’s treasures. Unless you knew...

Opinion: Positive Change for Laguna

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

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: Positive Change for Laguna

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

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

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.
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Village Matters

It’s Never Enough No matter how carefully researched and presented. No matter how polite. No matter how heartfelt. No matter how true. It doesn’t matter; testimony from much of...

Opinion: Green Light

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....

Finding Meaning: Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail

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...

Guest Column: Thinking About Jimmy Carter

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

(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...

Opinion: Remembering Bill Ogden

By Billy Fried One of the people who has marked our place in history has left us. He’s up there in the pantheon of legendary...

Opinion: Common Sense

Dark Money Running Laguna Now By Michèle Monda The City Council accepted $20,000 from the Chamber of Commerce to help fund a parking structure study. The...