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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: Common Sense

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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...
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Opinion: Village Matters

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This Ain’t Chicago The more we open space we save, the more we preserve the character of our town—the more some are seeing unmined riches....
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Opinion: Village Matters

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Bloomin’ for better The plants are here to cheer us up. Blooming their peduncles out! It’s as though they’re saying, “we know what you’re going...

Opinion: Musings on the Coast

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Fact Checking Claims Against Liberate Laguna Well, here we are at the post-Labor Day formal beginning of another political season. At the national level, it...

Opinion: Wisdom Workout

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Assessing the Damage By Susan McNeal Velasquez It is time to take stronger control of our physical, mental and emotional energies as we face the continued...

Opinion: Musings on the Coast

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Bad News By Michael Ray It was the early spring 2002 when my brother Walkie called. He was  Chair of the Foundation for the Orange County...

Shore Scene

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Prehistoric Creatures Close-up  Chitonsare primitive marine mollusks resembling trilobites whose fossil record can be traced back to the Devonian Period over 400 million years ago....

Opinion: Norman Rest – An Appreciation

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I have written previously about my fears of a tragic outcome between the burgeoning adolescent electric bike community and our aging population of motorists....

Opinion: Say it Ain’t So, Mo 

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Dear Mo,   Oh, how we wanted to love ya. At least some of us. A benevolent local entrepreneur who would revive some of our aging,...

Opinion: Pet Peeves

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PAC Man By Mark Crantz Let’s start with something that everybody agrees on. Laguna Beach is great. That’s why 23,000 of us live here. Okay then,...

Opinion: Pet Peeves

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Life Coach-Lesson 5 By Mark Crantz The nights during the coronavirus isolation are the worst. Things go boom in the night.  I’m an old person and...

Column: Green Light

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Laguna Rotary Means Business on Climate Change  “Imagine the Earth as our patient,” local physician Gary Stewart told an audience of some 30 Laguna Beach...
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Opinion: Village Matters

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Haven’t These Parks Always Been Here? Watching Ken Burns’ history of national parks like Yosemite and Yellowstone made me realize that even though their value...

Opinion: Wisdom Workout

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Exploring Your Sixth Sense By Susan McNeal Velasquez The topic of sex and the topic of intuition have a lot in common. I decided...