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Opinion: Will there be double whammy impacts in Laguna Beach from SB-4 and SB-9?

By Roger Butow “The road to Hell is paved with good intentions.” Portuguese proverb While everyone reacts to the proposed Related California/Neighborhood Congregational Church (RC/NCC) massive redevelopment project, the potential long-term effects of Senate bills SB-4 and SB-9 should be on our public square radar screen. Both were written to codify a...

Opinion: Pet Peeves

Leave It to Beaver 2, A Trilogy By Mark D. Crantz Here’s a recap for readers who missed the first column concerning the Beaver family. The Beavers moved to Laguna Beach for a lucrative job offer in the lumber business. It was a difficult car journey from the Upper Peninsula of...

Opinion: How a Fireworks Show Brings New Perspective

By Pamela Knudsen When I read the news about the Fourth of July drone show, I burst into tears of joy. I know—a little overemotional, but the following backstory will give perspective. I’ve lived in Laguna Beach for 20 years. In June of 2018, I moved from the canyon to a...

Opinion: Volunteering Matters

By Rebecca Washington-Lindsey We all know that those who work in government positions, business owners, educators, surfers, or work from 9 to 5 p.m. might quickly assert, “I don’t have time to volunteer in my community. My only free time is mine, and I’m not giving it away.” We all have...

Opinion: Wisdom Workout

When Taken by Surprise By Susan McNeal Velasquez Last weekend was one of those times when I was taken by surprise by the blaring news that Trump had been shot and others were either killed or injured. First, Biden was put under high-level scrutiny with far-reaching opinions from every high-ranking Democrat...

Opinion: Why not ticket distracted jaywalkers?

By Roger Butow AB 2147, passed in 2022, is the so-called "Freedom to Walk Act." It was built on AB 1238, passed in 2021, which was vetoed by Governor Gavin Newsom. In my opinion, the title is misleading. Their mutual purpose was to decriminalize and curtail perceived systemic racial profiling and alleged...

Opinion: Pet Peeves

Leave It to Beaver By Mark D. Crantz A Trilogy-Part One It was an oft-heard Laguna story. A family moves from somewhere else and relocates to Laguna Beach. The time was the 1960s. The job was retail lumber. And leave it to the Beaver family to jump at the chance. The Beaver...

Opinion: Hell hath no fury like a drone show

By Billy Fried Of the hundreds of snarky columns I’ve penned over the years to polarize and agitate my readers, nothing will inflame them more than the following statement: I liked the drone show. Yep, I said it, and I can already feel your temperatures rising. It’s the same heat...

Opinion: This is Where We Live

Jean Louis Egasse By Hunter Fuentes and Jon Stordahl Everyone loves a mystery! Last month Laguna Playhouse presented the show Holmes & Watson. Set on a remote Scottish island, Dr. Watson investigates the assertions of three men claiming to be his friend and partner, Sherlock Holmes. The great detective was presumed...

Opinion: Health, longevity and mind’s potential

By Russ Gerber The concept of mind we’re all familiar with is gradually becoming the mind of the past. The decision-maker, the seat of knowledge, the repository of hunches, innovation, emotions, judgment, memory, opinions, will and so on is actually a rather narrow concept we’re finding out. Human mind 1.0. Evidence...