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Guest Opinion: Green Light – Glorious Aliso Peak!

On a recent walk through our neighborhood, I encountered Dr. Myron Wacholder, a friend, retired physician, and fellow organic vegetable grower at the South Laguna Community Garden Park. I asked him where he was heading, and he replied, “Aliso Peak.” Now Myron is my age, 80, and the climb...

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 arrow pointed south: "Mexico, 790 miles." The other pointed north: "Canada, 1,860 miles." They had crossed the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT), and if you add...

Guest Opinion: The Forest Promenade Planning Fiasco

By Billy Fried Well, there goes three wasted hours I’ll never get back. I’m referring to the turkey circus last week, known as the Forest Promenade public planning session, the one where public input was being solicited for the final, permanent design. When I walked in, I was immediately struck by...

Guest Column: Unexpected support for Measure Q

Mo Honarkar is busy proving that Measure Q is just what we need. Is he a closet member of "Yes on Q"? Maybe he has his own secret chapter of Laguna Residents First, the group that started the Measure Q campaign? His Laguna Beach Company hired signature gatherers to circle...

Wisdom Workout: The Secret Velvet Side of Your Heart

By Susan McNeal Velasquez As we age, heart health moves to the front of the line when it is time to check in with your doctor on the state of your overall health. Blood pressure stability, oxygen levels, glucose numbers, lung capacity all become the focus to determine how we...

Guest Opinion: Creativity comes in many forms at any age

Dear Susi Q:  I've been thinking about taking a writing or art class, but now that I'm in my seventies, I'm unsure because I know I'm not as sharp as I used to be. Maybe I just don't want to face that reality. Do you think creativity wanes as you...

Guest Opinion: Laguna’s Future and Measure Q

By Dave Raber Would you trust a developer to give you information to help you stop overdevelopment? Consider that Measure Q's opponents, "Citizen's for Laguna's Future" is funded almost exclusively by developer and business interests whose priorities are likely very different from yours. The opposition against Measure Q is very...

Guest Opinion: Finding Meaning – Shared Beliefs

  By Skip Hellewell, Guest Contributor Last Sunday night, checking the TV, I chanced upon the Dodgers beating the Giants in extra innings for win 101 of the season. Not the best sports fan; I was unaware the Dodgers were doing so well. The program was followed by highlights of the...

Guest Opinion: Best Reasons For “No on Q” Come From Q’s Sponsors

  (Ed. Note - This column has been updated after the Indy mistakenly ran an incomplete draft version in the 9/23 print edition. We'll run the new version in the 9/30 print edition. Many apologies to our readers and Joe Hanauer.) By Joe Hanauer The more we hear from the Measure Q's...

Letter to the Community: Laguna Beach Police Chief Jeff Calvert

Dear Laguna Beach Community, As I reflect on the last year as your Chief of Police, serving this community has been the most rewarding part of my 30-year career. I wake up every day humbled to serve the people of this amazing community and lead and support this organization's outstanding...