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Opinion: That’s So Laguna

My Love for Laguna Beach Books By Denise Di Novi I can go into a bookstore anywhere in the world and feel safe, calm and at home. Even if there are no books in English and I have no idea what I’m looking at, surround me with walls of books, plenty...

Opinion: Musings on the Coast

One Thing Leads to Another… or Two Back in the late 1980s, I became Chair of Art Spaces Irvine, which had only one purpose: buy and place largish public sculptures in Irvine. Our budget was tiny, with no help from the City except liability insurance coverage (Irvine is not exactly...

Opinion: Finding Meaning

The Way We Were The pandemic has necessarily stifled our social life. Yours too, I bet. I’m not the most social guy, but the Beautiful Wife loves people. Reading about Laguna’s social life in the mid-1920s left me in a wistful mood. I thought you’d enjoy it also. Laguna was coming...

Opinion: Laguna Beach City Corner

A Message From The City Manager By Shohreh Dupuis Dear Laguna Beach Community, As we begin 2022, our highest priority continues to be the health and safety of our community, businesses, visitors, and City staff. To this end, the City's Executive Team is closely monitoring the recent increase in COVID-19 cases, monitoring...

Opinion: Finding Meaning

Medicine in Early Laguna Researching century-old Laguna newspapers, one name stands out: Dr. Burgess B. Mason. If someone was sick, injured, or dying, the town is interested and the newspapers report Dr. Mason’s prognosis. In 1920, the son of a Kansas doctor is a young family man practicing medicine in...

Opinion: My Bleating Heart

I don’t usually write personal stuff, but this one’s from the heart. In late 2019, a friend of mine declared that 2020 would be “the year of perfect vision.” Clever, though we all know how that turned out. 2021 didn’t start any better. What with an insurrection, continued discord over...

Opinion: Village Matters

The Truth of the Matter For years now I and other members of the South Laguna Civic Association historical committee have been working on a book on the history of South Laguna.  This is especially challenging because government records prior to the 1987 annexation into Laguna Beach are only a...

Opinion: Wisdom Workout

Is Renewal Possible? When we have a breakdown in our relationships, it often comes down to the loss of creative perception. Imaginative perception enables us to interpret ideas differently, offering insight into fresh perspectives and possibilities. Yes, there are reasons why the relationship isn’t working. If those reasons were the only...

Opinion: Musings on the Coast

Goodbye Liberate Laguna Liberate Laguna was started because my longtime friend Peter Blake and I got tired of being bullied by Village Laguna. Its members controlled the City of Laguna Beach and bullied him on the Entitlements for opening a dress shop for his now ex-wife, Fetnah, and on his...

Opinion: It’s Time For a Downtown Parking Garage

It’s been nearly 10 years since the community voiced its disapproval over a parking garage at the village entrance and the council pulled it from consideration. I was among the poo pooers. But oh what a difference a decade makes. According to U.S. census data, Riverside County—one of the leading...