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Opinion: Protect our village without the proposed ballot initiative

By Joe Hanauer Recently 24 fellow citizens and I sent a letter regarding the Laguna Residents First (LRF) ballot initiative to Mayor Bob Whalen. Since some people may be forming views about LRF based on sound bites rather than in-depth investigation, we thought it could be beneficial to share our...

Opinion: Finding Meaning

A 1937 City Council Meeting City councils are obliged to hold public meetings and allow the taxpayers to have a word or two. These encounters—humble citizens appealing to empowered officials—are an essential part of democracy, the anvil on which change is beat into shape. Per the metaphor, there can be...

Opinion: Wisdom Workout

Intuitive Problem Solving One of my favorite consulting clients heads a large educational firm in New York. Every six months, Chuck comes here and we spend two full days activating his intuitive problem-solving capabilities so that he can get a new perspective on his business. My job is to bring in...

Opinion: Village Matters

No Laughing Matter Billy Fried had a lot of fun writing his clever column about the “Beautiful Laguna” ballot initiative. Most jokes only provoke a smile or a chuckle, but Fried’s word play made me laugh, the kind of uncontrollable laughter my brothers and I would set off with our...

Opinion: Outside In

Travel Suggestions By David Weinstein “Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.” - Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. Cat’s Cradle I recently returned from a trip to Denver. It was a busman’s holiday. The definition of a busman’s holiday being “Free time spent in much the same pursuit as one’s work.” I own...

Opinion: Left of Center

“Fall Reflections” By Jean Hastings Ardell Growing up back East it was a semi-annual ritual – fall and spring cleaning, a weeding out of closets, drawers, and cabinets, and the putting away the previous season’s clothing. I still can’t help myself from doing this, though my husband sees no logic to...

Opinion: Finding Meaning

Changing Leaders It’s my privilege to attend all of Laguna’s churches. It’s not hard; I’ve never been to a service that didn’t bless. Laguna had churches before we were a town; the first was founded in 1879. You have to wonder what our town would be without their influence over...

Opinion: That’s So Laguna—Part 2

By Denise Di Novi I lead a double life, though it’s not as exciting as it sounds. I spend two to three days a week in Los Angeles for work and the rest of the time at my longtime home in the Village. I time my trips with the precision...

Opinion: City Staff Misled Council, Public on Brown Act

By Howard Hills I have no involvement in the current Hotel Laguna developer’s renovation project or the city’s code enforcement in that case. Also, I’ve never met or spoken with Councilmember George Weiss, and did not vote for him. For me this matter is about transparency and justice in my...

Opinion: Green Light

“Houston, We’ve Had a Problem Here:” Offshore Oil Drilling “Houston, we’ve had a problem here,” supposedly reported Apollo 13 pilot Jack Swigert to NASA control in 1970 when the spacecraft encountered a serious electrical problem. Today, California needs to report to Houston that ever since then its oil companies have...