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Musings on the Coast

Graceful Endings and Transitions In my last column, I wrote about the founding of the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center (DSC) in Santa Ana.   Its founders were my brother Walkie and his wife Janet. A week before the official opening, City Manager Dave Ream called for advice...
Posted On 31 Aug 2011

McWeather or Not

Cyclone Spared To quote an old ‘40s song, “Good Night, Irene”. After trashing the Atlantic seaboard and New England, Irene has finally spent all her furious energy and has been put to rest in Southeastern Canada. Lucky for us, we don’t have to deal with hurricanes as only once in...

Live Local

Walking the Talk By Cyndi Grasman A few weeks ago I was in line behind a couple of locals waiting to order coffee.  I heard them discussing how excited they were that Labor Day was almost here and they would have “their town” back.  All those pesky tourists would...

Local Currents

A Contest of Our Own   “With Labor Day quickly approaching, I wanted to put out the very real possibility early that the 50th Annual Brooks St. Surfing Classic could happen this weekend. There was a very powerful swell generated in the Southern Hemisphere last week, and it...

Guest Column

Park It!  Add Transparency to the Process By Senator Tom Harman In The Yosemite (1912) John Muir wrote, “Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, where nature may heal and give strength to body and soul alike.” California is unique in its abundance...

Guest Column

Pet Peeves: Lights Out  Laguna.  Another perfect day in paradise, but then there’s the Good Neighbor Lighting Ordinance. Oh, no! I haven’t been here a month and I know the light at the end of the tunnel will be deemed my light and my neighbor will have no choice but to turn me...