Mailbag: Village Laguna supports Zur Schmiede, Iseman but not as a slate

Planning Commissioner Rob Zur Schmiede is concerned that Village Laguna's support of his candidacy along with Councilwoman Toni Iseman's might be interpreted to mean that they were running as a slate. We want to clarify that our support does not create a slate.

Mailbag: Make no mistake, I am running as an independent

Recently yard signs have appeared throughout the city pairing my name with the name of another candidate. These signs make it seem as though we are running as a team. They are inaccurate and misleading.

Reader Report: Max von Strobel had the right idea for creating O.C.

The official date of Orange County's incorporation is Aug. 1, 1889. If you dig deeper, you'll discover it could have happened nearly 20 years earlier.

Commentary: Candidates should be questioned on fire-prevention positions

When evaluating the candidates for the City Council election this fall, we should pay particular attention to their positions on preventing a fire like the one that burned about 350 homes in Laguna Beach in 1993. That was a disaster, and we seem to be on a path to repeat it.

Mailbag: Restaurant should not be allowed alterations

Balzac wrote, "Laws are spider webs through which the big flies pass and the little ones get caught."

Mailbag: Thanks for fighting illegal smoking

As we enter an even drier-than-normal fall and winter, I would like to extend a huge thank you to all those who pressed for increased fines for smoking near Alta Laguna Park and the surrounding open space.

Mailbag: Focus should be on walkability

In the midst of the drumbeat to create bike lanes on every street in Laguna Beach came an interesting, but probably little-noticed, story in Parade magazine delivered with the Aug. 17 Los Angeles Times.


Hansen: Salt sellers find a niche through farmers markets

Hansen: Salt sellers find a niche through farmers markets

It may be unlucky to spill salt, but it's good luck to sell it.

Apodaca: A forgettable night on ship provides lasting memories

When I read about the Pilgrim of Newport's recent visit to Newport Harbor, it brought me back to a memorable night spent aboard the 118-foot replica of an 18th-century merchant ship.

Chasing Down the Muse: Sweet memories of sticky days

Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going. — Tennessee Williams

A word, please: A notion writers should be disabused of

If I had a nickel for every time I've written about ending sentences with prepositions, I'd be about 5 cents shy of that Frappucino I've had my eye on. (I'd probably also be one of the top earners in what remains of the newspaper industry, but that's a subject for another day.)

Hansen: Here is what the people want, council

In the run up to the Laguna Beach City Council race in November, I thought it would be interesting to randomly survey people around town and ask them, "What are the top issues that the new council should solve?"

Out of the Blue: Checking of Madison's resume was fair play

It's finally fall and the tourists are gone. It feels like we in Laguna Beach can breathe again. It's a return to parking and civility. Unless, of course, you are running for office. In that case, buckle your chin strap.

Hansen: Tourist season is over, but for how long?

Hansen: Tourist season is over, but for how long?

Come out, Laguna Beach, come out. It's safe now. The tourists are gone.

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