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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.

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."

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: 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.

Mailbag: Laguna Realtors support The Ranch

The Ranch at Laguna Beach is in the midst of an environmentally sensitive restoration project that was appealed to the California Coastal Commission.

Columns

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.

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.

Fitness Files: The healing power of laughter

A few years ago, I read about laugh therapy. People met and laughed, not at anything in particular — just laughed. "Ridiculous," I thought.

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

Hansen: Laguna Beach surfing is a family ride

Some people may think surfing is a solitary sport — one person conquering nature — but the reality is that riding the waves is not just about water. It's also about the push, energy and support of family, teachers and the community.

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: Moving Laguna forward without more cars

The Laguna Beach City Council meeting Aug. 19 saw two momentous agenda items for multimodal mobility improvements. The city was eager to move them forward, with the theme of the night being, "Let's get 'er done."

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