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Commentary: State agency decision shames Planning Commission

In a happy — and stunningly unanimous — vote, the Coastal Commission last week agreed to hold a separate hearing to discuss an appeal against a controversial proposed project relating to the locally well-known Ben Brown's at Aliso Creek, now called The Ranch at Laguna Beach.

Mailbag: Gift of Food Pantry isn't abused

Last week, one of our favorite shoppers at the Laguna Food Pantry reappeared after being gone for quite a while. When I asked where he'd been, he said that he had found a little part-time work.

Mailbag: It is in Laguna's nature to save sewer digester tower

The future of the historic sewer digester tower on Laguna Canyon Road will be under discussion at the Village Entrance workshop Wednesday.

Mailbag: Murals make inviting public space

I thought Verizon and Whole Foods Market were planning to convert their shared parking lot into a drive-in theater and fill the former seating area with sand and a merry-go-round.

Mailbag: City must be proactive with fire prevention

I have lived in the Top of the World area for 35 years. One of the most traumatic events of my life is when I had to evacuate my home during the devastating 1993 fire. That event left me psychologically scarred and hyper-aware of the possibility of something like that happening again.

Mailbag: Well-designed pedestrian bridge may be the answer

Let's create a new way of thinking about Laguna Canyon's entry, its safety and beauty. Imagine more green, more safety and continuous flow without sacrificing either. Here are some attainable solutions and wonderful examples of putting need and inspiration into reality.

Commentary: View ordinance draft needs important changes

The Laguna Beach City Council will consider the latest draft of the view ordinance on Thursday.

Columns

Out of the Blue: A plea from the heart for bike safety

Last Tuesday night, about 200 bicycle enthusiasts assembled at Laguna Beach City Hall to voice their outrage over the needless death one month to the day of cyclist and Laguna resident John Colvin.

Hansen: Home is where the baker is

Micheau Folse was born a baker but resisted the title most of her life.

Hansen: 'Love nest' of Elizabeth Taylor for sale

Hansen: 'Love nest' of Elizabeth Taylor for sale

It's a pink trailer in need of love.

Retail Therapy: Summer, and savings, start here

Fair deals: The 2014 OC Fair, with the theme "Summer Starts Here," opens Friday at 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa. Here's your one-stop savings guide, so you can keep more money to spend on a Krispy Kreme triple cheeseburger. (Yep, it's a thing — available at the infamous Chicken...

Chasing Down the Muse: Summer evokes memories of grandma

Grandmas don't just say "that's nice" — they reel back and roll their eyes and throw up their hands and smile. You get your money's worth out of grandmas." (Author unknown)

On Theater: From the Grinch to the Phantom

A lineup divided almost evenly between old favorites and newcomers constitutes the 2014-15 schedule for the Segerstrom Center for the Arts.

Out of the Blue: Let city know what bicyclists need

In the year and a half I've been writing for the Coastline Pilot, nothing has generated more heat than my last column on safe biking and walking in the wake of John Colvin's senseless death. Hopefully that passion will show up at Tuesday's City Council meeting when our leaders chose Laguna's new...

The Gossiping Gourmet: The hymn of Tortilla Republic

The Gossiping Gourmet: The hymn of Tortilla Republic

Tortilla Republic has opened in the former home of Javier's and Asada in Laguna Beach.

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