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Mailbag: Candidate has shown she can do the job

During this campaign, I was surprised to learn that many people don't know who Michele Hall is or what she's done for this community.

Mailbag: Because The Ranch is no Montage

A recent letter asked why, unlike a prior proposal by Montage Laguna Beach, The Ranch project does not include a public trail through the property (Mailbag, Oct. 17).

Mailbag: Ranch needs to give access to wilderness trails

Woods Canyon is one of the most spectacular hiking, biking, running and walking trail networks in Southern California, yet it's nearly impossible to visit from Laguna Beach.

Commentary: We don't need partisan rhetoric or people feigning dedication to O.C.

Former state Republican Party Chairman Shawn Steel, husband of supervisorial candidate Michelle Steel, recently wrote a commentary for the Orange County Register about the California Republican Party titled, "Not...

Mailbag: Kids are in private school but I can still serve LBUSD

Thanks for providing excellent coverage of Laguna Beach school board candidates and informing readers about debate on federal and state Common Core mandates for local school curriculum.

Mailbag: Surveillance at Carolyn Wood Knoll is working

This morning, I was very pleased to see that the surveillance camera is now in place on the Carolyn Wood Knoll. The camera, plus the Laguna Beach police cruiser parked at the end of Alta Laguna, appear to have had an impact on after-hour visitation to the Knoll. This morning there were far fewer...

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.

Columns

Hansen: Spirit of Laguna lures Argentine shopkeeper

Hansen: Spirit of Laguna lures Argentine shopkeeper

A myth in Argentina called "Luz Mala" refers to an evil light or bad omen that floats in the air. However, if the light falls at the base of a hill, then it is believed to point to buried treasure that only the brave can uncover.

Hansen: Car racing speaks to his soul

Hansen: Car racing speaks to his soul

Professional race car driver Rick Knoop flies around the track at more than 200 mph, but on the streets of Laguna Beach he tools around in a VW Bug.

Out of the Blue: A faraway look at the council candidates

I'm sitting in the top floor of an 18th-century apartment in Istanbul, overlooking the maritime bustle of the Bosphorus, towering mosques and minarets in the distance, and ruminating over who will be on the Laguna Beach City Council when I get back.

Hansen: In local races, what matters is the person, not the party

This year's Laguna Beach City Council race can be boiled down to one word: character.

Hansen: Today's news hides tough past for gays

On Monday, exactly one week after the Supreme Court helped open the gates for same-sex marriage, gay seniors will walk into the Laguna Beach Susi Q Senior Center seeking help and connection.

A Word, Please: It's better to avoid writing upside down

London is a place that gets a lot of rain.

Apodaca: Teachers walk a blurry line in sharing opinions

A former Newport Harbor High School English teacher has reportedly sued the Newport-Mesa Unified School District, alleging that administrators retaliated against her because she raised objections to cat dissections in science classes.

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