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.

Commentary: Appeal should have gone to council, not state commission

Mark Christy and his partners at The Ranch are caught in the grips of an unwarranted California Coastal Commission appeal.

Commentary: Let's clear the air on permanent supportive housing

Several misconceptions about Friendship Shelter's proposed permanent supportive housing apartments have recently made their way into public statements and news coverage. It's important that we remember the facts:

Mailbag: Housing homeless in the canyon is too risky

Our family has had our home in Laguna Beach since 1956 and been in the canyon area for the past 44 years. On June 5, we were awakened at 3:30 in the morning by thunderous pounding and knocking. We first thought it was an earthquake until we heard vulgar language and screaming.

Editorial: Yellow Alert system deserves green light

A proposed piece of state legislation that would allow the use of digital signs on freeways to broadcast information about vehicles involved in deadly hit-and-run accidents got a big boost recently when the Los Angeles City Council gave the bill its support.

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.


To-do list for new Laguna council

With the opportunity for a new majority on the Laguna Beach City Council, it's time to rethink the issues. No more business as usual, no more ignored studies, no more pivoting in circles.

The Gossiping Gourmet: Pizza the old Italian way

The Gossiping Gourmet: Pizza the old Italian way

Do the beach cities really need another pizza place? Well, if it happens to be Settebello, the answer is a great big "yes."

On Theater: 'Once' is one of a kind

On Theater: 'Once' is one of a kind

“Once” is a Broadway musical that dares to be different. Not only dares but demands. Stridently. At the top of its voice.

Hansen: Coastal Commission is picking the wrong battles

It is revealing that the Orange County office of the California Coastal Commission is not in Orange County. It's in Long Beach, Los Angeles County.

With Jesus, pain is not hopelessness

"No pain, no gain" was my basic-training drill sergeant's favorite expression during arduous Army workouts.

Chasing Down the Muse: Taking wing on a beautiful day

All of the beauty, serenity and charm of Laguna are for the birds!

Mailbag: The tricks of running in Laguna

As we move through the long days in the heart of summer, we're also in prime running season.

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