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.

Out of the Blue: Irascible Jean Paul: one heck of a guy

His coffee is fantastically mediocre. Big industrial heaps of Gevalia, from that land renowned for coffee, Sweden.

Hansen: Rearview planning paralyzes Laguna

A long time ago Dennis Myers learned a valuable lesson while working for Jack Welch at General Electric: You can't drive forward while looking in the rearview mirror.

Hansen: Costumes are real if you believe

Hansen: Costumes are real if you believe

Life feels better if you're dressed for the part.

A Word, Please: You learn something new every day

It's not every day that I pick on others' language errors.

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: 'Love nest' of Elizabeth Taylor for sale

Hansen: 'Love nest' of Elizabeth Taylor for sale

It's a pink trailer in need of love.

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)

Hansen: Home is where the baker is

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

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...

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...

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.

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.

Retail Therapy: You might throw in a "moo" too

Well spotted: Chick-fil-A's next Cow Appreciation Day will be July 11. The annual event, held at all Chick-fil-A locations, allows patrons who dress partially like a cow (say a cow-spotted shirt) to receive a free entrée, while those who dress head to toe as cows receive a...

Hansen: Will the last artist turn off the lights?

There is a theory that artists see things others don't.

'Made in Laguna' is the new business mantra

If you shop at Target, you can get perfectly good wine glass charms in assorted colors. And at your summer party, people may politely say, "Aww, cute. I'll take pink."

Out of the Blue: Why does Laguna tolerate bike, pedestrian deaths?

The death last week of Laguna resident John Greg Colvin is another grave reminder of how dangerous our streets are to anyone venturing onto them without a car.

Retail Therapy: Obey ... and save a buck

(Andre the) giant sale: Stop by the Obey warehouse sale from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday or 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 2722 Michelson Drive, Irvine, to save up to 85% on men's and women's lifestyle clothing and accessories. Information: obeyclothing....

All About Food: Mucus, margarine and other myths

I have gotten some nice feedback on the article I wrote a few weeks ago called "Adhering to these food myths? Stop" (All About Food, May 22) and have decided to do a second installment.

 Laguna can't be afraid of change

Laguna can't be afraid of change

When internationally acclaimed architect Andres Duany stood in front of city leaders recently, vying for a chance to change Laguna Beach, I was reminded of another famous architect, Ken Smith, who won the right to design the Great Park in Irvine.