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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.

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.

Chasing Down the Muse: Taking wing on a beautiful day

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

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."

With Jesus, pain is not hopelessness

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

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.

 Hansen:  Main Beach, just the right amount of wrong

Hansen: Main Beach, just the right amount of wrong

Most Laguna Beach residents have a lukewarm, like-hate relationship with Main Beach.

Out of the Blue: Drumming up safety, support

Out of the Blue: Drumming up safety, support

I met with the Laguna Beach Police Department this week to discuss Sunday's Full Moon Drum Circle. Yep, it's already here, the last big beast of summer drumming, and it falls on a weekend.

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

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)

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...

Hansen: Home is where the baker is

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

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