Billy Fried

Billy Fried
Chief paddling officer of La Vida Laguna

Out of the Blue: The answer is fewer cars, not more traffic lanes

I'm of the opinion that progress and preservation are not mutually exclusive but are actually interrelated and co-dependent.

Out of the Blue: Police, community, council step up for bike safety

A special shout-out to our Laguna Beach Police Department for taking a proactive lead in increasing bicycle and pedestrian safety. Ever...

Out of the Blue: Dive into weekend Blue Water Festival for a rockin' good time

Out of the Blue: Dive into weekend Blue Water Festival for a rockin' good time

Do not let the loss of two acts at this weekend's Blue Water Music Festival deter you in any way from going. This is a lyrical Laguna love...

Out of the Blue: Time to get downtown's heart pumping

As I write this column, I'm sitting in a hospital bed recovering from a minor heart procedure. So hearts are very much on my mind.

Out of the Blue: Oscar alert: some great movies and actors to watch

Hey, Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen, Ukraine, Russia. Lay down your arms.

Out of the Blue: Learn from tragedy, emphasize bike safety

It's been a sad week in Laguna. We have learned that the man accused of driving the car that killed cyclist John Colvin in June is Dylan...

Out of the Blue: What makes sniper story compelling?

Last week I pandered by writing about something I knew we would all agree on: the great weather we've been having.

Out of the Blue: Hotter, drier Januaries still hold us in thrall

We just learned 2014 was the hottest recorded year on the planet. I remember January of last year. It was like, well, January this year....

Out of the Blue: Ranch decision is a big win for Laguna

Sweet Jesus. Our long, local nightmare is over.

Out of the Blue: New mayor's words are music to my ears

Happy new year, Laguna! By now you have probably made a significant contribution to our landfill. The holidays are the last Hail Mary by...

Out of the Blue: A world view of our past and future

I recently returned from an exotic trip to three continents. I am ridiculously privileged, not only to travel but also to be able to...

Out of the Blue: How can anyone object to The Ranch, a meritorious project

One would have thought that Mark Fudge would be ecstatic over Mark Christy's purchase of, and plans for, the Aliso Creek Resort property...

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...

Out of the Blue: Checking of Madison's resume was fair play

It's finally fall and the tourists are gone. It feels like we in Laguna Beach can breathe again. It's a return to parking and civility....

Out of the Blue: Moving Laguna forward without more cars

The Laguna Beach City Council meeting Aug. 19 saw two momentous agenda items for multimodal mobility improvements. The city was eager to...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

Out Of The Blue: How about a moratorium on moratoriums?

Last month, Santa Monica — spurred by slow-growth advocates — rescinded the development of a 765,000-square-foot residential,...

Out of the Blue: Homeless shelter is a moral imperative

Many big, and often contentious, events have defined our city for the modern era.

Out of the Blue: A great year for radio

A year ago, I stood in the KX93.5 broadcast booth with the honchos of the station, ruminating over the impact "the little station that...

Out of the Blue: The loss of civility

Many people assume I have designs on political office since I often use my column to advance my opinions.

Out of the Blue: Jam fest brings Laguna to its musical roots

Is there really anything else as newsworthy as this weekend's Blue Water Music Festival, the brainchild of music impresario Rick Conkey?

Out of the Blue: Chase away Chase, too many banks

OK, so what's the story on the sudden surge of banks in our town?

Out of the Blue: Let's experiment, starting with Forest Avenue

Last week I wrote on how to rid Laguna of traffic and make downtown more livable. Most of it will take years to realize. But some of it...

Out of the Blue: The dream of a traffic-free Laguna

Imagine a not-too-distant future when traveling around and in and out of Laguna without a car is a cinch.

Out of the Blue: Laguna's beauty and ocean life overwhelms

Out of the Blue: Laguna's beauty and ocean life overwhelms

Our string of perfect weather has been nothing short of ridiculous.

Out of the Blue: My 2014 wish list

Out of the Blue: My 2014 wish list

With all due respect to members of the Laguna Beach City Council and their proclamations for what they want to accomplish in 2014, here...

Out of the Blue: Laguna is Little Cape Town

Westminster has Little Saigon. Artesia has Little India. Even Anaheim got in the act by declaring a section of Brookhurst Street as Little...

Out of the Blue: There may be no way out of the Apple vortex

Now that holiday shopping is in full throttle, it's time to ask that computer-age old question: Just how many Apple products does a...

 Out of the Blue: Let's nurture Laguna's biking culture

Out of the Blue: Let's nurture Laguna's biking culture

Now that our community has opined that we don't want more cars circulating through our fair city, how do we make that a reality?

Out of the Blue: Council makes right move with land purchase

The Laguna Beach City Council voted Tuesday to purchase the property adjacent to the Village Entrance project for $5.3 million.

Out of the Blue: Land purchase means parking structure not needed

When there are so many disparate plans and elements governing a city's management, one needs a machete to hack through the morass.

 Out of the Blue: We aren't obligated to create a parking lot

Out of the Blue: We aren't obligated to create a parking lot

For years Laguna Beach has been held back from making meaningful changes to its infrastructure by the notion that the California Coastal...

 Out of the Blue: Drum circle needed to get its beat back

Out of the Blue: Drum circle needed to get its beat back

I try not to use this column to advance a personal agenda, but since this is about a large monthly gathering that involves pagan rituals...

Out of the Blue: Creative mini-utopia rejuvenates the spirit

Out of the Blue: Creative mini-utopia rejuvenates the spirit

The weekend before it began my van was packed so full of gear I had to buy a roof rack to accommodate more. Plus there were the four bikes...

Out of the Blue: If ancient Rome can be progressive, so can we

While the contentious Village Entrance Project continues to raise everyone's blood pressure, a pleasant little surprise slid through the...

Out of the Blue: We can do better than Village Entrance

Out of the Blue: We can do better than Village Entrance

My beef with the Village Entrance Project isn't just the exhaustion of much of our borrowing power, the five-year project disruption to...

Out of the Blue: The rhythm will not be contained

Out of the Blue: The rhythm will not be contained

The Festival of the Arts made an unwise decision last Saturday to restrict people from dancing in front of the stage during the rousing...

Out of the Blue: The garage to gridlock

Out of the Blue: The garage to gridlock

"We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of...

Out of the Blue: Parking structure? How about transportation hub?

Tuesday's City Council debate of the Village Entrance project was buzzing in impassioned discourse. Dozens spoke eloquently for and...

Out of the Blue: Fight Monsanto; get more out of Village Entrance

What a refreshing day May 25 was. Besides a beautiful and sunny start to Memorial Day weekend, more than 1,000 people gathered at Main Beach...

Out of the Blue: Stand up against Monsanto

If you believe you have a right to know what you put in your body, join us at 11 a.m. Saturday at Main Beach for the March Against Monsanto....

Out of the Blue: Speak up against San Onofre

Amid a spate of promising economic news, home values are climbing. Now for the bad news.

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