Billy Fried

Billy Fried
Chief paddling officer of La Vida Laguna

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Last month, Santa Monica — spurred by slow-growth advocates — rescinded the development of a 765,000-square-foot residential,...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

Out of the Blue: Bring back the days of Abalonia

Out of the Blue: Bring back the days of Abalonia

Now that Nancy Caruso has completed the "easy" task of producing the hugely ambitious Kelpfest, she can return to the heavy lifting she does...

Out of the Blue: 'Kelp Lady' inspires Laguna Beach

Out of the Blue: 'Kelp Lady' inspires Laguna Beach

The estimable Jane Goodall was the Rose Parade grand marshal this past year. When speaking about our ability to save the planet, she said,...

Out of the Blue: Time for a little maternal patricide

Jimmy Carter in 2009 announced he was severing ties with the Southern Baptist Convention after six decades because the leadership clings...

Out of the Blue: Radio is another unique facet of Laguna

Out of the Blue: Radio is another unique facet of Laguna

As I write this column the fog is rolling in deep and I'm listening to Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood crush a version of "Voodoo Child."

Out of the Blue: A spring in our steps

Out of the Blue: A spring in our steps

If the brilliance of last weekend wasn't harbinger enough that spring is fast approaching, the thick, redolent fragrance of jasmine...

Out of the Blue: Support for the music

Laguna Beach should be celebrated as a music colony — especially for world-class reggae — as much as an art colony.

 Out of the Blue: Aiming for a healthier Laguna

Out of the Blue: Aiming for a healthier Laguna

For a town as outdoorsy and active as Laguna, there has always been a dearth of truly healthy restaurants.

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