When horticulturist Gary Matsuoka learned that the main ingredient of the locally bagged soil sold in garden shops was composed of wood...
There is an old dilemma about college life in cities, and it's never truly been solved.
Perhaps it's no surprise that we've already moved beyond the food truck.
There is a round, bald hill in Laguna Niguel that would make a good toboggan run if it ever got snow. Instead, it's good for one thing:...
It usually goes something like this.
Wary are the young hipsters.
It's hard to be a Laguna Beach trolley in the summer.
There are a lot of legendary things at the OC Fair — no, literally.
In case you didn't know, artists don't like drywall.
Depending on your point of view, there are many ways to describe Pacific Coast Highway: a romantic scenic route, a freeway shortcut or a...
Most people go on vacation to unwind, unplug and recharge, but in today's online service economy, where companies like Airbnb, VRBO and a...
Do you want your burger regular or goofy?
No one noticed the sirens at first.
Perhaps nowhere other than Huntington Beach can an elementary school, a large trash dump and a shuttered Japanese Presbyterian church from...
Just over a year ago, Laguna Beach passed a new view ordinance. One wonders, however, if any tree has been cut since.
Somewhere along the way, they stopped calling it microbrew.
Downtown business owners got their wish Saturday when Forest Avenue became a parking lot.
Imagine a dreamer, a person who desperately wants to start a business.
By its nature, art is sometimes raw.
Like any hobby, birding has rules.
It's no secret that sea lions are the chocolate Labradors of the sea.
For something so mechanically simple, the pumpjack is called many things.
With her wispy blond hair, striking turquoise eyes and penchant for fancy, Uruguayan photographer Lucia Fereira Litowtschenko could be a...
"Aviation geeks rejoice."
Nearly five years ago, one of the world's most destructive pests landed in Laguna Beach — the first time in the United States.
There is a rule in post-modern cultural theory that we become our own cartoons.
As with economics and divorce court, any city project hinges on one simple requirement: Give me a number.
It's called Surfside, but people rarely surf there.
One way of winning an argument is to plant a seed, let it grow and then concede the inevitable outcome to your opponent.
Has the center of O.C. lost its meaning?
As a boy takes flight, more than 3,000 young people have left Laguna Beach since 2000. Columnist David Hansen says the exodus is taking a...
The most iconic star in Laguna Beach is not a reality show celebrity. It's Pisaster ochraceus, the purple sea star.
There is a theory in cultural anthropology that you can change a population's behavior through guilt.
In this digital age of transparency, nothing remains hidden for long.
At 92, Eleanor Henry has lived through enough wars, which is why she flinches every year when the Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade marches...
When Sora Prakash lived in Texas during his senior year in high school, most people thought he was Hispanic.
When Irma Ronses arrived in the U.S. in 1985, she didn't know how to speak English.
All it took was one week on "American Idol" for Adam Lasher to win over the judges, become a role model for diabetes and be spoofed by Jimmy...
Drag queens are back in Laguna Beach.
If you wait long enough, everything comes back: beards, vinyl, muscle cars and travel to Cuba.
Wyland is a force of nature.
If you want to predict what will happen in Laguna Beach this year, just try defining Main Beach.
It was a strange year in Laguna Beach, which means we kept our reputation intact.
Ethiopia does not generally elicit good thoughts.
You can call it weird, alternative, unique or cool, but just don't call my annual Christmas guide list touristy.
It's usually unfair to do a compare-and-contrast between public and private events, but let's do it anyway.
People watch the sunset in Laguna Beach every night, but not dressed in white, holding a blue light and slowly spinning in place.
A myth in Argentina called "Luz Mala" refers to an evil light or bad omen that floats in the air. However, if the light falls at the base of...