David Hansen

David Hansen
A writer and Laguna Beach resident

Hansen: 2014 was a mostly tough year for Laguna

It was a strange year in Laguna Beach, which means we kept our reputation intact.

 Hansen: Laguna's alternative Top 10 gift list

Hansen: Laguna's alternative Top 10 gift list

You can call it weird, alternative, unique or cool, but just don't call my annual Christmas guide list touristy.

Hansen: Anglers have the right idea

It's usually unfair to do a compare-and-contrast between public and private events, but let's do it anyway.

Hansen: Ephemeral weirdness hits Laguna, thankfully

Hansen: Ephemeral weirdness hits Laguna, thankfully

People watch the sunset in Laguna Beach every night, but not dressed in white, holding a blue light and slowly spinning in place.

Hansen: Spirit of Laguna lures Argentine shopkeeper

Hansen: Spirit of Laguna lures Argentine shopkeeper

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...

Hansen: In local races, what matters is the person, not the party

This year's Laguna Beach City Council race can be boiled down to one word: character.

Hansen: Car racing speaks to his soul

Hansen: Car racing speaks to his soul

Professional race car driver Rick Knoop flies around the track at more than 200 mph, but on the streets of Laguna Beach he tools around in a...

Hansen: Today's news hides tough past for gays

On Monday, exactly one week after the Supreme Court helped open the gates for same-sex marriage, gay seniors will walk into the Laguna Beach...

 Hansen: Dogs win parade but cats rule the world

Hansen: Dogs win parade but cats rule the world

It all started with the cat lady.

Hansen: Salt sellers find a niche through farmers markets

Hansen: Salt sellers find a niche through farmers markets

It may be unlucky to spill salt, but it's good luck to sell it.

Hansen: Here is what the people want, council

In the run up to the Laguna Beach City Council race in November, I thought it would be interesting to randomly survey people around town and...

Hansen: Tourist season is over, but for how long?

Hansen: Tourist season is over, but for how long?

Come out, Laguna Beach, come out. It's safe now. The tourists are gone.

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...

 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.

 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...

Hansen: Costumes are real if you believe

Hansen: Costumes are real if you believe

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

'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,...

 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,...

Hansen: Business is picking up, but clients are still family

Hansen: Business is picking up, but clients are still family

Somewhere along the way, a haircut became intimate.

Hansen: Lagunans proudly await world's end

Hansen: Lagunans proudly await world's end

Every year in Laguna Beach the world ends on June 15.

Hansen: The luminous world of Sindee Bartz

Hansen: The luminous world of Sindee Bartz

She used to be a hairdresser but now wears wigs.

 Hansen: Home tour provides peek into authenticity

Hansen: Home tour provides peek into authenticity

Some people store the mementos of their lives in shoeboxes, preferring to keep private what they find most meaningful. Others showcase the...

 Hansen: Second chance at an artful life

Hansen: Second chance at an artful life

It's fitting that Donna Morin's art gallery, DM Studio, sits squarely across the street from a drug recovery center where people are...

Hansen: A roadie's life: turning famous into family

Hansen: A roadie's life: turning famous into family

He has partied with an impressive list of music icons from the 1970s and '80s, but what he is most proud of is getting sober with Kris...

Hansen: When a boy meets a girl

Hansen: When a boy meets a girl

He remembers the library, but it wasn't the books, studying or reading.

Hansen: The shame and joy of 101 vaginas

Hansen: The shame and joy of 101 vaginas

A back room in a Laguna Beach art gallery will be lined on May 1 with stark, black-and-white pictures of vaginas and their stories —...

Hansen: Canyon on the verge of eruption

Hansen: Canyon on the verge of eruption

It has been said that a volcanic eruption can create its own lightning. Well, a perfect storm is brewing in Laguna Canyon, and the lightning...

Hansen: The guerrilla poet of Laguna Beach

Hansen: The guerrilla poet of Laguna Beach

If you ask poet John Gardiner a question, the path to the answer is not a straight line.

Hansen: Music festival hits high water mark

Hansen: Music festival hits high water mark

The night before his Blue Water Music Festival last weekend, organizer Rick Conkey slept on an air mattress on the festival grounds,...

Hansen: With people like this, Laguna may survive doomsday

Almost every day you read stories about impending world destruction because of our own mistreatment: too much carbon dioxide and not...

 Hansen: Live-work naysayers, back off

Hansen: Live-work naysayers, back off

It resembled a midterm election rally in the old Boom Boom Room: red balloons, smooth jazz, refreshments and heavy-duty political talk.

 Hansen: Photographs are telling a sad story

Hansen: Photographs are telling a sad story

The person who said a picture is worth a thousand words obviously did not try to sell the photo.

Hansen: Music festival to challenge stereotypes

Hansen: Music festival to challenge stereotypes

Most people segment their lives in broad categories: family, work, play.

Hansen: Laguna lives defined by a sense of place

Hansen: Laguna lives defined by a sense of place

The love stories started with children.

 Hansen: The death of fiction in Laguna

Hansen: The death of fiction in Laguna

Short story fiction died recently in a Laguna Beach wine cellar.

Hansen: The value of funding art and science

Hansen: The value of funding art and science

If you live in Laguna Beach for any length of time, you start to take art for granted.

Hansen: 'Legends' has captured millions

Last fall, UC Irvine held its annual Anteater Involvement Fair, when campus groups put up a booth in the quad to recruit new members.

Hansen: Living up to a family legacy

Hansen: Living up to a family legacy

He just wanted to be a surfer but family got in the way.

Hansen: Ode to watching movies alone

Hansen: Ode to watching movies alone

It must be the armrests.

 Hansen: Homeless hide in plain sight

Hansen: Homeless hide in plain sight

You can stare at it all day long and still not see it: a darkened hovel wedged between two restaurants.

Hansen: Ignorance and HIV

Hansen: Ignorance and HIV

Editor's note: This is the second in a two-part series about HIV and AIDS. Last week featured a look into the life of Scott Alan, a...

 Hansen: Life of loss and humor in Laguna

Hansen: Life of loss and humor in Laguna

There is a frailty about Scott Alan when he walks. Unsure and stilted, he totters in a way that makes you prepare to reach out and catch him...

Hansen: Humanitarian artists give back

Hansen: Humanitarian artists give back

It's no secret that many artists suffer.

Hansen: Christmas gifts, Laguna style

Hansen: Christmas gifts, Laguna style

If you believe the mall is a four-letter word, then you may like my annual top 10 alternative Christmas gifts.

Hansen: Sun shines on Montage holiday event

Hansen: Sun shines on Montage holiday event

There are sunsets and then there are Montage sunsets.

Hansen: Form united front and move on

Going back at least 50 years, all Laguna Beach city projects have had one common denominator: pain.

Hansen: When art and nature meld

It dawned on me about halfway through Sunday, sitting on kid chairs at the Laguna Art Museum and watching the children try to make clay...

Hansen: Not letting fire shape your life

Hansen: Not letting fire shape your life

If former Laguna Beach Mayor Bob Gentry had it to do over again, with the firestorm whipping around his Mystic Hills house 20 years ago,...

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