David Hansen

David Hansen
A writer and Laguna Beach resident

 Hansen: Riders pay for free trolleys with headaches

Hansen: Riders pay for free trolleys with headaches

It's hard to be a Laguna Beach trolley in the summer.

Hansen: Deep-fried OC Fair culture can be hard to stomach

Hansen: Deep-fried OC Fair culture can be hard to stomach

There are a lot of legendary things at the OC Fair — no, literally.

 Hansen: Old-timers' stories are in stock at the Sawdust

Hansen: Old-timers' stories are in stock at the Sawdust

 In case you didn't know, artists don't like drywall.

Hansen: A dividing line in Dana Point

Hansen: A dividing line in Dana Point

Depending on your point of view, there are many ways to describe Pacific Coast Highway: a romantic scenic route, a freeway shortcut or a...

 Hansen: Online vacation rentals can miss the point

Hansen: Online vacation rentals can miss the point

Most people go on vacation to unwind, unplug and recharge, but in today's online service economy, where companies like Airbnb, VRBO and a...

Hansen: TK Burgers provides needed sauce by the beach

Hansen: TK Burgers provides needed sauce by the beach

Do you want your burger regular or goofy?

Hansen: No such thing as a small fire in Laguna

Hansen: No such thing as a small fire in Laguna

No one noticed the sirens at first.

 Hansen: A school, a dump and a church speak to lost opportunity

Hansen: A school, a dump and a church speak to lost opportunity

Perhaps nowhere other than Huntington Beach can an elementary school, a large trash dump and a shuttered Japanese Presbyterian church from...

Hansen: Scales of tree justice a bit lopsided

Just over a year ago, Laguna Beach passed a new view ordinance. One wonders, however, if any tree has been cut since.

Hansen: The inside baseball of brewers

Hansen: The inside baseball of brewers

Somewhere along the way, they stopped calling it microbrew.

Hansen: Summer of cars starts on discordant note

Downtown business owners got their wish Saturday when Forest Avenue became a parking lot.

Hansen: The best business advice often comes from strangers

Imagine a dreamer, a person who desperately wants to start a business.

Hansen: Young and raw but that's a good thing

Hansen: Young and raw but that's a good thing

By its nature, art is sometimes raw.

Hansen: Birding culture is full of color and concern

Hansen: Birding culture is full of color and concern

Like any hobby, birding has rules.

 Hansen: If sea lions were ugly would we be so concerned?

Hansen: If sea lions were ugly would we be so concerned?

It's no secret that sea lions are the chocolate Labradors of the sea.

Hansen: Nostalgic stain of oil horses fades slowly

Hansen: Nostalgic stain of oil horses fades slowly

For something so mechanically simple, the pumpjack is called many things.

Hansen: Photographer evokes 'magical realism'

Hansen: Photographer evokes 'magical realism'

With her wispy blond hair, striking turquoise eyes and penchant for fancy, Uruguayan photographer Lucia Fereira Litowtschenko could be a...

 Hansen: One new Laguna visitor eradicated

Hansen: One new Laguna visitor eradicated

Nearly five years ago, one of the world's most destructive pests landed in Laguna Beach — the first time in the United States.

If George Jetson approved, why not harbor residents?

If George Jetson approved, why not harbor residents?

There is a rule in post-modern cultural theory that we become our own cartoons.

Hansen: How many people visit Laguna? Good question

As with economics and divorce court, any city project hinges on one simple requirement: Give me a number.

Hansen: Nary a 'Sharknado' in sight

Hansen: Nary a 'Sharknado' in sight

It's called Surfside, but people rarely surf there.

 Hansen: Speak softly and design a good plan

Hansen: Speak softly and design a good plan

One way of winning an argument is to plant a seed, let it grow and then concede the inevitable outcome to your opponent.

Hansen: O.C. is losing its sense of place

Hansen: O.C. is losing its sense of place

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...

 Hansen: Laguna Beach still missing its star attraction

Hansen: Laguna Beach still missing its star attraction

The most iconic star in Laguna Beach is not a reality show celebrity. It's Pisaster ochraceus, the purple sea star.

Hansen: Could our well of 'drought guilt' be dry?

 There is a theory in cultural anthropology that you can change a population's behavior through guilt.

Hansen: Onetime roadie traveling toward family

Hansen: Onetime roadie traveling toward family

In this digital age of transparency, nothing remains hidden for long.

 Hansen: War, peace and compromise on parade

Hansen: War, peace and compromise on parade

At 92, Eleanor Henry has lived through enough wars, which is why she flinches every year when the Laguna Beach Patriots Day Parade marches...

Hansen: The next generation of art is in good hands

Hansen: The next generation of art is in good hands

When Sora Prakash lived in Texas during his senior year in high school, most people thought he was Hispanic.

Hansen: Language need not be a barrier

Hansen: Language need not be a barrier

When Irma Ronses arrived in the U.S. in 1985, she didn't know how to speak English.

Hansen: 'Idol' hopeful might be an idol to diabetics

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...

 Hansen: Gay culture 2.0 hits Laguna Beach

Hansen: Gay culture 2.0 hits Laguna Beach

Drag queens are back in Laguna Beach.

Hansen: Travel agents still make dreams happen

If you wait long enough, everything comes back: beards, vinyl, muscle cars and travel to Cuba.

Hansen: Key issues in 2015 will require action

If you want to predict what will happen in Laguna Beach this year, just try defining Main Beach.

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.

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