David Hansen

David Hansen
A writer and Laguna Beach resident

 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.

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: 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.

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.

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.

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