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ACLU Suit is Misguided By John Pietig   After substantial investment in services for homeless individuals, the City of Laguna Beach must again defend itself from a lawsuit by the ACLU. The ACLU’s circuitous logic for suing the city twice in six years is irrational and begs...

Taking Stock

What To Do Now? Stock market “corrections” remind me of coming down with the flu. I feel awful, nothing will help and it seems it will never end until one day when I realize it’s over and I feel fine. It wouldn’t feel any better if my doctor had described the flu ...

Taking Stock

Down, Up And Sideways Stocks finally snapped a six-day losing streak with a 619-point rally on Wednesday. That’s a start but the market still needs to reestablish a firm footing if we will see positive returns for 2015. Stocks then extended their one-day rally with a three...

The Kibitzer

Free Forest Avenue Today I am departing for that parched, dusty off-grid arts festival known as Burning Man. A lot has been written about it, but words cannot convey the magnitude of the experience. If anything can distill it down to its essence, it’s “a celebration of human...
Posted On 28 Aug 2015

Shore Scene

Newcomer Lurks Amid the Kelp The warmer than usual ocean water we have been experiencing in Laguna is forcing marine life observers to get out their reference books to look up some of the unusual marine life being seen lately. One of the visitors present in our local waters is...

Wisdom Workout

What’s It All About?                There was a comic strip started in the mid-1950s about a character named “Beetle Bailey”. He was a lowly private in the army who got himself into trouble by making naive mistakes. The particular cartoon I am recalling shows Beetle coming...

Pet Peeves

Moving Day I got the word on Saturday, which is my second favorite day of the week, right after Sunday. The PGA calls Saturday, moving day. This refers to the third golf round of four in each tournament. It is the pivotal day that golfers try to move up the leader board to have...

Village Matters

Be Bold, Breathe Easy Personalized repairs—that’s what you got at Karl Klass Electric downtown on Forest Avenue. I took my toaster there once and when I picked it up there was a piece of stale toast in one of the slots. “I just wanted to show you it works,” Craig explained. No...

The Slant

The Last First Day of School Summer is slipping away. The shadows are longer and the days are getting annoyingly shorter. Soon there will be nobody on the road and nobody at the beach. This means another first day of school is approaching. One of my sons will be a senior this...

Musings on the Coast

Battle of the Beaches  I grew up in Corona del Mar and my family had membership in the Balboa Yacht Club where we sailed catboats. My business and non-profit friends tend to reside in Newport. I’ve surfed its shores and played in the vast Irvine Ranch lands where the Pelican Hill...
Posted On 20 Aug 2015

Pet Peeves

Team 33.5   Relay Team 33.5 did it. That’s Team 33.5 Miles Across the Sea. They crossed the Catalina Channel in nineteen hours and 44 minutes. Columbus came in second, followed by Magellan in third and Dora the Explorer in fourth. Team 33.5 could have done the crossing in...

The Kibitzer

Happy Birthday, Buzzkill That tired and fatuous “Happy Birthday” song is about to get its comeuppance. For years I have cringed in restaurants when staff assemble at a nearby table and give a thoroughly depressing rendition of an already fossilized ditty. Nothing can hijack a...
Posted On 13 Aug 2015

Guest column

Invasion of the Water Snatchers In the 1956 classic science-fiction film “Invasion of the Body Snatchers,” a small town is mysteriously overtaken by aliens that have planted emotionless replicas of the town’s inhabitants. This may be as good an explanation as any for what...

Pet Peeves

Survey Says I read with interest the Indy article, “Survey Takes Laguna Art Temperature.” My first thought was, is this an oral or rectal examine? Quite frankly, I’m not a fan of surveys no matter how they are taken. Surveys make me nervous. I always think I’m answering wrong....

Taking Stock

The Breezes Of August The stock market made a strong recovery after sagging for almost two weeks, than plunged again on news that China had devalued its currency. Market followers usually overreact to news and the surprise 1.9% devaluation of the Yuan interrupted a strong rally...