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The Slant

New Neighbor Takes Advantage Don’t you hate when an out of towner comes to our small town and tries to reach into your pocket because you live in the 92651. You can live with it when it’s an expensive restaurant or another store because you can decide you don’t need those things....

Shore Scene

Feathered Friend, a Year-Round Resident In the late nineteenth century, snowy egrets (Egretta thula) were hunted almost to extinction for their showy breeding plumes (aigrettes), which were used in the millinery (hat) trade. This was curtailed in North America after 1910 with the...

Pet Peeves

Window Treatments I have a confession to make. I’m a busybody. Nobody likes busybodies. My shrink diagnosed me as a busybody in our first hourly session. Made me mad. So in our second session, I retaliated by pointing out the doctor’s own mental health issues and the reason why I...

Guest Column

Laguna Needs a Skatepark By Michele Hall “The process of getting a skatepark teaches kids in the community valuable lessons about perseverance and that working with their city leaders can be a positive experience.” – Tony Hawke The idea of building a skatepark in Laguna Beach is...

Ask the Expert

Make Your Rooms Bloom Why do we like to look into the homes of others? There is a simple voyeuristic pleasure, of course. Other times we just like to be nosy. Millions of people read magazines like Architectural Digest and watch TV shows such as “MTV Cribs” that keep us and our...

Pet Peeves

Wedding Bells Thank goodness I wasn’t invited. I read in the Indy that the first couple married in a civil ceremony by Laguna Beach’s city clerk was on February 19. I had nothing to wear for such a momentous occasion. I’m down to broken flip-flops and ratty board shorts that are...

Beware: Super Lice Are Coming

If you are like me and have a child in the Laguna Beach Unified School District, this past week you received another all too familiar notice that read, “Recently we identified a few cases of head lice at your child’s grade level. Follow exact steps on box of lice shampoo…”...

Taking Stock

Round And Round It Goes Round and round it goes, and where it stops the Chairwoman knows. Wall Street is intensely waiting for the next Federal Reserve move as if watching for white smoke at a papal conclave signaling the election of a new Pope. Interest rate levels bear...

Pet Peeves

Parade Rest I attended the 48th and 49th Patriots Day Parade. I grabbed a good spot across from Fire House Engine Number One right after the 47th Patriots Parade. For two years now, I sat curbside and reserved my place for last weekend’s parade festivities. I’m semi retired and...

Geometry Serves as a Technology Stepping Stone

Editor, Even though my sons were never educated in the Laguna Beach school district, as a scientist I do want to raise my voice in protest to the elimination of essential mathematical content in the proposed new L.B. school curricula. Instruction in geometry is much more than a...

Musings on the Coast

The Front Porch: NannyVille Laguna Beach is paradise and we want to keep it that way. To do so, over the years we created a series of laws, commissions and public bodies, each with admirable intentions. Sadly but predictably, most followed the usual Darwinian imperative and...
Posted On 12 Mar 2015

Taking Stock

March Market Madness  Volatility is back. Actually, it’s never gone away; just hiding when stocks put together a string of up days before reversing. J.P. Morgan, who dominated American finance during his time, said, when asked what the stock market will do, “It will fluctuate.”...

Village Matters

Loving it Gently “Visitors to our hotel want to experience Laguna Beach in the same ways residents do; they want to feel they are living here, too, that it’s their home town, if only for a few days.” At a recent community meeting Council member Rob Zur Schmiede quoted the manager...

Pet Peeves

Dumbed Down I read in the Indy that many parents are upset about upcoming curriculum changes. They say these changes will dumb down middle school math. Geometry is being eliminated as a separate subject. Oh the horror. Middle school kids are devastated. I can tell because the...

Taking Stock

Highs, Dips And Pullbacks The stock market is doing the hokey pokey. First they put a record high in and then they take a record high out. No need, however, for investors to “shake it all about” as market conditions for growth-stock pickers remain quite positive. The S&P 500...