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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Bounces And Bumps Next month, an array of laser devices mounted on top of high-rise apartment buildings in New Jersey begins operations. Their function is to zip market data 35 miles between the data centers of the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq Stock Market data center in order to shave a few billionths […]

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Speaker’s Corner

Speaker’s Corner

Keeping Promises Horst Noppenberger’s article,   “Addressing the Town’s Evolving Needs,” in the Feb. 7 edition, like the associated rendering, needs some added perspective. The picture shows a very modern building with trees towering above the structure and canyon hillsides and ridgelines serving as a backdrop, making the building appear to be very small in comparison.  […]

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Signs of Discord

Signs of Discord

“If we all speak softly, everyone can be heard.”  Besides being good advice for democracy and human relations in general, this phrase from former mayor Dan Kenney was specifically applied to signs, the issue he focused on during his terms on the city council, 1982-1990. Kenney saw that without controls, competitive sign making had the […]

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School Board Drops the Ball Again

School Board Drops the Ball Again

  When the school board called on taxpayers and voters to approve the bond issue to finance renovation and upkeep of your public school facilities, we were admonished that our community deserved classroom and sports facilities as good or better than any other public school in Orange County. So voters added the school bond obligation […]

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Paradigm Shift

Paradigm Shift

  It is said where one door closes, another opens. In the case of Laguna Beach commerce, gallery closings in recent years have opened store fronts to other types of merchants, so that the town is less about arts and more about, well, shopping. I had hoped to provide quantitative data on this subject, but […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Seeking Stability After making new highs in mid-January, the stock market lost momentum and dipped six percent. Trading volume increased only moderately, a sign that institutions were not dumping stock. Stocks stumbled for three weeks, and then regained their mojo on increased volume boosting the S&P average to one percent below its year-end close. In […]

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The Solace of the Sea

The Solace of the Sea

When I turned 60, I took up surfing. This might seem counter-intuitive. A silver haired woman in the line up with the groms while all my friends started knitting or playing cards.  But life as I had known it had imploded, and layering on an oversized challenge seemed oddly logical. I was in a small Mexican fishing […]

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Start Yellen

Start Yellen

Don’t be confused Indy readers.  This column remains Pet Peeves, although the title suggests I’m encroaching on the column Taking Stock.  I would never traipse on a fellow writer’s turf.  You can take my bitcoins to the bank and then buy drugs at your earliest convenience. I swear to you on the Winklevoss twins’ lives […]

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 Hiking Badlands for Good Health

Hiking Badlands for Good Health

  For those of us who like hiking, south Laguna offers a labyrinth of scruffy, scenic trails.  Thanks to the County of Orange, the South Laguna Civic Association (full disclosure: I’m a board member), and other environmentally minded groups and citizens, public access to these paths was and remains secured.  Of late, I’ve come to […]

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Street Urchins et al

Street Urchins et al

I’ve known a street urchin or two from my Chicago days. They were characters straight out of a Charles Dickens novel. One enterprising fellow missing a leg would ask for money outside a popular train entrance. Even the entrance he chose had been changed to look like a Paris train station from the late 1800’s. […]

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Dissecting Love

Dissecting Love

“Love, exciting and new. Come aboard, we are expecting you.” “I don’t think she’s in love anymore; she broke all my windows and knocked down my door.” Or, “they said they’d split it all down the middle, but she got the better half. She got the goldmine and I got the shaft.” My son asked […]

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Addressing the Town’s Evolving Needs

Addressing the Town’s Evolving Needs

By Horst Noppenberger Every once in a while, a project comes along which has an opportunity to speak to who we are as a community. The artist live-work project that we’ve designed for local sculptor Louis Longi and the Dornin Investment Group is one of these projects. The Long(i) Live-Work-Create project  represents an opportunity for Laguna Beach to enhance its historic and cherished […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Dealing With The Dips Almost halfway through the first quarter and the stock market is making a good effort to regain its footing. The market will come back resume its uptrend at some point; the question is how much further it may sag. Currently, the S&P 500 is off around 5 percent since it made […]

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Green Light

Green Light

For those of us who like hiking, south Laguna offers a labyrinth of scruffy, scenic trails.  Thanks to the County of Orange, the South Laguna Civic Association (full disclosure: I’m a board member), and other environmentally minded groups and citizens, public access to these paths was and remains secured.  Of late, I’ve come to appreciate […]

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Potential Nourished With Kindness

Potential Nourished With Kindness

“It doesn’t matter how old you are, even if you are a little kid, you can still take action to improve the world around you.”  That is the message of the Community Learning Center (CLC) as told to me by former students, parents and teachers. “Every child is encouraged and supported in trying to find […]