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When I was a kid things were different. I wore knickers. Today, kids wear low riders that begin where my knickers left off. I’ve kept the knickers in hopes that the style will come back. I have to be patient because clothing trends are fickle. A couple of years ago, I tried pushing the knickers […]

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Budget Stretch

Budget Stretch

The school’s retirement funds are broke again. Sounds like a broken record. Oops, let me update that. Sounds like a broken MP-3 player. Oops, oops. Sounds like a broken IPod. Whew, I dated myself there. And my wife, who knows me, wishes I dated myself again. It seems schools are always broke. I want to […]

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Laguna, the Sea and Earth Day

Laguna, the Sea and Earth Day

  Earth Day is an international celebration begun in 1970 and championed by former Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson. It grew out of the environmental movement of the 1960s and was given impetus by the Santa Barbara oil blowout in 1969. Ever since that headline-making catastrophe, coastal Californians have paid close attention to offshore drilling and […]

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The New Face of Homelessness

The New Face of Homelessness

By OC Sheriff Sandra Hutchens Orange County, meet the new face of homelessness: a single mother in her 20s with two young children. Of the estimated 12,700 homeless Orange County residents – an alarming number by itself – nearly half are young mothers struggling to care for very young children. Over the last several years, […]

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Round ‘Em Up, Move ‘Em Out, or Bring Them In?

Round ‘Em Up, Move ‘Em Out, or Bring Them In?

By Michele McCormick Fear was palpable; the room charged on April 22, in Laguna’s City Council chambers. Following Friendship Shelter Director Dawn Price’s presentation on permanent supportive housing for the homeless, a line of residents formed to express genuine concern as well as support. Some did not want this project in their backyard — the […]

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Who's the Boss?

Who’s the Boss?

When I was a teenager, one of my first boyfriends used to say, “Who’s the boss?” whenever I voiced a different opinion than he did. My older brother would say, “You’ve always been a woman’s libber!” in response to any disagreement with him. When I held an executive position in a fast-moving company that required […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Sell In May Or Wish You’d Stayed? Wall Street has many sayings that remain popular since they promise success without thinking. Typically, they also encourage generating commissions by prompting buying or selling stock as in “Sell in May and go away.” There are some historical data showing stronger performance in the six-month periods beginning in […]

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The Show Goes On

The Show Goes On

Sam Goldstein might relax and enjoy the rewards of a long productive career. However, if you know him, you won’t be surprised to learn he has embarked on yet another venture, one that brackets his early days as a musician and award-winning television producer, before he meandered into property investment. You may know Goldstein as […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Great Speculations Quarterly earnings season often brings surprises, some disappointing and others quite rewarding. Apple (AAPL-$569), my largest position, delighted its fans with a 7% profit increase together with increases in its dividend and stock buyback program and a seven to one stock split. With the largest market cap of all, it attracts much attention […]

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Delicate Planning for Change

Delicate Planning for Change

It’s all happening very fast. It’s as though collectively we have decided we are going to run out of time to change. There are so many projects in the works that the city manager and City Council have set up monthly meetings of an urban planning coordinating committee to provide an interface among on-going efforts […]

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Help and Hope for At-Risk Students

Help and Hope for At-Risk Students

Led admirably by Principal Joanne Culverhouse, the educators at LBHS who we count on to keep students safe and help at risk young people have come up with a bold idea that can bring the light of truth into one of the darkest corners of our lives. On May 12 the doors of the Artists’ Theatre will open up so students, parents and the community […]

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Work from Home

Work from Home

It was a close call.  In a 3-2 decision the village council passed a work at home project in the canyon. I advise resident artists not to take their work home with them. What dear readers? You’re saying I missed the whole point of the passage, whose intent is to provide local artists with low […]

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 Master of Migration

Master of Migration

  Twice each year, thousands of Pacific gray whales closely follow the coast and pass by Laguna Beach. This is the longest seasonal migration known as they travel more than 14,000 miles roundtrip between their winter warm-water breeding grounds in the lagoons of Baja California and their summer cold-water feeding grounds in the Bering Sea […]

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Let’s Keep Our Communities Safe

Let’s Keep Our Communities Safe

  “The most dangerous social experiment of our generation.” That is how Newport Beach Police Chief Jay Johnson describes the state “realignment” program to release state prisoners back to local jails and supervised community release. Faced with court-mandated requirements to reduce prison populations, Gov. Jerry Brown and the state legislature enacted AB 109 that mandated […]

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Attack of the Drones

Attack of the Drones

The pace of technological change is accelerating.   We know that.  There is too much money to be won.  Some 21-year old kid in Irvine just sold a virtual reality headset invention for $2 billion. It is the same everywhere, not just the Silicon Valley in Palo Alto, but also the new ones in Venice-Marina del […]