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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 […]

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2+2=5

2+2=5

I have a question.  Please teacher look at me.  I’m raising my hand.  She’s not looking. Don’t despair. I’ll just wave my hand and bounce up and down. Great she sees me. Okay, sure.  I understand. You want me to go to the principal’s office and explain why I was doing calisthenics in math class. […]

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A Modern Passover

A Modern Passover

Passover began as a celebration of spring for the Jewish people; a time for the celebration of life.  With the rabbis it became a commemoration and celebration of a biblical exodus and escape from slavery in ancient Egypt. This familiar story, contained in the traditional Haggadah, a text that sets forth the order of the […]

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Pedaling Through Paradise

Pedaling Through Paradise

Laguna Beach is one of the best places in the world to ride a bike. People from all over the world come to ride here. Magazine photographers come to do photo shoots and bike companies test their products here. If you want a great workout coupled with some of the best vistas earth has to […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Competence Is Scarce Spring is here. After sliding into a correction, stocks rebounded in mid-April with three straight up days that prodded the S&P 500 back to a positive number for 2014. Volume was only moderate but trading during Passover and Holy Week always slows. Heavier trading showing institutional demand together with more upside action […]

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In Appreciation

In Appreciation

It’s that time of the year when our graduating high school seniors anxiously await news of acceptance to the college they have their heart set on. There are also local scholarships to be awarded and panels who are diligently meeting to decide who the recipient’s will be this year. My youngest daughter, Sara, was lucky […]

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Let’s Go Parking

Let’s Go Parking

You know you are older when going parking has become a problem. In high school, we had a special place to go parking and there always seemed to be enough room for cars, and birds and bees, too.  Now everybody is older and fuzzy about parking with benefits so it is necessary to hire a […]

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Where does asparagus come from?

Where does asparagus come from?

Not quite so hard to answer as the question about babies, but it was surprising how many of the adults at our recent South Laguna Community Garden workshop were amazed when we handed them an asparagus spear and said we had just cut it.  “From where?”  “It’s a sprout that grows right out of the […]