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Musings on the Coast

From the Rearview Mirror The off-year elections are finally over, thankfully. It made me distinctly nauseated. Before we leave, however, let me provide a little analysis. First, Laguna Beach Thank you Laguna Beach for being rational.   The winners were Toni Iseman, Kelly Boyd and...
Posted On 13 Nov 2014

Taking Stock

Industrials That Are Above-Average Three factors make up stock prices: earnings, dividends and multiples of earnings. Earnings dominate and are presently on track to deliver their sixth record quarter over the past seven earnings seasons. Compared with 2013, profits for the third...

Adding Recycled Water to Canyon Improvements

Editor, Laguna Beach remains the only South County city without a comprehensive, sustainable recycled water program. We need to protect our great park, the Laguna Greenbelt, with adequate routine irrigation and fire suppression systems. Undergrounding utilities in Laguna Canyon...

Wisdom Workout

Time to Make New Choices Intuition has gotten a bum rap over the years. Contrary to popular belief, intuition isn’t a soft, new-age skill. It has a long tradition of consistent use in philosophy, mathematics, business, psy­chology, engineering, linguistics, music, literature,...

Pet Peeves

Where Life Happens This column will make me unpopular. What did you say readers? Oh, I’m already unpopular. Good to know. Then there’s no reason to bathe today. I’ve always aspired to Howard Hughes’ life of solitude and uncleanliness. I’ll just hold off on those time weary...

Election Campaigns Contradict Green Slogans

Editor, I left town last week and returned to a bin full of paper that my mail lady deposited on my doorstep upon my return. Never mind she had to lug that around. Very little real mail. I sifted through all the bulk mail from our council candidates who had so much money to spend...

Rising CO2 Levels Undermine Climate Change Skepticism

Editor, This is in response to Stephen Tygh’s letter criticizing Tom Osborne’s article, “When Ideology Trumps Facts”. The only “common sense” response to Michele Hall’s position on climate change is shock as Tom stated. With 97% of atmospheric scientists agreeing that global...

Arts Funding Lacked Unanimous Support

Editor, Sam Goldstein, Karyn Phillippsen and Paul Freeman brought the BID–Business Improvement District–to the Council. The local hotels and motels had agreed to increase their bed tax by two cents. One cent would go to the Visitor’s Bureau (now Visit Laguna) and one...

Village Matters

Open Space Hero Continues to Inspire It was 1989. The council chamber was filled for a citizens’ meeting about Laguna Canyon. Councilmember Lida Lenney stood tall at the front speaking from her heart, urging us to stop the Irvine Company’s Laguna Laurel project and save Laguna...

Pet Peeves

Rub-a-Bump-Bump I was flabbergasted to learn in the Indy that 12 concussions have been incurred in the first eight weeks of this school year. This equals the entire number of last year’s concussions.   For the sake of accurate reporting, I’d like to add my concussion. That makes...

Shore Scene

Consider the Bonita Señorita A fish abundantly found in the waters of Laguna Beach is the señorita (Oxyjulis californica). With its two other locally found relatives, the California sheephead and the rock wrasse, it belongs to the second largest family of marine fishes, the...

Taking Stock

The Band Plays On In October, the stock market achieved a remarkable reversal to the upside. It is now moving toward new highs like a soprano repeating curtain calls to continuing applause. Investors are a less forgiving audience and many now fret whether the next performances...

When Climate Consensus Trumps Science

Editor, I read Tom Osborne’s column “When Ideology Trumps Facts”. He stated that he does not object to healthy skepticism, but was “shocked” about Michelle Hall’s skepticism about human-caused global warming. He then proceeded to denigrate her for having this view, going so far...

Kudos for Osborne’s Observations

Editor, I support Tom Osborne’s column regarding the City Council election and global warming. His stance was thoughtful, well reasoned and free from harsh invective. I wish Tom were running for office. He is a Laguna treasure. His mission to remind Laguna residents about the...

Hall’s Position Proves Convincing

Editor, Because of the article written by Tom Osborne (“When Ideology Trumps Facts,” Column, Oct. 24 edition), my wife Maria and I finally agree to vote for Michele Hall. Maria and I agree with her logic and conclusions on this and other issues. Thank you, Tom. Maria and Bernard...