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Laguna Excels in Luring Foodie Tourists

The Laguna Beach Visitors & Conference Bureau was recently with a SASI (Shop America Salutes Innovation) award for “Best Dining Tourism Program” by a destination marketing organization in the United States at the 2012 ONE Travel Conference for Shopping, Dining & Cultural...

Home Sale Re-examined

  Editor,   Randy Kraft’s article “Home Sales:  Good News & Bad News” in last week’s Indy contained errors that and I would like to address.  Ms. Kraft states that the inventory at the end of the year in Laguna Beach was 411 homes.  The correct...

Home Sales: Good News & Bad News

  Real estate is always a good news – bad news story: what is best for the seller is not necessarily best for the buyer, and visa versa. However, despite high levels of inventory, downward pressure on prices, and a large number of distressed properties, 2011 ended with a...
Posted On 28 Jan 2012

Taking Stock

The Year Of The Dragon The Chinese New Year approaches, bringing in the Year of the Dragon, said to be a deliverer of good fortune. Stocks are anticipating this, up over four percent in the first three weeks of 2012. That’s over four percent better than they did last year, going...

Dolores Bargiela

Dolores “Maya” Bargiela, a longtime Laguna Beach resident, independent spirit and world traveler, passed away on Dec. 30, 2011, in San Juan Capistrano. She was 81. The cause was heart failure due to complications from a stroke. Bargiela was born in Newark, N.J., of...

Taking Stock

The Quiet Rally Stocks continue a stealth rally, quietly moving to their best levels in five months. The market has recently been untroubled by bad news from Europe, even receiving some sparks of good news like another small downtick in the unemployment rate. Quarterly earnings...

‘Streets’ Task Force Takes a Detour

A month after the City Council appropriated $300,000 to make city streets friendlier to foot-powered users, meetings for the task force charged with initiating and supporting these projects were “postponed indefinitely” with the chairman later saying he was fired. “I didn’t know...

Mary Louise Huston

Mary Louise Huston Sept. 14, 1923 – Dec. 27, 2011   Mary Lou Huston, 88, of Laguna Beach, was born in Minnesota on Sept. 14, 1923 to Sverre and Gladys Narlin.  She passed away peacefully in the early hours of Dec. 27, 2011, at home.   Huston was preceded in death by her...

Marking the Shortest Day of 2011

Whether talking on a cell phone, capturing the moment on camera or pointing out pelicans to a little one, silhouetted visitors observe the winter solstice at the 4:52 p.m. from the Main Beach boardwalk.  

Talking Stock

Living With Uncertainty Stock columns at this time traditionally try to forecast the year ahead. Currently, the only certainty is that there will be continued uncertainty and accompanying volatility. That is more of a useful forecast than it might sound. Investors will do better...

McWeather or Not

2011 in the Rearview Mirror   What a dandy Christmas Day! Clear sunny skies, 70 degree temps and a clear view of all the mountains to the east and even San Clemente Island to our southwest. Another highlight of the day was a whale sighting just a few yards outside Brook...

Indy on Arts Dec. 31-Jan. 5, 2011

Friday, Dec.30, 2011   Jazz with pianist Giovanni Miradi at Romeo Cucina, 249 Broadway. 949-497-6627 www.romeocucina.com   Rod & the Pistons, 9 p.m.-1 a.m, Marine Room 214 Ocean Avenue. 949-494-3027   Nick I & A.D.D of Common Sense, 8:45 p.m, Mozambique,...

Double Saves in 2011

Editor, At this time of year I need to give a shout of “thank you” to two Laguna Beach people that saved my life this year. First to my vascular surgeon, Dr. Michael Coccia, for literally saving my life by cleaning out a blocked carotid artery. And to Mo Bonakar,...

Get Out of the House

Looking Back   When I was in my 20s I thought I understood the saying, “Youth is wasted on the young.” I vowed to enjoy my life, try new things, experience different cultures and eat new foods. And I did. But it’s only in the past few years that I understand more fully what...

Charitable Gifts Make a Statement

The Laguna Beach Community Foundation offers a sackful of charities worthy of gifts to wrap up the holiday season.   Donors can establish a new fund to connect their charitable giving with their passions and interests and obtain a tax deduction for 2011. The donor can make...