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Home Sales: Good News & Bad News

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 significant improvement in the Laguna Beach […]

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Taking Stock

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 nowhere after substantial swings […]

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Dolores Bargiela

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 Spanish and Hungarian immigrant parents. Benefiting from her talent in ballet performance, she moved to Laguna Beach when she was 16 to study under a Russian ballet master and later was among the first students at Orange Coast College. For a few years, she divided her time between Laguna and New York City but settled in Laguna in the mid-‘50s where she worked for a local business.

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Taking Stock

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 season kicked off with a few decent reports while trading […]

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‘Streets’ Task Force Takes a Detour

‘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 I resigned until this morning,” chairman of the Complete Streets Task Force, Les […]

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Mary Louise Huston

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 parents, her […]

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Marking the Shortest Day of 2011

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.  

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Talking Stock

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 if they accept that stocks will be buffeted by winds from […]

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McWeather or Not

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 Streets’ Second Reef around […]

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

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, 1740 Pacific Coast Highway. www.mozambiqueoc.com  949-715-7777     House band Fizz, Hotel Laguna, 8 […]

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Double Saves in 2011

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, owner of Laguna Auto Service, […]

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Get Out of the House

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 that […]

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Charitable Gifts Make a Statement

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 recommendations for future charitable distributions to any nonprofit. […]

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Indy Calendar, Dec. 23-29, 2011

Indy Calendar, Dec. 23-29, 2011

Friday, Dec. 23   Jazz with pianist Giovanni Miradi at Romeo Cucina, 249 Broadway. 949-497-6627 www.romeocucina.com Isle of Lucy, 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 to midnight, Mozambique, 1740 Pacific Coast Highway. www.mozambiqueoc.com  949-715-7777     The Nutcracker Irvine Barclay Theatre, 4242 […]

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Indy Calendar, Dec.15-22, 2011

Indy Calendar, Dec.15-22, 2011

Indy on Arts Calender, Dec.15-22, 2011