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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...

Start Yellen

Don’t be confused Indy readers.  This column remains Pet Peeves, although the title suggests I’m encroaching on the column Taking Stock.  I would never traipse on a fellow writer’s turf.  You can take my bitcoins to the bank and then buy drugs at your earliest convenience. I...

Street Urchins et al

I’ve known a street urchin or two from my Chicago days. They were characters straight out of a Charles Dickens novel. One enterprising fellow missing a leg would ask for money outside a popular train entrance. Even the entrance he chose had been changed to look like a Paris train...

Kids’ Art

I’m worried. The Laguna Museum is hosting art classes for kids.  This undertaking could be an undertaking. “Dear Lord, please welcome this unsuspecting and trusting museum into your heavenly embrace and forgive those young artists who didn’t know the combustible property of paint...

Pet Peeves-Hot Diggity

I was unable to attend the South Coast Water District’s public tour of the sewer tunnel stabilization project in the ocean side cliffs between Three Arch Bay and Aliso Beach.   This initiative is a five-year, $100 million project that will widen the sewer tunnel and lay new...

Pet Peeves

Christmas Past By Mark D. Crantz The holidays can be a time of mixed feelings. It’s a joyous time of year for retailers and not so much for the rest of us, who are in a frenzy to make each retailer happier than the next. This year my wife’s secret Santa, which she doesn’t keep a...

Pet Peeves Holiday Traditions

  Many people think that Christmas has become more complex and too commercial.  I have to say nay to those Scrooges. Tiny Tim will still have a bountiful Christmas even if he has a dickens of a time enrolling in HealthCare.gov. No young demographic wants to deal with...

Pet Peeves: Birthday Suit

Mark D. Crantz 2100 Ocean Way Laguna Beach, CA  92651 847.570.9411 I have a secret that I can’t live with.  I’m a senior citizen and I do nude male modeling.  I never intended to tell anybody, but you know the cat is out of the bag. I need to get in front of the publicity...

Pet Peeves: Parking

By Mark D. Crantz   Laguna Beach.  Another perfect day in Paradise, but there isn’t any parking.  Back to the airport kids. We’ll just make do in long-term parking. Our vacation will still be fun.  You’ll see.  Will play license plate switch and call in BOLOs (Be on the...