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Democracy’s Most Valuable Real Estate: the Voting Booth

Democracy’s Most Valuable Real Estate: the Voting Booth

Editor: As election day nears, I am pinching myself yet again.  While our process of electing leaders is far from perfect, it is way ahead of what’s in second place. Voting is, at its core, the acting out of one of America’s deepest ideals. No one said it better than Harry Truman, “The most valuable real estate […]

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Musing on the Coast

Musing on the Coast

Our Masks I went to Harvard. It was summer school between my sophomore and junior years at Occidental College.   At the time, almost anyone could get in if you paid the tuition and showed up. It was no big deal. But for a time when asked where I went to college, I sometimes would say […]

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Former Executive Indicted for Insider Trading

Former Executive Indicted for Insider Trading

A federal grand jury indicted the former chief executive officer of an Orange County medical device company on insider trading charges Wednesday, Sept. 24, the Department of Justice announced. James V. Mazzo, 57, of Laguna Beach, the chief executive officer of Santa Ana-based Advanced Medical Optics, Inc., was added to an indictment that had previously […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Riding the Moment   There is an old surfer’s proverb that goes like this:  “It’s the same old story.  You gotta cop it sweet.”  In surfing terms, it means when the time is right, go for it.  When the waves are big, surf.  When some other circumstance looks good, go for that, too. They do […]

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Oil for Troubled Waters  American consumers have been unusually restrained over the past five years. The financial crisis shook complacency in reliable real estate investment. It destroyed many jobs, some gone forever. Computers are taking over many functions, boosting business “productivity” but leaving those displaced in the wake. Manufacturing and medical companies are booming but […]

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View Properties Add Value to Neighboring Homes

View Properties Add Value to Neighboring Homes

Editor, Thursday, the City Council held a meeting to present and discuss their latest version of a badly needed view preservation restoration ordinance.  The meeting was well attended, mostly by citizens who have had their precious view sheds destroyed by neighbors with overgrown vegetation. A show of hands, called for by Mayor Elizabeth Pearson, showed […]

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Mayor Provides a Snap Shot

Mayor Provides a Snap Shot

In her final state of the city address, Laguna Beach Mayor Elizabeth Pearson painted a detailed portrait of the city’s economy and shifting demographics, which is both aging and shrinking. She also drew some eye-opening conclusions about where the town stands today in comparing the most recent 2010 census figures to those of 2000 at […]

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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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Local Investor Doubles Down

Local Investor Doubles Down

As a youngster growing up in Laguna Beach, Chris Dornin considered himself steeped in artists. The high school’s teams then were still named Artists, rather than the current Breakers. He studied art with retired art teacher Peter Tiner, entering projects in local art competitions. Many of Dornin’s childhood friends have now become working artists. Some, […]

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Driving While Black

Driving While Black

The evening before the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday, I dined with my friend William.  We met in the bleachers at our sons’ high school games. He is about 45, medium build and black.  If I were politically correct, I would use the term African-American, but I am not. We were going to the […]

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Swayed by an Outdated Stereotype

Swayed by an Outdated Stereotype

One of the most unsettling things about Orange County is we tend to believe our own bad PR.  We tend to believe we are “the sticks.” We are backward. The most intelligent, well-educated, successful people do not live here. They live in New York, London, Paris, Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Boston, Singapore, Washington or anywhere but […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

The Coming Revolution In Education Lately, it has become fashionable to bash the value of a college education.   This is because recent graduates cannot get jobs.  There aren’t many jobs and the unemployment rate for newly minted graduates in the U.S. is about 20%.   We are lucky.   In Greece, it is 60%, Spain 55%, France […]

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Speaker's Corner: Machievelli and the Village Entrance

Speaker’s Corner: Machievelli and the Village Entrance

  Five hundred years ago, Italian author and of modern political science Niccolò Machievelli wrote the seminal classic, “The Prince,” promoting “the ends justify the means” to achieve political objectives – a philosophy frowned upon by those who believe in fair play and open government. The idea that the “ends justify the means” may be […]

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Land Deal May Open ‘Gateway’  for Town’s Entry

Land Deal May Open ‘Gateway’ for Town’s Entry

For the past decade, most residents paid little attention to undeveloped property near the Art-a-Fair grounds at 725 Laguna Canyon Road. If pressed, they might recall purchasing a Christmas tree there, watching brush-clearing goats at work or seeing it overflow with the parked cars of festival-goers in summer. But now that the city of Laguna […]

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Ads Overwhelm Indy’s News

Ads Overwhelm Indy’s News

Editor, The Indy’s content seems to be more real estate advertising and less actual news and information. Not only is the real estate advertising in a separate section, but it also is prevalent throughout the “news” section as well. This results in me (and others to whom I have talked) being less inclined to bother […]