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Musings on the Coast: Our Quality Of Life

Musings on the Coast: Our Quality Of Life

I urge Laguna Beach citizens to vote “yes” on Measure CC because our very quality of life is the issue.  It is about creating open space within Laguna Beach forever. Some background.  In 1990, our city cut a deal with the Irvine Company to buy some 2,000 acres comprising the open space in Laguna Canyon.   […]

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Opposition to Measure CC

Opposition to Measure CC

Editor, Re: Michael Ray’s “Another View: Laguna Beach CC,” O.C. Register, Sept. 18. Ray apparently is of the opinion that every citizen of Laguna Beach is well off since he believes the “CC” open space ballot measure would represent “not even the equivalent of beer money.” I am not a beer drinker, nor am I […]

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Call for Design Review Board Members

Call for Design Review Board Members

The City Council is accepting applications for the Board of Adjustment/Design Review Board and will be interviewing candidates on Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 6 p.m. at their regular meeting. Appointments will be made to fill three regular terms to Feb. 1. Applicants should have attended two current meetings prior to the interviews. Members serve a […]

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Local Surfer, Entrepreneur Gives Back

Local Surfer, Entrepreneur Gives Back

Ron McElroy knows what it is like to come from the wrong side of the tracks. A native of Hawaii who grew up in southern California and now lives in Laguna Beach, McElroy comes from a family that battled mental illness, abuse, drugs, and alcohol. Despite the overwhelming odds, he went on to enjoy a […]

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Real Estate Friends Offer Jumbo Loan Workshop

Real Estate Friends Offer Jumbo Loan Workshop

A workshop on different types of jumbo loans available for buyers and how to qualify for one will be held Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 6:30 at the DeBilzan Gallery, 224 Forest Ave. Three different lenders from conventional, hard money and institutional bankers will be participating. The Laguna Friends of Architecture meet on the 1st and […]

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Musings on the Coast: Brits Fall for Paradise

Musings on the Coast: Brits Fall for Paradise

My girlfriend Kim Bowen was born in London and went to St. Martins College of Art and Design, the Harvard of England’s artistic community.   From there, she became a writer/critic for London’s fashion press and a regular at The Blitz, which was like NYC’s Club 54 where the young and cool thought they were reinventing […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

Encountering Nature’s Force My kids and I are off on a weeklong rafting trip through the Grand Canyon on the mighty Colorado River.  I have done it a half dozen times and love it. I take the “luxury” experience (yeah, right) on a big, sturdy raft that holds up to 15 people and has two […]

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Playhouse Welcomes New President

Playhouse Welcomes New President

Joe F. Hanauer was elected president of the Laguna Playhouse and began his new responsibilities July 1. Hanauer, a long-time resident who develops commercial real estate and real-estate Internet sites, has served on the Playhouse’s board for  two years. He also serves on the boards of Laguna Beach Live! and the Mission Hospital Foundation. He […]

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Musings on the Coast: Who Got Worked?

Musings on the Coast: Who Got Worked?

The thing about conservative Republicans is they are great haters.  They are great at standing up to the foe, declaring war, wagging it with savagery and then stomping all over their slain opponent. Democrats parse it to death. Is he really such a bad guy? Doesn’t some of what he says make sense? Is it […]

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Kudos on Torelli Story

Kudos on Torelli Story

Editor: I really enjoyed Valerie Torelli’s article, “To Hell and Back” (in the Coastal Real Estate Guide, June 8). So true to the reality of what is our real estate service to our customers and clients.  Why we can’t answer the question often asked, “So, how many houses did you sell today?” Thanks!  Keep writing! […]

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Musings on the Coast: Homeostasis

Musings on the Coast: Homeostasis

  Homeostasis  “…is the property of a system that regulates its internal environment and tends to maintain a stable, constant condition…”  The planet Earth is a classic homeostatic system. It tends toward stability, which in scientific terms is called “stasis.”  It also is a host, which by definition means it tolerates, is a home to […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

The Next Generation’s Woodstock Two of my three kids attended the Coachella Music Festival this year, and the third would have too, but she was in college in London.   In one earlier year, she got away with pretending to need to be in So Cal during the time of the festival, and then—oops—as long as […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Who’s Number One? A recent Gallup poll reported that a significant majority of Americans believe that China has become the leading economic power in the world today. Although China overtook Japan last year to become number two, the United States economy is still over twice that of China. This mistaken belief seems based on an […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

The Ranters   When I first thought about this column, I wanted it to be a rant about my seemingly endless Facebook friends who have gone off their rockers in rants of their own or send me endless email rants.  And all with the particularly vicious purity of true believers. But I cannot work myself […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Nix to Bricks Stocks continue to bounce around in response to new quarterly earnings reports and in reaction to their decent advance over the last few months. Summer is icumen in and May often introduces a market lull until the fall. The Presidential campaign will dominate the news until then and its resolution in November […]