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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...

Parking Garage’s Use Questioned

Editor, I attended Laguna’s meeting about the village entrance on Monday. I am rather disheartened by some of the responses I heard from John Pietig. I asked Mr. Pietig if there had been any market research done on the proposed garage to substantiate the contention that I have...

Openings 5/17/13

New Re/Max Office Opens Downtown Jeff Grice, a real estate investor and broker with a background in property management, has joined Re/Max as owner of its newest office in downtown Laguna Beach, 302 Glenneyre St. Re/Max Evolution will open with five agents – Mark Miller, Kim...

Restoring a Cathedral of Views

Editor, People visit Laguna Beach for the art, yes, but mainly for the climate, the beach, and the waterfront hotels and restaurants that offer beautiful views. People choose to live in Laguna Beach for the climate, the quaint neighborhood feel and the eclectic styling, but...

Support for an Overdue Investment

Editor, How many years does it take for a world-renowned artist colony to build a village entrance? You know, that inviting reminder to her tourists that support the very existence of its attraction and the revenue brought in to our town. Neighboring communities such as Dana...

Home Sales Rising, But Few to Choose From

A record low inventory of homes on the market, rising prices and a 33 percent increase in sales last year indicate an increasingly healthy real estate market in Laguna Beach. At the moment, such a market favors sellers, but experts advise it’s time for buyers to act as...

Musings on the Coast: The New Prohibitionists

Jason, my teenage friend, I know you are dead and cannot read this letter, but I had to write it anyway. You just wanted to go drinking with your friends. Then you foolishly got behind the wheel and got yourself killed, and killed two innocents in the process. I am dreadfully...
Posted On 29 Nov 2012

Two City Boards Seeking Additional Members

The City Council is accepting applications to fill an unexpired term on the Planning Commission, which will be vacated by City Council member elect Robert Whalen. The term extends to June 30. The council is also accepting applications from residents for an upcoming vacancy on the...

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...
Posted On 01 Nov 2012

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...
Posted On 30 Aug 2012

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...
Posted On 02 Aug 2012