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Musings on the Coast

My father was one of seven kids from Kansas. During the Great Depression, he got married and the next day took the freights West. There he eventually joined the Coast Guard and at the end of WW II ended up in Newport Beach. He did well in real estate and luckier yet, did not...
Posted On 15 Dec 2011

Buyer Emerges for Neglected Modern Masterpiece

The famous modernist Halliburton “Hangover” House overlooking Aliso Beach has been purchased for $2.4 million out of foreclosure by a mystery buyer, according to real estate records.   For residents living beneath the historic landmark on the shoulders of Aliso Peak, who...

Musings on the Coast

  Beyond Posh First, the disclosure:  I am a personal mess.  My clothes are of no discernable style.  My shoes are scruffy and sometimes do not match.  My hair is uncombed.  My home in Laguna is a mish-mash of styles, junk, discarded objects never thrown away, paintings that...
Posted On 02 Dec 2011

Musings on the Coast

Beyond Posh First, the disclosure:  I am a personal mess.  My clothes are of no discernable style.  My shoes are scruffy and sometimes do not match.  My hair is uncombed.  My home in Laguna is a mish-mash of styles, junk, discarded objects never thrown away, paintings that belong...
Posted On 23 Nov 2011

The Case Against a New Land Tax

Editor, A group of self-interested and self-serving people has now gathered enough of Laguna Beach’s registered voter’s signatures to force a vote to add another $20 million tax burden to our already heavily burdened real estate taxes.   The stated need for this $20 million...

Musings on the Coast

Arts School Survives Early Setbacks   A high school music teacher named Ralph Opacic founded the Orange County High School of the Arts (OCHSA) in 1987.  By the late 1990s, it had some 400 students and was at an excess school site in Los Alamitos. When the local school...
Posted On 20 Oct 2011

Musings on the Coast

The Homecoming   My second daughter Garbrielle, 19, went off to her first year of college in August. She is at Lewis & Clark in Portland, not that far away, but it feels like forever. We knew we would miss her terribly and we did. But she called often and told us all...
Posted On 13 Oct 2011

Taking Up a New Tune

With its signature annual music festival, free First Sunday concerts at Laguna College of Art and Design, Jazz Wednesdays at Hotel Laguna, and infrequent big band concerts, Laguna Beach Live successfully transformed itself in 10 years into a visual arts presenter with credibility...

Musings on the Coast

Midnight Encounter   It was a strangely Laguna night last Friday, but it began in Newport. There was a political fund-raiser for Suhkee Kang, who is running for Congress in a district that includes Laguna Beach. Suhkee, currently the moderate mayor of Irvine, is running against...
Posted On 29 Sep 2011

Musings on the Coast

Tribute to a Tragedy This last Sunday in Heisler Park, precisely at 11 a.m. on Sept. 11, the 10-year dedication began with bagpipes playing and the assembled crowd silent. The ceremony was to commemorate the official unveiling of artist Jorg Dubin’s 9/11 sculpture. It features...
Posted On 14 Sep 2011

Musings on the Coast

Graceful Endings and Transitions In my last column, I wrote about the founding of the Taco Bell Discovery Science Center (DSC) in Santa Ana.   Its founders were my brother Walkie and his wife Janet. A week before the official opening, City Manager Dave Ream called for advice...
Posted On 31 Aug 2011

God Trumps Mother Nature

Editor,   I find it hard to sympathize with those that complained about Mission Hospital purchasing parcels abutting their current location. It’s about time that they had a wake-up call. Just because you are trying to save some weeds and space for a small group of hikers and bird...

Business Movers and Shakers

New Boutique Fulfills a Childhood Goal With $8,000 in start-up capital provided by family and friends, Taryn Mitchell recently brought to fruition her childhood vision of entrepreneurship, opening a women’s clothing boutique in Laguna Beach. Mitchell learned her trade on the job,...

Hesitant to Write a Blank Open-Space Check

Editor:  I have seen several letters commenting on the efforts of “Citizens for Preservation of Open Space” (sponsored by Laguna Greenbelt, Inc.). This initiative would create a special fund for acquisition 550 acres of private property for preservation as open space...

Taking Stock

Art and Diamonds Stocks continue to churn about, building what appears to me to be a base for another substantial advance. Investors are still learning to live with the latest round of disturbing developments with the memories of the financial crisis still causing residual...