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The Case Against a New Land Tax

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 special tax obligation is to buy undeveloped property to add […]

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Musings on the Coast

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 district needed the site and kicked […]

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Musings on the Coast

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 about her […]

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Taking Up a New Tune

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 and staying power. Credit goes to co-founders Sam Goldstein, Cindy Prewitt and […]

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Musings on the Coast

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 incumbent John Campbell, who’s claim-to-fame is that government should […]

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Musings on the Coast

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 two steel beams donated by the New York Port Authority […]

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Musings on the Coast

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 about naming the tiny road leading into the […]

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God Trumps Mother Nature

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 watchers does not give you exclusive […]

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Business Movers and Shakers

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, working in a succession of clothing shops since she was a teen, progressing […]

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Hesitant to Write a Blank Open-Space Check

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 financed by a new tax on all property owners in Laguna Beach for the […]

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Taking Stock

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 nervousness. March quarterly earnings reports are trickling in with investors looking […]

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Business Moves

Business Moves

Local PR Maven Tapped as Executive Trainer Local public relations expert Joan Gladstone was accepted by Vistage International into its team of speakers, who share advice and problem solve in workshops with top executives. Her initial topic is managing media scrutiny in a crisis. Developer Joins Board of CT Realty Investors Laguna Beach resident and […]

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Business Moves

Business Moves

Local PR Maven Tapped as Executive Trainer   Local public relations expert Joan Gladstone was accepted by Vistage International into its team of speakers, who share advice and problem solve in workshops with top executives.   Her initial topic is managing media scrutiny in a crisis. Developer Joins Board of CT Realty Investors   Laguna […]

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Musings on the Coast

Musings on the Coast

It Can’t Happen Here By Michael Ray We do not think it can happen here. I live above Diver’s Cove in a house that is at an elevation a good 50 feet above the ocean.  Let me be specific.   My house is on a lip of land 20 feet above Cliff Drive, which runs below […]

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Musings From the Coast

Musings From the Coast

The Autumn by My Discontent Spring is in the air. I can feel it.  Things are looking up.  But I cannot get with it.  I’m not there, not yet. I’m still stuck in a time warp dating back to the fall of 2009, 18 months ago. Then, on Sept. 2, the ocean temperature was an […]