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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 […]

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Home Sales Picking Up, But Prices Stagnate

Home Sales Picking Up, But Prices Stagnate

By Jennifer Erickson | LB Indy The volume of home sales in Laguna Beach rose by 18 percent in 2010, the second consecutive year of rising sales, but the median home price of $1.15 million was unchanged over 2009, according to figures compiled by local real estate brokers. The number of distressed properties selling also […]

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A Fifth-Generation Family Traces Their History to the Gold Rush

A Fifth-Generation Family Traces Their History to the Gold Rush

By Eric Kirkland, Special to the Independent A Laguna Home Companion feature The Kirkland family of Laguna Beach traces its lineage to the gold fields of California’s Sutter Creek, where in 1841 they prospered as merchants of mercantile for the local population and eventually the miners that poured into the area for the strike of […]