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The Kibitzer

A Good Buzz at City Hall Public comments about prohibiting medical marijuana deliveries and commercial cultivation at this past Tuesday’s Council meeting was a marvelous display of community activism, and proof that Council can be good listeners, capable of changing their minds...
Posted On 05 Feb 2016

Heart Talk

What to Do With Borrowed Time   Alta Laguna Park is a great place to start my early morning walk. Around the outfield fence of the baseball diamond, looking down at the valley below, winding my way up to Top of the World School, head back to the tennis courts as the sun...

Guest Column

The Donald Calling   It was very late at night when the phone rang, but I answered it in a New York minute. I could have been dreamingm but it was Donald Trump calling. He never respects people’s sleep since he’s so busy doing deals. A mutual friend suggested to Trump I show...

Inside Out

Dancing with Dolphins: Killin’ it with the Orcas   The open expanse of sea can be like a mysterious lover, an unexplored treasure, a call into the wild. I am pulled by wide-open natural spaces and drawn to others who share the same longing. It is not surprising that I...

Pet Peeves

Schedule Your Schedule I read in the Indy that city workers will take off alternate Fridays. I called the city to verify. I got no response. The phone rang and rang. I kept at it. I got through Monday morning at 7:34. The secretary told me the person I wanted would be in Tuesday....

Taking Stock

Time To Buy? Storm clouds are blowing out. Market corrections last a couple of months on average and we probably have a few weeks before a sustained uptrend reemerges. Meanwhile, stocks will churn about, fluctuating in a valuation band that reflects lowered expectations from...

Village Matters

  Reconsider please… Not enough funds to maintain “The Sunbathers” sculpture? The two semi-abstract figures lounge in Nita Carman Park behind the high school baseball field. They will be “deaccessioned” and removed because the cost to refurbish them was deemed to be too high...

Wisdom Workout

Choosing a President “In what American election is the greatest number of votes cast? The answer is, of course, the presidential election. In what American election is the next greatest number of votes cast? The answer is the annual Miss Rheingold contest. In 1956, the vote...

Taking Stock

Sailing Choppy Seas The stock market’s frustrating search for a bottom seems inconsistent with economic realities. The market is a leading indicator, which might raise concerns that it is predicting a forthcoming recession were not actual economic indicators forecasting the...

Pet Peeves

Countess Confidential I saw “Act 3” at the Laguna Beach Playhouse. I did not see Act 1 or 2. I’ve been living in a cave up near the “L” above the high school. It’s been several years now. I was attracted to the location because I thought it stood for loser, an appellation th...

Musings on the Coast

To: All Members of the Laguna Beach City Council Re: Six-month moratorium on choosing or placing public art Background For some time, activists have complained about the quality of public art in Laguna Beach. It is not worthy of us. It does not belong in Laguna Beach; it belongs...
Posted On 21 Jan 2016

Heart Talk

Iowa? New Hampshire? Why Not Laguna Beach? Every four years, we in this part of the country are gripped by a sense of powerlessness and frustration. We must sit idly by as the Iowa caucus, then the New Hampshire primary go a long way, a long disproportional way toward determining...

The Kibitzer

Where There’s Smoke, There’s Ire Councilwoman Toni Iseman opened Agenda Item 22 at the last Council meeting by informing us that Laguna Beach had one of the highest per capita voting support for legalizing medical marijuana back in 1996. It was known as Prop. 215 – the...
Posted On 21 Jan 2016

Taking Stock

Bottoms And Tops Is the stock slump over? Maybe. The market made a remarkable upward reversal on Wednesday after disorganized selling took the Dow Jones Industrial Average down more than 500 points before buyers finally rushed in, sending the Dow up over 400 points. The next day,...

The Slant

A Glance Over the Shoulder Within one 15-minute period recently I received word of the deaths of my 101-year-old great grandfather and the beloved husband of my next-door neighbor. Time is the enemy. It is now 2016 and another year has passed. Question. Is the past superior to...