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A Car’s Life

A Car’s Life

Being a car is a tough existence. Laguna Beach makes me an exile. Special meetings take place about us. Proposals have been made to build a faraway structure where cars like me can be far from view. It makes no difference what color you are. Even if you are pretty, fast or come from a […]

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Sea Star Struck

Sea Star Struck

Twinkle, twinkle little star, how I wonder what you are.  In the sea you cling to rock so hard like the lobster pot pie tossed in my brother’s eye. Ah, I can’t help but remember some memorable food fights around the dining room table when we were kids. Much to mother’s chagrin, we showed our […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Happy Birthday, Bull Market! The bull market in stocks is five years old this week. That certainly does not signal running to the hills, panicked selling never being a successful investment strategy, particularly since stocks have averaged a 26% gain over the year following a five-year anniversary. Averages are of limited use in planning and […]

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Protecting Nature’s Fragile Wonder

Protecting Nature’s Fragile Wonder

On a farm the kitchen is a combination office, staging area and coffee shop and I was enjoying being at this hub of my brother’s Nevada dairy. In came Alex, his partner, straight from spraying the cornfield.  “What did you spray it with?” the gardener in me wondered.  “Roundup,” he replied matter-of-factly. “But won’t that […]

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Join the Flag Waving

Join the Flag Waving

With Patriots Day and the parade almost upon us, I have some thoughts I have been considering for quite a while that I would like to share with you. Now, I am not a flag-waving, America-can-do-no-wrong “perpetual patriot”.  However, I have been thinking about this for quite some time and the more I do the […]

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California Gold

California Gold

The brightest colored fish in our local waters is the garibaldi (Hypsypops rubicundus).  It was named after Giuseppe Garibaldi (1807 – 1882), an Italian revolutionary hero because of the red shirts that he and his followers wore. The Garibaldi is uniformly brilliant orange in color with green eyes. Males and females are similar in appearance […]

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Taking Stock

Taking Stock

Higher Altitudes The stock market is flirting with new highs on the S&P 500-stock index. As I wrote two weeks, ago momentum seemed destined to take the market to new highs. The Dow Jones Industrials need about a 300-point rise. That might seem like a lot but it is really less than two percent. What […]

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The Essential Nature of Nature

The Essential Nature of Nature

A common refrain amongst environmental psychologists is “a city without trees isn’t fit for a dog.”  We appreciate the innate needs of our animal friends yet sometimes fail to recognize even the (most) basic needs of humans.  Architects and planners are often ignorant of fundamental human needs, naïvely placing form over function without regard to […]

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Candidate Divulges His Platform

Candidate Divulges His Platform

Laguna Beach is a key city within the 74th Assembly District. As a candidate to represent this city, I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself and talk about the issues that I feel are important in the upcoming election. As an eight-year council member and two-term mayor of Newport Beach, I have […]

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Getting to Know a Regular Guy

Getting to Know a Regular Guy

Laguna Beach is a unique place. The flip-flopped, casually dressed person next to you in line at the grocery store may be a famous business owner, musician, athlete or philanthropist. Most people don’t put on airs in this town. People are real. Fascinating folks are among us. Among a new generation of business owners in […]

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School Board Drops the Ball Again

School Board Drops the Ball Again

  When the school board called on taxpayers and voters to approve the bond issue to finance renovation and upkeep of your public school facilities, we were admonished that our community deserved classroom and sports facilities as good or better than any other public school in Orange County. So voters added the school bond obligation […]

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Driving While Black

Driving While Black

The evening before the Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday, I dined with my friend William.  We met in the bleachers at our sons’ high school games. He is about 45, medium build and black.  If I were politically correct, I would use the term African-American, but I am not. We were going to the […]

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Riding the Problem Express

Riding the Problem Express

  Imagine that every problem you encounter comes to you as a special delivery package from the Problem Express Railroad. This train is filled to the brim with all manner of problems, from the inconsequential to the complex. When you are a recipient of problem cargo, there are specific unpacking and handling instructions that are […]

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Tunnel of Love

Tunnel of Love

I regret to inform the South Coast Water District that I was unable to attend the Sewer Tunnel Renovation Tour held this past Dec. 3. I very much wanted to learn more about the improvements, but my own personal history kept me from accepting your kind invitation. I believe a short explanation of my absence […]

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Folding Up Their Easels

Folding Up Their Easels

It is said where one door closes, another opens. In the case of Laguna Beach commerce, gallery closings in recent years have opened storefronts to other types of merchants, so that the town is becoming less about art sales and more about, well, shopping. I had hoped to provide quantitative data on this subject, but […]