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Taking Stock

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Shopping For Blue Chips Halfway through the fourth quarter and investors nervously anticipate both the Federal Reserve meeting in mid-December and the critical retail shopping...

Village Matters: Luxury Accommodations

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Accommodating the inconveniences and downsides that shadow our every choice, especially the ones we love the most, leads to some creative coping. Forget about the...

Pet Peeves: Big Hair

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By Mark D. Crantz   Laguna Beach.  Another perfect day in Paradise, but oh no, there’s big hair.  According to friends (yes I have two and...

Taking Stock

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It’s Almost Over Hurricane Sandy forced the stock market into a rare two-day shutdown. This was the first two-day weather closure since the Blizzard of...

Complete Streets Roll Forward in San Clemente

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Editor:   Some cities are making the modern shift to a sustainable multi-modal mobility plan. On Wednesday night (Oct. 17) the San Clemente Planning Commission approved...

Taking Stock

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Hiking On The Edge Of The Cliff The headlines are alive with the sound of media flacks warning that the “fiscal cliff” will soon plunge...

Taking Stock

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Election Jitters The market stumbled recently amid uncertainties about third quarter earnings and the imminent election. Down 2% in October, it’s still up over 12%...

Letter to the Community: Laguna Gears Up for Summer

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Dear Laguna Beach Community,  It is nearly the Fourth of July holiday weekend, and the peak of our busy summer season is upon us. This...

Wisdom Workout: Pressing Power into Service

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As a consultant, much of my time is spent listening to the intricate details of power struggles played out in organizations and personal relationships. The...

Taking Stock

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For the last three years, the favorite phrase of many Wall Street traders has been “Sell in May and go away.” Like most sayings...

Local Currents

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Looking Forward By David Vanderveen “Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.” --St Paul in his letter to the Philippians (3:13). Laguna seems to have...

Opinion: Finding Meaning 

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AYSO Soccer in Laguna Beach  The history of our town is like a patchwork quilt, each stitched piece a story. As new pieces are added,...

Opinion: ‘Between Pacific Tides’ 

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By Annlia Hill In the late 1930s, tuition at the Laguna Marine Laboratory was $30, and the laboratory fee $10. A bargain!  With extensive laboratory work...

Taking Stock

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Hitting The Ceiling The nation was forced to the brink a critical crisis, perhaps the most threatening since the Cuban missile crisis in 1962. A...

Opinion: Finding Meaning

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Ancestral Ties Do you remember Pan Am, the airline that brought us the golden age of international travel? Back in the day, Pan Am’s lovely...