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Sun Luxury Oped

This past weekend I had a remarkable experience which reminded me that the American Dream is still alive, a tour of the nominations for the “Most Luxurious Home” in Seal Beach.  During a time of recession, why would we focus on luxury?  Simple, in a relentless media barrage of negativity, luxury is still something which we can relate to as material success and with some positive feelings.  This success is part of the American Dream – what deep down all of us can connect with and ultimately aspire to.  In this way, the exploration of luxury helps us all become more optimi

Community in Change Part 2

“The best political community is formed by citizens of the middle class.” So said Aristotle, and this is particularly relevant to our community in Seal Beach.  It seems as though we are at a crossroads with many things in our town: business growth and type, how we participate with other communities and what we find most important about our town’s character.  Our community in many ways is solid middle class; retirees, working families and entrepreneurs make up a core of our town.

Community in Change

“They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself.” Andy Warhol said this mostly about art and culture, but it seems particularly relevant to our community in Seal Beach.  It seems as though we are at a crossroads with many things in our town: business growth and character, how we participate with other communities and what we find most important about our town’s character.

Business on Education

“Our progress as a nation can be no swifter than our progress in education. The human mind is our fundamental resource.” So said John F. Kennedy and an era of focused education for all citizens – regardless of ethnicity truly began.  The election of President Barak Obama in many ways represents a new watershed moment in the equality this statement.  We are however at a time of great challenge, not just for education, but our entire State budget.  How does that affect our community, and as President Kennedy implied, our nation?

Protecting your business in a “bear” economy

Well, 2009 is here after 2008 went out with a whimper.  2008 was a tough year for many small businesses with the crunch in credit, rising health care costs for employees, increased minimum wage and decreased discretionary spending by many consumers.  Seal Beach has been protected to an extent by having many residents with recession resistant incomes – often retirees.  At the same time there is a fairly stable base of energy and defense related businesses – Boeing, Energy Tubulars and Clean Energy, all of which are part of our community.  The opening of the Shops at Rossm

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