Surviving Business

Surviving in business can be hard.  Failure rates of new businesses often hover around 80% in the first five years. After years like 2009, that rate may seem low.  Though we have some big business in Seal Beach, most of our local businesses are the “Mom & Pop”...

Trick or Treat?

As children, we look forward to Halloween as an opportunity to dress up in costume, play a role, get candy from neighbors, hang out with our friends and stay up late telling stories of restless spirits. We called out “Trick or Treat?” in the hopes of a full bag of...

New Directions

Our community of Seal Beach is vibrant, conservative, beautiful and monochromatic.  “Seal Beach: small California town, big time destination” is our official Chamber visitor’s motto, and indeed we are a small town in this highly desirable vacation and visitors’...

We live in a bubble

We live in a bubble.  Deep down, we all know it.  There is a sense that we have been transported in time by Seal Beach.  On the surface, our town seems kinder, gentler and so much more stable.  It seems though the rest of the nation, indeed the world, convulses with...

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...

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...