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Changing local election dates favors Democrats

No one knows better than Democratic Party politicians that voters who tend to support them are at high tide in November general elections during even-numbered years, when offices like president, governor and U.S. senator are at stake.

September 12, 2014

Flagstar might not be the best to bank your investments on

The dollar has shown signs of strength recently as the world sees our economy improving.

September 12, 2014

Rent, own or wander?

Frank and I were walking to Kensington Café on a recent Sunday morning, talking about the housing market and our own views of what it means to “own” a home. That meaning has changed for me over the decades, and it was no different for Frank.

September 12, 2014

Your overlooked sales power of observation

I see, therefore I learn.

September 10, 2014

The jihadists' eternal plan

Here's the first and last rule of Islamic jihad: If at first you don't succeed, plot, plot again.

September 10, 2014

Patriotism and tax laws

Warren Buffett has been the darling of the left-of-center bunch, which praises him for suggesting an increased tax rate for the rich. These people think the wealthy don’t pay enough in taxes to keep themselves, the 99 percenters, from having to pay more for the larger, more intrusive and abusive United States government they espouse.

September 9, 2014

Groundwater rules: Too late and far too little

Never mind the hosannas that followed immediately after state legislators passed a last-minute package of bills purported to impose California’s first statewide regulations on groundwater use.

September 9, 2014

Apple has ability to redefine wearable devices

Get ready for the onslaught of smart watches punctuated by Apple’s announcement Tuesday. Smart watches and wristbands have been the hot new product category hyped by analysts, tech reporters and scores of companies that need something new to talk about and replace their maturing categories of tablets and smartphones. But based on what we’ve seen so far, I’m skeptical.

September 8, 2014

Held hostage to water

When I was doing some work for the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, I put together a private dinner at Rainwater’s (Remember Rainwater’s? What a loss.).

September 8, 2014
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