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The gender wage gap: Whom to believe?

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s second-highest priority last week was equal pay for women. You may recall the hundreds of ads that Rep. Scott Peters’ campaign ran about women making only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes; President Barack Obama said the same thing in January.

December 15, 2014

It’s not too late for the I-5 bullet train solution

Neel Kashkari tried last fall to make high speed rail one centerpiece of a serious challenge to the reelection of Gov. Jerry Brown. Even though he staged events where he actually paid voters to smash model trains, his depiction of a “crazy train” never caught on as a significant issue.

December 15, 2014

Terex Corp. has many positives for investors

I have been looking for a good-value company that is not in the energy industry. Last week I received a phone call on my radio show about a company called Terex Corporation (NYSE: TEX).

December 12, 2014

Just what is ‘torture’?

Now that our U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein has roundly condemned torture, it might be a good idea to learn what she is talking about.

December 12, 2014

A taxi driver as my guru

A well-planned departure, it was, until I got out of the cab at Paddington Station and realized I’d left my passport in the hotel room safe. I don’t usually put anything in the safe, but this time for some reason it seemed like the thing to do. I had even surveyed the room slowly before I turned and closed the door behind me, asking that useless question, “What have I forgotten?”

December 12, 2014

Why law firm real estate is important

Included in the annual JLL Law Firm Perspective released this quarter, is an account of how Lathan & Watkins law firm recently chose to commission an entirely new office building in the Del Mar Heights submarket rather than snap up available space in an existing building. Why incur the expense and hassle of doing this in a market that still has more than 14 percent total countywide office vacancy?

December 11, 2014

Doing business before 9 and after 5

About 95 percent of all salespeople try to fit their sales day into a normal workday. They want their day to be from 9 to 5, maybe from 8 to 5, maybe even from 8 to 6, but very little before that or after that.

December 10, 2014

Welcome to TotCare: Obama's preschool takeover

The wheels on the bus go 'round and 'round, just like the endless cycles of big, bad government programs to federalize preschool and day care.

December 10, 2014

Now is not the time for a water-wasting park

Water is free. Even the salty kind that Poseidon Resources Group will make drinkable is there for the taking. In the case of the desalination plant under construction in Carlsbad, the cost is in building the desalination facility and the mechanical processes that will convert saltwater into about 50 million gallons of potable water each day. For most of the rest of the water we would like to use, cost is a matter of getting it to our homes and businesses.

December 9, 2014

Inbox: A step forward in email organization

I signed up for Gmail in 2004 when it was first announced and have been using it ever since. I’ve stuck with it in spite of it not being particularly intuitive, and with an interface only a techie could love. But because of its inexpensive storage and excellent search capabilities, it’s possible to find emails I wrote years ago in just a few minutes.

December 8, 2014
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