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  • California's sky-high poverty rate an issue in governor's race

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    <p class="bylinejb">By Jessica Calefati<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com'>jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com</a><br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    In truth, neither candidate's approach to the problem is all that different -- they both favor growing jobs over boosting programs for the poor -- and advocates for low-income people fault the candidates for failing to tackle a critical question: Has California cut its welfare-to-work programs so deeply that they no longer offer a helping hand to those who are motivated to climb out of poverty?
  • L.A. nursing home fined, cited after death of resident

    L.A. Times - California | Local News
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The California Department of Public Health cited a North Hollywood nursing home after investigators found that staff mistakes caused a resident to choke -- and eventually die -- after being given medication mixed into applesauce.
  • San Jose: Middle school student beaten on campus by three other students

    Local News
    <p class="bylinejb">By Mark Gomez<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:mgomez@mercurynews.com'>mgomez@mercurynews.com</a> <br /></p>
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    A Herman Intermediate School student was assaulted Thursday morning by three other students while on campus, according to San Jose police.
  • L.A. nursing home fined, cited after death of resident

    L.A. Times - Opinion Blog
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The California Department of Public Health cited a North Hollywood nursing home after investigators found that staff mistakes caused a resident to choke -- and eventually die -- after being given medication mixed into applesauce.
  • Breeders' Cup Day 1: Hootenanny wins Juvenile Turf

    Sports Now - Los Angeles Times
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Hootenanny with Frankie Dettori aboard won the first race of this year’s Breeders’ Cup, the $1-million Juvenile Turf, at Santa Anita Park on Friday.
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  • California's sky-high poverty rate an issue in governor's race

    <p class="bylinejb">By Jessica Calefati<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com'>jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com</a><br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    In truth, neither candidate's approach to the problem is all that different -- they both favor growing jobs over boosting programs for the poor -- and advocates for low-income people fault the candidates for failing to tackle a critical question: Has California cut its welfare-to-work programs so deeply that they no longer offer a helping hand to those who are motivated to climb out of poverty?
  • Dignity Health pays $37 million to settle lawsuit

    <p class="bylinejb">By Paul Elias <br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation">Associated Press
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:40 pm
    A large Northern California hospital chain agreed Thursday to pay $37 million to settle allegations that it overcharged the federal Medicare program.
  • Field Poll: Torlakson and Tuck tied for superintendent, Brown leads Kashkari by 21 points

    <p class="bylinejb">By Josh Richman and Theresa Harrington<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation">Staff writers
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    State schools superintendent Tom Torlakson and challenger Marshall Tuck are tied while Gov. Jerry Brown leads Republican challenger Neel Kashkari by 21 points, a new Field Poll finds.
  • Poll: Propositions 45 and 46 going down

    <p class="bylinejb">By Jessica Calefati<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com'>jcalefati@bayareanewsgroup.com</a><br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:10 am
    Following an onslaught of negative advertising, two once-popular ballot measures will most likely go down in flames on Election Day, a new Field Poll shows.
  • Jerry Brown casts ballot, but stays mum on certain races

    <p class="bylinejb">By Josh Richman<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com'>jrichman@bayareanewsgroup.com</a>
    31 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    Governor Jerry Brown cast his ballot Thursday but wouldn't say how he voted on two controversial ballot measures, California's tightest statewide race, or his second and third choices for Oakland's mayor.
 
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    Local News

  • San Jose: Middle school student beaten on campus by three other students

    <p class="bylinejb">By Mark Gomez<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:mgomez@mercurynews.com'>mgomez@mercurynews.com</a> <br /></p>
    31 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    A Herman Intermediate School student was assaulted Thursday morning by three other students while on campus, according to San Jose police.
  • Biz Break: Wall Street roars to record highs as LinkedIn, GoPro soar

    <p class="bylinejb">By Jeremy C. Owens<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:jowens@mercurynews.com'>jowens@mercurynews.com</a>
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Today: The Dow Jones and S&P indexes hit all-time highs and the Nasdaq reaches its highest point since 2000 as LinkedIn and GoPro experience big post-earnings bounces.
  • San Jose homicide: Man killed in exchange of gunfire after dispute

    <p class="bylinejb">By Mark Gomez<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:mgomez@mercurynews.com'>mgomez@mercurynews.com</a>
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    San Jose police are investigating a homicide after a man was shot to death in downtown San Jose on Thursday night.
  • Giants World Series parade preview and guide for Friday's rainy party

    <p class="bylinejb">By Mike Rosenberg<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:mrosenberg@mercurynews.com'>mrosenberg@mercurynews.com</a>
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:32 am
    Around 1 million fans are expected to pack downtown San Francisco for the Giants' World Series parade, which starts at noon and should last two to three hours, rain or shine.
  • Ebola: Stanford doctor back from Liberia has no qualms with quarantine

    <p class="bylinejb">Julia Prodis Sulek<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:jsulek@mercurynews.com'>jsulek@mercurynews.com</a>
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Although he has no Ebola symptoms, Dr. Colin Bucks sits in his Redwood City home every day -- completely alone. He sent his wife and dog to a hotel. The only time he goes out the front door is to retrieve food delivered into a cooler on his porch. He considers the 21-day quarantine an extension of his deployment to Liberia.
 
 
 
 
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    Winery & Vineyard Blog

  • New Release: 2012 Cabernet Sauvignon from Santa Barbara Winery

    Pierre
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:46 am
    Winemaker’s comments: Primarily from Happy Canyon, the warmest Appellation in Santa Barbara County and very well suited to Bordeaux varieties. The Petit Verdot adds depth and dark fruit roundness. All of the components macerated on the skins for 48-55 days before pressing. The result is a wine of complex tannins with stucture and intensity. Retail […]
  • Santa Barbara Winery White Wines

    Pierre
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Voted 2014 Best White Wines of Santa Barbara by Readers of Santa Barbara’s Weekly Independent. Eight wines, Pinot Gris, Chenin Blanc, Orange Muscat, Riesling and two of each, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. All distinct and stylistic wines by Winemaker Bruce McGuire and Assistant Winemaker Will Cannon. Except for the Reserve Chardonnay all these wines are […]
  • Lafond Winery SRH Wines

    Pierre
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Our 3 SRH wines, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Syrah have each won Gold Medals at the 2014 Tasters Guild International Wine Competition, held in Texas, which brings to a total of 12 for these three wines. We congratulate Winemaker Bruce McGuire and his talented crew for producing such exceptional wines. These are all wines from […]
  • Harvest 2014

    Pierre
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:46 pm
    All these picking boxes, picked during the night, have to be processed. Winemaker Bruc McGuire drawing off some fermenting Pinot Noir to check the sugar. Click images to enlarge:
  • Santa Barbara Wine Club Wine Pick-up Party Saturday, September 20

    Pierre
    21 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    Despite all the harvest activity Suzanne found room for over 200 people. It was a great event with all that wine bubbling away fermenting in the background Click images to enlarge:
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    this tasty life | san diego food blog

  • catalina island birthday promo

    Mary Desjean
    31 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    My big birthday freebie this year was going to Catalina Island! Catalina Express offers a free round trip ticket on your actual birthday (value: $74). That’s the big catch – that you must leave on your birthday. Since my birthday fell on a Saturday this year, it was the perfect day to finally be able to visit Catalina. They give you a birthday ribbon to wear. The birthday ribbon entitles you to various freebies and everyone wishes you a happy birthday which just kinda makes you feel extra special. When you check in they give you a print out of all of the freebies and you can also…
  • free birthday food 2014 edition – san diego

    Mary Desjean
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Welcome to this year’s edition of Free Birthday Food! I have one special post planned for one of my BIG birthday freebies this year – stay tuned for that one! I got the majority of my free birthday food about a week before my birthday. All of them have various restrictions and expiration dates so be sure to read over your coupons! Some of them also allow you to only view a coupon a few times so be sure to print out your free birthday coupons right away. Here’s this year’s roundup: Rubio’s The first of my free birthday food was over at good old Rubio’s. They…
  • birthday dinner at d bar

    Mary Desjean
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    This is not the freebie birthday post. Those will start tomorrow! This is the “it’s my birthday and I just want to go out to eat” post at one of my favorite restaurants, D Bar in Hillcrest. I actually prefer the lunch menu to the dinner menu, but as long as you load me up with some macaroni and cheese then no one will get hurt.  I had a few friends join me for dinner! Let’s see some of the tasty things we ate! [salted caramel martini / $10] I’m not a big drinker but I figured a little buzzy sensation might be nice for once. I choose the Salted Caramel…
  • vessel restaurant at kona kai resort

    Mary Desjean
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    I’m on the verge of wrapping up all of my birthday goodies for my free birthday posts – so stay tuned for those very soon! But first… let’s take a peek at a recent Media Dinner I was invited to attend earlier this month at the Vessel Restaurant at the Kona Kai Resort. I visited the Vessel Restaurant last year for another media dinner and this time around Stacey tagged along for the fun. The restaurant has been renovated since last year. They moved the bar area to the middle of the main restaurant and converted the back area into a private dining area, which was where…
  • la dumpling crawl

    Mary Desjean
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Two weekends ago we embarked on yet another food crawl. This crawl’s theme? DUMPLINGS. Now, while I love dumplings and I love San Diego, San Diego has a serious lack of delicious dumplings so we headed north to Los Angeles for a dumpling crawl. Sorry, San Diego. I still love you. The following dumplings are in order of visitation. I’ll give you the low-down on the numbers and statistics at the end of this post (or you can skip to end if you hate photos of food, I guess…) and who “won” the dumpling crawl. My dumpling crawl sheet which was adjusted from the Red…
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    California Employment Law Report

  • Friday's Five: Five items employers need to understand about automobile and mileage reimbursement under California law

    Anthony Zaller
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:21 am
    Expense reimbursement may seem like a small issue in comparison with the other areas of liability facing California employers, but the exposure for not appropriately reimbursing employees can be substantial. In Gattuso v. Harte-Hanks Shoppers, Inc., the California Supreme Court clarified the parameters of mileage reimbursement under California law, as well as the three different methods available for employers to reimburse employees for their mileage reimbursement.  This post discusses five issues employers need to know about automobile and mileage reimbursement under California law. 1.
  • Friday's Five: Five answers to common questions about severance pay and severance agreements

    Anthony Zaller
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:56 am
    Severance pay is not required under California law. However, employers who have potential disputes with employees that are leaving employment should consider whether offering severance pay in exchange for a signed severance agreement containing a release of claims against the company may be useful in avoiding costly litigation. Here are answers to five common questions about severance: 1. Are employees entitled to severance pay? No. If an employee is an at-will employee, and either the employer or the employee decides to end the employment relationship, the employer is not required to provide…
  • Five tips about tips under California law

    Anthony Zaller
    10 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    Today's Friday's Five provides a few points for employers to consider who have employees that receive gratuities. California law is very specific regarding gratuities left for employees, and since tips are property of the employee, employers must approach this area with caution. Here are five “tips” about tips in California. 1. Tips are employee’s property. The Labor Code section 350 states unequivocally that “Every gratuity is hereby declared to be the sole property of the employee or employees for whom it was paid, given or left for.” In addition, Labor Code…
  • Friday's Five: Five things California employers should not forget about meal and rest breaks

    Anthony Zaller
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:51 am
    Back to some basics with this Friday’s Five. This post revisits some meal and rest break requirements. It has been a couple of years since the California Supreme Court issued it groundbreaking ruling in Brinker Restaurant Group v. Superior Court, and it is a good time for employers to audit these policies and practices. Here are five things employers should not forget regarding about meal and rest breaks. 1. Timing of breaks. Meal Breaks The California Supreme Court made clear in Brinker Restaurant Group v. Superior Court that employers need to give an employee their first meal break…
  • Friday's Five: Five ways employers can receive requests for employees' personnel and wage records

    Anthony Zaller
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:55 pm
    Employers can receive requests for employment records of current and former employees though different ways. It is important for employers to first carefully review the request to understand what is being requested. It is important to understand who is making the request? Is the request only seeking a personnel file? Is the request only seeking payroll records? It is possible that a third party, such as a governmental agency or a party in litigation is seeking employment records for an employee. In this case, it is important for the employer to understand its obligations in protecting the…
 
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    The California Employment Law Blog by Mediator Steven G. Pearl

  • Gomez v. Campbell-Ewald Co.: Rejected Settlement Offer Does Not Moot Individual or Putative Class Claims

    Steven G. Pearl
    8 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Gomez v. Campbell-Ewald Company, ___ F.3d ___ (9th Cir. 9/19/2014) concerns an issue that has arisen more frequently in employment class actions: whether a rejected settlement offer moots individual and/or class claims. See Genesis Healthcare Corp. v. Symczyk, ___ U.S. ___, 133 S.Ct. 1523 (2013) (discussed here). In Gomez, the plaintiff filed an individual and putative class action under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA). The defendant made a Rule 68 offer of judgment for the full amount of the plaintiff’s individual claim, and the plaintiff rejected the offer. After the…
  • Kao v. University of San Francisco: Employer Not Required to Enter into Interactive Process before Requiring Fitness-for-Duty Exam

    Steven G. Pearl
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    In Kao v. University of San Francisco (8/2/14, pub. 9/2/14) --- Cal.App.4th ---, plaintiff John S. Kao alleged that the University of San Francisco (USF) violated the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) and other California laws by directing him to have a fitness-for-duty exam (FFD) after faculty members and school administrators reported that his behavior was frightening them, and then terminating his employment when he refused to participate in the examination. He appealed from a judgment against him after jury trial, and the Court of Appeal affirmed, holding as follows: The law did not…
  • Jimenez v. Allstate: District Court Did Not Err in Certifying Off-the-Clock Class Action

    Steven G. Pearl
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    In Jimenez v. Allstate Insurance Company ___ F.3d ___ (9th Cir. 9/3/14), the defendant, Allstate, appealed from an order granting Rule 23 class certification district court’s grant of class certification in an action alleging that it had a practice or unofficial policy of requiring its claims adjusters to work unpaid off-the-clock overtime in violation of California law. The Ninth Circuit affirmed, holding as follows: The plaintiff satisfied the commonality requirement of Federal Rule 23(a)(2) by identifying common questions, the truth or falsity of which would "resolve an issue that is…
  • Castaneda v. The Ensign Group: Parent Corporation May Be Employer of Wholly Owned Subsidiary's Employees

    Steven G. Pearl
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    In Castaneda v. The Ensign Group, Inc. (9/15/14) --- Cal.App.4th ---, plaintiff John Castaneda sued The Ensign Group, Inc. (Ensign) in a class action lawsuit alleging wage and hour violations. He alleged that Ensign was the alter ego of the Cabrillo Rehabilitation and Care Center (Cabrillo), the nursing facility where he worked. The trial court granted summary judgment for Ensign, holding that it was not Castaneda's employer as a matter of law. The Court of Appeal reversed, holding as follows: Under Martinez v. Combs (2010) 49 Cal.4th 35, Castaneda raised a triable issue of material fact as…
  • Sheet Metal Workers’ Int'l Assn., Local 104 v. Duncan: Offsite Material Fabricators Not Subject to Prevailing Wage Law

    Steven G. Pearl
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    A very quick note on this case. In Sheet Metal Workers’ International Association, Local 104 v. Duncan (Russ Will Mechanical, Inc.) (8/27/14) --- Cal.App.4th ---, the Court of Appeal held that the prevailing wage law does not apply to an employee of a subcontractor who conducts offsite material fabrication if the work "takes place at a permanent, offsite manufacturing facility and the location and existence of that facility is determined wholly without regard to the particular public works project." Slip op. at 24. The opinion is available here. 
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    California Newswire

  • MCT Trading’s new secondary marketing technology platform MCTlive! earns Release of the Year Award

    Christopher Simmons
    31 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — MCT Trading, Inc. (MCT), a recognized industry leader in risk management providing pipeline hedging, best-execution loan sales and centralized lock desk services, is pleased to announce that MCTlive!(TM), MCT's best-in-class secondary marketing software platform, has been selected as the winner of Mortgage Technology magazine's 2014 Release of the Year Award. The award was presented in Las Vegas, Nevada on October 19, 2014 at the 15th Annual Mortgage Technology Awards Ceremony. Release of the Year recognizes a new software, platform,…
  • Adams County Ohio Valley Schools expects to save $259,000 annually through partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA

    Valerie Gotten
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:08 pm
    TIPP CITY, Ohio, Oct. 30, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Adams County Ohio Valley School District will soon harvest most of its electricity from the sun as part of an energy conservation project it has undertaken with Energy Optimizers, USA. The planned photovoltaic solar array, in combination with several other energy saving measures, is expected to net the school district $259,330 annually in utility savings. Improvements will be made to all seven of the district’s buildings, including the Ohio Valley Career Technology Center. In partnership with Energy Optimizers, USA, the…
  • Somerset Hills and Somerset Valley YMCAs to Join Together

    Valerie Gotten
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    BASKING RIDGE, N.J., Oct. 30, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Somerset Hills and Somerset Valley YMCAs are pleased to announce that effective January 1, 2015 both organizations will formally join together to form one YMCA association that will be known as the Somerset County YMCA. The combined association will have five branches serving the Somerset County communities of Basking Ridge, Bedminster, Bernardsville, Bound Brook, Bridgewater, Far Hills, Franklin, Green Brook, Hillsborough, Manville, Montgomery, Peapack-Gladstone, Raritan, Somerville, South Bound Brook, and Warren. This…
  • The Original Patented Selfie Stick Proves 10 Years Later that Not all Selfie Poles are Created Equal

    Christopher Simmons
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — When Wayne Fromm invented and patented the Quik Pod (U.S. patent #7,684,694), the original "selfie stick," more than 10 years ago, he had no idea how popular selfies would become. In fact, according to an article in Psychology Today, selfies have redefined how we document experiences. Selfies build relationships because they provide a powerful sense of intimacy through the authenticity that comes from the ownership of the lens by the subject. Selfies are about "being there" and sharing the moment. "As a result, selfie…
  • California-based artist Anne Kerry Swank creates Angel Series to glorify God

    Christopher Simmons
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ — California-based artist/photographer Anne Kerry Swank's limited edition Angel watercolor photographs series now hangs in the Vatican, Rome, after a twenty-year journey of the artist that began with a morning prayer to God and Divine Inspiration. "Our Heavenly Father asked me to spread his gospel of salvation through the creation of these images of Angels, his Divine messengers, to make celebration of art communicating and inspiring the human heart to yearn for God's path. God assured me I would be given vision that heaven was…
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    Californiality

  • NEWS UPDATE: California is a “bicycling” death trap...and it must stop NOW!

    Marcus Ruiz Evans
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:30 am
    A new report by the “Governors Highway Safety Association” was released this week, claiming that California is the deadliest place for bicyclists in the nation.Specifically, the report found that in 2012, California had the most people killed while riding a bicycle than any other  state in America.The National average for bicycle fatalities is at 2% annually – in California it is double the national average at 4%. WHY IS THIS HAPPENING? This news has been picked up by many media outlets.  Most are mentioning that the report said that alcohol and a lack of wearing helmets…
  • EVENT: Halloween

    Marcus Ruiz Evans
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Courtesy dwdinfoIrish Catholic immigrants to America brought the tradition of Halloween. Although the history is murky, it is widely believed that Halloween is a Christianized version of an ancient Gaelic tradition in Ireland.The glowing Jack-0-Lantern was made out of turnips in Ireland, but changed to being carved out of pumpkins in America because they were more plentiful and easier to use.By the 1930s, people figured out that on a night where everyone was using masks, it was easy to get away with mischief and vandalism.  After Americans grew tired of the property destruction on…
  • SERIES "Flash back Friday - This week in CA history" -Pony Express closes 1861

    Marcus Ruiz Evans
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    This week in California history.The pony express calls it quits due to the transcontinental telegraph.It now connected Salt Lake with Nebraska and Sacramento,Ca.This along with the growth of the railroad helped the pony express to cease to function.Check out these vintage pics.
  • Leona's Spiritual Insights: Gratitude journaling

    Marcus Ruiz Evans
    31 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    By Leona ByrneCourtesy Life your wayIn your journal include a gratitude exercise every day. I find that thinking of what I have instead of what I don't have brings me even more good things in my life. All you do is write the words, “I am grateful for”…then list 5 to 10 things that you are grateful for.For example;I am grateful for:The beautiful California weatherThe kindness shown to me by my friendMy grandchildrenThe fun I had at the zooMy dear husbandThis is something I might write. It gives you an idea of what you can say.If this is the only thing you journal it will and can have a…
  • Governor Brown announces mysterious initiative in 2016…or 2018

    Marcus Ruiz Evans
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:47 am
    Affordablehousinginstitute.orgGovernor Brown recently gave an interview where he said that rather than focusing on spending his campaign money competing against his opponent for the Governor’s seat, he would rather spend his money on future initiatives – which he will not announce yet.The Governor apparently doesn't feel that he has to campaign against his Republican challenger because he is already leading in the polls by a strong margin, with almost no advertising – and so would rather focus on supporting public initiatives. As the Governor put it…“I’m very well known … and…
 
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    Downtown L.A. Law Group

  • Defective Workout Bench Accident Lawsuit – Gym Injury Attorney

    Farid Yaghoubtil
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Defective workout benches pose a grave threat to consumers. According to recent data more than 3,000 individuals a year suffer from severe injuries due to collapsing workout benches in homes and gyms across the United States. Benches can include straight bench presses, incline bench presses, decline benches, and squat rack benches. Some of the most […]
  • Fuel Hose Recall Lawsuit – Attorney Explains Defective Product Litigation

    Farid Yaghoubtil
    30 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    According to investigators from the Consumer Product Safety Commission the Hardwall Fuel Curb Hose manufactured my Franklin fueling system has been recalled due to a heightened risk of fire and explosion. The fuel hose can crimp and looses resulting in a leakage of fuel posing a risk of fire and explosion. Approximately 7,000 of the […]
  • Cane Creek Bicycle Shock Recall – Defective Product Lawsuit Information

    Farid Yaghoubtil
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission Can Creek has issues a voluntary recall of its bicycle shocks due to risk of severe injuries to users. Apparently the products adjustment instructions and graphics are marked incorrectly; resulting in “unexpected behavior by the bike’s suspension” which can cause falls from the bike. In total more than […]
  • Takata Airbag Class Action Lawsuit – Toyota Honda Defect Recall Claim

    Farid Yaghoubtil
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Our law firm is currently investigating possible class action and single party claims against Takata the manufacturers of defective and recalled air bags. According to investigators from the NHTSA Takata Corporation has been manufacturing and selling faulty airbags to various auto manufacturers since 2001. Automakers who have used such airbags include the following.. Honda – […]
  • Can I Sue If Injured At Work – Employer Liability for Accidents

    Farid Yaghoubtil
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    According to California law individual who suffer a work related injury are entitled to compensation via the states workers compensation system. Workers compensation is a state of federally mandated system where employees are able to receive monetary recovery for any injuries or damages which takes place due to their work activity. No Fault Claim In […]
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    Aptos Community News

  • Mar Vista Read-a-Thon 2014 Kickoff

    Seb Frey
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    My son Aiden is a kindergartner at Mar Vista Elementary School, and we’re doing a read-a-thon fundraiser, and it’s now time for the Mar Vista Read-a-Thon 2014 Kickoff. The Mar Vista library is in sad shape, and half the funds we raise will go to buy new books for the library. The other half of the money will go to the Mar Vista Parent’s Club general fund, which goes to support music, art, and technology, teacher training, and much more. We will be starting on:Monday Nov. 3rd by www.read-a-thon.com Donations are 100% tax deductible, because the Mar Vista Parents Club is an…
  • Aptos Resident Piet deVries Fights Ebola in Liberia

    Seb Frey
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Piet deVires – Aptos Resident and Ebola Fighter The Santa Cruz Sentinel recently ran a story about Piet deVires, an Aptos resident who has been living and working in Liberia. He initially visited the country in March 2013 with his wife to lead water, sanitation, and hygiene improvements. All that changed with the outbreak of the Ebola virus a year later. The Sentinel article goes into good detail about his work there, and is worth a read. Liberia is a world away from bucolic Aptos, and it’s easy not to think about Ebola and much of the world’s woes. Nevertheless, a lot of…
  • Run For Pie Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot

    Seb Frey
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Run for Pie 2014 Fleet Feet Sports is once again hosting the 3rd Annual Run For Pie Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. The race begins on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday November 27th at 9:00 AM at Aptos Village Park, and goes through the Forest of Nisene Marks. As is the tradition, registered runners will be served mini pumpkin pies at the finish line. There’s actually two races in one: a 10K run, and a 5K Run/Walk, and the proceeds from the race will go to support the Youth Resource Bank of Santa Cruz County. Early bird registration (prior to October 31st) is $35 for the 5K and $45 for the 10K…
  • Aptos Real Estate Report October 2014

    Seb Frey
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    There is no month in Aptos more sublime than October. Warm, sunny, fog-free days fade into crisp evenings. So how’s the real estate market holding up? Let’s find out in the Aptos Real Estate Report October 2014. The median home price in Aptos in September 2014 was $665,000. Last year, the median price in September was $799,000 – so that’s a 16.8% tumble from a year ago. The sales volume remained steady, with 21 homes sold in October – exactly the same as it was a year ago. The sales to list price ratio was strong, with sellers receiving 99.7% of asking price.
  • Graffiti Removal Project is working in Aptos

    Seb Frey
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Santa Cruz Graffiti Removal Project The Graffiti Removal Project is working in Aptos! The project is a joint project of the Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz and Santa Cruz County. They offer a wide variety of free graffiti removal services throughout the unincorporated areas of Santa Cruz county, including Aptos. If you spot graffiti in Aptos – or in any un-incorporated area of Santa Cruz county – you are encouraged to call the Graffiti Removal hotline: 831-427-0462 or 831-722-7771. They are usually able to get a crew out to remove the graffiti within a week. They are also…
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