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  • Sex.com founder Gary Kremen spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to win water district seat

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    <p class="bylinejb">By Paul Rogers <br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:progers@mercurynews.com'>progers@mercurynews.com</a>
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Entrepreneur Gary Kremen is breaking the bank in an attempt to win a seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District. But why?
  • USC-Utah game features two top running backs

    L.A. Times - California | Local News
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    USC's Javorius Allen won't be the only high-performance running back on the field when the No. 20 Trojans play No. 19 Utah on Saturday night at Salt Lake City.
  • North San Jose: Boil notice issued after E. coli bacteria found in tap water

    Local News
    <p class="bylinejb">By Eric Kurhi<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:ekurhi@mercurynews.com'>ekurhi@mercurynews.com</a><br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    In San Jose, about 300 residents on the far northeast outskirts of town near the Milpitas border have been advised to boil their water if it's being used for drinking or cooking after potentially hazardous bacteria was found in tap samples.
  • USC-Utah game features two top running backs

    L.A. Times - Opinion Blog
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:29 pm
    USC's Javorius Allen won't be the only high-performance running back on the field when the No. 20 Trojans play No. 19 Utah on Saturday night at Salt Lake City.
  • MLB will try to implement a policy on domestic violence

    Sports Now - Los Angeles Times
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:01 pm
    On the day after the NHL suspended Kings defenseman Slaya Voynov after his arrest for alleged domestic violence, the incoming commissioner of Major League Baseball said his league hopes to have a policy in place to cover such incidents next year.
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  • Sex.com founder Gary Kremen spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to win water district seat

    <p class="bylinejb">By Paul Rogers <br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:progers@mercurynews.com'>progers@mercurynews.com</a>
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Entrepreneur Gary Kremen is breaking the bank in an attempt to win a seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District. But why?
  • Magic Johnson ready to assist tech in diversity

    <p class="bylinejb">By Michael Liedtke <br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation">Associated Press
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.
  • Magic Johnson ready to assist tech in diversity

    <p class="bylinejb">By Michael Liedtke <br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation">Associated Press
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Retired Los Angeles Laker Magic Johnson became famous for dishing out assists to his teammates during his Hall of Fame basketball career. Now, as an entrepreneur focused on minority markets, he says he is ready to help Silicon Valley hire more blacks and Latinos to diversify the technology industry's largely white and Asian workforce.
  • NCAA antitrust case: Athletes' lawyers seek $50 million in fees for win

    <p class="bylinejb">By Howard Mintz<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:hmintz@mercurynews.com'>hmintz@mercurynews.com</a>
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Lawyers for former college athletes who won big antitrust case against NCAA over amateurism rules seek about $50 million in legal costs for five-year courtroom battle
  • Group seeks signatures for referendum to repeal California's plastic bag ban

    <p class="NormalParagraphStyle">By Melissa Murphy, Vacaville Reporter
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The plastic bag industry has contracted with the American Progressive Bag Alliance to gather enough signatures for a referendum on the November 2016 ballot to repeal Senate Bill 270 that was signed into law by the governor in September and will begin July 1, 2015, making it the first state in the nation to have such a ban.
 
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  • North San Jose: Boil notice issued after E. coli bacteria found in tap water

    <p class="bylinejb">By Eric Kurhi<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:ekurhi@mercurynews.com'>ekurhi@mercurynews.com</a><br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    In San Jose, about 300 residents on the far northeast outskirts of town near the Milpitas border have been advised to boil their water if it's being used for drinking or cooking after potentially hazardous bacteria was found in tap samples.
  • Sex.com founder Gary Kremen spends hundreds of thousands of dollars to win water district seat

    <p class="bylinejb">By Paul Rogers <br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:progers@mercurynews.com'>progers@mercurynews.com</a>
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Entrepreneur Gary Kremen is breaking the bank in an attempt to win a seat on the Santa Clara Valley Water District. But why?
  • Biz Break: Apple hits record high, Yahoo pops after earnings; Yelp ... not so much

    <p class="bylinejb">By Jeremy C. Owens<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:jowens@mercurynews.com'>jowens@mercurynews.com</a>
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Today: Apple rises to a record, and Yahoo also gets a post-earnings pop. Also: Yelp tanks after its report.
  • New survey shows online harassment is widespread

    <p class="bylinejb">By Patrick May<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:pmay@mercurynews.com'>pmay@mercurynews.com</a><br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:34 pm
    While children traditionally have been considered the most vulnerable to online threats like cyberbullying and stalking, a new poll released Wednesday paints a disturbing picture of how many adults are also being virtually victimized on the Internet.
  • Bay Area News Group journalists, websites named finalists in six digital award categories

    <p class="bylinejb">By Mark Gomez<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:mgomez@mercurynews.com'>mgomez@mercurynews.com</a>
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Various Bay Area News Group websites, columnists and photographers were named as finalists Wednesday in the annual Editor & Publisher EPPY Awards, which honors excellence in digital journalism produced by media companies from around the globe.
 
 
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    About.com California Travel: What's Hot Now

  • Napa Wineries Uncorked: How to Find a...

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    22 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    If you love wine and chocolate with equal passion, these Napa Valley wineries offer special tastings that pair the two.
  • Brother & Sisters House

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    22 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    See a picture of Brother & Sisters House in Los Angeles, California and learn more about it. Page 2.
  • Scotty's Castle

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    22 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    See a picture of Scotty's Castle at Death Valley, find out who built it and how to tour it. Part of a Death Valley photo tour. Page 18.
  • Tijuana Photo Album

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    22 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Tijuana Photo Gallery. Photos from Tijuana Mexico.
  • Wizard of Oz House

    gocalifornia.guide@about.com
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    See a picture of Wizard of Oz House in Coronado Island California and learn more about it. Page 9.
 
 
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    Winery & Vineyard Blog

  • 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:
  • Open House at Lafond Winery City Tasting Room for Artist Michael Adams

    Pierre
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:11 pm
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    this tasty life | san diego food blog

  • werewolf american pub / downtown san diego

    Mary Desjean
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Jake’s birthday is approximately 20 days before mine. We don’t always celebrate on his actual birthday though since S’s birthday is on the 2nd and he doesn’t want to steal his thunder. Instead we celebrated after his actual day. I made the whole thing a “Surprise! Woohoo!” evening and didn’t tell him where we were going. Jake’s mom graciously dropped us off Downtown as I had arranged transport home through Blacklane. Our first stop: dinner at Werewolf American Pub. I didn’t know anything about Werewolf before we headed down there. What I…
  • weekday lunching at specialty’s, boudin bakery and opera cafe

    Mary Desjean
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    It’s Monday. And I’m home sick. Hence the late and short post. I am determined to beat this cold as quickly as possible though for birthday weekend fun times. I’m going to be like Barney: Yesssssss. That’s gonna be me! [turkey, apple, bacon and brie sandwich / $8.99] Minion and I went to Specialty’s Cafe recently. I was in a “I-Want-Brie-Forever-And-Ever” mood and chose this sandwich which had roasted turkey breast, bacon and brie with fire-roasted fuji apples, arugula and lemon thyme aioli on toasted ciabatta. I didn’t notice that…
  • friday foodie finds / part three

    Mary Desjean
    17 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    I dig doing my “foodie finds” posts and I hope you enjoy them, too! These are all things that didn’t warrant their own full post, but are still worth mentioning!  Actually this first thing isn’t a “find”. I made these deviled eggs! I don’t even have a real recipe for them. I just scoop out the yolks and then squirt in little mustard, add mayo, garlic powder, salt, pepper, and smoked paprika to taste. Then I add another little dash of paprika for color. I also added slices of green onion on top which I normally don’t do, but I think I…
  • borrego springs / salton sea / mount laguna

    Mary Desjean
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Don’t forget to enter to win a pair of tickets to the Wedge Cheese Fest in Escondido on 10/25! Wine, beer and cheese will make you a happy camper. Click here to enter. Getting around to Part 2 of our little weekend trip out to the desert! You can refresh your memory with Borrego Springs Part 1 over here, if you’d like to. Don’t worry, I’ll wait. After grabbing lunch, visiting “The Mall” and checking into our hotel, Jake and I decided to drive out to visit the Salton Sea. Neither of us had ever been and we were curious what it was like. It’s about a…
  • claire’s on cedros / solana beach

    Mary Desjean
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Last week I was up quite early to take my folks to the airport. 4:30AM to be exact. By the time I got back home I felt pretty awake and decided to get ready and then take myself out for breakfast. I hadn’t visited Claire’s on Cedros since 2011 and I had a strong urge for their pancakes again. [coffee / $3] It was quite early and I decided to get coffee for some reason, which was kind of a dumb idea since I only drank 1/4 of it. Hot coffee and my stomach don’t get along so I don’t know what compelled me to get this. The lure of coffee, I guess. Too bad I couldn’t…
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    California Employment Law Report

  • 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…
  • Friday's Five: Five points to understand about California's new requirements for sexual harassment training

    Anthony Zaller
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    AB 2053 was signed into law by Governor Brown, and as of January 1, 2015, employers have to comply with new obligations regarding the sexual harassment training already required for some employers under California law.  Here are five issues employers should understand about AB 2053.  1. What are employer’s current obligations to have supervisors attend sexual harassment prevention training before AB 2053 was passed? In California, employers with 50 or more workers must provide at least two hours of sexual harassment prevention training to all supervisors. This training must be…
 
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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

  • Californians Can Still Access Over $37 million in Middle Class Tuition Assistance – AB 94

    Christopher Simmons
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    REDONDO BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Calif. Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), Chairman of the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Education Finance, called upon the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) to improve their outreach efforts to encourage more students to apply for the newly-created Middle Class Scholarship program. Assembly Bill 94, which Muratsuchi co-authored, created the Middle Class Scholarship Program. This scholarship helps undergraduate students with family incomes up to $150,000 pay for tuition and other mandatory student fees. In its first year of…
  • New EaseUS Todo Backup 7.5 Supports Exchange Server 2013 Backup and Restore Mount-unmount Feature

    Valerie Gotten
    22 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    NEW YORK, N.Y., Oct. 22, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — EaseUS Todo Backup (www.todo-backup.com), one of the backup software brand leaders, announces the release of EaseUS Todo Backup 7.5. During the last 10 years, the professional yet simple-to-operate backup and recovery software has helped many users to backup the crucial data. The release newly adds Exchange Server 2013 backup technologies for Advanced server and Technician version, recovers mount/unmount feature, improves the performance of browsing files and supports Portuguese and Polish. With more features, the latest version of…
  • Michael Nischan of EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants to Advise Trucking Industry on Minimizing Risk, Enhancing Safety

    Christopher Simmons
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — The trucking industry is at the center of the U.S. economy – delivering goods, equipment, and materials on our roadways from coast to coast. For the trucking industry and our society overall, reducing the number of crashes on our roads as well as the severity of those accidents is a top priority. As the head of the transportation safety and security consulting business for EPIC Insurance Brokers and Consultants, Michael Nischan will present his views on risk management in the trucking industry on a panel during a three-day industry…
  • Rapid Prototypes announces beta launch of AdaptRM Time Tracking and Invoicing service

    Christopher Simmons
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    SUNNYVALE, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Rapid Prototypes, Inc. today announced the release of its AdaptRM Time Tracking and Invoicing beta service. Already supporting unlimited numbers of devices, this release incorporates a new invoicing ability. This option not only allows the user to track time to their various projects, but also creates professional invoices for direct transmission to clients via their preferred method. AdaptRM aims to provide the productivity service of choice for independent contractors, consultants, and professionals. AdaptRM uses an agile development framework…
  • Edgewood Partners Insurance Center adds John Walsh as Executive Liability and Financial Lines Principal

    Christopher Simmons
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Edgewood Partners Insurance Center (EPIC), a retail property, casualty insurance brokerage and employee benefits consultant, announced today that John Walsh has joined the firm as their Principal of Executive Liability and Financial Lines insurance. Walsh brings more than 10 years of Financial Lines Broking, Placement, Underwriting, Business Development, Client Service, Operations and Claims Management experience to EPIC. Walsh has worked extensively with Private Equity, Investment, and Corporate Clients undergoing M&A transactions, as…
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    Californiality

  • Reason foundation editor - gives “view” on California

    Marcus Ruiz Evans
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Courtesy mediaiteMatt Welch is the editor of Reason foundation, a magazine dedicated to libertarian ideals. He recently sat down with Cal Watch Dog to talk about the state of California. Welch has been around, writing on California for Reason magazine at least since 2005. His columns have appeared earlier this year in 2014, and he wrote extensively about California during our very troubled yearof 2009.  Matt has won recognition by the LA Press Club for his writing, has written on California directly for The National Post, and has worked at multiple major California…
  • NRF survey: Hottest Kids costumes of 2014 .

    Marcus Ruiz Evans
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Courtesy wondercostumes.comIts that time of the year again.A record number of you are going to buy costumes this year for yourself or your children.The national retail federation took a survey of what costumes kids are wanting.Ill give you the short version.Princess costumes were the most wanted followed by Spiderman and Frozen with teenage mutant ninja turtles close by.You can check out the full list here.Make sure to get them early as this could be a record setting year.
  • NEWS UPDATE: Earthquakes are in California's future!

    Marcus Ruiz Evans
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Courtesy DreamstimeScientist released a study recently that predicts that a major earth quake will happen soon.  The study was conducted in partnership between the US Geological survey and the Geosciences department at San Francisco state university, and focused on examining the San Andreas fault network of Northern California. The group of researchers noticed that the tectonic plates that rub up against each other at the San Andreas fault line had stopped moving. This is not good.  Tectonic plates normally rub against each other as they continue to slowly slide under the…
  • NEWS UPDATE: Ancient Egyptian artifacts found in California?

    Marcus Ruiz Evans
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Courtesy dunescenter.orgA 12 foot tall, 5 ton, Egyptian sphinx was found in Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes in California, which are located just between San Louis Obispo and Santa Barbara along the coast.Surprised that such ancient history could be found in California?Well the sphinx comes not from a time of the Pharaohs of Egypt, but from a time of the Golden age of Hollywood in California.The Sphinx was created by Cecil B. DeMille for his movie “The Ten Commandments” – not the one staring Charlton Heston in Technicolor, but the one that was filmed even before that in black and…
  • Haunted Locations: Alcatraz Prison Museum San Francisco,California

    Marcus Ruiz Evans
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Courtesy inetours.comAlcatrazCome visit the place that housed such criminals as Al Capone and "The Birdman".A military prison that used to host the harshest conditions for even the toughest criminals.Up until it became a federal prison it had a history of suicides and murders.Ghosts of deadly riots and punishing conditions leave a lot of dead walking the halls.Check out these October tours of Alcatraz island.
 
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    Downtown L.A. Law Group

  • 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 […]
  • Prop. 46 Why You Should Vote Yes and Support California Patient Rights

    Farid Yaghoubtil
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    Politics is really not an area I get involved in much, however with Proposition 46 I feel t is important to voice our opinion about why I feel this should pass. To date countless TV ads have been published, which twist and spin 46 as an attack against healthcare. However, this is the furthest thing […]
  • Hit and Run Accident – Can File a Claim Against My Insurance Co.

    Farid Yaghoubtil
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Every year hit and run auto accidents result in thousands of serious injuries and hundreds of fatalities. Unfortunately in many instance perpetrators of these crimes are not captures by the law enforcement authorities. Such accident can be perpetrated against other motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists alike. In cases where hit and run drivers are not capture […]
  • Case Value of Xarelto Lawsuit – How Much Will Cases Settle For

    Farid Yaghoubtil
    3 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    One of the most common and important questions asked by clients is “How much is my case worth,” or “what is the value of these cases”. The value of a cases is predicated on several significant factors unique to every case. In the same way that every person is special and reacts differently to a […]
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    Aptos Community News

  • 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…
  • Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery

    Seb Frey
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Grand Opening November 1 2014 Free Admission on Opening Day The Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery is not actually located in Aptos – but it’s right next door in Capitola, and it’s such an amazing place that were it actually located in Aptos, it surely would be an Aptos Gem. And although it isn’t physically in Aptos, there’s no question that many Aptos children (of all ages!) are going to be spending a lot of time at the Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery. Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery> Aptos and Santa Cruz offer…
  • Mar Vista Elementary Harvest Festival October 25th

    Seb Frey
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:26 pm
    Mar Vista Harvest Festival 2014 The Mar Vista Elementary Harvest Festival is scheduled for October 25th, from 11 AM until 4 PM. This is a annual event is public and all are welcome to come and celebrate the harvest season and help feed those less fortunate in our community. The organizers have lined up some amazing food, entertainment and events, including: Law Enforcement K-9 Demonstrations Costume Parade Raffle Surfing Magician PAC Dance Performances Mad Scientist Movie Special Effects Spectacular Bounce Houses Obstacle Courses Face Painting Glow in the Dark Scavenger Hunt Aptos Fire…
  • Aptos in October

    Seb Frey
    12 Oct 2014 | 8:32 am
    The finest month of the year in Aptos is in October. The tourists are gone, and the fog is gone. It’s just glorious, warm sunny days and crisp evenings…getting crisper as we head towards the end of the month, of course. This year we had some very hot days at the beginning of the month, which was a nice change, as truly hot days are in short supply here in Aptos. Here’s a picture I took with my iPhone the other day, as we took one of our evening walks on Seacliff Beach: Loading Do you need any more proof that October is THE month in Aptos? #aptos #sunset #iphone #instagram…
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