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  • Takata Airbag Class Action Lawsuit – Toyota Honda Defect Recall Claim

    Downtown L.A. Law Group
    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 – […]
  • Yosemite rangers try to keep hungry bears away from humans

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    <br> <p class="Byline Affiliation">Associated Press
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Rangers at Yosemite National Park are in a constant battle to keep wild black bears -- with their ultra-keen noses and powerful paws and jaws -- far away from humans.
  • Galaxy falls at Seattle, 2-0

    L.A. Times - California | Local News
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
    For 84 minutes in the last game of the regular season, the Galaxy and Seattle Sounders played to a scoreless draw with an intensity befitting what was at stake Saturday.
  • Ray McDonald case: SJPD internal emails suggest loose reins on cops moonlighting for 49ers

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    <p class="bylinejb">By Robert Salonga and Mark Emmons<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation">Mercury News<br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Internal police documents obtained by this newspaper illustrate the loose nature of the off-duty working arrangement with the 49ers by San Jose police officers, brought to light after a cop’s presence at the home of defensive lineman Ray McDonald complicated a controversial domestic-violence investigation.
  • Orange County SWAT deputies find two dead in San Clemente boutique

    L.A. Times - Opinion Blog
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:11 pm
    A deadly shooting inside a San Clemente clothing and gift boutique on Saturday forced dozens of frightened passersby to seek safety inside adjacent shops as SWAT team members secured the crime scene.
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  • Yosemite rangers try to keep hungry bears away from humans

    <br> <p class="Byline Affiliation">Associated Press
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Rangers at Yosemite National Park are in a constant battle to keep wild black bears -- with their ultra-keen noses and powerful paws and jaws -- far away from humans.
  • Sacramento-area crime spree: Two deputies dead, two other people shot

    <p class="normalparagraphstyleleadin">By Don Thompson<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation">Associated Press</p>
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    A suspect was arrested after two Northern California sheriff's deputies were killed during a series of shootings that spanned about six hours and 30 miles across two Northern California counties. A third deputy and a bystander were also shot during the spree
  • Warrant: CHP officer says stealing nude photos from female arrestees 'game' for cops

    <p class="bylinejb">By Matthias Gafni and Malaika Fraley<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation">Contra Costa Times
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    The California Highway Patrol officer accused of stealing nude photos of a DUI suspect from her phone while she was in custody told investigators the secretive practice has been going on for years in the CHP, stretching from its Los Angeles office to his own Dublin station.
  • UC medical centers 'positioned' to treat Ebola victims

    <p class="bylinejb">By Tracy Seipel<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:tseipel@mercurynews.com'>tseipel@mercurynews.com</a>
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    A day after another American was diagnosed with the deadly Ebola virus, the University of California on Friday informed state public health officials that all five UC medical centers 'are positioned to provide' care for any Californian who becomes infected with the virus.
  • CHP Nude Photos Case: Law enforcement agency's top cop says allegations 'anger and disgust me'

    <p class="bylinejb">By Matthias Gafni<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation">Contra Costa Times
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:27 pm
    In response to reports by this newspaper on allegations that CHP officers across the state have been secretly trading nude and explicit photos of female arrestees, CHP Commissioner Joe Farrow released a statement late Friday:
 
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  • Ray McDonald case: SJPD internal emails suggest loose reins on cops moonlighting for 49ers

    <p class="bylinejb">By Robert Salonga and Mark Emmons<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation">Mercury News<br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    25 Oct 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Internal police documents obtained by this newspaper illustrate the loose nature of the off-duty working arrangement with the 49ers by San Jose police officers, brought to light after a cop’s presence at the home of defensive lineman Ray McDonald complicated a controversial domestic-violence investigation.
  • Motorcyclist who died in Friday night accident identified as Los Gatos man

    <p class="bylinejb">By Mark Emmons<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:memmons@mercurynews.com'>memmons@mercurynews.com</a>
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Santa Clara County coroner's office has identified a motorcyclist who died Friday night on Highway 101 as a 54-year-old Los Gatos man.
  • Web head

    <p class="bylinejb">By Scott Herhold<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:sherhold@mercurynews.com'>sherhold@mercurynews.com</a>
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    How a San Jose native died in the waters off Catalina Island
  • Santa Clara County public defender hires immigration-law specialist

    <p class="bylinejb">By Tracey Kaplan<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:tkaplan@mercurynews.com'>tkaplan@mercurynews.com</a><br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    The controversial move comes as public defenders across the country grapple with how to comply with a 2010 Supreme Court decision requiring criminal defense attorneys to advise noncitizen clients about the deportation risks of a guilty plea.
  • Security guard shot and wounded outside notorious San Jose bar

    <p class="bylinejb">By Mark Emmons<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:memmons@mercurynews.com'>memmons@mercurynews.com</a>
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Shooting of security guard outside of the El Tarasco bar is the latest in a long series of problems at a nightclub that will be losing its alcohol license in December.
 
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    Sports Now - Los Angeles Times

  • Galaxy falls at Seattle, 2-0

    26 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    For 84 minutes in the last game of the regular season, the Galaxy and Seattle Sounders played to a scoreless draw with an intensity befitting what was at stake Saturday.
  • UFC 179: Live updates for Jose Aldo vs. Chad Mendes card

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    UFC 179 takes place Saturday night from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event is headlined by a UFC featherweight title bout between champion Jose Aldo and challenger Chad Mendes. Aldo hasn't lost an MMA contest since November 2005 and has been the undisputed king of the 145 pound division for many...
  • Kansas State relies on balanced attack, defense in 23-0 win over Texas

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    In an era of high-octane offenses producing gaudy statistics and prodigious point totals, it makes sense that Kansas State's old-school coach can appreciate an old-school defensive performance.
  • No. 10 TCU sets scoring record in 82-27 rout of Texas Tech

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Trevone Boykin threw a school-record seven touchdown passes and No. 10 Texas Christian showcased a new fast-paced offense by scoring the most points in its history in an 82-27 rout of Texas Tech on Saturday in Fort Worth.
  • Will MacKenzie's hole-in-one helps earn share of lead at McGladrey

    25 Oct 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Will MacKenzie made a hole-in-one that hardly anyone saw and finished with a 45-foot birdie putt that gave him a five-under-par 65 on Saturday and a share of the lead with Andrew Svoboda going into the final round of the McGladrey Classic.
 
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    About.com California Travel: What's Hot Now

  • Things to Do in Big Sur, California

    gocalifornia.guide@about.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    A guide to things to do in California's unspoiled Big Sur Coast
  • Aerial View

    gocalifornia.guide@about.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    See a picture of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, California - from the air. Page 16.
  • Going Greek in Berkeley: At the Theatre, Not...

    gocalifornia.guide@about.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Guide to summer concerts at the Berkeley Greek Theatre, with reviews, tips and all the things you want to know.
  • Wizard of Oz House

    gocalifornia.guide@about.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    See a picture of Wizard of Oz House in Coronado Island California and learn more about it. Page 9.
  • The Lowdown on Downtown Disney

    gocalifornia.guide@about.com
    25 Oct 2014 | 4:12 am
    Downtown Disney in pictures: a two-in-one guide to the shopping, dining and entertainment area at Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, CA
 
 
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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

  • 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…
  • hanna’s gourmet / university heights

    Mary Desjean
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Alyssa was in town for a mini weekend visit and I met her and the family for breakfast at Hanna’s Gourmet, a spot I’ve been eyeing for a revisit for quite awhile. I visited Hanna’s Gourmet earlier this year with a few other bloggers and this was our dessert spot that day. I’m happy I got to come back to try out their other food. Hanna’s Gourmet specializes in doing “World Tour” foods and that week they were doing the Philippines! How cool!  Here’s a peek again at the alley where they have outdoor seating. This is where I sat with the…
  • 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…
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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

  • App Assists in Designing Efficient, Safe LED Landscape Lighting Systems and Correcting Improper Installations

    Valerie Gotten
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla., Oct. 24, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Earth Conscious Apps today announced the release of Landscape Lighting Toolkit for Android and iOS mobile devices. Landscape Lighting Toolkit is a collection of electrical calculators and tutorials that assist landscape lighting designers and DIY enthusiasts in creating efficient outdoor LED and halogen lighting systems at lower installation costs while increasing long-term safety. Landscape Lighting Toolkit is also effective at troubleshooting issues in existing installations. With Landscape Lighting Toolkit, installers can…
  • Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Oct. 22, 2014 including to California Film Commission

    Christopher Simmons
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Wednesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments. First, Thomas Davis, 56, of Sherman Oaks, has been appointed to the California Film Commission. Davis is third international vice president of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees Executive Board, where he has been a member since 2001. He has been business manager at the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local 80 since 1998, where he has held several positions since 1977, including vice president, chief organizer and…
  • Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Oct. 21, 2014 including to California Travel and Tourism Commission

    Christopher Simmons
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Tuesday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments. Clark Ducart, 53, of Crescent City, has been appointed warden at Pelican Bay State Prison, where he has been acting warden since 2014 and has served in several positions since 1989, including chief deputy warden, correctional administrator, correctional captain, staff services manager, correctional lieutenant, sergeant and officer. He was a correctional officer at San Quentin State Prison from 1986 to 1989. This position does not require Senate confirmation…
  • Calif. Gov. Brown Announces Appointments for Oct. 20, 2014 including to California Department of Human Resources

    Christopher Simmons
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:49 pm
    SACRAMENTO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Monday, Calif. Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. announced the following appointments. First, Richard Gillihan, 46, of Folsom, has been appointed director of the California Department of Human Resources, where he has served as acting director since 2014. Gillihan has served in several positions at the California Department of Finance since 2002, including program budget manager, assistant program budget manager, chief of information technology operations and consulting and assistant chief and data processing manager at the Office of Technology…
  • Phi Beta Kappa graduate M.J. Payne documents real-world violence, abuse and dramatic recovery in ‘The Remembered Self’

    Valerie Gotten
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
    DALLAS, Texas, Oct. 23, 2014 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — “The Remembered Self: A Journey Into the Heart of the Beast” (ISBN: 978-1457532849) by M.J. Payne depicts the vicious world of sex trafficking of children, the emotional damage and physical experience of forced intimacy in a violent setting from the victim’s point of view. Written in novel form with animal comforters it shows a child’s response, repression of experiences and eventual therapeutic intervention as an adult when the floodgates of suppressed memory overflow. The gritty, terrifying healing process is…
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    Californiality

  • Haunted Locations: Winchester Mystery mansion San Jose ,California

    Marcus Ruiz Evans
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    On our recent tour garden view of mansionThe Winchester Mystery mansion located in San Jose,California.This one awesome place in the month of October.They have flashlight tours that not only are spooky but alot of fun.See the madness or genius of Sarah Winchester in all its glory.
  • GO SEE CA - Cambria Scarecrow festival

    Marcus Ruiz Evans
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Ready to be scared - but not too scared. Have an interested in art as well as in the spooky? Then theCambria Scarecrow festival is for you.Hundreds of uniquely designed Scarecrows will be on display in the city of Cambria, hand crafted by local artists and business owners.The festival in 2012 had over 350 different Scarecrows to look at. The festival in 2013 had over 420 Scarecrows. Who knows how many will be there this year!Take a look at some of the winners from last year. People from around the county show up - as this festival is reported in national newspaper.Beer and wine tastings,…
  • California never received its 911 protection funding – and was left vulnerable by the Federal gov to terrorist attack!...the true story you never heard of.

    Marcus Ruiz Evans
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Although California was the most prone to be attacked by terrorists after 911 – according the Federal government – California never received the money it needed by the Federal government to protect itself from a terrorists attack. California although the number one likely spot for a second 911 attack was essentially left completely vulnerable by Federal authorities…for half a decade after 911. Did you know that?A group of Californians thinks that’s unforgivable and shows a clear lack of concern for California – they think the Federal government deserves a VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE…
  • Californiality visits : Fresno historical society 25th anniversary of civil war reenactments.Shermans battle

    Marcus Ruiz Evans
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    Article written by Andrew G.Californiality visited Kearney park this last weekend.It was the 25th anniversary of reenactments there at the park.We gave 13 year old junior reporter Desiree a camera and told her to go for it.Out of it came this video.We just put it together .This year boasted the battles of Shermans march.Cannon displayThe Fresno historical society puts this on every year around October.It is a sight to see.This video doesn't do it justice.There are booths to learn broom making,civil war printing,metal working,quilt making,conversations with great women and men of civil war…
  • SERIES "Flash back Friday - This week in CA history" The hayward earthquake of 1868

    Marcus Ruiz Evans
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Hayward earthquake of 1868.Formerly known as the great San Francisco earthquake up until 1906.This was a 6.8 to 7.0 tremor earthquake that rippled for 20 miles.Check out these pics.This was the largest earthquake ever on the Hayward fault zone.Hayward historical societyHayward historical society
 
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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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