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  • Power nearly fully restored in Long Beach after massive outage

    L.A. Now - Los Angeles Times
    Jack Dolan
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    About 70 customers remained without power in Long Beach on Saturday morning after a fire in an underground electrical vault shut down service to 30,000 residents on Thursday.
  • California wildfires: Firefighter killed, hundreds flee

    California
    <p class="bylinejb">By Jeff Chiu and Haven Daley<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation">Associated Press
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    Blazes raging across California have taken the life of a firefighter and forced hundreds of people to flee their homes as an army of firefighters continue to battle them from the air and the ground.
  • South L.A. pastors launch outreach campaign to battle gang violence

    Recent stories from The Homicide Report
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Twitter and Instagram were filled over the past week with alarming hashtags like #100days100nights after a gang reportedly vowed 100 days of violence to avenge the death of a man who was killed in South Los Angeles in mid-July.Now, pastors in the community are trying to get a different campaign to take effect: 100 days of peace and prayer. In the wake of the frightening social media postings and a surge in South L.A. shootings, a group of pastors met Thursday night to talk about the tension. “We have to do something immediately,” the Rev. Lewis Logan said at the meeting. In 2005, Logan…
  • San Jose: Large house fire tops wire-to-wire morning for SJFD

    Local News
    <p class="bylinejb">By Robert Salonga<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:rsalonga@mercurynews.com'>rsalonga@mercurynews.com</a> <br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:13 pm
    The entire third floor of a 7,000-square-foot house was reduced to ash and rubble by a three-alarm fire that injured a firefighter early Saturday, topping a morning of major calls that included another house fire and a car rescue, according to the San Jose Fire Department.
  • Angels' C.J. Wilson likely out for season with surgery for bone spurs

    Sports Now - Los Angeles Times
    Zach Helfand
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:56 am
    Angels left-hander C.J. Wilson held up his left arm and tried to bend it. It didn't bend much. Then he tried to straighten it. It didn't straighten much.
 
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  • California wildfires: Firefighter killed, hundreds flee

    <p class="bylinejb">By Jeff Chiu and Haven Daley<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation">Associated Press
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:50 am
    Blazes raging across California have taken the life of a firefighter and forced hundreds of people to flee their homes as an army of firefighters continue to battle them from the air and the ground.
  • Wildfires throughout Northern California burn homes, force evacuations

    <br> <p class="Byline Affiliation">Bay Area News Group staff and wire reports</p>
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Series of wildfires statewide, includine one charring 21 acres in Lake County, burned homes and vegetation, and caused hundreds to evacuate their homes Thursday and Friday.
  • Ambulance providers Rural/Metro, AMR propose merger

    <p class="bylinejb">By Tracy Seipel<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:tseipel@mercurynews.com'>tseipel@mercurynews.com</a><br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    Two months after Santa Clara County officials gave the go-ahead to $7 million in relief for financially struggling ambulance company Rural/Metro, the company on Thursday announced it is seeking to merge with Envision Healthcare, a subsidiary of American Medical Response, Rural's longtime rival.
  • Amid California drought, fears rise of trees dying, falling

    <p class="bylinejb">By Christine Armario <br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation">Associated Press
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:11 pm
    As Californians and the communities they live in cut back water use and let lawns turn brown, arborists and state officials are worrying about a potentially dangerous ripple effect: City trees going neglected and becoming diseased or even collapsing.
  • Bodega Bay: Person shot near grocery store

    <p class="Byline">Bay City News Service</p>
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:46 pm
    The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office has responded to a shooting near the Diekmann's Bay store in Bodega Bay.
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    Recent stories from The Homicide Report

  • South L.A. pastors launch outreach campaign to battle gang violence

    31 Jul 2015 | 11:15 pm
    Twitter and Instagram were filled over the past week with alarming hashtags like #100days100nights after a gang reportedly vowed 100 days of violence to avenge the death of a man who was killed in South Los Angeles in mid-July.Now, pastors in the community are trying to get a different campaign to take effect: 100 days of peace and prayer. In the wake of the frightening social media postings and a surge in South L.A. shootings, a group of pastors met Thursday night to talk about the tension. “We have to do something immediately,” the Rev. Lewis Logan said at the meeting. In 2005, Logan…
  • Compton activist offers her own money to find nephew's killer

    29 Jul 2015 | 5:02 pm
    When Kevin Norwood was shot to death at the Compton Flea Market in 1989, he was just 18. “I lost my mind,” says his mother, Rita Norwood Belfry, pounding on doors around her Compton neighborhood, trying to flush out her son’s killer. Then Belfry’s 18-year-old nephew Deon, whom she raised as a son, was killed in a drive-by shooting the following year. “We had to replace my son’s headstone with a double headstone for him and my nephew.”Belfry, a community activist best known as Ms. Ritta, has known many other shooting victims in the 40 years she’s lived in Compton, but the…
  • Police work to calm concerns about threats of increased gang violence

    28 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Police are working to calm concerns about gang violence after a cluster of gang-related shootings in South L.A. over the weekend and various threats on social media, The Times has reported. The death of 27-year-old Kenneth Lynn Peevy on July 17 sparked an incendiary claim that a gang had vowed 100 days of violence in retaliation for his shooting in Westmont. Among the Twitter conversations were the hashtags #100days100nights and #prayforLA. But LAPD Deputy Chief Bill Scott said Tuesday that the department's 77th Street Division had not seen a gang-related shooting since Saturday night. "The…
  • Man charged with capital murder in Hollywood shooting death

    28 Jul 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Ezeoma Chigozie Obioha, 31, was charged July 28 with capital murder in the July 5 shooting death of Carrie Jean Melvin in Hollywood, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.Obioha is scheduled to appear in court Tuesday. Obioha also faces the special circumstances of lying in wait and murder for financial gain, prosecutors said.As Melvin, 30, was walking with her boyfriend about 10 p.m., Obioha allegedly walked up behind her and fired a single round from a shot gun. The case remains under investigation by the LAPD’s West Bureau homicide detectives. -- Nicole Santa…
  • George Hang, 17

    27 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    George Hang, a 17-year-old Asian teenager, was shot and killed Monday, July 27, in the 8700 block of Valley Boulevard in Rosemead, according to Los Angeles County coroner’s records. The investigation began about 10:10 a.m., when the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department received a 911 call from a woman saying she had shot her son, according to coroner’s records. Lt. Victor Lewandowski said the mother and her son lived in a residence in the city of Rosemead but had checked into the Valley Hotel the day before the shooting. “I can’t get into the reasons why, or discuss…
 
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  • San Jose: Large house fire tops wire-to-wire morning for SJFD

    <p class="bylinejb">By Robert Salonga<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:rsalonga@mercurynews.com'>rsalonga@mercurynews.com</a> <br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:13 pm
    The entire third floor of a 7,000-square-foot house was reduced to ash and rubble by a three-alarm fire that injured a firefighter early Saturday, topping a morning of major calls that included another house fire and a car rescue, according to the San Jose Fire Department.
  • Gas prices could fall to under $2.50 a gallon in California

    <p class="bylinejb">By Gary Richards <br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:grichards@mercurynews.com'>grichards@mercurynews.com</a>
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:01 pm
    Gas prices could fall to under $2.50 a gallon in California and to under $2 nationwide by Christmas.
  • San Jose police exchange fire with suspect who later tries to run down officer with carjacked vehicle

    <p class="bylinejb">By Robert Salonga<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation"><a href='mailto:rsalonga@mercurynews.com'>rsalonga@mercurynews.com</a> <br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:53 am
    A police officer late Friday night exchanged fire with a suspect downtown during an overnight pursuit that ended with police firing again at the suspect after he tried to run down an officer in a carjacked vehicle in South San Jose, authorities said.
  • Moss Landing woman accused of starving, neglecting 110 animals

    <p class="normalparagraphstyle">By Ana Ceballos,<br /></p>Monterey Herald
    1 Aug 2015 | 9:43 am
    A woman being investigated for having more than 100 starved animals on a cluttered piece of Moss Landing land with no access to food or water, blamed the neglect on a shipment of bad hay.
  • Los Gatos: Beach weekend warriors leave residents, officials fuming

    <p class="bylinejb">By Eric Kurhi and Sophie Mattson<br /></p><p class="bylineaffiliation">Staff Writers<br /></p><p class="bylinecopyright">
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:11 am
    Hot weather means it's high season for sandy excursions, and an onslaught of beach-bound motorists has frustrated Los Gatos residents and town officials with their attempts to use tony downtown streets as a shortcut to fun in the sun.
 
 
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    Daily Dish - Los Angeles Times

  • Buy This Now: Zucchini, with 12 recipes

    Russ Parsons
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    What's not to like about zucchini? You can glaze them, stuff them, roast them, fold them into a frittata, salt them for salad - see what I mean?
  • Counter: Manhattan Beach, Italy and the life of pie

    Amy Scattergood
    1 Aug 2015 | 12:05 am
    Cheers everybody, Jonathan is still on vacation, which you can tell by reading his emailed-in travelogue posts detailing his road trip eating in Italy. When in Modena, you eat - and you write languorous prose about it, at least if you're Jonathan.  Back in L.A., the rest of us are also eating,...
  • G&B Coffee is getting torn down -- don't worry, it's temporary

    Amy Scattergood
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:45 pm
    Kyle Glanville is taking a sledgehammer to his popular coffee stand at Grand Central Market. On Monday night, Glanville and his crew are tearing down G&B Coffee. 
  • Extra crispy fried chicken, waffles and cheesecake at Mabel's in DTLA

    Jenn Harris
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:07 am
    Name: Mabel's. Underneath the name it says: Chicken, Waffles, Spectacle. We're still unclear on the spectacle bit, but it's painted in big letters on one of the restaurant's walls.
  • What were you cooking in July? Here's our Top 10

    Russ Parsons
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    July was one of the hottest, most humid months in memory. But that didn't stop our readers from cooking up a storm. Among the 10 most downloaded recipes from our California cookbook database were two mac 'n' cheese dishes, a French onion soup and meatloaf. Hope you all served some very cold beer...
 
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    this tasty life | san diego food blog

  • bencotto + a failed dessert outing

    mary
    31 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    I’ve been to Monello a couple of times but hadn’t yet tried the other restaurant, Bencotto, which is right next door. Bencotto is like the older brother restaurant. It’s a little more “fine dining” than Monello. Last Saturday Jake and I decided to sell our Padres tickets for that evening since it was just TOO HOT to go and sit in the sun for several hours. Dinner in Little Italy sounded like a way better idea. We also went early like old folks so parking would be easier!  [complimentary house bread] We blissfully sat in the corner in the…
  • a secret date with jake

    mary
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:02 am
    On Sunday, I had a secret date. Jake decided to surprise me by planning a little something and not telling me what we were doing.   My “I wonder what is happening” look as I sit and wait for my surprise/secret date with Jake to start. All I know is that sandwiches are involved. A photo posted by Mary @ This Tasty Life (@kyten) on Jul 26, 2015 at 6:12pm PDT Me. Pre-date. Since I don’t know what’s happening I kept asking questions. “Am I dressed okay? Do we have to be there at a certain time? I thought we were leaving soon?” Etc., etc., etc. …
  • holsem coffee

    mary
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    I finally got a shot at trying the new Holsem Coffee this weekend. It’s the newest coffee shop in North Park, located near University Ave and 30th Street, less than a block from your “neighborhood” Starbucks. Walking by the Starbucks I saw there were plenty of people still partaking so I’m sure Starbucks was in no way worried about Holsem Coffee opening up next door. As you soon as you walk into Holsem Coffee (where, annoyingly, there are handles on the outside of the door for pulling even though it says “PUSH”) you can see how the vibe is different…
  • double standard kitchenetta

    mary
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    Imagine it: Sunday afternoon. Downtown. Bright, sunny, few clouds here and there. Hot. Humid. Nice day to sit outside on the patio at a new-to-you restaurant. You’ve got your dog, your boys, and an afternoon of food ahead of you! Just ignore those deep dark clouds that keep rolling in for a moment. It won’t rain, right?  Yeah, we’ll get to that. Last weekend I was invited to try out Double Standard Kitchenetta – a relative new joint down in Gaslamp. Previously this spot was The Counter, a burger chain that used to have a few locations in town but…
  • davanti enoteca

    mary
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    One recent evening, Laura and I went out for a girl’s night while Jake was off working at Comic Con. We made an evening of by going to the AMC Theater in La Jolla to sit in those fancy red recliners. I didn’t know it, but they have a 21+ area in the theater now where you can get your booze on while watching Magic Mike XXL or Ant-Man or something. We didn’t partake, though. I was too afraid to find out what the prices would be! After the movie (yes, we went to see Magic Mike, okay?!) we decided to have dinner in Del Mar and ended up going to Davanti Enoteca. The first thing I…
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    California Employment Law Report

  • Friday’s Five: Five Terms To Include In Job Offer Letters

    Anthony Zaller
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:46 am
    Hiring new employees? For the next job offer, instead of relying on the old job offer letter you have a lawyer review in the 1990’s, it is recommended to review the offer letter to ensure it is up to date with current law. While some of the items discussed below are not necessarily new aspect to California law, it is always good to review the terms set out in the offer letter to ensure it includes the relevant terms, and incorporates the any changes in the law. Here are the five terms employers should consider to include in job offer letters: 1. At-will designation It should be clearly set…
  • Five items that should be on every employer’s end of employment checklists

    Anthony Zaller
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am
    Many employers have new hire packets and hiring procedures, but just as important, and often overlooked by employers, is to have a process for departing employees. It is important to ensure an employee departing the company provides all items back to the company and is provided any legally required documentation, and is a good opportunity to take steps to address potential liability. Today’s Friday’s Five provides the five items that should be on California employers’ separation checklist: 1. List of documents to be provided by employer. As I previously wrote about, employers should…
  • California’s paid sick leave law amended – what employers need to know

    Anthony Zaller
    17 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    For additional information about the changes for California’s paid sick leave signed into law on July 13, 2015, click here.
  • Governor signs bill to amend California’s paid sick leave law 13 days after employees begin accruing paid sick leave.

    Anthony Zaller
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:06 pm
    Are you tired of employment lawyers’ obnoxious headlines asking if you are sick over California’s paid sick leave law yet?  I’ll spare you the play on words and get to some of the major amendments to California’s paid sick leave law, which took effect immediately upon the Governor’s signature of AB 304 on July 13, 2015.  Therefore, the amendments apply to employers going forward.  For today’s Friday’s Five, here is a summary of five of the major amendments employers should note: 1.      Employers may now use a different accrual method other than one hour of paid…
  • Five wage deductions California employers cannot make

    Anthony Zaller
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:22 pm
    1)      Gratuities All tips are the employee’s property, and cannot be taken by the employer.  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 section 351 clearly states that “[n]o employer or agent shall collect, take, or receive any gratuity or a part thereof that is paid, given to, or left for an employee by a patron, or deduct any amount from wages due an employee on account of a gratuity, or require an employee to credit…
 
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    The California Employment Law Blog by Mediator Steven G. Pearl

  • New Law: Requesting Accommodation Constitutes Protected Activity Under the FEHA

    Steven G. Pearl
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    In Rope v. Auto-Clor System of Washington, Inc. (2013) 220 Cal.App.4th 635 (discussed here), the plaintiff sued his former employer, alleging that it violated the Fair Employment and Housing Act (FEHA) by terminating him after he requested leave from work so that he could donate a kidney to his sister. The Court of Appeal held, among other things, that he could not state a retaliation cause of action under the FEHA because his request for leave did not constitute protected activity. On July 15, Governor Brown signed AB 987, reversing this holding. AB 987 adds…
  • New Law: Cheerleaders for Californai-Based Professional Sports Teams To Be Employees

    Steven G. Pearl
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Signed by Governor Brown on July 15, AB 202 adds Section 2754 to the Labor Code, providing that cheerleaders for California-based professional sports teams are employees, rather than independent contractors. The statute applies "for purposes of all of the provisions of state law that govern employment, including the Labor Code, the Unemployment Insurance Code, and the California Fair Employment and Housing Act." The new law goes into effect on January 1, 2016.The text of the bill is available here.
  • Baker v. Microsoft: Ninth Circuit Addresses Effect of Prior Order Denying Class Certification in Related Matter

    Steven G. Pearl
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:13 pm
    I didn't see this case when it came down in March, but the Court modified it a couple of weeks ago, so I'll discuss it now.In 2007, purchasers of Microsoft Xbox 360 game consoles brought a putative class action, alleging design defects. Scratched Disc Litigation, 2009 WL 10219350. The judge in that case denied certification, finding that common issues did not predominate because most Xbox owners had not experienced the purported defect. In Baker v. Microsoft Corporation, ___ F.3d ___ (9th Cir. 3/18/15, mod. 7/20/15), another group of Xbox owners brought another putative class action alleging…
  • Henson v. C. Overaa & Company: Court Issues Decision Regarding Apprentices under Prevailing Wage Law

    Steven G. Pearl
    9 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    A quick one for the prevailing wage folks out there. In Henson v. C. Overaa & Company (6/29/15) --- Cal.App.4th, the plaintiffs filed a class action, alleging that the defendant violated California's prevailing wage law by hiring construction craft laborer (laborer) apprentices instead of pipefitter apprentices to work on public works projects. The plaintiffs alleged that they lost wages and training as a result of this practice. The trial court granted summary judgment for the defendant, finding that the journeymen on the relevant projects were classified as laborers, and the law merely…
  • Pinela v. Neiman Marcus: Court Affirms Order Denying Motion to Compel Arbitration

    Steven G. Pearl
    8 Jul 2015 | 11:20 am
    In Pinela v. Neiman Marcus Group, Inc. (6/29/15) --- Cal.App.4th ---, the plaintiffs brought a class and PAGA representative action alleging a number of wage and hour violations. The trial court granted the defendant's motion to compel arbitration, except as to the PAGA claims. The trial court later reconsidered and denied the motion, holding that the arbitration agreement was illusory, The Court of Appeal affirmed, holding as follows: Under Code of Civil Procedure section 1008, a trial court may exercise its inherent discretion to reconsider any issue at any time, and the trial…
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    California Newswire

  • 28th Long Beach Jazz Festival features jazz legends Stanley Clarke, Poncho Sanchez, Keiko Matsui and more

    Christopher Simmons
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:01 pm
    LONG BEACH, Calif. /California Newswire/ — For over 27 years, Rainbow Lagoon Park has been transformed into a musical arena of sounds performed by jazz greats that have traveled all over the world. In addition, the vendor's cuisine and upscale merchandise in the pavilion has always been guests' favorite area to parlay. Produced by Rainbow Promotions, LLC, each year guests are in awe of the level of performances and the Long Beach Jazz Festival 2015 is no exception! This year, the tradition continues. Great delicacies, unique couture and once again guests will experience "A…
  • Adelina Foundation and World Mind Network Inspire Nepali School and Village with 3D Printing

    Valerie Gotten
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:25 pm
    KATHMANDU, NEPAL, July 31, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — The Adelina Foundation and World Mind Network recently completed a humanitarian and educational project at the TriKa School in Narayanpur, Nepal. According to Director John Toomey, the group engaged students and villagers in several programs designed to improve general health in the region and to inspire educational achievement. Lessons learned in Nepal will be applied to similar projects in the Philippines, Africa, India, the Middle East, and Latin America. Members were inspired by the accomplishments of school founder and…
  • The MReport Names Jody Collup of Global DMS to its 2015 Leading Ladies List

    Valerie Gotten
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:49 am
    LANSDALE, Pa., July 31, 2015 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Global DMS, a leading provider of web-based compliant valuation management software, announced that Jody Collup, its vice president of marketing, has been designated to the MReport’s 2015 Leading Ladies in Mortgage and Housing list. The 40 winners will be profiled in the August issue of MReport magazine that honors female executives who are innovators making a positive impact in the mortgage industry. In addition, the winners will be highlighted at the Women in Homeownership Leadership Forum held during the annual Five Star…
  • Film Screening of ‘Trace Amounts’ includes Filmmakers and Calif. Health Practitioners Discussing Vaccination Concerns

    Christopher Simmons
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:39 am
    ALISO VIEJO, Calif. /California Newswire/ — On Thursday, August 6, Liberty Lives and Council for Vaccine Safety will co-sponsor a film screening of the powerful, eye-opening documentary "Trace Amounts." An expert Q&A panel will directly follow the film and include "Trace Amounts" producers Eric Gladen and Shiloh Levine, well-known local pediatrician Dr. Bob Sears, investigative journalist Lori Martin Gregory, civil rights lawyer George Fatheree and former Merck representative Brandy Vaughan, founder of Council for Vaccine Safety. The film is free for all media. A…
  • Civic Resource Group Intl. and CloudGenera Announce Partnership accelerating the transition to cloud through Managed Services

    Christopher Simmons
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:35 pm
    LOS ANGELES, Calif. /California Newswire/ — Civic Resource Group International (CRGI), a recognized leader in providing digital government products, and CloudGenera, a leading cloud transformation company, announced today a partnership that will deliver significant benefits to government and public sector customers looking to adopt CRGI's CivicConnect(TM) Product Portfolio delivered via Software-as-a-Service model. Available now, the Partners' joint effort helps decision-makers and buyers to purchase cloud-based digital government solutions from CRGI, by leveraging…
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    Aptos Community News

  • Castro Adobe Receives $100,000 Grant

    Seb Frey
    17 Jul 2015 | 6:02 am
    Castro Adobe in Watsonville Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks (Friends), a local nonprofit serving 32 state parks and beaches in Santa Cruz and San Mateo counties, announced it has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Monterey Peninsula Foundation, host of the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am, to fund the ongoing restoration of the Castro Adobe State Historic Park. Located in Larkin Valley, near Watsonville, the two-story Castro Adobe is one of four adobe buildings remaining in Santa Cruz County and one of the finest examples of a rancho hacienda in the Monterey Bay area. Friends is…
  • Shrek comes to Aptos

    Seb Frey
    17 Jul 2015 | 5:43 am
    Shrek the Musical Jr. Nasty will be nice and Santa Cruz will be ogre-the-moon when Christian Youth Theater Santa Cruz presents their production of Shrek The Musical Jr. opening July 17th at Aptos High School. The family-friendly musical comedy follows the adventures of an ogre named Shrek who sets off on a quest to save Princess Fiona from a dragon. However, it turns out that in order to ultimately succeed, Shrek must battle an even bigger obstacle: learning how to believe in himself and open his heart to others. Tickets are available online at www.cytsantacruz.org. Don’t miss this exciting…
  • Aptos Real Estate Update June 2015

    Seb Frey
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:32 pm
    Is it just me, or did June Gloom come early this year? Jeez, that was one of the coldest and darkest springs I can remember here in Aptos. Lately though the skies have become much sunnier. So how did the Aptos real estate market fare last month through all this funky weather? Read all about it in the Aptos Real Estate Update June 2015. But before I get into the numbers…I wanted to tell you about a conversation I had the other day with a buyer client of mine. It’s similar to a lot of conversations I’ve been having lately with other clients, both buyers and sellers. She was…
  • A Chat with the Owner of Flats Bistro

    Seb Frey
    5 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    Jeanne Harrison of Flats Bistro and Cafe Rio Seb Frey with Aptos Community News ambled down to the new Flats Bistro in Aptos to have a chat with the owner, Jeanne Harrison. We wanted to talk about Jeanne’s new venture, and she shared quite a bit. We talked about their newest menu item: breakfast pizza ($14). According to Jeanne, It’s like having sourdough toast with either bacon or sausage, an egg done over-easy, some spinach and a little bit of cheese. Most people order the breakfast pizza in the morning, but you can get it any time of day; it’s been a very popular menu…
  • 3D Scanning Technology Comes to Aptos

    Seb Frey
    5 Jun 2015 | 7:26 am
    Matterport 3D Camera and iPad An amazing new 3D Scanning Technology Comes to Aptos, in the form of the Matterport 3D camera. This camera is used to create photorealistic representations of the interior of buildings. It was developed over the hill in Mountain View, and some of the earliest adopters of this technology have been real estate agents, for the creation of eye-popping (some would say mind-blowing!) virtual tours. This is believed to be the first use of a technology like this ever in Aptos. Noted Aptos real estate broker Seb Frey hired VirtualTourCafe to create a 3D model of his…
 
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