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A fire at my house

One firefighter says that he too seldom sees a house with a fire extinguisher. Another says it’s a good idea, though, to make sure you know how it works before you need it. Both say this could have been much worse.
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New to real estate? Make these 8 things your first-year’s mission

What does a new agent need to do regularly to succeed, grow and be profitable in their business and beyond? Here’s a list of the major things that new agents must do to prosper and succeed in their first year.
Tags: Agent, Lead Generation, Marketing, Opinion, Select, Accountability Partner, Coach, Database, Facebook, Facebook Stories, Farm, Farming, Instagram, Instagram Stories, Local Market, Matt Kaestner


Gavin Newsom’s cynical game, explained

A toy company called Galoob once made a game called Mr. Gameshow. It featured a blue-eyed, slick-haired host, entirely plastic, with an oversized head and an arctic smile. As players pressed buttons to answer questions, Mr. Gameshow’s recorded voice would yell out the winners and losers with shouts of “Pick up your money!” or “AAH-eem sorry!” followed by a sarcastic insult. In California, Gov. Gavin Newsom is infringing on Mr. Gameshow’s territory. Every day brings another thrilling blitz of win...
Tags: Opinion, Opinion columns


Understanding the appeal of democratic socialism key to defeating it

In their race to save an unpopular president and their lack of a positive agenda, many Republicans and conservatives increasingly identify the rise of “democratic socialism” as their ultimate, if you will, Trump card. Given the fact that most Americans, particularly older ones, still favor capitalism and are less than enthusiastic about expanding federal power, this approach might work. But conservatives, in or out of the White House, underestimate the intrinsic appeal of the resurgence of neo-M...
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What healthy relationships look like

As a survivor of domestic violence, I know how it feels to be isolated, embarrassed and confused about what should be acceptable behavior from a partner. That is why, as state senator for the 22nd District, I am prioritizing policies and events that will educate and protect victims, both men and women. No one should feel as if they need to do this alone. They should know where they can turn for help. I’m also working on proposals alongside groups including the California Partnership to End Domes...
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California needs a strong alternative to the Democratic establishment. Look to the Libertarians.

The Republican Party is finally realizing what the Libertarian Party has known for decades: California is best when the voters have options. Jessica Millan Patterson, Chair of the California Republican Party, recently wrote, “Republicans have both an opportunity and a responsibility to stand up and offer a viable alternative to the Democrats and give voters a real choice.” However, other Republican leaders feel that the GOP isn’t the option Californians are looking for. Soon after last year’s ge...
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The guns and butter of Trump’s budget: Political Cartoons

Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world, and across the political spectrum, covering current issues and figures. Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world, and across the political spectrum, covering current issues and figures. Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world...
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Reject efforts to make it easier for school districts to raise parcel taxes

For years, Democratic legislators have sought to chip away at  the state’s few taxpayer protections. Now, with a strong supermajority in the Legislature, and the bills coming due for profligate spending, legislation has been introduced to make it easier for school districts to ram through parcel tax increases. Senate Constitutional Amendment 5, introduced by Sens. Ben Allen, D-Santa Monica, and Jerry Hill, D-San Mateo, would lower the threshold for voter approval of parcel tax hikes or extension...
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Tariffs trickle throughout the shopping experience

Few people realize that the higher costs associated with the trade war ripple throughout their shopping experiences. Shoppers won’t find many of the items in my specialty gift stores on the list of items subject to tariffs, but those duties affect my day-to-day business in terms of pricing and sourcing products in my stores. Many customers still haven’t felt the sting of tariffs, because businesses like mine are doing everything they can to absorb what is effectively a 10 percent tax increase on...
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Google Stadia is a Net Neutrality Nightmare

At the Game Developers Conference (GDC) this year, Google announced that it has taken up the long and ever-lengthening dream of the video game streaming service. Meant to replace the hefty, pricey, altogether confounding experience of buying and using various gaming hardware, Google Stadia will run video games on Google’s own hardware in a server […]
Tags: Opinion, GDC, GDC 2019, Google, Stadia


We live in a ‘Game of Thrones’ world

“Game of Thrones” is in the common vernacular whether or not you watch the HBO show. Our household made it through an episode and a half of the medieval, or whenever it’s supposed to be, gang rape and incestuous bloody weddings before switching over to some other dinnertime fiction. But we all know what someone using “Game of Thrones” as a contemporary political metaphor would be saying about still-extant feudalism and brutal power plays. And so last week when I had coffee with a group of visiti...
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‘Sunshine’ will allay fears as cops try futuristic policies

SACRAMENTO – In Washington, D.C. in 2054, a Department of PreCrime determines who is going to commit a crime before it happens. The government uses three mutants, known as “precogs,” who have precise visions of future events. Police are sent in advance to arrest the not-quite-criminals and, voila, the crime rate drops to zero. That is the backdrop of the movie, “Minority Report,” based on a story from the late Orange County sci-fi writer Philip K. Dick. Dystopian stories take real-life trends an...
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School accountability good for some, not others?

Last year, in his final budget as governor, Jerry Brown proudly proclaimed a new policy to encourage the state’s 114 community colleges to pay more attention to how their students are faring. “By funding colleges based primarily on enrollment, the current funding formula encourages districts to strictly prioritize student access without regard for student success—such as timely completion and better serving underrepresented students,” Brown’s budget contended. “The budget proposes a new funding ...
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New Zealand’s rational, responsible gun laws

The government of New Zealand has moved quickly to ban assault weapons after the massacre at mosques there. It realizes that had the shooter not had easy access to such a weapon, the atrocity would not have occurred. Contrast that with the reaction of our Congress to similar events in this country. “Thoughts and prayers” […]
Tags: Letters to the Editor, Northwest Voices, Opinion


Forgiving library fines sends wrong message to children

Re: “Seattle’s library plan needs scrutiny”: The idea of forgiving library fines for overdue articles is misguided. We are subtly telling children that avoiding rules is OK. We should never do this. If we want to void the fine, which is admirable, it should happen only when an individual goes in person to a library […]
Tags: Letters to the Editor, Northwest Voices, Opinion


To solve nursing shortage, first do no harm to California’s nursing schools

California is in the midst of a severe nursing shortage, but a little-known Sacramento agency seems determined to make the crisis worse. I can honestly say I’ve never seen anything like it. I have been licensed to practice nursing in California for 35 years. In that time — as a clinician, educator, administrator and hospital board trustee — I have also held multiple executive-level positions in nursing service and education as well as serving in professional associations. I have been honored by ...
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The UW is at the ready for climate-change cost analysis

Re: “Climate proposals need better cost analysis”: For large public projects, the public gains from estimating the costs and benefits of alternatives before proceeding are large, not to say huge. The costs of the analysis itself are normally a small fraction of the costs savings from avoiding bad decisions. The Center for Benefit-Cost Analysis at […]
Tags: Letters to the Editor, Northwest Voices, Opinion


We allow unhelpful things to happen

Often people complain about the state of the world. They say that the world is evil or getting worse. The truth is that we allow unhelpful things to happen. We see people who are famous lie in a big ways. They say something contrary to the physical hard truth of a situation. Yet rather than not listen to them anymore, we forget what they said and give them another opportunity to lie. When people lie in obvious and big ways why should be believe them in smaller and and non obvious ways? When some...
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2020 race amplifies shakeup in Democratic Party

2016 was the end of the GOP as we knew it. Now it’s the Democrats’ turn. Given the way things have worked out so far on the Right, the Left should be warier than its loudest voices seem to suggest. Although the mood among Democrats has modulated significantly over the past several years, as president Trump has failed both to induce disaster or succumb to it, their hopes of a smashing success in 2020 remain highly audacious. The sheer size and energy of the still-burgeoning field of White House c...
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The privacy risks of unchecked facial-recognition technology

Facial recognition is not happening in a vacuum. It is plugging into existing surveillance structures, enabling the real-time monitoring of individuals.
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March Madness: Political Cartoons

Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world, and across the political spectrum, covering current issues and figures. Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world, and across the political spectrum, covering current issues and figures. Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world...
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City of Seattle’s math

Seattle city levies seem to double each time they are renewed.
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Lowering alcohol standard won’t make us safer, but it will ensnare casual drinkers

We like to say that the Nanny State isn’t a destination as much as a journey. In other words, politicians who promote laws to protect people from themselves might not have a particular end goal in mind, but will always come up with new ways to regulate behavior in the name of public safety. In a legislative session that’s already seen envelope-pushing proposals to ban the sale of flavored-tobacco products and Big-Gulp-style drinks, one particular Nanny State proposal has been garnering attention...
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Uncollected illegal guns put Californians at risk

In the aftermath of the horrific massacre of Muslim worshippers in New Zealand, the gun control debate has flared up yet again over how best to prevent gun violence. While it is not easy to find common ground on solutions, I hope we can agree that taking guns away from high-risk individuals with criminal histories and mental health challenges should be a top priority for government. In California, such a tool already exists to help the state government do its job, which is called the Armed & Pro...
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What I learned as a Mexican diplomat in Washington state

Nearly three years ago, I was in the process of filing my paperwork to join the Mexican mission to the United Nations in New York City. A call from Dr. Roberto Dondisch led to an invitation to join the Consulate of Mexico in Seattle, instead. The team’s mission is to explain the importance of Mexico […]
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Real estate’s cord cutter moment is here — are you ready?

Just as with television, parallel paths are shaping up for the consumer when it comes to buying and selling a house — the old way and the new way.
Tags: Exclusive, Industry News, Opinion, Select, Technology


The Real Word: Is college the biggest racket in America?

Watch Byron Lazine and Nicole White give a real estate agent’s perspective on industry-related topics. This week, they'll discuss whether college itself, which can create insurmountable debt, is a racket after the news that real estate executives are among those being charged in a college fraud scheme to get kids into top schools.
Tags: Agent, Industry News, Opinion, Select, Video, Realtor, Byron Lazine, College Fraud Scheme, Nicole White, Op Ed, Real Estate Teams, Team, The Real Word, Wall Street Journal, WSJ


Why you should track every buyer who walks through the door

If you’re not keeping track of every buyer who walks through the door of your listing for an open house or showing, you’re being irresponsible and unprofessional. Here’s why.
Tags: Agent, Marketing, Opinion, Select, Technology, Buyer, Buyer's Agent, Open House, Open House Traffic, Track Buyers, Troy Palmquist


Vivaldi vs. Brave Browser for Mac

I have been using Vivaldi & Brave browsers for Mac and I have to say I like them both for different reasons. Vivaldi is clearly faster. However Brave feels more secure. It blocks more things and has great privacy options. I use one on my work computer and one on my home computer. I am really so impressed with both. I have always liked testing browsers and software. A long time ago I bought Netscape when they used to charge for it. I had been using a free browser but Netscape was such an upgrade ...
Tags: Opinion, Vivaldi, Netscape


Speaking ill of the dead: Political Cartoons

Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world, and across the political spectrum, covering current issues and figures. Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world, and across the political spectrum, covering current issues and figures. Sound The gallery will resume in seconds Check out our regular cartoon gallery featuring some of the best cartoonists from around the world...
Tags: Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Political-cartoons