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The high price we pay for low-rent housing

Cascade Village sounds like a mountain hamlet, but it’s the name of a somewhat shabby block of 74 low-rent apartments in the southern edge of Sacramento. A few days ago, Sacramento city officials announced that they will float a $25 million bond and loan the proceeds to the 55-year-old complex’s owner, Bayside Communities of Walnut Creek, to finance a $28 million rehabilitation project. “It’s very important we preserve our affordable housing stock, or we could lose it,” Christine Weichert, the a...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Gavin Newsom, Capitol, Walnut Creek, Avondale, Bayside, Sacramento City, Dan Walters, Guest Commentary, Cascade Village, Christine Weichert, Sacramento 's Housing and Redevelopment Agency

Why 2019 will be a big year for the LGBT community and real estate

As NAGLREP joined NAR last year in commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act, together we repeatedly pointed out a missing piece — protecting LGBTs.
Tags: Opinion, Lgbt, Radio, Equality, Agent, NAR, Select, Fair Housing, NAGLREP, Jeff Berger, GLAREP

Why buyers should always handle repairs

When a repair issue comes up during a transaction, do you try to persuade the sellers to handle the repairs before the deal closes, or do you issue the buyers a credit and let them handle it?
Tags: Repairs, Opinion, Buyers, Radio, Agent, Inspection, Select, Bernice Ross, Buyer Credit, Inspection Report

The best way to show your value to sellers in the first 2 weeks

Here’s the No. 1 tool you have in your arsenal to demonstrate how hard you are working for your clients and win them over for life.
Tags: Opinion, Radio, Agent, Select, Seller Update Letter, Seller's Agent, Troy Palmquist

The platform wars: Why real estate is becoming like TV

A little late to the party, big real estate companies like Keller Williams are building platforms to stay relevant in the disruption age.
Tags: Technology, Opinion, Lifestyle, Radio, Columns, Zillow, Keller Williams, Gary Keller, EXP, Select, Kelle, RE/MAX, Dave Liniger, Glenn Sanford

‘Free’ community college plan will harm serious students

SACRAMENTO – It took nearly a dozen years after graduating from college to pay off the student debt I accumulated to get my degree – and that was in the days when tuition to a private university was around $5,000 a year including room and board. I’ve been through the college-shopping process with three daughters and have looked at asking prices of nearly $50,000 a year at some universities, so I understand the importance of affordability. It’s depressing thinking of kids getting their start in l...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Jerry Brown, University Of California, Gavin Newsom, Nra, Legislature, California State University, Newsom, Steven Greenhut, Cal State, R Street Institute, Cal Grant

The good, the bad and the ugly of Gov. Newsom’s budget proposal

Gov. Gavin Newsom released his 2019-20 budget earlier this month that, at first glance, has something for everyone to love and dislike. His budget can be classified into three parts — the good, the bad, and the ugly. The Good There is a lot to applaud in the budget that reflects Republican values. These include expanded efforts to pay off past debt and tackle some of the unfunded pension liabilities for retired state employees. The proposal also increases the Earned Income Tax Credit for working...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, San Diego, Gavin Newsom, Nra, Legislature, Newsom, Senate District, Guest Commentary, Patricia Bates R Laguna Niguel

New tax proposals are unnecessary and hurt the middle-class

No one disputes that California has a big budget surplus. According to the Office of the Legislative Analyst, California has budget reserves in excess of $18 billion. Our budget reserves exceed the entire state budget of eighteen other states. One would think that the funds available for discretionary spending would chill any appetite for higher taxes. But this is California. Despite the highest income tax rate, the highest state sales tax rate and the second highest gas tax, both our newly elec...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Jerry Brown, Central Valley, Nra, Los Angeles San Francisco, Newsom, Jon Coupal, Opinion columns, Office of the Legislative Analyst California

MLK speaks powerfully to us in 2019

"He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”
Tags: News, Opinion

Facebook launches petition feature, its next battlefield

Gather a mob and Facebook will now let you make political demands. Tomorrow Facebook will encounter a slew of fresh complexities with the launch of Community Actions, its News Feed petition feature. Community Actions could unite neighbors to request change from their local and national elected officials and government agencies. But it could also provide vocal interest groups a bully pulpit from which to pressure politicians and bureaucrats with their fringe agendas. Community Actions embodies...
Tags: Social, Facebook, Apps, Florida, Colorado, Opinion, Government, US, Tech, Policy, Petition, Philadelphia,, Facebook Groups, Donald Trump, Mike Pence

While teachers picket in the rain, taxpayers fear getting soaked

Last Wednesday, a small cluster of rain-soaked teachers, students and supporters stood in a storm at the intersection of Topanga Canyon and Ventura boulevards, about halfway between Canoga Park High School and Woodland Hills Elementary. Motorists honked their support as they splashed past. Honking is free. The teachers of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the nation’s second largest, are in the center of a storm, hitting the bricks after contract talks collapsed, sending nearly 30,000 edu...
Tags: California, Opinion, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United States, Lausd, John Adams, Jack O'connell, Lapd, Nancy, Donald, Ventura, Nra, Doug Mcintyre

People who build are so creative

I’ve been watching videos on Youtube of people who build tiny houses or remodel vehicles into RV’s. It is amazing what they think of. Right now I’m watching a video of a woman who took an 80’s Canadian Fire Truck and made it into a beautiful RV. She and her daughter and now traveling around it in. What wonderful memories they are creating. I have been watching lots of RV videos. As a kid I had relatives who had different kinds of RV’s. I had more camping experience than I would lik...
Tags: Opinion, Murphy

Technology’s dark forest

We used to be such optimists. Technology would bring us a world of wealth in harmony with the environment, and even bring us new worlds. The Internet would erase national boundaries, replace gatekeepers with a universal opportunity for free expression, and bring us all closer together. Remember when we looked forward to every advance? I just finished Liu Cixin’s magisterial science-fiction trilogy Remembrance of Earth’s Past. It is very much a bracingly pessimistic story for our era. Without spo...
Tags: Travel, TC, Facebook, Opinion, Max Read, Liu Cixin

MLK and the silence of good people

In 1963, Dr. King called out white people for the tepidness and flaccidity of their commitment to racial reconciliation. That problem endures in 2019.
Tags: News, Opinion

Docs vs. the NRA on bloody bullets

Last year, naturally enough another year of massive gun violence in the United States, a group of physicians noted on social media that they were sick and tired of pulling the bloody bullets out.Almost 40,000 Americans died of gunshot wounds in 2017, the most recent year for which full statistics are available; thousands more were saved from dying by said medical professionals in emergency rooms.It was the third year in a row in which the gun-death number went up. And, in our peaceable kingdom, ...
Tags: New York, Congress, Cdc, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, United States, Kansas, The New York Times, Times, Nra, National Rifle Association, Larry Wilson, Southern California News Group, Opinion columns, Dakota Jablon

The unions’ war on kids

Disturbingly, union activists are placing kids on picket lines. One little girl parroting union talking points said, “Stand by my teachers. I don’t cross the picket line.” Union activist-in-training. Innocent families delivering children to school are surrounded by angry mobs. My friend is terrified to take her kids to school in Los Angeles Unified. She’s angry at the unions, but as a parent and taxpayer, she’s voiceless. Teachers like me are appalled. We’re hired to serve children and families ...
Tags: California, Opinion, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Kim, Nancy, Donald, Democratic, Nicole, San Bernardino County, Rebecca Friedrichs, Deanna, National Education Association

Technological progress and the global sex recession

We may live amidst what seems a libidinous culture, but oddly also an increasingly sexless time. Of course, the drop in early teen sex, and even more so teen pregnancies represents positive developments, but when lack of social interaction leads to celibacy in the twenties, thirties and beyond, the implications are less than wholesome. The Atlantic recently described a “sex recession” in the United States and most western countries, with fewer people dating and even those in relationship getting...
Tags: Amazon, Asia, Hong Kong, Europe, Japan, Australia, Opinion, China, Germany, Singapore, India, San Francisco, Sport, European Union, Atlantic, Soccer

A wall of counterintelligence secrecy could stand for decades

Lately, all our political controversies seem to involve a wall. The government is shut down by the fight over funding for a wall on the southern border, with President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi dug in for trench warfare. She pulled the plug on his State of the Union address. He canceled her flight to Afghanistan. You can almost hear the 2020 election galloping toward us and the prospects for peace running off into the distance. But the other wall, which may turn out to be even ...
Tags: Congress, California, Opinion, Barack Obama, Sport, Fbi, Afghanistan, Soccer, United States, House, Bill Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Doj, Justice Department, Nancy

Nancy vs. Donald: 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, Nancy, Donald, Political-cartoons

With Newsom’s call for universal pre-K, consider preschool’s dubious record

Gov. Gavin Newsom told EdSource in September: “Our role begins when babies are still in the womb and it doesn’t end until we’ve done all we can to prepare them for a quality job and successful career.” If Newsom’s grand scheme is realized, higher taxes are in store for our state, already accurately dubbed Taxifornia. Particularly pernicious is his idea for universal preschool for 4-year-olds. The policy is already in motion, as Sacramento Assemblyman Kevin McCarty introduced three bills in Decem...
Tags: California, Opinion, Senate, Sport, Chicago, Soccer, New Orleans, Lincoln, Brookings Institution, Gavin Newsom, Rahm Emanuel, McDonald, Darrell Steinberg, Children 's Hospital, Whitehurst, Newsom

A conspiracy of dunces

Just before Christmas, a story broke that seemed too strange — and too hypocritical — to be true. As Democratic Party elders were trying to stifle loutish impeachment threats by fanatical House freshmen, it was revealed that Democratic operatives had used cyber fraud to manipulate the 2017 Alabama Senate race. It’s hard to know precisely who masterminded the plot because the perpetrators have lawyered up and are pointing fingers at one another. But according to the New York Times and subsequent ...
Tags: Google, Supreme Court, Putin, Obama, California, Washington Post, Opinion, Russia, Alabama, Usda, Sport, Fbi, Soccer, Gop, Hillary Clinton, United States

First Step Act gives more support to programs that work for California inmates

When California prisons came under healthcare receivership in 2005, the process of enhancing the community reentry programs for our state’s prison population began. California’s investment in in-custody and community programming such as the Custody to Community Transitional Reentry Program (CCTRP)  and the Male Community Reentry Program (MCRP) has paid off in reduced recidivism rates and a declining prison population in accordance with some of the receiver’s requirements. Offering former inmates...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Long Beach, Orange County, Mike, Kern County, Federal Bureau of Prisons, GEO Group, Geo, Guest Commentary, Continuum of Care, Male Community Reentry Program MCRP, Graceville Correctional, Florida Continuum of Care

There’s no place for racism in the party of Lincoln

The upcoming federal holiday in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. provides a perfect time to reflect on his contributions to our nation and consider how his values can guide our public discourse today. One of Dr. King’s greatest legacies was not only the scope of his accomplishments in advancing equality under the law but the manner in which he undertook them. His methods contrasted dramatically with those of his opponents. King’s crusade for civil rights was waged through peaceful self-sacrifice...
Tags: Opinion, America, Sport, Soccer, Ohio, Lincoln, King, Martin Luther King Jr, George Wallace, Steve King, Oberlin College, Paul Cook, Guest Commentary, Congress Steve King

The key to earthquake safety is combating climate change

On January 17th, 1994 at 4:55am, this city shook from its foundations for 20 seconds. The Northridge quake that hit 25 years ago was catastrophic and changed millions of lives in an instant – an immutable act of nature. But much of the chaos that followed – days without water, fires caused by ruptured gas pipes, and the shutdown of the local economy – could have been prevented. Our city has responded to some of its structural vulnerabilities well, but we know more can and should be done because ...
Tags: Opinion, La, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, San Andreas, Aliso Canyon, Northridge, CSUN, Lundquist, Guest Commentary, Santa Susana, Department of Geological Sciences, Loraine Lundquist, Matthew d'Alessio, Institute for Sustainability

Women’s March LA and conservative Jewish women

Do conservative Jewish women have a place at the table in regard to Women’s March LA? This is what I wondered when deciding whether or not to attend the march this year. I went to the first one full of hope. After the confusion of the election I wanted to feel heard. The Women’s March appeared like an outlet for that. But as more information about what the Women’s March stood for, what their leaders advocated for and, more specifically, who was left out of the conversation. I felt betrayed. When...
Tags: Opinion, La, Israel, Sport, Soccer, Louis Farrakhan, Linda Sarsour, Sarsour, Guest Commentary, Pinchas Giller, Mary Hellman, American Jewish University She, ASAJU, Pi Gamma Mu

Trump and Pelosi feud is ‘wow’-worthy

Re: “Trump denies jet for Pelosi troop visit”: Wow. I’m about to agree (sort of) with President Donald Trump for nixing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s trip. This trip was no less wasteful than the border wall that started this imbroglio. There are professionals doing the information gathering that this boondoggle was supposed to accomplish. Nancy, […]
Tags: News, Opinion, House, Nancy Pelosi, Donald Trump, Nancy, Trump, Pelosi, Letters to the Editor, Northwest Voices

ISIS’ ideology not defeated

Re: “Americans among 19 dead in Syria suicide bombing”: Innocents were no doubt killed by a malignant ideology that’s far from defeated. Our forces can be effective enablers of peace and stability, but they need to be properly used and then backed up by stable leadership, and a coherent diplomatic and military strategy. Sadly, during […]
Tags: Isis, News, Opinion, Syria, Letters to the Editor, Northwest Voices

Goal of affordable housing requires coordinated effort

As a former middle school teacher who struggled to find adequate housing, I read with pleasure the headline “Microsoft responds to housing crisis with $500 million pledge.” It intends this housing to be close to where residents actually work, a much needed emphasis. The crisis in affordable housing must be addressed at all levels of […]
Tags: News, Microsoft, Opinion, Letters to the Editor, Northwest Voices

Local school levies are still needed

Re: “Seattle levy threatens McCleary reforms”: I can’t speak for Seattle Public Schools, but I am a parent in the overcrowded, underfunded Peninsula School District, which is seeking a $198 million bond for new schools and upgrades. The Supreme Court decided the Legislature had “fully funded” education and local levies should not be used to […]
Tags: News, Opinion, Seattle, Legislature, The Supreme Court, Seattle Public Schools, McCleary, Letters to the Editor, Northwest Voices, Peninsula School District

MLK would frown on continuing wealth gap

Martin Luther King Jr. condemned the crueler aspects of capitalism and called for change that would end the deep inequities in our economic system.
Tags: News, Opinion, Martin Luther King Jr