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An indie broker’s take on life and work during coronavirus

The global pandemic has hit some harder than others. Here, Teresa Boardman weighs in on how her life — and the lives of those around her — changed during this uncertain time.
Tags: Opinion, Service, Challenges, Radio, Home Office, Agent, Select, Face Masks, New Normal, Teresa Boardman, Needs and wants, Normalcy

Yes, we should blame China’s communist government for the spread of COVID-19

Apparently, blaming China for exporting a deadly virus around the globe, lying about the danger it posed and withholding vital information regarding its origin is now considered racist by polite society. Mike Ryan, the executive director of the World Health Organization’s Emergencies Program, said at a news conference, “There is no blame in this.  All we need now is to identify the things we need to do to move forward quickly, with speed and to avoid any indication of ethnic or other association...
Tags: Congress, Opinion, White House, China, America, Spain, Sport, Soccer, United States, New York Times, Italy, World Health Organization, Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, John Phillips, Mike Ryan, KABC

Reevaluating the foresight, leadership of Brown, Schwarzenegger

Ancient Egyptians first observed that only when we eliminate traditions do we discover why they first became traditions. That’s a warning state officials must heed this spring, as they shape a sharply reduced state budget where many programs will likely be slashed or eliminated. To rephrase the Egyptians: Eliminate a state program and you eventually learn why it was set up. This can be a very hard lesson. So it’s been this spring, as California coped with the many consequences of ex-Gov. Jerry B...
Tags: Congress, California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jerry Brown, Donald Trump, Los Angeles Times, Gavin Newsom, Trump, Brown, Schwarzenegger, Sempra Energy, LA County

Close vote count reveals flaw in LA County’s pricey new system

Los Angeles County spent more than $300 million and 10 years developing new election technology, but problems on March 3 prompted an election night apology from county Registrar Dean Logan and an order for an investigation from the County Board of Supervisors. Now a local group in Long Beach is uncovering even more problems. The Long Beach Reform Coalition requested a recount of Measure A, which lifts the sunset date on a sales-tax increase, after it won a late come-from-behind victory by 16 vot...
Tags: Congress, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Long Beach, Logan, Los Angeles County, LA County, Newsom, Registrar Dean Logan, America Social, County Board of Supervisors Now, Long Beach Reform Coalition, LBRC

Build infrastructure to support the fourth industrial revolution

Technology has the potential to solve many of the country’s social problems such as electricity production and the eradication of pit latrines The post Build infrastructure to support the fourth industrial revolution appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Amazon, Microsoft, Opinion, Article, The Internet Of Things, Fourth Industrial Revolution, Equal Education, Statistics South Africa, Michael Komape, Stats SA, 4IR, Kusile Power Station, Advanced Manufacturing Institute (AMI, Bhisho, Electricity Supply, Lumka Mkhethwa

PlayStation 5’s DualSense controller is a return to Sony’s legacy of innovation

Haptic feedback and adaptive triggers are true game changers
Tags: Gaming, Opinion, Trends, Sony, Game controllers, PlayStation 5, PS5, DualSense

Big Tech surveillance and our privacy

Everyone seems anxious to help out during the coronavirus pandemic. Google, for example, has created online reports in 131 countries to help governments find out where people have been. The company says the published information will not include any personally identifiable information, such as the location, contacts and movements of any single person. Google will only provide anonymous, aggregated data to show how many people visited six different types of destinations. Google knows who has visi...
Tags: Google, Congress, California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, United Kingdom, Social Security, Eric Garcetti, Ana, Newsom, Susan Shelley, Xavier Becerra, CCPA, Broadcast TV Networks

Newsom’s profligate agenda put on hold by coronavirus

Faced with the unknown but certainly detrimental economic fallout prompted by the coronavirus outbreak, Gov. Gavin Newsom and the state Legislature will need to put their most ambitious ideas on hold. We encourage state officials to keep the focus of any new spending commitments limited to addressing the impact of COVID-19, and be willing to make cuts where it makes sense. “The January budget is no longer operable,” Newsom said last week. “The world has radically changed since the January budget...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sacramento, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Gavin Newsom, Legislature, Costa Mesa, Newsom, UTLA, Sen John Moorlach, COVID

Congress is bankrupting America

Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump signed the largest stimulus bill in U.S. history: more than $2 trillion. For once, both Republicans and Democrats agreed. The Senate voted 96-0. The House didn’t even bother with a formal vote. At the White House, a reporter asked the president, pointing out that the bill includes $25 million for the Kennedy Center, “Shouldn’t that money be going to masks?” “The Kennedy Center has suffered greatly because nobody can go there,” Trump responded. “They do need ...
Tags: Greece, Obama, Congress, Opinion, Senate, White House, China, Russia, Uncategorized, America, Barack Obama, Sport, European Union, Soccer, United States, Ronald Reagan

THR Turmoil Underscores Importance of Editorial Freedom for All Media Outlets (Column)

What happened this week at The Hollywood Reporter is nothing less than shocking — and deeply disturbing. Even though we’re a fierce rival of the publication, I really feel for the journalists over there, who have had their editorial independence yanked out from under them by their misguided corporate bosses at Valence Media and Media […]
Tags: Hollywood, News, Opinion, The Hollywood Reporter, Valence Media and Media

Social distancing in the unemployment line: Political Cartoons

Los Angeles Dodgers starting pitcher Rich Hill sits in the dugout during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Chicago Cubs in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) Chicago Cubs’ Jon Lester falls after fouling a bunt off during the third inning of Game 2 of baseball’s National League Championship Series against the Los Angeles Dodgers in Los Angeles, Sunday, Oct. 15, 2017. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill) Sound The gall...
Tags: Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Jon Lester, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Tinashe, John McCoy, Cubs, Dodgers, Los Angeles Daily News, Justin Turner, Mark J Terrill, David Crane, Chris Taylor

A Call to Arms for the Creative Community (Guest Column)

At the risk of sounding almost trivial given the sheer magnitude of the current global pandemic, these are challenging times for all in the media and entertainment industry. The out-of-home entertainment market is one segment of the media business that has been particularly devastated. So have the livelihoods of content-developing creatives (producers, talent) and content-enabling […]
Tags: Opinion, Coronavirus

The show must not go on

Treefort? Uprooted. Cannes? Canned.* Boise Music Festival? Silenced. The list goes on and on… To my friends at the Idaho and Boise Advertising Federations, it’s time to make the call. It’s time to either postpone or cancel The Rockies as an in-person event this year. As much as everyone loves a party and an excuse to dress up, get together and celebrate, it seems foolish to hold an event like this a handful of weeks from now, even if social distancing and shelter-in-place restr...
Tags: Opinion, Advertising, Idaho, Cannes, Rockies, Commentary, Boise Advertising Federation, Treefort, Idaho Advertising Federation, Dan Goldgeier, Boise Advertising Federations

Creativity and compassion continue to combat the coronavirus

It’s easy to feel depressed and scared these days. News about the impact and death toll of the new coronavirus, COVID-19, is constant. Government responses have been chaotic, ranging from near-indifference to suddenly shutting down the economy, with politicians offering to pay for everything. Yet we shouldn’t lose sight of the exceptional vitality that the private sector is demonstrating during this mess. It will make a difference, so cheer up! After what can only be described as a multilevel go...
Tags: Facebook, New York, Opinion, Virginia, Singapore, Sport, Canada, Soccer, United States, South Dakota, New York Times, Italy, Seattle, Burger King, Tyler Cowen, Trump

Red tape allowed COVID-19 to spread

From mandatory quarantines to the closure of non-essential businesses around the world, our governments are doing everything they can to reduce the impact of this virus’s public health impact. But testing remains one of the most important measures to reduce the spread, and despite research showing that the United States was ranked as the “most prepared” nation to deal with a pandemic, the results have shown otherwise. America now has more cases than any other country, and we’re grappling with ma...
Tags: South Korea, Cdc, Opinion, America, Sport, Soccer, United States, Fda, The New York Times, Miller, Trump, Mark Miller, EUA, Centers for Disease Control CDC, Organisation for Economic Co, Guest Commentary

UTLA uses the coronavirus as excuse to trash charters

Due to the coronavirus, many of us have become more charitable — helping the elderly and infirm, shopping for a family that fears leaving home, other acts of kindness. Many teachers are working hard, tackling the ins-and-outs of online education, desperately trying to keep their students apace via distance learning. Sadly, though, there are some who attempt to capitalize on these stressful times to advance their political agenda. And quite conspicuous in that crowd is Alex Caputo-Pearl, presiden...
Tags: California, Opinion, Los Angeles, Sport, Soccer, Lausd, Trump, U S Census Bureau, Los Angeles Unified School District, Austin Beutner, Alex Caputo Pearl, UTLA, California Charter Schools Association, Mike Antonucci, Guest Commentary, Larry Sand

Home has never been more important

Compass CEO Robert Reffkin shares his thoughts on why the concept of 'home' matter so much right now.
Tags: Real Estate, Housing, Opinion, Radio, Compass, Columns, Brokerage, Select, Robert Reffkin, COVID-19

New listing volumes plunge 50-75% across the globe

As the pandemic and associated effect on the real estate market spreads, one of the best leading indicators of a decline in transaction volumes — new listings — has dropped an average of 63 percent in the earliest hit markets.
Tags: Opinion, Data, Analysis, Radio, Markets & Economy, Mike Delprete, Coronavirus, COVID-19

Lessons from ‘La Peste’: Camus and Covid-19

‘The Plague’, an allegory of the Nazi occupation of France in World War II, is about a town’s fight against an epidemic. It’s a relevant read in the times of Covid-19 The post Lessons from ‘La Peste’: Camus and Covid-19 appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Opinion, France, Aids, Article, Albert Camus, La Peste, Camus, Pandemic, Top Six, The Plague, Coronavirus, Coronavirus outbreak, Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome, COVID-19, Middle East Respiratory System

Recipe for Guy’s Burger Joint Straight-Up Burger with Pig Patty

I’m beginning to think that some of the best bites on cruise ships are at the walk-up restaurants.  And the ones on Carnival are no exception.  Take Guy Fieri’s restaurant on almost all Carnival ships, for example.  One bite and you’re hooked, with or without Read More The post Recipe for Guy’s Burger Joint Straight-Up Burger with Pig Patty appeared first on .
Tags: Travel, Food, Opinion, Carnival, Mardi Gras, Guys Burger Joint, Pig Patty, Take Guy Fieri, Burger Joint Straight Up Burger

Nursing rule waiver is finally approved to help deal with coronavirus outbreak

From the outset of the coronavirus outbreak, officials have worried that patients would overwhelm medical facilities and there would be too-few health staff to deal with a spiraling number of sick people. States including Maryland and New York quickly relaxed regulations that kept qualified nurses from finishing their degrees and being available at hospitals and clinics. That was a sensible approach that California recently – albeit belatedly – adopted. On March 30, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a fa...
Tags: New York, Maryland, California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Associated Press, States, Gavin Newsom, Department Of Consumer Affairs, California Medical Association, Related Articles Trump, Sen John Moorlach R Costa Mesa, California Board of Registered Nursing, Kimberly Kirchmeyer

Trump administration’s finalized, more sensible CAFE standards

The Trump Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation have just released the final version of their new Corporate Average Fuel Economy standard. Its goal of increasing fuel economy 1.5 percent per year, aiming for 40 miles per gallon by 2026, hardly seems an environmental catastrophe. But because that is less restrictive than the 2012 Obama administration standard, mandating 5 percent annual improvements and a goal of 54.5 mpg in 2025, it is being characterizing as backslidi...
Tags: Obama, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Epa, Department Of Transportation, Clinton, Trump, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety IIHS, David J Hayes, Trump Environmental Protection Agency, Guest Commentary, Gary M Galles, Harvard Brookings

Homebuilding’s vital role in difficult economic times

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, our nation is facing a tremendous amount of uncertainty when it comes to the health of our residents and the future of our economy. Skyrocketing unemployment, coupled with a volatile stock market, has led to one of the most fragile economic periods in history. Before the coronavirus outbreak, the most pressing issue in California was how to address the state’s severe affordable housing crisis. Now the two crises have converged, placing the state at a major crossroa...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Trump, Anaheim, Irvine, Public Policy Institute of California, GLENDORA, Guest Commentary, Jeff Montejano, California Homebuilding Foundation

Cash hoarding, in all its forms, threatens the economy

Some stores in malls are refusing to pay rent to the mall operators due to the financial slow-down. Commercial contracts frequently contain “force majeure,” “time of war” or “act of God” provisions that forgive payment in very unusual circumstances. We can all understand why retailers would want to conserve cash in uncertain times, such as now, if they can legally do so. I do not purport to offer advice as to whether those clauses legally entitle non-payment. As an economic matter, however, this...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, United States, University Of Chicago, Federal Reserve, Trump, Fed, Ben Bernanke, Small Business Administration, Tom Campbell, United States Treasury, Milton Friedman, Joint Economic Committee, Opinion columns

Making sense of the headlines: Is the jumbo mortgage market collapsing?

Looking for a little clarity on this week's economic and housing news? Windermere Chief Economist Matthew Gardner talks through the volatility of the jumbo mortgage market and what it means.
Tags: Video, Housing, Opinion, Recession, Mortgages, Housing Market, Data, Economy, Analysis, Radio, Columns, Home Values, Markets & Economy, Select, Matthew Gardner, Housing Supply

Quibi: Is it the next big thing or a billion-dollar boondoggle?

Is shorter better for the long run, or will it be a flash in the pan?
Tags: Opinion, Trends, Movies & TV, Quibi

The shock and impact of instant 11 percent unemployment is just the beginning

Not sure you’re worried enough about the economy? You’ve come to the right place. As bad as the numbers look right now, I’m about to show you the reality is even worse. This isn’t going to be pretty but if you think you can handle the truth, stick with me while I take you through the data. Start with the news that the U.S. unemployment rate has risen to 4.4 percent. Sure, you might think, that’s a huge one-month increase. But, so what? Let’s look on the bright side. The unemployment rate was at ...
Tags: Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Trump, Michael Davis, SMU, Cox School of Business, Guest Commentary

Volunteerism rises during COVID-19 crisis

“We have the ability to do martial law … if we feel the necessity,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said during a March 17 press conference. He is one of many governors who have mulled extreme measures to deal with potential civic disorder during the COVID-19 crisis. We’re left, however, with a different impression about the state of life in these unprecedented times. Despite a few incidents of looting in San Francisco and some beach partiers who ignored social-distancing guidelines, Californians — and people...
Tags: California, Opinion, America, San Francisco, Tesla, Sport, Atlantic, Soccer, Editorials, Modesto, Gavin Newsom, Southern California, Santa Ana, Newport Beach, GE Ford, Mario Marovic

Coronavirus and our Second Amendment rights

While it is understandably difficult for state and local officials to sort out which types of businesses are “essential” and which are not, the coronavirus pandemic does not justify government-ordered shutdowns of gun stores. Gov. Gavin Newsom’s statewide lockdown order instructing “non-essential” businesses to remain closed in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus was certainly imposed with good intentions. But as critical as it is to prevent the spread of coronavirus, it is also sti...
Tags: California, Opinion, Sport, Soccer, Editorials, Gavin Newsom, National Rifle Association, Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, Alex Villanueva, Newsom Los Angeles County

Trump hypes the failed War on Drugs amid coronavirus pandemic

At the beginning of a White House briefing on the coronavirus, President Trump and other officials took the time to announce stepped up counternarcotics efforts. “We must not let the drug cartels exploit the pandemic to threaten American lives,” declared the president. Unfortunately, President Trump has forgotten a lesson he knew well three decades ago, when he publicly called for the end of the War on Drugs: drug cartels will continue to exist so long as drug prohibition continues, and drug car...
Tags: California, Opinion, White House, Brown University, America, Sport, Soccer, Trump, Nixon, Joint Chiefs of Staff, Mark Milley, Guest Commentary