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Dear Michael: I am closing escrow in two weeks and the tenants whom are occupying the property are moving out on the day we close escrow. I am worried that they may not move out on time. What can I do to guarantee they move out on time? Answer [..]

We are all qualified for success

"To succeed in life you need two things; ignorance and confidence." - Mark Twain This week we returned to action in Culver City Unified School District. As we all buzz through our days it is easy to get anxious and try to do too much. U [..]

Index funds continue to grow

The largest mutual fund is now the Vanguard Total Stock Market Index fund.  This fund has now surpassed in size the PIMCO Total Return fund, which is a bond fund. A total market stock fund essentially invests in the entire market of U.S. [..]

Drawing it out from within

I have been told that the word education comes from the Latin word, educare, which means; “to draw out from within”. This past week I decided to take this meaning literally and have the students in my lunch groups draw a two-minute drawin [..]

Comparing national versus local reports

When we hear news reports about various pieces of economic news most frequently it is national data that is being reported. However, at times local data is also being listed, and it is important to differentiate between the two. Two areas where th [..]

Things are finally back to normal at my mom’s house

Tuesday afternoon I got a huge and long-awaited visit. My niece Kioana came home after spending her summer in Tijuana, Mexico with her mom and siblings. I was certainly happy that she had the summer to spend with her brothers and sister, as well as h [..]

When good friends go bad

Around a week ago, I learned about an unbelievable event concerning one of my old high school friends, who I will call Bill for the purpose of this story. Before I share that twisted tale, I must present a little history on our relationship. Although [..]

Everyone loves a parade

Fiesta La Ballona is happening this weekend! During the early Fiestas there were two parades. The “big” Fiesta Parade traversed the city from east to west on major thoroughfares. The entries were the creative work of local businesses and [..]

When drought meets draught - last call for craft beer?

“We’re in the middle of a drought, and the water commissioner drowns. Only in L.A.” From the movie "Chinatown" Water, water everywhere, and not a drop of quality craft beer to drink? That could be one unexpected outcome of Califo [..]

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