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United We Stand – Divided We Fall

  The disjunctive Facebook rantings I’ve read this week between what are apparently rival support groups involved in improving the quality of life in San Pedro serve no useful purpose. Serving food to the homeless in a park is now a bad thing? Were there permits issued for the function; probably not.  Did the organizers…

Re-Engineering Policing

Bob Dylan wrote The Times They Are a-Changin’ back in 1964 and the inevitable trend still continues today. Fast-forward to the troubling times of 2015 and community policing policies are being quickly revised to meet the new and more dangerous threat of domestic and international terrorism. Entire police departments like the 34,000 uniformed men and…

The Great Social Divide

Facebook seemed like a good idea when it started back in 2004; but I’m not so sure anymore. I can’t imagine that Zukerberg ever dreamed his software application would create such a stir with its lengthy tentacles reaching the world’s corners and consumers far and wide. Who could have foreseen the power social media would…

A Generation Lost

I don’t know when we lost America, but we did. Maybe it was the 70’s. Back in the 60’s there was still a real zeal and a passionate burning feeling about America by Americans for America.  We were still proud and were willing to stand up against unjust wars and corporate greed.  Many felt so…

The Me Generation Meets Facebook

Me, me, me, it’s all about me… Facebook – it may be social media, but it is most certainly devoid of any social graces. What started out in 2004 as an experiment in social networking has by today created 1.2 billion over-sharers in what has now become the age of over-sharing. Today, at least one out…

San Pedro – The New Wild West

San Pedro, California – It’s most certain that recent decisions by our lawmakers have resulted in making law enforcement more difficult and uncertain in today’s world. Unless we can reverse the present trend toward lawlessness, disorder, and uncertain justice, we run the risk of losing all respect for the law and law enforcement officers. The watering…

Naked Mole Rat – More Than Meets The Eye

The naked mole rat (Heterocephalus glaber) is a rodent, known for its burrowing and is indigenous to East Africa. The mole rat possesses a number of characteristics which allow it to survive in underground and harsh environments. The average naked mole rat is between 3 to 4 inches (8 to 10 centimeters) in length and…

3 Reasons Why November Might Be the Best Month to Sell

LM Otero/The Associated PressNovember has some unique advantages that make it an ideal time to sell a home. By Sandie Argulo Chen Some owners hesitate to market their homes between Halloween and New Year’s Day, believing the holiday season to be an off-peak time to sell. But the idea that houses don’t sell in November…

Room of the Day: A Basement Kitchen and Dining Area

By Natalie Wain Andrea and Adam Freeman adopted a gradual approach when it came to renovating their Edwardian family home in Kingston, a suburb of London. After they moved in a decade ago, the Freemans tackled the loft conversion as well as other light renovation work on the property, which they share with their three…

House of the Day: Ivy-Covered 'Castle' in The Hamptons

Zillow“The Castle” in Southhampton, New York, would stand out even if it didn’t have a turret. By Emily Heffter The upscale village of Southampton, New York, is an oceanfront enclave of shake-sided beach mansions and 1920s stucco homes. So this red-brick historic home for sale at $4.3 million would stand out, even if it didn’t…

Jon Stewart Triples Money on Tribeca Duplex Deal

Zillow Comedian Jon Stewart just sold two loft units in this Tribeca building for $17.5 million. APJon Stewart Funnyman/pundit Jon Stewart has unloaded his duplex loft in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood for $17.5 million in a private deal. And a good deal it was for “The Daily Show” host, who bought the units in…

We Can Build Toward an Energy-Efficient Future, If We Want To

Courtesy of Sergio PucciThe futuristic Casa Iseami in the jungle of Costa Rica is totally off the energy grid. Whether you view the recent deal that President Obama brokered with China to cut greenhouse gas emissions as a long-overdue breakthrough or “irresponsible” and “expensive,” here’s a fact: We already have the cost-effective know-how to achieve…

For Rent: Tom Brady, Gisele Bundchen's Pricey Pied-a-Terre

Courtesy of Coleman Real Estate GroupTom Brady and Gisele Bundchen’s apartment-for-rent features walls of glass overlooking most of Manhattan. APTom Brady, left, and Gisele Bundchen My dream of a Manhattan pied-a-terre is a West Side studio where I can pop into town to see a Broadway show and buy some lox at Zabar’s. I don’t…

House of the Day: 'The Godfather' Home in Staten Island

ZillowThe backyard of this stately Staten Island house served as a setting in the opening sequence of the first “Godfather” film. Getty ImagesJames Caan, left, as Sonny and Marlon Brando in the title role of Don Vito in the wedding scene of “The Godfather.” Make them an offer they can’t refuse — at least $2.895…

DIY Effort Makes Industrial Loft Unique

By Mitchell Parker Photos by Ryan Patrick Kelly Photographs After living for six years in his downtown Edmonton loft in the Canadian province of Alberta, this homeowner was ready for a change. He liked the industrial nature of the space — soaring ceilings, raw redbrick walls, exposed ducting and conduit — but didn’t like its…

After Recent Gains, Mortgage Rates Head Back Down

Getty Images WASHINGTON — Average U.S. long-term mortgage rates edged lower this week, approaching their lows for the year. The benchmark 30-year loan rate hovered near 4 percent. Mortgage company Freddie Mac said Thursday the nationwide average for a 30-year mortgage slipped to 4.01 percent from 4.02 percent last week. The 30-year rate, which stood…