On the House

Lawn Equipment: Keep Safety In Mind When spring is on its way, homeowners are often eager to get outside and spruce up their yards. It’s important when doing so to keep safety in mind. “Before you use a mower, trimmer, blower, chain saw, pruner or other pieces of outdoor power equipment this season, it’s important to refresh yourself on handling and safety procedures,” said Kris Kiser, president and CEO of the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute (OPEI), an international trade association representing outdoor power equipment, small engine and utility vehicle manufacturers and suppliers. “We’re all eager to get outside and enjoy the living landscape after a long winter, but take the time to do basic maintenance now to ensure your equipment … [Read more...]

For Your Dental Health

Early Childhood Cavities And Intake Of 100% Fruit Juice The US Food and Drug Administration defines the term 100 per cent juice as a beverage made from fruit. The difference between 100 per cent fruit juice differs from juice drinks which are diluted with water and may contain added sugars or other ingredients. Since the 1990s the beverage consumption patterns of children have changed. More children are drinking beverages with added sugar such as sodas, soda pop, juice drinks and other sugary drinks instead of milk and water. One hundred per cent fruit juice is another beverage that has had a large increase in consumption. Some factors linked to the increase in consumption of 100 percent fruit juice is that it is a convenient snack for … [Read more...]

Who’s Who In East County

Brighter Day’s Janitorial Services, Inc. Brighter Day’s Janitorial Services, Inc. of Brentwood offers excellent personalized customer service at competitive prices. Specializing in all phases of cleaning, they are delighted to work with you to design a customized cleaning service package that fits your exact requirements. For 15 years, they have valued their customers and provided trustworthy, reliable, and impeccable cleaning services. The advantages of hiring a professional janitorial service are many. These experts are up-to-date on proper cleaning methods and bring their own cleaning supplies. The staff at Brighter Day’s are caring; they treat the property of others as if it were their own and leave everything tidy, fresh, … [Read more...]

Who’s Been Snooped?

Your Power Connection! Well, St. Patrick just left town and the Easter Bunny has delivered truckloads of pastel plastic eggs to the local retail stores. The farmlands are beginning to take shape in between this crazy winter rain and the hint of spring is in the air. What a great time to look in on a local company who can help you check off that “to do” list you made over the winter. His name is Ross Perlee and he is the owner of CJ Bradley’s Electric. Now I know you are probably thinking “I can just go to the big retail store and buy that new ceiling fan on sale and install it by myself.” This is when you remember the last time you tried to mess with that breaker box and ended up calling the electrician on Angie’s List and it cost a … [Read more...]

Patrick McCarran

How is the Market?Get Organized and Stay That Way! So you have finished reading Marie Kondos’ book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up or binged watched on Netflix. You have kept everything that brings you joy and thanked the items for their service, what’s next? Once you’ve organized and simplified your home or office how do you keep it that way? Here are some tips that will help. The primary tip is to give everything a place. As my dad used to say “ A place for everything and everything in its place”. A simple thought and saying but if you think about it, that is the very key to being and staying organized. This applies to everything big and small — from remote controls, keys and phone chargers to paperwork, sports equipment and … [Read more...]

Pick of the Vine

Precision Plumbing: Honest and Experienced No one enjoys having to call a plumber, and when a problem arises you want it repaired as quickly as possible. Plumbing issues disrupt schedules and create extreme inconvenience and bother. Precision Plumbing & Contracting of Brentwood has a solid reputation for quality work and excellent customer service. Owner, Ron Harrison, is proud that his company is the go-to place for any plumbing service due to experience, integrity, and affordability. It’s important to have confidence in who you call for your plumbing concerns. Precision Plumbing has a history that rivals any other plumber in Brentwood, and customers identify them as the one to call for exceptional work of all types. Plumbing … [Read more...]

Home & Lifestyle

One Week Of Healthy Meals, With Minimal Effort We all know that the week can get hectic, with work and whatever life can throw at you. In between the chaos is it important to provide a healthy yet hearty meal for your family. American household spend $70,000 on takeout annually. With such a high number, saving money is also a dire reason that cooking at home is healthy as well as frugal. The key to a week of healthy meals is choosing two days to cook and prep your food for break, lunch, or dinner. Whether it is all three meals or one, the choice is up to you. Let’s begin with the first meal of the day. Breakfast. The meal that gets you energized and ready for the day ahead. Though this meal is the most important of the day, it is … [Read more...]

Ferber Law

NEW PROTECTIONS FOR VICTIMS OF SEXUAL HARASSMENT California has passed a myriad of new laws that become effective January 1, 2019 that expand employer liability for sexual harassment. Of particular importance is SB 1343 which requires employers with 5 or more employees, including temporary and/or seasonal employees, to provide at least two hours of sexual harassment training to all supervisory employees, and at least one hour to all non-supervisory employees, every two years. Additionally, SB 820 adds Section 1001 to the California Code of Civil Procedure which now prohibits any settlement agreement entered into on or after January 1, 2019 from containing language preventing disclosure of factual information related to claims of sexual … [Read more...]

Law Offices of Joan Grimes

Why You Need a Revocable Living Trust Over the years, I have written a lot of articles for the Monthly Grapevine. My goal in writing these articles has been to cover more complex estate planning issues. However, I realize some of you may be new to my articles. I often meet with clients who admit they were too embarrassed to ask: “what is a revocable living trust and why do I need one?” And my favorite question is: “why did my parents not have a trust?” These are excellent questions! First, your parents may not have had a trust, but rather had a simple Will. Several decades ago, this was fine! After their passing, their Will was probated and the assets were distributed to their beneficiaries. However, today the process of … [Read more...]

From the Desk of the CEO

Return on Ad Spending Your first step will be determining exactly what ROI (return on investment) means to you. Many people use the term but often confuse the meanings. If you’re looking at trying to calculate how much your spending in print advertising translates into sales, you’re technically looking at Return on Ad Spending (ROAS), but the terms are similar enough that many people just use them interchangeably. Other things to consider are, again, to determine what qualifies as “success” - a lead, a conversion, increased advertising awareness, increased brand awareness, etc. For simplicity’s sake, assuming that you’re looking at increased store traffic as your measure of success, here are some things you can do to calculate your … [Read more...]