Pick of the Vine

Sun Busters Has You Covered! Hiring an expert to construct an outdoor living space on your property provides countless advantages. Exterior living areas are undoubtedly a worthy investment that increase the value of your home and provide tremendous utility by granting more room to convene with family and friends. Sun Busters Patio Covers Company, Inc., of Brentwood has been helping people embrace the outdoor lifestyle since 1998 by offering professional, honest, and reliable service with a personalized customer connection. Owner, Alan Lee, is a firm believer in exceptional customer satisfaction. Founded upon the principles of integrity and professionalism, the company philosophy is that customer service doesn’t end after the sale. … [Read more...]

Who’s Who In East County

S. Page & Son Painting A fresh coat of paint is the easiest way to transform the interior and exterior of your home and add value to your investment. Whether the goal is to revamp your current residence or sell, having your house painted by professionals adds indoor ambiance and greater curb appeal that undoubtedly attracts a wider range of potential buyers. Dollar for dollar, contracting with S. Page & Son Painting of Antioch is one of the simplest and least expensive ways to renovate and increase the worth of residential and commercial property. In addition to cosmetic enhancement, painting protects building materials and drastically reduces the risk of costly future repairs. Exterior painting provides a defensive shield, … [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...]

On the House

How To Keep Pests Out Of Your Chimney As temperatures drop, many people will start spending more time in the warmth of their homes. Animals don’t have the luxury of extra heating and take whatever refuge they can find, making chimneys a convenient place for pests to seek shelter. The team at Terminix has some helpful information to share so that homeowners can be better prepared to address critters that find their way into chimneys. What kinds of pests can end up in your chimney? If you hear rustling or scratching coming from your chimney, some type of rodent may be the culprit. Your visitors could be squirrels, which are excellent climbers and can be found in all sorts of places within your home, from attics to crawl spaces to wall … [Read more...]

For Your Dental Health

The Bitter Side Of Sweet Seventy five percent of Americans consume added sugars above the World Health Organization’s recommended 10 percent limit. The term added sugar refers to sugars that are not naturally occurring in foods . Naturally occurring sugars include honey, sugar cane, sugar beets, fruit and milk. In 1977 the first Dietary Goals for Americans were issued by the U.S. Senate, which targeted dietary saturated fat as the primary reason for heart disease. In response the food industry reduced the fat content in processed food. To make the food taste better dietary sugar replaced the fat so by 2000 added sugar increased by 32 percent of total calories. This dietary paradigm continues to this day. More than fifty per cent of all … [Read more...]

Who’s Been Snooped?

Bring on the Pros! Well, the ghosts and goblins have left the building and with Thanksgiving coming a little early this year, everyone is starting their lists to complete before the holiday company arrives. The only hint of farming left is the small patch of pumpkins at GS Farms on Chestnut. The clocks were set back this morning and we enjoyed another glorious sunset on what felt like a hot summer night. What a great time to look in on a local business, that can get you started on that “to do” list. Lebec Inc. is no stranger to the area and is referred by many including me. I have been a friend of the owners for years and can honestly say it is an honor to write about their company. They specialize in all phases of landscaping, … [Read more...]

Patrick McCarran

Wrapping Your Home for the Holidays Listing your home in time for the holidays? This is a time when you can showcase your house in a unique way to highlight areas that normally may not stand out. Create a festive atmosphere and allow perspective buyers to envision what entertaining will be like in the property—complete with a beautifully trimmed tree, the twinkling of lights and the smell of Christmas cookies in the air. That being said I am not suggesting that you channel Clark Griswold in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” As with all staging less is generally more. You do not want to overwhelm the buyer or distract form the homes features merely highlight them. Buyers often will associate a sense of ‘home’ through the … [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...]