LA VERNE, California, Jan. 31, 2018 — FREE CASH: Before thinking corporations have turned all soft, fuzzy and labor friendly, by announcing bonuses for their rank and file in the wake of the new tax bill, consider that the $1,000 bonus JetBlue Airways awarded to 21,000 employees amounts to less than a penny a share, … Continue reading WALL STREET OBSERVATIONS FROM PETE ON THE STREET

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JANUARY 8, 2017 — “Why did the chicken cross the road?” It’s an old riddle. The listener expects a simple twist or clever punchline — perhaps a little fowl play of words  —  but the straight answer is, “To get to the other side.”   Today, the modern spin on the old joke could be, … Continue reading RULING THE ROOST: Being at the Top of the Pecking Order Is Not All It’s Cracked up to Be

PASADENA, California, December 11, 2017 — ‘Tis the time of year when mere mortals don the robes of Santa Claus, with his cheery, red velour suit and cap with white fur trim and black belt and boots. But dressing like Santa Claus, it turns out, is the easy part. How to actually master the role … Continue reading IN THE NICK OF TIME: The Real Truth About Santa!

MONROVIA, California, Nov. 8, 2017 — Today, the Foothill Gold Line Construction Authority (Construction Authority) issued the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for the Alignment Design-Build Project; initiating a year-long process to hire the design-build team that will build the $1.5 billion, six-station Foothill Gold Line light rail extension from Glendora to Montclair. The RFQ is … Continue reading Construction Authority Begins Procurement Process to Hire Design-Build Team to Build $1.5 Billion Light Rail Project

LA VERNE, November 6, 2017 — According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18 months.   But as sobering as though statistics are, sisters Anh and Khanh Le, owners of NothingBundtCakes in La Verne (and Rancho Cucamonga) won’t be one of those dire statistics.   As young … Continue reading This Business Takes the Cake!

LA VERNE, California, Aug. 23, 2017 — I get asked all the time by heirs about what they should do upon inheriting a home: Should they sell, rent or move into it? Let’s briefly take a look at each option: Selling. In many ways, this is the easiest option, especially if other family members are … Continue reading THE REAL DIRT: Inheriting Property Can Be Taxing … by Colleen Bennett

MONROVIA, Calif., May 31, 2017 — Nothing turns out a crowd at 8 a.m. quite like free coffee, tea, pastries, breath-mint tchotchkes  … and the opportunity to win a piece of the nearly $1.4 billion in business up for grabs when the six-station Foothill Gold Line light rail project from Glendora to Montclair breaks ground … Continue reading FOOTHILL GOLD LINE PROJECT COULD SPELL GOLD FOR LOCAL CONTRACTORS

LA VERNE, CALIF. , May 17, 2017 — San Antonio has the River Walk, New Orleans has the French Quarter, Orlando has Walt Disney World and La Verne has … Hillcrest – A Remarkable Retirement Community. What makes the community unique or “remarkable” is that unlike most retirement centers where visitors are greeted with a … Continue reading Hillcrest Not for the Faint of Heart or Over-the-Hill Retiring Types

The reason most of us continue living in Southern California, paying exorbitant mortgages and leases, is so we can be on the ground floor for whatever is trending next. As L.A. goes, so goes the nation. So when we hear about something new or edgy in the LA Metropolis, even if neither turns out to … Continue reading THE SUNDAY DRIVE: How One Hip L.A. Restaurant Turned a Frog Into a Prince

If Lutheran High School in La Verne were a state and the U.S. Census Bureau were measuring its population density, it would rank right up there with Alaska, Wyoming, Montana and the Dakotas. The sprawling campus on Fruit Street north of Foothill Boulevard sits on 10 prime acres, giving its 99 students ample room to … Continue reading THE BUSINESS OF EDUCATION: La Verne’s Lutheran High School Hires Turnaround Artist to Boost Enrollment