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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LA VERNE, California, Dec. 18, 2017 — I’m looking for my first home, which I be financing. My problem is, I am confused over all the different kinds of home lenders out there — mortgage bankers, mortgage brokers, my local bank, etc.. Can you help me make sense of the differences?   Gladly. Honestly, I … Continue reading THE REAL DIRTT: Please End the Confusion Over All the Different Kinds of Home Lenders

ARCADIA, California, December 14, 2017 — Remember when teenage kids hanging out at the mall was a rite of passage? Well, now those same kids, and a lot of their friends, young and old, are hanging out online to do their shopping. As a result, one of the world’s biggest mall operators, Westfield Corporation, which … Continue reading HOLIDAY SURPRISE: Westfield Exits the Mall Business, But Its Name Will Live On

MONROVIA, California, December 14, 2017 —  Like In-n-Out, Trader Joe’s has achieved almost mythical status, but I’m not buying all the hype. If I were talking to Mr. or Ms. TJ, here’s what I’d get off my chest: Your parking lots are accidents waiting to happen! Before I go to TJs, I always check with … Continue reading Bah Humbug, 10 Things I Really Hate About Trader Joe’s

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!

PASADENA, Calif. , May 17, 2017 — When Ray Atwan moved into his new barbershop at 27 Catalina Ave. in Pasadena, he didn’t wait long to spruce up the place, buying new barber chairs and donating the surplus to the Los Angeles County jails. He wanted to make a first great impression. But that was 1964. … Continue reading SPLITTING HAIRS OVER TWO GREAT BARBERS

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

LA VERNE, May 16, 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 gate, guard, … Continue reading Hillcrest Not for the Faint of Heart or Over-the-Hill Retiring Types