Every week the Signal sales staff updates readers on local business news and tips it picks up while out in the field.
Dr. HOA, I sit on the board for my association and have previously hired vendors that have worked for our association to do work at my home. I pay for the work and do not get special treatment. I hire them because I see their work first hand at our association and I trust them. Recently a new homeowner joined the board and is accusing me of doing something wrong by hiring association vendors. Is ...
The NFL training camps open soon, and I am looking forward to a visit to the Dallas Cowboys' practice field in Oxnard in August.
The pastor of a local church got a call last night from one of his parishioners who is a tow truck driver.
Controlling or reducing expenses can always help the bottom line. However, many companies often overlook one area to improve efficiencies - their water use.
By now, almost all of us have heard the story of Karen Klein, the 68-year-old bus monitor who was taunted and insulted by a group of middle school students on the bus she was assigned to.
Last week, as I was preparing our float for the annual Santa Clarita Valley Fourth of July parade, I recalled one of my favorite quotes. It's something I've reflected on many times, over many years. I actually have no idea who originally said it-or if, in fact, I made it up. Either way, I love what it says. I'll use it as the basis for this column.
June 30 signaled the end of the first half of 2012 and the passing of the Fourth of July holiday means we are now officially in the second half of the calendar year.
How was your 4th of July? Barbecue and fireworks? Relaxing and watching some games on TV?
May marked the fourth consecutive month that pending home sales - a guide to future activity and where the market is headed - posted double-digit gains throughout California.
Dr. HOA, After nearly seven years with our current management company, our HOA is in the process of looking for a new company. It seems like many of the companies offer the same services. Do you have any advice on what we should be looking for and how to differentiate one company from another? We want to make sure the selection process is thorough and comprehensive, so any advice you could give us would be ...
Several years ago, I wrote a column that was a hit with many readers of The Signal. It was titled, "Why should I keep you on the payroll?"
The Supreme Court has given blog writers two gifts this week, with their decisions on health care and immigration law. We'll discuss immigration this week, health care next week.
Our nation's teens are on their way to becoming adults and, in a few short years, many will be off to college or on their own, so it is critical that they learn to manage money wisely and develop sound financial habits.
The Santa Clarita WorkSource Center, nearly every day, talks to employers that are having a difficult time finding employees.
Peggy Noonan wrote a column in the Wall Street Journal on April 20 about her attendance at Margaret Thatcher's London funeral service. She commented that Mrs. Thatcher was often frustrated with her staff. Thatcher once said to her aides, "I don't need to be told what, I need to be told how."
Heated market conditions fueled by a tight inventory and strong sales in higher-cost coastal regions drove California's median home price in March to its highest level since May 2008. Local prices, right here in the Santa Clarita Valley are headed higher, too.
This week I'd like to introduce a company in a far different place compared to just a year ago. The organization has gone from despair to celebrating success. At the end of the first quarter of 2013, the owner said his company had "…Increased sales, reduced costs and improved our overall financial position in terms of positive cash flow and profitability, as well as reduced debt."
This is part two of a two-part column.
Some homeowners who are still struggling to avoid foreclosure may soon benefit from streamlined rules that offer an easy way to lower monthly payments and modify their mortgage without requiring financial or hardship documentation.
Looking back on those individuals who were my bosses, a clear distinction comes to mind.
The only people who benefit when a house is built are the family members who get to live there, and the builder who constructed and sold the home, right?
This column is part one of a two-part column.
In 1970 I started my first official job. I worked nine hours a week at a small grocery store. For the next two years I grossed $11.25 a week.
The residential housing resale market in the Santa Clarita Valley continued to recover during February, with sales and prices up to their highest levels in years.
There is a terrific exchange in the courtroom drama "A Few Good Men." Colonel Jessup, played by Jack Nicolson, turns from being a witness in a court martial to being the prosecutor when he asks Lieutenant Kaffee, played by Tom Cruise: "Have you ever spent time in an infantry unit, son?"
Is your business prepared for a disaster? While it is not something any of us like to think about, businesses should have a disaster plan in place.
Most people understand the basic economic principle of supply and demand and incorporate it into their daily decisions. They may not do it consciously, but economic decisions are made every day by each and every one of us.