Social Issues

Support for the Mono Lake Committee is Necessary and Appreciated

Mono Lake Committee

Mono Lake is one of the most unusual places in the world, and it’s located only four hours from Sacramento. Most people stop here, if they stop at all, while driving from Sacramento to Mammoth Lakes. The lake, half of its original size thanks to Los Angeles, is nestled between the Great Basin and the Nevada Sierra.

The Mono Lake Committee, Information and Bookstore, is worth a stop on your journey. Apart from t-shirts and information, you can also donate to help protect Mono Lake, restore and preserve this natural wonder. read more

Why We Need Humans to Navigate the World of Real Estate

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If you ask some companies like Bluenuts or whatever why we need humans to navigate the world of real estate, the management at Bluenuts will tell you we don’t. That’s because they find warm bodies, somehow get them through the real estate exam, and then try to compartmentalize real estate like they were shoving a Model T out on the assembly line. But when these new agents catch on, I imagine they go elsewhere to sell real estate, where the money is better. I’ve never met a veteran Bluenuts agent but that doesn’t mean they don’t exist. read more

Sacramento Seller Says Do Not Sell My House to a Trump Supporter

Do not sell my house to a trump supporterUnbelievably, it’s taken more than a year for a Sacramento seller to say please do not sell my house to a Trump supporter. I’m writing this blog way in advance of my listing so you won’t know who it is since I list many homes in Sacramento. I consistently protect my seller’s identity and respect fiduciary. This is only surprising to me to the extent that it hasn’t come up before now.

I’ve had sellers allude to it but none came right out and said so. For example, a seller in Carmichael last year admitted that he specifically chose me as his listing agent over a Republican in his neighborhood who supported Trump. He also Googled the buyer to determine whether the buyer was a good fit, politically. Hey, I understand. Completely. If you oppose the evilness of Trump, you do not want to sell to a buyer who approves of the disgusting behavior unapologetically displayed by our President. read more

How to Stay One Step Ahead of the Sacramento Real Estate Scams

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Nobody is really safe from Sacramento real estate scams.

In 1980, I won a trip to Jamaica and thought it was a scam. I called HBO and asked if they knew some scam artist was sending out letters on its letterhead telling victims they had won an all-expense-paid trip for two to Jamaica for a week. They promoted it as a collaborative effort between HBO and the Jamaica Tourist Board. And even though it was the early days of HBO when anything goes, I was still suspicious. Perhaps it’s my Midwestern upbringing or living on the streets as a child. In any case, HBO assured me that I had indeed won a trip to Jamaica. Hurricane Allen had devastated Jamaica the year before, and this PR event was supposedly a way to reinvigorate interest. read more

Billy Bragg Bridges Not Walls Tour at Crest Theatre

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Billy Bragg performed at Crest Theatre in Sacramento October 5th, 2017.

When I first tried to get tickets to the Billy Bragg “Bridges not Walls” tour at Crest Theatre, I could not get the tickets I wanted. It was as though some promoter or some entity bought up all the tickets in the center section of the first 5 rows. The only tickets that were available at all were in Row D at the edge, in seats 101 and 102. I almost said to heck with it, I am not buying tickets to this performance at the Crest Theatre. But then I sat there pondering, staring at the monitor and saying to myself, well, it is Billy Bragg. And I can’t not go. I would be very upset if I missed seeing Billy Bragg. read more

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