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Tax Considerations of Supporting Family Members

| April 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last month I wrote about some basic rules to frame a decision of whether and how to lend money to a family member. Here are some additional considerations, with this very important caveat: giving a gift or lending money to a family member can have very important tax and estate planning implications. You should discuss […]

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A Restaurant To Impress Family or Friends

| April 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
A Restaurant To Impress Family or Friends

Residents of San Diego are very fortunate to live there. So often when I speak with people in other cities, particularly those who live in cold climates where the icy hand of winter comes sweeping over the mountains, I hear real envy in their voices. We do enjoy the best weather of the country. But […]

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Running for an Important Cause

| April 3, 2016 | 0 Comments
Running for an Important Cause

Recently I met with two of my close friends (Richard and Diane Nares) who were excited to share with me a collaborative program that was benefitting a non-profit organization that they helped to create. The Emilio Nares Foundation (ENF), founded in 2003, has been serving low-income families whose children are fighting cancer. The organization’s most […]

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Super Tuesday Election in Our Community

| March 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

As the nation was preparing for election results for Super Tuesday of the Presidential Election, the Uptown Community, which includes Mission Hills, Hillcrest, University Heights and Bankers Hill, also had an important election. This election was for the upcoming board members for the Uptown Planners. This organization is responsible for voting on the Community Plan […]

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What Now?

| March 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
What Now?

The Euphorbia, Trust Me! Now and then in my now-long life, I am keenly reminded that I’m … from the Bronx. I mean, who in the Bronx ever heard of “The Euphorbia?” It sounds like a Greek play. These days, they might ship these evil little growths from the southwest, just to pique curiosity, and […]

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Part Two: Kenya Sojourn

| March 9, 2016 | 0 Comments
Part Two:   Kenya  Sojourn

When I wrote about our trip to Kenya, I stressed the luxuriousness of our camps. The camp guides can identify each mammal, bird, reptile and probably insect. In addition, they know all the plants. Each camp guide leads you to a plethora of animals doing whatever they do normally. I heard the Latin names of […]

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Transparency and Government

| February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Is Change on the Horizon? My friend, George Mitrovich, who is a passionate writer, shares in this issue his impression of our current president. Though I respect George’s political experience and outlook, he and I don’t share the same observation and feelings about the current president and his accomplishments and contributions. The reason I make […]

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What Now?

| February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
What Now?

The Treksters She went north; he crossed the ocean. Both Maggie Espinosa and Don Gullans invested months of preparation for their “Camino” treks: Espinosa, 800 miles through the California’s El Camino Real, from San Diego to Sonoma, and Gullans, across northern Spain’s El Camino de Santiago. Gullans spent two months on the trail; Espinosa, in […]

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Part One: Kenya Sojourn

| February 2, 2016 | 0 Comments
Part One:  Kenya Sojourn

Travel broadens the mind. I disagree. Being in a location with people who have had different experiences, whose way of life is unlike yours, whose physical environment is different from yours is enlightening. Traveling coach by air, to go from point A to point B, is exhausting and annoying. However, the destination can make the […]

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Singer Gillian Margot Reinvents a Diverse Mix of Jazz, Soul and Pop Songs

| February 1, 2016 | 0 Comments
Singer Gillian Margot Reinvents a Diverse Mix of Jazz, Soul and Pop Songs

All-Star Cast and Grammy-Nominated Pianist Combine their Talents Up-and-coming singer Gillian Margot is just as much at home with jazz standards as she is with R&B, blues and the sophisticated side of pop music. She’s earned an avid global following from Asia to her native Canada and the USA. On her debut album as a […]

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