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Olga on Investments: Retirement plans for small businesses

Retirement plans for small businesses serve many different purposes. From a business level, the contributions into a retirement plan can be tax deductible for the company. The cont ...

From Where I Sit: How is it going? State it, politicians

‘Tis the season to drop in and see what condition our condition is in. Once all of the fanfare of Christmas and New Year’s dies down, politicians weigh in with how we&r ...

On the Town: What were those coaches thinking?

There are several items on my mind I’d like to throw out this week. First, the unbelievable play-calling by the Seahawks at Super Bowl XLIX. I don’t mean to keep beati ...

The Real McCoy: Supplemental bill surprises buyers after closing escrow

Dear Kari,  I bought a home over six months ago. A few weeks after I bought my home, I received a Supplemental Real Property Tax bill just like my agent told me and I paid it ...

From Where I Sit: Looking to the sky, and to God, for an end to ongoing drought

The monthly snow survey for January shows that California is only at 25 percent of normal. January’s final rain figure was 0.01 percent of an inch. It is official – th ...

On the Town: Letters from our readers

Several weeks ago I ran a contest offering free tickets to the Northern California Home and Landscape Expo. Rather than just pull names out of a hat, I thought it would be appropri ...

City Scene: Building on a legacy

As I listened to Mayor Andy Morin’s State of the City address last week, I reflected on the many individuals who have served this city with such dedication over the years. Ou ...

The Real McCoy: Buyer defaulted, is it right to keep deposit money?

Dear Kari, My wife and I listed our home and finally after four months received a good offer. After the acceptance of the offer the buyers requested us to do all kinds of repairs. ...

Olga on Investments: IRA owners limited to one rollover per year

Beginning in 2015, individuals who have an IRA account are limited to one rollover out of their accounts per 12-month period. This new law applies only to roll-overs from one IRA a ...

From Where I Sit: Write your way to clarity

Someone whose opinion I trust recently said that my recent columns have been sort of depressing. Although from my angle it is called “reality,” they had a point. So her ...