Opinion

On political candidates and cell phones

The following is a potpourri of subjects I put together to see how you, the reader, felt about these issues. If you have other ideas, thoughts or comments, they are always welcome. ...

Do I need an agent when buying from a builder?

Dear Kari: My husband and I are looking to buy a brand-new home. We have heard that we do not need our own real estate agent because the builders have agents onsite that are more ...

When is it a good time to sell?

Is it really rainy season? Let’s hope this is the start of a wet winter season and Mother Nature doesn’t poop out on us halfway through. The once again snow-capped Si ...

Today is a day for reflection

First things first. The winner of Name My Favorite Oldies Contest is Lydia Konopka. Congratulations and your gift card is in the mail. The song was In The Still Of The Night. Qui ...

Veteran's Day, 'Lest We Forget'

It happened again.  It happens every once in a while.  I recently wrote a column about the World Series and each team’s colors.  I made the statement that no t ...

Is a dual agency right for me?

Question:    When I listed my home with my realtor I made it crystal clear the I did not want to work with dual agency period. Now I have a full price offer on my home ...

Life is like a Jeopardy game

There’s nothing like the game of Jeopardy to help reveal some of your level of knowledge and your level of ignorance.  The same can be said for crossword puzzles and, pe ...

What to do with a water thief

Here’s a doozy for you. This past weekend, as I was house-bound and recuperating from a cold, I heard an unusual commotion outside. Curious as to what was going on I ambled o ...

Who should keep the house after divorce?

Dear Kari,   My brother is going through a divorce and I was wondering if you would advise him on whether or not he should keep his home or should he sell it. My brother and ...

That one time I met Yogi Berra

Yogi Berra, the Hall of Fame catcher with the New York Yankees, died about a month or so ago. But before he totally fades into the sunset, I’d like to share a quaint story wi ...

I'll have a blue World Series

It’s that time of year for high school football teams that are 7-0 (yay Folsom!).  As I write this, they are playing and losing to Rocklin.  We’ll see how tha ...

Best-kept secrets for staging your home revealed

Dear Kari, My husband and I are going to be selling our home, this is our first time working with the selling process. The move is due to  a  job  transfer. We are ...

Handlin drought, El Nino

We live in interesting times. At City Hall this week, we have been monitoring and addressing drought conditions while on the other hand preparing for the forecasted El Nino storms. ...

Reader-requested contest

Someone, who shall remain nameless, sent in an email asking why I haven’t run any contests lately. Well, first of all, I just returned from a two-month leave of absence. And, ...

Here comes the unpredictable future

Hotober temperatures prolong the California summer.  I saw where southern California experienced showers and, coupled with the dry ground, mudslides and flooding. There&rsqu ...