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Which Luxury Watches Hold Their Value Best?

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By Carl Blackburn Last month, I spoke about Rolex appraisals and the various factors that go into determining the value of pre-owned luxury watches (condition, year, rarity, complexity, materials, etc). But now the question begs, “How much can you expect that value to depreciate over 5 or 10 years?” and “Which watches hold their value [...]

Hunger Games in the Real World

Catharine L. Kaufman

At age 6, Nya, a girl living in San Diego, was suffering from malnourishment because her father, a single parent was struggling to raise (and feed) his children on an $11-an-hour job. For long periods of time their cupboards were bare, and Nya, who is now 18, subsisted on a diet of ramen noodles and free lunches provided by her charter school. She was in crisis, severely starving and depressed, with failing grades one of the many forms of collateral damage.

New Study Assesses Consequences of Solar Power on Utility Costs

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By Martin Learn, Home Energy Systems As you can imagine, with the rapid growth of solar power, utility companies and Public Utility Commissions are concerned as to what effects they might feel as a result. Various studies have tried to get a handle on what the potential costs and benefits might be, but the results [...]

What were the odds?

Look for La Jolla resident Inga’s lighthearted looks at life in La Jolla Light. Reach her at inga47@san.rr.com

I think we’d all agree that no one should have to worry about being run over by a motor vehicle in their own shower. I’m a world class worrier but until it almost happened, it never occurred to me to worry that a stolen car would crash through our front fence and stop inches from joining me in the master bath. This wasn’t recent, fortunately, but it comprised one of the three times that a vehicle has taken out our front fence and come perilously close to ending up parked inside our home.

Everything You Need to Know about Smart TVs

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By Otto Benson, Modern Home Systems Everything seems to be going smart these days, and that now includes our television sets.  But if you’re wondering if it is wise to go smart with your entertainment system, here are answers to all the essential questions. What is a smart TV? “Smart TVs”, or what used to [...]

Being Ignored in the Workplace Worse than Being Bullied

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By Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. Most people grew up hearing that “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” But a new study out of Canada suggests that being ignored in the workplace is actually worse on an employee’s mental and physical well-being than being bullied. Researchers at the University [...]

A Dozen Ways to Save on your Remodel

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By Scott Murfey Whenever you decide to add on to or remodel a part of your home, you’re increasing your quality of life and your property’s value, but many times those projects end up costing two to three times what you anticipated. Last month, I focused on the importance of creating a budget when starting [...]

Membership soars in Picky Eaters’ Club

Catharine L. Kaufman

As back-to-school time approaches, parents need some gustatory coaching so children will be fueled, focused and nourished for the long school day.

A fate worse than death

Look for La Jolla resident Inga’s lighthearted looks at life in La Jolla Light. Reach her at inga47@san.rr.com

Somehow (an attack of divorce guilt, I think), I ended up becoming a Cub Scout Den Leader for my older son, Rory’s, den. It really wasn’t all that easy to find activities that I could do as a single mom with sons. They’d be willing to go to the occasional movie with me, and I could be a manager of youth sports teams, but even the latter didn’t give me much one-on-one time with the boys. They really weren’t interested in lunch and shopping. And that was probably a good thing.

How to Find Success in a Stalled Real Estate Market

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By Carlos Gutierrez Current Climate Even though we are seeing historically low interest rates and have survived the crash of 2007, there seems to be a stalled market right now in San Diego County. While there may be plenty of potential buyers, there does not appear to be as many great homes for the average [...]

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  • Congregation Beth Am Labor Day Picnic September 2, 2014
    Congregation Beth Am held a festive Labor Day Picnic Sept. 1. This year is the 31st anniversary of this synagogue that started in a tire store in Solana Beach. […]
  • Suspects attempt to rob Solana Beach bank ATM September 2, 2014
    An attempt to break into an ATM at a Solana Beach bank branch early Sept. 2 using a cutting torch ended with the cash machine in flames and two suspects fleeing empty-handed. The suspects set off the ATM's alarm during the failed heist shortly after 2:30 a.m. in the 600 block of Lomas Santa Fe Drive near Glencrest Drive, according to sheriff's Lt. […]
  • First phase of Earl Warren Middle School reconstruction begins in Solana Beach September 2, 2014
    As kids kicked back this summer, San Dieguito Union High School District kicked off the first phase of its complete reconstruction of Earl Warren Middle School. The $41 million project is made possible by the passage of Proposition AA. […]