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The energy-savvy couple owning this Del Sur home earned $16,131 in incentives and is saving 124% monthly by powering their home & electric vehicle (EV) with solar.

“As you grow older, you’ll find the only things you regret are the things you *didn’t* do.” –Zachary Scott By Martin Learn, President, Home Energy Systems Earlier this year, I introduced this column with compelling ways solar electric (PV) systems can help property owners slash energy costs, improve property values and qualify for solar tax [...]

2014 Home Design Trends


By Rick Rutstein, Professional Design and Drafting Remember Jennifer Beals’ character dancing like a maniac in her converted warehouse home in Flashdance? Well, warehouse living is becoming popular again. In addition to the trend of readapting existing structures like warehouses, factories and old churches to create dream homes, new technologies, new materials, and new [...]


straight teeth

By Dr. Joe D’Angelo & Dr. Ashley Olson How many times have you said these words to yourself: “If I knew then what I know now …”? Perhaps you wouldn’t have slathered yourself in baby oil and baked in the sun for hours. Maybe you would have taken school more seriously. Perhaps you would have [...]

Sony Introduces 2014 BRAVIA LED HD TV Line-Up


By Otto Benson, Modern Home Systems Earlier this month, Sony unveiled its 2014 Bravia Full HD TV line-up at CES, a global consumer electronics and consumer technology tradeshow that takes place every January in Las Vegas. Sony’s BRAVIA models will be released in spring include the W950B-, W850B-, W800B- and W600B-series. Sony got us excited [...]

Road Rage: Arrest Made in San Diego Bicyclist Hit in Roadway Accident

Bicycle accident attorney in San Diego discusses alleged Poway road-rage accident.

By Michael Pines, Accident & Injury Prevention Expert Following a catastrophic accident involving a bicyclist and a driver accused of road rage, the San Diego community is urged to heighten their bicycle and pedestrian awareness when it comes to roadway safety. According to reports, bicyclist Ambika Sundaresan was struck by an allegedly enraged motorist in [...]

Why You Should Smile … A Lot


By Dr. Robert Sunstein, La Jolla & Carmel Valley Orthodontics Specialist When you’re at the DMV and you’ve been in line for an hour and the baby next to you starts screaming, the best thing you can do is start smiling. Why? Because smiling actually makes you feel better. When we smile, it affects certain [...]

Bullying in the Workplace Is Common and Serious


By Stephen M. Pfeiffer, Ph.D. Workplace bullying recently became news because Miami Dolphin’s lineman, Jonathan Martin, was allegedely bullied by fellow teammates. But Martin’s experience is not an isolated case. The article, “Workplace bullying more common than most think,” by Kristen V. Brown  cites data from the Workplace Bullying Institute that in 2010 35% of [...]

How to Hire the Right General Contractor


By Scott Murfey, Murfey Construction Open space concepts. Shiny, new appliances. Curb-less showers. Home renovation possibilities are endless—and exciting.  It’s no wonder that once you’ve made the decision to renovate, you want to get started yesterday. However, it’s important to remember that you’re putting your beloved vision and your house in the hands of someone [...]

Empowering Students Through STEAM


By Kevin Yaley, Francis Parker School One of the major goals in Parker’s recently approved Strategic Plan is to inspire academic excellence through the design and development of a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) Program. This STEAM Program will provide our students with opportunities to apply knowledge and skills acquired in content area [...]

Qualified Mortgages: How Will QMs Affect This Year’s Real Estate Market?


By Jay Levitt, Guaranteed Rate In 2010, the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act was signed into law in order to prevent a recurrence of the 2008 housing and financial crisis. Included in the act are the most significant regulations to the U.S. financial system since those that followed the Great Depression. One [...]

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