April 5, 2013
I'm pretty diligent when it comes to my taxes. And by diligent, I mean that in November, I make an appointment for February with my tax guy, which is unlike those co-workers in your office asking around in April if anyone knows a good accountant. That's like trying to get face-value Super Bowl tickets on game day. To coin an overused phrase, a good accountant is like a good pair of shoes: The best ones give you comfort for the long haul and are worth the cash outlay. Bad ones may look nice for the price, but are painful and need replacing too soon.
March 19, 2013
The family of Franz Weissmuller mourns his passing on March 8, 2013 in Tarzana, California, where his family prayed with him at the time of his death. Franz was born September 18, 1931 in Modosch of the former Yugoslavia to Franz Weissmuller, Sr. and Katharina Rohrbacher Weissmuller. His early years as a teenager, with the Russian invasion and occupation of Yugoslavia, were wrought with much adversity for him and his family. Franz married Veronika Buck, in Graz, Austria. They immigrated to the United States in 1956.
June 1, 2012
California must change course. In a recent survey of American chief executives, California ranked 50th in providing a business-friendly environment. Their finding: over-taxation and burdensome regulation, evidenced by the double-digit unemployment rate and the thousands of small businesses closing their doors. Instead of reversing the tide, current 43rd District Assembly member Mike Gatto has chosen to put liberal party politics and platforms ahead of the needs of his constituents by introducing AB 2540, which would further boost taxes on thousands of small businesses.
December 18, 2011
Ninety-nine percent are rational citizens that welcome Walmart. Ninety-nine percent are logical citizens that welcome a well-run, taxpaying corporate success. Ninety-nine percent are unbiased citizens that welcome nearby value and quality. Ninety-nine percent are clear-thinking citizens who welcome an exponential increase in tax revenues from outside the community. Ninety-nine percent are balanced citizens who welcome countless Walmart-generated jobs throughout the community.
November 20, 2011
If I had my way, Thanksgiving would become a weeklong holiday at least once a decade - a time to take stock of who and where we are, and where we are going. We would take our heads out of the clouds of our self-absorption, including the Internet “cloud.” We would turn off our cell phones and TVs. We'd put away our iPads and Kindles. We'd take a walk around the block and say hello to everyone we came across. We'd volunteer for some kind of community service for a day or two. We'd actually give thanks for what we have and celebrate the good in our lives.
October 10, 2011
I've been following the Occupy Wall Street movement with real appreciation for those rising up to protest. I've also been hearing critics say the movement lacks focus and a clear message. Personally, I think not having one unifying voice is a good thing. There will come a time when this uprising will need a more honed agenda, but right now should be the time to gather in enormous numbers and throw every issue against the wall and see what sticks and what doesn't. With that in mind, I've got some things to put on the table.
August 3, 2010
In the middle of a day-long hike in the expansive San Gabriel Mountains last summer, Eric Kleinsasser briefly stumbled. He wasn't sure what the consequences might lead to from his unexpected mishap. While walking on a slight incline on a dirt trail near Claremont, a rock popped out of the ground and bruised Kleinsasser's left ankle. Kleinsasser didn't feel any sharp pain initially, but his ankle eventually swelled and bruised. Stumbling or even taking a spill on a course isn't something that's been customary for Kleinsasser, a former Crescenta Valley High standout cross-country runner now excelling at Occidental College.
June 5, 2010
F or the Klee family, days like Friday are reasons why they said they immigrated to the U.S. from Guatemala. Rafael Klee and his son Miguel came to Glendale Community College early for seats at the 50-yard line of Sartoris Field — prime position to watch the family's matriarch, Dora Klee, graduate with honors. "It's the American dream," Rafael Klee said. "My wife's mother had helped us immigrate. We believe there's a better future here." Dora Klee was one of more than 980 students on Friday to come home with a diploma, certificate or both.
November 30, 2009
When Oganes Menedjyan immigrated to the United States from Armenia in 1987, accompanied by 12 of his family members and two dogs, the man did not know a word of English. Today, along with his family, Menedjyan owns Moonlight restaurant, which opened Nov. 21 in Adams Square at 1022 E. Chevy Chase Drive in Glendale. The event was held to give the public a taste of Moonlight’s international cuisine. But it could have easily been a family gathering as evidenced by the number of family and friends that streamed in as the festivities started, hugging and congratulating each other as they looked around the new establishment.
October 31, 2008
I asked students what scares them these days, and their first thoughts turned to their most frightening moments in a theater. I asked about movies last year in this space and most people, approximately my age, agreed that when we were much younger the things that scared us engaged our imaginations as well as our senses. Things these days are gorier and more brutally graphic, and they tend to gross out audiences more than genuinely scare them. After we finished talking about chain saws and flesh-eating zombies, I asked my students if they had other, perhaps more deep-seated fears.