Monthly Archives: April 2011

The circus is coming to town !!!

Only one big-tented circus remains in America, a circus that manages to maintain a demanding road schedule – the all-new 75th edition of the Carson & Barnes Circus. Carson & Barnes brings nearly a hundred performers and animals to the … Continue reading

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Local schools make state Distinguished list

Education in East County got top grades last week when the state honored two local schools with the 2011 Distinguished Schools award. Bristow Middle School in Brentwood and Dozier-Libbey Medical High School in Antioch were chosen along with 95 other … Continue reading

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Changes in mortgage finance rules could hurt housing recovery

The government is proposing to limit the best interest rates and terms to buyers who can put 20% down, meet stringent debt limits and have sterling credit. You may have seen reports that the federal government is proposing new mortgage … Continue reading

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Mold Remediation: What to Expect When You Hire An Expert

Mold remediation can be a pricey venture. Here’s what to look for and expect when you call in the professionals. A mold remediation will typically take a few days, depending on how extensive the mold growth is. If scrubbing and … Continue reading

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Contractor Liability: Are you covered for mishaps on your property ?

What happens if, despite all precautions, there’s an accident involving your contractor that leads to a liability issue? Who’s responsible—and who pays—if: Your contractor falls off his ladder while fixing your roof? Your builder drops a hammer and it goes … Continue reading

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State begins spraying water weed

Discovery Bay residents listen as Lucia Beccera of the California Department of Boating and Waterways outlines plans for the spraying of the egeria densa waterweed. The California Department of Boating and Waterways (DBW) began spraying the waterways of Discovery Bay … Continue reading

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Mortgage aid offered to those who cashed out equity

California has decided that people who stripped equity out of their homes deserve taxpayer help after all. The California Housing Finance Agency said Tuesday that people will no longer be excluded from three of the four Keep Your Home California … Continue reading

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Smart Meters Raise Suspicions

Coast to coast, from Maine to Marin County, Calif., the number of homes being outfitted with smart meters that keep a close eye on home owner electricity use is on the rise. And so is the number of folks who … Continue reading

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Save Money with Your Edible Garden

An edible garden featuring vegetables and herbs can save you a bundle if you keep it simple and raise plants that offer high yields. Whether you’re trying to pinch pennies on your grocery bill or just hungering to eat healthier, … Continue reading

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Proposed settlement would force banks to allow short sales for delinquent homeowners

Major banks may be forced to let severely delinquent homeowners sell their houses for less than the loan amounts owed as part of a broad settlement of federal and state investigations into botched foreclosure paperwork, according to government officials involved … Continue reading

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3 Ways to Get Rid of Birds in Your Yard

South-bound flocks got you starring in a real-life version of “The Birds”? Try these three methods to get rid of your feathered friends and protect your roof, lawn, and driveway. When you want to get rid of the birds that … Continue reading

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No Mothers-In-Law Allowed: The 7 Craziest Local Laws and HOA Rules

Get up to speed with the most outrageous laws and homeowners association rules. It’s important to know the laws of your land and your neighborhood. Both governments and homeowners associations, or condo associations if you are a condo-dweller, can levy … Continue reading

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