By Leslie Sargent Eskildsen | [email protected] | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: August 17, 2019 at 7:44 am | UPDATED: August 17, 2019 at 7:44 am Not much money on hand to update your house now that you’ve decided to sell? With a little creativity, online shopping savvy and some DIY capabilities, you might be able to make a big impact on a very small budget. Since keeping up with Chip, Jo, Hilary, Drew and my new favorite, Jasmine — and keeping current and relevant on home fashion — is part of my job, I’m intimately familiar with the “reno” budget conversation. The bottom line in all these home-improvement realty shows comes down to how much money the clients have to give the superstar design and construction team. The producers and staring designers are not going to cough up $50,000 to $200,000, so they need to know how much they have to work with to do their magic. But you don’t need that much. If you’ve decided … [Read more...] about Five low-budget ways to get your home ready for market
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Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Friday, July 19, and I’m writing from Los Angeles.Once upon a time, the California coast was a place where one could live strangely and cheaply, out on the fringes.There were wild, sacred landscapes, like something out of a Robinson Jeffers poem. Rugged places that still had room for restless eccentrics and searchers and cranks.In 1919, newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst inherited acres upon acres of the most beautiful land California had to offer and began to build one of the great palaces of our time. But this is definitely not a story about William Randolph Hearst, or his castle. Our story starts nearly a decade later and eight miles down the road from San Simeon, with a trash collector who was once hired to haul materials up to the Hearst Castle construction site.Back when all of this was still woods, Art Beal purchased an acre and a half of pine-covered Cambria hillside for $500. It was 1928, … [Read more...] about A folk art trash palace in the shadow of Hearst Castle
By Steven Greenhut | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: June 28, 2019 at 12:00 pm | UPDATED: June 28, 2019 at 12:01 pm SACRAMENTO – Free-market economists love to talk about “creative destructive.” Brilliant new ideas flourish and creative entrepreneurs find better ways to serve customers. Encrusted, poor-performing businesses recognize that if the new “thing” takes off, their old cash cow might be destroyed. Rather than play fair and up their game, the Old School folks turn to government, courts or even violence to crush the emerging competition. Think of that age-old battle between new ideas and established industries as a cat-and-mouse game or that Looney Tunes cartoon where a determined Wile E. Coyote tries to ensnare Bugs Bunny. We always assume that the forces of creation ultimately will evade the predators. We’ve all become accustomed to an immeasurable number of innovations, after all. But what happens when cat catches … [Read more...] about Are unions about to destroy our favorite businesses?
By Theresa Walker | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: June 14, 2019 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: June 14, 2019 at 7:01 am It’s past 8 p.m. on a school night and Eddie Tafolla Jr. wants his three children to take showers before going to bed. But first he has to corral them. His daughter, Nevaeh, 4, and his youngest boy, Nathaniel, 3, chase each other around the two rooms where they live with their dad and older brother Vincent, 5, who tosses a small ball — over and over and over — into a plastic basketball hoop on the backside of a door. Usually, the children shower in the morning, shortly after their father wakes them, at 5:40 a.m. It’s part of a precise routine Eddie has developed over the past few months. But on this evening, they spent an hour playing outside and their dad wants them to at least rinse off before going to bed. Nevaeh, (the name is Heaven spelled backward), is so excited she jumps. “We’re taking a shower at night … [Read more...] about Parenthood: Single dad grows into the job