Monday, March 24, 2014 5:00 pm
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Tuesday, January 21, 2014 4:00 pm
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Tuesday, January 7, 2014 7:49 am
(NewsUSA) - Although you may not have received all of your tax documents yet, it's not too early to start looking for someone to prepare your tax return. Remember, not all tax preparers are created equal. So, when shopping around, ask yourself a few important questions:
Wednesday, October 9, 2013 12:00 am
Last week, Walnut Creek-based Mechanics Bank announced the company’s board of directors has appointed Christa Steele as president and CEO.
Friday, May 31, 2013 9:26 am
Friday last week, Christi and I had our friends George and Cathy Phillips in from Upland in Southern California so we went downtown to show them around.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013 6:13 am
haRep. Ami Bera pledged to give 8.2 percent of his monthly pay to organizations in his Sacramento County district that are feeling the impact of the across-the-board spending cuts of the sequester.
Saturday, February 9, 2013 12:00 am
Normally, I'm not on Attorney General Kamala Harris' side. But I applaud her decision to join the U.S. Department of Justice and 16 other states in a civil suit against the Standard and Poor's rating agency.
Friday, November 16, 2012 10:19 am
With Thanksgiving next week, there truly is so much to be thankful for. Please take this time and remember to thank the people around you every day, and be thankful for the many blessings that have come your way.
Tuesday, October 23, 2012 12:00 am
The other day I heard a politician say to his rival, "If you'll stop telling lies about me, I'll stop telling the truth about you."
Tuesday, September 18, 2012 12:00 am
At the Democratic convention, I think Obama was given credit for General Motors' recovery. Was there not a bailout with taxpayers' money? Do the taxpayers not deserve credit? What did Obama do?
Saturday, July 28, 2012 12:00 am
Jerry Brown, then just the Mayor of Oakland, told a Stockton audience, "Consensus is overrated."
Wednesday, July 18, 2012 5:28 pm
Watching Stockton’s treasury get wiped out by spendy arenas and the granting of over-generous employee benefits got me thinking: Do city of Lodi retirees get paid health insurance?
Friday, June 8, 2012 12:00 am
Congratulations to all the graduates in Lodi and surrounding areas, you did it! You are moving forward to high school, college or starting a new career. What an accomplishment for you. Good luck to all of you in your new venture.
Saturday, June 2, 2012 12:00 am
Three weeks ago, an Indiana accountant turned whistle blower exposed the decade-old practice among some illegal immigrant of fraudulently collecting cash refunds for child tax credits. Local network station WTHR broadcast the story that sparked an Internet frenzy creating outrage among citizens.
Saturday, March 24, 2012 12:00 am
Greg Smith's resignation letter to Goldman Sachs, published in the New York Times on its op-ed page, gave me a good laugh. Smith's sub rosa message was that at long last he had seen the light about Goldman's ways and wanted out to live a more satisfying — if less well-paid — life. Suddenly getting religion must be easy after earning tens of millions in salary and bonuses for 12 years, as Smith did.
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 12:00 am
On Feb. 16, in England, Lord James of Blackheath presented to the House of Lords detailed evidence which alleges a theft of $15 trillion out of the U.S. Treasury. Lord Blackheath: "A total of $15 trillion is alleged to have been passed into the hands of HSBC for onward transit to the Royal Bank of Scotland. We need to look to where this came from and the history of this money. I have been trying to sort out the sequence by which this money has been created and where it has come from for a long time."
Friday, November 25, 2011 1:23 am
John Wasik from Reuters recently wrote that “Watching the U.S.
home market struggle to rebound is like listening to children in
the back of a car. No, we’re not there yet.”
Thursday, November 10, 2011 12:00 am
We will soon be hearing about the budget cuts proposed by the
congressional supercommittee (super in name only). Hopefully, the
massive sacred-cow military budget will finally be cut.
Saturday, October 8, 2011 12:00 am
Forty years ago, during the height of the Vietnam War, I worked
on Wall Street. Every day at lunch time, the hawks faced off
against the doves. The demonstrations often turned ugly; fistfights
Wednesday, September 21, 2011 12:00 am
The Aug. 31 letter, "President Obama appointed the wrong person
for job czar," criticizes President Obama for allowing General
Electric to invest $2 billion in China. I believe that Obama is
bargaining with American jobs to settle a debt.
Friday, August 26, 2011 4:12 pm
Sara Sutachan, senior research analyst with the California
Association of Realtors, says that with all of the headlines, the
problems with U.S. Treasuries, the debt crisis here and abroad are
adding another layer of uncertainty to an already uncertain
marketplace right now.
Thursday, August 25, 2011 12:00 am
“The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled,
public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should
be tempered and controlled, the assistance to foreign lands should
be curtailed lest Rome become bankrupt. People must again learn to
work, instead of living on public assistance.” — Cicero, 55
Saturday, July 16, 2011 12:00 am
Historians have to go back to Herbert Hoover to find an
incumbent president as vulnerable as Barack Obama. The nation isn't
quite at the stage where half the population is wearing "Hoover
blankets," newspapers wrapped up underneath clothing to stay warm,
but we're getting there.
Saturday, May 7, 2011 12:00 am
It's somewhat comforting reading that we're in recovery from the
very deep recession we're in, but it's difficult to believe given
the increasing unemployment, bankruptcy and foreclosure figures,
continued job outsourcing, the highest prices ever for gold and
fuel, and our imbalance of foreign trade with China.
Friday, April 29, 2011 7:43 am
If you recall last week we talked about different programs that
might be available to help homeowners who are struggling to modify
their loans and stay in their homes. Well you better be careful
that the bank you’re working with doesn’t take it from under
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