January 2018

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The Arena Is a Gold Spike for Downtown

A new page on a new calendar is always a time of optimism. The pages are blank and I wonder what I will have written on them by the time the year has run its course. But right now, I’d like to slow down and appreciate the year we just enjoyed.

Jan 8, 2018 Winnie Comstock-Carlson

Infighting in Washington on Track to Harm California’s Wine Industry

The U.S. is the largest wine market in the world, and California produces 65 percent of all the wine consumed domestically. Our industry generates $57.6 billion in annual state level economic activity, which in turn employs 325,000 Californians. It is vital that California wine remain competitive in a global market.

Jan 15, 2018 John Aguirre

Buzzwords: Change Agent

In the entrepreneurial realm, everyone wants to be a change agent. With disruptors like Elon Musk — who brought us Tesla and the concept of terraforming Mars — raising the stakes on the definition of the word, the startup landscape is overflowing with wannabe-visionaries claiming to change the world.

But, what does the term really mean?

Jan 25, 2018 Jennifer Newman

Are Home Upgrades Worth It?

Pricey renovations won’t necessarily increase the value of your home

As an appraiser, I get asked questions about the value of particular home improvements all the time: How much is a kitchen remodel worth? What about a bathroom remodel? Are solar panels a good way to boost property value? My answer is simple, and always the same: It depends. I know that’s frustrating to hear, but there’s a reason why it’s the best answer. So let’s talk about it.

Jan 22, 2018 Ryan Lundquist

Well-Oiled Machine

Vintage Monkey conducts antique motorcycle repairs like a well-oiled machine.

Dec 22, 2017 Sena Christian