How to Sell Your Business and Avoid the Taxes

By Rob Cucchiaro, CFP;                                        Often times our business owner clients are interested in selling their businesses and walking away, but fear that the tax bill will be so high that it won’t be worth it. When […]

Role Players Ensemble 2016-17 Season

Join the Role Players Ensemble for a season of Theatre for Grown Ups as they present entertaining, challenging plays, and offer expanded outreach to theatre lovers with master classes on the Art of Acting, and staged readings of plays under consideration for next season. Sept. 2 – Sept. 18, 2016 SEASCAPE by Edward Albee presents […]

Community Courts Help Our Justice System

by Contra Costa County Supervisor, Candace Anderson How do we save costs and create a more effective justice system? Contra Costa County’s District Attorney’s Office and several local police agencies have begun a Community Courts program. The program provides a person who has been arrested or cited by the police for a low level crime, […]

Splash into Summer and Swim at the Parks

by Beverly Lane East Bay Regional Park District is splashing into summer, with lifeguard service available at lots of district lakes and pools. Altogether the park district operates 10 guarded swim facilities, plus two beaches on San Francisco Bay where no lifeguard service is provided. Three good places for swimming and other activities are Castle […]

Martinez Regional Shoreline

By Beverly Lane For a breezy, scenic walk along the water with lots of bird life and a colorful history, the place to go is Martinez Regional Shoreline. The park is a cooperative venture of East Bay Regional Park District and the city of Martinez. An area of marshland and industrial fill was converted into […]

Choices at the End of Life

by Judy Horvath Of one thing every one of us can be sure, our life as we know it on earth will eventually end. How the end comes, of course, is not usually our choice. Most of us will have the opportunity to make certain choices to determine how our end of life will be. […]

Why Most Stock Investors Don’t Earn Stock Market Returns

by Robert Cucchiaro Recently a client who was going through a divorce asked me what the S&P 500’s annual rate of return had been over the past 25 years. She was astonished to learn that it was over 9% per year. This was pertinent to her divorce because the attorney for her ex-husband was suggesting […]

Eighteen SRV Elementary Schools Named Gold Ribbon Schools

Eighteen elementary schools in San Ramon Valley Unified School District (SRVUSD) have received the prestigious “Gold Ribbon Schools Award” for 2016. The announcement came from California State Superintendent Tom Torlakson on April 14, 2016. The SRVUSD schools are among the 772 elementary schools in California to receive the honor. “These awards are a testament to […]

One Pair of Breeding Osprey in Contra Costa County

Erecting artificial nest platforms could help the Osprey by James Hale The Osprey (Pandion haliaetus) is a fish-eating, diurnal bird of prey with a cosmopolitan range. Sometimes called fish eagle, sea hawk, river hawk, or fish hawk, this large raptor is found in a wide variety of habitats on all continents except Antarctica. It nests […]

Exercise Your Right to Vote!

Election season is coming up, so don’t miss your chance to vote! While driving to the beach in my childhood home of Hawaii a few years ago, I saw a hand painted sign in the town of Waimanalo. It quite simply stated, “NO VOTE, NO GRUMBLE!”   The sentiment was straightforward, reinforcing the principle that voting […]