On a de facto basis, Californians have had a right to shelter for many years. But plenty of unhoused people have never had the opportunity to exercise that right and plenty of others just aren’t interested.

One of the big questions on the minds of consumers looking to purchase or refinance a home is what’s going to happen with interest rates in 2022. Interest rates, while they remain at historical lows, may experience some movement in 2022. Here’s what you should come to expect if you’re going …

My wife Mary Alice and I are scuba divers.  We have had many diving adventures over the years.   In 1974, I became a scuba dive instructor and in 1981, I certified Mary Alice on our honeymoon in Hawaii.  We have been avid divers ever since, though we mostly snorkel in warm topical waters now.

My rabbit, a tiny 6-year-old Netherland Dwarf named Nugget, just spent two days in the hospital.  Yes, a rabbit.  If you know anything about rabbits, you know that they don’t usually survive illnesses.  That’s because as a prey animal they excel at hiding any signs of illness until they are …

Scammed: It’s a word no older adult or family caregiver wants to hear. The growing incidence of fraud targeting older adults is putting more people at risk of losing their assets, their independence, and their trust.

As we embark on a new year, it's a good moment to look back on what was accomplished the previous year. We've been busy, and I'm excited to share some of the highlights of our city.

With the Public Safety Fire Division, the city's residents and businesses are in good hands. The division recently achieved a lower Insurance Services Office (ISO) rating, indicating better fire protection and quicker response times.

OK, I know it’s a few days late, but here’s a reminder to do an annual collar and tag check on your pets.  Is everyone’s collar in good shape?  Still fitting well?  What about the tags?  Is the phone number legible?  Current?  Would someone be able to reach you if they found your pet?  That’…

A loved one’s discharge from the hospital is a joyous occasion, but it could also be a stressful one if not prepared for his or her care needs.  Consulting with their medical provider and understanding the discharge plan, medications and medical equipment, and level of care is critical for b…

Around 20 percent of people in the United States are chronic procrastinators—they habitually delay, postpone, and put off doing things in a way that they need or want to do.

Psychology has discovered the reason that resolutions such as “I WILL walk three miles every other day!” or “I’ll TRY losing that weight this year!” usually don’t work over the long run.

The holidays and 2021 are nearly over. With the passing of the winter solstice,  we can celebrate the daylight increasing a little each day.  So now is the time for New Years’ Resolutions, or at least reflecting on positive changes for 2022.  We are creatures of habit, so why not pick positi…

Purchasing a house is no easy feat. One of the major elements you need to have in order to purchase a house is to have a good down payment. This will afford your ability to get the lowest interest rate, and the lowest possible payment in relation to your credit score, income, and purchasing …

Hard to believe it’s already the last column of the year – where did 2021 go?  Besides being consumed by Covid – and much of it was, it’s always good to look back and reflect on what was achieved over the past year.  Let me share my reminiscences with you.

Seems like the holidays brings out all the emergencies – we had two surrenders last week that both needed urgent surgeries.  One, I do believe, was the largest dog that we’ve ever had at the shelter.  Cali is a 180 lb. English Mastiff that was surrendered with a prolapsed uterus.  It wasn’t …

In 2015, some Denmark scientists studied how our brains change when shown different images. To do so, 25 adults were given image-displaying goggles while they underwent fMRI scans. 

How do you buy a house with not quite enough money? Contrary to popular belief you can buy a house even if you don’t have enough money to do it. It’s a little technical but it’s going to require you, your realtor, and your lender putting your heads together. Here’s how it can be done.

First and foremost, I want to wish you a very happy and safe holiday! As many of us gather with loved ones to share holiday cheer, there are others of us less fortunate. It has been a true pleasure to witness the abundant response to this year’s Rohnert Park Public Safety Officer’s Toy Drive…

California’s ballot initiative process has never been more effective or beneficial to voters (who are also utility customers) than since the strongly consumerist Proposition 103 passed handily in 1988.

If you’ve been on the sidelines for residential financing, or you’re thinking about doing a loan, and you’ve had some difficulty as it relates to borrowing money for home mortgage financing, the new loan limits for 2022 could help bridge the gap from where you are to where you’re going in su…

Ham is a long-standing favorite in our family, and the dinner table over the holidays would seem incomplete without this smoky, salty delightfully flavorful dish. This month’s recipe moves our family favorite into high gear with the addition of a glaze with surprising depth and complexity. A…

Why is Santa Raider still at the shelter?  We’ve been asking ourselves that question about a lot of our super nice animals that seem to have been overlooked, usually just because they are shy or too big or the wrong color, and they need a little extra publicity to find the right person willi…

Ever since the 2020 election, Republican Party officials have crowed about how ex-President Donald Trump and other GOP candidates greatly improved their recent performances among Latino voters, not just in California but across the nation.

“Parks make life better!” They really do, don’t they? You may recognize this phrase. “Parks Make Life Better!” is our promise to you. To do what we can to make your life better through parks and recreation services.

If Californians didn’t already know about the wildfire crisis that’s been burning through the state for the last few years, pictures of low-hanging smoke from the Caldor fire blocking views of Lake Tahoe should have driven the new reality home more than ever this fall.

One of the best gifts you can give this holiday season is a tax-deductible donation to a cause that matters to you. Although #GivingTuesday was last week, there is still plenty of time to make your donation for 2021. Our friends at the Animal Shelter League (ASL), a non-profit organization t…

It was recently announced there’s a credit score change to conventional loans. This credit score change is now shaping the way families can procure a mortgage if your credit score needs a little bit of love, and where you should be concerned about your credit score. 

December is called the giving month and not just for all the gifts exchanged with family and friends – although a lot of that happens!  It is also when people give their end-of-year donations to organizations that they support.   To that end I would like to give a shout-out to the Animal She…