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…

It’s gloomy outside of my window as I type. Everything is gray. The days are getting shorter. And as the holidays approach, there are all kinds of stressors! If you’re like me, you could use a pick-me-up as the holidays approach.

The holidays are a joyous time, and there is no reason that should change because of the last couple of years’ challenges. While traditionally this is a time for families to come together in person, we need to consider the health of older loved ones and find new ways to safely celebrate and …

Neuroscience research is discovering that our brains are constantly adapting! And let’s face it. It is encouraging to know that our brains were created to adapt!

I recently had a phone call from a woman who was extremely frustrated with her neighbor’s barking dog.  She had been putting up with the noise for months – since the neighbor brought home the new pet – and she was beyond angry.  She claims that she’s said something to the neighbor, and nothi…

Addressing climate change is a priority for the city. One significant contributor to climate change is burning fossil fuels in electric power plants.  I’m proud to share that the city is switching to electric service that provides 100% percent renewable energy 100 percent of the time.  The p…

There is a general sense in California’s populace that the worst of the coronavirus pandemic is over, that masking rules and vaccination passports are no longer necessary.

The holidays came rapidly this year.  Thanksgiving is barely over, and Christmas is almost here. We have so much to be thankful for and we should take time to appreciate it, particularly in this joyous holiday season.  But with our increasing rapid pace, the holidays can be a stressful time,…

On October 13, 2021, the Social Security Administration (SSA) officially announced that Social Security recipients will receive a 5.9 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 2022, the largest increase in four decades. This adjustment will begin with benefits payable to more than 64 mill…

Who could have imagined that we would still be in pandemic mode almost two years after the virus began?  With quarantines, travel restrictions, health scares and more keeping people isolated from each other our pets have become more and more important in keeping us sane.  Most of our pets ha…