Purchasing a home is often the largest financial decision of one’s life. This is particularly true in California. For city living, San Francisco is listed as the most expensive by Rocket Mortgage, and California tops the list with four of the top 10. Many young buyers today worry about this high cost and wonder if it‘s worth the expense—not to mention how to manage the costs.
Disruption can be a gift. It might not always feel like it, but disruption is actually the gift of change trying to break through. For more than a year much of life has been defined by the pandemic. Our lives have not just been interrupted they have been disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
We’ve called Claremont home for 35 years. But even still, sometimes we feel like carpetbaggers—we didn’t go to Claremont High and we don’t live in the Village.
John and I both grew up in Orange County, he in Santa Ana and me in the shadow of Disneyland. I went to Walt Disney Elementary School; you don’t get much more Orange County than that.
For 40 years, the closed La Puerta school site has sat mostly idle—a dusty lot in north Claremont. But today, it has the opportunity to transform into a beautiful neighborhood that benefits the entire city. A plan we have submitted is poised to bring millions of dollars to the community for local schools, parks and the arts.
There are many areas of publishing where tech giants like Facebook and Google help support local news coverage. They have invested, via grants, millions of dollars to start ups and established small media companies like the COURIER—Google gave us an $8,000 grant through a local news initiative. Their help is very much appreciated. But what is the real motivation behind the proactive overtures these tech giants are making toward local news in the first place?