Archive | February, 2014

Tips For Water Conservation in Your California Yard


Last week we talked about the California drought and, even though we are expecting rain in the state this week, it’s certainly not going to be enough to relieve us of this water shortage. Governor Gerry Brown called a drought emergency last week, calling on California residents to reduce their water use by 20 percent.

Why? Cities like San Jose and Los Angeles usually get about 15 inches of rain annually. Last year, each received only three inches each. Also, our state’s snowpack is at 17 percent of its normal level, which means no spring run-off to provide water for our state. Continue Reading →

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Conserve Water at Home — California Hit By Worst Drought in History


The rest of the country is green with envy, looking at our perpetually blue skies and balmy temperatures. And we’d never thought we’d say it, and by “we” we mean California—We’re jealous of the big storms the rest of the country has been having. We wish that they could pack trucks with all that snow and drive it to California, at which point it would have melted into the water we so desperately need.

How bad do we need rain here in California? Sadly, we need a lot, and we need it now. And it’s not just to keep our lawns looking pretty in Beverly Hills, it’s mainly because our Central Valley produces over half of U.S. grown nuts, fruits and vegetables. Continue Reading →

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Valentine’s Day Gifts Need Insurance Too

Engagement ring - velvet gift box

Well, look at you! This year you went all out for your significant other—flowers, romantic dinner for two and even some jewelry. So don’t blow it now.

Wait, what? That’s right. You could still blow it if that jewelry happens to get lost or stolen. You might assume that your insurance company will pay for it, but here’s a few tips to make sure that beautiful new jewelry that your wife is showing off to all her friends is properly covered.

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Subcompact Cars: Are They Safe or Scary?


Last month, the Insurance Institute of Highway Safety (IIHS) released an article where it revealed its results from test-crashes of 11 “minicars” or subcompacts. And how did they fare? Well, let’s just say that if you had bought your teenager a Fiat 500, you confiscated the keys about .25 seconds after reading the article. It was a bad day for crash-test dummies.

Yes, that’s right. Ten out of the 11 minicars failed to receive an “acceptable” rating in the IIHS’s “small overlap front crash test”. And, we quote from the article, that failure makes “these tiny vehicles the worst performing group of any evaluated so far.”

Of ANY group? Yikes. As you can expect, the media went nuts, portraying these cars as death traps that will crumple at the slightest bump. Continue Reading →

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