Monday, October 23, 2017

Fishing Anyone?

The middle kid is working with the Dept of Fisheries. 

Word Challenge, Guess the Topic


These are the top ten results for a single word search term for the last 12 months.  Can you guess the word?  "Past 12 months" is the only hint I'm giving. 

Saturday, October 21, 2017

PG&E Started the Fires

Okay, the authorities are trying to avoid it but it is becoming increasingly obvious what happened.

Mercury News: For the better part of a decade, California’s utilities have helped to stall the state’s effort to map where their power lines present the highest risk for wildfires, an initiative that critics say could have forced PG&E to strengthen power poles and bolster maintenance efforts before this month’s deadly North Bay fires.

For the better part of a decade, California’s utilities have helped to stall the state’s effort to map where their power lines present the highest risk for wildfires, an initiative that critics say could have forced PG&E to strengthen power poles and bolster maintenance efforts before this month’s deadly North Bay fires.
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So rates will go down, the dividend will be slashed and executives jailed.  Right? 

Friday, October 20, 2017

Not Worth It Then Not Worth It Now

Who in their right mind would pay anything close to this much for this shack?

1765 Twin Lakes Rd, Wrightwood, CA 92397 

1 bed • 1 bath • 432 sqft • Year Built 1948

Cute and cozy home surrounded by large trees and beautiful log cabins. Excellent opportunity to use as an investment, vacation home. Home features one bedroom and one bath with a loft. Excellent opportunity! Check it out today!

Price History

DateEventPrice$/sqftSource
10/05/17Listed for sale$185,000+208%$428RE/MAX TIME RE...
11/06/13Sold$60,000+20%$138
08/04/11Sold$50,000-52.7%$115
06/15/09Sold: Foreclosed to lender$105,800-53%$244
06/02/06Sold$225,000+74.4%$520
06/11/03Sold$129,000+115%$298
10/01/98Sold$60,000$138


Yes you read that right.  432 square feet.  Yes 69 years old.  Yes asking $185,000 or $428/sf. 

Then read the price history and enjoy the round trip from 1998 to 2018 including the turn at 2011. 

Thursday, October 19, 2017

AMAZON HQ2

Amazon has it backwards. 

The people Amazon needs want to live in Santa Cruz, Santa Barbra, San Diego.  The people HQ2 is going to attract will be those willing to settle for Austin, Atlanta, Charlotte.  There is not a thing wrong with Austin. Atlanta, Charlotte.  Thing is Google is willing to gamble that settling for second tier candidates will be offset by the for now lower costs versus QoL equation.  My guess is that the challenges to Amazon will emerge from Santa Cruz, Santa Barbra, San Diego.

Nota bene.  California still innovates but you can expect the innovators to leave ever sooner.  Incubators not revenue sources. 

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