By Michelle Herting | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: March 23, 2019 at 7:00 am | UPDATED: March 23, 2019 at 7:00 am Americans are cleaning house thanks in part to Marie Kondo, author of The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up, which has sold more than 4 million copies. Kondo makes the case that traditional methods of cleaning room by room are futile. Unnecessary belongings are moved first to corners, then to closets, spare rooms, and eventually to garages and storage units. As a result, with traditional housekeeping methods, we are always cleaning. Her KonMari Method is different, she claims, because it involves gathering all belongings to sort by category: clothing, books, papers, Komodo (kitchen, bath, and garage), and sentimental objects. Possessions that do not spark joy or are no longer useful are thanked and discarded. Items and clothing not discarded are stored neatly, and sentimental belongings are gracefully displayed. Kondo says if you follow her steps and organize … [Read more...] about Are you ‘Kondo’ing’ your home? There’s a hidden tax benefit to tidying up
By Brady MacDonald | [email protected] | PUBLISHED: March 23, 2019 at 6:58 am | UPDATED: March 23, 2019 at 6:58 am Disney’s $71 billion acquisition of 21st Century Fox means Mickey Mouse now has thousands of new television shows and movie titles at his white gloved fingertips that can be used to create rides, shows and lands at the company’s theme parks around the world. But which properties from Fox’s vast film and TV libraries would fit best in Disney’s 12 theme parks in California, Florida, Tokyo, Paris, Hong Kong and Shanghai? The massive price tag ensures Disney will seed the Fox franchises into the parks to recoup the investment and build synergies between the big Hollywood brands. Disney didn’t buy the Fox titles to tuck them away in a vault. It may take time, but Disney will find ways to integrate Fox’s lineup of well-known characters into the family and eventually into the parks. Disney has plenty of experience incorporating … [Read more...] about 11 Fox franchises that would fit perfectly in a Disney theme park — plus a few wildcards
By Jim Radcliffe | [email protected] | Orange County RegisterPUBLISHED: March 23, 2019 at 6:03 am | UPDATED: March 23, 2019 at 6:04 am Q. I have noticed that most government vehicles have front and back license plates. Even cops! Even ambulances! But not so with fire trucks. I don’t see a legal carve-out for this omission, and they sure look good without one up front. But what gives? I don’t see cops pulling over Engine 51 on the way to the grocery store! I have seen these missing plates in my town. Randall Marquis, Newport Beach A. Honk looked around, and Newport Beach’s Fire Department isn’t the lone agency out there without front plates on all of its trucks and engines. Sure, it isn’t likely that Engine 51 is going to pull a bank heist or be involved in some other illegal activity where a front plate will help witnesses tip off the cops. Let’s be honest – it’s not likely any Officer Friendly is going to pull over a firefighting rig, … [Read more...] about Fire trucks are supposed to have 2 license plates but some don’t
By Allen Buchanan | [email protected] | Orange County Register PUBLISHED: March 23, 2019 at 5:30 am | UPDATED: March 23, 2019 at 5:30 am Commercial real estate ownership is a beautiful thing for many owners. What other investment can you own and experience the tax advantages of depreciation, passive income treatment, and capital gains all while the asset is appreciating? If you own a business that occupies your commercial real estate — even better! Now, you have the occupant (tenant) paying you (landlord) rent. I’ve witnessed this structure numerous times over the years and it works the majority of the time. Today’s column is centered around those few occasions when the structure hits a snag. First a bit of background … Common among commercial real estate ownership is an entity known as an LLC – or limited liability company. An LLC may have one or a number of “members” each with a percentage of the stake. The LLC owns and operates … [Read more...] about Allen Buchanan: Is your building ownership a mirror image?
By David Rice | PUBLISHED: March 22, 2019 at 11:28 pm | UPDATED: March 22, 2019 at 11:29 pm REDONDO BEACH – In front of a packed house at Redondo High School, Mira Costa and Loyola renewed their boys volleyball rivalry Friday night and the teams did not disappoint the capacity crowd. After dropping the first set, Mira Costa (8-2) rallied behind the excellent net play of senior Adam Sevier and junior Dain Johnson to take the next three sets and win the nonleague match 18-25, 25-20, 25-18, 25-22, setting off a wild celebration as Mustangs fans stormed the court. Mira Costa, ranked 12th in the nation by MaxPreps, beat Loyola, which is ranked second in the nation, for the first time since 2016, when it topped the Cubs in the CIF-SS semifinals. “It’s such a great feeling to beat them. We worked so hard to get to this point and tonight we were finally able to get them,”said Sevier, who led the Mustangs with 10 kills and eight blocks. “It was a team effort, … [Read more...] about Mira Costa boys volleyball thrills its fans with upset of Loyola