Open Letters – New Trash Program is Trash!

To:  Carolyn Shining, Shining Law Firm Most recently, I was invited to a workshop involving Recycle L.A. and all of the major trash haulers were present.  It was an interesting discussion.  Generally, the concept is flawed and bankrupt – it’s just absolutely silly! People have a perception that greenhouse gases and environmental issues that emanate…

Elected Officials Are Taking the Wrong Approach To Solving Our Housing Shortage and San Jose’s New Tenant Protection Ordinance – by Noni Richen, SPOSFI President

The housing crisis is one of the most widely discussed local issues in San Francisco. While virtually everyone agrees that to solve the housing shortage (not crisis) we need to build more housing, almost every proposal to add even a few units is met with the same tired arguments: congestion, parking, blocked views, and a…

New Home Sales Surged to a 10-Year High – by Gary Halbert

In a huge surprise, U.S. new home sales in September recorded the largest single-month percentage increase since 1992, a sign the market remains resilient despite two major hurricanes and a continuing inventory shortage of homes. Purchases of newly built single-family homes swelled 18.9% in September, far above expectations. The actual number of new homes sold…

How You Can Make Your Commercial and Residential Heaters Last Beyond Warranty with the Anode Rod and Maganode – by Bill Provin and Jim Bidegum

Commercial gas fired water heaters fail in much shorter periods of time then residential water heaters. The manufacturers are all aware of this fact; consequently commercial water heaters are provided with shorter warranty then the water heaters we all use in our homes. Approximately 75% of commercial water heaters will ultimately fail due to depletion…

10 Ways to Express Resident Appreciation – by Trish Harris

In the multifamily industry, we often think of apartment community residents in the collective.  However, these communities comprise of individuals with diverse lives, unique personalities and a broad range of hopes and dreams – just as any other group of people does.  When we think of our residents in this way, we can better consider…