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$2 million homes, stay-at-home millennials define 2014 real estate

Mon Dec 08, 2014

After the frenzied sellers’ markets of 2012-13, the real estate game found a measure of equilibrium in 2014. Home prices continued to rise, but at a fraction of last year’s pace. Home sellers apparently realized their houses were taking much longer to sell. Fewer buyers were willing – or able – to

Millennial madness: Retailers, restaurants take aim at Generation Y

Mon Dec 08, 2014

The average age of Wienerschnitzel’s most loyal customer is 47. And that’s a big problem for fast-food executive J.R. Galardi, whose chief task is mining the company’s next generation of customers: millennials. The generation of 77 million, ages 18 to 36, represents 24 percent of the population, on par with baby boo

Last call for Ladies Night? H.B. man's lawsuits battle for equality

Mon Dec 08, 2014

Don Myers, co-owner of Cha Cha’s Latin Kitchen in Brea, launched “Señorita Thursdays” as a way to drum up business with food and drink specials. He wasn’t expecting to be hit with a lawsuit from a man claiming his civil rights were violated when a server told him the specials were for women only. While

Condé Nast Traveler ranks JWA top 5 in the nation; LAX one of the worst

Thu Dec 04, 2014

With holiday travel kicked into high gear, it might be a good idea to review airport options across the U.S. National publication Condé Nast Traveler ranked the 10 best and 10 worst airports in America based on readers’ votes. Some of the biggest airports, including LAX, got the lowest rankings, and John Wayne Airport ranked

Another Zillow lawsuit: Woman says she was fired after hospitalization

Thu Dec 04, 2014

UPDATE: The length of time of the plaintiff's stay in the hospital was incorrectly stated in a previous version of this post. A former Zillow employee became the fourth ad sales associate in the past few weeks to file a federal lawsuit against the online real estate firm, saying the company fired her after a s

Fresh & Easy testing out Whole Foods-style markets

Thu Dec 04, 2014

Fresh & Easy is rolling out a dramatic new look in Las Vegas, where stores have been gutted and remodeled to include restaurant-quality ready meals at food stations similar to Whole Foods Market. Seven stores in the Las Vegas area are piloting the new look, which includes a hot food bar with soups, a fire-oven pizza station, a co

On the Job: Some employers are giving a big thumbs-down to performance reviews

Wed Dec 03, 2014

During the 13 years Craig Martin worked at Nordstrom, he came to loathe annual performance reviews. As an employee, getting reviewed was painful. The evaluations always included his strengths and weaknesses. But “the opportunities for improvement were the only things I could focus on once they put the paper in front of me,&rdqu

Lansner: Is this the last Cyber Monday to matter?

Mon Dec 01, 2014

In just a decade, Cyber Monday has gone from infancy, to the pinnacle of the holiday season’s online shopping mania, to simply the exclamation point. Internet history places the first utterance of the phrase “Cyber Monday” to 2005, by Shop.com. It was an attempt to highlight discounted gift promotions by Web-based m

Southern California pulls ahead in clean car innovation

Mon Dec 01, 2014

Silicon Valley is often described as the hub of California’s clean technology economy, but Los Angeles and Orange counties are in the forefront of innovations in advanced transportation, according to a new report. Researchers for Next 10, a San Francisco-based think tank focused on alternative energy, found that collaboration a

A house divided: 9 real estate questions for couples going through a divorce

Mon Dec 01, 2014

Needless to say, Dave Pratt and Cindy Gramata were not communicating well when their 14-year marriage went to pot. As they headed for divorce, their three-bedroom Fullerton home became a key bone of contention. She wanted to keep it. He wanted to sell it. They couldn’t agree. Sometimes, it was hard to be in the same room to

Oakley partners with Garmin

Mon Nov 03, 2014

Outdoor sports apparel manufacturer Oakley Inc., based in Foothill Ranch, has partnered with GPS navigation maker Garmin International Inc. to upgrade the video capability on its Airwave 1.5 alpine ski and snowboard goggles. The software update became available Monday and will allow goggle users to download a Garmin app. This app allows

Lansner: Construction suffers shortage of workers (maybe)

Mon Nov 03, 2014

What exactly is a “shortage” of construction workers? Is it as developers and contractors see it: the lack of qualified managers and craftsman to handle increasing demand for construction work? Or is it how labor envisions it: shrinking numbers of workers willing to work for low wages with limited benefits? Wh

2015 Honda CR-V review: A mommy magnet, sure, but impressive

Mon Nov 03, 2014

Entire wars have come and gone during the time the CR-V has been the bestselling SUV in the U.S. Honda’s compact crossover has topped its segment for most of the past decade despite ever-increasing competition, so its most pressing mandate for the 2015 model year was simply, “Don’t mess it up,” according to its product pl

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