Introducing ▶

Rule #1 for driving Temescal Valley (TV): If you are traveling this way and would normally take the freeways through the Temescal Valley and Corona, stay on the freeway the entire distance. Don't exit to side streets even if some traffic app alerts that such an alternative route may be beneficial. Usually, it is not. Such drivers are just clogging local streets.
GRIDLOCK is defined as “a traffic jam affecting a whole network of intersecting streets” Even though we are beyond Oct. 31, the ghoulish version of gridlock that now grips the Temescal Valley is no Halloween trick, but one that lasts the entire year long, maybe years long.

No longer is the day when commuters may call the Temescal Valley an easy commute.  Reports and polls on NEXTDOOR, Facebook, and other social media well document the excruciating and just ghastly experience of commuting this distance of about 9 miles, trying to navigate some 11 different bottlenecks detailed in the graphics below.

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HOA ▶ Bill of Rights

HOA ▶ Bill of Rights
One of the most prolific and industry-trusted sources for governance information about common interest developments or homeowner associations (HOAs) is the Honorable Lawrence Stirling who (you guessed right) was the half-sponsor of the California Davis-Stirling Act (DSA).

Because of that credibility on matters HOA, I have asked at his site for his opinion on the following new law, a recently enacted preamble for the DSA.
CA Chapter 236 (SB 407) (2017) : Your HOA 'Bill of Rights' (now law)
At the closing of the 2017 California Legislature session the second week of September, one of the oblique (meaning little-observed) and almost anonymous laws that was passed and signed by Governor Brown had the title that is noted above and is now archived in the following post.  One week later, almost nothing about this story appears in the public press.  A Google searc…

Altacities® ▶ Disastrophe

None will deny that not a day or week seems to go by without some major news story about a natural disaster somewhere in the world.

These news and social media accounts are more than a passing interest to most, particularly to USA residents due to recent disasters in North America from coast-to-coast. Whatever the calamity, humanity is disrupted and displaced.  These topics, while not very uplifting to contemplate, have actually resulted in new definitions for these times, like:

DISASTROPHE is a recently coined term to blend "disaster" with "catastrophe" in the lexicon of disaster recovery.  What follows are a series of posts on the topic during the timeframe of two serious wildfires in California.  So serious are these fires that they have well-distracted Californians from the usual calamity on their minds, earthquakes.
DISASTER RECOVERY for common interest developments (aka homeowner associations or HOAs), indeed recovery after disaster for any homeowner or commu…