The Bay Area Review July 28, 2017

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South Valley Review

VOL. 1, NO. 10

July 28, 2017

Better at knowing what matters to you.

Mountain View Celebrates 46th Annual Art & Wine Festival, Sept. 9-10

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Page # 4 Hey Guys! Prostate Cancer IS Targeting YOU! TRUST ME……Part (2)

The vibrant, magnificent city of Mountain View has evolved in a big way over the last 46 years. A population boom. The arrival of Shoreline Amphitheater as a major concert venue. The amazing growth of Silicon Valley and Mountain View’s emergence as its epicenter. The transformation of a vibrant downtown district with restaurants, shops, cafes, bookstores and performing arts center. And, last but not least, the Art & Wine Festival’s

rise to become one of America’s premier art festivals. And it’s that time of year: it’s Mountain View’s time to get festive and this year we celebrate #46! Widely considered one of America’s top art festivals, an enormous throng of art lovers is expected to pour onto Castro Street in Silicon Valley’s epicenter for this “Cultural Community Celebration” presented by the Chamber of Commerce Mountain View. Hours are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 10

a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is free. The festival will feature an exceptional lineup of artists and craftmakers, many with fresh, new work and a variety of affordable price points. Buyers and browsers will find thousands of handcrafted items by America’s best artists while browsing among 600 well-stocked booths featuring original work in

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Summer may be winding down, but festival season in the San Francisco Bay Area is just starting to hit its stride with many of the most popular events still to come. Miramar Events, producer of several popular, large-scale festivals, events and celebrations in the Bay Area, announced its 2017 fall calendar. For information and photos (many photos are attached below), visit

Half Moon Bay 47th Annual Art & Pumpkin Festival “World Pumpkin Capital Celebrates The Great Gourd” Half Moon Bay celebrates its worldfamous Art & Pumpkin Festival, October 14-15. The World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay celebrates its bountiful fall harvest and autumn splendor with a special display of gigantically enormous/heavyweight champion pumpkins, smashing entertainment with four stages of stellar live music, the homespun Great Pumpkin Parade, a bone-chilling Haunted House, bootiful harvest-inspired crafts, homestyle foods, expert pumpkin carver Farmer Mike sculpting monster pumpkins into amazing one-of-a-kind masterpieces, photos with the Goliath grand

on the Coast” local artists block with fine art and live music. There’s smashing entertainment on four stages – the diverse lineup includes contemporary country, Latin rock, salsa, blues, folk, and classic rock ‘n roll music by some of the Bay Area’s biggest name bands. Performing on the IDES Main Stage are The California Cowboys, The Megatones, Pamela Rose, Haulin Oats, Urban Outlaws, Apple Z and Jim Stevens & Friends. The Ritz-Carlton South Stage at the Gazebo will feature Bits & Pieces, The Swampers Credence Clearwater Revival Tribute, Coast Tribe, Business Casual, and Jazz Con Fusion. Street musicians include Emerson & The GroWiser Band, John Clarke, and Bob Culbertson. The Family Stage features the amazing, three-wheeling comic

champion mega-gourd, pie-eating and costume contests, pumpkin carving for fun, the world’s largest mosaic pumpkin sculpture that measures 12-feet long, 11-feet high and weighs 10,000 pounds by artist Peter Hazel, “Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands”, the Comcast Take 5 Lounge with giant screen TV, ultrathrilling zip-line, climbing wall, waterballerz, and bungee jump, tasty wines, pumpkin-infused ales, pumpkin-flavored artisanal cocktails, selfies and fun with the delightfully rotund, playful and mischievious Pumpkin Festival mascot “Gourdy”, and the Sunday-only “Made


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explosion known as Bob at Large, award-winning electro-pop singer/ keyboardist/drummer original The Singing Lizard, sensational bluegrass band West Coast Ramblers, kid-friendly fun and games plus “Smashing Pumpkins: Battle of the Bands. Festival admission is free. Pets are not allowed. Presented by the nonprofit Half Moon Bay Beautification Committee which has raised several million dollars for community service organizations and civic improvements in its 47 year history. The festival will be held on Main Street, between Miramontes and Spruce St, Half Moon Bay CA. Info-Line: 650-7269652

Wellness Hey Guys! Prostate Cancer IS Targeting YOU! TRUST ME……Part (2) By Dave Faris

You can access part 1 on the South Valley Review website: http:// About 3 years after my first prostate cancer battle, (they had the cancer in good control at the time), I got MYSELF in big trouble! I got sloppy with continuing to take the anti-testosterone meds and an all natural product that has had great success in helping the body fight off cancer. Both have been very successful at killing cancer cells. The Dr. reminded me that this will be an ongoing life time battle. So what happened? Well, I volunteered to help a guy at church to move into his new apartment. Almost as soon as I got started, I tried to wrench open a heavy door and heard a “pop”. Immediately I felt something was very “wrong” in the upper back between my shoulder

blades. It was the worst pain I had ever experienced. After weeks of various scans and tests the doctors found I had a compression fracture at the T 7 vertebrae. I lost about 40% of the space between T 7 and T 8 vertebra. The pain was incredible . But why did a normal strong back break? Prostate cancer had spread into my backbone, weakening the bone and it cracked under the stress of my stupid movement. So began the cancer killing again with 6 months of heavy duty, anti-testosterone (testosterone feeds this cancer). I also ramped up on my all natural, highly engineered, patented nutrition shake that uses ingredients from the FDA safe grocery list.

It’s cellular engineering is designed to help the body fight off the enemy without the negative side effects of many meds. Also my research got me to change my diet. Cancer grows best in an acidic environment and worst (or not at all) in an alkaline environment. So I switched over from the food I love (ie junk food and sodas) and ate alkaline foods at the core

of my diet. That translated to lots of vegetables, some of which I had to “learn to like”. But it all worked for my benefit. After about 2 months, my blood test showed the PSA count had dropped from 10 (caught early thankfully) to 6.45. By month 3 it dropped to 2.6, and at month 6 we were at 0.12. The doctors were so pleased with the results and that the back was healing so well they suggested we not do any re-structuring surgery on my back as originally was planned. So began a very focused radiation across my back in such a way as to avoid hitting my spinal cord (very bad) and other vital organs, to clean out the cancer from the backbone. After another couple months, blood tests

showed a PSA of .1. YEAH! Just 3 weeks ago, about a year since the break, tests show I am holding at .1. My doctor is extremely pleased and seemed surprised at the quality of my back’s healing and very low PSA count. My back is getting stronger each week allowing me to do more & more. I attribute my success to the continued use of my daily anti-testosterone pill coupled with my all natural, immune boosting nutritional supplement and God’s blessing. Each day is a gift. If you or someone you care about is going though cancer, I’d be happy to share more about what I have learned from this experience. I can be reached at dave@ I pray you never will have to go though this. Get checked early. Get checked regularly. Avoid the bad stuff. Dave.

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Santa Clara News A Homeless Decline a region, we are making significant progress. Providing permanent supportive housing for homeless residents reduces their use of government services and it saves lives. A true winwin. Learn more:www.

good news is that through our collective efforts, 3,000 people (including 510 veterans) were housed in the last two years. As a longtime advocate for housing the homeless, it is disheartening to know there is so much more to do to reduce the suffering of those living on the streets. But by working as

The homeless census released last week showed a decrease in homeless veterans and chronically homeless individuals in Santa Clara County, but it also revealed an increase in homeless families and youth. The census allows us to estimate the homeless population and link them to services. The

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Upcoming Local Events Los Gatos: National Night Out: Tuesday, August 1, 2017 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm Location: Oak Meadow Park, Los Gatos Join the Los Gatos-Monte Sereno Police Department to celebrate American’s night out against crime. Meet your neighbors and local police officers; enjoy free hot dogs and ice cream; picnic with your family, friends and community! More information: 408-354-6853 San Jose: Santa Clara County Fair: August 3 - 6, 2017 Thurs 1:00 – 10:00 pm; Fri-Sun 11:00 am – 11:00 pm Location: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Rd, San Jose The Fair makes its return to San Jose in a can’t-miss four-day event. Jump into the celebration by enjoying the rides, games, and animal encounters! Also don’t forget to rock out to the live entertainment and indulge in the local food! More information visit: Gilroy: Party in the Park: Friday, August 11, 2017 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm Location: San Ysidro Park, 7700 Murray Avenue, Gilroy Annual “Party in the Park” and family fitness activities. Explore 5 Fabulous South Santa Clara County Parks! All activities are free and open to all fitness levels. Participate in the events that fit your schedule. No registration required. Exercising in your local parks reduces stress and helps prevent Type 2 Diabetes. Meet and walk with Community Leaders & Local Celebrities. More information:


Volunteer Advocates for Victims Needed Community Solutions is hosting a Volunteer Advocate Training for Sexual Assault, Intimate Partner Abuse, and Human Trafficking Advocates. The 9-day training runs every Friday and Saturday from July 14, 2017 to August 11, 2017 and provides community members with the knowledge and skills needed to become a Certified Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking, and Intimate Partner Abuse Advocate. Certified

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Santa Cruz Mountain Road Closures Many Santa Cruz Mountain residents are still impacted by road closures due to massive road damage from the 2017 winter storms. Bear Creek, Gist, and Black roads are some of the numerous roads that will require an estimated $35 million in major repairs before they can be safely traveled again. I can assure residents that the 47 scheduled repairs are a priority for the County. I have asked the Roads Department to provide residents with an updated project schedule. This will be made available on the County Roads website later this week here: www.

As always, you can reach my office at (408) 299-5010, or you can email me atdistrict1@ bos.sccgov.orgwith your comments and concerns. Mike Wasserman Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors, District 1

Gigantic Fun Safeway 44th Annual World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off “World Heavyweight Championship of Gargantuan Gourds” Bring it on burly, beefy, behemoths! No weigh. Weigh! The excitement is building in Pumpkintown as the World’s Greatest Gourd Growers and their astounding, mindboggling, Volkswagensized orange orbs hope to squash the world record on Monday, October 9 at the 44th Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off –– the “Super Bowl of Weigh-Offs” –– in the World Pumpkin Capital of Half Moon Bay, California. Organizers are offering a beefed up top prize of $7 per pound and $30,000 in total prize money for a new world record pumpkin entered at Half Moon Bay (the

current world record is 2,624-pounds set in 2016). A host of accomplished, grizzled veteran growers will contend for the coveted title, the $30,000 world record prize and thousands of dollars in additional prize money. In a pay-by-the-pound system, the winner is guaranteed a hefty $7 per pound for the champion mega-gourd plus a starring role in the worldfamous Half Moon Bay Art & Pumpkin Festival, Oct. 14-15 (including a free weekend at the posh, pumpkin-centric RitzCarlton on the stunningly beautiful Half Moon Bay coast). Defending Half Moon Bay champion

Cindy Tobeck’s ginormous 1,910-pound weigh-off champion mega-gourd obliterated a formidable field of heavyweight contenders in winning the 2016 Safeway World Championship Pumpkin Weigh-Off. Beauty will share center stage with beefy brawn with a $500 prize awarded to the “most beautiful pumpkin” as judged by the audience based on color, shape and

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Words to Live By She Scales Opening Address: June 21 at Sophia University Good Afternoon, My name is Kimberly Anne Christensen and I am both the Marketing Manager and doctoral student at the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology at Sofia University. Welcome to She Scales Entrepreneurial Luncheon and Vision Pitch Competition. Sofia University is home to four schools of learning: the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology, the school of Technology and Engineering, the school of Business and Social Entrepreneurship, and the school of Transformative Education. You have entered a university with a strong 41 year history and legacy of transformation, especially for our women graduates. Our university has a rich heritage of empowering the divine feminine and we are very proud to say that of our 2500 plus graduates, 2/3 of them were women. It is with pride when we can share the successes of our women alumni and how they have taken their education and effected change. Take for example recent doctoral graduate Laura Bakosh who is now Co-Founder at Inner Explorer, a mindfulness education program. She recently received a $10,000 grant from AETNA which will support daily mindfulness training for over 12,000

students, helping them reduce stress and increase academic performance. But it’s not only our alumni who are making waves. In our audience today is one of our current doctoral students Shirin Nourmanesh who is working to effect change in the Persian community as Development Manager at Pars Equality Center in the Bay Area. She has also just authored her 4th book entitled “Chalice of My Imagination.” This book represents her first collection of poetry. These successes don’t stop there, although we don’t see the same kind of empowerment within our female student body when I speak of our computer science program. In just two days the university will be graduating our very first MSCS students. But as I look at the roster of graduates, the legacy of underrepresentation of women in STEM continues to rear its ugly head. as only 1 female out of 13 will receive her degree. Although we have seen an increase in female applicants in our current enrollment, as we all know it’s never enough. It’s one of the reasons my doctoral research at Sofia is focused on

helping children in elementary schools overcome the barriers that keep so many children from pursuing science in middle and high school. We must do more in the early stages of education to even the playing board for all children, but especially our girls. But there is one thing that Sofia has that other schools do not. The top 2 positions in our Computer Science department, specifically Program Chair and Dean and Director of Advanced Computational Technologies are held by women, Dr. Barbara Hecker and Donna Dulo, J.D. Powerful role models indeed for incoming graduate students. But it doesn’t stop there. I believe there can be no better example of female empowerment for both our STEM and business prospects than Sofia University President, Dr Liz Li. Our motto is Moving Humanity Forward and President Li did just that. Not only is her doctorate in computer


science, but she took our university, that was primarily a psychology school, to an entirely different level by adding a school of technology. What a radical idea! And although it seemed like a poor fit to many, she realized that we can no longer isolate technology education from the humanistic fields, as she watched many friends in her technology and engineering fields wither away in their spirits with unhappiness. She also understood from a business perspective the power of transpersonal principles, and whole person

education, and how badly what we teach here in our psychology school needed to stop being the hidden treasure of Palo Alto and be shared with the world. Today’s She Scales event is also extremely relevant to the work we are beginning in our business school and the support those students will receive with new incubator that is being established. I thank you for attending this wonderfully empowering event at our university. If you have any questions or would like to know how to become more involved you can speak to myself or Christopher Scott who would be happy to assist you.

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See You There Mountain View Celebrates 46th Annual Art & Wine Festival, Sept. 9-10

glass, ceramics, metals, fiber, leather, wood, jewelry, and fine art. Beautiful vases, clocks, dishes, wall and table decorations, paperweights, stained and beveled glass, etchings, sculptures, photography, oil and watercolor paintings, beadwork, gold and silver jewelry, vests, handbags, hats, wallets, footwear, and waterfalls will be among the thousands of one-of-a-kind items available. Get your groove on! Thirteen sensational bands will play a wide-ranging musical mix on the

Linked-In Headliner Stage in Civic Center Plaza and multiple street locations throughout downtown –– pulsating Salsa, Motown, rhythm and blues, contemporary country, classic rock ‘n roll, jazz, soul, world-beat, Americana, Latin rock, disco and party music. The lineup includes the big Saturday evening Sunset Soul Train Dance Party Concert featuring Pacific Soul Band (5-7 p.m.), the return of smashhit Salsa Sunday with Orquesta Borinquen and Ruckatan plus a stellar bill with Cisco Kid – War

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Tribute, the Johnny Neri Band, Blue House, The Element, Emerson & The Growiser Band, Bob Culbertson, HeartStrings Music, John Clarke, Chaz & Co., and Ancient Winds. Complementing the fabulous food will be premium wines, seasonal microbrews, sangria and mimosas plus signature cocktails – Honeycrisp Apple Mules (Skyy Honeycrisp Apple vodka, fresh squeezed lime juice and ginger beer), classic Bloody Mary’s and refreshing mango, strawberry, cucumber jalapeno and traditional lime margaritas made from fresh fruit purees at the Longboard Bar tent. World-class brews including Lagunitas IPA, Pacifico, Modelo Especial, and Sam Adams Octoberfest will also be served. Wine lovers will be tempted by

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luscious vintages from from several outstanding winemakers. The wine list includes outstanding varietals from Columbia Crest Grand Estates Chardonnay, 14 Hands Cabernet Sauvignon, Two Vines Red Blend, Villa Maria Sauvignon Blanc, Chateau St. Michelle Riesling and Chateau St. Jean Pinot Noir. For foodies, it doesn’t get any better than the artisan-produced specialty food available at the festival. It’s a great

opportunity to sample and purchase these incredible edibles as well as chat with the actual producers. Action-packed Kids’ Park will keep youngsters plenty enthralled with ultra thrilling bungee jumping, wild and wacky waterballerz, Climb On’s gripping 24-foot climbing wall, ultra fun obstacle course and bouncers, super cool henna art, glitter tattoos, face painting, sand art creative cards, and party animal puppets.

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The Mountain View’s Got Talent Community Stage is back! A dazzling array of gifted young performers will strut their showstopping stuff in front of a live audience

in this “Mountain View’s Got Talent” style showcase. Sports fans will have a place to watch NFL and NCAA football and MLB games on a giant LED

screen in the Comcast Pigskin Party Lounge with plenty of seating, festive food and drink –– the perfect spot to kick back and take a break from the teeming crowds. Also on tap is the expanded Organic & Green Products Showcase –– see the latest and greatest exhibits featuring Organic, Natural, Healthy and EcoFriendly products. This year’s Zero Waste Initiative has been stepped up with the Chamber of Commerce, Recology Mountain View, and the City of Mountain View joining forces to maximize composting and recycling and minimize waste. Festival organizers are also encouraging the use of public transit, bicycles and car pools to cut down carbon emissions and vehicular traffic. Free secure bicycle parking will be available at Church and Castro. The festival will be held on September 9-10 on Castro Street between El Camino

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Cool Cats San Jose Jazz Summer Fest By Renee Robinson

The hottest ticket this summer will be the San Jose Jazz Summer Fest being held at the Plaza de Cesar Chavez Park on August 11th through the 13th. To kick off the festival on August the 11th, the P-funk will fill the air with George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic. The funk superstars revolutionized R&B during the 70’s by combining soul music into funk by adding the influences of 60’s acid heroes Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa, and Sly Stone. With Parliament, which was his funk machine, he ruled black music, having recorded platinum albums and having over 40 R&B hits like the showstopper “ Knee Deep”. Also performing on the Sobrato Main Stage, on August 12th, will be world music star Angelique Kidio, an

African-influenced singer and performer. She performed in the documentary “Lightning in a bottle”, honoring blues music. Kidio alongside guitarist Buddy Guy sang a rendition of rock artist Jimi Hendrix’ “Voodoo Child”, which brought down the house. The great R&B group from Oakland, The Whispers will add soul to the mix with their array of hits from the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s and beyond. They will be performing on Sunday August 13th. Also on Sunday, the jazz stylings of artists called Jazz By 5 which includes Javon Jackson, George Cables, Randy Brecker, Eddie Gomez, and Jimmy Cobb. Brendan Rawson, executive director of San Jose Jazz, comments about this year’s Summer Fest: “Summer Fest 2017 is gearing up to be an incredible weekend celebration of jazz in all its forms as well as jazz’s influence on so many contemporary styles of music including R&B, Latin, electronic, world and funk on

10 different stages. In addition to the outdoor Plaza Park setting for our Main Stage and the shady San Fernando and Post streets for our Salsa and Blues/Big Easy stages, we also have a couple of excellent new indoor venues involved this year including the newly revitalized Hammer Theatre. We’re also excited to welcome back the JazzWeek Summit conference (Aug 10-11) on the front end of Summer Fest that will bring broadcasters, artists, agents and label representatives together for two days of industry meetings before the Fest kicks off.” There will be an array of various stages through downtown San Jose including: Jade Leaf Stage, JMA Next Gen Stage, Swing Stage, Salsa Stage, and many more.

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Hot Topic Roadmap to Navigating Your Child’s Disability by Chrissie Kahan Recent tragic headlines of teen suicide heightened by the popularity of 13 Reasons Why shows there has been a significant rise in mental health concerns among our youth. Belle Papillon, a leading mental health site, states that 1 in 5 kids will struggle with a mental health disorder at some point and 50% of those mental illnesses begin by age 14 if not slightly younger. Alarmingly, suicide is the second leading cause of death between 15 and 24 year olds with 90% of those who died of suicide having an underlying mental illness. “Now is the time on summer hiatus to have meaningful and valuable conversations about your child’s adjustments at school,” says Kahan. She adds, “depression, anxiety, bullying and suicide are starting as soon as Kindergarten.”Kahan saved a child this year who was in second grade and having suicidal

thoughts. Chrissie Kahan, an award-winning educator, disability specialist and Assistant principal, just released Roadmap to Navigating Your Child’s Disability. Designed with the parent in mind, this comprehensive, easy to read resource provides parents and caregivers all the information they may be looking for on the quest to getting their child the strongest level of support in the public school system. • Warning signs in children that are not typically discussed that need to be shared • Partnerships between parents and the educational system in properly diagnosing their child’s disability and identifying appropriate accommodations • What teachers, counselors, school administrators need to do and must be reminded when they even hear of threatening language

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so that a parent can understand what to expect from interventions, the personnel attending the meetings and the type of information they will find on aligned documentation • Resources for parents

and families which make it easier to comprehend the extent of the child’s disability and how the public school can work better with them.

Chrissie Kahan is an advocate for equity and students with disabilities. As an educator for the past 15 years and an assistant principal for the past 8, she has experience working in partnership with parents, teachers, and related service providers. Chrissie has always had a heart for children, especially advocating for kids who have been labeled as “behavior problems.” She is special-education certified and serves as the Individualized Education Program (IEP)/Student Support Team Chair within her elementary school. She has authored the following books: Benny Gator and Angry Ana with the purpose of spreading awareness to kids and families in regards to the topics of anxiety and anger management. She has also co-authored the book Navigating the Road of Infertility with her husband. This book has been featured internationally, most recently on HLN for National Infertility week. She and her husband have founded the publishing company: King Kahan Publishing, LLC where their hope is to publish books that focus on spreading awareness to real world issues in a meaningful way. Learn more about Chrissie Kahanat, and connect with her on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Roadmap to Navigating Your Child’s Disability will be available on Amazon and Smashwords.

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Our Corner of The Valley By Scott Taper

We live in strange times. But are we stopping everything to stand and stare at the phenomenon of the weakest Oval Office in history. No, we are not. Business is booming even amid fears that Trump’s policies will decrease the flow of excellent foreign students and researchers to the US. His policies on foreign trade have driven the dollar from an all time high to a continuing trend of a lower valued dollar. So what does this mean to you and me in our corner of the valley? First, a weaker dollar means products imported will be more expensive since a dollar won’t buy what it used to. Interest rates may rise because investing in dollars will be less attractive. This, in turn, drives investment in our economy down. However, why is the Dow Index up so high? That’s because that’s where the investment money goes when Interest rates rise. This is why: Companies rise capital by selling corporate bonds or stock, so if the bond market has to pay higher returns, i.e., interest than the stock market gains. Companies are selling products and services at higher prices to foreign customers because they pay more dollars due to the exchange rate. However, that doesn’t translate to more

jobs because of automation and modernization of production requires fewer people than ever before. The US is a Tech Economy that relies on machines and software to increase our productivity. However, the Federal Reserve Bank (Fed) has been raised the bank interest rate index twice since Trump’s inauguration, another signal that the economy will be slowed down. The Guardian reported that Millennials are not buying houses and may never buy which may be a great concern to Home owners whose homes have reach record levels. Is there a bubble coming in a decade or so when these Millennials choose to continue to rent? Well, will the landlords keep raising rents to the point where Millennials are forced into the buyer’s market. However, it may take 10 years for Millennials to save the 20% down payment. In our corner of the valley, homes will continue to increase in value until it may take up 28 years before they will be able to save the 20% down payment. If you are a homeowner, and you love your where you live, stay. However, if you are looking to sell and retire, then you should keep a close eye on any rise in offering any type of two-tiered loans, or loans being made with floating interest such as variable rate loans.

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