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Exemption from Reassessment Retained for Rebuilt Property Destroyed by Disaster up to 120% of Value of Original

In a Governor-declared disaster an exemption from reassessment will be retained for reconstructed improvements which are comparable to the improvement replaced if similar in size, utility, and function and within 120% of value of original property.

This law allows owners of property substantially damaged or destroyed in a Governor-declared disaster to reconstruct comparable improvements onsite with a return to the former improvement's base year value.  While existing law effectively allows this in a form of a new construction exclusion, this law adds a new provision specific to post-disaster reconstruction following a Governor-recognized event and allows a more generous comparability definition.  Specifically, it defines the term "comparable" using the same 120% definistion used when a victim of a major disaster decides to reconstruct replacement property on site of the damaged property.  Under this definition, reconstructed improvements will be found comparable to the improvement replaced if similar in size, utility, and function and withing 120% of value.  This law applies to real property damaged or destroyed by misfortune or calamity on or after January 1, 2017.

Assembly Bill 2013 is codified as Tax and Revenue Section 70.5. Effective January 1, 2021.

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Favorite Hotspots in Pacific Grove California

Ever wanted to escape your stressful life or wanted a getaway for your family? Then, Charming Pacific Grove is the place to go. This article features a few and must-visit hotspots in Pacific Grove, California, where you can have real fun if you happen to visit.

Asilomar State BeachFavorite Hotspots in Pacific Grove California

Asilomar State Beach is a beach with dunes, beautiful scenery, over 100 acres of forest, and stunning ocean landscapes. Its name is the beach, A Refuge by the Sea, as it is situated within the scenic and fantastic town of Pacific Grove. The beach offers comfy cottages and lodges for visitors. It also provides a beautiful view of sunset hence providing an unforgettable escape from the daily demands of life.

Wild Fish

Pacific Grove has more to offer than the scenery. Wild Fish, located a few blocks from Monterey Bay, offers natural 100% organic and imaginatively prepared seafood with an ever-changing menu sourced by the local farmers and fishers. The food is fresh, exactly what the locals want, making it an attractive neighborhood destination. So, reserve your space now and get the best from Wild Fish.

Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary

If you plan to visit Pacific Grove in October, Monarch Butterfly Sanctuary is a place to stop. In October, Butterflies cluster together on pines, cypress, and eucalyptus trees. It has been nicknamed "Butterfly Town,"...

The Dangers of E-Cigarettes for Children

dangers of e-cigarretteWhile many behavioral trends are preventing children from maintaining good health these days, the introduction of e-cigarettes is certainly one of the most serious hazards to their physical and mental health. As noted in ScienceDaily, teenagers are increasingly using e-cigarettes. Public health experts are concerned about the trend, citing the devices potential role in promoting smoking as a major worry. Yet even if the e-cigarettes are not a gateway to smoking, they can still prove harmful to one's health. 

Why E-Cigarette Use Is On The Rise

There are several reasons why e-cigarette use is on the rise amongst children. One reason is ongoing exposure to advertisements. As noted by the CDC, roughly 69% of middle and high school students have been exposed to e-cigarette advertisements through mediums such as television, movies, magazines, newspapers, retail stores, and the internet. Additionally, some children may be attracted to the technologically advanced nature of the e-cigarettes. As battery-operated devices, e-cigarettes deliver nicotine along with other chemicals and flavorings in vapor rather than smoke. 

The Health Hazards Of E-Cigarettes

While many view the technological advancements of e-cigarettes as good insomuch as they expose users to less smoke, the health risks of the product are many. The hazardous nature of e-cigarettes has been cited by numerous officials and was published online through the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. The study indicates a correlation between use of e-cigarettes and persistent cough. Additionally,...

Price Gouging: Increases the Scope of What Constitutes Price Gouging in the Sale of Goods or Services.

crime of price gougingThis law amends the crime of price gouging to 1) include where a person, contractor, business, or
other entity to charge a price that is more than 50% greater than either the amount the seller paid for the goods or the seller’s costs in selling or providing the goods or services; and 2) provide that the protections against price gouging may also apply to a timeframe prior to a date as set in the proclamation or declaration. It does not affect provisions of Penal Code 396 pertaining to the price of rental housing.

This law expands the crime for price gouging to also include selling or offering to sell those goods or services for a price 10% greater than the price charged immediately prior to a date set by the proclamation or declaration of emergency.  It makes it a crime for a person, contractor, busines, or other entity who did not charge a price for the goods or services immediately prior to the proclamation or declaration of emergency to charge a price that is more than 50% greater than the seller's existing costs, as specified.  It authorizes the Governor or the Legislature to extend the duration of these prohibitions for periods greater than 30 days, and during the extension, authorize specified price increases that exceed the otherwise permissible amount, as specified.

Senate Bill 1196 is codified as Penal Code 396.  Effective January 1, 2021.

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Breaking a leg...Finding a Better Way to Heal with the Scrail

Enduring multiple surgeries to set complex bone fractures with steel or titanium screws and plates may soon be a thing of the past. New bioceramic bone screws compatible with the body's own bone material and shaped to decrease injury to bones and tendons are being introduced by Fraunhofer Institute for Manufacturing Technology and Advanced Materials IFAM.

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 The beginning of ski season is a hectic time for alpine emergency centers when injuries to the neck, knee, pelvis and hips (including hip fractures in mature skiers) are common occurrences. Those with complex bone fractures will undergo surgery to set then with titanium or steel screws and plates. But because these metal screws and plates can cause inflammation and allergies in sensitive people when left in the body, patients must endure considerable discomfort and expense having the metal pieces removed in a second operation after the injury has healed.

 Now a new bioceramic implant screw nail or "scrail", developed by researchers at Fraunhofer IFAM and the university hospitals of Giessen-Marburg and Bonn and the University of Bremen, is primed to turn such injury treatment into history. Walking on the beach is one of the things that is often good for therapy and general health here in in Monterey. Real estate that is close to the water of often sought out by those who have a frequent walking regimen to enhance mobility and flexibility.

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Smart Ways to Save On Your Homeowner's Insurance

Some of us would consider the probability of not having homeowner's insurance, like paying for health and utilities. Such expenses are annoying, but we cannot avoid them. Despite this, have you ever wondered if you are paying too much for insurance? The problem with bills such as insurance is that we do not always think about saving after accepting them.Smart Ways to Save On Your Homeowner's Insurance

Homeowner's insurance policies vary due to a number of variables. Some of these variable influences how cheap or expensive an insurance policy is and identifying what to look for is essential. Luckily, it is not difficult to save on incentives by taking time to assess your current properties and the company's offerings. However, you should not sacrifice crucial coverage that could take a toll on you later to save a few coins in a short term. Here are some of the excellent tips that may help you save on homeowners insurance.

Related: Can you lower your homeowner's insurance?

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Consult your company on what you will do to cover your home from natural calamities and other risks. For example, you can save on your premiums by putting buying more robust materials, reinforcing the roof, or placing storm gutters. If you live in an old home, update your electric, plumbing, and heating systems to reduce fire and water accidents. In addition, you can get discounts for at least five percent if you install a burglar or fire alarm.

Identify what the company can cover and what it cannot

You should note that standard insurance policies do not...

This Home is 5 Minutes to Natural Bridges Beach and West Cliff Drive

This comfortable single level lower Westside Santa Cruz is just a 5 minutes to Natural Bridges Beach and West Cliff Drive. Hop on your bike and go wine tasting at the Swift Street wine district, after a day of surfing at Natural Bridges. As you enter the private courtyard, you'll notice this home is set up for enjoying the fine weather here by the coast. Lounge around the fire pit, sipping wine in the afternoon, or roasting marshmallows. The vaulted ceiling gives one these sense of being light and spacious as you enter the living room to start working on dinner in the remodeled kitchen. The master suite is spacious enough for a king sized bed, and has access to the outdoors and hot tub in the back yard. The other 2 bedrooms have a queen sized beds in them.The saltwater Jacuzzi tub, included, is heated to a pitch-perfect 101 degrees year-round, for a warming way to end the evening after a day of enjoying the events and activities that Santa Cruz has to offer. Call Gregg, 831-818-7524 for more information.

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Seabreeze Tavern in Rio Del Mar is Coming Down

Seabreeze Tavern in Rio Del Mar is coming down. The storied tavern is finally meeting it's demise. A suspicious fire likely caused by the former owner who was being foreclosed on doomed this old institution. Structurally weakened and riddled with damage and asbestos and lead paint, the structure wasn't salvageable. It's likely incarnation is to be a restaurant and apartments atop. That would be a nice addition to the neighborhood and give some life back to a place that had a colorful past.

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Your Diabetes Diagnosis Might be in Your Pocket

Early detection of medical conditions is key to proper treatment and management. Unfortunately, because this typically requires tests, often invasive, that are performed in a doctor's office or medical lab, early detection does not happen as often as it should. New technology, however, holds the potential to diagnose diabetes with a simple smartphone-linked breathalyzer. It might be soon that I'll leave my home in Carmel and before I start the day easily check my health by blowing into my phone. medical technology

Scientists are currently developing technologies that are capable of analyzing the volatile organic compounds in human breath. Better known as VOCs, these compounds provide insight into what is going on in the human body. In the case of diabetes, an elevated acetone level is a significant biomarker that can indicate a problem. Scientists are developing hand-held devices with adsorbent polymers to capture acetone from human breath and hold it onto it for analysis by a laser. The analysis will be able to show whether someone is diabetic. These non-invasive, portable breathalyzers could someday be the first line of defense for spotting diabetes in patients. 

The first use of such technology would probably be in medical offices. Yes, means that early detection would still be dependent on making an appointment with the doctor. However,...

Why the Kick-Out Clause is Important for Sellers to Consider

Today’s housing market has presented home sellers with an incredible opportunity to sell their homes for an increased value over what they would have been worth a few years ago. It’s also created an intensely competitive arena for homebuyers to outbid each other and secure their own home. This level of competition creates an interesting predicament for sellers to rule out lesser offers in favor of more appealing offers.Why the Kick-Out Clause is Important for Sellers to Consider

Contingencies like home inspections and appraisals are just a couple of the more common types. Another common contingency a buyer will often use is the condition that their current home must sell first before they can close on a deal and move into a new home. While it’s perfectly understandable for a buyer to include this contingency, it can be a nuisance to some sellers who are anxious to sell their home fast and move along. If you’ve ever found yourself in this scenario or are concerned about what to do should this happen, consider the kick-out clause.

The Kick-Out Clause allows the seller to continue listing their home on the market if a buyer has a home-sale contingency in the hopes that another offer will come through from a buyer without this requirement. There are benefits to both the buyer and the seller with having a kick-out clause in effect.

For the seller, a kick-out clause helps because it makes it a little easier to get a home sold without having to depend upon...

Light Therapy Might Reduce Addiction Rates

It is estimated that approximately 100 million people in the United States suffer from some type of chronic pain. This chronic pain not only diminishes their quality of life, but it can also lead to feelings of despair and depression; often destroying relationships as well as a person’s sense of well-being. There can be many reasons for chronic pain, but there’s no denying that it is a condition that needs to be treated with some type of pain therapy. Unfortunately, not only is managing pain with traditional pain medications extremely expensive, it can often lead to addiction or even an overdose. Today, we live in a society where many people are addicted to pain medications. Suffering in pain is certainly not the answer, but is there a healthier solution to managing this debilitating pain?

Everyone from veterans to housewives, and adolescents are turning to opioids as a way to get relief from chronic pain. Fortunately, new research conducted at the University of Arizona has shown that a safer, healthier and non-pharmacological approach to pain management is possible. This new approach to pain management involves the use of green light emitting diodes or LEDs.

While pain treatment with greed LED light has certainly shown promise as a pain management tool, it also might be a great solution to helping resolve opioid addiction rates in the U.S. From residents in Pacific Grove homes to New York City homeowners, finding a healthier way to treat pain while lowering the risk of addiction is definitely something that could prove extremely beneficial for many people.

It is estimated that treating chronic pain in the U.S. has risen to approximately $635 billion a year. That’s an incredible figure, one that is higher than the...

Ethical Considerations of Ridding Humanity of Diseases

Although some researchers feel a moral obligation to cure genetic diseases with DNA editing techniques such as CRISPR, others hesitate to embark on gene editing of human eggs, sperm and early-stage embryos(called germline editing) whose DNA changes can be passed on to future descendants. These practitioners feel that not enough is understood, and further research is critical for exploring the early development of embryos and fetuses. Such research would resurrect ethical questions about creating and destroying viable or non-viable fetuses, and the creation or termination of human life.

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One example of a lethal inheritable genetic disease, potentially curable through gene-editing, is Huntington's disease, caused by a gene defect that will trigger a fatal brain condition even in someone with just a single copy of the gene. Gene editing could remove the defect from an egg cell to prevent the disease from being passed on to descendants. Some laboratories are working now, trying to edit egg stem cells to rid them of inherited genetic disease. The end-to-end process is multi-step, and would no doubt first be worked out in animals such as cattle, pigs, and rabbits.

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Alzheimer's Breakthrough Sheds New Light on the Disease

If you suffer from Alzheimer's or know that a loved one is struggling with the condition, it's important to note that new scientific breakthroughs may provide the public with key insights regarding the disease. Learn more about the efforts of researchers and how their findings could revolutionize the approach to curing the disease by reviewing the following outline:

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Beta-Amyloid And Alzheimer's Disease: A Brief Overview

To fully understand the scientific breakthroughs that have transpired in the field of Alzheimer's research, one must first grasp the relevance of beta-amyloid within this sector. As Lund University's researchers understand, toxic clumps of beta-amyloid are believed to be the root cause of Alzheimer's. In the past, researchers thought that beta-amyloid should be eliminated. However, new findings indicate that the protein should be stabilized. 

The History Of Beta-Amyloid

For quite some time, members of the scientific community have thought that beta-amyloid appeared almost immediately in cases of Alzheimer's. It is for this reason that the phrase "popcorn plaques" was coined. Now, however, infrared spectroscopy images reveal information that contradicts this basic assumption. Specifically, researchers are now able to note molecular, structural changes that take place in the brain. 

In discussing the images, professor of experimental neurology Gunnar Gouras notes...

Top Googled Real Estate Question- What Does Contingent Mean in Real Estate?

The number three googled real estate topic this week was “What Does Contingent Mean in Real Estate?” This question saw a 130% rise in inquiries. As buyers are shopping for homes it is not uncommon to see the word contingent come across in home listings, real estate articles, and more. Or for a seller to see this word pop up in an offer agreement.Top Googled Real Estate Question- What Does Contingent Mean in Real Estate?

What does the word contingent mean when it comes to real estate?

In real estate contingent is a status stating that the seller has accepted a buyer’s offer and that the offer has certain requests to be met before the sale becomes final. If the buyer or in some cases the property is unable to meet the contingencies then the buyer may back out of the sale agreement and receive their earnest money back.

In general the fewer contingencies in a purchase agreement the better it is for the seller.

The Most Common Contingencies in Real Estate

According to the National Association of Realtors Confidence Index Survey, 76% of offers had contingencies in the purchase offer. These were the top four contingencies reported in the survey:

Inspection Contingency

This is a smart contingency that every home seller should come to expect from a buyer. It...

Importance of Vitamin D to a Healthy Adult Cardiovascular System

Researchers and medical professionals continue to reinforce the importance of vitamin D intake to ensure proper bone health. But more recent headlines like “More severe heart disease found in patients with vitamin D deficiency”, “Vitamin D Deficiency Associated with Asthma Exacerbation”, and “Childhood Vitamin D Levels Tied to Adult Atherosclerosis” leave little doubt that there is more significance to this vitamin than most people may realize.

What is Vitamin D?

vitamin dVitamin D is a fat soluble vitamin that your body can not make on its own; it needs help from nature. That help comes in the form of exposure to natural sunlight. Being fat soluble means your diet must contain some fat if you are trying to get enough vitamin D through your diet alone. It also means you need to have a healthy gut, and be able to eat and digest fat effectively, in order for your body to be able to absorb the fat and the vitamin. This essential vitamin is also necessary for your body to absorb calcium from the foods you eat. Most people are familiar with calcium’s ties to good bone health, but it is also involved in muscle contraction, regulation of body cell growth, reducing and preventing inflammation, and ensuring a healthy immune system. To do all that, this mineral needs vitamin D.

Vitamin D and Your Heart

Your heart is only a part of the cardiovascular system, the system that keeps healthy blood circulating throughout your body. Veins,...

Prop 19 - Allows to Move Your Tax Base Without Penalty to Other Counties in California

TAX SAVINGS FOR OLDER HOMEOWNERS

Thanks to Prop 19, seniors, retirees, and all homeowners aged 55+ can move closer to family, medical care, or to a home that better meets their needs anywhere in California without a
tax penalty.

 Prop 19 removed unfair location and price restrictions, allowing older homeowners to transfer the tax base of their home to a new home.*

SAVINGS FOR HOMEOWNERS WITH SEVERE DISABILITIES

Prop 19 also removed unfair restrictions on Californians with severe disabilities, allowing homeowners to move to a replacement home anywhere in California without
a tax penalty.*

 Under Prop 19, homeowners with severe disabilities can transfer the tax base of their existing home to a replacement home up to three times.

HOUSING RELIEF FOR VICTIMS OF WILDFIRE AND NATURAL DISASTER

After wildfires destroyed more than 24,000 family homes in the past few years, wildfire victims have faced massive property tax hikes when relocating to another home.

 Prop 19 allows ...

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