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Jonathan Farrell

Editor-at-Large based in San Francisco, CA, United States. Joined on Apr 15, 2009
Expertise in Small business, General business news & info



Op-Ed: From Dust Bowl to Nob Hill, a San Francisco socialite remembers Special

Beverly Hills - To read her book "Peeing on Hot Coals" is like reading something right out of John Steinbeck's "Grapes of Wrath." Pat Montandon, San Francisco's 'Golden Girl' and local TV celebrity has written her seventh book.

Op-Ed: Truck driver writes screenplay and wins accolades at festival Special

Hercules - There have been many instances of someone with a dream and being able to make it a reality against many odds. Yet, how often does anyone get to have their dream fulfilled by the help of total strangers?

Op-Ed: Small businesses struggle after fire, landlord indifferent Special

Sonoma - As empowering as small business can be, it can also be very unnerving when a family business or proprietor suffers an unexpected set back, such as a fire. Even if the damage is not extensive, the complications from it can interrupt a small business.

Op-Ed: Author Steve Berry uses history to write his bestsellers Special

Saint Augustine - The old saying, "truth can be stranger than fiction," is certainly something that international best selling author Steve Berry is familiar with. History can have facts that unravel so many myths.

Op-Ed: Local small business has support of extended family Special

Sonoma - According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 23 million small businesses in America account for 54 percent of all U.S. sales. Furthermore, notes the SMBA, the small business sector is growing rapidly.

Op-Ed: San Francisco comedian at a crossroads in his career Special

San Francisco - For almost a decade comedian Paco Romane has established a spot for himself in the City's home-grown comedy club circuit. Always eager to work if he was not able to find a gig, he created one; like his show "The Romane Event."

Op-Ed: Final injunction assures City College stays open despite threat Special

San Francisco - The City Attorney's Office was very pleased with the final injunction that Superior Court Judge Curtis Karnow delivered on Feb. 17. It ensures that City College will treated fairly in the re-accreditation process.

Op-Ed: California locals remember those times, of guitarist Sam Andrew Special

Sonoma - The death of guitarist Sam Andrew stirred not only Rolling Stone to publish a reflective and stirring obit, but Andrew's death got one local Northern California woman who met Andrew to reflect on those San Francisco days, when the Haight-Ashbury

Importance of Interest Rates is lesson in itself, advisor says Special

Sonoma - Often times when people invest they do not pay much attention to interest rates unless the rates jump up real high or drop real low. Yet, financial advisors like Darren Blonkski of Edward Jones Investments believes people should take the time to learn.

Op-Ed: Author and Korean War vet honored by his congregational family Special

San Francisco - Rejoicing and giving thanks as it is mentioned in the Book of Deuteronomy, Chapter 16 holds a lot of meaning, especially as the season of spring draws near. It is the part of The Bible in which The Passover is mentioned.

Memory Care Cafe seeks to support caregivers of Alzheimers Special

San Francisco - According to the Alzheimer's Association, in 2014 an estimated 5.2 million Americans were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

State of California demands compliance from Home Loan lender Special

Sacramento - While the home mortgage crisis of 2009 to some may seem in the past, the reverberations of it are still lingering. California state officials announced this past January, that Ocwen Financial Corporation must provide required information to regulators.

Op-Ed: Angela Lansbury gets standing ovation in San Francisco 'Blithe' Special

San Francisco - To say that the legendary Angela Lansbury shined in her performance on stage at the Golden Gate Theater on Jan 30th is an understatement.

Op-Ed: One man's journey West to change his life and defy the past Special

San Francisco - As commemorations of Martin Luther King, Jr. day were being planned and celebrated, one man, Ardist Cooper, Jr. who lived through those times before the Civil Rights Movement, shared his recollections.

Op-Ed: Mills College Library is pleased to be in spotlight at book fair Special

Oakland - Having the annual California International Antiquarian Book Fair in Oakland for the very first time is something that the staff at Mills College is extremely honored and excited about.

California Antiquarian Book Fair is among the largest of its kind Special

Oakland - For rare book collectors, print is not dead. In fact, it is growing as this year's California International Antiquarian Book Fair will be held at Oakland Marriott City Center from February 6 to 8. Coordinators like Michael Hackenberg are thrilled.

Op-Ed: City College San Francisco gets another chance at accreditation Special

San Francisco - Judge Curtis E.A. Karnow of the Superior Court of California for San Francisco proposed an injunction on January 16, which requires the accrediting board to reconsider its termination of City College's accreditation status forcing it to close.

Op-Ed: Zorro novel the first of its kind, for author Isabel Allende Special

Who would think that a swashbuckling character of the 1920's would endure and continue to enthrall audiences to this day. For over 90 years, the story of Zorro has not diminished but endured. This coming May

Op-Ed: Transit ride has only slight delay as Golden Gate is closed Special

San Francisco - The work to install a Moveable Median Barrier is now underway along the Golden Gate Bridge. So far the work has been carried out smoothly and while the bridge is closed to vehicle traffic, buses can go across.

Op-Ed: Disney's retelling of fairytale a disappointment to Baby Boomers? Special

As a little kid, I was frightened and mesmerized by the super-villain 'Maleficent' in Walt Disney's animated version of Sleeping Beauty. So, like many (and I am sure many were of the Babyboomer generation)
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