Seniors are some of the hardest hit by rising housing costs in Oakland.
OAKLAND, Calif.--Guitar Whitfield, 70, spent much of his life at sea as a merchant marine and a musician on the side. When he returned to Oakland to visit family for the holidays a couple of years ago, he found himself homeless. His brother Bennie brought him to St. Mary’s Center, a nonprofit
I liquidated my employer retirement account in my 20s and it was the worst financial decision I ever made
My career has never followed the traditional nine to five path, so I haven’t had many of the traditional benefits that full time workers enjoy.
I was one of those people who didn’t think I needed health insurance. And I didn’t give much thought to retirement savings until I hit my 40s.
25 counties in the United States paid more than a quarter of the total income tax collected in 2016, according to IRS data.
Los Angeles County alone, with a population of over 10 million, paid 3.67% of all income tax liability in 2016.
New York County, which covers Manhattan, has a population of about 1.6 million, but it ranked second among counties, paying 2.7% of all US income taxes.
Tax Day 2019 is Monday, April 15.
If you work as an independent contractor, you are entitled to certain tax deductions for your business expenses.
Even if your contract work is just a side gig, you're still running a business, so it's important to track your expenses.
We spoke with CPA and certified financial planner Harvey I. Bezozi about the deductions that independent contractors can use to reduce the amount of tax they owe.
My expectations of the working experience of adulthood have shifted radically since my 20s.
Here are the life lessons I've gained from six early beliefs that turned out to be completely wrong.
At 20, I believed that I was an adult and that I knew everything. You won't be surprised to learn that I was wrong on both counts.
The older I get, the less I cling to perceptions from my youth.
Today’s overheated Bay Area real estate market is very different for buyers than the real estate bubble of the mid-2000s. “There have been a lot of all-cash deals,” says realtor Martha Hill of Pacific Union, noting that cash appeals to sellers who want to close the deal more quickly (escrow for an all-cash deal is usually about 14 days, as opposed to 21 days or more when a bank loan is involved). “This is new. I don’t remember it 10 years ago at all.”
By Laura McCamy
As San Francisco home prices climb into the stratosphere, reaching a median price of over $1 million as of May 2014, Oakland real estate continues to climb out of the deep hole it fell into during the recession.
Oakland sales price data from Trulia.com
Recently released data compiled by ZipRealty shows Oakland prices increasing 23 percent during the past year, compared to 14 percent in San Francisco and 11 percent in Alameda.
Oaklandish CEO built her business with community in mind.
“We realized there was a real hunger for people to find a way to express their Oakland pride,” says Angela Tsay, CEO and Creative Director of Oakland’s iconic t-shirt company, Oaklandish.
She is recalling the time in 2006 when she and Jeff Hull, who founded Oaklandish as a guerilla art project and designed the iconic tree and roots logo, had just started selling t-shirts at the Grand Lake Farmer’s Market.
You're never too young to begin investing, and you don't have to be rich to open your first investment account.
Don't let your emotions rule your investment decisions. When the market turns down, smart investors wait it out.
Understand your investment goals. That will help you decide where to put your money.
Angela Moore, a certified financial planner (CFP), has some advice to get you started.
Costco and its house brand, Kirkland Signature, are known for their high-quality, low-cost products.
But there are certain Kirkland Signature items that you might want to avoid throwing in your Costco shopping cart.
Here are five Kirkland-brand items you should steer clear of on your next trip to Costco.
If you have a Costco membership or know someone who does, then you're familiar with the high quality and value of many of Costco's products.
Not everyone is suited to owning a business - and that's OK.
Some people don't have an entrepreneurial mindset, and there are clear signs that you're not ready to start a company, according to Uptima Business Bootcamp cofounder Rani Langer-Croager.
There are also some practical matters you should have in order, particularly your finances.
Despite the entrepreneurial hype of the Silicon Valley era, not everyone is suited to owning a business— and that's OK.
A hacker can do everything from hijacking a corporate email account to draining millions of dollars from an online bank account.
Though many hackers may have malicious intent, some wear white hats and help companies find security holes and protect sensitive content.
Below we explore some of many jobs a hacker can do for you.
Some parts of the web are the online equivalent of dark alleys where shady characters lurk in the shadows.
The full-force fighting self-defense class I took was life-changing.
I walk through the world differently because of what I learned in Model Mugging.
When I was in my 20s, I signed up with a friend to take a self-defense class.
In the class, I got to experience full-force fighting, so I have a body memory that (I hope) will return if I am ever attacked.
I have never been mugged, but my training has allowed me to verbally repel harassers and given me courage to stand up for myself.
Your chances of a tax audit increase with the more audit triggers the IRS finds on your tax return.
If you work in the gig economy, even part time, the chances you'll make a tax mistake increase.
Here, CPA Cari Weston details eight potential triggers that will increase your chances of being audited.
You might not be able to avoid an audit this tax season, but according to CPA Cari Weston, good record-keeping means you won't have to sweat it.
When my eyes start to cross, and I can't think straight at work, I take a power nap of about 15 minutes.
Research has shown that short naps can improve your ability to remember, reason, and learn.
What do you do when you can't keep your eyes open in an afternoon meeting, or you just want to put your head on your desk?
If you're like nearly two-thirds of American adults, you reach for a cup of coffee. But studies have shown there's something even more effective for memory and motor function.