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Paul Raggio | Time to Get After It

New Year’s resolutions are shaping up right about now. The holidays have ended. We remain in a viral blizzard with Omicron and the Delta version of COVID. Nonetheless, every blizzard ends, as will this one. The

Paul Raggio | The Power of Abundant Thinking?

Thanksgiving has passed, and Hanukkah and Christmas are around the corner. Many of us were fortunate enough to gather with family and friends and indulge our appetites on both food and fellowship. We’re a species that

Where are you going in 2022?

By Paul Raggio There’s a famous refrain often quoted to those uncertain where they are headed: “If you don’t know where you’re going, any road’ll take you there!” Come to

Tax savings programs for Veterans

By Jeff Prang, Los Angeles County Assessor As we prepare to give thanks this November on Thanksgiving Day, it’s also important to remember those that have served our great nation

Seven questions for a better 2022

By Ken Keller As your business planning continues for the new year, I pose thought-provoking questions to help guide your thinking. What business are you really in? Railroads were once

Numbers, numbers, numbers!

For most businesses, it’s that time of year— leadership reviewing, reflecting, adjusting and evaluating business activities that impact the organization’s financial status. For many, this may be the most stressful

Business community resumes cautious gatherings

During the pandemic, virtual events all but replaced in-person gatherings as the business community worked to continue operations as much as possible. Whether a conference, meeting and even happy hour,

Nine toxins that destroy growth

By Ken Keller CEOs would be wise to remember Gen. George Patton’s preaching, “A good plan violently executed right now is far better than a perfect plan executed next week.”

Businesses coming back under the ‘new normal’

As the state fully reopens, shedding most of its COVID-19 regulations, businesses in the Santa Clarita Valley are left to navigate their own return to “normal.”   “The unfortunate circumstance is

Assessor 101: a few things property owners should know

By Jeff Prang, Los Angeles County assessor  From the Assessor’s Office  As you might imagine my office receives literally tens of thousands of questions annually, interestingly enough, mostly dealing with real

Leaders discuss population trend, SCV businesses

California’s population fell in 2020 for the first time since the state started recording population estimates, according to the state’s Department of Finance.  Between January 2020 and January 2021, the

Unemployment rates continue steady decline

As Los Angeles County surpasses one year since the first businesses were told to close their doors amid stay-at-home orders, unemployment rates have continued to drop countywide, and locally, the