LYNNIS WOODS: Journey Through Menopause

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OPINION – I have recently noticed a direct correlation between my hormonal balances  shift (and I can definitely tell when that happens!) and how it impacts my body during stress. The reaction was subtle  at first but now as I continue through my journey of menopause the symptoms are much more pronounced. So I decided […]

ROBERT WOODS: Getting Your Financial House in Order

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OPINION - To start your personal investment program, you must establish a reference point. This reference point begins with how much money you make and where it goes each month. Once you know this, you will know how much money you can save. In a prior article contributing to this series (http://sacobserver.com/2013/06/robert-woods-how-to-determine-your-spending-personality/), the process of a […]

CHARLES RATLIFF: The Emergence of the HAWK Institute

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OPINION – Young Black men and youth need help overcoming formidable barriers to their educational and career development. They are being rapidly left behind and left out of American mainstream economics. Statistics demonstrate that Black males are at the greatest risk of failure in the nation’s schools. Black children are 15 percent of the U.S. […]

TIANA BURSE: The Secret to Attracting What you Want

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OPINION – Have you heard the phrase “like attracts like” or read the good Biblical Proverbs (23:7) that proclaims, “As a man thinketh in his heart, so is he”? I must admit, up until recently my vision was cloudy as to the real power of these truths. I guess simply choosing to ignore the fact […]

CALIPH ASSAGAI: Did you get Covered? Mental Health Included as Essential Health Benefits

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OPINION – With the deadline to get covered under the Affordable Care Act recently passing, nearly 1.4 million Californians now have new health coverage that provides a greater level of coverage, including new essential health benefits. A key new essential health benefit (EHB) is substance abuse, mental and behavioral health coverage. All plans on the […]

LYNNIS WOODS: 7 Top “Anti-Aging” Tips

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OPINION – The day arrived not too long ago that I turned 57 years young! It is hard to believe that I have actually been on this earth for 57 years and that I am 3 years from 60. Where has the time gone? Many people have asked me how have I managed to stay […]

JASON MATHEWS: The Big White Elephant in The Room

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OPINION – There is a Big White Elephant in the Room which is putting a dampening on the United States Economy. You don’t hear Economist, Federal Reserve, Congress or even the White House talk about it. You’re probably wondering what the White Elephant is? The Big White Elephant in the Room is INFLATION! The definition […]

SIMEON GANT: Greening Low Income Communities

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OPINION – California’s landmark Greenhouse Gas reduction initiative is considered the largest pot of money slated for minority communities in the state’s history. This year’s budget included $872 million from the cap-and-trade proceeds and earmarked 25 percent of that to benefit disadvantaged communities. For the past few years the California Office of Environmental Health Hazard […]

ROBERT PHILLIPS: A New Health Partnership

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OPINION – Community development has a history of being rooted in low-income communities, working to connect communities with programs and capital sources that help the people of those communities help themselves. The example of Mercy Housing’s efforts to keep low-income seniors out of costly nursing homes and living in a more active environment is just […]

AUBRY STONE: Insurance Companies Refuse to Do Business with Minorities

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OPINION – California is home to thousands of small and minority owned businesses that provide services such as marketing, education and training, printing, consulting, information technology and many more. Insurance companies spend millions of dollars every year using these services; however, very few of these companies spend those dollars with small and minority-owned businesses. In […]