Bison Population Improving at Camp Pendleton Marine Base


The iconic American Buffalo resides in a very unusual place…the Camp Pendleton Marine Base.  In the 70’s the San Diego Zoo gave 12 of these Bison to the base.  Since that time they have multiplied and currently the herd stands at about 150.  They are simply left alone to roam about 38,000 acres of the 125,000 acre Marine base.  These are the plains bison and they are genetically pure, larger than their counterpart the woods bison.

This elite group is one of three such herds nationwide.  And they are healthy.  They have been randomly tested and all are disease free with no heavy metals in their system despite living on an active base, and no signs of inbreeding.  Oh yes, they get in the way at times during drills and everything stops for a few moments while horns sound to scare them off. 

Because of over hunting the bison in North America fell from a population of millions to just a few hundred by 125 years ago.  The majority of bison living today are privately owned in herds of less than 1,000 and are generally fenced in small areas according to the U.S. Department of the Interior, which manages almost 7,000 bison in 7 national wildlife refuges and five national parks.

It’s great to see these splendid animals survived the ravages of the 1800’s.  Your comments are welcome…

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Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors

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Utah to send Anaheim “Green Power”


No, this is not a trade in the NBA…

Anaheim seems determined to honor their word and the state mandate that 20% of their power be “green electricity” for households by the year 2012.

After a bit more testing is completed the Utah power plant will send Anaheim 11 megawatts of power beginning in 2009 from the Raser Power Plant, which boasts zero carbon emissions.   A spokesman from Raser said that 95% of the equipment they use to make geothermal green power is from machinery we’ve had for many years.  They run huge air conditioners backward…only 5% of what they use to obtain this green power is new technology.

A geothermal generator uses heat from underground hot water to produce electricity.

My only question is why can’t we do this locally and not ship it in from another state?

Your comments are welcome.

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Best regards.

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRBS CRS GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors

 

Anyone Remodeling? The Space Station Is…


Money is tight.  Contractors are looking for work.  How far will they travel to get work?  To the Space Station?

The International Space Station is set to get a facelift soon as astronauts prepare for an upcoming launch that will have them make improvements which will essentially double the crew capacity at the station.  They will set in place a new water recovery system, a new fridge, set up extra sleeping compartments, add a work out machine capable of performing 30 exercises for crew members using it, and add a half bath.  They will be setting up extra lap top stations, thermostats and most important…they are going “green”.  They will install an environmental system that is a closed loop – essentially recycling almost everything.  Yes, if you were thinking what I was thinking…it will turn urine and condensation into drinking water.  

If NASA wants to increase they crew size from 3 to 6 astronauts, these things must be done.  And we are set to get them done in the next voyage, scheduled for later this week.

So wish them the best of luck and a safe return.

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

Best regards.

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors

Mr. “Governator”, Please Don’t Kick Businesses When they’re Down


In California, the Governor is faced with an $11.4 Billion budget deficit.  Our “Governator” has proposed an economic stimulus plan that would have the state sales tax increased by 1.5% for a 3 year period.  Ideally this would bring much needed revenue for the state…but wait a minute here.  I said “ideally” it would do that.  However, what if the increase in sales tax causes people to buy less and the result is more businesses closing?  A very real possibility.  It could create a further economic deterioration and downward spiral.  I really don’t want to go to any more “going out of business” sales!

Other ideas brought forward in the Governors package I can really get behind.  They include calling for scaling back holiday pay to straight time rather than time and a half for all state employees.  And by the way, we have nearly 235,000 state employees.  And eliminating 2 paid holidays per year.  That still leaves plenty more paid holidays.  I don’t get any paid holidays at all.  Hey…I think people are lucky to be working in this economic environment and this type of payroll adjustment can save the state $1.4 billion per year. 

Imagine if we had those 2 adjustments in place 6 or 7 years ago…we wouldn’t have a deficit at all!

So please Mr. Governor, don’t kick businesses when they’re down…

Your comments are welcome.

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

Best regards.

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors

Can Campaign Signs Get a “2nd Term”?


Do we all agree that by the last 2 weeks of a major election campaign signs everywhere are about nauseating?

Well, what happens to the signs after an election?  Whose job is it to remove them from light poles, fences, greenbelts, intersections…you name it?  Should they be removed at taxpayer expense?  Well some cities have rules about the candidate removing the signs within 30 days of an election, other cities have crews that remove them and I’m told that some candidates remove their signs without having to be asked.

But what about giving signs a “2nd Term”?  How can we re-cycle them to be painted over by upcoming candidates or stored to live another day as they are re-used by incumbents?  Wouldn’t that be better than filling up dumpsters with campaign signs of an election aftermath?

There must be a way to take this old fashioned campaiging in a “Green Direction”?

Your comments are welcome…

And thank you for making me Your Orange County Real Estate Connection.

Best regards.

Michael Caruso, Broker ABR ABRM CRB CRS GRI

2007 President, Orange County Association of Realtors

Orange County~Central


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Nothing to report.

 

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

Poppy flowers will be distributed around the city today by The Ladies Auxiliary as part of a nationwide effort to raise funds in support of veterans’ welfare.

 

HUNTINGTON BEACH

The city is still seeking business proposals from companies to put on their annual Fourth of July fireworks show next year.  For more information, please email Sharon Griffin at sgriffin@surfcity-hb.org

 

IRVINE

From 9am-4pm on November 15th , the Salvation Army will hold a donation drive at Beckman High School.  Fore more information, please contact 714-476-6294.

 

LOS ALAMITOS

The City’s Recreation Department will be offering art classes for children ages 6-12.  Classes begin on November 18th.  For more information, please visit www.ci-losalamito.com

 

NEWPORT BEACH

Nothing to report.

 

ORANGE

Nothing to report.

 

SANTA ANA

Nothing to report.

 

SEAL BEACH

Three Seal Beach Residents will be recognized at the City Council Meeting. Adam Wright, Tim Hutton and Haley Ishimtsu, all Olympic athletes from the Bejing games will be commended.

 

TUSTIN

Nothing to report.

 

VILLA PARK

On November 18th at 10am, the Villa Park Library Chat Group will meet to discuss The Glass Castle.  For more information, please contact 714-998-0861.

 

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Orange County~South


lagunabeachvistaALISO VIEJO

Nothing to report.

 

COTO DE CAZA & THE CANYONS

On November 16th, Cooks Corner will provide the starting place for the Toys for the Homeless Toy Drive. The ending point will be Original Mike’s. Riders will begin the ride at 10:30am and are asked to bring an unwrapped toy. For more information, please visit www.cookscorners.com

 

DANA POINT

Nothing to report.

 

LADERA RANCH

Boogie Box Fitness will launch its workout program on November 15th at the Starlite Dance Studio located at 1501 Corporate Drive. For more information, please call 949-331-4676.

 

LAGUNA BEACH

Today is the last day of the Laguna Beach Women’s Club’s artist exhibit. Admission is free to the event, which takes place from 11am-4pm.

 

LAGUNA HILLS

On November 22nd, the city will be providing supervision, pizza and transportation to Camp Pendleton Paintball Park.  For more information, please contact 949-707-2692.

 

LAGUNA NIGUEL

Nothing to report.

 

LAGUNA WOODS

Nothing to report.

 

LAKE FOREST

Today is the last day to visit the Holiday Boutique at the Sun and Sail Club from 10am-4pm.  For more information, please call 949-837-6403.

 

MISSION VIEJO

Tuesday, a ceremony will begin at 2pm to honor the men and women who have served our country.  The event will take place at the Mission Viejo Veterans Memorial, 24932 Veterans Way. For more information, please call 949-470-3000.

 

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA

Next weekend, the Art on Giclee Inc. will take place from 5-10pm at 22521 Avenida Empressa, Suite 114.  For more information, please visist www.artongicle.com

 

SAN CLEMENTE

Nothing to report.

 

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

Come visit the Great Pumpkin at the Mission San Juan. The pumpkin is 425 pounds and will be on display until Thanksgiving. 

 

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