Attorney Offers 4 Free Hours of MCLE Credit.

LOS ANGELES, CA: Los Angeles Attorney Douglas A. Crowder (http://crowderlaw.com) announced plans to deliver two seminars that will provide a total of 4 hours of Continuing Legal Education credit for California Attorneys. The tentative dates are August 27 and September 10, 2016. Both will be on a Saturday morning from 9am to noon, at Mr. Crowder’s office in downtown Los Angeles (or, depending on the turn out, at another location in or near downtown L.A.)

These seminars will be geared toward beginning attorneys desiring to start their own law practice, but more experienced attorneys (as well as non-attorneys) will be welcome to attend, if space permits.

The first session will cover how to sign up a debt relief client, and will include such topics as

  • Ways to attract new clients, while complying with California ethics rules.
  • The 4 options when faced with a collection lawsuit.
  • A summary of Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 bankruptcy
  • A summary of alternatives to bankruptcy
  • Drafting attorney client agreements

These meetings include networking as well as education. One of the purposes of these seminars is to find, and provide training to attorneys to whom Mr. Crowder can refer cases. Several attendees of past seminars have obtained temporary contract work or case referrals, and two received full time employment as a result of attending the seminar.

Mr. Crowder has been practicing debt relief and other areas of law in California since 1989, and has been approved by the California Bar to provide Continuing Legal Education to attorneys (Provider Number 13474).

Those interested in attending (attorneys and non-attorneys) can contact Mr. Crowder’s office at 213-325-3040 or by email at dcrowder@crowderlaw.com.

BigTreeSupply.com: Types of Tree Nutrients

By Nancy Penrose

Trees, like all living things, need nutrients to survive and grow. Trees get their nutrients from the air and soil.

There are 16 elements a tree needs to maintain its health. Three – carbon, oxygen and hydrogen – come from the air. The remaining nutrients – nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium sulfur, iron, manganese, boron, zinc, copper, molybdenum and chlorine – are absorbed from the soil.

When there is not enough nitrogen in the soil, the photosynthesis process speeds up and turns leaves yellow. A nitrogen deficiency can also result in a more pronounced color during the fall, stunted growth, small leaves and leaf drop.

An iron deficiency can cause yellow leaves as well. The color change however, is not consistent. For example, only a single branch may have yellow leaves.

A manganese deficiency will not only turn leaves yellow, but also make them appear limp.

If there is not enough phosphorus in the soil, the tree will grow slowly. When a tree doesn’t have enough potassium, it is more likely to become diseased or damaged.

A calcium deficiency will impact the tree’s growth and cause unhealthy, thin foliage. If there is not enough magnesium in the soil, the tree’s older leaves will start turning yellow between the veins and around the edges. Other colors can also start appearing, such as red, brown or purple.

If you see any signs of nutrient deficiencies, get your soil tested by an experienced and knowledgeable tree nursery that can find the source of the problem and recommend the proper treatment and tree care. For example, nitrogen issues can be handled with proper fertilization. An iron deficiency can be corrected with sprays, root injections and surface applications.

Are you planning on purchasing any big trees? We can help you chose the right tree for your project based on soil conditions and other environmental factors. We’ll also make sure your tree gets the nutrients it need to maintain its health.

Nancy Penrose is owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), (tree nursery Snohomish, WA), one of the largest Seattle tree nurserys (see Big Trees Customer Testimonials page at http://bigtreesupply.com/customers-speak/), specializing in large trees for sale and transplant tree service. For more tips on tree installation or care go to nurserytrees.net. See our video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7qYmha94OvQ and connect with us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Big-Trees-Inc/193731105108

Big Trees Inc. To Beautify WA State Convention Center

SEATTLE, WA: Big Trees Inc., (http://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree transplant and tree nursery company in the Seattle area, is currently involved in a project to enhance the exterior of the Washington State Convention Center entrances on Pike Street in downtown Seattle. There will be large sequoia trees getting installed into artistic planters at two of the main entrances.

This project is still developing on some fronts, but there will be 6 large Coast Redwoods, a type of Sequoia and “the world’s tallest tree,” being delivered from out of state and weighing in the 5-6,000 pound range per tree. Big Trees is being asked to unload and handle the large Sequoia trees, moving them to their new planter locations from the large trucks that they will be arriving on. The trees will likely be around 20’ tall and packed in large wooden root ball boxes, and they will be using a large material handler forklift to unload and place the trees.

There are some challenges with this installation, in that the downtown location can be quite busy, day and night. Big Trees will be operating and handling the trees in the night time to minimize their disruption to the area, and so they can take advantage of having as much space as possible to work with. Big Trees is anticipating that the people and night life will be cooperative while they work over two consecutive evenings to accomplish the tree installations.

Nancy Penrose, owner of Big Trees says, “There is a lot of planning and preparation going into making this project successful over the brief timeframe available to us. It’s going to be two busy evenings in a row, and while working overnight is a challenge from a sleep shift for the crews, there is something exciting about having a normally busy environment all calmed down and to yourself for planting some large trees!”

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), located in Snohomish, WA, in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only can deliver young trees but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at http://www.bigtreesupply.com/blog/

Julian Construction Advises Public How to Protect Your Foundation in the Summer

LOS ANGELES: Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com), a foundation repair and construction company in Los Angeles, shares some tips on protecting your foundation in the summer.

Hot summer weather brings with it a unique set of potential problems for your home’s foundation, that can end up costing thousands to repair. Here are a few ways you can protect your foundation when the mercury rises.

  • “Regularly inspect the outside of your home. Check for signs of foundation damage such as cracks and sticking doors, but also check and make sure any brick, vinyl, siding, or wood on the exterior is at least six inches above the bottom of the foundation. Dirt and leaves can make this clearance insufficient and allow moisture into your foundation.
  • “Make sure water doesn’t pool anywhere near your foundation. Check after a summer storm or after watering the foundation (see # 5). If you do find water pooling in an area, remove it and fill the spot in with dirt to keep it from happening again.
  • “Clean and inspect the gutters regularly. Debris and faulty gutters can cause water to collect where it can cause water damage. When you clear the gutters, dispose of the debris properly. If you leave it on the ground it can cause pooling.
  • “Maintain foliage around the home. Cut back vines and foliage on your home. An overgrowth can prevent proper airflow and lead to water damage.
  • “And lastly, if you have clay soil on your property, extreme heat can cause the soil to dry out, shifting the foundation and leading to foundation damage. You can prevent this by lightly watering the soil around your foundation regularly and maintaining the moisture level.

Julian De La Torre, founder and owner of Julian Construction, stated: “Keeping your home’s foundation in good repair is so important, it’s the first thing we look at when we go to a home with structural problems. And maintaining the foundation will prevent more serious problems from occurring in the future. Always get your home inspected on a regular basis. It’s important for the safety of your home.”

Julian Construction owns its own company and is built on a “no middlemen” model – no salesmen, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323 733-3377, by fax at 323 733-4477 or via their website, http://www.julianconstruction.com. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog, at http://julianconstruction.com/blog/

Do You Need to Water Your Foundation?

Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com) a foundation repair and construction company in Los Angeles, explains when and how to water your home’s foundation, and most importantly, why.

Clay soils expand when they absorb water, and shrink when they dry out. If your home is built in an area with clay soil your home could be at risk of foundation damage caused by seasonal changes in the weather. Clay soil tends to retain water and expand in winter and spring, and dry out and shrink in the summer, especially during a prolonged drought.

All of that expansion and contraction can cause foundation stress when the foundation tries to bend in ways that it can’t, and can lead to different types of foundation damage including; cracks in walls, sloping floors, sticking doors and windows, and damage to plumbing or electrical wiring.

One way that you can halt this type of foundation-damage causing action is by maintaining the moisture level of the soil under and immediately surrounding your home. If the moisture level is consistent, there won’t be any expansion and contraction motion shifting or damaging the foundation.

One way to achieve this is a buried foundation watering system, like a larger version of a drip irrigation system. You can also use a soaker hose- either above ground or buried about three inches deep. Soaker hoses are much less expensive than a buried foundation watering system, but still very effective. Another option is to use a hand-held hose, but you’ll have to be patient- it can take a while to water the area thoroughly.

Make sure you keep the water source 6”-12” away from the foundation to give it a chance to spread out evenly. Keep an eye out for signs of foundation damage, and if you find any contact a local foundation company to help take care of the problems.

Julian De La Torre, founder and owner of Julian Construction, stated: “Keeping your home’s foundation in good repair is so important, it’s the first thing we look at when we go to a home with structural problems. And maintaining the foundation will prevent more serious problems from occurring in the future. Always get your home inspected on a regular basis. It’s important for the safety of your home.”

Julian Construction owns its own company and is built on a “no middlemen” model – no salesmen, no subcontractors. When you work with Julian Construction you get the principals of the company and workers of Julian Construction under your home. The result is the highest quality work at affordable prices. They can be contacted by phone at 323 733-3377, by fax at 323 733-4477 or via their website, http://julianconstruction.com. You can see tips and advice about home foundations on their blog, at http://julianconstruction.com/blog/

JulianConstruction.com: Building a Retaining Wall

By Julian De La Torre

Retaining walls have many uses. Throughout history, they have been built to create agricultural terraces on slopes of land. They have also been used to reduce the flow of rainwater.

Today, retaining walls are primarily a protective structure used to prevent soil erosion, flooding, property or structural damage. They can also be used to create more usable space and reduce maintenance. Some retraining walls are built simply to create a more aesthetic environment.

Retaining walls can be constructed with many different types of materials, including concrete, steel, stone, brick, composites, wood and even glass.

There are also various kinds of retaining walls, including anchored walls, sheet pile walls, gravity walls and cantilevers.

Anchored walls are complex restraining walls built with cables. The cables are anchored into the soil or rock behind the wall. Anchored walls are used when a wall needs extra support to restrain the load.

Sheet piling walls are used in cases where the space is tight or the soil is soft. The wall is created by connecting panels of steel, but vinyl and wood can also be used.

Gravity restraining walls, which are built using stone, concrete or other types of heavy materials, use their own weight to keep soil from moving. The wall is constructed leaning backwards toward the soil.

Cantilever walls are used to hold back a large amount of soil. They are made with steel-reinforced concrete that rests on a slab foundation. Less material is needed to build a cantilever wall than a gravity wall.

We’ve constructed many different types of restraining walls and can give you some tips and advice on the type of wall needed for your project. Give us a call for a free consultation. We’ll inspect your property and come up with a great plan for the perfect restraining wall.

Julian De La Torre, expert foundation contractor in Los Angeles foundation repair, house leveling & foundation inspection (Los Angeles) and founder of Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com) in Los Angeles, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms & local departments of building & safety. The company has done more home foundation repair and soft story retrofit (Los Angeles) than any other company in the area over the last five years (http://julianconstruction.com/services/retaining-walls/). Julian Construction owns its own company and is a “no middlemen” model–no salesmen or subcontractors–you get the principals of the company & its workers under your home. Learn more about Julian Construction at http://losangelesfoundationrepair.us/.
See their video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oI6-SXw6Z1c. Visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Julian-Construction-99434631315/?fref=ts

Brite Smiles Dental Care Asks: Do You Hate Smiling? You’re Not Alone.

Apple Valley, MN – Brite Smiles Dental Care (http://www.britesmilesdentalcare.com), in Apple Valley shares a new study that shows that many people aren’t happy with their smile.

Over a quarter of the population doesn’t like smiling because of their teeth, according to a new study. The study data indicates that 81% of people think their teeth look bad in pictures, and because of that, 28% don’t even smile in photographs.

The study was conducted by Bupa, an international healthcare group, and included about 2,000 participants. The study also showed that 42% of people said their smile was the first thing they would change about themselves and slightly more than one third of the people said they were embarrassed by their smile.

There are a lot of dental issues that can cause a person to be too embarrassed to show off their smile including: missing teeth, discolored teeth, cracked or chipped teeth, crooked or crowded teeth; teeth that are too short, too long, too big; some or all of the teeth are too small, too feminine, too masculine; space between teeth; teeth that are too square, too rounded, old fillings/discolored fillings; or the person just doesn’t like their smile.

Dr. Dennis Simmons, founder and director of Brite Smiles Dental Care stated “We consider it our mission to change people’s lives by making them more comfortable with and proud of their smile. All dental problems can be totally handled with high quality dentistry. So many people just accept a non-optimum situation with their teeth. We urge them to get the teeth handled and it’s probably easier than they think.”

One recent Brite Smiles patient said “Having my teeth repaired was the best decision I ever made. My smile is now beautiful and my friends say I look 20 years younger. The staff is wonderful and the work was pain-free and fast.”

Dr. Dennis Simmons graduated from the University of Minnesota School of Dentistry in 1976, receiving the Class Honor in prosthetics – dentures partial and full. Since then he has participated in over 3000 hours of continuing education courses, focusing primarily on cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry, dental implants and implant-supported restorations, orthodontics, extractions, crown/bridge, root canals, bite and TMJ disorders, and sleep apnea. For his studies, he has been honored with the status of “Diplomate” from the International Congress of Oral Implantology and the International Osseous (bone) Integration Society. For more information on orthodontics services and options from Brite Smiles Dental Care, visit http://britesmilesdentalcare.com, or call 952-891-8484.

Big Trees Inc. Donates Large Flowering Tree to Elementary School

Big Trees Inc. (http://bigtreesupply.com/), a tree transplant and tree nursery company in the Seattle area, has donated and installed a large flowering Kwanzan Cherry tree to Cathcart Elementary School for a new outdoor reading area. The tree anchors a location that is intended to be a reading garden. The tree handling and planting was an event that brought students and teachers together for the 6th grade graduation day.

The Big Trees crew loaded up a Kwanzan flowering Cherry tree with a 6” diameter trunk, and made it to the school by late morning. All of the graduating sixth graders, and several of the faculty were present, as the Big Trees team unloaded and went to work planting the tree.

The crew had the tree planted in no time, and the kids got to come in for a closer look; touching the trunk and walking under the tree’s branches while gazing up into the canopy. The Principal has already decided to start a tradition of taking a picture of all incoming kindergartners under the tree with the idea of getting another picture under the tree at their 6th grade graduation.

The tree was installed at Cathcart Elementary where Big Trees Owner, Nancy Penrose’s son goes to school. The students have been growing hydrangeas for the garden over the course of the year for a science project. Nancy heard about the effort, and decided it was a perfect opportunity to put on a bit of a show for the graduating 6th grade class, and create a beautiful, peaceful space on the campus.

Nancy said, “There’s always an opportunity to interject your occupation into your child’s school experience over the course of their classroom career, and this sure seemed like a great chance to put on a bit of a show!”

Nancy Penrose is the owner of Big Trees Inc. (http://www.bigtreesupply.com), located in Snohomish, WA, in the Seattle area. The company is one of the largest tree nurseries in the Seattle area with over 120,000 trees available in over 300 varieties. They not only can deliver young trees but also mature trees in a wide range of sizes. Some types of trees available include spring flowering, deciduous, evergreen, and privacy trees. The company also does tree transplanting including large trees. Their blog can be seen at http://www.bigtreesupply.com/blog/

Brite Smiles Dental Care Urges Parents to Get Kids’ Dental Visits Done During Summer

APPLE VALLEY, MN – Brite Smiles Dental Care (http://www.britesmilesdentalcare.com), located in Apple Valley, MN, is urging parents to get their kids’ dental care visits done during the summer, as a recent study shows that poor dental health negatively affects school performance.

A 2012 study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information on over 40,000 children showed that poor dental health resulted in reductions in school performance and psychosocial well-being. Information on that study can be seen here:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22727866

“We are urging parents to get their children in for dental visits during the summer, so they can have the best shot at good performance during the school year, since this study shows that dental health can impact school performance,” says Dr. Dennis Simmons, founder of Brite Smiles Dental Care. “Plus, as dental practitioners, we know that proper dental care and a beautiful smile can help contribute to a great self-image and higher confidence in anyone, children and adults alike. We feel strongly that proper dental care can positively change someone’s life, and that’s our mission.”

Dr. Dennis Simmons graduated from the University Of Minnesota School Of Dentistry in 1976, receiving the Class Honor in prosthetics – dentures partial and full. Since then he has participated in over 3000 hours of continuing education courses, focusing primarily on cosmetic and reconstructive dentistry, dental implants and implant-supported restorations, orthodontics, extractions, crown/bridge, root canals, bite and TMJ disorders, and sleep apnea. For his studies, he has been honored with the status of “Diplomate” from the International Congress of Oral Implantology and the International Osseous (bone) Integration Society. For more information on services and options from Brite Smiles Dental Care, visit http://britesmilesdentalcare.com, or call 952-891-8484.

Retrofitting Soft-Story Buildings

by Julian De La Torre

Most California homes and buildings will need earthquake retrofitting to prevent damage or complete failure during seismic activity.

The City of Los Angeles currently considers the following structures the most vulnerable during a quake:

  • A wood frame building with 2 or more stories
  • Any structure built before January 1, 1978, when new building codes were adopted
  • A building with a lower level parking garage or comparable open floor space (soft-story).

A soft-story building is a multi-story structure with a weak first floor. The weakness is caused by large windows and doors around the perimeter of the floor, and/or big, open spaces inside. A common type of soft-story structure is an apartment building or retail business constructed on top of a parking garage. Other types of soft-story structures include office buildings with large 1st floor lobbies and ground-floor retail stores with wide windows and entrances.

Damage reports from several recent earthquakes noted that, in many cases, almost half the buildings that collapsed or were severely damaged during the quake were soft-story.

The primary reason for soft-story failure is the building’s inability to withstand the side-to-side push that can come from an earthquake. Once the weaker first floor destabilizes, the remaining floors will start to collapse.

In the Los Angeles area alone, there are tens of thousands of soft-story structures. All of these building will need retrofitting to prevent failure when the ground starts to shake.

The purpose of retrofitting for earthquakes is to simply strengthen the structure so it can withstand lateral movement. The process begins with a foundation inspection to determine what kind of retrofitting is needed. Shear walls, steel frames and plywood can be added for extra support.

We’ve done many soft story retrofits in Los Angeles and California to minimize damage and personal injury during an earthquake. If you own a soft-story structure that hasn’t been retrofitted, we’ll inspect your property and come up with a plan to make it earthquake ready.

Julian De La Torre, expert in Los Angeles foundation repair, house leveling & foundation inspection (Los Angeles) and founder of Julian Construction (http://www.julianconstruction.com) in Los Angeles, has inspected over 15,000 structures, working with engineering firms & local departments of building & safety. The company has done more home foundation repair and soft story retrofit (Los Angeles) than any other company in the area over the last five years (http://julianconstruction.com/services/earthquake-retrofitting-or-house-bolting/). Julian Construction owns its own company and is a “no middlemen” model–no salesmen or subcontractors–you get the principals of the company & its workers under your home. Learn more about Julian Construction at http://www.anchorla.com/
See their video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6I8j7dXzpj4. Visit us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Julian-Construction-99434631315/?fref=ts