Entries by Crysta Dwyer

Sperm Donor Liable for Child Support as Father?

Under California law, a sperm donor (appropriately) is not treated as the parent of a conceived child. Not so fast, under County of Orange v. Brian Jeffrey Cole, that hard and fast rule may not be so hard after all. LET’S HAVE A BABY Brian Jeffrey Cole and Mie Lynn Tsuchimoto had a relationship and […]

Who’s Responsible for Drowned Child?

This is one of those sad cases where a small child drowns in a backyard swimming pool at a neighborhood party, and the courts are asked to decide if anyone is at fault.  Not that that is much consolation to the family. The purpose of writing this column is to remind ourselves to take personal responsibility […]

Shoplifter Banned From All Home Depot Stores

You’ve heard it before, “Crime doesn’t pay.” Unless you are Al Capone then it paid well. Perhaps that expression best describes bank robbers. I mean, who robs a bank?   SHOPLIFTING FROM HOME DEPOT Jeffrey Michael Moran entered a Home Depot store in San Jose, placed items valued at $128.00 in his backpack, and left […]

Soft Drinks With Added Sugar Cause Obesity!

San Francisco has always been a progressive city, some would say too progressive. Politically San Francisco has never been afraid to lead the liberal charge. San Francisco has always been and will always be “the City” to me; however, after visiting New York, “the City” tag is probably best reserved for Northern Californians.   SUGAR-SWEETENED […]

Hot Air Balloon Crash Lands in Vineyard

Seventy-eight year old Erika Grotheer, a German citizen visiting California, signed up for a hot air balloon tour with a company called Escape Adventures. The eight passengers were to land in a nearby vineyard owned by Wilson Creek in Temecula, California. THE CRASH The first part of the ride was spectacular and uneventful. The landing […]

Best Way For Married Couples To Hold Title

One of the most often asked questions in the real estate world is “How should I take title?” Of course, the answer depends on the circumstances. Are we talking a married couple, a business entity, a non-profit, commercial or residential, are the owners related family members, would a trust be helpful?  Today’s column will focus […]

Another Compelling Reason To Wear A Seatbelt

Seatbelts are required in California – everyone knows that. However, surprisingly quite a few drivers and passengers don’t always use them. SEATBELT STATS Since 1975, seatbelts have saved over 300,000 lives in the U.S. alone. When used properly, seatbelts reduce the risk of fatal injury to front-seat passenger car occupants by 45% and prevent ejection […]

ADA Requires Temporary Vehicle Hand Controls for Test Drivers?

The Americans with Disabilities Act requires businesses open to the public to “make reasonable modifications in policies, practices, or procedures…to individuals with disabilities.” Could the ADA require automobile dealers to install temporary vehicle hand controls for would-be test drivers with disabilities, no matter how expensive? That, my friends, is the question of the hour. T10/11 […]

Railyard Project Underway – Hooray!

The question I get asked more than any other – more than “Porter aren’t you retired by now?” even more than “how did you manage to have such a wonderful family?”– is “So when is the Railyard Project going to get started?” BREAKING NEWS/GROUND Well, this just in …brace yourselves…after a dozen years in planning […]