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bank, finance and leasing industries

kitmenkin@leasingnews.org
   

Asset Manager
Los Angeles, California
Class 8 through Class 6 Trucks

Manage repossession, valuation, refurbishing,
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Exp. owner-operator trucking business a must
To learn more, please click here

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Monday, November 27, 2017

Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

Position Wanted – Operations
  Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity
Top Stories: November 20 - November 26
   (Opened Most by Readers)
CFPB Goes After More Tribal Lenders
  for Cash Advances Among White House Controversy
      By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor
Fred Van Etten Now President Midland Equipment Finance,
   a Division of Midland States Bank, Clayton, Missouri
Leasing Industry Ads---Help Wanted
   Positions Available
Will "179" Survive or Grow in the Current Federal Tax Bill?
   "Bring Back ITC for American Made Equipment"
      By Christopher Menkin
Reader Wants to Share Articles
   How Does He do That?
Labrador Retriever
  Littleton, Colorado
Attorneys Who Specialize in
   Banking, Finance, and Leasing

News Briefs---
Deere Posts 5th Best Year for Sales, Earnings
“farmers are “buying equipment again to replenish aging fleet."
IMF Head Foresees the End of Banking
    and the Triumph of Cryptocurrency
Online lenders pull out the popcorn,
  as the Trump administration fights to control the CFPB
Should you enroll on a technology MBA course?
one-year programs on data science and machine learning
Canadian Merchants Show An Appetite For Capital
 average deal size for a merchant between $20,000 & $30,000

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (writer's columns)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months

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www.evergreenleasingnews.org
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You May have Missed---
    Poem of Thanksgiving
       By Barry Marks, Esq.
  Sports Brief----
   California Nuts Brief---
   "Gimme that Wine"
     This Day in History
      SuDoku
       Daily Puzzle
        GasBuddy
         Weather, USA or specific area
          Traffic Live----

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Work Remotely or Relocate for Right Opportunity

Each Week Leasing News is pleased, as a service to its readership, to offer completely free ads placed by candidates for jobs in the industry.  These ads also can be accessed directly on the website at:
http://www.leasingnews.org/Classified/Jwanted/Jwanted.htm

Each ad is limited to (100) words and ads repeat for up to 6 months unless the candidate tells us to stop. Your submissions should be received here by the end of each week.


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Daniel.Delpriora@gmail.com



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(1) Alert---Looking for Information
    Richard Kingston
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Nov2017/11_22.htm#alert

(2) Duane Russell, 83, Passes Away in South Carolina
  An Old Timer Who Was Very Active in His Day
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Nov2017/11_20.htm#russell

(3) Bank Sr. VP Indicted on 33 Counts of Loan Fraud
    By Bob Coleman, Coleman reports
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Nov2017/11_20.htm#bank

(4) Photos from National Assoc. of Equipment Leasing Brokers
  November 17-18 Anaheim, California Conference
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Nov2017/11_20.htm#photos

(5) New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
          and Related Industries
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Nov2017/11_22.htm#hires

(6) US Salary Analysis to Own a Home
           Earnings Needed
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Nov2017/11_20.htm#us

(7) Putting the Sales Cart in Front of the Credit Horse
          By Jim Acee
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Nov2017/11_22.htm#putting

(8) California Court of Appeals Rules in Favor
          of Cross State Levies
By Tom McCurnin, Leasing News Legal Editor
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Nov2017/11_20.htm#cali

(9) A Decade Later: What $1K Invested in These Stocks
           is Worth Today—Chart
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Nov2017/11_22.htm#chart

(10) All the world's most unequal countries
     revealed in one chart
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Nov2017/11_20.htm#chart

 

 


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CFPB Goes After More Tribal Lenders
for Cash Advances Among White House Controversy

By Tom McCurnin
Leasing News Legal Editor

CFPB Doubles Down on Tribal Lending

The Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) filed suit in Montana district court against a Montana payday lender, Think Finance, for activities connected to its tribal-affiliated internet lending business. 

Think Finance was the point entity for Native American tribes offering small-dollar loans to consumers that the CFPB has claimed are void under state law as an unfair practice and usurious. Although Think Finance declared bankruptcy in Texas federal court three weeks ago, the CFPB filing seems prophylactic.

The lawsuit follows previous actions in California (1) as well as the recent changes in CFPB rules (2). In this case, the CFPB added an aiding and abetting claim under the extensive role in controlling and administering the lending program, aided and abetted the tribes’ violations of the UDAAP regulations (Unfair, Deceptive, or Abusive Acts and Practices) under Dodd-Frank (Unfair, deceptive, or abusive acts and practices). 

Filing a lawsuit after an entity has filed bankruptcy, while not unprecedented, is clearly aggressive and the CFPB seems eager to establish precedent on question of aiding and abetting.

It should also be noted that the CFPB’s director has resigned and temporary replacement is under political controversy. Whether or not these aggressive policies will continue remains to be seen. (3)

The bottom line to this filing is that for the time being, the CFPB has gone on the warpath against these tribal lenders and those entities which assist them. 

  1. California Supreme Court Scalps Pay Day Lenders Using Indian Tribes as Surrogate Lenders
    http://leasingnews.org/archives/Jan2017/01_17.htm#california
  2. CFPB Goes After PayDay Lenders
    http://leasingnews.org/archives/Oct2017/10_10.htm#cfpb
  3. Trump Officials Say They Can Name Agency’s Temporary Chiehttps://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/25/business/trump-officials-say-they-can-name-agencys-temporary-chief.html?auth=login-email

Tom McCurnin is a partner at Barton, Klugman & Oetting
in Los Angeles, California.

Tom McCurnin
Barton, Klugman & Oetting
350 South Grand Ave.
Suite 2200
Los Angeles, CA 90071
Direct Phone: (213) 617-6129
Cell (213) 268-8291
Email: tmccurnin@bkolaw.com
Visit our web site at www.bkolaw.com
Previous Tom McCurnin Articles:
http://www.leasingnews.org

Previous Tom McCurnin Articles:
http://www.leasingnews.org/Conscious-Top%20Stories/leasing_cases.html

 

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Leasing Industry Help Wanted

Equipment Leasing Account Executive

What sets CoreTech apart from other equipment leasing companies is our team members and impeccable reputation. Are you unhappy with the ethics of your company and the promises made to you? Come to Newport Beach and join us.

To learn more, please click here

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CoreTech specializes in medium to
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Over 100 law firms trust CoreTech for their leasing needs, why wouldn't you?




Asset Manager
Los Angeles, California
Class 8 through Class 6 Trucks

Manage repossession, valuation, refurbishing,
remarketing trucks and equipment
Exp. owner-operator trucking business a must
To learn more, please click here

www.maximcc.com

"Helping Owner-Operators Break
through Credit Challenges"


 

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Fred Van Etten Now President Midland Equipment Finance,
a Division of Midland States Bank, Clayton, Missouri

Frederick Van Etten was President & Founder of Scottrade Bank Equipment Finance, a Division of Scottrade Bank (December, 2012 - November, 2017); President & CEO, Popular Equipment Finance, a subsidiary of Banco Popular (May, 2005 - February, 2009); Founder, President & CEO, SilverMark Capital, a Division of Sterling Bank (April, 2002 - April, 2005); Executive Vice President, The Redstone Companies (January, 2001 - April, 2002);  Co-Founder and Executive Vice President, First Sierra Financial (January, 1994 - January, 2001).  He also is Owner and Partner, Van Etten Farms, LLC (2003 - Present).  Chairman, The Van Etten Foundation (October, 2013 - Present). Education: Pepperdine Graziadio School of Business and Management. MBA, Finance & Business (1979 - 1981).  Arizona State University, W.P. Carey School of Business. B.S., Business Administration (1973  -1977). The Bishops School. H.S. Diploma (1971-1973).
https://www.linkedin.com/in/fredvanetten/

February 5, 2002---Whatever Happened to Fred Van Etten:
http://www.leasingnews.org/Conscious-Top%20Stories/whateverFred.htm 

 


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Will "179" Survive or Grow in the Current Federal Tax Bill?
"Bring Back ITC for American-Made Equipment"

By Christopher Menkin

This may be the last year for Section 179 Tax Deduction which leads to tax deductions up to $500,000, and time is running out as the equipment needs to be financed and in place by Midnight, December 31, 2017. In addition, the new lease accounting rules go into effect December 15, 2018 for public companies and private companies with calendar year-ends are 2019 and 2020, respectively (1).

The current bill in the U.S., according to Forbes, promotes increases for the "179 Deduction":

  • Small business "Section 179" expensing increased to $1 million and expanded to more items.
  • 50 percent "bonus depreciation" is increased to 100 percent full business expensing for investments purchased from September 27, 2017 to December 31, 2022 (thus, a five year window). After that, regular depreciation rules apply.
  • Real property (buildings) has its depreciable life reduced to 25 years, down from 39 years today (27.5 years in the case of residential real estate).
  • Leasehold improvements, restaurants, and retail properties go from being deductible under Section 179 to a 10 year straight line, mid-month recovery
  • The maximum allowed depreciation deduction for autos is increased, and computer equipment is removed from listed property.
  • Most farm property's depreciable life is reduced from 7 to 5 years, and the 150% dB method can instead elect the 200% dB method.

These are dependent on other changes such as not deducting mortgage interest or state income tax, and a number of other changes to Medicare and other programs. So, while it appears beneficial today, Section 179 may be lucky to survive in its current form. Will this have a major change for the small ticket marketplace?

The middle market equipment finance is getting faster in making decisions, especially in alternate financing. The rates are higher and lack the usual equipment leasing advantages for many companies. The small ticket marketplace is extraordinary in its speed, matching, and some instances, surpassing alternate financing, at much lower rates and longer terms, resulting in lower monthly payments. This often is better for cash flow purposes or in planning for upgrades at the end of the term.  Financial Pacific is very fast and often higher than $100,000; the same for BSB, up to $250,000, and 4HourFunding not only approves in four hours, but also pays the vendor by ACH.

The Financial Technology brought to the internet, methods of marketing via Google and other online marketing has resulted in more approvals for small and middle market businesses

The 179 Tax Deductions are aimed for small businesses and the middle market. Businesses exceeding a total of $2 million of purchases in qualifying equipment have the Section 179 deduction phase-out dollar-for-dollar and completely eliminated above $2.5 million. Additionally, the Section 179 cap will be indexed to inflation in $10,000 increments in future years. That means for taxable years beginning in 2017, the aggregate cost of any 179 property cannot exceed $510,000 and is reduced dollar-for-dollar if the cost of 179 property exceeds $2,030,000.

50% Bonus Depreciation will be extended through 2019. Businesses of all sizes will be able to depreciate 50 percent of the cost of equipment acquired and put in service during 2015, 2016 and 2017. Then bonus depreciation will phase down to 40 percent in 2018 and 30 percent in 2019.

Of course, in the wings, bringing back the Investment Tax Credit for American- made machinery may be a compromise to the issue and keeping Section 179 Tax Deduction in place as it stands today.

(1) ELFA New Lease Account Standard White Paper (16 pages)
https://www.elfaonline.org/docs/default-source/industry-topics/accounting/whitepaper_nnlas4ebeba5c78366c709642ff00005f0421.pdf?sfvrsn=c988d60d_0

 


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Reader Wants to Share Articles
How Does He do That?

A long time reader wrote: "Many times I find articles in LN that I would like to share on Facebook.  Sharing the whole edition doesn't work for most people's 3 second attention span so I'm wondering if we can adjust the articles to allow readers to post specific items of interest to their associates with credit to LN?

"I am probably oversimplifying it but if there is an audience on that huge platform, it seems like LN could/should be as well?"

Since our transference to HTML in 2004, Leasing News has made available to readers the ability to forward stories to colleagues. This ability is in most of the stories the editor believes readers may want to forward, such as here is November 28, 2007:
http://www.leasingnews.org/archives/November%202007/11-28-07.htm#leaf

November 2, 2017:
http://leasingnews.org/archives/Nov2017/11_02.htm#state

In the upper left corner is "Send this page to a friend" which a reader can send to a colleague along with a message. The editor chooses the stories that has this link. If missing, or the program does not include the correct story (sometimes this happens), all a reader has to do is copy the URL address from the browser and paste in an email. The receiver than copies and pastes the URL in their browser and the article will open.

You can also click on the address with the right click of your mouse and choose to save in a folder. I suggest this method in case you lose it going to the next step. Simple open up the message box, such as in Facebook, and paste it in. It will open. You can include a comment.

You can also click on a photo with the right click of your mouse and save it to a folder or go direct to where you want to post to share with others. Or copy location with right click and then paste (some sites have problems
in this procedure).

As noted in Leasing News Policy, "All articles from The Leasing News may be reprinted with proper attribution.  Copyrighted cartoons and other content may not be reprinted if it is noted that they originated in another medium.  Permission to reprint those may come only from the copyright owner."
http://www.leasingnews.org/policy.htm

In Leasing News, Top Stories in the upper right corner, will bring you to collections of article by Leasing News writes.

Top Stories at the bottom of each edition are stories most opened by readers.  And a search in Archives, can find past articles, subjects, and topics.

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Labrador Retriever
Littleton, Colorado Adopt-a-Dog


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Adopt a Pet
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Attorneys Who Specialize in
Banking, Finance, and Leasing

Birmingham, Alabama
The lawyers of Marks & Associates, P.C. have over 30 years experience in dealing with virtually every type of equipment financing and are recognized throughout the industry for prompt, practical solutions and exemplary service. They offer cost-conscious, effective lease enforcement and good counsel. 
Email: Barry@leaselawyer.com
Website: www.leaselawyers.com
 

Kenneth C. Greene




California
Leasing and Financial consultant, active in several leasing
associations, as well as involved in music and film production in LA.  Mention "Leasing News" for a free consultation.
818.575.9095
Skype: 424.235.1658
ken@kengreenelaw.com
Connecticut, Southern New England: 
EVANS, FELDMAN & BOYER, LLC Collections, litigation, documentation, portfolio sales and financing, bankruptcy. We represent many of the national and local leasing companies doing business in this state. Past chairman EAEL legal committee. Competitive rates. 
email: rcfeldman@snet.net  
Los Angeles/Santa Monica
Hemar & Associates, Attorneys at Law
Specialists in legal assistance, including debt collection, equipment recovery, litigation for 35 years. Fluent in Spanish. 
Tel: 310-829-1948 
email: phemar@hemar.com


David G. Mayer
Partner, Dallas, Texas
Schackelford, Bowen, McKinley & Norton 
9201 N. Central Expressway
Fourth Floor
Dallas, Texas 75231
Telephone: (214) 780-1400
http://shackelfordlaw.net/attorneys/david-g-mayer/

Los Angeles, Southern CA 
Seasoned attorney representing secured creditors in auto finance and truck/equipment lease industry.  Bankruptcy and State Court litigation.   Vincent V. Frounjian (818) 990-0605 or email: vvf@pacbell.net.

Encino, California: Statewide “ELFA” 
Hemar, Rousso & Heald, LLP 30 yr excellent reputation Lessor representation commercial litigationdebt collection, and bankruptcy.
Call Stephen E. Jenkins Esq (818) 501-3800

Los Angeles, Statewide: CA.     "ELFA" Aggressive creditors rights law firm specializing in equipment leasing handling collection matters on a contingency, fixed fee or hourly cbasis. email:RGarwacki@prodigy.net 

Los Angeles, Statewide: CA      "ELFA"
Practice limited to collections, bankruptcy and problem accounts resolution. Decades of experience. 10-lawyer firm dedicated to serving you. Call Ronald Cohn, Esq. (818)591-2121 or email. Email: rrcohn@aol.com   


Los Angeles- Statewide, CA
Lawyer specializing in banking and leasing issues statewide. Documents and litigation. 
Tom McCurnin, Barton, Klugman & Oetting. Voice: (213) 617-6129 
Cell:(213) 268-8291
Email: 
tmccurnin@bkolaw.com

California & National

Paul Bent – More than 35 years experience in all forms of equipment leasing, secured lending, and asset based transactions. Financial analysis, deal structuring, contract negotiations, documentation, private dispute resolution, expert witness services. 
(562) 426-1000
www.paulbent.attorney
pbent@paulbent.attorney

Illinois
 
Kevin E. Trabaris: Concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial finance, corporate and business transactions. Extensive experience representing banks, financial companies, equipment lessors, insurers and other funding and intermediary entities and borrowers in connection with thousands of business financing matters. He has handled everything from small ticket transactions to billion dollar syndicated loans, real estate financing to asset-based facilities.
Email:  ktrabaris@culhanemeadows.com
Telephone:  847-840-4687
www.culhanemeadows.com

Massachusetts

Joseph G. Bonanno, Esq., CLFP.  Transactional/Documentation. Past special industry consultant to The World Bank,  industry expert witness in litigation, appointed to Governor’s Counsel to adopt Articles 2A and 9 in Massachusetts, MA continuing legal education co-instructor,  past (5) Term Certified Leasing and Finance Professional Board Member, CLFP review instructor, numerous authored and co-authored published articles and conducting educational seminars. (781) 328-1010; law@jgbesq.com

National: Coston & Rademacher: Business attorneys serving the lease-finance industry since 1980. Transactional, documentation, corporate/finance, workouts, litigation, bankruptcy, portfolio management. Chicago-based national practice. Jim Coston, CLP (Members: ELFA, NEFA). 
email: Jcoston@costonlaw.com
Website:www.costonlaw.com

Michael J. Witt, experienced bank, finance, and leasing attorney, also conducts Portfolio Audits. Previously he was Managing Counsel, Wells Fargo & Co. (May, 2003 – September, 2008); Senior Vice President & General Counsel, Advanta Business Services (May, 1988 – June, 1997) Tel: (515) 223-2352 Cell: (515) 868-1067 
E-mail: MWitt@Witt-Legal.com
Web: www.witt-legal.com

   
St. Louis County , MO. - statewide: 
Schultz & Associates LLP., collections, negotiation, and litigation. Also register and pursue recovery on foreign judgments. Contingency and reasonable hourly rates. 
Ronald J. Eisenberg, Esq.
(636) 537-4645 x108 
reisenberg@sl-lawyers.com
www.sl-lawyers.com
NJ, De, Pa: Specializing in leased equipment/secured transactions. Collections, replevins/workouts reasonable rates. Sergio Scuteri/Capehart & Scratchard, PAsscuteri@capehart.com / www.capehart.com
New York and New Jersey

Frank Peretore
Chiesa Shahinian & Giantomasi
West Orange, New Jersey
http://www.csglaw.com/
biographies/frank-peretore
 
Phone 973-530-2058
fperetore@csglaw.com
 Documentation, portfolio purchase & sale, replevin, workouts, litigation, collection, bankruptcy. Aggressive. Over 30 years experience.

Thousand Oaks, California: 
Statewide coverage Spiwak & Iezza, LLP 20+ years experience,Representing Lessors banks in both State/ Federal Courts/ all aspects of commercial leasing litigation.
Nick Iezza 805-777-1175
niezza@spiwakandie

 



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News Briefs----


Deere Posts 5th Best Year for Sales, Earnings
farmers are “buying equipment again to replenish aging fleet."
http://ww2.cfo.com/financial-performance/2017/11/deeres-posts-5th-best-year-sales-earnings/

Canadian Merchants Show An Appetite For Capital
 average deal size for a merchant between $20,000 & $30,000
http://debanked.com/2017/11/canadian-merchants-show-an-appetite-for-capital/

Online lenders pull out the popcorn,
  as the Trump administration fights to control the CFPB
https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/25/online-lenders-pull-out-the-popcorn-as-the-trump-administration-fights-to-control-the-cfpb/

Should you enroll on a technology MBA course?
one-year programs on data science and machine learning
https://www.ft.com/content/e9570c78-c9e6-11e7-aa33-c63fdc9b8c6c

IMF Head Foresees the End of Banking
    and the Triumph of Cryptocurrency
https://fee.org/articles/imf-head-predicts-the-end-of-banking-and-the-triumph-of-cryptocurrency/



 

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You May Have Missed---

Amazon, in Hunt for Lower Prices, Recruits Indian Merchants
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/11/26/technology/amazon-india-merchants.html

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Oakland Raiders Déjà Vu

As I look upon Our Oakland’s side
I wonder, where is the Raider pride?

Our team has stood the test of time
but can we beat the next in line,

I fear the worst, as we fall
We lack the excellence to conquer all,

I read words of anger, disappointment, and hate
I wonder has this team sealed its fate,

A nation divided will never prevail
As we chase this AFC west trail,

Have we lost all hope and respect
While teams take us as neglect,

This silver lining has faded to grey
As I look forward to another day,

I say this team will stay Silver and Black
as long as the nation don't turn its back.


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Aqib Talib and Michael Crabtree set off a huge Broncos-Raiders brawl
https://www.yahoo.com/sports/aqib-talib-michael-crabtree-set-off-huge-broncos-raiders-brawl-214800153.html

Raiders 21, Broncos 14:
  Oakland climbs within one game of division lead
http://www.eastbaytimes.com/2017/11/26/raiders-21-broncos-14-oakland-climbs-within-one-game-of-division-lead/

49ers lose ninth straight to Seahawks;
   Garoppolo makes late-game debut
http://www.sfgate.com/49ers/article/49ers-lose-ninth-straight-to-Seahawks-Garoppolo-12384869.php

Falcons get big day from Julio Jones in win over Bucs
http://www.ajc.com/atlanta-falcons-latest-news-today/

Eagles 31, Bears 3: Studs, duds, turning point and more
https://www.yahoo.com/sports/eagles-31-bears-3-studs-205221320.html

Cowboys players frustrated by coaching decisions
http://www.theredzone.org/Blog-Description/EntryId/66822/Cowboys-players-frustrated-by-coaching-decisions

Bills pull off a shocker,
defeat the woefully ineffective Chiefs 16-10
https://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/2017/11/26/bills-pull-off-shocker-defeat-woefully-ineffective-chiefs-16-10/895803001/

NFL Scoreboard
https://nytimes.stats.com/fb/scoreboard.asp


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California Nuts Briefs---

The menu for Tyler Florence's $500-a-plate
  supper benefitting North Bay fire victims
http://www.sfgate.com/food/article/Tyler-Florence-North-Bay-Fire-benefit-dinner-12374661.php


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“Gimme that Wine”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJnQoi8DSE8

Kistler Founder Mark Bixler Dies
http://www.winespectator.com/webfeature/show/id/Kistler-Founder-Mark-Bixler-Dies

Seven of the best Champagne houses to visit
http://www.decanter.com/wine-travel/best-champagne-houses-visit-379106/


Wine Prices by vintage
http://www.winezap.com
http://www.wine-searcher.com/

US/International Wine Events
http://www.localwineevents.com/

Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page
http://two.leasingnews.org/Recommendations/wnensprts.htm

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This Day in History

   1676-The first fire of serious consequences record when there “ burned down to the ground 46 dwelling houses, besides other buildings, meeting houses, etc.” in Boston, MA. Three years later on August 8,1679, another Boston fire destroyed 80 dwellings and 70 commercial buildings, the damage amounting to almost $1 million.
    1703-Birthday of James Delancey, England. He presided over the 1733 libel suit brought by Governor William Cosby against journalist Peter Zenger. This case is a major landmark in establishing freedom of the press in America.
http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/nov27.html
    1746- Birthday of Robert B. Livingston was a very respected member of the Continental Congress, farmer, diplomat, and jurist, who was born in New York City, New York. It was Livingston who administered the oath of office to President George Washington in 1798. He was a lawyer and a member of the Continental Congress from 1775 to 1777 and from 1779 to 1781. During his first term he was also one of five members of the committee that drew up the Declaration of Independence. He was chancellor of New York State from 1777 to 1801, U.S. secretary of foreign affairs under the Articles of Confederation from 1781 to 1783, and minister to France from 1801 to 1804. In the last-named post he successfully negotiated the Louisiana Purchase by the United States. He financed the American engineer Robert Fulton in the building of his steamboat and for some time held a monopoly on Hudson River navigation.
(lower part of: http://memory.loc.gov/ammem/today/nov27.html )
    1755 -Land for the first Jewish settlement in America was purchased by Joseph Salvador, who bought 10,000 acres near Fort Ninety_Six, in the southern part of the Carolina Colony.
http://www.ajhs.org/publications/chapters/chapter.cfm?documentID=253
http://users.commkey.net/fussichen/otdJews.htm
    1841—Thirty-five Amistad survivors return to Africa 
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    1853-Birthday of Bat Masterson, Old American West gambler, saloonkeeper, lawman and news writer/editor. A popular television show from 1958 to 1961, 107 episodes in black and white, starring Gene Barry. My father Lawrence Menkin wrote several of the episodes. While it is a known fact he was quite the gentlemen, it was never promoted that he was a Canadian, born at Henryville, Quebec, Canada; died Oct 25, 1921, at New York, NY.
    1863-Confederate cavalry raider John Hunt Morgan and several of his men break out of the Ohio state prison and escape safely to the South. Morgan became a hero in the South when he made four daring raids on northern-held territory in 1862 and 1863. Though these raids were of limited strategic value, they boosted Southern morale and kept thousands of Federal troops occupied trying to hunt down Morgan. He and his men also robbed banks, farm houses, and were considered “bandits” by the North. On his last raid, however, his reach exceeded his grasp. He took a large band and headed into Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio. After riding past Cincinnati, Morgan and his men tried to cross the Ohio River back into Kentucky, but they were surprised and routed by a larger Federal force at Buffington Island, Ohio. With his escape blocked, Morgan turned into northeastern Ohio but was finally surrounded by pursuing Yankee cavalry at Salineville on July 26, 1863. Below the cell was a crawl space for ventilation and they tunneled to the outside and journeyed safely to Confederate territory. Morgan returned to his cavalry activities in Tennessee after his escape. At Greeneville, Tennessee, in 1864, Morgan fell victim to the same kind of raid that he so often conducted and Yankee cavalry captured his troops, Morgan fatally wounded in the “final raid.”
    1868-Without bothering to identify the village or do any reconnaissance, Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer leads an early morning attack on a band of peaceful Cheyenne living with Chief Black Kettle. Convicted of desertion and mistreatment of soldiers earlier that year in a military court, the government had suspended Custer from rank and command for one year. Ten months into his punishment, in September 1868, General Philip Sheridan reinstated Custer to lead a campaign against Cheyenne Indians who had been making raids in Kansas and Oklahoma that summer. Sheridan was frustrated by the inability of his other officers to find and engage the enemy, and despite his poor record and unpopularity with the men of the 7th Cavalry, Custer was a good fighter. 
Sheridan determined that a campaign in winter might prove more effective, since the Indians could be caught off guard while in their permanent camps. On November 26, Custer located a large village of Cheyenne encamped near the Washita River, just outside of present-day Cheyenne, Oklahoma. Custer did not attempt to identify which group of Cheyenne was in the village, or to make even a cursory reconnaissance of the situation. Had he done so, Custer would have discovered that they were peaceful people and the village was on reservation soil, where the commander of Fort Cobb had guaranteed them safety. There was even a white flag flying from one of the main dwellings, indicating that the tribe was actively avoiding conflict. 
Having surrounded the village the night before, at dawn Custer called for the regimental band to play "Garry Owen," which signaled for four columns of soldiers to charge into the sleeping village. Outnumbered and caught unaware, scores of Cheyenne were killed in the first 15 minutes of the "battle," though a small number of the warriors managed to escape to the trees and return fire. Within a few hours, the village was destroyed--the soldiers had killed 103 Cheyenne, including the peaceful Black Kettle and many women and children.
Hailed as the first substantial American victory in the Indian wars, the Battle of the Washita helped to restore Custer's reputation and succeeded in persuading many Cheyenne to move to the reservation. However, Custer's habit of boldly charging Indian encampments of unknown strength would eventually lead him to his death at the Battle of the Little Bighorn. 
    1874-Birthday of American historian Charles Austin Beard who wrote many books in collaboration with his wife, Mary R. Beard, was born near Knightstown, IN. He died at New Haven, CT, Sept 1,1948.
    1888- Edward Bellamy’s book “Looking Backwards” was published, a novel about a futuristic society in which each citizen was given a year “credit card.” It was issued by the government and entitled the holder to all necessary goods and services. In 1900, several U. S. hotels issued “ cards of credit” to their best customers. by 1914, department stores and chains of gasoline stations had entered the picture. Diners Club introduced the first “ restaurant card” in 1950. In 1951, the “ bank card, “ today’s most popular type of card, was introduced by the Franklin National Bank of New York.
    1890-The first signal box for San Francisco Police Department goes into operation. The Fire Department had set up a telegraph communication in 1877.
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    1898 - The "Portland" storm raged across New England producing gale force winds along the coast and heavy snow inland. A foot of snow blanketed Boston MA, and 27 inches fell at New London CT. Winds at Boston gusted to 72 mph, and wind gusts to 98 mph were estimated at Block Island RI. A passenger ship, the S. S. Portland, sank off Cape Cod with the loss of all 191 persons aboard, and Boston Harbor was filled with wrecked ships. The storm wrecked 56 vessels resulting in a total of 456 casualties.
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1907-Birthday of arranger/pianist Eddie Wilcox, Method, NC
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    1909- birthday of James Agee, poet, novelist (Let Us Now Praise Famous Men), scriptwriter (A Death in the Family), born at Knoxville, TN. Died at New York, NY, May 16, 1955.
    1910 - Pennsylvania Station, or Penn Station, was opened to traffic. In those days of the early 1900s, the 28-acre train and transportation facility was the largest railway station in the world. Penn Station is still the busiest Amtrak rail station in the U.S. There is a plan to turn the James A. Farley U.S. Post Office Building (across the street from the original Penn Station) into a new Pennsylvania Station, in the great public building style of its predecessor. Not so coincidentally, the post office was designed by the architectural firm which designed the original Penn Station. 1907-Birthday of arranger/pianist Eddie Wilcox, Method, NC
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    1924-The first Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade was held in New York City along a two-mile stretch of Broadway from Central Park West to Herald Square. the event was intended to boost holiday sales and bring customers to R.H. Macy’s recently expanded flagship store at Herald Square.
    1926 - Louis ‘Satchmo’ Armstrong recorded "You Made Me Love You" on Okeh Records
    1933- Billie Holiday, 17, debuts with Benny Goodman on “ Your Mother’s Son-In-Law”, Columbia 2856
    1938 - The second heavy snow in three days dropped up to 14 inches in New York and 12 inches in New Jersey
    1939-First Bob Eberly-Helen O’Connell duet, “ Do It Again”.
    1940 - Bruce Lee (Lee Jun Fan) (actor: martial arts cult star; The Green Hornet, Game of Death, Return of the Dragon, Fists of Fury, Enter the Dragon, Chinese Connection, Marlowe; subject of the movie, Dragon; died July 20, 1973) 
    1942-Birthday of American musician and songwriter Jimi Hendrix was born at Seattle, WA. One of the greatest rock guitarists in history, he revolutionized the guitar sound with heavy use of feedback and incredible fretwork. His success first came in England, then in the US after his appearance at the Monterey Pop Festival (1967). His albums included Are You Experienced?, Electric Ladyland, Axis: Bold as Love (all 1968) and Band of Gypsys (1970). He died Sept 18, 1970, at London, England.
    1945-Birthday of trumpet player Randy Brecker, Philadelphia, PA
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    1947-Birthday of drummer Robert Conti, Brooklyn, NY
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    1947 --Triple Crown winner Ted Williams (.343, 32,162) is edged out by the Yankee Clipper Joe DiMaggio (.315, 20, 97) for the American League MVP by one point.
    1950---Top Hits
Harbor Lights - The Sammy Kaye Orchestra (vocal: Tony Alamo)
Nevertheless - Jack Denny
All My Love - Patti Page
I’m Moving On - Hank Snow
    1950 - A moderately severe freeze occurred in Florida with Tallahassee reaching 20 degrees, a record for November
    1951 - The first black horse-racing jockey was licensed in Florida. He was Hosea Richardson and was sixteen years old at the time. 
    1951-“The Dinah Shore Show” premiered on TV. Dinah Shore hosted a successful 15-minute musical show until 1957 and then an hour variety show from 1957 to 1962, one of the few females to have done so. The music show was sponsored by Chevrolet( and was officially known as “The Dinah Shore Chevy Show”) and featured a backup ground called the Skylarks. Shore also starred in specials and hosted a variety series with a guest host filling in for her every fourth week. She later moved on to hosting a talk show. 
    1958---Top Hits
It’s Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty
To Know Him, is to Love Him - The Teddy Bears
One Night - Elvis Presley
City Lights - Ray Price
    1960- right wing Gordie Howe of the Detroit Red Wings scored the 1,000 point o f his NHL career, tallying an assist in a Red Wings victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs. Howe finished his 26 year
career with 1,850 points.
    1965-The Pentagon informs President Johnson that if General Westmoreland is to conduct the major sweep operations necessary to destroy enemy forces during the coming year, U.S. troop strength should be increased from 120,000 to 400,000 men. In Washington, nearly 35,000 war protestors circle the White House for two hours before moving on to the Washington Monument. Dr. Benjamin Spock, Coretta Scott King, and activist Norman Thomas were among those who gave speeches. 
    1965-The Lovin' Spoonful's "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice" is released.
    1965-First Acid Test.The first Acid Test was staged by the Merry Pranksters at Ken Babbs' book store in Santa Cruz. It featured a light show and projections of some of the forty hours of film shot on the 1964 bus excursion (Augustus Owlsley Stanley III had been introduced to Ken Kesey in September 1965.
    1966---Top Hits
You Keep Me Hangin’ On - The Supremes
Good Vibrations - The Beach Boys
Devil with a Blue Dress On & Good Golly Miss Molly - Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
Somebody Like Me - Eddy Arnold
    1966 - "Winchester Cathedral" starts to climb the charts; The New Vaudeville Band. Composer Geoff Stephens sings the song through a megaphone, giving it a 1930s vaudeville style.
    1967 - The Association, a California group, earned a gold record for the hit "Never My Love", on Warner Bros. Records. The group also earned worldwide fame for other hits including "Windy", "Cherish" and "Along Comes Mary". 
    1967 - The Beatles released their "Magical Mystery Tour." One side contains the songs from the movie of the same name, ("I Am the Walrus," "Fool on the Hill," "Blue Jay Way," & "Your Mother Should Know") The other side features singles previously unavailable on a long player ("Penny Lane," "Strawberry Fields Forever," "Hello Goodbye," "Baby You're A Rich Man," & "All You Need Is Love") On December 8, EMI will release a double-EP containing only the songs from the film. Both the American LP and the British EP are big sellers, the film however, is not.
    1968-Steppenwolf's eponymous first album, which includes its biggest hits, "Born to Be Wild" and "Magic Carpet Ride," is certified gold.
    1969 - The Rolling Stones used portions of their stint at New York’s Madison Square Garden this day for their live album "Get Yer Ya-Yas Out" (released in 1970). Tracks on the album: "Jumpin’ Jack Flash", "Carol", "Stray Cat Blues", "Love in Vain", "Midnight Rambler", "Sympathy for the Devil", "Live with Me", "Little Queenie", "Honky Tonk Women" and "Street Fighting Man". 
    1970-George Harrison releases his solo album "All Things Must Pass," produced by Phil Spector and featuring lots of noted players like Eric Clapton, Dave Mason, Ringo Starr and Jim Gordon.
    1973 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Top of the World," Carpenters. Richard Carpenter writes the song with John Bettis, who also writes the lyrics for such Carpenter hits as "Goodbye to Love" and "Yesterday Once More."
    1974---Top Hits
I Can Help - Billy Swan
Do It (’Til You’re Satisfied) - B.T. Express
Longfellow Serenade - Neil Diamond
Trouble in Paradise - Loretta Lynn
    1974-Carl Douglas' "Kung Fu Fighting," which turns gold on this date. He tries a follow-up with "Dance the Kung Fu."
    1976-Queen's "Somebody To Love" is released.
    1977 - It was a big day for sweat hog Vinnie Barbarino, formerly of TV’s "Welcome Back Kotter". His new character, Tony Manero, set box office records as "Saturday Night Fever" made a superstar of John Travolta. The soundtrack album, by the Bee Gees and others, sold more than 11 million copies. 
    1978- Dan White shot and killed Mayor George Moscone and also Harvey Milk , San Francisco City Supervisor. A candlelight vigil was held at Market and Castro. Joan Baez (in person) began singing AMAZING GRACE. Tears flowed freely as the crowd joined in. Chills ran down our collective spine.
    1982 - The #1 song in the U.S. was former Commodore Lionel Richie’s "Truly". The love song stayed at the top of the charts for two weeks. The song was his first solo hit and followed "Endless Love", a duet with Diana Ross (1981). 
Other top 1982---Top Hits
Gloria - Laura Branigan
Mickey - Toni Basil
It Ain’t Easy Bein’ Easy - Janie Fricke
    1986 - Lou Holtz signed a five-year pact to lead the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame. Holtz left the head coaching job with the Golden Gophers of the University of Minnesota to take the new position. 
    1986 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "You Give Love a Bad Name," Bon Jovi.
    1989- Unseasonably warm weather prevailed ahead of the cold front. Twenty-three cities from the Gulf coast to the Ohio Valley and the Mid Mississippi Valley reported record high temperatures for the date, including Saint Louis MO with a reading of 76 degrees.
    1990---Top Hits
Love Takes Time - Mariah Carey
More Than Words Can Say - Alias
I’m Your Baby Tonight - Whitney Houston
Come Next Monday - K.T. Oslin
    1991-Both houses of Congress approved legislation authorizing $70 billion in additional borrowing authority for the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) because of the record number of savings and loan failures.
    1995- Prodigy announced it would open an Internet shopping outpost called the "Virtual Mall," including offerings from J.C. Penney, Lands End, Hammacher Schlemmer, and Sears, Roebuck & Co. The new system promised to include "personal sales assistant" software to make recommendations based on users' profiles. It did not catch on, primarily because the sites were set up for fast connections and the majority of users were still at 28,000 baud speed.
    1995 - "One Sweet Day," Mariah Carey's duet with Boyz II Men enters the Billboard Hot 100 Singles Chart at No. 1. Carey becomes the first recording artist in history to have two consecutive singles debut at No. 1 following "Fantasy," also from her No. 1 album "Daydream."
    1966- In highest-scoring NFL game, Washington Redskins defeat New York Giants 72-41. The Redskins' also establish a new record for points by one team in a regular season game.
    2000 - The Beatles return to No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with a collection of their 27 chart-topping hits, appropriately titled "1." The collection, which debuts at No. 1 in the U.K. a week earlier, sells nearly 595,000 copies in the U.S. during its first week.

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