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Marketing Associate
Los Angeles, California

Direct, small ticket ($10k-$250k) leasing company
looking for an energetic, intelligent quick thinker to be our Marketing Associate. 3+ years of commercial equipment leasing experience required. Daily activities include: deal previews, prospecting, managing prospect
database and other marketing support.
Contact: Michael Green,
(310) 696-3030 x 124

Dakota Financial provides equipment leasing/finance solutions to small businesses throughout the United States. We specialize in providing funding for those who can not obtain financing from traditional sources.

Wednesday, February 7, 2012


Today's Equipment Leasing Headlines

  Classified Ads---Sales Manager
Mass Fax Class Action Case against Balboa Capital
 Why I Became a CLP – Bruce J. Winter
  Classified Ads---Help Wanted
   Channel Partners Last 20 Funding Deals
Buying Branches hits Top Banks EPS,
 but Loan Growth and Deposits Grow!
  1,210 World Billionaires—Only One Lessor
   Complete Leasing Association Conferences---Up-date
    Feb. preliminary Money Anxiety Index stands at 92.3
 Union Bank to Double Sales Staff by 2014
  SBA Loan Volume Increased Substantially in 2011
   MCI Sales and Service Joins with Advantage Funding
    60 Months plus $286,442 for evading $150,000 in taxes
     Irvine, California Adopt-a-Dog
News Briefs---
CIT Redeeming $4 Billion debt for Investment-Grade
 American Express/Macquarie Leasing Launch a Global First
    Xtra Lease orders 9,400 new vans, reefers
  Closed Alpharetta founder indicted in robo-signing case
States w/Highest Foreclosure Rates Among Bank Deal Holdouts
   Bank of America Plaza becomes Atlanta's priciest repo
      Frantic last days of MF Global detailed in new report
        Developer plans to make bid for Philly newspapers
          Allstate using driving records set homeowners' rates
            Obama increases Alzheimer's funding

Broker/Funder/Industry Lists | Features (collection)
Top Ten Stories Chosen by Readers | Top Stories last six months

Clint Eastwood—It’s Halftime in America
  You May Have Missed
   20 Active Valentine Date Ideas
    SparkPeople--Live Healthier and Longer
      Sports Briefs---
        Football Poem
         California Nuts Briefs
           "Gimme that Wine"
       This Day in American History
           Daily Puzzle
               Weather, USA or specific area
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Mass Fax Class Action Case against Balboa Capital

A class action case against Balboa Capital, Irvine, California was brought by Attorney Aytan Bellin, While Plains, New Jersey, joined by Joseph R. Compoli, Jr. Cleveland, Ohio, and Roger Furman, Los Angeles, California in a class action suit regarding unsolicited fax advertisements. A jury trial has been scheduled for February 18, 2013. (1)

“(14. 14. The Telephone Consumer Protection Act of 1991, Pub. L, 102-243, § 3(a), added Section 227 to Title 47 of the United States Code, 47 U.S.C. § 227, In pertinent part, 47 U.S.C. § 227(b) provides that “[i]t shall be unlawful for any person within the United States, or any person outside the United States if the recipient is within the United States . to use any telephone facsimile machine, computer, or other device to send an unsolicited advertisement to a telephone facsimile machine[.]” 47 C.F.R. § 64.1200(a), a regulation prescribed under 47 U.S.C. § 227(b) and effective as of December 20, 1992, provides in pertinent part that “[n]o person may . [u]se a telephone facsimile machine, computer, or other device to send an unsolicited advertisement to a telephone facsimile machine.”

There are several other comments in the 23 page complaint

One of the aspects, according to the complaint, stating it does not satisfy the requirements of 47 U.S.C 227(b)(2)(D). (Pages 2 and 3 10. 11.)

The complaint further states: 12 (..., Defendant has, from four years prior to the date of the filing of the instant Complaint through the present, either negligently or willfully and/or knowingly sent and/or arranged to be sent more than 10,000 unsolicited fax advertisements, advertising the commercial availability or quality of property, goods, or services, to fax machines and/or computers belonging to thousands of persons all over the United States. Upon information and belief, those facsimile advertisements contained a notice at the bottom identical or substantially similar to that contained on the fax advertisement sent to Plaintiffs.”

Prayer for Relief

“A. an order certifying the Classes, appointing Plaintiffs as the representatives of the Classes, and appointing the law firms representing Plaintiff as counsel for the Classes;

“B. on the first and second claims, an award to Plaintiffs and the members of Classes A and B, and against Defendant, of statutory damages excess of $5,000,000 for each of Classes A and B, pursuant to 47 U.S.C. § 227(b), for Defendant’s violations of that statute and the regulations thereunder;

“C. on the first and second claims, if it is found that Defendant willful and/or knowingly sent and/or caused to be sent fax advertisements to Classes A and/or B, a tripling of the award of statutory damages pursuant to 47 U.S.C, § 227(b) to an amount in excess of $15,000,000 for each of Classes A and B against Defendant;

  1. on the third claim, an injunction against Defendant prohibiting

Defendant from committing further violations of the above-mentioned statute and regulations...”

Balboa Capital was contacted for a comment or statement, but none was received prior to press time.

  1. Trial Date Set:

Balboa Complaint:



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Why I Became a CLP – Bruce J. Winter

After passing the exam I had our business cards reprinted to include the letters “CLP” after our names. While I was somewhat skeptical that the initials “CLP” on my business card would make a meaningful difference in my career, I have a real story that shows the impact of the CLP designation.

President, FSG Leasing, Inc
21 Years in Business

We were working on a highly competitive transaction for $3 million, and when meeting with the client for the first time, he inquired about the meaning of “CLP”. I explained to him the program, our desire to challenge ourselves to become better practitioners in our industry and the commitment and mental effort necessary to study and then sit for the seven hour CLP exam. I told him we were grateful for the opportunity and even more honored when we learned our entire team passed on the first try. He seemed impressed.

Within a few weeks, we won the deal, gained credit approval and were again sitting in front of the customer with final documents for his signature. It was then that the customer told us that the CLP designation was a differentiating factor for him when making his final financing decision. While our financing proposal was slightly more creative, he felt that the competition, GE Capital, just wasn’t as dedicated and professional as the staff at FSG. He told me he respected our dedication to learning and supplementing our skills. He happily signed our documents and we earned a handsome fee when we sold the deal on a non-recourse basis. To close the loop, our non-recourse funding source was the buy-desk of GE Capital!

This happened again, and also has been helpful in other transactions, although it was furthers from my mind. I first learned of the CLP Program when the Eastern Association of Equipment Lessors (EAEL) held its first ever joint conference with the United Association of Equipment Lessors (UAEL) in New Orleans in 1996. As a long time EAEL member, I had never been associated with UAEL (nor the old Western Association of Equipment Leasing) and was impressed with the UAEL people and their accomplishments. In particular, I was very interested in the CLP Program, which was a product of UAEL in those years.

While the creditability of the CLP brand was growing, I saw the CLP exam as an opportunity for me and my staff to expand our leasing knowledge in a professional and measureable way. I had been in the leasing business for 14 years, and after the first few years had few new opportunities to continue the learning process. As an owner of an independent leasing company, I had many of the skills necessary to become a CLP, but I also recognized that the CLP program offered a broad based educational experience that included areas of which I had little knowledge, such as leasing to the Federal government. The ability to see all sides of the equipment leasing business was even more valuable for several of my key employees.

We purchased the CLP Handbook, studied individually for several weeks and then condensed a three day review course into one long 11 hour study day with Johnnie Johnson as our facilitator. The next day we sat for the exam.

To say my brain was “fried” after these two days would be an understatement, but we all felt confident with our performance and were elated when we later found out our entire team passed!





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Marketing Associate
Los Angeles, California

Direct, small ticket ($10k-$250k) leasing company
looking for an energetic, intelligent quick thinker to be our Marketing Associate. 3+ years of commercial equipment leasing experience required. Daily activities include: deal previews, prospecting, managing prospect
database and other marketing support.
Contact: Michael Green,
(310) 696-3030 x 124

Dakota Financial provides equipment leasing/finance solutions to small businesses throughout the United States. We specialize in providing funding for those who can not obtain financing from traditional sources.

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Buying Branches hits Top Banks EPS,
but Loan Growth and Deposits Grow!

In data analyzed by SNL Financial for 319 major banks and thrifts, 71% reported an earnings per share year-over-year increase. 45% saw earnings per share increase over the third quarter.

The 17 largest reported a decline, and as noted in many were buying distressed banks and their branches, while others still had high problem mortgages.

SNL Financial reported, "U.S. Bancorp, BB&T Corp. and Wells Fargo & Co. were the only banks in the top 20 to grow EPS from the prior quarter. Earnings per share increased 5 cents, 3 cents and 1 cent, respectively.

"Despite earnings being poorer than prior quarters for most of the largest 20 banks and thrifts, 14 were able to grow loan portfolios. Capital One Financial Corp., JPMorgan Chase & Co. and SunTrust Banks Inc. all posted strong quarterly growth of more than 4%. Capital One mentioned in its earnings release that most of its growth occurred in the last few weeks of the year. Of banks and thrifts with at least $10 billion in assets, 71% saw loan growth from the prior quarter. Only 59% of midsize and 44% of small banks were able to grow loans in the fourth quarter of 2011."

"Earning trends looked more impressive for banks with assets less than $1 billion. Of these banks, 56% saw their EPS increase over the third quarter of 2011," according to SNL Financial. "Less than half of banks between $1 billion and $10 billion in assets grew earnings per share from the prior quarter. To date, about 93% of companies have been profitable."

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1,210 World Billionaires--Only One Lessor

#107 US Steven Udvar-Hazy $2.8 billion Age: 65

#409 International List with $2.8 billion

Forbes reports this year's list broke records in size (1,210 billionaires) and total net worth ($4.5 trillion). China doubled its number of 10-figure fortunes, and Moscow now has more billionaires than any other city. Mexico's Carlos Slim widened his lead at No. 1

"Certified jet pilot Steven Udvar-Hazy heads Air Lease Corp, which he took public in April, 2001, raising over $900 million with over allotments. It expects to have a fleet of more than 100 commercial planes. Back in 1973, he founded International Lease Finance Corp, and sold it to American International Group for $1.3 billion in 1990. Though he says he sold his AIG stock long before the financial crisis, he stuck around as chief of the unit until early 2010. Udvar-Hazy moved to New York from Budapest as a child. He entered aircraft business while still an undergraduate at UCLA; he put together $1 million airplane deal for Air New Zealand during his senior year. With fellow Hungarians Louis and Leslie Gonda, he used $150,000 savings and $1.7 million bank loan to start International Lease Finance Corp. Donated $60 million in 2000 to fund the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum"

Current profile

“Hungarian immigrant's family fled Soviet occupation, moved to New York 1958. Became obsessed with airplanes as a child. Studied economics at UCLA, got hooked on flying; ran own plane brokerage while in college. Then with $150,000 savings, $1.7 million bank loan, started International Lease Finance with Louis and Leslie Gonda. Sold to AIG in 1990; rising shares made him billionaire. Still works for insurance giant; says he's insulated from industry's downward spiral with majority of business coming from overseas. Friend of actor/pilot John Travolta; reads the official Airline Guide at bedtime. "It gives me an understanding of where airlines are flying. Has donated more than $100 million to Stanford University; gave $65 million to National Air & Space Museum.”

2011 US Forbes World Wide List:

2011 US Forbes List:





Leasing Association 2012 Conferences

National Equipment Finance Summit
March 22-24, 2012
San Diego, CA

"It is essential for industry conferences to bring more than just peer to peer presentations," Hugh Swandel, president of NEFA said regarding speaker Mike Robbins. "He will bring members a unique perspective and some different ideas on how to get the most out of your business efforts!

Bestselling author Mike Robbins will be a featured Saturday luncheon speaker March 24th.

“I'm aware of what their industry has gone through and admire the folks who are still moving forward and investing in themselves today as their industry turns around," he said. "My Power of Appreciation presentation will help them build on those things that have gotten them through this far, and help them leverage those lessons for motivating themselves and those around them onto greater
and greater success this year.”

Michael J. Stead, Director of Capital Markets for Bank of the West,
will be the featured luncheon speaker on Friday, March 23, 2012.

Lynne Wicker, Conference Chairperson, RTR Services, Salem, Oregon, noted "With over six weeks still to go, we’ve already registered many more people than we had in total at this event last year, so we’re really expecting a good turnout and an exciting event.”

In an effort to widen its membership, the National Association of Equipment Leasing is planning ...more educational sessions than prior years including a special series for brokers wanting to become lessors"

A successful broker himself for many years, Gerry talks about the struggles faced today by many brokers and describes a way out by taking more control of your business and outlines a path for learning how to do just that. Always, positive, always encouraging, Gerry also tells how NEFA connections and conferences helped him and countless other brokers and what's specifically planned for this year's Summit to continue to pay that forward. Time: 6:46



Pricing with registration



April 17-19
24th Annual National Funding Conference
Fairmont Hotel
Chicago, Illinois

"For over two decades, companies like yours have been profiting from the relationships established at the ELFA National Funding Conference. You've met, talked and done business with some of the finest organizations in the equipment finance industry, and you've enjoyed excellent return on your investments. This year's Conference continues to make it easier, more flexible and extremely affordable for Funding Sources to participate and meet with the companies that fit your funding profile."

The National Funding Conference Exhibitor Brochure:


April 23-25
National Vehicle Leasing Association
Annual Conference
Worthington Renaissance Hotel
200 Main Street
Fort Worth, Texas

NVLA Program:



April 26-28, 2012
Denver Sheraton Downtown Hotel
Denver, Colorado

NAELB Annual Conference Exhibitors (As of January 25, 2012):

360 Equipment Finance
Amerisource Funding, Inc.
Bankers Capital
Blue Bridge Financial, LLC
Dakota Financial, LLC
Diversified Lenders, Inc.
Financial Pacific Leasing, LLC
Maxim Commercial Capital, LLC
Pawnee Leasing Corporation
Preferred Business Solutions
Quiktrak, Inc.
RLC Funding a Division of Navitas Lease Corp.
TEAM Funding Solutions

Conference Brochure:
Conference brochure


Registration with fees:


AGLF/ELFA Public Sector Finance Forum
May 9 - May 11
Doubletree Magnificent Mile
Chicago, Illinois



September 13—15
Funding Symposium
Rennaisance Washington, DC Dupont Circle Hotel
1143 New Hampshire Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20037-1522


October 21-23
ELFA 51st Annual Convention
JW Marriott Desert Springs

Palm Desert, California



November 7 - 9, 2012

32nd Annual Fall Conference
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
La Jolla, California


To view Leasing Association Events-Meetings Open to All, please click here.



February preliminary Money Anxiety Index stands at 92.3

“February’s figure is a continuation of the improvement in consumers’ financial anxiety since June of 2011, when it peaked at 99.5, and the lowest it has been since July of 2010,” according to Dan Geller, Ph.D. Chief Research Officer at Money Anxiety Index. “The improvement in the level of the Money Anxiety Index is evident in the decline of January’s unemployment rate to 8.3 percent, and is reflected in the cumulative increase of 2.3 percent in retail sales in the last six months of 2011.

The Consumer Confidence index is based on what consumers are saying, according to Geller, and not on what they actually doing, which is a much more accurate measurement of consumer financial confidence.

“Why is there a gap between the “saying” and “doing” is a good question for psychologists,” said Dan Geller, Ph.D. Chief Research Officer at Money Anxiety Index, “My personal opinion is that the gap is the result of “inertia syndrome”, which means that people’s perception of the economy tends to continue in the direction it was headed for a little longer fueled more by the power of inertia rather than economic reality.”


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Union Bank to Double Sales Staff by 2014
SBA Loan Volume Increased Substantially in 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA, – After experiencing substantial growth of its Business Banking group in 2011, Union Bank, N.A., has announced plans to continue expanding the group in 2012 with a focus on lending. The growth initiative, following a year of almost doubling year-over-year loan volume, will continue into 2012 with aggressive plans to double volume again. The Business Banking group also plans to double its sales force by 2014.

“We’re focused on strong privately held businesses in each of the markets we serve – these businesses are the core of the economy and will lead the economic recovery,” said Union Bank Executive Vice President Todd Hollander, head of Business Banking. “Many business owners have had to defer their capital expenditures in the last few years and are now seeking financing. Our customers are using the bank’s services to navigate the new economy with innovative ways to lower their costs and speed up their cash cycle.”

During 2011, Union Bank’s retail division increased its volume of Small Business Administration (SBA) loans (including 504, 7a and express) substantially over the previous year, despite a challenging economic environment. “We’re committed to the development and growth of our specialized SBA lending unit and, for the first time, Union Bank was recently ranked in the top 10 of SBA 504 lenders for the markets we serve,” said Hollander.

“After being in ‘survival mode’ for the past few years, business owners are turning the corner and reviewing their options for growth,” said Aida Alvarez, the former head of the Small Business Administration during the Clinton Administration and a member of UnionBanCal Corporation’s board of directors. “SBA loans have provided great opportunities for qualified candidates seeking loans for growth and capital improvements.”

Union Bank’s Business Banking group serves the needs of a broad range of businesses of varying sizes. The group offers a variety of products and services for business owners, including deposit solutions, loans, lines of credit, specialized credit programs and online business products.

“We have credit available today for qualified applicants, continuing our uninterrupted record of extending credit to businesses in both challenging and robust economic cycles,” Hollander said. “We continue to look for strong businesses with a proven business model and owners with demonstrated character. We approach each business one at a time to offer customized financial solutions. Union Bank has a nearly 150-year legacy of responsible lending that has led to our continued growth and our customers’ long-term success, and we look forward to continuing to support these businesses.”

In addition to an increase in SBA lending, the percentage of loans made in low-to-moderate income (LMI) geographies and to borrowers with revenues under $1 million also remains strong. In 2008, Union Bank developed its Community-based Financing (CBF) Referral program to help provide loan opportunities to business owners who fall outside of the bank’s lending criteria. Union Bank partners with community-based financing organizations to provide non-traditional financing, with a goal of transitioning the companies into traditional business financing with Union Bank once their companies have grown and matured.

In 1993, Union Bank launched its Business Diversity Lending Program to increase access of business financing to women- and minority-owned businesses in California, Washington and Oregon. In 2006, the program was expanded to include service-disabled veterans and in 2009, all disabled veterans.

About UnionBanCal Corporation & Union Bank, N.A.

Headquartered in San Francisco, UnionBanCal Corporation is a financial holding company with assets of $89.7 billion at December 31, 2011. Its primary subsidiary, Union Bank, N.A., is a full-service commercial bank providing an array of financial services to individuals, small businesses, middle-market companies, and major corporations. The bank operated 414 branches in California, Washington, Oregon, Texas and New York, as well as two international offices, on December 31, 2011. UnionBanCal Corporation is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ, Ltd., which is a subsidiary of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, Inc. Union Bank is a proud member of the Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG, NYSE:MTU), one of the world’s largest financial organizations. Visit for more information.

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(This ad is a “trade” for the writing of this column. Opinions
contained in the column are those of Mr. Terry Winders, CLP)



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MCI Sales and Service Joins with Advantage Funding

LAKE SUCCESS, NEW YORK,– Advantage Funding announced that it has a non-captive structured financing program in place with MCI Sales and Service, Inc. (“MCI”). The objective of Advantage’s program is to provide MCI with a strategic, reliable funding partner to finance and lease the sales of its pre-owned coach inventory.

“We are proud to collaborate with MCI and excited to support their efforts. While many lenders have exited this space, we believe in the commercial coach industry, provided transactions are structured properly,” said Edward P. Kaye, Advantage Funding’s President.

“One of our 2012 priorities is to help our customers upgrade and expand their fleets. I believe Advantage Funding is the right lender to support our goals,” said Michael R. Denny, Vice President and General Manager, MCI Financial Services. “This program gives qualified MCI customers the ability to purchase or lease coaches with easier access to financing in support of our industry” Mr. Denny added.

Advantage Funding will underwrite the credit, contract the financing arrangements, service the loans and leases, and report performance to MCI.

“We share MCI’s philosophy that customer service is a priority and believe this program, supported by our world class funding platform, will deliver results to their customers’ bottom line,” Mr. Kaye stated.

Motor Coach Industries, headquartered in Schaumburg, Illinois, is the largest manufacturer of intercity highway coaches for the tour, charter, line-haul, scheduled service, commuter transit and conversion markets in the U.S. and Canada.

Advantage Funding is a leading non-captive finance and leasing company to the U.S. ground transportation industry. It is a subsidiary of Marubeni America Corporation, the multibillion multinational general Japanese trading company.

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60 Months plus $286,442 for evading $150,000 in taxes

William H. Nurick, 76, of Camarillo, was sentenced to 60 months in prison and ordered to pay $286,443 in restitution by U.S. District Judge Dale S. Fischer in Los Angeles, the Justice Department and Internal Revenue Service (IRS). On Sept. 14, 2011, Nurick was convicted of evading the payment of more than $150,000 in taxes following a five-day jury trial.

Nurick’s conviction arises from his involvement with the Genesis Fund (not relatedto Genesis Leasing. Editor) According to evidence presented at trial and summarized in the government’s sentencing memorandum, the Genesis Fund was an investment fund that operated from approximately 1994 through 2002. Genesis Fund literature described foreign currency trading as the principal activity of the fund. The evidence at trial proved that Nurick received approximately $1.1 million in distributions from the Genesis Fund between 1995 and 2002. During this time, he used eight different entities to conceal his control over bank accounts, vehicles and real property.

The evidence at trial further demonstrated that in May 2000, Nurick filed an amended 1995 individual income tax return admitting he owed $106,542 related to his investment in the Genesis Fund. Thereafter, Nurick deliberately and systematically attempted to conceal assets between May 2000 and April 2001 in order to evade payment of the balance owed to the IRS for his 1995 income taxes. Following a notice of balance due from the IRS, Nurick transferred approximately $133,000 from an offshore bank account that he controlled to a witness’s offshore bank account.

Nurick also submitted a false “Offer in Compromise” to the IRS, offering to pay less than one tenth of his outstanding debt. Nurick’s Offer in Compromise, signed under penalties of perjury, falsely understated his net worth and income, and failed to indicate a bank account in Costa Rica with a balance in excess of $200,000, which consisted primarily of distributions he had received from the Genesis Fund. Nurick also falsely claimed on this document that he would receive no further distributions from the Genesis Fund, when in fact, he received over $350,000 from it through distributions to multiple entities that he controlled.

Of the nine defendants originally charged in this case, eight pleaded guilty to charges including tax fraud, obstruction of justice and securities violations. Judge Fischer sentenced many of the defendants to significant prison terms and ordered restitution payments totaling millions of dollars.

The last of the eight guilty pleas was entered in court on Dec. 12, 2011, by defendant Marlyn D. Hinders. Hinders was a fugitive until June 2011 when he was deported from Mexico and arrested by the United States Marshal’s Service. After a detention hearing in July 2011, Judge Fischer ordered Hinders held without bond pending trial. Hinders, formerly a resident of Colorado, pleaded guilty to tax fraud and is scheduled to be sentenced on April 2, 2012.

This complex fraud case was investigated by special agents of the IRS - Criminal Investigation in Laguna Niguel, Calif., and prosecuted by Trial Attorneys Lori A. Hendrickson, Matthew J. Kluge, Ellen M. Quattrucci and Danny N. Roetzel of the Justice Department’s Tax Division, with the assistance of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Los Angeles.

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Irvine, California-- Adopt-a-Dog

HEIDI - ID#A076869

Shelter staff named me HEIDI.
I am a spayed female, red and white Beagle mix.
The shelter staff thinks I am about 2 years and 6 months old.
I have been at the shelter since Jan 22, 2012.

Shelter Staff made the following comments about this animal:

"Heidi is a sweet Beagle with the typical Beagle personality and energy level. Give me the chance and my nose will be to the ground sniffing my way to the next location. She would be best in a home that is familiar with the breed and may have already owned one."

For more information about this animal, call:
Irvine Animal Care Center at (949) 724-7740
Ask for information about animal ID number A076869

Irvine Animal Care Center
6443 Oak Canyon
Irvine, CA 92606

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News Briefs----

CIT Redeeming $4 Billion Debt in Quest for Investment-Grade

American Express/ Macquarie Leasing Launch a Global First

Xtra Lease orders 9,400 new vans, reefers

Closed Alpharetta founder indicted in robo-signing case

States w/Highest Foreclosure Rates Among Bank Deal Holdouts

Bank of America Plaza becomes Atlanta's priciest repo

Frantic last days of MF Global detailed in new report

Developer plans to make bid for Philly newspapers

Allstate using driving records set homeowners' rates,0,4074865.story

Obama increases Alzheimer's funding


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Clint Eastwood--It's Halftime in America

Clint Eastwood:
Chrysler Commercial Doesn't Mean I'm an Obama Supporter

(Eastwood is more for Ron Paul than anyone else. The commercial was not political, but patriotic. Editor)




SparkPeople--Live Healthier and Longer

20 Active Valentine Date Ideas




Sports Briefs----

Jared Kushner among bidders for LA Dodgers: report

Tiger Woods is feeling the effects of age

Owen Nolan announces retirement from NHL

NFL Combine 2012 Players List:
More Than 300 Draft Prospects Invited To Indianapolis

Early predictions for next NFL season



Winter Poem

Blow, Blow, Thou Winter Wind

Blow, blow, thou winter wind 
Thou art not so unkind 
As man's ingratitude; 
Thy tooth is not so keen, 
Because thou art not seen, 
Although thy breath be rude.

Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly: 
Most friendship if feigning, most loving mere folly: 
Then heigh-ho, the holly! 
This life is most jolly.

Freeze, freeze thou bitter sky, 
That does not bite so nigh 
As benefits forgot: 
Though thou the waters warp, 
Thy sting is not so sharp 
As a friend remembered not. 
Heigh-ho! sing, heigh-ho! unto the green holly: 
Most friendship if feigning, most loving mere folly: 
Then heigh-ho, the holly! 
This life is most jolly.

William Shakespeare


California Nuts Briefs---

Occupy Oakland decry charges against protesters as Stand for Oakland emerges to oppose group's disruptive tactics


“Gimme that Wine” 

Wine warehouse arsonist sentenced to 27 years, restitution

Preserving the Language of Côte-Rôtie

Camel Valley seeks PDO status

How Global Economic Shifts Changed the Wine Industry — For Better and For Worse

New Jersey Lets In Most Wineries

Free Mobile Wine Program

Wine Prices by vintage

US/International Wine Events

Winery Atlas\

Leasing News Wine & Spirits Page



This Day in History

        1517- Francisco Hernandez de Cordova sailed from Cuba with three ships to procure slaves for the mines as Columbus was bringing many slaves back to Europe. He landed on the Isla de las Mujeres, to which he gave this name because the idols he found . He and his crew became the first Spaniards to purposefully reach the mainland of what is now Mexico . He died after an encounter with Mayan Indians. Some say he landed in Florida, where he actually passed away from the wounds from the battle.
    1690 - French and Indian forces attack Schenectady, New York during King William’s War. The fate of Schenectady was sealed in the middle of January, 1690, when 114 Frenchmen and 96 Sault and Algonquin Indians, started from Montreal to attack English outpost to the south. It was part of the master plan to fulfill the wishes of French King Louis XIV to "build a new empire in America”. During the raid on Schenectady many men, women and children were killed, or taken captive by the French and Indians and marched up into Canada.    
    1735- The first opera produced in the colonies was performed at the Courtroom, at Charleston, SC. The opera was Flora; or the Hob in the Well , written by Colley Cibber.
    1820- Birthday of William Sherman, Union General Sherman, especially remembered for his devastating march through Georgia during the Civil War and his statement "War is hell." Died at New York, NY, Feb 14, 1891.
    1829-Birthday of Captain John Newton Sloan, a remarkable man thought found dead during the Civil War, but survived in a heroic manner.
    1835 - A severe cold wave gripped the southeastern U.S. The mercury dipped to 8 above at Jacksonville FL, and to zero at Savannah GA. Orange trees were killed to the roots.
    1837- The first vice-president elected by the Senate was Richard Mentor Johnson, who was chosen by the Senate because no candidate had received a majority of the electoral votes. He served from March 4, 1837 to March 4, 1841, under President Martin Van Buren. In the future, president and vice-president were to run on one ticket.
    1835 - A severe cold wave gripped the southeastern U.S. The mercury dipped to 8 above at Jacksonville FL, and to zero at Savannah GA. Orange trees were killed to the roots.
    1851 – Birthday of American feminist writer Kate Chopin born, St. Louis, Missouri.
    1862 - Union General Ambrose Burnside scores a major victory when he captures Roanoke Island in North Carolina. The victory was one of the first major Union victories of the war and it gave the Yankees control of the mouth of Albemarle Sound, a key Confederate bay that allowed the Union to threaten the Rebel capital of Richmond from the south. 
    1865- Martin Robinson Delany, received his commission and became the first Army major who was African-American. He was stationed in Charleston, South Carolina.
    1881- Frederic Ives, a photographer at Cornell University, Ithaca, NY received a patent for a halftone printing plate for reproducing photographs in books, magazines, and newspapers. In 1878 he converted negative into a screen gelatin relief from which he made a printing plate with good fidelity. He further developed this, which revolutionized the printing industry.
    1885-- The City of Tokio arrived in Honolulu carrying the first 944 official migrants from Japan to Hawaii.
    1887- President Cleveland signs the Dawes Land Allotment Act, dissolving Indian tribes as legal entities. It distributes territory held in common by American Indian nations to individual families. Each family is to get 160 acres. All other land will be sold, with proceeds going to an educational trust fund.
The Dawes Land Allotment Act entitled each family on the Great Sioux Reservation to own 160 acres. Since the reservation contained twice the land needed for allotments, the law dispossessed the Sioux of half their rightful territory. The Act ultimately results in the loss of tens of millions of acres of treaty land. "The commune shall give way to the dignity and rights of American citizens . . . the heathen idols shall give place to the Christian altars, and . . . the tribal organization shall be broken up and the individuality of the Indian encouraged and developed, and the lands unnecessarily reserved for them opened to the pioneer [so that] intelligence and thrift may find lodging there."
    1889- the first production of steam tractors were loaded on a car at San Leandro, California, designed and made by Daniel Best. They were called the Best Tractor. Until gasoline powered engines came along, the steam tractor was the Best.
    1899- blues guitarist and singer Lonnie Johnson was born in New Orleans. More respected for his playing than his singing, Johnson developed his distinctive style as early as 1927 when he recorded with Louis Armstrong's Hot Five. Johnson's 1948 recording of "Tomorrow Night" was very popular, spending seven weeks on Billboard's rhythm-and-blues chart, and even making the top 20 of the pop chart. From the mid-1960's, he spent much of his time in Toronto. Lonnie Johnson suffered a stroke after a serious accident in 1969, and died the following year.
    1906- Birthday of Henry Roth, American author who gained first international fame with his novel Call It Sleep (1934). Originally seen as an important proletarian novel of the 1930s, it was soon out of print and forgotten, but in the 1960s it was hailed as the finest Jewish-American novel of the first half of the century and one of the richest modernist novels to appear in America. Roth published no other novels until 1994, working several jobs, among others as a precision metal grinder, mental nurse, poultry farmer, and teacher. Died 1995.
    1906-Birthday of 1906 -- Chester F. Carlson, inventor of the photocopier, born Seattle, Washington.
    1910- The Boy Scouts of America was founded at Washington, DC, by William Boyce, based on the work of Sir Robert Baden-Powell with the British Boy Scout Association.
    1911-Birthday of American Poet Elizabeth Bishop born Worcester, Massachusetts; winner of a Pulitzer Prize for her book of poems, North and South, in 1956.
    1915- The Clansman, or the Birth of the Nation, 12 reels, produced by D.W.Griffith, and starring Henry Walthall and Lillian Gish, with a cast of 18,000 people and 3,000 horses premiered at Clune's Auditorium, Los Angeles. It was based on the Clansman by Thomas Dixon. It was the first movie to gross $50 million, an astronomical sum in those days. Two performances were presented daily. There was a matinee at 2:30pm, admission 25 cents and 50 cents, and an evening show at 8:om, admission 75 cents.
    1919—trombonist and band leader Buddy Morrow birthday

    1925- birthday of Jack Lemmon, Stage, screen and television actor, born John Uhler Lemmon III at Boston, MA. Often paired with actor Walter Matthau, he starred in such films as The Odd Couple, The Fortune Cookie and The Front Page . He was nominated for seven Academy Awards, winning in 1955 for his supporting role inMister Roberts and in 1974 for his leading role in Save the Tiger . Other films included Some Like It Hot, Days of Wine and Roses and Grumpy Old Men . He also starred in television versions of Inherit the Wind and Twelve Angry Men , and won an Emmy in 2000 for the TV movie Tuesdays with Morrie . He was a favorite for many years at the Bing Crosby, now AT&T Golf Tournament in Pebble Beach, CA. He died at Los Angeles, CA, June 27, 2001.
    1926- alto sax player Pony Poindexter birthday, New Orleans, LA.
    1926- Beat author Neal Cassidy born Salt Lake City, Utah
    1929- Eddie Condon's Hot Shots ( Jack Teagarden, Mezz Mezzrow, Joe Sullivan ) record: ” I'm Gonna Stomp,” “ Mr. Henry Lee.” Victor V-38046 )
    1931- Birthday of James Dean, American stage, film and television actor . He achieved immense popularity during a brief career. He is considered an "icon" today to several generations. Born at Fairmont, Indiana. Best remembered for his role in" Rebel Without a Cause" with Natalie Wood. Died driving his Porsche convertible at a very high speed on a desert highway near Cholame, CA, Sept 30, 1955, at age 24. Stamp collectors made the US postal stamp bearing Dean's likeness the most popular stamp of 1996.
    1932- birthday of John Williams, pianist, conductor ( formerly with Boston Pops) composer ( scores for Jaws, Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Schindler's List ) , New York City, New York.
    1936 - The temperature at Denver CO plunged to a record 30 degrees below zero.
    1937-Birthday of Shirley Bassey, Welsh-born popular British and American singer at her zenith in the 60s and 70s. Although her strong voice carried well on records, her forte was concerts and cabaret acts. Among her best known renditions are "For All We Know" and "Never, Never, Never."
    1941- folksinger Tom Rush birthday, Portsmith, NH.
    1944--HUFF, PAUL B. Medal of Honor
Rank and organization: Corporal, U.S. Army, 509th Parachute Infantry Battalion. Place and date: Near Carano, Italy, 8 February 1944. Entered service at: Cleveland, Tenn. Birth: Cleveland, Tenn. G.O. No.: 41, 26 May 1944. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at risk of life above and beyond the call of duty, in action on 8 February 1944, near Carano, Italy. Cpl. Huff volunteered to lead a 6-man patrol with the mission of determining the location and strength of an enemy unit which was delivering fire on the exposed right flank of his company. The terrain over which he had to travel consisted of exposed, rolling ground, affording the enemy excellent visibility. As the patrol advanced, its members were subjected to small arms and machinegun fire and a concentration of mortar fire, shells bursting within 5 to 10 yards of them and bullets striking the ground at their feet. Moving ahead of his patrol, Cpl. Huff drew fire from 3 enemy machineguns and a 20mm. weapon. Realizing the danger confronting his patrol, he advanced alone under deadly fire through a minefield and arrived at a point within 75 yards of the nearest machinegun position. Under direct fire from the rear machinegun, he crawled the remaining 75 yards to the closest emplacement, killed the crew with his submachine gun and destroyed the gun. During this act he fired from a kneeling position which drew fire from other positions, enabling him to estimate correctly the strength and location of the enemy. Still under concentrated fire, he returned to his patrol and led his men to safety. As a result of the information he gained, a patrol in strength sent out that afternoon, 1 group under the leadership of Cpl. Huff, succeeded in routing an enemy company of 125 men, killing 27 Germans and capturing 21 others, with a loss of only 3 patrol members. Cpl. Huff's intrepid leadership and daring combat skill reflect the finest traditions of the American infantryman.
    1950- Man o'War was voted the greatest race horse of the first half of the 20 th century in a poll conducted by the Associated Press. Man o' War raced as a 2- and 3- year old, winning 20 of 21 races and setting five track records.
    1951---Top Hits
My Heart Cries for You - Guy Mitchell
Tennessee Waltz - Patti Page
If - Perry Como
There's Been a Change in Me - Eddy Arnold
    1952- Webb Pierce entered the Billboard country chart for the first time with "Wondering." Pierce dominated the country charts in the 1950's with his pure honky-tonk sound. Between 1952 and '62, he placed 44 songs on the Billboard chart, 38 of which made the top ten. Pierce's influence can be heard in the music of such contemporary country artists as Ricky Skaggs and Dwight Yoakam.
    1954 – Beat author Jack Kerouac, hitchhiking from NY on the 27th of January, visits Neale and Carolyn Cassady in Los Gatos, California, not too far from where I live. . Kerouac's interest in Buddhism begins as he reads Dwight Goddard's A Buddhist Bible; he also begins writing "Some of the Dharma." In March Kerouac settles in San Francisco.
    1956-Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers' "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" and the Teen Queens' "Eddie, My Love" enter the R&B chart.
    1956- Buddy Holley signs a recording contract with Decca Records, one which mistakenly drops the "e" from his last name. Buddy, knowing a good thing when he sees it, drops the letter from his name as well.
    1958-The Quarrymen perform at the Wilson Hall in the Garston section of Liverpool, England. Afterwards, member Paul McCartney introduces his friend George Harrison to John Lennon.
    1958-The Diamonds had the best selling record in the United States with their version of "The Stroll". The song also reached number four on the Billboard Pop chart and number five on the R&B chart.
    1959---Top Hits
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - The Platters
The All American Boy - Bill Parsons
Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
Billy Bayou - Jim Reeves
    1959-Johnny Cash performs his #1 Billboard Country chart hit, "Don't Take Your Guns to Town" on The Ed Sullivan Show
    1960- Bobby Rydell's "Wild One" makes its debut on the Billboard chart, where it will reach number 2. 
    1960- Mark Dinning's "Teen Angel" hits #1. The song had been written for him by his sister Jean, who also recorded as one of The Dinning Sisters. Some radio stations banned the song.
    1960- the US Congress opened hearings on payola, whereby a radio station or its employees, usually a disc jockey, accept payment for broadcasting records. Among those accused were DJs Alan Freed and Dick Clark. Clark was called the most influential person in the popular music industry because of his interests in music publishing and record companies. But he denied any wrongdoing and escaped the inquiry virtually unscathed. Alan Freed was not so fortunate. He had few friends in the music business because of his practice of playing records by black artists rather than white cover versions. When the investigation started, Freed was blackballed. And when he finally came to trial in 1962, he was a broken man. Freed pleaded guilty to two counts of commercial bribery, was fined $300 and received a suspended sentence. He never worked in radio again and died in January 1965. Congress eventually outlawed payola, and the offence was punishable by a maximum $10,000 fine. But the significance of payola was greatly diminished by this time because of the growth of Top-40 radio. Disc jockeys were governed by a rigid play list and were not allowed to choose their own music.
    1963- less than two months after defeating the Houston Oilers in the second championship game of the American Football League, the Dallas Texans, owned by Lamar Hunt, moved to Kansas City and were renamed the Chiefs.
    1963-The Four Tops are inked to Berry Gordy's Motown label and receive a $400 signing bonus.
    1964- during the congressional debate over the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Representative Martha Griffiths delivered a memorable speech advocating the prohibition of discrimination based on sex. Her efforts resulted in adding civil rights protection for women to the 1964 Act. She later successfully led the campaign for the Equal Rights Amendment in the House of Representatives.
    1964-Songs released today include the Temptations' "The Way You Do the Things You Do" on Motown, the Beach Boys' "Fun, Fun Fun" is out on Capitol and the album "Beatlemania in the USA!" by the Liverpools is released on Wyngate Records.
    1964- The Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There" enters the pop charts.
    1964-Max Firetag, publisher of "Louie Louie" as recorded by the Kingsmen for Wand Records, denies Indiana Governor Matthew Welsh's claim that the song is "pornographic." Firetag offers $1,000 to anyone who can find anything "suggestive" in the song's lyrics.
    1964- Billy Kidd and Jim Heuga became the first American men to Win Olympic medals in Alpine skiing when they captured the silver and bronze medals respectively, in the slalom at the IXth Winter Olympics at Innsbruck, Austria.
    1965-The Supremes' "Stop in the Name Of Love" is released.
    1967---Top Hits
I'm a Believer - The Monkees
Georgy Girl - The Seekers
Kind of a Drag - The Buckinghams
There Goes My Everything - Jack Greene
    1969- The Supremes and Temptations' album TCB enters the charts.
    1968-Ex-Cream guitarist Eric Clapton and drummer Ginger Baker and ex-Traffic keyboardist and singer Stevie Winwood announce they are forming a new band and auditioning for a bassist, with the addition of ex-Family bassist Rich Grech, the band will become the "supergroup" Blind Faith.
    1973- Carly Simon is awarded a gold record for her single "You're So Vain," the only Number One song of her career. Many speculate as to the identity of the song's subject. Many assume it's Mick Jagger, whose voice can be clearly heard singing behind Simon in the chorus. However, it turns out that the subject is actor Warren Beatty.
    1975 - For the first time in U.S. history, a woman, Betty S. Murphy is named chair of the National Labor Relations Board, the first woman member of the board. On this same day, for the first time in U.S. history, a woman, Ella Grasso of Connecticut, takes office as the first woman governor elected in her own right.
    1975---Top Hits
Fire - Ohio Players
You're No Good - Linda Ronstadt
Boogie on Reggae Woman - Stevie Wonder
Then Who Am I - Charley Pride
    1982-- Cher makes her Broadway debut in Come Back To The Five And Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean.
    1983---Top Hits
Africa - Toto
Baby, Come to Me - Patti Austin with James Ingram
Shame on the Moon - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
Inside - Ronnie Milsap
    1986- The musical "Evita" ended its eight-year run in London. The show earned 32-million dollars and was performed 2,913 times during its run at the Prince Edward Theatre. Based on the life of former Argentine President Juan Peron and his wife, Eva, the show remained popular even at the height of the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina in 1982.
    1987 - A powerful storm produced blizzard conditions in the Great Lakes Region. Winds gusted to 86 mph at Janesville WI and Cleveland OH received 12 inches of snow. North winds of 50 to 70 mph raised the water level of southern Lake Michigan two feet, and produced waves 12 to 18 feet high, causing seven million dollars damage along the Chicago area shoreline. It was the most damage caused by shoreline flooding and erosion in the history of the city of Chicago
    1987- Nancy Lopez won the 35 th LPGA tournament of her career, the $200,000 Sarasota Classic, and earned induction into the LPGA Hall of Fame.
    1989 - A winter storm over California produced snow from the beaches of Malibu to the desert canyons around Palm Springs, and the snow created mammoth traffic jams in the Los Angeles Basin. Sixteen cities in the western U.S. reported record low temperatures for the date. Marysville CA reported an all-time record low reading of 21 degrees above zero.
    1990 - Unseasonably mild weather prevailed across the south central and eastern U.S. Twenty-two cities, including five in Michigan, reported record high temperatures for the date. The afternoon high of 53 degrees at Flint MI surpassed their previous record by ten degrees, and the high of 66 degrees at Burlington IA exceeded their old record by eight degrees.
    1991---Top Hits
The First Time - Surface
Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now) - C & C Music
Factory featuring Freedom Williams
Play that Funky Music - Vanilla Ice
Daddy's Come Around - Paul Overstreet
    1996- the National Football League approved the transfer of the Cleveland Browns to Baltimore. Owner Art Modell agreed to leave the team's nickname and colors in Cleveland and later decided to call his team the Ravens. The NFL awarded Cleveland an expansion franchise in 1998.
    1997-The Detroit Red Wings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 6-5, in overtime, to make Coach Scotty Bowman the first NHL coach to reach the 1,000-win plateau.
    2000---Top Hits
I Knew I Loved You- Savage Garden
Thank God I Found You- Mariah Carey Featuring Joe
What A Girl Wants- Christina Aguilera
Get It On Tonite- Montell Jordan
    2002 -XIX Winter Olympics opens in Salt Lake City UT/Québec City.
    2005-Burton Cummings and Randy Bachman, core members of The Guess Who, were inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall Of Fame. The band placed 13 songs in the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 between 1965 and 1974. Cummings added 2 more as a solo artist and Bachman contributed 7 others with Bachman-Turner Overdrive.
    2010-Nielsen SoundScan reported that since Steven Tyler started appearing on American Idol on January 19th, sales of Aerosmith's Greatest Hits collections have shot up more than 250%



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