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Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Today's Leasing News Headlines

Ages of the Founding Fathers Revealing
    in 1776
New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
    and Related Industries
Leasing Industry Ads
    Many Excellent Sales Positions Available
Equipment Shortage and Its Effect on Sales
    Sales Makes It Happen by Scott Wheeler, CLFP
Cash is Queen When Running a Manufacturing Business
    By Ken Hurwitz, Canadian Metalworking
89% Increase in Demand for Food Delivery Services
    Since 2018 - Yelp Reports
LSP Transport, Suttles Truck Leasing
    Recognized by the National Tank Truck Carriers
California Earmarks $100 Million to Support
    Licensed Cannabis Firms during Pandemic
How the World Commutes to Work - Chart
    Own Car - Public Transport - Own Bicycle
US lenders Report Modest Q1 growth
    in Asset-based Lending
Young Mr. Lincoln/Blow Out/Moscow on the Hudson
  This is America, Charlie Brown/Capt. America
    Fourth of July Favorites by Leasing News' Fernando Croce
Terrier Mix
    Lake Forrest, California  Adopt-a-Dog
Looking for Information on Sale of Trucks
    by Engine Type
News Briefs---
The Start of License and Registration United States
  By Kenneth C. Greene, Attorney now in    
    Regulations and Legal News
CFPB Rulemaking Will Require Reporting On Lending To Women
     - And Minority-Owned and Small Businesses
United Airlines says it will hire up to 3,000 employees
     in Chicago, add flights after biggest plane purchase in its history
Disney postpones first test cruise
    over ‘inconsistent’ COVID results
Google to reopen California offices
    on voluntary basis in July
America’s workers are exhausted and burned out
      — and some employers are taking notice
Illinois sees first bond rating upgrade
    in over two decades

You May have Missed---
Many moms left the workforce during the pandemic.
    For some, going back isn’t so simple

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 California Nuts Brief---
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New Hires/Promotions in the Leasing Business
and Related Industries

Alex deRosenroll was promoted to Assistant Vice President, Asset Based Lending, TFG Financial, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.  He joined TFG Financial June, 2018, as Senior Relationship Manager.  Previously, he was Senior District Sales Manager, Western Canada, PACCAR Financial Corp. (December, 2016 - June, 2018); Relationship Manager, Coast Capital Equipment Finance Ltd. (January, 2015 - December, 2016); Junior Account Executive, Travelers Finance Ltd. (January, 2014 - January, 2015); Assistant Account Manager, GE Capital (September, 2012 -April, 2013); Inventory Analyst, City of Calgary (April, 2012 - September, 2012).  Education: University of Victoria, Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com.), Finance and Financial Management Services (2013).  Activities and Societies: JDC West, Co-Op Program. Universidad Carlos ILL de Madrid, Bachelor of Commerce (B.Com), Finance and Financial Management Services (2013). International Exchange Program.

Carrie Fleming is now Vice President, Sales Executive, The Huntington National Bank, Columbus, Ohio. She is located in Waconia, Minnesota. She was Vice President of Sales, TCF Bank (November, 2000- June, 2021) when the bank was acquired by Huntington National Bank.  Previously, she was Vice - President, Computer Leasing, Inc. (1985 - 1997); Financial Analyst, Dataserv Equipment (1982 - 1985). Education: Augsburg College, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Accounting (1983 - 1992).

Ryan LeRoy was hired as Regional Sales Manager, Summit Funding Group, Irving, Texas.  He is located in Fort Worth, Texas. (He specializes) construction and material handling. In this role, LeRoy is responsible for originating new business volume in the southeast region through relationships with dealers, manufacturer and end users in the construction and material handling industry. Previously, he was at Wells Fargo, starting March, 2016, as Associate Inside Sales Associate; promoted, February, 2017, Relationship Manger; Associate Inside Sales Representative, GE Capital (June, 2013 - March, 2016); Customer Resolution Specialist, Allstate (March, 2012 - June, 2013). Education: University of Texas at Tyler, Bachelors of Science, Criminal Justice (2009 - 2011). Tyler Junior College, Associate of Arts, Criminal Justice (2007 - 2009).

Dan Presciutti was promoted to Vice President, First American Equipment Finance, Rochester, New York. He joined the firm December, 2018, Assistant Vice President.  Previously, he was at Paychex, joining May 2106, as Small Commercial P&C Sales Agent; promoted December, 2017, District Sales Manager.  He began his career as Solutions Specialist, Verizon Wireless; promoted to District Sales Manager, December, 2017. Education: SUNY Brockport, Bachelor of Science (B.S.), Organizational Communications, Rhetoric, Public Speaking. Monroe Community College, Associate's degree, Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities.


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Equipment Shortage and Its Affect on Sales

Sales Makes It Happen
by Scott Wheeler, CLFP

Three items create every commercial equipment leasing and finance transaction:

1) The need of a client to acquire equipment
2) The ability of vendors to supply specific equipment
3) The ability of a finance or leasing company to supply the needed capital.

As a successful originator, are you prepared for a significant increase in activity in the second half of 2021 when the shortage of equipment diminishes?

Historically, activity in the industry is stifled by the lack of clients needing equipment or the lack of capital. In the summer of 2021, there is a pent-up demand for new equipment sweeping through every sector. There is plenty of available capital and business activity is strong. However, the challenge is a shortage of equipment, and the shortages are keeping industry activity from exploding even more than we have already experienced in the first half of 2021. The shortage has been created by supply chain interruptions and is expected to be temporary. In the meantime, the shortages have created inflated equipment cost placing pressure on finance companies to be cautious with equipment values. (Is the current cost of equipment aligned with the long-term value of that same equipment? Will finance companies have a negative equity position when the cost of equipment normalizes after the shortage is corrected?)

Top originators are working with their vendors, end-users, and stakeholders to create systems and strategies to handle the expected, significant influx of activity when the supply chains are once again restored, and vendors can deliver equipment quickly. Successful originators are not waiting, they are prepared to maximize their results in the second half of 2021.

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Scott A. Wheeler, CLFP
Wheeler Business Consulting
1314 Marquis Ct.
Fallston, Maryland 21047
Phone: 410 877 0428
Fax: 410 877 8161


Cash is Queen When Running a Manufacturing Business
By Ken Hurwitz, Canadian Metalworking

We now are well into 2021 and the market seems to be in recovery mode. It’s a good time to get new equipment on the shop floor and take advantage of the buying opportunities that are presenting themselves in the marketplace.

Following the economic downturn caused by COVID-19, there is no doubt that it can be incredibly difficult for some shops to purchase the latest in machine tool technology with cash because of the high cost involved. This means that finding an alternative source of funding is necessary, and some manufacturers may want to consider lease financing.

But why lease? The textbook answer is that you should pay cash for assets that appreciate, and lease or finance assets that depreciate. But, as we all know, real life rarely follows textbook answers, so here are a few real-world replies to the question.

1. Comfortable Monthly Payments
When leasing, you take the selling price of the machine out of the equation and evaluate the transaction based upon monthly lease expenses against revenue, instead of dealing with a big cash outlay for a machinery purchase.

The lease payment usually is (or should be) a small percentage of the monthly revenue generated by the equipment. For example, a $200,000 machine tool can be leased for approximately $3,950 per month over five years but could generate $15,000 per month in revenue.

2. Working Capital is Queen
All businesses struggle with cash flow. This happens because customers rarely, if ever, pay on time. If a large purchase order arrives and there is a need to purchase additional material or tooling or hire another operator, you need cash. This is why a business needs to have money in the bank and should not tie up valuable cash in expenditures that can be financed.

Cash is better spent in places where it provides the greatest return, such as costs related to new product development, improving your engineering/applications department, hiring an additional salesperson, and even as a deposit to purchase your own building.

People assume that equipment leasing is for business owners who can’t write a cheque—and in many cases, it is. However, my largest clients are successful manufacturers who have plenty of liquidity but choose to invest their money elsewhere beyond equipment.

3. Increase Borrowing Capacity
The typical leasing company is not looking to be a bank. In a perfect world, leasing companies complement financing that already is in place.

The most critical service a bank provides is an operating line, which is set up to handle short-term needs like paying suppliers for tooling and materials and financing receivables for 90 to 120 days.

Long-term debt, such as financing for a machine tool, is better handled with a lease or loan. A business owner should never use short-term financing like an operating line to pay for a long-term asset, such as manufacturing equipment, because it ultimately cripples cash flow.

4. Simple and Convenient
Most of the inquiries I get are from manufacturers that have either just secured a contract and won some new business or landed more work from an existing customer. In both cases, time usually is of the essence and getting machinery in place quickly is paramount.

A well-organized leasing company can react to a financing request within hours or, at worst, in a few days. This type of response is not what most people experience with their banks. However, simplicity and convenience extend far beyond quick responses.

Once a deal is signed, and assuming the account remains in good standing (payments are made on time each month), you will never hear from a leasing company except, at least in our case, when we are offering new products to our existing client base.

Doing business with a bank means monthly reporting from either an accounting department or bookkeeper, as well as annual reviews. These additional costs, which can be significant, are not reflected in the rate they charge.

5. Fixed Rate
This reason does not come up as much as it should, but once a lease is signed, the monthly payment and interest rate is completely fixed. A bank or lending institution rarely fixes a rate, so over a five-year period the customer is subject to interest rate fluctuations.

We are currently in a time, due to unforeseen circumstances, of historically low interest rates, but the Canadian economy already is in recovery and the strongest it’s been since before COVID-19 hit. This will no doubt lead to increases in lending rates at some point in the future.

6. Tax Write-off
Although I am not an accountant, from a taxation standpoint, equipment leasing normally is a tax-friendly option, and most of my clients write off their lease payments as an expense, no different than tooling, material, and wages.

With that said, whenever you are considering a large transaction, it is of the utmost importance to have a conversation with your accountant or financial adviser before proceeding, particularly if how the transaction is handled from a taxation perspective is the main factor in the decision-making process.

Getting new technology on the shop floor can be a very difficult exercise when bound by what can be purchased using cash. Machine tools are very expensive, and as their functionality advances, their pricing does as well. So if you are a manufacturer looking to increase efficiency (and in turn bottom-line profits) by installing the latest technology, looking at different financial options just makes good sense.

Ken Hurwitz is senior account manager, Blue Chip Leasing, 416-614-5878,



89% Increase in Demand for Food Delivery Services
Since 2018 - Yelp Reports

“After more than a year of reduced spending, Americans now have the highest level of personal savings since the 1960s making it feasible for them to return to instore shopping as local economies reopen,” reads Yelp’s latest local economic impact report. “From an initial dip at the onset of the pandemic, consumer interest in several major categories including restaurants, shopping and travel points to a healthy recovery for local economies.”

The restaurant industry and retail industry are making nearly a full comeback to pre-pandemic times and some industries are passing pre-pandemic levels of spending.

Here are some of the highlights from Yelp’s recent report:

Restaurant Industry

• Demand in restaurants returned to 86% of 2019 levels and food businesses recovered to 92%.
• Consumer demand for pop-up restaurants increased 23% from 2019.
• From March to May of this year, consumer interest in food delivery services has nearly doubled since the same time period in 2019 at 189%.
• Demand for personal chefs has seen a 39% increase from their levels in 2019.

Retail Industry

• Interest in shopping recovered to 92% of its levels in 2019.
• When compared to the levels of consumer interest in 2019, shoes have recovered to 79%, jewelry to 88%, clothing to 76%, antiques made a 100% recovery, flea markets to 94%, vintage shops to 87%, and thrift stores have improved upon their pre-pandemic levels at a 101% recovery.

Coleman Reports
Source: Yelp Economic Impact Report

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LSP Transport, Suttles Truck Leasing
Recognized by the National Tank Truck Carriers

LSP Transport of Bryan, Texas, and Suttles Truck Leasing of Demopolis, Alabama, were named the 2020 North American Safety Champions by the National Tank Truck Carriers at NTTC’s 2021 Annual Conference and Exhibits in Indianapolis.

LSP Transport has 20 years of experience in the chemical transportation industry. The company, which had operated under a different name until 2015, became a wholly owned subsidiary of LiquidPower Specialty Products Inc. (LSPI) and is now a private fleet dedicated to delivering product for LSPI. The company’s safety program is managed by Joe Maple, who serves as LSP’s HSE Transportation Manager, where the safety of drivers, the community, and the environment is a core value.

Suttles Truck Leasing, part of the Dana family of companies, was acquired in November 1999. Suttles operates over 20 million miles annually, providing a wide variety of products and services ranging from hazardous commodity hauling to tank wash facilities to equipment leasing. Suttles Truck Leasing’s safety culture is spearheaded by Gene Patten, where a culture of placing safety of their associates, customers, and general public is the number one priority.

National Tank Truck Carriers President & CEO Ryan Streblow, said, “Congratulations to the achievements of both Suttles Truck Leasing and LSP Transport.

 “This year’s contest was impressively competitive across all mileage classes; both of these operations should be extremely proud. Almost 75% of carriers in the contest had improved DOT frequencies over the previous year. With Heil’s continued support, we’re pleased to recognize the incredible safety performance of LSP Transport and Suttles Truck Leasing.”



California Earmarks $100 Million to Support
Licensed Cannabis Firms During Pandemic

Gavin Newsom, Governor of California

For many states with legal cannabis markets, one of the objectives of legalizing the controversial drug was to cripple the illicit cannabis market by taking away its clientele. While that sounds like a great idea in theory, most of these states have been unable to do any real damage to the illegal market so far. Not only do black market sellers tend to price their cannabis cheaply, but they don’t have to jump through a wide variety of hoops to start selling, and this ensures the black market has an unending supply of affordable cannabis.

California, for instance, legalized marijuana back in 2016, but a mere four years later, the state’s illicit cannabis market has more than three times the number of registered cannabis sellers. Consequently, the state has earmarked $100 million towards supporting its struggling cannabis industry amid the coronavirus and subsequent financial crisis. State Governor Gavin Newsom proposed a measure that would see these funds used to help businesses in the cannabis space turn their provisional licenses into permanent licenses, and it was recently approved by the legislature.

According to Newsom’s office, around 82% of licensed businesses hold provisional licenses, with most cannabis businesses being unable to convert those licenses to permanent ones due to the high costs involved. The state requires permanent license holders to run their businesses in a way that has minimal to zero negative environmental impact, and this usually leads to higher annual operational costs. As many of the registered operators are equity applicants, small businesses and legacy operators, says Newsom’s senior cannabis advisor Nicole Elliot, these costs are often more than they can handle, preventing them from obtaining permanent licenses.

This one-time $100 million grant will be used to help cities in the state employ professionals and staff to assist with the process of turning provisional licenses into permanent ones as well as to aid in business operations. Los Angeles alone will receive $22 million, with the rest of the funds going to cities such as Oakland, San Francisco, Adelanto, Commerce and Desert Hot Springs. Matt Hawkins, managing partner at Entourage Effect Capital and the board chair at Harborside, says the grant will help ease the financial burden on legal companies and allow regulators to process the backlog of licenses much faster.

Newsom has also thrown his weight behind a measure that would extend the Jan. 6, 2022, deadline to apply for provisional licenses by six months. However, it wasn’t included in the most recent state budget bill, and lawmakers are still discussing it.


Does not count remote working at home.

The U.S. has the lowest share of respondents saying they take the bike, at just 6 percent, with the vast majority, 82 percent choosing or having to drive with their car. Of course, to some extent the commuting methods are driven by the extent and state of infrastructure for cycling and public transport. India's low figure for car usage is made up for in the two-wheeled category. Here, 31 percent and 16 percent said they use their motorcycle or motor scooter, respectively.

By Martin Armstrong, Statista


##### Press Release ############################

US lenders Report Modest Q1 growth
in Asset-based Lending

SFNet survey also shows bank, non-bank ABLs more confident,
 except when it comes to hiring

NEW YORK, NY,  ? Asset-based lending did not experience the dramatic first quarter bump evident in the broader economy, but grow it did, and so did lenders’ confidence in the market, according to data released today by the Secured Finance Network (SFNet).

The association surveyed 35 bank and non-bank asset-based lenders (ABLs) on key indicators for its quarterly Asset-Based Lending Index and SFNet Confidence Index. 

SFNet CEO Richard D. Gumbrecht, said, “While asset-based lending recorded modest growth in the first quarter compared with the nation’s 6.4% rise in GDP, lenders expressed greater confidence in four of the five indicators used to gauge market sentiment,” said. “They understand asset-based lending is critical to finance and the economy, and they anticipate continued growth as the economy recovers.”

Select survey highlights:
For banks, asset-based loan commitments (total committed credit lines) increased slightly (0.4%) from Q4 2020 to Q1 2021, or 2.3% compared with Q1 2020. Outstandings (total asset-based loans outstanding) rose 2.8% from Q4 2020. That represents a 36.4% decrease compared with Q1 2020. Gross write-offs as a percentage of outstanding loans dropped by three basis points from Q4 2020 – a historical in-quarter low – or 2.7 basis points compared with Q1 2020.

For non-bank lenders, Q1 2020 commitments grew 2.1% from Q4 2020, or 15.1% compared with Q1 2020. Total asset-based loans outstanding increased 11.2% from Q4 2020, or decreased 3.4% compared with Q1 2020. Survey results also indicated that new commitments decreased, returning to levels relatively consistent with most quarters since 2016. 

Regarding their outlook for the ABL market, lenders were slightly more positive in Q1 compared with the previous quarter.  Confidence in four of the five indicators increased, for new business demand, client utilization, portfolio performance and general business conditions. However, bank ABLs were more reserved about hiring expectations than in Q4 2020 and non-bank ABL hiring expectations remained about the same.

About Secured Finance Network

 Founded in 1944, the Secured Finance Network (formerly Commercial Finance Association) is an international trade association connecting the interests of companies and professionals who deliver and enable secured financing to businesses. With more than 1,000 member organizations throughout the US, Europe, Canada and around the world, SFNet brings together the people, data, knowledge, tools and insights that put capital to work. For more information, please visit

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Fourth of July Favorites
by Fernanado Croce

With the Fourth of July just ahead, we at Leasing News are proud to recommend five red, white and blue movies that are sure to get audiences laughing, cheering, and saluting.

Young Mr. Lincoln (John Ford, 1939): Arguably America’s greatest filmmaker ever, John Ford was on a roll in 1939, delivering classics such as “Stagecoach” and “Drums Along the Mohawk” in the same year. His greatest triumph that year, however, was this truly lovely portrait of the legendary president, Abraham Lincoln, when he was still a callow law practitioner facing his most decisive case. Beautifully played by Henry Fonda, Lincoln moves from Kentucky to Illinois in the 19th-century and, over the course of a dramatic trial, discovers the sage qualities that will in the future mark his leadership as the nation’s leader. Ford’s populist touch is felt profoundly in each delightful vignette, adding up to a moving and often funny, humanistic view of a great man.

Blow Out (Brian De Palma, 1981): For a caustic take on the American Dream, check out this magnificent thriller from suspense master Brian De Palma. John Travolta is riveting as Jack Terri, a sound engineer who, while working on a low-budget horror movie, uncovers a political conspiracy. As he records sounds at night, he witnesses a car plunging off a bridge. He manages to save the passenger, Sally (Nancy Allen), but the driver drowns—and is revealed to be a presidential candidate. Piecing together what happened from what he recorded in his tapes, Jack finds himself at the center of a web of lethal intrigue. Contrasting American ideals with the brutal reality, De Palma’s film culminates with an unforgettable sequence set against Philadelphia’s Independence Day fireworks.

Moscow on the Hudson (Paul Mazursky, 1984): The pursuit of happiness is one of America’s fundamental rights, and also the theme of this warm and bright comedy-drama from director Paul Mazursky (“Down and Out in Beverly Hills”). Vladimir Ivanoff (Robin Williams, in a marvelous turn) is a Russian musician whose friend, a circus clown named Boris (Savely Kramarov), plans to defect during a trip to New York City. Instead, it’s Vladimir who escapes with the help of a security guard (Cleavant Derricks) at Bloomingdale’s, and has to start life over in the new land. He falls in love with a store clerk named Lucia (Maria Conchita Alonso), applies for American citizenship, and comes to appreciate the country’s mixture of cultures. Showcasing Mazursky’s distinctive generosity, this is a touching ode to the land of opportunity.

This Is America, Charlie Brown (Bill Melendez, 1988): It wouldn't be a holiday without an animated version from Charles M. Schulz's beloved Peanuts gang, and they didn't disappoint with this eight-part TV ode to important American events. The episodes cover a wide part of history, ranging from the early settlements ("The Mayflower Voyagers") to technological advancements ("The Great Inventors") and contributions to culture ("The Music and Heroes of America"). Among them is "The Birth of the Constitution," which is set during the Constitutional Convention and finds Charlie Brown and the other characters catching glimpses of history as they work to keep Independence Hall clean. Though not as easily available as their Christmas, Halloween or Thanksgiving specials, these fun and educational shorts are worth a watch.

Captain America: The First Avenger (Joe Johnson, 2011): Blockbuster action bonanzas featuring superheroes are a dime a dozen these days, but few are created with as much sturdy craft and innocence as this 2011 entry, featuring the beloved Marvel Comics patriot. Set during WWII, the story kicks off as spirited but spindly Steve Rogers (Chris Evans) volunteers for a top-secret scientific project. That's when he's turned into Captain America, imbued with enormous strength yet with still the same positive attitude that makes him embody the best of American idealism. Can he defeat the fiendish Nazi villain Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) before the fate of the world is put in danger? Solidly helmed by Joe Johnson ("The Rocketeer"), this is the rare modern comic-book adventure to capture the innocence of its source.


Terrier Mix
Lake Forrest, California  Adopt-a-Dog


2 Years, 3 months
11 lbs.

Two year old, Adorable 11 lbs. Terrier mix Brooklyn (look at those ears!) came to us from the Bakersfield shelter with his pals Faith and Biscotti, where they arrived as strays. Brooklyn is an active terrier, who loves to play and snuggle with other dogs. He needs to be a part of a pack. He’s happy with both people and dogs. He’s a jumper who loves laps. Brooklyn has separation anxiety when left alone, so we will not be placing him in a home where he will be an only dog.

The Pet Adoption Center of Orange County
24331 Muirlands Blvd, Ste E & F,
Lake Forest, CA 92630
(949) 858-1000

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday: 12-5 pm
Thursday: Closed
Friday: 2-7 pm
Saturday: 12-6 pm
Sunday: 12-5 pm
Monday: Closed
Tuesday: Closed



Looking for Information on Sale of Trucks
by Engine Type

According to information from the North American Council for Freight Efficiency, the U.S. does not track sale of trucks by engine type. According to news, mostly press releases from the industry, we all think there are more zero-emission trucks being sold. But nobody knows for sure!

From the propaganda being sent out, it appears governments all over the world want progress, but are they really adapting do not adapt to the changes. Data on truck sales per engine type might be very revealing.


News Briefs---

The Start of License and Registration United States
  By Kenneth C. Greene, Attorney now on    
    Regulations and Legal News

CFPB Rulemaking Will Require Reporting On Lending To Women
     - And Minority-Owned and Small Businesses

United Airlines says it will hire up to 3,000 employees
     in Chicago, add flights after biggest plane purchase in its history

Disney postpones first test cruise
    over ‘inconsistent’ COVID results

Google to reopen California offices
    on voluntary basis in July

America’s workers are exhausted and burned out
      — and some employers are taking notice

Illinois sees first bond rating upgrade
    in over two decades



You May Have Missed---

Many moms left the workforce during the pandemic.
    For some, going back isn’t so simple



Sports Briefs---

Serena Williams forced to retire from first-round
     Wimbledon match due to injury

It’s official: Dallas Mavericks announce Jason Kidd
    as coach, Nico Harrison as GM

Packers QB Aaron Rodgers must decide by Friday
    if he's going to opt out of 2021 NFL season

San Jose Earthquakes fire GM Fioranelli
     amid winless streak


California Nuts Briefs---

Oakland police chief: New $18 million budget cut
    leaves city less safe

California bans state travel to Florida,
     4 other states in response to transgender laws

San Diego home prices up 22% in April.
    Highest of the pandemic

Los Angeles County recommends masks indoors
     due to Delta variant

Deal reached on San Jose Flea Market’s future
    — here’s what that means



“Gimme that Wine”

Heat the Burning Issue for Oregon Winemakers

Chianti Classico caves in on subzones …

The Way We Buy Wine Now

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This Day in History

     1629 - The settlers of Salem, Mass. appointed Samuel Skelton as their pastor, by ballot. Their church covenant, afterward composed by Skelton, established Salem as the first non-separating congregational Puritan Church in New England. They had arrived on June 27 as the first settlers of Massachusetts Bay Colony, entering Salem Harbor. Led by John Winthrop, they were 900 strong, and arrived in five ships.
    1712 - Head of the Pennsylvania colony, William Penn, 67, suffers a massive stroke and is rendered almost completely helpless. His second wife, Hannah Callowhill Penn, 41, convinces (some say bribed) colony officials to not notice that she guides Penn's hand in signing colonial documents. She goes on to rule the colony in Penn's name for 6 years and then another eight in her own name. She had been pregnant with their second of eight children when the couple embarked on the 3-month ship voyage from England to the New World in 1699. William Penn died at age 73 July 30, 1718. Penn's will gives full control of the colony and his fortune to his widow, Hannah, and she will govern it for 8 more years for a total of almost 14 years. (What? You didn't read that in your history books??? She fights Indians, corrupt politicians, and the British King but she does not give up her right to govern what becomes the Keystone state. The most serious challenge comes from Penn s oldest son by his first marriage who seeks to set aside his father's will. Hannah successfully fights the suit. She dies in 1726 from a stroke at age 55. Of the 13 original colonies, two of them were governed by women through crucial years: Margaret Brent in Maryland and Hanna Penn in Pennsylvania. 
    1768 - Birthday of Elizabeth Kortright Monroe (d. 1830), NYC.  Wife of President James Monroe who ended elaborate, time-consuming social call obligations of the Presidential family. Such calls were so important that they were even discussed at a Presidential cabinet meeting.
    1812 - The Treasury notes bearing interest were authorized by an act of Congress. The president was authorized to issue treasury notes to an amount not exceeding $5 million. The interest was fixed at “five and two-fifth per centum a year.”
    1859 - Conquest of Niagara Falls. Charles Blondin, a French acrobat and aerialist (whose real name was Jean Francois Gravelet), in view of a crowd estimated at more than 25,000 persons, walked across Niagara Falls on a tightrope. the walk required only about five minutes. On separate occasions he crossed blindfold, pushing a wheelbarrow, carrying a man of his back and even on stilts. Blondin was born Feb. 28, 1824, at St. Omer, France, and died at London, England, Feb. 19, 1897.
    1862 - The Seven Days' Battles continues at Glendale (White Oak Swamp), Virginia, as Robert E. Lee has a chance to deal a decisive blow against George B. McClellan's Army of the Potomac. Lee's Army of Northern Virginia had already won the Seven Days' Battles, but the Confederates' attempt to rout McClellan cost many Southern casualties. The Seven Days' Battles were the climax of McClellan's Peninsular campaign. For two months, the Union army sailed down Chesapeake Bay and then inched up the James Peninsula. In late June, the two forces began a series of clashes in which McClellan became unnerved and began to retreat to his base at Harrison's Landing on the James River. Lee hounded him on the retreat. On June 30, Lee plotted a complex attack on the Yankees as they backed down the peninsula. He hoped to hit the front, flank, and rear of the Union army to create confusion and jam the escape routes. Those attacks did not succeed, as they required precise timing. Lee's own generals were confused, the attacks developed slowly, and they made only temporary ruptures in the Federal lines. Most disappointing for Lee was the performance of General Thomas J. "Stonewall" Jackson. Jackson was coming off a brilliant campaign in the Shenandoah Valley, but he showed little of his skill during the Seven Days' Battles. His corps halted at the edge of White Oak Swamp, and he focused his attention on taking a bridge from the Yankees. His officers located fords that would have allowed his men to bypass the bottleneck, but Jackson stayed put. This allowed the Union to move troops from Jackson's sector of the battlefield to halt a Confederate attack in another area. Lee's failure at Glendale permitted McClellan's army to fall back to higher, more defensible locations. The next day, July 1, Lee assaulted Malvern Hill and his army suffered tremendous casualties in the face of a withering Union artillery barrage.
    1863 - The first Civil War bloodshed north of the Mason-Dixon Line was a battle that took place between Brigadier General Judson Kilprick's 3rd Cavalry Division, Army of the Potomac, and Major General James Ewell Brown Stuart's Cavalry Division, Army of Northern Virginia, at Hanover, PA. About 11,000 troops were in this cavalry and artillery engagement, which resulted in more than 300 casualties. The battle was one of the determining factors that enabled the North to win the battle at Gettysburg, PA, in July, 1863.
    1864 - Congress levied a system of placing stamps on each package of cigarettes to indicate payment of tax.
    1864 - Salmon P. Chase resigned from the Senate in 1861 to become the 25th Secretary of the Treasury as the Civil War began. He served for President Lincoln in that capacity from March 7, 1861 until June 30, 1864. when he again resigned. He helped build and establish the National Banking System in 1863, was not in favor of paper money without "tender." As a note of trivia, he was a very religious man and it was at his demand that paper and coin have printed on it:
“In God we trust.” Never truly accepting his defeat at the 1860 Republican National Convention, throughout his term at the Treasury department Chase repeatedly attempted to curry favor over Lincoln for another run at the Presidency in 1864. Chase had attempted to gain leverage over Lincoln three previous times by threatening resignation (which Lincoln declined largely on account of his need for Chase's work at Treasury), but with the 1864 nomination secured and the financial footing of the United States Government in solid shape, in June 1864 to Chase's great surprise Lincoln accepted his fourth resignation offer. Partially to placate the Radical wing of the party following the resignation, however, Lincoln mentioned Chase as an able Supreme Court nominee. Several months later, upon Roger B. Taney's death in 1864 Lincoln nominated him as the Chief Justice of the United States, a position which Chase held from 1864 until his death in 1873. In great contrast with Taney, shortly after taking office Chase allowed the first African-American attorney to gain admittance to practice before the Court.
    1864 - President Abraham Lincoln signed the Yosemite Land Grant, Senate Bill 203. The legislation provided California with 39,000 acres of the Yosemite Valley and the nearby Mariposa Big Tree Grove "upon the express conditions that the premises shall be held for public use, resort, and recreation."
    1865 (approximate) – Dahteste or Tah-Des-Te (d. 1955) was an Apache woman warrior, born in southeastern Arizona. It was not at all uncommon for girls to choose the warrior's way in several of the matrilineal governed Indian societies - as some men chose to be wives to other men, or to raise children, etc. Dahteste was regarded as a great warrior and hunter. She was a mediator between Geronimo and the U.S. Calvary.
    1868 - Mabel Cratty (d. 1928) was born in Bellaire, OH.  Social worker and general secretary of the National Board of the Young Women's Christian Association. Under her leadership the organization went from 300 branches to 1,300. 
    1870 - The first female law school graduate was Ada H. Kepley of Effingham, IL, who was graduated from the Union College of Law, Chicago, IL.
    1879 - The first electric company organized to produce and sell electricity was the California Electric Light Company, San Francisco, CA, organized this day. In September, 1879, it furnished current from a central generating station for light Brush arc light lamps.
    1896 - The first eclectic stove was a one-ring spiral-coiled conductor invented by William S. Hadey, Jr. of New York City, who obtained a patent this day. It provided a uniform surface distribution of heat.
    1906 - The Pure Food and Drug Act was passed. It prohibited the sale of adulterated foods and drugs and demanded an honest statement of contents on labels. Dr. Harvey W. Wiley was mainly responsible for pointing up the necessity for this act. On the same day a Meat Inspection Act was passed by Congress. It was the result of the Reynolds and Neil report of June 4, which revealed shockingly unclean conditions in meat-packing plants. The Meat Inspection Act required sanitary conditions and federal inspection for all plants in interstate commerce.
    1906 - John Hope becomes first black president of Morehouse College. He also became president of Atlanta University.
    1909 - The first delivery of the coin bearing the likeness of a president was delivered to the Cashier of the Mint, and distribution began on August 2. The coin bore a likeness of President Abraham Lincoln, designed by Victor David Brenner and based on a photograph taken in 1864 by Mathew B. Brady. The coinage began at the Mint in Philadelphia, PA.
    1912 - Birthday of Daniel Farrell (Dan) Reeves (d. 1971), Pro Football Hall of Fame executive, born at New York, NY. The heir to a chain of grocery stores, Reeves purchased the Cleveland Rams of the NFL in 1941. The team won the NFL title in 1945 but faltered financially. Reeves got the approval of his fellow owners to move the franchise to Los Angeles, the first major league team in any sport to play on the West coast. The Rams survived a challenge from the AAFC while Reeves broke the league's color barrier and pioneered the use of television. Inducted in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967.
    1917 - Actress, singer, legendary personality Lena Horne (d. 2010) born in Brooklyn, New York. She began her career at 16 as a chorus girl at the Cotton Club in Harlem, appeared in the movies Cabin in the Sky and Stormy Weather & has Broadway career culminating in her one woman show. Horne was a strong civil rights advocate, refusing to perform in clubs where African-Americans were not admitted and marching during the civil rights movement in the 1960s.
    1921 - The first former president to become chief justice of the Supreme Court was William Howard Taft, who was appointed chief justice on June 30, 1921. he resigned on February 3, 1930, a few weeks before his death.
    1922 - Fiddlers Eck Robertson and Henry C. Gilliland made what are believed to be the first discs ever recorded by Southern country musicians. Following a Confederate reunion in Virginia, Robertson and Gilliland, dressed as Western plainsmen, traveled to New York. They recorded six titles for the Victor Company, some of which were released in April 1923.
    1930 - Catholic saints who were active in North America were canonized in a three-day celebration commencing this day. Each of those canonized was credited with having performed two miracles and having met a heroic death. Among them were two laymen, Rene Gloupil and John Lalande, and six Jesuit priests: Isaac Jogues, John De Brebeuf, Noel Chabanel, Anthony Daniel, Gabriel Lalemant, and Charles Gamier. The Pontifical Mass was calibrated at the Vatican by Archbishop Forbes of Ottawa, Canada.
    1934 - Emperor Norton I reburied in Woodlawn Cemetery, Colma by citizens of San Francisco, including The Ancient and Honorable Order of E Clampus Vitus. Norton I was buried January 10, 1880 at Masonic Cemetery. The funeral cortege was two miles long. 10,000 people turned out for the funeral. Masonic Cemetery which was located between Turk, Fulton, Parker and Masonic Streets on what is today parts of the University of San Francisco. The cemetery was moved to the Woodland Memorial Park in Colma, San Mateo County. During the period from 1852 to the mid 1940s the Big Four cemetery neighborhoods, Laurel Hill, Calvary, Masonic and Odd Fellows, covered Laurel Heights, Jordan Park and Long Mountain, and were moved, 5,600 alone from the Masonic Cemetery, including Emperor Norton I (35,000 from Laurel Hill to Cypress Lawn) as wells as Jewish, Greek, and others 1800's small cemeteries.
    1936 - Congress enacted the first 40 hour work week, primarily for “workers on government contracts,” with the requirement of compensation of overtime over in excess of over eight hours each day. The act was known as the Walsh-Healy Act.
    1936 - Folksinger Dave Van Ronk (d. 2002) born in Brooklyn, NY; nicknamed the "Mayor of MacDougal Street." He was a pioneer of instrumental ragtime guitar, as well as an early supporter of Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, among many others. Van Ronk was very influential on the music scene in New York City in the 1960s.
    1939 - Frank Sinatra made his first appearance with Harry James' band. Sinatra was center stage at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore, MD, where he sang My Love for You. He was a winner of a very popular radio show talent show, similar to today's "American Idol."
    1942 - The temperature at Portland, OR, hit 102 degrees, an all-time record for that location.
    1946 - The first atomic bomb dropped from an airplane was released from Dave's Dream, an Air Force B-29 Superfortress over the Bikini Lagoon in the Pacific Ocean. 
    1948 - The transistor was invented at the Bell Telephone Laboratories, Murray Hill, NY by John Bardeen, Walter Houser Brattain, and William Schockley. The first demonstration took place this day. The essential element of the device was a tiny waver of germanium, a semiconductor. Transistors perform the same functions as vacuum tubes but occupy a fraction of the space and operate on greatly reduced amounts of power. The three inventors shared the Nobel Prize for physics in 1956. The transistor enabled the growth of the electronic industry.
    1943 - Florence Ballard (d. 1976) of the Supremes was born in Detroit. The three original Supremes - Ballard, Diana Ross and Mary Wilson - grew up together in a housing project. Through a friendship with members of the Temptations, the trios, then calling themselves the Primettes, were introduced to Berry Gordy, who signed them to Motown in 1961. It was Florence Ballard who suggested a change of name for the group - to the Supremes. It wasn't until their 10th single, "Where Did Our Love Go," in 1964 that the Supremes hit the top of the charts. Other number-one records for the Supremes that year included "Baby Love" and "Come See About Me." Diana Ross gradually emerged as the star of the group, and this and other problems led to Florence Ballard's departure from the Supremes in 1967. She later sued Ross and Berry Gordy, alleging she had been forced out of the group. Ballard lost the suit, and when she died three years later of cardiac arrest at the age of 32, she and her three children were living on welfare.
    1948 - The Federal Communication department authorized telephone recording devices that produced a distinctive “beep” signal at regular intervals, to let those taking part in the conversation known that their voices were being recorded. Recording devices had been used previously by government and business.
    1948 - Congress enacted the Water Pollution Control Act, which took effect this day. It provided funds for sewage treatment systems and pollution research and empowered the Justice Department to file suit against t polluters.
    1948 - Canadian folk and country singer Murray McLauchlan was born in Paisley, Scotland. Brought to Canada at age five, McLauchlan began his career in coffee houses in Toronto's Yorkville district when he was 17. The success of his "Farmer's Song" in 1973 resulted in the first of his annual concert tours across Canada, and appearances in the US. "Farmer's Song," which won a gold record award for sales, also gave McLauchlan Juno Awards in 1973 for best folk single, best country single and composer of the year. He also won Junos in 1976, '77 and '79 for best male country singer.
    1949 - Top Hits
Some Enchanted Evening - Perry Como
Again - Gordon Jenkins
Bali Ha'i - Perry Como
One Kiss Too Many - Eddy Arnold
    1950 - A naval blockade of the Korean coast and the use of U.S. ground forces were authorized by President Harry S. Truman. the president had received the approval of Congress and the UN Security Council on June 27 to order US forces to South Korea to repel the North Korean invasion. While the war was to halt the invasion of communists, it was very unpopular in the United States and with inflation, the high deficit, Truman's popularity was at an old time low. On July 1, the first U.S. ground forces land in Korea, August 4, US. Army calls up 62,000 enlisted reservists for 21 months of duty, and September 8, emergency powers over the entire national economy were granted to President Truman under the Defense Production Act.
    1951 - Rock and jazz bass player Stanley Clarke was born in Philadelphia. Following stints with such well-known jazz artists as Art Blakey, Gil Evans and the Thad Jones-Mel Lewis Orchestra, Clark and pianist Chick Corea formed a jazz-rock group called Return to Forever in 1972. The group's albums were popular but Return to Forever disbanded in 1976. Clarke joined Rolling Stones guitarists Keith Richards and Ron Woods in 1979 for a North American tour as the New Barbarians. Among their appearances were two charity concerts for the blind in Oshawa, Ontario. The concerts were in lieu of a jail sentence for Richards on heroin possession charges.
    1952 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Delicado," Percy Faith Orchestra.
    1953 - The first sports car with a plastic laminated fiberglass body was the Chevrolet Corvette, produced this day at Flint, MI, by the Chevrolet Motor Division of the General Motors Corporation. The list price was $3,250, including a 1953 power glide automatic transmission as standard equipment. The car was only 333 inches at the door (body height), 70 inches wide, and 167 inches long on a 102-inch wheelbase. Its curb weight was approximately 2,900 pounds. It was the “hottest” car of the generation, before foreign sports cars overtook its sleekness and speed.
    1956 - The first airline disaster involving more than 100 persons occurred when a Trans World Airlines Super constellation on route from Los Angeles to Kansas City collided with a united Air Lines DC-7 traveling from Los Angeles to Chicago and Newark. The accident took place over the Grand Canyon in Arizona. There were 128 deaths.
    1957 - Buddy Holly records "Peggy Sue". In real life, she was Peggy Sue Gerron, the girlfriend of Crickets drummer Jerry Allison. The song was initially titled "Cindy Lou", but Allison convinced Buddy to change the title just before the recording session. Allison and Gerron were later married. 
    1962 - Pat Boone's "Speedy Gonzales" enters the Billboard Hot 100 where it will reach #6. It was a song that Pat had to plead with his producer Randy Wood to let him record after he had first heard it in The Philippines. The tune would prove to be Boone's last Top 40 entry after a run of 7 years and 37 other hit singles. In 2010, "Speedy Gonzales" was used heavily by Canadian cellular telephone company Telus in a television commercial. 
    1965 - The first hotel built over a pier was the Flagship Hotel, Galveston, Texas. The hotel containing 240 rooms, was built on a pier 1,500 feet long and 340 feet wide, extending into the Gulf of Mexico.
    1957 - Top Hits
Love Letters in the Sand - Pat Boone
Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley
It's Not for Me to Say - Johnny Mathis
Four Walls - Jim Reeves
    1961 - Whitey Ford becomes the first pitcher in American League history to win eight games in one month. 'Slick's' complete-game 5-1 victory over the Senators is the Yankees' 22nd win in June.
    1962 - Los Angeles Dodger, Sandy Koufax, pitched his first no-hitter in a game against the New York Mets. Koufax would throw three more no-hitters before retiring in 1966.
    1965 - Top Hits
Mr. Tambourine Man - The Byrds
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction - The Rolling Stones
Wonderful World - Herman's Hermits
Before You Go - Buck Owens
    1966 - The National Organization for Women (NOW) was founded at Washington, DC, by people attending the Third National Conference on the Commission on the Status of Women. NOW's purpose is to take action to bring women into full partnership in the mainstream of American society, exercising all privileges and responsibilities in equal partnership with men.
    1966 - Birthday of Louis Raymond (Louie) Agular, football player, born, Livermore, CA.
    1966 - The Supremes make the studio recording of "You Keep Me Hangin' On." The song tops Billboard's Hot 100 for two weeks and R&B singles chart for four weeks.
    1966 - LONG, DONALD RUSSELL, Medal of Honor.
Rank and organization: Sergeant, U.S. Army, Troop C, 1st Squadron, 4th Cavalry, 1st Infantry Division. place and date: Republic of Vietnam, 30 June 1966. Entered service at: Ashland, Ky. Born: 27 August 1939, Blackfork, Ohio. G.O. No.: 13, 4 April 1968. Citation: For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. Troops B and C, while conducting a reconnaissance mission along a road were suddenly attacked by a Viet Cong regiment, supported by mortars, recoilless rifles and machine guns, from concealed positions astride the road. Sgt. Long abandoned the relative safety of his armored personnel carrier and braved a withering hail of enemy fire to carry wounded men to evacuation helicopters. As the platoon fought its way forward to resupply advanced elements, Sgt. Long repeatedly exposed himself to enemy fire at point blank range to provide the needed supplies. While assaulting the Viet Cong position, Sgt. Long inspired his comrades by fearlessly standing unprotected to repel the enemy with rifle fire and grenades as they attempted to mount his carrier. When the enemy threatened to overrun a disabled carrier nearby, Sgt. Long again disregarded his own safety to help the severely wounded crew to safety. As he was handing arms to the less seriously wounded and reorganizing them to press the attack, an enemy grenade was hurled onto the carrier deck. Immediately recognizing the imminent danger, he instinctively shouted a warning to the crew and pushed to safety one man who had not heard his warning over the roar of battle. Realizing that these actions would not fully protect the exposed crewmen from the deadly explosion, he threw himself over the grenade to absorb the blast and thereby saved the lives of 8 of his comrades at the expense of his life. Throughout the battle, Sgt. Long's extraordinary heroism, courage and supreme devotion to his men were in the finest tradition of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army. 
    1966 - The Beatles appear at the first of three concerts at Nippon Budokan Hall in Tokyo, Japan. Amateur recordings of the performance quickly became available as a bootleg album known as "Three Nights in Tokyo". 
    1970 - Riverfront Stadium Opens. The Cincinnati Reds opened their new home, Riverfront Stadium, with a game against the Atlanta Braves. 51,050 fans packed the new park, but Henry Aaron hit a home run for Atlanta in the first inning, and the Braves won, 8-2. Riverfront Stadium later became known as Cinergy Field.
    1971 - The United States Supreme Court ruled that the "Pentagon Papers," documents on American involvement in the Vietnam War, could be published; the Nixon government had tried to suppress them.
    1971 - The 26th Amendment to the Constitution, lowering the minimum voting age to 18, was ratified as Ohio became the 38th state to approve it.
    1971 - Paul Revere and the Raiders receive a Gold record for their only US #1 hit, "Indian Reservation". 
    1972 - The entire state of Pennsylvania was declared a disaster area as a result of the catastrophic flooding caused by Hurricane Agnes, which claimed 48 lives, and caused 2.1 billion dollars damage.
    1973 - Top Hits
Give Me Love (Give Me Peace on Earth) - George Harrison
Will It Go Round in Circles - Billy Preston
Kodachrome - Paul Simon
Don't Fight the Feelings of Love - Charley Pride
    1974 - "Jaws'" famous July 4th scene was filmed. Until Steven Spielberg was satisfied, a crowd of 400 screaming, panicking extras in bathing suits ran from the water.
    1974 - Mrs. Alberta King, mother of the late Martin Luther King, was assassinated during a church service The murder happened as she sat at the organ in the Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Sr., struck by the violent deaths of his two sons and by the tragic death of his wife Alberta, said at her funeral service on July 3, “I cannot hate any man.”
    1974 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Rock the Boat," The Hues Corporation.
    1975 - Cher and Gregg Allman of the Allman Brothers Band were married. She had been divorced from Sonny Bono only several days. Nine days after marrying Allman, Cher was again suing for divorce.
    1977 - The theatrical rock group Kiss released a comic book of themselves. The story that band members contributed some of their blood to the printing ink undoubtedly helped boost sales past 
    1978 - Willie McCovey of the San Francisco Giants became the 12th player in Major League history to hit 500 home runs. His milestone blast came off pitcher Jamie Easterly of the Atlanta Braves, but the Giants lost, 10-5
    1981 - Top Hits
Bette Davis Eyes - Kim Carnes
A Woman Needs Love (Just like You Do) - Ray Parker Jr. & Raydio
The One that You Love - Air Supply
Blessed are the Believers - Anne Murray
    1983 - After a ten-year split, The Everly Brothers announced that they would be reuniting. The pair had parted company after Phil smashed his guitar and walked off the stage during a 1973 performance. 
    1985 - After 4,625 performances, Yul Brynner left his role as the King of Siam in "The King and I." The show had run at the Broadway Theatre in New York City, on and off, for over 34 years. Less than four months later, Brynner was dead of lung cancer at the age of 65. Brynner had opened in "The King and I" on Broadway in 1951. He also starred in the 1956 movie version.
    1985 - For the 13th time since 1972, the world's official timekeeping atomic clock counted off one extra second at 23:59 Greenwich Mean Time, or UCT, Universal Coordinated Time, (7:59:59 p.m. in New York). The leap second was compensation for the gradual slowing down of the Earth's rotation.
    1985 - No. 1 Billboard Pop Hit: "Sussudio," Phil Collins.
    1987 - Hot weather prevailed in the Pacific Northwest, with readings above 100 degrees reported as far north as southern British Columbia. Yakima, WA, reported a record high of 100 degrees, while temperatures near the Washington coast hovered near 60 degrees all day. Thunderstorms prevailed from southwest Texas to New England. Thunderstorm winds gusting to 100 mph at Gettysburg, PA, killed one person. High winds and large hail caused more than five million dollars damage to property and crops in Lancaster County, PA.
    1989 - 26-year-old Paula Abdul is the featured performer of the Club MTV: Live show in Miami. Her debut album "Forever Your Girl" is currently climbing towards the top of the Billboard chart.
 @ Fillmore West in San Francisco Artist: David Singer
    1971 -  June 30th thru July 4th: In San Francisco, the Last Days of the Fillmore West Boz Scaggs, Cold Blood, The Flamin' Groovies, Stoneground, It's a Beautiful Day, Elvin Bishop Group, Grootna, Lamb, Grateful Dead, The New Riders of the Purple Sage, The Rowan Brothers, Quicksilver Messenger Service, Hot Tuna, Yogi Phlegm, Santana, Credence Clearwater Revival, Tower of Power, San Francisco Light Works, Little Princess #109, and Heavy Water 
    1988 - Former Beach Boy Brian Wilson released his first record in 22 years, "Love and Mercy." The album was not a commercial success. On the same date, the Beach Boys released the single "Kokomo," which went to number one. 
    1989 - Winnfield, LA, reported 22.52 inches of rain in three days, and more than thirty inches for the month, a record for June. Shreveport LA received a record 17.11 inches in June, with a total for the first six months of the year of 45.55 inches. Thunderstorms also helped produce record rainfall totals for the month of June of 13.12 inches at Birmingham AL, 14.66 inches at Oklahoma City, OK, 17.41 inches at Tallahassee FL, 9.97 inches at Lynchburg, VA, and more than 10.25 inches at Pittsburgh, PA. Pittsburgh had also experienced a record wet month of May.
    1989 - Top Hits
Satisfied - Richard Marx
Buffalo Stance - Neneh Cherry
Baby Don't Forget My Number - Milli Vanilli
I Don't Want to Spoil the Party - Roseanne Cash
    1994 - The U.S. Figure Skating Association stripped Tonya Harding of the 1994 national championship and banned her from the organization for life for an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan.
    1995 - At the Metrodome, Indians' designated hitter Eddie Murray collects his 3000th career hit off Mike Trombley to become the 20th player to accomplish the feat. 'Steady Eddie' joins Pete Rose as only the second switch-hitter to reach the milestone.
    1995 - Garth Brooks buried a copy of his album "The Hits" beneath his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was the first object to be preserved underneath the walk.
    1996 - Neil Young premieres his album, "Broken Arrow" via the Internet. The album is slated for release on July 2, two days after its technologically advanced premiere.
    1998 - Linda Tripp, whose tape-and-tell friendship with Monica Lewinsky spurred a White House crisis, spent six hours testifying before a grand jury in Washington. Her revelations were about to almost bring down the presidency of the United States.
    1998 - With an eighth-inning homer against the Diamondbacks, Cubs' slugger Sammy Sosa extends his Major League record for home runs in a month, hitting his 20th round-tripper in June.
    2012 - Mid-Atlantic storms in the United States kill 13 and leave millions without power in Ohio, Virginia, Maryland and the District of Columbia
    2015 – Misty Copeland became the first African American principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater.
    2019 – President Trump became the first sitting US president to visit North Korea.



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