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What to do when application of the rules becomes an impediment?

Q: My tenant is not allowing me in his unit to perform maintenance even after I gave plenty of notice. What should I do? – Rita

Q: My condo board is not approving my buyer because they do not allow emotional support animals. What should I do? – Sam

Q: Our community has an owner who will not stop running a business out of his apartment, which is against the rules. What should we do? — Selma

A: Each week, many readers send me questions such as these describing situations where the rules are clear, but not being followed. These letters are written in frustration after a failed attempt to work things out. Trying to talk through the issue is an essential first step, but there are times when it does not work. Sometimes this is because the other person has a differing view about their rights, while other times

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San Mateo County’s Path To School Reopening

SAN MATEO COUNTY, CA — If the San Mateo County wants to hold classes in schools instead of online this fall, State epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan on Tuesday outlined the state’s waiver process for K-6 schools.

San Mateo County is currently on California’s COVID-19 coronavirus “Watch List.”

Pan said K-6 schools can apply for a waiver to begin in-person instruction if they are located in a county that meets several criteria in spite of being on the state’s Watch List.

Individual schools must submit a site-specific plan to keep students and staff safe, taking into account input from interest groups like labor unions and parent organizations. Those schools must then publicly post their plan and submit it to their local health officer to apply for a waiver.

California Department of Public Health officials will then review each application on a case-by-case basis, taking into account factors such as which direction

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Crabapple Fest Postponed To Spring Due To Coronavirus Concerns

MILTON, GA — Milton’s popular Crabapple Fest will not take place this fall, as planned, in the interest of ensuring vendors, residents and visitors’ good health and safety.

The City of Milton and Crabapple Community Association determined the annual family-friendly art and antique street festival will not occur this Oct. 3 due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, and assuming progress related to curbing this novel coronavirus, organizers hope to hold Crabapple Fest in the spring. While all details haven’t been finalized, the date for the rescheduled Crabapple Fest is now April 24, 2021.

“We appreciate everyone’s patience as we work through this challenging period while also looking forward to a return to normal,” said Crabapple Community Association President Reid Casey. “Crabapple Fest is so important to our great community – which makes it especially important that this event happens safely for everyone involved.”

Tens of thousands of people from

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The cost of applying for U.S. citizenship is dramatically increasing

PHOENIX – It’s going to cost more to apply for U.S. citizenship. A lot more.

Starting Oct. 2, legal immigrants eligible to apply for citizenship will pay $1,160 if they submit their application online, or $1,170 if submitting a paper application.

Under the new fee, immigrants will pay at least $520 more to apply for citizenship. That is more than 80% higher than the current application fee of $640.

It’s also the second biggest jump in the naturalization application fee in history, analysts say.

Most of the fee waivers that allowed lower income immigrants to apply for naturalization for free are also being eliminated.

And for the first time, people fleeing persecution in their home countries will have to pay a $50 fee to apply for asylum if they are not in deportation proceedings. In the past, there has been no cost to apply for asylum.

Daniella Pando, 37, of Mexico, becomes a U.S. citizen on July 10, 2020.
Daniella Pando, 37, of
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Should MBA Programs Make The GMAT & GRE Optional?

When the dean of the Darden School of Business was a senior in high school, he did what everyone who wanted to go to college has to do: He sat for the SAT exam. Scott Beardsley remembers it well. It was the start of the winter in Anchorage, Alaska, and he got through the math part of the exam and then fell sound asleep. “I drooled on the verbal answer sheet,” he recalls. “I got a very bad score on the English section because it was all blank. And I was one of the top students in the school. I often thought should your whole life be linked to a standardized test? In my case, it wasn’t.”

Beardsley would ultimately go onto Tufts University, join McKinsey & Co.  where over a 26-year career he would rise to the status of senior partner at a firm that puts nearly all of … Read More

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State Gives Benicia Guidance To Start School Classes

BENICIA, CA — If the Benicia Unified School District wants to hold classes in schools instead of online this fall, state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan on Tuesday outlined the state’s waiver process for K-6 schools.

Solano County is currently on California’s COVID-19 coronavirus “Watch List.”

Pan, the former health officer for Alameda County, said K-6 schools can apply for a waiver to begin in-person instruction if they are located in a county that meets several criteria in spite of being on the state’s Watch List.

Individual schools must submit a site-specific plan to keep students and staff safe, taking into account input from interest groups like labor unions and parent organizations. Those schools must then publicly post their plan and submit it to their local health officer to apply for a waiver.

California Department of Public Health officials will then review each application on a case-by-case basis, taking into account

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Meet Zhang Yiming, the secretive Chinese billionaire behind TikTok who made over $12 billion in 2018 and called Trump’s demands to sell the app ‘unreasonable’

ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming makes his own TikToks — and requires his senior employees to as well.
ByteDance CEO Zhang Yiming makes his own TikToks — and requires his senior employees to as well.

Visual China Group via Getty Images; Ruobing Su/Business Insider

  • Zhang Yiming built a $16.2 billion fortune after founding ByteDance, the Chinese software developer behind TikTok.

  • Despite being one of the wealthiest people in China, Zhang is extremely private and little is known about his personal life.

  • TikTok is currently in negotiations to sell its US operations to Microsoft amid a threat of a ban from President Trump, sparking fierce criticism of Yiming on Chinese social media.

  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

The widespread popularity of TikTok has not just created a new generation of social media stars, it’s also created a social media billionaire.

Zhang Yiming, the 36-year-old software engineer who founded the app’s parent company, now has a net worth of $16.2 billion, Forbes estimates. Despite being one of the

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State Gives San Francisco Guidance To Start Classroom Teaching

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — If the San Francisco Unified School District wants to hold classes in schools instead of online this fall, State epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan on Tuesday outlined the state’s waiver process for K-6 schools.

San Francisco is currently on California’s COVID-19 coronavirus “Watch List.”

Pan, the former health officer for Alameda County, said K-6 schools can apply for a waiver to begin in-person instruction if they are located in a county that meets several criteria in spite of being on the state’s Watch List.

Individual schools must submit a site-specific plan to keep students and staff safe, taking into account input from interest groups like labor unions and parent organizations. Those schools must then publicly post their plan and submit it to their local health officer to apply for a waiver.

California Department of Public Health officials will then review each application on a case-by-case basis, taking

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State Gives Martinez Guidance To Start School Classes

MARTINEZ, CA — If the Martinez Unified School District wants to hold classes in schools instead of online this fall, state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan on Tuesday outlined the state’s waiver process for K-6 schools.

Contra Costa County is currently on California’s COVID-19 coronavirus “Watch List.”

Pan, the former health officer for Alameda County, said K-6 schools can apply for a waiver to begin in-person instruction if they are located in a county that meets several criteria in spite of being on the state’s Watch List.

Individual schools must submit a site-specific plan to keep students and staff safe, taking into account input from interest groups like labor unions and parent organizations. Those schools must then publicly post their plan and submit it to their local health officer to apply for a waiver.

California Department of Public Health officials will then review each application on a case-by-case basis, taking into

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State Gives Mount Diablo Unified Guidance To Start School Classes

CONCORD, CA — If the Mt. Diablo Unified School District and its neighboring school districts want to hold classes in schools instead of online this fall, state epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan on Tuesday outlined the state’s waiver process for K-6 schools.

Contra Costa County is currently on California’s COVID-19 coronavirus “Watch List.”

Pan, the former health officer for Alameda County, said K-6 schools can apply for a waiver to begin in-person instruction if they are located in a county that meets several criteria in spite of being on the state’s Watch List.

Individual schools must submit a site-specific plan to keep students and staff safe, taking into account input from interest groups like labor unions and parent organizations. Those schools must then publicly post their plan and submit it to their local health officer to apply for a waiver.

California Department of Public Health officials will then review each application

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