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Dec 28, 2021

As remote work continues to be normalized within the technology industry, techies are migrating to the Sierra Nevada foothills of Northern California.

Written and read by Dakota Morlan

Hosted by Jennifer Fergesen

Produced by Danna Sweidan

Music: Time Out by Atch (CC BY 3.0)

Read the story here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/longreads/final-frontiers

Oct 25, 2021

A dedication to the past allows some family restaurants in the Capital Region to survive through the decades, including El Novillero, Genova Bakery and Club Pheasant. 

Written and read by Judy Farah

Hosted by Jennifer Fergesen

Produced by Danna Sweidan 

Music: Time Out by Atch (CC BY 3.0)

Read the story here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/article/three-capital-region-restaurants-keep-it-family

Aug 25, 2021

Social media can grow a business’s audience — but only if it’s done right.

Written by Jeff Wilser

Produced by Robin Epley

Read the story here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/longreads/are-you-ready-tiktok-challenge

Jul 27, 2021

Movies, sitcoms, commercials and more are still filming in the Capital Region, thanks to the work of local film commissioners. 

Written by Rachel Leibrock

Produced by Robin Epley

Read the story here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/longreads/film-production-capital-region-thrives-despite-year-uncertainty

Jun 23, 2021

Capital Region golf courses saw a boom last year as the game emerged as the perfect socially distanced activity. Will new players stick around?

Written by Bob Burns

Produced by Robin Epley

Read the story here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/longreads/capital-region-golf-courses-are-teed-success

May 24, 2021

Technology tends to be associated with things like computers, algorithms and machines, but the world of technology and innovation has long embraced a concern for other humans. And it’s not just a matter of altruism or having a heart: Empathy is innovation’s secret sauce.

Written by Jeff Wilser

Produced by Robin Epley

Read the story here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/longreads/power-empathy

May 6, 2021

Stakeholders in the Sierra Nevada are confronting the lasting legacy of the gold rush.

Written, hosted and produced by Sena Christian.

Audio engineering by Phillip Baldwin.

“The Days of ‘49” is by Logan English and Billy Faier, courtesy of Smithsonian Folkway Recordings.

“The Gold Rush is Over” is by Smokey Hormel, courtesy of Free Music Archive. (Licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.)

“Spring Song” is by Shelly Covert, courtesy of Shelly Covert.

Read the story here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/longreads/blend-success

Apr 19, 2021

Wineries in the Capital Region have added an array of amenities to keep oenophiles closer to home.

Written by Daniel Barnes

Read and produced by Robin Epley

Read here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/longreads/blend-success

Apr 8, 2021

Q: A new hire started today. He says he scheduled a trip before applying for the new job. He says he has all his reservations and has paid, so he will be taking the trip. He will finish the onboarding process and then go on the trip. What can I do?

Written by Suzanne Lucas.

Produced by Shoka.

Audio engineering by Phillip Baldwin.

This Evil HR Lady column ran in the April 2021 issue of Comstock’s magazine. Read it here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/article/dilemma-month-should-new-hire-be-allowed-take-trip

Mar 21, 2021

2020 will go down in history as a time when women made remarkable advances on the political scene. 

Written by Laurie Lauletta-Boshart

Read and produced by Robin Epley

Read more here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/longreads/rise-and-shine

Mar 10, 2021

Q: I’ve been working in a key position at my company for 20 years. When a management position opened for which I am highly qualified, I applied and, frankly, expected to land the promotion. My company instead promoted a male colleague who has similar experience but has only been with the company for 10 years. Do I have any recourse?​

Written by Suzanne Lucas.

Produced by Shoka.

Audio engineering by Phillip Baldwin.

This Evil HR Lady column ran in the March 2021 issue of Comstock’s magazine. Read more here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/article/dilemma-month-were-you-passed-over-promotion

Mar 8, 2021

Comstock’s magazine invited three of our 2021 Women in Leadership honorees to join us for a discussion on the ways women are shaping the future of the Capital Region. Listen in on our conversation with Betty Yee, California state controller; Cassie Gilson, president and managing partner of Axiom Advisors; and Elizabeth-Rose Mandalou, advanced sommelier and co-owner of Allora restaurant and WM Catering and Events in Sacramento.

Hosted and produced by Sena Christian and Shoka.

Audio engineering by Phillip Baldwin.

"Blur And Coalesce" by Podington Bear is licensed under an Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License.

Feb 25, 2021

Q: When is it too late to change careers? I’m 40 and hate my job. But with almost 20 years invested in my field, I really don’t want to start over with an entry-level position in a new area. How possible is it to switch careers without taking a massive pay cut?​

Written by Suzanne Lucas

Produced by Shoka

Audio engineering by Phillip Baldwin

Read more here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/article/dilemma-month-switching-careers-doesnt-mean-starting-over

Feb 14, 2021

After 15 years as a Major League Baseball player for five teams, Greg Vaughn now focuses on Vaughn’s Valley Foundation. This profile is part of The Next Chapter, in which we check in with Capital Region professionals who moved into new pursuits or retirement after successful careers.

Written by Tom Couzens

Read and produced by Robin Epley

Read more here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/article/still-swinging-away

Feb 13, 2021

Roger Valine helped transform VSP from a small local company to an international operation by 2006 when he decided to retire. This profile is part of The Next Chapter, in which we check in with Capital Region professionals who moved into new pursuits or retirement after successful careers.

Written by Graham Womack

Read and produced by Robin Epley

Read more here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/article/new-mission

Feb 12, 2021

Michele McCormick sold her public relations company and became a model, actor and photographer who specializes in travel and nature photography. This profile is part of The Next Chapter, in which we check in with Capital Region professionals who moved into new pursuits or retirement after successful careers.

Written by Shoka

Read and produced by Robin Epley

Read more here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/article/camera-ready

Feb 12, 2021

In December 2019, a few months before the fastest drop in global stock markets in financial history, Mark Otero launched Alice Capital, a hedge fund designed to bypass emotion. 

This profile is part of The Next Chapter, in which we check in with Capital Region professionals who moved into new pursuits or retirement after successful careers.

Written by Jennifer Fergesen

Read and produced by Robin Epley

Read more here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/article/game-skill

Feb 9, 2021

After losing his bid for reelection as Stockton mayor, Michael Tubbs is weighing his options.

Written by Marcus Crowder

Read and produced by Robin Epley

Read more here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/longreads/career-detour

Feb 9, 2021

Pam Marrone, who retired as CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations in 2020, didn’t take a break; she still works 10-12 hour days. This profile is part of The Next Chapter, in which we check in with Capital Region professionals who moved into new pursuits or retirement after successful careers.

Written by Jennifer Junghans

Read and produced by Robin Epley

Read more here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/article/agriculture-and-beyond

Feb 9, 2021

Carl Landau had spent 37 years in publishing and event organizing when he decided to launch Pickleball Media last year. This profile is part of The Next Chapter, in which we check in with Capital Region professionals who moved into new pursuits or retirement after successful careers.

Written by Sena Christian

Read and produced by Robin Epley

Read more here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/article/somebody-again

Jan 29, 2021

Q: I had a midlevel manager recently leave for another position, and I’m about to post the job. I know that several of the people who worked for her want that position, but I think the company might be better served by going for an outside hire. How should I proceed so I don’t anger my current employees and risk losing them too?

Written by Suzanne Lucas.

Produced by Shoka.

Audio engineering by Phillip Baldwin.

Read more here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/article/dilemma-month-be-fair-when-considering-outside-candidates

Jan 18, 2021

Cohousing communities are neighborhoods where physical spaces, outdoors and indoors, give residents a place to interact outside of their private homes. These communities are growing in popularity across the Capital Region. 

Written by Rachel Leibrock

Read and produced by Robin Epley

Read more here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/longreads/neighborly-design

Jan 8, 2021

Q: Early next year, our company will begin using new software for most everything we do. It’s already so late in the process, so what can we do quickly to ensure that our employees are adequately trained and don’t feel like they are on their own?​

Written by Suzanne Lucas.

Produced by Shoka.

Audio engineering by Phillip Baldwin.

Read more here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/article/dilemma-month-new-systems-require-proper-training-and-patience

Dec 14, 2020

In September, UC Davis was awarded the first federal funding given to a university to research cultivated meat, positioning the Capital Region to serve as a hub of the advancing technology. Efforts to advance the emerging food market using science and technology have ignited worldwide to address the global challenge of food access and proper nutrition for a growing population and the unsustainable environmental and ethical practices of industrial animal agriculture as it barrels toward the planet’s capacity on land and at sea.

Written by Jennifer Junghans

Read and produced by Robin Epley

Read more here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/longreads/promise-new-proteins

 

Dec 10, 2020

Q: This has been a terrible year. Unfortunately, as a business, we’re just scraping by — and that’s despite the Paycheck Protection Program loan from the Small Business Administration. There’s no money for a lavish holiday party, year-end bonuses or even anything more than a $5 gift. What can we do to show our employees how much we appreciate their hard work at year-end?

This Evil HR Lady column ran in the November 2020 issue of Comstock's magazine. 

Written by Suzanne Lucas.

Produced by Shoka.

Audio engineering by Phillip Baldwin.

Read more here: https://www.comstocksmag.com/article/dilemma-month-easy-ways-thank-employees-hard-year

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