Sigrid Bathen is an award-winning Sacramento journalist who was a staff writer for The Sacramento Bee for 13 years and has been a writer and editor for numerous publications, including the California Journal, the Los Angeles Times, Capitol Weekly, California Lawyer, the American Lawyer Newspapers Group, California Medicine, the Sacramento Business Journal, Sacramento Magazine, Comstock’s magazine, and the Sacramento News and Review. Bathen is an adjunct professor at Sacramento State.
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Tough Nut to Crack
Almonds bust then boom in China
Richard Waycott says there are no silver bullets in the remarkable double-digit growth of California almond exports to China but rather a carefully honed strategy built on introducing almonds to a “pre-existing snacking culture.”
The MBA is Not Dead
Demand has ebbed and flowed but remains on high tide
When Laurie Grimsman graduated in June from the Graduate School of Management at UC Davis, she was 51 and a self-proclaimed “age outlier.”
The New Laws of Hiring
In a tight market, law students need professional and personal skills
John O’Malley is the recruiting partner at Sacramento’s largest law firm, Downey Brand, which was founded nearly a century ago and employs more than 120 lawyers in five regional offices, 103 of them in Sacramento.
Law School Blues
Heavy debt plus no jobs plague grads and deter applicants
Like so many recent law school graduates, Seth Benkle searched vainly for a job after graduating from the University of the Pacific McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento in 2010, increasingly stressed about his $160,000 in student loans, interest accruing.
The Accidental Landlord
More homeowners are turning to the rental market for mercy
Brian O’Hearn is an accidental landlord.
Like more and more homeowners caught in the descending mortgage spiral, O’Hearn and his wife, Juliet Williams, faced tough choices. Married in June, they owned his house in Folsom and her Sacramento condo — and both wanted to live in midtown.
Property Management 101
The basics of landlording
Ted White has worked in residential property management in the Sacramento area for more than three decades. He gloried in the boom times and helped homeowners and investors slog through the murky waters of the ongoing real estate meltdown in one of the hardest-hit housing markets in the nation.