The most popular topic at San Francisco's free financial planning event Saturday was not how to manage debt during unemployment or how to save a house from foreclosure.
It was estate planning.
Stephen Kulieke woke up in the middle of the night on Feb. 19, 2004, to drive from Sacramento to San Francisco. By 4:30 a.m., he was in line at City Hall.
A few hours later, he married Jeff Milliken, his partner of two decades, as Milliken's mother listened in on the phone from Colorado.
From The Rafu Shimpo:
SAN FRANCISCO — Only two days after the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals lifted the 2010 injunction that had blocked a federal judge’s ruling declaring Proposition 8 unconstitutional, there were a total of 563 same-sex marriage licenses issued and 479 same-sex marriage licenses recorded in San Francisco.
Now that it is over, everyone can admit it — the Friday afternoon decision to allow same-sex marriages took nearly everyone by surprise.
Some city and county agencies got an e-mail around 2:45 p.m. from the U.S. Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals saying that it would have an announcement soon. But Matt Dorsey, spokesman for the city attorney, said most thought the statement would simply repeat that the stay would be lifted in 25 days.
From the SF Chronicle:
Property tax assessments are roaring back this year in the wake of the real estate market's strong turnaround. Every Bay Area county is reporting strong growth in their assessed rolls, meaning more cash in their coffers come tax time.
For many homeowners, this will mean higher taxes - not just the 2 percent increase allowed under Proposition 13, but potentially even more if they got a big tax cut during the real estate downturn