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Help us find a home for Chilli

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Name: Chilli
Age: 11 years old
Gender: Neutered male
Breed: Domestic Short Hair
ID #: 136822
Adoption Fee: $0

Chilli is a sweet old male looking for a comfy place to relax. He is an 11-year-old Domestic Short Hair who loves hanging out with his caretakers and being the center of their attention. He is a cool, laid back kind of guy with a mellow and relaxed nature. Chilli loves being brushed and pet by anyone willing to show him love. He enjoys catnaps in the sun or in a fluffy bed. He recently started a daily workout routine to keep him in shape. With his sweet nature, he would make the ideal companion for a loving stable new family.

Chilli’s adoption fee was sponsored by someone who wants to help him find the perfect new home. It included his neuter, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, 30 days of complimentary medical insurance from Trupanion Insurance, and a certificate for a free veterinary exam!

Let’s help this sweet animal find a loving home! Chilli is available for adoption at San Diego Humane Society located at 5500 Gaines Street, San Diego. To learn more about making him part of your family, please call (619) 299-7012.

Everyone, say hello to Max!

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Name: Max
Age: 10 year old
Gender: Neutered male
Breed: Miniature Pinscher mix
ID #: 101607
Adoption Fee: $25

Our office full of animal lovers is teaming up with the San Diego Humane Society to help pets, like Max, find a loving place to call home!

This handsome fella is a 10-year-old Miniature Pinscher mix. He is a shy boy looking for a loving family to call his own. He arrived in the care of the San Diego Humane Society after his previous owners were no longer able to care for him.

While Max may be a bit shy at first, he will warm up quickly if he is given the time and space needed to adjust. Once he feels comfortable, he prefers to spend his days relaxing on a comfy couch or lap. Max is also great with other dogs. Because of his age, he would do best in an adult only home.

His adoption fee includes his neuter, current vaccinations, permanent microchip identification, 30 days of complimentary medical insurance from Trupanion Insurance, a certificate for a free veterinary exam, and a license if residing in Oceanside, Vista, Escondido, San Marcos or Poway!

Max is available for adoption at the San Diego Humane Society’s San Diego Campus at 5500 Gaines Street. To learn more about making him part of your family, please call (619) 299-7012.

New year.  Fresh Perspectives.
Conversations are powerful vehicles for change when our hearts are open, and a recent one with my buddy has resonated within my soul so much this week.  The conversation revolved around trying to repeat the successes of the previous year and how much pressure there is to continue to impel ourselves forward–either inside or outside pressures.  But it sort of struck me these last few days that life is not always well-lived in the repeating of successes or even the constant push.  Life is not a repeat or a 3-peat or whatever-peat year to year.  And, it’s beyond the goals and the recognition; it’s in the intention–the choice of what we want our year to look like and what and how we choose depends on where we are in that moment.  Each year can look so completely different from the previous one. Sometimes we need to just breathe. For a week or a month or for an entire year.  But that choice to just breathe can be so freeing because it’s making the conscious choice to bring our life back to center.  And some years provide the strength and courage and opportunities to push farther and harder and with more strength than the previous year.  We are ready.  But, each of these choices is gifts and provide everything that we need in that moment….success, achievement, strength, passion….or just breath.
We can never doubt our own ability to bring it back to center.  We can never doubt our ability to achieve. New can never doubt our ability to love fully. We can never doubt what it feels like to say no for our hearts or for our family. We can never doubt what it feels like when that grace we give reaches the hurting inside.  And we can never doubt what it feels like to always stand our ground where hope can be found.
So as I am standing in the doorway of 2015, I am ready for what lies ahead of me.  I have turned the page.  2014 has been written, and I am proud of my year.  I am proud of what was created and harnessed and achieved and loved and nurtured. I am proud of the lessons learned and the grace I received. But most of all, I am proud that I never doubted my ability to bring it back to center.  So as the calendar flips to a new year, I challenge you to create your year for you….a year chock full of goals and successes, or a year to simply breathe in the simplicity and to leave the challenges behind for a little while.
And as we close 2014 and open our hearts to the possibilities that 2015 holds, I leave you with what one of my favorite yoga instructors says to close his classes…. peace and victorious you. Namaste. 
The changes are coming!  The changes are coming!

changecomingChange is good!  And these changes can be extra exciting when our residents, both current and future, will benefit from them! Cambridge is undergoing changes online that will provide convenience for our future residents and few sweet perks for our current residents.

September 2014 will be an exciting month!  Our website will have a complete make-over and internal overhaul that will result in a new, more user-friendly internet experience.  

Cambridge’s future residents will benefit from a more user friendly interface to search for that PERFECT new home, book tours online, chat live with members of the leasing department, and so much more!

Our current residents will have a few added features as well!  Whether you look to try out a new spot, take advantage of some of our Cambridge-only discounts, cash in on that super-sweet-friend-referral program, or a host of other new online features, you too have some new things to look forward too!

What are a few of those new features?

  • Our blog will feature one local business per month, introducing residents to businesses in their area. We’ll even include a promo code for our residents to get a sweet treat at a sweet price.
  • Stay up to date on upcoming vacancies, alerts in your building, when new discounts are posted, and more by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  We will find you where you are!
  • Our improved Cambridge Connections with local discounts
  • Better search capabilities.
  • More photos!!
  • More ways to connect through social media
  • Chat live with our different departments
  • Better user interface

 

Any changes you want to see? We like to keep our residents happy, please send suggestions to yana@cambridgemanagementmgi.com for consideration.

Cambridge is a finalist for an award!  Woot!

Please indulge us for a moment while we take a little moment to brag….

Cambridge was nominated and is now a finalist in the San Diego Business Journal Family Owned Businesses Awards!  We couldn’t be more proud of this incredible team of people that we have surrounding us everyday.  And, while at it’s core, the owners are a mother/daughter team, we truly believe that each member of our team is part of our extended family.  We are ever grateful for this opportunity to even be recognized as a finalist…but we are even more grateful to be walking through life with some of the greatest people, every.single.day.  <3  If you see one of those sweet Cambridge folks walking around, take a moment to congratulate them for all of their hard work!!

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Renter’s Insurance and why it ROCKS!

Do you know what renters insurance is?  You would be surprised to know that  many people don’t know about it and its benefits. Most property management companies these days are starting to require that renters have renters insurance, and most people that have never had it, don’t know much about it, or might have reservations about spending the extra money. Below, I’ll give you the little skinny on it in hopes that everyone starts to realize much renters insurance rocks and is a great thing to have for your own benefit!

Renter’s insurance is incredibly affordable; and more so that most people even realize. The usual price for renters insurance is between $10-$30 dollars depending on how many items you own and their replacement value.  An insurance agent can help you determine the value of your items and you can usually get your insurance set up on the phone in 10-15 mins.

Did you know that renter’s insurance can provide coverage for items and incidents inside and outside of an apartment or rental house?  Crazy right?  It’s not just to cover damages within your rental.  Most renters are usually aware that belongings stolen or damaged within their homes could be covered by renters insurance, but fewer may be aware that items stolen from their cars could be covered too.

(Example: if you leave your laptop in the car and its stolen your renters insurance will cover it)

(Example: if a renter whose child floods an apartment bathroom by leaving water running in a bathtub would likely end up paying out of pocket for the damage if they don’t have that valuable renter’s insurance.)

A landlord’s insurance only covers the structure and does not cover contents, and having that added policy can also cover damages caused by that pesky maintenance issue that arise and may damage your belongings.

Another benefit could be coverage for accidents inside a renter’s homes in which visitors are injured and responsible for the damages. This can be especially important if you throw parties or frequently have guests in your home. And, these policies usually include some no-fault medical coverage for guests. (No-fault coverage means policyholders don’t have to wait for a court decision to determine who’s liable for an in-home accident before claiming the coverage provided by their renters insurance.)

AND… But wait, there’s more!

“(Renters insurance) covers something referred to as ALE, or Additional Living Expenses, should a fire or other calamity require you to live elsewhere,” Lehman says. “If, for example, an apartment is damaged in a fire and your rent was $1,000 a month but you had to live elsewhere that costs $1,100 a month, it would cover the extra $100 for rent up to the policy limits.”

ALE would also cover food, living and clothing costs if you have to leave your home for more than 72 hours during one of these calamities!

Just think of all the possibilities and positives that renters insurance can help you!  If you have any questions or are interested in renter’s insurance there are plenty of agencies.  Our first suggestion is check with your automobile insurance company.  Having both under one policy generally gets added discounts for having those multiple lines of coverage, making it even cheaper!

The moral here?  Go get it!  The small cost that you pay each year gets you a TON of coverage and a TON of piece of mind.

Behind the Red Door

The symbolism of the color ‘red’ has transcended time, culture and ecology. Mother Nature even uses it to say, “Hey! Notice Me! …I standout for a reason.” Our western culture uses it to make important objects and structures stand apart and be discernible, such as stop lights or signs. Adaptations from the East have fused together the ideal that a red front door is good luck. So naturally, you can imagine why a restaurant named “The Red Door” physically and metaphorically tells native San Diegan and visiting restaurateurs, alike, in its undeniably bold shade, “STOP and check me out! Your taste buds just got lucky!”

If you’re looking for a dining experience as brilliant, yet subtly elegant, as the many shades of ‘red,’ venture into the trendy, but understated, neighborhood of Mission Hills. Amongst an array of truly unique and eclectic restaurants and boutiques lies this gem of an eatery.

As you walk into its cozy quarters, life through friendly banter and soft “Mm mms” fill the room.  The perfect place to impress a prospective partner or mingle amongst friends.  Its quaint interior is usually packed to the brim with guests, making reservations on holidays and prime dinning hours is a must.  Otherwise you will miss out!Red Door Restaurant & Wine Bar

The atmosphere teeters between comfortably-casual to semi-formal, with its simple, but chic, décor and front-house layout. But I’ll let you in on a not-so-secret…the real magic happens in the back, where locally grown, family farmed, produce meets masterfully prepared proteins. On a personal note, if you’re a fan of “the other white meat,” I highly recommend ordering the Braised Pork Cheeks for a starter…You’ll wish it never ends. There is also an impressive wine list at your disposal—or I guess in this case I should say at your consumption. And, if you’re having trouble making a selection, the friendly and attentive staff is readily available to help guide you through this culinary excursion.

Let’s not forget dessert! If you can still ingest one more exquisite creation it has to be one of these delicate and decadent pieces of art, made with only the freshest seasonal ingredients.

If you’re mouth isn’t watering by now, let me tell you mine is…and as having experienced this first hand, it’s a must-do for foodies hungry for a taste of San Diego’s finest.

Add it to your bucket list, tell Siri to bookmark it… it’s that good! If you’re in love with food like I am, then you should never settle for run-of-the-mill. So treat yourself! You deserve it. Make it a monthly routine? Meet style, sophistication, innovation and flavor all at the same place: “The Red Door.”

Bentley’s Story

Bentley….oh Mr. Bentley.  He came to us almost five years ago through a wonderful woman in Spring Valley that has dedicated her time to rescuing these amazing dogs from the local animal shelters.  These amazing life-long friends are deemed “un-adoptable” by the local shelters because of injuries or illnesses that no one wants to spend money to repair.  Most of these injuries or illnesses are correctable, and most of these animals are rescued right off of the euthanization table by this wonderful woman.

And such was the case of this little dude.

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Bentley was found wandering the streets with a broken leg, flea ridden, and with a broken spirit.  He had been severely abused by his previous owners, and when injured, was turned loose on the streets.  He was picked up and taken to the local shelter, and after an assessment, was deemed un-adoptable due to his injuries.  They didn’t think anyone would want him or want to pay to repair his broken leg.  They feared he would need surgery and this is money they don’t want to spend.

Enter Penny.  Dogs are her passion.  Rescuing them, her job.  She is selfless and cares tremendously about each dog she adopts.  And, because she visits the shelters almost daily, she is able to stop so many faithful pets from being euthanized for no reason.

This is where Bentley’s story begins.

He is taken from the shelter and immediately taken to the vet.  He is poked, prodded, cleaned, vaccinated, swaddled, and sent home for some TLC.  Days later, he returns to the vet for his check up and Penny finds that his leg is on the road to healing.  No surgery needed!

A few more weeks go by and he is good as new.  And the most heartwarming part of this story is how amazing this little guy is.  He is so unbelievably loving and loyal, and he has the most amazing personality.  Everyone who meets him falls in love with him. And you know by looking in his eyes the pain he has endured, and I believe he knows how truly lucky he was that Penny found him.  He would have been killed for no reason…..his injuries were not that severe.

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This is where our story begins.  I adopted Bentley in the summer of 2008 right after his first birthday.  He was scared but he quickly became so attached to me and I to him.  He is without a doubt the most loving, loyal, and spunky little guy, and he immediately melts everyone’s hearts.It is because of him and our 5 other rescue dogs within the Cambridge Family that we are making March “Penny’s Month.”  We are so grateful for the work that she and countless volunteers and foster parents do for these animals.  We want each of our residents to know how important her work is and how much of an impact she is making in each one of these dog’s lives.We will also be collecting dog food, leashes, harnesses, toys, etc. to take and give to the foster homes within her organization.  They truly need any pet related item, no matter how small.  Most dogs are wearing used and hand-me-down items, and she tries to send each pet home with their favorite toy from their foster home.  I still have Bentley’s…….Let’s help give these little guys the happy life they deserve…..
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Energy Efficiency Ideas for Renters

Just because you don’t own your home doesn’t mean that you can’t control your energy costs. Every little bit helps; some may not apply, but everyone can find one or two options. Here are some quick money and energy saving ideas:

  1. Use power strips. Even though they are turned off, many electronics still draw power. Turning off a power strip with a television, dvd player, and multiple video game consoles when not in use can save up to $20 a month just by itself. Consider also using power strips for various electronics chargers (phone, camera, etc.) as well, and turn them off when you’re not charging.
  2. Check your water heater settings. Turning the temperature to the lowest comfortable setting can help save money when heating water.
  3. Replace your air conditioner and/or furnace filters every 3 months. This ensures that the unit is receiving clean air (and so are you!) and improves their efficiency.
  4. Use ceiling fans instead of your air conditioner. If you have them, fans cost just pennies to run compared to air conditioners (both central and wall/window units). If your home doesn’t have good natural air flow, putting box fans in your windows (facing into the room) in the evenings can help draw cool air in from the outside to cool the room.
  5. Use energy efficient bulbs. They have improved drastically over the last few years, no longer requiring 5-10 minutes to come to full brightness. Some types even will operate in dimmable fixtures without flickering.
  6. Use blinds to help control the temperature of your home. During the hot summer months, keep blinds closed during the day to keep your home cooler. Do the opposite during the winter – open your blinds to allow the sun to warm it up. Using heavy curtains over your blinds will help keep the warm air in as well. If you have a room or two with bright West or South sun in the afternoon, consider investing in curtains with a thermal backing to help keep everything cooler.
  7. If you find that you have a draft coming in under your doors, use door snakes or rolled up towels to keep the air from coming in. Another, more permanent, option is installing weatherstripping around the door.
  8. Clean your refrigerator. Cleaning the coils on the back of your refrigerator every so often keeps the appliance running optimally. (How to)

What have you implemented in your rented apartment or home to help conserve energy?