Sitterle earns top honor from San Antonio homebuilder organization

The San Antonio Board of Realtors (SABOR) has named Sitterle Homes its 2011 Builder of the Year.

The award recognizes Sitterle’s work with the local real estate brokerage community throughout the year — including fundraisers for SABOR’s Council of Residential Specialists. Sitterle is also a sponsor of the real estate organization’s Heroes Welcome Home event, which benefits the Wounded Warrior Project and the Family Support Center.

“This year, we focused on collaborating with Realtors to help strengthen San Antonio’s housing market,” says Sitterle Homes President Frank Sitterle…

Buffalo Wings & Rings makes debut in San Antonio

A Cincinnati-based eatery is spreading its wings, and its rings, to San Antonio.

Buffalo Wings & Rings will debut in the Alamo City on Dec. 14. The restaurant will occupy 6,500 square feet of space in the Cornerstone Shopping Center at 203 N. Loop 1604 West, in far North San Antonio.

The franchisee for the local BW&R is father-and-son team Eduardo Amezcua and Eddie Amezcua Jr. The duo also own and operate the BW&R in the South Texas city of Del Rio.

The local restaurant will be only the second in the 52-store chain to feature the “Next Generation G3” prototype for Buffalo Wings & Rings — a look that is meant to inspire group gatherings, according to Roger David, president and CEO of BW&R…

Pacific Continental expects Q4 loss

Pacific Continental said Monday it expects a loss of 2 to 7 cents per share in the fourth quarter.

Eugene-based Pacific Continental Corp. said in a press release that the loss will stem from write-downs of real estate loans and expected loan loss provisions for Q4 of $6 million to $7 million, up from $1.8 million in the third quarter.

The company said it still expects to post net income for the full year.

In the third quarter, Pacific Continental reported net income of $2.6 million, or 14 cents per share…

Liberty Property buys Washington office building from Glenborough

Malvern-based Liberty Property Trust has bought a Washington office building, sister publication the Washington Business Journal is reporting.

Liberty (NYSE:LRY) paid Glenborough LLC $50 million, or $340 per square foot, for 1100 17th St. The company “plans to redevelop the property in the future but will concentrate in the short term on leasing the building’s 53,827 square feet of vacant space,” which is about a third of the site.

Last month Liberty started work on a $72 million medical office building at 8th and Walnut streets in Philadelphia for Penn Medicine.

San Antonio Museum extends Friday, Saturday evening hours

Friday night, Asian art, a glass of wine — all on the San Antonio River Walk?

Yes, please.

In response to visitor requests for later weekend hours — and the growing cultural and social scene on the Museum Reach portion of the river — The San Antonio Museum of Art has extended its Friday and Saturday hours until 9 p.m.

In the past, SAMA has closed at 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.

Now, guests can take in new exhibits such as “5,000 Years of Chinese Jade,” grab some French bistro fare and a beverage at Cafe des Artistes, until long after the sun goes down…

Baptist Health System eliminating more than 100 positions

San Antonio has survived the harsh economy better than a number of other cities across the country, but there is evidence here, even within health care — the Alamo City’s leading industry — of economic wounds.

Officials with Baptist Health System, which operates several hospitals in San Antonio, say the economy is to blame for a workforce reduction that will impact dozens of its employees.

Baptist says it is eliminating and consolidating some positions. That restructuring affects 118 Baptist employees…

How Hiring Professional Cleaners Improves the Quality of Cleaning and Improves Work Performance

While many praise multi-tasking, in truth multi-tasking is a question of quality verses quantity. I know an employer and on every job interview he asks the interviewee, “If you have 3 tasks to do and each task takes an hour but you only have 2 hours to do them what do you do?” The common answer (and the one that denies them the job) is “I try to do them in 2 hours.” The right answer is, “I do 2 of them and I do the 3rd one at a later time.” What this question reveals is an important outlook: Are you interested in making sure the job is done correctly and be a little delayed or are you interested in just making sure the job is done within the correct time frame but with low quality. Or to put it more simply, “Are you more interested in the quality of the work or the quantity of the work?” Certain jobs take time to do and rushing through them doesn’t improve work performance. Or to quote my father, “Nine pregnant women can’t have a baby in a month.”

We know that talking on a phone while driving causes more accidents and driver worse than drivers who don’t multi-task (all else being equal). Research supports the idea that multi-tasking reduces work performance.  A study published in the American Psychological Society’s Journal of Experimental Psychology: Human Perception and Performance found that people who multitask are actually less productive than those who focus on one project at a time. More specifically, the research discovered that people actually lose time when they must switch from one task to another.

According to David Meyer, one of the three researchers who led the study and whose ongoing research on multitasking as a psychology professor at the University of Michigan continues to be highlighted by the media worldwide:  “Trying to do two or three things at once or in quick succession can take longer overall than doing them one at a time and may leave you with reduced brainpower to perform each task.” Meyer and his fellow researchers refer to this downtime as the “switch cost,” which, they say, occurs in two distinct stages: goal shifting (I want to do this instead of that) and rule activation (I’m turning off the rules for that task and switching them on for this one).

Research published by the National Institute of Mental Health not only supports these findings, but also shows that the time lapse is longer when subjects are asked to immediately switch back to a task they were performing than when they are allowed to wait a bit longer, which means more costly downtime for employers. And according to Meyer’s co-researcher Joshua Rubinstein, no industry is immune: “If you went in to an industry and identified a bunch of tasks that people in that industry do, you could very easily estimate what the losses were from having employees go through these shifts between tasks.”

According to Meyer, “Not being able to concentrate for, say, tens of minutes at a time, may mean it’s costing a company as much as 20 percent to 40 percent.” What this means is that that by asking workers to take time out of their day to clean as opposed to hiring professional cleaners doesn’t end up saving money since the result is longer hours (more pay) and/or work performance which results in attracting less customers to your business.

If you are interested in having your office cleaned, it’s best to hire professional cleaners to clean your building. If you are interested in having your office cleaned, please contact Champion Cleaning Solutions for a free estimate via email.

How to Know Which Green Cleaning Products Are Best?

It seems since the documentary, An Inconvenient Truth going green has been all the rage. Many companies are now offering green cleaning products and cleaning companies are offering green cleaning.

Green cleaning is important for one’s health and the environment, but before buying environmentally friendly cleaning products it’s important to know that the green cleaning products one will use actually work and are really environmentally friendly and not just advertising that they are.  The following are criteria I recommend using to know which products are really green and which products actually clean:

Ingredients:

It’s important when looking for green cleaning supplies to find environmentally friendly cleaning solutions that contain as few ingredients as possible. And also with as few ingredients that sound like they are scientific names and unpronounceable chemicals in them as possible. The more natural the ingredients are (as opposed to synthetically created ingredients) the better.

Green cleaning products don’t have to list what ingredients are in their products since listing them would give away their “secret formula.” Though green cleaning products don’t have to mention the ingredients they contain, there are green cleaning products which do. It’s best to only use green cleaning products that list the ingredients they use; this is because if you know what are in the products, you can find out if the cleaning solutions are actually green and can actually clean. Also, if a cleaning manufacturer cares about providing environmentally friendly products (as opposed to selling green cleaning because they are popular with consumers) than they wouldn’t feel the need to have a “secret formula” but would want their consumers to know that the products they are buying are actually green. After all, if a cleaning product is hiding what the product contains there is probably a reason why. It’s important to be a little skeptical when looking for green cleaning supplies.

When looking at the ingredients of green cleaning products it’s important to make sure that the products have materials that don’t hurt the ozone, to make sure the ingredients are biodegradable, contain no bleach, no phosphates, no (or at least very low) VOCs (volatile organic compounds), no substances that come from petroleum, but use renewable resources instead, no added dyes (except for safety reasons). It’s also important to make sure that the products don’t have any added fragrances (just because a product smell clean doesn’t mean it is. Added scents are put into products to portray added cleanliness, but in reality, a clean scent doesn’t make something cleaner than something that lacks a clean smell).

 

Packaging:

Though a clean smell doesn’t mean something is clean, in the case of green cleaning it’s important to judge a book by its cover. It’s important to make sure that the packaging of the product is recyclable. After all, if a product really cares about the environment wouldn’t they want to make the product come in a recyclable packaging?

Another thing to look for is if the cleaning product comes in a concentrated formula where you add water and does the package have instructions for how much water to add? Also, does the product come with refillable bottles and if so does the package mention how to buy refills?

Other Important Things to Look For:

 

Price-It’s best to check out similar green cleaning products and if a product costs more than other similar products, it’s best to find out why. Why pay for than you need to? If a product seems to be expensive, it’s best to know that it’s worth it before hand and to see if the product is integral or if it can be replaced with another similar cleaning solution.

Performance-It’s important to make sure that what you are buying works. Why go on a blind purchase (unless you are sure that the product you’re getting is environmentally friendly and cleans well). It’s important to Google the product and check out reviews to hear what other people have to say before one buys the product.

Another important factor is to make sure that the product wasn’t test on animals; many green cleaning products follow this rule and don’t test their product on animals.

If you are interested in hiring a professional cleaning company that offers green cleaning, make sure the green cleaning products they use are really environmentally friendly and work. Look at the ingredients, check the packaging to make sure the packaging the product uses is recyclable.

Now that you know what to look for when hiring a professional green cleaning company and green cleaning products, the staff at Champion Cleaning Solutions would like to wish you must luck in being happy with the green cleaning products you buy. We hope the green cleaning products do as good a job

(if not better) at cleaning. Good Luck! Continue reading

Gordon Clinton, Seattle mayor during World’s Fair, dies at 91

The mayor of Seattle during the Century 21 World’s Fair in 1962 has died at the age of 91.

Flags on municipal buildings will fly at half staff in honor of Gordon Clinton, who was mayor of the city from 1956 to 1964.

Clinton’s time in office coincided with the planning, construction and operation of the World’s Fair. As time passed, the fair proved to be pivotal to the history of the city, and the event gave the community two of its more beloved icons — the Space Needle and the Seattle Monorail…