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1 Sep 2015


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Long Beach passes water conservation goal for 3rd consecutive month
Long Beach Press Telegram
John Louis Rodriguez, 2, plays around water sprinklers at Heartwell Park in Long Beach, Calif., on Thursday, April 2, 2015. California Gov Jerry Brown on Wednesday, April 1, ordered a mandatory 25 percent overall cutback in water use by cities and ...
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1 Sep 2015


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A farewell to The Pizz, Long Beach's 'zeitgeistically poignant' artist
Long Beach Press Telegram
The Pizz's last artistic statement was a bleak black and white photo of an unmade bed in a Long Beach hotel room near the airport. Its sheets and blankets twisted and bunched, a sign of a restless sleep, perhaps, or maybe just staged to look like it ...

1 Sep 2015


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Labor Day events happening in Long Beach this weekend
Long Beach Press Telegram
66th Annual Long Beach Greek Festival: The three-day festival includes carnival rides for kids, Greek food , authentic Greek dance groups, vendor booths, cooking lessons and more. Noon to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Assumption of the ...
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1 Sep 2015


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Job seekers invited to Long Beach career fair
Long Beach Press Telegram
Several local companies will participate in a career fair in Long Beach Sept. 17 at the Holiday Inn at the Long Beach Airport. Positions the companies will be hiring for include sales representatives, account executives, retail managers, customer ...

31 Aug 2015


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Long Beach 2nd District City Council race gets contender
Long Beach Press Telegram
East Village Association President Joen Garnica on Friday filed paperwork to run for the seat the represents a diverse area that encompasses the Port of Long Beach, part of downtown and Alamitos Beach. Garnica, a Long Beach native and small business ...
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31 Aug 2015


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Long Beach council wants info on paramedic changes
Long Beach Press Telegram
Three Long Beach council members are formally asking for information on how City Hall and the Fire Department will cope with a county agency's demand to cancel a program in which the city sought to save funds by replacing some highly trained ...
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31 Aug 2015


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Bicyclist killed by big rig on Terminal Island Freeway in Long Beach
Long Beach Press Telegram
A bicyclist died early Monday morning after being hit by a semi-trailer truck while illegally riding across the northbound lanes of the 103 Freeway, Long Beach police reported. The accident was reported shortly after midnight Monday morning. Los ...
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30 Aug 2015


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Assistance League of Long Beach celebrates 75 years
Long Beach Press Telegram
At a tea in her living room, she presented her dream to 50 of her friends who enthusiastically supported it, and the Long Beach chapter of the national Assistance League was born. From that modest beginning, the Assistance League of Long Beach marked ...

30 Aug 2015


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Long Beach to consider anti-mansionization proposal, medical marijuana Tuesday
Long Beach Press Telegram
The draft ordinance would allow up to 18 dispensaries to operate in Long Beach, subject to restrictions. Marijuana dispensaries would be required to apply for conditional use permits and operate 1,500 feet from high schools. The draft ordinance would ...

30 Aug 2015


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Long Beach's Joan Van Blom, rowing legend, dies of brain cancer at 62
Long Beach Press Telegram
A two-time winner of the Century Club's Keith Cordes Award for best promotion of the city through sports, he is also the author of a book, Football in Long Beach, available through the History Press. Reach the author at mike.guardabascio@langnews.com ...
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1 Sep 2015

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Cracking the Cartel
The New Republic
For 80 years, the Heisman Trophy has been awarded annually to the college football player "whose performance best exhibits the pursuit of excellence with integrity." Athletes from the University of Southern California, my alma mater, have won six: the ...
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31 Aug 2015


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REP. NAPOLITANO HOLDS FORUM ON SOCAL'S WATER FUTURE
RealEstateRama (press release)
Today's forum grew out of the water workshop held two years ago at Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Headquarters and coincided with the State Water Resources Control Board's announcement of conservation numbers for July 2015, ...

28 Aug 2015

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Los Angeles Times

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Will Wall Street turmoil affect Southern California housing market?
Los Angeles Times
And there's another threat: Much of the blame for the stock market turmoil has been on the weakening economy in China, where investors flush with cash have become the largest source of overseas buyers for Southern California residential real estate.

26 Aug 2015


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SoCal division leader chosen as Vacaville's next fire chief
TheReporter.Com
... his wife both agreed Velasquez was right. Weeks before his interview with city officials, he flew up to Vacaville to experience the community for himself. He drove around the city and talked to people at bus stops, real estate offices, even iconic ...

18 Aug 2015

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As Sales Climb and Affordability Drops, SoCal Real Estate is Back to "Normal"
Patch.com
The median price of a home in Los Angeles County rose by 4.7 percent in July, compared with the same month a year ago, while the number of homes sold jumped by 13.5 percent, a real estate information service announced today. According to CoreLogic ...
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17 Aug 2015

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SoCal landlady caught in legal battle with senior tenants in San Francisco
abc7news.com
The Ellis Act says landlords can evict tenants but only if they take their property off the rental market. ... But now Paganini Hill, who lives in Southern California, wants Flandrich and Maniscalco, the remaining two tenants of the six-unit building, out.

15 Aug 2015

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As Some Head Straight Outta Compton, a Neighborhood Changes--Again
Realtor.com News
Olivia Patterson, a Realtor® in Los Angeles, grew up in nearby South L.A. "We had cousins in Compton," she recalls. ... On the Los Angeles Times' ranking of Southern California neighborhoods by violent crime incidents, Compton comes in at No. 24. Some ...
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10 Aug 2015


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SoCal Real Estate CEO Looking at 220 Years
Courthouse News Service
LOS ANGELES (CN) - A Southern California real estate CEO faces 220 years in prison for 11 counts of mail fraud that bankrupted his company and cost investors $169 million. A federal jury on Friday convicted Michael J. Stewart, 68, of San Clemente ...
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5 Aug 2015

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Auction.com Makes the Record Books with SoCal Deal
Commercial Property Executive
Auction.com has made the largest transaction in the firm's eight-year history and secured a record for the largest online real estate transaction with the sale of Manhattan Towers, a two-building office property in Manhattan Beach, Calif., for $96.1 ...
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20 May 2015

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Los Angeles Times

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SoCal home sales, prices show gains
Los Angeles Times
The price and sales gains in April, reported Tuesday by real estate firm CoreLogic, followed a long cooling-off period after the torrid price gains of two years ago. This spring's market appears more healthy, with prices up a moderate 6.2% from April ...
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1 Sep 2015


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Obama Administration Helps Wall Street Criminals Dodge Accountability
Huffington Post
The announcement concerns a requirement that lenders in HUD's mortgage insurance program certify they haven't been convicted of violating federal antitrust laws or other serious crimes. Citi and JPMorgan in ... Maxine Waters of California and Sen ...

1 Sep 2015


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Fitch Expects to Rate Agate Bay Mortgage Trust 2015-6; Presale Issued
Business Wire (press release)
Geographic Concentration Risk: The pools' primary concentration risk is California, where 49.4% of the properties are located. In addition, the metropolitan areas encompassing, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego and San Jose combine for 42.8% of the ...
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1 Sep 2015


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ReverseVision Spotlights Directors Mortgage for HECM Reverse Mortgage Origination
California Newswire
SAN DIEGO, Calif. /California Newswire/ -- ReverseVision, Inc. is spotlighting a HECM reverse mortgage origination by Oregon-based Directors Mortgage, a Pacific-Northwest focused full service mortgage banking firm, as it illustrates an ideal ...

1 Sep 2015

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Motley Fool

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What the Upcoming Vote at Bank of America Is (and Isn't) About
Motley Fool
And, thanks to its 2008 acquisition of Countrywide Financial, formerly the nation's leading mortgage originator before transforming into a veritable criminal enterprise on the eve of the crisis, Moynihan's five-year reign has consisted largely of ...
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1 Sep 2015

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Amsterdam News

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Study finds racial disparity exists between what black and white borrowers pay ...
Amsterdam News
Cheng and his fellow researchers, Drs. Zhenghou Lin and Yingchun Liu of California State University, Fullerton, found that the rate disparity mainly occurs to young black borrowers with low education, as well as those borrowers whose income and credit ...

1 Sep 2015

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Fox News

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Struggling With Your Mortgage? 7 Programs Can Help
Fox News
Essentially, this program gave money to housing finance agencies in Nevada, Michigan, California, Florida, Arizona, and 13 other states plus the District of Columbia to help those with declining home values who are delinquent on mortgages. State HHFs ...
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27 Aug 2015

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Bankrate.com

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Mortgage rates fall amid wild up-and-down market swings
Bankrate.com
"The huge swings on the equity side have translated into huge swings on our side, which can be a good thing," says Brett Sinnott, vice president of capital markets for CMG Financial, a mortgage banking firm in San Ramon, California. Is your credit ...
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26 Aug 2015

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Press-Enterprise

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California Realtor officials voice concern over PACE financing
San Jose Mercury News
Now the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Federal Housing Administration are discussing giving this type of financing "super lien" priority, making these loans senior to FHA's single-family, first mortgage financing. California ...
REAL ESTATE: FHA to issue guidelines on HERO-type, PACE energy loansPress-Enterprise
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18 Aug 2015


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First Republic Bank: No mortgages for Ellis Act evictions (Video)
San Francisco Business Times (blog)
Still, Paulina Gonzalez, executive director of the California Reinvestment Coalition and a leader of Tuesday's protest, said the bank's statement was "too vague." Specifically, she wants to know what steps the bank will take if someone says on a ...
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18 Aug 2015

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National Mortgage News

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Another California Bank Bets Big on Jumbo Lending
National Mortgage News
Long a powerhouse in multifamily lending, where it ranks among the top five lenders in Southern California, Luther Burbank decided two years ago that it needed to diversify. Jumbo lending was the clear choice since it has been the best performing ...

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