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1 Oct 2014

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U-T San Diego

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Foundation work for new Port of Long Beach bridge
U-T San Diego
It will help connect the seaports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, which together handle 40 percent of the nation's import trade. The new pilings are the first visible progress on the $1.3 billion bridge. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)The Associated Press.
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1 Oct 2014


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Long Beach Symphony opening 80th season with special tribute, guest conductors
Long Beach Press Telegram
Richard Guzman covers Arts and Entertainment for the Long Beach Press-Telegram, where he writes about art, theater, music and food. He is a graduate of CSU Northridge with a degree in journalism. Richard grew up in Los Angeles and has written about ...
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1 Oct 2014

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Bay Area Indymedia

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ZIM Shanghai Unloads at Port of Long Beach, No BDS Problems
The Jewish Press
The ship sailed on to the Port of Long Beach, which is the second busiest container port in the US, after the Port of Los Angeles which it adjoins. ILWU 10 is currently in a contract battle with the Port of Oakland, and there are claims that the union ...
Zim ship unloads in Long Beach after Oakland protestJOC.com
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30 Sep 2014


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Queen Mary offers new scares at Dark Harbor, opens Thursday in Long Beach
Long Beach Press Telegram
Richard Guzman covers Arts and Entertainment for the Long Beach Press-Telegram, where he writes about art, theater, music and food. He is a graduate of CSU Northridge with a degree in journalism. Richard grew up in Los Angeles and has written about ...
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30 Sep 2014


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Glow-in-the-dark fun run comes to Long Beach's waterfront
Long Beach Press Telegram
Richard Guzman covers Arts and Entertainment for the Long Beach Press-Telegram, where he writes about art, theater, music and food. He is a graduate of CSU Northridge with a degree in journalism. Richard grew up in Los Angeles and has written about ...

30 Sep 2014


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Former Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster joins board of renewable power company
Long Beach Press Telegram
Independent renewable power producer sPower has added an industry heavyweight to its board of directors: former Long Beach Mayor Bob Foster. To become eligible to serve on the board, Foster resigned from the California Independent System Operator ...
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29 Sep 2014


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Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach truck drivers fast, pray to raise awareness
Long Beach Press Telegram
Catholic Priest of the Los Angeles Archdiocese Father William Connor hands bread out on Monday, Sept. 29, 2014 to the truck drivers as they end their fasting which was in protest of the alleged unfair treatment they receive from the trucking companies.

28 Sep 2014


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Long Beach art exhibit looks at male pageantry from a campy point of view
Long Beach Press Telegram
Artist Steven Frost will exhibit a collection of sculptures, paintings and screen prints celebrating male pageantry called Dude Pageant Dude Pageant. The Exhibit at 350 E. 3rd Street in Long Beach is on display till September 30th. Photo by Robert ...

28 Sep 2014


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Thousands turn out for Long Beach Comic and Horror Convention
Long Beach Press Telegram
Nightcrawler of the X-Men visits the sixth annual Long Beach Comic and Horror Convention on Saturday at the Long Beach Convention Center. Nightcrawler's true identity is Roman Santa Croce of Glendale. Photos by Scott Varley -- Staff Photographer.
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26 Sep 2014


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Long Beach fire chief Mike Duree at center of 9/11 controversy
Long Beach Press Telegram
The regatta was at the Long Beach Yacht Club in May. According to the blog post, Duree said, "(a)fter 9/11 ... we (LBFD) were asked to send a team to help with the search at the World Trade Center. I was part of that team. We spent two weeks there ...

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1 Oct 2014


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SoCal housing markets among most overvalued, but at least we're not Austin
Los Angeles Times
Southern California's housing markets are among the most overvalued in the nation, according to a new report. But the closest thing in this country to a housing bubble is actually in Texas. That's according to figures out Wednesday from real estate ...
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29 Sep 2014

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Billboard

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Beyonce & Jay Z Moving to L.A.? 6 Reasons We Hope It's True
Billboard
Jay Z is New York through and through, growing up in Brooklyn and writing "Empire State of Mind," an epic ode to his hometown. And even though Beyonce started out in Houston, she's made NY her home since marrying Jay in 2008 -- and her initials are ...
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29 Sep 2014


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Small businesses in SoCal increasingly optimistic, survey finds
Los Angeles Times
Government taxes and regulations at the state level were also troublesome, as was the cost of real estate and facilities. Half of the survey respondents said they were located in Los Angeles County. More than a third hailed from Orange County or San Diego.

28 Sep 2014


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Tejon Ranch targets commercial development for growth
Los Angeles Times
Today, Tejon Ranch Co. is a real estate development and agribusiness company trying to take commercial advantage of the roughly 10% of its land that is available for development, including a prime location along the Interstate-5 corridor. The rest is ...
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24 Sep 2014

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Lawns Get a Coat of Paint Amid Drought
KCET
With a lingering drought in California and no sign of rain on the horizon, many homeowners are turning to inexpensive alternatives to transform patches of brown into lush green lawns. For the Lawn Paint Pros, the drought has contributed to an increase ...

24 Sep 2014


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KTGY Earns Recognition for Design Excellence & Innovation in SoCal Awards
RealEstateRama (press release)
IRVINE, CALIF. September 24, 2014 (RealEstateRama) KTGY Group, Inc., Architecture + Planning is pleased to announce that KTGY's wide range of capabilities in single-family detached and multifamily for-sale architectural designs have been ...

22 Sep 2014


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High-volume dealer sues after Mitsubishi sells SoCal site
Automotive News
Mitsubishi, which owned the dealership's real estate, sold the property to a third-party real estate developer, according to Ahmadi's suit. The deal effectively terminates his dealer agreement, according to the suit, and Ahmadi has been unable to ...

18 Sep 2014


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Man Stole More Than $200000 Worth of Jewelry in Open House Burglary: SoCal ...
KTLA
She told KTLA she was talking to her real estate agent when she heard the front door open, but never saw anyone come in. "I said to the agent, I said 'someone came in the house,' and so she went to look in the foyer, and then she looked up the stairs ...

11 Sep 2014


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Southern California housing market downshifts in August
Los Angeles Times
Home prices in Southern California hit their highest level in nearly seven years this summer, but those gains are slowing down. The median price of a house sold in the six-county Southland climbed to $420,000 in August, according to figures released ...
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4 Sep 2014

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89.3 KPCC (blog)

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Chinese home builders cross over into SoCal
89.3 KPCC (blog)
Chinese nationals have made a splash in the U.S. housing market as they look to invest in overseas real estate. Now Chinese home builders are trying to make their mark in the U.S. in their quest for new customers. One of them, Landsea Group, said it ...
Chinese builder Landsea to invest $1 billion in US housing marketLos Angeles Times
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1 Oct 2014


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Chinese investors remain an X Factor for the US housing market
Housing Wire (blog)
But foreign buyers do have a large impact on specific markets, pricing some domestic buyers out of the market, but also bringing welcome relief to coastal California homeowners stuck in upside-down mortgages. In the Bay Area, roughly 25-30% of ...
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1 Oct 2014


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More Evidence Against Interest: LA Mortgages 2003 v. 2006
VDARE.com
In the 2003 map of mortgages, with whites=blue and Latinos=red, you'll notice that lots of Southern California whites took out mortgages that year. After that as prices went up, they cut way back. But as the 2006 map shows, Hispanics kept piling on the ...

30 Sep 2014


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Four California Residents Sentenced In Connection With Foreclosure Scheme
Mortgageorb
The defendants told homeowners that for a substantial upfront payment and a monthly fee, they would save the homeowners' residences from foreclosure by arranging for investors to purchase their existing mortgage at a discounted price or would reduce ...
Roseville resident, three others sentenced in mortgage fraud schemeModesto Bee
Foreclosure rescue scheme criminals sentencedCentral Valley Business Times
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30 Sep 2014

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Bloomberg

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Hispanic Borrowers Diminishing in California Housing
Bloomberg
Hispanic borrowers like Ramos have been shut out of the two-year housing recovery more than other groups in California, denying them the chance to rebuild wealth through homeownership. The Hispanic share of the market for mortgages to buy homes fell ...
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18 Sep 2014

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California Man Convicted for Multi-Million 'Mortgage Loan Reduction' Scam
DSNews.com
A California man was convicted on several counts of fraud relating to a mortgage scam earlier in the week, Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program (SIGTARP) Christy Romero announced earlier this week. Alan David Tikal, 46, ...

16 Sep 2014

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Housing Wire

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California man found guilty in $5.8 million mortgage fraud scheme
Housing Wire
Alan David Tikal, 46, of Brentwood, California, was convicted yesterday on 11 counts of mail fraud and one count of money laundering in a mortgage fraud scheme through which he stole $5.8 million in fees and monthly payments from struggling homeowners ...

16 Sep 2014

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Wall Street Journal

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In California, a Novel Use of Eminent Domain Hits Headwinds
Wall Street Journal
Morris LeGrande and Scott Barker would both benefit from a radical plan being eyed here to use the power of eminent domain to slash their home mortgages. Yet the two homeowners occupy opposite ends of a debate over who should take responsibility for ...
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16 Sep 2014


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California to Sell $110M of GOs for Vet Mortgages
Bond Buyer
California to Sell $110M of GOs for Vet Mortgages. by Tonya Chin. SEP 16, 2014 12:54pm ET. The state of California is planning to sell $110 million of general obligation bonds for the state's Department of Veterans Affairs mortgage loan program in a ...
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10 Sep 2014


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California Retroactively Extends Mortgage Debt Forgiveness Tax Relief, But ...
JD Supra (press release)
At the end of July, the California state legislature enacted an extension of its modified conformity to federal mortgage debt forgiveness tax relief for 1 year, through 2013. The law allows exclusion of income realized as a result of debt reduction on ...

8 Sep 2014

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California Trial Places Mortgage Blame on Bankers
Truthdig
In an "unprecedented" trial that challenges the Obama administration's official position on who was responsible for the 2008 financial meltdown, a Sacramento jury in late August thwarted a federal prosecutor's effort to charge borrowers with mortgage ...

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