The market did collapse in the early 1990s, but that was in response to an economic meltdown that resulted in 700,000 job losses across Los Angeles and Orange counties, many of them in the once-powerful aerospace sector. And the Valley was heavily invested in that industry. Kyser and others note that the economy is growing now and, in the Valley, is more broad-based than in the past. “Now you could add in international trade and a non-defense-related tech industry that is growing very rapidly,” Kyser said. And while inventory is now building toward a normal level, housing demand remains strong. Among the negatives: Interest rates are on the rise, and first-time buyers are having to stretch their finances as never before. Before this year started, 2006 was expected to be a year in which there will be fewer single-family house sales than the 12,786 in 2005 – which were the fourth-highest total since 1988. And even if this year ends up with a sales total similar to the 11,545 in 1997, it will still be a pretty good year.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORE‘Mame,’ ‘Hello, Dolly!’ composer Jerry Herman dies at 88 This year began with sales falling an annual 31.6 percent to their lowest level since 1997. That’s causing market watchers to expect price increases to temper in 2006. But the situation is still not all that good for house hunters hoping for a great buying opportunity, even though sellers now need to be more realistic in setting their sales price. “We don’t really see the median coming down. If we had a really depressed market, you could see the median start coming down, and I just don’t think that’s going to happen,” said Jim Link, executive vice president of the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors. Neither does Jack Kyser, chief economist at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp. Prices will likely move sideways, with appreciation rates finally retreating into the single-digit range by summer. It’s definitely a residential real estate market in transition, and the move is from strong to normal. This will likely be the year when the typical home in San Fernando Valley neighborhoods costs half a million bucks. — The Good Life, 2005 Turns out that was a conservative expectation. The median price of a previously owned single-family house in the San Fernando Valley started last year at $521,000 and in the ensuing 12 months gained $84,000, or 16.1 percent, to reach $605,000. That’s a level that was practically unfathomable when this millennium started. And a typical condominium now costs as much as or more than a house did several years ago. But there is one big difference between then and now. Home prices are generally higher than the Valley’s median in Calabasas, where this 110-house development, Mont Calabasas, is located. Photo by Tina Burch / Staff Photographer
Air sealing and insulating are a great first step, but switching fuels is a lot quicker and easier. I’ll do the insulating after I get a bonus check!I was standing in the cold on a dark December night, pouring diesel fuel from a five-gallon jug into the side of my house, when it really clicked: Houses consume a huge amount of oil. I had always gotten uptight about gas mileage in my cars and trucks (I had a full-size Ford pickup at the time) but, until that cold night, how much our houses gobble up had never really hit home. Five gallons would maybe be enough to make it through the night, but it was about 10° outside and I had two young children inside. So I made a few trips to the gas station and back, pondering all the gas I was chugging into the side of my house.Thousands of people pour hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel into their houses every year. Actually, we burn five billion gallons of fuel oil every year (or we did in 2001).Switching to biodiesel was an easy way for my family to cut our carbon footprint and our foreign oil consumption. Even though it’s a 20% blend of biodiesel, my wife and I feel 80% better about our carbon emissions.Biofuel cost a bit more than regular fuel oil but we don’t really care. Regular fuel oil is bad — biodiesel is better. When the price of oil skyrocketed, the extra premium paid for biodiesel was barely noticeable. And it feels a heck of a lot better to see the oil truck with big green leaves on the side pull up to top us off.To find a dealer, I searched the listing at biodiesel.org. Hale Hill Farm was one of the closest (Bantam Fuel is closer, but they don’t sell 20% blends, only 5%), so we called Hale Hill. Even though we’re a little ways away, they deliver to us because they want to spread the word.The first time the delivery driver came, he had a look at our system to make sure the fuel was compatible with our boiler, lines, and tank; gave the thumbs up; and started pumping. The service is excellent, the drivers friendly, and the office staff pleasant. What an interesting way to do business…—Dan Morrison is managing editor of GreenBuildingAdvisor.com.
The BJP-led coalition government in Assam has purchased biographies of Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh ideologue Deen Dayal Upadhyaya worth ₹1.6 crore after coming to power in May 2016.Replying to a question by Congress MLA Debabrata Saikia in the 126-member Assembly on Wednesday, Cultural Affairs Minister Keshab Mahanta said the government bought 4,000 copies of the 15-volume Hindi biography for libraries across the State. The total number of books works out to 60,000. The Directorate of Libraries spent ₹1.6 crore for the purchase on the advice of Cultural Affairs Department, he added.Delhi-based publisher The biography has been brought out by a Delhi-based publisher, the Minister said.“We have not purchased biographies of any iconic person other than Deen Dayal Upadhyaya,” Mr. Mahanta, who represents the BJP’s regional ally Asom Gana Parishad, said.The AGP, ironically, has been vocal about the BJP’s bid to “impose” anything related to RSS and Hindutva on the “people of Assam”. The party had opposed the Sarbananda Sonowal government’s decision to name 12 new colleges in the State after Deen Dayal Upadhyaya in August last year.
VANCOUVER — A man who attended an “Arabian Nights” gala held by a private school in Vancouver says no one besides Justin Trudeau attended in skin-darkening makeup, but no one else there was dressed as Aladdin.Wayne Hamill, who is white, says he doesn’t recall anyone expressing any offence over Trudeau’s costume or “brownface” makeup at the time.Hamill went to the 2001 party because his kids were West Point Grey Academy students and he says the future Liberal leader’s costume was in keeping with the theme and others were dressed as belly dancers or wearing saris or veils.He says he’s not a Trudeau supporter but he believes the uproar over a photograph showing Trudeau made up in brownface is unfair because it’s applying today’s standards to yesterday’s context.Trudeau has apologized for the image and others that have emerged of him wearing skin-darkening makeup, saying he had a blind spot because of his privilege and he deeply regrets behaviour he now recognizes as racist.He says in his 2014 book, “Common Ground,” that teaching at West Point Grey Academy gave him new insights into the “privileged lives” of private-school students that he didn’t glean from his own advantaged upbringing.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 20, 2019.The Canadian Press
LookToTheStars.org recently talked to UNICEF ambassador Priyanka Chopra about Miss America, family time and self-confidence.As Miss World 2000, how did you feel when Americans jeered at South-Asian Nina Davuluri for being an “Arab terrorist,” when she was crowned Miss America?It’s awful. It’s beyond horrific for me—she was raised and brought up in America. She is an American.I understand where some people could be coming from — Nina is not that quintessential White American girl. But, that’s not what America is anymore. It’s so many different cultures. So many different people.I think it is victory for Nina, and so many other people, and so many other ethnicities, who are raised and brought up in America: to see a little part of themselves on stage.It’s great the achievement Nina has had, and I wish her so much success.How important is dinnertime with the family?I never get time — I try and make as much time with the family as I can.Dinnertime is very, very important. It roots you. It grounds you. It gives you a feeling that you know there is someone you can fall back on.Tell me about your self-initiated It’s cool to repeat [clothes] campaign on Twitter.Everybody’s flawed in some way or another. Nobody can be perfect. And everybody will have an opinion about you differently.First and foremost, you need to accept the fact that you are flawed. And that’s what makes your beautiful.It’s cool to be yourself. Be whatever you want to be. The important thing about how to do that is to not care about what people think — it’s the hardest thing to do.We live in a society where every one will judge you. And every one has an opinion about you. But, accept yourself — it took me years to be able to do that. I had peer pressure.Accept who you are. It takes experience. It takes acceptance.It shouldn’t make you hardened — “I don’t care what people say.” I mean, it’s important to care. (You live in a society where no man is an island.) But, it shouldn’t change what you are intrinsically.If you could tell all the youth of the world one thing, what would it be?Own it.There are so many people telling you what’s cool and what’s not. There are so many people telling you what’s right, and if you speak like this, if wear this, if you like this, if you listen to this type of music, you’re cooler.But, we need to reach a point where we sit back — by ourselves — and say, “You know what? So, what if people don’t like blah-blah-blah musician? I do!” And it’s fine.Our choices should not define what we are, or what we are capable of being. We need to start saying that: “It’s my choice for now. I can change it tomorrow. It’s cool to be me.”People just need to stop being embarrassed about whoever, whatever they are.LookToTheStars.org thanks Priyanka for taking the time to talk to us.Copyright ©2013Look to the Stars