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California Housing Affordability Drops to Lowest Level in 10 Years
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California Housing Affordability Drops to Lowest Level in 10 Years

California’s housing affordability hit a 10-year low as tight housing inventory drove home prices higher and reduced purchasing power for homebuyers in the third quarter, primarily in previously more affordable regions such as the Inland Empire and Central Valley, the Arcadia Association of Realtors said today. The percentage of home buyers who could afford to…

SoCalGas Encourages Customers to Take Advantage of Energy Efficiency Rebates to Save Money this Winter
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SoCalGas Encourages Customers to Take Advantage of Energy Efficiency Rebates to Save Money this Winter

Smart thermostats and other devices can help keep costs down Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) today issued a reminder about available smart thermostat and appliance rebates that give customers cash back while helping keep natural gas bills low.  Temperatures in Southern California typically turn cooler in November and can remain cold through March.  Lower temperatures are usually…

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The Coolest Place in Pasadena: Pasadena Ice Skating Center

By Emily G. Peters For many, the start of November signifies the official sanction for holiday music and decorations. An alternative for some holiday cheer? A spin around Pasadena Ice Skating Center. Standing sentinel in Pasadena since 1976, the center was remodeled in 2011 and now resides beneath a snowy tent on the grounds of…

California Housing Market Eases into Fall Homebuying Season
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California Housing Market Eases into Fall Homebuying Season

California’s housing market eased into the fall homebuying season as seasonally adjusted sales rose both month-to-month and year-to-year in September, the Arcadia Association of Realtors said today. Closed escrow sales of existing, single-family detached homes in California remained above the 400,000 benchmark for the past 18 months and totaled a seasonally adjusted annualized rate of 436,920…

Storiad Gives Indie Authors a Fighting Chance
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Storiad Gives Indie Authors a Fighting Chance

By Emily G. Peters Here’s a story of a man named Ramzi Hajj—and his determination to give independent authors a shot at success. Together with web developer wiz Nathan Tyler, the pair founded Storiad: a platform designed to solve marketing woes for writers. The software allows authors (and publishers) to customize bookselling campaigns step-by-step, saving…

California Pending Home Sales Stall for Third Straight Month in September
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California Pending Home Sales Stall for Third Straight Month in September

California pending home sales dwindled for the third consecutive month, suggesting that the housing market will slow as the end of the year winds down, the Arcadia Association of Realtors said today. Entering the fall home-buying season, the housing market momentum waned as Realtors reported slower open house traffic and listing appointments. Client presentations also fell…

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Ralphs “Re-opens” Arcadia Store with New Upscale Look 50-Year Old Store Aims for Competitive Edge

By Al Stewart The long awaited official “Grand re-Opening” of the Ralphs supermarket on Foothill Blvd. in Arcadia was mostly business usual, but a gathering of store employees in the parking lot for a mid-morning pep-talk hinted that something was stirring at the old store. Clad in their matching crisp black polo shirts, and beaming…

Welcome Home to Charlie’s House
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Welcome Home to Charlie’s House

By Emily G. Peters Walking into Charlie’s House in Old Town Monrovia feels like strolling into the home of your most stylish, hospitable friend. And it should—owner Kristin Miller runs the gift and home decor boutique independently, with a little help from her husband and parents. The result reflects Miller’s talent for warm, airy interior…

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Monsieur Crêpe Brings French Cafe Culture to L.A.

By Emily G. Peters Near the base of the “Village of the Foothills,” French bistro Monsieur Crêpe is bringing a little piece of Paris to the sidewalks of Sierra Madre. To chef Aurelien “Tony” Mosconi, the hamlet’s evolving food scene is about as close to European cafe culture as you can get in Los Angeles….

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