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Campaign Contribution Made Following Senator’s Award to Private School

Huff Vows to Return Cash after Abruptly Shuttered School Leaves Students and Teachers Owed Thousands Shortly after being named Small Business of the Year by State Senator Bob Huff, the Montecito Fine Arts College of Design abruptly closed its doors in July, leaving students and teachers alike dumbfounded without pay, and without answers. However, Montecito…

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We're going to quit making our mortgage payments . . ."

I’ve heard that from more than one acquaintance in the last few weeks.  It’s not because they’ve lost a job, or had a medical emergency, it’s just that it doesn’t make sound financial sense to keep making the payments anymore. Defaulting on a mortgage or credit card has become a cool and calculated financial decision,…

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Tutti Frutti Real Estate

Be careful what you wish for . . . Every time I went to Europe on a business trip, I would come home longing for the kind of coffee and pastry delicacies you could find on the streets of Paris.  I would think, “Wouldn’t it be great if we could find just a little of…

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Make Your Guests Feel Like They’re At Home

Every summer, without fail, there is a steady stream of visitors to our house. This means we have a revolving door when it comes to our guest room.  There is nothing more thoughtful than offering up a nice retreat for your visiting friends and family. With this in mind, and a few extra little luxuries,…

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To Carry or Not to Carry, That is the Question . . .

When higher end homes don’t sell for the price sellers want, it’s common for them to put their properties up for lease instead, and ‘wait the market out.’ Here’s an email I received recently: “Hi Dawn, I have a home in Illinois that I had for sale last summer that didn’t sell, so I finally…

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Arcadia Police Blotters

For the period of Sunday, July 19 through Saturday, July 25, the Police Department responded to 949 calls for service of which 140 required formal investigations. The following is a summary report of the major incidents handled by the Department during this period.

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Arcadia Wants YOU to Inforce Development Codes

Arcadia’s Development Services Department has an opening for a volunteer in the Code Services Division. Code Services Volunteers provide clerical support and assist the Development Services Staff in ensuring that Arcadia complies with city ordinances. The Code Services Division is responsible for enforcing the Arcadia City Municipal Code and ensuring that all Arcadia residents adhere…

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New State Budget Costs Local Cities

The state has finally come to an agreement and now has a balanced budget. But to what cost to the cities in San Gabriel Valley? California will be taking 2 billion from cities and counties through property tax revenues, plus $1.7 billion from local redevelopment agencies by suspending Prop 1A. Prop 1A was passed in…

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What Lenders Won't Tell you about Short Sales

The short sale business changes every day, every hour, every minute.  We may not have the problems here that many areas do, but no place is untouched from the market. The lenders, investors, collections agencies, government agencies and everyone involved in this mess are still trying to figure out what happened, let alone what is…

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