PreserveLA continues to work to reign in overdevelopment in Los Angeles by holding a Valley Townhall Event. The Sunkist Project was presented as one of 3 poster children for developers running rough shod over the cities laws.
The Daily News had an article about the event.
The whole event can be viewed at:
Valley Town Hall Video
The Sunkist Portion is toward the beggining of the video.
Van Nuys Sherman Oaks War Memorial Park has received a huge addition to its fitness offerings.
Over the past 6 months Adult Fitness Equiptment has been installed at the North East Section of the park, across the ball field from the Gym and Pool Complex. The best parking is off Hazeltine Avenue. This equiptment is part of a movement to improve the physical fitness of adults and make 40+ parks throughout the city more usable for Adults. Some of the equipment is manufactured by GameTime Company.
The city has found this fitness equiptment to be very economical costing approximately $75,000 for the 14 pieces of equiptment currently in place. Funding came from a private donation as well as from the newly reassigned councilman Tom Labonge as well as from the L.A. Parks Foundation. Councilman Labonge has always been a strong proponent of the city parks. Personally I use the equiptment several days a week and always find it to be highly utilized.
The Parks Department hopes to increase the offerings for adults at the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park most efficiently utilizing the 70 Acres of land set out in the Heart of Sherman Oaks. This gives people many people the opportunity to workout in the outdoors, and free of charge.
The park already features a walking path with either a short track or an extended track around the exterior of the park as well as a large pool, gym and the newly constructed senior complex at the NorthWest end of the park of Van Nuys. I believe this is one of the most completely used public assets in the city. There are always people playing sports, walking exercising, swimming and many other activities available here in Sherman oaks. In the past year the park has seen the installation of a universally accessible playground by Shane’s Inspiration which is designed to give children of all physical abilities the chance to play together.
When looking for a great park to visit, keep in mind the Van Nuys Sherman Oaks Park VNSO and stop by in Sherman Oaks.
Blair Thompson lives in the neighborhood and is a Real Estate Broker with Wish Sotheby’s International Realty located in Sherman Oaks.
BOA goes on massive Overseas Hiring Binge to replace “laid off US workers”.
The US spent Billions bailing out the banks from a mess that they created with sub-prime mortgages, risky investment strategies, and overcompensated executives. So giving thanks for that bailout BOA fired most of the US call center, it cannot be to a lack of need considering the huge number of foreclosures (which are very labor intensive), the very lenghty and convoluted negotiations involved in short sales, and the extremely more difficult to obtain loans. Continue reading
IDEAS worth spreading!
My newest favorite site or source of entertainent/education/information. Ted talks is a non-profit organization which endeavors to “bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes or less).” I have found the talks to give me: Unexpected connections. Extraordinary insights. Powerful inspiration.
The speakers come from every walk of life: the famous movie director J.J. Abrams speaking about the subtle moments of movie making, Jil Bolte Taylor – A Harvard Brain Researcher who had the ultimate research opportunity suffering a stroke herself, to the poignant John Hodgeman who brings together the existence of Aliens to falling in Love. Continue reading
These are some of my favorite video bloggers that have a daily blog covering mortgage and real estate related content. They can be very wacky but they take some pretty dry content and make it interesting. This particular post talks about a pilot program that Bank of America (BOA) started a while ago. It has gone so well that I hear from several different reliable sources that they are going to expand it into a full blown program and particularly here in the Southland. And the rumor is that many other lending institutions will follow suit. Watch the video then read my thoughts below! (you can jump to about 40 seconds in for the meat of the video)
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The only change I have heard to their description is that BOA plans to hold on to the properties rather than selling them in bulk. This would make it so that they get their treasury dollars based on todays deflated value, and then would sell it to the then renters in 3 years for a higher price when the market has stabilized. Continue reading