edited by Jodi Summers The Postal Service announced that they are proceeding with plans to relocate the services of the historic Santa Monica Main Post Office to the carrier annex at 1653 7th Street, south of Colorado and the future Expo line.  The Santa Monica Conservancy was among dozens of organizations and hundreds of residents who wrote […]

by Jodi Summers The SAVE Act, is new bill being proposed in Congress, would create 83,000 jobs and generate $1.1 billion in annual energy bill savings. Officially known as the “Sensible Accounting to Value Energy” (SAVE) Act, it would require mortgage lenders to include expected energy-costs savings into the value of a home. Bill sponsors, […]

From the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District: Senior Exemption – Measure R On February 5, 2008, the voters of Santa Monica and Malibu approved by 73% the Measure R parcel tax, which combines and replaces the previous Measures Y and S parcel taxes, contains a CPI-U adjustment, and allows those senior citizens who qualify to be exempted […]

Edited by Jodi Summers If you sold your home last year you are eligible for tax benefits, the IRS offers a list of tax tips to benefit you. 1. You are usually eligible to exclude much the gain from income if you have owned and used your home as your main home for two years […]

By Jodi Summers For decades, 64% of American households owned their own home. The numbers began growing in 1995, due to incentives and encouragement from President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush. Homeownership hit an all-time peak of more than 69% in 2004. Between 2006 – 2008, the U.S. Census Bureau calculates that home […]

By Jodi Summers 1 in 4 low and middle income renters are spending more than half their income on rent and utilities, concludes Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. Nationally, that number translates into about 10 million households. In April, one in every 593 housing units nationwide received a foreclosure filing. 55,896 of those properties […]