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 […]

by Jodi Summers In California, we have always been ahead of the curve when it comes being progressive. We are proud of the fact that we are way ahead of the pack when it comes to CalGreen and alternative power. Once again, we’ve gone one step beyond by rolling the ban on 100-watt incandescent light […]

By Jodi Summers Have you ever had to go inside because of the noise from a plane around Santa Monica Airport? Now you can stalk the offending airplane and file complaints regarding plane noise & safety on the SMO Webtrak http://www.casmat.org/2013/08/replacement-for-webtrak-to-go-live-this.html WebTrak is a truly entertaining application that allows you to watch the movement of […]