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by Jodi Summers Watch our Metro grow. In the most recent presidential elections, LA approved Measure M – the half-cent sales tax increase to fund new public transit projects and infrastructure improvements. Here’s our metro – now and future… As an FYI, Angelinos spend an average of 81 hours a year stuck in traffic. Currently, […]

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Special thanks to Benjamin Pezzillo of https://pactriglo.com/ for providing this summary and original document. Recently passed Senate Bill 1069 is a move to help ease California’s housing crisis, making “granny units” easier and less expensive to build throughout the state. The new Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) can potentially save thousands of dollars in fees and […]

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by Jodi Summers Get ready for some major chaos and expense. According to a City report, more than 2,200 buildings in Santa Monica may be vulnerable to collapse or major damage during an earthquake, including more than 1,800 soft-story buildings, 220 brick buildings, 73 concrete buildings and 71 steel-frame buildings. The report concluded,  “many buildings […]

Los Angeles Rent map 2016

by Jodi Summers Expect the average rent on an apartment in much of Southern California will rise by at least $100 over the next two years, concludes the USC Casden Multifamily Forecast, released by USC’s Lusk Center for Real Estate. Beacon Economics prepared the report for USC, analyzing rents, housing supply and population growth in […]

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by Jodi Summers California’s green protocols will continue to influence green building. January 2017 will see the application of “Title 24,” building energy efficiency standards set forth by the California Energy Commission. The updated building energy efficiency should cut regulated energy use in new homes by 28% and save consumers $31 a month compared to […]

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by Jodi Summers Do you want to know what rental prices at the beach have gotten so high? Short-term rentals have pushed up the demand and thus the price. The Los Angeles Alliance for a New Economy, a labor-backed advocacy group, estimates that more than 7,000 houses and apartments have been taken off the rental […]