Citizens tell city council they don’t want increased property tax to pay for road repair
By Jay Seidel
La Habra Journal
By a margin of approximately 2 to 1 La Habra Heights property owners rejected a proposal that would have nearly tripled their annual taxes in order to improve and maintain the city’s roads. Ballots, that were mailed out and returned, were counted at the city council meeting last Thursday with the final tally being 657-341 against imposing the new tax.
“The people have spoken from this community,” said Mayor Pro-Tem Roy Francis. “I think it’s time for us to roll up our shirt sleeves again and come back with another realistic figure. The community let us know that this wasn’t the right fee at this time.”
The figure that the tax would have assessed was $527 annually over the next five years. Property owners have been paying $173 for a previously approved road district. That tax will end this year. Read more
This gated villa just over the county line made national headlines when a break-in and unauthorized teen party last December attracted some 100 people, and damages and thefts – including medieval armor, Armani suits and a mounted snow leopard — amounted to $1 million.
Though set in a rural area, the estate would fit right in on the Las Vegas strip – with a casino room sporting slot machines and a swimming pool with rings of fire and a plush lounge where you can watch swimmers through a clear wall. The 9,000-square-foot, five bedroom residence on 1 1/2 acres opens to a multi-level backyard, where the two-tier pool includes waterfalls and a waterslide. On another level of the yard is a volleyball court complete with bleachers.
The grounds have more TVs than most homes have indoors. Five TVs are set over the sports bar by the outdoor kitchen. A hidden flat-screen TV pops up from the edge of the Jacuzzi. A swim-up bar in a cove setting – complete with bar stools in the pool – also contains a large TV. And the waterslide has a small-screen monitor, so those about to take the plunge can check to see if the coast is clear. Read more
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More than 5,000 customers briefly without power in La Habra, Brea and La Habra Heights
An outage knocked out power Monday morning for more than 5,000 customers in La Habra, Brea and La Habra Heights, utility officials said.
Southern California Edison officials said the outage started at 7:24 a.m. and initially left 5,267 customers without power.
Officials determined a piece of equipment failed in the area, which caused the outage, said Susan Cox, a Southern California Edison spokeswoman.
Authorities restored all power at 9:11 a.m., Cox said.
KENNETH R. HARNEY
So you’ve begun thinking about selling your house and you figure: Let’s wait until the spring or early summer before listing. The yard will look its best and potential buyers will be out in force. And everybody knows that winter is dead time for real estate.
Right? At least that’s the widely held belief. But national statistical studies suggest it’s not necessarily the case. Winter — officially Dec. 21 through March 20 for the upcoming season — can be a surprisingly advantageous time to list, shop, negotiate and buy. Consider some findings by researchers.
Real estate website Redfin has studied home listing, sale price and time-on-market data from 2010 through this past October from around the country, updating a two-year analysis it completed last year. It concluded that if you want to sell for more than your asking price, listing in December, January, February and March gives you a better chance on average than if you list any time from June through November. During the last three years, listing during those four months has produced higher percentages of above-asking-price sales than listing during any months other than April and May. In 2012, as the housing market rebounded, December listings produced the highest percentage of above-asking sales for the entire year — 17%.
If your goal is to sell relatively quickly, February “is historically the best month to list, with an average of 66% of homes listed then selling within 90 days,” according to Redfin. In the two-year study completed last December, researchers found that in each of 19 major markets, including cold-weather cities such as Boston and Chicago, “home sellers were better off listing their homes in the winter than during any other season.”
Researchers are quick to note that the advantages of listing in winter compared with other seasons are not huge. But the fact that winter produces at least competitive or better results by some measures should encourage some potential sellers to get into the game sooner rather than later.