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September 6, 2009
Weekly survey of 20 Orange and L.A. County lenders as of 9/2/2009 Compiled by HSH Associates, Financial Publishers; www.hsh.com -- Loans to $417,000 Week ended Week ended Week ended -- 9/2/2009 8/26/2009 3/4/2009 30-year fixed 5.27%+0.33pt 5.35%+0.29pt 5.37%+0.23pt 15-year fixed 4.78%+0.31pt 4.85%+0.27pt 5.01%+0.32pt $417,000 and up 30-year fixed 5.99%+0.51pt 6.24%+0.47pt 6.82%+0.33pt 15-year fixed 5.55%+0.50pt 5.88%+0.40pt 6.64%+0.32pt Home equity lines 5.31% 5.31% 5.06% Home equity loans 9.02% 9.02% 8.77% 6-month LIBOR 0.73% 0.78% 1.82% 1-year Treasury 0.45% 0.44% 0.72% 6-month Treasury 0.26% 0.26% 0.49% 6-month CD 0.41% 0.44% 1.78% Prime rate 3.25% 3.25% 3.25% 11th District 7/2009 6/2009 1/2009 cost of funds 1.473% 1.599% 2.455% --
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BUSINESS
November 16, 2011 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Martin Johnson , the lead singer and songwriter for Boys Like Girls, bought a home in Studio City for $737,000 earlier this year and recently finished remodeling it. The contemporary house, built in 1978, features canyon views, a bonus/entertainment room and a spa. There are two bedrooms, 21/2 bathrooms and nearly 2,700 square feet of living space. The band released the album bearing its name in 2006 and released Love Drunk in 2009. This year Johnson debuted some of the solo material he has written while the band is on hiatus.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 26, 2012 | By David Ng
Franz West, the Austrian artist known for his innovative sculptures and installations, has died at 65. West died in Vienna on Wednesday following a long illness, according to reports. West's sculptural creations were both playful and serious, accessible and yet intellectually challenging. During his career, West mounted shows at major museums around the world. A retrospective exhibition of his work organized by the Baltimore Museum of Art came to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in 2009.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2009 | Jerry Hirsch
The slowing economy is spawning store closures and layoffs in Southern California's typically solid grocery industry. On Friday, Albertsons will shut the first four of nine stores closing between now and April 9. About a dozen workers are losing their jobs, and the chain is working to reassign hundreds more to other stores. Ralphs is demoting more than 150 meat cutters to clerks, slashing their pay by more than a third to $13.47 an hour.
BUSINESS
May 30, 2013 | By Catherine Green, Los Angeles Times
RIVERDALE, Calif. - Last year, the federal government gave farmer Dan Errotabere half of the water it had awarded him the previous year to cultivate his 5,200 acres. But he still managed to reap a yield as much as 25% higher. "I've got to do more with less," said Errotabere, 57, who grows cotton, tomatoes, almonds and pistachios among other crops on his family's ranch in the Central Valley northwest of Visalia. His trick? The increasingly popular drip-tape method of irrigation, which pumps water directly to a plant's roots.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2011 | By Sean Fennessey, Special to the Los Angeles Times
A masked man in the witness protection program fights for the future of his family. A band of unorthodox physicians works tirelessly to save sick children. A cabal of forensic ninjas solves crimes while refusing to play by the rules. And, finally, a vengeful U.S. marshal exercises a predilection for hard justice and cowboy hats. This is not a list of pitches for pilot season. No, these are the premises of four live-action programs currently active or in production on the Cartoon Network's nightly Adult Swim block.
BUSINESS
February 25, 2010 | By Jerry Hirsch
The service departments of auto dealers are headed for tough times. That's the conclusion of a report issued Wednesday by consumer research company J.D. Power & Associates, which also released its annual rankings of consumer satisfaction with dealer service departments. Toyota Motor Corp.'s Lexus brand received the highest marks for dealer service among the luxury nameplates. Buick scored highest among non-luxury brands, after factoring out the Hummer and Saturn lines General Motors Co. is shutting down.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 16, 2012 | Los Angeles Times wire reports
Harold A. "Red" Poling, a former Ford Motor Co. chairman and chief executive officer who helped lead the automaker through two recessions, has died. He was 86. Poling died Saturday at his home in Pacific Grove, on the Monterey Peninsula, the Dearborn, Mich.-based company announced. The cause was not given. As chairman and chief executive from 1990 to 1994, Poling led the company through a deep recession, when Ford's sales in North America and Europe plunged and losses totaled $9.64 billion in 1991 and 1992.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 7, 2011 | By Bettina Boxall, Los Angeles Times
A group of San Joaquin Valley irrigation districts is demanding that the federal government close the just-revived commercial salmon season off the Oregon and California coasts, a move bound to further inflame relations between farmers and salmon fishermen. In a U.S. District Court lawsuit filed Thursday, the San Joaquin River Group Authority contends that federal fishery managers acted improperly when they recently reopened the commercial salmon season after two years of unprecedented closures.
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