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BUSINESS
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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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
January 9, 2012 | By Lauren Beale, Los Angeles Times
Former model Nicole Murphy and football analyst Michael Strahan have listed their house in a gated community in Brentwood at $6.95 million. Designed for entertaining, the contemporary Mediterranean features two dens, a wet bar, a theater room, a wine cellar, an elevator, six bedrooms and eight bathrooms in 9,200 square feet. The master suite includes a sitting area, fireplace, dual bathrooms, dual closets and a balcony. A deck overlooks the swimming pool, spa and yard. Murphy, 43, was married to comedian Eddie Murphy from 1993 to 2006.
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.
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
January 13, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Preliminary figures show that 2013 may have been the biggest year ever for charitable donations, according to a Dallas-based group that mines economic data to come up with its numbers. More Americans donated money for human needs and disaster relief services both here and abroad in 2013, making it the fastest growing category of generosity. The Atlas of Giving said that charitable donations from the U.S. reached $416.5 billion. PHOTOS: The ten biggest California companies That would be up 12.9% from $368.8 billion in 2012, according to Rob Mitchell, the group's chief executive.
BUSINESS
March 8, 2011 | By Jerry Hirsch, Los Angeles Times
The web of mystery continues ? Mazda is no longer the only automaker with a spider problem. The same yellow sac spider that sparked a recall of 65,000 Mazda6 sedans also likes to nest in Honda Accords. Honda Motor Co. hasn't announced a recall but has notified its dealers to be on the lookout for the spider. The company has issued what is known as a technical service bulletin telling Honda mechanics how to fix the problem. "It was the same scenario and the same breed of spider.
OPINION
May 13, 2002
The state Legislature can strike a modest, reasonable blow against global warming by passing the final version of a program for cutting emissions of carbon dioxide from autos, pickups and sport utility vehicles. Carbon dioxide is the chief greenhouse gas implicated in global warming. AB 1058, by Assemblywoman Fran Pavley (D-Agoura Hills), passed the Assembly earlier and won approval in the Senate last week. Now it's back to the Assembly for ratification of Senate amendments as early as today.
BUSINESS
February 4, 2005 | From Bloomberg News
A group representing Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co. joined a lawsuit meant to halt California's plan to curb car and truck emissions of gases linked to global warming, uniting every major automaker in opposition to the program. The Assn. of International Automakers, which lobbies on behalf of Honda, Nissan, Hyundai Motor Co., Kia Motors Corp. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., said Thursday that it was joining a suit filed Dec.
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