December 7, 2012 |
The recently announced major restructuring of the civil courts of the Los Angeles Superior Court has not evoked much of a response. But the significant changes to come should be cause for distress to anyone concerned about open and equal access to justice in our society. Steep budget cuts forced the Superior Court to undergo two prior rounds of courtroom closures and employee layoffs. The latest cuts, to take effect over the next six months, include the closure of all courtrooms in 10 regional courthouses, including those in Beverly Hills and San Pedro.
November 27, 2012 |
Simon Cowell was the victim of a false 911 call early Sunday afternoon, Beverly Hills police said Monday. The caller told authorities that "The X Factor" judge was tied up with duct tape, according to L.A. Now . A first address given was outside city limits, but then the caller said it was "Simon Cowell's house," which is in Beverly Hills. Unlike in previous "swatting" incidents in which authorities were summoned falsely to celeb spreads...
November 11, 2012 |
Joanna Zimring Towne thought refinancing her Altadena home would be simple. When Zimring Towne and husband Andrew Towne, a 48-year-old television lighting technician, bought the two-bedroom home for $535,000 in 2006, the appraiser valued it at about $600,000. During the November 2011 inspection, Towne walked around the property with the appraiser. The couple were being charged $500 by the management company that employed the appraiser, but they considered it a minor sacrifice, hoping to reduce their mortgage rate to 3.25% from 6.9%.
November 9, 2012 |
Bargains on bank-owned homes are quickly vanishing in the country's most competitive markets. Since the start of the mortgage meltdown, repossessed homes have been considered the discount aisles of real estate. Now competition among investors and first-time home buyers for affordable digs is making those distressed properties less affordable, a new analysis by Zillow.com shows. "They will get somewhat of a deal, depending on the market," Zillow chief economist Stan Humphries said.
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November 6, 2012 |
SACRAMENTO - State Assemblyman Roger Hernandez (D-West Covina) was sued Monday by a woman alleging that he physically abused her during a months-long relationship and that he used illegal drugs. The civil suit was filed on behalf of Carolina Taillon by attorney Gloria Allred and seeks unspecified damages against Hernandez over allegations of assault, battery and intentional infliction of emotional distress. The lawsuit was filed the day before Hernandez stands for reelection in a contest with Republican Joe Gardner, a retired police officer.
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November 4, 2012 |
San Bernardino's and Compton's disputes with CalPERS, the state's public employee pension fund, could have ramifications for other cities and their creditors, credit rating firm Moody's said in a new report. "These situations could open the door for courts to decide whether pension payments can be legally suspended or modified if a California local government is in financial distress and/or bankruptcy," Moody's wrote in its weekly credit outlook released Friday. On one hand, the report warned that if the financially troubled cities succeed in delaying or reducing their CalPERS payments, it "could incentivize other financially distressed cities to seek concessions from all creditors," including bondholders.
October 3, 2012 |
A former Penn State graduate assistant who complained he saw former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky showering with a young boy on campus and testified at Sandusky's sex abuse trial sued the university Tuesday for what he calls defamation and misrepresentation. Mike McQueary's whistle-blower lawsuit claims his treatment by the university since Sandusky was arrested in November has caused him distress, anxiety, humiliation and embarrassment. The complaint, filed in county court near State College, where the university is based, seeks millions of dollars in damages.
September 22, 2012 |
Damsels in Distress Sony, $30.99; Blu-ray, $35.99 Available on VOD beginning Sept. 25 Writer-director Whit Stillman's first film since 1998's "The Last Days of Disco" is a loopy campus comedy, starring Greta Gerwig as an idealistic upperclassman who leads a group of young women with strict rules about dating and cleanliness. Even those who've enjoyed the arch language and intricate social tribalism of Stillman's "Metropolitan" and "Barcelona" might be put off by the cartoony absurdism here.
September 13, 2012 |
Sales of foreclosed homes and sales of other distressed properties continued to fall in Southern California last month -- a big reason why the region's median home price rose in August. The flow of foreclosures onto California's market also slowed dramatically in August, meaning that there will be no second wave of foreclosed properties hitting the market anytime in the near future. Notices of default statewide fell 23.6% from July and were down 49.1% from August last year, according to data from ForeclosureRadar.com.
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June 18, 2012 |
Federal agents have arrested three Southern California men in connection with a variety of schemes that caused more than $10 million in losses for homeowners, lenders and real estate investors who wanted to buy distressed property, authorities said. Arrested by the FBI and Secret Service were Atiqullah Nabizada, 29, of Coto de Caza; Kenneth Moore, 49, of Tustin; and Ahmed Tariq Asghari, 32, of Sherman Oaks. Nabizada and Moore were taken into custody Thursday at their homes; Asghari was arrested Friday morning in Miami Beach.