November 17, 2013 |
Opinions about Mercury General Corp. often depend on whether they're coming from investors or consumers. The Los Angeles automobile and homeowner insurance company has been at the center of repeated attempts to amend California's landmark Proposition 103, which made automobile insurance a more regulated industry. For more than a decade, Mercury's founder and chairman, George Joseph, has clashed repeatedly with consumer advocate Harvey Rosenfield, author of the landmark proposition, before the California Department of Insurance, the courts, the Legislature and on the ballot.
November 15, 2013 |
Demonstrators in Florida and Michigan have used the same language to describe the shootings of two young African Americans. But the killings of Trayvon Martin in 2012 and Renisha McBride this month raise different legal questions along the touchy intersection of race and guns. Both Martin, 17, and McBride, 19, were unarmed when they were shot. The two men who killed them - George Zimmerman, a neighborhood watch volunteer who shot Martin in Florida, and Theodore P. Wafer, 54, of Dearborn Heights, Mich., a white man arraigned Friday afternoon on murder charges in the death of McBride - say they committed no crime.
October 29, 2013 |
David Dayen spots a new blow for underwater homeowners that thus far has flown under the radar: the coming expiration of the Mortgage Forgiveness Debt Relief Act of 2007, scheduled for Dec. 31. The act is a mouthful, but it's been a crucial factor in helping countless families get out from under bad mortgages. Simply put, the act relieves homeowners from having to pay taxes on any loan forgiveness they receive in a mortgage restructuring. (The maximum exemption is $2 million for a couple.)
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 28, 2013 |
A man who was fatally shot after allegedly breaking into a Yorba Linda home was hours earlier hallucinating and ranting about zombies, authorities are reporting. The Orange County Sheriff's Department identified the man as Paul Michael Bracamontes, 22, of Fullerton. The incident began around 3:15 a.m. Sunday when a Yorba Linda couple woke to the sound of a man screaming in the backyard of their Wendover Road home, authorities said. The husband reportedly yelled at the man, while his wife called 911. Bracamontes, authorities said, threatened the homeowners and then broke into their home by shattering a glass door.
October 6, 2013 |
Question: A majority of homeowners were instrumental in getting me elected to the board in order to correct problems created by management and certain directors. Determined to change things, these owners were going to meetings, voicing their opinions and complaints right up to the night I got elected. After my election, none of these owners attended board meetings anymore. On close inspection of books and records there's been indescribable waste, fraud and corruption with ongoing directors complicit with management.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 29, 2013 |
The neighborhood seemed perfect for the two Hollywood artists. Nestled beneath the Hollywood sign, the duplex that first-time homeowners John Sullivan and Carrie Dennis bought was near the studios he deals with and the Hollywood Bowl where she performs. The place was built in 1924 by a man who used a mule and gold-mining equipment as collateral, then bought by a woman who had gotten a loan from actress Mary Pickford. When Sullivan and Dennis acquired the home, it was owned by a painter who used one of the units as a studio.