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Aside from familiarity, Garcia lauds Nambatac, Sollano for their work ethic

first_imgRey Nambatac and Jom Sollano. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netFamiliarity is key.And for coach Caloy Garcia, having players who aren’t strangers to his system is huge as Rain or Shine plots its way back to contender status this coming season.ADVERTISEMENT Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours View comments MOST READ Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? LATEST STORIES With the new batch of Rain or Shine rookies coming in, Garcia likes what he sees from his group going forward.“It’s going to be a good competition for us every practice and every game. The ones we got, I’m sure, will complement the team,” he said.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ setcenter_img Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award That’s why he didn’t shy away from drafting his former Letran studs Rey Nambatac and Jom Sollano in the first two rounds of the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft on Sunday.“They played for me before in the NCAA and they’re familiar with me. It just so happened that they fell in our laps,” Garcia, who coached at Letran for two seasons, said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smogMore than his attachment with his former Knights, Garcia noted that what made him decide to pluck the two, alongside third round pick Michael Juico of San Sebastian, is their grit, something that he is in the look out for in a player.“Basically, they’re hard workers. Rey and Jom won a championship together so they have the experience. It’s all about them working hard and that’s one of the things I look for from the players, the ones who want to work hard, play hard, and give their 100 percent every practice and every game,” he said. It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson PBA Board to decide Narvasa’s fate in annual planning Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Margot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funnylast_img read more

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Saving Monrovians from Floods

first_imgQuite recently we published an editorial urging the Ministries of Public Works and Health and Social Welfare and the Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation (LWSC) to develop a joint task force to deal with the problems of floods and drainages in Monrovia and elsewhere in the country.We continue to be of the strong opinion that these “three horses of Trioka” have both the capacity and mandate to do something decisive to fix this perennial problem, which affects tens of thousands of city dwellers every Rainy Season.  Public Works has the yellow machines to do the digging, clearing and the engineers to determine how the rain water settles in one place, such as across the road from the Old Road intersection near the President’s home on Tubman Boulevard, and elsewhere.In the case of the 20-24th Streets in Sinkor, especially the area near the John F. Kennedy Medical Center, there are thousands of people living in the marshland (swamp)  immediately behind the hospital, just next to the Atlantic Ocean.The hospital authorities have repeatedly advised these people to move from the area, first because the land belongs to JFK and second because these people do not have the resources to transform that marshy area into firm ground on which to build solid houses.The Ministry of Public Works has known about this problem for years, ever since the 1960s when the JFK was being built.  But that Ministry seems to have had a perennial problem creating and enforcing zoning laws. Public Works is, therefore, chiefly responsible for the building chaos in Monrovia, Paynesville and other suburbs, where people have for decades built anywhere the please, and planted any kind of structure, whether zinc or cardboard shack or mud house right next to someone’s US$150,000 concrete residence.  And nobody cares.Such is the situation in the marshland in the rear of the JFK, where this Ministry, Public Works, seems powerless to do anything about. Then when the trouble comes, as it predictably does every Rainy Season, the people scream at the government for doing nothing to help them.  And yet, it is, by their own admission, which was relayed to our reporter Joachim Sendolo two days ago, largely their fault because they   remove even manholes belonging to the Water and Sewer Corporation, to plant their structures thereon.  Reporter Sendolo, in interviews conducted Monday morning with flood victims, quoted many asconfessing that their people remove manhole drainage tops to sell to scrap dealers, then plant their structures on the manhole space.This newspaper has always, in desperation, asked, What kind of people are we, who behave as though we do not want development?  It is not only unpatriotic slum dwellers that steal the aluminum from light poles to sell to scrap dealers in Monrovia and as far as Ganta; it is also people who build their shacks in the path of drainages and on precious wetlands who behave as though they care less about development or order or zoning regulations that are designed to bring some character and sanity to city development.As for Water and Sewer, Mr. Allen, the Managing Director, too, has a team of engineers who can scout Monrovia, especially the water-logged areas, and study the arteries of the earth to determine where water is likely to settle or pass when it rains. Does LWSC have a hydrological engineer?  If not, it is about time you hire one, or scout the schools and find talented young people to go study hydrological engineering.We reiterate our plea to all these technical GOL Ministries and Agencies to awake, come to grips with the fact that they have over the war years lost to safety and greener pastures most or all of the people they had trained.  Now these Ministries and Agencies are called to scout the schools and colleges for talent to train in civil, water and related or relevant engineering fields.Meanwhile, as the Rainy Season is upon us, what, in this eleventh hour, can Public Works and Water and Sewer do to alleviate the pain and suffering of slum dwellers and others who, by their own intransigence, have put themselves in harm’s way to suffer the wrath of the water?Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Woman accused of killing abusive husband to face Judge, jury

first_imgTwenty-three-year-old Lisa Hayley, who is accused of killing her allegedly abusive husband in 2017, was on Wednesday committed to stand trial at the High Court by Senior Magistrate Leron Daly.This ruling came after a prima facie case was made out against Hayley. This means that she will have to face a judge and jury to know her fate when the matter is called in the High Court.The mother of two made her first court appearance on August 3, 2017 when she faced a charge stating that she unlawfully killed Dailson Hayley on July 29, 2017 at Lot 30 Queen Street, Kitty, Georgetown.Hayley was released on $250,000 bail.According to reports, the now dead man was very abusive towards Hayley during their relationship. Reports from 2017 stated that when the woman attempted to exit the relationship, the deceased, who did not handle it well, subsequently turned up at the home armed with two knives.An altercation then ensued during which Hayley managed to disarm the victim and reportedly inflicted one fatal stab wound to his chest. He was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.last_img read more

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13 Karatekas improve Dan ranks

first_imgThis past Sunday, head of the IKD, Ninth Dan Shuseki Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai conducted high-level karate examinations at the YMCA, Thomas Lands.To start the day off, there were 109 students of the Association do Shotokan Karate – Guyana (ASK-G) ASK-G with their parents anxiously waiting to see their child’s performance at the examinations.The participants from the recently-concluded karate examsThe tension was high, some students were well-hyped while others were very nervous and the little ones were anxious to pass their exams.After the white, yellow, orange, green and blue belt exams were over; results were announced.Mahadeo Ramotar was promoted to Third Dan while Aaron Persaud climbed to Second Dan. Achieving First Dan rank were Sienna Sookram, Adrian Mohan, Pierre Grant, Kyle Wayne, Pratush Deokinandan, Abhigyan Chatterdeo, Kaden Pyneandy, Gavin Singh, Cecil Dasilva, Wanda Agdomar and Jerry Santana Bain.Kyu Promotions:11 to Yellow Belt – Yuvraj Beharry, Ethan Rosine, Saskia Dyasindoo, Giada Agdomar, Ajit Dehaan, Tyrese Gittens, Saif Tulla, Keith Williams, Bethany Agdomar, Xavier Lambert, Elijah Rosine.16 to Orange Belt – Kyra Soares, Amit Prasad, Junxi Yang, Aditya Sukhu, Tyler Bess, Tyshaun Bess, Joshua Daniels, Jonathan Thomas, Shemar Fortune, Shaquan Stewart, David Harold, Gurav Ram, Aishah Persaud, Nathaniel Higgins, Antol Griffin, Joshua Rampersaud.15 to Green Belt – Yam Chan Chu, Nicholas Rampersaud, Christian Rampersaud, Andrew Johnson, Matthew Salim, Joshua Nimar, Isaiyah Proctor, Alex Penniston, James Griffith, Daquan Guilford, Thamishwar Dyasindoo, Kristen Samaroo, Anuvani Gunpat, Jeremiah Pile, Romario Jaisingh.9 to Blue Belt – Shiquana Corlette, Gabriel Looch, Nicolai Adolphnathan Narine, Oudesh Ram, Aayush Persaud, Bibi Farook, Jaiya Harricharan, Adrian Bhawanidin.17 to Purple Belt – Christopher James, Maheshwar Dyasindoo, Brandon Foo, Aaliyah Mcadam, Jazara Hewitt, Chad Lall, Jayden Chichester, Obinna Utoh, Murduoq Boyce, Youvraj Persaud, Jasmine West, Leandre Holder, Akeem Mcpherson, Kevin Fraser, Shinessa Boyce, Bhaskar Jaipersaud, Zac Hussain.14 to Brown – Farhan Jahan, Bohan Cao, Nick Sookdeo, Piya Parasram, Amara Nandan, Keyshawn Grant, Jared Rambissoon, Navindra Deonarine, Crystal Itwaru, Nalini Arjoon, Ricardo Narine, Shaquan Barrow, Budhdave Singh, Bradley Fenty.2 to Brown – Krisendat Phagoo, Mareo Dhanraj.12 to Brown – Jamar Pile, Shamar Francis, Emily Santana Leon, Danielle Persaud, Jeremy Hargobin, Lateef Moffatt, Anya Insanally, Rachel Persaud, Raphael Isaacs, Shanker Parasram, Mark Henry, Andes Roberts.Meanwhile, Shuseki Shihan Frank Woon-A-Tai will be holding intensive instructors and judges training sessions at the GKC and ASK-G YMCA until he leaves on Tuesday, August 14.last_img read more

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Resurgent Nakumatt stun Posta at Toyoyo

first_imgMore than once, Nakumatt received ovation from the full house Toyoyo having dominated over Posta with their quick passing and swift movement in small pockets of space.Nakumatt broke the deadlock in the ninth minute, Boniface Mukhekhe striking a sweet volley on the first take after breaking the offside trap from the right, racing to a Mohammed Nigol long pass from the middle of the park.Nakumatt continued to dominate, pressing Posta into their own half and forcing them into small errors.Some beautiful feet from Kevin Thairu on the by line in the 19th minute saw him skip away from Kennedy Onyango before laying the ball up for Eugene Ambulwa but the defender’s finishing was poor.Almost immediately, a lapse in concentration saw Posta pay when Faina Jacobs started a throw-in quick to Moses Odhiambo, the veteran turning into the box and slamming a shot that however came off the side netting.Jacobs almost forced an own goal off Onyango with his cross from the right, but keeper Martin Musalia showed some good reflex skipping to his left to make a fine save.Onyango, turning out against his immediate former employers was being exploited for all his weaknesses, the quick pressing by Nakumatt often finding him flat footed forcing him to give possession away.It was no wonder that he was hauled off after 27 minutes for Luke Ochieng, head coach Sammy ‘Pamzo’ Omollo sealing the leaking defense before the damage could grow any worse.Nakumatt continued to dominate and Mukhekhe should have had two for himself in the 33rd minute when he sneaked in behind Suleiman Ngotho who had controlled the ball inside the box unaware of his surroundings.However, Mukhekhe’s shot was saved by Musalia who wiped the blushes off his teammate.Posta Rangers defender Kennedy Onyango tries to block the ball from Nakumatt’s Cornelius Juma during a KPL match at the Camp Toyoyo Ground on May 27, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluIn the final 15 minutes of the half, Posta came alive and started playing the ball better, being patient on the build up and reducing their looped balls upfront.Nine minutes from the break, Posta had their best chance of the half when Georson Likonoh released Jeremiah Wanjala on the right, but the forward’s shot came off the side netting.In the second half, Nakumatt started by making changes, Odhiambo coming off for Brian Nyakan, the veteran midfielder having picked up a knock in the first half.However, it was Posta who came back with fight, but they couldn’t get anything meaningful in the final third despite bossing possession. Cavin Odongo was introduced for Luis Tera in a bid to add some spice into the attack.Likonoh had a chance later on with a shot from the edge of the area that was deflected off for a corner. The mailmen kept pushing, but their finishing left a lot to be desired.It was Nakumatt who would have the last laugh, scoring the second eight minutes to time. Ochieng headed Mukhekhe’s shot into the box trying to defend it after Nyakan had floated in a cross after racing for the ball on the right.The second goal deflated Posta and they lost the urge to fight, resorting to long balls which were efficiently dealt with by the Nakumatt defense.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Nakumatt FC’s Boniface Mukhekhe celebrates his goal against Posta Rangers in a KPL match on May 27, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, May 27- Boniface Mukhekhe was at the heart of both goals as Nakumatt FC’s resurgence continued with a well deserved 2-0 win over Posta Rangers at the Camp Toyoyo ground, Sunday afternoon.Mukhekhe struck a sublime first half volley before forcing Luke Ochieng to head into his own net in the second half as the side eased relegation fears, moving off the bottom three for the first time this season to 15th.last_img read more

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Eager Nadal leads ATP Montreal field

first_imgThe Greek is back, taking the fourth seeding behind a pair of fellow young guns in number two Dominic Thiem of Austria and Germany’s Alexander Zverev, seeded third.Federer and Djokovic aren’t scheduled to resurface until the Cincinnati Masters starts on August 12, giving them one tournament prior to the August 26 start of the US Open at Flushing Meadows, the final Grand slam of the year.Federer has been training on hardcourt at home in Switzerland after falling to Djokovic in a dramatic five-set final at the All England Club three weeks ago, in which the Swiss great held two match points.Djokovic has been pictured relaxing at various European beach resorts with his family prior to picking up the racquet once again.Nadal, meanwhile, is pacing himself after another season marred by injury, insisting despite the pleas and inducements of Cincinnati officials that he won’t decide whether to play there until he sees how he feels after Montreal.“Depending on what happens in Montreal, I’ll take a decision on Cincinnati,” he said. “Cincinnati is still an option. But I want to arrive well prepared and ready for the US Open, the last major of the season.”Nadal could face a challenge in the second round after a bye, with a possible match against Australian Alex de Minaur — winner of the Atlanta title last weekend.Second seed Thiem has purposefully left it late for the hardcourts, preferring to stay as long as possible on European clay by entering both Hamburg and Kitzbuehel.Thiem, beaten by Nadal in the last two Roland Garros finals, has a special goal driving him when he lands in francophile Canada.“I’ve never won a match in Canada, I’d like to change that.” he said. “I’m just hoping to play well.“Canada is a big goal – I’m really hoping to get a win there.”Thiem will open his campaign against either Canadian Denis Shapovalov or Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert.Third seed Zverev, who won the title here two years ago with a win over Federer in the final, will open against either Briton Cameron Norrie or Hungarian Martin Fucsovic.Tsitsipas will bid to better his 2018 finals showing but must first get past either home-grown Milos Raonic, the 2013 finalist, or American Taylor Fritz, runner-up to de Minaur in Atlanta.0Shares0000(Visited 6 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Spain’s Rafael Nadal, hoisting the champion’s trophy in Toronto in 2018, will be trying to repeat as the ATP’s Canadian Masters begins in Montreal © GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA/AFP/File / Vaughn RidleyMONTREAL, Canada, Aug 4 – Defending champion Rafael Nadal heads the field for the ATP Montreal Masters that starts on Monday with Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer opting out of the key US Open tuneup.With Djokovic and Federer putting a return to action on hold after their dramatic Wimbledon final, 33-year-old Nadal will be seeking to retain the title he earned last year in Toronto, when he beat rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas in the final.last_img read more

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Close call in rescue of jumper

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson The officers got to the sixth floor and found a woman lying on the floor of the balcony, preparing to push herself under the guardrail. “She looked at me and said, ‘You can’t stop me,’ and rolled,” Mireles recalled. Mireles grabbed the woman’s legs and tried to grab her collar, but the fabric of her gray sweat pants and top started to rip. Marron grabbed his partner’s right leg and was hanging on, but the woman’s torso was already over the edge, and Mireles was slipping. That’s when Schori burst onto the balcony, grabbed Mireles by his gun belt and hauled both him and the distraught woman back to safety. “He hauled up 450 pounds with one hand,” Mireles said. “He said to me, `It’s a good thing you’re a light guy,’ and I said, ‘Brother, I weigh 230 pounds.”‘ SHERMAN OAKS – A suicidal woman trying to jump from a sixth-story balcony nearly took two LAPD officers with her until all three were pulled to safety by a city firefighter, officials said Friday. Firefighter/paramedic Paul Schori and LAPD Officers Mark Mireles and Edwin Marron were hailed Friday as heroes for rescuing the unidentified woman. “They went above and beyond what’s expected of the public safety members of this community,” said City Fire Battalion Chief Richard Markota, who was at the scene of the attempted suicide. Mireles and Marron were among the rescue personnel called to the 15700 block of Ventura Boulevard about 6:30 p.m. Thursday, on a report of a person attempting to jump from the building. Mireles, who won a gold medal in wrestling at the World Police Olympics two years ago in Barcelona, credits Schori with saving his life, saying he would have gone over without Schori’s intervention. Schori, who wrenched his shoulder in the effort, said he was impressed with Mireles’ resolve. “Just by the grace of God it was good timing for all – nobody got hurt,” Schori said. Lisa M. Sodders, (818) 713-3663 lisa.sodders@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img
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DDTV: ACTION FROM STAGES 8, 10 AND 13 ON DAY TWO OF THE DONEGAL RALLY

first_imgDDTV: ACTION from Stages 8, 10 and 13 on day two of the Donegal International Rally.Click play to watch    DDTV: ACTION FROM STAGES 8, 10 AND 13 ON DAY TWO OF THE DONEGAL RALLY was last modified: June 21st, 2014 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:2014DDTVdonegal rallyvideolast_img

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Known for learning, humor

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! His love of learning, unique sense of humor and compassion for others are what defined Robert Foster, a longtime Woodland Hills resident. Foster, a retired certified public accountant, died April 22 after a long illness. He was 80. “He was intelligent, funny and caring. He had a dry sense of humor, very British,” said granddaughter Alecia Foster. “He was really well-read. He knew a lot about other cultures and religions. “He was always interested in seeing shows, oddly enough, on the Indian channel or Telemundo, even though he didn’t know the languages.” Foster’s compassion for others showed itself when he was growing up in Ohio during the Depression. Alecia Foster recalled an often-told story of the time his mother sent him out to buy a loaf of bread. “He saw someone who he thought was a lot worse off and gave him the money. He said to himself, ‘My mom is going to kill me,”‘ she said. “But as he walked home, he happened to look down and saw the same amount of money that his mother had given him for the bread. He thought that God was rewarding him for being selfless.” Foster enlisted in the Navy in 1942, and received the Bronze Star for his service on the USS Brooks and the USS Hovey. He got a kick out of spotting himself in footage included in the 1952 documentary “Victory at Sea.” “His family came first. He loved us all so much,” said daughter Rebecca Foster. “He was very nice, very compassionate. He was always doing something for others. He was extremely honest and conscientious.” Foster worked for many years for Bank of America before returning to school to become a certified public accountant. He retired in 1999. “I remember when he was working at home, he would have classical music playing in the background,” Rebecca Foster said. He had been an active member of the Woodland Hills Rotary and Lions organizations and a parishioner at St. Bernardine of Siena Catholic Church in Woodland Hills. In his leisure time, Foster enjoyed fishing and golf. His Boston terrier, Toby, was a faithful companion until the dog’s death last year. Robert Harry Foster was born on Feb. 19, 1925, in Cleveland, Ohio. He married Dora Perez on July 28, 1946. They lived in Glendale until 1952, when they moved to the Walnut Acres neighborhood of Woodland Hills. Foster is survived by his wife, Dora; son, Robert; daughter, Rebecca; two grandchildren; a brother, Charles; and a sister, Inez Foster. A funeral Mass was held Wednesday at Mission Hills Catholic Mortuary, with burial at San Fernando Mission Cemetery. Memorial donations may be sent to Kaiser Hospice, 13652 Cantara St., Plaza Building, Third floor, Panorama City, CA 91402. —Holly Andres, (818) 713-3708 holly.andres@dailynews.com last_img read more

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Struggling for the dream

first_img Kimi Lee bought her first home, a 900-square-foot fixer-upper in Highland Park for $158,000 in 2001, just before her neighborhood became the hip new affordable area. Four years later, she’s amazed at her good fortune and perfect timing as homes in her community now fetch $500,000, pricing many of her friends out. And then there are the newest home buyers – often making incredible sacrifices for their piece of the American dream. Kirsten O’Brien drives six hours a day from her new house in Yucca Valley to her teaching job in Watts. With rents and prices out of her reach in the L.A. Basin, the single mom decided the stability of homeownership was worth the long commute. High home prices – coupled with overcrowding, traffic, air pollution and long commutes from far-flung subdivisions – are taking the sheen off the Golden State. Even more worrisome, experts say, are what high prices and low affordability are doing to middle-class families and the widening gap between the haves and the have-nots. “Owning a home is closely tied to the American belief in social and economic opportunity,” said Mara Marks, a professor of urban studies and senior fellow at the Center for the Study of Los Angeles at Loyola Marymount University. “We’ve got this belief, this kind of social contract, that if you work hard and have big dreams you can have a piece of this American dream. As more and more people begin to sense that that dream is out of reach and not a reality for them, that’s a dangerous situation.” w=12 l=16Roots of the American Dream It wasn’t always this way. Suburban tract housing built after World War II and home loans offered through the GI bill made homeownership a reality for thousands upon thousands of returning veterans – many of whom moved from their native states, touching off Southern California’s explosive growth. For generations, owning a home has been the cornerstone of the American dream and a hallmark of a financially secure middle-class life. Even today, some 80 percent of Californians surveyed say they want a home of their own. Stay-at-home mom Julie Jacks grew up in Southern California; she expected to own a house and make her life here. She and many others have found the dream elusive. In a report last week by the California Association of Realtors, just 12 percent of Los Angeles County residents could afford the median-price home. The state is only slightly better at 14 percent. “All of our parents got married and bought a house, on one income. We’re educated people. We’re not bums. But here we are in Rosemead, renting,” said Jacks, 36. “Everybody strives to own their own home. It’s a sign of independence. I’m an adult. I’m educated. I deserve this.” Southern California home prices began hitting record highs in 2000 and have doubled since then. In August, the median price – the point between the most and least expensive – for a Southern California home hit $476,000. That’s a 132 percent increase from 2000, when you could buy a middle-of-the road home for about $205,000. Average wages and household incomes in California have risen less than 10 percent during that same period. Today, a potential home buyer would have to make around $110,000 to afford the median-price house – assuming traditional guidelines of 20 percent of the price as down payment and spending one-third of gross income on the mortgage, taxes and insurance. Though some neighborhoods, such as those south of the San Fernando Valley’s Ventura Boulevard, were always more expensive, they’re now seeing median prices at or near $1 million. But even communities once considered affordable are becoming less so. w=12 l=16Valley prices surge Across the rest of the Valley, once a haven for middle-income families, the home price tops $600,000. In the Inland Empire, peppered with middle-class cities, home prices have more than doubled since 2000. A household would have to make at least $80,000 a year to buy the median-price $344,000 home. That concerns Andy McCue, managing director of the Center for Sustainable Suburban Development at the University of California, Riverside, who believes home prices are undermining the middle class, which fueled the state’s prosperity from the 1950s through the 1980s. “We’ve priced the middle class out of new housing,” he said. “I would worry that we become like Manhattan where you have the very rich and the very poor with nothing in between.” That’s one of the dangers, said Marks with the Center for the Study of Los Angeles, in a region where so many people can’t afford the American dream. She worries that Southern California may ultimately see more class division and ethnic division. Already, the region is seeing the ripple effects: two and three families sharing a house, post-college-age children living with their parents, skilled workers leaving in search of cheaper housing. w=12 l=16Buying the American Dream in 2005 Despite high prices, homeownership rates are higher than they’ve been in decades, with 59 percent of Californians owning their own homes. Likewise, the rate of homeownership among those ages 30 to 34 rose from 38 percent in 2000 to 41 percent in 2003. And middle- and low-income people are getting into the market as well. Nearly half of recent California home buyers have household incomes of less than $60,000. Some in the real estate business say home-price sticker shock distracts from the reality: People buy based on the monthly payment, not the overall price. Low mortgage rates have helped keep monthly payments low in relation to the sale price and in line with what people would pay in rent, said Delores Conway, director of the Casden Forecast at University of Southern California’s Lusk Center for Real Estate. “Just to look at the sale price is misleading. Even though home prices are high, the actual cost to homeowners is not that much higher.” For example, a $350,000 home bought with 5 percent interest costs around $1,800 a month. Monthly payments on the same price home would have been $3,000 in 1990 when mortgage rates were 10 percent. Hans P. Johnson, a research fellow with the Public Policy Institute and author of a study of how Californians are “Affording the Unaffordable,” says there can be a risk to that. w=12 l=16Spending to the limit One in five new homeowners in the state spends more than half of gross income on a home loan. Half of new homeowners spend more than the federally recommended limit of 30 percent of their income on the mortgage. “If you’re willing to spend a lot on housing, if you’re willing to move inland, and use this flexible financing method, you can find a home.” Experts fear that these buyers may be creating a new class of homeowners vulnerable to losing their homes if they get laid off, have health problems or can’t meet the rising payments on an adjustable rate mortgage. Kirsten O’Brien shared that fear and instead stuck to her limited budget. But to do that, she spends most of her day away from home. The teaching intern found a $139,000, two-bedroom house that fit the small budget of a single mom in the desert city of Yucca Valley – 140 miles from her job in Watts. She drives six hours a day, leaving home at 4 a.m. and returning after 7:30 p.m. Her mom lives with the family and cares for O’Brien’s 5-year-old daughter and 12-year-old son during the day. Yes, it’s a sacrifice for the whole family. And O’Brien wishes she could spend more time with her children. But O’Brien was ready to put down roots, and after moving from rental to rental for the last few years, she believes the stability of homeownership is worth the long commute. “For once in my life, it feels safe,” O’Brien explained. “I know my payment. I know it can’t go up. The idea that my kids will be able to live here and not change schools until they graduate, it means so much to me, I can’t even explain.” Staff writers Don Jegler, Kelly Rayburn, Andrew Blazier, Jason Newell and Andrea Feathers contributed to this report. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 kerry.cavanaugh@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Record-breaking home values have jeopardized the American dream for more and more Southern Californians who aspire to the security and stability of homeownership but find the prices and sacrifices too much to bear. The hot real estate market has generated unimaginable wealth for homeowners but has left others priced out of the market, feeling they’ll never get their piece of the dream. Five years ago, teachers Julie and Jeff Jacks were ready to start a family and buy a little house in Temple City for $200,000. But they decided to wait, fearful that they wouldn’t be able to make the mortgage if Julie got pregnant right away and quit her job. Then they watched as houses in their Rosemead neighborhood climbed from $200,000 to $300,000 to $400,000 and higher – frustrating the young parents and lifelong Southern Californians who now believe their future lies outside the region. last_img read more

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