Saturday, August 28, 2010

Homes facing foreclosure in Orange County 16 cities

Every week, homes throughout Orange County are scheduled for foreclosure auctions. The owners can be millions of dollars in debt, or owe just a few thousand.

Auctions are frequently postponed. But homes in foreclosure or put on the market as short sales to try to avoid repossession often affect more than the homeowners involved. At the very least, they can have an impact on nearby home sales.

All of these homes and addresses have been listed in the public notices, as required by law.

Auction dates can be checked through trustee sale and phone numbers. Some auctions could be canceled. Also, some homes may be listed on the MLS.

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

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In a blow to local governments that rely heavily on property-tax revenue to fund schools and other services, seven of the Bay Area's nine counties saw their assessed property values fall 1% to 4% as of Jan. 1 from a year earlier, according to a report due Thursday from Santa Clara County Assessor Larry Stone. In Santa Clara, total assessed property values—including residential and commercial property and business equipment—fell 2.3% to $311 billion. That marked the first annual decline since the Great Depression, excluding 1978 when Proposition 13 rolled back property-value assessments across California, Mr. Stone says. Only San Francisco posted a notable increase—of 4.25%—in assessed property values, partly because it saw less overbuilding during the boom and demand for property held up better during the downturn, says San Francisco County Assessor-Recorder Phil Ting. Napa County was the only other gainer, with a 0.2% increase.

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Best American Adventures: Race the Arrowhead 135

Best American Adventures: Race the Arrowhead 135

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We've just updated our popular America's Best Adventures feature with 50 new trips, bringing our grand total to 100 iconic escapes (see the map, state-by-state list, and photo gallery, too). So no matter what your pleasure—hiking, heli-skiing, surfing, climbing, biking, or paddling—we've got the perfect adventure for you. Check in each day for a new, out-the-backdoor adventure highlighted here on our blog.

By Kate Siber; Photograph by Jim Johnson, iFalls Daily Journal

The Arrowhead 135 race is long, difficult, and bitterly cold, but that’s all part of the fun. Right? Undoubtedly some competitors question this line of reasoning while standing at the starting line of this 135-mile (217-kilometer) ultramarathon in International Falls, Minnesota, a town that routinely registers the coldest temperatures in the Lower 48 and is more commonly known as Frostbite Falls. The self-supported race follows the Arrowhead State Trail through the hilly, densely forested hinterlands of northern Minnesota, and the rules are relatively few: Racers can ski, run, or pedal with fat-tire snow bikes, and they must finish with 15 pounds (6.8 kilograms) of emergency gear and 3,000 calories of emergency food in the good old-fashioned spirit of Midwestern self-reliance.

In spite of starting-line jitters, the unique perks of the race—one of the coldest of its kind—soon reveal themselves: the sound of your misty breath and the snow crunching beneath you, the sight of the moon pillowed by a halo of clouds, and wolves standing as silent as monks by the side of the trail, to name a few. Fewer than 120 people do it each year and as many as 80 percent don’t finish, but the value lies simply in participating. In fact, the most coveted trophy is the one reserved for the dead-last finisher. And the true booty is the camaraderie that comes with joining a select clan of people who step up to such a singular challenge.

Need to Know: The 2011 race, with an entrance fee of $190, is scheduled for January 31. To register, contact the Arrowhead Winter Ultra organizers (www.arrowheadultra.com).

 

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Change the World: Choose Good Foods

At a holiday party, sharing some local cheese, I met someone who I thought might give me some insight on an important question. I asked him what he thought was more sustainable, buying local produce that is not organic, or buying organic, even if it comes from Chile. The answer he gave surprised me, he said, “it depends on whether you care more about yourself or the environment.” Huh? Is there a difference? So, I pondered this for a while and came to this.


Although buying local organic food would be the optimal thing to do, sometimes you do have to choose. I realized that he was thinking people only choose organic, pesticide free, hormone free food because they care about their own physical wellbeing. This couldn’t be further from the whole truth. In fact most people who buy organic do it because it is the best thing for our environment and our future and the fact that it’s the best thing to put in their bodies well, that is a serious perk. Here’s why they do it:


•    Buying local allows you to meet the farmers growing your food, ask them questions about their methods and connect with a food source in the Wimberley area. Being aware of local farms and their owners may be the most important part of re-localization. Our communities must become more independent in the next few years a nd growing our own food is the most important part of this task.


•    Rising levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere from burning fossil fuels is the principal cause of global warming, and plants absorb carbon dioxide from the air and put it into the soil. In a 23-year side-by-side comparison, the carbon levels of organic soils increased 15 to 28 percent while there was little change in the non-organic methods. According to the 2003 Rodale Institute Farming Systems Trials conducted in Pennsylvania, if just 10,000 medium-sized farms in the U.S. converted to organic production, they would store so much carbon in the soil that it would be equivalent to taking 1,174,400 cars off the road.


•    Unlike chemical-intensive agriculture, organic agriculture doesn’t pollute waterways and estuaries.


•    Organic agriculture is more labor intensive, creating more jobs per unit of food grown.


•    Soil is one of our most important natural resources, and one that can either be cherished or squandered. Organic agriculture is a way of “investing in our soils,” and sustainably protecting this precious resource.

Quote of the Month: “Why don’t we pay more attention to who our farmers are? We would never be as careless choosing an auto mechanic or babysitter as we are about who grows our food.” Michael Pollan,
The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World

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