L.A. Rents Continue To Soar, Expected To Go Higher In the Next Two Years
May04

L.A. Rents Continue To Soar, Expected To Go Higher In the Next Two Years

If like most, you’re perplexed at how high the rents have risen in the metropolitan Los Angeles rental market, hold onto your hats, as the cost of living and renting in the City of Angels was up 7.8% at the close of 2015, with the average apartment standing at about $1,873 per month. And if that wasn’t enough, the 2016 USC Casden Multifamily Forecast predicts that, for at least the next two years, vacancy rates will "continue their gradual decline" and rents will continue to rise.

Problem is construction of affordable units is being outpaced by the demand for luxury housing in areas like Playa Vista, where a studio apartment rents for $2775 and a two bedroom for $4000. Any increase in inventory will help stabilize the market and create opportunities for sellers who want to move but have nowhere to go. While nationally the rental vacancy rate is 7%, it is just 2.7% in the last quarter of 2015. Of course, all of the above makes it a good time to sell.

D.C.F.S. Says L.A. County in Dire Need of Foster Parents
May04

D.C.F.S. Says L.A. County in Dire Need of Foster Parents

These days, Joe Mata does much of his work in a lab at West Los Angeles Community College and talks excitedly about his plans for the future. But the 30-year- old student had to travel a long and arduous road to get to where he is today.He was placed in foster care at age 14 after his mostly absentee father and mother—consumed by her addiction to alcohol and illegal narcotics—lost custody of him and his six siblings.

“I was in high school. I think it was during second period,” he said, “when a police officer pulled me out of class and put me in the backseat of the patrol car.”

The Cost of Higher Education Gets a Little Higher
Apr13

The Cost of Higher Education Gets a Little Higher

The cost of higher education just got a little higher with the announcement that USC tuition rates would top $50,000 ($51,442 to be exact) for the 2016-2017 academic year. That places it above such Ivy League schools as Vassar ($51,300), Yale ($47,600), Stanford ($45,729) and Harvard ($45,278). That’s not including books, housing and other living expenses.

Apr13

Saldana Blasted Over Nina Role

Zoe Saldana became a household name after her riveting portrayal of the vengeful assassin Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy, but after nabbing the role of singer/civil rights activist Nina Simone in the much anticipated biopic, Nina, Saldana has been the target of criticism as soul singer

India Arie and the estate of Nina Simone’s family charged Saldana’s casting was offensive to Simone’s legacy.

While shooting Nina, which details the singer’s rise to fame, Saldana is reported to have worn a prosthetic nose and darkened her skin for the flick, causing comments com- paring the role to blackface.

 
Philip A. Washington Leads The Way For Change At Metro
Mar11

Philip A. Washington Leads The Way For Change At Metro

Phil Washington is on a mission to build a world- class transportation city. To be sure, it is an ambitious goal to get the nation’s second largest number of urban commuters to choose public transportation over their automobiles, but it is just what Washington has set out to do, in the process revitalizing one of the few remain- ing predominantly black areas in the region and creating a model that could potentially serve as a compelling catalyst for other communities.

The $2 billion, 8.5-mile light rail line is set on a trans- forming landscape that will link such L.A. neighborhoods as Leimert Park, Park Mesa Heights, Hyde Park and Inglewood to LAX airport, and is expected to open in 2019.

 

Mar11

Black Enrollment Rate for Health Coverage Needs to Increase, says Health Agency

African-American healthcare enrollment through Covered California was at a rate of four percent during the latest open enrollment period.

Covered California spokesperson Dana Howard said on Feb. 26, the state-ran marketplace for health insurance is enthusiastic that 9,610 of the Golden State’s new healthcare enrollees identified themselves as Black, although Howard admitted more work needs to be done.

“The rate of enrollment should be at five percent,” he said, “and we still have a long way to go to get to five percent enrollment in the African-American community.”

First Ladies High Tea
November will mark the 20th Anniversary of our Annual First Ladies High Tea, honoring the contributions of female leaders and women of faith to the Los Angeles community. For more information, visit www.firstladieshightea.com
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