Celebrate Earth Day at Descanso Gardens –Free Activities with Admission

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Descanso Gardens Celebrates Earth Day – Saturday and Sunday, April 23-24

Celebrate nature with programs focusing on flowers and plants for your garden. This year’s Earth Day celebration includes the Mt. SAC plant sale and the Botanic Bling trunk show! Activities free with admission and scheduled both days, unless noted otherwise.

  • Botanic Bling, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Just in time for Mother’s Day shopping, Botanic Bling, Descanso’s signature trunk show of unique accessories and jewelry, returns with an Earth Day spin.
  • Mt. SAC plant sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.: Students from the Mount San Antonio College horticulture program will sell a variety of potted plants to make your home garden zing this spring.
  • California wildflower display, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.: This floral installation will give you a close up view of the many beautiful native California blooms you can find at Descanso.
  • Wildflower seed activity, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.: Choose from a variety of native seeds curated by Descanso’s expert horticulturalists to make your very own wildflower seed packet.
  • Oak Woodland walk, Saturday only, 11 a.m.: Join Native Garden Horticulturalist Layla Valenzuela for a walk that explores the Oak Woodland, a wildlife restoration site.
  • Patina, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.: Fresh from the Garden Menu featuring grill favorites, salads and a smoothie bar. On the Main Lawn.
  • Earth Day 5k (Sunday Only), 7:30 am: Experience the Gardens in a new way while you support Descanso! A portion of your entry fee benefits Descanso Gardens. Register at racewire.com

Reminder of Key Dates in February

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As you know, February is a time for two very important occasions:  Valentine’s Day and the Property Taxes deadline.  We want to remind you the second installment of the 2015-2016 Property taxes are due starting, February 1st and will be delinquent if payment is not received by April 10, 2016.  You can pay online by making a payment from your checking account or by using a credit card or Visa Debit card, by clicking here.

Valentine’s Day can be one of the most enjoyable days (or nights) of the year, or it can be an over hyped, overpriced, disappointment. Below are some fun ways to ensure yours falls much more to the enjoyable side.

  • Avoid the crowds. Pick up your favorite meal to go and eat it at home. Try for a different setting, (the dining room instead of the kitchen?) or eat in front of a movie you’ve both been wanting to see.
  • Look at pictures from when you first met. The memories stirred will spur easy conversation that will bring you a little closer.
  • Go to a movie. Comprise on a movie that you will both enjoy together; maybe it is a romantic comedy, drama or action film.

However you spend it, here’s to a Happy Valentine’s Day! We hope it’s your best ever.

If you have any questions about being pre-qualified for a home loan or would like to review your refinancing options, please feel free to reach us directly at Wendy Silva, wendy@silva-villa.com, 818/522-6644 or Leslie Villavicencio, leslie@silva-villa.com, 626/975-4010.  It would be our pleasure to help you.

Pasadena Recycling and Shredding Event, Feb. 27th

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Residents and businesses can safely dispose of electronic waste and have personal and business documents shredded at the City’s popular e-waste event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 27, 2016, in Parking Lot I outside the Rose Bowl Stadium near Brookside Park, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd.  The event is sponsored by the City’s Department of Public Works.

Shredding trucks and e-waste collection sites will be arranged at different stations in Parking Lot I.  Look for signs directing you to the event.  Motorists and bicyclists are advised to use caution while traveling through the area.

E-waste items include computers, keyboards, printers, monitors, laptops, docking stations, scanners, shredders, fax machines, computer mice, telephones, televisions, flat screens, VCRs, DVD players, PDAs, cassette players, tape drives, stereos and household batteries.  Many of these products have parts that can be recycled.

Public Works is also helping residents and businesses prevent identity theft by providing free paper shredding during the event.  The public can bring a maximum of five legal-size boxes for shredding.  Sensitive documents such as receipts, checks, pre-approved credit applications, credit card statements, outdated tax returns, pre-printed envelopes, return address labels and business cards are items that can be shredded.

For more information about the free e-waste collection and document shredding event, visitwww.cityofpasadena.net/PublicWorks or call (626) 744-7311.

Smooth Loan Closings even with TRID

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Our lenders have adapted exceptionally well to the new TRID (TILA/RESPA Integrated Disclosure) requirements instituted in October 2015.  This has resulted in:

  • Smoother disclosure processes for borrowers with consistent information throughout the transaction
  • Improved collaboration between escrow, title, lenders, and realtors
  • On time or early closing of escrows

 

Please feel free to reach us regarding any questions you may have on TRID, different loan programs, etc. It is our pleasure to help you.

Website offers a wealth of info for homebuyers

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From Kevin Smith @ SGVNBiz on Twitter. Most people who are looking to buy a home check the prices of comparable homes in the area and the quality of local schools. But Realtytrac’s new property website www.HomeDisclosure.com goes well beyond that. It identifies registered sex offenders in the area as well as drug labs that have been found, while also giving potential buyers financial details such as the current equity status of each property. And if that wasn’t enough, the website also provides neighborhood data pertaining to the risk of floods, earthquakes, tornados, wildfires and hurricanes. Additional information is provided on superfunds sites in the area, as well as brownfields, storage tanks and spills that have occurred.

PASADENA E-WASTE RECYCLING & DOCUMENT SHREDDING EVENT NOV. 7, 2015

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Residents and businesses can safely dispose of electronic waste and have personal and business documents shredded at the City’s popular e-waste event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015, in Parking Lot I outside the Rose Bowl Stadium near Brookside Park, 360 N. Arroyo Blvd.  The event is sponsored by the City’s Department of Public Works.

Shredding trucks and e-waste collection sites will be arranged at different stations in Parking Lot I.  Look for signs directing you to the event.  Motorists and bicyclists are advised to use caution while traveling through the area.

E-waste items include computers, keyboards, printers, monitors, laptops, docking stations, scanners, shredders, fax machines, computer mice, telephones, televisions, flat screens, VCRs, DVD players, PDAs, cassette players, tape drives, stereos and household batteries.  Many of these products have parts that can be recycled.

Public Works is also helping residents and businesses prevent identity theft by providing free paper shredding during the event.  The public can bring a maximum of five legal-size boxes for shredding.  Sensitive documents such as receipts, checks, pre-approved credit applications, credit card statements, outdated tax returns, pre-printed envelopes, return address labels and business cards are items that can be shredded.

For more information about the free e-waste collection and document shredding event, visitwww.cityofpasadena.net/PublicWorks or call (626) 744-7311.

Stay connected to the City of Pasadena!  Visit us online at www.cityofpasadena.net; follow us on Twitter @PasadenaGov, www.twitter.com/pasadenagov, and Instagram @PasadenaGov,www.instagram.com/pasadenagov; like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena; and subscribe to our YouTube channel at www.youtube.com/pasadenagov.  Or call the Citizen Service Center, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday at (626) 744-7311.

 

LA Housing Market a safe bet, despite rising prices, Report Says

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What may feel like a real estate bubble in Los Angeles — with all-cash offers and frenzied bidding wars — is actually the midpoint of a steady housing market recovery, analysts say. The UCLA Anderson Forecast released Monday (9/28/15) said L.A. is only three years into a rebound that started in 2012. Home prices have since climbed 27 percent. History suggests there will be four more years of price increases and home values will go up another 35 percent before there is any sort of correction. … While entering the market is tough, buying a home right now in Los Angeles isn’t as risky as the high prices make it feel, the report said.  For the full story, please click here.

Yellen Weighs Interest Rate Hike

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From Bloomberg … A rout in emerging markets led by China … triggered an equities sell-off in the U.S., with the Dow Jones Industrial Average dropping by more than 1,000 points in early trading before paring the decline to 588 points, or 3.6 percent, as of 4:15 p.m. in New York [on 8/24/15] . The turbulence had investors questioning whether the durable U.S. economy could withstand weakness abroad and wondering what that means for the timing of the Fed’s interest-rate liftoff.

“If market turmoil continues, the Fed will hold off hiking at the next meeting,” said Jonathan Wright, a professor at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore and a former economist at the central bank’s Division of Monetary Affairs. “These market movements are getting sizable, and raise downside tail risks to growth and inflation.” See more here.