In Valley, home sales still sliding

first_img“We’ll have a better barometer of how the year will go after the first quarter,” said Jim Link, the association’s executive vice president. He believes that the market will pick up as buyers realize prices are not going to fall as much as sales did. “Buyers are sorting through a large enough inventory to offer real options in all price ranges, but not so large that it tips the balance in their favor,” Link said. In the condominium market, 211 properties changed owners, an annual dip of 8.3 percent. Condo sales fell 29 percent from December. The median price, the point at which half the units cost more and half less, slipped an annual 2.5 percent, or $9,900, to $380,100. It fell 3.8 percent, or $14,900 from December. Association President Winnie Davis noted that January is typically one of the year’s weakest months. “The decrease in sales from last year is consistent with the trend we saw throughout most of 2006,” she said. Link said that members report buying activity is increasing, probably because interest rates are still relatively low and so far nothing suggests a price plunge is in the offing. At the end of January, there were 5,207 properties on the Multiple Listing Service operated by the association. That is up 25.5 percent from a year ago, but down 0.1 percent from December. That represents a 6.7 month supply and is considered a balanced market, the association said. Pending escrows, an indicator of future activity, fell 9.4 percent from a year ago and increased 23.1 percent from December. Nima Nattagh, an independent market analyst, said the weakness should continue into the year. “There is definitely a slowdown in the pace of sales, but prices haven’t tanked as much as some guessed,” he said. [email protected] (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! San Fernando Valley homes sales fell by the slimmest annual margin in 16 months during January and the median price increased slightly – a sign the housing slump may be moderating, a trade association said Friday. Last month, 569 previously owned houses changed owners, down 2.2 percent from a year earlier, said the Van Nuys-based Southland Regional Association of Realtors. That’s the smallest decrease since sales started to slide in October 2005. Sales fell 29.4 percent from December. However, the median price increased an annual 1.3 percent, or $8,000, to $613,000. It remained unchanged from December. last_img read more

Most readers favor shared use of nature trails

first_img– JIM LEGGE Rancho Palos Verdes A few hikers and a few mountain bikers are a problem. The many other hundreds of hikers and mountain bikers are happy to share the trails and don’t forget the horse people also sharing. There seems to be an issue with a few power-hungry people (who believe) the trails are theirs. Remember, the land is for everybody, not just a few people. Does anybody realize that people need to get out and ride or walk every day for the health of themselves and society as a whole? Without naming certain names, a few have created a lot of stress to ban mountain biking. These few should go visit the rest of the planet and see how lucky they are to live where they have open land and to share it with (others) who know they are lucky to have the open land and enjoy it. – MITCH BERGER Torrance Yes, mountain bikes should be allowed on the trails. Mountain bikes do no more harm to trails than hiking, and less than horses. (There are many studies to support this.) Damage to trails, whether it be from mountain bikes, hiking boots or horse hooves, can be mitigated and repaired. Banning mountain biking from the trails is prejudicial and has shown to exacerbate conflict. And it wouldn’t do much to mitigate damage to the environment. As a member of Conejo Open Space Trails Advisory Committee (in Thousand Oaks) I know that mountain biking can absolutely coexist with other trail users because there is open dialogue, inclusion and cooperation, not an atmosphere of exclusion, bans and conflict. – MARK LANGTON Newbury Park I think it should be strictly foot traffic. It’s just too much otherwise, and the environment would be so much better. – CAROL BARKER Hawthorne Science and ecological studies have shown that, with very few exceptions, well-designed public trails support mountain biking without any abnormal or unusual wear. As a mountain biker for years, and an early member and longtime coordinator for the volunteer trail maintenance program of a nonprofit group, I believe those of us from all user groups who have at heart the love, respect and quest to go out and enjoy our natural surroundings should work together to keep the outdoors open to us. We might even be helping invite the next generation out to take part in what we’ve found. – RICH PINDER Van Nuys Mountain bikes do little harm to the trails, much less than a horse, and about as much as a hiker. The weight of the rider and bike is spread over two wheels with a wide contact area to the trail, which results in a low impact to it. Regular trail use by mountain bikers helps keep existing trails accessible to hikers. – GREGORIO DE HARO Torrance Not only I am a mountain biker, but (I am) also backpacker, hiker and Sierra Club member. I have been mountain biking in Palos Verdes for 15 years. During that time I have never had any conflict with hikers or equestrians and have found pleasant hellos to be the norm. The current concern in the area is a number of unofficial trails that have been made and the corresponding erosion caused by this. Unfortunately, as in any group, there is a small number of individuals who, usually through lack of knowledge or etiquette, give a group a bad name. A mountain bike, when ridden under control, causes no more damage than a footprint, and significantly less than a horse. The main cause of erosion in our trails is water runoff. The mountain bike community has already volunteered significant hours to assist with trail maintenance and has rerouted trails in the preserve to minimize erosion. Once the trails have been officially designated and posted, we can patrol the area and continue to educate users. Banning bicycles from this area would be akin to banning hikers on all trails because a small handful of them shortcut on switchbacks. By and large, all user groups have successfully shared this area for a long time and should be able to continue to do so. We need to all work together and not have access denied to anyone because of a small handful of kids on bikes (not mountain bikers) or a small group of angry hikers. – STEVE KERR San Pedro The National Park Service’s own reporting shows that damage from mountain bikes is negligible (if riders stay on the prescribed trails) and that in some cases horses can be far more damaging. Any erosion caused in the Portuguese Bend area by mountain bikers is done by a small minority of bikers, and the mountain bike community has begun to actively “police” these riders from continuing the type of riding that would damage these trails. – ANDY TANKERSLEY San Pedro I firmly believe that mountain bikers should be allowed on the nature trails on the Peninsula, and in particular on the trails in the Portuguese Bend area below Del Cerro Park. These trails have been shared by hikers, equestrians and mountain bikers for more than 20 years now. Up until now, this land has been a big “vacant lot” with basically no rules. Once the Public Use Master Plan (PUMP) Committee (in Rancho Palos Verdes) decides which of the existing trails should remain open, I believe that it will be in the best interest of everybody that all of these trails be designated “multi-use.” Just in the last year, this same process has been implemented in the Forestall Preserve with most of the trails being designated multi-use, and there has been no evident harm to the environment from mountain bikes. Mountain bikers will respect posted signs and will stay on designated trails if they are allowed on most of the trails, just like what has happened in the Forestall Preserve. – BOB ENDICOTT San Pedro Having a diverse trail user community is healthy and reflects the people and their recreational preferences in the surrounding neighborhoods. Bicycles have been using the trails on the Palos Verdes Peninsula for more than 20 years. Mountain bicyclists from the surrounding communities have provided many hours of volunteer trail maintenance and shown their value as caring and involved constituents. Excluding bicycles would only create a huge challenge for the agency that is tasked with managing the local trails and parklands, taking away from their ability to maintain trails and keep them safe and beautiful for all users, while alienating a longtime user group. – PETER HEUMANN Calabasas Mountain bikes should be allowed on all trails in Palos Verdes. They inflict less trail damage than equestrian trail users. Mountain bikers in the area ride respectfully. Please share the trails. – CHAD FLYNN Hermosa Beach I have been an avid hiker for years. I have never had a problem with mountain bikers at Del Cerro. The ones I have met have been very polite. I know that some can cause trouble but in that regard, I have scolded other hikers for intentionally littering and have seen hikers going off trail. It’s like driving in L.A. – most people are good but sometimes someone is an idiot! I believe that multi-use trails can work. They should not be closed to anyone unless it rains. Then horses and bikers should stay off. – LIZ KURTZ Los Angeles Mountain bikers should be allowed to share the land with hikers and equestrians. And no, bikes do not do “too much harm to the environment.” I have been a hiker and mountain biker in that area for more than 10 years, and the most damage I’ve seen was due to water and horses being ridden on trails right after rain. Downhill sections of trail would have deep imprints from the horses shoes, due to the softened dirt. – LARRY LINDSAY Torrance We are all stakeholders. This land now belongs to the community, so everyone should be allowed to share these trails. The bike community has been working to make sure everyone knows the rules. There is no evidence that bikes impact trails any differently than other users if they stay on designated trails. Cyclists have done more trail work than any other group. We deserve respect. I’ve volunteered to repair trails throughout the Southern California. We deserve to ride them. I’ve been riding these trails for more than five years now. Walking your bike in hazardous sections is a common practice we use. Cyclists can control their bikes even on the steepest trail. I’ve never had a bad encounter with hikers or horses. – VICTOR CASAS Glendora Using a dirt trail leaves marks no matter what the mode of transportation. If the trails are dry, neither bikes, pedestrians or horses cause any actual damage. But when it rains, we should all stay away for one or two days until the trails dry out. Regardless of who uses them, trails need periodic maintenance, and bicyclists are usually the group most willing to spend a Saturday morning working on the trails. When I volunteer at organized trail work days in PV, we bicyclists outnumber everyone else. – DAVID THOM Torrance The controversy implied by the question stems from activities while the land was private property and without any form of management. A city-ordered study of all uses in the Forrestal Nature Preserve strongly suggests that the implementation of management will provide the controls necessary to accommodate bike use. The Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy study concluded that bikes had no more impact on habitat than other users and added that no user complaints were reported. As a member of the Forrestal Nature Preserve Advisory Board, I concur with the conclusions. Focusing on unmanaged activity neglects all of the proven mitigation methods that are available. I am also a member of the Rancho Palos Verdes Public Use Master Plan Committee that is nearing completion of an updated management plan. I am hopeful that a year of good management will allay concerns about bikes and other uses. – TROY BRASWELL Rancho Palos Verdes By prohibiting bikes from using the Peninsula trails, the city will cause more damage to the environment than good. Mountain bikers will be forced to drive to other trails, leading to more local air pollution and traffic congestion. Many mountain bikers, who also ride road bikes, would be forced to ride on the streets more often, in turn slowing down traffic and potentially leading to increased traffic accidents. In this era of global warming, bicycling should be encouraged in our community, not discouraged by special-interest groups that have misperceptions, axes to grind and/or special agendas in regard to a great sport. – AL MARTINEZ Rancho Palos Verdes The trails should be shared by all parties. The hikers should have the right of way but not exclusive use. The equestrians have always been somewhat limited, and I agree that not all trails should be open to horses. As for the environmental impact, a horse in not indigenous to North America and has a much, much higher unit loading on its hooves than that of a mountain bike tire. The unavoidable manure from a horse spreads nonindigenous plants. These plants have a negative impact on the area by choking out the native plants. These are evident on trails not used by mountain bikers. Is this really an environmental issue, or is it an elitist, exclusive land grab? – JOHN HALL Rancho Palos Verdes160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Although I am a biker (road type), I do not believe that hiking/horse trails should be shared with mountain bikers, and the environment is not the reason. Mountain bikers are all about speed on the downhill, and hikers and walkers are obviously on a different pace. Mixing them is a recipe for injuries. – BOB YOUNG Harbor City Obviously you’ve never been on a horse path before or never had a horse spooked by somebody jumping on a bicycle in front of you. It’s crazy to mix bicycles and horse riding. Horses do spook. Good way to break your neck. No bikes. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champ– RANDY SCHOONOVER Torrance I live in Upper Portuguese Bend and my wife and I have been biking, hiking and riding horses on the trails in that area for years. Compared to other places we have experience with, the folks we meet are very pleasant and generally demonstrate a real concern for the environment. This is evidenced by the lack of trash and litter on the trails. Because we use the trails for hiking, biking and riding, we are not biased toward any one group. It is our opinion that you can cause damage in any format. You cannot solve the problems with regulation. We need to communicate our concern, educate the users (all disciplines) and post rules of good conduct. last_img read more

Verizon iPhone Expected Today

first_imgWhat it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement sarah perez Ouch!CDMA iPhone Confirmed?Notably, AT&T’s above statement not only confirms the existence of the Verizon iPhone itself, but also its technical nature: CDMA, not LTE.?For those unfamiliar with the acronyms, CDMA is Verizon’s equivalent of 3G while LTE is 4G. (Although the term “4G” has been transformed into marketing lingo for “next generation, high speed networks” – none of the U.S.’s “4G” networks actually meet the standards requirements).That’s an interesting detail about the Verizon iPhone because, last week at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2011) in Las Vegas, Verizon announced a slew of LTE-capable phones, all of which were running Google’s Android mobile operating system.It appears that the choice Verizon will be presenting its smartphone shoppers is this: do you want a Verizon iPhone, or a 4G Android? Arguably, the supposed lack of 4G technology in the iPhone could make that a tougher decision for those who know and care about network speeds. However, that may not include most mainstream consumers.According to Elisabeth Rainge, an analyst at IDC, “regular consumers think more about the handset than the network.” She wondered: “if they build LTE, will they come?”Nielsen’s latest survey revealed that same sentiment was found among many U.S. adults. The firm asked more than 2,100 U.S. adults about 4G technology to gauge consumer awareness and perceptions, as well as purchase intent.The results showed that while 83% were aware of 4G, half said they did not understand it. And 71% reported they were not planning on buying a 4G device within the next 12 months. Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Related Posts center_img How Many AT&T Defectors?Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray told NYT that Verizon could activate as many as 9 million iPhones this year, or as much as 40% of its total smartphone sales for the year. He said that up to 6.5 million of those could be from AT&T.Meanwhile, Credit Suisse estimates that AT&T will have 18.4 million iPhone subscribers in 2010, of which 15.9 million (86%) will be under contract, according to The Wall St. Journal. And analyst Jonathan Chaplin estimates that Verizon will sign up 9.6 million subscribers through 2012, 1.3 million of which will be from AT&T.The discrepancy in the numbers show that not even analysts are sure of the effect this move will have on the subscriber bases of the two networks, only that there will be one. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology This morning, live from New York City’s Lincoln Center, Verizon Wireless is holding a special press event where it’s expected the company will reveal, at long last, the Verizon iPhone. It’s a move that will end AT&T’s exclusivity over the wildly popular Apple smartphone once and for all.The event is being hosted by Lowell McAdam, Verizon President and COO, and will likely see Apple CEO Steve Jobs grace the stage as well.AT&T has been prepping for the loss of its exclusive rights to carry the iconic device by slashing prices on the iPhone 3GS, lowering it to just $49, obviously in the hopes of roping people into a cellular contract in advance of Verizon’s announcement.AT&T & Verizon Trading BarbsAT&T, which has been the only carrier with the iPhone for three-and-a-half years in the U.S., has even started to publicly dismiss the Verizon version of the phone. For example, AT&T PR spokesperson Larry Solomon sent Business Insider the following statement yesterday:“The iPhone is built for speed, but that’s not what you get with a CDMA phone. I’m not sure iPhone users are ready for life in the slow lane.”He also explained that AT&T’s GSM technology is faster than Verizon’s CDMA technology.That same exact wording was released by AT&T Mark Siegel in a statement given to The New York Times.Verizon then fought back, releasing a statement of its own:“AT&T is known for a lot of things, but network quality is not one of them,” said Jeffrey Nelson, a spokesman for Verizon Wireless. “Typically companies try to call attention to their strongest suit.” Tags:#Apple#mobile#news#web last_img read more

The National Guard and Reserves: Are their Needs Different from Active Duty?

first_imgJay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD  Unlike active duty members of the military, who tend to be organized by base, the National Guard and Reserve members are widely dispersed across the U.S., away from their assigned military base, and may live in a community that may not be familiar with military culture and the challenges they face. In a recent article published in Clinical Child & Family Psychological Review, authors Murphy and Fairbank (2013) review the challenges that are specific to members of the National Guard and Reserves, and emerging evidence-based programs that are becoming available to better serve military families living in communities located away from military bases. Challenges important to families living away from a military community include a wide range of environmental and individual barriers:Table adapted from Murphy and Fairbank (2013)To address the need for support and improve services for community dwelling military families, a number of programs or interventions have been developed. These programs have either been developed specifically to address the needs of military families or have been adapted from work for civilian families. Three potential solutions listed here are highlighted here:Co-locating health and mental health servicesBy providing mental health services within a health care setting, stigma for seeking treatment is reduced. Furthermore, it allows for health care and mental health care to be better coordinated, leading to better patient care. This is beneficial not only for military members and their families, but also for the community at large.Families Over Coming Under Stress (FOCUS) Resiliency Training (Beardslee, 2013)Today, FOCUS is better designed to serve families that have limited access to clinicians familiar with military families. Two applications, Self-Administered Family Check-in and FOCUS World, are web-based, and available to community dwelling military members (and others). The self-administered check-in offers standardized psychological health and family resilience screening with real-time feedback. FOCUS World is an interactive family narrative. The FOCUS World application allows the user to select a character, i.e. Mom, Dad, provides for individual family members to log significant family events, thoughts and feelings around those events, and even pictures that are displayed on a high-tech timeline. To play in FOCUS World, you can create an account as a clinician.[Flickr, Looking Good for Need by Tina Lawson, CC BY-ND 2.0] Retrieved on September 17, 2015The Military Child Education CoalitionThe Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) (2012) has a number of resources that are available to military families through the Internet. Resources provided include: Child advocacy training materials, peer-to-peer support for children, news, and other education related material.Considerations when working with National Guard and Reserve familiesDo you ask your clients “have you, or anyone in your family ever served in the military?” This not only gathers critical information about the client, but also informs the client that you are culturally sensitive and that your practice is military informed.If this is the case for you, acknowledge to yourself and your client that your knowledge and understanding of the military and military culture is limited.If the client has recently been deployed, don’t assume that a recent deployment is the reason for the current help-seeking situation. While deployment is often a stressor, it may or may not play a role in the problem to be addressed.The National Guard and Reserves play a critical role in today’s U. S. military. Recent developments in care for military members and their families located away from bases offer an opportunity for clinicians to utilize new evidence-based strategies and Internet-based technology for the best care of this important element of the military.References[1] Murphy, R. A., & Fairbank, J. A. (2013). Implementation and dissemination of military informed and evidence-based interventions for community dwelling military families. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 16, 348-364. doi: 10.1007/s10567-013-0149-8[2] Beardslee, W. R., Klosinski, L. E., Saltzman, W., Mogil, C. Pangelinan, S., McKnight, C. P. & Lester, P. (2013). Dissemination of family-centered prevention for military and veteran families: Adaptations and adoption within community and military systems of care. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 16, 394-409. doi: 10.1007/s10567-013-0154-yThis post was written by Jay Morse & Heidi Radunovich, PhD, members of the MFLN Family Development (FD) team which aims to support the development of professionals working with military families. Find out more about the Military Families Learning Network FD concentration on our website, on Facebook, on Twitter, YouTube, and on LinkedIn.last_img read more