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New F-150 hauls pickups into the future

Thu Oct 02, 2014

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS – Where to begin. From the tip of its aluminum nose to its tailgate with the built-in courtesy step and every angle and orifice in between, the 2015 Ford F-150 is an innovator. As sure-footedly as the F-150 can scramble its way to the top of a mound of boulders, its radical 2015 update practically guarantees it wi

OC International Auto Show makes it 50 years and counting

Thu Oct 02, 2014

The first time the OC Auto Show threw open its doors, the Beatles dominated radio, hamburgers cost 19 cents and the Ford Mustang had just come on the market. Fifty years later, musical tastes have changed, as have McDonald’s prices, but the Mustang will again be parked on the show carpet – this time in both its 1965 and 2015 model ye

The Spin: Ducati, Kawasaki, Zero unveil new models at International Motorcycle Fair

Thu Oct 02, 2014

The International Motorcycle Fair kicked off in Cologne, Germany, this week with reveals of several highly anticipated models. Ducati showed its new Scrambler dual sport with what it calls a “post-heritage” design, including a round headlamp and long saddle. Powered with an 803cc L-twin, the Scrambler will be available in January wit

L.A.-O.C. house prices up 9% in July, index says

Tue Sep 30, 2014

House prices in Los Angeles and Orange counties increased 9 percent in the year ending in July, the smallest appreciation rate in 20 months, the S&P/Case-Shiller Home Price Index reported Tuesday. Prices were in the region were unchanged from June on a seasonally adjusted basis. Home-price gains are leveling off across the bo

REAL ESTATE: Bill to deter squatters signed by Gov. Brown

Mon Sep 29, 2014

A bill that deters illegal squatting in residential properties was signed into law Saturday by Gov. Jerry Brown, Assemblyman Steve Fox announced. The legislation by Fox, which sets up a pilot program in Palmdale, Lancaster and Ukiah, was spawned in part by homeowner horror stories that played out across Southern California and the inland

From $0 to $3 million

Sun Sep 28, 2014

On a wintry day 21 years ago, Peter Shikli and his wife, Edith Radnoti, took refuge from the rain under a scrap of overhang, leaning against one of the last remaining walls of their ocean-view home. Shielded from the eyes of neighbors and lenses of TV news cameras, they cried as they looked over the precipice of what for eight years had

Move less, lose less

Sun Sep 28, 2014

Americans are moving less – and that’s by no means a bad thing. Last week in this space, I detailed my top 10 reasons why I thought we’ve started putting down serious roots. An analysis of U.S. Census data by Trulia found the typical American now lives in their current residence – owned or rented – for rough

Eskildsen: Not all deals take a straight path

Sun Sep 28, 2014

In real estate, you expect things to be pretty straight forward. People decide to sell their house. Other people decide to buy the house. The agent is just here to get you together so you can get on with your lives. Please quit getting

U.S. housing policy needs an upgrade

Sun Sep 28, 2014

What’s up with mortgage rates? Jeff Lazerson of Mortgage Grader in Laguna Niguel gives us his take. RATE NEWS SUMMARY From Freddie Mac’s weekly survey: The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage improved to 4.20 percent from last week’s 4.23 percent. The 15-year fixed improved, as well, dropping to 3.36 percent from last wee

From $0 to $3 million

Fri Sep 26, 2014

On a wintry day 21 years ago, Peter Shikli and his wife, Edith Radnoti, took refuge from the rain under a scrap of overhang, leaning against one of the last remaining walls of their ocean-view home. Shielded from the eyes of neighbors and lenses of TV news cameras, they cried as they looked over the precipice of what for eight years had b

An Oldsmobile with Star power

Thu Sep 25, 2014

Denny Pace of Garden Grove has owned a 1962 Oldsmobile Starfire 2-door hardtop for about 20 years, but his sentimental attachment to the car goes back even longer. “When I was courting my wife of now 49 years, we took a ride in one of these back in Iowa where we came from,” says Pace, 82. “And at that point, I said if I

Oculus reveals another VR headset

Tue Sep 23, 2014

You’re standing on the ledge of a city high-rise. Level with rooftops of other nearby skyscrapers, you hear traffic and see a large suspension bridge in the distance. Inching out farther on the tiny ledge, you glance down at the street far below and suddenly get a sick feeling in your stomach. You’re too close to the edge

Dunkin' craze moves into Downey

Tue Sep 23, 2014

Before sunrise and before most of us had slurped our daily cup of joe, Dunkin’ Donuts opened its second traditional, free-standing Southern Californian location Tuesday in Downey. One hundred coffee and fried-dough lovers – some of whom waited more than 24 hours – lined up for the 5 a.m. opening to score a free coff

New gastropub could be on tap as part of proposal for Union Station

Mon Sep 22, 2014

The team that supplied much of the liquor and the life for the downtown Los Angeles revitalization is looking to keep the party going at Union Station. Next month, the Metro Board of Directors will consider a proposal from Cedd Moses and Eric Needleman of 213 Spirited Ventures – which runs Cole’s, Casey’s Irish Pub, Sev

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