The experts said it was going to be like this. Home sales and new residential construction started the year with a lot less energy than in 2005. That’s where the similarity ends. Sales fell off a cliff in the San Fernando Valley (down 31.6 percent), Los Angeles County (down 23.5 (percent) and the state (down 24.1 percent) in January. The experts didn’t expect that. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant Whether the plunge results in a fatal wound remains to be seen. New home, apartment and condo construction just slid down a small hill. It’s off 10 percent from January 2005, according to the California Building Industry Association. And that’s not so bad because January 2005 got off to an extremely strong pace, the Sacramento group said. This January, developers were issued 12,357 building permits, 1,430 fewer than a year ago. It breaks down to 9,036 single-family homes (down 10.4 percent from January 2005) and 3,321 apartments and condominiums (also down 10.4 percent from January 2005). Alan Nevin, the association’s chief economist, said the January results matched his building forecast for the entire year. And he thinks that activity will pick up in the second quarter. “Despite the naysayer predictions for 2006, the permit count for the first month of 2006 is only modestly off from January 2005,” he said. He is equally bullish on the resale market, which is off to its slowest start in nearly a decade. But 2005 was one of the strongest years for sales since 1988. “I’m betting that the resale market rebounds by spring. There are still people looking for homes and, by spring, they will be back in the market,” he said. This year, Nevin predicts that developers will obtain permits for between 185,000 and 205,000 homes, condominiums and apartments, compared to about 213,000 in 2004 and 208,000 in 2005. That, coupled with a rising resale inventory, should work to cool appreciation rates, which began the year in double digits. “I’m really surprised,” Nevin said about the divergent paths taken by sales and prices. “I thought there would be some serious flattening out in … parts of coastal California and it really hasn’t happened yet.” Deals of Note Thibiant International Inc., a manufacturer of skin- and hair-care products, increased its footprint in Chatsworth. The company has signed a five-year lease valued at $2.6 million for 71,926 square feet of industrial space in the 20000 block of Nordoff St. The deal illustrates the continued strength of the Valley’s industrial market, said John DeGrinis, senior vice president of Colliers International, who helped broker the deal with company associate Partick DuRoss. DeGrinis said this is the company’s fifth distribution facility in the Valley. Industrial vacancy rates in the Valley now range from 1.9 percent to 2.2 percent. “It’s extremely tight,” he said of the market. “We’re really concerned where the supply is going to come from in the future.” DeGrinis and DuRoss represented Thibiant. Bennett Robinson of CBRE represented the lessor, Amir Development Co./Amiscope Properties. Thibiant executives could not be reached for comment. Over in the East Valley, Grubb & Ellis Co. reports that Xebec Development Co. in a joint venture with IDS Real Estate, both based in Los Angeles, bought an 80,000-square-foot industrial building on 152,000 square feet of land in Burbank for $9 million. The partnership plans to turn it into a creative office complex in a $30 million redevelopment project. The property, at 210 S. Victory Blvd., is already getting interest from a variety of potential users, including entertainment firms, national fitness centers and hotels, said Grubb & Ellis’ Brendan Monaghan and Bart Pucci, who will be marketing the development and represented Xebc and IDS. A variety of development options are being considered, including converting the property for use by a single tenant or breaking it up into office condos. Monaghan and Pucci said the facility is available for immediate short-term production and filming during the marketing and architectural planning process. Gregory J. Wilcox, (818) 713-3743 firstname.lastname@example.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
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A new study from Changing Our World has some remarkable figures:Large American nonprofits spend at least $7.6 billion per year on marketing and public relations, and may in fact spend a great deal more, according to the Changing Our World analysis of 71 nonprofits with annual revenues of $10 million or more per year. Itemized examination of IRS Form 990 Line 43, where marketing and communications expenses reside, resulted in an extrapolated estimate of $7.6 billion for the sector.With more than 100 nonprofits forming everyday, it’s becoming a very competitive world for donor dollars. That’s driving a lot of marketing spending. And since most of us don’t have a huge marketing budget to sling around, we have to work smarter than ever. Not a relaxing thought on a Friday afternoon in the heat of fundraising season. One way to work smarter is to get your online fundraising up and running, because it’s cheap and competitive. Network for Good (my nonprofit) can really help you in this department. Get a Donate Now button, do email outreach, and use the long tail of the web to reach people where they cluster online. And at least this study gives you another talking point for defending your marketing budget — it’s a competitive world out there.
Every summer BBEDC holds salmon camps for middle school and high school kids from CDQ communities. It’s a mix of a little fun and little education on the region’s number one renewable resource, salmon. The junior camp kids paid a visit to the counting tower station on the Wood River.Download Audio:Jamie Westnegee shows salmon camps students who Fish and Game measures and records salmon as they return upstream to spawn.Credit Matt Martin/KDLG“Now look at this fish, this is a sockeye salmon.”Jamie Westnegee holds up the fish to a group of camp kids wearing chest high waders. They’re all standing around a live-box full of sockeye in the Wood River.“Do you know if it a male or a female?”“Female!”Westnegee has been working at counting towers for three years. He gets help from his colleague Kim Powell as he show the kids how Fish and Game tracks salmon as they move upriver to spawn.“So what we are going to do, hold that right there, we’re going to measure the fish and Kim’s going to pull a scale right off the back.”He tells the kids the scales of a fish are like a birth certificate. It tells the biologist the age of the salmon and how long it’s been in the ocean.Westnegee says the day the campers come to the counting tower is an important part of learning about the lifecycle of salmon.“The education of very sustainable natural resource that we have here and emphasizing to the kids so as they grow older they can pass on these traditions of fishing and education to their young as well.”Once Westnegee is finished measuring the fish, Powell cuts off a small fin towards the tail of the fish, known as the adipose fin. It’s a marker so the biologists make sure to not test the same fish twice. And that lead a few kids to ask a very scientific question.Laci Andrew and Theresa Savo show off the adipose fins of some sockeye salmon they bravely tried to eat.Credit Chloe George“Can we eat the fin?”“You have to eat it with me.”With pinched noses, the two girls threw the fins in their mouths.And as quickly as the fins were in their mouths, they were spit out on the ground.This group is the youngest of three different age groups that make up the salmon camps. As the kids get older they learn more and more about salmon, leading to the high school kids working on research projects and cam get college credit for the camp.“It’s not just a camp where you split fish all day. It’s a camp where you actually get out there and go do stuff, and have fun, and learn about marine biology which is pretty cool.”Mackenzie Amay, an 11 year old camper from Dillingham, wants to be a marine biologist. She says knows a lot more about salmon than she did before the camp.“I’ve learned where certain parts of the body are and what their names are. I can recognize all the five different salmon species in Bristol Bay now.”Karl Clark is one of the camp supervisors and he says that is exactly the purpose of the camps.“What we like to do with this younger group is to give them an overview of salmon all the way from art projects through the commercial industry, subsistence, sport fish, so we kind of give them little projects on each of them.”Clark just wants to make sure that the kids get a full picture of ways they can interact with salmon in the region.“We want to show them how many jobs are out there that they could do with salmon and different projects they could do with fish. So that’s what we look at and try to get them hooked into something they might want to do when they grow up.”Back out by the live-box in the river, Westnegee and Powell have finished up all their measurements and are ready to help the kids release the fish to continue their upstream journey.“Just touch it and let it go very gently into the water. And then it goes on its way.”Little Mckenzie Amay is sold. She says she’ll be coming back to salmon camp every year for as long as she can.