Diego Costa sparked the turnaround for Chelsea, cancelling out a 45th-minute own goal by teammate Gary Cahill with an equaliser in the 60th after chesting down Cesc Fabregas’ long ball. Costa set up substitute Willian to put Chelsea ahead in the 70th and Eden Hazard added a third in the 90th, before Ag¸ero’s tackle on Luiz sparked the late skirmishes. Other results: West Ham 1 Arsenal 5; Sunderland 2 Leicester 1; Stoke 2 Burnley 0; Tottenham 5 Swansea 0; West Brom 3 Watford 1; Crystal Palace 3 Southampton 0. TURNAROUND A crushing defeat was about to be confirmed for Manchester City when Sergio Ag¸ero flew into a knee-high challenge and Fernandinho grabbed a goading opponent by the throat in an ensuing melee, shoving him over an advertising hoarding. City’s players didn’t just lose a match to a big title rival. They lost their heads. In a feisty, action-packed game between two of the Premier League’s heavyweights, Chelsea scored three goals in the final half-hour and rallied for a 3-1 win at City yesterday. It was an eighth straight victory for the leaders, all of them coming since their coach, Antonio Conte, switched to a 3-4-3 formation that is making the team irresistible going forward. City dropped four points behind Chelsea in fourth place. Ag¸ero and Fernandinho, two mainstays of Pep Guardiola’s City team, were both red-carded in those unedifying final seconds that saw tempers flare and both sets of players pushing and shoving on the field. Ag¸ero is set to miss the next four matches for his lunge on David Luiz, because it was his second sending-off this season.
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 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!