June 2012

Found 95 blog entries for June 2012.

The 3rd annual Farrell’s Splendiferously Superiffic Summer Spectacular Ice Cream Eating Challenge, benefitting CHOC Children’s® and Make-A-Wish®, is here! It’s as great of an event as it is a mouthful to say. Now is your chance to shine like the ooey gooey whipped cream and sprinkle covered star you are. Pit your wits and ice cream eating talents against your fellow man in a heart pounding culinary contest to see who will become Farrell’s 2012 Worlds Fastest and Best Ice Cream Eaters!

Winners from six different categories at the July 15 Championship event in Downtown Brea will walk away with free Farrell’s ice cream for an entire year, a trophy, up to $500 (for the professional category) and, of course, the title of Farrell’s World’s Fastest and

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The average median price of an existing house is projected to rise 2% in Orange County this year, followed by a 7.1% leap in 2013, Chapman University’s Anderson Center for Economic Research forecast Wednesday.


But before you call your agent with “Buy!” orders, be forewarned: That forecast reflects a change in the mix of homes that will sell over the next 18 months rather than a big increase in overall home values, the forecast warned.

How come?

Chapman foresees a delcine in the number of foreclosed home and homes selling “short” of their overall debt. That will result in higher price averages, but not necessarily a big bump in home values.

Nonetheless, the local housing market is getting stronger, bolstered by rising demand, homes becoming

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PCBC is the annual trade show of the western (mostly California) new home building industry, which includes residential developers, builders, investors, architects, manufacturers, and market research firms.

I was at the 2012 PCBC this past week at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. And I must say, the mood of the industry has vastly improved from the recent 3 years, when the halls at the Moscone Center felt sometimes like a tranquil place of mediation — to be polite.

This year, the psychological reading was of a much improved mood with the place actually bustling a little bit with optimism, albeit a guarded one. Here are some of the “good vibrations” …

  • At a session of the Capital Markets Forum I spoke to, more than half the builders in the
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Yorba Linda's 4th of July Spectacular- Live entaertainment, game boths, inflatables, face paintiing and food,food and more food! Fireworks start at 9 pm- bring your lawn chairs and blankets and enjoy!



Yorba Linda Veterans Park

Valley View and Yorba Linda Blvd

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An old-fashioned Independence Day celebrationis in store when the City of Fullerton presents its annual community fireworks show and Festival featuring live music, roaming entertainment and food and game booths sponsored as fundraiser for Fullerton non-profit organizations.





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Brea's old-fashioned Country Fair is a day-long event breginning with the Kiwanis Pancake Breakfast at 7 AM. The Fair opens at 10AM and features live entertainemnt, kiddie parade,beuatiful baby contest,rides delicious food, games, exhibits, craft area, market place and car show! Swimming at the Plunge starts at 11AM.




(just south of Imperial)

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Anaheim Helicopters in Fullerton would like to invite you to their open house on June 29th, June 30th, and July 1st, 2012.

You’ll be able to meet the pilots, see the Robinson R44 Helicopter they fly, and enter a drawing to win a 60 minute helicopter tour.

Come check out the helicopter tour company that is internationally recognized for its ability to shoot cutting edge aerial footage.

They have received news coverage in the United Kingdom, Germany, and the United States.

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We’ve told you that the big weakness in government transparency these days — at least according to the Orange County grand jury – is straight talk on what agencies actually pay each year for employees’ pensions.

That cost is still veiled, shrouded in mystery — a riddle wrapped in a conundrum inside an enigma, to torture metaphor — and without that number, Joe Citizen can’t get an accurate picture of what it truly costs to employ public workers.

“Governmental costs for funding pensions for each employee should be brought out of the shadows and made transparent,” the grand jury declared. “These costs should be reported by each Orange County government on its website as part of employee compensation cost reporting.”

Why? Because these costs are way

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Before the redevelopment bubble burst, Santa Ana was hauling in more redevelopment dollars than any other O.C. city — $51.4 million a year. The cost of repaying its redevelopment debt? About $30 million a year.

Next up was Anaheim, which got $47 million a year in redevelopment dollars, and paid about $21 million a year in redevelopment debt.

Little Westminster was No. 3, getting $36.1 million a year, and paying about $7.5 million in redevelopment debt.

All told, Orange County redevelopment agencies got $400 million annually in property tax revenues – and paid less than $200 million a year in redevelopment debt, according to data in a new report from the Orange County grand jury

So you can see why cities fought so hard to keep redevelopment.

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