The city of San Diego is now at Level 2 Water Emergency. San Diego city Council yesterday voted eight to zero to impose mandatory outdoor water usage restrictions throughout the city of San Diego, effective June 1, 2009.
The newly enacted measures call for the following:
Watering of lawns and landscapes throughout the city and its jurisdictions can only be done from 6 p.m. to 10 a.m.
Outside watering ( applicable to residential and commercial properties) can only be done three days per week.
Each property owner must follow the assigned days of week according to the property address. Read the rest of this entry »
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The Governor signed into law a senate bill that provides New Home Buyers with a tax credit when they purchase New Construction as a primary residence in California.
Between March 1, 2009 and March 1, 2010, New Home Buyers can earn a tax credit up to $10,000 on a qualified personal residence. The qualified property an be a single family home or an attached property. There is 100 million in tax credit available so it will be available on the next two years on a first come, first serve basis.
The qualifying rules are as follows:
The Buyer must occupy the New Home for at least 2 consecutive years after the purchase.
The Seller of the new home must certify within one week of the sale that the New Home has never been lived in. Read the rest of this entry »
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Bi-partisan Proposal For Water Bond Issue May be in Peril and A Negative Outcome is Feared in San Diego
The worsening water crisis in California brought forth a bipartisan effort for a $9.3 billion bond measure. There is some resistance building in the state capital as some of the legislatures feel that conservation alone can save California from the looming catastrophe .
The 9.3 Billion Dollar bond proposal includes $3 billion for reservoirs and other storage projects, with costs to be split between the state and local water providers; $2 billion for projects to use water more efficiently, protect its quality and reduce runoff; $1.9 billion to develop a Delta management plan; $1.3 billion for conservation programs along the Sacramento, San Joaquin and Klamath rivers and the Salton Sea; and more than $1 billion to improve ground water quality and recycle water.
The legislature must approve the proposal and put it forth for the voters to decide in November. But the resistance seems to be growing there and foot dragging and excuses are makes it seem that there is inaction on the water issues. San Diego , the 2nd largest city in the state is most affected as there was a judicial action that cuts the water supplies form the Sacramento River Delta due to the risk to some smelt if the Delta level continues to drop. The judicial decision called for a 50% cut back of water supplies to San Diego and since over 90 percent of our water is purchased, this is going to have a stunning effect on available water resources in our region. Thinking conservation will cure the shortfall is wishful thinking.
This proposal though could go a long way in getting new storage facilities built to provide needed reserves. The 1.9 million for the Delta Management plan would help getting the judicial decision to either be reconsidered or set aside.
The water agencies through out the state all see this as a vital issue and they are in praise of the bi-partisan proposal. Next step, get the legislature to take action ASAP and get this measure approved so that people around the state can be made aware of how important it is and get approved come the fall elections.
If this doesn’t get done San Diego stands to hurt to most and the potential for job loss and many other ill effects will be felt in every household. San Diego has seen one water plan after another at the state level having the life sucked out it and it must be realized by everyone that a controlling part of the legislature believes that dams and storage projects are harmful to the environment.
We of course can be hopeful for rain showers but the weather man says the forecast is for more drought. So good luck with that. Desalination is opposed, recycling plan not ready, importing more water seems to off the table. So if this proposal doesn’t get done, we best hope someone has some connections with the rain gods and start praying.
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From the Voice of San Diego Real Estate, this just in. A recently passed California State Assembly bill will allow communities in California to go after the lenders with a daily fine of $1000 per day for neglecting an REO property’s conditions and allowing them to become rundown and a neighborhood blight. The bill SR 1137( Perata) was passed in the senate and moves now to the assembly for ratification. If it passes there, it goes to the Governor for signing and making it law.
While I certainly agree with the intent of the bill, I wouldn’t count on anything changing to much in the way REO’s are maintained while on the market. I am not sure if lenders give authority to their listing agents for other than utilities but from the REO’s I have seen, they certainly do not get the maintenance attention they need.
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The State Assembly here in California is busy trying to do all the right things for the citizens that live here when it comes to using energy. In their quest to be sure that we begin conserving energy, our legislators here in California have this new idea that we should all have an Energy Audit and to take it one step further , even to make it mandatory that we all do it just in time to sell our homes to another Buyer that doesn’t yet have an understanding of what energy conservation is. AB 2678 (NÃºÃ±ez) which among other things, requires that ALL homes and commercial property in California have an energy audit at point-of-sale and that mandatory energy efficiency investments be made.
As well intended as this might be, such mandates will even further erode and weaken the housing market. If enacted, AB 2678 could also add potentially thousands of dollars to the cost of selling or purchasing a home, including hundreds of dollars just to have a home audited. Now , what we all need is to waste a lot more paper, time and energy with yet another disclosure and report. Not to mention whatever the energy efficiency investments would be. Perhaps a new cottage industry the legislators are encouraging. Maybe this is what is meant by encouraging new business here in California?
Now, I don’t know about you but there must be a better way to encourage energy conversation than these onerous point of sale mandates. Well intended but just plain wrong.
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