PIERCE COUNTY, WA - Owning a home is traditionally seen as part of the "American dream." Whether it's a house with a two-car garage and a white picket fence in the suburbs or a row home in the city, there's generally something out there for everyone. But a new report suggests housing is unaffordable for the typical worker in many of the country's most populous counties. The report has bad news for Pierce County residents. In a new report published Thursday, ATTOM Data Solutions crunched housing and wage numbers for 473 of the nation's more than 3,000 counties nationwide. The report shows that median home prices in the first quarter of this year were too expensive for average wage earners in 71 percent of the counties that were analyzed. Here's what the researchers found for Pierce County: Affordability index (Under 100 is less affordable than historic average): 89Median sales price: $325,000Year over year annualized wage growth: 3.8 percent Year over year median home price growth: 4.8 … [Read more...] about Are Homes In Pierce County Unaffordable?
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ORANGE, CA — A K-9 officer helped end a several hours long standoff between an elder abuse suspect and Orange County Sheriff's Department SWAT team, authorities said. The suspect was barricaded in a home in unincorporated Orange for over nine hours on Sunday until the Orange County Sheriff's Department sent a K-9 inside to get him, OCSD spokeswoman Carrie Braun said. The standoff started about 1 p.m. in the 8000 block of Magnolia Avenue, Braun said. The sheriff's department could be heard announcing that a warrant was being served for the arrest of the man in his 60s for suspicion of elder abuse. It was believed that there were weapons in the home. The man refused to leave the house and the sheriff's SWAT team was called to the scene, Braun said. Just before 10 p.m., the sheriff's department sent a K-9 into the home and the suspect was taken into custody, she said. He was taken to a hospital for treatment of a dog bite before booking. The elder abuse victim was described as a man … [Read more...] about K9 Cop Ends Standoff With Elder Abuse Suspect
Sherman Oaks, CA — Another storm will strike the Southland early Wednesday, creating flood risks throughout the region, according to forecasters. However, the weather system is not expected to be as cold or wet as last week's rain storm. The fast moving cold front will bring a period of heavy rain Wednesday that is expected to create a risk of flash floods. A flood watch will go into effect for all of Orange County Wednesday morning. In L.A. County, the rain will start early Wednesday and last through Wednesday night, said NWS meteorologist Curt Kaplan. About a half-inch to an inch-and-a-half of rain is expected, Certain areas including the San Gabriel Mountains could see as much as three inches of rain, forecasters said. The snow level is not expected to reach as low as it did lasting week, shutting down holiday travel through the Grapevine. Mountain communities last week saw up to four feet of snow, and hundreds were snowed in up in Big Bear. No snow-related disruptions on … [Read more...] about Rain Storm To Douse Sherman Oaks During Morning Commute
Good morning, and welcome to the Essential California newsletter. It’s Thursday, Dec. 12, and I’m writing from Los Angeles. Newsletter Get our Essential California newsletter On a September afternoon nine years ago, a man named Manuel Jaminez Xum was fatally shot by LAPD officers not far from MacArthur Park in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles. At the time of the shooting, the 37-year-old day laborer was allegedly drunk and threatening passersby with a knife. Authorities said police repeatedly ordered him to drop the weapon, but that Jaminez raised the knife over his head and moved toward one officer, who opened fire. Advertisement The commands were delivered in English and Spanish. But Jaminez, who died at the scene, spoke K’iché — an indigenous language spoken by Guatemalan Maya.The shooting, which later was declared justified by LAPD’s oversight body, incited violent protests in the largely immigrant neighborhood and made headlines in … [Read more...] about Newsletter: How the LAPD is trying to lower a language barrier
LOS ANGELES, CA — Share-worthy stories from across the Southland Patch cities to talk about tonight: Drone Hits News ABC7 News Helicopter Above Downtown LA Air7HD pilot Chris Cristi was forced to land the helicopter as a precaution after a drone damaged the craft midair. T-Rex Skimboards Across Flooded Street, More Rain Coming Ralph the Rex shared rainy-day antics attempting a leap from skateboard to skimboard in this OC flooded cul-du-sac. More rain is on the way. Pacific Wheel Named One Of World's 50 Coolest Places: TIME TIME For Kids released their first-ever list of the World's 50 Coolest Places in 2019, and Santa Monica's iconic Ferris wheel made the list. Beware of Heartbreaking Puppy Scam, Warns City Attorney Those adds you see when you shop online for puppies are likely scams, and many private sellers are scammers too, warned LA's city attorney. Help Homeless Families This Holiday, Thanks To OC Rescue Mission Orange County Rescue Mission wants to help nearly 200 formerly … [Read more...] about Drone Hits News Copter | T-Rex Puddle Surfs | LA Today