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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A high school senior decided recently that she wants to become sexually active with her boyfriend. But she is not yet comfortable talking to her mom about birth control and would be unable to get to a doctor’s appointment on her own. Instead, she walked over to the new well-being center at school during a free period.It was easy. Planned Parenthood runs a sexual healthcare clinic at Esteban Torres High School in East L.A. once a week. Other days educators are available for stress management and students’ other health concerns, including substance abuse. The clinic is part of an initiative — funded by the L.A. County departments of public health and mental health and Planned Parenthood Los Angeles — to open 50 such centers in schools throughout the county in the next year. The effort, which will cost at least $12 million in its first year, is designed to bring much-needed health and wellness care to underserved teenagers at a time when Los Angeles and other … [Read more...] about L.A. County and Planned Parenthood to open 50 high school sexual health and well-being centers
Italian cuisine is the number one choice of food for dinning out in Tampa Bay. Because of this fact there are hundreds of pasta and pizza serving restaurants in the bay area which can make it confusing trying to figure out which are the best. To help you choose we’ve made a list of Pinellas County’s best small Italian restaurants. Pia’s Trattoria3054 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707727-327-2190 | www.piastrattoria.com No-fuss, authentic Italian dishes served in a small storefront with an outdoor garden patio. The outdoor area is romantic with flickering candles, tiny lights and impeccable service. The menu is small but award-winning. Dinning Tip: Try anything pasta. They serve 5 different pastas with 6 types of sauce. Dinning tip: Try the spicy red pesto sauce over angel hair pasta. The combination of basil and hazelnut is beyond perfect. Verducci’s Pizzeria Trattoria7736 Blind Pass Rd., Saint Pete Beach, FL 33706(727) 363-7900 Verducci’s is a quaint … [Read more...] about Best Small Italian Restaurants In Pinellas County
LOS ANGELES, CA — The Board of Supervisors agreed Tuesday to place a parcel tax on the March ballot that would provide funding for more staffing and upgraded equipment for the Los Angeles County Fire Department. Fire Chief Daryl Osby, who has held that job for nearly nine years, said calls for emergency medical assistance have jumped by more than 50% since 2008, while the number of paramedic units has increased by only 5%. "We have not asked for anything in over 23 years," Osby told the board. "I come here as a last resort to ask for your support." Supervisors Janice Hahn and Kathryn Barger co-authored the motion to put the 6-cents-per-square-foot parcel tax on the March 3, 2020, ballot, pointing to a May 2018 assessment showing that the fire department is underfunded and underresourced. "It showed that our fire district needs at least $1.4 billion just to upgrade and replace (equipment and technology)," Hahn said. The parcel tax, which requires approval from two-thirds of voters … [Read more...] about LA Voters To Decide On New Tax To Fund County Fire Department
BEL AIR, MD — The mission of Toys for Tots is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute them to less fortunate children at Christmas. Founded through the Marine Corps in 1991, the nonprofit organization is still run exclusively by veteran Marines. Craig Reeling is the Toys for Tots Coordinator for Harford County, where he said there are 208 drop sites. People can drop off new, unwrapped toys until mid December; most sites close their donations out around Dec. 16. There are 85 drop-off sites in Bel Air: Healthbridge— 137 East BroadwayPatterson Mill High School, Special Education Department —85 Patterson Mill RoadMedStar Health — 12 Medstar BoulevardCourtland Hearth & Hardware — 6 North Bond StreetPlaza Ford — 1701 Belair RoadChick-fil-A — 408 Baltimore PikeAnimal Emergency Hospital — 722 Baltimore PikeSilver Spring Mining Company — 705 Belair RoadAmerican Legion Post 39 — 500 N Hickory AvenuePhilly Pretzel Factory … [Read more...] about Toys For Tots In Bel Air: 85 Places To Drop Off Donations