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Lowe’s store closures in Irvine, Aliso Viejo to impact nearly 250 employees
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Lowe’s store closures in Irvine, Aliso Viejo to impact nearly 250 employees

Nearly 250 employees will be displaced when Lowe’s Cos. shutters its stores in Irvine and Aliso Viejo in February, but the company plans to...

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FDA to crack down on menthol cigarettes, flavored vapes
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FDA to crack down on menthol cigarettes, flavored vapes

By Mike Stobbe, The Associated Press In a major new effort to curb smoking, a top U. S. health official pledged Thursday to try to ban menthol...

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Los Angeles loses bid to house Amazon’s HQ2 but some say that’s a good thing
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Los Angeles loses bid to house Amazon’s HQ2 but some say that’s a good thing

FILE- In this Oct. 23, 2018, file photo an Amazon logo is seen on the side of an Amazon Treasure Truck in Los Angeles. Amazon on Tuesday, Nov. 13,...

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Amazon splits HQ between New York and northern Virginia
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Amazon splits HQ between New York and northern Virginia

By JOSEPH PISANI NEW YORK — Amazon, which has grown too big for its Seattle hometown, said it will split its much-anticipated second headquarters...

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Just 31% of Orange County rentals ranked as ‘affordable’
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Just 31% of Orange County rentals ranked as ‘affordable’

Just 31 percent of Orange County rental units are “affordable” to what a typical renter makes, according to one housing-cost measurement....

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Sears sale plan blasted by creditors who say chain is better off dead
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Sears sale plan blasted by creditors who say chain is better off dead

Chairman Eddie Lampert wants to keep Sears Holdings Corp. alive, but a group of the company’s creditors says they’d be better off if Sears were...

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Look before you leap: How to pick the best place to retire
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Look before you leap: How to pick the best place to retire

Picking the right place to retire can be fun if you make the right choice for the right reasons. Many people, however, get into trouble by not...

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Commercial property owners: Is NOW the right time to move?
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Commercial property owners: Is NOW the right time to move?

Should you be looking to move your business? Say, now? In a word, actually two: it depends. Today, I’ll recap a week of meetings, situations and...

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Sheriff’s deputies have space to work in Ladera Ranch
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Sheriff’s deputies have space to work in Ladera Ranch

Orange County Sheriff’s Department deputies now have a place in Ladera Ranch to call home. About two dozen deputies are assigned to patrol the...

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Mortgage rates jump to highest level since February 2011
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Mortgage rates jump to highest level since February 2011

What’s up with mortgage rates? Jeff Lazerson of Mortgage Grader in Laguna Niguel gives us his take. Rate news summary From Freddie Mac’s weekly...

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Drummond: Yorba Linda gets most of its short-term rentals to register for business permit and pay hotel taxes
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Drummond: Yorba Linda gets most of its short-term rentals to register for business permit and pay hotel taxes

An update on Yorba Linda’s short-term rentals shows there are fewer operating than originally thought and most have become compliant with city...

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Did well-to-do California homeowners push Prop. 5 and Prop. 10 to defeat?
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Did well-to-do California homeowners push Prop. 5 and Prop. 10 to defeat?

California’s push for more “affordable” housing has run into a new obstacle: The good-sized number of Californians who can easily afford their...

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Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman calls Farhan Zaidi’s departure ‘a big loss’ but won’t rush to replace him
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Dodgers’ Andrew Friedman calls Farhan Zaidi’s departure ‘a big loss’ but won’t rush to replace him

CARLSBAD — Tied for first place in the Dodgers’ fantasy football league, Dodgers president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman and his former...

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Elections 2018: Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who leads D.A. Tony Rackauckas, is poised to take over the district attorney’s office
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Elections 2018: Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer, who leads D.A. Tony Rackauckas, is poised to take over the district attorney’s office

Orange County Supervisor Todd Spitzer is on the verge of doing what was once unthinkable, unseating 20-year veteran District Attorney Tony...

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Along the Coast: Real Estate Updates, November 2018
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Along the Coast: Real Estate Updates, November 2018

IRVINE’S NEW PONDS FOR DUCKS Work continues on the new Anaheim Ducks facility at the Great Park in Irvine. The 270,000-square-foot facility will...

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Up Close with Stacey Kaszton Jones: Elite OC co-founder does well, and does good
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Up Close with Stacey Kaszton Jones: Elite OC co-founder does well, and does good

Stacey Kaszton Jones, founder of La Voz Marketing at her home in Costa Mesa. Kaston Jones is pictured here 7-months pregnant with her second child....

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Election 2018: California’s rent-control measure defeated
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Election 2018: California’s rent-control measure defeated

A hard-fought and controversial campaign to expand rent control in California, home to some of the priciest housing markets in the nation, was...

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Tiny houses multiply amid big issues as communities tackle homelessness
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Tiny houses multiply amid big issues as communities tackle homelessness

A project for former service members could become a model for other cities in the United States. By Mike Plunkett | The Washington Post The 13 tiny...

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V.P. Peter Vagenas let go by Galaxy as club starts reconfiguration of front office
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V.P. Peter Vagenas let go by Galaxy as club starts reconfiguration of front office

CARSON The Galaxy announced Tuesday that Vice President of Soccer Operations Peter Vagenas had been relieved of his duties. Vagenas held numerous...

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What explains the rent affordability gap between Los Angeles and San Francisco?
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What explains the rent affordability gap between Los Angeles and San Francisco?

How could San Francisco’s rental market be “affordable” in a national study that scores Los Angeles rather poorly? Data crunchers at apartment...

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State sues Quemetco, says battery recycling plant in City of Industry is guilty of 29 violations
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State sues Quemetco, says battery recycling plant in City of Industry is guilty of 29 violations

The state attorney general has sued Quemetco, the battery-recycling facility in City of Industry, citing 29 alleged violations involving failures...

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2 Orange County Lowe’s stores among 51 closing by February
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2 Orange County Lowe’s stores among 51 closing by February

Lowe’s Cos. on Monday, Nov. 5 said it would close 51 home improvement stores in the U.S. and Canada by the end of February 2019, including two...

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Target to open small-format store in Mission Viejo
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Target to open small-format store in Mission Viejo

In the world of retail, fast and easy is king. And with Black Friday looming, Target Corp. has upped its game with more small-format stores that...

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Housing issues dominate California’s ballot; here’s a guide to Props. 1, 2, 5 and 10
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Housing issues dominate California’s ballot; here’s a guide to Props. 1, 2, 5 and 10

Should seniors get a tax break every time they sell their home? Should cities and counties have more power to give a break to tenants facing...

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Re-elect Councilwoman Diane Dixon in District 1:Letters
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Re-elect Councilwoman Diane Dixon in District 1:Letters

As a former mayor, Citizen of the Year, and a 50-plus year resident of Newport Beach, I urge my fellow Newporters to re-elect Councilwoman Diane...

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Prop. 10: Would more rent control help tenants or make California’s housing crisis worse?
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Prop. 10: Would more rent control help tenants or make California’s housing crisis worse?

Supporters from at least a dozen housing and tenants rights groups rallied in downtown Los Angeles Thursday, April 12, in support of the repeal of...

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Orange County supervisor used taxpayer funds to promote events with political ally running for Assembly
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Orange County supervisor used taxpayer funds to promote events with political ally running for Assembly

An Orange County supervisor, whose use of taxpayer-funded mailers last year prompted California lawmakers to limit such communications, is again...

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Affordable jumbos: 40-year fixed rate, easy qualifying, interest-only for 10 years
News 2 weeks ago
Affordable jumbos: 40-year fixed rate, easy qualifying, interest-only for 10 years

What’s up with mortgage rates? Jeff Lazerson of Mortgage Grader in Laguna Niguel gives us his take. From Freddie Mac’s weekly survey: The 30-year...

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Drummond: Clean up continues of old gas station property on Lemon Drive
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Drummond: Clean up continues of old gas station property on Lemon Drive

A new contaminate source and residual hydrocarbon concentrations will increase the cost and lengthen the time required for remediation at the...

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The ‘roomie’ effect: How Southern Californians are cutting their high rents
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The ‘roomie’ effect: How Southern Californians are cutting their high rents

Local renters aren’t stupid. They’re downright crafty. When faced with few available units and sky-high rents many tenants co-opt each other,...

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