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Articles from the February 28, 2021 edition

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  • Will Low Mortgage Rates Continue Through 2021?

    Rick Cunningham, Owner, The Cunningham Group|Feb 28, 2021

    With mortgage interest rates hitting record lows so many times recently, some are wondering if we'll see low rates continue throughout 2021, or if they'll start to rise. Recently, Freddie Mac released their quarterly forecast, noting: "The average 30-year fixed-rate mortgage hit a record low over a dozen times in 2020 and the low interest rate environment is projected to continue through this year. We expect interest rates to average below 3% through the end of 2021. While this is a modest rise...

  • Malls Being Converted to Affordable Housing All Over America

    John Grimaldi, Association of Mature American Citizens|Feb 28, 2021

    WAShINGTON, DC, Feb 26 – Online shopping has been a big winner as a result of the COVID crisis, spiking by triple digit percentages on a year-to-year basis, says the Association of Mature American Citizens [AMAC]. But it's had a harmful effect on physical shopping destinations and across the country malls are taking a beating. According to authoritative reports, more than half of the department stores in malls across the country will be shutting down in the months to come resulting in empty mall...

  • Cat Lost After 15 Years Returned to Surprised Owner

    Don Belton PIO, LA County Animal Care and Control|Feb 28, 2021

    On February 21, 2021, Officer Luis Leal from the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control received a field call to assist an injured stray cat on the front porch of a Palmdale residence. Officer Leal immediately responded and brought the cat back to the Palmdale Animal Care Center where she was cared for and despite her injury, she was found very alert, healthy, happy and friendly interacting very well with the staff. Fortunately, Officer Leal scanned the cat and was able to...

  • Man Who Sold Sick Puppies To Get Year of Counseling, be Prohibited from Being Around Animals, and to Pay Restitution

    Ricardo Santiago, Los Angeles County District Attorney Office|Feb 28, 2021

    Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a man who sold dozens of sick puppies to families will be paying more than $200,000 in restitution to the victims. "The pets that we bring into our homes become a beloved part of our family. Trying to sell sick puppies to unsuspecting people is just plain wrong," District Attorney Gascón said. "That's why it's so important to use established animal shelters or pet adoption agencies so that we avoid becoming victims and also...

  • Santa Monica City Council Still Struggling to Develop Strategies to Curb Homelessness

    Jack Simon, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 28, 2021

    Most cities in California have struggled to come up with solutions to curb homelessness in their municipalities and it was no different for the Santa Monica City Council last night. At its annual study session on homelessness, the City Council discussed and rehashed at great length current programs for the homeless instead of focusing on new initiatives. "I don't know if we know how to solve this (homelessness) but we have to do something about it," said Councilmember Phil Brock, urging his...

  • Covid Crime Report: Gunmen Shoot Dogwalker, Flee With 2 French Bulldogs Belonging to Lady Gaga

    Stan Greene, Observer Staff Writer|Feb 28, 2021

    When Lady Gaga’s dog walker Ryan Fisher was shot by a couple in a white Nissan, he may not have known that the purpose of the assault was to steal her dogs. Fisher is expected to make a complete recovery. Lady Gaga meanwhile has offered $500,000 for the return of her two French bulldogs, no questions asked. Fisher was walking three dogs owned by Lady Gaga, when he was shot four times in the chest before two men stole two of the singer's French bulldogs. Two suspects fled the scene, with The D...

  • Do the Poor and Downtrodden Deserve the Covid Vaccine Before Everyone Else? Community Health Centers Advocate to Receive More Vaccine Doses

    Corva Corvax, A Logical Opinion|Feb 28, 2021

    February 26, 2021 Community health clinics think the answer to solving vaccine rollout disparity is to let them administer more vaccines. At a webinar on February 24, representatives from health clinics and the President of Chares R. Drew University of Medicine and Science made the case for allocating more doses to health clinics that service poor communities. "Advancing equity is in our DNA," said Louise McCarthy, President of the Community Clinic Association of Los Angeles. Equity is...