Daily Archives: June 18, 2010

Just another LA post game riot?

From the LAFD, raw footage of the riot and arson fire of a taxi after the NBA Finals, June 17.

If you have information regarding those seen in this troubling video – especially the person(s) igniting and stoking the spread of flame, please call the LAFD Arson/Counter-Terrorism Section directly at (213) 485-6095.

Those with surveillance camera footage or personal camera and cellphone video of this and other acts of arson are encouraged to call LAFD Investigators.

Is it any wonder businesses don’t wish to be located in certain areas in Los Angeles?

More coverage at LA TIMES

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Seen at the North Clackamas School District School Board Meeting Last Night….

Cheryl Myers’ Campaign Manager

 …School board chair Cheryl Myers’ campaign manager handing out campaign buttons for Myers’ bid for the 51st Legislative District. That’s what folks for Americans for Prosperity and concerned parents saw when they went to the meeting last night. Politicking on school grounds, on district time, and for the chairman of the board. This is not just illegal, it’s among the most arrogant misuses of power since…well, since..come to think of it since Cheryl Myers used North Clackamas School students to walk door to door for her via the Bus Project for school credit! See story here.

When folks from AFP Clackamas County went to complain about it at last night’s meeting they were thrown out. I don’t know if they were getting out of hand or not, but their presence certainly wasn’t welcome.

I’ve met Patrick Sheehan, her Republican opponent in the 51st. He’s looking better all the time.

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Kyron’s Step Mom: Target of Suspicion. Sheriff Calls 2pm News Conference

That’s what Willamette Week is reporting. KPAM news obtained a copy of ONE of the flyers the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office sent to students, parents, and teachers. There are two different versions of the flyer. The one you see here is the one sent to parents to go over with their children who went to school with Kyron.

Among the questions is these:
Did your child see KYRON’s step-mom, TERRI on 6/4/10, at or near the school?
Did you see a White Ford F250 Truck on 6/4/10 at or near the school?
Step mom Terri Moulton Horman drives a white Ford truck. Horman and Kyron’s dad also had a new baby 18 months ago. Willamette Week is reporting suspicion has fallen on the step mom because her story and cell phone records tell different stories of where she was the day seven year old Kyron disappeared.

WW has learned that federal, county and city law-enforcement officials say the reason for the search of Sauvie Island is that cell-phone records reveal Kyron’s step-mother, Terri Moulton Horman, may have been on the island the day he disappeared.
And as searchers comb the island, law-enforcement officials say the investigation is increasingly focusing on the step-mother, because of problems with her account of what she was doing the day Kyron went missing.
This information comes from five separate law-enforcement officials from agencies at the city, county and federal level. To our knowledge, none is directly involved with the investigation.

The white Ford pick up was seen being towed away from the parents home some days ago. Law enforcement authorities said it had a dead battery. Sure.

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Pete the Banker: Media Headlines, Administration Optimism and the Real Story on the Housing Market

Pete the Banker:
Beware the overwhelmingly positive media coverage about April Housing Sales and Prices.  Informed commentators on several housing blog sites are cautioning that the future is not that rosy.  Since April 30, new applications for residential mortgages have plunged despite record low rates.  In fashion similar to Automobile bailout — “Cash for Clunkers”, the Federal Home Purchaser’s Tax Credit may have stimulated current home purchases at the expense of future housing demand. 
The Mass Media may simply be grasping at any positive sign to support the Administration’s claims of economic improvement, but despite their optimism, industry insiders suggest at best the headlines are premature.  Stan Humphries, Zillow.com’s chief economist points suggest the press coverage is guilty of reinforcing FOUR MYTHS:

1. The housing recession is over.
2. After markets hit bottom, prices will rebound to boom levels.
3. The worst of the foreclosure mess is behind us.
4. The tax credits saved the housing market.

Over the next 12 – 18 months caution is warranted (here).  There is an inventory overhang of some 4 million+ homes for sale, seven million homeowners are at least one payment delinquent nationally, and nearly a quarter of homes are thought to be worth less than the current balance on the mortgage.  As homes worm their way through the foreclosure or modification process they represent a potential supply overhang on the market.
In the longer term– two or more years from now– the residential home market will begin to improve since new home construction has languished for over 24 months, which will help constrain future housing supply. 
 
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Seen at the North Clackamas School District School Board Meeting Last Night….

Cheryl Myers’ Campaign Manager

 …School board chair Cheryl Myers’ campaign manager handing out campaign buttons for Myers’ bid for the 51st Legislative District. That’s what folks for Americans for Prosperity and concerned parents saw when they went to the meeting last night. Politicking on school grounds, on district time, and for the chairman of the board. This is not just illegal, it’s among the most arrogant misuses of power since…well, since..come to think of it since Cheryl Myers used North Clackamas School students to walk door to door for her via the Bus Project for school credit! See story here.

When folks from AFP Clackamas County went to complain about it at last night’s meeting they were thrown out. I don’t know if they were getting out of hand or not, but their presence certainly wasn’t welcome.

I’ve met Patrick Sheehan, her Republican opponent in the 51st. He’s looking better all the time.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Kyron’s Step Mom: Target of Suspicion. Sheriff Calls 2pm News Conference

That’s what Willamette Week is reporting. KPAM news obtained a copy of ONE of the flyers the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office sent to students, parents, and teachers. There are two different versions of the flyer. The one you see here is the one sent to parents to go over with their children who went to school with Kyron.

Among the questions is these:
Did your child see KYRON’s step-mom, TERRI on 6/4/10, at or near the school?
Did you see a White Ford F250 Truck on 6/4/10 at or near the school?
Step mom Terri Moulton Horman drives a white Ford truck. Horman and Kyron’s dad also had a new baby 18 months ago. Willamette Week is reporting suspicion has fallen on the step mom because her story and cell phone records tell different stories of where she was the day seven year old Kyron disappeared.

WW has learned that federal, county and city law-enforcement officials say the reason for the search of Sauvie Island is that cell-phone records reveal Kyron’s step-mother, Terri Moulton Horman, may have been on the island the day he disappeared.
And as searchers comb the island, law-enforcement officials say the investigation is increasingly focusing on the step-mother, because of problems with her account of what she was doing the day Kyron went missing.
This information comes from five separate law-enforcement officials from agencies at the city, county and federal level. To our knowledge, none is directly involved with the investigation.

The white Ford pick up was seen being towed away from the parents home some days ago. Law enforcement authorities said it had a dead battery. Sure.

Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com

Pete the Banker: Media Headlines, Administration Optimism and the Real Story on the Housing Market

Pete the Banker:
Beware the overwhelmingly positive media coverage about April Housing Sales and Prices.  Informed commentators on several housing blog sites are cautioning that the future is not that rosy.  Since April 30, new applications for residential mortgages have plunged despite record low rates.  In fashion similar to Automobile bailout — “Cash for Clunkers”, the Federal Home Purchaser’s Tax Credit may have stimulated current home purchases at the expense of future housing demand. 
The Mass Media may simply be grasping at any positive sign to support the Administration’s claims of economic improvement, but despite their optimism, industry insiders suggest at best the headlines are premature.  Stan Humphries, Zillow.com’s chief economist points suggest the press coverage is guilty of reinforcing FOUR MYTHS:

1. The housing recession is over.
2. After markets hit bottom, prices will rebound to boom levels.
3. The worst of the foreclosure mess is behind us.
4. The tax credits saved the housing market.

Over the next 12 – 18 months caution is warranted (here).  There is an inventory overhang of some 4 million+ homes for sale, seven million homeowners are at least one payment delinquent nationally, and nearly a quarter of homes are thought to be worth less than the current balance on the mortgage.  As homes worm their way through the foreclosure or modification process they represent a potential supply overhang on the market.
In the longer term– two or more years from now– the residential home market will begin to improve since new home construction has languished for over 24 months, which will help constrain future housing supply. 
 
Tell ’em where you saw it. Http://www.victoriataft.com