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How high can Southern California housing prices go? Sky’s the limit, experts say

All hair stylist Erin Bond wants is a decent two-bedroom condo in Orange County, preferably in Huntington Beach. But all she can afford is $400,000 to $420,000. In a county where the median price of a condo in May was almost $500,000, she&...

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  • Community

    Long Beach NAACP recognizes outstanding men and fathers

    The Long Beach Branch NAACP on Sunday recognized this year’s Outstanding Men & Fathers who have served the organization and community, supported social justice and fatherhood and have served as leaders. Those recognized this year included: • Patrick West, city manager of Long Beach, NAACP member and advisor; • Carl McBride, son of Long Beach branch founder Ernest McBride Sr., trust donor of the NAACP scholarship fund and member; •...

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  • Dairy product manufacturing

    Rockview Family Farms celebrates 90 years in Los Angeles County’s once-thriving dairy industry

    Rockview Family Farms has some 90 years of history doing business in and around Downey, having maintained its presence for decades after much of the area dairy industry gave way to development. Rockview Family Farms’ history goes back to 1927, although the family that has owned the business since 1965 isn’t exactly sure of the precise date when founder Bob Hops started things up in a place then known as Downey City. They’re commemorating the anniversary this month...

    Andrew Edwards
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  • Recreational swimming

    Pool with a view: San Pedro’s refurbished hillside pool set to reopen

    It took the Allied forces six years to defeat the enemy in World War II. Reopening the wartime swimming pool at Fort MacArthur in San Pedro? That took a lot longer. The irony isn’t lost on Steve Nelson, director of the Fort MacArthur Museum and the man who spearheaded the project that many dismissed as a hopeless cause at best. “I never expected it would take 20 years,” Nelson said. “It’s a journey we never anticipated.” But...

    Donna Littlejohn
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  • Shipping

    Shipping industry sees smoother waters, ports benefit

    The 40-foot-long, fading-blue shipping containers — once scattered around Peter Grim’s truck yard like giant, discarded dominoes — disappeared months ago. Other visible signs of last August’s Hanjin Shipping collapse, which roiled the international cargo-movement business at the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, have faded,...

    Rachel Uranga
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  • Lifestyle

    Boys and Girls Clubs gala raises $375,000 for after-school programs

    A theme of “Oceans of Opportunity” was selected for this year’s Boys & Girls Clubs gala, held on May 20, in honor of Long Beach Harbor Commissioner Doug Drummond. Nearly 450 friends and supporters of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Long Beach gathered under a spectacular 20,000-square-foot tent at Marine Stadium for its annual gala presented by the Port of Long Beach and Tesoro. More than $375,000 was raised for the BGCLB’s after school programs...

    By Shirley Wild|

  • Medical marijuana

    Medical marijuana shops could start opening in Long Beach as soon as July

    About a dozen medical marijuana dispensaries could begin opening their doors as early as July under a new law enacted by Long Beach voters in the fall. Those on the cusp of receiving final approval from the city include a list of priority applicants, comprised of former medical marijuana business owners who received city permits in a 2010 lottery, only to have them later revoked when the city reversed legalization and banned all such businesses. Last year, members of that same...

    Courtney Tompkins
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  • Real Estate

    What’s in store for one of the last vacant Fresh & Easy stores, in Signal Hill

    Signal Hill Petroleum wants to build a new retail and residential complex on a Cherry Avenue parcel that has been out of use since Fresh & Easy went out of business. The company is in negotiations with a boutique grocery operator, said Debra Montalvo Russell, the company’s vice president for community relations and real estate development. What’s more, Signal Hill Petroleum wants to attract restaurant operators to the area while attempting to transform the...

    Andrew Edwards
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  • Generations

    Why millennials living with their parents has become the norm in Southern California

    Xitlali Tapia and Ivan Perez got engaged in January and set a wedding date for Nov. 25. After that, they’ll move in with a pair of unexpected roommates — her parents. Perez, 26, never dreamed of living with his in-laws. But he and his fiancee, also 26, plan to return to school later this year, meaning they’ll study more and work less. For them, he says, sharing the Tapia’s Anaheim home and saving for a more solid launch slightly later in life...

    By Ian Wheeler iwheeler@scng.com @iwhlr on Twitter|

  • Outdoor recreation

    Kayaking: A great way to have fun without breaking the bank

    In Southern California, we’re used to paying for fun. If you go to a restaurant you’re going to spend money — often, lots of it. And a trip to the movies? That’ll cost you anywhere from $12 to $15 per person, not to mention the cost of popcorn, soft drinks and whatever else you might want to buy. And as we all know, theaters typically charge the equivalent of a mortgage payment for a small popcorn. At this point I have to make a confession. My wife...

    Kevin Smith
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  • Arrests

    More than 3,000 pounds of illegal fireworks seized in Downey; 2 arrested

    Downey police this week confiscated more than 3,000 pounds of illegal fireworks after a tip led them to an ad for the explosives on the listing site Craigslist. Jose Zepeda, 37, of Downey, was arrested on suspicion of selling fireworks in excess of 100 pounds, a felony, police said in a statement Saturday. Also arrested was Juan Zepeda, 36, of Downey, on suspicion of selling illegal fireworks, a misdemeanor, police said. The men were caught after Downey investigators...

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