CA scrambles to fix flawed wildfire safety rebate program

After hundreds of thousands of Northern Californians endured a string of deliberate wildfire-safety blackouts last fall, state regulators created millions of dollars in rebates so the neediest of households could buy high-tech batteries to store up electricity.

The plan had a loophole, however, allowing well-heeled customers to take advantage of the rebates. In some cases, residents have been receiving cash to buy storage batteries for their vacation homes, according to officials with the Public Utilities Commission, which runs the program.

“We should have put tighter controls on this,” PUC Commissioner Liane Randolph said at an Oct. 8 commission meeting.

Now the PUC is scrambling to fix the program.

On Thursday, the PUC will vote on a proposal to overhaul the program by imposing income limits on applicants. The idea is to “direct our scarce resources to the customers with the greatest need,” said PUC Commissioner Clifford Rechtschaffen, who’s spearheading the

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Nation’s Largest Hero Savings Program Homes for Heroes Establishes Local Website and Expands Service | Nation & World

STOCKTON, Calif., Oct. 20, 2020 (SEND2PRESS NEWSWIRE) — Inspired by the tragic events of 9/11, Homes for Heroes was started in Minneapolis, Minn. at the beginning of 2002. In 2009 it grew to become a national organization that has since helped over 40,268 heroes and given back over $68.4 million.

Homes for Heroes’ mission is to provide extraordinary savings to heroes who provide extraordinary services to our nation and its communities every day. Heroes include: Firefighters, Law Enforcement, Military (active, reserves and veterans), Healthcare Professionals/EMS and Teachers.

Now our local area heroes can access their benefits directly at

In addition to the traditional line-up of heroes, local realtor affiliate Brian Nicolson, himself a US Navy Veteran, is expanding the benefits to include any essential workers who have served, in any way, during the Covid-19 pandemic. Interested parties simply need to register at

Homes for Heroes is comprised of

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How HUD Could Rejuvenate The HECM Program

This article proposes changes in HUD policies that would support an enhanced HECM that is part of an integrated retirement plan. Such integration will generate the following benefits:

  • Larger payments to borrowers that can increase annually and last until death.
  • Built-in protection against over-charges by HECM lenders and annuity providers.
  • Reduced losses to the mortgage insurance fund.

Larger Payments to Borrowers

The mortality-sharing feature of annuities allows retirees taking a HECM to draw larger amounts over their lifetimes if they combine it properly with an annuity. This would be particularly valuable for house-rich/cash-poor retirees who have negligible financial assets.

Chart 1 applies to a retiree of 65 who owns a $500,000 house but no financial assets. He draws a HECM credit line and uses a portion of it to purchase an annuity on which payments

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Landsea Homes Launches New “LiveFlex” Program That Adapts To Homebuyers’ Evolving Lifestyles

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Oct. 15, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Landsea Homes, a Newport Beach-based homebuilder, has launched its “LiveFlex” program in communities across Arizona, Northern and Southern California and New York. The new program offers smarter and more thoughtful ways for today’s homebuyers to personalize their home and seamlessly adapt to their lifestyle.

“Landsea Homes prides itself on utilizing technology to be at the forefront of providing homes that meet the ever-changing needs of today’s homebuyers – especially during these uniquely transformational times,” said Mike Forsum, president and chief operating officer, Landsea Homes. “With so many people currently working from home and that trend expected to continue, designated spaces for functional and technology-forward home offices, at-home fitness hubs and education-friendly spaces have become essential.”

The LiveFlex program presents the opportunity to transform spaces into whatever a homebuyer’s lifestyle may need, whether that’s a home office, an

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Parkland County students building duplex in immersive learning program

Students in Parkland County are splitting time between the classroom and a construction site.

a group of people standing in front of a building: Grade 10 students take part in Building Futures on October 8, 2020

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Grade 10 students take part in Building Futures on October 8, 2020

Grade 10 students from the area are building a duplex from the ground up. It’s part of a partnership between Parkland School Division and Coventry Homes, where kids are able to earn credits toward their diploma through the project.

“When they got here, it was an empty lot. Just dirt,” said Building Futures lead teacher Mike Holton. “They got involved in excavation, surveying and concrete. They’ll take it all the way to the finished stage. They should be done in June.”

Students start in the classroom, learning core classes, and then build the home alongside tradespeople.

“We transfer the classroom skills exactly. We spent a week doing measurement and Pythagorean theorem in class,” Holton said. “Then, the construction lead told

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GST Compliant Society Accounting Software program

Please chorus from multiple submissions — Submissions will not mechanically be printed to the location. However for renters who reside in buildings constructed after 1974, this example leaves them weak to more rental hikes and defeats the aim that the Program envisioned, which is to assist financially-challenged New Yorkers have, and keep, first rate dwelling shelters.

Many low earnings apartments have waiting lists and don’t advertise out there leases. Applicants should submit not solely their very own financial information but the financial information of individuals whom they’d stay or move with in the unit to the housing firm which developed the unit.

Heck, I’ve had them in three apartments I rented and in ALL three apartments I had to have someone come over a minimum of once to repair the stupid factor. Holidays are a good time to acknowledge your good tenant(s). This is because they may have useful ideas … Read More