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The Neighborhood Councils of Los Angeles

I’m sorry, but I just have to laugh at all the contentious rhetoric I read (primarily on Facebook) about the Los Angeles Neighborhood Councils in San Pedro. There are currently 97 Neighborhood Councils within the city limits, each with a $42K annual budget and a corresponding Department of Neighborhood Empowerment within City Hall. “Department of Neighborhood…

How Consumers Can Repair Their Bad Credit

So your credit stinks. Maybe you have a bankruptcy, or maybe your credit has tanked from some unfortunate decisions. Or, maybe it’s something more innocent, such as a few missed car or rent payments. Bad credit affects your life, from rent applications, car loan applications, and even merchant loan applications. Whatever the reasons, consumers want…

How Safe Are Your Tenants?

As a rental property owner or property manager you have the responsibility to provide a safe home to your tenants.  Property safety goes beyond the structural integrity of your rented home to include tenant safety through proper security systems. While it may be unnecessary to equip your rental properties with complete alarm systems or surveillance…

Notice to Enter Rental Property Requirements For Landlords

Landlords and property managers are required to respect their tenants homes and provide them with a peaceful environment, known as the implied covenant of quiet enjoyment. Unsolicited visits, whether from the owner or maintenance personnel, can be annoying for your renters and disturb their quiet enjoyment. However, there are plenty of legitimate reasons an owner…

The 2017 All-San Pedro News Pilot Prep Softball Team

For the first time in four years, San Pedro Prep Softball ended a season with a CIF champion. And for the first time in eight years, that champion would once again be San Pedro High softball. On Saturday, May 20, the Pirates staged a fearless rally in the bottom of the seventh inning to turn…

What To Do When Your Tenants Hate Each Other

You ran the background checks.  You approved credit scores and financial responsibility.  References have been verified and security deposit and rent checks have cleared. You’ve done everything possible to ensure your tenants will respect the property and pay rent on time. But even the best tenant screening can’t prevent conflicting lifestyles between your neighboring tenants,…

4 things first-time homebuyers need to know

Money guide for Millennials My wife and I are hoping to be first-time homebuyers this year. We’ll likely blow our savings on the down payment and closing costs. What’s the best way to handle the costs for home renovations? Private loan? Just wait a year or two for our savings to replenish some? –Brian &…