Orange County

  • Housing
    Wrangling the Wild West of O.C. Short Sales
    Short sales may be the next big thing as lenders try to avoid foreclosures in the distressed real estate market. But with no set rules or standard procedures - buyers and sellers never know quite what to expect.
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    Education
    Berkeley Comes to Irvine
    On March 4, nearly 800 students rallied for four hours around the UC Irvine campus. Budget cuts were only the beginning of a long list of ongoing problems the students want resolved.
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    Economy
    It's a Dog's Life in Orange County
    Even during the recession, consumers are still spending tens of billions of dollars on their pets. In Orange County, more and more entrepreneurs are trying to jump in on the action.
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    Mobility
    Santa Ana: One City, Two Worlds
    Lavanderías and spray tanning parlors. Brand new BMW's and aging F-150 pickups. Expensive private schools and street gangs. Despite the City of Santa Ana's best efforts, there's no evidence that the divide between its swelling immigrant population and its upper middle class is narrowing.
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    Housing
    From Bubbly 'Burb to Foreclosure Ranch
    Nearly half the homes on the market in the exclusive south Orange County community of Ladera Ranch are either bank-owned or up for short sale. The situation will only worsen if a predicted second wave of foreclosures hits this year.
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    Education
    O.C. School Buses Running on Empty
    One could easily mistake the maintenance yard of Capistrano Unified for a yellow school bus graveyard. It's populated by a defunct fleet of coaches that once carried thousands of kids to school on the district's 62 bus routes.