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James C. Burda surrendered his Ohio chiropractor’s license in September after an investigation (mentioned in April in News of the Weird) revealed that he offered to treat patients via telepathy (for $60 an hour) and had the ability to go back in time to realign bones and joints at the point at which they were damaged, via his techniques of telekinetic vibration, which he called “bahlaqeem vina” and “bahlaqeem jaqem,” which he admitted were nonsense words that came to him one day while he was driving around. An exam ordered by Ohio chiropractic regulators found, not surprisingly, that Burda suffered from “delusional disorder, grandiose type.”

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Fabian Lewkowicz Pharmacist Mordechai Nikfar fills prescriptions at McCarthy Pharmacy in Sunset Park on Tuesday. Cold medicines containing pseudoephedrine, an ingredient that can be used to create methamphetamine, are stored behind the counter.

TODAY IN HISTORY Union forces suffered a major defeat to the 1862 Confederates at the Battle of Fredericksburg. Dartmouth College, in New Hampshire, received its charter. George Gershwin’s musical work “An American in Paris” had its premiere, at Carnegie Hall in New York. During World War II, the U.S. cruiser Nashville was badly damaged in a Japanese kamikaze attack that claimed more than 130 lives. The Philadelphia Mint began stamping the Susan B. Anthony dollar, which went into circulation in July 1979.

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Museum in Dogtown? CITY HALL — Residents of Ocean Park may one day have a museum or memorial commemorating the history of skating and surfing in Santa Monica. The topic of opening a museum or erecting a statue that would pay tribute to the birth of the modern skateboarding movement came up during a Landmarks Commission meeting on Monday amid a discussion about whether the Horizons West Surf Shop building on Main Street should be designated as a his-

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Randy Wright Special to the Daily Press The owner of Horizons West Surf Shop, which is housed in a building being mentioned as a possible historical landmark, caught this picture of a surfer and friend over the weekend in the South Bay.

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REED PARK — Forget the two front teeth. It seems all residents north of Wilshire Boulevard want for Christmas is a solution to their parking woes. The lack of parking was the hot topic here Monday night during the first of five community meetings organized by City Hall to gather input from residents and merchants on priorities for next fiscal year’s budget. “This is somewhat of an historic event for us, this being our first community meeting ... where we are modifying our budget process ... so we can get community input earlier before we start talking to the council,” said Assistant City Manager Gordon Anderson, who was filling in for City Manager Lamont Ewell due to a family emergency. “You’re our first public presentation,” Anderson told the group of roughly 10 residents. The community meetings are being held at the same time city staff is developing its annual financial forecast, which studies all revenue streams, the housing market and other economic factors to prepare a detailed projection on the future of Santa Monica’s finances. With the list of community priorities, city staff will be more prepared to present a template for the council to consider. For the current fiscal year, the council approved a $457.8 million budget — the largest in the city’s history —

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Speed bumps Pharmacists try to curb meth use with strict policies BY MELODY HANATANI Daily Press Staff Writer

CITYWIDE — Pharmacists in Santa Monica are saying no to meth. In efforts to comply with state and federal laws restricting consumer access to medicines with pseudoephedrine, commonly found in cold medicine, pharmacists across California have beefed up their policies on selling the ingredient that can be used to create methamphetamine. The state’s pseudoephedrine regulatory laws, which went into effect earlier this year, require consumers be at least 18 years of age to purchase products that contain the organic compound. Pharmacies are also required to record a log containing each purchaser’s information, including their name and the amount of pseudoephedrine contained in their purchase, according to a representative of VONS



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REGULATORS: The staff at Drugtown Pharmacy on Montana Avenue stocks shelves on Tuesday. The state’s pseudoephedrine regulatory laws require customers to be at least 18 years of age.






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‘Borat’ makes benefit from judges’ ruling BY JESSICA ROBERTS Special to the Daily Press

LOS ANGELES — An injunction seeking to remove a scene involving two South Carolina fraternity brothers from the spoof documentary “Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan” has been denied by a judge in West Los Angeles. Superior Court Judge Joseph S. Biderman ruled that the plaintiffs in the case — originally filed at the Santa Monica Courthouse — had not demonstrated that money damages would be insufficient to resolve the complaint, and that they failed to show a reasonable probability of success on the merits of their case. The two students, whose names are not used in court papers, had claimed in a suit filed Nov. 9 that they were tricked into appearing in Sacha Baron Cohen’s hit film. The pair said they signed a consent agreement to appear in “Borat” after they went to a bar and engaged in a period of “heavy drinking.” In the film, Cohen rides with three fraternity brothers from South Carolina in a motor home. The three brothers appear to get drunk and watch a sex tape featuring Pamela Anderson and Tommy Lee. The lawsuit filed in Santa Monica said the plaintiffs “engaged in behavior that they otherwise would not have engaged in” after they were told the film would not be shown in the United States. The film made the two men “the objects of ridicule, humiliation, mental anguish and emotional physical distress, loss of reputation, goodwill and standing in the community,” the suit alleges. One of the students was forced to resign from his position in the Chi Psi fraternity at the University of South Carolina. The men are seeking monetary damages for distress and the removal of their scene from the movie and its DVD release. The third student is not involved in the lawsuit. Santa Monica Superior Court Judge Linda Lefkowitz last month denied the motion for a temporary restraining order, but scheduled the hearing that took place last week to allow the men to seek a preliminary injunction. Although the movie will soon close in See FILM RULING, page 8

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Fabian Lewkowicz A mob get up close to “Alias” actress Jennifer Garner, 34, (wife of Ben Affleck) at the Brentwood Country Mart on Tuesday.

New day for the Mayfair Historical landmark in plans for a major restoration, redesign BY KEVIN HERRERA Daily Press Staff Writer

SANTA MONICA BLVD. — Out with the old and in with the new — well, sort of. The owner of the Mayfair Theater, an historic landmark built in 1911 as “The Majestic,” is planning to save and restore the elaborately-designed facade and incorporate the structure into a new housing development that will include 36 apartments, 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and two levels of underground parking. Of the apartments, 60 percent will be onebedroom units and 40 percent will have two

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bedrooms. Of the two-bedroom apartments, three will be set aside for very low-income tenants, said architect David Forbes Hibbert. “We have tried to make a simple structure ... so as not to overshadow the existing building,” Hibbert said.

If everything goes according to plan, Hibbert said construction can commence within a year. However, he has hit a slight bump in the road. The Architectural Review Board has requested Hibbert go back to the drawing board and tone down some aspects of the design, deemed too modern and clashing with the theater facade. Glass will be changed from green to a clear white and a pair of balconies are to be removed. “ARB really wanted us to tone down the contemporary design, which we are doing,” Hibbert said. “I can’t tell you exactly where we stand (with ARB), but we are hoping to meet with them in January.” The theater suffered extensive internal damage to supporting walls and ceilings during the 1994 Northridge earthquake. Since, the theater on the 200 block of Santa See MAYFAIR THEATER, page 8

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To the reader who contends that the whole reason stores embrace the concept of saying “Merry Christmas” at this time of year, as opposed to “Happy Holidays,” is for commercial advantage (“Selling that Christmas spirit,” Dec.12, page 4) I’ll say this: “Merry Christmas” greeting and nativity scenes were perfectly acceptable in this country for years. What has changed? Enlightenment? Greater sensitivity? Not really. And ask yourself who runs many of these stores and makes the indicated retail dollars? Not always the “Merry Christmas” proponents, but rather their opposite. So why then do they adopt the popular “Merry” greeting? Profit, profit, profit.

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What a joy it is to read that three chimpanzees used by a Hollywood animal trainer are to be relinquished to a sanctuary (“Two of TV’s top chimps retire to sanctuary,” Dec. 11, page 9). They’ll finally know what it is to live without fear. In order to be trained to “perform” in ads, movies and television shows, chimpanzees are removed from their mothers at birth — a profoundly traumatic event for both. The stress of separation can leave lifetime emotional scars and impede normal development. Eyewitnesses at facilities that train (i.e., “break”) great apes have reported seeing baby chimpanzees and orangutans severely beaten with fists, rocks and broom handles. Beatings are routine to ensure that the animals remain fearful and obedient. Once they reach 8 years of age, these animals are too strong to be controlled. As a result, older animals are often discarded at shabby roadside zoos, where they may live in squalor for decades. Animals do not belong on the set. Readers can learn more at

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Seeking answers on traffic agenda Editor:

Regarding (the Daily Press’) article on (LA City Councilman Bill) Rosendahl’s ridiculous and completely useless attempts at solving West LA’s traffic nightmare (“Gridlock in the crosshairs,” Dec. 8, page 3), how about a little more aggressive reporting? How about asking the guy how more bicycle lanes and changing traffic light patterns will do a damned thing when it takes two hours to reach Koreatown from Brentwood? How about asking him why we can’t build new roads or expand existing ones? How about asking him how his constituents feel about him wasting millions of dollars on projects that won’t work? Does anyone in West LA really want to take buses — especially given that you’d have to transfer at least twice to get from most areas to Century City or Downtown? Are West LA lawyers and accountants really going to do that? (The Daily Press) needs to ask these questions, not just regurgitate Rosendahl’s bogus agenda.

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Keeping Christmas traditions When I was a child in the 1950s, the magic of Christmas was promoted in the schools. We sang Christmas carols in the classroom. There were cutouts of the Nativity scene on the board, along with the smiling, chubby face of Santa and Rudolph. We were all acutely aware that Christmas was more than a season to receive — it was a special time to give as well. But times have changed. Schools across the country avoid anything that alludes to the true meaning of Christmas — such as angels, the baby Jesus, stables and shepherds. In one West Virginia town, although the manger scene (one of 350 light exhibits in the town’s annual Festival of Lights) included shepherds, camels and a guiding star, the main attractions — Jesus, Mary and Joseph — were nowhere to be found. Supposedly, concerns about the separation of church and state resulted in the omission. In Chicago, organizers of a German Christkindlmarket were informed that the festival was no place for the Christmas story. Officials were concerned that clips of the film “The Nativity Story,” which were to be played at the festival, might offend someone. In Connecticut, teachers last year were told to change the wording of the classic poem “Twas the Night Before Christmas” to “Twas the Night Before a Holiday.” I have yet to understand how anyone can discuss the true — or even historical — meaning of Christmas without at least a reference to Christ. Surely something has gone wrong when America’s children are encouraged to celebrate the fictional Rudolph, but are refused the opportunity mention Jesus, who was an actual, historical person. To claim that Christmas is something other than what it is — a holiday with a religious foundation — is both dishonest and historically unsound. Indeed, Christmas (Old English Cristes Moesse, “the Mass of Christ”) was instituted, and for centuries kept, as a religious holiday (as in “holy day”). Originally, Christmas included festivities, but its primary purpose was to provide a time for spiritual renewal. Unfortunately, far too many parents, students and teachers erroneously believe they cannot celebrate the religious nature of Christmas in the public schools. Whether through ignorance or fear, Americans are painfully misguided about the recognition of religious holidays. Ironically, the most targeted religious holiday for exclusion is Christmas — which is also the most popular in American culture. Are our

schoolchildren to be forbidden from learning about one of the most culturally significant events because it has religious overtones? It isn’t the fear of lawsuits that prompts school officials to erase Christmas from the calendar. No courts have ruled that Christmas cannot be celebrated in the schools. Instead, it is the anathema of political correctness that forces Christmas out of the school if there is the possibility that even one person might be offended by the mention of God or Christ. However, there are constitutional ways to celebrate Christmas in the public schools without violating the United States Constitution. While it is true that public school teachers, as agents of the state, may not advance religion, they are allowed to discuss the role of religion in all aspects of American culture and its history. For instance, teachers can use Christmas art, music, literature and drama in their classrooms, as long as they illustrate the cultural heritage from which the holiday has developed. Religious symbols, such as a Nativity scene, can be used in this context as well. Of course, any holiday observance should occur in an educational setting, rather than in a devotional atmosphere. While our Constitution does not give carte blanche to promote religion in the public schools, neither does it dictate a cleansing of Christmas from the classroom. Students may enjoy the same freedom of religious expression that is allowed any other time of the year — in or out of the classroom. This means that students can freely distribute Christmas or Hanukkah cards to their friends and teachers, just as they would a birthday card. The trend toward erasing traditional Christmas practices from our daily life is discouraging. In fact, rather than making Christmas the height of the selling season, the focus should be on celebrating family and friendshipand memories. It should be a time to reflect and celebrate our freedoms. It should be a season of extending a helping hand to the less fortunate. It should be a time to step back and meditate on the original meaning behind the Christmas holiday. And it should be a time of teaching these important traditions in our homes — and in our schools. Constitutional attorney and author John W. Whitehead is founder and president of The Rutherford Institute. He can be contacted at Information about The Rutherford Institute is available at

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Winterlit playhouse up for bids To continue the goodwill of the Winterlit House, which is now being used to collect donations for the “Best Gift Ever” community gift drive, the whimsical gingerbread playhouse is being offered for sale with 100 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Police Activities League (PAL). The Winterlit House currently sits on the 1300 block of the Third Street Promenade, near the A/X Armani Exchange. There, until Dec. 21, donors can drop off gifts for the Winterlit “Best Gift Ever” community gift drive, also benefiting PAL. Donations are also being accepted at Santa Monica Place at Guest Services. Community volunteers will wrap and deliver the donations to Santa Monica children who might otherwise go without presents this holiday season. Interested buyers for the Winterlit playhouse can bid online at or Bids will be accepted until Dec. 21 and the winner will be contacted directly. Winterlit sponsors Santa Monica Place and the Bayside District Corporation paid for the construction and design of the playhouse, allowing the full purchase price to go directly to PAL. “The 8 x 10 foot Winterlit House will bring joy well beyond its dimensions,” said Kathleen Rawson, executive director of Bayside District Corporation. “PAL kids will receive the generous gifts collected there, the sale of the playhouse will benefit vital PAL programs and the lucky auction winner will bring a one-of-a-kind playhouse into the lives of his or her family.” Winterlit is a holiday partnership of Santa Monica Place and Bayside District Corporation. For more information, call Santa Monica Place at (310) 394-5451 or the Bayside Corporation at (310) 393-8355 or log onto or DAILY PRESS

Holiday wreaths to honor veterans A holiday wreath-laying ceremony by members of the Civil Air Patrol will be held to honor and remember our nation’s veterans. Six wreaths will be presented to represent each branch of the military and one for POW/MIAs. Members of the Civil Air Patrol, representatives from the military, veterans and their families, and Los Angeles National Cemetery employees will gather for the ceremony on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 9 a.m. at Los Angeles National Cemetery, 950 S. Sepulveda Blvd. Worcester Wreath Company has donated holiday wreaths to Arlington National Cemetery for the past 15 years. This year, the company initiated a campaign called “Wreaths Across America,” a nationwide program to place wreaths in tribute to veterans laid to rest in VA national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries. More than 50 Wings of the Civil Air Patrol will participate in the wreath ceremonies around the country. For information on Wreaths Across America, go to the following Web sites: or For more information, call Paula Haley, Cemetery Director, at (310) 268-4030.



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P R O U D LY B R O U G H T T O Y O U B Y For your consideration ... With 2006 coming to a close, it’s not only time to establish goals for the coming year, but also to take stock of the year that was. In Santa Monica, headlines ran the gamut from a smoking ban to the verdict in the Farmers’ Market crash trial, from a contentious election to the nationally renowned war protest “Arlington West.” Much like Time magazine’s annual selection of its “Person of the Year,” we are looking for that one individual, or group of individuals, who had the most profound impact on Santa Monica during the course of 2006. This week’s Q-Line questions asks:

Who would you select as being Santa Monica’s person, or persons, of the year, having had the greatest impact on life in our city, for better or worse? Call (310) 285-8106 before Friday at 5 p.m. and we’ll print your answers in next weekend’s edition of the Daily Press. Please limit responses to a minute or less.


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Residents’ main concern is the lack of parking in SM COMMUNITY MEETINGS, from page 1

which focused on operating facilities such as the Main Library, Virginia Avenue Park and Cove Skatepark, as well as delivering services such as enhanced graffiti removal and street repair. A proposed budget, which will most likely focus on improving the city’s infrastructure, is expected to be delivered to the council in January, with revisions made in the months leading up to adoption in June. Fiscal year 2007-08 begins in July. For the current fiscal year, community members identified several priorities, including addressing the impacts of homelessness; enhancing the quality of life, safety and community involvement of residents of the Pico Neighborhood; ensuring the public receives timely and responsive service from City Hall; incorporating goals of the Sustainable City Plan into daily activities and special projects; and capitalizing on Santa Monica’s climate and natural resources to promote active living. For some residents north of Wilshire Boulevard, parking needs to be added to that list.

The lack of parking was the main concern of residents, followed by homelessness, traffic and overdevelopment/density, according to a survey conducted by the Wilshire-Montana Neighborhood Coalition (Wilmont). “What choice is there? You either get a ticket for trying to be safe, or save some money and worry,” said Rosemary Sostarich, treasurer of Wilmont, who said she is tired of searching for parking spaces late at night when she must decide to either park illegally, but closer to home, or find a spot blocks away and walk. “We just don’t have that many spaces,” Sostarich said. Residents of Wilmont are asking the council to consider funding a parking study of their neighborhood and to consider making several streets one-way so that diagonal parking can be installed. The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Joslyn Park Auditorium, 633 Kensington Road. For a complete list of all the meetings, go to the city’s Web site at

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as a bipartisan resource to governors, state legislators, attorney generals and drug professionals. Under federal law, customers are not allowed to purchase more than 3.6 grams of pseudoephedrine per day, and 9 grams per month. For pharmacists, a first-time violation is considered to be a misdemeanor. Pharmacists that break the code twice can face imprisonment not to exceed one year, a fine not to exceed $10,000, or both. Different pharmacies in Santa Monica have different methods of tracking information. All Longs Drugs require the customer to present a government-issued identification that is scanned into the store’s system. According to Longs Drugs spokeswoman Farra Levin, the company was the first in the nation to proactively move the pseudoephedrine products behind the counter before any legislation. “We think altering or abusing drugs is against the most basic and fundamental practices of pharmacies and pharmacists,” Levin said on Tuesday. The information that Longs Drugs gathers is used to fill out its log book. The information is not shared with any government or private agencies, Levin assured. Rite Aid has a similar policy of swiping identification. The information stays in the individual store’s system for 30 days before being wiped out. The information is stored to ensure the pharmacy is not overselling the drug to any one customer. Rite Aid was also

proactive in taking a stand against pseudoephedrine abuse, moving the medicines carrying the ingredient behind the counter before legislation was enacted. The stores also keep a log book in case its computer system ever breaks down. “We want to be a good corporate neighbor,” said Jody Cook, spokeswoman for Rite Aid. Independent pharmacies in Santa Monica typically keep a record book, in lieu of the swiping system found at the bigger corporate chains. Drugtown Pharmacy on Seventh Street only collects information in its log book. A representative of Drugtown Pharmacy said the medicines containing pseudoephedrine were never popular items in the store. When a customer purchases pseudoephedrine medicine, employees at Central Pharmacy on Wilshire Boulevard do not have to refer to the log book to be sure the customer has not exceeded its quota. Since Central Pharmacy is a small business, its employees remember the faces of most of their customers, said pharmacist Nahal Hakim. For some pharmacies, the new law is not even an issue. Santa Monica Homeopathic Pharmacy on Broadway specializes in natural remedies and only keeps a few items with pseudoephedrine in stock. Most customers who request the medicine are tourists, said Bob Litvak, whose family has owned the pharmacy since 1944. “I’m not sure if we’ve even sold any since the law went into effect,” Litvak said.

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CHANGE OF FATE: Randy Wright, the owner of Horizons West Surf Shop on Main Street, has seen the fortunes of his business turn around. Community protest has convinced the owner of the building to reconsider redevelopment and to take into effect the structures’ significance in skateboarding lore.√

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toric landmark. “A plaque is not going to do it,” said Abby Arnold, who lives in the Ocean Park neighborhood where Horizons is located. “We’re talking about outlaw skating here.” The building in question, located at 20012011 Main St., was once the home of Zephyr and Jeff Ho Productions, where a group of kids launched the Z-Boys skating team that went on to revolutionize the world of skateboarding. Currently housing two artists studios and Horizons, which is owned by surfer Randy Wright, the building seemed destined for demolition in October before the owner decided to withdraw the demolition permits after learning about the building’s historical significance. “I feel very strongly there is some significance and we would like to investigate it,” said Juli Doar, speaking on behalf of her 96year-old grandfather, who has owned the building since 1958. The owner, 2001 Main Street LLC, was planning to tear down the building and construct a 14 unit mixed-use development that would feature retail space on the first floor. It would have been the first LEED certified private mixed-use development in Santa Monica. LEED, Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a governmental designation for buildings that incorporate environmentally friendly elements. Instead of demolishing a piece of history, the owner is seeking a win-win situation for all stakeholders, hiring a cultural historian and working with architect Howard Laks Associates to find a compromise that will satisfy both the owner and the Dogtown skating community. Doar said she would be open to creating a memorial with any future development at the site. One way the owner could accomplish that task is with the new city ordinance that requires certain private developers to incorporate art into their projects, or pay a certain percentage of total construction costs to a cultural fund. On Tuesday, Wright said he would be in

favor of a memorial commemorating the history of Zephyr and Dogtown, mentioning a statue of Duke Kahanamoku, known as the father of surfing, that stands in Huntington Beach. “It might be kind of neat,” Wright said. POSTPONING LANDMARK STATUS

Discussions for landmarking the building first arose when news broke that the owner was considering demolishing the structure. Since the building is no longer in imminent danger, Landmarks Commissioner Roger Genser, a local historian, suggested postponing the nomination for the building as a historical landmark. But several Ocean Park residents who spoke at the meeting strongly urged the commission to nominate the building. Jacob Samuel, a surfer of 41 years, said he is worried about the greater issue of the changing landscape of Main Street, where big development has moved in. He presented the commission with 86 signatures he recently collected over a four hour period from residents who feel the same. “I understand the concern of the property owner,” said Samuel. “I have a difficult time with the changing nature of Main Street and the changing nature of the neighborhood. “Bay and Main have undergone such a radical horrible transformation in the last couple of years.” The commission took no action on the nomination and instead suggested the developer reach out to the community and form a working group to examine ways to make both parties happy. The commission has agendized the topic for its February meeting to check on the progress of the owner’s outreach with the community and to discuss whether the building will need to be designated. “I’m in favor of pursuing a compromise,” Genser said. “It’s premature at this point to file an application for landmarks status.”




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‘Borat’ has come under fire more than once FILM RULING, from page 3

theaters, the plaintiffs’ suit is now mostly concerned with the release and sales of DVDs of the movie. The “Borat” movie set a record for the biggest box office opening weekend for a film that opened in fewer than 1,000 theaters and has grossed more than $120 million in the United States, and more than $250 million worldwide, but has come under fire from several sources.

Another lawsuit was filed by two Romanian villagers who claimed they were misled by Cohen to appear in the movie. Nicolae Todorache and Spiridom Ciorebea are seeking $30 million in the suit, but New York Judge Loretta Preska dismissed the case, saying it was too vague and must contain more specific factual evidence that the plaintiffs were misled. Lawyers in the case have said they would refile. On behalf of Cindy Streit, an Alabama woman who appeared in the film as an eti-

quette coach and claims she was duped into appearing, Los Angeles attorney Gloria Allred asked the Attorney General’s office to determine whether the filmmakers used unfair and deceptive business practices. The European Center for Antiziganism Research, which works to fight against negative attitudes toward Roma and Sinti people, filed a complaint in October with prosecutors in Germany, accusing the film’s producers of defamation and inciting violence against the ethnic group.

The Kazakh government has also criticized “Borat,” calling the movie “a concoction of bad taste and ill manners which is incompatible with the ethics and civilized behavior of Kazhakstan’s people.” Cohen gave a fake press conference in front of the White House gates on Sept. 29, 2006, just one day before an official visit from Kazhakstan’s president. The Kazakh government hired two public relations firms to counter Cohen and ran a four-page advertisement in The New York Times.

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Schober did not return phone calls seeking comment for this article.

Monica Boulevard has been obscured from the public, for the most part, by boarding. Karl Schober, current owner and a descendant of the original Mayfair owner, went before the Landmarks Commission requesting permission to demolish his building, stating safety and structural concerns due to damage caused by the earthquake. The commission fought the demolition and a lawsuit was filed. A settlement was reached in 2004 that allowed Schober to demolish the entire structure except eight feet of the facade, according to city staff.


The Mayfair was built in 1911 by one of Santa Monica’s founding fathers, Charles Tegner. Architect Henry C. Hollwedel designed the facade of baroque swirls and inset shields that are in the spirit of Churrigeuresco — a Spanish Rococo architectural style. When it was known as the Majestic, the theater was one of Los Angeles County’s premier opera houses. When the Majestic became the Mayfair

Theater, it was a single-screen theater that seated 602. The Mayfair’s 1973 remodel occurred shortly after the Fox Belmont Theater in Los Angeles was damaged by fire and subsequently demolished. Some of the surviving movable decorations from that theater were incorporated into the Mayfair when renovated. It was remodeled again in 1988. Hibbert said incorporating the facade into his design has been “tough,” but he expects to make the recommended changes and move forward with the project. Ruthann Lehrer, an architectural historian and member of the Landmarks Commission,

said the settlement prevents the commission from having any control over the design, but members are allowed to make suggestions. Lehrer said many did not like the fact that the facade seemed overshadowed by the apartment building and felt that more should be done to pay respect to the historic structure, such as the placement of a plaque, which Hibbert has agreed to include. “It’s a mixed-use development and that’s good. It will be bringing more housing to downtown,” Lehrer said. “But we are certainly not happy with losing the Mayfair.”


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Federal court gives California six months to fix prison crowding BY DON THOMPSON Associated Press Writer

SACRAMENTO — A federal judge on Monday gave California officials six months to ease crowding in the state’s overstuffed prison system, warning that potential remedies include capping the inmate population and releasing some prisoners early. The state is scrambling to find solutions for a prison system that houses 173,000 inmates, 70 percent more than its capacity. Officials with Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s administration and inmate attorneys agree the crowding is causing myriad problems, including inmate deaths and dangerous conditions for guards. “Common sense suggests the state is being overwhelmed by the numbers,” U.S. District Judge Lawrence Karlton said. Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency in October after failing to persuade state lawmakers to spend billions on a prison building program. He is now seeking to transfer 2,260 inmates to other states as a partial solution. California sent 80 inmates to a private prison in Tennessee in early November and plans more transfers this month to private prisons in Arizona, Indiana, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Even if the transfers survive pending court challenges, officials predict California’s prisons will run out of room by spring 2008. Karlton can order creation of a threejudge panel that would recommend options. On Monday, he delayed that decision until June 4, saying he has seen progress during Schwarzenegger’s tenure.

“The plaintiffs want the court to run the prison system, and that is too serious a step to be taken lightly,” Karlton said. Federal law permits early release of inmates only if a three-judge panel determines that all other options have been exhausted. That hasn’t happened in any state since the law took effect 10 years ago, said Elizabeth Alexander, director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s National Prison Project. “Waiting six months is just postponing

the inevitable and causing more injury and death,” said Donald Specter, director of the nonprofit San Francisco-based Prison Law Office, which wants Karlton to create the three-judge panel. Specter and attorney Michael Bien said the state won’t be able to ease crowding by June no matter how hard it tries. The Prison Law Office and Bien’s private law firm filed identical requests with two other federal judges in ongoing cases in which they represent inmates’ interests. In


each of the three cases, the attorneys argue that crowding is affecting inmates’ wellbeing. Hearings in the other two cases are set for Dec. 22 in Oakland and Jan. 8 in San Francisco. Schwarzenegger convened a special session of the Legislature last summer to address prison overcrowding, in part proposing a $6 billion building program. The session ended with lawmakers taking no action on the governor’s plan.

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Beach crosses memorial overmatched by service members lost BY MICHAEL R. BLOOD Associated Press Writer

SANTA BARBARA — The toll of war is measured here on an acre of Pacific sand, where each Sunday volunteers array handmade wooden crosses in regimental columns to honor U.S. service members lost in Iraq. The white crosses — each with a small American flag at its base, some decorated with photographs of the fallen — recall the gravestones of Arlington National Cemetery in a place usually reserved for sunbathers and tourists. Now, as the nation approaches the grim milestone of 3,000 war fatalities, the seaside memorial in one of California’s most popular coastal destinations has reached a crossroads of its own. The group of veterans that organizes the weekly tribute has decided to stop adding crosses because it is struggling to

keep pace with the tally of death. Together, the crosses weigh more than a ton and blanket an increasingly large chunk of choice shoreline. “It’s getting out of hand,” said Stephen Sherrill, who builds and paints each cross in his garage. “I wish I could keep going, but I’d need a lot more help.” The display has grown as the national mood has soured on the war. The first crosses went into the sand on Nov. 2, 2003, when they numbered 340. Last weekend, they numbered 2,928. The display started as more protest than commemoration, when the public and the media appeared to pay little attention to the dead. In time, organizers sought to emphasize respect for fallen soldiers and bring attention to the cost of war, while veering around overt political statements. “It’s a lost generation,” said Melida

Arredondo of Boston, after kneeling beside a cross dedicated to her stepson, a Marine killed by a sniper in 2004. A trailer used by Veterans for Peace to store and transport the crosses is full, and it takes much of the morning for about two dozen volunteers to arrange them and rake the sand smooth. At the end of the day, the crosses are carefully stacked in the trailer and stored in a parking lot nearby. A carpenter by trade, Sherrill said repetition has let him perfect his technique for building crosses, a duty he performs with precision and sadness. They cost about $1 each in materials — wood, screws, paint and long nails extending from the base to help hold them in the sand. It’s a job he never imagined he would have for so long. Each cross “represents a human life, not just a person but a whole family,” he said. Like many American cities, there is little in regular public view in Santa Barbara that speaks to the ongoing violence in Iraq. This is a place of striking beauty — wide beaches and a sailboat-filled harbor, rimmed by rugged hills with million-dollar views. On Sunday afternoons, waterfront restaurants and cafes bustle with patrons. Bikers and joggers fill beachside pathways. Tourists cram trendy shops nearby.

A stop at the makeshift memorial can be a powerful experience. Some of the crosses are decorated with notes from family members, newspaper clippings or dog tags. “We love you so much, Mom,” was written on the cross for Sgt. Patrick R. McCaffrey of Palo Alto, who died in June 2004. Will Giusti, 64, a remodeler from Napa, choked up while trying to express his emotions. “If more people would do things like this, maybe we wouldn’t be at war,” he said. His wife, Jo, also 64, was in tears beside him. Not everyone has been moved by the display. The mother of one officer demanded that her son’s name be removed, saying she considered the crosses an anti-war statement. The group consented. Similar displays have popped up around the country, including down the coast in Santa Monica. A display of 450 crosses on a hillside in the San Francisco Bay area suburb of Lafayette has resulted in a First Amendment squabble. The Santa Barbara memorial will continue as long as the war continues — albeit frozen at 3,000 crosses, group members said. “I can hardly stand to look at those crosses,” said Daniel Seidenberg, a Vietnam veteran who is president of the local Veterans for Peace chapter.



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SAN FRANCISCO — Some of the scientists who first advanced the controversial “nuclear winter” theory more than two decades ago have come up with another bleak forecast: Even a regional nuclear war would devastate the environment. Using modern climate and population models, researchers estimated that a smallscale nuclear conflict between two warring nations would cause 3 million to 17 million immediate casualties and lead to a dramatic cooldown of the planet that could lead to crop failures and further misery. As dire as the predictions seem, they fall short of nuclear winter. That theory says that smoke and dust from an atomic war between the superpowers would blot out the sun, plunge the Earth into the deep freeze and cause mass starvation, wiping out 90 percent of the Earth’s population, or billions of people. The new scenario offers no estimate of the number of deaths from the environmental effects of a regional nuclear war. Still, scientists said the scenario points to the danger of small nuclear states obtaining atomic warheads. The study, presented Monday at an American Geophysical Union meeting in San Francisco, was described as the first to document in detail the climatic effects of a nuclear war on a regional scale. Some climate experts not connected with the research questioned some of the assumptions made in the studies.3 For example, the studies assume that smoke is mostly made up of soot. But other organic particles could cause smoke to scatter and not stay aloft in the atmosphere as long, lessening the impact, said scientist Steve Ghan of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. “I think the effects of the smoke are exaggerated, but it does give people pause to think about,” Ghan said. “It suggests that anyone who is contemplating attacking another country is not going to be immune to the impacts

on their own countries.” The late astronomer Carl Sagan and four colleagues developed the nuclear winter theory, calculating in 1983 the possible effects of an all-out nuclear attack between the United States and the former Soviet Union. Other scientists have disputed the degree of damage to the Earth. The superpowers’ nuclear stockpiles have shrunk considerably since the end of the Cold War. But some of the scientists behind the nuclear winter theory — including Brian Toon of the University of Colorado at Boulder and Richard Turco of the University of California, Los Angeles — decided to revisit the topic in light of more recent world tensions. In October, North Korea announced that it had tested a nuclear bomb. Iran is also pursuing the development of nuclear weapons. Other members or presumed members of the nuclear club include India, Pakistan and Israel. The new studies looked at the consequences if two nations dropped 50 Hiroshima-size bombs on each other’s big cities. By analyzing population data and distance from blast, scientists predicted a regional nuclear war would kill 3 million people in Israel and up to 17 million in China. The U.S. would see 4 million blast deaths. But the researchers say black soot from the fires would linger in the atmosphere, blocking the sun’s rays and causing average global surface temperatures to drop about 2 degrees in the first three years. Although the planet would see a gradual warming within a decade, it would still be colder than it was before the war, the scientists said. The cooldown would shorten the growing season by about a month in parts of North America, Europe and Asia. Normal rainfall patterns such as summer monsoons in Africa and Southeast Asia would be disrupted, possibly causing huge crop failures. In addition, the ozone layer, which keeps out harmful ultraviolet radiation, would shrink more than 20 percent, with the poles seeing a 70 percent reduction.

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’Peace mom’ Sheehan convicted of trespassing at United Nations BY SAMUEL MAULL Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK — Cindy Sheehan, who emerged as one of the most vocal opponents of the Iraq war after her son was killed, was convicted Monday of trespassing for trying to deliver an anti-Iraq war petition to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations. Sheehan and three other women were acquitted of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstructing government administration. They will not face punishment as long as they stay out of trouble for the next six months, and were ordered to pay $95 in court surcharges.

They had faced up to a year in jail if convicted of all counts. “We should never have been on trial in the first place,” Sheehan said in a statement. “It’s George Bush and his cronies who should be on trial, not peaceful women trying to stop this devastating war. This verdict, however, will not stop us from continuing to work tirelessly to bring our troops home.” Sheehan and about 100 other members of a group called Global Exchange were rebuffed last March when they attempted to deliver a petition containing about 72,000 signatures to the U.S. Mission’s headquarters near the United Nations. Sheehan and the defendants ignored

police orders to leave and were reading the petition aloud on the sidewalk when police moved in. The women sat on the sidewalk and were carried to patrol wagons. Prosecutors said they were arrested after ignoring police orders to disperse. After the verdict, the women immediately left the courthouse and headed for the U.S. Mission to redeliver the petitions and ask for an apology. They were met in the lobby of the building by Richard A. Grenell, director of external affairs for the U.S. Mission, and Peggy Kerry, the mission’s liaison for non-governmental organizations and sister of Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass.

This time, Grenell took it. “We accept petitions every single day, even without an appointment. What we don’t do is accept them in front of a staged media event,” he said. Sheehan, 49, of Berkeley, Calif., lost her 24-year-old son Casey in Iraq on April 4, 2004. She has since emerged as one of the most vocal and high-profile opponents of the war, drawing international attention when she camped outside President Bush’s Texas ranch to protest the war. Her co-defendants were Melissa Beattie, 57, of New York; Patricia Ackerman, 48, of Nyack, N.Y., and Susan “Medea” Benjamin, 54, of San Francisco.

Power company aims to run plant on renewable fuel sources By The Associated Press

HONOLULU — Hawaiian Electric Co. plans to rely exclusively on ethanol and other renewable fuels to run a proposed new power plant on West Oahu. The company submitted a written statement about its intentions to the Public Utilities Commission on Monday as public hearings about the 110 megawatt power plant got under way. The state’s largest utility had initially said it would operate the plant at Campbell Industrial Park with low-sulfur diesel and other more traditional fuels. It was planning to switch to alternative fuels only later as they became commercially available.

Robbie Alm, HECO’s senior vice president for public affairs, said the state’s promotion of alternative energy influenced the company to change its mind. “After looking over what we believe is the reality of biofuels — ethanol and biodiesel markets — we felt we could make that commitment,” Alm said. Fossil fuels such as oil and coal currently supply about 90 percent of the state’s energy. The state is trying to lower that figure by encouraging investment and use of other power sources like wind and ethanol. As of April, 80 percent of gasoline sold in Hawaii must be blended with 10 percent ethanol. Lawmakers this year passed a package of


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New search planned to help find climbers on Oregon’s Mount Hood BY BRAD CAIN Associated Press Writer

COOPER SPUR, Ore. — Encouraged by improved weather, rescuers started back up Mount Hood on Tuesday in search of three missing climbers. Ugly weather Monday turned back rescue teams who were looking for two Texans and a New Yorker who hadn’t been heard from since Sunday, when one made a cell phone call. As day broke Tuesday, the weather was windy but dry, and searchers were more optimistic. “At least they will be able to see today,” said Dick Arnold of the Hood River search and rescue team. “You could barely see anything yesterday.” At 6:30 a.m., two searchers in a tracked snow vehicle left a trail head at 4,800 feet to join a handful of other rescue workers who spent the night in a shelter higher on the mountain, Arnold said. By 9 a.m., another crew planned to head up the mountain, and 20 to 30 more would were to join the search as the day wore on, he said. The three climbers started from the trail head on Wednesday and appeared to have tried a “light and fast” climb, said Steve Rollins, a search leader with Portland Mountain Rescue. The strategy can help climbers lessen their risk by reducing the time they spend on the mountain, Rollins said Monday, but “if something goes wrong, you don’t have a lot of gear to fall back on.” Most climbers take on the 11,239-foot mountain in May and June, and a climb this time of year is unusual, he said. Rescue teams came off the mountain Monday with descriptions of winds gusting to 85 miles an hour, heavy snow, ice, the threat of avalanches and so little visibility they couldn’t see their feet at times.


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ANCHORAGE, Alaska — The quota for the Bering Sea pollock catch is smaller for 2007 because the population of bottom fish is declining, according to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. The 11-member council, made up mainly of government officials and industry players from Alaska, Washington and Oregon, is meeting this week in Anchorage. The council set the pollock catch limit at 1.394 million metric tons, or nearly 3.1 billion pounds. That’s a decrease from this year’s limit of almost 6 percent. But fishing industry representatives and government regulators said next year’s haul still will be huge in historic terms. Pollock is used mostly to make fish sticks, fish sandwiches and imitation crab. It is one of the world’s largest commercial fisheries by weight, and ranks as Alaska’s most valuable seafood harvest. All told, Alaska pollock products were worth almost $1.3 billion last year, federal officials said. For the past few years, the pollock stocks have been at or near record levels. Now they’re starting to decline somewhat, just as scientists expected, said John Bundy, a council member and president of Seattle-based Glacier Fish Co., which operates fishing ships in the Bering Sea. Some have expressed that the council set the catch too high, despite advice from some government scientists who favored a more conservative number. They point to some worrisome signs, including that some pollock have moved north into Russian waters where they are susceptible to high catch rates by foreign ships. They say zooplankton that pollock need for food also is declining and arrowtooth flounder that prey on baby pollock are increasing. These and other trends should have prompted the council to trim next season’s catch limit by an additional 94,000 tons, as some scientists favored, said Michelle Ridgway, a Juneau marine biologist and one of the council’s advisers. Representatives of major seafood companies were divided on that idea, but most urged the council to stick with the higher catch limit.


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Knowing the profit potential for fixer-uppers DAYS ON THE MARKET BY JODI SUMMERS

Lots of people are looking for properties with short-term profit potential. They have this dream of finding a mildly run down property (”cosmetic fixer,” as it’s often called), rehabbing the kitchen and bath, putting in new floors, painting and, voila — a $100,000 profit! “Most homebuyers want to purchase a brand-new or resale house in near-perfect move-in condition,” notes renowned real estate columnist Bob Bruss. “That’s how to profitably sell houses, but not the profitable way to buy them.” That would be a fixer-upper with profit potential. A FIXER-UPPER WITH ‘PROFIT POTENTIAL’

Those properties, affectionately known as “fixers,” can be defined as a property below neighborhood standards. Some of these properties need foundation work and other serious renovation, but the majority of fixers with profit potential are not so deteriorated that they need to be torn down. The smart real estate speculator’s favorite type of property is the cosmetic fixer. As Bruss explains, “The most profitable fix-up homes only need a thorough cleaning, minor repairs, and fresh coat of interior and exterior paint. New carpets, fresh landscaping and new light fixtures are additional examples of profitable fix-up work that will bring the residence up to neighborhood standards.” A cosmetic fixer has “the right things wrong” — fix-up dollars will add more market value than the cost of the project. Just check out the most recent Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling magazine — update the kitchen and master suite, add another bathroom, put in a deck ... landscape — those are some of the most prof-

itable remodels. But, simply put, fresh paint, inside and outside, can be the most profitable home improvement you can make. Unprofitable fix-up houses need structural work, which adds little or no market value. Homebuyers expect houses with roofs that don’t leak — so there’s no added value in replacing the roof. If possible, avoid properties needing expensive foundation repairs, roofing, updated wiring or new plumbing — unless they are a great deal. Keep in mind that this necessary work doesn’t show, so it doesn’t add market value. If you’re buying in a downscale neighborhood to make your investment more affordable, make sure it’s one of the areas that are forecast to improve, and confirm the economic and governmental propositions that will support these changes. Remember how Venice was 10 years ago? WHEN FIXERS COME TO MARKET

Fixer properties become available in several ways: 1. Distressed properties such as foreclosures. 2. The seller doesn’t choose or can’t afford to fix up. These homes are often advertised for sale “as is” — meaning the seller will disclose all known defects in the home, but will not pay for any repairs. 3. Probate properties are when an heir inherited the property and wants a quick cash sale. These properties must go through the local probate court.

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THE HOA ADVISOR BY MICHAEL CHULAK I am seriously considering investing in short-term notes secured by deeds of trust. What documents should I receive from the mortgage company? You should receive all of the following: ■ A copy of the borrower’s loan application, property appraisal, credit report and any other available documentation that would help you in making an informed investment decision; ■ The recorded deed of trust; ■ The original promissory note; ■ A policy of title insurance that guarantees title; ■ A hazard insurance policy with a Loss Payable Endorsement Clause in your favor; ■ A recorded assignment of the note and deed of trust; ■ The services of an escrow, which will make certain that all of your instructions are fully satisfied before the transaction is completed.

Can I use IRA (Individual Retirement Account) money to invest in notes secured by deeds of trust? Yes. This is commonly done. There are companies that specialize in setting up and administering “SelfAdministered IRAs.” The cost is small compared to the services provided. The administrator will work directly with the mortgage company and escrow to coordinate everything.

My insurance company has recently told me over the phone that my claim is being denied. I’m certain that my policy covers the loss. What should I do? Immediately request (in writing) that your insurance company put the denial in writing and specifically inform you of all reasons the claim is being denied. Most insurance companies have an appeal process or administrative review procedure. Promptly request that the denial be reviewed in accordance with the appeal or review procedure. If your claim is still denied, consult with an attorney that specializes in insurance law and bad faith litigation. Unfortunately, it is not uncommon for certain insurance companies to act in bad faith.

As a condominium developer, I would like to point out that the present law in California discourages the building of condominiums and other developments with Homeowner Associations. The primary reason is that homeowner associations have up to 10 years to find construction defects and sue developers, architects, engineers and contractors. Consequently, building homes that are included in a homeowner association have become very expensive due to the high cost of insurance and expensive litigation which, ultimately, is passed on to the consumer. As much as 50 percent of any financial settlement goes to attorneys and so-called “experts” who find defects. Attorneys who specialize in this field often solicit business from homeowner associations by telling these groups that they will make money at See HOA ADVISOR, page 16




Guidelines provided by the IRS clearly state that exchangers may not have access to the funds generated from the sale of a property being sold via IRS Code 1031. This rule created the need for a Qualified Intermediary (QI). A QI functions mainly to hold and take responsibility for exchange funds until a replacement property is found. The QI then provides the exchange funds to the seller of the replacement property. It is important that the exchanger never take constructive or actual receipt (control) of the money. Qualified Intermediaries are not regulated. When interviewing potential QIs to handle a transaction, exchangers should evaluate not only the overall integrity of the QI (years in business, professional affiliations with organizations such as FEA are good starting points), but also the adequacy of the security protecting exchange funds while under control of the QI. Most Qualified Intermediaries are in control of millions of dollars at any one time; how and where those funds are held must be very clear and stated in writing. Funds can be held in two ways, commingled or segregated. They are “commingled” when pooled into one account

with all other funds held by the QI. Case law indicates commingled funds are an asset of the QI and subject to any legal action taken against that company, effectively subordinating exchangers’ rights to their own funds, to creditors of the QIs. If a QI goes bankrupt or is sued, the exchanger could lose it funds to payment of other obligations of the QI. A “segregated” account is one set up for each individual exchanger. On this point, case law shows that a segregated account, if set up properly, is considered separate property of the exchanger, minimizing exposure to loss or fraud committed by the QI. Where the funds are held is also of great concern. If in a bank, be aware that the FDIC only insures each account up to $100,000. Security for funds being held by the QI generally comes in the form of a fidelity bond and/or an insurance policy. The combined amount of the bond and the insurance policy may or may not be equal to the aggregate amount of money being held by the QI for all exchangers’ funds. This point should be carefully discussed with the QI. If the funds will be invested during the holding period, details must be provided on the type of investments considered and who benefits from the proceeds. Requiring notarized authorization from the exchanger to move or disburse the funds is a good way to stay informed and prevent misuse of the funds. You can reach Christina Porter at (877) 4TM-1031, or at Visit for a list of investment properties.

Lenders and real estate don’t mix REAL ESTATE 101 BY MIKE HEAYN This may be intuitive, but I feel compelled to remind my readers that banks lend out money primarily to make additional money in the form of interest. Banks and other lenders are not in the business of owning or managing real estate. It may seem illogical that these entities would not want to own real estate, but, after I explain why, you will see that banks are not interested in holding real estate. First, before I can explain the reasons why lenders do not like to own real estate, I need to explain how they might come to own a property. When a lender, in this case a bank, takes a piece of real estate back from a borrower, it is known as a foreclosure. Before a foreclosure proceeding can begin, the lender must give the borrower one or more chances to cure the missed payment or other delinquency. The following are the general steps that take place from delinquency to foreclosure, and these can vary from state to state: ■ Borrower misses payment due date; ■ Borrower misses payment grace period, typically 10-15 days after due date; ■ Bank contacts borrower via phone and/or mail


requesting payment, late charge assessed; ■ After the grace period, another 29-60 days pass, depending on the state. During this time, the borrower can rectify the situation by paying the missed payment and any associated late fees; ■ Foreclosure proceedings begin; ■ Borrower is given one last chance to cure delinquency before property is placed for sale. Some states do not offer this cure period; ■ Property is sold at public auction; ■ Bank will bid and usually wins auction for property. Why would the bank want to buy back the property if the bank is not in the business of owning real estate? The answer is simple — after the foreclosure proceedings are over, the bank will take a larger loss if they do not try to sell the property themselves. Now that the bank has foreclosed on the real estate, it has to decide what to do with it. When a bank owns a foreclosed piece of real estate, it is known as a “real estate owned asset” (REO) or a non-performing asset. The bank needs to get the REO off its balance sheet for the following reasons: ■ A non-performing asset or an asset that is not making a return wastes company resources. Employees should be using their time to work on performing assets to help See FORECLOSURE, page 16



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increase the company’s revenue. ■ Selling a non-performing asset allows a bank to realize a return on the money that was lent on the asset, even if it is a loss. ■ Most banks need to go to Wall Street for capital. If a bank has too many non-performing assets, they could be viewed as having made poor underwriting decisions, making them high risk, which could inevitably lead them to receiving below average or poor ratings from rating agencies compro-

mising their ability to attract new capital for future lending. ■ Selling non-performing assets frees capital that can be used on performing assets. Also, for every non-performing asset, a bank needs to place percentage of the non-performing assets value aside in cash or deposits until the non-performing asset is sold or becomes a performing asset. Banks make money by lending money, the more money they have to place aside for non-performing assets the less potential profit they can make. Foreclose is a scary possibility for any borrower. However, most lenders would rather not go through the process due to

its high cost and the lengthy time period required to gain control over the asset and return it to the market. The best thing to do if you think you may miss a payment is to contact your lender. Most, but not all lenders will work with you to avoid foreclosure. Just remember to call your lender right away. Time is not on your side once you have missed a payment.


never advise homeowner groups that they could make money-suing developers. Even if an association prevails in court on every issue, the association must pay expert fees, legal fees and other costs, which are rarely fully recoverable. The fact is that defective construction costs homeowners money. Homeowners don’t make money when their building is defected. You claim that the system is unfair and against developers. This is not true; in fact, the building industry association strongly supported the recently enacted civil code Section 1375. This law is the most pro- developer law ever approved by the Legislature in the history of the state. It makes suing a developer for construction defects more difficult, more time-consuming and more expensive. You state that the cost of litigation is increasing the cost of housing, which is the fault of trial lawyers. The fact is, if developers built buildings without material defects or voluntarily repaired any defects there would be no need for litigation. Defects are the cause of litigation, not lawyers. When someone dies in a fire because fire blocks were left out of buildings or buildings slide down a slope because of defective soil preparation, a trial lawyer is the only person an association of homeowners can count on to protect their rights.

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no cost to the association. For small developers, the current system is very unjust because we are unable to get insurance accept at very high costs. To me, it is quite obvious that these costs are being passed onto the consumer. In the contracting field, it is customary for the contractor to be responsible for defects for 12 months after completion. Most states in the U.S. have such a law, except California. The existing law — “10 years” — was passed as a result of strong lobbying by trial lawyers in California who spent hundred of thousands of dollars to get the law passed. What is your response? First, let me point out that the 10 years within which homeowner associations can sue a developer applies only to hidden defects. These are defects that a person could not reasonably discover such as the failure of a developer to insert fire blocks inside walls. Defects that are reasonably discoverable have a limitation of three or four years, depending on the claim. Lawyers specializing in protecting consumers would

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Astronauts get a special delivery BY RASHA MADKOUR Associated Press Writer

HOUSTON — The 2-ton, $11 million addition astronauts have delivered to the international space station may be one of the smaller pieces of the structure, but even supporting actors are vital. The addition will act both as a spacer between a pair of the station’s power-generating solar arrays and as a channel through which lines of electricity, data and cooling liquid will run, NASA said. Two astronauts were scheduled to install the addition on Tuesday, in the first of three harrowing spacewalks during the 12-day mission that left Earth on Saturday. The space shuttle Discovery crew are continuing the assembly of the station. Besides installing the addition, Discovery will also rewire the station to make use of solar arrays that were installed on the last mission. They will also rotate a space station crew member. NASA engineers were looking over images of areas on the space shuttle that caught their attention Monday. A sensor on the shuttle’s left wing detected a “very low” impact while the crew slept the night before, so astronauts took pictures of the area using a camera on the end of the station’s robotic arm. John Shannon, chairman of the mission management team, said late Monday he didn’t think specialists were seeing anything of concern in the pictures so far.

Also, tiles on the shuttle’s underbelly seemed to be dinged, so specialists were examining images to see how deep the nicks were. Shannon said he was not worried about the tiles, saying astronauts could repair them if they were chipped. Managers were also looking at images showing an orange cellophane-like material, used to keep nitrogen in place during launch, that was sticking out of the shuttle’s left external fuel tank door. The material sometimes burns off by the time shuttles land, Shannon said, but engineers want to make sure it isn’t blocking the tank door’s seal. NASA is expected to know by Tuesday whether further inspections are warranted or whether it can declare the shuttle’s heat shield healthy. After praising the shuttle’s flawless docking with the station on Monday, lead flight director Tony Ceccacci said the hard work was just beginning. “We have seven challenging docking days ahead of us,” Ceccacci said. The first part of Tuesday’s spacewalk may sound familiar to people on Earth who have sought help trying to fit into a tight parking spot. Spacewalk veteran Bob Curbeam and first-timer Christer Fuglesang, the first Swede in space, will be guiding mission specialists Sunita “Suni” Williams and Joan Higginbotham as they use the station’s robotic arm to install the addition. The clearance at times will be less then 3 inches. The spacewalking pair will then tighten bolts and connect utility cables to complete the installation process.

“We have seven challenging docking days ahead of us.” TONY CECCACCI LEAD FLIGHT DIRECTOR

The later spacewalks are challenging because power to the station will be shut off in two phases, with astronauts rewiring one half of the station one day, and the other half two days later. This process will put the station on a permanent power system, from the temporary one it had been using. But NASA has never done this so managers are not sure everything will power up after the rewiring. Astronauts can undo their work if that’s the case. Williams, who will perform the third spacewalk with Curbeam, became only the third woman to take up longterm residence at the space station. She replaces German astronaut Thomas Reiter, who will return with the Discovery crew in a little more than a week. The space agency has been especially alert to damage to the shuttle’s heat shield since the Columbia tragedy in 2003. A piece of foam broke off Columbia’s external fuel tank during liftoff and gashed a wing, allowing hot gases to penetrate the spacecraft during its return to Earth. All seven astronauts died.

Making Sound decisions Panel finalized plan for effort to clean up Puget Sound area BY PEGGY ANDERSEN Associated Press Writer

SEATTLE — A panel appointed by Gov. Chris Gregoire has finalized its plan for a 13-year across-the-board effort to clean up Puget Sound, with stronger emphasis on storm runoff — a critical issue as rainfall washes toxins off hillside roads and rooftops into the sparkling sound. Perhaps more than any other issue faced by the region, stormwater runoff exemplifies the clash between environment and economy. Population growth — an additional 1.4 million people are expected to move to the region by 2020 — means more roads, parking lots and housing developments. That means more hard surfaces — asphalt and concrete — channeling storm water untreated water into the watersheds and the sound. The final report of the Puget Sound Partnership is being released Wednesday by partnership officials and Gregoire, who assigned them the task last year. The Associated Press obtained an advance copy. Gregoire is also expected to announce proposals for finding billions of dollars to mount the campaign and carry it through 2020. Puget Sound’s problems are well established scientifically, linked to the millions of people who live and work on its shores. Erosion from logging and other resource extraction plus human, agricultural and industrial waste — are slowly poisoning the rich ecosystem. But one of the recovery effort’s biggest hurdles is the public impression that Puget Sound is in good or excellent health. “The difficulty is that Puget Sound is beautiful on a sunny day. We’re not seeing what’s underneath the water,” said U.S. Rep. Jay Inlsee, D-Wash., one of the partnership’s more than two dozen partners. “We’re up against a vision.” The report from more than two dozen partners — from the building trades; ports; environmentalists; city, state, federal and tribal governments — estimates that restoring the health of the sound will take roughly $6 billion in new money at all levels of government through 2020. That’s in addition to the approximately $6 billion expected over that period from ongoing programs affecting the state’s 2,458 square miles of inland marine waters and the mountain watersheds that drain into them.

Eighty percent of the sound’s estuary habitat is gone, the report says, and at least a third of the shoreline — a vital area for many species including young salmon and the smaller fish they feed on — has been “armored” with riprap, bulkheads or other structures. Toxic pollution, some of it decades old and still lethal, and human and animal waste are significant problems. Habitat loss on land and water underscores the need to preserve what is left, and the report encourages stewardship and acquiring land from willing sellers. “You have to be willing to spend on things that don’t provide immediate results,” said another partner, state Rep. Fred Jarrett, R-Mercer Island. “You’re investing in the future here.”

“The difficulty is that Puget Sound is beautiful on a sunny day. We’re not seeing what’s underneath the water. We’re up against a vision.” JAY INLSEE U.S. REP., D-WASH., The shift of power in Congress may help, as veteran U.S. Rep. Norm Dicks — also a member of the partnership — takes over as chairman of a key budget subcommittee. “It’s an enormous task with an enormous price tag,” said Dicks spokesman George Behan. “If it’s a shared task — both in terms of effort and funding — we have a lot better chance of getting where we need to go.” Previous cleanup efforts have bogged down, but the partnership — and the governor — are determined to pioneer a cooperative approach that can restore health to the sound even as new arrivals threaten by sheer numbers the beauty that draws them here. “People are coming. We can’t build a fence here,” said Bill Ruckelshaus, the nation’s first Environmental Protection Agency administrator and a co-chairman of the partnership along with Gregoire, Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission leader Billy Frank Jr. and state Ecology Director Jay Manning. The panel’s October draft report came under fire from a group of scientists and engineers for its sketchy storm water recommendations, an issue that continued to be contentious as the final report was prepared.

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Bush not showing changes BY TERENCE HUNT AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON — While seeking a new course in Iraq, President Bush has not changed his tone about the stakes involved in the war, the importance of victory or his definition of success. His public remarks in recent days have given no hint of the new direction that White House officials expect Bush will announce in a speech before Christmas. The president’s comments sound much as they did in the weeks before the November elections, in which public unhappiness with Iraq was a big factor in the Republicans’ loss of Congress. “This is really the calling of our time — that is, to defeat these extremists and radicals, and Iraq is a component part, an important part of laying the foundation for peace,” the president said Monday. Searching for any hint of change in Bush’s thinking, a reporter at the White House press briefing noted that Bush usually calls Iraq the central front in the war on terror, not a component part. Did that mean anything? “Allow him to vary the phraseology from time to time,” presidential spokesman Tony Snow said. “It does not mean any change in view.” Trying to show he is interested in new ideas, Bush was to hold a video conference Tuesday with senior military commanders in Iraq. He also was to meet in the Oval Office with Iraq’s Sunni vice president, Tariq al-Hashemi. Al-Hashemi said he would tell Bush of his “dismay” over the Shiite-led Iraqi government’s handling of security. He

accused the government of not doing enough to deal with militia attacks and said he was especially concerned about Baghdad, where Sunni-Shiite violence has flared in several neighborhoods in recent days. “Slow and inadequate action is a problem that we have been facing with this government since it was formed,” alHashemi said Monday in an interview with Baghdad TV, the mouthpiece of his Iraqi Islamic Party. Continuing his outreach, Bush on Wednesday will confer with senior defense officials at the Pentagon. On Monday, Bush went to the State Department for a 90minute meeting to review options with advisers there, then hosted a handful of experts on Iraq policy in the Oval Office. “Like most Americans, this administration wants to succeed in Iraq because we understand success in Iraq would help protect the United States in the long run,” Bush said after his State Department briefing. The president said his aim was to coordinate advice from his diplomatic and military advisers “so that when I do speak to the American people, they will know that I’ve listened to all aspects of government.” While a bipartisan commission last week described the situation in Iraq as “grave and deteriorating,” Bush spoke in positive terms. He said his goal was to succeed in Iraq. “And success is a country that governs, defends itself, that is a free society, that serves as an ally in this war on terror.” Bush said Iraq was a key part of his strategy for “defeating the extremists who want to establish safe haven in the Middle East, extremists who would use their safe haven from which to attack the United States.”

Dual car bombings kill 57 Iraqis in Baghdad BY THOMAS WAGNER Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD, Iraq — Two car bombs targeting day laborers looking for work exploded within seconds of each other Tuesday on a main square in central Baghdad, killing at least 57 people and wounding more than 150, police said. The coordinated attack in Tayaran Square involved a suicide attacker who drove up to the day laborers pretending to want to hire them, then set off his explosives as they got into his minibus, Lt. Bilal Ali said. At virtually the same time — 7 a.m. — a bomb exploded in a car parked some 30 yards away. The blasts set fire to at least 10 other cars, Ali said. He said at least 57 Iraqis, including seven policemen, were killed and 151 people were wounded. Iraqis gather on the square early in the morning, soliciting jobs as construction workers, cleaners and painters. They buy breakfast at stands selling tea and egg sandwiches while they wait for potential employers to drive up. Khalil Ibrahim, 41, who owns a shop in the area, was treated at a hospital for shrapnel wounds to his head and back. “In the first explosion, I saw people falling over, some of them blown apart. When the other bomb went off seconds later, it slammed me into a wall of my store and I fainted,” he said. Police at a nearby checkpoint fired random shots in several directions. Residents rushed to the devastated area to see if friends or relatives had been killed or wounded. Mangled bodies were piled up at the side of the road and partially covered with paper. Two men sat on a nearby sidewalk, crying and covering their faces with their hands. “The driver of the minibus lured the people to hire them as laborers, and after they gathered he detonated the vehicle,” said another witness, Ali Hussein. Tayaran Square is located near several government ministries and a bridge that crosses the Tigris River to the heavily fortified Green Zone, where Iraq’s parliament and the U.S. and British embassies are located. About a mile away, two roadside bombs targeting Iraqi police patrols exploded at 8:25 a.m. and 8:40 a.m., wounding two policemen and seven Iraqi civilians, said police Capt. Mohammed Abdul-Ghani. On Monday, at least 66 people were killed or found dead in the Baghdad area and northern Iraq. They included 46 men who were bound, blindfolded and shot to death in the capital — the latest apparent victims of sectarian death squads. A Marine helicopter also made a hard landing in a remote desert area of Anbar province, injuring 18 people, the third U.S. aircraft to go down in the insurgent stronghold in two weeks. The U.S. military announced that three American soldiers were killed in a roadside bombing north of the capital on Sunday, putting December on track to be one of the deadliest months of the war. At least 2,934 members of the U.S. military have died since the U.S.-led invasion in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.

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Niners working to change direction after mistakes BY GREG BEACHAM AP Sports Writer

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — The San Francisco 49ers are on a roll, and coach Mike Nolan doesn’t have much time to stop it. With the Niners’ next game coming up in Seattle on Thursday night, Nolan and his assistants are working as fast as possible to change the 49ers’ direction after seeing too many of the same old mistakes in a 30-19 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Sunday. Nolan respects momentum, but everything is rolling downhill for the 49ers (5-8) after their third straight defeat. Three weeks of Alex Smith’s erratic throws, the defense’s coverage mistakes and a general lack of sharpness has ruined the good feelings from San Francisco’s .500 record just three weeks ago. “We are a young football team, and that’s a sign of our youth,” Nolan said Monday. “At the same time, we were bigger than that in the last three (victories). I believe we’re getting the structure and becoming the things we have to be, but obviously we’re not there yet.” The 49ers’ loss to Green Bay was among the most discouraging of Nolan’s 20 defeats in 29 games since he took over the franchise last season. The Packers were among the NFL’s worst teams with three straight blowout losses of their own, presenting a golden opportunity for San Francisco to get back on its game. Instead, Smith’s shaky performance headlined another afternoon of missed opportunities and multiple mistakes. Smith went 12for-29 with two more interceptions, giving him 10 in the 49ers’ seven games since their bye week. But Smith’s problems — from those poor throws to a fumbled exchange with Frank Gore — were hardly the 49ers’ only offensive blunders. The line struggled against Green Bay’s pedestrian pass rush, while receiver Antonio Bryant, who sat out the first offensive series for being 5 minutes late to a special-teams meeting Saturday, ended up with just one catch for 39 yards.

Sitting Smith is not an option for fixing the 49ers’ offensive ineptitude, Nolan said — not even to give a chance to Trent Dilfer, the former Seahawks quarterback who hasn’t played a snap in his first 13 games with San Francisco. Nolan is determined to give Smith every opportunity to mature on the job. “We knew what we had to do when we set out to do it,” Nolan said of the No. 1 pick in 2005, who has a 74.0 passer rating with 14 interceptions and 13 touchdown passes. “Yes, he has struggled some, but so has our football team. It would be easy to say it’s all his fault, but it’s not.” Nolan is correct: The defense also broke down on numerous big plays against Brett Favre and his receivers. San Francisco yielded 420 total yards and allowed six key thirddown conversions while sacking Favre just once and failing to force a turnover. The Niners’ defense led the way during the club’s three-game winning streak, but has reverted back to pedestrian form during the three-game skid while battling injuries to key starters Derek Smith and Shawntae Spencer, who both sat out Sunday. “You’ll never see one guy on this team ever quit,” linebacker Brandon Moore said. “We’ll go out to that last drive. We just gave up big plays. Everything they got, we gave them.” The 49ers beat Seattle 20-14 at Candlestick Park last month, with Gore racking up a team-record 212 yards rushing in a game otherwise dominated by San Francisco’s defense. But the 49ers have won just one road game in each of the last four seasons, including a narrow victory over the awful Detroit Lions last month. Nolan will keep his workouts light in the three days between games, practicing only in light pads on Tuesday and Wednesday. He hopes Spencer will be back in the lineup, but nothing is certain during the 49ers’ short week. “There’s a considerable amount of cutback going on,” Nolan said of the 49ers’ preparation. “If you win, I’d say (the short schedule) is the best thing ever.”


Chargers’ Tomlinson playing this season like Hall of Famer BY BERNIE WILSON AP Sports Writer

SAN DIEGO — He’s known around here simply as L.T., and in the opinion of long-suffering San Diego Chargers fans, running back LaDainian Tomlinson is ready for nothing short of enshrinement in the Hall of Fame. Tomlinson’s TD surge — he set the single-season record with No. 29 Sunday — has certainly captivated a city tarnished by financial and political scandals. Who knows — maybe there will be a Super Bowl run to keep fans stoked into February and beyond. Hero worship aside, there’s another aspect to Tomlinson that fans don’t necessarily see on Sundays. “For all the skills he has as a player, they pale by comparison to the person,” coach Marty Schottenheimer said, his voice quivering, after Sunday’s 48-20 win over Denver. Tomlinson scored three touchdowns

against the Broncos to break Shaun Alexander’s record and help the Chargers clinch the AFC West championship. On Monday, Schottenheimer said he doesn’t think this city’s adulation of Tomlinson is over the top or premature, even though Alexander’s single-season mark was only set last year. “Absolutely not,” Schottenheimer said. The coach’s opinion of Tomlinson “is a product of a long, long time in professional football and having an opportunity to witness many, many greats. I believe he’s the finest running back I’ve ever seen in professional football.” Schottenheimer goes all the way back to the era of Hall of Famer Jim Brown. He does admit that it’s hard to compare players from different eras, but is quick to add: “At this time, in this era, I think he’s the very best.” Tomlinson’s stats certainly are impressive.



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JACQUELINE BIGAR’S STARS The stars show the kind of day you’ll have: ★★★★★ Dynamic ★★★★ Positive ★★★ Average ★★ So-So ★ Difficult

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★★★★★ Your words fall on others like magic, drawing strong reactions and changes. Your charisma somehow comes through in your words, drawing nods all around. Want to plug a new idea? Now is the moment. Tonight: Ask for what you want.

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★★★ Your sense of accomplishment allows you to take great pride in what you do. A partner or associate clearly supports you. Consider alternatives carefully, even if others are saying it is OK. Tonight: Slow your pace.

★★★ Stepping back will help you understand what is happening. Many opportunities stem from your innate resourcefulness. Centering and applying your energy appropriately could make a big difference. Tonight: Some time to yourself.

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★★★★★ Where your friends are is where you want to be. Aim for what you want, yet, at the same time, know that you need to enlist a partner’s support. Friendship takes you in a new direction. Be more forthright with a key partner or associate. Tonight: Quality time with a quality person.

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No Mr. & Mrs. ANGELINA JOLIE says she wasn’t looking for a relationship when she began working with Brad Pitt on “Mr. & Mrs. Smith,” adding that the couple “remained very, very good friends” after shooting the movie. Jolie didn’t know where Pitt — then married to “Friends” star Jennifer Aniston — was in his personal life, the 31-year-old actress tells Vogue magazine in its January issue, on newsstands Friday. “But it was clear he was with his best friend, someone he loves and respects.” “I think we were both the last two people who were looking for a relationship. I certainly wasn’t. I was quite content to be a

single mom,” Jolie tells the magazine. “Because of the film we ended up being brought together to do all these crazy things, and I think we found this strange friendship and partnership that kind of just suddenly happened,” she says. Jolie remained “very, very good friends” with Pitt after shooting ended, she says. “And then life developed in a way where we could be together, where it felt like something we would do, we should do.” Pitt and Aniston announced their separation in January 2005. Aniston filed for divorce in March, citing irreconcilable differences. The divorce became

final in October. Pitt denied that Jolie was behind the split. In late April, photos were published of Jolie and Pitt playing in the sand and strolling on a beach in Africa with her 3-year-old son, Maddox, whom she adopted from Cambodia. In July, Pitt and Jolie went to Ethiopia, where Jolie adopted a baby girl, Zahara. Jolie gave birth to the couple’s daughter, Shiloh, in Namibia in May. The actress says it was her children who ultimately cemented her relationship with Pitt as a family. One day, Maddox “just out of the blue called him Dad. It was amazing. We

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quoted as saying. Jolie also tells Vogue about how motherhood has changed her. “I think definitely before my son, I was a little nihilistic. But once I adopted Mad (Maddox) I knew I was never going to be intentionally self-destructive again. “I’m starting to be able to see being 50 years old with the kids graduating from high school — though in my mind we’re in the middle of a desert or a jungle with tutors and some local friends.” Pitt and Jolie appeared together Monday in New York City at the premiere of her new film, “The Good Shepherd.” ASSOCIATED PRESS

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Lohan giving up her party girl lifestyle LINDSAY LOHAN says she’s been going to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings for a year, but hasn’t talked about it because “it’s no one’s business.” “I just left an AA meeting,” the 20-year-old actress tells People magazine in a story posted Tuesday on its Web site. “I haven’t had a drink in seven days. Or anything,” she says. “I’m not even legal to, so why would I? I don’t drink when I go to

clubs. I drink with my friends at home, but there’s no need to. I feel better not drinking. It’s more fun. I have Red Bull.” “I’ve been going to AA for a year by the way,” Lohan adds. When asked why didn’t she say so until recently, she replies: “Well it’s no one’s business. That’s why it’s anonymous!” Her publicist, Leslie Sloane Zelnik, didn’t immediately respond Tuesday to a message from The

Associated Press seeking comment. The New York Post first reported sightings of Lohan at an AA meeting two weeks ago, and Zelnik later confirmed to the AP that Lohan had been attending meetings. “I was off from work, I was getting ready to start a film, and I was like going out just to get it out of my system,” Lohan tells People. “I was going out too much and I knew that,

and I have more to live for than that.” Lohan would like to make headlines for her movie roles, which include “Freaky Friday,” “Herbie Fully Loaded,” “A Prairie Home Companion” and “Bobby.” “I was like, ‘I don’t want to be written about at these clubs with these people,"’ she says. “I work, I act, I have a living. That’s what I do every day. I work every single day.” AP

Princes plan memorial concert for mom PRINCES WILLIAM and HARRY are planning a pop concert and memorial service next year to mark the 46th birthday of their mother, Princess Diana, and the 10th anniversary of her death. The concert is to feature some of Diana’s favorite music and will be “full of

energy, full of the sort of fun and happiness which I know she would have wanted,” William said Tuesday in an interview with his father’s press secretary, Patrick Harrison, which was released to the media. Duran Duran will perform along with Elton John, who sang “Candle in the

Wind” at Diana’s funeral. The concert will also include a performance by the English National Ballet and songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber in honor of the princess’ love of dancing and theater. The concert is planned for July 1, Diana’s 46th birthday, at Wembley

Stadium in London. Money raised from the concert will go to charities the princess supported. A memorial service is also planned at an undisclosed location in London on Aug. 31, 10 years after the princess’ fatal car crash in a Paris tunnel.

EVEL KNIEVEL has sued Kanye West, taking issue with a music video in which the rapper takes on the persona of “Evel Kanyevel” and tries to jump a rocket-powered motorcycle over a canyon. Knievel, whose real name is Robert Craig Knievel, filed a lawsuit in federal court in Tampa on Monday claiming infringement on his trademark name and likeness. He also claims the “vulgar and offensive” images depicted in the video damage his reputation. “That video that Kanye West put out is the most worthless piece of crap I’ve ever seen in my life, and he uses my image to catapult himself on the public,” the 68-year-old daredevil said Tuesday. A spokesman for West said the 28-year-old rapper no comment. AP

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MANN'S CRITERION THEATRE 1313 3rd Street (310) 395-1599 Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (R) 12:00, 2:20, 4:50, 7:20, 9:40

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1980-1995 Running or Not Any Questions Please Call

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’02 MR2 Spyder Conv $13,788 Blk/Blk, chrome wheels, very low miles (20042374) Toyota Santa Monica (800) 579-6047

(310) 995-5898

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’00 Jetta . . . $8,995 Leather, Moonroof, CD, Alloys Vin: YM154848 Toyota Santa Monica (800) 579-6047

’02 Sienna XLE $16,995 VIDEOPLAYER, Moonroof, Lthr, AMAZING DEAL (2U475335) Toyota Santa Monica (800) 579-6047

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Autos Wanted DONATE TO the Original 1-800-Charity. Cars! Full retail value deduction possible. 1-800-Charity. (1-800-242-7489)

’03 i35 Sedan Charcoal, automatic, V6 3.5L, Bose audio system (P1483) $19,992 Infiniti Santa Monica (866) 507-7253

’04 Nissan 350Z Roadster Convertible Silver, automatic, V6 3.5L (P1471A) $28,991 Infiniti Santa Monica (866) 507-7253

’05 G35 Sedan Pewter, automatic, V6 3.5 Liter, Stock #: I6168A $30,991 Infiniti Santa Monica (866) 507-7253

‘05 Tundra Dbl Cab $21,788 Off Road Pkg, Beautiful, Loaded, Best Buy, (55493840) Toyota Santa Monica (800) 579-6047

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’04 Quad Hemi…. $16,995 Gorgeous, Black, Alloys, CD, Auto, Chrome Wheels, Must See Vin: 4J102632 Toyota Santa Monica (800) 579-6047

‘04 Avalon XLS . . . .$19,995 Leather, Moonroof, Immaculate! (4U373719) Toyota Santa Monica (800) 579-6047

’03 Prius $16,995 Auto, A/C, CD, Alloys, Full Power Package (Vin 30072445) Toyota Santa Monica (800) 579-6047

’05 Mustang Conv’t $16,995 WOW, Unbelievable Deal, Auto, Alloys, CD (5521441) Toyota Santa Monica (800) 579-6047

’05 Accord EX Hybrid $24,900 6Cyl, Leather, Low Low Miles (5C001873) Toyota Santa Monica (800) 579-6047

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’02 Infiniti QX4 Sport Utility 4D V6 3.5 Liter, Automatic, Leather Stock #: P1458 $17,994 Infiniti Santa Monica (866) 507-7253

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ABSOLUTELY ALL Cash! Do you earn $800/day? Vending route. 30 machines + candy. $4995. 1-800-807-6485.


$417,000 $533,850 $645,300 $645,300 $801,950

There is no more convincing medium than a DAILY local newspaper.

Autos Wanted

NEW CONFORMING 1 Unit 2 Units 3 Units 3 Units 4 Units


’03 Highlander $14,995 Auto, A/C, P/W, Cruise, C/D (30075121) Toyota Santa Monica (800) 579-6047

’05 Hummer H2 White, automatic, V8 6.0L (I6054A) $38,993 Infiniti Santa Monica (866) 507-7253

’00 Ford Ranger $4,995 Air Conditioning, CD, Alloys, & More! (Vin YPA17329) Toyota Santa Monica (800) 579-6047

’04 Dodge Dakota Maroon, automatic, V6 3.7L (P1480) $12,494 Infiniti Santa Monica (866) 507-7253

HOURS MONDAY - FRIDAY 9:00am - 5:00pm

’04 Toyota Camry Gray, automatic, V6 3.3 L (I5937A) $17,992 Infiniti Santa Monica (866) 507-7253

’03 Lexus RX 300 Silver, V6 3.0L, Low Miles! (I6069A) $25,993 Infiniti Santa Monica (866) 507-7253

’03 G35 Sport Coupe Pewter, 6 speed, V6 3.5 Liter, 6 disc remote changer (P1488) $28,991 Infiniti Santa Monica (866) 507-7253

’03 Audi TT Convertible Silver, 6 speed manual, 4-Cyl., 1.8L HO Turbo Stock #: P1466 $23,994 Infiniti Santa Monica (866) 507-7253

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’06 Sonata GLS MAKE OFFER! (065025) Hyundai Santa Monica (866) 309-6705

1992 BMW 325i Auto, 4dr, Blk. $4995 Lic# 3GGC432 Claude Short Auto Sales Dealer (310) 395-3712

’04 Santa Fe 2 to Choose-Black or Silver Low miles, still has new car warranty. (U786948, U648625) Hyundai Santa Monica (866) 309-6705

’05 Santa Fe 3.5L 2 to Choose! 2WD, CD, Moon (960986, 935352) Hyundai Santa Monica (866) 309-6705

’00 Grand Cherokee Ltd. $13,900 Red/Tan, 4WD, Moonroof, Pristine! (VC223308) Hyundai Santa Monica (866) 309-6705

LOCATION 1427 Third Street Promenade, Suite 202, Santa Monica, CA 90405

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YOUR AD COULD RUN TOMORROW!* Some restrictions may apply.


(310) Prepay your ad today!

’02 Honda Accord EX Cpe $16,900 Silver, 55K Miles, Pristine (2A017045) Hyundai Santa Monica (866) 309-6705

Vehicles for sale

’05 C230 Sport Sedan 1 Owner, Silver/Gray, Leather, Moonroof, 24K Miles. Like new! (SF727053) Hyundai Santa Monica (866) 309-6705

All classified liner ads are placed on our website for FREE! Check out for more info.


’07 Lexus GS 450h Hybrid! Must see! (GS71028) Lexus Santa Monica Pre-Owned (800) 406-7782




Tree Removal


Real Estate

Tree Removal Tree Trimming

Stump Grinding Landscaping Lic. And Insured

15 Years Experience


(310) 359-2859 ’00 Honda Accord EX Sedan Silver/Gray, Leather (SF227052) Hyundai Santa Monica (866) 309-6705

’02 Santa Fe 4 x 4 $13,900 Low Miles, Pristine Condition (2U175332) Hyundai Santa Monica (866) 309-6705

’07 Lexus RX 400h …. $45,999 Hybrid (RXH71067) Lexus Santa Monica Pre-Owned (800) 406-7782



(310) 458-7737 Plumbing

O’keeffee Plumbing ’02 Escape 2WD $9,900 Leather, CD, and MORE Hyundai Santa Monica (866) 309-6705

2001 Ford Escort SE 4 DR Sedan, full power, 53k miles, 26/35 MPG, Auto, AC $5000. 310.396.9621 or 310.392.9229


’07 Lexus RX 400h …. $47,999 Hybrid (RXH71071) Lexus Santa Monica Pre-Owned (800) 406-7782



Advertise your used car for sale in the only LOCAL DAILY newspaper in town.

’03 Sonata V6 White . . . $11,500 Low miles, pristine (3A744443) Hyundai Santa Monica (866) 309-6705

’04 Nissan Sentra $11,900 CD, 42K Miles, Very Clean Will Not Last (4L915794) Hyundai Santa Monica (866) 309-6705

F 1992 Dodge 350 Cargo Van White, A/C $2,995 Claude Short Auto Sales Dealer (310) 395-3712


Run it until it sells!*

M SA 2001 DODGE 15 PASSENGER VAN Dual air, many extras VIN 543782 $7,995 Claude Short Auto Sales Dealer (310) 395-3712


Industrial, Commercial, Residential Repipes, New and Old Constructions, Remodels Earthquake shut-off valves, Recirculating Pumps, Sump pumps, Sewage ejectors All Water and gas related works, all service and repair work


’05 Scion XB …. $13,900 Red, Low 38K Miles! One Owner!! (Vin A390395) Hyundai Santa Monica (866) 309-6705

(310) 458-7737


& DRYWALL Interior & Exterior • Free Estimates

Call Joe: 447-8957

LIC: 0002088305-0001-4

Residential & Commercial Int. & Ext. Texture & Drywall Wood works & Repair work Kitchen cabinet Faux finish Replace cabinet & Counter top Stucco work



Lic.# 825896 310.284.8333


Pool and Spa

Life is short — Why make it shorter

John J. McGrail, C.Ht. Certified Hypnotherapist (310)) 235-2883



HANDYMAN All aspects of construction from small repairs to complete remodels


Call Tony

(310) 449-5555 (310) 447-3333

1964 Pontiac Catalina




(310) 458-7737

New Transmission, new paint job. 150K original miles. Immaculate condition inside. Kept in garage for many years. Must see!


(310) 458-7737

■ Ad runs until your car sells. Period.* ■ Large format photograph. ■ 20 word description. ■ FREE online placement!


CALEB 25-35/HR (310) 409-3244

St. Lic 855859

Ad shown actual size

‘06 Lexus RX 400 … $40,995 Crystal White / Ivory, 3.3L 6 CYL, hybrid, low mileage, automatic (RXH296U) Lexus Santa Monica Pre-Owned (800) 406-7782


Austin O’keeffe (310)600-5507

Package includes: 05 Hyundai Tucson LX 4 $16,990 Leather, CD, Pristine (5U051031) Hyundai Santa Monica (866) 309-6705

Full Service Handymen

Onlyy onee calll away




*Please call our Classified Sales Manager to reserve your ad space. Specific ad placement not gauranteed on classified ads. Ad must meet deadline requirements.

Promote your business in the only DAILY local newspaper in town. Vehicles for sale


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(310) 458-7737 Take advantage of this great offer.

*Terms and conditions. Ad will run for thirty (30) consecutive days. After 30 days, ad will expire and advertiser must call to schedule a free renewal. Ads are renewed for an additional 2 weeks. Advertiser must call within 5 days of ad expiration to renew. If renewal is placed after 5 days of ad expiration, advertiser must pay full price. Photographs must be submitted digitally in JPG or TIFF format. Email photographs to Photographs only appear on print edition. 20 word description maximum; additional words 50 cents. Call for more details. Private parties only. Terms subject to change without notice.

HOURS MONDAY - FRIDAY 9:00am - 5:00pm

A child is calling for help.

LOCATION 1427 Third Street Promenade, Suite 202, Santa Monica, CA 90405





Buy it, Finance it

& Build it!

10 year/1 arm 6%** 5 Year Fixed 1% & 2% 5 year/1 arm 5.75%** 1 year/1 arm 5.25% 6 mos./6 mo. arm 5% 1 mo./1 mo.arm 1%***

30 year fixed 5.75% 15 year/1arm 5.25% 7 year/1 arm 5.75% 3 year/1 arm 5.5%**

Pacific Ocean Properties is proud to announce the grand opening of PACIFIC OCEAN CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN.

* Rates subject to change * As of November 28, 2006 ** Denotes an interest only loan *** Denotes Neg Am

Barnabus Horkai Loan Officer

Rob Schultz


Licensed California Broker #01381120

REFINANCE TODAY 2212 Lincoln Blvd. SM, CA (310) 392-9223


1(888)FOR-LOAN (367-5626)

Pacific Ocean Properties Broker Rob Schultz, #01218743

Department of Real Estate Phone - (916) 227–0864

Pacific Ocean Properties 2212 Lincoln Boulevard, Santa Monica




CLOSED 510 Arbor Vitae Inglewood IN ESCROW

Andrea Arpaia Agent new to the business. “I’ve sold 20 homes in two years. I invite you to become number 21”



4322 102nd St. Inglewood Duplex $440,000


Ocean View, New House



15344 Washington St. Sherman Oaks $310,000



Palos Verdes





CLOSED 2432 21 St. SM 4BR, 2BA $1,150,000 st

2957 Lincoln Blvd. Santa Monica


Come join our team! Only one desk available.

5601 W. 83rd St. 3BR, 1BA, POOL Los Angeles $645,000

8314 Blewett Ave., North Hills $505,000

BUILD TWO TOWN HOUSES PLANS AND PERMITS $6,700 PER MO/GROSS INCOME Venice Canals $1,900,000 or $4,400,000 When built

We are looking to acquire a twenty to forty unit building on the west side. Please call us with any available properties in this range.

Santa Monica Daily Press, December 13, 2006  

The newspaper of record for the City of Santa Monica and surrounding areas.

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