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Study Finds Roaches In 10.3% Of California Households

Study Finds Roaches In 10.3% Of California Households

Mike LaFirenza No household wants to face a pest problem, but over 14 million U.S. households encounter rodents, roaches, or other pests each year, according to the Census Bureau. These pests can trigger a variety of health concerns including asthma and may bring disease into the home. Once they establish themselves, pests can also damage […]

California Has 19th Fewest Households Without Running Water

California Has 19th Fewest Households Without Running Water

Mike LaFirenza While the majority of Americans take running water and indoor plumbing for granted, a surprising number of residents don’t have running water, flushing toilets, or showers in their homes. In fact, according to the U.S. Water Alliance, over 2 million Americans lack running water and basic indoor plumbing. Although some rural areas and […]

California Has 2nd Lowest Homeownership Rate In U.S.

California Has 2nd Lowest Homeownership Rate In U.S.

Mike LaFirenza Income inequality has been a major social, political, and economic issue since the Great Recession, and the uneven effects of the COVID-19 economy has only made the gaps between America’s haves and have-nots even starker. These divergent economic fortunes will continue to have a major effect on housing in the U.S. During the […]

Fact Check: Would Biden’s Spending Bill Hike Taxes On Those Making Less Than $400,000?

Fact Check: Would Biden’s Spending Bill Hike Taxes On Those Making Less Than $400,000?

by Matthew Dickerson President Joe Biden repeatedly has promised that his massive tax increases won’t hit people earning less than $400,000. Biden even put his family honor on the line, tweeting, “I give you my word as a Biden: If you make under $400,000 a year, I’ll never raise your taxes one cent.” But now that […]

California Homeowners Spend Most On Housing

California Homeowners Spend Most On Housing

Mike LaFirenza Housing prices in the U.S. have been on a steep upward trajectory over the last year and are continuing to climb. Unusual economic conditions, strong demand for homes, and record low inventory have made the residential real estate market highly competitive and sent prices skyrocketing. According to data from the Department of Housing […]

California Has Highest Percentage Of Homes Without Air Conditioning

California Has Highest Percentage Of Homes Without Air Conditioning

As summers get hotter and extreme heat events become more common, it is increasingly uncomfortable to live without air conditioning. According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau, the vast majority of American households do have air conditioning, but about 9% do not. Many of these households are located in cities with historically temperate climates, […]

Voter Suppression: A California Reality

Voter Suppression: A California Reality

In this era of extreme partisan divide, it is rare to find any philosophical commonality. The good news is that there is ONE topic of concern to all sides: VOTER SUPPRESSION. While there is no universal agreement on everything that constitutes voter suppression, it is certainly one of the few topics we can still discuss and […]

California Is 20th Least Dependent On Federal Aid

California Is 20th Least Dependent On Federal Aid

For many Americans, the federal government’s packages to stimulate the economy during the COVID-19 pandemic are notable for the direct relief they have offered to individual households, like stimulus checks and expanded unemployment benefits. But these bills have also brought unprecedented levels of federal investment into state and local governments. One of the major features […]

17.9% Of California Homeowners Moved in 30+ Years Ago, 20th Most in U.S.

17.9% Of California Homeowners Moved in 30+ Years Ago, 20th Most in U.S.

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, economic observers—and many frustrated aspiring homebuyers—have commented extensively on the extremely competitive market for housing. For many middle class households, savings rates increased while much of the economy was shut down last year, while federal stimulus has enabled strong stock market returns and low mortgage interest rates. These […]

US Household Net Worth Surged to Record High in 2nd Quarter

US Household Net Worth Surged to Record High in 2nd Quarter

BY TOM OZIMEK   American household wealth has hit a historic high, with savings accounts and equity portfolios seeing a big boost from federal pandemic relief and surging stock markets, according to a Federal Reserve report. The Fed’s most recent Flow of Funds report, released Sept. 21, provides a snapshot of the wealth and income of U.S. households and […]