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405 Freeway Closure this weekend is being called ‘Carmageddon’

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(Best Syndication News) - CalTrans will be closing a portion of the 405 Freeway this Friday July 15 at 7 p.m. and will reopen ramps on Monday July 18 around 6 a.m. The reason for the freeway closure is so that road construction crews can start working on a road-widening project.

It is possible that other roadways will be congested, which has prompted the local Los Angeles ABC7 news network to call this road closure event “Carmageddon.”

The Metro.net website said that people should expect extreme congestion along Sepulveda Boulevard. The delays could be long and should plan accordingly. They even suggest avoiding Sepulveda Boulevard altogether if possible and plan a different travel route.

National Housing Prices Forecasted to decline 2.4 Percent

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(Best Syndication News) - Clear Point have released their second half of 2011 forecast for US housing prices, and they anticipate the national average home value will decline another 2.4 percent by the end of the year. Not all areas are as hard hit as others are. Some metropolitan areas have forecasts of gains. The Clear Capital Home Data Index Market Report tracks real estate sales and property values.

Five metropolitan areas have been forecasted by Clear Point as having an increased real estate valuation. Those cities are San Francisco, California; New York City, New York; Washington D.C.; Orlando, Florida, and Dallas, Texas.

Clear Point forecasts a 7 – 10 percent decline in housing prices in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Cleveland, Ohio; and Virginia Beach, Virginia.

Local Representative says Legislation will give local schools flexibility

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(Best Syndication News) Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon (R-CA) tells Best Syndication that the “The State and Local Funding Flexibility Act” will provide states and local school districts flexibility in how federal education funds are used.

McKeon says that every state, school and classroom is different. “It has been proven times over that our national education system works best when choice and flexibility are granted to local administrators, teachers, and parents as well,” he said.

“Funding can be pulled from specified programs to be used for things such as school improvement grants, aid for the disadvantaged, reading first, math and science partnerships, innovation programs, and rural and low-income programs.”

California homes must have Carbon Monoxide Detectors installed starting July 1, 2011

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(Best Syndication News) - A new law will take effect on July 1, 2011; all single-family homes in California must have a carbon monoxide detector installed. Senate Bill 183 was signed into law by Governor Schwarzenegger on May 7, 2010. The new law was created to help prevent carbon monoxide poisoning in homes.

All homes in California will need to have a carbon monoxide alarm beginning on July 1, 2011 for all single-family homes. On January 1, 2013, all other types of residences will be required in California to have a carbon monoxide alarm installed. This includes apartments, condominiums, etc.

Not complying with the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act of 2010 will be considered a misdemeanor with a maximum fine of $200 for each offense. The good news is if you are caught in violation, the homeowner has a 30-day notice to correct it before the fine is imposed.

Ranchero Road Improvements in Hesperia to be Completed Sooner than Expected

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(Best Syndication News) The busy two-lane Ranchero Road in Hesperia will be transformed into a four lane thoroughfare sooner than expected. On Tuesday the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors approved an agreement with the City of Hesperia to complete a section of Ranchero Road.

Although there are currently not enough funds to finish the project, First District Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt says that the construction can be expedited. On Tuesday staff presented a plan to secure funding for the project at the County Supervisor Meeting. But there was a problem.

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