Amazon will open 2 new California warehouses, in Eastvale and Tracy

Amazon will open 2 new California warehouses, in Eastvale and Tracy

E-commerce giant Amazon.com Inc. will open two new warehouses in California, bringing to nine the number of shipping facilities the company operates in the state.

The sprawling warehouses — which Amazon calls “fulfillment centers” — will open in Eastvale in the Inland Empire and Tracy in the Bay Area.

Both facilities will be about 1 million square feet and will employ more than 1,500 workers together, Amazon said. Both are on the outskirts of major metropolitan areas, a strategy that analysts have said could help the company more quickly deliver products to its city-dwelling customers.

Amazon did not specify when these facilities would open.

The Eastvale facility is designated for packing and shipping smaller items, such as books and electronics, while the Tracy warehouse, which is the city’s second Amazon center, will focus on larger items like big-screen televisions and patio furniture.

Amazon’s other California warehouses are located in Patterson, Moreno Valley, Redlands, Rialto and San Bernardino, where it has two facilities. Analysts estimate the company has about 120 warehouses worldwide, about 100 of them in the U.S.

From LA Times 5/25/16

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RIVERSIDE GOES “OVER THE EDGE” TO SUPPORT VETERANS

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY RIVERSIDE GOES “OVER THE EDGE” TO SUPPORT VETERANS


Posted By Staff May 19, 2016

Mayor Bailey, City Council members going “Over the Edge” Friday for Habitat for Humanity

The event, dubbed “Over the Edge,” will feature Mayor Rusty Bailey and City Council members Mike Gardner and Paul Davis on Friday rapelling off the side of the 16-story Mount Rubidoux Manor at 3993 10th Street, just a couple of blocks from City Hall in downtown Riverside.

RIVERSIDE, Calif.– Habitat for Humanity Riverside is excited to announce its first Over the Edge fundraising event. Registration is now open and the few, brave, and adventurous people to accept the challenge will have the opportunity to rappel down the face of the tallest building in Riverside, the 16-story Mount Rubidoux Manor. Leading up to the event on May 20th and 21st, participants will fundraise to support Habitat for Humanity Riverside’s veteran services, bringing strength, stability, and self-reliance to veterans in need of a decent place to live. Participants will create a personal, peer to peer fundraising page and receive fundraising support and coaching from Habitat staff. The first 92 participants to raise a minimum of $1,000 will reserve their spot to go Over the Edge. We expect this unique, exhilarating event to sell out fast. For registration information and more, visit
http://www.HabitatRiverside.org/OverTheEdge

Sponsorship opportunities available, including “Toss the Boss”, where companies can team fundraise to send their boss/CEO Over the Edge. For information about partnering with Habitat for Humanity Riverside or becoming a sponsor of this event, visit www.HabitatRiverside.org/SponsorshipOpportunities or contact Matt Friedlander at (951) 787-6754, x/119, mfriedlander@habitatriverside.org.

About Habitat for Humanity, Riverside
Habitat for Humanity Riverside is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization. Habitat for Humanity Riverside is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions. Habitat for Humanity Riverside was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.

About Over the Edge Global, Inc.:
Over the Edge Global is a special events company that provides signature events for non-profit organizations anywhere in North America and throughout the world. Business leaders, individuals and community members are invited to raise donations in exchange for the experience of going Over the Edge of a local building. The mission of Over the Edge Global is to create a legacy with a 10 year goal to help non-profit organizations throughout North America raise 50 million dollars. To date, we have helped raise over 45 million dollars through 500 events and 25,000 participants.

Home sales rise in April — thanks mainly to the Midwest

Home sales rise in April — thanks mainly to the Midwest

17 Gorgeous Bathroom Upgrades That Only Look Expensive

17 Gorgeous Bathroom Upgrades That Only Look Expensive

From Buzzfeed 5/20/16

 

Not going to lie, I am going to try out a couple of these.

Best of the Best Google Apps

Take a look at the Google Play Award Winners with special nods to the Houzz app. I utilize this myself from time to time. Check it out and let me know if you like it.

Google Play Winners

California starter home crisis tops national charts

starter home affordability California

First-time homebuyers in the Bay Area need to pay between 69% and 110% of their total household income to support a 30-year fixed rate mortgage (FRM) for a starter home, according to a new report by Trulia. Conventional wisdom concerning a balanced economy holds this allocation for shelter ought to be closer to 30% for both tenants and buyers.

Not surprisingly, the report on starter home affordability across the U.S. indicates nine out of the ten worst metropolitan areas for first-time homebuyers are here in California. The report reveals the sharp rise in income needed to purchase a starter home from Q1 2012 to Q1 2016.

The nine California cities with the steepest increases are:

  • Oakland, which requires 29% more income today than in 2012;
  • Los Angeles, which requires 28.2% more income;
  • San Jose, which requires 26.6% more income;
  • San Francisco, which requires 24.7 more income;
  • Sacramento, which requires 23.3% more income;
  • Orange County, which requires 22.6% more income;
  • Ventura County, which requires 19.8% more income;
  • San Diego, which requires 18.1% more income; and
  • Riverside, which requires 16.8% more income.

The only non-California city to weasel into the top ten worst spikes is Miami, Florida with a 19.2% increase in income needed over 2012.

The percentage increase in the specific amount of their household income individual buyers need to purchase a starter home varies. However, it is the most crippling and pronounced in the Bay Area. The top three Bay Area cities require:

  • 2% of a buyer’s income to purchase in Oakland;
  • 7% of a buyer’s income to purchase in San Jose; and
  • 5% of a buyer’s income to purchase in San Francisco.

These cities are closely flanked by Los Angeles and Orange County, which require 88.1% and 78.2% of a buyer’s income, respectively.

 

From First Tuesday 5/17/16