Fighting Urban Decay

lapolicebadge.jpgGovernment sponsored programs are not the primary solution to urban decay such as drug trafficking and crime.  To restore a city and its neighborhoods, fight crime successfully and everything else will start to fall into place.  Just ask Los Angeles Police Commissioner Bill Bratton because he understands this concept.  It appears Mayor Villaraigosa is also taking this notion to heart while making an increase in the police force a top priority.  L.A.’s troubled neighborhoods will welcome more officers.

Employment Steady with Slight Downtrend

The California Employment Development Department (EDD) released January unemployment estimates last week. Seasonally adjusted, the Los Angeles County unemployment rate was 5.7%, up from 5.4% in December, from 5.3% in November, and from 4.7% a year earlier. January was the eighth consecutive month that the County’s unemployment rate increased over the previous year. Last month’s County unemployment rate was the highest since February 2005 (5.7%). Historically speaking, 5.7% is not high and poses no immediate threat to the industrial real estate market.

Commercial Loan Tightening

credit-crunch.gifStandards for commercial real estate loans were tightened by a whopping 80% of responding banks.  About 46% of banks reported that demand for CRE loans has weakened.  

 

Commercial & industrial loan credit standards and lending terms have been tightened by 32% of banks for large-and mid-size business customers and by 30% of banks for small business clients.  Here also, loan demand has weakened.  er, the pool of buyers has decreased and thus demand has further decreased. 

Preferred Freezer Expands In Los Angeles And Vernon

freezer cooler building warehouse Los Angeles Vernon California 90023Preferred Freezer Services of Newark, NJ built and opened 8 new cold storage buildings in strategic locations throughout the USA in 2007.  Starting off this very busy year, Preferred Freezer Services opened the first of these warehouses on January 2nd in Los Angeles CA.  It is their 16th warehouse nationwide and 5th facility in Los Angeles.  This new, custom build warehouse will be known as Preferred Freezer Services Long Beach Freeway (LBF), an is located at 4901 Bandini Blvd., Vernon, CA.Nearby locations include:  Alameda Street and 52nd Street, and the Washington Blvd. freezer.  Next to the Washington Blvd facility, Los Angeles, they are building another freezer unit adjacent and east to the existing warehouse.  This latest warehouse should be completed in 2008.

Intermodal Facilities

Intermodal facility in Los Angeles, land of warehousing and distribution

Los Angeles has one of the largest and busiest ports in the United States.  Development of intermodal facilities, where shipping containers are transferred between rail and trucks, and adjacent logistics parks is a trend that is being seen across the country. Intermodal container shipments increased 37% in the last 5 years.  The vast majority of goods manufactured in Asia arrive in ports on the west coast.   This trend is changing the face of the bulk distribution sector.    For more information on the Port of Los Angeles.

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