Mr. Plewon addresses reporters shortly after the dedicatory ceremony ended.Benjamin Tennessee Plewon, III, Forestry Development Authority (FDA) Deputy Managing Director for Administration and Finance, says the growth and success of any nation depends on the collective effort of its citizens through a spirit of nationalism.Plewon said national renewal is possible in the wake of national consciousness to move forward as a people and nation, an FDA release has said.According to the release, Mr. Plewon made the statement when he dedicated the refurbished male and female cells of the St. Paul Police Depot on Bushrod Island, Monrovia.Through the kind gesture of the Gabriel Weah Movement for Peace, Advocacy and Development, the cells were refurbished to a much more decent standard.Mr. Plewon, who also serves as Board Chairman for the Movement, said that the organization has a dream to expand its services to needy communities, the prison cells being its priority.He said that inmates are humans. And even though they individually or collectively allegedly committed crimes, they deserve care and attention, adding, “They deserve the right to better healthcare.”Plewon noted that the Movement has a tradition to always buttress the effort of President Weah’s Pro-Poor Agenda by providing quality living condition to the Liberian people. He then challenged police officers assigned in the area to use those facilities properly and for their intended purposes at all times.It can be recalled that Mr. Plewon dedicated two newly refurbished cells at the Banjor Police zone 6 depot #1, located in Hotel Africa, Monrovia, The initiative was undertaken by the same Gabriel Weah Peace and Advocacy Movement in October this year.Earlier, the Commander of the St. Paul’s Bridge Police Depot, Inspector Joseph S. Wratee, expressed happiness over the gesture, describing it as a mark of good citizenship which should be emulated. He said such gesture was the first of its kind by any private entity, and promised that it will be used for the intended purpose.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The home sales market in the Santa Clarita Valley is returning to normal, not generating the spectacular profits that marked the past two years, but staying solid, real estate experts said. Sales of single-family homes in the region were up 11.7 percent in January compared with a year ago. The month saw escrows close on 172 houses, compared with 154 in January 2006. The market is expected to be steady in the year ahead. “It’s not going to be like it was the last two or three years, where we were seeing huge numbers of sales and huge price increases,” said Larry Gasinski, president of the Santa Clarita Valley division of the Southland Regional Association of Realtors Inc. In January, the median price of a single-family home in the valley went down to $587,900, compared to $620,000 a year ago, a 5.2 percent decrease, according to the association. The median price of a condominium was $360,000 in January. In January 2006, it was 9.3 percent higher, at $397,000. There were 73 condominium salesin January, compared to 82 in January 2006, a difference of 11 percent. Unlike in recent months, sellers are less likely to dip their toes in the market and pick up the for-sale sign if they cannot get their asking price, said Pam Ingram, with Remax of Santa Clarita. “I think the market has definitely picked back up,” Ingram said. “I don’t see that prices are going up a lot, but they’re also not going down. I’ve seen prices level off, but the buyers are back out buying. It looks like it’s going to be a good year.” There is more than a seven-month inventory of homes on the market, while about a six-month inventory is considered a balanced market. Home sales dropped by nearly one-third from 2005 to last year, but prices held their own. Realtors sold 2,531 single-family homes last year compared with the 2005 tally of of 3,726. Condo sales fell from 1,771 in 2005 to 1,246. The good news was the median price of a house held at $590,000, just $10,000 lower that the previous year. Put in perspective, a home sold today is worth an average of nearly three times the $204,742 median of 1998, the first full year data were available. The median price of a condo was $360,000 in 2006, compared with $389,000 in 2005 and $124,158 in 1998. MORE INFO: Santa Clarita Valley homeownership rate: 75 percent Median home price: $590,000 Median condo price: $360,000 Average house rent: $1,598 Average rent: one-bedroom, one-bath: $1,240 Housing authority: Los Angeles County Community Development Commission, (323) 890-7001, www.lacdc.org 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!