Hello, Bloggers! I am back from the beach and ready to dive back into the blog. Here’s a quick look at what’s got me clicking this Tuesday:
The young ID thieves who admit they took their friends and neighbors for more than $116,000 are going to jail, but I’m not sure one half of this duo gets it yet. According to prosecutors, Jocelyn Kirsch, 22, continued to engage in identity theft while waiting for her day in court. Nice move.
When this story first broke, I remember a lot of the outrage focused on the fact that these two appeared to come from very comfortable backgrounds; they didn’t seem like they were struggling. Of course, whirlwind trips around the globe, fancy salon visits and snazzy duds can add up… they can also lead to your undoing. It was the hair that helped police catch these two. Specifically, a bounced check for hair extensions – a check for $2,250. Must be some hair extensions.
No new fast food restaurants in LA. OK, make that parts of LA. Why? Because we as a nation – and this neighborhood in particular – are unhealthy and overweight. One local California lawmaker says stopping any new fast-food joints from opening is a first step. She’s been pushing the issue since last year, and while tit may be a start, it’s not the ultimate solution.
Many of us probably take our grocery stores for granted; I know I do. I am a fresh produce addict – I need my “5 a day”. Lucky for me, they’re pretty easy to come by in New York. There are markets and fruit vendors everywhere. Not so for much of the country, and it’s not because fast-food restaurants are pushing them out. In fact, most fast food chains now offer healthier options and more vegetables, but you can’t force people to order them.
The real issue in these South Central LA communities – and many areas of the US - is the lack of available natural foods. The local drive-thru looks pretty good when your only other option is overly processed, super salty, high fat packaged foods from the local gas station. Want vegetables? Good luck, especially if you don’t have a car.
One business seeing an uptick in a down market: the dreaded Repo Man. If you cant pay your mortgage, chances are the yacht will need to go. You may not have a lot of sympathy for the folks losing their second home, but don’t write them off just yet.
Pets are also being hit hard by the economy and the stories are heartbreaking. Dog and cats abandoned in foreclosed homes, pet surrenders on the rise are families can no longer afford to feed their furry friends, let alone pay for medical care.
Steve Turnham, one of our AC360° producers, blogged about this earlier, but in case you missed his post, I’m also putting out a plea to you, my dear bloggers, for your stories. Do you know of a family who had to give up a pet? Do you work at a shelter or volunteer with a rescue group that has seen adoptions drop, or had to turn people away hoping to surrender their pet because they’re already too full? Let us know.
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