Latest Progress In Cancer Treatment 2011 Part Ii

By Richard Graydon, M.D., PhD

Progress in Lung Cancer:

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is the most common form of lung cancer, and usually grows and spreads more slowly than small cell lung cancer. There are three forms of NSCLC: adenocarcinomas , squamous cell carcinomas, and large cell carcinomas. Large cell lung cancers tend to grow and spread faster than the other two types. Small cell lung cancer (SCLC) is typically a faster-growing and more aggressive type of lung cancer. Different tumor types can be further described not only by their tissue type, but also by their molecular, or genetic profile. This is also called a gene or molecular signature. Molecular subsets of various cancers are defined by the presence or absence of certain abnormal genes, known as an oncogene, so named since they are thought to be responsible for causing certain cancers.

1. Crizotinib

One molecular subset of non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is defined by a certain abnormal gene, known as the EML4-ALK fusion oncogene. The EML4-ALK fusion oncogene is seen in adenocarcinoma in relatively young patients who are non-smokers or light smokers. Crizotinib is a small molecule inhibitor of the ALK tyrosine kinase, and in patients with the EML4-ALK fusion oncogene, a 57 percent response rate was seen. Additionally, a remarkable 72 percent of patients were progression-free at six months. Treatment with crizotinib was generally well tolerated.

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2. Tarceva (erlotinib) is specifically indicated as second-line therapy to treat non-small cell lung cancer in patients who have failed to respond or has ceased responding to at least one round of chemotherapy. It is not indicated as a first-line therapy. A recent phase III trial conducted in China demonstrated that erlotinib significantly prolonged progression-free survival. THe study compared Tarceva with a platinum-based chemotherapy regimen in patients with metastatic NSCLC and a epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR)mutation. Although similar benefits have been observed with Iressa (gefitinib) in the EGFR mutation-positive population, neither drug has been shown to help people who have non-small cell lung cancer actually live longer.

3. Radiation Therapy Stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) may be an appropriate treatment option for the initial management of carefully selected patients with non-small cell lung cancer.

Progress in Prostate Cancer:

The FDA approved two important new drugs for prostate cancer in 2010, Jevtana and Provenge.

1. Provenge (sipuleucel-T) was approved in May 2010 for advanced hormone refractory prostate cancer. Provenge is the first therapeutic cancer vaccine approved by the FDA, and is used therapeutically, in that it treats the active disease rather than preventing it. Provenge is used in the hope of stimulating a reaction by the patient own immune system that targets the cancer cells within the body.

2. Jevtana (cabazitaxel) was approved in June 2010 for hormone-refractory metastatic prostate cancer (mHRPC). Similar to docetaxel, Jevatana is also a cellular microtubule inhibitor, which helps arrest tumor cell growth and proliferation. Jevtana helps control the spread of prostate cancer through inhibition of mitosis, interphase cellular functions, and cell growth. Jevtana is always used with the steroid medicine prednisone, and is indicated for the treatment of patients with advanced prostate cancer previously treated with a docetaxel-containing treatment regimen.

3. The FDA also approved Xgeva (denosumab) in patients with bone metastases from prostate cancer. The success of Xgeva was based on positive results seen in three phase III trials in prostate cancer, breast cancer, and other solid tumors. Known as skeletal-related events (SREs), these painful metastases are also seen with other solid tumors other than multiple myeloma.

About the Author: Dr. Graydon specializes in Oncology, holding both M.D. and PhD degrees, focusing on molecular genetics and cancer research. His education and experience have provided him analytical and practical skills for keen insight into diagnosis, treatment, and care of cancer patients.

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US F-18 fighter jet crashes in San Diego residential area

Monday, December 8, 2008 

According to the Associated Press, a United States Navy F-18 fighter jet has crashed into a house in a residential area in San Diego, California, near University City High School. The crash occurred around 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) as the plane was preparing for landing at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

Reports say that the pilot was able to eject from the plane before it crashed and is believed to have suffered only minor injuries. At least three people on the ground were killed, and one person is missing.

Eye witness Joe Kreischer told the LA Times, “It was chugging along with what seemed like one engine. Then I heard a roar of engine and all of a sudden, woop, dead silence.” Two houses burned down as a result of the crash.

Authorities and military officials are investigating the cause of the crash.

The four dead family members are known to have been Korean Methodists. Only the father Dong Yun Yoon was not in the house when it was destroyed.

US F-18 fighter jet crashes in San Diego residential area

Monday, December 8, 2008 

According to the Associated Press, a United States Navy F-18 fighter jet has crashed into a house in a residential area in San Diego, California, near University City High School. The crash occurred around 12:00 p.m. (Pacific Time) as the plane was preparing for landing at the Marine Corps Air Station Miramar.

Reports say that the pilot was able to eject from the plane before it crashed and is believed to have suffered only minor injuries. At least three people on the ground were killed, and one person is missing.

Eye witness Joe Kreischer told the LA Times, “It was chugging along with what seemed like one engine. Then I heard a roar of engine and all of a sudden, woop, dead silence.” Two houses burned down as a result of the crash.

Authorities and military officials are investigating the cause of the crash.

The four dead family members are known to have been Korean Methodists. Only the father Dong Yun Yoon was not in the house when it was destroyed.

Talk:Oakland renters displaced by Hope VI program

Theres nothing to clean up, since the accuracy of this story is not in dispute. [[I feel honored to be able to speak freely about the corruption taking place in Oakland’s housing programs that target the poor for dislocation. Sincerely, Lynda Carson — Oakland, CA. 510/763-1085 —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 66.52.186.122 (talk • contribs) 08:23, 28 October 2006 moved from article to talk page by Doldrums

LyndaCarson, Thanks for contributing this well written and well sourced article to Wikinews. Wikinews welcomes contributions original reporting such as these. The article needs a little more work before publishing though, since some of it does not adhere to the Wikinews:Neutral point of view.

Wikinews articles are written to conform to NPOV in order to ensure that our coverage of an event is fair and unbiased. We do this by only reporting facts, leaving out all editorial opinion, and representing all views over an issue, attributing each and giving each view the depth of coverage deserved by its relative notability. a (much better written) introduction to NPOV can be found here, including an explanation of why NPOV is useful.

I and other contributors will be happy to help make the necessary changes to this article, in fact, the “cleanup tag” added to the article is the first step in doing this. It is meant to be constructive criticism helping to improve the article.

Also, i see that u’ve published this article on Indymedia, but without releasing it to the public domain or under a Creative commons (CC) license. This means that the article can only be reproduced by other non-commercial publications. Now, even though Wikinews is a non-commercial website, it releases its articles with a CC license, allowing commercial use. So you will have to either post a “released under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5” notice on the Indymedia article page, or e-mail such a permission to a Wikinews administrator in order for Wikinews to host this article.

welcome and thanks again for writing for wikinews. i look forward to more such articles from you. reg,  — Doldrums(talk) 04:32, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

I tried to make this article more NPOV by removing some loaded words (“gentrification project”, etc.) Not sure if this is enough to undispute it.–DCo1 06:06, 1 November 2006 (UTC)

This does appear to be a copyright violation… Someone from Indymedia will need to verify the copyright status of this article. I’ve not tagged it as a copyvio, yet, as it may be that it existed here first. It could be dual licensed, etc. but the Indymedia site doesn’t indicate that the copyright is held by the author (it looks like Indymedia has the rights to the story). –Chiacomo (talk) 06:03, 28 October 2006 (UTC)

Sources: Oakland renters displaced by Hope VI program

[EBALDC and Related Companies, LLC., created Creekside Housing Partners, L.P., to take control of Oakland’s public housing property in East Oakland at the Coliseum Gardens site, now known as Lion Creek Crossings. Chambers Construction will develop the homeownership portion at Lion Creek Crossings with EBALDC and The Related Company jointly responsible for the apartments.]

—Lion Creek Crossing (Coliseum Garden) Now Renting—

The Oakland Housing Authority received a HOPE VI grant to replace its 178 notorious Coliseum Garden apartments with a mixed income development of over 350 apartments and approximately 28 homes for sale. EBALDC assembled a development team, which includes The Related Company of California and Chambers Construction to work with the housing authority. Chambers Construction will develop the homeownership portion with EBALDC and The Related Company jointly responsible for the apartments. The development will surround a revitalized 5 acre City Park and Lion creek, which will also be restored by the city. The first phase of this development includes 115 apartments and 7,500 square feet of space for community services.

This phase is under construction with a second phase of 146 apartments and another 7,500 square feet scheduled to start late in 2005. Community services anticipated include a Head Start Child Care Center, youth and after school programs, health programs, career counseling and business development opportunities. A third phase is being planned with over a hundred family apartments and townhouses that will overlook the restored Lion creek and city park.

These brand new Lion Creek Crossing apartments are ready for occupants. Contact EBALDC today at (510) 287-5353 for details….

^^^^^^^^^^^^^ [CHAMBERS CONSTRUCTION] http://www.chambersconstruction.com/ Carolyn Silva. Chambers, owner of Chambers Construction CHAIRMAN & C.E.O. CHAMBERS COMMUNICATIONS Home-86220 DERY Rd or 86054 DERY Rd. PLEASANT HILL, OREGON 97455 (541) 746-1510 — (541) 988-5732 (Born September of 1931) Political Donations (2004) to George W. Bush $2,000 — $500 contributed to the RNC

Carolyn Silva. Chambers’ business empire includes real estate, a construction company, a vineyard, and the crown jewel, Chambers Communications Corp.

Local — Chambers Construction Co (510) 569-3081 7506 Macarthur Blvd Oakland, CA.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^ Search Results for Lion Creek Crossing from Related website:

Lion Creek Crossing Location: 800 69th Street Oakland, CA 94612 Property Type: Affordable Rental Multifamily Rentals Neighborhood Revitalization Organizations: Related California

—EBALDC Partnership With Related Companies—

EBALDC — East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation

(Lynette Jung Lee is the Director of EBALDC)

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Related Corporate Structure

Stephen M. Ross is head/CEO of Related Companies…

STEPHEN M ROSS (Born in May of 1940) (Home) 956 5TH AVE NEW YORK, NY 10021 (212) 772-1196 or (212) 772-7659

—Stephen M. Ross resides at 956 Fifth Avenue, in New York— Home of Stephen M. Ross at 956 Fifth Avenue. This finely detailed building has an unusual and … by in 1920 the Real Estate Board of New York, the City Club and the Fifth … _______________ Related of California

RELATED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS Stephen M. Ross

Jeff T. Blau Michael J. Brenner David J. Wine

About Stephen M. Ross / CharterMac

Board of Trustees Stephen M. Ross Chairman

Stephen M. Ross is non-executive Chairman of the Board of Trustees of CharterMac. Mr. Ross is the founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Managing General Partner of The Related Companies, L.P. (“TRCLP”). Mr. Ross began his career working for the accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand in Detroit as a tax attorney. Later, he moved to New York, where he worked for two large Wall Street investment banking firms in their real estate and corporate finance departments before founding TRCLP in 1972. Mr. Ross graduated from The University of Michigan School of Business with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and from Wayne State School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. He then received a Master of Law degree in Taxation from the New York University School of Law. Mr. Ross endowed the “Stephen M. Ross School of Business” at The University of Michigan. Mr. Ross is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Board of New York and is a trustee of the National Building Museum. Mr. Ross also serves on the Board of Directors of Kerzner International Ltd. (NYSE: KZL), Equinox Holdings, Inc. (an affiliate of TRCLP), the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Guggenheim Museum.

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Lion Creek Crossings Open House of Phase 1 and Groundbreaking of Phase 2 Lion Creek Crossings will create a new community in the blighted and neglected Central East Oakland district and will be the catalyst for revitalizing the entire Coliseum BART station into a Transit Village. This HOPE VI development will provide up to 437 units over four phases of permanent affordable rental housing and 28 for-sale units for first time homebuyers. This is a joint venture between EBALDC, Related Companies of California and the Oakland Housing Authority.

Location: 915 69th Avenue, Oakland Ca, 94621 Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Sponsored by: Sponsored by East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) For more information: Joyceland 510.287.5353 / jfarrow@ebaldc.com

—Stephen M. Ross Gives Away $100,000 Million Dollars— University of Michigan — (Stephen M. Ross gives away $100,000 million) New York City real estate developer Stephen M. Ross gives $100 million to University … chairman and chief executive officer of The Related Companies, LP, …

[Oakland Budget Summary for 2006 – Oakland Redevelopment Agency] Personnel Services and Related Overhead Costs – FY 2006-07 . … Lions Creek Crossings (Coliseum Gardens) Phase I. $1,500,000. Lions Creek Crossings (Coliseum …

Page 1) Executive Off Oakland Housing Authority MEMORANDUM

To: Board of Commissioners From: Jon Gresley, Executive Director

Subject: Resolution Approving Use of Additional Local Funds for Park Construction at the Lion Creek Crossings HOPE VI Primary Site and Amending the Predevelopment Services Agreement to Effect the Change

Date: September 19, 2006

This correspondence transmits for your consideration and approval a resolution authorizing the use of $287,593 in Authority Local Funds for construction of the preliminary phase replacement park at Lion Creek Crossings. This proposed additional allocation of funds to the park is part of the $7 million previously approved by the Board for use in the Lion Creek Crossings redevelopment.

Background: The Authority was awarded a HOPE VI grant in the amount of $34.5 million in 2000 to revitalize the 178-unit Coliseum Gardens public housing development. The Board approved the selection of East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), The Related Companies of California (Related) and Chambers Construction Company (Chambers) as co-developer partners for redevelopment of the original public housing site and several adjacent or nearby properties (the “Primary Site”), now renamed Lion Creek Crossings. EBALDC and Related are co-developing the rental portion of the Primary Site, which will include 157 units of public housing. The total number of rental units, including public housing, now planned is approximately 440. Twenty-eight (28) units of for-sale housing are planned to be developed by Chambers. The construction of new streets and utilities and the reconfiguration of a public park are planned as part of the rental housing development.

The remaining 21 units of public housing are included in a recently constructed 65-unit development on Foothill Boulevard in Oakland.

In addition to the rental housing, the project includes the reconfiguration of Coliseum Gardens Park and the restoration of a portion of Lion Creek. The City of Oakland is managing the restoration of a portion of the creek that runs through the park. A grant from the California Pollution Control Finance Authority and the City of Oakland is providing funds for park planning. Pacific Gas and Electric Company has awarded $175,000 for park construction. The California Housing and Community Development Department has awarded the City of Oakland approximately $500,000 which is planned to be used for park construction. Our developer partners and staff are searching for additional sources of funding for park construction.

Page 2- In a Land Exchange Agreement that was executed between the Authority and the City, the Authority agreed to construct a temporary replacement park during the period when the existing park is taken out of service. The Developer has received an estimate of $388,735 from its general contractor for the cost of constructing a temporary replacement park. The Developer plans to start construction on Phase III of the rental housing on the site of the existing City park in October, and the temporary park is required to be in place prior to the start of construction on this phase. The grant funds described previously are not yet available, but will be in the future.

All park facilities related to the development are to be constructed by the Developer under the terms of an Amended and Restated Predevelopment Services Agreement (PSA). The current PSA includes a provision for the use of $101,142 in Authority Local Funds for park construction. The proposed resolution would authorize the use of an additional $287,593 in Authority Local Funds for the immediate construction of the preliminary phase replacement park, for a total of $388,735.

It is expected that the Authority will be reimbursed for the use of this additional allocation of its Local Funds as the above-described grant funds become available. If that occurs, the Local Funds will be available for reallocation within the project.

Proposed Action:

It is recommended that the Board of Commissioners adopt the attached resolution approving the use of an additional $288,593 in Authority Local Funds for construction of the preliminary phase replacement park at Lion Creek Crossings, and authorizing the Executive Director to amend the Predevelopment Services Agreement to incorporate this change, and to take all actions necessary to implement the resolution. Attachment: Resolution

(7/24/06)

THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

On Motion of Commissioner Seconded by Commissioner and approved by the following vote:

AYES: Commissioners NAYS: ABSTAIN: ABSENT:

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED: NUMBER RESOLUTION APPROVING A CONDITIONAL COMMITMENT FOR AN INCREASE IN THE HOPE VI FUNDS CONSTRUCTION AND PERMANENT LOAN FOR THE COLISEUM GARDENS HOPE VI DEVELOPMENT PROJECT KNOWN AS LION CREEK CROSSINGS, PHASE III BETWEEN OAKLAND HOUSING AUTHORITY AS LENDER AND CREEKSIDE HOUSING PARTNERS, L.P. AS BORROWER

WHEREAS, the Oakland Housing Authority (Authority) previously executed a grant agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pursuant to its grant of HOPE VI funds for a revitalization plan that proposed the demolition and redevelopment of Coliseum Gardens and nearby properties, (collectively the “Primary Site”); and

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners approved the selection of East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), The Related Companies of California (Related), and Chambers General Construction (Chambers) as co-developers of the Primary Site at its meeting on October 21, 2002; and

WHEREAS, the Authority owns the land on which the Coliseum Gardens revitalization development known as Lion Creek Crossings will be constructed, and the Authority leases the land to the partnership formed with EBALDC and Related for each phase of the development, which is known as Lion Creek Crossings;

WHEREAS, EBALDC and Related (the “Developer”) have joint responsibility for the development of the family rental housing at the Coliseum Gardens site and formed a limited partnership known as Creekside Housing Partners, L.P. (CHP) for the development of Lion Creek Crossings, Phase III, which consists of one hundred six units of public and affordable family housing; and

Page 2) WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners passed Resolution 3685 authorizing the execution of the Phase III Disposition and Development Agreement which included a HOPE VI loan to CHP in the amount of $5,194,638; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Commission subsequently passed Resolution 3766 approving closing evidentiaries including HOPE VI loan documents with a lesser loan to CHP in the amount of $3,350,000; and

WHEREAS; CHP’s financing structure for Phase III included a loan from CalHFA based on increased rental income from Project-Based Section 8 funds available through the Authority; and

WHEREAS, the City of Oakland approved a loan amount of $4,600,000 for Phase III of which $600,000 was intended to offset a HUD rule change decreasing the value of rents available under the Project-Based Section 8 program; and

WHEREAS, as an MTW participant, the Authority has approved the use of market rents in its Project-Based Section 8 program, which reduced CHP’s documented need for $600,000 in City funds; and

WHEREAS, the City may then reduce its loan commitment to CHP by $600,000 as a result of the Authority’s approval of market rents for Phase III; and

WHEREAS, bids for construction of Phase III are anticipated to be higher than originally budgeted, creating a funding gap of $600,000.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA:

THAT, the Authority will provide an increased construction and permanent loan of HOPE VI funds in the amount of up to $600,000 increasing its previous commitment of $3,350,000 to $3,950,000 contingent on the City of Oakland reducing its loan commitment for Phase III by $600,000, and if the construction bids are such that the funds are needed by CHP as determined by the Authority; and

THAT, the Executive Director is authorized to take all actions and execute such other documents as may be necessary and appropriate to implement the foregoing resolution.

Page 3) I certify that the foregoing resolution is a full, true and correct copy of a resolution passed by the Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Oakland, California on July __, 2006. _____________________________________ Secretary / Executive Director ADOPTED: RESOLUTION NO.

09/13/06

THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA

On Motion of Commissioner Seconded by Commissioner And approved by the following vote: AYES: NAYS ABSTAIN: EXCUSED: ABSENT:

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED: NUMBER:

AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE A PERFORMANCE-BASED SUB-GRANT AGREEMENT, NOT TO EXCEED $ 218,750 (TWO HUNDRED EIGHTEEN THOUSAND, SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS) FOR ONE YEAR, WITH THE EAST BAY ASIAN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (EBALDC) TO PROVIDE HOPE VI COMMUNITY AND SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR FAMILIES RESIDING AT LION CREEK CROSSINGS AND FOOTHILL PLAZA.

WHEREAS, the Authority received HOPE IV revitalization grants for Coliseum Gardens, now renamed Lion Creek Crossings; and

WHEREAS, the Authority issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) which was mailed directly to over 65 agencies and organizations and advertised in the Oakland Tribune; and

WHEREAS, EBALDC was selected as a program that best meets the needs of the residents and the requirements of the Authority for the provision of personal budgeting, consumer finance education, individual development accounts with matching, peer support groups and seminars, home buyer training and small business/micro-enterprise development; and

WHEREAS, the original RFP and Board resolution authorized the Executive Director to alter HOPE VI CSS sub-grant agreement scopes and selection of providers to address changes in resident services needs; and,

(Page 2) WHEREAS, EBALDC, as development partner for the Lion Creek Crossings HOPE VI development, has a daily presence on-site at Lion Creek Crossings, has experience providing comprehensive resident services at other EBALDC residential sites, and has the capability of providing all the resident services needs identified during the 2006 Lion Creek Crossing resident needs assessment.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA:

THAT, the Executive Director, on behalf of the Authority, is hereby authorized to execute a one year performance-based sub-grant agreement not to exceed $218,750 with EBALDC to provide on-site services for school age youth and workforce development/ self-sufficiency services; and

THAT, the Executive Director, on behalf of the Authority, is hereby authorized to take all actions necessary to implement the foregoing resolution.

I hereby certify that the foregoing resolution is a full, true and correct copy of a resolution passed by the Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Oakland, California on _________________. ________________________________ Secretary / Executive Director ADOPTED: RESOLUTION NO.

08/09/06

Executive Office

Oakland Housing Authority MEMORANDUM

To: Board of Commissioners From: Jon Gresley, Executive Director

Subject: Lion Creek Crossings Security Contract Date: August 3, 2006

As you are aware, the first phase of Lion Creek Crossings is now housing residents. Related, the Authority partner and property manager, has contacted the Authority and has requested increased patrol due to several incidents of criminal activity since the property has opened. Related employs a private security firm at Lion Creek Crossings, but many of the problems exceed their capacity for response. OHAPD has been providing sporadic increased patrol; however, due to the fact that the Authority does not own the buildings nor manage the property and the Authority passes operating subsidies to the property for the purpose of subsidizing operating expenses, we have indicated to Related that the policing of the property is the responsibility of the Oakland Police Department.

After several meetings between Related and the Oakland Police Department (OPD), as well as the continuance of increased criminal activity, Related contacted Phillip Neville, Deputy Executive Director of Real Estate Development, and Carel Duplessis, Chief of OHAPD, to explore the feasibility of Lion Creek Crossings contracting with the Authority to supplement OPD’s policing of Lion Creek Crossings with officers from OHAPD. Through discussions, an agreement has been reached for Related to pay the cost of two full-time Police Officers for a two year contract.

A written agreement between Related and the Authority is currently being drafted for OHA’s Board approval at the August 28 Commission meeting. Preparatory to that meeting staff will brief the Commission at the workshop session of August 9. Chief Carel Duplessis will provide the briefing and address any questions.

[Creekside Housing Partners, L.P. take control of the Coliseum Gardens/Lion Creek Crossings]

(Lion Creek Crossings used to be known as Coliseum Gardens public housing (178 units) of Oakland)

(EBALDC and Related Companies, LLC., created Creekside Housing Partners, L.P., to take control of Oakland’s public housing property in Oakland. )

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Melissa Flores Phone: 916.324.4647 Fax: 916.322.2345 mflores@calhfa.ca.gov www.calhfa.ca.gov

Financing for Affordable Family Housing in Oakland

SACRAMENTO, June 6, 2006 – A new affordable housing project will soon be built in the City of Oakland’s master planned community, Lion Creek Crossings (formerly known as Coliseum Gardens), to create rental housing for an additional 106 families. The California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) Board of Directors approved nearly $23 million in construction financing and $4.8 million in permanent financing for Lion Creek Crossings, a family apartment community, to be owned by Creekside Housing Partners, L.P., which is a joint venture between East Bay Asian Local Development and the Related Companies, LLC. The property management services will be provided by Related Management Company. Cahill Contractors will begin construction in August 2006 with completion expected in February 2008.

The 106-unit complex is designed to provide affordable rental housing to those with household incomes at or below 60 percent of the area median income. This project is the third phase in the master planned community of Lion Creek Crossings. This unique urban infill project is replacing public housing units developed in the 1940s. CalHFA has provided financing for all three phases of the master development, creating 367 new affordable housing residences.

– more – Page 2 The 2.49 acre project site will feature seven buildings with units ranging in size from one to four bedrooms and styled as flats or town homes. The residents will also enjoy the use of the master community’s shared common recreational facilities and community rooms currently available to Phase I residents.

CalHFA will provide nearly $23 million in construction financing with a variable interest rate for 22 months. Upon completion, a permanent loan of $3.815 million will be provided by CalHFA, as well as, CalHFA subordinate financing for slightly more than $1 million. Other funding sources include the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s Multifamily Housing Program, the Housing Authority of the City of Oakland (OHA), HOPE VI loan from HUD to OHA, the City of Oakland, and the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program.

The California Housing Finance Agency was created in 1975 with the goal of helping more Californian’s live in a home they can afford. CalHFA’s Multifamily Division has invested more than $2 billion for the construction and preservation of 36,000 affordable rental housing units assisting nearly 85,000 very low and low income Californians. More information on Multifamily Loan Finance programs and the full complement of CalHFA programs, visit www.calhfa.ca.gov or call toll free 877.9.CalHFA (877.922.5432).

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Since its inception, Related has developed over 6,000 units of housing in California, with properties in San Francisco, Oakland, San Jose, Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, Orange County, San Bernardino County, San Diego, and San Diego County.

Its projects run the gamut from award-winning apartments for low- and moderate-income seniors and families to a 487-unit high-rise apartment development in downtown San Francisco that is the tallest residential building in the city.

Related’s team of professionals brings hands-on experience and expertise in project management, finance, construction, and property management, along with the financial backing of one of the country’s premier real estate companies.

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Lockwood Gardens, Coliseum Gardens and Lower Fruitvale HOPE VI Site Profile

City: Oakland Official PHA Name: Oakland PHA Name of Site: Lockwood Gardens, Coliseum Gardens and Lower Fruitvale HOPE VI Coordinator: Philip J. Neville Phone: 510-874-1520 Fax: 510-874-1674 E-mail: pneville@oakha.org Address: 1619 Harrison St. Oakland, CA 94612 Site Profile:

FY 1994 Implementation Grant: $25,510,020 FY 1996 Assistance Award/Amendment Funds: $1,000,000

OHA’s HOPE VI program in East Oakland involves the extensive renovation of 372 out of 550 housing units in two complexes and four scattered sites (consisting of 60 units) located in Lower Fruitvale. Fourteen scattered-site units are scheduled to be demolished and rebuilt. A site-based management strategy is currently being tested at Lockwood Gardens, which has 372 housing units.

The HOPE VI program enabled OHA to expand its collaboration with the Mayor’s office, which began with the City’s 1991 campaign to reduce violence and drug trafficking within and around the Coliseum and Lockwood communities. The Mayor’s Office was very supportive in preparing the original HOPE VI application and has been heavily involved in the effort ever since.

The joint successes from both the Mayor’s program and OHA’s HOPE VI development process have positively impacted the Coliseum and Lockwood sites. There is marked improvement in the environments at both sites. Resident-planted gardens are not vandalized and children and adults can remain outside after dark, which was considered unsafe just a few months earlier. Policing services are provided by the Oakland Police Department to all authority sites. Officers from the Oakland Housing Authority’s Security Services Department supplement the City’s services. To supplement security at Coliseum and Lockwood, iron fences are used to surround the complexes.

OHA was the recipient of several HUD grants in 1995, including a HOPE VI planning grant for the West Oakland area. Additionally, there are two major modernization programs currently in progress in West Oakland.

^^^^^^^^^^^ Coliseum Gardens HOPE VI Site Profile

City: Oakland Official PHA Name: Oakland PHA Name of Site: Coliseum Gardens HOPE VI Coordinator: Philip J. Neville Phone: 510-874-1510 Fax: 510-874-1674 E-mail: pneville@oakha.org Address: 1619 Harrison St. Oakland, CA 94612 Site Profile:

FY 2000 grantee in the amount of $34,486,116.

The Housing Authority of the City of Oakland will receive a HOPE VI Revitalization Grant in the amount of $34,486,116 that will enable the Housing Authority to revitalize the Coliseum Gardens public housing development. A total of 178 severely distressed units will be replaced on-site with 30 public housing units, 20 tax credit rental units, and 85 affordable homeownership units. In addition, 148 public housing units and 46 tax credit rental units will be developed on underutilized land and scattered sites nearby. A significant number of the off-site public housing units will be within new housing developments in non-impacted areas. A new park and community center will be the focus of the new, on-site community. The revitalization of Coliseum Gardens, located in the Central East Oakland Target Area within the Coliseum Redevelopment Area, will benefit from a $134 million investment in the Coliseum BART Station and the new rail connection between the Station and the Oakland International Airport. Oakland’s HOPE VI Grant will leverage a total of $56.2 million other public and private funds.

For details, read HUD’s Fact Sheet:

Lion Creek Crossing (Funding for the streets at Lion Creek Crossing from Oakland Redevlopment Agency)

Bankruptcy Lawyers What Do They Do?

Bankruptcy Lawyers – What Do They Do?

by

Melville Jackson

People, who have been through severe financial crisis in the past, would agree to the fact that there are numerous bankruptcy law firms which have come up recently. However, all are not equally efficient in their work. You have to do some research on your own, regarding the professional background of a few of these firms, before deciding to hire one. This is practiced by a number of US citizens in some of the major cities like Las Vegas and Henderson.

Although bankruptcy is quite common these days, most of the people do not know what these lawyers actually do. These attorneys are experts when it comes to dealing with bankruptcy cases and they specialize in the different legal aspects of such cases. Their clients can either be an individual or a company. The main jobs of bankruptcy attorneys include: 1) writing reports about the case, 2) filing a petition, on behalf of his client, declaring bankruptcy, 3) attending hearings, and 4) reviewing his client\’s assets.

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In most cases, in a number of US cities like Las Vegas and Winchester, it is seen that clients also face additional legal complexities which are related to bankruptcy. Legal issues which are most commonly related to such cases are home foreclosures, repossessions, liens, and creditor lawsuits. However, most lawyers take the responsibility of representing their clients throughout the proceedings, together with dealing with issues which are connected to it.

In most cases, attorneys working with bankruptcy law firms, often do their job with a trustee. This in turn, ensures that his client\’s assets are liquidated in the right manner and that all the creditors are paid with those assets. At times it is also seen that lawyers may take the help of courts to come up with creditor payment and reorganization plans. An experienced and reputed bankruptcy lawyer would also be able to prevent his client\’s car, or any other personal asset, from getting repossessed and also avoid garnishment of his wages.

If you are looking for bankruptcy law firms – Las Vegas and Pahrump are some of the cities in US where you can hire experienced and reliable lawyers from Kupperlin Law. They handle both straight forward and complex bankruptcy cases and they have successfully eliminated over $100 million in debt for their clients. In case you are interested to know more about their services, then feel free to check out their website http://sitesays.net.

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Two British footwear chains enter administration

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 

Two British footwear chains have entered administration, a form of company liquidation in the United Kingdom. Both Barratts and PriceLess are owned by parent company Stylo. Stylo has not entered administration itself but shares have been suspended.

The chains have a joint workforce of around 5,450 employees and operate 400 stores around the United Kingdom. In February Stylo purchased 24 stores from shoe retailer Dolcis after it had gone bust.

A spokesman for Stylo said that they did not anticipate any short-term improvement in trading conditions. It was also mentioned that the company had the support of the Lloyds Group and Barclays Bank. No stores are yet planned to close.

Other companies that have entered administration due to the financial crisis include MFI, Rosebys, Whittard of Chelsea, and Zavvi.

Controversy over effects of new bankruptcy law on victims of Katrina

Sunday, September 25, 2005 

Hurricane Katrina has rekindled debate over the controversial Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, in the U.S. House of Represenatives. Congressional Democrats feel that among the hundreds of thousands of victims of Katrina, many of whom have lost all their possessions and are coping with relocation, those that declare bankruptcy should be granted the protections of the previous law. 32 Democrats have sponsored a proposal that would delay implementing certain parts of the law to “insure that we do not compound a natural disaster with a man made financial disaster.”

The new bankruptcy law affects anyone whose income (as of the six months before filing) was over the state median income. Democratic legislators point out that many hurricane victims who manage to find work will be suffering from wage reductions, making them unable to effectively deal with their previous debts. Among U.S. states, Louisana and Mississippi have the fourth and third lowest median incomes, respectively. Democrats also feel that it is unfair to require repayment by bankrupted Hurricane Katrina victims while citizens in other states with similar incomes would pay nothing.

F. James Sensenbrenner, Republican from Wisconsin and chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, has denied a hearing on creating an exception in the law for the purposes of Katrina relief. He noted that “If someone in Katrina is down and out, and has no possibility of being able to repay 40 percent or more of their debts, then the new bankruptcy law doesn’t apply.”

The Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005 has been heavily criticized by consumer rights’ organizations. The Consumer Federation of America argues that “[the] new requirements, coupled with strict deadlines for production upon the penalty of an automatic dismissal are difficult for the most organized person to meet, never mind someone who has had his or her home destroyed by Katrina.”

Opponents of the bill also argued that it makes the government “a bill collector for private companies”, and could lead to criminal prosecutions over matters best left in civil courts, and theoretically even to life imprisonment under federal three-strikes laws. Such opponents view the bulk of the act either as “bought and paid for” by the Credit Card Industry, who spent millions lobbying in support of the bill, or else as an unfortunate compromise between the lobbyists for banks and bankruptcy lawyers, such as the American Bankruptcy Institute (ABI). Nathalie Martin, of ABI, said that “Many people will still qualify to file for Chapter 7,” which means liquidation of assets in exchange for cancellation of debt.

Two British footwear chains enter administration

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 

Two British footwear chains have entered administration, a form of company liquidation in the United Kingdom. Both Barratts and PriceLess are owned by parent company Stylo. Stylo has not entered administration itself but shares have been suspended.

The chains have a joint workforce of around 5,450 employees and operate 400 stores around the United Kingdom. In February Stylo purchased 24 stores from shoe retailer Dolcis after it had gone bust.

A spokesman for Stylo said that they did not anticipate any short-term improvement in trading conditions. It was also mentioned that the company had the support of the Lloyds Group and Barclays Bank. No stores are yet planned to close.

Other companies that have entered administration due to the financial crisis include MFI, Rosebys, Whittard of Chelsea, and Zavvi.

Products Of Champion Sunrooms

By A.Caxton

Champion sunroom provides you the strongest and most durable patio rooms. They prepare the vinyl sidings in such a way that it can go well with any color combination, thickness and design of the gutters, shutters, doors and windows. The double framed window panes are filled with argon gas and the doors have surface that is stainable for enhanced insulation. The major Champion products include the patio room or enclosure, windows, doors, vinyl siding, and awning.

Champion sunroom furniture items have its unique set of products that includes doors, windows, vinyl siding, and patio rooms and enclosures. The champion sunroom is the ideal place to relax and enjoy the sight of surrounding landscape. They allow you to bring outside environment inside and enjoy it within the comfort of inside coziness. It forms the perfect place for children to enjoy, and for family member to get together for cups of steaming coffee. It brings you close to nature as you watch and enjoy the surrounding landscape through the glass enclosed area. Depending on the landscape and your taste, the sunrooms can be designed in various forms including cathedral, straight, curved and conservatory sunroom. But to make the place be as comfortable as you want, you need to fill the room with the appropriate furniture items.

The all season vinyl patio by Champion has been in great demand. They provide year-round comfort, allowing you to enjoy the changing seasons within indoor coziness. Champion makes use of quality products that lasts for a longer period of time. The patio rooms are efficient thermally due to 6 heavy duty aluminum framework encased with vinyl. By combining the two, Champion provides you the strongest and most durable patio rooms. The windows are double paneled with Low-E standard filled with argon gas. This insulates the room well and reduces task of maintenance.

The vinyl rooms consist of thermally broken roof frames that are well insulated. They are provided with I-Beams and have R-30 insulating capability. You can select from a range of lightweight polystyrene frames measuring 4 6. The powerful header bears the whole load of the room and fits itself well according to the pitch of the roof. The knee panel consists of insulation value of R-30. They can be easily cleaned and help to obstruct wear and tear. The posts of aluminum measure 6 and provide strength to the walls. The center post hides the wiring and reveals only the switches. The doors and windows will be provided with tracks that are recessed to avoid the entry of air for smooth movement. The doors have moisture lock technology with modern handles.

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Vinyl Siding Champion Sunroom

The vinyl sidings make your room appear as if it is made of wood and not just plastic. The shadow line of about gives the true feel of a wood finish, making the exterior of the sunroom appear beautiful. It is of superior quality with premium locking system. It can withstand impact due to its .046 thickness. The vinyl sidings are so prepared that it can go well with any color combination, thickness and design of the gutters, shutters, doors and windows.

The edges of the sidings are concealed with the help of a J-channel that measures and is preformed. It obstructs the wind from entering through the edges. They are placed with proper 4 corner posts that have the same color as that of the sidings. The foundation of the siding is made from a steel starter that goes round the whole perimeter of the sunroom. The Undersill trim is placed beneath the window foundation to lend a complete look to the sidings. The vinyl sidings are available in various shades of white, blue mist, slate, sandstone, classic linen, cobblestone, clay, khaki, tan, almond, and wheat.

Champion Windows And Doors

The Champion windows are provided with lifetime guarantee scheme. They have double-frame filled with argon gas and are well insulated. This technology helps to keep your room cool during summers and warm in winters and obstructs the harmful rays of the sun. They have earned the seal of good housekeeping for enhanced quality. The sashes have double hung technology to help in easy cleaning. The wool piles help to insulate the room properly.

They are made up of cent percent vinyl construction, the frames of which are enhanced with foams. The windows are styles differently like double-hung, casement, picture windows, double casement, garden windows, hopper windows and awnings. The Champion doors are available in over 6,000 designs; you can select from a range of fiberglass or steel to make the door. The fiberglass have surface that is stainable and offers better insulation. It prevents dents and when compared to wood, it is more durable and has greater strength. The steel doors meet the required energy codes stated by the state and have polyurethane foam that makes the door completely insulated. You can hire a local sunroom contractor for fixing the pieces to make the sunroom of your dreams.

Another important Champion product is the awning. The retractable siesta sol awnings provide you with a shady place during hot summers. They obstruct the harmful rays of the sun from entering the sunroom. Special cassette shells protect these awnings. They are provided with double cabled aluminum arms and are coated with PVC. Champion sunroom provides for you an inexhaustible range of selection for sunroom windows, doors, patio rooms, vinyl siding, awnings and enclosures.

About the Author: Andrew Caxton is the editor of http://www.allsunrooms.com . If you want more information on

Champion sunrooms

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UK family wins asbestos payout in death of railway worker

Friday, November 20, 2009 

The family of a railway worker in Oxford, United Kingdom whose death was tied to cancer caused by asbestos exposure received a payout of approximately £100,000.

In 2005, Dudley Maasz was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a disease resulting from exposure to asbestos. He had been exposed to the substance during his time in the 1940s as a railway worker for Great Western Railway, where he took part in cleaning engines and serving as a fireman. Maasz died in July 2006.

The company BRB (Residuary) Ltd., the successor to British Railways Board, came to an agreement to give Maasz’s family a payout of £98,000 and costs as a settlement.

Brigitte Chandler, the Maasz family’s solicitor, told BBC News, “We were able to establish that Mr Maasz death was caused by asbestos during his employment at the Oxford works.”

Dudley Maasz’s brother Norman described him to BBC News as outgoing, and a “friendly chap”. He said that he had noticed his brother begin to complain of shoulder pain approximately four years ago, and subsequently began to sleep more and later was bedridden a majority of the time.

“One day I looked at him and thought — my goodness — he was half the size, he’d been eaten away, I felt so sorry for him,” said Norman Maasz.

BBC News reported that no individual from BRB (Residuary) Ltd. was available to provide a comment about the payout to the Maasz family.