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California governor signs state housing bill

BY HBSDEALER Staff

Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a new California law that authorizes local cities and counties to extend subdivision maps by one year. The bipartisan bill, proposed by the California Building Industry Association (CBIA), goes into effect immediately.

The downturn has put a hold on housing construction throughout the state, and dozens of subdivision maps were set to expire, according to the CBIA.

“Had these maps expired, dozens of home builders representing hundreds of housing projects would have been sent to the back of the line,” said CBIA chairman Ray Becker. Going through the government approval process again can take five to seven years, according to the CBIA.

Asecond housing recovery bill proposed by the CBIA was also passed by the California legislature last week. AB 2604 encourages local governments to defer the collection of most development impact fees until a new home sells instead of when the building permit is obtained. The bill is on its way to the governor’s desk.

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Lawsuit in Sears lawn mower incident

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A woman is suing Sears over a 2006 incident in which a lawn mower fell off a shelf at a Beaumont, Texas, store, injuring her foot.

According to the Southeast Texas Record, Lynda Roberson said in her lawsuit, filed with the Jefferson County District Court, that Sears failed to “warn customers of the hazards of the lawn mowers being placed on overhead racks.”

The suit also alleges the retailer was negligent in maintaining the rack — the filing states, “suddenly and without warning the lawn mower came off the rack, striking her on the foot and knocking her back” into display mowers on the store’s floor.

Roberson is suing for $30,000 in damages, according to the report.

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Home Depot plans RDC in South Carolina

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Home Depot will build a new rapid deployment center, part of a larger initiative to transition to a more efficient supply chain system, near Dixiana, S.C., a spokesperson confirmed.

Dixiana is located in Lexington County, in the central part of the state.

The deployment center represents an approximately $25 million investment and is expected to employ about 300 people.

The center is expected to be built within the next three years, though no construction date has been set.

The RDC will serve stores in the Carolinas, Tennessee and Georgia.

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