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New home sales rose in March after weak winter

Sales of new homes rose 11.1% in March from February, the Commerce Department said Monday, marking a mild improvement from the worst-ever showing as the effect of winter storms and an expiring California tax credit wore off.

The still-bleak reading of a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 300,000 sales represented a 21.9% nose dive from March 2010 levels.

However, the level beat a MarketWatch-compiled economist estimate of 290,000, and February’s low reading of 250,000 was revised up to 270,000.

Analysts had attributed February’s weakness in part to winter storms that depressed figures in the East and the Midwest, as well as the expiration of a California tax credit. The data in March bore out that view.

Sales in the Northeast jumped 66.7%, those in the Midwest improved 12.9% and those in the West increased 25.9%, while sales in the South edged 0.6% lower.

By region, sales are 9.1% to 34% worse than the same period last year. The still-high unemployment rate, a glut of cheaper existing homes on the market and the large number of underwater mortgages have all combined to depress the market for new homes.

“Distressed sales continue to rob demand from new-home sales and construction activity,” said Yelena Shulyatyeva, an economist at BNP Paribas.

On a three-month moving average — which reduces the month-to-month variance in the volatile release — sales fell to a 294,000 annual rate from 305,000. The March reading has a margin of error of 21.7%, the Commerce Department said.

The median sales price rose 2.9% to $213,800 from an upwardly revised $207,700 in February, though prices are 4.9% below those from March 2010.

The average sales price fell 3.8% to $246,800, as the number of houses sold in the $400,000-to-$499,000 range dropped to 4% of the total from 9% of February’s total.

At the end of March, 183,000 houses were for sale, representing a supply of 7.3 months at the current sales rate, down from a supply of 8.2 months in February.

Inventories are at the smallest level since 1967 after a “relentless slide,” said David Resler, chief economist of Nomura Securities International.

“This lean supply of unsold homes may give builders some hope … that a pickup in sales will require new construction,” he said.

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Carlsbad, CA seeks input on La Costa Avenue improvements

The City of Carlsbad is seeking input from the community to develop a plan to reduce speeds and improve safety on La Costa Avenue between El Camino Real and Rancho Santa Fe Road.

An online survey is available through the city’s website, and the city will hold three workshops at the Stagecoach Community Center, 3420 Camino De Los Coches, all from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 28
  • Thursday, May 26
  • Thursday, June 23

According to city traffic engineer Doug Bilse, one of the plan’s main goals is to enhance the residential character of the La Costa neighborhood while maintaining the roadway’s function as a main east-west corridor.

The first workshop, on April 28, will provide information to the public on the planning process and solicit input on:

  • Community goals and desired outcomes for the plan
  • Traffic issues and concerns to be addressed regarding La Costa Avenue
  • Preferences for traffic devices and improvement options

At subsequent workshops, the city will present technical information about possible options and ask the community to weigh in on the ultimate solution.

Some of the options the city will ask the community to consider are roundabouts, traffic signals, changing the number of lanes, landscaped medians, and adding sidewalks and bike lanes. Bilse emphasized that city staff has not made any decisions as to what needs to be done on La Costa Avenue, and the community will drive the final recommended solutions, so long as the plan meets the city’s overall objectives.

Over the years, traffic has increased along the heavily traveled road, which links eastern Carlsbad with Interstate 5 and the coast. The road was developed when the La Costa area was part of the County of San Diego, prior to being annexed to the City of Carlsbad in 1972.

Driveways have direct access to the road, which has a 45-mile-per-hour speed limit. This is the primary safety concern raised by residents because it is a challenge to enter and exit driveways, especially during busy traffic times.

The city has already taken steps to improve safety, including installing warning signs near residential driveways, posting more speed limit signs and installing digital signs that tell drivers how fast they are going. Traffic engineers say more changes should be made to balance the needs of motorists with the quality of life for those who live in the neighborhood.

“Ultimately, we need to permanently change the character of the road to improve the quality of life for neighbors in the area,” said Bilse. “Our goal is to discuss all the options with the neighbors, commuters and other stakeholders to find the best one. It is very important that the improvements to La Costa Avenue do not introduce new traffic problems on adjacent roads like Levante Street.”

To take the online survey and, for more information, visit the city’s website at http://www.carlsbadca.gov/services/traffic/Pages/LaCostaAvenueImprovementPlan.aspx.

The City of Carlsbad is seeking input from the community to develop a plan to reduce speeds and improve safety on La Costa Avenue between El Camino Real and Rancho Santa Fe Road.

An online survey is available through the city’s website, and the city will hold three workshops at the Stagecoach Community Center, 3420 Camino De Los Coches, all from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Thursday, April 28
  • Thursday, May 26
  • Thursday, June 23

According to city traffic engineer Doug Bilse, one of the plan’s main goals is to enhance the residential character of the La Costa neighborhood while maintaining the roadway’s function as a main east-west corridor.

The first workshop, on April 28, will provide information to the public on the planning process and solicit input on:

  • Community goals and desired outcomes for the plan
  • Traffic issues and concerns to be addressed regarding La Costa Avenue
  • Preferences for traffic devices and improvement options

At subsequent workshops, the city will present technical information about possible options and ask the community to weigh in on the ultimate solution.

Some of the options the city will ask the community to consider are roundabouts, traffic signals, changing the number of lanes, landscaped medians, and adding sidewalks and bike lanes. Bilse emphasized that city staff has not made any decisions as to what needs to be done on La Costa Avenue, and the community will drive the final recommended solutions, so long as the plan meets the city’s overall objectives.

Over the years, traffic has increased along the heavily traveled road, which links eastern Carlsbad with Interstate 5 and the coast. The road was developed when the La Costa area was part of the County of San Diego, prior to being annexed to the City of Carlsbad in 1972.

Driveways have direct access to the road, which has a 45-mile-per-hour speed limit. This is the primary safety concern raised by residents because it is a challenge to enter and exit driveways, especially during busy traffic times.

The city has already taken steps to improve safety, including installing warning signs near residential driveways, posting more speed limit signs and installing digital signs that tell drivers how fast they are going. Traffic engineers say more changes should be made to balance the needs of motorists with the quality of life for those who live in the neighborhood.

“Ultimately, we need to permanently change the character of the road to improve the quality of life for neighbors in the area,” said Bilse. “Our goal is to discuss all the options with the neighbors, commuters and other stakeholders to find the best one. It is very important that the improvements to La Costa Avenue do not introduce new traffic problems on adjacent roads like Levante Street.”

To take the online survey and, for more information, visit the city’s website at http://www.carlsbadca.gov/services/traffic/Pages/LaCostaAvenueImprovementPlan.aspx.

Carlsbad Village Street Faire road closures on May 1

The City of Carlsbad reminds drivers that several downtown roads will be closed Sunday, May 1, to make way for the Carlsbad Village Street Faire, a community event featuring more than 900 vendors, live entertainment, food and kids’ rides.
Streets scheduled to be closed from approximately 4 a.m. to 8 p.m. include:
  • Grand Avenue from Carlsbad Boulevard to Jefferson Street
  • Washington Street from Carlsbad Village Drive to Christiansen Avenue
  • State Street from Carlsbad Village Drive to Beech Street
  • Roosevelt Street from Carlsbad Village Drive to Beech Street
  • Madison Street from Carlsbad Village Drive to south of Arbuckle Place
  • Christiansen Way between State Street and the east side of the Carlsbad Coaster Station entrance
General and disabled parking spaces will be available on the streets surrounding the event. Free shuttle service is provided at Plaza Camino Real Shopping Mall, 2525 El Camino Real, unloading at the southeast corner of Grand Avenue and Jefferson Street, and at the Poinsettia Coaster Station, 6511 Avenida Encinas, unloading at Washington Avenue and Christiansen Avenue.
Those who need to get in or out of the event area during the event may do so on a nearby street not affected by event closures.
The 38th bi-annual Carlsbad Village Street Faire takes place on Grand Avenue from Carlsbad Boulevard to Jefferson Street, in the heart of the city’s downtown village, from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and is put on by the Carlsbad Chamber of Commerce.
Approximately 100,000 people are expected at the event.

Carlsbad Village Street Faire road closures on May 1

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