Santa Cruz County lost almost 1,000 homes to the CZU fires. Its housing crisis is now worse than ever

BOULDER CREEK, Santa Cruz County – At the top of a cul-de-sac lined with burned homes, Antonia Bradford stood before what was once her cathedral-like house, surrounded by singed redwood trees. Little was recognizable in the rubble but a charred car, a chicken coop, a butterfly-shaped chair and a bathtub.

When the CZU Lightning Complex fires ripped through the Santa Cruz Mountains six weeks ago, Bradford, her husband and five children were suddenly homeless — along with thousands of others. Her family stayed in a hotel, then with friends as they scoured for rentals, watching listings disappear and prices rise.

“It’s pretty wild, it’s pretty bad,” Bradford said. “Housing has been a huge issue in Santa Cruz County for quite some time now. Right now it’s a supply-and-demand situation and people raising prices so high it’s pushing people off the mountain.”

When lightning sparked the CZU fires in mid-August, around

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Mullen Fire expands to 96,757 acres, 29 homes lost | Local News

LARAMIE – The Albany County Sheriff’s Office reported Wednesday that 29 homes and 31 other structures or outbuildings have been lost to the Mullen Fire, which has grown to nearly 100,000 acres.

It was first significant damage assessment for structures conducted by firefighting personnel since the blaze erupted Sept. 17 in the Medicine Bow-Routt National Forest about 40 west of Laramie and just southwest of Centennial.

The sheriff’s office contacted all 38 property owners after the damage assessment was made in lower Keystone, Lake Creek and Foxborough.

“On behalf of everyone working this fire, our thoughts go out to those who lost homes and property,” stated a sheriff’s office press release.

The statement added that if there is further damage to property, additional assessment and notifications will be made. Additionally, the sheriff’s office has received a lot of questions about when owners will be allowed to go see their property.

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John Lennon’s ‘Lost Weekend’ penthouse up for sale; take a peek inside

Beatles superfans, this one’s for you.

If you’ve ever been curious about John Lennon’s “Lost Weekend” — the months he spent with May Pang in the 1970s during a split from Yoko Ono — you might be interested to see the penthouse Lennon lived in at the time.

We’ve got photos of the place, which is now on sale for $5.5 million, according to Listing agents for the apartment are Lauren Cangiano and Alisha Lloyd-Hudson of Brown Harris Stevens, New York City.

“By the time of the Lennon-Pang affair, Lennon had already peaked with the success of the Beatles and was doing his thing with his own music and solos,” a press release says. “While he was working on ‘Walls and Bridges,’ his fifth solo album, he and Pang rented and moved into the 4,000-square-foot, three-story penthouse, with its huge wrap-around terrace overlooking the long view of the East

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More evacuations near Santa Rosa, where 14,000 have lost power and homes burn in Skyhawk neighborhood

The Chronicle’s Fire Updates page documents the latest events in wildfires across the Bay Area and the state of California.

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US Commercial Real Estate Lost 27 Pct Of Value

Commercial properties in the U.S. may have lost as much as 25 percent of their value as the impact of the coronavirus has taken its toll on hotels, malls and other commercial buildings.

The Financial Times (FT) reported the evidence of the losses can be seen in the commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) market from appraisals. As a result, it raises questions over the value of these properties as collateral backing commercial mortgages.

Wells Fargo reported the properties at risk have lost an average of 27 percent of their value. Typically, new appraisals are ordered when a commercial property owner falls behind in mortgage payments.

“It’s a big number,” Lea Overby, an analyst at Wells Fargo, told FT. “This is material.”

Hotels have been especially hard hit as travel has diminished amid COVID-19 shutdowns, with many operators reporting single-digit occupancy rates.

For example, the

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How 2 CNY girls lacrosse players lost showcase seasons but still found college homes

Syracuse, N.Y. — As imposing as the hurdles put up by the coronavirus have been for high school athletes the past few months, the career momentum crafted by Gracie Britton and Fran Tortora has been powerful enough to plow right through them.

Britton and Tortora, both attackmen, are two of the best young girls lacrosse players in Section III. They established themselves as Division I college prospects during their freshman high school seasons, Britton at CBA and Tortora at Cicero-North Syracuse.

Both were counting on the most important resume-building showcases of their high school careers to burnish their credentials during sophomore seasons and subsequent summers. That would lead them to the doorstep of their current junior seasons, when college coaches would be allowed to initiate direct contact with them for the first time.

Then the coronavirus hit, wiping away the spring scholastic season and summer ball. There would be no

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