Tuesday, November 3, 2015 OBITUARIES
Art Bass 1953-2015
Bass was announced by his prac- tice Oct. 25. After graduating from the Uni-
The sudden and unexpected death of popular veterinarian Art
versity of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine in 1978, Bass moved to California to prac- tice, first in Newport Beach and later in Irvine. He operated suc- cessful small animal clinics in Corona del Mar, Villa Park, and the Orange Canyon Pet Clinic in Orange, before opening his new- est venture, Newport Pet Clinic in Tustin. He ran the clinic on the simple philosophy “we treat the patients as though they are part of our own family and pro- vide personalized attention to the concerns and questions of our cli- ents.” Bass had been a resident of
Orange Park Acres since 1984, together with his animal family of dogs, cats and birds. Bass was also a private pilot, and an expert on all things Disneyland. He was an extraordinary individual; he loved his work, his clients and their beloved pets, and will be greatly missed.
Richard Meadows 1924-2015
World War II veteran and resi-
dent of Orange Dick Meadows died last month of natural causes at the age of 91. Dick trained with the Marine
Corps in 1942, and then saw action in battles in Tarawa, Tin- ian, Okinawa and Saipan. Two books were written about his wartime experiences: “The Tak- ing of Saipan” and “Tarawa, One Square Mile of Hell.” Meadows is survived by Win-
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nie, his wife of 69 years, with whom he exchanged letters dur- ing the war; three daughters, four grandchildren and six great- grandchildren. He remained ac- tive as a volunteer in the com- munity, and addressed students in classrooms about his military service. He will be remembered as a kind, true friend. Memorial Services were held
at First Presbyterian Church in Orange, and a motorcycle es- cort accompanied the drive to Fairhaven Memorial Park.
Make dreams come true
Villa Park Women’s League
will again help dreams come true for disadvantaged children in the area. “Giving Trees,” full of tags, each with the name, age and wish of a child, have been placed in the Villa Park Pharmacy and the Green Pear, both located in the Towne Center. Donors may take tags, pur-
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chase age-appropriate gifts, and return them unwrapped to the tree before Nov. 30. VPWLelves will wrap and deliver the gifts to children at The Friendly Center or Orange children and Parents To- gether. For information, contact VPWL philanthropy chairs Betsy Little, (714) 289-0370, or Marie Steuber, (714) 998-2075.
Real Estate By Ken McCord
A good time to be an OC landlord. Renter? Not so much.
Re er ot so much
As a realtor for the past 30 al th
years, I do not believe I have seen a stronger market for Orange County landlords. These days, it is common for me to receive calls from landlords asking how well the rental market is doing, and my opinion on how much they can raise the rent on the proper- ties they manage. What is amazing is that rents
are still going up, with Orange County in the top 10 most expen- sive rental markets in the U.S. The OC is also competing for the title of most unaffordable county in the country. Sure, there are places with higher rents -- like New York -- but the higher aver- age income makes it more afford- able than here. Why is this happening? Here
are some interesting tidbits to ex- plain it: The L.A./OC region had 48.5
percent of its people living in their own homes in the second quarter of 2015, according
the latest U.S. data. And Orange County had the lowest homeown- ership rate of 75 large metropoli- tan areas tracked nationally. Ever see “affordable” new apartment complexes being built? Me neither. I do keep seeing new “luxury” apartments sprouting up. With three percent vacancy rates, this trend is the new normal. Population in the OC has
grown faster than new housing has been built. This was also, in part, thanks to the big slowdown in construction during the great recession.
Many homeowners had no Ma hom had
choice but to rent out their prop- erties when they owed too much in the “down” market. Now they are pushing the “sell” button with prices approaching pre-crash lev- els. When I market a property for lease, I hear all the time from pro- spective tenants having to move because their landlord is selling. Many people, having been
burned in the last downturn, just don’t trust owning again, and have contributed to the low home ownership rate. With all these renters, monthly
rates have, indeed, risen greatly. Let’s take a look at the average rental rates for Orange, Orange Park Acres, Anaheim Hills and North Tustin, according to MLS statistics. The average home, per statis-
tics, is three bedrooms, 2.5 bath, with approximately 1,825 square feet. In 2010, that home went for
a monthly rental of $2,392, and was on the market for 43 days. Just four years later, that aver-
age rental increased to $2,722, and lasted 31 days on the market. In late 2015, the average in-
creased yet again to $2,878, and the rental was gone in only 29 days. So, landlords, enjoy the party,
looks like it is going to be a long one. Comparing low interest rates with the high cost of renting, the numbers are starting to make a lot of sense for a lot of new buyers. Maybe that is why the first-time- buyer market is on fire.
Library gift book sale coming
The Friends of Orange Public
Library will offer a wide selec- tion of gift books during its Holi- day Boutique sale, Saturday, Dec. 5. The Friends have been saving donations of new and nearly new coffee table books, special edi- tions and signed copies all year, in preparation for its holiday gift book sale. Prices will range from $3 to $50. The sale runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Rotary room at the Orange Public Library and History Center.
holiday boutique Moreno’s Restaurant will hold
its 4th annual Christmas Boutique from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 6 in the banquet hall, 4328 E. Chapman Ave. Shop for unique, handcrafted gifts and décor from over 25 talented vendors. All pro- ceeds will benefit Lestonnac Free Clinic. Contact Linda Magarro at (714) 313-1319.
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