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Facebook Inc. is extending a sizable olive branch to neighbors rankled by its plans to expand its campus and bring 6,500 new employees to the area, a move some locals fear will exacerbate a growing housing shortage.  The tech giant announced Friday it will spend about $20 million in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, Calif., two cities that surround its campus, to create a fund to build new housing, support job-training programs and provide legal assistance to tenants in danger of eviction.

Facebook Inc. is extending a sizable olive branch to neighbors rankled by its plans to expand its campus and bring 6,500 new employees to the area, a move some locals fear will exacerbate a growing housing shortage. The tech giant announced Friday it will spend about $20 million in Menlo Park and East Palo Alto, Calif., two cities that surround its campus, to create a fund to build new housing, support job-training programs and provide legal assistance to tenants in danger of eviction.

Housing counselors say a growing number of homeowners from wealthy communities, like Laguna Beach, Calif., are seeking to modify loans on multimillion-dollar properties.

Housing counselors say a growing number of homeowners from wealthy communities, like Laguna Beach, Calif., are seeking to modify loans on multimillion-dollar properties.

2055 S. Joshua Tree Place in Palm Springs, Calif. Photo: Berkshire Hathaway HomeService

2055 S. Joshua Tree Place in Palm Springs, Calif. Photo: Berkshire Hathaway HomeService

Budapest pin with aquamarine. $120,000. Shreve in San Francisco, Calif., is hosting a sale of the last remaining inventory of jewelry by Hen...

Budapest pin with aquamarine. $120,000. Shreve in San Francisco, Calif., is hosting a sale of the last remaining inventory of jewelry by Hen...

Are You Brave Enough To Try These Color Combinations? This is my favorite, but the article has a ton of beautiful color combinations.

Are You Brave Enough To Try These Color Combinations? This is my favorite, but the article has a ton of beautiful color combinations.

steve jobs abandoned mansion  The life of late Apple magnate Steve Jobs was unquestionably full of interesting twists and turns. One of the lesser-known battles fought by Jobs was that of Jackling Mansion, a home that polarized the town of Woodside, California and became one of the area’s most intriguing abandoned places.

steve jobs abandoned mansion The life of late Apple magnate Steve Jobs was unquestionably full of interesting twists and turns. One of the lesser-known battles fought by Jobs was that of Jackling Mansion, a home that polarized the town of Woodside, California and became one of the area’s most intriguing abandoned places.

Interesting upside down potting shed on a Sonoma County, CA property. See entrance door at left. Fun.

Interesting upside down potting shed on a Sonoma County, CA property. See entrance door at left. Fun.

Residents of Weed, Calif., are battling a timber company for the rights to water that has been piped to houses in the area for more than a century.

Residents of Weed, Calif., are battling a timber company for the rights to water that has been piped to houses in the area for more than a century.

Both owners are photographers by trade and are now semiretired. Mr. Treadwell also has some commercial real-estate interests in Santa Barbara, Calif. They're looking to sell because they're spending more time at a cottage on the coast of Maine and live in California during the winter. They expect to retain a presence in the area after the sale. One of the bedrooms is shown.

Both owners are photographers by trade and are now semiretired. Mr. Treadwell also has some commercial real-estate interests in Santa Barbara, Calif. They're looking to sell because they're spending more time at a cottage on the coast of Maine and live in California during the winter. They expect to retain a presence in the area after the sale. One of the bedrooms is shown.

PRINT AVAILABLE   Oakland, Calif., Mar. 1942. A large sign reading "I am an American" placed in the window of a store, at 13th and Franklin streets, on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. The store was closed following orders to persons of Japanese descent to evacuate from certain West Coast areas. The owner, a University of California graduate, will be housed with hundreds of evacuees in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration of the war

PRINT AVAILABLE Oakland, Calif., Mar. 1942. A large sign reading "I am an American" placed in the window of a store, at 13th and Franklin streets, on December 8, the day after Pearl Harbor. The store was closed following orders to persons of Japanese descent to evacuate from certain West Coast areas. The owner, a University of California graduate, will be housed with hundreds of evacuees in War Relocation Authority centers for the duration of the war

NYT calculator to show at what rent it makes sense to buy v. rent (http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/upshot/buy-rent-calculator.html?_r=0)

NYT calculator to show at what rent it makes sense to buy v. rent (http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/upshot/buy-rent-calculator.html?_r=0)

Article source: Gehry Partners LLP The Gehry Residence in Santa Monica, Calif., has been selected for the 2012 AIA Twenty-five Year Award. A seemingly adhoc collection of raw, workmanlike materials...

Article source: Gehry Partners LLP The Gehry Residence in Santa Monica, Calif., has been selected for the 2012 AIA Twenty-five Year Award. A seemingly adhoc collection of raw, workmanlike materials...

By Molly K. Hooper - 02/27/14  The race is on to replace Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee which investigates possible government crime issues.  This chairman has subpoena power as does the Speaker of the House.    At least three Republican lawmakers are interested in running for this position:  John Mica (Fla), Tea Party's John Chaffetz (Utah) and John Turner (Ohio).>>>>>>>How about Trey Gowdy?

By Molly K. Hooper - 02/27/14 The race is on to replace Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of the powerful House Oversight and Reform Committee which investigates possible government crime issues. This chairman has subpoena power as does the Speaker of the House. At least three Republican lawmakers are interested in running for this position: John Mica (Fla), Tea Party's John Chaffetz (Utah) and John Turner (Ohio).>>>>>>>How about Trey Gowdy?