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Technology / Re: Black Friday 2015
« Last post by riznick on Today at 12:58:57 AM »
The hottest deals I got:
  • 32" Samsung 1080p LED HDTV for $104.  I needed something small, as it's replacing a Samsung 21" HDTV that went out...
  • Playstation 4 Nathan Drake bundle a few hours ago at NewEgg for $229.

Sounds worse than a toxic plume.  No wonder PatStar wants to return to the Great Park.

More Families Flee Porter Ranch Homes Over Potentially Noxious Gas Leak

November 27, 2015 10:17 PM

PORTER RANCH ( —  The number of families leaving Porter Ranch following a gas leak — that residents say could be making them sick — continues to rise.

Residents have complained about the air quality for about a month.

KCAL9’s Tom Wait on Friday spoke to some families who have been relocated to hotels while the gas company tries to stop the leak.

George and Susan Chang are doing the familiar post-Thanksgiving ritual — heating up delicious leftovers.

But the ritual is different this year  because the Changs are in a hotel room. They essentially evacuated their home in Porter Ranch blaming the gas leak.

“I would never have imagined that we would have to move out because the quality of the air was so toxic and poisoned,” said Susan Gorman-Chang.

“You wouldn’t have believed it. I never would have thought such a thing would have happened, but here we are,” said George.

The Changs are like thousands of Porter Ranch residents who live close to the Aliso Canyon natural gas well.

Back on October 23,  a leak was discovered underground. Since that time, a massive amount of methane has spewed from the broken pipe casing. Along with it, chemicals inside the natural gas that allows us to smell it — the same chemicals the LA county health department says can cause short-term headaches, breathing issues and nausea.

Health officials last week issued a directive to the gas company to pay for families to relocate. So far, Wait reports, more than 170 families have taken the offer.

“That stuff is in my carpets. It’s in the furniture. It’s in the house getting recirculated,” says resident Matt Pakucko. He also moved out of his home. He’s with the group Save Porter Ranch — a watchdog organization that says the well is too dangerous to be near homes.

“It’s over for that place. We need to shut it down,” Pakucko said.

The Gas company says they do not have a timeline for when the well will be fixed and the lack of knowing is a massive disruption to many households.

“We don’t know what we’re going to do for Christmas, so yeah, just a lot of unknowns,” said Susan.

Wait also spoke with several other families off camera who also told him they have moved out of their homes —  none of them know when they will go back.
Technology / Re: Internet Camera
« Last post by ps9 on Yesterday at 10:56:53 PM »
Ok, I got my Arlo's, combined cashback, groupon, amex offer.. got 5 cameras for around $78 each after all the cashback settles. 

Got it from newegg.
Technology / Re: Black Friday 2015
« Last post by ZeroLot on Yesterday at 10:34:50 PM »
I'm looking for an awesome projector. No more big TVs for me. I want to play big screen movies in my yard while roasting marshmallows.
What yard? You live in Irvine right?


Yeah I gotta yard ... And in Irvine too  ;D

It's big enough for my kids to do u turns in a powerwheel in and roast marshmallows too.

I found Amazon's Black Friday deals pretty sad. I lost a chance at Inside Out when it was $9.99. 

I bought a Bluetooth stereo set for a friend. Savings weren't that great but it's better than paying $60.

Guess no projector for me this year again. I'll go hunt for it next year. I'm a bit broke since I did get solar panels in September.
Technology / Re: Black Friday 2015
« Last post by woodburyowner on Yesterday at 10:20:18 PM »
So did anyone get any deal?

My relatives went to Target again and every TV deal was available (I guess no one really likes to buy the Element brand). They called to ask if I wanted one but I passed.

I just went to Target at 8PM and there were LOADS of TVs available.  Guess all those people waited in line for nothing.
Irvine Real Estate / Re: Orchard Hills - Strada by Irvine Pacific
« Last post by acf on Yesterday at 10:06:33 PM »
What location is better, Eastwood or Orchard Hills?
Economy & Finance / Re: Which credit card do you use the most?
« Last post by ps9 on Yesterday at 05:07:42 PM »

This looks fun, double your total cash back after 12 months.  Setup Apple Pay for the additional 10% back until years end.  Possibly 20%-30% back the first year.  Have to take a credit hit since I do not have a Discover It card. 

If you got some big purchase before years end, might be worth it.  What's another credit card to manage?
Education / Re: Applying to UCLA in 1998 vs Applying to Georgia Tech in 2014
« Last post by Panda on Yesterday at 02:53:36 PM »
Your children's college education can be the most expensive investment you may have next to purchasing your primary residence. If you have two children who are both attending private school and don't qualify for any financial aid, your total costs can be anywhere between $500,000 - $600,000. Below you can see the link of which universities are the best investments for your money. This calculated by the total cost of a college education, and your return on investment. Choosing a college degree with the highest possible return on a student’s investment is becoming more and more of a priority.

Georgia Tech ranks #3, UC Berkeley ranks #8, and UCLA ranks #36. As a Georgia resident your children can be qualified for either the HOPE scholarship or the Zell Miller scholarship which is not based on financial need. Zell Miller has a higher high school GPA requirement of 3.7 where HOPE GPA requirement is 3.0.


US NEWS Ranking #36

US NEWS Ranking #20

US NEWS Ranking #23


For 2015-2016, the HOPE Scholarship pays a maximum of $6780 for two semesters of enrollment in 15 HOPE eligible credits per term.


For 2015- 2016, The Zell Miller Scholarship pays 100% of the total cost of in-state tuition charged. This is a maximum of $9,812 for two semesters of enrollment in 12 Zell Miller eligible credits per term for students who do not qualify for a prior "guaranteed tuition" rate.
Technology / Re: Black Friday 2015
« Last post by bones on Yesterday at 12:15:59 PM »
Got an Xbox one with the gears of war bundle from target. Listed for $299 online. Comes with $60 target egiftcard. 5% red card discount. 15% registry discount. Thought it was an in store only door buster but was able to buy online yesterday afternoon. Ends up being a pretty good deal :)
Technology / Re: Black Friday 2015
« Last post by ps9 on Yesterday at 12:12:31 PM »
Got a tea kettle and some transformers thingy from the Lightning deals, used my chase for 10% back.

Got some Disney store stuff for gifting (18% cash back thru shopathome link)

Still looking to use my $15 Amex offer at Amazon, maybe I'll get one of those drone quadcopters...
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