Real estate professional, Kenny Slaught, discusses the iconic features of the Spanish Colonial architecture that can be found throughout Santa Barbara. He suggests various places in the city where the features are architecturally amazing, as well as highlights the movement of the style to the area by architect, George Washington Smith.

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Continued supporter of outreach initiatives, Santa Barbara-based entrepreneur and leading force in the real estate sector, Kenny Slaught gladly embraces Hospice of Santa Barbara’s various initiatives aimed at helping those who suffered hardship in their lives to learn to experience joy and meaningfulness again through empathy and self-care. In keeping with his intentions as a visionary philanthropist, he advocates for the Hospice of Santa Barbara’s Anticipatory Grief Services program and continues to educate the broader public about the importance of social support, particularly for people who have experienced the loss of those closest to them. With this goal, Slaught recently promoted these programs on his blog, available at KennySlaught.com.

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Professor David Low from UCSB’s Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology, will pursue an innovative global health and development research project titled “Strategy for development of enteric pathogen-specific phage”. Low’s research focuses on a ground-breaking way to deal with serious bacterial pathogens that are evolving to become resistant to many once-powerful antibiotics. “He will engineer phage to selectively target and destroy several pathogenic bacteria to prevent enteric diseases in infants,” notes Kenny Slaught.

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The project applauded by Kenny Slaught works towards the protection of the old-fashioned character of physical building while also providing for ground-breaking upgrades. Furthermore, through fortifications like seismic upgrades, both the building and the tens of thousands of pieces of art inside will be better protected. The plan also creates 25 percent more gallery area to make the museum an even better center of the Santa Barbara community. In short, the revamp project is the most inclusive ever commenced by the museum.

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The planned changes of the campaign will be scheduled through a period of about six years. All changes will be made in stages so that the museum can stay open to visitors through the whole process. Kenny Slaught reveals four basic goals of the campaign, including making the gallery more spacious, increasing community space, enhancing the complete museum experience, and concentrating on the facility’s topmost needs. Similarly, he has presented ways to support the campaign, “People can donate cash straight to the campaign through the Imagine More website at campaign.sbma.net. Also, the museum receives donations of stock and securities, as well as real estate and personal property, which can help propel the campaign through the prevalent renovation process.”

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The service and hospitality industry is a space that fosters career opportunities at worthwhile salaries and that allows graduates the chance to enhance their abilities and chase their goals of becoming a renowned chef, manager, or hotel administrator. The Culinary Arts and Hotel Management program available at SBCC is extensive and includes multiple aspects of the service industry of varied scales. Acquiring abilities such as these can help people find jobs not only domestically, but also internationally. Kenny Slaught talks about an extra interesting aspect of the program, “It can empower students to start their own companies and achieve their dream of becoming an industrialist and working for themselves.”

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Santa Barbara City College has established a supreme reputation when it comes to training professionals who work in the field of network support. According to Kenny Slaught, “your valued time will be intelligently invested studying this promising and beneficial program.” Network engineers work within a company handling their computer network and providing employees with the best technological applications in connectivity and data management. As it happens with abundant job openings in communications technologies, career opportunities are big and increasing every year.

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Other elements influencing the current situation that are particularly Californian in nature are the result of a general scarcity of land in desirable locations. Undeveloped land prices are prohibitively high, especially around the Los Angeles and San Francisco metro areas. Kenny Slaught points to regular construction delays on new projects, which cause many owners to stay put and renovate instead of relocating. Proposition 13, the 1978 amendment to the state’s constitution, makes relocating a daunting choice as it is. Though the law states that future property tax increases max out at 2% based on 1975 assessments, the exorbitant exception happens when a sale is executed, and the property is reassessed based on current value. Ultimately, yearly totals are the result of purchase figures that vary monthly, as demand in California shifts seasonally (with the highest number of homes moved in June and a small bump at year’s end). Also affecting yearly totals are asking prices, consumer confidence, negative equity status, quantity and quality of homebuyer jobs, disposable income, saving rates, and elements like major foreign investments and interest rates.

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With a burning housing market, many West Coast buyers are finding that they need to pay excessively high prices for older, less fashionable homes. Kenny Slaught notes that costs have been steadily climbing since 2008, and common reference, the Standard & Poor’s Case-Shiller home price index, reveals that Los Angeles home prices rose to their peak during April of this year since October 2007. Having moved beyond mere recession recovery, Southern California’s larger metropolitan areas are closing in on their former peaks. Slaught says the turnaround stems from a number of factors, which include interest rates, job growth and supply and demand. As current 30-year, fixed-rate mortgages are hovering around 3.5% or less, these enticing numbers nearing 3.31 percent (the record low hit in November 2012) are pushing many toward buying. These historically low rates, coupled with strong employment numbers, such as a 2.4% gain in Los Angeles County and a 3.5% rise in Orange County, makes it clear just why values have appreciated in an extraordinarily fast-paced manner. And although home prices vary considerably statewide, the inflated asking price of higher-end homes outpaces all other states with the exception of Hawaii. The feverish demand for housing cannot currently be met by the slim supply available, with many first-timers forced to opt for condominium-style units: obtainable and within a more modest price range.

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Santa Barbara’s astounding community-driven approach is a result of the pledge to charity by the civic officials, entrepreneurs and inhabitants as per Kenny Slaught. The city’s enduring tradition of nonprofit activity and comprehensive giving is made possible through many charities, volunteer groups and community activities, and goes back to the year 1928 with the development of the Santa Barbara Foundation. Amenable local nonprofits lessen the need for public officials to request help from country-level foundations, and make the needs of the community prominent.

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