State’s home sales drop slightly in December

The pace of home sales at California new-home communities was moderately lower than levels seen a year ago, the California Building Industry Association reported this week.  The monthly CBIA/Hanley Wood Market Intelligence New-Home Sales and Pricing Report showed that sales in new-home communities of 10 units or more were 15 percent lower then December 2008.  That’s still an improvement from most months in 2009 in which year-over-year declines were substantially larger, according to the report.  During December, 1,372 new homes and condominiums were sold in the subdivisions tracked by HWMI, compared with 1,607 in December 2008.  Sales of single-family homes were down 25 percent, while sales of townhomes and “plexes” — duplexes, triplexes, etc. — were off by 5 percent and sales of condominiums were 18 percent higher than a year ago.

‘Social media’ to be topic of talk at Upland chamber’s luncheon

The Ahmed Team at Blackstone Realty will host the Upland Chamber of Commerce’s Thursday luncheon featuring Eric Hanson of Inland Productivity Solutions Inc., who will speak on “What You Really Need to Know about Social Media.”  Check-in starts at 11 a.m., with lunch program beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Magic Lamp Inn, 8189 Foothill Blvd., Rancho Cucamonga.  Cost: $25 for members who make reservations by Monday; $35 for all at the door.  Information: 909-204-4465; www.uplandchamber.org or www.discoverupland.com

Redlands law firm to host estate-planning dinner seminar

McIntyre Law Group of Redlands will offer a free dinner seminar to senior citizens to provide information about developing an estate plan.  The seminar will be held March 16 at the Ayres Hotel, 1015 W. Colton Ave., Redlands. Seating begins at 6 p.m.  The seminar will feature attorney and law professor Nathan T. McIntyre, who will present the beneficial features included in a comprehensive estate plan, including such components as living wills, family trusts, health care directives, powers of attorney, IRA and asset protection, pour-over wills and estate planning letters.  Seating is limited to seniors 55 and older who own their own home. Limit two reservations per household.  Reservations are required.  Information: 866-669-9266; www.mcintyrelawgroup.com

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Parsons selected by LAWA for services at three airports

Pasadena-based Parsons was selected by Los Angeles World Airports for a $25 million, three-year, on-call professional construction support services contract.  This contract includes various large airport construction projects at Los Angeles International Airport, L.A./Ontario International Airport and Van Nuys Airport, according to a news release.  “Parsons was selected based on its extensive experience with LAWA and other major airport and aviation construction projects in a fully active aviation environment, as well as its ability to offer a multitude of project delivery methods,” according to the release.  Information: www.parsons.com

HMC Architects to help agency move toward paperless operations

The Division of the State Architect has initiated a pilot program, named “E-Doc 101,” to improve its submission process by switching to a paperless system. In an effort to be more environmentally friendly in the way it does business, the DSA is working exclusively with HMC Architects, which operates an office in Ontario, during the early phases of development.  “It is an honor and a privilege to be the architectural firm selected by DSA for this groundbreaking program,” Nancy Martin, who manages a department at HMC that is dedicated to interfacing with DSA on behalf of HMC’s projects and clients, said in a news release.  Information: 800-350-9979; e-mail  or www.hmcarchitects.com

CSUSB offers class on getting grant-funded projects started

The Cal State San Bernardino College of Extended Learning will host a workshop titled “Post-Award Management: Program Implementation,” covering how to get grant-funded projects started while staying in compliance with funding agency requirements.  The class is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 6 at the campus’ Yasuda Center.  Cost: $140, which includes materials.  Information: 909-537-5981; cel.csusb.edu

Four commercial real estate veterans join Jones Lang LaSalle

Jones Lang LaSalle recently announced that four industrial brokers have joined the firm with the goal of expanding its influence in the Inland Empire: Managing Director Peter McWilliams, Executive Vice President Mike McCrary, Senior Vice President Ruben Goodsell and Vice President Scott Leichtenberg. They have focused their entire careers on the Inland Empire, according to a news release.  The brokers are headquartered in the firm’s downtown Los Angeles office.  McWilliams, McCrary and Goodsell join the firm from Colliers International. Leichtenberg joins the firm from CB Richard Ellis Investors.

Free seminar scheduled Saturday on preventing home foreclosure

The Inland Empire Economic Recovery Corporation will have a free seminar from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday to help struggling homeowners save their homes from foreclosure.  The class will be at Central Park Community Center, 11200 Base Line, Rancho Cucamonga.  The event will feature one-on-one counseling with various lenders, banks and nonprofit groups that have been pre-approved by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.  Information: www.ieerc.org

Training for alcohol selling to be offered in San Bernardino

The state Office of Alcohol Beverage Control will conduct a “Licensee Education on Alcohol and Drugs” training course for owners, managers and employees who sell alcohol in San Bernardino.  The training will take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Monday in the basement conference room of City Hall, 300 N. D St.  Participants will receive a 2-year LEAD certification card issued by the ABC. Early registration is recommended as the class is limited to 50 people.  Information: 909-387-6288.

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San Dimas manufacturer’s product recertified as eco-friendly

San Dimas manufacturer RCI Technologies’ fuel purifiers were recently recertified by the Green Clean Institute, an independent third-party organization that reviews, researches and certifies various industrial services for their green credibility.  According to a news release, the certification confirms the purifiers’ environmental benefits, something that appeals to RCI’s more eco-conscious customers.  Information: 800-868-2088; www.rcitechnologies.com