A loan program was set up to boost energy efficiency. Instead, it's being used to build 'granny flats'
Consumer groups say recent cases show that home improvement contractors wield too much power to sign up homeowners for PACE energy efficiency loans, which, if unpaid, can lead to foreclosure.
Southern California home sales plunged in December, hitting the lowest level since the start of the Great Recession, according to CoreLogic. Prices barely rose.