Pasadena Area Assemblymember Holden’s 2016 Bills Clear Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday

first_img Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy More Cool Stuff HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty Three of Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bills cleared the California State Senate Appropriations Committee today. The legislation, Assembly Bill 1696, which helps California’s neediest residents quit smoking; Assembly Bill 2148, which protects wildlife from drones; and Assembly Bill 2364 that strengthens dual enrollment all passed the key committee and now head to the Senate Floor. In addition, Assembly Concurrent Resolution 158 that would help students transfer credits between California universities also passed.Assembly Bill 1696 requires tobacco cessation medications, counseling, and assessments to be covered for Medi-Cal patients. Besides the detrimental health effects, smoking takes an $18.1 billion toll on California annually, according to a University of California, San Francisco study.“Smoking continues to be the leading preventable cause of the death in the United States” said Assemblymember Chris Holden. “We have an opportunity to save lives and money with this bill.”Assembly Bill 2148 provides the National Resources Agency the ability to develop regulations regarding drone use on publically managed lands. Recent incidents have shown that drone use in close proximity to wildlife can have serious impacts. Assembly Bill 2148 strives to create a cohesive, statewide system of rules governing the use of unmanned drones on public lands. The regulations can include conditional use or outright prohibitions when necessary to protect the safety of wildlife, natural habitats or visitors.“There’s no denying the rapidly increasing number of drones in public spaces,” said Holden. “Now is the time to take preventative steps to protect California’s wildlife and natural habitats before it becomes a problem.”Assembly Bill 2364 would provide Californian’s undocumented high school students’ equal right to access higher education opportunities. Earlier this year, California’s legislature passed SB 75 that expanded Medi-Cal to all undocumented students under the age of 19 in California public schools. AB 2364 seeks to continue the legislature’s commitment to bring greater equity and fairness to all Californians.“Every child in California should have the opportunity to access our high quality education system,” said Holden. “This bill strengthens previous dual enrollment legislation by ensuring greater equity and access.”Assembly Concurrent Resolution 158 would help students transfer credits from one public California university to another. Streamlining the transfer process enables students to graduate faster and acquire less debt. Currently credits do not transfer from one CSU to another or one UC to another if a students has not completed 2 full years with 60 credits. 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Government Pasadena Area Assemblymember Holden’s 2016 Bills Clear Senate Appropriations Committee Thursday Published on Thursday, August 11, 2016 | 1:52 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m.center_img Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Business News Subscribe Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week: Rory

first_imgFacebook370Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Rory! He is lovely, 17-pound, 7 year-old Dachshund in search of a loving forever home where he can be part of the action! Rory simply adores humans, and is a sweet mature gentleman! He does well on a leash and knows his commands for “sit” and “wait.” When you visit Rory he will give you adoring glances and bring you a toy! Rory absolutely loves to play with toys! He will need a grain-free diet to keep him healthy and monthly flea treatments for an allergic reaction to fleas. He has a sincere desire to find his people, and does well with other dogs and children. Rory is a terrific companion and family dog!If you have further questions or would like to schedule an appointment to meet Rory in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-a-Pet. Emails are the preferred method of communication.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.Hours of Operation: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.last_img read more

Informal Group Looks to Preserve Rumson Estate

first_imgBy John BurtonThe Rohallion Estate in Rumson is for sale and neighbors fear the property could be bought and subdivided for development.RUMSON — A group of area residents are hoping they can muster enough support to preserve a borough property that they believe has historical significance.The group, who met for the first time on Thursday, July 26, has begun hashing out ideas to save the Rohallion Estate, 45 Bellevue Ave., a sprawling 5-acre property with numerous large specimen trees and an expansive multistory home nestled in the center.The 10 members of the group walked through the palatial home and grounds. “Rumson starts losing its estates, it starts losing its validity,” fears Bob Baxter, a North Rohallion Drive resident and a member of the group.“I grew up here,” around the estate, said Nick McCabe, another area resident. “And I can’t tell you how beautiful it was.”McCabe’s parents bought their property, about 3 acres on North Rohallion, in the 1950s from the then-owners of estate.The fear for some is that the 5-acre tract will eventually be purchased and subdivided for development, possibly putting at risk the home, designed by the iconic late 19th and early 20th century architect Stanford White, who was responsible for the original Madison Square Garden.“We’re looking at a little piece of our heritage disappearing,” Baxter said.The Rohallion Estate on Bellevue Avenue in Rumson.The group is only in its infancy, but participants are discussing the possibility of raising the money needed to purchase the property, or if the property can be purchased by local or Monmouth County government to use for something appropriate. “You could do so much that wouldn’t be invasive,” McCabe said.“You could look at it as a park,” Baxter suggested.Another possibility would be to find a private buyer to consider using the location for a business that would work in the existing residential neighborhood, such as a bed-and-breakfast or even a catering facility.Edward Dean Adams commissioned White to design a country home in 1887, with the architect using a Normandy chateaux as his model, according to a history written by Derrill W. Hart.Khaled Mostafa is the current owner, according to borough tax rolls. It has been on the market for the last couple of years, said Pauline Poyner, with Coldwell Banker real estate agency.Borough tax records indicate it is assessed for $3,250,000, and the real estate listing puts the selling price at about $4.5 million, down from the original price of just under $5 million.Mayor John Ekdahl said borough officials “actually gave some thought to (purchasing) it before we built the new municipal building,” on East River Road a few years ago.The estate sits on a sprawling 5-acre property with numerous large specimen trees.However, when officials looked at the building, they found it would have been difficult – if not outright impossible – to reconfigure it for the borough’s uses and meet current requirements. “The layout just wasn’t appropriate to an office setting,” said Ekdahl.“At the end of the day I would love to see some public elegant use,” McCabe said.But the trick, observed, Jamie Wark, a Linden Lane resident who is part of the group, is “to figure out ways to make it financially feasible.”Group members said their next task will be to put together a plan to present to interested parties to begin the conversation about saving the location.Baxter was not deterred by the challenge.“We’re going to save it,” he said. “And, more than save it, we’re going to reinvent it into something that we all can be proud of.”The location, which is zoned for residential use that needs a minimum 1.5 acres for development, is adjacent to Rumson Country Day School, a private school.Any future subdivision of the property could prove problematic, Ekdahl speculated, given the location’s wealth of “some magnificent trees,” and the borough’s tree protection ordinance.The mayor shared group members’ appreciation of the site. “It was probably the most magnificent property in Rumson for years, or decades,” he said.last_img read more

RBC Teens Bring American Friendship to Cuba

first_imgBy Muriel J. SmithRED BANK – Let the governments of the United States and Cuba quibble and argue over their policies, but two volleyball players from Red Bank Catholic High School took positive action last week and demonstrated to Cuban teenagers just how friendly Americans really are.Junior Catherine Curtin of Atlantic Highlands and senior Ava Zockoll of Bay Head spent a week in Havana, traveling with parents Dan and Tricia Curtin and Nancy Zockoll, under the auspices of Cuba Educational Travel, to bring GUEST – the Girls Universal Empowerment Sports Tour – to this third world country which suffers as much poverty and need as many other nations where assistance programs are already in place.It was Catherine’s idea to bring friendship, knowledge, and the start of an easy camaraderie among young people in the largest city of a country 90 miles off the U.S. Southern border. “I was fortunate enough to travel with my parents to Cambodia several years ago,” Catherine said, “and the sight of the poverty there has remained with me since then. I wanted to do something to help someone less fortunate than us, and with Cuba just opening for American visitors again, I thought that would be the perfect place.”Pavel Garcia of Barrio Habana (center, green shirt) accompanied the group to the nightly cannon firing at Morro Fortress. Volleyball coach Reyneer (far left) and Muriel Smith (blue shirt) also joined the entourage.Catherine also knew that as popular as volleyball is in the United States, it’s even more so in other countries. So, with the help of her parents, Catherine contacted the American Embassy in Cuba who put her in touch with Cuba Educational Travel and GUEST, Catherine’s newly formed group, was launched.Catherine’s teammate senior Ava Zockoll, captain of the RBC girls’ team who also plays for Central Jersey Volleyball Academy, and a seasoned traveler herself, was ready, willing and able to take on the challenge of bringing American friendship to Cuba.Cuba Educational Travel put them in touch with Pavel Garcia Valdes and his wife Sandra Sotolongo Iglesias of Proyecto Comunitario Barrio Habana. The couple work tirelessly on the streets of Havana to give a better life to people of all ages. Pavel is as comfortable and efficient encouraging a group of teens on the street through the educational and social aspects of improving their lives as he is trying to find enough drinking water to keep a day care center open so senior citizens can enjoy the friendship and social benefits of others of all ages.All good things must come to an end – Curtin and Zockoll felt the new friendships they formed made a positive impact on their counterparts’ opinion of the U.S. On the last day, there were tears and promises of return visits.The American teens came to Cuba armed with gifts for their soon-to-be friends – volleyball nets, kneepads, volleyballs, game shirts in two colors for opposing team play, as well as open hearts and huge smiles. They left the comfort of air-conditioned gyms and well-polished courts and quickly adjusted to old, cracked concrete outdoor courts with boundary lines faded by the hot sun. All play was wrapped up by noon on any day when afternoon temps went well into the mid-90s.Volleyball, the warm-ups and exercises are all international, so not knowing the language did not present a disadvantage. What were shy exchanges of broken English and Spanish on the first day turned to laughs and friendly handshakes on the next, and later genuine laughter and friendship. On the last day, there were tears when they said their goodbyes amid promises of return visits.“If you can help people in one way, such as by sharing a sport, then you can connect on another level,” Catherine explained. She was surprised at the English speaking skills – however limited – that many of the girls had, and loved the welcoming attitude they exuded from the very first day.Ava agreed, pointing out that one of the reasons she wanted the experience was to be absorbed in another culture and help people with fewer opportunities than she herself has. She was surprised the Cuban teens did not appear to be as poverty-stricken as she had heard they were, and was impressed not only by the quality of the coaches but also their intensity and excellence in training the girls. Both teens commented on how polite, courteous, and well-mannered their Cuban counterparts were.Afternoons were spent with Pavel and an Educational Travel rep who took the American visitors through a series of cultural and educational experiences including a visit to a senior care center where the oldest client at 102, walks from his home on the third floor of a once well-maintained apartment the few blocks to the center where he can enjoy games, friendship, song and meals with other older Cubans. The group also visited a third floor walk-up apartment of a husband and wife renowned for their hip-hop music in clubs and cabarets across the country. The couple, who are black, were eager to speak about racism and said they both believe strongly it exists in Cuba.There was also a visit with Edel Bordon and his wife, Marina, and their children Pablo and Lucy. One of the finest artists in the country, Edel teaches art in his large and elegant 10th floor apartment overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, a home filled with the artwork of both Bardon and his students, as well as the photography of son Pablo.In between, there was a salsa dance lesson and a visit to Morro Castle where they experienced the nightly cannon firing by Cuban soldiers, dressed in colonial garb which dates back to the Spanish rule of the 17th century. Citizens set their watches by this 9 p.m. ritual, which commemorates the centuries when the cannon was fired each evening to tell residents to hurry behind the protective walls of the fortress before the gates were locked against marauders, pirates, and other evils.Although trips to private homes and historic sites were all planned by Cuba Educational Travel, the group could go their own way individually or together in the afternoons and evenings. Even with the limited experience, both Catherine and Ava felt they had made new friendships and had a positive effect on their counterparts’ opinion of the United States.Ava felt the best gift she left behind was showing the Cuban students they too can meet and interact with people they have never met in a positive way. Catherine agreed, and felt she also had given her new friends a better understanding of the American people.last_img read more

World War I-Era Ordnance Found Along Jersey Shore

first_imgGardner said crews spent the time between December and March sifting and digging through the sand, excavating up to 10 feet in some places. Metal detectors were also used on the beaches, as well as instruments to inspect the surf zone in the ocean as well.Gardner also added that there is no origin of the boosters, either where they came from or when then were dumped into the ocean. Though only speculating, he said they were most likely tossed overboard when considered as excess after WWI.The ordnance found along these beaches has no correlation to the mortar round found by a beachgoer at the F Beach Jan. 5 on Sandy Hook. That ordnance was destroyed by the Naval Weapon Station Earle’s Explosive Ordnance Disposal team, which closed down the beach two days later.“Unexploded ordnance are not uncommon at Gateway’s Sandy Hook Unit,” Gateway National Recreation Area’s superintendent Jen Nersesian said in a statement. “Not only was Fort Hancock an active military base until 1974, but this site was also the proving ground of the U.S. Army from 1874 until 1919.”Gardner said that since the search has ended along the three towns, residents can comfortably go to the beach, yet must always keep an eye out.“By conducting this thorough screening of the beaches, we do feel we’ve significantly reduced any potential risks to the public related to these items,” he said. “I do want to clarify although that highly unlikely, given the dynamic environment of the ocean and surf zone, the potential could still exist for an individual to discover one of these items.”In the chance someone encounters a possible unexploded ordnance, the USACE asks residents to follow the Three R’s:Recognize: A possible munition item has been encountered.Retreat: Mark the area and move away from the item.Report: Immediately notify a lifeguard or call 911 to report the discovery. This article was first published in the March 16-23 2017 print edition of The Two River Times. By Jay Cook |Over 300 pieces of military-grade ordnance, each no larger than a pocket-sized ChapStick, were recovered along beaches in three Shore towns, and ultimately disposed of safely.The beach towns of Loch Arbour, Allenhurst and Deal had been the site of a post-Sandy coastal storm risk management project spearheaded by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), which began in 2015.Sand pumped onto those beaches for the replenishment was riddled with hundreds of fusing components for World War I-era artillery, unbeknownst to the USACE.Starting in December of 2016, the Baltimore District – which specializes in munitions and explosives – came to aid in the removal.“For the past couple months, what we’ve done is sifted through the sand that was placed on the beach, while being pumped in,” said Baltimore District spokesman Chris Gardner. “We modified our processes to prevent any more from being inadvertently pumped onto the beach.”In total, 362 fusing components, mostly consisting of boosters, were found over a three-month span, which ended in the first week in March.Boosters are one of four components to a basic artillery round, acting as the explosive agent. Despite their size, Gardner said, the pieces had the potential to still be live and dangerous.After collection, the rounds were taken to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst for safe detonation, said Staff Sgt. Caitlin Jones.On March 2, the 87th Explosive Ordnance Disposal unit destroyed 329 boosters on location at the base.“When those kinds of items are found in the region,” Jones said, “our team is trained to retrieve them in a variety of environments and safely dispose of them on our range.”last_img read more

PCB unhappy with ICC Task Force recommendations

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board is unhappy with some of the recommendations made by the ICC’s Task Team to reform the sport in the troubled country.PCB chairman Ijaz ButtWell-placed sources told PTI that while the PCB was happy that the ICC task force recognised the need and compulsion for Pakistan and India to resume bilateral ties, it had reservations over some other recommendations in their final report presented to the ICC executive council in Hong Kong.”Making recommendations or suggestions about the quality of cricket balls we use in our domestic cricket or on our selection process are issues that should not concern the task force and purely internal matters of the PCB,” one source said. The PTT has recommended reforms on how the board should be run and on even issues like selection, managerial appointments and use of standard ball in domestic cricket.Among the 63 recommendations listed by the PTT is also one about reducing powers of the Chairman and having a chief executive with more authority. Presently board Chairman Ijaz Butt also holds the post of chief executive as per the PCB constitution.”The PTT was formed in 2009 with focus on security situation on Pakistan after the attack on the Sri Lankan team but their role got more wide ranging and while we respect their recommendations some of them the areas broached upon should be sole responsibility of the PCB,” one source noted.The PTT report has also called for a resumption of cricket ties with India, recognising it to be a key component of the fabric of Pakistan’s cricket.  A PCB official said after Butt returned on July 21 from vacations, the recommendations of the PTT would be reviewed in detail and the PCB would than get back to the ICC with its observations.advertisementBut some of the recommendations are too strong to digest for PCB officials like the one that states: “Perhaps the strongest of the recommendations relate to the governance structures of Pakistan cricket,” the executive summary of the report states.”It is highly unusual that the President of the country is entitled to appoint both the Chairman of the PCB and over half of the Governing Board. It is also inconsistent with the demands of modern sports administration that the Chairman also holds the powers of the CEO.”The PTT believes there should be a wholesale (internal) review of the PCB’s governance structures, including its constitution. While recognising that changes may not happen overnight, the PTT believes that preserving the status quo will constrain the development of Pakistan cricket in the long-term and is not in keeping with international best practice in sports administration.”The report also calls for constitutional changes aimed at reducing the chairman’s powers and making the role a non-executive one. It has also suggested the PCB should only award central contracts to 20 players.With inputs from PTI.last_img read more

10 months agoBayern Munich frontrunners for Arsenal, Chelsea target Under

first_imgBayern Munich frontrunners for Arsenal, Chelsea target Underby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal and Chelsea have a new challenger in their pursuit of Roma winger Cengiz Under. According to ESPN, Bayern Munich have moved ahead of the Premier League duo as they look to replace Arjen Robben.The 21-year-old is currently valued at 50m by the Serie A giants, which Bayern have no problem paying. Fortunately for Arsenal and Chelsea, Under is reportedly keen on a move to the Premier League.Manchester City and Manchester United have also scouted Under, who has scored two goals and provided four assists in 14 Serie A appearances this season. TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your saylast_img

10 months agoAgent coy over Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich rumours

first_imgAgent coy over Lucas Hernandez to Bayern Munich rumoursby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAgent Manuel Garcia Quilon is coy over the future of Atletico Madrid defender Lucas Hernandez.Lucas is being linked with a €85 move to Bayern Munich.”We will have to see what to do in the coming days,” the agent said to Deportes Cuatro.”[Atletico CEO] Miguel Angel Gil Marin was very clear when explaining the situation.”I have nothing more to say.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img

2016 NBA Mock Draft: First Round 2.0

first_imgNBA DraftTwitter/@NBADraft NBA DraftTwitter/@NBADraftWe’re only one week away from the 2016 NBA Draft. The draft order has long been set, and the Philadelphia 76ers have been on the clock deciding who they will take with the No. 1 pick. As the date gets closer, all of the potential picks begin to crystallize and the draft starts to take shape. Last month, we brought you our first NBA Mock Draft, but now we decided to take an updated crack at prognosticating how the draft will play out. Note, there are no draft-day trades in our scenario. We predicted what every team would do if it stood pat and picked in its designated slot.Without further ado, let’s kick things off.   Get Started: Picks 1-5Pages: Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7last_img

NRC Gogoi wonders how excluded people could move Foreigners Tribunal

first_imgGuwahati: Senior Congres leader of Assam Tarun Gogoi on Sunday wondered how the government asked the 19.07 lakh people left out of the final NRC list to move the Foreigners Tribunals for inclusion of their names as they have not been declared foreigners.After 19.07 lakh people did not find their names in the final National Register of Citizens published on Saturday, the Assam government asked them to appeal to the Foreigners Tribunals and said the administration would provide legal support to the Indian citizens who were left out. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In places of the Foreigners Tribunals, Gogoi called for setting up an appellate body headed by a retired Supreme Court judge to hear the cases of those excluded in the NRC. State Congress president Ripun Bora said those left out can move the Foreigners Tribunal in 120 days but the Centre must clarify from who will issue the speaking order in this case and from when the period of 120 days would start. “Foreigners Tribunals are for declaring people foreigners and they would make appeals there. So why should the excluded people go to the Foreigners Tribunals on their own? They have not been declared foreigners by the government,” Gogoi told a press conference. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KGogoi was the chief minister of Assam when the NRC updation process began in the state in 2015. He referred to the announcement of the government that those excluded from the NRC list will be able to move the Foreigners Tribunal to get themelves included, and as long as one’s plea remains sub-judice, the person cannot be treated as a foreigner. “It’s going to be harassment for the people. It will be a long drawn process, moving from one court to another, to get themselves included in the NRC. If they are not satisfied with the Tribunal’s verdict, they have to go to the high court and then the Supreme Court”, the Congress leader said.last_img read more