Make a comment 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. On the heels of the optimistic Pasadena Mayor’s State of the City Address, Business Leaders for Better Government notes Senator John Moorlach’s (R-Costa Mesa) annual 2019 Financial Soundness Rankings for California’s 482 cities, identifying Pasadena as one of the four worst cities in the State for managing debt.Ranking Pasadena as the ninth worst city per capita with a population over 50,000, the report (https://moorlach.cssrc.us/sites/default/files/City_CAFR_Report_for_2019_Jan._2_2020_Moorlach.pdf) identifies the unrestricted net position of purely governmental activities for each resident as negative $2,510. So, for a family of four, multiply times four, or $10,040.Revenue Streams IdentifiedOur Mayor identified the four biggest sources of revenue that account for more than half of the City’s revenue: property tax, sales tax, utility users’ tax, transient occupancy tax, and then everything else, with “new development and rising property values” continuing to be the primary source driving revenue increases. These are all areas Business Leaders for Better Government monitors.However, from 2018 to 2019, the property, sales and utility users’ taxes only increased by $520,000, (www.cityofpasadena.net) a statistically insignificant amount, further underscoring that new developments and new retail sources are sorely needed for our City revenue streams. One Councilmember seems to think increasing parcel taxes make more sense when it comes to generating revenue. As if housing were not expensive enough, he seems blind to the impacts of his random thoughts from the dais.In the last three years, new development in the city has been obstructed by votes of the City Council, often ignoring staff recommendations but relying rather on the input from local residential or historical groups, who remain critical of the level of city fire and police services, yet who staunchly reject the development and business projects that could create the critical fiscal revenue to fund them.The City continues to roll over the Rose Bowl Operating Company debt of $175 million which was incurred to update the facility. Yet it has not yet been able to come up with a plan that covers the annual stadium operating cost and debit service requirement in the future.While it is a new retail revenue generator, the cannabis retail sales industry, has not performed to expectation in other cities. However, Pasadena’s controversial permitting process may finally be getting support from unopposed candidate Councilmember Tyron Hampton. Moving forward with an amended process may provide the legal structure this potential revenue-generator needs.Our leaders have (successfully) promoted taxing residents with an additional sales tax under Measures I and J in 2018 to help balance the City coffers, a measure which Business Leaders for Better Government opposed. Yet despite the new tax revenues, the revenue is a drop-in-the-bucket strategy for fiscal relief when our annual liabilities for CalPERS continue to rise from $29.3 million in FY 2014 to $58 million for FY 2020.The additional Measures I and J sales tax brought with it the misguided bonus of underwriting the poor management strategies of the Pasadena Unified School District (which continues to have “transparency” problems between the seemingly autonomous, out-of-control staff and the rudderless PUSD Board). All the while talk of an $850 million bond to bailout PUSD from their ever-looming insolvency continues, a staggering figure that PUSD estimates would burden the average home-owner/taxpayer with an additional $274 per year for the next 32 years until 2052. This would constitute the biggest property tax increase on all real estate property ever in the history of Pasadena.“But it’s for the children” is staff’s argument, making questioners seem unsupportive of education when critics ask the Board to identify a single specific project for a designated site to be accomplished on a particular schedule.The Transient Occupancy Tax, a revenue the city could directly increase by approving new developments, only slightly increased last year. Sadly, Pasadena has built only three new hotels in the past 30 years and discouraged the Kimpton Hotel project that would have generated $45 million in TOT, sales and property revenue per year. There is simply no factual basis for Councilmembers who say “we have enough hotels” when the Convention Center is perpetually short on the number of rooms it needs to book bigger events, all of which would generate even more revenues for the City.Be on the lookout. Proposals about an increase in parcel taxes and in utility taxes paid by every homeowner and business may be next. That Pasadena already has one of the highest taxes and fees schedules in the State is of no concern to certain locals and City Council members.What will new leaders do? Outsiders vs. Insiders in City Council DistrictsMayoral candidates for the March 3 Primary Nominating Election are long on rhetoric and short on specific solutions. One candidate opposes development (despite voting for it for 15 years) and has proposed redoing the General Plan to downzone developable properties. Ignoring that such actions are prohibited by State Laws, as far as he is concerned, the City should incur the expense of suing the State.From their website platforms, one candidate opposes “overdevelopment” as a way to ensure quality of life, but at least seems more fiscally responsible; one candidate focuses only on the Northwest, which is good but misses the bigger picture on our City’s debts; and, one candidate’s platform includes making Pasadena more “business friendly” without explaining how. Bad actors, conflicts of interest and ‘dark money’ influence are very visible, with one candidate even suggesting a vote for him might get you a salary increase.Independent and new District candidates carry the stigma of being ‘outsiders.’ But their original information and proposals are in the public interest. What we need is for all candidates to produce content using indisputable data, expert analysis on the issues that we care about most while improving their disclosure and accountability. To have better government, we need solutions and new revenue streams in the city; and we need to reign in the undisciplined PUSD School Board to keep Pasadena’s education and government solvency off the Moorlach report. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe More Cool Stuff Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Business News Your email address will not be published. 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Top StoriesFacebook Only Gives A Platform; Its Vice President Will Not Appear Before Delhi Assembly Panel: Salve Tells SC LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK15 Oct 2020 5:33 AMShare This – xSenior Advocate Harish Salve asserted before the Supreme Court on Thursday that Ajit Mohan, Vice President of Facebook India, will not appear before the Committee of Peace and Harmony of the Delhi Legislative.The senior lawyer made the submission in the writ petition filed by the Facebook Vice-President challenging the summons issued by the Delhi Assembly panel to appear before it in…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginSenior Advocate Harish Salve asserted before the Supreme Court on Thursday that Ajit Mohan, Vice President of Facebook India, will not appear before the Committee of Peace and Harmony of the Delhi Legislative.The senior lawyer made the submission in the writ petition filed by the Facebook Vice-President challenging the summons issued by the Delhi Assembly panel to appear before it in a fact-finding mission into the role of Facebook into Delhi riots.”Facebook only gives a platform. It does not write anything”, Salve submitted alluding to the allegations that hateful messages in Facebook incited communal violence.He added that the summons issued by the Assembly panel had a coercive tone and pointed out that the counter affidavit filed by it stated that Facebook had no right to silence.”They have set up an enquiry committee which wants to ask as ‘how dare you?’. I am not willing to appear before such a committee”, Salve said.Senior Advocate Dr. Abhishek Manu Singhvi, appearing for the head of the Committee, Raghav Chadha MLA, submitted that Ajit Mohan was summoned only in the capacity as a witness and not as an accused.No coercive action was ever intended against him, he added.”The scope of the panel is recommendatory to make positive recommendations for the peace and harmony of NCT of Delhi in future”, he said.Singhvi also said that Facebook had appeared before a Parliamentary Committee but was refusing to appear before the Delhi Assembly.At this juncture, Justice S K Kaul, the presiding judge of the bench, remarked that it depends on the nature of summons. Last time, the judge had remarked that the summons was not conveying the impression that no coercive action would follow if the Facebook VP failed to appear. “From what had transpired last time, I thought you would advise your client to issue a better notice”, Justice S K Kaul told Dr Singhvi.Singhvi replied that the affidavit made it clear that the VP was being summoned as a witness in a fact-finding mission.Solicitor General of India, Mr. Tushar Mehta, submitted that the stand of the Union of India was that Delhi assembly lacked the jurisdiction to embark upon such a fact-finding mission as “law and order” and “police” in the NCT of Delhi were within the exclusive domain of the Central Government.After these exchanges, the bench said that the matter deserved to be heard at length. Justice Kaul said that constitutional issues relating to the jurisdiction and powers of the Delhi Government vis-a-vis the Union Government may also arise in the matter.The bench directed the respondents to submit their affidavits by October 31. Rejoinders, if any, have to be filed within two weeks therefrom. The bench said that it will start hearing the matters from December 2.The top court clarified that the interim arrangement as envisaged on September 23(that the meetings in furtherance of the summons will remain deferred) will continue until further orders.On September 23, the bench had recorded the submission of Senior Advocate Dr Abhishek Manu Singhvi on behalf of the Assembly panel that the further proceedings on the summons will be deferred during the pendency of the case in the top court.On that date, Senior Advocate Haris Salve, appearing for the FB Vice President, had questioned the jurisdiction of the assembly panel to ask a private citizen to appear before it.To coerce a private citizen to appear before the assembly panel with a threat of penalty is a violation of fundamental rights, Salve had submitted.He had further argued that the Committee lacked the legislative power to make such an enquiry. In this regard, he referred to Article 239AA(3)(a) of the Constitution and said that police and law & order are outside the domain of Delhi assembly. Mukul Rohatgi, appearing for Facebook, had submitted that legislature cannot act like a court of justice. The panel is already predetermined that Facebook colluded in Delhi riots. They have no authority of law to process an enquiry of this nature, he said.Singhvi, appearing for the Chairman of the Panel, had submitted that Mohan was called as a witness and no coercive action was intended. He added that Facebook is not regarded as an accused. There are reports of Facebook being misused to incite communal violence and the panel did not allege any direct complicity by Facebook. The panel wants to discuss ways to fix the problem, he added.Singhvi also maintained that the assembly has the power to undertake the enquiry. The power is not relatable to the entries of ‘police’ or ‘law and order’. There are five or six other legislative entries which empower the Assembly, he said.The assembly panel on peace and harmony is looking into complaints on the “role or complicity of Facebook officials in the Delhi riots” that took place in February 2020. Mohan was issued two summonses on August 31, 2020 and the second, on September 18, 2020.Next Story
Erin Toberman/Facebook(GALVESTON, Texas) — The family of the man who could be seen in a viral photo last week handcuffed and bound with rope as two white police officers in Texas led him down the street on horseback are calling for the police to release body camera video of the arrest.Donald Neely, 43, was arrested on charges of criminal trespassing on Aug. 3 by Galveston police officers P. Brosch and A. Smith. But there is no record that the charges have been pursued by the city’s district attorney, according to Neely’s defense attorney, Melissa Morris.The viral image caused outrage throughout the community and beyond. Galveston Police Chief Vernon L. Hale III later released an apology on behalf of the department, saying the officers “showed poor judgment.”Neely’s civil attorney, Benjamin Crump, said seeing that image was “like they were dragging our entire community down the street by rope.”“These horrific images…conjure up historical memories of when slave owners…dragged black slaves by rope around their necks back in the 1700s and the 1800s,” Crump said. “This isn’t 1819, this is 2019, Galveston!”“If these officers are good people, of good character, then the Galveston Police Department should have no problem releasing the police body cam video,” Crump said. “[The video will show] the content of their character when they talked to, and how they treated an unarmed black citizen who was suffering from mental illnesses.”Crump said Neely was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia, depression and bipolar disorder.Tara Neely, Donald Neely’s younger sister, said during a press conference on Monday that the image of her brother’s arrest “tore” her heart. “I’m still in shock,” she said. “My brother has suffered since he was an infant.”“He cared for us, he took on a role too young. He’s not a bad person, he’s very loving,” she continued. “He’s just lost his way somewhere… We love our brother, we’re not out here for money. We just want justice for him.”Donald Neely’s younger brother, Andy Neely, also spoke at the press conference on Monday in which the family sought the police body camera video on Monday. He said his brother is a “loving, kind person [who] wouldn’t harm a fly.”“The way the officers treated him, it just ain’t right… They dehumanized my brother on the streets,” he said. “Why would they do that after several encounters with him? It was just to humiliate him. No man, no women, black, brown, purple, should be embarrassed the way my brother was.”The Texas Ranger Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety and the Galveston County Sheriff’s Office agreed last week to conduct a third-party investigation into the arrest.“This is such a polarizing event that it is imperative that we have an independent, third-party investigation to ensure we address any potential issues,” said Brian Maxwell, the city manager of Galveston.Crump said Neely’s team and family are organizing a march in Galveston if the police do not release the video.Texas Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee has also officially requested the body camera video be released to the public, Crump said.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.
iStock(WASHINGTON) — A Pentagon screening of Saudi military students training at U.S. bases found “no information indicating an immediate threat” in the wake of the deadly shooting by a Saudi student at Pensacola Naval Air Station earlier this month that killed three Navy sailors and wounded eight others.However, a senior defense official, who requested anonymity given the sensitivity of the ongoing Pensacola investigation, cautioned that this was a Pentagon screening tool not an investigative tool, and so it’s not possible to draw wider conclusions about what Saudi students may have known about the Dec. 6 attack. The FBI’s Jacksonville office declined to comment on what their investigation has learned about the suspected shooter’s Saudi classmates but said the review is ongoing.In a call with reporters on Thursday, Director for Defense Intelligence Garry Reid said that automated data checks were reviewed by analysts to determine if any information could be an indicator of “elevated risk” not previously identified as part of the international military student screening and approval process. The review was initiated by Defense Secretary Mark Esper in the days following the Pensacola attack.“We did not uncover any information that merited a warning immediately out to our components with new information that could indicate an unknown threat of any variety,” a senior defense official said of the screenings of Saudi students, as the analysis is still ongoing,The review, which includes looking at publicly available information like social media, incorporated Saudi students who were in the pipeline to join future training programs in the U.S., the official said.The suspect in the Pensacola shooting, 21-year old Mohammed Alshamrani, a second lieutenant in the Saudi Air Force, wrote the phrase “the countdown has started” on Sept. 11, with no further explanation. His his social media accounts included references to non-Muslims as “infidels” and defended jihad, according to a Joint Intelligence Bulletin obtained by ABC News last week.Reid said that the Pentagon will extend this new screening for all current international military students training in the U.S. of whom there are more than 5,000.Meanwhile, a ban on operational training for 852 Saudi students on U.S. bases is still in place. The senior official said it would be unlikely that training would resume in the next week due to the holidays but classroom instruction is ongoing.In response to the Pensacola shooting, a new Pentagon “vetting and security review team” will determine where the department can improve its current process for international military students, including their arrival in the U.S., enrollment in programs, and gaining access to U.S. bases, Reid told reporters.The Pentagon is also reinforcing its insider threat programs, improving base security and strengthening its counterintelligence posture, he said.Killed in the Pensacola shooting were Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, of St. Petersburg, Florida; Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, of Richmond Hill, Georgia; and Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, from Enterprise, Alabama.Copyright © 2019, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
July 5, 2018 /Sports News – Local SUU’s Evans/Wright Named As Big Sky Scholar-Athletes of the Year Tags: Big Sky Conference/MaCail Evans/Matthew Wright/Scholar-Athletes Written by Brad James FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailOGDEN, Utah-Southern Utah University’s MaCail Evans and Matthew Wright have been named as the 2018 Big Sky scholar-athletes of the year Thursday.To qualify for this award, student-athletes must maintain a GPA of 3.2, be a member of their graduating class and/or have completed their last year of intercollegiate athletic eligibility, have completed at least two years of intercollegiate competition and be a letter-winner in their respective sport.Evans, a former Thunderbirds volleyball standout and a native of Minersville, Utah, appeared in all 110 sets for Southern Utah and was second on the squad with 244 kills.Additionally, she added 136 total blocks during the 2017 campaign and is sixth in program history in total blocks.Wright, a native of Enoch, Utah, represented the Thunderbirds on the national stage several times in 2016 and 2017 as he ran in the NCAA Cross Country national championship meet on two occasions.He also ran at the NCAA West prelims during the 2017 outdoor season and also competed at the NCAA Mountain Region Cross Country championships twice as well.Wright leaves SUU as a six-time medalist at various Big Sky Conference Track & Field championship meets.
March 25, 2012 Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs, Juan M. Garcia III, highlighted the importance of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative while visiting service members stationed at Naval Support Activity (NSA), Bahrain, March 21.Bahrain was the third stop in the 5th Fleet area of responsibility for Garcia.Garcia began the day by joining Sailors for an early morning physical training (PT) session and said that maintaining a healthy lifestyle year round is the focus of today’s force. “We want to move away from a culture of testing, where Sailors cram for their PRT twice a year, to a culture of fitness, where Sailors are fit to fight 365 days a year.”Chief Yeoman Antonio Franklin, U.S. Naval Forces Central Command’s personnel officer, said that working out with Garcia was an unexpected treat.“With the high operational tempo here in Bahrain, it’s inspiring to get the opportunity to meet and PT with someone of his stature. It shows motivational leadership at the highest level,” said Franklin.Additionally, Garcia held an all-hands call where he discussed the future of Navy personnel programs and answered questions about the new initiative, and Sailors’ career concerns. Popular topics included: enlisted retention boards, manning, tuition assistance, physical fitness, healthcare, retirement benefits and the perform-to-serve program.During a time of increasing change to the Navy’s budget, national defense strategy and personnel policies, Garcia wanted to let the audience know the reason for the visit. “I want to dispel any misinformation that you may have heard and give you the ground truth about the future of our Navy,” said Garcia. “I’m also here to fill in some details about a program that rolled out 10 days ago known as the 21st Century Sailor and Marine Initiative; but more than anything, I want to thank you and your families for the wonderful job you’re doing out here each and every day.”Garcia clarified that the initiative combines a set of new and existing objectives and policies, in an effort to maximize Sailor and Marine readiness. It is divided into five different categories; readiness, safety, physical fitness, inclusion, and continuum of service. The initiative seeks to ensure all Sailors and Marines are mentally and physically sound, while providing the awareness, skills and support needed to excel long after they’ve hung up their uniform.Garcia emphasized that there has never been a more exciting time to serve in the world’s greatest Navy.“It has never been harder to become a U.S. Sailor or Marine, and it has never been tougher to stay a U.S. Sailor or Marine,” said Garcia. “We are getting Sailors who are technically savvy, with higher ASVAB scores and traditional education backgrounds. The Navy has the most qualified force it has ever had. Right now we have the best of the best serving in uniform.”The 21st Century Sailor and Marine Initiative consolidates a set of objectives and policies, new and existing, to maximize Sailor and Marine personal readiness, build resiliency and hone the most combat-effective force in the history of the Department of the Navy.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , March 25, 2012; Image: navy Navy Leader Visits Bahrain View post tag: Naval View post tag: Navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Navy Leader Visits Bahrain Authorities View post tag: visits View post tag: leader View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Bahrain Share this article
Continental bakery and patisserie Jungs is to open a glass-walled craft bakery, allowing high-street shoppers to watch the bakers at work almost 24 hours a day.The extension to the shop and café in Beaconsfield is due to open after Easter, at a cost of around £400,000. It will showcase the work of 12 bakers and patissiers, including the newly appointed Simon Jenkins – Gordon Ramsay’s former executive pastry chef – who will make gateaux, chocolate work and sugar sculptures to order.Owner Richard Mathea said the business needed more space, so they had decided to expand into the next-door restaurant and put everything on show. “The demonstration kitchen will be behind a glass wall, behind the retail shop, where people will be able to watch our staff, and there will be another glass wall where they can see the bakery.”Customers will also be able to take lessons in the demonstration kitchen.
Live For Live Music is thrilled to announce that we’ve teamed up with The Peach Music Festival as the official media partner for their 2019 event, set to take place on July 25th–28th at Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA.In the leadup to this year’s edition of The Peach Music Festival, Live For Live Music will be bringing you exclusive video content from previous years, live artist Q&As, unique interviews, new lineup addition announcements, and much more. The partnership will culminate with a number of exciting activations during the event in July, from free live webcasts to a Live For Live Music stage on the festival grounds.The media partnership kicked off today, March 18th, with the premiere of a portion of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead’s performance at The Peach 2018. You can watch the newly premiered pro-shot video below:Joe Russo’s Almost Dead – “Greatest Story Ever Told” > Jam > “Loser” – The Peach 2018<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>Keep your eyes open for plenty of exciting content from The Peach Music Festival and Live For Live Music over the next few months. We’ll see you on the mountain!For more information about The Peach 2019, or to grab your tickets today, head here.
The Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative (ALI) has released its 2017 Climate Change Deep Dive Report. The report presents a summary of ideas from ALI’s Deep Dive event, a two-day intensive immersion with a focus on problem-solving and practical applications of knowledge.The 2017 Climate Change Deep Dive was chaired by Professor Forest Reinhardt of Harvard Business School, and included other faculty and speakers from the Harvard Business School, the Harvard Law School, the Harvard Kennedy School, the Harvard Paulson School of Engineering, and the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences.As part of the Deep Dive, ALI Fellows analyzed the latest findings on climate change, heard from environmental policy experts, and worked through case studies to develop a deeper understanding of potential solutions to global warming. During the Deep Dive, presenters highlighted potential changes to environmental policy in the United States under President Trump.At the close of the event, Professor Reinhardt led the fellows through a problem-solving discussion to synthesize their learning. ALI Fellows called for increased education around climate change for the broader public and for younger generations in particular. They also stressed a need for urgency and immediate action at the local level.For more information, read the complete report. Read Full Story