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El Centro to honor 4 for community contributions

first_img“I feel very honored,” Ramirez said, “there are so many Latinos in Pasadena doing so many great things.” Tickets for the event are $175, and Ertll said they hope to raise $100,000 toward the center’s annual $500,000 budget. The fundraiser will be held Sept. 20 at the Pasadena Westin Hotel, 191 N. Los Robles Ave. janette.williams@sgvn.com (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4482160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PASADENA – El Centro de Accion Social, the city’s oldest and largest Latino community organization, will honor four Pasadena notables at its annual fundraiser on Sept. 20. Being honored for their contributions to the community are Marge Wyatt, a longtime child and family advocate; restaurateur Abel Ramirez, owner of El Portal in the Playhouse District; former three-term Pasadena Councilwoman Joyce Streator; and Dolores Hickambottom, former local representative for state Sen. Jack Scott, D-Pasadena. The theme of next month’s event, “Changing Lives Through Community Service and Education,” makes keynote speaker Ramon Cortines an ideal choice, said El Centro Executive Director Randy Ertll. “Ray has quite a legacy in Pasadena and beyond. He’s become something of a living legend,” Ertll said of the former Pasadena Unified School District superintendent, who went on to head New York City schools and was interim superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District. Cortines, now Los Angeles deputy mayor for education, youth and families, has a sound take on the role of education in the community, Ertll said. “It’s our main focus, something we do day in and day out,” Ertll said of the center’s programs for children, teens and seniors. “Public education is a timely issue, with charter and private schools and test scores so high profile.” Wyatt, who was on the school board and school board president during Cortines’ tenure as Pasadena’s schools superintendent, said maybe El Centro thought his presence made it a “nice time to say thank-you.” “I’ve spent a good many years working to improve public schools and child care services – that’s what I’m interested in,” said Wyatt, who helped develop city and state childcare plans several years ago. Ramirez, who opened El Portal after many years at the Huntington Hotel – now the Ritz-Carlton, Huntington Hotel & Spa – and as general manager at Caltech’s Athenaeum, is being honored for his entrepreneurship. last_img read more

Santa Susana Field Lab nears Superfund status

first_imgThe Santa Susana Field Lab should be listed as a high-priority cleanup, with closer scrutiny by federal authorities of the site’s extensive chemical and radioactive contamination, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s regional office announced Friday. After a seven-month review of the 2,850-acre hilltop site, the EPA’s regional team found that contamination at the site poses enough of a threat to human health and the environment to be added to the National Priorities List, also called the Superfund program. Lab watchdogs and neighbors have pushed for Superfund status – which is reserved for the nation’s worst contaminated sites – that would give the EPA authority to conduct a new investigation and oversee cleanup at the lab. “For 20 years, people have been asking for this,” said Dan Hirsch of the Committee to Bridge the Gap. “A dry cleaner in my community is a Superfund site. How could this nuclear facility not be a Superfund site?” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREPettersson scores another winner, Canucks beat KingsLocated in the hills between Simi Valley and Chatsworth, the Santa Susana Field Lab opened in the 1940s for government nuclear energy research and rocket-engine testing. Those operations are now over, but the work left toxic and radioactive contamination in the soil and groundwater at the site. The cleanup has been contentious, with lawsuits and battles over how much pollution – particularly radiologically contaminated soil – lab owner Boeing and the Department of Energy can leave on the property. Under federal law, the Energy Department can supervise its own site cleanup, unless the site has Superfund status, in which case the EPA will oversee the cleanup. The agency had reviewed just the chemical pollution at the lab in 1987 and determined that the site didn’t score high enough on the hazard-ranking system. However, community activists continued to push the EPA for Superfund status, which they believed would ensure a more thorough decontamination than the Energy Department’s self-supervised cleanup. “The DOE and (Boeing) want to spend a minimum amount of money, so they use the lowest level of cleanup that they think they can get away with,” said Sheldon Plotkin, who has monitored the cleanup for the Southern California Federation of Scientists. The EPA Region 9 sent a letter to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Friday asking for his opinion and agreement to federal oversight of the lab cleanup. His office said it is now reviewing the recommendation. If the governor agrees, the EPA regional office will recommend that the Washington, D.C., office grant Superfund status. Still, the governor could disagree and instead request that the field lab’s chemical cleanup remain under state control. The U.S. Department of Energy has authority over the radiological cleanup. “I think the site is definitely polluted enough to merit Superfund status,” said state Sen. Sheila Kuehl, D-Los Angeles, who said she hopes the governor will agree with the EPA recommendation. “I like the idea of EPA oversight. It helps protect the state of California.” But Superfund status could possibly affect negotiations currently under way between the governor and Boeing over the site. Earlier this year, the governor signed legislation requiring the strictest cleanup at the field lab – culminating an 18-year controversy since the Daily News disclosed toxic contamination of the research site. At the same time, he proposed an agreement in which Boeing could possibly clean up to a lesser standard in exchange for dedicating the land for open space. The company and state officials are now negotiating over appropriate standards. Boeing spokeswoman Blythe Jameson said Superfund status shouldn’t affect the cleanup. “The bill and letter of intent already requires that we clean up to California Superfund status, which is a similar process.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

First bird death from West Nile confirmed in A.V.

first_imgPALMDALE – A European starling found dead Aug. 8 in west Palmdale has been confirmed as the Antelope Valley’s first bird death this year from West Nile virus. A west Palmdale resident found the dead bird near 30th Street West and Avenue P and reported it over the state’s telephone hotline for the West Nile virus, which is spread by mosquitoes that bite infected birds. “August and September is generally the peak season of virus transmission,” Antelope Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District entomologist Karen Mellor said. “Since infected mosquitoes are probably in other areas of the A.V. as well, people need to be aware of the potential danger and should also wear repellents when going to the evening events at the A.V. Fair.” Since the virus first turned up in the Antelope Valley in 2003, it has sickened and killed birds and horses, but so far no people, officials said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREFrumpy Middle-aged Mom: My realistic 2020 New Year’s resolutions. Some involve doughnuts.The virus was detected in May in central Lancaster and in June in central Palmdale, both times in flocks of chickens kept by the mosquito-control district to detect mosquito-borne diseases. Last year, the virus killed 199 people nationwide, including 19 in California. This year, the virus has killed an elderly woman in Butte County. In Los Angeles County, the virus has been detected this year in four people, of whom two showed no symptoms of illness. Mosquito-abatement officials advised Antelope Valley residents to wear insect repellent when they are outside at dusk and dawn and to remove any standing water on their property. “The close proximity to the park and the fact that there are two Starlight Concerts, one Family Movie Night and other evening events scheduled there makes it even more crucial to use precautions,” Mellor said. Mosquito-control officials ask the public to help detect West Nile virus by reporting recently deceased birds – without obvious trauma – to the dead bird hotline at 1-(877)-WNV-BIRD (877)968-2473 or online at www.westnile.ca.gov. West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes that feed on the blood of infected birds and then pass it on to humans or other animals. The virus is not spread by person-to-person contact or by handling dead birds, experts said. Health officials say the risk of acquiring the virus is low. About 80 percent of people who become infected with the virus show no symptoms, and most of those who become ill show only mild flu-like symptoms. In rare cases, the virus can cause encephalitis and death. People older than 50 are most at risk for severe cases of the disease. There is no specific treatment for the virus. AT RISK – People at the highest risk of life-threatening disease are over age 50 or have weak immune systems from another illness. – Most mosquitoes do not have West Nile virus. – Eighty percent of infected people have no symptoms. People typically develop symptoms between three and 14 days after they are bitten by an infected mosquito. – Mild symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, vomiting and sometimes swollen lymph glands or a skin rash. They pass on their own. – Of those infected, one in 150 can develop severe symptoms or die. Severe symptoms can include high fever, neck stiffness, tremors, muscle weakness, vision loss, numbness and paralysis. Neurological effects may be permanent. – The best way to fend off the disease is to protect against mosquito bites. Source: Los Angeles County Health Department, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention MOSQUITO TIPS – To reduce exposure to the virus, health officials suggest residents follow the precautions recommended for all mosquito-borne diseases: – Get rid of standing water, where mosquitoes can breed. Empty all small containers at least once a week, keep pools and spas chlorinated or drained. – Make sure lawn sprinklers are set so that the ground will dry completely before the next watering. – Get mosquito-eating fish (Gambusia affinis) for free from the mosquito district if you have sources that cannot be drained, such as fish ponds and large horse troughs. – Wear long-sleeve shirts and pants and use mosquito repellent containing DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon or eucalyptus when outdoors during dusk and dawn. – Keep tight-fitting screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering homes. – Horse owners should make sure their horses are properly vaccinated. – Report stagnant pools and other backyard sources to the mosquito district so technicians can treat them. – The mosquito district can be reached at (661) 942-2917. Its Web site is www.avmosquito.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Area-Wide Retail Theft Ring Suspects Arrested… Again

first_imgTwo suspects in a California Bay Area-wide organized retail theft ring have been arrested again, authorities said Friday. Rudy Obdulio Rivera, 44, and Mercy Folgar Sandoval, 42, both of Pacifica, were out on bail when crime suppression unit detectives caught them trying to set up a new stash house in Daly City early Thursday morning, according to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.The sheriff’s office said detectives found $20,000 worth of stolen merchandise when they searched Rivera’s vehicle. Rivera and Sandoval, along with Dania Rivera, 20, of Pacifica, were arrested and booked into… The Mercury News Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Google’s Daily Deal: Groupon Competitor Dealmap

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Google, the giant that it is, doesn’t have to worry about scale, but it is moving against entrenched competitors, such as Groupon, LivingSocial and Foursquare, who have been solely devoted to building these capabilities all this time. Google is building these applications slowly, one piece at a time, and there’s no clear path to adoption for users. Google users already see bits and pieces of these services across various applications, but there’s no starting point as obvious as a Groupon email landing in one’s inbox.Google has acquired other startups working on local business this year, such as TalkBin, a mobile service that lets users communicate with local businesses in real time. Whether that was an acquisition for talent, technology or both, it’s clear that Google wants a wide range of options for how to proceed in this space. What will that look like on the user end?Google Maps is a natural place to integrate deals into location searches, but how do Latitude check-ins play in? How will these services integrate into Google Plus, which does currently feature location check-ins, but in a sparse and half-finished way, especially on iOS? Google’s whole business is built on precisely-targeted advertising, but Google ads come at users from all directions as they navigate between the various Google services. The Dealmap would make a welcome addition to local searches for shopping or restaurants, but it only addresses part of Google’s relationship to local businesses and their customers. Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Google continues its plodding march into the local deals space. They’ve just acquired The Dealmap, which aggregates local offers and displays them on a Google-powered map. This makes a natural, almost obvious addition to Google’s range of local business products as it expands its mobile and social platforms. The acquisition of The Dealmap is a signal that deals will be integrated directly into Google Maps and other location searches, but the details remain to be seen. Google has quite a few location services on the table right now, and they don’t yet sync up into a coherent user experience.The Dealmap displays offers from major local deals providers, including Groupon, who rejected a $6 billion acquisition offer from Google late last year. Meanwhile, Google has launched its own competing daily deals business, Google Offers, in Portland, Oregon, and recently expanding to New York City, Oakland, and San Francisco. Google also offers a check-in deal service, Latitude, which is slowly rolling out nationwide.This acquisition is sure to have interesting implications for Microsoft, who have been partnered with The Dealmap for their competing Bing Deals service. Tags:#advertising#business#Google#web jon mitchelllast_img read more

Jeffrey Epstein due in court after sex trafficking arrest

first_img(AP) – Eleven years after letting Jeffrey Epstein off lightly with a once-secret plea deal, the U.S. government is taking another run at putting the wealthy sex offender behind bars.Law enforcement officials say Epstein was arrested over the weekend on new sex-trafficking charges and is expected to make his first court appearance in New York City on Monday.Prosecutors are likely to argue that he is a flight risk and should remain in jail instead of being released on bail pending trial.One law enforcement official told The Associated Press the case deals with allegations that Epstein paid underage girls for massages and molested them at his homes in Florida and New York in the early 2000s.The officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the pending case.last_img read more

Cong wont allow withdrawal of pvt member bill on AP special

first_imgstatusNew Delhi, Aug 4 (PTI) Senior Congress leader Jairam Ramesh said today that the party would not allow withdrawal of the private member bill moved by KVP Ramachandra Rao on according special status to Andhra Pradesh.”A whip has been issued for tomorrow (asking Congress members to be present in the House). We will under no circumstance let the bill withdrawn. If it is passed in the Rajya Sabha, it will be our victory,” he said.The former Union Minister was speaking at a round table conference on the issue of granting of special status to Andhra Pradesh.”The private member bill is being treated as a money bill,” Ramesh added.Andhra Pradesh has been demanding a Special Category State (SCS) status from the Centre ever since it was decided to carve out Telangana, along with capital city Hyderabad.During a short duration discussion in Rajya Sabha, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had said that instead of allotting it a special constitutional entitlement, the government would “handhold” Andhra Pradesh until it became economically stable. PTI GJS SMN SMNlast_img read more

Glenn Thibeault testifies in Liberal bribery trial in Sudbury Ont

first_imgSUDBURY, Ont. – A former New Democrat MP who left his party to run in an Ontario byelection for the provincial Liberals testified Tuesday that he asked for, and received, income replacement and paid jobs for two staffers.But the Liberals did not promise him a promotion to cabinet if he won the 2015 byelection, Glenn Thibeault, who is now Ontario’s energy minister, told the trial of two provincial Liberals in Sudbury, Ont., facing charges under the Election Act.Premier Kathleen Wynne took the stand last week and, like Thibeault, denied that she promised him a cabinet position to get him to run for her party.But the spectre of a cabinet position does not form the basis of any of the charges before the court.Instead, the two Liberals are accused of offering would-be byelection candidate Andrew Olivier a job or appointment to get him to step aside for Thibeault, who was Wynne’s preferred candidate.Pat Sorbara, who was Premier Kathleen Wynne’s deputy chief of staff and Liberal campaign director, and local Liberal fundraiser Gerry Lougheed have pleaded not guilty.Sorbara also faces a second charge, alleging that she bribed Thibeault to become the candidate by arranging for paid jobs on the byelection campaign for two of his constituency staff.Thibeault said he and Sorbara discussed the income replacement and paid staff jobs before he was an official candidate, but that no commitments were made.Thibeault testified that he did receive income replacement of $3,500 — he was worried about making mortgage and car payments after leaving his NDP job — and that he asked about paid byelection campaign jobs for two constituency office staffers.Sorbara said it was doable and had been done in the past, Thibeault testified.However, the income replacement and paid staffer jobs didn’t come until January 2015, Thibeault testified, which was weeks after he was already appointed as the candidate.The Crown alleges that the staffer jobs, income replacement and having the full support of the Ontario Liberals were Thibeault’s three conditions in order to run for the Liberals.But Thibeault said he knew he was candidate well before making any specific request other than having the full support of the party.(CJMX)last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Monday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,714.66, up 76.21 points)Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up nine cents, or 2.26 per cent, to $4.07 on 8.8 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 41 cents, or 3.88 per cent, to $10.16 on 7.7 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Health care. Down 97 cents, or 6.98 per cent, to $12.92 on 4.3 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up 28 cents, or 1.15 per cent, to $24.66 on 4.1 million shares.Tahoe Resources Inc. (TSX:THO). Miner. Up $1.05, or 20.83 per cent, to $6.09 on 3.8 million shares.Lundin Mining Corp. (TSX:LUN). Miner. Up 13 cents, or 1.52 per cent, to $8.67 on 3.7 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Loblaw Companies Ltd. (TSX:L). Grocer. Up 53 cents, or 0.82 per cent, to $65.39 on 831,933 shares. The grocery giant announced on Monday that it will launch a new service in the spring, in partnership with Ontario transit agency Metrolinx, that allows commuters to order groceries online and pick them up at one of five GO Transit stations in the Greater Toronto Area the next day.Lucara Diamond Corp. (TSX:LUC). Miner. Up 36 cents, or 16.90 per cent, to $2.49 on 3.5 million shares. The Vancouver-based miner announced the acquisition of Clara Diamond Solutions Corp. for $29 million in stock.last_img read more

The Latest UK Cabinet backs more nodeal Brexit planning

first_imgLONDON — The Latest on Britain’s exit from the European Union (all times local):1:55 p.m.The British government has decided to ramp up preparations for a “no-deal” Brexit, saying it must be ready for the possibility of that default option.Brexit Secretary Steve Barclay says that while the government remains committed to Prime Minister Theresa May’s deal, it needs to be ready in the event it does not come to pass.Following a Cabinet meeting, Barclay said preparations for a disorderly Brexit need to be “much more of a priority for businesses up and down the country.”He says with just over 100 days until the March 29 official Brexit date, “a responsible government is preparing for the eventuality that we leave without a deal.”___9:15 a.m.The British Cabinet was meeting Tuesday to discuss ramping up preparations for Britain’s departure from the European Union without a deal, after Prime Minister Theresa May postponed Parliament’s vote on her divorce agreement until mid-January.The discussions are expected to centre on how 2 billion pounds ($2.5 billion) in government funding to absorb the potential economic chaos is to be allocated.Communities Secretary James Brokenshire told the BBC that May’s government had been taking the prospect of no deal seriously for some time, but that it was “right and proper” to prepare for a disorderly Brexit.But May’s Cabinet is divided between Brexiteers who think a no-deal departure could be managed to ease the economic shock and more pro-EU lawmakers who say no-deal Brexit must be avoided at all costs.___Follow AP’s full coverage of Brexit at: https://www.apnews.com/BrexitThe Associated Presslast_img read more