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Council Votes to Reopen Committees and Commissions

first_img STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * [Updated] The Pasadena City Council on Monday unanimously voted to reopen its City Council committees and commissions and move towards a regular meeting schedule next month if circumstances allow.The move will allow the committees to have some involvement as the city continues to discuss how it will respond to the current health and economic crisis caused by the Coronavirus.Locally many issues are discussed at the committee level before being sent to council by vote.The EDTECH (Economic, Development and Technology) and Public Safety committees most likely will be the first two major committees to meet.In the past major issues like the city’s minimum wage ordinance were discussed in council then handled largely in committee before going back to council.The decision to reopen meetings could also alleviate the work of the City Council and streamline discussions on some issues.The last two council meetings have been more than seven hours long. If circumstances allow the council will continue to meet at 2 p.m. and in mid-June could move back to evening meetings.Committees and commissions have been shut down since the Coronavirus pandemic forced social distancing and other measures.The staff report describes the meetings as a staff intensive process because of the need for Brown Act compliance and public participation.According to the staff report, cities across the state are wrestling with the technology used to produce telephonic meetings.City staff was unable to identify any city in the state that is back to normal in terms of public meeting frequency under the new teleconferencing rules.“We have to allow for the public to follow the meeting and participate which definitely adds to the complexity,” Mermell said.Under the Brown Act, meetings still have to be noticed and public comment must be allowed. Due to social distancing requirements, an order by Gov. Gavin Newsom has removed a requirement allowing the public to address the body at teleconference conference locations and other meeting locations.The council has already resumed holding meetings in closed sessionsLast week, the Planning Commission met electronically for the first time since the city shut down council commissions and committees in response to the Coronavirus pandemic to discuss cannabis-related business.The move led to criticism from some elected officials. Community News Community News More Cool Stuff Top of the News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 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 Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeauty Government Council Votes to Reopen Committees and Commissions EDTECH, Public Safety committees could soon meet By AARON HARRIS Published on Tuesday, May 5, 2020 | 1:08 pm 21 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe 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. Make a comment Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

June 12, 2021 0

Tesco sees profit plunge

first_imgBritain’s biggest supermarket chain Tesco this morning reported a fall in half-year profits for the first time in around two decades.Pre-tax profit for the six months to 25 August was £1.7bn, down 11.6% from the same period last year.The retailer is in the middle of a £1bn investment programme to improve its stores in the UK, which was announced by chief executive Philip Clarke in April.Earlier this year Clarke revealed a six-point plan to overhaul the supermarket, which includes a scheme to grow its workforce by some 8,000 people.This morning, Clarke explained: “We continue to act decisively to tackle challenges and seize opportunities across the group. In April, I set out our plans to ‘Build a Better Tesco’ in the UK.“We have been hard at work and I am encouraged by our customers’ initial responses to the changes we have made – but there is much more to be done. I am pleased that the team is in place, highly focused and energised, and I want to thank them for everything they have done.”He concluded that the external environment “continues to present challenges” all over the world.last_img read more

April 20, 2021 0

EPA approves revised superfund plan for Burlington’s barge canal

first_imgThe EPA is moving forward with modifications to part of the underwater cap at the Pine Street Canal Superfund Site in Burlington, Vermont. The portion of the cap that was installed several years ago will be repaired and improved.  In 2006, EPA performed a Five Year Review of work previously performed at the Burlington site and found that some portions of the cap were leaking oil and coal tar.  The EPA and the Vermont Department of Environmental Conservation will oversee the cap modification work.The 2003 2004 cleanup of the Pine Street Canal has largely been effective in preventing contamination from migrating into the canal, but oily sheens and globules of coal tar have been observed periodically in a 450 foot-long portion of the canal since 2005. Absorbent booms have been placed across the canal as an interim measure to prevent the contamination from entering Lake Champlain.EPA s planned modification is officially recorded in an Explanation of Significant Differences (ESD) document. A manufactured gas plant operated at the Pine Street Canal site from 1895 to 1966. Operations at the plant included disposal of wastes from the gasification process, including coal tars. Manufactured gas wastes were placed in and migrated to the nearby canal, which had been built in the mid-1800 s to serve lumber yards in the area.A remedy to remove coal tar, excavate contaminated sediments, and place those into a disposal facility to be constructed on site, was proposed by EPA in 1992. Six months later, due to considerable community opposition that proposal was withdrawn. From 1994-1998, additional studies were conducted by companies responsible for the contamination with oversight by the EPA, the Vermont Dept. of Environmental Conservation (VT DEC) and the Pine Street Barge Canal Coordinating Council, a citizen s advisory group. In 1998, the citizen s council recommended constructing a cap over contaminated sediments in the canal, and nearby wetlands, in addition to restoring the wetlands so that ecological risks would be addressed. EPA adopted that recommendation in 1998, and the cap currently in place was completed in 2004.The cap modification will address an ongoing migration of oil and coal tar (referred to as a non-aqueous phase liquid, or NAPL). In areas where the NAPL is seeping out, the cap will be partially replaced and improved with a new cap system that will capture NAPL before it releases into the canal. The NAPL that accumulates will be removed periodically and shipped off site for treatment or disposal at an approved facility. The cap modification work will be undertaken by a group of the potentially responsible parties, who agreed to clean up the site in 2000.In accordance with past public involvement in the remedy selection for the Pine Street Canal site, the EPA issued the ESD in draft form for public comment and review. The public comment period on the modifications closed January 27, 2009 and minor adjustments were made to incorporate the comments received.For more information:EPA cleanup activities at the Pine Street Canal Superfund Site http://www.epa.gov/ne/superfund/sites/pinestreet(link is external)The ESD and additional EPA technical reports and documents are available for public review at the following site information repositories:Fletcher Free Public Library, 235 College Street, Burlington, VermontBailey-Howe Library at the University of Vermont, Burlington.By appointment at EPA s record center in Boston, (617-918-1440)Source: EPA, (Boston, Mass. April 27, 2009)last_img read more

January 1, 2021 0

Corcoran: USA-Canada rivalry worth more than gold

first_imgThe players on the two sides have compared it to their version of the Stanley Cup, the best of seven series in the National Hockey League that crowns the league champion. But to fit the comparison means that the excitement, controversy and the eventual sheer joy on one side and the bitter throes of defeat on the other of the seven-game Stanley Cup would have to be smashed into one 60-minute game. Despite that tall task, the United States-Canada matchup in the women’s hockey gold medal game in the Olympics to the Stanley Cup has lived up to its billing in the past. Don’t expect anything different this time around.Barring a huge upset in the semifinals by either Sweden or Switzerland, who are matched with the Americans and Canadians, respectively, the border rivals will meet once again in the gold medal game Thursday morning at 11 a.m. central time.Back in 2006, the United States was shocked by Sweden in the semifinals, marking the first time the United States had lost to someone other than Canada since women’s ice hockey was approved as an Olympic sport for the 1998 Nagano Games. Although you can never predict what will happen in the world of sports, that near gravity-defying upset by the Swedes in 2006 will most likely not be replicated, at least not this time around.On the other side of things, the Canadians are basically shoo-ins for the gold medal game, considering they already dispatched Switzerland, their opponents for the semifinal, 5-0 earlier in the tournament.The fact is the United States and Canada are simply head and shoulders above any other team in international competition. Between the two, they’ve won every single gold medal and all but one silver since women’s Olympic play began in 1998.In a way, the intense rivalry and dominance at the international level in women’s hockey by the U.S. and Canada resembles the rivalry between Wisconsin and Minnesota at the collegiate level in the women’s game. Between the two schools, they’ve won eight of the 13 National Championships since the NCAA began sponsoring a championship for the sport. Minnesota-Duluth has won five championships of its own, but since 2004 Minnesota and Wisconsin have combined to win eight of the last 10 championships.To put it in a direct comparison, Minnesota plays the likeness of hockey Goliath Canada, as it is the state of hockey, while Wisconsin falls into a role similar to the United States, trying to best their neighbors to the north (and west in Wisconsin’s case).Lately though, Minnesota has had Wisconsin’s number, and with their sweep of the Badgers this past weekend, the Gophers have now won 10 straight games dating back to 2011. Minnesota has also won the last two National Championships, including one over the Badgers in 2012, and look well on their way to another this year.Admittedly, as someone who grew up in the Madison area and watched these two teams compete many times, it’s difficult to watch the Gophers win. I stood idly by this weekend and watched Wisconsin get swept, while the Gophers basked in their 4-0 thrashing of the Badgers in front of the largest crowd in college women’s hockey history. It was tough to stomach, to the point where going home Saturday night I felt utterably disheartened that Minnesota had come into the Kohl Center and dismantled Wisconsin. After the game, Wisconsin goaltender Alex Rigsby said what was probably on most people’s minds, at least those associated with the Wisconsin women’s hockey program. She was sick of seeing the Gophers win.Just as Rigsby and the Badgers tired of having the Gophers come out victorious, I would have to imagine that many of the players on the Team USA echo the sentiments of Rigsby just on another level. They’re sick of seeing the Canadians win. The United States hasn’t won a gold medal in women’s hockey since the inaugural gold in Nagano. Canada has gone on to secure the last four gold medals, and has a three-game Olympic winning streak against the Americans, which includes a 3-2 triumph last Wednesday during pool play.The good news for Team USA is that the new Olympic format pits the top four teams in the world against one another in the same pool, allowing the United States and Canada to potentially play twice in the same tournament. Although one loss to Canada in the past would have cost the U.S. a gold medal, this time the Americans will have a chance at revenge in the same tournament.But for that to happen, the rivals of Wisconsin and Minnesota that once despised each other on the ice will have to work together to dethrone the greater evil, Team Canada. Of the 21 players on the United States roster, nine are either former or current stars of the Badgers or Gophers. One of those players includes Amanda Kessel, the reigning Patty Kazmaier award winner — the women’s hockey equivalent of the Heisman — who is from Wisconsin but chose to attend Minnesota instead. She may represent the all too real face of betrayal when she returns to the Gophers next season, but her colors of maroon and gold pale in comparison to the red and white, and of course blue.Whether or not the United States can finally quench the 16-years of gold drought remains to be seen. But even if Canada comes out on top again, just like when Minnesota triumphs over Wisconsin, you can still appreciate the fact that these are two of the best teams going head-to-head and the time when hockey is at its absolute pinnacle.last_img read more

September 16, 2020 0

50 years at Troy: Dr. Arthur Bartner has created a lasting legacy at USC

first_img“‘Tribute to Troy,’ ‘Fight On,’ ‘Conquest.’ That’s what I call the soundtrack of USC,” Bartner said. “People ask all the time, ‘Am I tired [of] playing these tunes?’ And I’m really not.” Though many things will remain, it just might not sound the same without Dr. Bartner leading the way. Bartner’s band has done just that. He was there for The Comeback in 1974, the Bush Push in 2005 and the Darnold-orchestrated Rose Bowl victory in 2017 — his three favorite football moments from the 50 years.  That intensity manifests as a strong physical presence. “We work hard to produce shows we are proud of, and Dr. Bartner won’t let us settle for anything less,” said trombone player Elyse Pollack, a sophomore majoring in civil engineering. “Dr. Bartner acts like a sports coach to motivate us and prevent us from getting lazy throughout the season.” Dr. Arthur C. Bartner is stepping down as band director this season after 50 years at the helm of the Trojan marching band. (Sarah Ko / Daily Trojan) “There’s always been a tremendous connection between the band and the Trojan football team,” former USC head coach Pete Carroll said in an email to Daily Trojan. “We would always tap in and benefit from the energy and excitement they’d bring on gamedays, and their daily practices during the week were a driving force for us too.” The band has earned a reputation as one of the crazier, more energetic and borderline obnoxious bands in college, and any of their performances will make it clear where that energy originates.  Excellence has always been the goal for Bartner, and watching one of his band’s practices, it’s clear he won’t quit until it’s achieved. He’ll yell at kids if they’re not perfectly in line, if anything sounds the slightest bit off or if he feels any of the members aren’t giving it their all. Unsurprisingly, almost nothing about USC football in 1969 remotely resembles anything from 2019 — that is, apart from Arthur Bartner. The Spirit of Troy is most often associated with USC football, but Bartner’s band has made a name for itself time and time again — including its 1979 collaboration with Fleetwood Mac for “Tusk,” which made USC the only collegiate band with a top-10 hit.  Bartner is just a few weeks away from his final game as director of the USC marching band, a tenure atop the ladder that’s occupied 50 years of his life but hasn’t lost an ounce of the energy that’s turned him into a staple of Trojan football.  The USC football program has seen plenty of change since 1969.  USC’s bowl game this month will mark the end of Bartner’s time at USC, which started in the John McKay era. Over the years, the Spirit of Troy has become one of the most famous and renowned in the country.  For Bartner, it’s that song that carries the most meaning but the classics that define the University. “He could command the band with a single hand gesture,” said Jonathan Goody, a former Spirit of Troy trumpeter from USC’s class of 1987.  Bartner knows no other way to operate. He has a reputation for being tough on band members and calling out fans at rallies who aren’t cheering loud enough for USC. Off the field, he’s an entirely different person: calm, friendly and approachable. He even describes himself as “dull” and “boring” at home.  It’s seen 10 different head coaches. Countless student-athletes. The highs, five claimed national titles; the lows, four losing seasons. It’s seen Junior Seau, Troy Polamalu, Sam Darnold. Scandal and vacated wins. “Dr. Bartner has an obvious intensity about him,” Carroll said. “He lives with a unique zeal that’s ever-present.” “I really feel that I’m part of this game, I feel the band is part of this game,” Bartner said. “You not only have to play the team, you have to play the band. [Opponents know] we’re gonna play these tunes over and over again, we’re gonna be annoying, our crowd’s gonna be loud. And you have to believe that that helps win games.” After Bartner’s retirement, the band will go on. It won’t stop calling itself “The Greatest Marching Band in the History of the Universe.” It won’t stop sending the whole group to Notre Dame or the Weekender. It won’t stop playing “Tribute to Troy.”  But when he’s on top of the ladder, it’s all business.  In that same time frame, the football team has also become one of the most historic college programs in the nation, winning 14 Rose Bowls, five NCAA championships and claiming five Heisman winners.  Bartner believes the band and team’s successes go hand-in-hand. Those three songs have become essential parts of jock rallies, pregame and halftimes shows and seemingly ring throughout the Coliseum hundreds of times per game. Now, Bartner will look to lead the band — and the football team — to one final victory before he departs, having spent half a century as the face of the Spirit of Troy. “It hasn’t hit me yet that this is all over,” Bartner said. “Looking back, I think I was always this way,” Bartner said of his enthusiasm that has left many wondering how he hasn’t lost his voice over the years. “I was always after perfection … I can’t remember not being the way I am today.” “I try to embrace this Trojan spirit, this Trojan Family,” Bartner said. “And I get on the mic, and I have to admit, I’m like a man possessed … Hey, we’ve got to go out, we have a job to do. That’s to support this team and win some ballgames.”last_img read more

September 16, 2020 0