Rep. Chu Testifies at House Natural Resources Committee Forum on Economic Justice

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Subscribe Today, Democrats from the House Committee on Natural Resources held a forum in Los Angeles on environmental justice. The forum examined the effectiveness of federal legislation and civil rights laws to protect all low-income individuals and minority communities from environmental hazards. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27) testified at the forum and released the following statement:I am so pleased the House Natural Resources Committee and Ranking Member Raul Grijalva decided to host this important discussion in Los Angeles today. Just 14.6% of area residents have easy access to public parks and green spaces – which means 85% of the population is unable to take advantage of our natural resources – especially clean air and water. The lack of open space hurts low income and minority communities the most. Expanding access to public lands has been a priority of mine since entering Congress, and it was a significant factor in my push to protect the San Gabriel Mountains, which neighbor one of the most uniquely diverse, urban cities in the country. In just the first two months after the President declared the San Gabriels a national monument, almost 200 jobs and educational experiences have been created as the Forest Service hired youth crews from the area. This increased access will improve the health of our communities and deepen the connection of all residents to our most precious natural resources.” Business News 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 Top of the News HerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuffcenter_img 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. Government Rep. Chu Testifies at House Natural Resources Committee Forum on Economic Justice Published on Wednesday, April 8, 2015 | 1:03 pm Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img read more

Bountiful Benefits Blamed for Blocking City Unemployment Rate From Dropping to Pre-Pandemic Levels

first_img More Cool Stuff Business News 14 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it 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. 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 STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday (Image by Kristi Blokhin/Shutterstock)California employers have added 119,600 positions as of March, state unemployment officials recently reported, leaving unfilled more than half of the 2.7 million jobs lost due to the COVID-19 pandemic.In Pasadena, the unemployment rate in March increased to 9%, up two-tenths of a percent from February, but still down from 10.4% in January and 9.8% in December, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s a far cry from the best of pre-pandemic times, with local unemployment at 4.7% at the start of the pandemic in March 2020 before soaring to 15.1% the following July.Today, some are questioning why, while military recruitments are showing an increase and a clear need for workers exists, many civilian jobs remain unfilled, now that readily available anti-COVID-19 vaccines are being administered at breakneck speed (even to young teens), the number of coronavirus-related deaths has plummeted, restrictions on gathering with others have been eased or lifted, and restaurants and other retail businesses have opened, though still at limited capacities .Some have said that state unemployment benefits, combined with other federal and state subsidies, are just too much to forgo in exchange for an old job that paid less money. Add to that the $600 Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation payment, which by itself is equivalent to having a full-time job that pays $15 an hour.And that, said Pasadena businessman Ishmael Trone, “has become a problem.”“It’s a huge predicament,” said Trone, a former Pasadena Chamber of Commerce Board Chair and a certified licensed tax preparer and notary public.“It’s one that we didn’t think of. Some businesses felt it during the pandemic, but like anybody else, we thought it was going to end. Open the economy up. Unemployment goes back to normalcy. We’re done. No. They keep putting more money out there,” Trone said.In Pasadena, where many businesses accepted Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans, the question of fairness takes on added importance. The loans will be completely forgiven if businesses spend 75% of the money on payroll within eight weeks of funding, as well as hire enough workers to reach pre-COVID-19 employment levels, according to the program’s guidelines. But, if many of these employees were rehired, they would be making far less money than if they stayed on the state’s payroll.Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Paul Little said he wasn’t familiar enough with the unemployment data to comment on whether or not people are cheating the system, but did say some employees who were laid off from their jobs have found other work.Further, he said Home Depot, which recently opened a new outlet in Pasadena, recently started hiring people, “And you know grocery stores hired a lot during the pandemic because they needed people,” Little said.“One of the challenges is that the grocery stores hired a lot of people from other businesses. So, as a result, restaurants, for example, are having hard time finding people because the people with customer service skills got hired by grocery stores, wages with benefits and insurance. So they’re not going to leave that,” Little said.What many people may not not know is things could be much worse in the world of wage-subsidies.According to a recent national survey conducted by the job-posting site Joblist, and reported on by Time magazine, as many as 59% of unemployed people never apply for unemployment benefits. The survey found that 9% were deterred by the process, which they found too difficult or complicated. The majority (54%) of respondents who were cited didn’t believe they were eligible.The truth is, “Unemployment insurance benefits are severely underutilized,” the study concluded.“Millions more people would have filed for benefits if the process were easier,” the study found.While local businesses seem to be having trouble attracting new and former workers, military officials are reporting a surge in new recruits.“As for our recruiting aspects, once the pandemic hit, our recruiting rates did go down, but everything started coming back up and, you know, as we started working on the virtual side, providing virtual presentations and just being able to go out into the community, we have been increasing within our hiring rates, but we’d like to see more individuals join and become part of our team,” said Army Captain Korina Rodriguez, Company Commander of the San Gabriel Valley Recruiting Company.“That’s what we’re looking for,” Rodriguez said.Local businesses, particularly restaurants, have not been so fortunate.“Some restaurants currently seeking employees are reporting that they are unable to fill the positions, and some have reported that some prospective employees would return or accept a position only if they are paid in cash in order to continue receiving unemployment insurance, but restaurants have refused, so they continue to struggle to hire,” said Brian Wallace, executive director of Pasadena’s Playhouse Village.“Jobs in retail and non-food service are also available and tend to be filled more easily. Stronger, larger retailers also report near-full recovery in terms of sales and employees. Again, food service jobs are plentiful but difficult to fill,” Wallace said.“If you’re making two or three times more staying home than you would at working, it’s hard to convince someone to come to work, isn’t it? And they’re getting more savvy,” Trone said. “This is what I saw all tax season. They became day traders in the stock market. They took that money. I could not believe it this tax season. ‘You freaking did day trading all day every day while sitting at home doing nothing?’” Trone said, recounting what conversations he had with some customers of his tax business. “‘I was getting the extra money,’” they’d say, “‘So I started trading in the stock market because it’s hot. It’s on fire right now.’ I went, this is unbelievable.”Said Little, “I don’t know why but there’s a hiring surge in February and it levels off and drops in March. And I think some of that is that openings and reopenings aren’t a steady increase — it’s a fits and starts kind of thing. And so it’s really difficult to predict — and the predictions have been all over the map.”To Trone, however, the problem with getting people back to work is obvious.“Everybody’s trying to hire right now,” Trone said. “If you drive around town, you see signs that say ‘I’m looking for workers, hiring now.’ But no one’s going after those because they are on unemployment. They keep putting unemployment out there like it’s never going to end, so they can’t find workers,” Trone said.center_img Community News HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeauty Community News Subscribe faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Community News Bountiful Benefits Blamed for Blocking City Unemployment Rate From Dropping to Pre-Pandemic Levels By David Cross and Kevin Uhrich Published on Wednesday, May 12, 2021 | 5:57 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Work Musing | Musings on the world of work

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Guest blog: ‘Why calls to build on the Green Belt don’t make sense’

first_imgYesterday David Cooper, one of the UK’s most senior planning lawyers, has called for the Green Belt policy to be scrapped, describing it as ‘the worst thing that ever happened to the economics of this country’.Cooper called for green belt land to be “totally released” and argues that it is there to “protect the middle classes from social housing and property developers.”I understand his frustration and agree that there needs to be a complete overhaul of housing policy because there are simply not enough homes to go around.The lack of housing in this country is having a devastating impact, evidenced today by a report from The Children’s Commissioner for England which found more than 210,000 children are homeless and whole families are living in tiny spaces no bigger than a parking space.This is clearly unacceptable, and something needs to be done. But when we have enough suitable brownfield land in England to build more than a million new homes, surely, we need to utilise this first before concreting over the countryside?Cooper says the problem is the housing policy surrounding the green belt, but I think the policy surrounding brownfield land is more of an issue.Through analysis of local council brownfield registers, the Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) has found there are more than 18,000 sites – an increase of 2,600 since February 2018 – and more than 26,000 hectares of brownfield land that could be built on.According to the CPRE most of this land is ready to be built on now but, of the sites identified, only half have been granted planning permission.So, what is the problem?Unlike land that has never been built on before, brownfield sites need to be demolished and then prepared for residential use. This means making sure any environmental liabilities are removed, that the site is refilled, and that services and utilities are made accessible.Depending on what the site’s previous use was, this can be a costly and lengthy process, all of which has to happen before any actual development has taken place.So, despite the fact councils, planners and developers are keen to bring life back to abandoned industrial sites in prime locations – it is often unfeasible – and green belt is often used instead.The idea that greenbelt land is currently protected is a myth. According to research by BBC Radio 4, in 2015, approval was given for 11,977 homes to be built on greenbelt land. This was double the permissions given the year before and almost four times the number of homes built on greenbelt in 2010.England’s 14 Green Belts currently cover 12.4% of the land in the country, and in order to keep it that way, the government needs a housing policy where brownfield land is prioritised.The government has to make it more attractive to developers – by way of subsidies or a streamlined planning process – to build on brownfield over greenbelt.It needs to be cheaper and quicker to build on brownfield than green belt and councils must be authorised to refuse planning permission for greenfield sites where there are suitable brownfield alternatives.We cannot have a situation where we choose to build on what countryside we have left when there is space for a million new homes on land that is currently sitting abandoned.Neil Knight is Business Development Director, Spicerhaart Part Exchange and Assisted MoveNeil Knight Spicer haart david cooper Green belt Spicer Haart 2019-08-22Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Home » Guest Blogs » Guest blog: ‘Why calls to build on the Green Belt don’t make sense’ Guest blog: ‘Why calls to build on the Green Belt don’t make sense’In reply to our exclusive story yesterday, Knight says building homes on virgin countryside doesn’t make sense when so many old industrial sites sit unused.Neil Knight, Spicerhaart and Assisted Move22nd August 20190879 Viewslast_img read more

CSM unveils flat Q1 results

first_imgCSM, the Dutch food ingredients group, which last month agreed to sell its international bakery supplies business to US equity firm Rhône Capital for €850m, has achieved virtually flat results for the first quarter.In North America, its bakery supplies business reported volume was in line with last year – but margins were lower as a result of higher raw material costs. Its ebita before one-off costs for the first quarter was $14.6m, down from $15m in the same period last year.In Europe, volumes were 2.5% below last year.The company said a strong development in sales to the supermarket channel were not enough to compensate for lower sales in artisan and industry.It added that slightly higher prices, a better mix of products and good cost controls enabled an improvement in margins, resulting in first-quarter ebita before one-off costs of €6m.On 18 June the Dutch group will host a Capital Markets Day to give more details of ambition, strategy, financing structure and targets for the continuing business.last_img read more

[The Source Podcast] Partner Spotlight – World Wide Tech

first_imgDell EMC partners continue to make the difference. Our partners deliver on the promise of IT, digital, security and workforce transformation. The Global Partner Summit at Dell Technologies World was the perfect opportunity for our partners to get the latest details on our plans and strategies moving forward.“It’s about leaning into the future because the opportunity is massive for partners if you think about what’s going to happen with digital transformation over the next several years,” Joyce Mullen, president, Global Channel, OEM & IoT, Dell EMC told CRN.We also leverage the time to listen to those partners, and that’s exactly what “The Source – Partner Spotlight” is all about. For this episode I’m joined by Scott Miller, senior director Partnerships at World Wide Tech (WWT).As a Dell EMC Titanium Black partner, WWT is a leading provider of advanced converged infrastructure, storage, private and hybrid cloud, virtualization, data protection and availability, security and big data analytics solutions.“Titanium Black Partners are innovating in incredible ways,” John Byrne, president, North America Commerical Sales, Dell EMC, noted here on Direct2DellEMC last year. “They understand the four transformations as essential, and are helping their customers prepare for tomorrow… today.”In this episode recorded at the Global Partner Summit at Dell Technologies World, Miller and I talked agile development, and transformation — both internally and with our end customers.For more information visit www.wwt.com or drop Scott an email [email protected] Dell EMC The Source app in the Apple App Store or Google Play, and Subscribe to the podcast: iTunes, Stitcher Radio or Google Play.Dell EMC The Source Podcast is hosted by Sam Marraccini (@SamMarraccini)last_img read more

Ellen DeGeneres Proud Of Dutee Chand

first_imgNew Delhi: Globally popular television show host Ellen DeGeneres, an advocate for gay rights, has said she is proud of Indian sportswoman Dutee Chand.Chand, a 100m record holder and winner of two Asian Games silver medals, recently opened up about her homosexuality. She revealed that she is in a same-sex relationship with a girl from her home town.Praising Chand for embracing her sexuality openly, DeGeneres tweeted: “She’s the 100m record holder and the first openly gay sportsperson in India. I guess she knows a thing or two about being first. I’m so proud of her.”For Chand, the Supreme Court verdict in September 2018 that decriminalised same-sex relationships between consenting adults provided the impetus for them to arrive at a decision of spending their lives with each other.”When the Supreme Court ruling came on Section 377, then we decided that there is no harm in spending our lives with each other. We decided that we will get married and have a small family for ourselves.”She is from my town and a sports fan herself. She read about the struggles that I have gone through to make a career in sports and told me that she was inspired by my story. That is how we came in touch with each other,” Chand said. IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

Bombers flying high to start High School hoop season

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsThe L.V. Rogers sent a strong message to the rest of the Kootenays the road to the B.C. High School AA Boy’s Basketball Championships travels through the Heritage City.For the second weekend the Bombers made it to a tournament final, this time winning the Mount Sentinel High School Boy’s Basketball title with a convincing 72-47 victory over the J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks Saturday in South Slocan.Last weekend in Kamloops, LVR lost to the NorKam Saints in the final of the Westsyde Wundas tournament. “The thing that impressed me about the tournament was the team play,” head coach Blair D’Andrea told The Nelson Daily Monday.Jason D’Andrea pour into 34 points to lead the Bombers to the lopsided victory. “Jason wasn’t shooting that well in the first two game but was unconscious through three quarters when I took him out,” D’Andrea said.LVR made it look easy against the rebuilding Hawks. John Zak had 14 points while Garrett Perry added 10.LVR advanced to the final by outlasting the Selkirk Storm of Kimberley 89-66. The contest was close for until LVR tightened up the defensive pressure on the Storm.Clay Rickaby was a force in the paint, collecting 24 points while pulling down countless rebounds. Zak had a strong game with 20 points while Jason D’Andrea has 21. Perry added 10 points.“We wanted to send a message back to the East Kootenay we are the team to beat to go to provincials,” D’Andrea exclaimed.LVR gained some revenge in the opener by pounding the Osoyoos Rattlers 70-21. The Rattlers upset the Bombers in the final during the 2009 Mount Sentinel Tournament.This season the contest was over early. Rickaby led all scorers with 26 points while Zak scored ten.The Bombers 5-1 on the season, get a huge test as the club travels to Cranbrook Friday to compete in the Mount Baker Wild tournament.LVR will see some very strong AAA opposition from Alberta along with the always-tough Wild.However, the Bombers will be looking to send another message to the East when the club meets Golden, a perennial contender for the Kootenay AA Zone title.Wolves hit by StormSelkirk edged Grand Forks Wolves 59-57 in the consolation final earlier Saturday at Mount Sentinel while Nakusp edged Heritage Christian 71-68 in the fifth-sixth contest.Host Mount Sentinel rode the 21-point performance of Steve Hernandez to dump Osoyoos Rattlers 65-33 to finish seventh overal[email protected]last_img read more

Small in numbers, huge in heart Neptunes keep medals coming in Kimberley

first_img“Despite this, Logan Wright was able to earn some meet records in the 25m butterfly, 25m freestyle and 25m backstroke,” Afford added.Trail Stingrays continue to be the team to beat on the Kootenay circuit, finishing on top of the standings with 1317.5 points.Rival Castlegar Aquanauts took second followed in third by host Kimberley.Golden, Grand Forks, Creston and Nelson finished respectively through seventh position.Cranbrook and Colville were eighth and ninth.Afford continues to be impressed with the competitive fight from Cowan and Matthew.“The division swimmers that did come did a tremendous job and many of them put up some great times that I know they will be able to improve at the coming meet,” explained Afford, who also grabbed a bronze medal in Division seven girls.The Neptunes travel to Colville, Wash., this weekend for the Kootenay Regional Championships.The top swimmers qualify for the Provincial meet later this month in Nanaimo. The Nelson Neptunes may be small in numbers, but the club is huge on heart.The Neptunes took a, dwarfed by recent standards, team to the East Kootenay to compete in the Kimberley meet — the final regular season stop on the Kootenay Summer Swim Association campaign.Still Nelson won three aggregate medals, two my stalwarts Sage Cowan and Samuel Matthew.Cowan finished second in Division four girls while Matthew also earned the runner-up prize in Division four boys.“Kimberley was a really small meet for us,” Neptune coach Rebecca Afford commented.“We only had 14 swimmers in attendance and five of them were novices who swim exhibition meaning they do not score the team any points.”last_img read more

There’s still time for Leafs to right the ship

first_imgThings have not really gone according to Hoyle this Kootenay International Junior Hockey League season for the Nelson Leafs.However, there’s nothing like a strong playoff run to erase some of those bad memories that materialized from the regular season.The Leafs gave the fans a brief taste of optimism when the Green and White snapped a late-season losing skid by capturing the final three games to secure third place in KIJHL’s Murdoch Division.last_img