Despite concerns, Bayonne approves 30-year PILOT for Resnick’s Redevelopment

first_img By Jeannette Josue – February 16, 2017 10:59 am 1 Bayonne Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter TAGSbayonne city councilGary La PelusaJoe Nicholsjoe wisniewskipeter francoResnick Redevelopmenttom cotter SHARE The Bayonne City Council approved a 30-year payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) for the Resnick’s Redevelopment Plan, by a 4-1 vote, despite some residents voicing their concerns.[fve][/fve]The agreement of payment in lieu of taxes or PILOT would run for 30 years and provide 12 percent of the development’s annual gross revenue in payment to the city and county.There were a few intense conversations prior to the deliberation starting with Bayonne Tax Assessor Joe Nichols.“I’m not saying don’t build the property, I’m saying don’t tax abate the property,” Bayonne resident Albert Rinaldi said during a back-and-forth with Nichols.“First of all, it’s not an abatement, it’s an exemption. It never pays less than the property, as we just explained, it probably never pays less than what it was paying before,” Nichols responded.“So listen … I grew up in this town, I was born here, okay, I still live here, I’ve lived here for 60 years. I’ve walked by many an empty lot and they’ve been empty for 25 years and if that’s the way we want to go, you can have that!”Patrick Kelleher, President of the Hudson County Building and Construction Trades Council, along with many union laborers who addressed the council, requested a project labor agreement (PLA) to use local union for the redevelopment.Currently, the Resnick’s agreement does not have any plan in place which can allow the developers to employ laborers outside of the union.On a positive note, Bayonne will be dedicating five percent of the PILOT to the Bayonne Board of Education, although the percentage can be considered too small to actually make a difference for the school board – as Bayonne resident Peter Franco pointed out.Franco also asked 1st Ward Councilman Thomas Cotter to recuse himself from the vote since the same investor on the abatement application also made a $1,000 contribution to Cotter’s campaign in July 2015.“Mr. John Cali, whose listed as an investor on the abatement application, this is the same Mr. Cali who made political contributions to my councilman, Mr. Tom Cotter, in July of 2015, prior to the city council vote to approve the redevelopment plan,” Franco said.“If I was looking to hide something, I wouldn’t disclose it, okay?,” Cotter shot back.“The reality is that the conflict still exists,” Franco argued.“It’s not bad conduct,” Cotter replied.“Would you refund the $1,000?,” Franco asked repeatedly, with Cotter taking offense to the notion that any donor is “buying” his vote.Bayonne resident Joe Wisniewski also asked Cotter the same question about Lance Lucarelli. He then challenged the council on the records he found of financial liens on Lucarelli and asked why background checks aren’t required for developers.The Resnick’s development will be a 10-story 91-unit, mixed-used space with 150 parking spaces. The PILOT will allow the city to receive more than $300,000 a year.Third Ward Councilman Gary La Pelusa was the only member who voted against the measure.“My constituents … they really didn’t want the project. They didn’t want to give you a tax abatement that high.” BayonneNews Bayonne Previous article8 Democrats, including Mukherji, have opioid awareness bill clear AssemblyNext articleMayors, Democratic chairs, Assembly colleagues coalesce around Speaker Prieto Jeannette Josue RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR March 15, 2017 10:16 pm at 10:16 pm Police: 45-year-old man arrested for attempting to have sex with 15-year-old girl in Secaucus center_img Despite concerns, Bayonne approves 30-year PILOT for Resnick’s Redevelopment Comments are closed. Crime Bayonne man pepper sprayed, arrested after punching cop in the face, authorities say Facebook Twitter 1 COMMENT Nick Mitchell I think part of the problem is that Mr. LaPelusa doesn’t understand the difference betweeen an abatement and a Pilot. Also, why did he vote in favor of other abatements that didn’t give any money to the schools. He should have deveoped that process if he thought it was a good idea. He is always against progress and says he supports “his people.” Well, I hope you saw at this meeting that there were far more people in favor of the development and Pilot than they’re were against it. CarePoint Health reaches deal for Cigna Health Insurance to join their network last_img read more

News Scan for Sep 30, 2020

first_imgCats and dogs susceptible to COVID-19 infection, study findsDomestic cats and dogs are susceptible to infection with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, according to a study yesterday in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). While both types of animals showed an immune response to the virus, only cats demonstrated viral shedding, and neither animal model showed evidence for a significant role in human infection, the study found.In the first published study involving cat experimental infections, researchers inoculated dogs and cats with SARS-CoV-2 and monitored for symptoms, viral shedding, seroconversion (production of antibodies against the virus in the blood), pathology, and transmission. Both dogs and cats showed an immune response in the form of neutralizing antibodies.Infected dogs and cats did not develop signs of clinical disease, and the study confirmed earlier publications showing that dogs do not replicate the virus in the upper respiratory tract. But cats were highly susceptible to infection and capable of shedding virus for up to 5 days after initial infection.Cats were also capable of direct transmission to other cats, potentially via aerosols, and mounted an immune response that was protective against reinfection after a second viral challenge. “This is the first report of protective immunity against SARS-CoV-2 in cats following repeated exposure,” study authors note.The study authors wrote, “While animals, including domestic animals and pets, are frequently implicated as the source of emerging pathogens, reverse zoonosis [transmission from people to animals] of SARS-CoV-2 is more probable, as human cases are far more prevalent than domestic animals and there is no evidence to date of infected cats or dogs transmitting SARS-CoV-2 to humans.”Cat and human cells, unlike those of mice or rats, contain angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) cell receptors, which are implicated in SARS-CoV-2 infection. The presence of feline ACE2 receptors, a robust antibody response, and protective immunity to SAR-CoV-2 reinfection lead the study authors to conclude that domestic cats may be a useful animal model for COVID research.  Sep 29 PNAS study Ebola infects 1 more in DRC as WHO probes sexual abuse reportsIn new Ebola developments in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), tests confirmed one more case in the Equateur province outbreak and a media investigation says 51 women have reported incidents of sexual abuse by Ebola response workers in the country over the past 2 years.The new case is the first reported since Sep 19 and involves a patient whose samples were collected at that time, but delivery of samples was delayed due to communications problems. The patient is from Lusengo health zone, marking the first case detected in that area. The infection raises the outbreak total to 125 cases. No new deaths were reported, keeping the total at 50.Meanwhile, a joint investigation by The New Humanitarian and Reuters published yesterday, based on interviews with 51 women, detailed reports of abuse by men who said they were working for international aid organizations, including the World Health Organization (WHO), from 2018 to 2020. Many of the women described a pattern of men propositioning or forcing them to have sex in exchange for jobs, which typically paid twice the region’s normal wage. Others said they were terminated from their jobs when they refused.In a statement, the WHO said its leadership and staff are outraged by the reports, and they said the actions of perpetrators who said they were working with the WHO are unacceptable and will be aggressively investigated.”The betrayal of people in the communities we serve is reprehensible. We do not tolerate such behaviour in any of our staff, contractors or partners,” the statement said. “Anyone identified as being involved will be held to account and face serious consequences, including immediate dismissal.” Other aid groups issued similar statements, such as the United Nations International Organization for Migration (IOM), which said there was a serious allegation against one of its workers.Sep 30 UN OCHA update Sep 29 New Humanitarian/Reuters story Sep 29 WHO statement Sep 30 IOM statementlast_img read more

LAHS 2019 Homecoming Week Activities Sept. 16-21

first_imgCourtesy/LAHSLAHS News:This week Los Alamos will don green and gold to celebrate Homecoming 2019.“It’s that time of the year when everyone is a Topper,” said Jonathan Lathrop, co-sponsor of the Los Alamos High School Student Council. “Our Student Leadership team has been very busy planning a lot of activities to celebrate this tradition.”The week begins Monday, Sept. 16 with the Billy Bob Volleyball game. Senior boys play volleyball while members of the LAHS Volleyball team act as coaches and referees. The game begins at 6 p.m. in Griffith Gymnasium.It’s just the opposite on Wednesday as Senior girls play football while members of the football team step in to coach and referee. The Powder Puff football game starts at 6. P.m. at Sullivan Field.The Topper student bonfire is scheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m. in the Sullivan Field parking lot after the Girls Soccer game against the Santa Fe Demons.“We’re crossing our fingers that it won’t rain! It’s been two years since our last bonfire, and LAHS students are excited to revive this tradition,” Student Body President Emily Holmes said.Members of the LAHS cheerleading squad and the Topper band will pump up the Homecoming spirit.Los Alamos will be alive with floats, the LAHS Marching Band, and Topper pride Friday as the Homecoming Parade heads down Central Avenue starting at 2:30 pm.This year’s theme is “Box the Bengals”.Brad Parker will serve as the Grand Marshal this year.Parade participants can find the parade application form at Forms are due to Diana Bequette, the LAHS Bookkeeper, by 3:15 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18.Friday night, the LAHS Topper varsity football team will take on the Gallup Bengals at 7 p.m. at Sullivan Field. High School students and staff get into the game free with their school ID. Game tickets for community members are $5 and may be purchased in advance at LAHS Topper Band will perform at halftime followed by the crowning of this year’s Homecoming King & Queen.The Athletic Hall of Fame Ceremony is scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday in the lobby of Duane Smith Auditorium. Tickets will be on sale for $25 per person at the door or in the Athletic office beforehand, preferably. Lunch will be catered by Pig + Fig.This year’s inductees include:Bruce Cottrell;Kris Monaghan;Ann Cernicek;Molly Cernicek;Aubrey Jones-Woahn;Eddie Sanchez; andSec Sandoval.The Homecoming festivities will wrap up with the Homecoming dance 8-11 p.m. Saturday at the high school.“Student Leaders are getting very creative with the decorations to make sure Toppers have a night to remember at the GLOcoming dance,” said Lynn Ovaska, co-sponsor of the Los Alamos High School Student Council. The dance will be Meow Wolf-themed with many glow-in-the-dark elements. Community members are invited to donate Meow Wolf type of decorations this week.Students can purchase dance tickets in A-Wing Lobby or online at until Thursday, Sept. 19. No tickets will be sold Friday or at the door Saturday.For more information about Homecoming 2019, check out read more

College football: A&M defeats LSU in wild, 7-OT thriller

first_imgTodd PolitzLSU Director of Digital MediaCOLLEGE STATION, Texas — In the highest-scoring and longest game in NCAA FBS history, LSU fell to Texas A&M, 74-72, in seven overtimes on Saturday at Kyle Field.LSU (9-3, 5-3 SEC) looked to have the game won in regulation. However, a video review nullified an interception and allowed Texas A&M (8-4, 5-3 SEC) to force overtime with a last-second touchdown that tied the game at 31-31.LSU fell from No. 8 to No. 14 in the Amway Coaches Poll released Sunday. Texas A&M, unranked last week, moved into the rankings at No. 22.LSU led 31-24 with 6:41 remaining.Texas A&M’s first attempt to tie the game came up short, as LSU’s defense turned over the Aggies on downs at the LSU 34. On fourth-and-5, A&M quarterback Kellen Mond escaped from the pocket but was quickly chased down by Jacob Phillips before Devin White and Glen Logan made the tackle two yards short of the line to gain.Though LSU wasn’t able to pick up a first down, it forced Texas A&M to use its remaining timeout and punted the ball to the Aggies 22 with 1:29 remaining.Mond was able to pull off the improbable game-tying drive, advancing 78 yards in 12 plays to tie the game with a 19-yard touchdown pass to Quartney Davis in the middle of the end zone as time expired.LSU thought it had won the game when Grant Delpit intercepted Mond with 0:36 seconds to play, however, after video review, it was determined that Mond went down to his knee to recover a fumbled snap.Prior to the touchdown pass, Mond spiked the ball as the clock ran down to zero. But officials put 1 second back on it. LSU head coach Ed Orgeron said the game should’ve been over under NCAA rules.“We’ve been told with three seconds left, you can’t kill it,” he said. “They tried to kill it, the clock went down to zero. Why they put another one second left on the clock, remains to be seen. That one second, in my opinion, should’ve never been put up.”LSU was looking for its first 10-win season since 2013. “These guys should’ve won 10 games,” Orgeron said. “These guys wanted it. These guys worked hard. They deserved it.” There were 84 points scored in the extra periods, with the final two being a two-point conversion pass by Mond to wide receiver Kendrick Rogers. The previous NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision record for combined points scored in a game was 137 (76-61 Pitt win over Syracuse).“We battled the whole time,” Orgeron said. “Give them credit. We fought and we kept on fighting. We just didn’t make enough plays in the end. But in my opinion that one second should’ve never been put back on that clock.“That was one heck of an overtime. We just fell one play short. Our guys have nothing to be ashamed about.”In the first overtime, it appeared a Texas A&M player fumbled after making a catch. LSU recovered but it was ruled an incomplete pass.“I thought the guy caught it and ran with the football, and he fumbled it,” Orgeron said. “They said it wasn’t. The calls didn’t go our way tonight. We’ll look at it.” Quarterback Joe Burrow led the way for LSU, completing 25-of-38 passes for 270 yards with three touchdowns while rushing 29 times for 100 yards and three more scores.“Fantastic,” Orgeron said of Burrow’s performance. “That’s the Joe we know. We ran him more tonight than we had, but we wanted to do that and he responded very well.”Running back Nick Brossette added 61 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown. Justin Jefferson led 11 LSU receivers with 63 yards on five catches with a touchdown.The Tigers await a postseason bowl destination for the 19th-straight season. It will be announced on Sunday, Dec. 2.“We’re going to see where this thing takes us,” Orgeron said. “We fell one second short of winning 10 games. We still have had a very good season.” Texas A&M was led by Mond, who finished 23-of-49 passing for 287 yards with six touchdowns. He added 42 rushing yards with a score. Running back Trayveon Williams had 198 rushing yards on 35 carries with two touchdowns.Texas A&M outgained LSU, 521-496, in a contest that lasted 4 hours, 53 minutes.White had 17 tackles, four for loss, with a sack and a forced fumble Michael Divinity scooped and scored. JaCoby Stevens registered 14 stops, including several in overtime that prevented Aggie touchdowns.Overtimes recapIn the first overtime period, Texas A&M won the coin toss and elected to start on defense. A sack of Burrow forced LSU to try a 50-yard field goal. Tracy made it with room to spare and LSU led 34-31.Texas A&M earned first-and-goal at the LSU 1, but the Tigers defense stiffened and also forced a 23-yard field goal by Small.Tied at 34-34 to start the second overtime, the Aggies needed only four plays to take a touchdown advantage on 3-yard run by Mond.On LSU’s attempt to match the score, Burrow rushed eight yards to the 11 for a first down. Following Burrow runs of 6 and 2 yards to the 3, Brossette stretched his fourth-down run over the goal line. Tracy’s PAT was true and the game was again tied, 41-41.In the third overtime period, LSU wasted no time going for the end zone. On first down, Burrow fired a 25-yard pass to Anderson in the right corner. Having to attempt a two-point conversion in the third OT period, Burrow rolled to his right and fired another strike to Jefferson to put the Tigers ahead 49-41.The Aggies took one more play to match the Tigers, scoring on a remarkable 25-yard catch by Kendrick Rogers. Rogers also made a catch in the back of the end zone for two points to tie the game once again at 49-49.In the fourth overtime period, the Aggies started the drive by gaining a first down on a Williams rush. Following an incomplete pass, LSU’s Phillips was called for targeting and ejected from the game, giving Texas A&M first-and-goal at the 8. On third-and-goal from the 4, Mond was forced out of the pocked and threw an incomplete pass. The Aggies settled for a 21-yard field goal by Small to take a 52-49 lead.On the first play of LSU’s fourth OT, Burrow had room to run up the middle but chose to connect with Moreau for 17 yards to the Texas A&M 8. Consecutive runs went for only two yards to the 6. After a timeout, Burrow found no one open and ran to the 3. After a delay of game, Tracy made a 26-yard field goal to tie the game at 52-52.In the fifth overtime, Burrow found fullback Tory Carter open for 12 yards and a first down at the 13. On second-and-8 from the 11, LSU running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire took a handoff from Burrow and ran right, pulled up and pitched a touchdown pass to Carter. LSU’s two-point play was incomplete to Jefferson. The Tigers led 58-52.A&M’s answer looked to come quickly, as Mond ran for 21 yards to the 4 on first down. However, three plays went for minus-2 yards. On fourth-and-goal from the 6, Mond connected with Rogers for a tying touchdown. On the two-point play, Mond had time but was unable to find an open receiver in the end zone. The game remained tied 58-58.In the sixth overtime, Mond went straight to the end zone on first down, connecting with Sternberger who got behind Delpit for the touchdown. The two-point play was a catch by Rogers in the back-right corner of the end zone, and Texas A&M led 66-58.After an 8-yard gain by Burrow, Brossette was dropped for a loss of 4 yards at the 21. On third down, Jefferson went between three defenders for a 17-yard catch to the 4. On the next play, Burrow faked a handoff and ran for the touchdown. On the two-point play, Burrow stood in the pocket and found Anderson with a fastball that tied the game at 66-66.In the seventh overtime period, LSU again went straight for Anderson on first down. This time, pass interference was called and LSU had first-and-goal at the 10. Burrow then took it into his own hands, carrying for the 29th time and eclipsing the 100-yard rushing mark with his sixth touchdown of the game. LSU’s two-point play was tipped at the line and completed to Anderson, but he wasn’t able to reach the goal line.On third-and-15 from his 17, Mond connected with Davis across the middle for a 17-yard touchdown that tied the game at 72-72. On the two-point play, Greedy Williams was flagged for pass interference and then unsportsmanlike conduct. Following an LSU timeout, Texas A&M was flagged for a false start. From his 5-yard line, Mond was able to scan the field and complete the two-point conversion to Rogers to end the game and send the Aggie faithful onto the field.Perfect-Dating.comAre You Ready to Meet Cool Guys in Tung Chung?|SponsoredSponsoredUndoTheTopFiveVPNThe Trick Netflix Doesn’t Want You To Know To Unlock RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPN|SponsoredSponsoredUndoAspireAbove.comRemember Abby from NCIS? 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US reviewing airstrike that corresponds to site where 200 Iraqi civilians allegedly died

first_img Related Main_sail/iStock/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — The U.S. military admitted that an airstrike in Iraq on March 17 corresponds to a site where 200 civilians allegedly died, but said it is still assessing the particulars of the strike and the validity of allegations of civilian casualties.“An initial review of strike data from March 16-23 indicates that, at the request of the Iraqi Security Forces, the coalition struck ISIS fighters and equipment, March 17, in West Mosul at the location corresponding to allegations of civilian casualties,” stated a media release from the task force Saturday. A formal review of the March 17 operation “is underway to determine the facts surrounding this strike and the validity of the allegation of civilian casualties,” the release said.The military’s release came after it earlier announced a review of whether any of three airstrikes in Syria and Iraq over the past week were linked to reported deaths of hundreds of civilians.In addition to the March 17 airstrike in western Mosul that reportedly killed 200 civilians, Central Command also said this week it is reviewing a March 16 airstrike near a mosque in al-Jinnah, Syria, that is said to have killed dozens, and an airstrike Monday, March 20, on a school building outside of Raqqa, Syria, that may have also killed dozens of civilians fleeing local fighting.The March 17 strike targeted three adjoining houses. Local news reports indicate ISIS may have used civilians in the area as human shields in an effort to guard against airstrikes on the buildings. The Iraqi military’s media operations center has claimed that ISIS was responsible for the civilian deaths.Col. Joseph Scrocca, a spokesman for the operation against ISIS in Iraq, Syria and beyond, noted on Friday that ISIS has previously demonstrated disregard for civilians and civilian facilities by “using human shields, and fighting from protected sites such as schools, hospitals and religious sites.”Scrocca added there have been instances where ISIS forced families from their homes to booby-trap them with explosives to delay Iraqi forces.The Central Command’s release on Saturday asserted that the coalition fighting ISIS “respects human life, which is why we are assisting our Iraqi partner forces in their effort to liberate their lands from ISIS brutality. Our goal has always been for zero civilian casualties, but the coalition will not abandon our commitment to our Iraqi partners because of ISIS’s inhuman tactics terrorizing civilians.”“Coalition forces comply with the Law of Armed Conflict and take all reasonable precautions during the planning and execution of airstrikes to reduce the risk of harm to civilians,” the statement said.The U.S.-led coalition has conducted more than 19,000 airstrikes against ISIS in Iraq and Syria since the summer of 2014.U.S. Central Command has also opened a credibility assessment into an airstrike Monday night, March 20, that targeted a school building near Raqqa, ISIS’s de facto capital inside Syria.The activist group Syrian Observatory for Human Rights alleges that an airstrike on the school killed 33 civilians who had been seeking shelter from local fighting.And, U.S. Central Command is conducting a full investigation and credibility assessment of an airstrike on March 16 in the village of al-Jinnah in northwestern Syria.U.S. officials said that airstrike killed dozens of al-Qaeda militants who had gathered for a meeting in a building near a mosque across the street. They emphasized that the mosque was not struck and that the building was not affiliated with the mosque. However, locals said that dozens of worshipers were killed in the airstrike and that the targeted building was, in fact, a mosque.A military spokesman confirmed that earlier this week Gen. Joseph Votel, the commander of U.S. Central Command, ordered a full investigation into the circumstances of the mission.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Report: Jordy Nelson to visit Ravens among other teams. How likely is it he ends up in Baltimore?

first_imgFree-agent WR Jordy Nelson is scheduled to visit the Baltimore Ravens, according to Jason LaCanfora.Nelson, who was released yesterday after spending 11 seasons with the Green Bay Packers is expected to make visits with the Raiders, Seahawks, Saints and the Ravens as the free agent market starts to heat up.Baltimore after signing John Brown and Ryan Grant are obviously looking to rebuild their receiving core and an addition like Nelson would completely give the offense no excuses to not having a far more productive season as a unit. Nelson would bring much-needed speed and size along with his great level of experience and leadership to the Ravens.Jordy Nelson: 136 games in Green and Yellow…•550 receptions•7,800+ yards•69 touchdown receptions•Super Bowl Champion•4 1,000+ yard seasons•3 13+ TD seasons•Futute Packer Hall of Famer.Amazing career in Green and Yellow.— SavagePacker Ⓥ (@SavagePacker) March 13, 2018 Although it would be a dream come true for Ravens fans like myself, how likely is it that he ends up in Baltimore?Not very likely.It’s no secret that his value in this market is pretty high. Nelson currently has four teams he’s scheduled to visit with and I’m sure that there are a lot more suitors.All three other teams he’s scheduled to visit with are much more attractive destinations than Baltimore for two reasons: money & quarterback.Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Derek Carr.All three other teams are led by better quarterbacks than Joe Flacco. No offense Joe.All three quarterbacks are at least one-time pro bowlers. Joe Flacco is not.All three quarterbacks have thrown for at least 30 touchdowns in a season. Joe Flacco has not.All three quarterbacks have thrown less than 10 turnovers in a season. Joe Flacco has not.I know some people are thinking “but Joe has won a Super Bowl!” Yes, yes he has. So have Wilson & BreesIf you were Jordy Nelson, wouldn’t you go to a team with a more accomplished and talented quarterback?Another issue is money and man I hate to say it but the Ravens are broke. Jordy Nelson earned almost $12 million last year. Obviously, he won’t be offered that much because of his age and his recent injuries but he should still be in the range of at least $7 or $8 million. Looking at the Ravens cap space, they simply can not afford him. Baltimore has less space than Seattle & Oakland but a little over $2 million more than New Orleans.But that two million is less of a factor than it is playing with Drew Brees.If the Ravens are going to be able to snag Nelson they have to find a way to restructure other contracts in order to make enough space for him to consider Baltimore a more appealing destination than Oakland, New Orleans, and Seattle.I hate to be a pessimistic little Debbie downer but I’m just trying to help lower or rather contain expectations for fellow Ravens fans.Nelson will be wrapping up a visit today with the Raiders, the commonality throughout the NFL free agency is that players tend to ink deals with the first teams they visit so maybe Oakland is the next destination but all we can do now is wait. Plus Oakland’s weather might be a much-needed change for Jordy after 11 years living in one of the coldest regions in the country.So don’t be surprised if weather becomes a factor for Jordy. Although I say that sarcastically I’m scared I might’ve just written it into existence.Please follow and like us:last_img read more

County, Coastal Commission square off over land proposal

first_imgIn a modern-day twist on a Wild West battle over land, a Los Angeles County plan for an 81-mile swath of the Santa Monica Mountains is set for a showdown with the Coastal Commission today. The plan bans construction in the most-sensitive habitats – including riparian areas along streams and canopied oak areas – and limits development in other significant woodlands, savannas and watersheds. But critics – including the commission’s staff – say the plan doesn’t go far enough to protect sensitive areas from overdevelopment. “The county would not conform to the Coastal Act requirement to protect (sage and chaparral environments),” said Peter Douglas, the commission’s executive director. “That’s a fundamental problem. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.“They’re looking at a special treatment nobody else in the coastal zone is getting. There’s no legal basis for it.” The plan is the latest in a 20-year standoff between the county and commission since the 1976 Coastal Act required local governments to take responsibility for issuing permits in their coastal areas. Los Angeles County is the last major jurisdiction in the state not to have complied, meaning the commission still handles coastal development permits for the region. There are no sanctions for noncompliance, but the commission must approve the county’s plan to take over issuance of the permits. Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said the latest plan should satisfy the commission because it offers tiered conservation areas that protect the most sensitive habitats. “It’s a plan that respects the natural topography of the Santa Monica Mountains,” Yaroslavsky said. “The philosophy of the plan is it lets the land dictate development, not the other way around.” But Douglas said the tiered approach – which would define about 6percent of the mountains as Environmentally Sensitive Habitat Areas – excludes vast amounts of coastal sage and chaparral from the Coastal Act’s definition. Douglas said the concern is that the region’s unique ecosystem would be at risk. “The bottom-line concern is preserving that fragile and limited habitat from overbuilding,” he said. Under special legislation, the commission’s staff drafted a “local coastal program” for Malibu, which classified coastal sage scrub and chaparral as environmentally sensitive areas. The commission approved the program five years ago over the city’s preference for a tiered approach. Commission staffers said the county plan should mesh with Malibu’s, which prohibits development in environmentally sensitive areas without a Coastal Development Permit and a public hearing. Malibu’s plan also limits most development to 10,000 square feet, with a one-acre development cap on a 107-acre parcel. The county’s plan would ban development in the fraction of land proposed as environmentally sensitive but would allow development of up to 10,000 square feet in “significant” woodlands, savannas and watersheds, and up to 15,000 square feet in designated watersheds. All would require environmental reviews and permits, and in some cases public hearings. Up to three acres’ development would be allowed for a rural inn, with a public hearing. But Yaroslavsky criticized the Malibu plan, saying it forces developers to go through an expensive exemption process to get a permit. And Yaroslavsky – who has criticized NBC Universal’s plans to move and expand at Universal Studios in Studio City as overdevelopment – brushed off criticism by the Coastal Commission staff. “If every shrub or chaparral is in an (environmentally sensitive area) you virtually make it impossible for anyone to develop – and that’s not constitutional,” he said. The county’s plan has the support of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, the Sierra Club and several homeowner groups, but it still has been criticized by Heal the Bay and others as too lenient. “There’s not enough protection in there,” said Mark Gold, president of the nonprofit Heal the Bay in Santa Monica. Specifically, he said the plan doesn’t provide adequate setbacks from trees lining streams. Jacky deHaviland, president of the Coalition for a Better LCP (Local Coastal Program), called the county’s plan insufficient and flawed. She said the recent wildfires underscore the dangers of allowing up to 24 horses on three-acre parcels, as well as up to 40-room inns on 40-acre parcels. Dave Brown, Sierra Club conservation chairman of the Santa Monica Mountains Task Force, said the plan does safeguard the most sensitive areas through setbacks and low density. “It protects a piece of scenic natural land that’s half an hour drive for most people in the Valley and an hour for everyone in the region.” The debate comes even as the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy is seeking concessions from the county to hold temporary events – such as weddings at King Gillette Ranch – without permits. Conservancy Executive Director Joe Edmiston said he expects the supervisors – in their deliberations over the mountains plan – to consider public access to property bought by taxpayers. “If someone wants a wedding, or an event that does not result in any new building impacts and uses the existing parking lot, to get a permit for that puts it on hold while there’s a six-week process,” he said. “There shouldn’t be a permit system that makes an impediment for its valid use.” Yaroslavsky said he hasn’t spoken to Edmiston on the matter and said he envisions “generic” permits that would limit particular uses at park facilities. Last week, the conservancy posted a letter online criticizing the county plan. But Edmiston said the letter was drafted by his staff and posted without his approval. The letter was later removed and another memo supporting the plan was posted. Edmiston said the county’s overall plan for the area is environmentally sound. “I’m not suggesting where there’s a wilderness park let’s put in a horse corral,” Edmiston said. “But there’s going to be some development. … If it encourages something other than mansionization, those are good uses.”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

Watch Helen Mirren Put a Sexist Reporter in His Place . . . In 1975

first_imgThere are so many things that make HELEN MIRREN awesome.  Like a video that’s going around showing Helen putting a sexist TV journalist in his place . . . back in 1975.This sounds like the kind of thing that young actresses like Jennifer Lawrence and Kristen Stewart are starting to do NOW . . . but Helen was doing it 40 FRICKIN’ YEARS AGO.  Because she’s just a BOSS.The guy starts out by quoting critics who talk mostly about her LOOKS . . . including one who said she projects “sluttish eroticism.”  When he asked if that bothered her, she said no.But she also said it doesn’t flatter her.  Then he said, “You are IN QUOTES a serious actress.”  And she replied, “What do you mean, ‘in quotes?’  How dare you.”Then he asked if her “equipment” or her “physical attributes” keep her from being taken seriously.  She said, quote, “Because serious actresses can’t have big bosoms, is that what you mean?”When he said it could detract from her performance, she said, quote, “I would hope that the performance and the play and the living relationship between all the people on the stage and all the people in the audience overcome such boring questions.”last_img read more

A date with destiny

first_imgStratford goes for an outright conference title as Auburndale fights to keep its playoff hopes alive FridayBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterThe Stratford and Auburndale football teams will wrap up their regular-season and Marawood Conference schedules Friday night with a lot on the line.For Stratford, a home game against Phillips gives it the chance to finish off an undefeated conference championship season and win the outright title for the first time in nearly a decade.Auburndale will travel to Tomahawk with its season on the line. A victory for the Apaches will qualify them for WIAA postseason consideration at 4-4 in the Marawood Conference. Teams that finish .500 during the conference season rarely are excluded from the playoffs.Stratford lost its opening game at Stanley-Boyd 35-7 back on Aug. 19. Since, the Tigers have won seven-straight Marawood games, outscoring their opponents 259-32, and have posted three consecutive shutouts heading into Friday’s game at Tiger Stadium against Phillips (0-8, 0-7 Marawood).“It means a lot to our seniors as well as our team,” Stratford coach Jason Tubbs said about his team’s chance to play for the outright conference title. “I have a very dedicated group of young men that have worked extremely hard the whole year and really wanted to add their year to our trophy case.”Senior running back Kamren Bornbach has been a workhorse for the Tigers, rushing for more than 100 yards in three-straight games and scoring 12 touchdowns in the past four contests.A strong offensive line and running game have been the staple for Stratford all season, especially after the Week 1 loss.“After week one, the team, the coaching staff, and, most important, myself re-evaluated what we were trying to accomplish,” Tubbs said. “I tried to implement some new concepts in the offense and came to the conclusion to scrap those and do what we do best, so it was actually a positive thing in the end, and we are finally getting to full strength with some key players being out throughout the season.”Auburndale missed out on the WIAA playoffs last year and started this season slow, going 1-3 and scoring just once in its first two games.The Apaches have since clawed back to 3-5 overall and 3-4 in the Marawood, leaving them with the task of beating Tomahawk (2-6, 2-5 Marawood) on Friday to get back to the playoff party.Auburndale beat Pittsville 12-8 back on Sept. 23, which was big considering the Apaches had to play the top two teams in the conference — Stratford and Marathon — the next two weeks. Auburndale lost both games, but that win against the Panthers gave the team the confidence it will need heading into this week’s big game.“We knew going in that the Pittsville game was a huge game for us,” Auburndale coach Eric Custer said. “It was a huge morale booster for us heading into the tough parts of our conference season. Last year we came out of the Stratford and Marathon games banged up. This year we are healthy after those two games.”The chance for the Apaches to return to the playoffs is special for the five seniors on the roster. For those players — Collin Hawkins, Aaron Willfahrt, Brandon Yahnke, Luke Olsen, and Joshua Gable — to lead a very young team into the postseason would be very rewarding, Custer said.“It means a lot of the senior class because we struggled last year,” Custer said. “Our quarterback and top two receivers are juniors. We start three sophomore offensive linemen. All five seniors are on the field together on defense, but the other six are underclassmen. They (the seniors) have improved with their leadership and led this team to this point.”Paul Lecker is publisher of, a contributor to Hub City Times Sports. You can reach him by email at [email protected]last_img read more

Where the big airline and hotel price rises will be in 2019.

first_imgIt may be no secret that travel costs are going to rise but how badly you’ll be hit in 2019 depends very much on where you live and where you’re going.Carlson Wagonlit Travel and the Global Business Travel Association have just released the fifth annual global travel forecast and the news is particularly bad in some countries.Globally, the report is forecasting global price rises in 2019 of 3.7 percent for hotels and 2.6 percent for flights, being driven by a buoyant global economy and the much talked about increase in fuel prices.The forecast notes this is subject to the impact of protectionist policies such as the trade war between the US and China and implications of Brexit.But it’s when you look at some of the regional breakdowns that things get interesting: some countries will see double-digit rises while others will see modest falls.READ: IATA predicts 2018 fare rises will top 3 percent.As CWT chief executive Kurt Ekert puts it: “Prices are expected to spike in many global markets even as inflation remains subdued.”Travelers will see some changes in the aviation sector, including the introduction of ultra-long-haul flights and increasing competition from low-cost carriers pushing into long-haul routes.Factors helping to push up airfares will include oil prices, the pilot shortage, the potential trade wars and increasing fare segmentation — the move by airlines to charge more for “extras” such as legroom —aimed at improving yield.People living or traveling in Western Europe will be particularly hard hit with airfares across the region expected to rise 4.8 percent. This will include sharp increases in Norway (11.5 percent), Germany (7.3 percent), France (6.9 percent) and Spain (6.7percent).Eastern Europe as well as  Middle Eastern and  African countries, on the other hand, will experience a decline of 2.3 percent and 2 percent, respectively.The Asia-Pacific will see a 3.2 percent rise in airfares in 2019 with ticket prices in the booming Chinese market increasing 3.9 percent.The forecast says the vast majority of countries in the Asia-Pacific will see price rises with hot spots including New Zealand (7.5 percent) and India (7.3 percent).The exception is tipped to be Japan, where prices are likely to fall 3.9 percent as capacity is added ahead of the Olympic Games.North American prices rises are projected at a modest 1.8 percent.“In the US, airlines are recalibrating to reflect better areas of demand, depending on how trade relationships change with key US allies and adversaries,’’ the report says. “The US aviation market is expected to see capacity compression due to expanded fare fragmentation, with premium economy and basic economy reducing available seats, as carriers target margin improvement.”There ’s good news for travelers in Latin America with airfares expected to fall by 2 percent with slight increases in Mexico and Columbia. Chile will be the exception with a forecast rise of 7.5 percent.Accommodation costs will also vary between regions with hotel prices likely to rise 5.1 percent in the Asia-Pacific, with New Zealand again standing out with a substantial 11.8 percent increase.Western Europe will see hotel costs rise 5.6 percent with substantial increases in Norway (11.8 percent), Spain (8.5 percent), Finland (7.1 percent), Germany (6.8 percent) and France (6.8 percent).North American prices will go up 2.1 percent with Canada (5 percent) outpacing the US (2.7 percent).Hotel prices will fall in Eastern Europe (down 1.9 percent), the Middle East and Africa (down 1.5 percent) and Latin America (down 1.3 percent).The exceptions in Latin America will be Chile (up 6.4 percent), Peru (up 2.1 percent) and Mexico (up 0.6 percent).last_img read more