Guest Opinion | Rick Cole: Mayor’s Affordable Housing Task Force Has Its Work Cut Out For It

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Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Opinion & Columnists Guest Opinion | Rick Cole: Mayor’s Affordable Housing Task Force Has Its Work Cut Out For It By RICK COLE Published on Thursday, March 4, 2021 | 4:25 pm Herbeauty11 Yummy Spices For A Flat TummyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News center_img Business News CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Make a comment Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 51 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Mayor Victor Gordo has recognized the gravity and urgency of Pasadena’s housing and homelessness crisis by announcing the formation of an Affordable Housing Task Force. He has indicated the group will work to hammer out a comprehensive approach that can be incorporated into a revised housing element of our general plan. State law requires the updated housing element to be submitted for state review by October of this year.This is an important and encouraging step forward. So too is the recent appointment of Jess Rivas to fill the District 5 City Council seat that Gordo vacated on his election as mayor. Rivas told the council during her interview that, beyond the current pandemic, “the big challenge that we face is affordable housing and homelessness.” She spoke forcefully about adding to the city’s stock of affordable housing and permanent supportive housing in the years ahead.Pasadena has appointed housing panels before, going back to 1989 when a task force recommended the creation of the City’s Housing Department. Whether the mayor’s task force is effective boils down to three things: who gets appointed; how the group works; and whether there is long-term accountability for implementing its recommendations.Often when citizens are appointed to city commissions or committees, “the usual suspects” get the nod. That’s natural – elected officials look to established “leaders” that they know. There is clearly value in that – influential people are important to the credibility and acceptance of the results. Yet in a city as diverse as Pasadena, it’s vital to also look beyond familiar faces, especially on issues like affordable housing and homelessness.For example, homeowners dominate the council and city commissions. Hardly surprising. Those who own their own home have an investment in their community and typically are more stable residents. Yet 57% of Pasadena are renters – and they too have a direct stake in the outcome of city decisions, especially regarding housing. They also tend to be younger and more reflective of the changing demographics of Pasadena where more than 65% of the population is non-white.But there are other overlooked factors in who gets appointed that can have decisive impact on the effort. One is simply personality. Some very smart, very knowledgeable people simply don’t work well on committees. Having served on (as well as worked for) city councils and commissions, I’ve seen over and over again the vital importance of listening and collaborating. None of us have all the answers. Those who insist on pushing their personal point of view can paralyze a group’s work.It’s also important to have a mix of members, some with deep expertise and some who come with an open mind and fresh approach. Issues as complex as affordable housing and homelessness need both. It makes no sense to start from scratch, but if we just do what we’ve always done, we won’t seize new opportunities.Once the group is appointed and sits down to work, there are other crucial factors for success, starting with staff support. Data, reports, minutes and meeting logistics are key to framing the work of volunteers – and for this group, it will be important to have multi-faceted assistance. An issue of this magnitude and significance will need involvement by both the Housing and Community Development Departments, as well as both the City Manager and City Attorney’s Offices.Even the hardest working and most prepared group of task force members also need to listen to the broader public. The task force’s work should be coordinated with the community outreach the city plans on the housing element update. Ideally, the task force will ensure that all voices are heard, especially those likely to be left out – the rent-burdened, the unhoused, those who don’t speak English and even those who’ve been displaced in recent years, including a significant portion of Pasadena’s historic African-American community.Finally, we all know that in government it is not unusual for excellent, substantive reports to get submitted – and shelved. No matter how much time the task force puts in, no matter how sensitive they are to fiscal and political realities, no matter how hard they strive to reach consensus on bold, but achievable goals – it will be up to the council, staff and larger community to decide whether the recommendations are implemented – or ignored.These concerns should not daunt us. If the mayor selects a diverse and productive membership, if the task force listens to each other and the diverse voices in our community and if the recommendations are embraced and adopted into binding law in the housing element, Pasadena will have done what it does best: find common ground. The general plan itself embodies a commitment that “citizen participation will be a permanent part of achieving a greater city. Citizens will be provided with timely and understandable information on planning issues and projects; citizens will directly participate in shaping plans and policies for Pasadena’s future.”With the housing element needing to be finished in just seven months, the Mayor’s Affordable Housing Task Force will have its work cut out for it!Rick Cole is a former mayor of Pasadena.last_img read more

Mars Radiation Would Fry Astronaut Brains

first_imgImagine the first Martian astronauts coming home confused, impaired and demented.  This is the risk from solar radiation on Mars, say a group of NASA medical researchers (see RxPG News).  Among the gravest risks of a manned flight to Mars ranks the possibility that massive amounts of solar and cosmic radiation will decimate the brains of astronauts, leaving them in a vegetative state, if they survive at all.     Dubbed “Risk 29” by NASA’s Mars scientists, the cosmic radiation risk remains a show-stopper because shielding a spacecraft from all radiation could make it too heavy to reach Mars, which, at its closest, is 38 million miles from earth. The kinds of radiation astronauts could be exposed could be like that from a nuclear disaster, one of the researchers said, because, “The sun is basically a big nuclear reactor.”  Though we are much closer to the sun, we are “shielded on Earth by the atmosphere and the Van Allen Radiation Belts” which Mars lacks.     Incidentally, James Van Allen, who discovered these life-saving belts around Earth, passed away last month at the age of 91 (see JPL press release).  He was the last from a famous 1958 photo showing three space pioneers holding a replica of the first US satellite, Explorer 1, high overhead in victory at a press conference.  Alongside him were William Pickering and Wernher von Braun. Movie scriptwriters never bring up these problems on Star Trek and all the other space thrillers.  Fact is, it’s a shooting gallery out there.  High-energy particles would rip into our flesh constantly were it not for our protective bubble here on God’s green earth. (Visited 12 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Twitter Search Queries Grew 33% Since April

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Chances are that if you’ve been using Twitter much lately, you’ve become more familiar the popular microblog’s secondary mascot, the fail whale, who likes to show up and let you know when Twitter is over capacity. Whether it’s the World Cup or simply a networking error, the fail whale has been showing its ugly face more and more. Now you can add one more reason to that list: People are searching Twitter for information more than ever before. According to Kim-Mai Cutler of VentureBeat, Twitter’s search queries are up 33% from April, a stat that should silence any of those critics who previously asked if the service had gone stagnant. The article quotes Twitter co-founder Biz Stone as stating that the company has begun handling 800 million queries a day. The company reported at its developer conference, Chirp, last April that it was handling 600 million queries daily. As Danny Sullivan wrote in SearchEngineLand when these numbers first appeared in April, comparing Twitter searches with Google and Bing isn’t exactly an apples to apples comparison.“Most of Twitter’s traffic isn’t happening at Twitter itself,” Sullivan wrote. “Instead, it’s happening through API calls — a system for partners to send a search to Twitter and get the info back.”While the numbers may seem to say we’ve all suddenly begun streaming to, in reality, many of these queries likely come from automated searches set up in third-party clients like TweetDeck or search-enabled widgets displayed on other websites. With Twitter attempting to monetize through sponsored search results, however, any news saying that query numbers are on the rise can be good news for Twitter. mike melanson Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditcenter_img Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#news#search#twitter#web The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

London Eye: Vijay Kumar needs true recognition from Indian Army

first_imgIt’s been crazy as I have been chasing three possible Indian medals in one day at the London Olympics.Okay, before you think I have lost it, this is how Friday panned out.Sunrise was early and not just because of early day break in summer but how every Indian wanted to make a dash to Wembley to see Saina Nehwal in action against Wang Yihan.  Had Saina won, she would have been sure of a silver, though it did not happen.A 9am start was indeed challenging not just for Saina but even me. From the Main Press Centre in Stratford to Wembley, it’s a long run.No matter how fast the Olympics bus takes you in the dedicated lane, it means nothing when you have got into a wrong bus! Instead of Wembley, it was talking us to Excel, where boxing takes place.It was harrowing, using all forms of transport available and making it to Wembley just in time for Saina’s match. While the average fan would say it was bad Saina lost, reality is the Indian queen is still not good enough to beat this tall girl Wang. The Chinese girl’s smashes are so hard and she moves like a hare. Actually, if we were to have a “Battle of Sexes” match in badminton, the Indian men may lose to her!From Wembley to the Royal Artillery Range was another mad dash. News of Joydeep Karmakar in the prone final and Vijay Kumar going great guns made me believe this was truly going to be a ‘Game for Gold’ day.Karmakar shot as well as he could, though nerves played its part towards the end. Yet, for someone who had lost his ammunition in Hanover and was left with the last lot of his Eley cartridges, this was a great show.I have no doubt with the focus on Gagan Narang, Ronjan Sodhi and Abhinav Bindra in London, Karmakar was relaxed. He had his chances and blew it but all is not lost.It’s just his first Olympics and a fourth place show is indeed creditable. Leave aside India’s Olympic medallists a fourth place showing in an Olympics final is the best I have got to see.Back to the real silver medal which came after two dreams went up in smoke in the space of hours.I knew Vijay Kumar had been waiting for this big day. Unlike other Indian sportspersons, he has liked to keep the spotlight away from him.After watching him shoot the final, I am convinced when we talk of killer instinct and so on, if we could get the Indian Army to train more sportspersons, it will be good.Shooting is a sport in India where there is a proper system and there is good synergy between civilians and the Army and corporate also chip in.While we know the Mittal Champions Trust has been funding athletes, the Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ) also needs to be recognised for their support. Both Narang and Vijay Kumar Sharma are supported by OGQ.Talk of faujis in sport, their discipline and dedication are amazing. Being a subedar, Vijay Kumar knows what the ‘differences’ are between him and the officers in Indian Army.While I saluted Vijay in London and you will do so when he touches down at the IG airport in the capital, he knows in the Indian Army, there is a divide.Yes, unlike others athletes who work in public sector undertakings and the Indian Railways, Vijay doesn’t have to attend office. He can just keep training.There will be huge cash awards and so on for Vijay, but where he needs true recognition is from the Indian Army.From Dhyan Chand to Milkha Singh and Sriram Singh, they were all from the Indian Army.Vijay Kumar has done his regiment proud and become a national hero now. Yet, as one who serves the Army, he knows the class difference will always exist. Sad, isn’t it?advertisementlast_img read more

Detroit’s Athanasiou Scores But Price Becomes Winningest Goaltender in Canadiens History (Pics,Vids)

first_imgMONTREAL (AP) — With a portrait of Jacques Plante hanging just a few feet away, Carey Price passed around the credit for his latest accomplishment.Price made 20 saves Tuesday night and became the winningest goaltender in the storied history of the Montreal Canadiens, who held off the Detroit Red Wings for a 3-1 victory.It was win No. 315 for Price, snapping a tie with Plante atop the team leaderboard. Plante spent parts of 11 seasons with Montreal during his Hall of Fame career, winning five consecutive Stanley Cups from 1956-60.Montreal Canadiens center Max Domi (13) celebrates with teammates Tomas Tatar (90) and Andrew Shaw (65) after scoring against the Detroit Red Wings during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)“I’m very proud obviously, first and foremost, to be standing here today with this puck in my hand,” said Price, who earned his 29th win of the season. “I’m definitely thankful for all the help I’ve gotten along the way. There’s been ups and downs throughout this whole process, and I’ve played with a lot of great guys and have played on some excellent teams.“I’ll definitely have some time to reflect on it but I don’t think that time is quite yet.”Price, who was selected fifth overall by Montreal in the 2005 entry draft, improved to 315-221-67 in 12 seasons with the Canadiens.“I feel like most people who have donned this jersey laid it all out there,” said Price, reflecting on the Canadiens greats of the past. “I’m proud to be part of this.”Montreal Canadiens centre Jordan Weal (43) jumps in front of Detroit Red Wings goaltender Jonathan Bernier (45) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, March 12, 2019, in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)Max Domi had two goals and Brett Kulak also scored as the Canadiens (37-26-7) stopped a two-game slide. Tomas Tatar, who played for the Red Wings from 2010 to 2018, had two assists against his former team.Andreas Athanasiou scored in the third period for Detroit (24-36-10), which has won just once in its past 12 games. Jonathan Bernier stopped 33 shots.The Red Wings have dropped their last nine games against the Canadiens.“We had our scoring chances but Carey made some big saves in the third,” Bernier said. “We had the chance to tie it up but we couldn’t find the back of the net. Everyone knows it’s hard right now. We can’t buy any wins. But we have to stick with it. At some point you have to get rewarded.”Carey avait une bonne excuse pour être un petit peu en retard lors de sa nomination à titre de première étoile du match.Carey’s got a pretty good excuse for being a tad late for his first-star selection.#GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) March 13, 2019Price was on his game from the opening faceoff, making a nice pad save on Athanasiou on a breakaway in the game’s first minute.With the game still scoreless in the second period, Price made a spectacular pad save on Michael Rasmussen before Shea Weber knocked the rebound away out of midair.Domi put Montreal in front 12:27 into the second when he deflected Andrew Shaw’s hard pass from the half-wall past Bernier for his 23rd goal of the season.Kulak made it 2-0 five minutes later with a one-timer through traffic that knuckled on Bernier and trickled past him.? #GoHabsGo— Canadiens Montréal (@CanadiensMTL) March 13, 2019Athanasiou got Detroit on the board when he beat Price between the pads 40 seconds into the third period.With 12 minutes to play, Price made his biggest saves of the night. The 31-year-old was fully outstretched to deny Tyler Bertuzzi on a breakaway before freezing the puck on Frans Nielsen’s dangerous rebound.“He’s the best in the world for a reason, he has been for a long time and he will be for an even longer time,” said Domi, who added an empty-netter with 49 seconds to play. “It’s honestly insane to put into words what he’s accomplished. It’s just another level.”TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more