Year in Review Part 4: October

first_imgA Día de los Muertos Art Installation came to the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Pier. Artist Ricardo Soltero shared his larger than life La Catrina statues to highlight the traditional Mexican cultural celebration of life and death.. The Fairmont Miramar project received approval from City Councilmembers, meaning Santa Monica’s 4.5-acre landmarked property featuring could soon be renovated to include new guest rooms, expanded retail space, and more. Following a 4-2 vote, with Councilmembers Kevin McKeown and Sue Himmelrich voting against the project, developers must head to the California Coastal Commission for approval.  California eased its coronavirus restrictions to allow up to three households to socialize outdoors, an expansion of rules aimed at people tempted to have even larger gatherings around Halloween, Thanksgiving and end-of-year holidays. The goal was not to encourage larger gatherings, Newsom said, but to recognize the increasing pressure for get-togethers and provide ways for people to act appropriately.  Mayor Kevin McKeown alongside 42 other mayors in the California Mayors Coalition signed a letter to Governor Newsom urging him to provide more equitable financial relief to cities. There was a significant inequity in the state’s allocation of $500 million in federal funding from the CARES Act between large and small cities. Six of California’s thirteen cities with a population of over 300,000 were allocated funding equal to $174 per person, however, cities like Santa Monica that have a population under 300,000 only received $12.28 per resident. Santa Monica City Council instituted a one-year moratorium on the operation of autonomous delivery vehicles on sidewalks in response to a company called CyanRobotics, which began deploying contactless food delivery robots in August. Since the company did not apply for a business license prior to deploying its devices, staff sent the company a cease and desist letter, which forced the company to immediately stop all deployments in the city. For 100 years, The First Baptist Church of Venice has called Venice home but a fire threatened to destroy a century’s worth of history. Residents believe it wasn’t accidental. Los Angeles Fire Department officials responded to a fire near the location and recorded it as rubbish fire from part of a homeless encampment. The Prize Patrol from Publishers Clearing House traveled to Santa Monica on Friday to award $10,000 to local resident Cheryl Pappas. Revisions to Santa Monica’s recently adopted leasing requirements were passed by City Councilmembers, allowing local homeowners to rent their homes for less than a year as long as they meet certain criteria. Council first tackled medium term rentals in August when it adopted an ordinance mandating all residential rental properties in the city must be rented unfurnished to natural persons, who intend to occupy the unit as their primary residence for longer than a year. The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office chose the OIR Group to lead an after-action review for the looting, riots and protests of May 31. City officials said publicly that the first of two reports would be finished in August of this year but the police department said it was unable to prepare the document and handle regular police work. In response, council authorized staff to hire a third party company to combine both reports into a single document. With the prohibition on fast food restaurants in the Third Street Promenade set to expire in November, Santa Monica’s Planning Commission considered amendments that would make the moratorium on fast food uses with frontage on the Promenade permanent. When UCLA Professor Andrea Ghez was awoken by a phone call at 2 a.m. on Tuesday morning, she had an immediate fear of impending bad news. That alarm quickly turned to delight as she discovered she was being awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics for her research on black holes, making her the fourth woman selected in the award’s 119 year history. A court hearing reopened settlement proceedings for the lawsuit over alleged illegal school supply fees charged by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. The court needs to assign a new third party referee and decide on procedures for adjudicating the 334 school fee reimbursement claims disputed by the District. Attorney Kevin Shenkman initiated the lawsuit in 2017 on behalf of parents Vivian Mahl and Gina de Baca, claiming that SMMUSD required families pay for field trips, uniforms, and school supplies in violation of the constitutional guarantee to a free education.  Two legal decisions reaffirmed Santa Monica’s ability to shutter its local airport at the end of 2028. In January 2017, the city and the Federal Aviation Administration entered into a Settlement Agreement and Consent Decree. Two local resident groups opposed the proposed Consent Decree, prompting a legal battle that recently came to an end when a federal district court in Washington granted a motion by the FAA to dismiss the case due to a lack of jurisdiction. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health announced that playgrounds were cleared for safe reopening but officials gave cities the ability to decide exactly when monkey bars and slides would be safe for use again. Santa Monica’s Public Works teams prepared 12 playgrounds for reopening. Nearly 20 miles of new protected bike lanes are planned for Santa Monica streets after local City Councilmembers approved an update to the city’s Bike Action Plan.  A Santa Monica man found multiple ballots for the 2020 election in public trash bins this week alongside what appeared to be other mail from nearby homes. Osvaldo Jimenez found the first batch of ballots in an Alley between 20th and 21st in the Pico neighborhood around 4:30 p.m. and he found a second batch on Virginia Ave in a recycling bin in front of the nearby church later that night. Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud retired from her position and was replaced be replaced by former chief Jacqueline Seabrooks who returned as Interim Chief. A Santa Monica day spa owner was charged today in federal court with accumulating N95 respirators in anticipation of the COVID-19 pandemic and then price gouging by selling the scarce masks at vastly inflated prices. Santa Monica Police Department crisis negotiators helped talk a nineteen year-old man out of a potential suicide attempt in Palisades Park on Tuesday morning. The individual sat on a bluff above the Pacific Coast Highway for two hours, during which time officers closed the 10 freeway below Lincoln Ave and a section of the northbound PCH.  School Board members approved SMMUSD’s plan to purchase a building at 1717 4th Street to become the new District headquarters. The space is adjacent to the Doubletree Suites and next to Santa Monica High School and the Civic Center. The $21 million purchase will not impact the General Fund, but will be financed through redevelopment agency funding and by leasing the District’s current office space at 1651 16th St. As America undergoes another reckoning with race, the Venice Family Clinic celebrated 50 years of fighting for justice in healthcare through a Zoom party fundraiser and a week of volunteer activism. An Irvine man was taken into federal custody on charges alleging he set fire to a Santa Monica Police Department car during civil unrest that accompanied widespread protests in late May. Nathan Wilson, 27, is charged in a federal criminal complaint with malicious damage to property owned by an institution or organization receiving federal financial assistance. Santa Monica’s Target held its grand opening at 1610 Wilshire. Word first spread about a new Target opening in the location back in January when the building’s previous occupant, Staples, announced it would be closing. L.A. County recorded a record number of white supremacist hate crimes and crimes against the transgender community in its 2019 Hate Crimes Report. The report showed that there were 524 hate crimes recorded in 2019, which is only one crime more than those recorded in 2018, but it marks a 36 percent increase in hate crimes from 2013. A Santa Monica based drug investigation has yielded one arrest in addition to fentanyl, heroin, prescription pills and seizure of $296,000 in cash. According to SMPD, officers began investigating the suspect following a drug sale in city limits.  The Santa Monica College Board delayed discussions relating to campus equity after a study session triggered strong emotional reactions from officials. At the special study session held in September, staff, students and college stakeholders gathered to discuss aspects of policy and leadership that are key to promoting equity and guided pathways reforms. Following two and a half years of negotiations between Malibu City Council and SMMUSD, Malibu decided to reinstate its petition to L.A. County Office of Education to form a separate school district. SMMUSD Superintendent Dr. Ben Drati sent a letter to the City of Malibu expressing disapproval of the petition and urging Malibu to return to the negotiating table for the sake of preserving educational equity. HomeFeaturedYear in Review Part 4: October Dec. 30, 2020 at 6:00 amFeaturedNewsYear in Review Part 4: OctoberGuest Author5 months agooctoberyear in review Local street performers were banned from entertaining tourists visiting Santa Monica’s Third Street Promenade, Pier and Transit Mall during peak afternoon and evening shopping hours, as part of the city’s Twenty-Seventh Supplement. While the recent safer-at-home orders had affected the number of acts performing in recent months, performers had found ways to continue with a few creative adaptations. City Council announced that in December 2020 a new department devoted to sustainable, multi-modal transportation will combine Big Blue Bus, Parking Operations and Mobility Division, which is currently part of the Community Development Department.Tags :octoberyear in reviewshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentPop Culture in (ugh) 2020, from the bizarre to the sublimeCurious City – WE CAN DO THISYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more

AT&T, T-Mobile push ahead with LAA

first_img Steve Costello Ericsson, Leonardo team on 5G products Amazon reels in MGM Home AT&T, T-Mobile push ahead with LAA Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more US operators AT&T and T-Mobile both talked-up their efforts around LTE Licensed Assisted Access (LTE-LAA) technology, with the smaller player trumpeting higher speeds in its pilots than its rival.LTE-LAA combines licensed 4G spectrum with unlicensed frequencies in the 5GHz band to deliver higher speeds. It is designed to co-exist with other 5GHz technologies including Wi-Fi, using a “listen before talk” feature to ensure fair use.AT&T partnered with Ericsson in what was called “one of the first-ever live LTE-LAA field trials”, achieving speeds of more than 650Mb/s in downtown San Francisco. The company said the technology forms part of its “5G Evolution” plans, designed to offer “state-of-the-art 5G speeds as early as late 2018”.“As demand continues to grow at a rapid pace on our network, being able to offer customers not only fast speeds, but also increased capacity by combining licensed and unlicensed spectrum is an important milestone,” said Marachel Knight, SVP of wireless network architecture and design at AT&T.T-Mobile US said its field tests in Los Angeles “showed blazing 741Mb/s download speeds”. It said the technology is “live in select locations” across the US, with more rolling out later this year.“While our competitors scramble to deal with the way unlimited data plans are slowing down their networks, we’re already moving on to what’s next. This means that the fastest LTE network – that’s T-Mobile – will only get faster,” said Neville Ray, CTO. Previous ArticleSprint explores mobile deal with cable playersNext ArticleEC hits Google with €2.4B fine Author Related Former Ericsson employees charged in bribery case AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 27 JUN 2017 Tags AT&TEricssonLAAT-Mobilelast_img read more

Wayfinding Signs Installed Around Whitefish

first_img Email WHITFISH – The new wayfinding signs plastered around Whitefish feature architectural and design elements meant to aid orientation while giving a nod to the town’s historic beginnings.The primary color of the rectangular signs, “Great Northern Green,” is outlined in “Park Brown” and overlaid against a rounded backing of Western Larch gold, while the shape of the signs are derived from an old directional sign that pointed motorists toward Highway 40.The signs show the way to destinations like City Beach, the train depot, the Whitefish Trail, Stumptown Ice Den, Whitefish Mountain Resort, and other prominent hallmarks ringing the city center.“They are geared for people who come to town and might want to know how to find the high school for an athletic event or go to a show at the O’Shaughnessy,” Whitefish City Manager Chuck Stearns said. “Matching the historic design and Great Northern colors was very important. You get visitors into the theme of the signs early on and then they are looking for the same color motif around town.”The wayfinding project also calls for a pair of gateway signs installed at either end of town and 47 directional signs that guide visitors toward public destinations.In downtown Whitefish, the signs complement the brighter green of the street posts to which they are affixed, and city staff will install five directories with maps.The Whitefish City Council approved the project after bidding it out for less than $150,000. The wayfinding project was funded with tax increment funds.The city hopes to have the signs installed by July 4. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox.last_img read more

Big talk is forgotten, it’s performance which stays: Mary Kom post qualifying for Olympics

first_img COMMENT “It is huge for me. I feel as if I have proved myself. It really means a lot and a huge weight is off my shoulders. I hope it changes mindset of people who are against me, people who try to manipulate and bring politics into sport,” the 37-year-old six-time world and five-time Asian champion said. “…talking outside the ring can only fetch headlines. Those headlines will be forgotten and after that, it’s just the performance. If you talk big and the results don’t add up, it will hurt you in the long run. So let your punches do the talking and create a legacy that won’t be forgotten,” she added.  First Published: 11th March, 2020 12:49 IST Press Trust Of India Her reference was to the selection controversy that preceded the qualifiers when former junior world champion Nikhat Zareen sought Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju’s intervention while demanding a trial bout against the Manipuri. The ill-tempered and hyped trial bout was won by Mary Kom.   “Politics should not dictate sports. It is not good for India. I am just thankful to god that I could prove that I am right, that I am worthy,” said the boxer whose maiden Olympic appearance was in 2012 when women’s boxing made its debut at the Games. She brought home a bronze that year. “I have never done anything bad to anyone. I respect everyone, senior or junior, doesn’t matter to me. But when I am questioned the way I was, it is irritating for me. There should be respect, that’s all. Be nice and I will be nice to you,” she added.   “Again and again and again, I am just dragged. I can say a lot but that negativity is behind me. I have proved myself inside the ring and I would let the matter rest. I am looking forward to my second Olympics,” she further said referring to similar past furores involving Pinki Jangra and L Sarita Devi.  FOLLOW US WATCH US LIVE Will it have a bearing on her training plans given that travelling outside for it may not be an option due to the coronavirus threat. “…I will see about that. I will have a discussion with my coach (Chhote Lal Yadav) and figure out my plan after that,” she said. The Tokyo Olympics will also be her last. Given the enormity of her achievements, it is bound to be an emotionally overwhelming campaign in Tokyo. But Mary Kom said there is lots to take care of before she can allow emotions to step in. “It will be emotional no doubt. There will be lots of pressure as well and it will not be easy to deal with all that,” she said.”But I will try my best like always. In fact, I will rather just focus on getting the results I want, the emotions can wait for until after that,” she added. LIVE TVcenter_img But what about the uncertainty looming on the fate of the Olympics due to the global novel coronavirus outbreak, which has left over 4,000 dead and more than 100,000 infected. “Of course I am concerned, it has spread so widely. We have to be careful, not just me but all the athletes. I have heard about the speculation that the Olympics might be cancelled. “But What can I say? It’s not in my hands but I am confident that this will be brought under control and the Olympics will be held as scheduled. Let’s see what happens,” she said. Talking about Olympics, Mary Kom feels her experience of over two decades will help her reach the podium for a better medal than 2012.”Experience allows me to control the pace of bouts. I face a lot of aggressive and fast girls now but what they don’t have is experience and I ensure that it becomes my biggest weapon.”You can be the fittest and the fastest boxer around but I will always have the experience to dictate how the bout goes. This is what is going to be my biggest advantage at the Olympics,” she said.  Image credits: @SAI_media / Twitter SUBSCRIBE TO US Indian boxing icon M C Mary Kom pulled no punches as she lambasted critics and challengers after securing her second Olympic appearance, saying those who bring politics into sports should remember that it’s the performance that creates a legacy, not big statements. Speaking to PTI from Amman, Jordan after booking her Olympic berth by making the semifinals of the Asia/Oceania Qualifiers, Mary Kom (51kg) also said her experience of over two decades will be her biggest weapon against younger opponents in Tokyo. She ended with a bronze at the qualifiers. ‘Big talk is forgotten’ Last Updated: 11th March, 2020 12:51 IST Big Talk Is Forgotten, It’s Performance Which Stays: Mary Kom Post Qualifying For Olympics Mary Kom also said her experience of over two decades will be her biggest weapon against younger opponents in Tokyo. She ended with a bronze in the qualifiers Written Bylast_img read more