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


first_imgBosnia-Herzegovina: Kosice Transport of Slovakia has delivered two 1989-built Tatra KT8D5 trams to Sarajevo. Pars Sumperk and Siemens are to refurbish 37 Tatra K2 trams for Sarajevo Tramway over five years.Canada: Services began on Ottawa’s O-Train diesel light rail line on October 15, using three Class 643 Talent DMUs. Mayor Bob Chiarelli forecast that the line would be extended within five years.China: Hong Kong’s Chief Secretary Donald Tsang has approved plans for a HK$10bn tunnel to carry KCRC’s planned Sheung Shui – Lok Ma Chau branch under wetlands in Long Valley, to avoid intrusion into a wildlife sanctuary. Other projects including the Western Corridor between Yuen Long and Shenzhen are also to be accelerated.Czech Republic: Brno Transport is calling tenders for up to 20 modular low-floor trams up to 24m long with asynchronous motors and regenerative braking by 2004. They will replace K2 trams dating from the 1960s.France: Alstom inaugurated a 1·6 km light rail test track in La Rochelle on September 2. It will be used to develop innovative technologies to reduce infrastructure costs.Germany: München Transport tested a Siemens-SGP ULF tram from Wien, with a floor height of 180mm, on Line 21 last month.Great Britain: Transport for London has started public consultation for the proposed Cross River Transit light rail route linking Camden, King’s Cross, Brixton and Peckham, and for a line along Uxbridge Road in west London.Hungary: Budapest Transport inaugurated a new 18 km orbital tram route on October 2, linking Mexikói Ut with Gubacsi. Route 3 services began the next day, using former Hannover cars.Israel: Metropolitan Mass Transit System Ltd has appointed Jakes Associates to study elevated transit proposals for Tel Aviv. The work includes evaluating routes, a comparison with light rail, and the preparation of preliminary cost estimates.USA: Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District is planning a $166m replacement of the power supply and signalling equipment on the Chicago – South Shore line, to increase reliability and timekeeping. In addition, six bridges will be replaced, and high platforms installed at two stations.last_img read more

RFMW Announces USB Controlled Phase Shifter from Telemakus, LLC

first_imgRFMW , Ltd. announces application and sales support for the Telemakus TEP8000-6 RF, digital phase shifter. This laboratory quality phase shifter has a minimum phase range of 360 degrees with 12-bit, 0.25 degree resolution and operates over the bandwidth of 4 to 8 GHz. Maximum RF input for linear operation is +10 dBm. Typical insertion loss through the TEP8000-6 is only 5dB. When coupled with the TEA8000-6 USB controlled RF attenuator, a gain and phase control system can be created. Applications include phased array antenna testing. Weighing less than an ounce each, Telemakus test devices represent the latest technology in low cost and transportable test equipment. Each unit’s graphical user interface (GUI) is resident in on-board Flash memory making them “plug and play” for Window’s™ based PCs.last_img read more

Welshman, Holder net hat-tricks in Golden Jaguars 8-0 win over Turks and Caicos

first_imgEMERY Welshman and Sheldon Holder both scored a hat-trick of goals in Guyana’s 8-0 victory over Turks and Caicos to record their first win in the CONCACAF Nations League. Playing at the Turks and Caicos National Academy, Holder, after scoring the game’s opening goal in the seventh minute, completed his hat-trick when he found the net in the 37th and 45th minutes.Welshman netted in the 20th, 69th minutes and an 82nd-minute penalty saw the US-based forward complete his first international hat-trick.Trayon Bobb (45th minute) and Kadell Daniels (75th minute) contributed the other two goals for coach Michael Johnson’s side in a complete dominating performance.While Guyana (182), played to a 2-2 come-from-behind draw against Barbados at home, Turks and Caicos (210) were hammered 11-0 by Cuba when they travelled to Havana for their first game in the CONCACAF tournament.This was the first away match for the Golden Jaguars as they seek to qualify for the CONCACAF Gold Cup. French Guiana will host Guyana on November 20, while Guyana will play their final qualifier against Belize in March 2019 at Leonora.last_img read more

NFL places Bills’ Tyrel Dodson on Commissioner-Exempt List

first_imgThe two then argued and Dodson allegedly slammed the woman against a wall. The woman told police she locked herself in a bathroom and told Dodson to leave, but he allegedly broke down the door, then later knocked her to the floor. She also alleges he stole thousands of dollars from a safe under the bed before leaving. Related News Patriots intend to re-sign Demaryius Thomas, reports say LB Vosean Joseph and RB Senorise Perry have been placed on IR.LB Tyrel Dodson has been placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List.— Buffalo Bills (@BuffaloBills) August 31, 2019TMZ Sports reported Dodson and his girlfriend got into an argument in her apartment in Scottsdale, Arizona, when he allegedly vomited on the carpet inside her bedroom after drinking. Andrew Luck takes out full-page ad thanking Colts fans Police arrested Dodson the next day at a nightclub. He reportedly denied the allegations against him, but was arraigned on three charges involving domestic violence, disorderly conduct and damage to property, all misdemeanors.Dodson, 20, signed with the Bills as an undrafted free agent out of Texas A&M this offseason. He led the team in tackles as a sophomore and was third in tackles as a junior last year. Tyrel Dodson has been placed on the Commissioner’s Exempt List, the Bills announced Saturday.According to NFL Media, the league will continue to investigate the alleged incident in which the rookie linebacker was arrested on charges of domestic violence in May. Ezekiel Elliott holdout: Deal expected soon as Cowboys’ talks with running back ‘intensifying’last_img read more