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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. 47 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Pasadena Board of Education virtual meeting, Thursday, April 23, 2020. Screengrab from KLRNAmid declining enrollment, school closures and all manner of budget woes, the Pasadena Unified School District school board generally finds itself planning year to year, crisis to crisis. But Thursday the board played the long game.By a 6-1 vote, the board approved a resolution under which solar-paneled structures will be erected at 12 PUSD sites. The board also entered into a 25-year power-purchase agreement with a solar provider that, according to staff estimates, will save the district about $4.8 million in energy costs over the life of the contract.The board vote came during an afternoon meeting conducted remotely under “Safer at Home” guidelines during the coronavirus crisis.The solar plan passed Thursday calls for a company called California PV Energy 3 to design, construct, install, maintain, and own and operate the power-generating structures — at no construction or maintenance costs to the district.The new “photovoltaic” power-generation hardware will ride atop car and shade structures and be operational by April 30, 2021, according to a staff report.The structures would not generate all the energy needed for each PUSD site, so the district will, in time, pay two energy bills each month — one to California PV Energy, the other to either Pasadena Water and Power or California Edison, depending on the location of the site.But ultimately, the district would save around that $4.8 million figure over 25 years, based on an estimated 4 percent rise each year in the cost of energy, according to the staff report.The plan is a scaled-down version of an earlier, similar proposal that was scrapped amid uncertainty over the long-term future of some PUSD sites. That plan had called for solar structures to be built at 28 PUSD sites, but sparked controversy because of the uncertain futures of some district facilities amid school closures.In September, the board announced the closures of Franklin, Jefferson and Roosevelt elementary schools for the next school year.Then in October, the school board announced the upcoming closure of Wilson Middle School. In March, the board also eliminated 55 full-time positions, including some 44 teachers and four principals, for the 2020-2021 school year.Indeed, one caveat noted in the staff report regarding the solar plan said that, as a result of the agreements, “the ability of the district to sell any one of the 12 sites without the encumbrance of the solar system is restricted. Moreover, closing of a school does not relieve the district of the obligation to continue to purchase energy produced by the site solar system.’’However, in an interview with Pasadena Now, board Vice President Scott Phelps said of the 12 PUSD sites that will receive the solar structures, “We’re pretty darn sure we’re going to be utilizing (long term).’’Those sites are: Altadena Arts Magnet Elementary School; Elliot Arts Magnet Academy; Field Elementary School; Hamilton Elementary School; Jackson STEM Dual Language Academy; John Muir High School Early College Magnet; Madison Elementary School; Pasadena High School; Sierra Madre Elementary School; Sierra Madre Middle School; Webster Elementary School; and Willard Elementary School.“The concerns of the community that were raised when we had the previous deal have been addressed, plus the concerns of the board about not doing too many schools, or schools where we’re not going to be occupying them anymore,’’ Phelps, who voted in favor of the move, told Pasadena Now following the meeting.“It’s a money-saving thing, it’s good for the environment, a lot of school districts do this. It doesn’t cost us up front, it’s just a good idea.“That’s why you saw such an overwhelming vote – we’ve talked about it for months. The community was concerned we were doing too much, (but) we scaled it way down, 12 schools, and only the schools that we’re pretty darn sure we’re going to be utilizing.’’Only board president Patrick Cahalan voted against the plan. He did not respond to an email or phone message from Pasadena Now to detail his reasons.Phelps, meanwhile, said that while the solar plan will not produce an immediate windfall of savings for the district, it still makes good long-term fiscal sense.“It’s true that it takes many years to have it be worthwhile, the payoff – but it’s still a good idea, even if it takes a long time,’’ said Phelps, who added that his own house has been equipped with solar panels “since 2009 or 2008.’’According to the staff report, “Benefits of the agreements include: reducing district dependence upon SCE and PWP … contributing to a cleaner environment … reduced cost of energy … (and) the construction of shade and parking structures.”At the end of the 25-year agreement, according to the staff report, “The district can: 1) exercise an option to extend at pricing negotiated at the time; 2) purchase the systems based upon a formula; or 3) cause the systems to be removed.’’Armenian Academy UpdateIn other news, Dr. Elizabeth J. Blanco, the district’s chief academic officer, gave an update on enrollment progress for the new Armenian Dual Language Immersion Program that’s planned for next year at Blair High School – a plan that was conditionally approved by the board on March 26.Blanco reported to the board that, “at my last check, it was 58 students’’ applying for open enrollment so far.Blanco said she was encouraged by the number of enrollees, given that the district has been marketing the program for only about a week.“This is a week after marketing, so we are hoping that our numbers will increase, because we have the marketing materials ready and are also advertising on some cable stations,’’ Blanco said.One of the conditions of the board’s conditional approval was that the program produce 150 students new to PUSD – a number that would generate some $2 million in additional state revenue as the district wrestles with funding issues from falling enrollment.But Blanco said she was confident there will be an Armenian program in some form next year even if the numbers should fall short.“We meet weekly to discuss option A and option B,’’ she said. “I want to clarify that we intend to have a program. The program may look slightly different if we don’t have the enrollment, but we’re going to offer those opportunities to the families who want to enroll, and we will have a parent orientation prior to the final answer on what the program design is.’’She added: “I think from the overall big scheme, if we take this 500-foot view and think about recapturing some of our community that did not give us an opportunity before to educate their children, it’s going to benefit all of the children in PUSD.’’ Make a comment Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Subscribe
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Related Political dysfunction is crippling U.S. competitiveness, Business School professors say Navarro criticized the “flood of counterfeit goods and contraband such as fentanyl into this country,” mostly from China, and said that when people buy from third-party online sources they have about a 40 percent chance of getting fakes. “Our policy goal is to turn this flood of contraband and counterfeits to a trickle,” he said. “This will not only protect consumers and save American lives, but it will also create American jobs.”Navarro praised Trump and said, “There are far too many D.C. bureaucrats in what some have called the Deep State who never got elected but who somehow think that they know better than the elected officials they serve. Please hear this: There’s no ethical high ground to be found in such disloyalty, only a road to ruinous harm to our democracy.”He recalled the “figurative and quite literal dark days” of the 1970s oil crisis, pointing out that, because of modern fracking techniques, the U.S. has gone from net oil imports of 10 million barrels a day in 2005 to about 4 million now.Saying that Ricardian economics were not based on “the possibility that one or both trading partners will lie, spy, cheat, or steal,” he provided five examples of China allegedly doing those things, from hacking computers to learn trade secrets, to putting American companies out of business by grabbing market share with cheap goods, to manipulating its currency.“If Ricardo were alive today,” Navarro asked, “what would he say about this deviant economic model? … I daresay none of you have been asked that in any of your economics classes, but maybe it’s time that those questions be asked.”He then parsed the World Trade Organization’s (WTO) nonreciprocal trading system’s most-favored-nations (MFN) rule, which essentially requires that countries not discriminate among their trading partners. That is, they must apply the same tariffs on any given goods across the board, with some exceptions.“The catch,” Navarro said, is that “nothing in the MFN rule requires a WTO member to provide equal — that is reciprocal or mirror — tariff rates to its trading partners. Rather, WTO members are free under the most-favored-nation rule to charge systematically higher tariffs to other countries, so long as they do that to everybody else.”The MFN tariff applied to autos in the U.S., for example, is 2.5 percent. Canada’s is 10 percent, China’s 15 percent, and “India’s in the stratosphere at 125 percent,” he said. “Does anybody here think that’s fair? Any takers?”The countries that get hurt most under such a system, he said, are those that have the lowest tariffs on average — like the U.S.,“America, the piggy bank, will continue to be plundered by a trade deficit that transfers more than half a trillion dollars of American wealth a year into foreign hands. These observations led me to yet another piece of conventional, fossilized wisdom propagated right here in academia — namely that trade deficits don’t matter.”In support of his argument, he quoted legendary investor Warren Buffet as saying, “Our country has been behaving like an extraordinarily rich farmer who possesses an immense farm. In order to consume 4 percent more than we produce’ — that’s the trade deficit — ‘we have day by day been both selling pieces of the farm and increasing the mortgage on what we still own.” Buffett has called this being “colonized by purchase.”Navarro admitted that the linkages he made between unfair trade practices and the trade deficit are “not accepted by the economics profession, just not accepted. It’s intuitive, but they’re just not buying it.” He argued, though, that “in such an environment of unfair trade, it’s perfectly rational for Americans to consume more and save less, with the result being a traditional deficit that’s higher that it would otherwise be.”Many of Navarro’s assertions are considered well outside the mainstream of economic thought.Largely because of them, Trump has received two letters from economists in recent years, one in 2016 signed by 370 economists that decried his policies, and the other last May signed by more than 1,100 economists voicing their opposition to tariffs and protectionism. Navarro was respectfully heard during his Harvard appearance.In closing, he said, “It’s long past time for the ivory tower to reimagine and reengineer its models of trade so that they conform far better to the realities of the international trading arena and the very real plight of the people who live not in Cambridge or Manhattan or Bonn or Brussels, but rather in the factory towns of America and across the ranches and farms in this great country.“And for those of my Ricardian colleagues who continue to resist such long-overdue change, I will simply remind you of what Professor Paul Samuelson once said about the difficult and painful transition from classical economics to Keynesianism in the 1930s. Quipped Samuelson, ‘Science advances funeral by funeral.’ I just hope I’m still around to see my own economics profession advance beyond the bankrupt Ricardian model.“Ricardo is indeed dead. Under President Trump, long live free, fair, and balanced trade.” The costs of inequality: Money = quality health care = longer life Federal insurance has helped many, but system’s holes limit gains, Harvard analysts say An ailing economy President Trump’s trade czar, Peter Navarro, said Thursday night during a speech at the Institute of Politics’ JFK Jr. Forum that the administration’s efforts to remake American trade policies, pressure China to reform its practices, and revamp the tariff system are boosting the American economy.Navarro ’77, Ph.D. ’86, has been informing Trump’s ideas on trade since the 2016 presidential campaign, ever since Jared Kushner shared one of Navarro’s books, “Death by China,” with his father-in-law, who had been espousing similarly critical views of trade with that nation since the 1980s.Now assistant to the president and director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, Navarro, besides being a prolific author, is a former Democrat who has run for office several times, and is a professor emeritus of economics and public policy at the University of California, Irvine.Trump has begun enacting several of Navarro’s policy proposals, and Navarro said they’re having the desired effects.“Stripped of rhetoric,” Navarro said during his Kennedy School appearance, “the president’s tariffs on steel and aluminum represent one of the most successful applications of a defensive trade polity in U.S. history. … Billions of dollars of new investment have poured into these industries. Capacity utilization and employment are up. And after a brief spike, prices are coming down just as theory would predict. Meanwhile, the downstream industries that were supposed to be hurt are creating all sort of new jobs.” Reviews of the tariffs in the press have been considerably more mixed.Navarro’s central thesis, “Ricardo is dead,” refers to the early 1800s British political economist David Ricardo, who argued that international free trade was always beneficial, and whose theories still hold sway.But, said Navarro, those theories don’t work well in the real world today and “no longer [have] any relevance in global markets dominated by industrial espionage, rampant cheating, intellectual property theft, forced technology transfer, state capitalism, and currency misalignments.”The U.S. GDP increased last year, jobs have been added for African Americans, Hispanics, and women, and some wage gains have been made. Navarro ascribed those results to “the most active and successful trade agenda of any modern president.”He cited other Trump administration policies that have proven successful, particularly in military-allied industries, including production of an F-16 jet fighter that he said resulted in Lockheed Martin creating 400 direct jobs in Greenville, S.C., and up to 18,000 more outside it, as well as a recent executive order that will help Navy veterans join the merchant marine, “which is critical to U.S. military logistics.” “Ricardo is indeed dead. Under President Trump, long live free, fair, and balanced trade.” — Peter Navarro
Hendricks County, IN– Former Indiana Secretary of State and 4th District Congressman, Todd Rokita, announced Wednesday he is seeking the Republican nomination for the Office of Attorney General at the upcoming Indiana Republican State Convention.“Among the Republicans running for Attorney General, no other candidate has won a statewide general election twice, no other candidate has a multi-office proven record of standing behind our God-given rights. I am A-rated in defending our Constitution’s 2nd Amendment, and I have a 100% proven voting record of defending the right-to-life, no exceptions,” said Rokita. Rokita stated he is running to bring certainty to the race and help Republicans hold onto this seat in November. Rokita will be up against several running for the Attorney General spot at the Indiana GOP Convention in June including current Attorney General Curtis Hill and Decatur County Prosecutor Nate Harter
Twitter/@CoachZachSmithThe high-scoring NCAA Football game between Ohio State quarterback Cardale Jones and Jared Foley, a Buckeyes fan that he visited in the hospital before the national championship, is quickly becoming one of the most hotly-contested video game results that we can remember. The game was originally thought to be a 91-35 win for Jones, but yesterday he clarified that he added a late touchdown to make it 98-35.Clearly, Jones wants to get credit for all of the points he scored, but he may have undersold Foley’s effort himself. In response to a t-shirt that an OSU fan created to celebrate the game, Foley claims that he actually scored 42 [email protected] I NEED ONE!! #Savage RT @Court0385: @CJ12_ @bearfoley check out the new shirts pic.twitter.com/xRauvMJbi1— Zach Sith #Zone6 (@CoachZachSmith) February 11, [email protected] it was 98-42— jared foley (@bearfoley) February 11, [email protected] yeah I scored in the finel minute— jared foley (@bearfoley) February 11, 2015Maybe Cardale can invite him to the next Taco Tuesday to make up for this discrepancy.
Ohio State Scarlet and Gray DaysUpdate: We’ve got another Scarlet and Gray Days preview to show you. This one features Braxton Miller, wide receiver. Like what you see, @OhioStAthletics fans? Don’t miss “Scarlet & Gray Days” at 7 p.m. ET Wednesday. #InsideOSU http://t.co/CYarPB7qKE— Big Ten Network (@BigTenNetwork) August 18, 2015Earlier: The Ohio State football program is the subject of a new Big Ten Network show that’s focusing on the Buckeyes’ 2015 training camp. The show, Scarlet and Gray Days, is set to debut Wednesday at 7 p.m. E.T. on BTN. Thanks to Land Grant Holy Land, we’ve gotten a sneak peek at one of the scenes from the first show. In this scene, Urban Meyer is addressing his players. “We will not go into Game 1 in Blacksburg, Va., not nine strong,” he says. Urban Meyer: “We will not go into Game 1 in Blacksburg, VA not ‘nine strong’ … That’s absolutely not negotiable.” http://t.co/y39urFk7T6— Land-Grant Holy Land (@Landgrant33) August 17, 2015Ready for the fall, Buckeye fans? Ohio State opens its season Sept. 7 against Virginia Tech at 8 p.m. E.T. The game will be televised on ESPN.
KATOWICE, Poland — Hundreds of U.S. states, cities, businesses and churches are establishing a presence at the U.N. climate talks to show that many Americans remain committed to curbing global warming.The opening Friday of the U.S. Climate Action Center alongside pavilions from Britain, Poland and New Zealand contrasts with the low-key presence of the official U.S. government delegation.The administration of President Donald Trump, who has announced the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris climate accord, is holed up in a cubicle away from the main concourse. It currently has one public event planned Monday promoting U.S. technological innovations.The Climate Action Center is backed by a grouping called We Are Still In that wants to maintain the 2015 Paris agreement aim of keeping global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit).The Associated Press
NEW DELHI: A day after Delhi Pradesh Congress chief and former CM Sheila Dikshit said that statehood is not possible, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal took a dig at Congress regime of Delhi. He said that in Congress time every year the price of electricity used to rise and the Delhiites used to complain about the high price where the citizens are now happy. “Earlier whenever I went to people they used to complain about high electricity price but now everyone is happy. In Delhi, AAP-government gives the cheapest electricity in the country,” said CM Arvind Kejriwal. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe also talked about the popularity of Mohallah Clinics across the city. “Greater Kailash is an area where rich people live but when I visited the place some days back the residents asked me to build two Mohallah Clinics there. Rich people are also coming to these clinics because the government provides the best healthcare,” he said. The Chief Minister also slammed the BJP over the issue of sealing. “I could not stop sealing because Delhi is not a full state. But if we get the full statehood then I will pass an ordinance which the BJP did not pass in the Center, and stop the sealing,” said the CM. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsFrom healthcare, housing, electricity, education, the safety of women to stopping sealing, Kejriwal made a host of promises if Delhi becomes a full state, which will be possible, he claimed, if Delhi chooses AAP candidates from all seven Lok Sabha seats. “While Delhi pays Rs. 1.5 lakh crore in income-tax every year, the Centre gives it only Rs 325 crore,” the chief minister said. Delhi government would have made many more schools and hospitals if the Centre had allocated more funds, he added. “Some works can’t be done till Delhi becomes a full state. Women feel unsafe and there is hooliganism everywhere because Delhi Police doesn’t listen to people,” CM Kejriwal said. “The police come under the PM and no one can meet the PM,” said the CM. If Delhi Police reports to Delhi government, he said, the law and order system will be such that girls will be able to go out at 11 pm without any fear. Sealing will also be stopped in 24 hours, CM Kejriwal promised.
Ghaziabad: Ghaziabad police have arrested a wanted criminal who was involved in around 150 cases of theft and robbery of mobile phone and chain in Delhi-NCR region, said police officials. Cops added that the arrest was made by a team of Indirapuram police station.According to police, the accused has been identified as Arbaaz (28), a native of Usmanpur area in Delhi. “Police have recovered 10 mobile phones of different brands, one country made pistol along with few cases of live ammunition, a stolen motorcycle from the possession of accused,” said a senior police officer. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderCops said that the arrest was made on Wednesday morning from EDM mall in Kaushambi area of Ghaziabad. “Acting on a tip-off, the arrest was made from near EDM mall of Ghaziabad. During sustained interrogations, the accused confessed to have committed over 150 robberies and theft along with his accomplices,” said Aparna Gautam, Circle Officer of Indirapuram. The officer further said that the gang was active since 2015 and were involved in several robbery and chain snatching incidents. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”The gang used to target people especially in the dark and rob them at gunpoint. Most of the robberies and chain snatching incidents were committed near the posh residential areas of Ghaziabad including Indirapuram, Vaishali, Mohan Nagar road and Kaushambi area. They also open fire on the people if they try to resist the robbery attempt,” added Gautam. Police are now trying to interrogate the accused further to trace other gang members as well.
Freshman forward Keita Bates-Diop drives toward the basket during a game against Penn State on Feb. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 75-55. Credit: Samantha Hollingshead / Lantern photographerWhile the Ohio State men’s basketball team has seen its share of production from familiar names such as freshman guard D’Angelo Russell and senior forward Sam Thompson, it’s been the play of a young forward that is starting to get the attention of coaches.And not just his own.Freshman Keita Bates-Diop has scored more than a fifth of his points this season in the last two games for the Buckeyes, both wins for OSU.Bates-Diop had a career night with 14 points, while adding nine boards and three assists, in a 79-60 thrashing of Rutgers on Sunday.He followed that up with a seven-point, five-rebound performance in a 75-55 win against Penn State Wednesday night, and Nittany Lion coach Pat Chambers said he was not surprised by it.“He played really well against Rutgers. He knocked down some shots for them so he gives them another outside threat,” Chambers said after the game. “He’s long, he’s athletic and he’s rangy so he’s going to be a really good player for years to come. But he gives you another guy you have to worry about out there other than No. 0.”No. 0 is Russell, who said after the game that when players like Bates-Diop perform well, it makes it simpler for him and for the team to succeed.“Teams can’t really key on me if other guys are stepping up and doing what they’re good at,” Russell said. “It makes the game a lot easier for me.”Bates-Diop has been seeing increased minutes since the temporary departure of sophomore forward Marc Loving, who has missed the last three games with a suspension for an undisclosed reason. OSU coach Thad Matta said he expects Loving to return to action in the Buckeyes’ next game against the Michigan State Spartans, but added that Bates-Diop has earned more minutes with his recent play.“I think from the standpoint of how Keita has played, I am just so excited for him. This is kind of what we’ve been trying to get out of him just in terms of his aggressiveness,” Matta said. “He’s long, he can block shots he can rebound out of his area. I don’t think he shot the ball particularly well tonight (against Penn State), but we know he can do that and really stretch a defense.”Bates-Diop’s offensive game might not have been put on full display against the Nittany Lions, but the Normal, Ill., native shot 4-of-7 from the field against Rutgers, including 3-of-4 from long range.However, it isn’t just Bates-Diop’s offensive game that Matta has been pleased with. Matta added after the win over Penn State that Bates-Diop is starting to learn his role on defense better and it was evident Wednesday as he finished the night with three blocks and two steals.“He is learning how to use his length,” Matta said of the 6-foot-7-inch freshman. “He made a couple rotations defensively tonight that I think kind of solidified he understands what’s going on out there now.”Thompson, who scored a career-high 22 points in Wednesday’s win, said Bates-Diop will be key for the Buckeyes moving forward as the regular season winds down.“Keita’s been huge. He has been asked to step up, and in the last few games he has really answered the call,” Thompson said. “He has made shots, he has been aggressive offensively and defensively. We need Keita to keep that going.”Bates-Diop and the Buckeyes will look to do just that as they are set to take on the Michigan State Spartans on Saturday in East Lansing, Mich. Tip-off is scheduled for noon.
The Burnley midfielder has been called up again to the national team after he suffered serious knee damage last DecemberIn a Burnley-Leicester City match last December, defender Robbie Brady suffered serious knee damaged that made him stay away from the pitch for many months.Now, he’s back to action and he also received a call to the Republic of Ireland national team.“I had a couple of minor setbacks throughout pre-season and then over the last couple of months, but I’ve got all that out of the way now and I’ve felt stronger as the weeks have gone on and I’m feeling in a good place now,” Brady was quoted by The 42.Report: England’s Rice gets death threats George Patchias – September 9, 2019 England International Declan Rice has received death threats.Rice a one time Ireland International, switched allegiances only this year. The West Ham United man played for…“It was mentally tough more than physically. It’s a lot of time on your own and a lot of time to look and pick apart things.”“But it’s just one of those things. It’s done with now, I’m back and touch wood, I won’t have another one like it,” he added.“It’s always tough when you’re not playing. It’s tougher when you know you can’t affect it in any way I’m not able to play and it’s not by choice.”“But I feel as if we’re getting there now. Everyone is getting to know each other that bit better and each trip is getting that bit better, so please God, a couple of good results this week,” he commented.