New Proposed Legislation Would Enhance, Protect San Gabriel Mountain Areas Close to Pasadena

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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. One thought on “New Proposed Legislation Would Enhance, Protect San Gabriel Mountain Areas Close to Pasadena” May 18th, 2021 at 9:42 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyZac Efron Is Dating A New Hottie?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Secrets That Eastern Women Swear By To Stay Young LongerHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Hollywood Divas Who Fell In Love With WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News Make a comment Frank lewis says: Subscribecenter_img 18 recommended1 commentShareShareTweetSharePin it CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday How much did Padilla get deposited on a foreign account to push such a bill what crooks call lobbying Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Community News New Proposed Legislation Would Enhance, Protect San Gabriel Mountain Areas Close to Pasadena Wilderness Society official described the proposed bill as “great news for Pasadenans” By CITY NEWS SERVICE and STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, May 6, 2021 | 1:20 pm STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Sen. Alex Padilla, D-California, this week announced a proposed legislative package aimed at protecting more than 1 million acres of public lands in Los Angeles, including 30,000 acres in the San Gabriel Mountain range, along with lands in the Northwest California and the Central Coast.The Protecting Unique and Beautiful Landscapes by Investing in California, or PUBLIC, Lands Act would designate an additional 600,000 acres of California land as wilderness, as well as more than 853 miles of California streams as new wild and scenic rivers in California, including 45 miles in the San Gabriel area.One of three bills within the package, the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act, would expand the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument by more than 109,000 acres to include part of the western Angeles National Forest. It would also create a National Recreation Area along the San Gabriel Valley foothills and the Rio Hondo and San Gabriel RiverCorridors.That bill aims to increase equitable access to public lands for the 17 million people in the Los Angeles County area, which Padilla noted is one of the most park-poor, densely populated and polluted areas in the nation.“Our public lands are one of our state’s greatest gifts — from the San Gabriel Mountains, to the Central Coast, and through Northwestern California’s forests and rivers. It is incumbent upon us to be thoughtful stewards of these special places so that our communities can enjoy them andbenefit from America’s natural resources for generations to come,” Padilla said during a news conference on Monday. “And we must do so in a way that reverses racial and economic disparities in access to nature and parks. Some of the protected land in this bill serves densely populated areas of the state that don’t have equal access to nature, which will help rebalance this historic disparity in access to untouched wilderness.”The package was passed in the U.S. House of Representatives and was led by Rep. Judy Chu, who said “the Los Angeles area is one of the most park poor areas of the country, despite the presence of the gorgeous rivers, forests, and mountains of the San Gabriels right in our backyard.“House passage was the first step, and now I am grateful to Senator Padilla for working to advance the San Gabriel Mountains Foothills and Rivers Protection Act through the Senate and to President Biden’s desk,” Chu said.The Senate bills were co-sponsored by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, and would help conserve 30% of California lands and waters by 2030, according to Padilla’s office.“From lush forests to majestic deserts to scenic coasts, California’s iconic landscapes have few rivals. In light of climate change, our growing population and challenges to the flora and fauna, protecting these special places is even more important. I’m pleased to partner with Senator Padilla on this effort and look forward to working with our colleagues to pass this bill,” Feinstein said.Wilderness Society California Deputy Director Daniel Rossman described the proposed legislation as “great news for Pasadenans.”“We treasure the nature that we have so close to us. So in the heart of the San Gabriels, this would expand the national monument that was designated by President Obama in 2014 to include the foothills that are closest to our home,”he said. “And all of that National Forest land — about 109,000 acres — would be added to the national monument that, quite frankly, was left off during the 2014 designation. And I know something that the local community really has wanted to see for a long time.”“That level of protection and management approach is something that will enhance the area for perpetuity,” according to Rossman. “Then we’ll also establish the most valuable protections of wilderness for the last remaining wild places in the landscape, and also our rivers, with wild and scenic river designations, like the East Fort San Gabriel river — a very popular place that many people go on the weekends.”“I also think it’ll be exciting that we will be at the sort of western end of this national recreation area,” he added. “The [U.S.] Park Service is really emphasizing real opportunities to collaborate on connected trails or recreation opportunities for our backyard.”The Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation and Working Forests Act would protect about 262,000 acres of public lands by designating them as wilderness, as well as 379 miles of rivers. It would also restore forest and fish habitat and aid the cleanup of lands and waters that have been impacted by trespass marijuana grows.According to Padilla’s office, that bill would also help wildfire resiliency in the northwest region by requiring federal agencies to develop coordinated fire management plans with input from communities.The final bill, the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act, would designate 288,000 acres of public lands in the Los Padres National Forest and Carrizo Plain National Monument as wilderness, along with 159 miles of streams as wild and scenic rivers. It would also establish a Condor National Scenic Trail for 400 miles from Los Angeles to Monterey County, enhancing equitable access to the Los Padres National Forest.“The Central Coast is home to some of the most beautiful public lands in America. It’s up to us to be good stewards of the environment and the Central Coast Heritage Protection Act will conserve over 250,000 acres of public land for future generations to inherit and enjoy,” Rep. Salud Carbajal, D-Santa Barbara, who is leading the Central Coast bill in the House of Representatives. “It’s crucial that we act now to permanently protect the great outdoors, which provide invaluable local watersheds and opportunities for outdoor recreation that support our health and our economy. I thank Senator Padilla and Senator Feinstein for their leadership in this important fight to preserve our public lands.” Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

St Hilda’s becomes latest JCR to ask for rainbow flag

first_imgAlthough it was originally noted  in the agenda that  “St Hilda’s doesn’t have a flagpole like the posh colleges, but does have plenty of wall space in the bar”, an amendment was made to “ask the SCR if they will fly it on the Hilda’s flagpole” when it transpired that Hilda’s does in fact have a flagpole. Helena Dollimore was also delighted at the JCR’s reaction to the motion, and told Cherwell that the formal and flag would help raise the visibility of LGBTQ issues in the University.  The meal will be partly funded by money set aside for an LBGTQ event from the JCR, which will go towards wine for guests. The formal hall will be held on the 17th May, which is the official International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).  Other students at St Hilda’s praised the work of the Albert Kennedy Trust which “supports young LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment.”  However, with a finalist standing in as LGBTQ representative for this year there has not been the time. Stephen Pritchett told Cherwell that though there is support in college for LGBTQ awareness, “There’s just not a lot of queer Hildabeests willing/able to fill the position [of LGBTQ rep].” The motion noted that the “JCR believes: 1) It is important to recognize the 17th May and raise awareness of the struggles homosexual and transsexual people face around the world and  here in Oxford 2) Formals are one way of doing this 3) Displaying the LGBTQ flag is another way of doing this.” She said, “It sends out a really clear message that St Hilda’s JCR recognises the importance of LGBTQ issues. It’s crucial that we raise awareness of the issues that LGBTQ people face on a daily basis … and also celebrate the LGBTQ community” Stephen Pritchett, currently Treasurer of the OU LGBTQ society, as well as the St Hilda’s JCR LGBTQ representative, told Cherwell, “I think it will help make LGBTQ issues, which can be fairly invisible in this college at times, much more prominent.” St Hilda’s JCR has voted unanimously to ask the SCR to raise a rainbow flag on the college flagpole and to hold a charity formal in aid of the Albert Kennedy Trust, to celebrate the International Day against Homophobia and Transphobia.  The Trust provides emergency accommodation as well as campaigning to improve attitudes in society towards LGBT young people. In previous years, St Hilda’s has hosted a cabaret to celebrate LGBTQ issues in college as part of their Gender Equality festival.  In the meeting on Sunday 12th May, the motion, proposed by Helena Dollimore and seconded by Stephen Pritchett, passed with an amendment to ask the SCR to raise a rainbow flag on the college flagpole.  The 17th May was the date in 1990 on which homosexuality was removed from the International Classification of Diseases by the World Health Organization. The previous LGBTQ officer for St Hilda’s, Ricky Nathvani, who attended the JCR meeting, said the JCR is very happy to support the charity. “The statement of support that Hilda’s sends out is absolutely clear: We do not tolerate homophobia, and to remember that this is an issue for which we all have to come together, regardless of sexuality, to overcome,” he said.last_img read more

Tight quarters: COVID-19 threatens health, finances of Jakartans in public housing

first_imgThe banners urged all tenants to obey the government’s call to stay at home, wear masks at all times when outdoors and maintain safe distance from one another, although the latter suggestion elicited more than a few raised eyebrows and shrugs.More than 1,000 families occupy the densely populated 76 blocks of the complex, each containing a four-story apartment building.Parat said that the complex’s senior residents held regular meetings to discuss any latest developments that concerned the rusun. Rumor had it that the complex would be demolished and replaced with newer buildings, but the outbreak had put a damper on the plans.When the circumstances related to the COVID-19 outbreak became increasingly dire, gatherings were banned at the complex, the multipurpose hall was closed indefinitely and the tenants started communicating mainly via WhatsApp chat groups. A few days after President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo issued the order to stay, work and study at home in mid-March to curb the spread of COVID-19, residents of a low-cost apartment complex in Klender, East Jakarta, were busy racking their brains for a way to keep their homes virus-free.At the time, some of the residents of the rusun were already well-aware of the highly infectious disease, thanks in no small part to the unceasing news coverage on the topic.In anticipation of the virus’ possible emergence at Paguyuban Rusun Klender, the adult members of the tenants’ community asked Karang Taruna, a local youth organization, to install informational banners throughout the apartment complex, said member Parat Hutapea. As a member of the tenants alliance protesting the demolition plan, Parat was especially annoyed that the epidemic had disrupted the alliance’s activities. While more than 500 tenants had joined the cause, their activism now largely occurred in isolation behind the closed doors of individual apartment units.“We never hold meetings anymore,” the 73-year-old told The Jakarta Post on Wednesday.The tenants of the Tanah Abang rusun in Central Jakarta had a similar experience.The women of the apartment complex usually gathered in the complex’s yard for their thrice weekly aerobics sessions, but the fun workouts ran into a jam three weeks ago.“We also had to tell the women to maintain safe distance from each other when hanging up their laundry together [in the yard],” said Sumarno, the chairman of the Tanah Abang Apartment Tenants Association (PPRS).The Indonesian capital city, which is home to at least 10 million people, recorded 2,474 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 242 deaths, according to the official government tally on Wednesday. As the epicenter of the Indonesian outbreak, these figures represent nearly half of the national tally of 5,136 confirmed cases and 469 deaths.The data does not indicate the actual spread of the disease, particularly as to whether it has reached densely populated residential high-rises like the rusun in Klender or Tanah Abang. Experts have warned, however, that people in densely populated communities and settlements are at higher risk of contracting SARS-CoV-2 – the virus that causes the disease – primarily due to the tightly packed living quarters and shared public amenities that are common features of such areas.Clara Siagian, a doctoral student at Australian National University’s (ANU) Crawford School of Public Policy, said that communal facilities meant that poor families living in the vertical buildings of low-cost apartment complexes were as vulnerable to contracting the disease as poor families that lived in kampungs.“Many low-cost apartments have shared facilities like elevators, canteens and multipurpose rooms, which increase the vulnerability to [viral transmission] within the [community],” she told the Post.Apartment management have reportedly stepped up efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19.The Jakarta Housing and Settlements Agency’s Meli Budiastuti, who heads the management unit of the Jati Rawasari and KS Tubun rusunawa (low-cost rental apartments) in Central Jakarta, said that the rusunawa management had issued a circular to all tenants detailing the measures it had adopted to prevent the spread of the disease.“Especially with regard to the use of elevators, [floor] stickers have been installed as a means to keep people at a safe distance from each other,” she said in the circular, a copy of which the Post recently obtained. “The management [disinfects] the shared facilities of the rusunawa and the [exterior] of the apartment units every weekend.” Ajra, who heads the Jakarta housing agency’s management unit for the Jatinegara Kaum and Pulo Jahe rusunawa in East Jakarta, said he had taken a similar approach.“Some residents even take part in the [disinfection], because they realized that the epidemic was a danger to [them],” he said.But the outbreak is affecting public housing tenants in more than one way: It has also negatively affected the already straitened finances of poor families struggling to make ends meet.According to data from the Jakarta housing agency, approximately 65,000 people representing 18,041 households live in rusunawa that are under city management. Around 83 percent of these tenants earn monthly incomes of less than Rp 4 million (US$254.50), while their monthly rent costs anywhere from Rp 100,000 to Rp 1.5 million.Clara, who is writing her doctoral thesis on evictees living in low-cost rental apartments in Jakarta, said that the outbreak had exacerbated these tenants’ inability to pay rent.In some cases, failing to pay rent on time could lead to a cut in water services in a city already lacking clean water supplies and distribution, she said. This meant that the problem became one of personal hygiene, the basic preventive measure against the virus.Clara suggested that the Jakarta administration could impose a moratorium on rent payments or subsidize electricity bills for low-income households, in addition to providing social assistance.“It is unfair to put the entire burden on the [Jakarta] building management. The city administration and the central government should ensure that the livelihoods of these people are secure. [Rusunawa] residents already have a sense of how large the COVID-19 crisis is, but few options are available to them to protect themselves,” she stressed.Ledy Natalia, who heads the housing agency’s regulation and community participation department, said that the city was currently discussing options to waive rent payments for the duration of the epidemic.Topics :last_img read more