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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: Subscribe 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get deposited on a foreign account to push such a bill what crooks call lobbying Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Community News New Proposed Legislation Would Enhance, Protect San Gabriel Mountain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, Pasadena
ITB IN FIGURES10.000 exhibitors from 180 countries, from 5 continents. 109.000 registered business visitors-customers. 150.000 visitors in total. 28.000 congress participants, 1.000 accredited journalists. The congress is attended by 430 speakers. 50% of them belong to top management, 50% of speakers come from outside Germany.This year’s main partner of ITB is Meckemburg – Vorpommern, a German region whose name we will soon learn to pronounce. Which is due to the growing number of our catering employees who earn their living here, which is due to the fact that this region is our biggest competitor in attracting tourists from the north of Germany.The partner of the ITB Congress is the magnificent Zambia, perhaps best known for its Victoria Falls but a country whose other beauties are being discovered by more and more tourists from all over the world. Tourism has completely come out of some previous, common cliché. There is almost no country in the world that does not want to attract tourists. There are no longer regions and cities in Germany that do not declare themselves as tourist destinations. Everything is tourism, tourism is everywhere.CHINAChina is a special story. When you experience a presentation of a Chinese OTA platform you have never heard of, which: employs 33.000 people, has 8.000 engineers (4 times more than booking.com), has 300 million users, has the latest digital technology, cooperates with all banks in China, has a network of 6.500 offices across China, which sold the 20 most expensive package deals worth $ 200.000 in 17 seconds… you are left speechless.I will write about global tourism trends in 2017 on another occasion, now only the fact that in the first survey on “overtourism” Mexico city “jumped out” in the first place and that Barcelona is not even among the 10 most problematic…TURKEY AND FAMILY ACCOMMODATIONTurkey is turning to the development of family micro-entrepreneurs in tourism and puts its (too) rich cultural heritage in the first place. By that, by their own admission, they were famous 40 years ago. Then the development of tourism moved in a different direction.If you think that the “Turks are fantasizing”, wait a few more lines, and you will understand what is happening. Booking.com is strengthening the family accommodation segment. Currently, every third inquiry in the world refers to this category of accommodation. Booking started its story with hotel accommodation to gradually take on more and more family accommodation. Launched exactly 10 years ago, Airbnb based its business model on family accommodation only. Since then, they have “accommodated” 400 million passengers and now have a capacity of 4,5 million accommodation facilities. Their new strategy is a story unto itself. I will discuss this in a special way at one of the next lectures when I see you. Now I will just say: quality clubs, segmentation, specialization.NEW LUXURY, HIDDEN LUXURYThe luxury segment has completely changed its “shop window”. “Golden tubs”, “crystal chandeliers”, stiff butlers are no longer synonymous with luxury. This is now called luxury. Luxury has changed its “physical state” into intangible values. The new slogan of luxury is “Luxury is everything that money cannot buy”. We will discuss this topic in the coming weeks on the nedopinezic.com blog.SPAIN AND TOURISMOPHOBIASpain is increasingly moving towards a problematic situation. When it comes to tourism, a chaotic atmosphere is emerging. “Turismophobia” occurs. Society is polarized around the issue of family accommodation regulation. The kingdom, 17 regions, a dozen big cities, all have only part of the regulation. Complete regulatory anarchy ensued. The result: according to Spanish colleagues, there are about 125.000 accommodation facilities on the market legally and as many as one million accommodation facilities in private houses and apartments illegally. More about this through the EHHA initiative in the next sequels to the nedopinezic.com blog.MUSLIMTRAVEL MARKETThe Muslim market, like the Chinese, is a bigger unknown to us than we think. In the Muslim population that makes up 35% of humanity, as many as 60% of the population is under 30 years of age. In 2016, Muslims made 121 million trips. Predictions say there will be 2020 million in 158. Specialists for the “Muslimtravel market” give useful advice to companies, especially hoteliers, who turn to this market. The potential is great, the requirements specific, among the most important is ensuring a high degree of privacy for families traveling, for example. Of course halal food is a basic requirement.BEACH INSPECTOR AND BIG DATAIn case you didn’t know, among the numerous platforms that are constantly evolving, one called “Beach-Inspector” aroused great user interest. Their people have so far surveyed and rated 1.595 of the most visited beaches around the world. They continue to expand, collect data “on the spot”, give recommendations, assess advice… In Croatia, so far they have processed 41 beaches in 11 destinations. Some are recommended for relaxation, some for families, some for both… The quality of the offer of deck chairs, facilities for families, water sports, land sports is evaluated, other useful information is given as well as photo + video material.It seems to me that others know more about our offer than we do. Today, everything revolves around the “big data” system. Large databases allow quick views on all possible parameters. This is far more than our scanty and inaccurate statistical reports.The ITB was open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, the deals were concluded, the knowledge was presented. We have materials to discuss for the next year until the new ITB.Published by: Nedo Pinezić
Florida prisons have temporarily stopped accepting new inmates, the Department of Corrections confirmed Wednesday. The move is aimed at preventing the spread of coronavirus in state correctional facilities, although it shifts the responsibility of housing offenders to local officials.The policy went into effect Monday.In a statement issued Wednesday, department officials said they are restricting the intake of inmates and “new commitments from counties” until March 30. They emphasized the timeline could change following further consultation with public health officials about the virus, officially known as COVID-19.The decision to halt the flow of inmates into the state’s prison system, which houses around 96,000 offenders, comes one week after Department of Corrections officials cancelled visitation privileges until April 5. However, prisoners’ lawyers are still allowed to have face-to-face visits.State prison officials reassured the public on Tuesday that the department is “fully prepared to handle any potential cases of COVID-19 within the state operated correctional institutions in Florida.”
11 Jun 2017 England’s Jordan wins St Andrews Links Trophy England’s Matthew Jordan has been threatening all season and has now pulled off the biggest win of his career with victory in the St Andrews Links Trophy in Scotland. The 21-year-old from the England Golf A Squad had four sub-par rounds and finished on 11-under, one shot ahead of Ireland’s John Ross Galbraith. The Cheshire golfer realised the magnitude of his win when he came off the Old Course at St Andrews to see his grandparents. “My grandma was just made up, it was great to see the joy in their faces, their happiness,” he said. “This is my first really big win. It’s brilliant, but hard to describe the feeling, it’s unique and I just want to try and savour it.” Jordan (Royal Liverpool) began making a name for himself last season when his performances played him into the England A Squad. This year he’s continued the form, with seventh place in the Lytham Trophy, fourth in the Irish, fifth in the Brabazon Trophy, runner-up in last week’s Scottish men’s open – and now the winner of a major amateur title. “It’s not one thing that I’ve done. I did well last year to get into squads and it’s just carried on from there,” he said. “The next step is trying to believe you can win and having confidence and belief in yourself.” Jordan was under par in every round at the St Andrews Links Trophy, opening with two-under 70 on the Jubilee Course and adding 68 69 70 on the Old Course. He was tied for the lead at the start of the final round and quickly forged ahead, playing the first 12 holes in five under par. When he reached the 17th he knew he had a four-shot lead and he chose the conservative option, deliberately avoiding disaster on the Road Hole, and playing smart golf to finish bogey, bogey. Behind him the challengers were jostling for position, but none could catch him. Jordan is England’s first winner in this championship since Hampshire’s Neil Raymond in 2013. Click here for more information Image copyright Kenny Smith
In this Nov. 9, 2013, file photo, former Pittsburgh and NFL Hall of Fame running back Tony Dorsett stands on the sideline before the start of an NCAA football game between Pittsburgh and Notre Dame in Pittsburgh. Dorsett is one of more than 4,500 former players that have filed suit, some accusing the NFL football league of fraud for its handling of concussions. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)A revised concussions settlement between the NFL and former players could shrink the league’s coffers. Only marginally, though, and not for a long time.The NFL agreed Wednesday to remove a $675 million cap on damages from thousands of concussion-related claims. A federal judge who originally questioned whether there would be enough money to cover as many as 20,000 retired players still must approve the new terms.The settlement is designed to last at least 65 years and cover retired players who develop Lou Gehrig’s disease, dementia or other neurological problems believed to be caused by concussions sustained during their careers. Removing the cap might lead to the NFL paying out more money to ailing former players, even though the league and lawyers for the plaintiffs believe the $675 million won’t be surpassed.“If exceeding that number happens, it is well down the road,” said Marc Ganis, president of Chicago-based consulting firm SportsCorp and a close observer of league business. “I don’t foresee anything in the next four or five years.“This has the benefit of getting money to the families and people who need it now. If the actuarials are wrong, the additional money would not be paid for a while down the road. By then, there will be new TV contracts, the league will have grown more (financially).”Although the original settlement was trumpeted by both sides, U.S. District Judge Anita Brody denied preliminary approval last January. Her concerns centered, simply, on whether there was enough money in the pot to satisfy all the legitimate claims; some 4,500 retired players were part of the lawsuit. Projections indicate many more will need help.Dozens of ex-players also have said they would not take part in the original settlement, against the advice of the plaintiffs’ attorneys.“Some of the players were concerned and asking questions about whether they could be in a deal if they weren’t sure there’d be money there for them 40 years from now if they get sick, God forbid. … That’s what drove these changes,” plaintiffs’ lawyer Christopher Seeger said.The original settlement included $675 million for compensatory claims for players with neurological symptoms; $75 million for baseline testing; and $10 million for medical research and education. The NFL also would pay an additional $112 million to the players’ lawyers, for a total payout of more than $870 million.The revised settlement eliminates the cap on overall damage claims, but retains a payout formula for individual retirees that considers their age and illness. A young retiree with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or Lou Gehrig’s disease, would receive $5 million. A 50-year-old with Alzheimer’s disease would get $1.6 million. An 80-year-old with early dementia would get $25,000.Where will the money come from? The NFL isn’t exactly hurting for income as it approaches $10 billion in annual revenues.“This comes out of their bottom line, although it is not a huge part of their bottom line,” said David Orentlicher, a law professor at Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law. “But anytime a business’ prices and costs increase, they try to pass off as much as they can. If they can pass it all off, they will. Sometimes you have to eat some of it.“The questions become, have they already maxed their prices for tickets and broadcast rights and sponsorships and the like?”With new TV deals upcoming and the surging popularity of pro football, it seems unlikely the NFL has maxed out its earning potential.Critics of the deal have said the league is getting off lightly. Others point out, as did Ganis, that the timing of getting payments to the injured or ill is the most crucial element.One of the plaintiffs is Kevin Turner, who played for the Philadelphia Eagles and New England Patriots and is now battling ALS.“The compensation provided in this settlement will lift a heavy burden off of the men who are suffering,” he said in a statement. “I am also personally comforted by the knowledge that this settlement is guaranteed to be there for any retired player who needs it.”Orentlicher projects the NFL will surpass the payouts of the original settlement agreement.“It would be very surprising if their ultimate payoff is not significantly greater,” Orentlicher said. “I think they will spend more money as a result of this. It’s just the nature of these kinds of settlements.“If this is all the NFL has to pay, the owners will be very happy. When you add up all the damage these players are suffering and all the money teams have earned as a result, this isn’t sufficient to compensate for the harm.”___Associated Press Writer Michael Rubinkam contributed to this story.