Adam Schiff: A Shared Vision for Los Angeles County Wild Areas

first_img Subscribe Business News More than 10 years ago, former Representative Hilda Solis and I introduced parallel legislation to preserve open space, manage unique ecosystems and provide recreational opportunities in Southern California.My bill, the Rim of the Valley Corridor Study Act, authorized the National Park Service (NPS) to study the possibility of providing federal protection to the Rim of the Valley, an area stretching from the existing Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) through the Simi Hills and Santa Susannas, the Verdugos and on to the San Gabriel Mountains. The other measure, introduced by my colleague, was the San Gabriel River Watershed Study Act, which similarly authorized NPS to study the suitability of federal protection for the San Gabriel River Watershed and San Gabriel Mountains.Both bills were signed into law by President George W. Bush and share the goals of ensuring that future generations of Southern Californians are able to make recreational use of our region’s beautiful rivers and Mediterranean landscape, obtain an understanding of the rich tableau of animals and plants that populate the area, and preserve rare ecosystems and wildlife corridors. Upon her election to Congress, Representative Judy Chu joined our efforts to expand the national park service in the region and has become one its staunchest advocates and champions.Although both measures were introduced in the summer of 2001, their passage and implementation has varied; the final report on the San Gabriel study was recently released to Congress, and the Rim of the Valley study will be completed next year. While this in understandable in a legislative process, it is not ideal in a resource study of adjacent areas. It is certainly true that there are unique needs in each area of study, but at the same time, many of the challenges facing both habitats are nearly identical “” an extraordinary level of public use due to close proximity to one of the largest urban areas in the nation, and some of the rarest ecosystem in the world.The San Gabriel report recommends the creation of a San Gabriel Unit of the SMMNRA, comprised of the San Gabriel Mountain foothills, San Gabriel and Rio Hondo river corridors and the western Puente Hills. This new unit would be separated from the rest of the SMMNRA by nearly the entirety of the Los Angeles basin. It is little wonder then that the public is so confused by the newly released proposal “” without reference to the Rim of the Valley area under study it would appear to recommend the creation of a new floating unit of the SMMNRA that would be difficult to efficiently administer and effectively oversee from the far western edge of the region.Along with several members of the Los Angeles delegation, I have recommended that when the NPS issues its final report to Congress on the Rim of the Valley study next year, it propose an expansion of the SMMNRA from its current boundaries eastward through the Rim of the Valley and up to the San Gabriel Mountains. If this were to be done, a new San Gabriel Unit would be contiguous with the enlarged SMMNRA. I believe there may be compelling reasons for the San Gabriel area to comprise a completely new national recreation area, but without considering the Rim of the Valley it is impossible to make an informed decision on a proposal to include San Gabriel within such an expanded SMMNRA.The San Gabriel report also raises a serious issue over whether much of its study area in the Angeles National Forest should remain under Forest Service management and control, subject to an untested program called “Service First Authority.” This was not the alternative I supported when the draft report was released, and seems at odds with the views of the NPS itself which earlier appeared to favor taking a lead role in the management of these precious resources. This important question is also implicated in the Rim of the Valley study, which analyzes the best management structure for other large segments of the forest/city interface. This must not be about a jurisdictional fight between federal agencies, but rather a determination based on which management structure is best suited to preserving these vital resources for future generations.In the coming weeks and months, preservationists must work together to ensure better coordination by the NPS on these two important studies. Though the recommendations in the San Gabriel report and the process used to complete the study were disappointing, this marked an important milestone in the effort to preserve the precious lands around us.Soon it will be in the hands of Congress to enact legislation to protect open space in the region on the basis of both reports, and to achieve the shared vision that was the inspiration for our legislation more than a decade ago.Representative Adam Schiff, D-Burbank, serves in the U.S. House of Representatives and authored the Rim of the Valley Corridor Study Act.By: Adam Schiff Make a comment Opinion & Columnists Adam Schiff: A Shared Vision for Los Angeles County Wild Areas By ADAM SCHIFF Published on Thursday, April 25, 2013 | 1:39 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. 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Man up, Oxford students

first_imgMan Collective Oxford (MC-O), an organisation seeking to bring men together to celebrate masculinity was set up by an Oxford undergraduate, prompting accusations of gender stereotyping.Alex Linsley, 2nd year Economics and Management student at Merton, set up the group as “a response to the current state of masculinity.” He sent round an e-mail invitation to JCRs reading, “Have you got balls? Literally. If you have, how does that make you feel? How do you feel about being a man? Right Now.“Whether you want to achieve with women or work and if you are looking to judge success by sports cars or spirituality I would love you to explore the site, get in touch and grow from and contribute to Man Collective-Oxford.”Linsley plans to use the group as a forum for men to get together in order to help to lead “significant lives”. He argues that this is difficult unless men come together as a group. “I want to unite men who have these great aspirations so that we can learn from, challenge and support each other into growing toward the men we want to be.”He added, “I am excited to be creating this opportunity for men to develop together and for MC-O to make a positive contribution, through its work and the growth of its members, to the wider community.”However, Linsey’s proposals have been accused of gender stereotyping. Kat Wall, OUSU’s VP for women, commented, “It is important to discuss the meaning of masculinity, to explore ideas about gender identity and whether it is prohibitive in our society. To re-assert existing gender stereotypes of macho-male however, is unhelpful. This only limits individuals who feel they must comply with a society expectation of their gender, rather than allowing them to explore for themselves other alternatives.”Others are concerned that such a group might undermine the work of feminist organisations. Carla Thomas, a 2nd year in St. Anne’s commented, “Given that men already dominate political and economic life in this country, I can’t really see any great need for them to have any more ‘opportunities to meet and work together towards achieving their goals and living the lives of their highest selves’. I don’t think British society needs much more celebration of masculinity. This group is totally ridiculous and reactionary.”Linsley denies any accusations of sexism. “I’m an advocate of equality for women and believe they should be offered opportunities to grow to their full potential as individuals. However, men should also have the opportunity to grow to their individual potential.”He argues that there are limited opportunities for men to meet and help each other develop, and the MC-O seeks to solve this.“Some people will argue that it’s still an exclusively male environment and hence sexist. However, I have heard no-one claim Oxford Women in Politics/Business are sexist. I don’t believe they are sexist groups. However, I do believe that in certain circumstances the energy, perspective and support of a single-gender environment can be beneficial to both men and women seeking to develop.”www.mancollective.co.uklast_img read more

Dubai solar bid ties record low at 2.4 cents/kWh

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:The Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (DEWA) has announced that Phase IV of its 5 GW Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum Solar Park, originally planned to deploy 700 MW of CSP capacity, will now also include a PV section of 250 MW.The power utility also said that the PPA it awarded to Saudi energy giant, ACWA Power for the construction of the 950 MW plant has now been amended and that the price for the sale of electricity from the new PV section has been set at $0.024/kWh. This price equals the lowest price ever recorded for a large-scale solar project in the Emirates – $0.0242/kWh – which was offered in March 2017 by the joint venture of Jinko Solar and Marubeni for a 1.17 GW solar project in Abu Dhabi.The previous lowest price in Dubai was that of Phase III of the Mohammed bin Rashid Maktoum Solar Park, which is planned to have a capacity of 800 MW and is currently being developed by a consortium formed by Masdar, the Abu Dhabi-based developer of renewable energy, Spain-based GranSolar and Fotowatio Renewable Ventures (FRV), which is a unit of the Saudi Arabian firm, Abdul Latif Jameel. In May 2016, the consortium offered a tariff of $0.029/kWh, at the time the world’s lowest solar bid ever recorded.As for the 700 MW CSP section of Phase IV, ACWA and DEWA had agreed a price of $0.073/kWh. It will consist of a 600 MW parabolic basin complex and a 100 MW solar tower. “The project will have the world’s tallest solar tower at 260 metres, and the largest thermal energy storage capacity in the world of 15 hours, which allows for energy generation round the clock,” DEWA stressed in its statement.For the huge solar complex, DEWA has recently announced plans to include a hydrogen plant and a storage facility, while also issuing a tender to seek IPP advisory services for Phase V of the project.More: Dubai: Tariff for large-scale PV hits new low at $0.024/kWh Dubai solar bid ties record low at 2.4 cents/kWhlast_img read more

Will new regulations help your credit union rule?

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Like it or not, government rules and initiatives have an impact on your credit union. This week – in addition to updates on upcoming regulations related to payday loans, electronic checks, military lending and Dodd-Frank – we consider White House cybersecurity czar Rob Joyce’s suggestion to retire Social Security numbers in favor of a more modern approach to identity. Once again, change rules.White House: Is It Time to Retire Social Security Numbers?PYMNTSWill the government ditch Social Security numbers in favor of a “modern cryptographic identifier?” Rob Joyce, White House cybersecurity czar, thinks Social Security numbers may be ready to retire, since they no longer fulfill their intended function – and bring a number of unintended challenges.New CFPB Rule Could Curb Payday Loan IndustryReutersThe CFPB released a new regulation that could put a chill on revenues for the $6 billion payday loan industry. The rule requires lenders to determine if borrowers can repay their debts and caps the number of loans lenders can make to a borrower. If this regulation survives challenges in Congress and in court, it could be a boon for consumers and conventional lenders alike. continue reading »last_img read more

Saint Martin’s to Host GNAC Basketball Tournament; Saint’s Women’s Basketball Team…

first_imgFacebook1Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Saint Martin’s UniversitySt. Martin’s Women’s Basketball team is set to play Wednesday, March 5, as the Saints host the GNAC Championship Tournament.Basketball teams from throughout the Northwest will convene at Marcus Pavilion Wednesday, March 5, as Saint Martin’s University hosts the 2014 Great Northwest Athletic Conference(GNAC) Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championship tournament. The University expects thousands of fans to attend the tournament, taking place at the home of the Saints for the third consecutive year.The Saint Martin’s women’s basketball team will also take to the hardwood during the 2014 GNAC tournament, marking the first time a Saint Martin’s team has competed in the tournament since 2011.“We are very proud to be represented by our women’s basketball team this year,” says Bob Grisham, athletics director for the University. “The Saint Martin’s community is additionally excited about extending a welcome to all of these talented athletes and supporters to our Lacey campus.”The tournament will be held Wednesday through Saturday, March 8, at Marcus Pavilion, 5300 Pacific Ave. SE. Online tickets will be available at a discounted price until Tuesday, March 5, at 11:50 p.m., at Eventbrite.Please note there will be no pass lists and Saint Martin’s University season tickets will not be valid for the GNAC tournament.Tournament passes are available online for $48 (reserved seating), $32 (general admission) and $16 (student/youth and seniors).  Single session tickets are $12 (reserved seating), $8 (general admission) and $4 (student/youth and seniors).Ticket prices at the door are $55 (reserved seating), $40 (general admission) and $20 (student/youth and seniors).  Single session tickets at the door are $15 (reserved seating), $10 (general admission) and $6 (student/youth and seniors).There are two sessions on Wednesday.  The Pavilion will be emptied between sessions and a separate ticket will be required for the evening session.  There is just one session each on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.The first session on Wednesday begins with men’s first-round games at noon and at 2:15 p.m.  The noon game will match the No. 3 and No. 6 seeds, while the 2:15 p.m. game will send the No. 5 seed against the No. 4 seed.The second session will feature the women’s first-round games at 5:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.  The 5:15 p.m. game will match the No. 3 and No. 6 seeds, while the 7:30 p.m. game will send the No. 5 seed against the No. 4 seed.The men’s semifinal games will be played Thursday at 5:15 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., respectively, and the women’s semifinals will be played at the same times on Friday.Saturday’s championship games will feature the men at 5:15 p.m. and the women at 7:30 p.m.All 10 tournament games will be available online on GNACTV (www.gnacsports.com).  The games will not be televised.The winners of the tournament earn automatic berths in the NCAA Men’s and Women’s West Regional tournaments (March 14-17).The NCAA will announce the eight qualifiers and pairings for the regional tournaments on Sunday, March 9 on ncaa.com.  The women’s show will be at 7 p.m. Pacific followed by the men’s show at 7:30.The regional winners advance to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight.The men’s Elite 8 will be played March 26-29 at the Ford Center in Evansville, Ind.  The women’s Elite 8 is scheduled for March 25-28 at the Erie Insurance Arena in Erie, Pa.Complete details regarding the tournament, including ticket and bracket information, can be found on the GNAC website. Free parking is available in the parking lots surrounding Marcus Pavilion.last_img read more