HomeNewsCity CouncilCity Council to discuss mandate to build 9,000 units by 2029 Dec. 09, 2019 at 6:00 amCity CouncilDevelopmentNewsReal EstateCity Council to discuss mandate to build 9,000 units by 2029Madeleine Pauker2 years agocity council.developmenthousingrhnaSCAG The City Council will discuss Tuesday how to accommodate the 9,000 housing units the state could require Santa Monica to build by 2029.The Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) voted last month to recommend that the state require Southern California cities with abundant jobs and transit to build more housing than ever before. Under SCAG’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) calculation, Santa Monica would have to zone for 9,000 units between 2021 and 2029.The state has required cities and counties to construct various amounts of housing in eight-year cycles for the past 50 years. But many jurisdictions have skirted RHNA requirements, resulting in a statewide housing shortage — particularly in job-rich, affluent areas.SCAG’s calculation will require Santa Monica to dramatically ramp up housing production to shoulder about .67% of the region’s shortage of 1.3 million homes. The Westside would have to zone for 19,500 units, taking on about 1.5% of the regional shortage.Santa Monica has already exceeded its previous RHNA mandate to build 1,674 units between 2013 and 2021, but it still has a shortage of units affordable to households making around the Los Angeles area median income. On Tuesday, the City Council will hold a study session on how Santa Monica can satisfy the upcoming RHNA mandate while creating more 100% affordable housing and strengthening tenant protections.As directed by city staff, the council will consider whether the city should set minimum density standards in multi-family districts and incentivize development in commercial areas and around transit stations.Current land use plans encourage growth along commercial boulevards and near Expo Line stations, but the Planning Commission and Housing Commission both asked city staff to consider directing housing to all areas, especially around jobs and transit, and not just along major boulevards.Multi-family districts are not accommodating as much new housing as they could, according to city staff’s report on the study session. Developers often build below the allowable density in multi-family districts, resulting in a net loss of units citywide.The council will also analyze the results of the affordable housing feasibility study, which found that requiring developers to deed-restrict a larger share of new housing for low- and moderate-income households would make development financially infeasible unless the city allowed developers to construct taller and denser — and therefore, more profitable — buildings.City staff will ask the council for direction on how to better support the development of affordable housing, including by changing the application process, financing tools, fees and project requirements for 100% affordable projects, offering density bonuses in certain areas and focusing production on low- and moderate-income housing rather than very low-income housing.Additionally, the council will explore guaranteeing legal assistance to tenants facing eviction — a measure adopted in New York and San Francisco that Councilmembers Kevin McKeown and Sue Himmelrich have proposed as an ordinance — and offering assistance to landlords to maintain rent-controlled buildings.The City Council will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at City Hall, 1685 Main [email protected] :city council.developmenthousingrhnaSCAGshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentPianist Brendan White plays Hindemith at the Santa Monica Public LibraryKnow Before You GoYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours ago
NEXTracker completes 69.5 MW Chile installation for SunEdisonTracker specialists finalize commissioning for the Javiera Solar project in Chile using state-of-the-art single axis PV trackers to take advantage of the region’s excellent solar insolation. April 7, 2015 Ian Clover Installations Manufacturing Markets Markets & Policy Share California-headquartered tracking technology company NEXTracker has completed the commissioning for SunEdisons 69.5 MW Javiera Solar project in Chile one of the largest PV installations in Latin America. The addition of NEXTrackers state-of-the-art single axis PV trackers on site will enable the solar plant to achieve greater energy yield, taking advantage of the high solar insolation levels in the region, which is one of the sunniest and driest in Chile. According to NEXTracker CEO Dan Shugar, the companys row design also enables unimpeded access to panel cleaners, delivering an invaluable cost saving for such a dusty environment, and also minimizing the need for site grading requirements. “Thanks in part to NEXTrackers independent rows and reduced foundation requirements, our Javiera project was completed in record time the mechanical aspects of this system were substantially complete in about two months,” said SunEdison SVP of operations Sasan Aminpour. Having earlier collaborated on the construction of the nearby Crucero Plant, Aminpour added that the two companies had refined “lean construction techniques” that had accelerated the completion of the $130 million Javiera project. Last summer, SunEdison signed a 1.85 GW purchase agreement with NEXTracker for its tracking technology as part of the solar developer’s transition towards lean construction procedures. 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“I can’t really gauge anything until I get into the tougher competition and see how I handle things,” Brown said. “Because it’s a lot different racing when you know that you’re probably going to win versus racing when you know you’re going against people that race really tough.”Of course, on Saturday, Brown was just the pace-setter for a group of Minnesota runners that performed well.Junior Ladia Albertson-Junkans took second (17:18.50); freshman Elizabeth Yetzer finished third (17:27.10); redshirt freshman Jamie Cheever was fourth (17:27.70); and redshirt freshman Heather Dorniden rounded out the Gophers’ top 10 finishers by taking eighth (17:59.05).While the competition Saturday was not nearly as top-notch as that at the Griak, the Gophers’ performance in South Dakota could be a sign that the team is quickly putting last weekend’s disappointment behind them.“We kind of had a rough day out there at the Griak,” sophomore Gabriele Anderson said. “I think this meet was really good for our confidence.”Fourth place on FridayThe other half of the team competed Friday in the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire Invitational.The group, composed of the Gophers’ more under-the-radar runners, took home a fourth place finish, earning 110 points. University of Wisconsin-La Crosse won the meet with 40 points.“I thought the Eau Claire kids ran so much better than they did at the Griak,” Wilson said.Sophomore Kristin Johansen was Minnesota’s top finisher, taking home fourth place (23:00).According to Wilson, however, the story of the day was the performance of redshirt freshman Clarissa Bootsma, whose 21st place finish (23:58) was second-best for the Gophers. Wilson said Bootsma was actually a swimmer in high school.“I think this is about her fourth cross country meet,” Wilson said. “It’s very interesting to see what she’s been able to accomplish. She’s going to be excellent.” First and fourth place for split squadSenior Emily Brown won her second race of the year at the SDSU meet. Chris LempesisOctober 2, 2006Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintMinnesota’s women’s cross country team’s fourth-placefinish at last weekend’s Roy Griak Invitational was adisappointment for coach Gary Wilson.Wilson said he thought his runners were perhaps a bit distracted by family and friends in attendance for the home meet and didn’t run as well as they could have.The Gophers split their team for a pair of road meets this weekend, with things going considerably better – especially Saturday.Claiming the top four spots, and five of the top 10, Minnesota dominated the South Dakota State Invitational 5K in Brookings, S.D., Saturday. The 19th-ranked Gophers won the meet, which mostly consisted of lower-level teams, with a total of 18 points – very close to a perfect score of 15 points.“Last week, I thought we ran like a top-20 team at the Griak,” Wilson said. “This week I thought we ran like a top-10 team.”Leading the way for Minnesota was the same runnerwho has been leading the way all season, senior Emily Brown.Brown, the Gophers’ No. 1 runner, won the meet with a time of 17:08.70.“Going into the race we were pretty sure that somebody from Minnesota was going to win it,” Brown said, referring to the lower-level competition. “It was just a matter of who it was going to be.”The win is Brown’s second of the year, as she also won the Oz Memorial Run on Sept. 9.Those two wins, coupled with her third place finish at the Griak, show that Brown could very well be running deep into November, the month of both the NCAA Midwest Regionals and the NCAA Championships.
#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Photos: Värmlandstrafik SWEDEN: State operator SJ has been selected for a passenger train operating contract, while the Vy Tåg subsidiary of Norwegian state operator Vy has won two others.Värmland regional transport authority Värmlandstrafik has selected Vy as preferred bidder to operate regional passenger services on the Fryksdalsbanan (Torsby – Karlstad) and Värmlandsbanan (Charlottenberg – Kristinehamn) routes for nine years from December 13 2020, with an option to extend the contract by a further year.The services will be operated using eight Regina X50 EMUs and five two-car Itino Y31 DMUs.‘We have been serving Värmland since 2009, and are both happy and grateful for the continued trust’, said Vy Tåg CEO Dag Lokrantz-Bernitz. ‘The contract is an important part of Vy Tåg’s strategy to grow in the Swedish market.’‘We are approaching a period of major infrastructure changes’, said Per Sidetun, the region’s head of rail transport, adding that the operating contract included a number of improvements that would ‘have a positive impact on our travellers.’#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# Photos: SJ/Christian KruseOn February 10 national transport agency Trafikverket announced that it had selected SJ to continue to operate the daily Stockholm – Östersund – Duved overnight service for four years from December 13 2020, with the possibility of an extension for up to two years. The operator will provide and maintain its own rolling stock.‘It is very satisfying that we can continue with the successful night trains to and from Jämtland’, said SJ Business Manager Jan Kyrk. ‘We have started upgrading our sleeping cars to further increase comfort during the trip.’SJ is due to take over services between Storlien and Trondheim in Norway this year, and said it would explore opportunities to develop connections between Norway and Sweden.Trafikverket has selected Vy Tåg to operate the overnight trains between Stockholm, Luleå and Narvik for the same period. The two night trains from Stockholm and the daily connection between Luleå and Narvik are currently operated by SJ and carry more than 500 000 passengers a year. The new operator will lease vehicles from Traffikverket.#*#*Show Fullscreen*#*# ‘We are convinced that we can do a good job of further developing traffic’ said Vy Tåg’s Lokrantz-Bernitz, adding that it was an exciting route serving large parts of Sweden. Vy Tåg aims to grow both business and leisure traffic on the route, building on its experience of its working with the tourism sector as part of the Norrland regional train operating contract.The route was also significant as the first which the company operated when it was formed in 1999 under the Tågkompaniet brand with the aim of winning night train contracts. Vy Tåg has now grown to have sales of SKr700m, 550 employees, the Värmlandstrafik, X-trafik, Norrtåg and Krösatågen operating contracts, services operated on its own account between Karlstad and Oslo, and Oslo – Göteborg services operated in co-operation with its parent company Vy.‘Our strategy is to maintain traffic and grow in the Swedish market’, said Lokrantz-Bernitz. ‘Five days ago we were told that we can keep the Värmland contract for nine years. Today we win the night train contract. It is no coincidence, it is many years of quality work that is now paying dividends’.However, the change of operator is likely to see the end of night trains from Göteborg to the north. At present SJ runs both the Jämtland and Norrland sleepers beyond Stockholm, and the national operator had made representations to Traffikverket that this should continue. According to Kyrk, splitting of the responsibility for the two routes means that it will no longer be operationally practical to continue serving Göteborg after December 2020.
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The shortlist for the inaugural Camogie Association/WGPA Players’ Player of the Year Awards sponsored by Liberty Insurance have been announced across the three award categories as follows:Senior Player of the Year Shortlist:Gemma O’Connor (Cork)Niamh Kilkenny (Galway)Orla Cotter (Cork)Intermediate Player of the Year Shortlist:Jane Dolan (Meath)Patricia Jackman (Waterford)Susie O’Carroll (Kildare)Junior Player of the Year Shortlist:Kate Nolan (Carlow)Kelley Hopkins (Roscommon)Sarah-Anne Fitzgerald (Laois)The Players’ Player of the Year Awards will honour the outstanding achievement of an individual player in the Senior, Intermediate and Junior championships. The 12th annual Camogie All-Stars Awards sponsored by Liberty Insurance will take place at Citywest Hotel on Saturday, November 7th. Tickets are priced at €75 per head. To book contact the Camogie Office on 01 865 8651 or e-mail [email protected] WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Email Players who are members of an inter-county panel, participating in this year’s Championship will now be invited to vote on their Player of the Year based on the final shortlists. Players are requested to submit their vote online or by e-mail to the WGPA before Monday November 2nd at 5pm, with the overall recipients announced on the night of the Camogie All-Stars Awards on November 7th.
Dear Editor,I want to thank Alim Hosein for the letter, “We need to teach English and other languages, but this does not preclude respect for Creolese” (SN, 22nd March 2018) in response to my letter, “What is the merit of learning Creolese at university level?” (SN, 20th March 2018).Alim Hosein listed six points that I will debate:Point One: Creolese is our language, and everyone speaks it.Creolese is not our national language, nor is it our mother tongue, as the vast majority of our ancestors came from different parts of the world.Point Two: Other countries have not abandoned their mother tongues to learn “foreign languages” (English).On the contrary, many countries of the world have evolving languages and cultures. There are now more English speakers in the world. As I noted in point one, our national language is NOT Creolese.Point Three: What is wrong of building national pride?It is good to build national pride, but too much pride is arrogance.Point Four: Why should the various dialects of Creolese be a hindrance to promoting Creolese?I am sure that there is an opportunity cost in promoting Creolese; in that money, time and people (resources) can be better utilised elsewhere.Point Five: The rest of the world is interested in learning Creolese.Really? How many Creolese converts have there been in the last twenty years, in comparison to people learning English Language?Point Six: Mr Ori’s thinking is the old, Imperialistic thinking.Not true. We have been a colony of England, which has shaped us. No amount of rebranding will change that.To promote Creolese because our education system (English in particular) is failing Guyanese, and promoting Creolese (in general) is a waste of time and effort.Yours faithfully,Sean Ori
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In today’s retail world, technology has become a primary force behind many of our strategic plans, driving many loss prevention initiatives and fueling new solutions in an omni-channel retail environment.However, technology alone cannot solve all of the challenges that our loss prevention programs face on a day-to-day basis. We’re all well aware that technology is also a tool used by those that have dishonest intentions, to include organized retail crime teams, cyber-criminals, and others seeking to take advantage of retail organizations. However, even technology tools intended to help deter and resolve theft and crime can lead to significant problems when poorly implemented and managed.Such appears to be the case with a new app that has recently made headlines due to complaints of potential racial profiling. A recent Washington Post article, “The secret surveillance of ‘suspicious’ blacks in one of the nation’s poshest neighborhoods,” describes incidents in which individuals are identifying “suspicious” individuals in an attempt to share information and deter criminal acts.- Sponsor – In February of last year, the Georgetown Business Improvement District partnered with District police to launch “Operation GroupMe”, which they call a “real-time mobile-based group-messaging app that connects Georgetown businesses, police officers and community members.” Since then, the app has attracted nearly 380 users who surreptitiously report on — and photograph — shoppers in an attempt to deter crime.Since March of last year, Georgetown retailers have dispatched more than 6,000 messages that discuss suspicious people. A review by the Business Improvement District of all the messages since January — more than 3,000 — revealed that nearly 70 percent of those people were black. The shoplifting is often alleged, but in other instance these shoppers aren’t accused of anything beyond seeming “suspicious.”This has once again raised real concern over incidents of potential racial profiling. Those using the application haven’t been appropriately trained on the core competencies necessary to appropriately and effectively identify shoplifting behaviors. Descriptions of the incidents are largely based on the way individuals look and dress rather that any behaviors that they are engaging in. Photos are being published to online media outlets identifying individuals as being “suspicious” or “dishonest” simply based on the opinions of untrained eyes.Even when those eyes have good intentions, such activity can and often will lead to unfortunate results. Offensive posts, inappropriate comments, and poor judgment can result when such tools are left in the hands of the ignorant and/or uninformed.Racial profiling is absolutely an unacceptable practice, and many retailers have taken steps to make their stance on the subject crystal clear through policies, official statements, and support of programs such as the “Customer Bill of Rights” document. Loss prevention certification and company training programs educate loss prevention personnel on industry best practices. Yet tools such as this can still undermine our best efforts.While we are currently unaware of any retailers that have sanctioned the use of such tools, several of the articles associated with this disturbing behavior have identified retail employees as among those using the application and posting these comments.What do you think? This week’s LP Magazine Instant Poll question asks: Should our employees be allowed to use digital apps to identify potential shoplifters and report suspicious behavior?All employees should be prohibited from using this type of tool This tool should only be used by loss prevention personnel. This type of tool should only be used if employees are trained on how to use them. Employees should be allowed to use this type of tool if it deters crime in the store.Have any additional thoughts that you would like to share? We’d love to hear about it. Please share your thoughts by clicking here. All responses to our polls are kept strictly confidential. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up now