$50 million for home projects

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The fund has now distributed $169 million since early 2003, but officials struggled to reach a goal of $100 million per year. Then Villaraigosa announced last fall that he would fully fund the trust by diverting money from other city departments and supporting a $1 billion bond. While the date for that city housing bond remains uncertain, Villaraigosa has also been lobbying state officials to include money for local affordable housing in a bond proposal being promoted by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this year. Villaraigosa said he is also looking at other creative ways to provide more money, such as investing city pension funds in development projects. The strategy has been used by State Treasurer Phil Angelides, now a gubernatorial candidate, to fund projects including some in downtown Los Angeles. Efforts to keep the trust fully funded at $100 million are important because building affordable units can be risky and developers need consistency, said Mercedes Marquez, general manager of the Los Angeles Housing Department. “If developers don’t feel there’s enough money there for them to take a risk and do business then they won’t,” she said. Builders are noticing what the city is doing, said Dora Gallo, chief executive of A Community of Friends, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit affordable housing developer. “There seems to be a real commitment and things are moving,” she said. Gallo’s organization received $4.1 million toward a $12.9 million project in North Hills. The Rayen Apartments, projected to open in November 2007, would mix 25 units for foster children who come of age and lack homes, some with special needs, and 24 general low-income units. Villaraigosa also announced his appointments to the Affordable Housing Commission. He retained Second Baptist Church Rev. William Saxe Epps and activist Alice W. Harris from the previous administration and added Stewart Kim of PGP Capital Advisors, Stephanie Klasky-Gamer of the nonprofit Chrysalis, attorneys Pete Navarro and Evangeline Ordaz-Molina, and Lisa Sugino, former deputy director of the Little Tokyo Service Center. Klasky-Gamer, who lives in Valley Village and used to be an affordable housing developer herself, said there is a need to add housing across the city. “To date we’ve had a lot of concentration in particular districts,” she said. “I hope that having a diverse group of commissioners will help the city implement its housing goals throughout the city.” Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The city of Los Angeles distributed more than $50 million to affordable housing projects Monday as Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa pledged to create a consistent funding source to help poor and working-class families find homes. The money, the city’s largest housing grant ever given, will build 14 projects – a total of 686 new housing units – across the city, including a 60-unit apartment in Sylmar and a 49-unit building in North Hills. “We’re here in the midst of a housing crisis in Los Angeles,” Villaraigosa said. “We need an unprecedented investment.” City leaders established the Affordable Housing Trust Fund in 2000 as a way for Los Angeles to provide grants to developers through competitive bids. Builders of affordable projects then typically use the city money in conjunction with state and federal tax credits and bond funding. last_img read more

Oh, My: George Takei On Google Glass, SpaceX And His New YouTube Series

first_imgGT: It’s my belief, and certainly that of Gene Roddenberry, who created Star Trek, [that] it’s the “imagineers” who set the goal for the future. Like a telephone with no cords attached. If it can be imagined, then the innovators, inventors and entrepreneurs will set that as a goal and eventually realize that. Something like what we had back on Star Trek called the Communicator. But [today’s phone] does much more than what our Communicators did. It takes pictures. You can play games with it, and watch a show with it. And in many ways, it’s also become a real nuisance in our lives.But it’s the imagineers who set the goal. For example, Elon Musk, who started up PayPal and the Tesla all-electric automobile, started up SpaceX now that NASA is winding down. Private enterprise is providing the space shuttle! He used the phrase, “Humans are the only multiple planet species.” What an amazing thought, and he’s thought it. And that becomes a goal. Elon Musk has talked about colonies on Mars and elsewhere, where our explorations might find that life is sustainable on those planets. So they think the impossible, and it becomes ultimately reality. The fact that we have the Internet is amazing. So we’re using that to share more information with people.Takei’s Take, produced by AARP and hosted by George Takei, debuts today and runs bi-weekly.Feature and YouTube promo image courtesy of AARP/George Takei. Star Trek image courtesy of Wikipedia.  GT: Well, I’m learning a great deal too. Google Glass, for example… I have a little fun with it. It’s not the prettiest looking thing. And I think it has some… I wouldn’t say downsides, but “signs of concern.” If somebody has Google Glass on, they have some face identification capabilities. They could Google you. Then you feel ugly and naked riding in the subway.And the other thing about that is, they’re $1,500. And there you have it on your face, riding in the subway. When you come into the station, someone can just snatch it, and there you are, minus the $1,500. So there are these kinks to work out. But I think it’s an interesting, fascinating area.There’s also the sharing economy, where the Internet is used to share a room in your house or your bike that’s not being used. Or your car. Heh, some people are even sharing party leftovers. So there are a lot of interesting and amusing and sometimes eye-opening things happening in this brave, new world. And I think seniors as well as middle-aged people would be interested in that. RW: What’s your take on technology and today’s middle-agers and seniors? Has technology helped them or failed them?GT: Well, some have a phobia about it. My sister’s a retired schoolteacher, and she doesn’t even own a computer. I’ve been after her to do that, so we can communicate much more efficiently. She does have a cell phone. But with “Takei’s Take,” we can open up possibilities that enrich lives. And that’s my mission with YouTube. RW: What is it like for you, being part of the Star Trek universe, and now seeing these fantasy technologies coming to reality? [A Facebook post by Takei with a link that elaborates on the Olympics issue mentioned here.]RW: You have quite a platform to speak from. And, to switch gears a bit, now you have YouTube.GT: Yes.RW: So how did this deal for the Web series come about?GT: The AARP (American Association of Retired Persons) came to me. The idea of social media is to introduce people to new experiences and enrich their lives with these experiences. The AARP demographic is active in social media. But I found that their children and grandchildren are Star Trek fans, and so I told AARP that we could reach a wide demographic of people. Not just the 50-plus, but those in the middle-age sector and also teenagers. So we decided to go ahead with this project, “Takei’s Take.” RW: What types of things can we expect to see in this programming? The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos George Takei: My base when I started out was sci-fi geeks and nerds, so I had to develop that. I began by talking about science and science fiction, and put in some humorous things. And I solidified the base.Actually, the reason I began my social media program was this: We developed a musical for Broadway on the internment of Japanese-Americans—a still too-little-known chapter of American history. [Takei himself was subject to an internment camp as a child during World War II.] So we had to raise the awareness of that unconstitutional experience, introduce people to the musical, and then persuade them to want to see it and buy tickets for it. Sci-fi geeks and nerds are not necessarily a theatre-going audience. What’s important here is the engagement level. And that’s what I concentrated on by humorous means. You catch more flies with honey. — George Takei So I did the sci-fi geeks and nerds. And I started talking about LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) issues. It seems there’s a great overlap between the sci-fi geeks and nerds and the LGBT community, and it just exploded. Then I started talking about the internment, the subject of our musical.What’s important here is the engagement level. And that’s what I concentrated on by humorous means. You catch more flies with honey. Having content that stimulates or amuses or galvanizes, that has been my approach. I think it has proved to be quite successful. RW: But you’ve never shied away from stirring things up. There was the Christine Quinn episode [the lesbian NYC mayoral candidate endorsed by Takei]. You’re also very outspoken online about the Olympics being held in Russia. Have you ever felt like, “No, I can’t talk about this or that. My fans may not like it.”GT: But they do like it. They like the combination of the humor and the serious subjects. I just got back from a Star Trek convention in Montreal, and when I talked about the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, there was tremendous applause and support for our pulling it out of Russia and not allowing Vladimir Putin [the Russian President] to have that international stage.We need to learn from history. In 1936, the IOC [International Olympic Committee] granted Germany the Summer Olympics. Three years before that, Hitler came to power. And he passed what seemed like, in the whole larger context, an innocuous law saying Jewish professors will not be given tenure. Then he had the Olympic stage, and his power and influence and stature grew.That’s precisely what we’re doing here with Putin. There’s high unemployment amongst young people in Russia and he needs to have a scapegoat. So he passed that homophobic law, which essentially gives license to the thugs and hoodlums to assault anyone they perceive to be gay or lesbian. They accost them, humiliate them, beat them, sometimes so severely, they’re killed. It would be highly irresponsible for the IOC to put the Olympics there.But the IOC had their meeting last weekend in Buenos Aires, and it seems like they’re completely spineless. Of course, it’s only six or seven months away, but they could postpone it. The next stage of our campaign is to have Russian athletes not be eligible to compete in the Olympics.We feel very strongly about that.  Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… George Takei has a cold. But even a bad cold can’t keep a good Starfleet officer down. And it certainly wasn’t going to stifle Star Trek’s “Hikaru Sulu,” a New York Times Top 10 bestselling author, gay rights activist and social media juggernaut. I caught up with Takei and his trademark baritone voice—which was a little extra deep this time—via phone to chat about his latest project, “Takei’s Take,” a new YouTube series debuting today. But the Web program wasn’t the only thing on the menu.With a career that spans generations, the actor, 76, has a second life as a bona fide social media celebrity. Here, he shares a few thoughts about what it takes to succeed on the Web, what propels his real-world and online activism, and how he sees modern technologies and initiatives like Google Glass and SpaceX. ReadWrite: Congratulations on the success of your book [“Oh Myyy! (There Goes The Internet)“]. It seems people are interested in your journey in the online world. Currently, you have 4.5 million Facebook followers, and more than 800,000 Twitter followers. So what is the key to building such immense online popularity? center_img Related Posts A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit adriana lee Tags:#social media#YouTube Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationlast_img read more

Pastor arrested by Escondido police for child molestation

first_img Posted: December 28, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, Pastor arrested by Escondido police for child molestation 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsESCONDIDO (KUSI)- An Orange County pastor was arrested in Escondido on suspicion of child molestation, Fountain Valley police said today. John Rodgers McFarland, 56, was arrested Dec. 18 on charges stemming from the alleged abuse of at least one child, police said.Police executed search warrants at McFarland’s home, as well as current and previous churches where he was employed as head pastor, according to Fountain Valley police, who said there is evidence he may have additional victims in Orange County.McFarland has been the head pastor at Orangethorpe United Methodist Church in Fullerton since 2014. He was also a pastor at Surf City Church in Huntington Beach between 2009 and 2014, and served as head pastor at Fountain Valley United Methodist Church for 26 years from 1988 to 2014.McFarland is facing two felony charges of lewd acts upon a child that are alleged to have occurred in Escondido between July 26, 2012, and July 23, 2013, according to a criminal complaint from the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office obtained by NBC San Diego.The victim was described in the complaint as a girl under the age of 14. McFarland has a court hearing scheduled at the Vista Courthouse at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 16.Police asked other victims or anyone else with potential information on crimes committed by McFarland to contact Fountain Valley police Detective Gloria Scott at (714) 593-4480. December 28, 2018 Updated: 6:27 PM FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Future plc App Sales Pass 8 Million

first_imgIn its interim statement for its fiscal year ending September 30, Future plc is reporting continued growth in its app business. In the last year, since Apple launched Newsstand, the company has generated about $8 million in app sales, which is up from $5 million at its fiscal half-year.In July 2011, the company announced it was moving to a “primarily digital business,” and midway through its fiscal 2012, Future said digital advertising accounted for 44 percent of revenue—$15 million at the half, with a third of that in app sales. The company’s websites are reporting traffic gains as well, with visits up 50 percent, totaling 45 million uniques per month. Also encouraging for the company is improved performance of its struggling U.S. division. “In the U.S. we continue to make strong progress and are close to returning to profitability,” says the company in its interim statement. Early this year, Future sold its music titles to NewBay Media for $3 million as part of the company’s “recovery plan” for its U.S. group.More on this topic Future plc iPad App Sales Hit $5 Million Since Newsstand Debut Future PLC’s Digital Play Digital in the Black for First Time at Future Digital Revenues Rise, Print Continues to Fall for Future plc Future PLC Aims to Trim More Print Costs Future US Promotes Considine to PresidentJust In Meredith Corp. Makes Digital-Side Promotions | People on the Move TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move Four More Execs Depart SourceMedia in Latest Restructuring This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks Editor & Publisher Magazine Sold to Digital Media Consultant Bonnier Corp. Terminates Editor-in-Chief for Ethics BreachPowered bylast_img read more

Disneys Jungle Cruise footage hits D23

first_img In Jungle Cruise, @TheRock and Emily Blunt pair up for a buddy comedy of fun. And The Rock just rode into the auditorium on a jungle cruise boat called La Quila🚢 “Sometimes you need me to save the day!”#D23Expo pic.twitter.com/6yWXT6V1M5— cait petrakovitz ➡️ D23 🙌🏽💃🏽 (@misscp) August 24, 2019 The movie is based on the Disneyland ride of the same name, and will see The Rock play a boat skipper named Frank who takes Blunt’s character Lily and her brother McGregor — played by British stand-up comedian Jack Whitehall — on a mission to find a tree that has magical healing powers. You may recognize Whitehall from the Good Omens series on Amazon Prime.The journey will see them fight wild animals and compete against a rival German expedition, with Disney adding that there will be a “supernatural element.” 0 How much would you spend on Disney Plus? As @TheRock is saying he made a movie about “heroic men, kicking ass and saving the girl” Emily Blunt herself comes out in an old car, “mad” about the footage we just saw. “Did you cut that yourself?!? … Just forget everything you just saw!” #D23Expo #JungleCruise— cait petrakovitz ➡️ D23 🙌🏽💃🏽 (@misscp) August 24, 2019 41 Photos TV and Movies Culture Now playing: Watch this: The first Jungle Cruise trailer has finally launched at D23. Walt Disney Studios Disney revealed footage for the Jungle Cruise movie at D23 Expo 2019, with Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Emily Blunt in the lead roles for the Adventureland-themed movie.The footage on display definitely tips a hat to the Disney ride the story is based off of, with the cruise itself having guides like the attraction. The antagonists appear to be similar to those in the Pirates of the Caribbean films, having a kind of supernatural Davy Jones-like appearance. Johnson called Blunt’s character “the female version of Indiana Jones” in an Instagram post in June, saying she has “relentless ambition to find the one, elusive magical thing that could change humanity for the better — forever.”According to The Rock, his skipper character knows the Amazon River better than any other, and only cares about his money, his cat and his liquor.”Good luck lady in trying to change the world, and not falling for my charm,” he said.The Disney D23 Expo runs through Sunday, Aug. 25. Be sure to check out coverage from sister sites GameSpot, TV Guide and ComicBook.com.   1:42center_img Tags Comic-Con See the best cosplay from Disney’s D23 Expo Post a comment In her trailer, @TheRock’s name is smaller, and she’s the Indiana Jones type seeking truth and knowledge. Oh come on, he says. “The last time I was here I was a demi-god.” #D23Expo— cait petrakovitz ➡️ D23 🙌🏽💃🏽 (@misscp) August 24, 2019 Disney’s Jungle Cruise movie Share your voice Disney Jungle Cruise movie: Release date, plot, rumors, cast, director, photoslast_img read more

Iraq hails exemption from Trump travel ban

first_imgDonald TrumpThe Iraqi government on Monday hailed the country’s exemption from US president Donald Trump’s revised travel ban as an “important step” that strengthens relations between Baghdad and Washington.“The Iraqi foreign ministry expresses its deep satisfaction with the executive order issued by President Donald Trump which includes an exemption for Iraqis from the ban on travel to the United States of America,” spokesman Ahmed Jamal said.The ministry “considers it an important step in the right direction that strengthens the strategic alliance between Baghdad and Washington in a number of fields, especially fighting terrorism,” said Jamal.The statement came after senior White House aide Kellyanne Conway said Trump would on Monday sign a revised executive order on immigration that excludes Iraq, after his first version was blocked by federal courts.Trump’s original executive order barred citizens of Iraq and six other Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for at least 90 days in a move he billed as an effort to make America safe from “radical Islamic terrorists”.The move drew widespread condemnation in Iraq, including from Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi, who said the ban punishes those who are “fighting terrorism,” and called for it to be revised.Iraqi forces are battling the Islamic State jihadist group with support from a US-led coalition.Trump’s attempt to impose travel restrictions on Iraqis came after he repeatedly asserted that the United States should have seized the country’s oil before withdrawing its forces in 2011.last_img read more

Ready or not Ontario legislation for allin travel pricing starts Jan 1

first_img<< Previous PostNext Post >> Ready or not, Ontario legislation for all-in travel pricing starts Jan. 1, 2017 Travelweek Group Tags: TICO TORONTO — The industry has known about this deadline for months and now consumers do too: starting Jan. 1, 2017 travel ads in Ontario will have to include all taxes and fees, under new rules that the provincial government says are meant to protect consumers.The province says the rules, which take effect Jan. 1, will help reduce confusion and prevent surprises for travellers, as well as ensure a level playing field for the travel industry. The new regulations apply to any ads made by a registered travel agent or wholesaler that refer to the price of travel services.“People across Ontario can now research and buy their vacations and business travel with confidence and without surprises – the price advertised will now be the price paid,” Marie-France Lalonde, Ontario’s minister of government and consumer services, said in a statement.The change was also hailed by TICO, which said all-in pricing “provides consistent guidelines for the travel industry when advertising and promoting the price of travel services.”More news:  Air Canada’s global sales update includes Managing Director, Canada & USA SalesMany major tours operators and retailers have been advertising all-in pricing for years. “Air Canada Vacations is already in compliance with the all-in-pricing requirement set out by TICO,” said Nino Montagnese, Managing Director, Sun Markets for ACV. “All of our vacations packages, hotel prices, flights and tours in all promotional formats – whether online or print – include transparent pricing and clearly outline all of the fees, services charges and taxes that consumers can expect to pay when booking our products. We want to make our travel partners’ and consumers’ booking process as seamless as possible.”Other tour operators are ready to comply. “As per recent legislation issued by the Province of Ontario, we can confirm that all our pricing will be displayed as ‘all in’ pricing from Jan. 1, 2017,” said Andrew Dawson, President of Tour Operations, Sunwing Vacations. “Customers will be able to browse our selection of vacation packages with ease, and with the understanding that all taxes, surcharges and fees are already represented in the price quoted.”More news:  Transat calls Groupe Mach’s latest offer “highly abusive, coercive and misleading”Dawson said travellers should be “diligent when comparing prices as many online travel agents and hoteliers not covered by the legislation are likely to continue to show prices without taxes and fees included.”Flight Centre spokeswoman Allison Wallace said full transparency in pricing “will reduce confusion while at the same time encourage fair competition from sun wholesalers and retailers so this is very good news for both the consumer and the travel industry.” Posted by Wednesday, December 14, 2016 last_img read more