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  • Fri, May 25, 2018 1:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)



    THE CEOs CORNER

     

    May, 2018

    Jed Daly

     

    Control Your Attention, Create Your Life

     

    For years, management experts have studied time management.  There are a thousand tips and tricks:  Don’t do our emails as they come in, batch them; Set aside “me time” which can’t be interrupted, Spend 10 minutes in the morning to plan your day before getting started.  All valuable techniques to be more time efficient.

    Vistage speaker Maura Thomas draws a distinction between time management and attention management.  We all strive to be efficient, but what’s more important, she argues, is to focus on what you are (or are not) paying attention to.

    We all, she notes, pay attention to different things.  Joe pays attention to becoming a better sax player and couldn’t care less about skiing; Joanna focuses on becoming a better skier and can’t carry a tune.  So, from Joe’s point of view, he has many experiences playing sax and none skiing.  Joanna’s skied all over the world, and has never picked up a musical instrument.  When Joanna and Joe finally leave this world, their lives will consist of the accumulation of all their experiences.  Joe’s reality will not contain any skiing and Joanna’s reality will not include playing saxophone.  Their lives are, in fact, their cumulative experience.   And their experiences result from what they decided to pay attention to.

    This sounds simple, obvious at first.  But as we go through life, we don’t always pay attention to what we are paying attention to.  We fight fires that aren’t really all that important.  We forget to call our spouses every day.  We tolerate poor behavior rather than dealing with it.  The list goes on and on.

    Steven Covey’s Big Rocks video demonstrates the importance of setting and focusing on our BIG goals . . . to make sure that the Important And Not Urgent isn’t overwhelmed by the Urgent And Not Important

    Maura also has a great tip:  She noted that no one would ever try to solve a crossword puzzle with the pieces in separate rooms; instead, we first gather all the pieces together in one place.  Similarly, she argues, don’t keep your tasks (to do’s) in separate places (some on post it notes, others in emails, voice messages, Slack posts or in your head).  Instead, make sure you get them all together, written down in one place.  Then, prioritize. 

    That way, you’ll be able to pay attention to what’s really worth paying attention to.  And create your life as you go.

    A  CEO for more than 25 years, Jed Daly works with the CEOs and senior executives of more than 40 Los Angeles companies as a Vistage Chair.  Vistage is the world’s leading CEO membership organization, with more than 22,000 members in 19 countries who run companies with annual revenues ranging from $1 million to over $18 billion. Mr. Daly chairs three out of the 50 Los Angeles based Vistage Boards, and will shortly be forming a fourth Board in the San Gabriel Valley. His 40 members make better decisions, become more profitable AND work less, so they can spend more time with their families, do the things they love and have better personal and professional relationships. For additional posts and content, please link here.  He can be reached at jed@infinitifilms.com or jed.daly@vistagechair.com

  • Fri, May 25, 2018 12:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Twenty San Gabriel Valley Cities packed the exhibit booth at this year's ICSC RECon. The four-day trade show that took place on May 20-23 is the world's largest commercial real estate convention, boasting an attendance of 34,000 developers. Our member cities had back-to-back meetings with developers and brokers to bring retailers, hotels, and housing to their cities.

    This year, we increased the number of conference tables from two to four to ensure city staff and council members have plenty of space for deal-making. The live espresso service brought lots of foot traffic to our booth, making our booth the center of attention in Central Hall. Special thanks to The Olson Company for sponsoring a happy hour event for our member cities on Monday afternoon.

    The Partnership was proud to represent the San Gabriel Valley at ICSC RECon, and we look forward to bringing our member cities to ICSC's Western Conference & Deal Making at the Los Angeles Convention Center in October. 

    Interested in sponsoring the October ICSC conference in Los Angeles? Contact Director of Marketing & Communications Regina Wang at rwang@sgvpartnership.org.







  • Fri, May 18, 2018 11:02 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Sacramento Bee: Groping allegation against Asm. Cristina Garcia not substantiated as harassment investigation ends

    An Assembly investigation did not corroborate allegations that Assemblywoman Cristina Garcia drunkenly groped a former legislative staff member.

    The Bell Gardens Democrat took an unpaid leave from the Assembly in February after Daniel Fierro, who now operates a political communications firm in Cerritos, said she cornered him at a legislative softball game in 2014, squeezed his butt and attempted to grab his crotch.

    "I look forward to returning to work and getting back to the business of representing my constituents," Garcia said in a statement Thursday declaring that she had been "exonerated." Her spokeswoman said she has not yet decided on a return date to the Capitol.

    Though cleared of the most serious charge against her, Garcia will be removed from her committee memberships and required to attend sensitivity training after the investigation found that she violated the Assembly's sexual harassment policy by using vulgar language, Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon announced.



    The Hill: House rejects farm bill as conservatives revolt

    House conservatives tanked a GOP farm bill on Friday over an intra-party feud over immigration, delivering a stunning blow to Republican leaders as they try to find a path forward on immigration.

    In a 198-213 vote, GOP conservatives essentially joined Democrats in rejecting the measure, which would have introduced tougher work requirements for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program [SNAP] that were a priority for Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.).

    The whip count remained in question in the hours leading up to the dramatic vote, despite GOP leaders expressing confidence just minutes before hand that they would have enough support to pass the bill.

    Ryan and other GOP leaders frantically tried to flip members of the House Freedom Caucus from no to yes during the amendment vote series leading up to final passage.

    At one point, Rep. Patrick McHenry (R-N.C.), a chief deputy whip, was seen working Rep. Dave Brat (R-Va.) while Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was locked in an intense conversation with Rep. Jody Hice (R-Ga.) 

    Ryan, McCarthy and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) huddled with House Freedom Caucus leader Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Scott Perry (R-Pa.) earlier as lawmakers voted on amendments to the bill.



    Sacramento Bee: Baby boomers could get a huge property tax break under November initiative

    Older California residents who move could save thousands of dollars in property taxes under an initiative that has qualified for the statewide November ballot.

    The initiative – backed by the California Association of Realtors – would change a key provision of Proposition 13, the state’s 40-year-old property tax law that ties a home’s assessed value to its sales price and caps the property tax rate at 1 percent of that value.

    Under the initiative, people over the age of 55 moving within the state could pay property taxes based on the sales price of the home they are leaving. The new tax structure would be determined by a complicated formula that takes into account the values of the home someone is selling and the home they are buying.

    For example, a resident lives in a home with an assessed value of $200,000 and sells that home for $400,000. They then buy a different home for $1 million somewhere else in California.



    Sacramento Bee: Democrats ramp up effort to avoid California catastrophe

    The political arm of House Democrats is undertaking a late push to drive up voter turnout in a handful of marquee California congressional districts where the party now faces the possibility of not even having a Democrat make it onto the November ballot.

    The operation from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee includes mailers and digital ads, aimed at registering and turning out the party’s voters in four battleground districts ahead of the June 5 primary.

    Each district — all suburbs around Orange County, California — is among the party’s best pickup opportunities this year, and failing to have a general election candidate in any of them would be a significant blow to Democrats’ hopes of winning the 23 seats necessary for a House majority.

    “After more than a year of organizing in communities across the state, California Democrats deserve to have a Democrat advance to the general election who they can vote for a Democrat in November,” said Drew Godinich, DCCC spokesperson. “Washington Republicans have attacked California’s environment, health care, and raised taxes on millions of families. California Democrats need to vote in June if they want to be heard in November and finish the task by flipping these California districts blue.”



    Next 10: California Migration: A Comparative Analysis

    A trio of new studies suggest deepening divisions in California's economy, depending on residents' income and where they live. Some familiar trends continue.

    Over the decade ending in 2016, more people moved out of California than moved in, and the state still has the highest housing costs in the nation. Job growth is up across low-, mid- and high-income earners, but while wages have increased across all categories, low-income earners haven’t seen their paychecks increase at a comparable pace in recent years. Well-educated, high-income earners continue to move to California, even as growth in high-wage employment has slowed. And as housing prices near an all-time high, Californians with low-paying jobs are leaving the state in search of more affordable lives, despite a growing number of available low-paying jobs.

    Regional differences add another layer of complication. For example, in the Bay Area, the number of high-wage jobs continues to grow, and high-wage workers continue to move in. But in Southern California, shares of high- and middle-wage employment have declined. And Southern California and rural areas are losing more residents, on average, than other parts of the state.

    The report's main findings include:

    • From 2006 to 2016, 1,090,600 more people moved out of California to other states than moved from other states to California.
    • Migration and income trends vary by region. The Bay Area, which had the highest percentage gains in high-wage jobs, has experienced overall net migration growth since 2014. By contrast, Los Angeles and the Inland Empire have seen declines in high- and middle-wage jobs, an increase in low-wage employment, and more people moving out of state than moving in.
    • The main driver for net out-migration appears to be high housing costs, since migration rates are highest for those at lower-wage levels. The vast majority of people who moved out of California were concentrated in lower-skilled, lower-paying fields — namely sales, transportation, and food preparation — which together accounted for a net outflow of more than 180,200 people from 2006 to 2016.
    • Migration trends suggest that the middle class is also being priced out of the state. Net migration of those earning between $30,000 and $49,999 accounted for 93,500 residents leaving California from 2006 to 2016, or 18 percent of net out-migration. On the other hand, net domestic migration for households earning from $50,000 to $99,999 has been positive since 2010, representing 52 percent of net in-migration.
    • The annual rate of net out-migration has fluctuated, and is recently on the rise, with 113,300 net residents leaving in 2016. That is, more people than left each year from 2009 to 2014, but not as many as the nearly 225,800 who moved out in 2006, when housing prices were sky-high ahead of the housing crash.
    • International migrants who move to California tend to be more educated and have higher household incomes compared to domestic migrants. Between 2006 and 2016, immigrant households with incomes of at least $100,000 grew 170.5 percent, while immigrant households with incomes of less than $10,000 decreased 56.3 percent.


    The Atlantic: Why Tech Philanthropy Doesn't Help the Poor

    The San Francisco Bay Area has rapidly become the richest region in the country—the Census Bureau said last year that median household income was $96,777. It’s a place where $100,000 Teslas are commonplace, “raw water” goes for $37 a jug, and injecting clients with the plasma of youth —a gag on the television show Silicon Valley—is being tried by real companies for just $8,000 a pop.

    Yet Sacred Heart Community Service, a San Jose nonprofit that helps low-income families with food, clothing, heating bills, and other services, actually received less in individual donations from the community in 2017 than it did the previous year. “We’re still not sure what it could be attributed to,” Jill Mitsch, the funds development manager at Sacred Heart, told me. It’s not the only nonprofit trying to keep donations up—the United Way of Silicon Valley folded in 2016 amidst stagnant contributions.

    That’s not to say that Silicon Valley’s wealthy aren’t donating their money to charity. Many, including Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, and Larry Page, have signed the Giving Pledge, committing to dedicating the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes. But much of that money is not making its way out into the community.

    There are many reasons for this, but one of them is likely the increasing popularity of a certain type of charitable account called a donor-advised fund. These funds allow donors to receive big tax breaks for giving money or stock, but have little transparency and no requirement that money put into them is actually spent. Fidelity Charitable and Schwab Charitable, two of the biggest charities with donor-advised fund programs, held $2.2 billion in donor-advised funds from clients located in San Mateo and Santa Clara Counties in 2014. That’s a 946 percent increase from 2005, according to The Giving Code, a 2016 report about philanthropy in Silicon Valley.



    Washington Post: 'A Rogue State:' California's defiance of federal immigration policy

    For nearly two decades, Alameda County sheriff’s Sgt. Don Laventure has kept inmate records at what was once one of the nation’s largest jails, a campus of low cement buildings set among seasonally green hills. He knows his work.

    Yet since January, a flowchart drawn in green highlighter has hung over the window above his desk at Santa Rita Jail. It is a cheat sheet for how to follow the rules imposed by California’s “sanctuary state” law, which providesbroad legal protection from federal deportation to the state’s estimated 2.5 million undocumented immigrants.

    The chart is a collection of arrows, some pointing sideways, some down, some toward U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement — and even more pointing away from it.

    “We need to let everyone who sits in here know how this works,” Laventure said, “because not everybody knows what’s going on.”

    California’s new sanctuary-state law has made Laventure’s job more complex, but for many public-safety officials in the state, their frustration is about more than the cumbersome rules. The law, they say, is putting people at risk.

    Growing opposition to the law is challenging California’s identity as the heart of liberal resistance to the Trump administration. Protestsfrom conservative residents and politicians are emerging in courthouses and council meetings from here in the Bay Area to San Diego County.

    Known officially as the California Values Act, the law prohibits nearly all communication between local law enforcement officials and federal immigration agents.At Santa Rita Jail, which takes in between 400 and 500 people a day, 35 inmates have been met by ICE agents so far this year — a number that the jail’s commander believes should be far higher.

    “We constantly have to second-guess ourselves,” said Capt. Derrick Hesselein, commander of the jail.



    City Journal: Tom Wolfe's California

    Tom Wolfe is most identified with New York City, for good reason. He has lived and worked in Manhattan since the early 1960s, and New York dominates his writing the way London looms for Dickens. But Wolfe has never been afraid to venture from his home turf—this fall’s Back to Blood, an exploration of Miami, is a case in point—and his true literary second home is California. Over the course of his career, Wolfe has devoted more pages to the Golden State than to any setting other than Gotham. In his early years, from the mid-1960s through the early 1970s, the ratio was almost one-to-one. More to the point, the core insights on which he built his career—the devolution of style to the masses, status as a replacement for social class, the “happiness explosion” in postwar America—all first came to him in California. Even books in which the state figures not at all are informed by Wolfe’s observations of the West. Without California, there would be no Wolfe as we know him—no Bonfire, no Right Stuff, no Radical Chic or Me Decade, none of the blockbuster titles or era-defining phrases that made him world-famous.

    And without Wolfe, we would not understand California—or the California-ized modern world. At the time of his most frequent visits, the state was undergoing a profound change, one that affects it to this day and whose every aspect has been exported throughout the country and the globe. Both have become much more like California over the last 40 years, even as California has drifted away from its old self, and Wolfe has chronicled and explained it all.

    It started by accident. Wolfe was working for the New York Herald Tribune, which, along with eight other local papers, shut down for 114 days during the 1962–63 newspaper strike. He had recently written about a custom car show—phoned it in, by his own admission—but he knew there was more to the story. Temporarily without an income, he pitched a story about the custom car scene to Esquire. “Really, I needed to make some money,” Wolfe tells me. “You could draw a per diem from the newspaper writers’ guild, but it was a pittance. I was in bad shape,” he chuckles. Esquire bit and sent the 32-year-old on his first visit to the West—to Southern California, epicenter of the subculture.

    Wolfe saw plenty on that trip, from Santa Monica to North Hollywood to Maywood, from the gardens and suburbs of mid-’60s Southern California to its dung heaps. He saw so much that he didn’t know what to make of it all. Returning to New York in despair, he told Esquire that he couldn’t write the piece. Well, they said, we already have the art laid in, so we have to do something; type up your notes and send them over. “Can you imagine anything more humiliating than being told, ‘Type up your notes, we’ll have a real writer do the piece’?” Wolfe asks. He stayed up all night writing a 49-page memo—which Esquire printed nearly verbatim.

    It’s a great tale, but, one fears, too cute to be strictly true. I ask him about it point-blank. “Oh, yes, that’s exactly what happened,” he says. “I wrote it like a letter, to an audience of literally one person”—Esquire managing editor Byron Dobell—“with all these block phrases and asides. But at some point in the middle of the night, I started to think it might actually be pretty good.”

  • Fri, May 11, 2018 12:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For the last three years the Partnership has served PCC as the industry intermediary on the Advanced Manufacturing Engineering Technology Linked Learning (AMETLL) Grant.

    The grant comes to an end in June and Dr. Yanez helped to identify employers with engineers to support the college’s last job shadowing program in April. We want to thank our members and non-members that worked hard to find the time and talent to participate.

    It is very important that college and high school students gain real-life work experience and exposure. The Partnership has placed a strong focus on workforce due to the fact that members have continuously communicated that one of their greatest challenges is developing a skilled workforce.  

    THANK YOU to Paul Hubler of Alameda Corridor East (ACE) who recruited engineers Phillip Balmeo, Victoria Butler and Charles Tsang, Andres Molina of WSP for recruiting engineers Ana Namiranian and Manny Castro (Photo), Tina Carey of Amada Miyachi for requiting Marty Newborne, Varoojan Avedian of Pasadena Water & Power for recruiting Jason Niccoli, Zachary Lasater of Dow Hydraulics, and Keith Keeuwen of Rite Aid Thifty Ice Cream.

  • Fri, May 11, 2018 10:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    At this year's ICSC RECon, the world's largest conference for developers, you will see the us busy working at our beautiful San Gabriel Valley exhibit booth, which just won an Addy Award from the American Advertising Awards this year.

    Every year we bring our member cities to ICSC to meet with over 37,000 developers and site selectors. We are proud to represent the SGV cities at ICSC. If you find yourself in Vegas sometime between May 20-23, make sure you stop by and say hello. Our booth number is P3-222 in Central Hall.

    If you are one of our member cities, please note that we can bring your promotional folders for you to ICSC. You may drop them off at our office between 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. by Thursday, May 17. If you would like to send me new photos to update the photo slide show that we will be displaying on the big screen TV, please send them to Director of Marketing & Communications Regina Wang (rwang@sgvpartnership.org) by Tuesday, May 15.


  • Fri, May 11, 2018 10:25 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Sacramento Bee: Surplus grows as Gov. Brown releases $199 billion budget

    Gov. Jerry Brown is using a surging, $8.8 billion surplus in his 16th and final year leading the state to stash billions of dollars in reserves.
    He released a final 2018-19 budget proposal that includes $137.6 billion in general fund spending and $199.3 billion in total spending.

    Tax collections in California are coming in well ahead of expectations, giving Brown and the Legislature an additional $3.8 billion in revenue above what the governor projected when he released his initial budget proposal in January.

    The Democrat-controlled Legislature must pass a budget by June 15. Lawmakers have several proposals on the table that could put them at odds with Brown, including plans to spend an extra $1.5 billion fighting homelessness, another $1 billion on health care and hundreds of millions of dollars in additional spending for the University of California and California State University systems.



    San Francisco Chronicle: Solar to be required on most new homes in California starting in 2020

    Regulators on Wednesday unanimously approved requiring solar arrays on virtually all new single-family homes built in California starting in 2020, saying the move would fight climate change, reduce air pollution and cut monthly bills for home buyers.

    The California Energy Commission, which since the 1970s has set energy-efficiency standards for buildings, took the historic step even as the state faces a housing affordability crisis. But the commission’s staff estimated that while the mandate would add about $40 to a typical new home’s mortgage, it would cut the monthly utility bill by $80 — or more if solar prices continue to fall. The move received the backing of such solar companies as Sunrun, Sungevity and Tesla, as well as building industry groups. The requirement could substantially boost California’s solar industry, which endured a rocky 2017 after years of rapid growth. It could also change the way solar companies operate, and help them slash costs.


    The New York Times: A Run-Down of the Final California Gubernatorial Debate

    Six candidates for governor of California met on Tuesday for their final debate before the June 5 primary. Here are a few takeaways.

    1. The gas tax passed by the Legislature clearly divides Democrats from Republicans. The Democrats — Gavin Newsom, the lieutenant governor; Antonio Villaraigosa, the former mayor of Los Angeles; John Chiang, the state treasurer; and Delaine Eastin, a former Assembly member — are for it. The two Republicans — Travis Allen, a member of the State Assembly, and John Cox, a business executive — oppose it.

    Mr. Cox: “You can’t keep picking the pockets of the taxpayers of this state.”

    Mr. Newsom: “I applaud the courage of the Legislature that did the right thing.”

    2. The four Democrats opposed the immigration compromise backed by Senator Chuck Schumer, the minority leader, to provide money for a border wall in exchange for protecting so-called Dreamers from deportation. “Absolutely not,” said Mr. Chiang. “California is about building bridges, not walls.”

    3. Gov. Jerry Brown can rest just a little easier about the fate of his high-speed train, assuming any of these Democrats are elected (a pretty good bet): They all said it was a good idea. By contrast, Mr. Allen said it would “never be built.”


    San Francisco Chronicle: Gov. Brown orders major offensive against wildfire threat

    Gov. Jerry Brown, alarmed by reports that climate change is dramatically increasing fire risk, on Thursday ordered an all-out attack by scientists, land managers, industry and the public on the dangerous conditions that helped spread last year’s devastating wildfires.

    The executive order will launch a slate of projects to improve forest conditions and increase fire protection, including a doubling of the amount of land managed by controlled burns, tree thinning and other forest-management tactics.

    The extra work would be financed with $96 million the governor is proposing in his May budget revision, to be released Friday. The money would augment the $160 million in cap-and-trade revenue that he has previously proposed spending for forest improvements and fire protection in the 2018-19 fiscal year. The spending would have to be approved by the Legislature.

    “Devastating forest fires are a profound challenge to California,” Brown said. “I intend to mobilize the resources of the state to protect our forests and ensure they absorb carbon to the maximum degree.”


    Capital Public Radio: More Californians choose to register without party affiliation

    More than a quarter of California voters aren't registered in a political party, making independents the fastest growing share of voters in the state, according to state data released Thursday.

    They're nipping closer at the heels of Republicans; that party now outpaces independents by just 30,000 voters.

    "The Republicans aren't capturing the new California, and I think this is a result of especially the national party brand dragging down Republicans in California," Thad Kousser said, chair of the political science department at the University of California in San Diego.

    Independent voters, who register as 'no party preference,' grew by about 1 million since April 2014 to roughly 4.73 million registered voters. Republicans, meanwhile, have 4.76 million voters, down by about 300,000 since 2014.

    Democrats' 8.4 million voters make up the largest share of the California electorate, at 44 percent. The party's share of the vote has held steady, dipping on occasion. Between January and April of this year, for example, both Republicans and Democrats lost some voters as independents gained.


    Los Angeles Times: Gov. Brown warns that delta tunnels project could be jeopardized if momentum is not maintained

    Gov. Jerry Brown warned local water agency officials throughout California on Thursday that unless the delta tunnels project gets needed state and federal permits soon and continues advancing, the major infrastructure project may not happen in their lifetime.

    Brown issued the warning Thursday in a speech to more than 1,000 water experts and officials whom he urged to support the project at a conference of the Assn. of California Water Agencies.

    The speech came a month after the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California agreed to commit nearly $11 billion to build two massive tunnels to convey water under the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta to the San Joaquin Valley and then on to the Southland.




    Pasadena Now: Rent Control Initiative Coming Up Short of Signatures Needed to Qualify for the November Ballot

    Backers of a Pasadena rent control initiative said this week they have collected significantly fewer signatures than needed to qualify their measure for the November ballot and they are running out of time to reach their goal.

    An email from the Pasadena Fair and Equitable Housing Coalition and the Pasadena Tenants Union said their efforts had resulted in collecting 8,679 signatures as of May 8.

    In order to qualify for the ballot, the initiative must garner at least 12,982 signatures and be turned in to City Clerk Mark Jomsky by May 30, the group said.

    Their efforts had been bolstered by an infusion of tens of thousands of dollars worth of signature collection services by a statewide organization which was instrumental in getting a rent control-related initiative on the State ballot.

    “While we missed the deadline for a guarantee to be on the November 6th ballot we still have time to collect signatures within the 180 days to circulate the petition,” the groups told supporters. “Our goal is 16,000 [signatures].”


    Washington Post: Precipitation whiplash and climate change threaten California's freshwater

    Researchers fear global warming will cause the Sierra Nevada snowpack to lose much of its freshwater by the end of the century, spelling trouble for water management throughout the state.

    The California Department of Water Resources found last month that the water content in the Sierra snowpack was about half its historical average for the beginning of April despite late winter storms. One year before, the water content had been measured at over 160 percent of the historical average. This swing is not new and continues California’s recent trend of climate shifts, following the 2011-2015 drought.

    Scientists from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) expect to see an increase in ‘precipitation whiplash’ events in the region, with rapid transitions between extreme wet and extreme dry periods.

    These extreme precipitation events pose a risk to dams, levees and canals, few of which have been tested against intense storms such as those that caused the Great Flood of 1862. By the end of the 21st century, the frequency of floods of this magnitude across the state is expected to increase by 300 to 400 percent.


    Washington Post: Loyalty, unease in Trump's Midwest

    After eight years of displeasure with the presidency of Barack Obama and faced with a choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, Dennis Schminke of Austin, Minn., didn’t have to think hard about how he would vote in 2016. A retired corporate manager, a staunch conservative and a county Republican official, he supported the New York businessman.

    Since then, there has not been a day that Schminke wished that Clinton, rather than Trump, were president. But week by week, month by month, as he has watched the events of Trump’s presidency, he has become increasingly conflicted and concerned about what he has seen. The turmoil, he said, has often left him feeling “motion sick.”

    By early spring, he expressed a different sentiment. He had not fully broken, but he was no longer as emotionally invested in the president or a reconstituted Trumpian Republican Party. “I find myself drawing back a bit,” he said.

    Schminke lives in a section of the Upper Midwest that responded enthusiastically to Trump, as a candidate and an incoming president. In this region, the Trump presidency is viewed as both reassuring and exhausting, a welcome poke in the eye at elites and the Washington power structure coupled with endless and often self-inflicted distractions. What is also apparent is that, 16 months into Trump’s presidency, many voters here have recalibrated their feelings and intensity of support for the man they backed in 2016.

  • Fri, May 04, 2018 12:53 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Cal Poly Pomona has reached its initial fundraising goal for the new Rose Float Lab and Design Complex and plans to break ground at the end of 2018. The university is expected to open the new lab in 2020, providing future Rose Float students a space to build beautiful, creative and innovative floats.

    The $3.7 million project is funded primarily through private donations, including a $1 million lead gift from alumnus Butch Lindley and his wife Vivien. Leadership gifts have also come from The Ahmanson Foundation, the Tournament of Roses, and alumni Jerry and Cybel Maio, Michele Gendreau and Don Huntley.

    “Year after year, our Rose Float students literally make dreams come to life. Rose Float embodies Cal Poly Pomona’s polytechnic identity and learn-by-doing ethos. This new lab will further our students’ creativity and ingenuity,” University President Soraya M. Coley said. “I am grateful and proud of the generosity of our donors, who believe in our students and the invaluable experiences that come only from Rose Float.”

    The campus expects to break ground on the new complex in December. The Rose Float Lab and Design Complex which provide about 14,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor work space. The facility will include a fully enclosed float construction bay, design workspace, storage facilities, an electronics shop, hydraulics shop and a courtyard to host large numbers of volunteers.

    “I applaud the dedication and passion of our Rose Float alumni who rallied together and rose to the challenge,” President Coley said. “We launched this campaign last October, needing $800,000 to reach our goal of $3.7 million by the end of January. Our alumni responded enthusiastically to make this dream a reality.”

    At the Lindleys’ request, the new lab will be named in honor of alumni Don Miller and Ron Simons. Miller, who died in 2004, was a student at Cal Poly Pomona when he pitched the idea of entering the Rose Parade with less than 90 days to go. On Jan. 1, 1949, the Cal Poly Universities’ made its Rose Parade debut with “A Rocking Horse,” winning an Award of Merit.

    Ron Simons, nicknamed “Mr. Cal Poly Pomona,” has been a leading supporter of the Rose Float program for nearly all of his life, from his time as a student in the 1960s to being an administrator in the Division of University Advancement. On the campus’ 1962 float, “Man on the Moon,” he was the astronaut on the moon, seven years before Neil Armstrong stepped on the moon.

    The fundraising campaign continues to raise funds to enhance the lab and design complex, with facility improvements, supplies and equipment.

    For the past 70 years, Cal Poly Pomona students have participated in the Rose Parade. They currently build their award-winning floats in an open-air warehouse structure erected more than 30 years ago by Rose Float students. The new complex will provide appropriate protection from weather; better security for the equipment, electronics, and tools; and a space specifically designed to enhance student learning, collaboration and innovation both indoors and outdoors.

    Competing against professional float designers, Cal Poly Universities’ Rose Float team has won 58 awards over the years, including 10 Founder’s Trophies for the most beautiful float built and decorated by volunteers, and eight Princess Trophies. In the 2018 parade, “Dreams Take Flight” won the Past President Award for most outstanding innovation in the use of floral and non-floral materials.

    The Rose Float program has been a leader in innovation, being the first to use hydraulics to power innovation (1968), the first to use computer-controlled animation (1978) and the first to use fiber optics (1988).

    Visit the Rose Float Lab and Design Complex website for more information, including renderings and additional giving opportunities.

  • Fri, May 04, 2018 11:27 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Partnership hosts breakfast event with Asm. Ed Chau

    Monterey Park - The San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership held a breakfast this morning with Asm. Ed Chau (D-Monterey Park) who represents the western San Gabriel Valley in the State Assembly. The breakfast was hosted by Southern California Edison at their Montebello Service Center.

    Assemblymember Chau talked in detail about his important role as chair of the Assembly Privacy and Consumer Protection. As companies gather more and more data about their customers, the responsibility to safeguard and protect this data is emerging as an extraordinarily important part of best practices by businesses across the board - from small local mom-and-pops to titanic technology corporations in Silicon Valley. Asm. Chau has been leading the effort in California to make sure companies address privacy and data security issues promptly and make them a top priority.

    The Assemblymember discussed the recent Equifax data breach, in which potentially half of all Americans could have had their personal information exposed to anyone on the Internet. He sponsored a bill that would require companies to promptly install software patches designed to address potential data breaches or problematic bugs that could provide access to hackers. He's also introduced a bill, AB 2662, to study the effect of electronic devices like smart phones and tablets on the development of children. As more families use smart technologies, it is critical to know how that is changing the way children and adolescents develop into adults.

    Asm. Chau fielded several questions about the dangers of automation eliminating good jobs, the ongoing problems with the state's high speed rail project. He welcomed any and all to visit him in Sacramento and discuss key issues they may be facing.

  • Fri, May 04, 2018 10:56 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Based in Southern California, Amada Miyachi America, Inc. is a leading manufacturer of equipment and systems for resistance welding, laser welding, laser marking, laser cutting, laser micromachining, and hot bar bonding. The company provides products to a wide range of markets, including the medical device, battery, electric vehicle, and solar industries, as well as the global electronics, automotive, and general industrial markets. More About the Company

    Internship Openings:

    1. Data Science Tech (download PDF)
    2. Laser Experimentation Tech (download PDF)
    3. Temp Executive Assistant (download PDF)

    Company contact information
    Ms. Tina Carey
    Director, Administrative Services
    Amada Miyachi America Inc.
    1820 Myrtle Ave
    Monrovia, CA 91016
    Please send resume to tina.carey@amadamiyachi.com

  • Fri, May 04, 2018 10:26 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Los Angeles Times: How a California Republican Party endorsement in the governor's race could help the GOP hang on to Congress

    California Republicans gathering in San Diego for this weekend's state GOP convention find themselves in a familiar spot: scrambling for ways to resurrect a party sliding toward political irrelevance in this solidly Democratic state.

    The most telling question will be whether one of the top two Republicans running for governor — wealthy Rancho Santa Fe businessman John Cox and Huntington Beach Assemblyman Travis Allen — can muster enough support to nab the state party's endorsement.

    The seal of approval may be essential for either to survive the June primary and appear on the November ballot. Propelling a strong Republican to the top of the ticket could be vital to rallying enough of the party's voters to help candidates in tight races down the ballot, in turn boosting GOP efforts to hold control of Congress.


    Los Angeles Times: Trump's EPA fuel economy plan could have far reaching consequences for climate and clean air

    The Trump administration's plan to scrap vehicle fuel economy rules would lead to a surge of oil consumption that independent researchers warn threatens to paralyze the ability of the United States to make crucial progress in confronting climate change.

    The administration's blueprint, as detailed in a confidential draft that was leaked to lawmakers and the media last week, would propel Americans to consume up to hundreds of thousands of barrels of additional oil daily and spend billions of dollars more on fuel, and leave cars and trucks sending more greenhouse gases into the atmosphere than they do today, according to a study released Thursday by Rhodium Group, a research firm that tracks the progress nations are making in meeting climate goals.

    The dire projections about how the plan would hinder the ability of California and the rest of the nation to slow climate change comes as state research already shows that a retreat on the emissions rules would hamstring California's effort to reduce the air pollution choking the state's population centers.


    OC Register: Southern California jobs could be collateral damage in Trump's trade war with China

    President Donald Trump’s tit-for-tat trade struggle with China may seem distant, but its impact will likely be felt in Southern California.

    Chinese tariffs already imposed on 128 U.S. exports, along with threatened duties on another 106 products, will affect 2.1 million American workers in 40 industries, according to a study by the Brookings Institution, a Washington, D.C. nonprofit research group.

    Some 41,000 people in Los Angeles County work in the vulnerable industries, along with 10,700 in Orange County, 8,400 in Riverside County and 6,400 in San Bernardino County, Brookings’ county-by-county survey found.

    Although California’s large and diverse economy tends to insulate it from a trade war, it nonetheless counts 287,000 jobs in businesses targeted by Chinese tariffs — more than any other state.


    Washington Post: Unemployment rate falls to 3.9 percent as U.S. economy adds 164,000 jobs

    The U.S. economy added 164,000 jobs in April, and the unemployment rate fell to 3.9 percent — the lowest point since 2000, federal economists reported Friday.

    The average hourly wage rose by 2.6 percent year-over-year, maintaining a slow pace of growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

    For the past six months, the jobless rate had clung to 4.1 percent, the longest it had gone without budging since the late 1960s. (The record to beat: nine months.) The streak defied the expectations of economists, who said the nation's prolonged hiring blitz was bound to drive the figure down. Women seemed to propel some of April's drop. The share of unemployed female job seekers sank to 3.5 percent last month, down from 3.8 percent in March. Other worker groups — men (3.7 percent), whites (3.6 percent), blacks (6.6 percent), Hispanics (4.8 percent) — showed little to no change. Other government data suggest fewer people are facing layoffs: Initial claims for state unemployment benefits hit 211,000 during the last week of April, the lowest level since March 1973.


    "It’s an exciting headline for the worker,” said Josh Wright, Chief Economist at iCIMS, a software company. “A real Goldilocks number, with job growth being great.” But pay stayed flat, so the Federal Reserve won’t likely feel pressure to raise rates before June. In other words, Wright said, the markets should respond favorably.“What we’re seeing here is steadiness,” he said.


    Joel Kotkin: California is not the model for America it thinks it is

    In the past, wrote historian Kevin Starr, California “was a final frontier: of geography and of expectation.” Today in the Trump era, California remains a frontier, but increasingly one that appeals largely to progressives. “California,” recently suggested progressive journalists Peter Leyden and Ruy Teixeira, “today provides a model for America as a whole.”

    To them, California remains the “harbinger” of “new America” and “the most active front” in the battle to exterminate Trumpism. Yet this enthusiasm should be curbed somewhat by paying attention to what is actually happening on the ground here.

    Economically, our state retains unquestioned areas of remarkable strength, notably in Silicon Valley as well as parts of coastal Southern California. But often overlooked are vast areas of underdevelopment, poverty and searing inequality, particularly in the interior. Overall, after a strong recovery from the recession, California’s GDP growth is now about the national average, well below that of prime competitors like Texas, Washington state, Ohio and even New York.

    At the end of his long career, Jerry Brown has spent much time vamping in western Europe, Russia and China as the visionary leader of a de facto green nation-state. Yet it is rarely noticed that California’s greenhouse gas emissions are not dropping more rapidly than most places. In fact, according to the Energy Information Agency, the state since 2007 has reduced emissions by 10 percent, below the national average of 12 percent, meaning the state ranks a measly 35th in reduction.

    Immigration and diversity is another defining aspect of the California model. This will be front and center in the effort to nominate the telegenic Kamala Harris for the White House. Harris claims multicultural California represents “the future” being created by very diverse millennials in comparison with Trump’s white and aging base.

    Yet on the ground level, the progressive regime has been far less friendly, at least economically, to minorities than most may suspect. Many live in deplorable conditions, with a rate of overcrowding roughly twice the national average. Minority home ownership is plunging well below other states, and economic prospects, particularly for those without college education, are increasingly dismal.

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