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  • Fri, November 02, 2018 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Washington Post: Democrats in prime position to take House, but polls show wild cards remain

    Democrats maintain a strong position to retake the U.S. House, but the party’s base of less-frequent voters and concerns about illegal immigration stand out as wild cards in the final days before Tuesday’s midterm elections, according to a new Washington Post-Schar School poll of likely voters in battleground congressional districts.

    Overwhelming majorities of both Democrats and Republicans are confident that their party will prevail, with both nearly as confident as Democrats were — erroneously, as it turned out — ahead of President Trump’s surprise victory two years ago. Voters also perceive high stakes in the event of a loss: At least two-thirds of Democrats and Republicans alike say a losing outcome for their party would be “very bad” for the country.

    Across 69 congressional districts identified by the Cook Political Report and The Post as competitive in late August, the Post-Schar School poll finds 50 percent of likely voters support the Democratic candidate, while 46 percent support the Republican.

    The Democrats’ four-point edge represents a superficial advantage with Republicans, given the poll’s 3.5-point margin of error. Still, the finding marks a sharp turn from 2016, when voters in these districts backed Republicans by a margin of 15 percentage points. With 63 of the battleground districts held by Republicans, that kind of shift in sentiment would be sufficient for Democrats to take control of the House. The party needs a net gain of 23 seats to win the majority.


    Los Angeles Times: Asian Americans hold the key to this Orange County district, and Democrat Gil Cisneros knows it

    For decades, Asian Americans in this district, a tri-county slice of suburbia built on the immigrant American dream, have supported their Republican congressman, a loyalty born from years of attendance at Buddhist temple ribbon-cuttings and Lunar New Year celebrations.

    Now Democrat Gil Cisneros is hoping to win a large share of their votes despite the fact that his opponent, Republican Young Kim, is a Korean American immigrant and former longtime liaison to the Asian community for the retiring Rep. Ed Royce.

    “Just because I may be Latino and my opponent may be Asian, we’re not going to cede certain demographics for that reason,” said Cisneros, 47. “They want the same thing everybody else does — they want healthcare, they want immigration reform, they want to make sure their kids are safe when they’re in school.”

    Cisneros has built a formidable operation in his bid for the Asian American votes that are up for grabs in the 39th Congressional District for the first time in years.

    The seat is one of four in Orange County that Democrats hope to take from Republicans. They need to net 23 seats nationally to win control of the House.


    Politico: White House prepares to spin defeat as victory

    President Donald Trump and his allies have crafted a face-saving plan if Democrats trounce their way to a House majority — tout Trump as the savior of Republicans in the Senate.

    In public and private, Trump and advisers are pointing to the president’s surge of campaigning on behalf of Republican Senate candidates — 19 rallies alone since Labor Day — as evidence that nobody else could have had a bigger impact in the states. The argument is classic Trump, who despite making the midterms a referendum on his own presidency, has a history of personalizing and then dwelling on his victories while distancing himself and diverting attention from his losses.

    Should Republicans pick up Senate seats, “that’s all they’ll talk about,” said Barry Bennett, a presidential adviser on Trump’s 2016 campaign. “That’s where the math is in our favor.”

    Even in the House, where Republicans are laboring to sustain their 23-seat majority, the White House is already dismissing any notion of a Democratic wave election on par with the Republican midterm pickups under former presidents Barack Obama or Bill Clinton.


    Los Angeles Times: A blue wave could crest in state legislatures

    Even as voters fixate on the fight for control of Congress, that other battle going on this election cycle — the one for power in the states — could prove most dramatic for the direction of the nation.

    Democrats anticipate significant wins, retaking majority control of as many as a dozen state legislative chambers. If that happens, it would shake up the political order from coast to coast.

    Since the early years of the Obama administration, Democrats suffered historic losses at the state level. That enabled the GOP to transform many state capitals into incubators for conservative ideology and policies. The legislative chambers have deeply cut spending, weakened organized labor and loosened gun safety laws. They have resisted action on climate change, curbed abortion rights and worked to unravel Obamacare, with many refusing federal money to expand Medicaid.

    If election forecasts hold, those conservative efforts will be stymied in many places when the next class of state lawmakers assume their seats.

    Moreover, Democrats appear to be positioned to gain full control over the governments of a few key states, including Colorado and New York, where power is currently split. Those states could join places like California in advancing liberal policies and more robustly challenging the Trump administration.


    Henry Olsen: The Midterms Won't End The Mad Melodrama of U.S. Politics

    Politics in America over the past month has been sounding much like an outlandish plot in a TV series. A Supreme Court Justice nominee faces last-minute accusations of sexual assault, gang rape, and habitual drunkenness; leading Republican politicians are frequently accosted in restaurants by angry mobs; Democrats and liberal media personalities receive homemade bombs in the mail, leading to a national manhunt and the arrest of an unhinged superfan of the President.

    But the synagogue massacre, blamed by many on the Left on Trump’s purportedly racist rhetoric despite the fact the suspect hated Trump, has upped the intensity to an entirely new level. Real life is making House of Cards seem tame.

    The emotions engendered by TV drama fade quickly because we know it is fiction. The emotions these developments have inflamed feed off each other because they are real. Rather than pulling together as a country in mourning, instead partisans blame and assign malign motives to the other side. The Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan’s column last week appealing for calm in both sides’ rhetoric already seems quaint and naive.

    With the midterms less than a week away, you might think that these explosive events might move voters. In fact, many pundits surmised that the Kavanaugh accusations would hurt Republicans among women and swing voters. Instead, the polls show roughly what they did before those three weeks captivated the country. Partisan intensity is so great that each side views facts through their own set of highly coloured spectacles.

    This means we are likely to see a split verdict at the polls. Democrats have been energised by their rage ever since Trump’s election and remain united in their zeal to unseat him. The party has also won over millions of former Republicans, mainly in the country’s educated and well-off suburbs. This strong combination means most of the 25 Republicans who currently hold seats carried by Hillary Clinton in 2016 will lose. Other Republicans holding seats in similar regions which Trump narrowly carried are also in danger. Together, this means Democrats should pick up the 23 seats they need to take control of the House – and perhaps quite a few more.

  • Fri, October 26, 2018 11:25 AM | Deleted user


    Contact Oct. 24, 2018

    Cynthia Peters

    capeters@cpp.edu

    (909) 869-3501

    Cal Poly Pomona Students Design Mars Habitat for NASA Challenge

    POMONA, Calif. – A group of 65 Cal Poly Pomona students accepted the NASA eXploration Systems and Habitation (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge and designed and built a functional, innovative prototype that increases functionality for human space exploration missions.

    The Mars habitation module (CPP-HAB), created by students in architecture and civil engineering classes, was inspired by a ‘roly poly’ bug and funded by a $30,000 competitive NASA grant.

    The CPP-HAB “was selected for demonstration with virtual reality and a physical mockup because it showcased a unique strategy for mobility and transformation of the surface habitat,” according to the NASA X-Hab website.

    Cal Poly Pomona was one of only four teams that “conducted studies and developed partial system mockups featuring commonalities among Mars transit and surface habitat designs.”

    Since it was completed in May, CPP-HAB has been presented at five professional conferences. Its final stop was the 2018 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Space Forum in Orlando, Fla., in mid-September.

    The challenge was to design a strategy for commonality between an interplanetary vehicle (IPV) spaceship and a Mars surface habitat accommodating the planet’s partial gravity. The CPP-HAB has fully adaptable and reconfigurable parts contained within a lander-sized canister. Once the canister is deployed on the Martian surface, four pod-shaped modules are released and can roll themselves to the designated site. The crew arrives in a separate lander as the pods open. Once pressurized, the crew will move from the lander to the pods.

    Essentially, the transformation via the pods unrolling makes it possible for the habitat used to travel to Mars to be used as living space on the planet, just in a different configuration. In this way, the crewmembers will be familiar with the layout, function and location throughout the expedition.

    The design addresses critical aspects such as the structural integrity and a sound propulsion system necessary to withstand space travel; functionality on zero-gravity and in the Martian gravitational environment; mobility on the planet surface; radiation shielding and weightlessness response, said Professor Michael Fox, who taught the Architecture Topic Studio and served as the project lead.

    Each pod unrolls to 30.4 meters in length, 4 meters in width and 4.5 meters high. Once connected, the habitat encompasses a greenhouse, laboratory, medical bay, kitchen, gym, hygiene room, two bedrooms, a leisure/conference room, the control room and life support system. The pods can be connected in various ways including end-to-end or perpendicular to each other to make a larger connected habitation system.

    Small-scale robotics were used on a miniature scale model to test unrolling and mobility on a “replicated” Martian terrain. Finally, a full-scale prototype was constructed using hollow section tubes, plywood sheathing, and polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) fabric – a durable, weather-resistant woven fiberglass membrane coated in Teflon. The prototype was then developed using an immersive Augmented Reality (AR) and refined with full Virtual Reality (VR) models of the rolled and unrolled habitats.

    The CPP-HAB project team included Assistant Professor Marc Schulitz, from the architecture department as co-principal investigator and Lecturer Mikhail Gershfeld from civil engineering department, with mentoring from the firms Astrotecture Gehry Technologies and Design Technology/HNTB Architecture. For more information about CPP-HAB at the AIAA Space Forum, visit https://space.aiaa.org.


  • Fri, October 26, 2018 11:20 AM | Deleted user



    https://news.delta.com/delta-expands-global-flight-network-ontario-international-airport

    Beginning in April, Delta will expand its global network of flights, award-winning products and unmatched operational reliability to customers at Ontario International Airport through new service to its hub at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the world’s largest airline hub airport.

    Delta will offer one daily flight beginning April 22 and add a second flight beginning June 9.

    “Ontario and the Inland Empire deserve more choice and more options for global travel and we’re excited to complement our existing service to our Salt Lake City hub with new Atlanta service in 2019,” said Ranjan Goswami, Delta’s Vice President – Sales, West. “Delta continues to grow the overall number of seats from the L.A. basin to our Atlanta hub, increasing over 25 percent in just the past three years, representing service from Ontario as well as LAX and Orange County.”

    The flights will operate on the following schedule and will be for sale beginning Oct. 20:

    Ontario International Airport – Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

    • Depart ONT at 10:55 a.m. / Arrive ATL at 6:25 p.m.
    • Depart ONT at 10:45 p.m. / Arrive ATL at 6:05 a.m. (next day) *

    Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport – Ontario International Airport

    • Depart ATL at 8:30 a.m. / Arrive ONT 9:57 a.m.
    • Depart ATL at 7:30 p.m. / Arrive ONT at 8:57 p.m.*

    *Begins June 9

    The onboard Delta experience will be on Boeing 737-900ER aircraft with 20 seats in First Class, 21 in Delta Comfort+ and 139 in the main cabin. Every seat includes access to Wi-Fi, free personal in-flight seatback entertainment screens, power ports as well as complimentary snacks and beverages.

    "We are thrilled to add Delta’s non-stop service to its Atlanta hub, a key development in Ontario’s evolution as a gateway airport,” said Alan D. Wapner, President of the Ontario International Airport Authority, and Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Ontario. “The world’s busiest airport, Atlanta offers Southern Californians a world of opportunities for air travel through Delta's extensive global network. In just two years since the airport’s transition to local control, we've made tremendous strides in improving our facilities, services and amenities and, as a result, airlines and air travelers are bullish on Ontario.”


  • Fri, October 26, 2018 10:35 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    Los Angeles Times: Republicans face big risks in contested California races as Democrats fight for control of the House

    Republicans are at risk of a wipeout in California’s six most hotly contested congressional races, a new poll shows — a result that could radically reshape the state’s political map, with major consequences nationally.

    But the poll, conducted for the Los Angeles Times by UC Berkeley’s Institute for Governmental Studies, also underscores how close many of the contests remain.

    The Democratic tide threatens to swamp congressional districts in Southern California’s suburbs that Republicans have controlled for decades. That would significantly boost Democrats’ chances of gaining the additional 23 seats they need to win a majority in the House.

    But if the tide ebbs only slightly, the GOP could emerge with much of its control intact.

    With the Nov. 6 midterm election less than five weeks away, none of the Republicans in the state’s six most competitive races have a lead. The Democrats lead strongly in one race and narrowly in three others, and two are dead heats, the Berkeley IGS Poll shows.

    Reaction to President Trump appears to drive the results more than any specific issue and, in most cases, more than the individual candidates.



    FiveThirtyEight: 2018 House Forecast shows Dems poised to take the House

    FiveThirty Eight charts the many data points indicating that Democrats appear to have a strong chance to win a majority in the House of Representatives as most toss-up seats are held by Republican incumbents.



    Washington Post: 'These are Trump states': GOP increasingly confident of adding seats in the Senate

    Days after Senate Republicans installed Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh on the Supreme Court, President Trump and Majority Leader Mitch McConnell huddled at the White House to review private polling that showed a GOP surge triggered by the polarizing nomination.

    Trump wondered aloud at the Oct. 9 meeting: How do we keep this going? McConnell (R-Ky.) replied that there was only one person who could do it: the president himself.

    Since that conversation, which was confirmed by three people with knowledge of the session, Trump has held a series of rallies in Senate battleground states — with plans for at least 10 in the final six days of the campaign up and down the ballot — and Republicans have grown increasingly confident about their prospects in the Nov. 6 midterm elections.

    McConnell has been telling associates that Republicans are in a strong position to hold the Senate and could pad their narrow 51-to-49 advantage by a couple of seats, according to people familiar with the talks, though the Kentuckian avoids precise predictions.

    The optimism marks a shift from early September, when officials were fretting over struggling candidates and contemplating the possibility of losing both chambers of Congress.



    Dan Walters: Is a deal possible on split-roll property tax measure?

    While Goldberg didn’t specify what a deal might contain, he dropped hints that it could include confining the split roll to just big properties such as high-rise office buildings, high-tech campuses, shopping centers and factories.

    The most valuable properties, he said, are a small percentage of commercial parcels, but would generate the vast majority of projected revenues. He also mentioned that were California to conform to corporate tax provisions of the recent federal tax overhaul, the state could gain several billion dollars in additional revenue – hinting that non-conformity could be a deal sweetener for corporate interests.

    Any agreement to replace the split roll initiative would require the blessing of the Democrat-dominated Legislature and the next governor, presumably Democrat Gavin Newsom, so there’s the possibility that it could be folded into a larger tax overhaul.

    Newsom has expressed hopes of spending billions more on education and health care and mentioned a split roll as one potential source of revenue. There’s also been a big push in the Legislature to overhaul the sales tax and extend it to the fast-growing service sector.

    The split roll measure’s date with voters is two years away, which leaves plenty of time to do a tax deal of some kind. Stay tuned.



    Los Angeles Times: What's Rep. Schiff's next political move?

    Once a well regarded, but little-known representative, Schiff catapulted into the national spotlight as the highest ranking Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, becoming a ubiquitous figure talking about the Russia investigation on cable news. The White House was apparently so annoyed by Schiff, that officials kept a spreadsheet about how much time he spent on air and shared it with reporters.

    It’s also a horribly kept secret in Washington that Schiff is interested in a higher position. The question is what role that might be, and whether Schiff will risk his safe House seat to try for something bigger.

    Schiff has raised nearly $5.5 million for candidates and the Democrats’ House campaign arm this cycle, according to his campaign, more than any House member outside of the congressional leadership. He’ll be campaigning for candidates in Florida this week and in California, New Jersey, New York and North Carolina in the weeks after that.

    So far, however, Schiff’s plays for higher office have ended almost before they began.


    Sacramento Bee: 'One of the greatest' or missed opportunities? California Influencers weigh in on the legacy of Governor Jerry Brown

    Californians will soon elect a new leader and say goodbye to Brown, who will have served an unprecedented 16 years since 1975.

    The Sacramento Bee’s California Influencers praised the Democrat’s fiscal restraint and dedication to the environment. But they said he missed opportunities to ease the housing crisis, reduce poverty and rein in California’s public pension liability.

    Former Senator Barbara Boxer recalled her work with Brown during his first term as governor when she was a member of the Marin County Board of Supervisors.

    “At that time he was a leader on clean energy and I was very interested in bringing solar power into our energy mix,” said Boxer. “What I really liked about Jerry Brown then, and what I like about Jerry Brown now is his ability to understand what is coming down the road…10 years from now 20 years from now or more.”

    Brown also received praise from state Republicans, who complimented his work on budget and education policy, even while criticizing him on other fronts.

    “Governor Brown’s greatest successes have been working with the Legislature to create a Rainy Day Fund; pushing more decision-making authority on education spending down to local school districts; and defending charter schools as another good education option for students, parents, and teachers,” said former Republican Assembly Leader Kristin Olsen, now a Stanislaus County Supervisor. “(His) worst failure has been not holding his state agencies accountable in a number of areas, but particularly as it relates to allocating funds from the 2014 Water Bond to get important water infrastructure projects built.”


    Joel Kotkin in City Journal: One Nation, Two Economies

    Almost all news coverage of the current election season has focused on cultural issues such as gender, race, and immigration. What the media have missed are deep socioeconomic trends driving parts of the country in divergent political directions. President Trump has overseen a significant transformation in the geography of the nation’s growth and prosperity. Instead of clustering along the coasts—as many progressives may have preferred—the nation’s economic expansion is now increasingly benefiting red states, notably in the southeast, Texas, and the intermountain West.

    Indeed, according to the most recent Bureau of Economic Advisors report, income growth is strongest in pro-Trump states. In the first quarter of 2018, the income-growth leader by far was Texas, with 6 percent growth, followed by Louisiana, North Dakota, Montana, Arkansas, and Iowa. All are growing faster, often considerably faster, than liberal states like California, Washington, Oregon, Massachusetts, and New York.

    Strong wage growth in blue-collar sectors helps red states, while a weaker stock market threatens high-income coastal economies. Some of the same urban areas that benefited most under President Obama’s tepid recovery now show signs of languishing. By the end of last year, key metro areas including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Boston were falling behind competitors like Nashville, Orlando, Phoenix, Dallas, and Salt Lake City. The Bay Area economies, which ranked in the top five for income growth over the last decade, ranked 15th and 16th last year. Tech and business-service growth, though still strong in Silicon Valley, is now much more rapid in Sunbelt hotspots.

    Over the past few decades, the U.S. has developed essentially two economies. On the one side is the widely celebrated “post-industrial” economy: software, entertainment, media, and financial and business services. These sectors flourished as the stock market soared in the ultra-low interest-rate environment fostered by the Obama administration, whose recovery strategy was built around bailing out major banks, all headquartered in deep-blue cities. The winners under Obama included urban real estate, financial-service firms, and the tech oligarchs. These elements now constitute the Democratic Party’s burgeoning financial base, allowing it consistently to spend more than the GOP in key congressional races, while the GOP still gains support in energy and other less heralded “legacy” industries.

  • Fri, October 26, 2018 9:29 AM | Deleted user

    Contact: Sam Gutierrez

    Phone: 626.960.4011 ext. 460

    Email: sgutierrez@baldwinpark.com

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    October 26, 2018

    MEDIA RELEASE

    L.A. METRO GRANT FUNDS HELP CITY OF BALDWIN PARK CLOSE TRANSIT GAP BETWEEN METROLINK STATION AND LOCAL DESTINATIONS

    CITY OF BALDWIN PARK WILL HOST A RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY AND INAUGURAL RIDE TO LAUNCH ITS NEW COMMUTER CONNECTOR EXPRESS LINE SERVICE

    BALDWIN PARK, CA – October 26 - On Saturday, October 27, 2018, The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) and the City of Baldwin Park, in collaboration with Kaiser Permanent Baldwin Park Medical Center, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony and community event to launch the new Commuter Connector Express Line. The event will be hosted at Baldwin Park City Hall and Arts and Recreation Center (ARC) located at 14403 Pacific Ave., Baldwin Park, CA 91706 from 10 a.m. to noon and will feature VIP speakers, children’s activities, a ribbon-cutting photo opportunity and free rides on the trolley-style bus.

    The City of Baldwin Park received grant funding from the 2013 Metro Express Lanes Net Toll Revenue Reinvestment grant program to create an express bus or shuttle service. The new service will help increase use of public transportation and reduce the effects of greenhouse gases (GHGs).

    Metro’s Net Toll Revenue program seeks to increase mobility and ridership through projects that enhance transit operations, transportation demand management, transportation systems management, active transportation, and capital investments along the 1-10 and 1-110 freeways.

    “Our ExpressLanes project has been a great success in improving mobility for those commuting along these critically important freeway corridors,” said Phillip A. Washington, Metro CEO. “We are conscientiously reinvesting some of our toll revenues into these corridors to fund new services like the Commuter Connector Express Line that improve travel times and help reduce congestion.”

    Until now, the City did not have a transit route linking City Hall and the Metrolink station to the area’s large employers and retail outlets just north and south of the 1-10 Freeway, which includes Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center, Target, United Parcel Service’s (UPS) regional distribution center, In-n-Out Burger’s corporate headquarters and distribution center, Nichols Lumber and two regional shopping centers (major tenants include Target, Party City, Smart & Final, Food 4 Less, Office Max).

    “The Commuter Connector Express Line project is the culmination of our efforts to achieve the goal of encouraging increased use of public transportation as outlined in the City’s General Plan,” stated Baldwin Park Mayor, Manuel Lozano. “Closing this First / Last-mile gap in our local transit system will increase utilization of the Metrolink system by residents, commuters and visitors.”

    Demand for this project came from a 2017 community assessment conducted by the City and solicited input from community members, Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center, and residents in the city of Baldwin Park. In addition to soliciting transit project ideas, the assessment process was used to measure the potential ridership should a transit project come to fruition. A total of 336 surveys were collected and analyzed and found that 70% of respondents who travel regularly to Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center indicated said they would willingly use public transportation if there were available. Furthermore, 85% of all respondents expressed interest in utilizing the proposed Express Line.

    “This project was a project that our residents advocated for and, as a city leader, I am excited and proud that we have been able to bring this project to fruition,” stated City of Baldwin Park Mayor, Manuel Lozano. “Residents, commuters and visitors to Baldwin Park will be able to travel to many key destinations and employment centers throughout the city with greater ease.”

    As a result, the city purchased two CNG fueled trolley-style buses to provide this new transit service that will operate south and northbound along Baldwin Park Boulevard between the northern terminus at the Metrolink Baldwin Park Station and the southern terminus near Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center and United Parcel Service. This new route will feature six rush hour stops in each direction and seven midday stops weekdays from 6:20 AM to 7:41 PM to capture the most ridership.

    “The new Commuter Connector Express Line is much needed and will benefit our employees and members alike,” stated Kaiser Permanente Medical Center Senior Vice President and Area Manager, Maggie Pierce. “We will promote this new transit service through our employee and member communications to encourage regular use with the goals to decrease motorized vehicle traffic in the community and alleviate parking issues here at the medical center.”

    The public is invited to attend the ribbon-cutting ceremony and launch event which will include remarks from Metro, City of Baldwin Park and Kaiser Permanente dignitaries. Following the ribbon-cutting ceremony, attendees will get a preview on the new Commuter Connector Express Line trolley-style buses and receive free rides from the Art and Recreation Center to Kaiser Permanente for refreshments, kids fall arts and crafts, pumpkin giveaway and Express Line Tote bag giveaway for first 50 people to arrive at event.

    For more information about the Express Line project or Ribbon Cutting Ceremony, please contact Sam Gutierrez, Director of Public Works, at sgutierrez@baldwinpark.com or 626.960.4011 ext. 460.

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  • Thu, October 25, 2018 2:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Partnership votes Yes on Prop 3, backs Federal bills helping veterans and small business

    Irwindale, CA - Members of the San Gabriel Valley Economic Partnership's Legislative Committee met this week and voted to support Proposition 3, the $8.9 billion statewide bond  measure that would fund a variety of water supply, habitat restoration, and water infrastructure projects throughout California. The Committee also voted on three key pieces of Federal legislation related to veterans and taxes on small business.

    "Proposition 3 is an extremely important opportunity for voters in the state to support funding for maintenance and expansion of critical water infrastructure," said Jeff Allred, President and CEO of the Partnership. "We have neglected our water conveyance systems for far too long and Prop 3 is an important investment in the long-term future of the state."

    Proposition 3 is different from previously passed water bonds in that it bypasses the Appropriations process in the State Legislature by directly depositing grant monies to specified state departments to issue each year as grants. This greatly expedites the process of getting these crucial dollars to the public agencies that are working to build, maintain, expand and revamp key projects throughout the state. For a full background evaluation of Proposition 3, please read this analysis by the Legislative Analysts Office.

    The Legislative Committee also voted to support three Federal bills:

    H.R. 4473 (Tenney) – Veteran Entrepreneurs Act of 2017: This bill amends the Tax Code to include a tax credit for veterans who want to open a franchise. The tax credit is up to 25% of the franchise fee paid when an eligible veteran enters into a franchise agreement. H.R. 4473 includes a not-to-exceed $400,000 provision for each veteran who takes advantage of the tax credit.

    H.R. 5418 (Bergman) – The Veterans Affairs Medical-Surgical Purchasing Stabilization Act:
    This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to use multiple vendors to purchase medical equipment and ensure that the VA staff purchasing these supplies have the necessary medical expertise to do so. According to the bill author, the VA attempted to create a centralized system of purchasing medical and surgical supplies in an effort to cut costs. However, this system was developed with “inadequate input from experienced clinicians.” According to Representative Peters, H.R. 5418 will drive down healthcare costs by creating competition and increasing transparency. This bill is a legislative fix to a problem identified in a December 2017 Government Accountability Office report, which underscored high costs, lack of efficiency, and lack of competition in how medical supplies are purchased.
    H.R. 3798 (Walorski) – Save American Workers Act of 2017: This bill amends the Internal Revenue Code to change the definition of "full-time employee" for purposes of the employer mandate to provide minimum essential health care coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act from an employee who is employed on average at least 30 hours of service a week to an employee who is employed on average at least 40 hours of service a week. This bill would provide critical immediate relief from some of the ACA’s most harmful provisions. Most importantly for employers, this package would retroactively grant four years of relief from the employer mandate penalty and would delay implementation of the so-called “Cadillac” tax until 2023. H.R. 3789 would also provide greater flexibility and reduce unnecessary administrative costs by restoring the traditional classification of full-time work to 40 hours per week. The bill would also adopt a voluntary standard for one component of the costly reporting requirements. Though not scheduled to affect employer-provided health benefits until 2022, the Cadillac tax presents a direct threat to and a large tax on the health benefits currently enjoyed by 178 million Americans. House GOP legislation delaying or repealing parts of the ACA would decrease federal revenue by $51.6 billion and increase the federal deficit by $58.5 billion over the next 10 years, according to Congressional Budget Office.


    For more information about these positions, contact Brad Jensen, Director of Public Policy, at bjensen@sgvpartnership.org or at (626) 856-3400.

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  • Tue, October 02, 2018 12:29 PM | Deleted user


    Contact:  Cynthia Peters                                                                                                                                                         Sept. 19, 2018

    capeters@cpp.edu

    909-869-3501

    Cal Polys’ 2019 Rose Float to Celebrate Music as the Universal Language

    On the 2019 Cal Poly Universities’ Rose Parade Float, “Far out Frequencies,” two giant astronauts play music with six “little” green aliens on a sunset-hued planet to share a message of good will, leading to fun and unexpected good times.

    At the front of the float, Morgan, a 12-foot tall astronaut, will play an electric guitar while his new friend, the alien Ketchup, plays air guitar. The space concert also includes Astronaut Sally on tambourine, two aliens on accordion, a saxophone player and Tuba Head, a little alien whose head is stuck in the instrument. The design was one of more than 100 entries submitted to the Cal Poly team.

    The Cal Poly float is the only student-designed and built entry in the Rose Parade. A joint effort by students at Cal Poly Pomona and Cal Poly San Luis Obispo since 1949, the team has won 58 awards including the 2018 Past President award honoring the most outstanding innovation in the use of floral and non-floral materials.

    Animation on the 2019 float includes the guitar-playing duo, astronaut Sally playing the tambourine and moving eyes and arms on some of the aliens. LED lights will add sparkle to the planet’s crystal formations and the guitar amp.

    The Rose Float team is already at work building the float. Senior Naythan Muro, the design chair, has been building and shaping the front half of the float’s base.

    “We call this piece pod. The best part is making sure that this body is safe for others to stand and walk around on when decorating our float in the future. As a civil engineer major, I can [use] what I have learned in classes so far into making sure that pod is structurally sound and of course safe. As we progress, I will be working on the shape of our rock formation that [supports] astronaut Sally.”

    “When you combine my fascination with space and astronauts with a classic rock and roll guitar, you get my favorite element on Cal Poly Rose Float's float, Morgan. He’s in a full rock mode position with his left leg resting on his amp playing his guitar for the aliens that he's discovered.”

    Cal Poly Pomona has traditionally built the front half of the pod, while students at Cal Poly SLO build the back. Design elements are shaped by both teams, who join the two halves at Pomona later in the fall. When complete, the float will be 48 feet long, 23 feet high and 18 feet wide.

    The 130th Rose Parade, with the theme “The Melody of Life,” will be held in Pasadena on Tuesday, January 1, 2019 and televised to millions of people around the world. Thousands will line the parade route.


  • Tue, October 02, 2018 12:18 PM | Deleted user


    ADMINISTRATION / RECEPTION POSITION  (Full-Time)

    The Arcadia Association of Realtors® is seeking a multi-lingual Reception & Administrative person to join our award winning organization!  Successful candidates MUST proficiently speak English and Mandarin. High-level customer service is very important.

    PLEASE ONLY APPLY IF YOU SPEAK ENGLISH AND MANDARIN PROFICIENTLY

    Responsibilities

    • Greet members when they arrive and provide outstanding customer service
    • Answering phones and distributing calls to other staff members
    • Assisting the CEO and other staff with various projects
    • Membership data entry
    • Working with various committees inside the organization
    • General administrative duties
    • Monday through Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm/5:00pm

    Qualifications

    • MUST speak English and Mandarin proficiently. No exceptions.
    • Strong customer service & phone skills
    • Professionalism is very important as you will be the first impression of the organization
    • Proficient in Microsoft Office products

    Compensation

    • Competitive hourly wage with very generous benefits including:
    • 100% Medical, Dental and Vision
    • 401(k) plan
    • Additional employer-paid retirement (after 1st year of employment)
    • Monthly paid bonus days off
    • Paid vacation and holidays
    • Plus we are a great and fun place to work!

    Please email your resume to Natasha@TheAAR.com and please indicate that you saw the job post with the SGVEP!


  • Fri, September 21, 2018 12:49 PM | Deleted user

    For further information, please contact:
    Name: Kirk Howie For Immediate Release: 09/19/18
    Title: Chief Administrative Officer
    Telephone: (909) 621-5568 (Day)

    Three Valleys Municipal Water District General Manager Announced Retirement

    Claremont, California – It was announced this morning at a board meeting of the Three Valleys Municipal Water
    District (TVMWD) that General Manager Rick Hansen will be retiring at the end of the year, effective December 28, 2018.

    Mr. Hansen has served as the General Manager for nearly 38 years, beginning in February of 1981. He originally commenced his career with the district in May of 1977 as a district Engineer, later advancing to his current role as the youngest municipal water district manager at the time.

    “On behalf of the Three Valleys board, I want to thank Rick for all of his tremendous accomplishments during his many years as our general manager,” expressed Bob Kuhn, Board President. “The number of contributions he has made during the course of a remarkable career are too numerous to be counted.”

    Mr. Hansen shared that “it’s been a tremendous career here at Three Valleys and we have accomplished a great deal to secure a more reliable water future. The exciting, but unfortunate truth is the job will never be totally done, so it’s time for me to pass the baton to the next generation of bright, hard-working individuals; the District is in great
    hands."

    During his career, Rick has worked to diversify local supplies for the district’s thirteen-member agencies, two of which are 100% reliant on imported water. He was also the lead engineer in the construction of the Miramar Treatment Plant and Transmission Pipeline which was completed in 1987. Today, the Miramar Treatment Plant provides up to 25 million-gallons-per-day (MGD) of treated State Water Project water.

    TVMWD Vice President and MWD director David DeJesus noted, “We’ve been blessed to enjoy the many ways Rick has brought a high level of skill, excellence, consistency and stability that is rarely experienced by public agencies in this day and age. He will be missed.”

    Assistant General Manager Matt Litchfield will succeed Rick as the Interim General Manager.
    # # # #
    In 1950, Pomona Valley Municipal Water District (PVMWD) was formed under State law for the purpose of annexing to
    the Metropolitan Water District (MWD), thereby entitling the area to receive water imported to the region. The district
    changed its name to Three Valleys Municipal Water District in 1981.
    TVMWD, a water resources management agency is governed by an elected Board of seven officials and covers
    approximately 133 square miles. The present population is about 525,000. Since its formation the Three Valleys
    Municipal Water District has installed some 37,000 feet of pipeline and delivered more than 150 billion gallons of water.

  • Fri, September 21, 2018 11:31 AM | Deleted user


    THE CEOs’ CORNER

    September, 2018

    Jed Daly

    Assume Positive Intent!


    Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, Indra Nooyi, when asked what the most important leadership advice she had been given was, she said, “Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent.”  Nooyi, who announced last month she was stepping down in early October, had a 12 year run at Pepsi, almost 2.5 times the average CEO tenure of 5 years, and is one of the few, if not the only woman of color running a Fortune 500 company.

    We all look at life through different lenses . . . lenses that filter what we see, what we hear, what we believe.  Psychologists have now identified more than 50 unconscious biases that pervade our thinking, among them:

    • Ø  Confirmation bias (we give more attention and credibility to facts that support what we already believe and ignore and discredit facts that don’t);
    • Ø  Loss aversion bias (we will risk more to avoid losing what we already have than we will to gain something of equal value);
    • Ø  Transference bias (the unconscious tendency to react emotionally to someone based on whether they resemble someone from our past.  If someone you just met resembles a high school bully, you will likely engage less enthusiastically with your new acquaintance than if he or she resembles your best friend, even if you haven’t thought about the bully for 20 years); 


    The list goes on . . .

    So, in a very real way, each one of us is continuously creating his or her own version of the reality around us based on the lenses through which we look at life.  Put another way, every time an event happens, we have a choice about the reality that we create in our heads about what is actually happening. 

    If that event is a mistake made by one of your staff members, you might create the “reality” that this person is incompetent, ignorant, stupid, what have you.  That is your choice.  There are other “realities” you could create: for instance, curiosity (what is it about your behavior, systems, communication and policies that led to the mistake?) or coaching (What caused the mistake?  What can be learned from the mistake? What didn’t the employee take into consideration that they should have? )

    “Assume positive intent” comes from the principle that most people aren’t deliberately trying to create negative results; in fact, the reverse – they are usually trying for a positive outcome.   When there’s a problem or issue, it’s worth investing time in exploring the other person’s reality to find out which lens you are looking through that is preventing you from seeing what they are seeing.  Nooyi apparently found that she got better results from the people around her when she started out assuming the best.

    This approach has transformed the lives of some of the CEOs I work with.  I recommend balancing “Assume positive intent” with “Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.” 

    What are you assuming?

    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 20 countries who run companies with annual revenues ranging from $1 million to over $18 billion. Mr. Daly chairs two of the 50 Los Angeles based Vistage Boards, and will shortly be forming a third 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

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