Balance of board at stake in race

first_imgFor the first time in more than a decade, a high-stakes race is under way for a Los Angeles County supervisor seat in an election that could significantly reshape the region’s longtime political power base. While still months before voters hit the polls, Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard Parks and state Sen. Mark Ridley-Thomas already have launched what are widely expected to be fierce campaigns for the post being vacated by the retirement of Yvonne Brathwaite Burke. The race is the first highly competitive contest for the Board of Supervisors since Burke battled Rep. Diane Watson in a bitter 1992 campaign to succeed the late Supervisor Kenneth Hahn. “It’s going to be a humdinger,” said Jaime Regalado, executive director of the Pat Brown Institute of Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles. “We don’t know who else is going to be in the race, but these are the two headliners who are probably scaring everyone else away.” “It’s a very important race. And that’s why the unions are evaluating the two candidates so early because there is so much at stake.” Also at stake is the future of 2 million residents who live in Burke’s district in the South Los Angeles region, and whether the shuttered emergency room at Martin Luther King Jr./Harbor Hospital will be reopened. But perhaps even more significantly, the race stands to reshape the balance of power among the nation’s most influential Board of Supervisors, which represents 10 million people and whose members are now limited to three terms in office. Since Burke was elected in 1992, the three Democrats on the board – Zev Yaroslavsky, Gloria Molina and Burke – have generally banded together, often voting as a bloc and overpowering the two Republicans, Supervisors Michael Antonovich and Don Knabe. But political analysts say that would shift significantly if Parks – who is viewed as a moderate to conservative Democrat – is elected. “This is a pivotal seat in that whichever way the person who wins it leans will make up a majority of the voters, either on the liberal side or the conservative side of the board,” Regalado said. “Yvonne has almost always been considered on the liberal side. But Bernie is much more conservative, both on the fiscal issues, labor-management issues and issues about community investment and victimization.” Since serving as chief of the Los Angeles Police Department and winning a City Council seat in 2003, Parks has been anti-crime and business-oriented, said Bob Stern, president of the Center for Governmental Studies. “He would tend to possibly vote with Antonovich and Knabe at times, whereas Ridley-Thomas would traditionally be with Molina and Yaroslavsky,” Stern said. “So (Parks) in a sense could be a swing vote on the board.” With the high stakes, Parks’ and Ridley-Thomas’ campaign machines are gearing up to begin raising the maximum $1.5 million in $1,000 contributions for the June 3 primary election. Any candidate who receives more than 50 percent of the vote in June will win, otherwise, the candidates will duke it out on the Nov. 4 presidential election ballot. “The stakes are huge,” Regalado said. “They are huge on the business side, who see Bernie primarily as their champion. I think they see Bernie as even more business-friendly than Yvonne was. “And on the other side, Mark is regarded as the champion of labor. In some ways, this will be the classic labor-vs.-business race.” Ridley-Thomas, a Los Angeles Democrat who has a doctorate in social ethics and policy analysis from USC, started out as a high-school teacher and spent a decade as executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference founded by Martin Luther King Jr. First elected to the Los Angeles City Council in 1991, he served a dozen years there and was elected to the Assembly. He won a seat in the state Senate in 2006. “What’s at stake here is the balance of power on the Board of Supervisors,” Ridley-Thomas said. “And the extent of what I’m prepared to say is any views that emerge, I have an obligation to listen to the expression of those views and to evaluate them carefully based on a lot of experience, pretty considerable amount of insight into public policy and pretty substantial training in the area of policy analysis, and then I vote.” Parks, who has a master’s degree in public administration from USC, spent 38 years with the LAPD and rose through the ranks to become chief in 1997, serving until 2002. “I don’t think it’s proper, in my judgment, to stereotype how folks vote,” Parks said. “I think I look at things on an issue-by-issue basis. If you look at how I’ve voted on the City Council, I’ve been very thoughtful as it relates to money issues and how the city spends its funds. “I don’t quite know where I’ll fall on each issue, but from what I can assess of my past, each issue requires a very thorough evaluation and I don’t believe I’ve shown a trend to vote based on any overall or overarching support for one group over another.” Burke said the outcome of the race is key as the county faces a variety of issues including a public health system strained by the closure of public and private hospitals, a worsening housing crisis, a stressed social services system, declining tax revenues and potential state funding cuts. “I think mostly you have to have a person who is dedicated to the county and the kind of issues we have to resolve – someone who is really concerned about people issues, about public safety and welfare, issues of children and someone who is willing to look at the very complex financial situation we have in the county and keep it strong and viable,” Burke said. Jack Pitney, a professor of government at Claremont McKenna College, said the race gives voters a rare opportunity to significantly influence the future. “It’s important for people to have a choice,” Pitney said. “Competition is at the very heart of democracy and that’s especially true for supervisorial elections because county government is so large and the districts are bigger than a lot of states.” (213) 974-8985160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWhicker: Clemson demonstrates that it’s tough to knock out the champPolitical observers had speculated that Rep. Maxine Waters – a longtime friend of Burke’s – might seek the seat, but she announced last month she would not. The deadline to file to run in the election is March 7. But Parks, 64, and Ridley-Thomas, 53, have already begun raising money and the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor is convening Wednesday – about three months earlier than usual – to begin deciding whom to endorse. The election comes in a politically charged year in which 350,000 workers will renegotiate their contracts – the largest number in the history of the Los Angeles labor movement. “It’s historic because the last time there was an open seat was in 1992,” said Maria Elena Durazo, secretary-treasurer of the federation, which represents about 800,000 workers, including 200,000 county employees and home-care workers. last_img read more

Minister Joly Meets with Creative Sector Organizations in Montréal to Better Support

first_imgDuring the meeting today, the Minister spoke with representatives from several organizations about finding long-term solutions to ensure safe workplace environments. . The stakeholders who met today agree on the need to work together to address concerns and promote a healthy work environment for all.The meeting hosted by Telefilm Canada was attended by Telefilm Canada representatives, the Canada Media Fund, the National Film Board of Canada, the Association québécoise de la production médiatique, the Association des réalisateurs et réalisatrices de film du Québec, Société des auteurs de radio, télévision et cinéma and the Union des artistes. Advertisement Advertisement MONTREAL – On Jan. 23rd, the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage, participated in a meeting hosted by Telefilm Canada on the topic of harassment in the workplace in the creative sector. On January 5, Minister Joly requested the review of Canadian Heritage funding policies to encourage organizations to put in place measures that promote safe and harassment-free workplaces. Facebook Advertisementcenter_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: These stakeholder discussions are part of an ongoing series of industry initiatives aimed at finding concrete solutions.The Minister reiterated her support for these industry-shared approaches and committed to working with partners within the creative sector to ensure the health, safety and dignity of those working in arts and culture in Canada.Canadian Heritage aims to find ways to support workers by moving forward with projects such as toolkits and sharing of best practices, in order to provide the creative sector with the resources required to address workplace harassment issues.Quotes“Each and every Canadian deserves respect. The #metoo movement is not a passing moment: it’s a call to action. As a Minister and as a woman, this issue is close to my heart, and I am committed to doing my part to tackle issues of harassment in the arts and culture sector. I extend my wholehearted support to victims, and I am confident that together we will find solutions to eradicate this serious problem. I would like to thank Telefilm Canada for taking the lead on this important issue.”—The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage“Telefilm Canada is committed to working with industry in order to develop viable solutions. This approach has helped us achieve positive results in terms of gender equality in our industry, and we believe it is the best direction going forward. These calls to action reinforce our vision and our goal to build, together, a healthy and motivating industry for all.”—Carolle Brabant, Executive Director, Telefilm CanadaRelated ProductsStatement on the Importance of ‎Harassment-free Work Environments in the Creative Sector Twitterlast_img read more

Healey Demands Answers From Columbia Gas On Safe Restoration of Gas Service

first_imgBOSTON, MA — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today sent a letter to Columbia Gas demanding answers about the company’s plans for the safe and expeditious restoration of gas and fair compensation for affected residents in the Merrimack Valley following the devastating fires and explosions earlier this month.“In the wake of this tragedy, I have heard from many residents and businesses who have suffered significant losses yet remain in the dark about Columbia Gas’ claims process and the plans for restoring gas service,” said AG Healey. “I am demanding information from Columbia Gas about their specific plans because these people need and deserve answers and clarity as they rebuild their lives and communities.”In her letter, AG Healey notes that the failure of the Columbia Gas distribution system resulted in death, serious injury, the loss of homes and small businesses, and disruption of gas services for heating, hot water and cooking for thousands of residents in the company’s Merrimack Valley territory.As the state’s ratepayer advocate and chief law enforcement officer, AG Healey is committed to ensuring that Columbia Gas lays out their plan for implementing the recovery process, including gas restoration and compensation for those affected, and that ratepayers do not bear any of the costs associated with those efforts.The letter requests a meeting with Columbia Gas executives next week to discuss how they plan to implement the recovery effort, specifically:Ensuring that pipes are replaced in a safe manner and that the new pipes will result in a safe gas distribution service going forward.Ensuring the safety of all its Massachusetts territories while working on recovery efforts in its Merrimack Valley territory.Making sure that customers are receiving timely and complete information regarding the company’s restoration plan, including considering a text-messaging or similar real-time communications system (with an opt-out provision) that would reach all affected customers.Developing a plan for paying the electric bills of its customers who are forced to rely on electric space heaters and hot plates.Accommodating customers who choose to make alternative housing arrangements.Clarifying how the company intends to pay customers for losses incurred related to this disaster.Providing the AG’s Office with copies of the company’s internal claims procedure and any claims form it intends to use.Ensuring affected customers can easily obtain alternative heating sources for their homes and, if they choose, permanently transition to energy efficient, clean technologies without any additional costs.Addressing how work will be completed if a property owner is not present to authorize repairs.Clarifying in a written statement its plan to not bill affected customers for any gas service until service is restored.Confirming and ensuring that customers will not pay for any part of this disaster through the regulatory ratemaking process.Earlier this week, AG Healey sent Columbia Gas and NiSource orders to preserve documents for a potential state investigation.AG Healey has also issued two advisories offering guidance and resources in her office to support Merrimack Valley residents and businesses recovering from this tragedy. The AG’s Office issued an advisory about giving wisely to charities and knowing your consumer rights and this week announced a new hotline for residents and business owners with questions and concerns to connect with specialists in the office. The AG’s Office also provided guidance about legal representation and home improvement scams. The AG’s Office has been and will continue to send staff to assist individuals at the claims center in Lawrence.For more information or assistance, contact the Attorney General’s dedicated hotline for Merrimack Valley residents at (617) 573-5370. It is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Consumers can also obtain guidance and resources at the AG’s dedicated webpage at The above press release is from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAttorney General Files Comments with FERC Urging Caution on Kinder Morgan PipelineIn “Government”Lender To Cancel $1.6 Million In Loans Made To Former ITT Tech Students At Wilmington & Norwood CampusesIn “Government”Attorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Tata Motors Witnesses Downfall of 34 Percent in April

first_imgTata Motors total sales in India stood at 33,892 units for the month of April, registering a downfall of 34 percent as against the 51,160 vehicles sold in April last year.The domestic passenger vehicle sales of Tata plunged to 30,670 units in April 2014, from 47,595 units in the corresponding month last year. While the sales figure of Nano, Indica and Indigo cars stood at 5,653 units, the company sold 1,788 units of Sumo, Safari, Aria and Venture vehicles last month.The domestic sales of the commercial vehicle segment declined by 36 percent to 23,229 units from 36,025 units in the corresponding month of the previous year.Tata Motors, which has been staying away from new releases in the country, is gearing up for a comeback with the launch of its Zest and Bolt. Both the vehicles which were first seen at the Delhi Auto Expo 2014 are expected to make the domestic entry around the festive season this year.Tata Bolt will be offered in both petrol and engine options. While the petrol model of the Bolt will come with the 1.2 liter Revotron turbo petrol engine, which can churn out a power of 84 bhp at 5000 rpm and a torque of 140 Nm of 1750-3500 rpm, the diesel version of the car will pack 1.3 liter Multijet diesel motor.On the other hand, Tata Zest, the first sedan in India with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT), will be offered in both petrol and diesel variants. The petrol version of the Zest will be powered by a 1.2 litre, four-cylinder, turbocharged Revotron engine under the hood, which can churn out a power of 85 PS at 5000 RPM and a peak torque of 140 Nm 1750-3000 RPM. The diesel model will come with a 1.3 litre Quadrajet motor, which can generate 90 PS power at 4000 RPM and 200Nm torque at 1750-3000 RPM.(Ed: AJ)last_img read more

Mahesh Babu review of Avengers Endgame Loved the film and experience at

first_imgMahesh Babu with AMB Cinemas staffSuperstar Mahesh Babu has seen Avengers: Endgame and shared his review on his Twitter account. He chose the superhero film as his first film at his multiplex – AMB Cinemas.AMB Cinemas, which is located in Gachibowli, Hyderabad, is one of the most popular superflexes in the city. It is the acronym for Asian Mahesh Babu Cinemas. This seven-screen superplex was inaugurated in December 2018. Many celebs, including Chiranjeevi and Allu Aravind, have watched movies and were spellbound over the experience of watching a film at this cinema hall.Nearly six months passed after the launch of AMB Cinemas, but Mahesh Babu had not watched a film there. Probably, he was waiting for the release of the right kind of film to experience the features of his cinema hall. The superstar recently watched Avengers: Endgame there. Mahesh Babu in MaharshiTwitterMahesh Babu later took to Twitter to share his experience of watching Avengers: Endgame. He shared his photo with the staff of AMB Cinemas and tweeted, “My first at @amb_cinemas …#AvengersEndgame!! Loved the film and the experience ..Thankyou team AMB… You guys rock!!!” Avengers: Endgame movie reviewTwitterInterestingly, Madame Tussaud in Singapore had recently unveiled the statue of Mahesh Babu. Later, the wax idol was brought to Hyderabad and kept at his multiplex for a day for his fans. This happened for the first time in the history of Madame Tussaud. Hence, there was a lot buzz about it in the media.last_img read more