Re: “Bus service not cut” (Your Opinions, Dec 1): Recent correspondence in your newspaper about the new Orange Line busway has drawn attention to the lack of Sunday and evening service on many bus routes in the San Fernando Valley. As a transportation commissioner for the city of Burbank, I have been conducting a study of the relative success of the routes that serve this city. In a nutshell, frequent, reliable routes with seven-day service enjoy high ridership. Routes with hourly service that stop running at 6:30 p.m., and with little or no weekend service have poor ridership. A bus service is more than just a line on the MTA map. In an urban area like ours, anything less than half hourly, 16 hours a day, seven days a week is a placebo, not a service. – Paul Dyson Transportation commissioner Burbank Wasn’t scapegoated Re: “County health chief resigns” (Nov. 30): Dr. Thomas Garthwaite hasn’t been scapegoated. Quite the opposite, the supervisors have allowed Garthwaite to misrepresent the progress of the multimillion-dollar consultants, to withhold critical information from them and to portray himself as the county’s CMO when he is not licensed to practice medicine in California, etc. If Garthwaite were the astute public servant that your reporter attempts to paint him, Garthwaite would’ve done his due diligence and known what a hornet’s nest the Health Department was. He accepted the job with its perks and risks; so let’s not shed any tears for him. His administration is defined by his glaring lack of leadership and ethics. The time is now to create a Health Authority. So let’s all roll up our sleeves and get to work. – Genevieve M. Clavreul, R.N. Pasadena It’s a quilt shop Re: “Christian food sellers in the soup” (Nov. 29): The unfortunate “Piecemakers Quilt Shop vendetta” is one that has gotten “waaay” out of control. Over the years, I have heard that one person – or maybe several – in local government has been attacking their ability to offer meals to customers. The owners are lovely Christian women, working diligently to earn a buck and share in the timeless art of quilting. The last thing on my mind when stopping to eat a homemade lunch is, “Gee, I wonder how clean the kitchen is?” Piecemakers’ owners probably have nothing to hide, but are through welcoming inspection. Because of the principle, they were forced to cease offering food to visitors, thus taking a large hit on their revenue. They are criticized for their efforts to halt inspections based on their faith; however, Christians can still get agitated by years of harassment. – Yvette Carling Calabasas160Want 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 MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals Lose-lose Re: “Pickup truck, Orange Line bus collide” (Dec. 2): I sometimes do not understand people’s logic. They are more than willing to gamble with their lives and the lives of others just to save a minute. Rather than wait they do not think of what happens if they challenge an Orange Line bus. If they get into an accident, where is the time savings? First, they may not get there at all. They may injure other people. Now comes the time spent at the scene, time with the insurance agency, time off from work – possible court time. Most likely an increase in insurance rates. Not to mention that you will lose every time if you tangle with the bus. Oh, yes, when it’s over, what about having to find another car? Is this called in a hurry to go nowhere fast or Russian roulette? – Mike Hoblinski Burbank 7-day bus service Re: “Dueling dropout figures” (Dec. 2): The Daily News continues to espouse breaking up LAUSD into semiautonomous units, but a careful examination of another big-city school district where this breakup has been in effect for a few years (New York City) reveals that it simply does not work. A close relative of mine, who was a teacher in New York City, says that, instead of a large bureaucracy, they wound up with many smaller bureaucracies. Too many administrative jobs were filled with cronies, and many of the people making key educational decisions had never been in a classroom since they were kids. Bottom line: There was no appreciable improvement in student achievement. – Michael Wiener Encino
THE Twin Towns is in mourning following the death of noted businessman Michael Heeney.Michael passed away at his home at Dunwiley, Stranorlar following a short illness.Michael was best known as one of the proprietors of the Heeney’s U Drop Inn on Navenny Street in Ballybofey. Alongside his mother, Bridget, and brothers Terence and Aidan, Michael opted one of Ballybofey’s most recognisable haunts.Michael will be laid to rest following 11am Funeral Mass at the Church of Mary Immaculate, Stranorlar on Saturday morning.He sis survived by his mother Bridget, wife Bernie, daughters Rachael, Michelle and Meghan, brothers Patrick, Aidan, Martina, Eugene, Terence, John and Teresa and a wide circle of family and friends. Twin Towns mourns the passing of Michael Heeney was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyMichael HeeneyU Drop Inn
The Alameda County Board of Supervisors congratulates the Oakland A’s on a great season that showcased exciting new talent. The winning spirit the A’s displayed on the field must now be matched by local leaders in working with the team to find a way to keep the A’s in Oakland for the long haul.Alameda County Supervisor Wilma ChanAs joint owner with the city of Oakland of the Coliseum properties where the A’s have played since 1968, Alameda County is unwavering in its strong support for …
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A conversation with…Pam Bennett, Ohio Master Gardener coordinatorOCJ: First, could you provide a little bit of background about Ohio’s Master Gardener program?Pam: The program started in 1974 in Ohio in three urban counties. Due to budget cuts, it did not take off quickly. In the early 1990’s however, a state coordinator for the program was hired and it really took off. Now we have more than 3,500 Master Gardener volunteers in 62 Ohio counties. If you go to this link, you can find more information about the program nationwide [ http://mastergardener.osu.edu/?q=node/417 ]OCJ: Now that spring has finally arrived, I am guessing you start to get many gardening questions. What are some of the most common questions you get this time of year?Pam: Right now it’s about lawns, swarming insects that are coming out of winter dormancy (multi-colored Asian ladybeetles, brown marmorated stink bug, and ants versus termites), when to plant flowers, vegetable garden questions, and of course, winter annual weeds that are growing like wildfire.OCJ: What kinds of programs are in place with the help of Master Gardeners around the state?Pam: Master Gardener volunteers are active in their counties focusing on local programs. We have four state initiatives and the projects fit into one of these: backyard and local foods (includes community gardens, vegetable garden workshops, demonstrations, working with local food efforts, etc.); invasive species (involved with invasive species removal such as honeysuckle and garlic mustard, presenting programs on invasive species such as educating about emerald ash borer and Asian longhorned beetle, etc.); Integrated Pest Management (demonstration gardens showing best management practices, educating the public on proper use of pesticides, how to identify pest problems, diagnosing plant problems, and more); and environmental horticulture (proper planting and maintenance techniques, good stewardship of our environment, rain gardens and collecting rain water, and more.)OCJ: What kinds of activities are Master Gardeners participating in?Pam: Most counties have some type of Horticulture Helpline or service where they assist homeowners with a wide variety of backyard garden and landscape questions. In addition, we have the Ask a Master Gardener online service where a homeowner can enter a question online and have it answered by a Master Gardener volunteer from around Ohio (http://mastergardener.osu.edu/ask ), demonstration gardens, displays and Q and A booths at farmer’s markets, county fairs and other events; speaker’s bureau where a Master Gardener volunteer can do a presentation for a club or organization about a gardening topic, community gardens and many more. For more information on some of our individual projects in counties, go to http://mastergardener.osu.edu and on the front page there are news stories about many of our projects. The articles are written by our Master Gardener volunteers.OCJ: Ohio is home to many beautiful wildflowers this time of year. What should readers be looking for in their yards, woodlots and pastures?Pam: Oh my goodness, Ohio is truly blessed with wildflowers and it’s an incredible sight to see. In central Ohio, our official Ohio wildflower, Trillium grandiflorum is in glorious bloom as is native ginger, Jack-in-the-pulpit, trout lily and many others.OCJ: There has been a significant increase in interest in natural, plant-based remedies in recent years. What role do Master Gardeners play in this area of interest?Pam: Master Gardener volunteers focus on research-based education. We point people toward the research information and avoid home remedies, etc.OCJ: How is the Master Gardener program benefitting Ohio’s communities?Pam: One of the best benefits of the Master Gardener Volunteer program is that each person is focused on their local county. They participate in projects that focus on educating people about research-based gardening practices (and we have fun doing it!). When people call the OSU Extension office and talk to a Master Gardener volunteer, they know they will get accurate information based on science. We aren’t selling products. We provide information to our clientele that enables them to make decisions about their garden and landscape needs. In addition, we also participate in many community service projects that help beautify or improve the environment in our community.OCJ: In what ways can those with an interest in the Master Gardener program participate?Pam: If you want to know more about becoming a Master Gardener volunteer, contact your local county Ohio State University Extension office to see if they have a program. Potential volunteers fill out an application, undergo a background check, and have 50 hours of horticulture training. In return, to become certified they are required to do 50 hours of service to the Extension office the first year and additional hours each year to remain certified.OCJ: This is not just for activities and events during the growing season. What do Master Gardeners do in the fall and winter months?Pam: There are lots of training and educational programs as well as planning!OCJ: What final piece of general Master Gardener wisdom would you like to impart?Pam: If you love to learn and want to give back to your community and teach others about gardening, this volunteer program is for you!
Counting for all the 42 Lok Sabha Seats in West Bengal has started at 8 a.m. amidst tight security in Kolkata and rest of the State.The postal ballots are being counted in the first hour and it indicates that Trinamool Congress (TMC) is ahead in six Seats as the first few hundreds of the ballots are being counted.The BJP and the Congress are ahead in three and two Seats respectively. Most of these Seats showing trends are in north Bengal.Left Front is not ahead in any of the 42 Seats.A total of nearly seven crore electors voted in Bengal of which nearly 12 lakh were first-time voters. Polling took place in seven phase in the State with a population of about 10 crore.Various pre-result polls – which are not always correct – indicated that Left Front’s votes will drop in 2019 Bengal election and BJP will gain in the State.Trinamool Congress bagged 34 seats in the 2014 Lok Sabha poll while the BJP got two. The Congress and the Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) got two each.A clear trend is expected to emerge around mid day.
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Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe PDM is calling for the electorate to be sharp, and to not be duped by the catchy phrases of the PNP Administration; PDM House Members pulled no punches on Monday when they labeled as bogus some of the milestones recently touted by the Rufus Ewing led government. A former Health Minister and Opposition appointed member, Clarence Selver said when it comes to the InterHealth Canada deal, the Premier cannot be trusted. “And if you look at that you will see where the Premier declares that he has an interest with InterhealthCanada; he has an interest so when the InterhealthCanada contract is up for review he conveniently takes over that from his former minister for Health; Porsha (Smith, Minister) so that he can keep an eye on things.” It is true, the Premier has declared that he is compensated by the Hospitals and recent testimony given in the SIPT trials also exposed that Dr. Rufus Ewing was a part of the negotiations of the TCI Hospitals at their inception. Selver said the deal is just too expensive. “The bulk of government expenditure, over 20 odd percent; so every dollar government raises, 20 cents out of that dollar gatta go towards maintaining the hospitals cost. That being the case there were two audits supposed to have been done; a clinical audit which looks at the quality of healthcare that the hospital provided and whether it was up to par and other things, as well as the financial audit, how much money they received, what they spent money on and whether we are getting value for money.” Related Items:
Carlos Amezcua Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News Tags: Decision 2018 FacebookTwitter Carlos Amezcua, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsMonday, Carlos Amezcua met with Omar Passons in studio to discuss the upcoming election and the San Diego County Supervisor position.Omar Passons is an attorney and youth advocate seeking to replace termed-out Ron Roberts as the 4th District representative. Updated: 10:57 PM Posted: May 14, 2018 Race for San Diego County Supervisor May 14, 2018