Make a comment Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Community News Portantino Requests State Audit on Formula Used For Regional Housing Need Allocation STAFF REPORT Published on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 | 2:50 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News More Cool Stuff Earlier this month, Sen. Anthony Portantino (D–Pasadena) joined several other state senators in submitting a formal request to the Joint Legislative Audit Committee to approve and authorize an audit to examine the Department of Housing and Community Development’s (HCD) regional housing needs determination process.“We’re facing an unprecedented housing crisis and transparency is critical to determining regional housing needs,” Portantino said. “I join my colleagues in requesting a state audit in order to determine how our housing needs are being calculated and if they are being assessed appropriately. Several cities in the 25th Senate District have expressed concerns over regional housing allocations, and I hope this audit will help address those concerns.”Currently, HCD is responsible for determining the regional housing needs assessment (RHNA) for each region’s planning body.Last year, RHNA mandated Pasadena ensure the building of 9,408 units of new housing by October 2029, including 2,740 units of very low-income housing, 1,659 of low-income housing, 1,562 moderate-income housing, and 3,447 units of above-moderate income housing.City and elected officials have called the task “impossible.”“Like other cities in the region, Pasadena has housing challenges that we are actively working to address,” said Mayor Victor Gordo. “A review of the RHNA allocations set forth by HCD is desperately needed in order to ensure cities like ours, that are doing their part to address housing needs, are not treated unfairly. Moreover, because the current RHNA allocations are unrealistic, achieving them will be impossible. This approach helps no one. Let’s work on realistic goals and work together to achieve them.”The city unsuccessfully attempted to appeal the allocation.The audit’s scope will assess the state Department of Finance’s process for developing population projections used by HCD and determine what changes the department made to its projections in response to economic and demographic changes caused by the pandemic as well as new census information.The audit will also evaluate the historical accuracy of the finance department’s population projections and HCD’s process for developing regional housing needs determinations to verify that it complies with state law and results in appropriate calculations.HCD uses a formula to calculate the needs for each region, starting with demographic population information from the Department of Finance. This figure is negotiated with each council of governments to arrive at a final assessment.This process does not allow the public to receive any information on the formula that HCD uses to calculate these initial numbers, which creates confusion and mistrust among the regional planning bodies and cities, according to Portantino.“An audit by the California State Auditor will provide independently developed and verified information related to the Department of Finance, and the Department of Housing and Community Development’s role in calculating housing needs, the regional governments’ roles in allocating housing needs, and local jurisdictions’ roles in accommodating housing needs to facilitate development,” Portantino said in the statement. Community News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe 19 recommended1 commentShareShareTweetSharePin it HerbeautyYou’ll Want To Get Married Twice Or Even More Just To Put Them OnHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty12 Most Breathtaking Trends In Fashion HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeauty faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Business News
Related Articles Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 StumbleUpon Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Share Share Submit Publishing its full-year 2019 trading results, Bolsa Madrid gambling group Codere SA has recorded corporate net losses of €62 million, representing a 32% increase on the firm’s cumulative €47 million loss recorded during FY2018. Codere investors had little to cheer over as the embattled operator recorded declines across all core operating metrics, reporting a 6% drop in group revenues to €1.38 billion (FY2018: €1.47bn).The Spanish operator has attributed its continued declines to ‘macroeconomic drifts’ impacting its Argentine market presence. Codere accounted for a €90 million depreciation cost, following a further ARG Peso collapse recorded during 2019 trading. Impacting the group’s earnings capacity, in 2019 Codere governance sanctioned an overhaul of the group’s accounting structures, increasing the firm’s operating costs, combined with higher tax increases across its core markets.Publishing its earnings results, Codere posted a 12% decline in group ‘adjusted EBITDA’ to €250 million (FY2018: €282m), as corporate governance stated that all growth verticals were ‘neutralised’ by declines in Argentina and Mexico.Of note, Codere governance emphasised that the group has maintained capital expenditure below the €100 million mark by introducing cost controls reducing investment in subsidiaries and minimising ‘recurring payments’. Closing its 2019 accounts, Codere governance declared a group combined loss of €19 million for year trading. However, net losses widened to €62 million, as Codere chose to absorb group audit restructuring costs during 2019 fiscal trading.
Deportivo NiefangJohannesburg, South Africa | AFP | African club football newcomers Deportivo Niefang of Equatorial Guinea, Energie of Benin and La Mancha of Congo Brazzaville reached the CAF Confederation Cup last-32 stage on Tuesday.The progress of Energie was the most dramatic as they scored deep in stoppage time to hold one-time continental giants Hafia 1-1 in Guinea and win 2-1 on aggregate.La Mancha scored the only goal of the preliminary round second leg and the tie to eliminate AS Tanda of the Ivory Coast in Atlantic port city Pointe-Noire. Hafia, who were African champions three times and runners-up twice during the 1970s, wiped out the first-leg deficit against Energie after only 11 minutes through Aboubacar Camara. But with the return match in Conakry seemingly destined for a penalty shootout, Jean Marie Sanni Guera levelled eight minutes into additional time.The next opponents of Energie will be Enyimba of Nigeria, one of the 10 most successful clubs in CAF competitions with two Champions League and two Super Cup titles.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 Niefang also won 1-0, giving them victory over New Stars of Cameroon on away goals after trailing 2-1 from the first leg this month.Al Masry of Egypt, APR of Rwanda, Belouizdad of Algeria, Cape Town City of South Africa, Petro Luanda of Angola, Port Louis of Mauritius and Simba of Tanzania were other overall winners.A further 10 second legs are scheduled for Wednesday ahead of the round of 32 during March when giants like Moroccan side Raja Casablanca and Zamalek of Egypt enter the competition.
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“I was kind of shocked, but it was fun,” said Bart, who already is one of the Giants’ … SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Before the first workout of the spring, the promising Joey Bart sat by his locker explaining what it would mean to catch Madison Bumgarner in a bullpen session.He chose the words, “A dream come true.”Less than an hour later, Bumgarner turned that dream into a reality.The Giants ace asked the No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 draft to catch his first bullpen workout of the year.
29 May 2012South Africa’s wheelchair tennis team delivered a strong performance at the BNP Paribas World Team Cup in Seoul, South Korea last week, with the men’s team winning promotion to the elite World Group I of the game, and Kgothatso Montjane going undefeated in the women’s singles.In the men’s open competition, the South African team of Evans Maripa, Sydwell Mathonsi, Marshall Marsh and coach Gerald Stoffberg competed in the World Group II division. They began their challenge by competing against Greece and Canada in round robin play.Playoffs qualificationAfter a 3-0 victory over the Greeks, Maripa and Mathonsi scored singles’ victories to give South Africa a win over the Canadians. That put South Africa into the playoffs for place one to four in the group.Sri Lankan number one Upali Rajakaruna offered a stiff challenge to Maripa, who ultimately triumphed 7-6, 5-7, 6-0, but Mathonsi won easily against Dissanayake Gamini before Maripa and Mathonsi teamed up to secure a 3-0 win with victory in the doubles.The win over the Sri Lankans put South Africa into its first final at the BNP World Team Cup where the opposition in the title-decider would be Thailand.The Asians got off to a strong start when Suthi Khlongrua overwhelmed Mathonsi 6-4, 6-0, but the contest between Maripa and Suwithchai Merngprom was a real humdinger. After a tough battle, the Thai player squeezed out a 7-6, 3-6, 7-6 win to secure the title for Thailand.Promotion/relegationNot only had South Africa captured the silver medal, but they had also won the right to face Belgium in a promotion/relegation tie for a place in World Group I, the highest level of competition in the game, which features the top 16 nations in the world.Mathonsi put South Africa ahead when he dismantled Kristof Michils, romping to a 6-0, 6-1 victory, but the Belgians levelled the tie when their number one Joachim Gerard outplayed Maripa 6-3, 6-1.That left the doubles clash to decide the tie. Once again, Maripa and Mathonsi were called on to deliver the sought-after victory. They did it, defeating Gerard and Roland Meersman 6-3, 6-3 to secure promotion for South Africa alongside Thailand.It has been a remarkably swift climb to the elite group of wheelchair tennis playing nations for South Africa. The country finished 16th on its debut in the World Team Cup in 2005. Last year, the team made the semi-finals of World Group II for the first time. Now, South Africa is in World Group I!JuniorsThe South African junior team of Gift Lekhanyane, Mabel Mankgele and Mariska Venter also shone. After a 3-0 defeat of Argentina and another 3-0 win over Israel, in a first, the team earned the right to contest the playoffs for the top four nations in the world, which also featured Great Britain, the Netherlands and the USA.Although they went down to the British and the Dutch, they made sure of automatic entry into the event in 2013 by finishing in the top four. In 2011, they had finished seventh.QuadsThe green and gold Quads team of Lucas Sithole, Steven Kekai and Bongani Dlamini faced a very tough division in which few teams had players ranked outside the top 16 in the world.Once more, the team achieved a best ever finish, placing sixth, which also gained it automatic entry into the 2013 event.WomenThe women’s team of Kgothatso Montjane, Celia du Toit and Rose van der Meer failed to match the depth of the other competing nations and placed twelfth in the open women’s division.However, Montjane, who is currently ranked ninth in the world, repeated her feat of 2011, by going undefeated in the singles.She is in very good form at present and will bear watching at the Paralympics. Her recent results include a win over world number two Aniek van Koort.‘Pride, passion and commitment’Wheelchair Tennis South Africa Director Holger Losch commented on the South African team’s results: “It is always such an honour for the players to represent their country. Tennis, as an individual sport, has limited opportunities for the players to play for their country.“You can see the difference,” Losch said. “They play with more pride, passion and commitment, knowing they are not only playing for themselves, but for a team, and a country.“The BNP World Team Cup is the premier event on the wheelchair tennis calendar, and it is fantastic to see that our team’s hard work is paying off,” Losch added.“We are no longer viewed as a developing nation, but are becoming one of the top wheelchair tennis nations in the world.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
2 August 2012As the London Olympic Games continue to mesmerize the world, new research from consultancy Grant Thornton shows that businesses in South Africa and other emerging markets recognise the ability of big sporting events to attract investment to their economies.According to Grant Thornton’s International Business Report, 78% of South African business leaders believe that big sporting events are key to attracting investment.This is even higher than the positive sentiment following South Africa’s hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, when 73% of local businesses felt that the event’s overall economic impact was a positive one.South Africans, Brazilians bullish“These new figures really indicate how important a major sporting event can be for an economy,” Gillian Saunders, head of advisory services at Grant Thornton South Africa, said in a statement ahead of last week’s Olympic opening ceremony. “For South African businesses to still recognise this economic knock-on from 2010 is testament to this fact.”In Latin America, according to the report, almost three-quarters (74%) of business leaders believe major sporting events are important in attracting investment to their economy, with 83% of Brazilian businesses expecting a positive impact on their economy from the 2014 Fifa World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games.Across the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa – taken together, over half (54%) of business leaders hold this view, according to Grant Thornton.By contrast, far fewer businesses in the European Union (42%) and North America (44%) believe in the ability of big sporting events to attract investment, dropping to just over one in three (36%) in the G7 countries (Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the US).‘Global shop window’ for emerging countries“Holding a major sporting event gives an emerging country – often a less well known market with perceived challenges – a global shop window, allowing it to market what it has to offer to a massive worldwide audience,” Saunders said.“For more established economies, international sporting competitions are still a great opportunity, but are just one element of a much bigger ongoing offensive to attract investment.“The message is clear: if international sporting bodies want to make a positive impact on host countries’ economies, they should choose developing nations as hosts more often.”It’s also more often the case that developed economies will have the venues, transport and technology infrastructure already in place for any major event, Saunders argued. Capital investment to build new infrastructure was therefore much more limited in these economies, compared with the level of investment required in emerging markets, as was seen in South Africa in the build-up to the 2010 Fifa World Cup.London in the spotlightWith London currently in the spotlight, two-thirds (61%) of UK business leaders believe that big sporting events will have a positive impact on the economy. In a similar vein, the UK government anticipates that the London Olympics will bring £13-billion of economic benefits over the next four years – £6-billion in the form of foreign direct investment.“A big part of winning the race to host big international sporting events is convincing the public and businesses that the benefits will outweigh the obvious costs,” Saunders said. “Our research suggests that developed economies have to work a lot harder than emerging economies to make a convincing case.”The research also indicates that business leaders in those economies that have recently held, or are soon to hold, major sporting events are more bullish about the investment they bring.The exception to this is China, where the legacy of the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing remains unclear, probably because it occurred during a massive economic boom in a large economy, so that its impact was less in relative terms.SAinfo reporter
Heliotrope, a solar-powered house in Frieberg, Germany, with just under 2,000 sq. ft. of interior space, is hard to pass up as a blog item. Inhabitat and TechCrunch’s GreenTech both devoted space to it in part because of its unusual appearance, the robust output of its rotatable solar array (with 6.6 kW capacity), and the way the building embodies architect Rolf Disch’s PlusEnergy principle of construction, in which each home produces more energy than it uses.The house, in fact, is designed to produce five times more energy than it uses through a combination of passive solar gain and a dual-axis tracking system designed to allow the home’s 54-square-meter “sun sail” array to maximize power output. In a summary of Heliotrope features, Disch says the tracking system increases the sun sail’s energy gain by 30% to 40% over what would be expected from a fixed system of similar size.In constant motionThe array actually isn’t the only thing that moves to accommodate solar exposure. Because the 18-sided cylindrical exterior consists mostly of triple-glazed windows, the entire house is designed to rotate so that the fully exposed windows on the “front” of the house are positioned for maximum solar gain during the winter, while during the summer the “backside” of the cylinder, which is equipped with balconies that also serve as fire escapes and sun shades, is rotated toward the sun to minimize solar gain. Disch says that under normal conditions the building rotates about 15 degrees an hour to follow the sun.The architect, who lives in the prototype, notes that while Heliotrope is by no means the only building to rotate around a central column, it likely is unique in its attempt to use rotation to so closely align the advantages of passive solar and solar power. But beyond the complexities of its mechanical systems and concerns that might be raised in many communities over the building’s unusual appearance, Heliotrope is impractical on anything but a relatively large lot. Too, it is not for clients who don’t have the money for construction costs, which have come in at almost $1.5 million for each of the three Heliotropes built so far.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Tottenham boss Pochettino: We’ve toughened up since Man Utdby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino feels his players have become mentally stronger over the first-half of the season.Pochettino believes the temperament of his squad has improved following a dressing down at Old Trafford.He was agitated by players talking about winning the Premier League title after beating Manchester United 3-0 in August.”After our victory at Old Trafford, I was so disappointed with some of the comments, the way we assimilated the victory,” said Pochettino ahead of the Boxing Day clash with Bournemouth.”After that we improved a lot and learned. In football you always have to be respectful and talk on the pitch. We’re in a very good position — last 16 of the Champions League, semi-final of the Carabao Cup and third in the Premier League table.”I remember when we arrived it always was about how? How do we reduce the gap to the top? How can we be competitive in big games? How can we be consistent? How? How? How? After four-and-a-half years I think we’re in a very good position. But now the last step is the most difficult step. It looks so close but sometimes it’s not so close. That is why it’s tough to keep going.”In our first press conference after the World Cup I told you this is going to be one of the most difficult seasons for us. When many things were negative, when all the circumstances were not the best to start with… But we fought a lot and we took a massive challenge, fighting all together, and we’re doing a fantastic job.”
Messi: Ronaldo has improved Juventusby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona ace Leo Messi has no doubts Cristiano Ronaldo has improved Juventus.Ronaldo left Real Madrid for Juve in August.“Being in the same League as him and competing with his team to win everything was very nice,” Messi told Marca.“Cristiano was a great player for La Liga and Real Madrid. Our clashes with them were very beautiful, but I always aim to win with my team.“Any team would miss Cristiano because he always scores lots of goals and gives you many other things on the field, but Real Madrid are still a great club with excellent players.“Juventus are a very good team. They already were before and with the arrival of Cristiano they’re much more so. They’re a great candidate for the Champions League.” About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say