1 Comment ‘My happy place.’ Workspaces for women rise in #MeToo eraLincoln improvements moving forwardYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall8 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson19 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter19 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor19 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press19 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press19 hours ago Joe says: January 30, 2019 at 4:35 PM Comments are closed. Which candidates were elected? HomeFeaturedStrong showing for Santa Monicans at Democratic Party election Jan. 30, 2019 at 5:00 amFeaturedNewsPoliticsStrong showing for Santa Monicans at Democratic Party electionMadeleine Pauker2 years agoNewspoliticsSanta Monica Several Santa Monicans will help steer the California Democratic Party in a more progressive direction.14 locals formed a slate to run for delegate positions in the state party and 11 were elected Jan. 27 to represent Assembly District 50, which stretches from Malibu to Hollywood. The Progressive Slate included 10 Santa Monicans, including City Councilmembers Sue Himmelrich and Kevin McKeown, Rent Control Board members Caroline Torosis and Anastasia Foster and Santa Monica Democratic Club President Jon Katz. Three members of the competing Grassroots Slate were elected: incumbent delegate Steve Bott and Santa Monica College trustee Barry Snell and Tamara Levenson, who co-managed the Westside Democratic HQ. Almost 1,100 registered Democrats voted in an election that has historically attracted only a few hundred voters. Katz said about 1,000 voters cast their ballots for delegates in 2017, driven by an urge to become more involved in the Democratic Party after the election of President Donald Trump.The new delegates will shape which policies the party promotes as it gears up for the 2020 elections. Katz said he thinks turnout increased in this year’s election because Democratic voters are more invested than ever in the direction of the party.“When you have a Democratic president like Obama who’s well-liked, it’s easy to get complacent within the party,” Katz said. “Now that we’re in the Trump era, had a pretty divisive primary two years ago between Clinton and Sanders and are entering a primary where we’re going to have more than just two candidates, we have an opportunity to decide what the Democratic Party will stand for, and that’s why so many people were out there.” The Progressive Slate ran on a platform of healthcare for all, affordable housing, climate change and immigrant rights. Jennifer Barraza, a new delegate who worked on Kevin de Leon’s Senate race, said voters she spoke with were most interested in single-payer healthcare and environmental policies like the Green New Deal.“We had a strong progressive message and I think that really resonated with voters,” said Sion Roy, a returning delegate and newly elected SMC trustee. “Progressives in California want to maintain our influence on the strongest state Democratic Company in the country because what we say informs the direction of the national party, which is super important as we head into the presidential election.”Steve Bott, a member of the Grassroots Slate who was elected, said the two slates’ platforms did not significantly differ but each slate represented different parts of the Westside.“We wanted representation for Hollywood, West Hollywood and Mid-City, mainly because most of the Progressive Slate was from Santa Monica,” Bott said. “We also tried to bring folks pursuing progressive agendas in their communities who weren’t plugged into Democratic politics into the fold.”Bott said the slate is interested in making future delegate elections more accessible.“Both slates worked harder to turn out their supporters this year,” he said. “I think turnout will continue to increase, and it’s great for the party because it’s a way to expose people who haven’t been involved in this kind of politics.”[email protected] :NewspoliticsSanta Monicashare on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 comment
With the press days at IFA 2015 earlier this month seemingly existing to subsidise the Berlin taxi industry and to test whether the assembled media actually could be in two places at once, I spent a lot of time thinking about being at home.Fortunately, many vendors were happy to indulge these thoughts – rather than being mobile-focused like Mobile World Congress, or an over-the-top collection of robots and quadcopters like CES, a lot of space at IFA is dedicated to what are generally termed ‘white goods’. And, what with it being 2015, a good chunk of these are now ready to form part of the Internet of Things (IoT).There are some areas where IoT makes a lot of sense, and many of these are in the enterprise space. The number of industries that can see productivity and efficiency boosts through machine-to-machine communications are numerous and, with the possibility of very tangible rewards, many businesses are keen to get involved, supported by eager operators.Likewise, the automotive sector, where cars are very much “self-contained” objects created by a single company, which can therefore manage integration from design to delivery. With a number of clear consumer benefits on offer – from enhanced entertainment through to maintenance monitoring and navigation – the potential is clear to see.And Audi, BMW and Daimler have already put their money – the best part of €3 billion – where their mouths are with the acquisition of Here from Nokia.But for the home, IoT is another thing. Many of the expensively-produced promotional videos on show at IFA showed use cases that ranged from the unlikely to the unsavoury, including the ability to remotely stalk monitor family members while barely lifting a finger.That’s not to say that there aren’t some areas where the benefits are (potentially) clearer. While the subject of criticism related to issues such as privacy, smart TVs are finding more homes, if only because in the mid-range and above, it’s all that is on offer.This is reminiscent of the days when Symbian OS was the dominant smartphone platform. In this case, its reach was driven by the deep support of the then number-one handset maker (Nokia) and its broad distribution, rather than customers seeking out a smartphone per-se. And many of these users would not have taken advantage of the relatively advanced features supported over and above a standard feature phone.Of course, there are other changes that will make the smart TV more popular, not least the growing adoption of over-the-top content services from players such as Netflix and Amazon.With tablets and smartphones increasingly becoming important content consumption devices, and – as Apple CEO Tim Cook said recently – the TV experience becoming more “app like”, there does seem something of an inevitability to the fact that smart TV usage will increase (although not in every household).But there are few arguing that the washing machine experience needs to be more app-like, or that the time has come for the long mooted (and almost as long-mocked) connected refrigerator.What is most likely is that devices, certainly in the mid- to high-price categories, will include wireless capabilities off-the-shelf – in much the way that high-end televisions are generally ‘smart’, whether connected to a network or not. This will pave the way for wider IoT adoption in the future, as well as providing vendors with a useful ability to trumpet “hundreds of millions” of connected devices sold – even if not activated.Once in the home, all it needs is for a consumer to see the benefit of one connected device to open the way to exploring the potential of others. A significant part of the battle comes in educating customers to the potential, and finding the one use case that appeals in the first place.But the challenge comes in that it will not be the same killer app for everyone. Lighting, audio, heating/air conditioning, white goods and many other options are likely to appeal to different users, with the perceived value assigned to each also likely to vary widely.InteroperabilityAnd interoperability will also prove a crucial factor. Should I wire up my home so that the heating, audio and lighting are all connected using components from different vendors, the idea of having to reset everything using three different apps if I decide to have a lie-in is hardly appealing.While vendors will, of course, be keen to extol the benefits of sticking solely within their own product portfolios, I prefer the freedom to choose products on a one-by-one basis – and I’m sure I am not the only one who is not a slave to brand loyalty. Hopefully efforts such as AllSeen Alliance will help to this end – although having attempted to use a range of network-connected products in the past, it’s probably best I don’t hold my breath.The best thing I saw at IFA this year? A washing machine with an extra little door on the front that enables forgotten socks to be added even when in full flow.And – as if you couldn’t guess – Samsung’s WW8500 AddWash “comes with an array of smart functions, which work with both Android and iOS smartphones, which not only make it easy to monitor the progress of the laundry programme, but also offers the option to alert users on their smartphone just before the start of a new washing cycle”.Even if you don’t want them (yet).The editorial views expressed in this article are solely those of the author and will not necessarily reflect the views of the GSMA, its Members or Associate Members. Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist…More Read more Intelligence Brief: What does CES tell us about enterprise IoT? 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By Alex Lennane 19/11/2014 Gofreightera Disruption is on its way, as the logistics industry finally goes hi-tech – but in a move not led by existing players. It is attracting technology start-ups that see an opportunity to create efficiencies and make complex booking processes easier.And what’s more, they are getting investment.According to data company Crunchbase, logistics start-up investments reached 1.37% of total start-up investments in 2014 (up to the end of September), up from just 0.1% of total investments in 2012. In dollar terms,it represents a 1006% increase from 2012 to 2013, and a further 112% increase in the first three quarters of this year over last – to $1.8bn.From Uber to Freightos, the space is filling up – and leaving incumbents behind. Just this week a Bangalore company called Blowhorn, which was launched a few months ago as an online marketplace for last-mile logistics, received a seed investment from Unitus Seed Fund. But there are also some bigger players in the space, and many are following the example set more than a decade ago by companies such as Expedia and booking.com.Last month, Freightos, an online network that claims to generate door-to-door quotes in seconds, appointed Robert Mylod, former Priceline CFO and head of worldwide strategy, to its board of directors. He is also managing partner of Annox Capital and a director of Dropbox and Redfin. In addition, Freightos also completed a financing round of $7.6m with investors including Annox Capital, Aleph, ICV and OurCrowd.Freightos CEO Zvi Schreiber said at the time: “Almost $19 trillion dollars of goods were imported/exported in 2013. That’s a growth of five times compared with 1990. But the technology of the cargo industry hasn’t changed at the same pace. Freightos is automating freight sales and bringing it online. Importers and exporters are people who buy clothing, electronics and food online in seconds – they shouldn’t wait days for freight price quotes, with inaccuracies that drive up shipping costs.”According to Freightos, Kestrel, a liner agency and freight forwarder specialising in LCL and FCL services in Latin America and the Caribbean and providing services to more than 100,000 port pairs, calculated savings of $150,000 annually by automating quotes.“Archaic spreadsheet pricing systems used by the pricing managers – each of whom has their own system – complicates the process even more,” it stated in a case study.Freight Filter also offers instant freight pricing, across multiple modes. It too noted: “The freight forwarding industry has always been notoriously slow to embrace new technology, especially the efficiencies that moving elements of the process online could bring.”These new hi-tech companies are already changing the face of the freight industry, which has lagged technologically.“I think there’s going to be some disruption coming from those companies, that will eventually make its way all the way up to the core logistics businesses or air cargo, shipping, and so on,” Guillaume Drucy, head of e-business for IATa Cargo told The Loadstar recently.“It’s just the beginning. Like every major change, it can mean danger or opportunity depending on what we do about it.”
Vermont Business Magazine The statement below is from Major General Steven Cray, adjutant general, Vermont National Guard. The statement is in response to the Burlington City Council voting Monday night to pass a resolution that will be sent to the Honorable Heather Wilson, Secretary of the Air Force. The City Council “respectfully” asks Air Force Secretary Wilson to “provide an alternative mission for the Vermont Air National Guard at Burlington Airport,” instead of the F-35 stealth fighter. Opponents to the new jet, which would replace the F-16 at the Vermont Air National Guard, won a non-binding vote at Town Meeting to find a quieter plane for the Guard. Opponents say the planes are too loud and the airport too close to populations centers.Neither the vote nor the council resolution can force the Air Force to change its decision and the Air force maintains the F-35s are coming to BTV in the fall of 2019 regardless of the votes. Vermont’s congressional delegation and Mayor Weinberger have supported the new mission and have stated that the vote is moot in any case. VTANG and supporters of the F-35 have also bristled at the language of the ballot item which says in part, “Shall we, the voters of the City of Burlington, as part of our strong support for the men and women of the Vermont National Guard…” The Guard has said that the anti-35 vote in fact does not show strong support for them. The City Council supported the resolution 9-3.General Cray: “The resolution passed by the Burlington City Council does not support the men and women of the Vermont Air National Guard, their families or anyone involved with the Guard. It is an unfortunate distraction that could have been avoided. The decision to base the F-35 in Vermont has been made. Questions have been addressed and answered over the last five years. While this unnecessary process continues, allow me to be clear: the men and women of the Vermont Air National Guard will be ready to receive the F-35 in 2019.”RESOLUTION
City refuse collectors are not allowed to ask for “Christmas boxes”, or money, but residents can give something voluntarily.In a statement, the City said it had previously received reports of residents being asked, at times aggressively, for Christmas boxes. And, in some cases, residents had been threatened that their refuse wouldn’t be collected if they didn’t cough up. “This is patently untrue – residents will continue to have their refuse bins serviced throughout the festive season, as always,” said Mayco member for water and waste Xanthea Limberg.“All staff have been reminded that soliciting for ‘Christmas boxes’ and donations is prohibited. Should residents wish to reward good service provided, they may of course give staff a voluntary donation, or a ‘Christmas box’ as a gesture of goodwill and appreciation. “However, under no circumstances should residents feel compelled to do so.”Residents can report workers who request Christmas boxes or donations to the Call Centre at 0860 103 089 during office hours, from 8am to 4.30pm, or email [email protected] They should give the date, time and place of the incident and, if possible, a vehicle registration number.The City also warned of people posing as collection staff at this time of year. Such cases should be reported to SAPS. The City’s solid waste department will be collecting refuse in the scheduled areas on the public holidays of December 16, 25, 26 and January 1.Residents are advised to leave their wheelie bins out on the kerb side, at first light. Being a public holiday, teams will be collecting refuse early in the morning. This will allow them to finish work as quickly as possible and head home to their loved ones.
By LARRY GAGESpecial to the PRESSAuditions are complete and the new drum major for the Silver Tarpon Marching Band is, well, the old one.Jose “J.P.” Gonzalez came into 2018 as the incumbent, having led the band as drum major for the 2017 marching season. He decided that he wanted to keep the job for the upcoming season, but before the job was his he had to pass last week’s audition.There were two challengers for the position: Catherine Garcia and James Grace. Two judges were brought in as unbiased outsiders and the auditions were conducted last Thursday.When the judges’ scores were added up it was Gonzalez who came out on top. Garcia, with the next highest combined score, will be the assistant drum major for 2018.Want the whole story? Pick up a copy of the Port Isabel-South Padre Press, or subscribe to our E-Edition by clicking here. RelatedSilver Tarpon Band Ready for ContestsBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Port Isabel High Silver Tarpon Marching Band has been hard at it since July and the time has come for this instrumental aggregation to strut their stuff in front of the judges. The band will perform in its first contest this Saturday. …October 12, 2015In “News”Three vie for drum majorBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS The Silver Tarpon Band is expected to name a new drum major this week. As of press time three candidates were preparing to audition for the position on Thursday. The Press found PIISD Director of Bands Scott Hartsfield in his office in the…May 18, 2018In “News”All Together Now – Silver Tarpon Band ReportsBy LARRY GAGE Special to the PRESS It’s been all percussion so far this summer, until this week. On Wednesday, July 15, the frontal ensemble and battery were joined by the rest of the Silver Tarpon Marching Band in the two main rehearsal halls of Port Isabel High School. The…July 24, 2015In “News” Share