Guest Opinion | Margaret Muñoz: “Join Us this Saturday to Tackle Affordable Housing in Pasadena”

first_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Opinion & Columnists Guest Opinion | Margaret Muñoz: “Join Us this Saturday to Tackle Affordable Housing in Pasadena” By MARGARET MUNOZ Published on Thursday, January 21, 2021 | 4:21 pm Make a comment Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 83 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Top of the News center_img Subscribe CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 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. Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * It’s not news that Southern California faces a housing crisis. But what may not be obvious is the impact here in Pasadena.Over the past decade, Pasadena has shifted from a community where the majority of residents were homeowners to one where 58% are renters. That’s not surprising with the median sales price of homes in Pasadena now topping $1,000,000. Rents too have been rising, faster than incomes with 97% of apartments renting for more than $1500 a month and 76% renting in excess of $2000 a month. Economic stress from the pandemic is putting increased strain on working households to keep a roof over their head.This affordability crisis means many long-term residents are losing their homes – and either relocating to distant communities where housing is more affordable or ending up on the streets. Today, there are more than 500 people experiencing homelessness in our community and at least 700 students in our public schools lack “lack “a “fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence.” The Pasadena Housing Authority has a waiting list of 23,000 seeking Federal Section 8 vouchers to help them find affordable housing.What are we doing about it? Pasadena has done more than most surrounding communities, but today’s crisis forces us to face the hard reality: more needs to be done.Fortunately, there is a great opportunity to come together as a community to chart new policies, programs and partnerships to ensure Pasadenans have access to safe housing they can afford.Every eight years, State law requires communities to update the Housing Elements of their General Plans to assess housing needs and establish goals for meeting them. This is year for Pasadena to update its Housing Element – the new plan must be adopted by City Council by October, 2021.A diverse cross-section of community leaders is forming to tackle this challenge – and opportunity. The Pasadena Housing Coalition is holding a webinar this Saturday for anyone interested in learning about how the Housing Element can be a vehicle for constructive solutions to house the homeless, promote affordable housing, protect tenants and provide expanded opportunities for home ownership.The stakes are high. The State must approve each city’s Housing Element – which means Pasadena must not only demonstrate our ability to find room for constructing 9400 more housing homes and apartments in the next eight years, but even more challenging, nearly 6000 of them must be affordable for low and moderate income households. That’s a tall order – and will require a much broader public and private commitment to the policies, programs and funding to provide that housing.Fortunately, there are feasible paths to make housing more affordable and available – but we need to come together to agree on a comprehensive approach that serves our whole community.This Saturday, Jane 23 at 3 pm, the Pasadena Housing Coalition is sponsoring a free webinar to explain the Housing Element process. We’ll share more vital information about what our responsibilities as a city require – and how citizens can play a meaningful role in shaping the final Housing Element. To register to participate, use this link.The leading sponsors of this effort are Making Housing and Community Happen, Pasadenans Organizing for Progress and Abundant Housing LA’s local chapter. Other community groups have endorsed this effort and we are eager to have more sign on!Pasadena prides itself as an inclusive and diverse community. We love our historic heritage, our quality of life and unique identity. To ensure we find the right path to preserve these special qualities – and ensure that all our residents can continue to enjoy them, join us!Margaret Muñoz is a community organizer with Abundant Housing LA in the San Gabriel Valley and a second year masters student in Urban Planning at USC. HerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCostume That Makes Actresses Beneath Practically UnrecognizableHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHere’s What Experts Say Women Want In A ManHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyJennifer Lopez And Alex Rodriguez’s Wedding DelayedHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

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Teens cost grocery store hundreds in produce after coronavirus prank

first_imgOfficials in Virginia are asking parents to keep a closer eye on what their kids and teens are doing after a prank by two teens cost an area grocery store hundreds of dollars in produce.According to the report, employees at Harris Teeter were forced to throw at hundreds of dollars of food from their produce section after two teens appeared to be filming themselves coughing on and near produce in the store.Employees immediately threw out the food and contacted authorities.After an investigation using CCTV footage, authorities were able to identify the teens and contacted their parents.During an interview, the teens admitted to getting extremely close to food and other patrons and coughing into their own sleeves as part of a joke.The police department eventually determined that no criminal activity had taken place as no food or other patrons were actually spit on.They are now, however, asking the public to closely monitor their children’s behavior, as many of them are sitting idle and bored due to schools being closed:“We still ask that parents continue to monitor their children’s activities, including social media viewing and posting, and to discourage the promotion of any such fear-inducing behavior,” according to a Facebook post from the department.Authorities also reported that this one the first incident of its kind in the area, however, it bares similarities to the ice cream licking prank that drew many copycats last year.last_img read more

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Moments in time: Kanhai, Sobers, Butcher collar India in Kolkata

first_imgROHAN Kanhai enjoyed a career in which he played on great teams from start to finish. Maybe it is a testament to his ability that he was a mainstay for the West Indies during this period since the cluster of nations had been seeing a swell in the number of talented batsmen it had been producing.Names like Sir Garfield Sobers, Joe Solomon, Clyde Hunte and Basil Butcher were just some of the talents in the West Indies line-up when Kanhai started his sojourn in Test cricket, and when that sojourn ended 17 years later, the Guyanese batsman had been joined by the likes of Roy Fredericks, Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharan, Clive Lloyd and of course, Sobers was still around.Despite spending 17 years at the top, Kanhai’s start to Test cricket was not as convincing as his career would eventually turn out to be.On New Year’s Eve in 1958, more than a year after his debut for the West Indies, Kanhai had yet to make his mark, had yet to prove why the selectors had kept persevering with him.In truth, he hadn’t done badly, scoring three half-centuries in his first 23 innings. But he had never notched three figures, getting as close as 96 in February of 1958.In Kolkata, that was to change.The West Indies had dominated India in the first two Tests of a five-match series but Kanhai had yet to build on some good starts, scoring 66 and 22, nought and 41 in his first four times facing the Indians.To date, Kanhai had only faced England and Pakistan, with India providing a new challenge to his fledgling career.On New Year’s Eve, West Indies had chosen to bat but were in early trouble when Kanhai walked to crease. Medium-pacer Raman Surendranath had, the ball before, removed JK Holt caught for just five.India threatened for an instant, as Sir Conrad Hunte was back in the pavilion for just 23, leaving the West Indies at 72-2.Six hours and 42 boundaries later, Kanhai was still there.Collie Smith had tried to entertain a partnership but he went for 34 to leave the West Indies 180-3. Not a terrible return, but India were very much still in the game.Kanhai eventually found a willing partner in Guyanese teammate Butcher, who scored 103.Day one ended with the West Indies in a strong position at 359 for 3.Butcher was not out on 87 and Kanhai had his first Test century, a double. He was on 203 not out.The following day, Kanhai continued to keep the Indian bowlers at bay, going on to score his highest Test score of 256 before Surendranath had him caught by Polly Umrigar.The damage had already been done and an unbeaten century of 106 from Sobers, along with Solomon’s fine lower-order stand of 69 not out, left the Indians staring down the barrel of 614. All this and Jamaica’s Gerry Alexander, a wicketkeeper who could bat as well, had not even faced a delivery.That 256, coming in Kanhai’s 13th Test, was a watershed moment. Afterwards, he got over the three-figure hump 14 more times in his career and score 28 half-centuries to boot, to end with a very healthy average of 47.53.Like sort of a warning, Kanhai scored 99 in the very next Test, before scoring another double-century against Pakistan a few months later.West Indies sealed the series in that game, winning by an innings and 336 runs and went on to register a 4-0 win following a drawn fifth Test.While Kanhai and company batted the Indians out of the game, it must be said the hosts had a major problem with handling the pace of Roy Gilchrist, whose match figures of 3-18 and 6-55, ensured the game ended inside four days. (Sportsmax)last_img read more

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Anthony Joshua: Fight with Deontay Wilder or Tyson Fury ‘has to happen in 2020’

first_imgUnified heavyweight world champion Anthony Joshua has told Tyson Fury and Deontay Wilder a fight with him “has to happen in 2020″ as he targets all four major belts.Joshua won back the IBF, WBA and WBO titles from Andy Ruiz Jr in Saudi Arabia last week, avenging his shock defeat at Madison Square Garden six months earlier. The only strap not in Joshua’s collection is the WBC title, which Wilder has held since 2015. Wilder is due to face Fury in a rematch on February 22, and Joshua wants to fight the winner in an undisputed bout.Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a year”I feel like it’s ‘The Lord of the Rings’, the last ring, let’s get it on, let’s make history,” he told BBC Radio 2. “It has to happen in 2020, we’re in the same division, same era, if these guys want to make history – especially Wilder, because he has the last belt.”We created history by becoming a two-time champion of the world, and I feel like we can add to that legacy in 2020.”Joshua later wrote on Twitter: “Let’s get ‘undisputed’ trending! That’s what I want & that’s what the people want… I want it bad! I came to take over & not take part!” Let’s get Undisputed trending! That’s what I want & that’s what the people want..I want it bad! I came to take over & not take part!— Anthony Joshua (@anthonyfjoshua) December 13, 2019Ruiz has spoken of his desire for a third fight with Joshua, though his poor performance in the Briton’s points win means that is unlikely.Instead, Joshua has his sights set on the WBO’s mandatory challenger Oleksandr Usyk – who stepped up to heavyweight earlier this year after becoming an undisputed champion at cruiserweight – or his IBF equivalent Kubrat Pulev.”If I don’t fight those guys, I’ll have to give up my belt, and I’d rather fight to defend them,” Joshua added.last_img read more

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