The City contributes far more than billions in tax

first_img Show Comments ▼ Sunday 19 December 2010 10:27 pm whatsapp KCS-content The City contributes far more than billions in tax NEWS that the financial services industry contributed £53.4bn to the Exchequer in tax during 20090-10 is welcome evidence that the City’s success spreads wealth across the wider economy.This money will help to pay for schools, hospitals and other infrastructure that tangibly benefits individuals across the UK. City businesses continue to make a significant contribution to the public finances even amidst challenging global economic conditions. These tax revenues are especially important in the wake of difficult measures outlined by the coalition government in the comprehensive spending review.That is why we should all support the City, while recognising that carefully considered reforms are needed. It is in everybody’s interests that London and the UK are home to a successful financial services industry, which is currently responsible for employing over a million people. In order to maximise these benefits – and ensure they are sustainable over the long term – we need to ensure firms continue to see the UK as a good place in which to be based and invest.And, of course, these benefits are not simply restricted to tax revenues but encompass a far wider good. During my year in office, I am championing efforts to get more people sharing directly in the success accrued from the City’s standing as a world leading global financial centre.The Square Mile is a neighbour to some of the poorest areas in the UK. I have seen first-hand how regeneration, supported by the City not only through finance but also through the Corporation’s own initiatives, can help local communities create jobs and foster enterprise.This also takes the form of philanthropy. My own Lord Mayor’s Appeal, Bear Necessities – Building Better Lives, raises money for two worthy causes, both helping the disadvantaged: children’s charity Coram and the disaster relief charity RedR.And the City’s livery companies and guilds still touch the lives of millions each year, providing an invaluable contribution to work with the young, elderly, and disabled and other worthwhile causes across all sections of society.This contribution dates backs many centuries but is equally relevant today as part of the Prime Minister’s vision of the Big Society.At this time of year, it is more important than ever that the City provides strong leadership when it comes to philanthropy. And my challenge to the City is that there is still more to be done. Michael Bear is Lord Mayor of the City of London center_img Tags: NULL whatsapp Sharelast_img read more

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Nation Media Group (NMG.rw) 2002 Annual Report

first_imgNation Media Group (NMG.rw) listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchange under the Printing & Publishing sector has released it’s 2002 annual report.For more information about Nation Media Group (NMG.rw) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Nation Media Group (NMG.rw) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Nation Media Group (NMG.rw)  2002 annual report.Company ProfileNation Media Group is the largest independent media house in East and Central Africa with interests in print, broadcasting and digital media. Nation Media Group operates in Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda. Multi-media platforms include newspaper and magazine publications, radio and television broadcasting, and digital marketing publications. Nation Media Group generates and distributes content created to inform, educate and entertain consumers to a multi-cultural audience across East and Central Africa. The media house was founded in 1960 in a turbulent political era by His Highness the Aga Khan and became a voice for African people. Nation Media Group is listed on the Rwanda Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL.tz) HY2011 Interim Report

first_imgTanzania Breweries Limited (TBL.tz) listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange under the Beverages sector has released it’s 2011 interim results for the half year.For more information about Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL.tz) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL.tz) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Tanzania Breweries Limited (TBL.tz)  2011 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileTanzania Breweries Limited produces, distributes and sells malt beer in Tanzania, as well as non-alcoholic malt beverages and alcoholic fruit beverages. The company markets its own products under the following liquor brands; Safari Lager, Kilimanjaro Premium Lager, Ndovu Special Malt and Konyagi. Tanzania Breweries also produces and distributes Castle Lager, Castle Milk Stout, Castle Lite, Peroni and Redds Premium Cold under license from SABMiller International BV. It also distributes international wines and spirits under license from Distell (Pty) Limited of South Africa. It is the largest and oldest brewing company in Tanzania, with breweries in Dar es Salaam, Arusha, Mwanza and Mbeya. Tanzania Breweries Limited is a subsidiary of SABMiller Africa BV. Tanzania Breweries Limited is listed on the Dar es Salaam Stock Exchangelast_img read more

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Centum Investment Company Limited (CENT.ug) 2014 Abridged Report

first_imgCentum Investment Company Limited (CENT.ug) listed on the Uganda Securities Exchange under the Investment sector has released it’s 2014 abridged results.For more information about Centum Investment Company Limited (CENT.ug) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Centum Investment Company Limited (CENT.ug) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Centum Investment Company Limited (CENT.ug)  2014 abridged results.Company ProfileCentum Investment Company Limited is a Kenyan-based private equity firm specialising in providing investment opportunities for public and private companies in Uganda. This includes managing investment growth, development capital and buyouts. The private equity firm invests in companies which serve the needs of the domestic markets in sub-Saharan Africa and invests in both listed and non-listed companies in various sectors, including; banking, insurance, education, healthcare, energy, agriculture, industrial production, telecommunications, real estate, beverage manufacturing, automotive assembly, in-flight catering and dry-cell manufacturing. Investments in commercial services include Mumias Sugar Company Limited, Kenya Airways and Carbacid Investment Company. Centum Investment Company was founded in 1967 and is based in Nairobi, Kenya. Centum Investment Company Limited is listed on the Uganda Securities Exchangelast_img read more

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CDF to deliver the new Hardship Fund

first_img Tagged with: England Funding recession  26 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 26 June 2009 | News AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Community Development Foundation is to deliver the £16.7 million Hardship Fund, announced in this year’s Budget, in partnership with the Office for the Third Sector.The Hardship Fund will provide grant support to third sector organisations in England delivering frontline services to the most vulnerable and disadvantaged people in society that have been affected by the recession.Grants of between £50,000 and £250,000 will be available to organisations with a turnover of at least £200,000 that are in financial hardship which is impacting on their ability to deliver services in the following areas: Advertisementcenter_img CDF to deliver the new Hardship Fund About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. * Health and Social Care* Housing Support* Education and Training* Information, Advice and GuidanceApplications will open in July. Meanwhile interested parties can register at [email protected]last_img read more

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Fundraising Regulator publishes latest Annual Report & Accounts

first_img About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com. Fundraising Regulator publishes latest Annual Report & Accounts Melanie May | 4 February 2021 | News  158 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1 Tagged with: Fundraising Regulatorcenter_img Gerald Oppenheim, Chief Executive of the Fundraising Regulator, said:“Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic, our annual report demonstrates how the sector has continued to respond positively to our regulatory activity and maintain high standards of fundraising practice. Our achievements throughout the year, such as the launch of the new code and high rate of levy payment, represent our maturity as a regulator and the charity sector’s support of self-regulation.” The reporting period (1 September 2019 to 31 August 2020) falls six months before and six months after the Coronavirus pandemic began.The report highlights how the regulator responded by focusing its efforts on producing guidance in collaboration with other sector organisations to help fundraisers and the public fundraise and donate safely.The Annual Report also shows how the nature of enquiries the regulator received changed over the period, as fundraisers adapted to the restrictions on social contact, and the volume of complaints received fluctuated across the year, reflecting times when public fundraising methods were paused.The Annual Report sets out too the work that took place pre-pandemic, including the implementation of the new Code of Fundraising Practice; maturing of its complaints function, following the publication of the first external review of its casework; and the highest payment rate of the annual levy in the regulator’s history, with 97% of the total collected.In addition, the Fundraising Regulator’s latest accounts provide detail on its income and expenditure. The accounts show that after four years of operation, the regulator’s financial position is sound with it achieving its optimum level of reserves of six months operating costs, and that charity levy payments in the year reached 97% of the amount invoiced. This is the highest collection rate to date, demonstrating the sector’s continued support of independent regulation.More key stats from 2019-2020:Between March and August 2020, its online Coronavirus resources were viewed nearly 30,000 timesThe Fundraising Regulator received 1,143 enquiries. 45% from charities or their trustees, and 31% from members of the publicThe most common enquiry received across the year related to fundraising events (11%)In Q3, enquiries about digital fundraising methods accounted for 19% of all enquiries: a significant increase on the previous quarter (7%)In Q4 digital enquiries fell, replaced by an increase in enquiries about holding online lotteries, raffles and prize drawsIn 2019/20 the Regulator received 836 complaints, a 13% increase on the number received in the previous year. The most complained about methods of fundraising were charity bags, online fundraising and face-to-face fundraisingThe Regulator completed 21 investigations into complaints: a lower number than the previous in year, in part due to the pandemicIt closed 96% of cases within four weeks of receipt, exceeding it target of 90%. However, while its target is to close 90% of investigations within 13 weeks, this year it closed just under half within this periodIt published 25 investigation summaries on its website, finding a breach of the code in 80% of these casesAs of 31 August 2020, there were 4,289 registered with the Regulator (which includes the 1,877 levy payers). This is an increase of 19% on the previous year2019-2020 saw a significant increase in small charity registrations; up 35% from 1,668 to 2,262The Regulator incurred expenses of £1.92m throughout the year and achieved a surplus of £470k, which has been taken to reserves in line with its policy. As a result, reserves have improved to approximately £1.16m (£693k in 2019) – the target level set by the board in 2016The content of this report, as well as the regulator’s future plans, will be discussed in more detail at the Fundraising Regulator’s virtual Annual Event on 8 February 2021.Lord Toby Harris, Chair of the Fundraising Regulator, said:“This year our primary focus has, of course, been to help fundraising organisations meet the challenges of the pandemic through guidance and resources. We’ve also made it a priority to ensure the public know what good fundraising looks like.“It was a year in which we saw true innovation and resilience as many organisations increased their use of digital fundraising methods and overhauled the way they interacted with donors. Collectively, the sector has responded with agility and willingness to evolve.“As the Fundraising Regulator enters its fifth year of operation, I believe the sector has made significant strides forward. The evolution in fundraising practice we have seen in just five years is a credit to the progressive nature of the fundraising sector, and proves our regulatory model is working to raise standards.” Advertisement AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis1last_img read more

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Behind the poisoning of Flint’s children

first_imgThe lead poisoning of children in Flint, Mich., now a national scandal, was entirely preventable.Lead is poison. People exposed to lead have known this for centuries. According to the Centers for Disease Control, lead exposure can affect nearly every bodily system and no safe blood level in children has been identified. The brain is the organ most vulnerable to lead, particularly in children, whose brains and bodies are not fully developed. The effects of lead on children — most frequently learning, developmental and behavioral disabilities — are well known.Prevention of lead poisoning, however, is straightforward: Avoid ingesting, inhaling or making skin contact with lead.For decades, Flint received its water from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department, whose water quality is among the country’s best. In 2014, however, the Flint City Council voted to join a new water authority. With its infrastructure not yet built, the decision to unhook from Detroit and get Flint’s water from the highly polluted Flint River was made by Ed Kurtz, the unelected Emergency Manager of this majority African-American city. Kurtz’s unelected successor, Darnell Earley, carried out the switch. After Flint emerged from emergency management, Snyder had the nerve to appoint Earley EM over Detroit Public Schools.The pollutants in the Flint River — a result of decades of unchecked chemical dumping by General Motors and other companies — have made the river water highly corrosive. This allowed lead to leach from the aging pipes in Flint’s system. This leaching could have been prevented by adding anti-corrosive chemicals to the water at a cost of roughly $100 per day. Now, the corrosion of the lead pipes has destroyed the entire infrastructure. Even though the city has reconnected to the Detroit system, the water is still not safe because of the corroded pipes.Too late for Flint’s childrenThis switchback to Detroit came too late for Flint’s children. Complaints to authorities about the brownish color and the foul taste and smell of the water, noticed immediately after the switch to the Flint River, were repeatedly ignored. Reports of skin rashes, hair loss and digestive disorders were dismissed.Bob Bowcock — an associate of environmental activist Erin Brockovich — after studying the situation for no charge, recommended the obvious: reconnect to Detroit until the new project is finished. Instead, the emergency manager paid the notorious Veolia Corp. $40,000 to conduct a study which recommended reducing other unsafe pollutants with chemicals and using filters. Veolia did not address the lead pipe corrosion issue. Now that it will cost well over $1 billion to replace the corroded pipes, will Veolia emerge with an offer to rebuild the infrastructure in exchange for being allowed to privatize the water department?LeeAnne Walters, whose son Gavin has lead poisoning, had the water department test her water when her family developed skin rashes after bathing or using the kids’ pool. While no level is considered safe by the federal government, a lead level of 15 parts per billion or higher is deemed cause for concern. The first test measured 100 ppb. A second test a week later showed 400 ppb!Officials in the state Department of Environmental Quality, appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder, and even the governor himself, repeatedly assured Flint residents the water was safe to drink and bathe with.Meanwhile GM, after expressing fears that the corrosive water would damage equipment, was allowed to disconnect from Flint city and connect to Flint Township’s water supply, which does not draw from the Flint River.The people expose the truthIt took an independent effort by community activists, aided by University of Virginia professor and water safety specialist Marc Edwards, pediatrician Dr. Mona Hanna-Attisha, and Michigan ACLU investigative journalist Curt Guyette, to expose both the toxic lead levels in the water and the lead poisoning already impacting the children.Edwards used the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the now scandalous email sent by the governor’s chief of staff, Dennis Muchmore, to Snyder back in July. In it, Muchmore admits “these folks are scared and worried about the health impacts and they are basically getting blown off by us.”Snyder has apologized and state DEQ head Dan Wyant and spokesperson Brad Wurfel have resigned. After a federal investigation of this horrible crime was announced, Snyder declared a state of emergency.Efforts to get bottled water and water filters to residents were slow to get under way. Solidarity donations from Detroit water rights activists and the United Auto Workers helped temporarily.Even when the water is deemed to be safe, many families will still be without service. These households had their water shut off when they fell behind in their bills. Despite being undrinkable, Flint’s water is the most expensive in Michigan and among the most expensive in the country. Residents of the mostly white suburbs of Genesee County pay much less.Arrest Gov. Snyder!There are many links in the chain of blame, but the prime suspect is Gov. ­Snyder.“I feel like he should be arrested,” said Flint activist Nayyirah Sharif of the Democracy Defense League. “He can take his apology and flush it down the toilet.” More than 60,000 people have signed an online petition by filmmaker and Flint native Michael Moore for Snyder’s arrest.Over 200 Flint residents and Detroit supporters rallied outside Flint City Hall Jan. 8 for an “Arrest Snyder Road Show” demonstration. The action featured a giant papier mache head of Snyder, with the person wearing the puppet head clad in a prison jumpsuit.The protest was called by the Flint group “Water You Fighting For,” “We the People of Detroit,” the Detroit People’s Water Board and the Detroit Light Brigade, who carried lighted signs that spelled out “Arrest Snyder 4 Flint Water.” “Water You Fighting For” founder Melissa Mays, who has suffered along with her children, spoke, along with Sharif and Detroit water activists.Behind the crisisPublic Act 436, passed in 2012, allows the governor to appoint an emergency manager over a city or school district in financial distress. The EM has broad dictatorial powers. Elected city officials have no standing beyond what the EM grants them. This appointed overseer can unilaterally overturn union contracts, sell off city assets, declare bankruptcy and generally make his or her own rules with one exception: Bondholders must be paid. This bankers-first, dictator law was a slightly modified version of Public Act 4, which the voters rejected at the polls.All but one of the Michigan cities that have had an EM imposed are majority African-American. All of the cities that have been under emergency management have a high poverty rate. Flint’s is 40 percent. (Democracy Now)Flint, the birthplace of GM, was not always poor. The town grew in the 19th century as a center for carriage building and in the 20th century shifted to automobile manufacturing. People from all over the country and the world flocked to GM’s plants. GM had 10 plants in Flint in 1937, the year of the sit-down strikes, employing most of the population.The city’s tax base never recovered from the wave of GM plant closings in the 1980s, made famous in Michael Moore’s documentary, “Roger and Me.” Two decades later, Flint, like Detroit, was hit hard by the foreclosure crisis caused by racist predatory lending. Debt service to the banks has been a strain on the city budget.These are the economic facts behind the toxic cost cutting decisions. This is capitalist austerity at its worst. Snyder has committed a horrific crime and should go to jail. So should the GM bosses and the bankers for their role in the mass poisoning of a population.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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Police Department Grant for Youth Accountability Board Funding

first_img Community News Make a comment Government Police Department Grant for Youth Accountability Board Funding Published on Wednesday, June 10, 2015 | 5:28 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff 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. The Pasadena Police Department has applied for a $32,078 Justice Assistance Grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to help fund the Youth Accountability Board program.The Youth Accountability Board helps juvenile offenders and juveniles who are having difficulties at home and school reflect on their mistakes, correct their actions and succeed in the future. Swift and appropriate consequences are imposed on youth offenders. Parents share responsibility in the juveniles recognizing the consequences of his/her actions and forming a foundation for better decision making. Weekly therapy sessions enable the juveniles and their families to find productive and healthy solutions to everyday problems.During a typical first Youth Accountability Board meeting, a set of three community board members meet with the troubled youth and his/her family, as well as the investigating detective, a therapy representative and the program coordinator. The Board reviews school attendance, grades, and attendance in counseling sessions. Questions are asked to determine how the Board can help support the family at home, school, and in the community. Once the Board hears all aspects, they discuss and propose an accountability contract that addresses the juvenile’s behavior and any other underlying issues that may have led to them to appear in front of the board. If the juvenile and the family agree to the contract, they must commit to the terms of the contract for five months. Contracts require counseling, acceptable school grades and attendance, community service, letters of apology to family and victims and monthly status meetings with the Youth Accountability Board. In addition, juveniles attend workshops that cover topics related to bullying, self-esteem drug and healthy relationships. Completing the program results in no criminal record of minor’s offense and the juveniles and their family are better prepared to face life challenges. As a follow up to their participation, referrals are made to other mentorship programs facilitated by the Pasadena Police Department.Members of the Youth Accountability Board are graduates of the Pasadena Police Department’s Citizens Police Academy who live or work in Pasadena and have passed a background investigation and training.Visit www.cityofpasadena.net/police/comments_webmaster.htm to comment on the grant application for the Youth Accountability Board.center_img HerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyVictoria’s Secret Model’s Tips For Looking Ultra SexyHerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Guest Opinion | Councilmember Margaret McAustin : Final Farewell

first_imgHome of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 64 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe Opinion & Columnists Guest Opinion | Councilmember Margaret McAustin : Final Farewell By MARGARET McAUSTIN Councilmember District 2 Published on Friday, December 4, 2020 | 5:35 pm Make a comment CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Business 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 EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img Community News Margaret McAustin[Editor’s Note: At an organizational meeting on Monday, the Pasadena City Council will install newly elected Councilmembers. Felicia Williams will be sworn in to replace Margaret McAustin representing District 2. McAustin held the seat since 2007, but withdrew from the most recent re-election race to spend more time with her husband John, who is battling cancer.]I would like to thank my constituents for taking a chance on me in 2007 and for their strong support as we have navigated the past thirteen years together. We’ve been through some difficult times but I have always tried to be as open, honest and responsive to you as I can. I would also like to thank former Mayor Bill Bogaard for his confidence in me and for his example of public service, which I have endeavored to model. I recently sent you a note about Margo, and want you to know that Margo is responsible for the high quality of response you have gotten from this office. It is her heart, her positive attitude and her hard work that makes District 2 tick, and after twenty five years in her position I look forward to continuing my relationship with her as my friend.As I leave the council I’m pleased to be replaced by a woman, but I’m disappointed and even embarrassed to be the only woman on an eight member elected body. Pasadena will be a better place if we have more women in decision making positions, particularly on the City Council. The form of government we employ calls for a strong city manager, and a weak mayor. The system is designed for volunteer citizen participation as city councilmembers. But it was designed by men, for men. It’s time to woman up and take our place in our City government. One is not enough.I would also like to suggest that implementation of campaign finance reform in Pasadena will allow for greater diversity in the potential pool of candidates for elected office in Pasadena. I sincerely hope the Council will pursue that as a social justice effort.I would like to take a few minutes to talk about our City Government and staff. There has been tremendous pressure on staff this year from the impacts of COVID-19. I could not be prouder of the way not only the Health Department has responded, but every single city employee has stepped up to handle our response. I don’t think any of our residents experienced a diminution in services throughout this pandemic. For that we look to the executive staff and City Manager. We have an excellent City Manager who is respected and holds the admiration of the 2000 employees he manages. Pasadena is a well-run city, and a city where women hold many of the senior leadership positions, and we should be proud of that. Thank you to all the city staff who have supported me and my efforts on behalf of my district over the years.There is one particular department which has been under a lot of pressure lately. Everyone may not be aware of it, but we have one of the most progressive police chiefs in the state. Chief Perez was reorganizing the department long before the calls for social justice started ringing in Pasadena. He knew we needed to align the police department to reflect the community and its needs and he began that effort with the full support of his department. I am so proud of the work he and the men and women in the PPD have done to create a model department. Full implementation of this change will take time, perhaps years, and I ask you to stay committed to the Chief while the modifications to the department take place. We need to show him we believe in him and the PPD.Without the support of my husband and family I simply could not have become a City Councilmember. The emotional and financial support of my husband has given me the freedom to become a public servant in a truly wonderful city. With my husband now in good health, we will have more time to enjoy all Pasadena has to offer.Thank you again for the opportunity to serve in the great city of Pasadena.Margaret McAustinCouncilmember District 2 Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Award-winning illusionist to wow Troy next week

first_img Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Book Nook to reopen Latest Stories Award-winning illusionist to wow Troy next week Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Email the author By Jaine Treadwell Spencer said it is the goal of every show to give the audience something that they probably have never seen before.The Spencers often close their show by recreating one of Houdini’s underwater escapes.“And, I guarantee you’ll be amazed,” he said.Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets will be available at the door. Skip Published 6:36 pm Tuesday, February 5, 2013 Spencer laughingly said that he is allergic to rabbits and birds so he will not be pulling any rabbits out of the hat or birds from his sleeve.“Every audience expects to see a magician cut a woman in half and we’ll do that but with a different twist,” he said. “I’ll bring people from the audience on stage and read a few minds but I will not do anything to embarrass anyone.”Spencer said that a lot of people would like to volunteer to participate in a magic trick but hesitate to do so.“So we have one illusion that the entire audience will participate in,” he said. “It’s a lot of fun and everyone will be a part of the show.” Nearly a century ago, the great Houdini amazed and baffled Broadway audiences when he walked through a solid brick wall. Since then, no other “magician” has performed such a feat …until.On Tuesday night, illusionist Kevin Spencer will amaze and baffled the audience at the Claudia Crosby Theater when he equals Houdini’s amazing feat by walking through a steel beam-enforced cinder block wall.The Troy Arts Council will present The Spencers Theater of Illusion at 7 p.m. Tuesday and it will be a show of spellbiding illusions that will have the audience scratching its collective head and asking, “How’d he do that?” By The Penny Hoarder When Spencer arrives in Troy next week, he said that his first stop will be to purchase the cinder blocks that he will use in his performance.“The cinder blocks will be available for people to examine until we are ready to use them in the show,” Spencer said. “During the show, two of my guys will put up the steel bars to hold the wall and I will walk through it and out the other side.”Spencer is joined on the stage by his wife, Cindy, and their “Theater of Illusion” is the combination of the couple’s love for theater and love of magic. “We want to present ‘magic’ in such a way that it is accepted as an art form – as an emotional and intellectual experience,” Spencer said. “Spencers Theater of Illusion is a family event. Families can come and enjoy it together and on a different level, as a creative artistic experience.” Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration You Might Like Reflections of love Adams Glass Studio is producing some “special things” to celebrate this Valentine’s Day. Charles Adams unveils new creations When Adams… read more Print Article Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are…last_img read more

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