Council to weigh conversion of rental units to condos

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Some neighborhoods in the city have older apartment buildings built at more than twice the density currently allowed. For years, the city’s Planning Department had not forced owners converting apartments to comply with more recent zoning codes. But with more owners converting their buildings in recent years, the council voted June 7 to enforce current zoning codes for conversion projects. City Hall has heard from apartment owners concerned about the enforcement of lower-density requirements for conversions. That’s why the council decided to discuss what to do about owners who might seek exemptions, a discussion that will involve balancing competing concerns. “We need more housing, we need more rentals,” Weaver said. “But the bottom line for me is densities. People complain there’s too many (people) here now.” Bill Shaw, president of the Apartment Association of Greater Los Angeles, said with housing prices as high as they are, cities should encourage homeownership by allowing apartment-building owners to convert all their units to condos. GLENDALE – As it re-examines how to handle apartment owners’ attempts to convert rental units to condos in overbuilt neighborhoods, the City Council today will wrestle with the competing concerns of promoting homeownership and controlling housing density. In the late 1980s, Glendale city officials moved to control density, but the zoning rules they established only applied to new projects. They didn’t apply to old apartment buildings built under previous rules that allowed more units. With the housing market boom of the past few years, apartment owners have looked to cash in by converting their units to condos. But city officials want to force those projects to comply with the more recent zoning codes by requiring building owners to reduce the number of units by taking out walls and combining smaller apartments into larger condos. “If you’re going to start converting apartments into condos and stuff, (the city will) lose control in terms of ever rehabilitating areas and reducing density,” City Councilman Dave Weaver said. “Let the market dictate what the needs are for people rather than a bunch of bureaucrats,” he said. The council voted to enforce the zoning requirements for conversion projects after the Planning Department received a bunch of conversion applications. It got five applications from December to March, compared with only a couple applications or less per year before that. From June 7, when the council voted to enforce the zoning requirements, to the July 30 deadline it set for projects to come in under the old non-enforcement standard, the city received about 15 condo-conversion applications that would create 202 units. If those were new projects under today’s density standards, only 111 units could be built on those sites. Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] IF YOU GO: The Glendale City Council will hold a special meeting today at 2:30 p.m. to discuss the issue of apartment buildings being converted to condos. The meeting will be held at City Hall, 613 E. Broadway. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Eagle-eyed member of public in appeal to find owner of missing bird

first_imgA concerned member of the public in Donegal is keen to return an eagle to its rightful home after it was spotted in their garden when they were feeding their hens – it has emerged. It is unknown where the eagle came from before it was safely captured in Manorcunningham this morning (Weds) at around 8am.It is understood that a resident in the south Inishowen area was feeding their hens when she discovered the eagle. The eagle, which has been described as large in size, has since been placed in a cage in an effort to find its rightful owners.Anne Blake, who contacted Donegal Daily about the missing bird, said: “The eagle is now safe and has been placed in a cage by a member of staff at La Maison in Letterkenny. “The bird remains in Manorcunningham and we are not sure who we can contact to get the bird back to safety.“It was very dirty, it looked to be covered in mud, and Sylvia, who caught the bird, believes it may have been there since last night (Tues).” If you have any more information on the eagle, call Sylvia on 08743130072 or contact [email protected] member of public in appeal to find owner of missing bird was last modified: November 13th, 2019 by Shaun KeenanShare 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)last_img read more

Jobs, construction boom at Coega

first_img19 June 2013 Building projects at the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth have injected over R1.2-billion into South Africa’s Eastern Cape construction industry over the past two quarters, in the process creating over 2 500 jobs, the state-owned Coega Development Corporation (CDC) said last week. Six major construction projects are currently under way in the Coega IDZ, including Chinese auto maker First Automobile Works’ new R200-million plant, food service group Famous Brands Famous Brands’ new cold storage plant, DCD Group’s wind tower manufacturing plant, the addition of Coega Cheese onto the Coega Dairy outfit, Agni Steels’ R400-million smelter facility, and Rehau’s extension in the Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park. Industrial gas company Air Products South Africa is also about to begin construction of a R300-million state-of-the-art air separation unit in July, bringing the total number of projects being built to seven. “The global economic climate is still not stable, yet investment continues to flow into the Coega IDZ,” CDC spokesperson Ayanda Vilakazi said in a statement. “We currently have 20 operational investors, and once these seven construction projects are complete, we will be up to 27 operational investors by mid-2014.” Vilakazi said the Famous Brands project, which was nearest completion, was a prime example of the short conversion times between signing a lease to full operation at Coega. “The turnaround times are much quicker now than they were a couple of years ago, and we are able to construct buildings for investors relatively quickly, meaning that they move to operational phase within about a year of signing, depending on this size of the project.” Vilakazi said that FAW’s R200-million plant construction would create about 2 000 jobs over the year-long project, which was on track for completion in December. In its operational phase, the truck assembly plant would create a further 280 permanent jobs. According to Arnie van Jaarsveldt of WBHO Construction, the lead contractor on the FAW project, there was significant collaboration between the Chinese engineers and their South African counterparts working on the plant, representing “a coup for skills development and mentorship”. Vilakazi said that Agni Steels was also nearing completion of its R400-million steel plant in the industrial development zone. On completion, the high-tech smelting facility will produce mild steel billets from scrap metal. DCD Group, meanwhile, is in the early phases of its R300-million wind tower factory, which is expected to employ 168 workers and produce between 110 and 120 wind towers annually. SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Youth must move South Africa forward

first_img17 June 2015The private sector has been called on to open their businesses to South Africa’s youth for internships and apprentices in line with the Youth Employment Accord.“The economy is not growing as fast as we want to and is not creating as many jobs as we need. As a result, many of our graduates sit at home without jobs,” President Jacob Zuma said at the national Youth Day event in Tshwane on 16 June.“We have to work together to provide opportunities for the youth, who are the future of our country. The government cannot perform this task alone. We thank all businesses that continue to employ young people and offer opportunities to them.”Young South Africans were also encouraged to become entrepreneurs.Financial aidThe Industrial Development Corporation, in partnership with the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) and the Small Enterprise Finance Agency (Sefa), has ring-fenced R2.7-billion over the next five years for young people to take up opportunities in business.In the last financial year, the NYDA supported 1 043 micro and small youth-owned enterprises. The agency has also provided non-financial business development support to 62 990 young aspiring and established entrepreneurs.“We have urged government departments to market the various training and development programmes that they offer nationally and provincially, as well as in municipalities in the country. Already various ministers and deputy ministers are engaged in a month-long imbizo programme engaging our youth in various corners of our country, to inform them of opportunities that exist,’ Zuma said.He also spoke about the Presidential Youth Working Group. It is a platform for young people to participate in government policy-making. They will be able to flag their needs and help to ensure policies lead to better future outcomes for the youth. It would have, said Zuma, five work streams to promote the goal of achieving economic freedom:Economic participation and transformation;Education, skills and second chances;Health care and combating substance abuse;Nation building and social cohesion; and,Building effective and responsive youth development institutions.Young achieversHe also recognised outstanding young South Africans. These included the youngest medical doctor in the country, Dr Sandile Kubheka, who completed his medical degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal when he was only 20, and 25-year-old rocket scientist Siyabulela Xuza from Umthatha, who studied energy engineering at Harvard University in the United States. The Americans recognised Xuza’s achievements by naming a mini-planet after him.Also recognised was the youngest pilot in the country, 18-year-old Grade 12 pupil Marcelle Nienaber, who obtained her pilot’s license at the age of 16. The young scientist who developed the world’s first functional digital laser, Dr Sandile Ngcobo was also recognised, as was the youngest skydiver in the South African National Defence Force, Corporal Dakalo Mavhungu, 22, from Tshakuma village, Limpopo.“We want more young people to become achievers in sports. In this regard, we congratulate Sithelo Mlambo from uMlazi township in Durban, the winner of the Karate World Cup competition that was recently held in Durban, hosted by South Africa for the first time.”Personal responsibilityZuma’s message to young South Africans was that every young person must take responsibility for their own development and for the path towards economic freedom. In doing so, he urged young South Africans to embrace unity in diversity, non-racialism and anti-tribalism.He outlined the achievements the government had made for youth development over the past 21 years since the first democratic elections. Education continued to receive the biggest chunk of the national budget, and the government currently invested more than R6-billion in the National Student Financial Aid Scheme.Several government departments also provided bursaries in various fields such as social work, science and technology, teacher training, medical training and many others. Almost 900 000 young people were supported through the NYDA’s career guidance programmes.“We are building more institutions of higher learning as well. We are building three new universities and 12 technical and vocational training colleges. The government also continues to build modern new schools to replace mud schools and other inappropriate structures.NYDA chairperson Yershen Pillay said the responsibility of young people today was to end the triple challenge of inequality, poverty and unemployment.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

How I Read Books Now: An Update

first_imgI like hardcover books better than soft cover books, eBooks, and audiobooks. A hardcover book reads differently, and the tactile nature of the book radically improves the experience. If I believe a book is important enough to read and study, I always buy it in multiple formats, as each one provides a different experience, and they build upon each other.I read the hardcover book first, mostly because I seem to gain more from the first reading than when I read the Kindle or listen to the audiobook first (even though I sometimes listen to a book before reading it, mostly because I am traveling in a plane or a car, and because I can listen when I am doing something that doesn’t require my full attention). I tend to mark passages with a pencil, with a single dot at the beginning of an important passage, and another to mark the end. This note-taking device is mostly a habit that allowed me to type notes later and refer back to important ideas.When I am far enough into the book, I like to start the audiobook and listen to what I have read, trailing behind my reading of the book. Hearing the concepts again is helpful. Going over the ground a second time deepens my understanding and my retention. I prefer books where the author reads their work, as they are almost always better than when someone else reads for them (with the exception of The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz, impeccably read by Peter Coyote, whose voices make the content even more powerful).If I am reading to deepen my understanding, I read the book on Kindle or on the Kindle App on the iPad, highlighting and exporting the passages I want to respond to using a system called Zettlekasten, which is sort of like taking notes on index cards, with my notes on single ideas or passages captured electronically. The Kindle app allows you to copy the text directly into another program, in my case, the Ulysses app, which prevents meekest from having to type my notes, something that takes time better spent writing my notes and ideas and responses to what I have read.Why go to all this trouble?As I have written here before, there is no better deal on Earth when it comes to education than a book. For 6 hours and $25, you get access to ideas and insights from someone who invested tens of thousands of hours in attaining them.At one time in my life, I read a book a day. For many years, I read a book a week, but with little to no application and too little retention. Now I prefer depth to breadth, reading widely until I find something worth studying, and then going very deep. If it takes a couple of weeks to draw out the marrow from the bone, the effort is worth the additional time and effort. Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Nowlast_img read more

Bombers try to keep distance vs Knights

first_imgPhoto by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netJose Rizal U tries to tighten its grip on third spot as it clashes with Letran on Thursday, while Emilio Aguinaldo College seeks to boost its Final Four hopes in NCAA Season 93 basketball tournament at Filoil Flying V Centre in San Juan.Coming off overtime losses last week, the Heavy Bombers and Knights are gunning for victories that will give them the inside track in the race for Final Four berths.ADVERTISEMENT Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal PLAY LIST 02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LATEST STORIES E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients center_img With a 6-4 record, JRU sits at third behind unbeaten Lyceum and San Beda. But a victory by the Knights, who hold an even 5-5 record, will forge a tie at third spot.The Generals tangle with the Mapua Cardinals at 4 p.m. with a win allowing them to move up to solo sixth spot.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTied with Arellano and Perpetual Help at 4-6, EAC hopes for an improved performance after losing to San Sebastian last week.The Bombers absorbed a 110-115 double overtime defeat to Arellano last Thursday in a game where Tey Teodoro exploded for 30 points. JRU, however, faded late in the game and saw its four-game winning run snapped. —CEDELF P. TUPAS MOST READ Busmen hope to chart return course toward AFC Cup View comments Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fightlast_img read more

Things to know for the NCAA Tournament’s Final Four

first_imgAuburn’s Horace Spencer warms up during a practice session for the semifinals of the Final Four NCAA college basketball tournament, Friday, April 5, 2019, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson)MINNEAPOLIS — Following an epic Elite Eight and a week of buildup, the Final Four is finally here.Michigan State is the regular, making its eighth appearance in the national semifinals of the NCAA Tournament under Tom Izzo.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte UST bounces back, handily beats UE Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next MOST READ THOSE DEFENSES: Tony Bennett has turned Virginia into one of the nation’s best defenses by utilizing his father’s pack-line approach. The Cavaliers pack the paint to force teams to the perimeter, a scheme that ranks them annually among Division I’s leaders for points allowed per game and shooting percentage defense.Texas Tech has the nation’s most efficient defense this season, according to KenPom, and attacks opposing offenses instead of waiting to react.Auburn’s pressure defense triggers its offense, live-ball turnovers setting up 3-pointers in transition.Michigan State plays bruising, Big Ten-style defense, punishing teams inside and swarming them on the perimeter.KEY PLAYERS: Michigan State’s Cassius Winston is an AP All-American who can shoot, dish and is one of the toughest players in the game. Nick Ward is a load down low, even with a sore left hand.Jarrett Culver of Texas Tech is a nightmare matchup for opposing defenses, a potential NBA lottery pick, who can score in a multitude of ways. Matt Mooney does a little of everything for the Red Raiders — and does it well.Auburn’s Bryce Brown may be the most unstoppable player in the Final Four and teams with Jared Harper for one of the best backcourts anywhere.Virginia has a trio of leaders in De’Andre Hunter, Ty Jerome and Kyle Guy who have given the Cavaliers an offense to match that stifling D.MISSING PLAYERS: Two teams are missing key players.Michigan State lost Joshua Langford, a co-captain and its second-leading scorer, to an ankle injury in December, but still managed to play its way into the Final Four. Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss The Spartans will face Final Four newbie Texas Tech and its oxygen-sucking defense.Virginia, the only No. 1 seed left in the bracket, is in Minneapolis to make a new kind of history after its momentous first-round fail against No. 16 seed UMBC a year ago.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Cavaliers and their impenetrable pack-line defense will try to stop the volume-shooting Auburn Tigers, who have poured in 3-pointers during this NCAA Tournament like they’re playing pop-a-shot.Here’s a few things to know in what should be a highly-entertaining Final Four on Saturday: Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess LATEST STORIES DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated NEW TERRITORY: Michigan State will know what to expect with a national title and all those Final Four appearances under its belt.This will be a new experience for the other three teams.Virginia is in its first Final Four since 1984 under Terry Holland.Texas Tech is in its first Final Four in 93 years of basketball after reaching the Elite Eight a year ago, its second season under Chris Beard.Coach Bruce Pearl is also making his first Final Four appearance with Auburn, in its first Final Four since the program began in 1905.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles View comments Auburn lost star forward Chuma Okeke to a torn left ACL in a Sweet 16 victory against North Carolina, but the Tigers still managed to beat Kentucky in the Elite Eight to reach the Final Four. Duterte wants probe of SEA Games messlast_img read more

10 months agoMan Utd boss Solskjaer delighted with Rashford, Lukaku for Bournemouth rout

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd boss Solskjaer delighted with Rashford, Lukaku for Bournemouth routby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was delighted with his goalscorers for victory over Bournemouth.A cavalier display in the first half at Old Trafford saw United score three times, with Paul Pogba netting his second double in successive matches and Marcus Rashford grabbing the other.Solskjaer’s side conceded their third goal in as many games when Nathan Ake headed in before substitute Romelu Lukaku fired home a fourth.The manager said, “I think Marcus has been different class since I have come in. He has scored two goals now in three games. His work rate is unbelievable. He closes down, chases, runs in behind and his skill for the first goal for Paul today was [brilliant]. The first thing is he holds up the ball up and hasn’t got the right to go past the first defender, but then to go past the second defender… he has got all the potential in the world to be a top, top striker.”On Lukaku, he also stated: “He is a good, good target man, but if you tell him to be a target man he will never face the goal. Today he was side on, so he could go in behind or go towards the ball and he has got the attributes of a top striker, but we need to work on his fitness because he has had a few days off, but I am delighted for him even though he was half a yard offside, but it was still a good finish.” last_img read more

13 days agoHyypia says Liverpool can be proud outshining Man City

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Hyypia says Liverpool can be proud outshining Man Cityby Paul Vegas13 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool Champions League title winner Sami Hyypia says the club can be proud outshining Manchester City.With Pep Guardiola’s City stars certain to fight until the end this season, Hyypia believes, if ­Liverpool do win the Premier League title, it will make victory even more remarkable.“If someone creates a great team like City, you can’t stop that,” he said. “We lost one game and City won the title, so you have to hold up your hands as we did all we could to win it.“They even gave us credit for pushing them to the very end. That’s why, if we win, it’ll be even better as City are just so good .“To win in an era where your rival is so good merely heightens the achievement.” last_img read more

Mirabelli denied that Reina came to replace Donnarumma

first_imgAC Milan signed Pepe Reina from Napoli as a free player as his contract with the Partenopei is about to expire after the end of this season – but he isn’t coming as a replacement of Gianluigi Donnarumma.After the Spaniard had been signed, the speculations about the departure of the young keeper started to spread around – but sporting director Mirabelli denied that there is anything true about it.Mirabelli spoke about Donnarumma’s situation as he said, according to acmilan.theoffside.com:Maurizio Sarri, JuventusMaurizio Sarri satisfied despite Juventus’ draw at Fiorentina Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Maurizio Sarri was satisfied with Juventus’ performance on Saturday afternoon after finishing a tough game at Fiorentina 0-0.“We had the opportunity to get him for free – and we think it was useful strategically. We’ll have a lot of competition, Reina can help us off the pitch, in addition to his contribution on it. We need people with experience and he’s one of those.””I already told your other colleagues [in the media] that it’s not just down to Donnarumma, it involves everyone. A player has to come to us and tell us he doesn’t want to stay. That’s not the case with Donnarumma.”last_img read more