Pasadena’s “Bad Weather Shelter” Ramps Up Now to Prevent Homeless Deaths in Coming El Nino

first_imglatest #1 Pasadena’s “Bad Weather Shelter” Ramps Up Now to Prevent Homeless Deaths in Coming El Nino By THOMAS DANG, Guest Correspondent Published on Thursday, August 20, 2015 | 4:22 am Business News With California in dire need of rainfall, the upcoming El Nino may promise a much wetter winter than usual. The natural phenomenon typically brings twenty-five inches of rain to Downtown Los Angeles each time it comes around. However, meteorologists predict that this winter’s El Nino could be the strongest in over fifty years.Pasadena’s “Bad Weather Shelter,” operated by the nonprofit organization, “Friends In Deed,” is aiming to increase funding in preparation for the imminent El Nino.The idea of the “Bad Weather Shelter” was spurred by multiple deaths of the homeless caused by hypothermia in Los Angeles County.Tracing its roots back to 1986, “The Bad Weather Shelter opened in response to the emergency needs of homeless persons in Pasadena. [The Bad Weather Shelter serves] individuals who for a variety of reasons lack adequate refuge during the cold and wet winter months.”The goal of the shelter is to prevent homeless persons from dying of hypothermia during the coldest part of the year. As such, the Bad Weather Shelter opens the day after Thanksgiving to mid-March whenever the weather forecasts anticipate rain or temperatures below forty degrees.In 2012, the Bad Weather Shelter lost an annual $60,000 contribution by the City of Pasadena due to budget cuts.Fortunately, the then local high school student Rebecca Huang founded the “Friends of the Bad Weather Shelter,” campaign which gathered the necessary donations from private parties such as local businesses and residents to keep the shelter running. The campaign raised over $50,000 in the last three years to enable the shelter to continue its operations.Rebecca was prompted to help the shelter when she found out that nine homeless people died of hypothermia in Los Angeles County, including one person in Pasadena, during the winter of 1986-1987.“When I found out about the shelter from my father [Housing & Career Services Director for the City of Pasadena William Huang] and about its possible closure, I had to at least try to keep the shelter open. If the shelter were to close, these same tragedies could very well occur again, so to me, it is not an option to let a shelter that plays such a vital role close. We, as a community, need to find the funds to keep the shelter operating,” Rebecca states.The high tolerance shelter is weather-activated, basing its operation upon the likelihood of low temperatures or rain. Guests are welcomed for a hot meal and a warm place to sleep if the temperature drops below forty degrees or if there is a forty percent chance of rain.The shelter’s staff is comprised of volunteers and dedicated members, with some having professional experience with homeless service organizations such as Union Station, Lake Avenue Foundation, and Passageways. The shelter is even able to provide “a nurse from Passageways/Pacific Clinics, who provides flu shots, health evaluations and palliative care.”Although the City of Pasadena, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and Los Angeles County Mayor Michael Mike Antonovich have made contributions in the past, the shelter is currently asking for more funds to best prepare for the powerful El Nino.This past July, heavy rain caused a bridge on the Interstate 10 to collapse, foreboding the problems that could very well be underway.Already, a record rainfall of 0.36 inch for the month of July in Downtown Los Angeles has broken the previous 0.25 inch record way back in July 1886.Rebecca concludes, “With a potential El Nino, the shelter will very likely need to be opened significantly more nights than the previous couple of winters. I hope that enough funds can be raised so that the shelter is able to be open every night that it needs to be. We definitely need the entire community, including businesses, to step up and help prepare for a potentially very harsh winter.”Donations for the Bad Weather Shelter can me made directly to Friends in Deed or online at http://ecpac.net/FriendsOfBWS.html. 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. 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Pasadena Humane Society Receives Record-Setting $5 Million Donation

first_img Make a comment faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Jaromír StrížkaThe Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA has received a record-breaking $5 million donation. The gift will help the shelter continue to provide compassion and care to the nearly 12,000 animals taken in each year.The generous gift was left by the estate of Jaromír Strížka, a longtime Southern California resident, who passed away this March at the age of 95.Strížka amassed his fortune through the Studio City-based European Crafts, Inc., a wholesale musical instrument and supply store that he founded in 1953 and ran until 2014.This is the single largest donation in the Pasadena Humane Society’s 113-year history. In commemoration, the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA will name its animal shelter after Strížka.“We are so proud to name our Animal Shelter wing for Jaromír Strížka. Because of his generosity to the Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA, animals locally will benefit directly from his giving,” said Carol Kirby, Chairman of the PHS Board of Directors.Strížka was born in 1919 in what is now the Czech Republic. An accomplished athlete and successful businessman in his home country, Strížka fled Czechoslovakia as the Communist Party rose to power following the Second World War. He immigrated to the United States in 1953, and began his life anew in Hollywood, California. Strížka was a resident of the Hollywood Hills at the time of his death.Strížka had a lifelong respect for all animals. He regularly donated to World Wildlife Fund, The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, and other animal welfare organizations.Friends remember Strížka’s special affinity for cats. “He always seemed to have cat calendars hanging in his office or as his personal appointment book,” says Michael Overing, Strížka’s personal attorney.The large gift will be used towards animal care, shelter services and programs, such as pet adoption, humane education, animal control and public spay/neuter services.“Jaromír Strížka’s generosity will ensure the success of PHS programs and services for years to come,” said Steve McNall, President and CEO of the Pasadena Humane Society. “His compassion and commitment to all animals will live on at the Pasadena Humane Society.”The Pasadena Humane Society & SPCA is an open door, community-funded center, which provides all animals a place where they receive a safe haven, care and respect. The agency provides essential animal welfare and control services for the cities of Arcadia, Bradbury, Glendale, La Cañada Flintridge, Monrovia, Pasadena, San Marino, Sierra Madre and South Pasadena. For more information, visit www.pasadenahumane.org. 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. Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community Newscenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  TOP STORY Pasadena Humane Society Receives Record-Setting $5 Million Donation Millions of dollars gifted by late animal lover From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, October 19, 2015 | 1:00 pm More Cool Stuff HerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Job theories need a little more work

first_img Previous Article Next Article We all believe employers are having to respond to rapidly changingconditions by increasing the flexibility of their workforce. But are they? StephenOverell examines whether the talk is pie in the skyThose who believe that working life has changed beyond all recognition inthe past 30 years do not have to search too hard for people who agree withthem. Consultants, management schools and thinktanks have churned out a view ofworking patterns, careers and organisations being in the throes of chaotictransformation. “The only continuity is flux,” the wags say. But their opponents, offering a pragmatic message of “much like it’salways been”, seem to be getting stronger by the week. The Economic andSocial Research Council’s Future of Work programme1 surveyed HR managersrecently, and found – well, that the future of work bears an uncannyresemblance to its past. Few organisations have sought to boost performance by strengtheningcommitment and loyalty. Family-friendly work practices are not widespread. Mostcompanies offer staff no more than the minimum entitlements on employmentrights and leave. The amount of sub-contracting work is tiny. Trade unionism isinching ahead due to recognition legislation and employment law eats intomanagerial time. Open-plan offices and hot-desking are popular, but teleworkingand working from home are insignificant. Managers do not have a “heretoday, gone tomorrow” attitude towards their staff and are not keen tomake it easier to dismiss them. They believe jobs should have career ladders. It is an unexciting picture, but it underlines how far removed much of HR’stalk actually is from the real work in real organisations. This is not to saythat the banquet of clever-sounding ideas we swallowed in the 1980s and 1990s –about the end of good, steady jobs and the arrival of the just-in-time,disposable, self-managed workforce – were completely wide of the mark. Yet,with hindsight, an awful lot of expensive cogitation about work that wasindulged in now seems fanciful – as if too much time with a telescope trainedon distant galaxies had blinded writers to the grey carpet tiles andveal-coloured filing cabinets. Remember William Bridges and how the nature of work was changing from”a structure built out of jobs to a field of work needing to be done. Jobsare artificial units imposed on this field”?2 Or what about Charles Handy:the monolithic “palace” structures of companies were giving way to”a world of tents. Soon there won’t be promotion prospects after30″?3 Happy, vivid days. But as we know from the Labour Force Survey, change isglacially slow. New working patterns and the new psychological contract haveindeed affected sectors such as professional services, media and IT. But mostpeople in most organisations have hardly been affected at all. Permanent jobsin nine-to-five workplaces are still the norm, and average job tenure has notbudged since the early 1970s. Change was blamed for destroying the ‘traditional’ psychological contractoperating at work – the exchange of employment security for motivation. In itsplace, psychological contracts were alleged to mutate in new directions. For many,the nature of the exchange became more ‘transactional’: it was a short-term,narrow, written, unemotional, economic exchange, often with pay for specifiedperformance. For others, employment blended into the rest of life and wasindefinite, wide-ranging, subjective and social – in effect, a long list ofprojects. But as time has rolled by, it has become apparent that the pertinentquestion is not the nature of the transformation, but whether the word‘transformation’ is accurate. Grand, earth-shaking pronouncements on how employment relations have beenturned upside down by technology, globalisation and ruthless devotion to thebottom line, are increasingly taken with a hefty salt chaser. Surveys detectingchange in certain groups are now met with sceptical questions about whetherthey marginalise the majority’s experience of work. For example, Tim Osborn-Jones of Henley Management College has argued thatamong managers, the traditional relationship with organisations has beenundermined by a far more independent turn of mind. Managers’ principalrequirements of their jobs were self-fulfilment (27 per cent), accomplishment(20 per cent) and fun and enjoyment (16 per cent). A sense of belonging wasirrelevant while job mobility was a high priority. Commitment is conditional –an emotional attachment, dependent on circumstances within individualworkplaces.4 Such results are striking and ought to make HR practitioners think about howthey attract and motivate managerial talent. But to what extent do they applyto the others? The latest instalment in the CIPD’s psychological contractresearch has once again torpedoed any simplistic notions of mass metamorphosisat work. Job security is neither terribly important to people, nor has it decreased;many people hope to change jobs shortly of their own accord. Work matters tomost, but is only central to about a third. They feel that promises made byemployers are likely to be kept, and almost three-quarters say they are fairlyrewarded. Despite the exalted talk, however, use of high-performance workpractices and employee involvement have actually decreased.5 One of the most widely cited results of tearing up the “old deal”at work is that dissatisfaction has risen, leading to an epidemic of apathy.The Policy Studies Institute found that the proportion of people who feltcompletely or very satisfied with their working lives fell from 52 per cent to45 per cent between 1992 and 2000.6 The CIPD study agrees that satisfaction did wane during the 1990s (though itis not bad by international standards). But it disputes the charge that workhas become worse in itself, because commitment remains surprisingly high: 76per cent are proud to work for their employers. “We can see no clear andconsistent trend towards a more negative experience of work,” the authorswrite. Trends hardly seem to have taken off these days before the revisionistback-swing of the pendulum strikes them down in their infancy. But in truth, amore agnostic approach to workplace change is no bad thing – attitudes arestatic for most and fragmented among others. Unlike those who spend their lives pontificating about work in the abstract,HR practitioners doubtless always knew that a few well-heeled couplesdownshifting from the rat-race to a life of rural indolence do not a zeitgeistmake. It should be remembered that manufacturing still employs more people thanretail, hospitality and call centres put together. And there are still jobs forlife out there, should anyone want one. 1 Managing Workplace Change, by Robert Taylor, ESRC, 2002 2 Jobshift: How to prosper in a world without jobs, by William Bridges,Perseus, 1995 3 taken from Director magazine, September 1989 4 Managing Talent, by Tim Osborn-Jones, Henley Management College, 2001 5 Pressure at work and the psychological contract, by David Guest and NeilConway, CIPD, 2002 6 PSI/LSE Working in Britain Survey, 2001 Join the Xperts XpertHR is a joint venture between Personnel Today and leadinginformation providers LexisNexis, Butterworths Tolley and IRS LexisNexis.XpertHR has more specialist HR knowledge in one place than any other onlineinformation source in the UK for one subscription.Subscribe nowCall: 020 8652 4281 or visit www.xperthr.co.uk Comments are closed. Job theories need a little more workOn 10 Dec 2002 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos.last_img read more

Everybody hates the Trump tax plan, for good reason

first_imgA few days ago Gary Cohn, Donald Trump’s chief economic adviser, met with a group of top executives.They were asked to raise their hands if lower taxes would lead them to raise capital expenditures; only a handful did.“Why aren’t the other hands up?” asked Cohn, plaintively.The answer is that CEOs, living in the real world of business, not the imaginary world of right-wing ideologues, know that tax rates aren’t that important a factor in investment decisions.So they realize that even a huge tax cut wouldn’t lead to much more spending.And with that realization, the rationale for this tax plan, such as it is, falls apart, leaving nothing but a scheme to make the rich — especially those who rake in investment income rather than working for a living — richer at everyone else’s expense.For what it’s worth, here’s the story the Trump administration and its allies are telling. The only significant winners would be those making more than $1 million a year. Populism!Oh, and this doesn’t even take account of the health care sabotage that’s an integral part of the Senate plan.By repealing the mandate — the requirement that people purchase insurance — the plan would, as I said, cause 13 million to lose coverage; that loss of coverage, and the associated government subsidies, is why mandate repeal saves money that can be given to corporations.But the move would also drive up premiums for those who keep their insurance, because the dropouts would tend to be those with lower health costs.So that’s an additional, hidden indirect tax on the middle class.Nor does it take account of what would inevitably come next: tax-cut-induced deficits would, by law, trigger cuts in Medicare, and this would just be the start of a GOP assault on programs like disability insurance that provide a crucial safety net for millions of working-class Americans.All of which raises the question, why are Republicans even trying to do this? Their claim is that cutting taxes on corporate profits would lead to an explosion in private investment and faster economic growth.Furthermore, the fruits of this growth would trickle down to American workers in the form of higher wages — and rising incomes would raise tax receipts, so the tax cuts would end up paying for themselves.Even if some part of this story were true, there would be side consequences they’re carefully not discussing.After all, if we’re talking about a big increase in capital expenditure, where does the money for that expenditure come from?Nothing in the bill would make Americans consume less and save more.So the money would have to come from abroad — from selling stocks, bonds and other assets to foreigners, on a massive scale.And this inflow of foreign money would drive up the value of the dollar and lead to huge trade deficits: according to my analysis of the most optimistic forecast out there, more than $6 trillion in deficits over the next decade. These trade deficits would have a devastating effect on manufacturing — remember those jobs Trump promised to bring back? — to the likely tune of more than 2 million jobs lost.Oh, and about that economic growth: Foreign investors would be earning profits and taking them home.So much — probably most — of any growth we would get from cutting corporate taxes would accrue to the benefit of foreigners, not Americans.But don’t worry too much about this stuff. Most serious economic analyses agree with those CEOs who disappointed Gary Cohn: Corporate tax cuts wouldn’t actually do much to raise investment.They would, however, explode the budget deficit.So in an attempt to limit that deficit blowout, Senate Republicans are proposing significant tax increases on working families.In fact, according to Congress’ own Joint Committee on Taxation, taxes would rise on average for every group with incomes under $75,000 a year, and would surely rise for many families even in higher-income groups.center_img Categories: Editorial, OpinionLooking at the reactions to Republican tax plans, I found myself remembering what people used to say about former Sen. Phil Gramm, whose presidential ambitions never went anywhere but who did help cause the 2008 financial crisis:“Even his friends don’t like him.”So it is with GOP tax “reform,” especially the Senate version, which would raise taxes on most individuals, especially in the middle and working classes, and add around 13 million Americans to the ranks of the uninsured, all to pay for big cuts in corporate taxes.The general public strongly disapproves — by a 2-1 majority, according to Quinnipiac, although the majority would be even bigger if people really understood what’s going on.But surely at least CEOs like the plan, right?Actually, not so much. It’s bad policy and bad politics, and the politics will get worse as voters learn more about the facts.Well, last week one GOP congressman, Chris Collins of New York, gave the game away: “My donors are basically saying get it done or don’t ever call me again.”So we’re talking about government of the people, not by the people, but by wealthy donors, for wealthy donors.Everyone else hates this plan — and they should.Paul Krugman is a Nobel Prize-winning economist and a columnist for The New York Times.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more