Sainsbury’s begins search for new banking chief as Peter Griffiths prepares to retire

first_img The supermarket chain confirmed it was in the “early stages” of finding a successor to the veteran banker.It comes as the supermarket giant plans to diversify and grow its banking arm having acquired the Nectar customer loyalty scheme last year.The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) will also rule on the company’s £15bn merger with Asda, which could even lead to store closures.In September the CMA warned the mega merger could harm competition in 463 local areas across the country, and launched a full investigation.The company’s banking arm began trading in 1997 as a joint venture with the Bank of Scotland. Sainsbury’s begins search for new banking chief as Peter Griffiths prepares to retire Tags: Trading Archive Callum Keown whatsapp Share Now solely owned Sainsbury’s, the company reported in its half-yearly results in November that the bank had 1.95m customers, up five per cent on the previous year.But profits were down 53 per cent to £16m, in line with its guidance due to reduced interest margins and increased impairments resulting from IFRS 9.Griffiths served as chief executive of the Principality Building Society for a decade before joining Sainsbury’s in 2012.He previously worked for Natwest from 1977 to 2000.A spokesperson for Sainsbury’s said: “We can confirm that we are in the early stages of succession planning for Peter Griffiths, CEO of Sainsbury’s Bank, who plans to retire in 2020.” Sainsbury’s has begun the search for a new chief executive of its banking division after confirming Peter Griffiths will step down next year.Griffiths, who has been in charge of Sainsbury’s Bank since 2012, will step down in 2020, Sky News first reported. Thursday 3 January 2019 2:43 pm whatsapplast_img read more

Brexit Party ‘at risk’ of accepting illegal donations

first_imgWednesday 12 June 2019 3:18 pm Jessica Clark Recommendations to all parties include checking every payment received online to make sure they have identified all donations, and requesting as much information from donors as possible. The commission visited Nigel Farage’s party’s office last month to review its online donation system. “Should it fail to meet those responsibilities, this will be considered in line with our enforcement policy.” Farage’s party has so far been forced to return a donation of £1,000 as it could not determine whether it was from a legal source. The Electoral Commission has ruled that the The Brexit Party is at high risk of collecting illegal donations through its online platform. More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.org980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale Share Electoral Commission director of regulation Louise Edwards said: “It is legitimate for any political party or campaigner to adopt a fundraising strategy that focuses on raising small sums.center_img Read more: The Brexit Party genie cannot be stuffed back into the bottle Read more: Voters think Brexit Party and Change UK will disappear in 10 years “Our visit to The Brexit Party has enabled us to make specific recommendations to the party that will support it to meet its legal responsibilities when it comes to receiving funds. Tags: Brexit The regulator issued the Brexit Party with recommendations to mitigate the risk and “help it comply with its legal requirements” to make sure all donations worth more than £500 originate from the UK. The Brexit Party ‘at risk’ of accepting illegal donations, watchdog finds whatsapp It found that the platform, which receives funds through Paypal, was vulnerable to a “high and ongoing risk of receiving and accepting impermissable donations”. whatsapplast_img read more

UK coronavirus death toll passes 55,000

first_imgTuesday 7 July 2020 1:01 pm The UK government’s official death toll is 44,236, which counts only confirmed deaths from coronavirus. whatsapp UK coronavirus death toll passes 55,000, tally of official data shows The UK’s coronavirus death toll has hit 55,398, according to a tally of official data collated by Reuters. Before the Open newsletter: Start your day with the City View podcast and key market data Of the deaths registered in that week, 606 mentioned coronavirus, the lowest number of deaths involving Covid-19 in the last 13 weeks. Share It is the second consecutive week that deaths have been below the five-year average. The number of deaths in care homes and hospitals were also fewer than the five-year average – 103 and 815 deaths lower respectively. The number of deaths is more than 10,000 higher than reported by the government, and comprises fatalities where the virus is mentioned on death certificates and in suspected cases. There were a total of 8,979 deaths registered in England and Wales in the week ending 26 June, according to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). Show Comments ▼ Angharad Carrick (Getty Images) Also Read: UK coronavirus death toll passes 55,000, tally of official data shows In London, the number of deaths involving coronavirus was 5, down from 50 in the previous week and 71 a fortnight earlier. The North West continues to be the worst affected region, with 120 deaths. (Getty Images) (Getty Images) Also Read: UK coronavirus death toll passes 55,000, tally of official data shows Get the news as it happens by following City A.M. on Twitter.  whatsapp Coronavirus accounted for 6.7 per cent of all deaths in the week in England and Wales. The ONS said some of the deaths that had been registered as coronavirus would have “likely occurred over the duration of the year” but have “occurred earlier because of the coronavirus”. This is because the virus has had a significant impact on those most vulnerable and among the elderly population. More From Our Partners Brave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFeds seized 18 devices from Rudy Giuliani and his employees in April raidnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Tags: Coronaviruslast_img read more

Goose Creek prison officer faces drug charges for trafficking with inmates

first_imgAlcohol & Substance Abuse | Crime & Courts | SouthcentralGoose Creek prison officer faces drug charges for trafficking with inmatesMay 26, 2016 by Ellen Lockyer, Alaska Public Media Share:Goose Creek Correctional Center in 2011. (Photo by Ellen Lockyer/KSKA)A Goose Creek Correctional Center prison guard has been arrested in connection with an alleged conspiracy to distribute drugs in the correctional facility. The corrections officer faces federal charges.The criminal complaint charges corrections officer Adam Jason Spindler with conspiracy to distribute and possession with intent to distribute heroin and marijuana. The case has been brought against Spindler with the help of the FBI, based on an affidavit provided to the Department of Justice by FBI special agent Richard Fuller.Alaska’s U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler. (Public domain photo)Alaska’s U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler said it is not unusual for the FBI to be involved in a state case, and stressed the level of cooperation that it took to bring the case to light.“It’s very important to federal law enforcement and working with our state partner, that we won’t countenance public servants violating their duties by trafficking in narcotics,” Loeffler said.Charging documents provided by the Justice Department indicate that this month, the Alaska Department of Corrections contacted the FBI on suspicions that Spindler was smuggling drugs into Goose Creek for distribution to inmates. This week, FBI surveillance observed Spindler’s meeting with a suspected female drug courier in Wasilla, then followed him to Goose Creek, where he has worked the night shift for the past three years.According to the documents, on arrival at the prison Spindler gave what he said was his bag of personal use marijuana to a fellow corrections officer who was leaving the prison to take away from prison grounds. Spindler was detained at the prison, but a search of his person did not turn up any drugs.Prosecutors say a corrections K-9 unit detected drugs in Spindler’s truck, although agents did not find any in the vehicle at the time. However, the other corrections officer, who was literally holding the bag, called Goose Creek personnel, saying he suspected the presence of heroin in the bag. Tests showed the presence of 1.6 grams of heroin and half a gram of marijuana. Spindler then admitted to FBI agents that he intended to distribute the drugs to an inmate, according to the documents.Spindler now faces federal drug charges. He was scheduled for an initial appearance in federal court Wednesday afternoon.Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams speaks to reporters after Gov. Bill Walker announced his appointment, Jan. 28, 2016. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Corrections Commissioner Dean Williams said the incident has mixed significance for his department.“This is a difficult day for us on one hand, and it is a fantastic day for us on the other hand,” Williams said. “And here’s why it is so difficult. One of our corrections officers went to the dark side.”Williams also credited the cooperation of the FBI in making the case. Williams used the occasion to announce the formation of a new professional conduct unit within the corrections department.“This really, I think, represents a new era of public trust, I hope, as well as staff trust, that when problems are brought to us, we’re going to do something about it, at least we are going to try our best to do something about it,” Williams said. “That’s the reason, quite frankly, that I set up the Professional Conduct Unit, the first unit of it’s kind in this department, to really make sure that we are objectively, professionally, doing internal investigations. And that unit, by the way, in conjunction with the FBI, is why this case played out.”Brad Wilson with the Alaska Correctional Officers Association said he’s withholding comment until he learns more about the case.Share this story:last_img read more

Fund managers fear recession in China: BoA Merrill Lynch

first_imgJames Langton Factor investors remain confident despite market turmoil In the current climate of heightened volatility and uncertainty, fund managers are turning to cash, with cash balances up to 2008 levels of 5.5%, the survey says. The threat of recession in China is seen as the biggest tail risk among global fund managers, the survey notes, and concern over a potential emerging markets debt crisis has also risen sharply. Given this market environment, investors’ expectation for the U.S. Federal Reserve Board to begin hiking interests rates has been pushed off to the fourth quarter, the survey says. “Investors were already positioned for lower growth in China and emerging markets, but their risk-off stance has intensified. Contrarians will be noting the aggressive underweight positioning in emerging markets,” said Michael Hartnett, chief investment strategist at BofA Merrill Lynch Global Research, in a statement. The survey, based on responses from 214 panelists with US$593 billion of assets under management, was carried out between Sept. 4 and 10. Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Amid concerns about China specifically, and emerging markets generally, fund managers’ confidence in the global economic outlook has dropped, as has their appetite for risk, reports BofA Merrill Lynch. According to the BofA Merrill Lynch Fund Manager Survey for September, the appetite for risk among global investors has declined in the past month. Equity overweights are down a net 24 percentage points from the previous survey, according to the survey, and investor sentiment towards global emerging markets has soured further, with underweights at a record net 34%. center_img Facebook LinkedIn Twitter BMO’s latest fintech acquisition a positive, Moody’s says Keywords Institutional investors Investors make tactical shifts in anticipation of volatilitylast_img read more

New report proves skills crisis is direct result of Federal Government starving VET Sector

first_imgNew report proves skills crisis is direct result of Federal Government starving VET Sector Latest Government data from the NCVER shows that federal government funding for VET fell by a further $123.1 million in 2019. A further fall from the $315 million cut in 2017-2018.AEU Federal President, Correna Haythorpe said: “These new figures are further proof that the skills crisis we are facing as a nation has been years in the making and is a direct result of the Federal Government’s systematic starving of the VET sector since 2013.”From 2013 to 2017 there was a cumulative cut in Federal Government spending of $3 billion. This report reveals a further fall in spending from $3.08 billion in 2017 (14.2%) to $2.64 billion (4.5%) in 2019. A total decline of $438 million in just two years.Haythorpe said: “This represents a decline in expenditure per person of 25%. The Federal Government is not investing in ensuring that Australians have access to high quality vocational education to the detriment of much needed economic stimulus post COVID.”“Even with the closure of borders under COVID, the Federal Government is still showing a complete lack of will to address this crisis by failing to allocate any additional funds to TAFE in the Federal Budget (beyond a paltry $25 million a year for two years for campus improvements).”In 2019, despite decades of Federal Government neglect, TAFE delivered $92.5 billion in annual economic benefits, which is equivalent to 16 times the cost it takes to maintain TAFE, according to a recent report by the Centre for Future Work.Haythorpe said; “A strong TAFE system will be crucial to Australia’s recovery. It is essential for securing high quality vocational education and training for large numbers of people.Without Federal investment in TAFE it will be hard to achieve jobs for the millions of Australians who are unemployed, underemployed, looking to upskill or re-skill to prepare for an uncertain future.It will be even harder to address the critical shortage of 200,000 apprentices and the youth unemployment rate of 15% as it stands at the end of 2020.The ongoing benefit of this investment will be lost if governments fail to maintain it.”The AEU calls on all governments to urgently invest in TAFE, the public provider of high quality vocational education, by guaranteeing a minimum of 70% total government VET funds for TAFE and providing capital funding for much needed infrastructure across the nation. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian Education Union, crisis, economic stimulus, education, Federal, federal budget, federal government, future, Government, infrastructure, Investment, jobs, President, quality, spending, TAFElast_img read more

Colorado Attorney General To Speak At CU-Boulder School Of Law Graduation Ceremony

first_img Published: April 27, 2003 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Colorado Attorney General Ken Salazar will deliver the keynote address at the CU-Boulder School of Law graduation ceremony on May 9 at 2 p.m. in Macky Auditorium. One hundred-sixty students are set to graduate. Salazar, who is serving his second consecutive term, was elected in 1998 and is the state’s 36th attorney general. He received his undergraduate degree from Colorado College and his law degree from the University of Michigan. During the course of his career Salazar has worked as a farmer, small business owner and natural resources lawyer specializing in water, environmental and public lands law. He also served as executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and chief legal counsel to the governor. The state’s highest-ranking law enforcement officer is a fifth-generation Coloradoan from the San Luis Valley. A number of faculty, students and staff will be honored with awards, including Professor Norman Aronson, the Excellence in Teaching Award; Professor Hiroshi Motomura, the Outstanding Career Achievement Award; Registrar Cindy Gibbons, the Barbara B. Leggate Humanitarian Award; and Kelly Dixon, the Meritorious Student Award. Gary M. Jackson, a partner of the law firm DiManna and Jackson in Denver, will be awarded the Honorary Order of the Coif. A tent-covered reception on the historic Norlin Quadrangle will be held immediately following the ceremony. For more information call the CU-Boulder School of Law offices at (303) 492-8047 or visit the school’s Web site at read more

Nine oak trees on campus to be treated for Allokermes scale

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Dec. 29, 2016 Facilities Management (FM) Outdoor Services will conduct a broadcast spray application of a dormant oil insecticide to nine oak trees over the winter break, weather permitting. These trees are infested with Allokermes scale. Integrated Pest Management (IPM) strategies used against this pest include the broadcast application of an insecticidal dormant oil to the infested trees. The applications will occur on nine trees located on main campus.Weather permitting, during the week of Jan. 9 staff will facilitate applications of the following insecticide: Golden Pest Spray Oil™, EPA Reg. No. 57538-11. The active ingredient is food-grade soybean oil.It is important to address this outbreak because the health and appearance of these trees are being negatively impacted to a significant degree, and CU is currently at risk of losing several mature oak trees on campus. FM Outdoor Services also hopes to hinder any further establishment of this pest. Campus arborists conducted this treatment to a small number of oak trees last winter, and control results on the scale insects were very encouraging.Taddiken Tree Care Co. has been hired to conduct the applications based on their demonstrated track record of conducting quality care and maintenance operations on campus trees.   As a further effort to ensure the highest standard of health and environmental protection, Facilities Management staff will accompany the contracted applicators to ensure only predetermined locations receive a treatment, applications are stopped during high-wind gusts and/or sustained wind events, applications are halted as pedestrians pass by and that all necessary precautions are taken to avoid non-target impacts. Guidelines for pesticide use are generally described in the campus Pest Control Policy. This application is just one of many tools used as part of an integrated approach to landscape management. These trees will continue to receive supplemental watering and cultural care and will be monitored closely for secondary pest or health problems. Many of the trees to be treated were pruned over the last year to remove dead and dying wood in an attempt to limit the spread of the secondary bacterial infections that frequently accompany infestations of this insect pest.Staff will also be placing yellow application notice flags that will indicate where the application was made. Law requires these flags remain in place for 24 hours after an application has been made. In the interest of keeping the campus community informed, staff will leave these flags in place for one full week after the application occurs. If you should have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Donald S Inglis Jr. or Edward von Bleichert at the contact information below.Donald S Inglis Jr.Outdoor Services ManagerDepartment of Facilities [email protected] von BleichertCampus IPM CoordinatorDepartment of Facilities [email protected]:Deadlines & AnnouncementsCampus Communitylast_img read more

Rent Control Board Candidate Profile: Naomi Sultan

first_img 1 Comment HomeFeaturedRent Control Board Candidate Profile: Naomi Sultan Oct. 17, 2018 at 5:00 amFeaturedGovernmentNewsPoliticsRent Control Board Candidate Profile: Naomi Sultaneditor3 years agoCharles Andrewscurious cityForwardGOP. Supreme CourtOcean ParkOPAptarentrent controlrent control boardRepublican PartySanta Monica City Councilsanta monica daily pressschool bondsmmusdSMRRSMS bondTerm LimitsUnion 11Naomi Sultan. Name: Naomi SultanAge: 44Occupation: Veterans’ Rights AttorneyNeighborhood of residence: Ocean ParkOwn/Rent: RentMarital status: SingleKids: 0Political affiliation: DemocratSquare footage of current home: Approx. 700Why should homeowners or market rate renters care about the status of rent control?Rent control helps preserve neighborhood stability and diversity. Without rent control, only wealthy people would be able to rent in Santa Monica. Seniors and veterans with limited fixed incomes, young families, students, and low-income workers would be excluded from our housing market. We all benefit when our neighborhoods host people of a wide range of ages, occupations, and experiences.How many resources are and should be put into ensuring tenants adhere to rent control rules vs. pursuing landlords who behave badly?I support putting additional city resources into combatting the harassment of tenants and the loss of our affordable housing stock. When tenants report code violations and/or landlord harassment, the city needs to act expeditiously on their concerns. Corporations skirting regulations to turn formerly rent-controlled apartments into exorbitant corporate housing and hotel rooms is particularly alarming. Have you watched any real-estate based TV shows? If so which ones?Little House on the Prairie was my favorite TV show growing up. I identified strongly with Laura Ingalls, who was a bit of a free-thinking tomboy. I love seeing old pictures of Santa Monica from that era, back when people still travelled P.C.H. by horse-drawn carriage.Do you think landlords are currently getting a “fair return” on their investments via the annual rent adjustment formula?Santa Monicans voted on the annual adjustment formula in the Rent Control Law. The Law also provides landlords due process if they are not earning a fair return. Landlords can petition the Rent Control Board for an upward rent adjustment based on the expenses they are facing in their particular situation. If landlords take advantage of this process, they should be earning a fair return.What qualifies you to lead an organization with the budget and responsibilities of the Rent Control Board?In response Los Angeles’ burgeoning homelessness crisis, I created, implemented, and managed a medical-legal partnership between two Los Angeles non-profits, which provided legal services to hundreds of homeless and at-risk veterans with disabilities. I am prepared for the responsibilities of the Rent Control Board due to my front-line experience combating the housing crisis and my extensive knowledge of laws impacting renters.How long have you kept a houseplant alive and what does that kind of plant say about your personality?My longest living houseplant is actually an “officeplant”—inherited in 2015—living in my office at work. It has grown long, wild, and free. I’ve had to repot it twice and it could benefit from an even bigger home. It curls up and around my office walls so I put up a Dolores Huerta poster for it to frame. Is there anything the Rent Control Board can or should do to encourage individuals to buy into Santa Monica real estate and operate rent controlled buildings?We don’t want to encourage current owners to sell their rent-controlled buildings. 41% of Ellis evictions occur within the first year after a building is sold. The Rent Control Board can ensure Santa Monica landlords make a fair return on their rent-controlled buildings through the voter-approved petition process discussed above.Does the city have a housing crisis, affordability crisis, neither or both?Santa Monica has both. Housing production has not kept up with demand. At the same time, wages and disability benefits have not kept up with increasing rents. Consequently, anyone who is low- or middle-income cannot enter the rental market, and working folks attempting to raise families or age in place face increasing pressures.Which television character has the least realistic living situation?I guess everybody already knows that the Friends apartment was super unrealistic. I used to live in New York and I didn’t know anyone with an apartment that awesome who wasn’t wealthy. I really hope that Santa Monica is able to maintain its economic diversity in a way that New York City has been unable to do.What role does rent control play in establishing the culture of the city?Santa Monica prizes diversity and community safety and stability. Rent control protects affordability, which in turn protects ethnic, age, and economic diversity. Rent control also creates stability for our neighborhoods because people stay in one place and become part of the fabric of the community. This makes our communities safer, happier places to be.   Tenant evictions were already increasing before Prop. 10 became part of the discussion. If new limits are imposed on market rate rents, what’s to stop Ellis Act evictions from exploding if landlords flee the market? The Costa-Hawkins Rental Housing Act, which Proposition 10 would repeal, placed three significant limits on local rent control laws. First, it limited rent control to buildings built before 1979 (in Santa Monica). Second, it prevented rent control from covering single-family dwellings (Berkeley had this). And third, it prevented cities from limiting rent increases between tenancies, requiring what is known as “vacancy decontrol.”According to the Rent Control Board’s 2017 Annual Report, Ellis evictions have actually been down over the last 10 years. 2017 saw only 56 rental units removed from the market, even less than the previous year. Of course, any Ellis Act eviction is a loss to our community of both a neighbor and an affordable rental unit, so it is important to do as much as we can to prevent Ellis evictions – including passing Proposition 10.If we look at the history of our city, the passage of Costa-Hawkins in 1995 actually led to a increase in Ellis Act evictions in the late-1990s. In 2000, the year after Costa-Hawkins went fully into effect, we saw a major spike in Ellis activity, with over 200 rental units lost to the market. This is because vacancy decontrol increased property values, so landlords were incentivized to sell and speculators to buy.If Proposition 10 passes, land values will continue to stabilize, encouraging landlords to hold on to their properties longer and discouraging speculators who are planning to turn around and evict all the rent-controlled tenants from investing in Santa Monica real estate. What is the most significant threat to the stability of housing for renters, and what are your solutions?The most significant threat to housing stability is tenant harassment and the loss of our affordable housing stock due in large part to vacancy decontrol. Before Costa-Hawkins, Santa Monica’s Rent Control law limited the extent to which landlords could raise rents between tenants. Vacancy control prevented harassment of current tenants and kept Santa Monica rents affordable. In 1997, before Costa-Hawkins was fully into effect, I landed my first job after college working as a waitress at a local restaurant, and was able to find lovely Santa Monica apartment just off Montana Avenue for approximately $600 per month. I could afford to live in Santa Monica on a waitress’ salary because vacancy control was still in effect, and my landlord had not been permitted to raise the rent dramatically when the previous tenant moved out.More than 20 years later, we now live in a run-away Santa Monica housing market made possible by vacancy decontrol. In 2018, a waitress or hotel worker making $15 per hour would have to work 107 hours per work to afford a one-bedroom apartment in Santa Monica – that’s more than 2 ½ full time jobs (based on the Santa Monica Housing Authority Payment Standard). In addition to keeping out low- and middle-income folks who would like to live in Santa Monica, vacancy control also puts enormous pressures on current renters, some of whom experience ongoing harassment from landlords who have a profit motivation to evict. Harassment can put a particular strain on the elderly and those with disabilities, many of whom do not have the physical, emotional, and/or economic capacity to move.If Proposition 10 passes, Santa Monica citizens will once again be in the driver’s seat when it comes to rent control. I hope that Santa Monica citizens, in consultation with stakeholders from the both the landlord and tenant communities, will consider re-instituting some form of common sense vacancy control to increase stability for tenants and neighborhoods.Even if Proposition 10 does not pass, there is a great deal we can do to counter tenant harassment and displacement. For example, I support strengthening our anti-harassment ordinance and increasing relocation payments to tenants who are evicted through no fault of their own. There should also be more stringent requirements surrounding buyout offers to make sure that tenants know what rights they have before they agree to anything. If possible, I would like to see the Rent Board more actively involved with tenants whose landlords want to buy them out in order to decontrol the units. For instance, if landlords were required to report any buyout offers to the Rent Board, the Rent Board could be more involved in scrutinizing buyouts and counseling tenants as to their rights while the tenant still has the opportunity to reject or rescind a buyout offer.Tags :Charles Andrewscurious cityForwardGOP. Supreme CourtOcean ParkOPAptarentrent controlrent control boardRepublican PartySanta Monica City Councilsanta monica daily pressschool bondsmmusdSMRRSMS bondTerm LimitsUnion 11share on Facebookshare on Twittershow 1 comment Comments are closed. October 23, 2018 at 9:08 AM Susan Willis says: How do you offset owners cost of riding taxes and insurances when they cannot raise the rent to cover these? Making their properties less valuable, driving that market down? 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Lacrosse Thrives as Local Teams Rise in Stature

first_imgThe Flathead Valley’s youth lacrosse program has grown into one of the best in the state, and the future appears to be even brighter. In its fourth official year, the Flathead Lacrosse Club has nearly 140 boys and girls of all ages from across the valley wielding mesh sticks and playing North America’s oldest sport.Founded in 2010 with fewer than 30 players, the club has expanded into more than five teams, ranging in ages from elementary to high school. A new junior-varsity team emerged this year and a girls varsity squad is being developed, too.“There’s been great growth every year. We’re increasing 20 to 30 percent every year,” said Brett Urbach, a four-year coach with the U-13 team.The club is hosting its Flathead Jamboree on Saturday, May 11 at the fields at Grouse Mountain Lodge in Whitefish. Starting at 9 a.m., the all-day event will feature youth teams from across Montana squaring off.“It’s a good time to come out and watch lacrosse,” Urbach said. “It’s a fun, active sport. There’s not a lot of sitting around.”As the club’s young teams bolster their size and skills, the varsity boys team has risen in stature as one of the state’s best.Since the varsity season began in March, the local squad is 5-2 through May 3 and ranked second in the state among nine teams. More than 20 players returned from last year’s squad, which placed third at the Montana High School Lacrosse Championships in Missoula. The team is in the final stretch before traveling to Bozeman for the state tournament, May 18-19. Flathead has emerged as a top contender to dethrone the defending champs, Missoula Hellgate. The Knights are 9-4 and recently edged Flathead 13-6. Hellgate defeated Bozeman, this year’s other top contender, in last season’s state title game, 14-4.“I think Flathead will continue to develop and they have skilled players at all positions, so I think they are a dangerous team in 2013,” Hellgate coach Kevin Flynn wrote in his season preview online, at Flathead Lacrosse Club U-15 teammates Brady Staves, left, and L.J. Panasuk work on a defensive drill during a recent practice in Whitefish. Lido Vizzutti | Flathead Beacon Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. Email The local club has flourished like others across Montana as lacrosse continues to gain popularity. At the college level, the University of Montana has developed one of the best clubs in the Men’s Collegiate Lacrosse Association, a nationwide non-varsity organization. Montana’s rise was punctuated with a national championship in 2007.At the youth level, the Montana chapter of U.S. Lacrosse launched in 2010 as a sanctioned effort to spread the sport at all age levels. The number of high school teams has doubled and nearly 1,000 players are registered statewide.At the same time, the sport has returned to its native roots on the Flathead Indian Reservation. The 10Sticks team is in its third year. The program’s goal, stated on its website,, states: “We aim to showcase the game of lacrosse as a major Native American contribution to the world and as a point of cultural pride for our member athletes, Native and Non-Native alike.”Lacrosse, or its early versions, truly began as a Native American sport. Tribes in North America, including Montana, competed in a game called “double ball” centuries ago, as detailed in first-person accounts by missionaries as early as the 1600s. By the 19th Century, games of “lacrosse” became common on the East Coast and the sport has slowly made its way to the mainstream ever since.The local 10Sticks program held a fundraiser May 1-10 to send the team to the high school state championship in Bozeman and also a few players from the Flathead Indian Reservation to the Six Nations of the Iroquois, a lacrosse mecca, for a training camp. For more information about the fundraiser, visit For more information about the Flathead Lacrosse Club, visit read more