Public Safety Committee to Interview Seven Community Organization Candidates for Police Oversight Commission Next Week

first_img Subscribe STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Public Safety Committee to Interview Seven Community Organization Candidates for Police Oversight Commission Next Week By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, Managing Editor Published on Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | 7:54 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community Newscenter_img [UPDATED] The Public Safety Committee on Wednesday selected six applicants from the community based applications to come back for interviews next week.Patrice Marshall McKenzie, Mikala Rahn, Juliana Serrano, Florence Annang, Shoghig Yeprmian, Kenneth Rotter and Alexis Abernathy will make short presentations to the Public Safety Committee publicly sometime next week.All of the candidates except Rotter are women.McKenzie, Abernathy and Annang are African American.Serrano is Latina, and Rahn and Rotter are white.The City Council is seeking to establish a commission that is 50 percent women.After presentations next week, three candidates will be recommended to the City Council although the PSC could decide to send more.“This is a matter of tremendous importance. This is the real first step in the appointment process,” said Mayor Victor Gordo.Originally the committee was scheduled to make selections based on the applications and send the candidates to the City Council, but Tyron Hampton asked for interviews with the nominations before they were sent to council.Mayor Gordo and Councilmember Steve Madison agreed with the idea.“We are looking for fairness and people with a willingness to look at all sides of the issue,” Gordo said. “I think it’s fair to ask questions of the candidates and get a response.”Local residents have called for citizen oversight of the police department since the early 1990s. After the commission is in place, Pasadena will have more oversight and advisory bodies related to its Police Department than most other departments –members of local community organizations for the city’s Police Oversight Commission.City Clerk Mark Jomsky’s office received 31 letters and four public speaker cards.Marshall McKenzie and Serrano received the majority of the support from that correspondence.The City Council approved the commission, along with an auditor in October after voting down an alternate version that would have granted the commission subpoena power.The council moved to provide more civilian oversight in the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin on May 25, as well as a number of officer-involved deaths in Pasadena over the past several years.Following Floyd’s death, cities around the country, including Pasadena, erupted in highly emotional protests, marches, and occasional acts of violence.Chauvin, who was fired following the incident, is presently on trial for Floyd’s murder.The purpose of the commission, according to the city’s website, “is to enhance, develop, and strengthen community-police relations, and review and make recommendations regarding the ongoing operations of the police department to the chief of police, city manager, and/or city council.” Top of the News Business News STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News More Cool Stuff 21 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it 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. HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautylast_img read more

Agent fined the most in Burnham-on-Sea fee fixing scandal speaks out

first_imgOne of the four agents which last week agreed to pay fines totalling £370,000 following a Competition and Markets Authority investigation into price fixing in the Somerset seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea has given its reaction to the case for the first time following the announcement.The agents – which included Greenslade Taylor Hunt (GTH), Abbot and Frost, Gary Berryman and West Coast Property Services – admitted breaking competition law by colluding to set a minimum 1.5% commission fee for sales in and around the town.Charles Clarke (pictured, left), Chairman of GTH, has said that the fine covered activities during 2014 and 2015 by the company’s local business.He said that GTH cooperated with the CMA fully and that as soon as concerns were raised by the watchdog, an investigation of all offices and departments within the firm was undertaken. GTH is to pay the largest proportion of the total fine, at £186,054.“We are entirely satisfied that this issue resulted from the wholly misguided and inappropriate actions of one GTH Partner, acting entirely alone, at one branch of our group and that no other office or department was involved in any way whatsoever,” he told Burnham-on-Sea.com.“The partner’s actions at Burnham-on-Sea were undertaken with neither the consent or knowledge of other GTH Partners or staff at any other office in our organisation.“Any discussion of commission rates, however informal, between competing businesses is not permissible and the firm condemns such behaviour in the strongest terms.“Activity of this nature is a breach of GTH’s high ethical standards and is entirely inconsistent with the company’s long-established values. We profoundly regret what occurred at Burnham-on-Sea.”Charles also said that the Partner concerned recognised that their actions were a gross misjudgement and that they had apologised to staff both locally and within the group. Discussions about the Partner’s future responsibilities are also on-going, he said.Greenslade March 6, 2017Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Agent fined the most in Burnham-on-Sea fee fixing scandal speaks out previous nextRegulation & LawAgent fined the most in Burnham-on-Sea fee fixing scandal speaks outGreenslade Taylor Hunt chairman says problem was down to “wholly misguided and inappropriate actions” of one PartnerNigel Lewis6th March 201701,888 Viewslast_img read more

Valentine Holmes misses Australia, but his ‘best is yet to come’ in the NFL

first_img (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/40/d3/valentine-holmes-081619-getty-ftrjpg_pkn3jis2vu6v1touu0pakep8f.jpg?t=-1703654396&w=500&quality=80 But there’s something that has been on the superstar rugby player’s mind since he jumped across the pond and joined the New York Jets this offseason.”Probably coffee, is the main thing,” Holmes told Sporting News, with nostalgic eyes. “The one thing I always think about is coffee. They don’t really do nice coffee here — sorry.”2019 NFL PREDICTIONS:How Jets will fare in AFC East, conferenceIn a nutshell, that’s Holmes: calm, collected, unconcerned. He welcomes the stage of the big city and the big moment. While coffee is a good wake-up call, the 24-year-old rolling the dice on an NFL career probably comes on like a brick to the face.Going from being a record-breaking superstar in the National Rugby League to trying to break in with an NFL team is no easy task, but Holmes has made his presence felt with the Jets. As part of the NFL’s International Pathway program, Holmes has found himself in the mix returning punts and getting a few snaps out of the backfield as a running back.A gridiron is just a bit different from the rugby pitch, on which Holmes set records and won championships. He was a member of the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, making his pro debut at age 19, and was a winger on for the championship squad in 2016. Holmes also helped secure a World Cup for Australia as a member of the the Australian rugby national team in 2017.”Helped” might be an understatement: Holmes was the tournament’s top try scorer with 12, a record. He also set the record for trys, with six, in the semifinal matchup vs. Fiji.Those records, respectfully, mean nothing in Florham Park.MORE: NFL QBs with most to prove in 2019Holmes is starting from Square 1 in a brand new sport and is competing in a loaded running back room — led by superstar free-agent signee Le’Veon Bell and veteran Ty Montgomery — and finding a niche as a punt returner. While he’s competing, Holmes is finding a lot of value in learning, as well — and his teammates are a big part of that, including fellow Aussie and Jets punter Lachlan Edwards.”(Lachlan) helped me out when I first came in April for preseason,” Holmes said. “He just let me know what it’s like, what to get used to. ‘It’ll get easy as you stay longer, you get to know the boys.'”I don’t really see too much of him, because he’s a punter. He goes to different classrooms and trains at different times. But I catch up with him every now and then at lunch.”The learning didn’t stop with Edwards, though.”It’s awesome — just coming to training everyday, hanging out with the running back class, even these other boys, all the offensive players,” Holmes told SN. “It’s awesome just to rub shoulders and communicate with them, learn off each other.”Just today, I was learning off of Le’Veon Bell, Ty Montgomery, Eli (McGuire) and (Trenton) Cannon, what they were doing. It’s been great since being here, they’ve been helping me out a lot.” FLORHAM PARK, N.J. — Valentine Holmes misses home.Now on the opposite end of the globe from where he was born and raised, there’s a lot about Australia for which he yearns: his wife and puppy dog, the weather, the beaches — even if it’s winter there currently — chief among them. With the preseason yet to unfold — while the same can be said of Holmes’ NFL career — there are many questions left unanswered. Playing time and position are the most obvious. Holmes is unsure how it’ll shake out. He is adamant he’ll do whatever the coaches ask of him as he continues to learn and grow.But there’s a simple message he’d like to deliver to as it all happens.”The best is yet to come. Just hold on.” The education seems to be paying off and turning some heads. Montgomery believes Holmes is the “LeBron James of rugby.” Coaches and teammates have been impressed with his toughness. But more than his reputation or his aura, Holmes has sure hands and seems to find himself in the right part of the field at the right time — two key aspects to becoming an NFL player — while demonstrating a dose of signature rugby toughness. It has caught the eyes of some coaches, including the man in charge.”He’s picking up the offense, that hasn’t really been his issue,” Gase told media after practice earlier in August. “It’s just when everything starts moving super fast, he’s trying to get used to that, and I think it’s starting to work for him. It’s slowing down for him and I think it just keeps slowing down.”Gase praised Holmes’ ability to pick up on the playbook — a daunting task for anyone, let alone someone learning a brand-new sport — which is an impressive feat in itself. Given Gase’s reputation for being an offensive guru whose scheme features intricacies and high-level concepts, Holmes’ grasp of the playbook is more impressive.That doesn’t mean Holmes is guaranteed a spot on the roster come September; Gase stressed that there’s still room for growth.NFL UNIFORM RANKINGS:Jets surge upward with new look for 2019While Holmes is learning what to do on the field, learning to play it in the biggest sports market in the world just adds to the equation. He’s not totally foreign to the area, after all — he’s actually pretty familiar with New York; he has been to the Big Apple more than a handful of times and got his first taste of appreciation for American football some years ago.”I was a fan of the Giants,” Holmes said with a guilty smile. “That was the first real, live NFL game I went to — Giants vs. Colts. Since then, obviously they’ve had some real classy players, classy years. That’s the team I’ve mostly supported.”Holmes’ fandom for football goes beyond just the Giants, though. While he made a name for himself playing rugby, Holmes has wanted to compete in the NFL for a long time, with interest coming to a head back to the international pro day in Los Angeles in 2016. Holmes said roughly 15 teams were interested in him following that workout.”What it came down to, I just wanted to test myself as a player, a person, an athlete and see if I can come over here and test myself among these guys. So far, I’m here now, just finishing up training camp, I’m just having fun at the same time, enjoying it. It is a lifelong dream.”Holmes understands that all of Australia has its eyes on him as he trains and tries to steal a roster spot, but he isn’t losing sight of the true reason he made this move to the NFL.”I’m just doing this for myself, my family,” Holmes said. “I’m not really thinking about anyone else. Some people are supporting me and following me, some people aren’t. Obviously, I would like to do everyone proud who has supported me, I don’t want to look like a bust out here.”last_img read more