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Pasadena Recognized for Nation’s Best Housing Policy

first_imgGovernment Pasadena Recognized for Nation’s Best Housing Policy Published on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 | 11:25 am HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Swears He’s Ready For Another Relationship. Is He Really?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Metabolism-Boosting Foods For Weight LossHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Tips To Rejuvenate Winter Dry, Chapped LipsHerbeautyHerbeauty 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. Make a comment 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  William Huang, Director of Housing and Career Services receiving award from ULI trusteesOn October 24, 2014, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Tewillinger Center for Housing recognized the cities of Pasadena, CA and Austin, TX with 2014 Ralph C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards given for the nation’s most outstanding housing policies at its fall meeting in New York City.The award recognizes exemplary state and local programs, policies, and practices which support the production, rehabilitation, or preservation of affordable and workforce housing. It honors state or local governmental agencies with innovative policy initiatives that provide ongoing and sustainable support for affordable and workforce housing. Specifically, these policies should support the creation and preservation of housing affordable to households earning at or below 120 percent of area median income.Pasadena’s recognition was based on its housing policy and programs which have resulted in the development of over 5,000 housing units in transit-oriented areas, including 1,370 units of affordable and workforce housing. Pasadena’s commitment to its housing vision, community engagement, and informed dialog has produced a highly integrated and effective mix of goals, policies, and programs for its 2014-2021 housing element plan. Implementing a comprehensive set of policies, the city of Pasadena was aptly placed at the top of the State of California’s Department of Housing and Community Development “Housing Elements Best Practices” list. Policies, programs and tools mentioned in the application were Pasadena’s Inclusionary Housing and Density Bonus Ordinances, fee waivers for affordable housing, www.PasadenaHousingSearch.com, and Project HOUSED, the City’s housing first program for the chronically homeless.The Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Awards program was created in 2011, with the purpose of honoring the legacy of the late Robert C. Larson, former ULI Foundation Chairman and longtime ULI trustee. The award’s criteria were structured so that it provides visibility to exemplary state or local governments that provide ongoing and sustainable support for the production, rehabilitation or preservation of workforce housing. Policy programs are judged on a number of factors, including impact on the supply of workforce housing, comprehensiveness of the tools and programs employed involvement of public-private partnerships, and the ability to leverage private and nonprofit funds, among other criteria. Business News Community Newscenter_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Top of the News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community Newslast_img read more

Mortgage Professionals Support Reducing Presence of GSEs in Market

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Mortgage Professionals Support Reducing Presence of GSEs in Market Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tory Barringer began his journalism career in early 2011, working as a writer for the University of Texas at Arlington’s student newspaper before joining the DS News team in 2012. In addition to contributing to DSNews.com, he is also the online editor for DS News’ sister publication, MReport, which focuses on mortgage banking news. Related Articles December 8, 2014 892 Views As policymakers continue to mull over the possible dissolution of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, a new survey shows industry professionals support the continued—albeit reduced—presence of the two mortgage giants in the market.In a report released Monday, the Collingwood Group said that 65 percent of lenders and other mortgage industry workers support the push for GSE reform, calling their current state of conservatorship under the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) unsustainable.At the same time, none of the survey respondents called for a wind-down or elimination of the GSEs, calling instead for administrative changes and the addressing of issues ranging from “aggressive put-back tactics” to the companies’ overwhelmingly dominant position in the market, which some firms see as the government crowding out the private sector.The Collingwood Group’s findings run counter to tactics taken by lawmakers like Tim Johnson (D-South Dakota) and Mike Crapo (R-Idaho), the heads of the Senate Banking Committee and authors of a bill designed to dissolve the GSEs and replace them with a government corporation that has a more limited role.Having passed a committee vote against the wishes of many Democrats, the Johnson-Crapo bill has yet to see a full Senate vote, despite support from the Obama administration. Critics of the legislation, including committee members Charles Schumer (D-New York), Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts), and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), say it doesn’t do enough to provide affordable housing for lower-income Americans.While Washington continues to debate over the next step for Fannie and Freddie, the Collingwood Group reports that the two companies are making strides in improving their relationships in the mortgage industry. Sixty-seven percent of respondents in the firm’s survey indicated that Freddie Mac has become more supportive and responsive to lenders’ needs in the last year, while 63 percent said the same for Fannie Mae.”The industry’s perception of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s boost in performance over the last year is evidence of the fight for market share,” the Collingwood Group said. “It’s clear that the agencies are providing better service to customers in order to compete with each other and the private label market.”When asked about which factors most influence their decisions on which GSE to sell their loans to, nearly half of respondents cited price as the biggest point, with one anonymous respondent saying, “Amidst margin compression and rising expenses, we have to capture every basis point.”Twenty-four percent said the most important factor is which GSE offers better support for smaller lenders, while 22 percent were more concerned about rep and warrant relief and enforcement. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Collingwood Group Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Politics 2014-12-08 Tory Barringer Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Share Save Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Mortgage Professionals Support Reducing Presence of GSEs in Market Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News, Secondary Market The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Tagged with: Collingwood Group Fannie Mae FHFA Freddie Mac Politics Previous: GSEs Officially Lower Down Payment to 3 Percent for Qualifying First-Time Homebuyers Next: HUD, VA Work Together to End Veteran Homelessness About Author: Tory Barringer Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

Duarte, Figueroa help Oregon slip past Utah 67-64

first_img Tags: Chris Duarte/LJ Figueroa/Oregon Ducks/Pac-12/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball Associated Press Written by February 20, 2021 /Sports News – Local Duarte, Figueroa help Oregon slip past Utah 67-64 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailEUGENE, Ore. (AP) — Chris Duarte and LJ Figueroa scored 15 points apiece and Oregon beat Utah 67-64 for the Ducks’ fifth straight win.Eugene Omoruyi added 13 points for Oregon (14-4, 9-3 Pac-12) before fouling out with 3:29 to play. Duarte, who had 11 points in the second half, and Figueroa hit 3-pointers 21 seconds apart to give the Ducks a 64-61 lead with 1:55 to play.Alfonso Plummer answered with a 3-pointer before Duarte made 1 of 2 free throws to give Oregon the lead for good with 1:20 remaining.Plummer hit four 3s and finished with 17 points and Timmy Allen scored 15 for Utah (9-10, 6-9).Neither team led by more than five points and there were nine ties and 19 lead changes.last_img read more

Methyl bromide challenge

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaMethyl bromide, a chemical used by vegetable farmers to control pests, is being phased out of use in the United States. University of Georgia experts have developed an alternative method farmers could use.The United Nations Environmental Program began the phase-out of methyl bromide in 1992. The program was authorized by the Montreal Protocol, a treaty signed by the United States and more than 180 other countries to control ozone-depleting substances. The phase-out was to be completed by Jan. 1, 2005. Existing stockpiles could be used, but the United States wasn’t allowed to import or produce methyl bromide after that.“Nobody knows how long the current stockpiles will last,” said Terry Kelley, a vegetable horticulturist with the UGA Cooperative Extension. “But speculation is that they will be exhausted in 2008.”For years, farmers have planted some vegetables in planting beds covered in plastic, which helps them consistently control the growing environment for high-valued vegetable crops like tomatoes, eggplants, squash, strawberries and peppers. Methyl bromide has been an effective, economical way to sterilize these beds against diseases and problem weeds prior to planting, Kelley said.“No one single fumigant could do what methyl bromide could do for vegetable growers,” Kelley said.Scientists with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences knew this was the biggest problem facing the vegetable industry. They have been trying to find alternatives.One alternative method that shows promise uses a combination of three chemicals, Telone II, chloropicrin and Metam, said David Langston, a CAES plant pathologist. All three chemicals are labeled for use on vegetables.Langston and Stanley Culpepper, a CAES weed scientist, began looking at this “three-way” system in 1999. Research literature from the 1980s shows it could work. But it needed tweaking.“What we have done is refine the system,” Langston said. For the three-way system to work, a farmer needs to know how to apply the chemicals in order and deliver each chemical to a specific depth and location in the bed. The soil needs to be moist, too, but not too moist.To cover beds, farmers use several different farm implements on different tractors. The CAES scientists have developed new tractor implements to help farmers safely and accurately deliver each chemical in the three-way system without adding additional trips over a field.The price of methyl bromide has tripled in the past decade. It currently costs vegetable farmers about $450 per acre to use. The chemicals for the three-way system cost about $360 per acre. But with one use of methyl bromide, farmers can often plant two to three consecutive vegetable crops before reworking the plastic beds.It is unclear how many crops one three-way treatment will be able to consistently cover, Langston said.Langston and Culpepper are testing the three-way system on three farms in south Georgia this spring. They are also testing different plastic types to see which works best with the system.The CAES experts are producing an educational DVD to train Georgia’s vegetable industry and farmers who want to try the three-way methyl bromide alternative.Because no alternative for methyl bromide has been found, the United States and other countries have received “critical-use exemptions,” said Kelley, who has helped the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association compile and prepare the critical-use exemption application. This allows limited importation and production of methyl bromide for use in the United States.In 2005, the United States was allowed to import or produce about 17 million pounds of methyl bromide, about 30 percent of what was allowed in 1991. The U.S. exemption this year allows for 15 million pounds.last_img read more

Norway’s KLP sells Chinese rail company over corruption concerns

first_img“Furthermore, we will naturally consider the new coal criterion adopted for the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) and evaluate further exclusions in light of this,” she said.The Norwegian Parliament last month voted that the sovereign wealth fund should divest any company drawing more than 30% of revenue from coal activities.KLP also followed the advice of the GPFG’s Council of Ethics, which recommended the exclusion of China Railway Group over concerns of “gross corruption”.Bergan said there was still an “unacceptable risk” the railway company had been involved in corruption, and that no measures had been put in place to prevent any problems – with the divestment occurring after repeated attempts to contact management failed.Turkish industrial conglomerate Sabanci Holdings has been excluded from KLP’s investment universe due to its involvement with tobacco production, while Noble Group was divested due to the risk it was contributing to severe environmental damage.Additionally, Heidelberg Cement and Cemex were divested as they were exploiting natural resources in the West Bank.Bergan said that while settling on the exclusion of the two companies proved more difficult than a similar barring of firms exploiting resources in Western Sahara, she said exploiting resources in an occupied territory could prolong conflict and was reason for divestment. Norwegian pension provider KLP has sold stakes in a further five coal companies and divested the Chinese state railway company over concerns of gross corruption.KLP, which provides pensions to local government employees, said it divested the five coal companies in line with its guidelines that it sell holdings in firms drawing more than half of revenues from coal.The sale of stakes in China Power International Development, Electric Power Development, FirstEnergy Corp, Huadian Power International and Huaneng Power International comes after the provider sold 27 coal company stakes last year.Head of responsible investment Jeanett Bergan said KLP would continue to assess the threshold it set itself for coal divestment and look to include additional parameters as reporting became more granular.last_img read more

Veterans Release Anti-Trump Video for Independence Day

first_imgSome veterans are not happy with President Trump, and they are using the occasion of Independence Day to let him know.A veteran advocacy group called Common Defense was formed three years ago to oppose Trump. This week, they released a video in conjunction with the Need to Impeach campaign. In the video, veterans and organizers of the group explain that they feel betrayed by Trump, and that they believe American democracy is under attack.Lead organizer Kyle Bibby, who is a Marine Corps veteran, says that the oath members take when joining the military, “establishes our ties to something that is greater than us. I don’t see Donald Trump as someone who is serious about our values, who is serious about his job to serve the American people.”Other veterans included in the video state that the president “should be impeached” for reasons including cruelty, to a “criminal.”One veteran states in the video that he never suspected an American president would collude with a foreign dictator, referencing Russian President Vladimir Putin.Last October, Trump tweeted about billionaire Tom Steyer, the founder of Need to Impeach, “He comes off as a crazed and stumbling lunatic who should be running out of money pretty soon.”last_img read more

Back Home Again

first_imgBy John BurtonMonmouth Beach students celebrate reopening of Sandy-damaged schoolMONMOUTH BEACH – The hope was to have the borough’s Sandy-damaged elementary school opened by the beginning of June. They made it.Teachers aide Ms. Carol Brady greets third graders Sade White (left), Paige Show, Grace Decker, Abigail Mansfield and Tony Macaluso (right) during Monday morning’s opening of the Monmouth Beach School, seven months after Super Storm Sandy.“As a parent, it is gratifying to see my eighth-grader graduate from this school,” said Parent Teacher Organization President Homeria Walter, during the official ribbon-cutting ceremony Monday, June 3, marking the school’s reopening seven months after being damaged by Super Storm Sandy.The difficulties parents, students and teachers had during the time the structure was being refurbished appeared all but forgotten as they returned to the school. Many were wearing brightly colored T-shirts proclaiming “MB Strong” and smiles.The school, which has about 300 students, was flooded when about 2 feet of water swept through it, ruining books and supplies, carpet and furniture and school records. It also wrecked the heating and electrical systems. The work to restore the structure cost approximately $2 million, according to Superintendent Brian Farrell.Sofie Bilancia (4th grade), Max Avrillon (3rd grade) and Rory Maher (3rd grade) at the school’s bake sale opening day.In the interim, Monmouth Beach students, faculty and staff went to the West Long Branch and Oceanport school districts and Shore Regional High School for instruction.“It was a tough time being out of the building,” said Nancy Pietz, a fifth-grade teacher who has 20 years in the district. “It’s great to be back.”Pietz insisted the remainder of the school year would be productive.“I’m going right back to the books,” she said. “The summer’s not here yet.”The school was reopened with not quite three weeks left in the school year so students and faculty could regain a sense of normalcy and to allow the eighth-graders to graduate from the school.“In the long run it worked out OK,” teacher Tina Freglette said. “It looks great.”The school was officially open as Superintendent Brian Farrell (left) cuts the ribbon with Homeria Walters (right), PTO president, and Board of Education Vice President Kirk Ruoff.For parent Maureen Somers having two of her three children in the school “was very chaotic.” She had to juggle the schedules of her entire family to accommodate everyone. Somers said Monmouth Beach students didn’t have lockers at their temporary schools and they had to carry around their books and other items each day.Danny Mendillo, a seventh-grader, felt the two toughest parts of dealing with being in another school were transportation and sports. When they overlapped, he and his fellow students had to maneuver to get to and from practices. The bright side was he “got to meet a lot of new friends.”“It was kind of hard for us,” agreed seventh-grader John Salerno. “We weren’t familiar with that school,” which was Shore Regional High School.Parent Maureen Sommers (left) and teacher Nancy Pietz.Their classmate Zach Berman said getting out of school later than usual at Shore Regional made “it tough getting us to everything,” including sports and extracurricular activities. “Just the feeling of being back and seeing everyone back together is really great,” he said.Tony Macaluso, a third-grader, was also glad to be back in his own school. “It’s really great to be back,” said Tony, who has been attending West Long Branch’s Betty McElmon Elementary School. He missed the Monmouth Beach school gym and some of his friends who wound up going to another school. “I’ll be glad to see them again,” he said with a shy smile.After the storm, about 50 schools across the country started collecting funds to help the Monmouth Beach district and raised about $78,000, according to the PTO’s Walter.The Two River Theater, in Red Bank, also conducted its own fundraising effort for the district and collected $10,000, Walter said.Teacher Tina Freglette (left) and Jen Loxton, library personnel.The funds were used to offset the cost of replacing lost equipment, supplies and furniture, Superintendent Brian Farrell said. “Some good does come out something like this.”The school’s reopening brings about a change in the district leadership. Board of Education Vice President Kirk Ruoff announced Farrell, who has been with the district for 1½ years, is leaving. Replacing him in July will be Michael Ettore, who has 25 years in education, including working as a principal in the Marlboro district and teaching in Little Silver.Farrell said he will be leaving to enter business in the private sector.last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week — Nelson Selects U11 Boys

first_imgThe team includes, back row, L-R, coach Kerry Dyck, Michael Parish, Milo Baranyai Sheppard, Ezra Foy, Grayson Hill, Dylan Luscombe, Elias Lutz, Thomas Baxter, Ernesto Archambault and coach James Baxter. Front, Jesse Thurston, Josh Yasek, Keeper Jacob Erickson, Angus Paterson, Aidan Mushumanski and Jaden Dyck. Missing Bradey Sookero who missed the tournament due to a broken leg. The Nelson U11 Selects did more than impress a few coaches during a trip south of the 49th parallel. The squad dominated the opposition in capturing the gold medal at the Youth Soccer Tournament in Kalispell, Mont. Staff and Management at Mallard’s Source for Sports realize this may be the first of many more Team of the Weeks to come for this skillful group. last_img read more

Packers vs. 49ers pregame: Who’s in with Kittle, who’s out with Goodwin?

first_imgSANTA CLARA — Tight end George Kittle will suit up for the first time in three games for the 49ers, whose inactives tonight include wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, a healthy scratch.Wide receivers Emmanuel Sanders and Deebo Samuel, meanwhile, will play through rib and shoulder injuries, respectively, to face the Packers.Kittle’s return was anticipated after he practiced Thursday and Friday for the first time since his Oct. 31 leg injuries. Fullback Kyle Juszczyk said a Kittle comeback would …last_img read more

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