City weighs options for new bridge to The Pier

first_imgHomeNewsCity weighs options for new bridge to The Pier Jan. 02, 2018 at 10:40 amNewsCity weighs options for new bridge to The PierKate Cagle3 years agoNo tags Locals and tourists heading to Santa Monica’s most iconic landmark will soon have a new path to tread, as the City weighs three options to replace The Pier’s 1939 seismically unsafe bridge from Ocean Avenue.  A recent report found the bridge would likely incur significant damage during a major earthquake.Beyond poor disaster odds, the current bridge cannot safely manage the sheer amount of car and foot traffic it sees on a busy day.  On a hot summer Saturday or Sunday, daily traffic totals can reach 3,667 cars.  Even with k-rail separating the sidewalk from cars, a shoulder-to-shoulder mob of pedestrians often spills out into the vehicle right of way.“During times of high use, the bridge is not wide enough to accommodate the volume of pedestrians, bicycles, and vehicles that use the facility,” said to the draft environmental impact report for the project.  The current bridge is too steep to be ADA compliant.  All three options on the table require demolishing the current bridge and replacing it with a wider span.City staff members are leaning toward the only option that replaces the 34-foot wide bridge with two separate bridges: one for cars and one for everyone else.  If that option is chosen, a new 40-foot bridge would connect walkers and cyclists to the Pier from Colorado Avenue.  Emergency vehicles and delivery trucks may use the span during off-peak hours.  All options under consideration will either construct an elevator for handicap visitors or a separate ADA walkway cantilevered from the side of the bridge.A second bridge would be constructed at Moss Avenues for cars heading to pier deck parking.  The bridge would be span 150 feet over Ocean Front Walk with two vehicle lanes with barriers.  The construction would be staged to provide continuous access to The Pier, eliminating the need for a temporary bridge while the new ones are built.Two other alternative options replace the current bridge with a new one more than twice as wide at 64-feet across.  All that extra space will allow an ADA- compliant route, two designated bike lanes and a wider sidewalk to meet the volume of pedestrian traffic descending from the Colorado Esplanade.One plan calls for a temporary car bridge on Moss Avenue connecting Appian Way to the pier deck parking during construction.  The second alternative calls for a temporary car ramp from Parking Lot 1 North.Construction of the new bridge(s) will create “significant and unavoidable” traffic increases in the area because of detours and construction crews and equipment.  However, a separate vehicle bridge would eliminate the existing conflict between traffic and pedestrians on The Pier, where cars must turn in front congregating pedestrians in order to access parking.All three plans impact 1,4000 square feet of exhibit and office space used by Heal the Bay’s aquarium during construction.  Plans may include an elevator, stairs and escalator structures into the aquarium that would take over about 850 square feet of space.The public will have a chance to give input at a meeting next Wednesday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 p.m. at Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St.  The public can learn more at and can also submit comments on the 2,500-page Environmental Impact Report for the next month by emailing [email protected]@www.smdp.comshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentKate CagleSenior ReporterSenior reporter for the Santa Monica Daily Pressview all postsVice President Al Gore to attend documentary screening in Santa MonicaPresident declares disaster over deadly California wildfireYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall10 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press21 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson21 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter21 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor21 hours agolast_img read more

2 Window Washers Rescued from 37th Floor

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore Two window washers clinging to a dangling platform 37 stories up on a downtown Boston building were rescued by firefighters Wednesday. “They were panicking,” said an employee inside the building. (Continue reading the AP story on MSNBC) AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img

Green flag flies for Super Nationals XXXV

first_img*** BOONE, Iowa (Sept. 4) – Hot laps are underway on the first day of the 35th annual IMCA Speed­way Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s.The Labor Day program at Boone Speedway begins with qualifying heats for the Stephenville Starter Race of Champions for the Hobby Stocks and BSB Manufacturing Race of Champions for Northern SportMods. Qualifiers for both RoC’s will head to the fan zone to determine where they’ll start in their respective Saturday event.The starting fields for two 25-lap qualifying features will be determined by 14 Hobby Stock heats. Twenty heats and the final 25-lap qualifier of the night are on tap for the Northern SportMods.“B” races for the Hobbies, a “B” qualifier and “C” races for the SportMods, and Modified, Sport Compact and Stock Car hot laps complete the card. Top two finishers in each of the five Hobby Stock and Northern SportMod race of champions heats advanced to Saturday shows.Three former race winners are in the Hobby Stock RoC. Lining up from first through 10th will be Matt Olson of Franklin, Minn., Tyler Henrichs of Americus, Kan., Chanse Hollatz of Clear Lake, Leah Wroten of Independence, defending winner Brandon Nielsen of Spencer, Jeff Ware of Colum­bus, Neb., 2012 winner Adam Armstrong of Beatrice, Neb., 2011 winner Shannon Ander­son of Des Moines, Sal Hernandez of Columbus, Neb., and Jason Fusselman of Shelby.The aptly named Race of Champions sees another Minnesota driver, Fort Ripley’s Jacob Hage­mann on the pole. Johnathon Logue of Boone, Tony Olson of Cedar Rapids, Dakota Sproul of Ellis, Kan., Kyle Olson of Cedar Rapids, Brett Meyer of Lytton, defending race winner Doug Smith of Lanesboro, Chad Ryerson of Wellsburg, Tyler Soppe of Sherrill and Mike Tanner of Smithville, Mo., round out the starting grid.Smith, Meyer and Soppe are the only three drivers to have qualified for the RoC previously.last_img read more

Driver never held licence

first_imgBy Jessica Anstice A driver, who has never held a licence, was intercepted by police in Garfield on Wednesday 29 July. The 48-year-old…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

Thomson rink three-peats Valentine’s Mixed Bonspiel

first_imgBy The Nelson Daily SportsFred Thomson has spent many a bonspiel during his curling career playing second fiddle to Fruitvale’s Paul Devlin.Sunday at the Nelson Curling Club Thomson found what it was like to end up in the winner’s circle.Thomson, third Marlo Tedesco, second Jamie Tedesco and lead Gioconda Maida defeated Team Devlin to win the A event at the annual Valentine’s Mixed Bonspiel at the Nelson Curling Club.The Thomson rink won the Thorman Drilling A event title for the third consecutive year. The Devlin rink included Marnie Devlin at third, second J.P. Lowen and Paula Adkin at lead.In the Sears Nelson B event, Doug Bothalmey of Riondel knocked off Barry Marsh, who just happens to own the Sears store, to capture the title.Bothalmey’s rink includes third Susan Hicks, second Pete Hicks and lead Linda Hicks. The Marsh rink included third Sherry McIvor, second Carl MacKenzie and lead Audrey MacKenzie.The Murrey Lewis rink of Nelson won the Kootenay Glass and Mirror C event title over Cranbrook’s Paul Wittingham.The C event winners included Lewis at skip, Lori Lewis at third, Bob Fortin at second and Maureen Grainger at lead. The Cranbrook rink has Paul Wittingham at skip, Allie Wittingham at third, Trevor Amy at second and Tracy Amy at lead.In the D event, the Al May rink of Nelson outlasted the Nando Salviulo rink, also of the Heritage City, to win the Nelson Home Building Centre trophy.May, third Kelli May, second Grant McKen and lead Heather McKen, outlasted the Rob Richardson rink in the semi final to advance against Salviulo.The Salviulo includes third Deanna Cowenden at third, Dave Hargraves at second and Margaret Hodges at [email protected]last_img read more

Speedy Senatla returns for Blitzbokke

first_img18 March 2014Prolific try-scorer Seabelo Senatla will return to the Springbok Sevens squad for the next two tournaments of the HSBC Sevens World Series, taking place in Tokyo and Hong Kong, but playmaker Cecil Africa will miss the trip to the Far East due to a hamstring problem.In two changes to the 12-man squad that lost to New Zealand in the final of the Wellington Sevens last month, Steven Hunt replaces Afrika, while Senatla comes in for Sampie Mastriet, who is on Vodacom Super Rugby duty with the Vodacom Bulls.Leading try-scorerSenatla was the leading try-scorer with six tries in Las Vegas, where the Springbok Sevens managed to win their second USA title in a row. An ankle injury forced him to miss the Wellington Sevens event two week later in the New Zealand capital.Hunt last played for the Springbok Sevens in December, when they won the Cell C Nelson Mandela Bay Sevens tournament and was a stand-out player for the SARU Sevens Academy team that won the Zimbabwe International Sevens in Harare this past weekend.The Tokyo tournament takes place on 22 and 23 March and will be followed by the prestigious three-day Hong Kong event a week later.Leading try scorerAlready the winners of two World Series tournaments this season, in Port Elizabeth, Las Vegas, the South Africans are the defending champions in Japan.The Blitzbokke will head Pool B at the Prince Chichibu Memorial Ground in Tokyo and have drawn matches against Argentina, Kenya and the hosts, Japan.Neil Powell, the Springbok Sevens coach, said the team will be aiming to maintain their good level of consistency, which has so far seen them reach the semi-final of each of the previous five tournaments and secured them three Cup final wins.‘The boys have trained really well’“The boys have trained really well for these two tournaments and we are leaving some very good players behind,” Powell said in a statement on Monday.“The good competition for places in the squad is motivating the guys not to only play better in tournaments, but also to do just that in each of our training sessions.“You start each tournament from scratch, the pool stages are always tough and there will be no room for complacency.”With just four more rounds to play, New Zealand lead the World Series standings on 99 points, only two points ahead of South Africa.SPRINGBOK SEVENS SQUADChris Dry, Philip Snyman, Frankie Horne, Kwagga Smith, Werner Kok, Kyle Brown (c), Branco du Preez, Stephan Dippenaar, Justin Geduld, Jamba Ulengo, Steven Hunt, Seabelo SenatlaCoach: Neil PowellSAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Ohio State Rep. Jena Powell on What’s Worth Fighting For

first_imgAt 25, Representative Jena Powell is currently the youngest legislator serving in Ohio’s General Assembly. Before her election to the Ohio House of Representatives in the 2018 midterms, she worked to build an outdoor marketing business alongside her brother, where she experienced first-hand how heavy-handed regulations can hurt businesses and communities.America’s Future Foundation’s Columbus chapter president, Esther Bardo, sat down with newly elected Representative Jena Powell, Ohio legislative District 80. They discussed Jena’s journey into politics and the policies and reform issues she is most excited to take on in her first term. Here is some of the conversation:EB: AFF exists to provide young professionals with opportunities to learn about the foundations of liberty: free markets, limited government, and personal responsibility — what do these principles of liberty mean to you, and what helped to shape your opinion of them?JP: I grew up on a farm, so ever since I can remember, I have wanted to be a business owner. Around the dinner table I would hear about business and growing companies, so through that I developed this passion, knowing I wanted to own my own business. My ideas of government were formed around that passion.EB: You have been in the business world for some time already considering your young age — do you have some the real-life stories where overregulation or government involvement inhibited business?JP: Well, my brother tricked me into entering politics, no really, he tricked me because he knows how mad I get about things! We have a billboard company; we have over 550 billboards throughout the state of Ohio. [During a meeting with] the zoning committee, we were told our local zoning permits were being rescinded. I sat there thinking,‘How can you do this, we’vealready paid thousands of dollars to get these local and state zoning permits (and) we’ve worked really hard for the money we’ve put into this (company).’ It was this lightbulb moment where I realized, ‘Wow, government is really corrupt!’ It made me realize something needed to change. It was frustrating, knowing we’ve worked hard to grow this company, and then someone can come and say, ‘Oh by the way it’s going to cost you thousands of additional dollars [to run your business] because we say so’. So that started me on a journey of looking in the mirror and thinking maybe I can do something about it.EB: Expound on that journey, how did you go from ‘This is annoying and I’m frustrated,’ to ‘I’m ready to run for office and help make those big changes in government’?JP: About a year ago now, my siblings and I went on a trip to Europe. We were walking through the streets of Rome on a Sunday morning and come to this gorgeous cathedral. There was music coming out so we decide to go in. At the front a priest walks out and began to talk — [he was] not speaking English and I’m not Catholic, so I don’t know what’s happening — and all of a sudden a group of people stand up and walk down the center aisle and go out a side door. This continues happening until we are the last ones in the entire church. The priest starts talking and kinda locks eyes with us and ushers us forward, so we walk down the center aisle and outside. The next thing I know I’m standing in this alleyway with a bag of food in my hand! I looked around and see everyone who was in this church service is now sitting on the cobblestone alleyway eating — it hit me, what I thought was a church service was actually a meal for the homeless. A gentleman motioned for us to sit [with him and through] the Google translate app [we started] talking. We came to find out he has a great job, volunteers at the soup kitchen on Sundays, has a family, and loves the area, but at the end of the conversation he looked at us and he said something that changed my perspective on a lot of things. He said to us, ‘Can you find me a job in America?’ I sat there thinking, ‘Why do you want a job in America? You have a family, you volunteer, and frankly, I flew all the way to be here!’ But he asked again, ‘Can you find me a job in America, because it is the land of opportunity.’ And that’s when it came full circle, maybe not at just that moment — I wish life worked that fast, but I came to see (that) I have a business and I know how intrusive government can (be), and when bad people rise to power they threaten small business and families, and communities. So, you toss your hat in the ring and go for! It sounds simple; it’s not that simple! There were lots of nights, after my first debate for example, you call up family saying, ‘I can’t do this anymore,’ but you remember it is worth fighting for — because families are worth fighting for, and businesses are worth fighting for, and communities are worth fighting for.EB: Going with those things worth fighting for, what are some of the policy issues you’re eager to fight for in your first term? What are you ready to reform?JP: What really excites [me] is regulatory reform and tax reform. Those are issues that affect every individual, every business. When you cut taxes or reduce regulation on small businesses, it’s not only so people will have more money in their pockets, but it strengthens communities. That’s what I want to see. That’s the real role of government. Those are issues I’m excited to start working on.EB: What advice do you have for fellow millennials, and the generation coming after us, who are thinking of getting into policy or politics?JP: Yeah, so basically, what do I tell myself! It’s not all about me! It’s about serving others! I think [millennials] need to take the extra step forward — get involved. More [of us] need to come to the House and Senate and learn about what is happening. Go out and meet your representatives, have lunch with them, see what they are doing. [millennials] could learn so much from them; I have learned so much from talking with them! Also, know what you believe and be willing to stand up for it, because whether you’re an aid, or page, or elected official you are there to represent and serve your district.last_img read more

Good Vibes And Summer Dreams: Joyful Wallpapers For Your Desktop (June 2017 Edition)

first_img HomeWeb DesignGood Vibes And Summer Dreams: Joyful Wallpapers For Your Desktop (June 2017 Edition) Posted on 31st May 2017Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Where do you seek inspiration? In the bright colors that nature is showing at this time of year? A conversation with a friend maybe? Or a journey you recently went on? Well, we also might have something for you: Our monthly desktop wallpapers post is an opportunity to refuel your creative battery and get a little in-between inspiration shot — since nine years already.Each month, artists and designers from across the globe challenge their creative skills to create inspiring, unique, and simply beautiful wallpapers for you to indulge in. Wallpapers that are a bit more distinctive as the usual crowd and that’ll, hopefully, cater for some fresh ideas.The post Good Vibes And Summer Dreams: Joyful Wallpapers For Your Desktop (June 2017 Edition) appeared first on Smashing Magazine.From our sponsors: Good Vibes And Summer Dreams: Joyful Wallpapers For Your Desktop (June 2017 Edition) Good Vibes And Summer Dreams: Joyful Wallpapers For Your Desktop (June 2017 Edition)You are here: Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019last_img read more

Apple TV Gets Voice, Touch, And Its Own Operating System, tvOS

first_imgTags:#Apple#Apple TV#developers#iOS#SDK#set-top box#Siri#TV Apps#tv streaming#TvOS#voice control#voice search Why Your Company’s Tech Transformation Starts W… adriana lee Leveraging Big Data that Data Websites Should T… These Mistakes Can Derail a Legacy Software Con…center_img How AI is Learning to Play with Words Apple CEO Tim Cook was right when he said, at a press event in San Francisco Wednesday, that television hasn’t changed much in decades. We still sit and veg out, hitting the clicker until we find something we want to watch. One thing that has changed: search. Channel surfing’s not so simple now. Instead, we tend to peck out titles or keywords one character at a time. This process utterly stinks—it takes us out of our gleeful couch-potato trance and into a world of irritation. See also: Apple Builds A Larger Canvas For Tablet Appmakers With The iPad ProAmazon, Google, and others have attacked that problem by building in voice features and contextual searches. Now Apple has as well, with its new Siri-driven Apple TV. In some ways, the device is like an Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Echo, and Nexus Player crammed into one box, which will now tie into Apple TV’s own App Store—a store third-party developers have been itching to fill with wares.That’s the just the beginning. A new operating system for Apple TV, called tvOS, and a touch-friendly remote join the company’s TV streaming box, turning this former “hobby” into a platform. Here’s more. Meet tvOS Apple hasn’t touched the Apple TV in two years. Cook even acknowledged the wait, saying “we’ve been working really hard—and really long …” Part of the reason for the delay was likely tvOS, Apple TV’s new software, which is “based on iOS, [but] adapted for the living room,” according to Apple executive Eddie Cue. Though the OS is a new entry for Apple, consumers won’t have to buy separate versions of apps by device. Developers will be able to set their wares as universal purchases, so their users can pay or download once and enjoy their apps everywhere. According to Cue, app makers will be able to create universal streaming, game, and other apps that run on the iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. Continuity features also let people, say, start a game on one device and pick it up on another. According to Apple’s developer page, app makers can use “use key frameworks and technologies such as Metal, UIKit, On Demand Resources, CloudKit, and Game Center to create rich games and apps that look amazing on the new Apple TV.” The kit includes new templates using XML and JavaScript as a framework for tvOS apps. With predefined layouts and Javascript APIs, developers should be able to build apps quickly for the new Apple TV App Store. The tvOS developer beta is available now to cater to the 11 million developers who are already working on TV apps, Cue said. There’s an extremely short deadline period, though: You must register by September 11 at noon Pacific time for an opportunity to get your hands on the Apple TV Developer Kit, which includes access to the new hardware. Talking TV, Siri-ouslyAlong with the Apple TV finally getting an App Store instead of a handful of Apple-blessed apps, the unit comes with other changes: Siri voice features capable of natural language and understanding context. For instance, “Show me action movies. New ones. Show me only ones with Jeremy Renner.” Amazon Echo also understands natural spoken language and context particularly well, and it offers other types of searches. Now, so does Siri on the Apple TV. As you watch a show, you can call up the weather, ask for sports scores and other things. Get more details, and the unit automatically pauses the stream. In addition to launching apps like Apple Music by voice, Siri also lets you articulate searches across different apps. Amazon Fire TV’s early hype stemmed from the same feature, but it was saddled by extremely limited initial support for other apps and slow attempts to expand. Apple’s variation on this theme reaches into iTunes, Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Showtime, to start. It will cover more over time.Another nifty feature: If you missed what the actor said, you can ask Siri. It will skip back 15 seconds and temporarily turn on the captions, so you can see it on screen. Touch By TouchInitially, I thought that putting a touchpad on a TV remote control—a unit we tend to reach for in the dark or without looking—was an awful idea. However, the real purpose of the touch-friendly remote seemed much clearer today.Swiping through shows and making an icon jiggle while your thumb lays on the remote are just the beginning. Adding touch gives the TV remote more functionality as a gaming remote, and lets users do things, like shoot through digital shopping catalogs. The accessory also comes with a built-in accelerometer and a gyroscope. Demos by Crossy Road and Gilt highlighted the fact that Apple doesn’t just want people “vegging out” in front of the tube. It wants people actually doing things with their TV—from checking out sports scores and playing Guitar Hero or Disney Infinity, to planning their next trip with Airbnb or even searching for a new home on Zillow. “We believe the future of television is apps,” Cook said. “In fact, this transition has already begun.” He cited that more than 60% of paid streaming video gets “consumed” on an Apple device through an app. Now, by extending the app economy to the television, the company has made its bid to own our living rooms. Of course, that begs the question: For what purpose? Sales, of course. But there could have been one other reason, one that was wholly missing from the announcement. Early predictions and rumors foresaw the new Apple TV supporting HomeKit, Apple’s smart home framework. However, there was no mention of that whatsoever on stage. Neither did the company announce any support for short-range smart-home wireless standards in this unit, at least so far. What we do know, at least for the TV experience, is that developers can already work with tvOS and, Apple announces, they can also start playing with the new hardware. Consumers will get their chance in late October for $149 (wth 32 GB of storage) or $199 (64 GB). For the money, they’ll get a streaming set-top box with a 64-bit A8 processor and support for 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0. The latter, which works with the new remote control, means users won’t need a line of sight (pointing directly at the box) to control the TV. Apple crammed in all of that into a casing that’s “just 10 millimeters taller” than the previous version, Cue said. The product will roll out to 80 countries to start, and reach 100 countries by the end of the year—though only eight will get Siri, which will apparently only work in five languages.  Related Posts last_img read more

Hatch, Wyden Introduce Bipartisan Retirement Savings Bill

first_imgSenate Finance Committee (SFC) Chairman Orrin G. Hatch, R-Utah and ranking member Ron Wyden, D-Ore., on March 8 introduced the bipartisan Retirement Enhancement and Savings Bill of 2018 (RESA) (Sen. 2526). The measure aims to increase employer incentives to encourage employee retirement savings.“This legislation creates workable, voluntary solutions to help workers better save for their future,” Hatch said in a joint press release. According to Hatch, the bill would authorize multiple employer plans, which would allow smaller employers to join together to sponsor one retirement plan for their employees.“This bipartisan bill gives employers incentives to make it easier for their employees to save,” Wyden said. Additionally, the bill would allow individuals over 70 to make tax-free contributions to their Individual Retirement Arrangements (IRAs), according to Wyden. “These types of provisions are key to addressing our country’s savings crisis,” he added.Multiemployer Pension PlansThe bipartisan bill’s introduction comes just days after Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., named Hatch co-chair of the bipartisan, bicameral Joint Select Committee on the Solvency of Multiemployer Pension Plans. The Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 (P.L. 115-123), signed into law on February 9, 2018 (TAXDAY, 2018/02/12, W.1), creates the new joint select committee consisting of 16 members chosen by Leadership in the House and Senate. As named, the committee is tasked with drafting recommendations to improve the solvency of multiemployer pension plans.“Despite remaking the U.S. tax code to better promote savings and investment, there is still more work that needs to be done to bolster retirement savings and address the shortcomings that have plagued multiemployer pension plans across the country,” Hatch said in a statement. ” While resolving this issue is long overdue, there continues to be a great deal of bipartisan support in Congress for a comprehensive solution to the union-run multiemployer pension system.”By Jessica Jeane, Wolters Kluwer News StaffRetirement Enhancement and Savings Act of 2018Login to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more