PICO RIVERA – Fearing Pico Rivera could get caught with no regulations in place for medical marijuana dispensaries, the City Council has unanimously moved to put a temporary ban on any such facilities until it can establish rules for them. Already, the city has received several inquiries from parties interested in opening medical marijuana collectives, said City Manager Chuck Fuentes. Officials said they wanted to avoid a repeat of what happened three years ago, when an all-nude strip club opened for business within a small shopping center on Slauson Avenue near a McDonald’s restaurant, a school and a neighborhood of homes. At the time, the city’s zoning ordinances governing adult businesses prohibited strip clubs from opening anywhere in Pico Rivera except in areas zoned for commercial and manufacturing uses. City officials moved to shut down the club, but the owners of Imperial Showgirls sued Pico Rivera and won, arguing that the 23-year-old zoning restrictions were outdated and provided no place in the city where a strip club could open. “We want to be on more solid ground this time,” Fuentes said Wednesday, “with a zoning ordinance in place so \ can only open in certain parts of the city.” The council also is following the lead of Whittier’s council, which approved an ordinance in January that allows medical marijuana dispensaries but only in commercial and industrial zones, Pico Rivera City Councilman Ron Beilke said. Before approving the ordinance, the Whittier council adopted a moratorium on the dispensaries while the city’s attorney and planning staffers worked out details of the new regulations. “Given that Whittier has already walked this path, we want to do the same,” Beilke said. However, in Whittier’s case, its ordinance was adopted after a medical marijuana collective already had moved into a medical center, without the city’s knowledge. Because of that, the city had no choice but to allow the Whittier Collective to continue operating in the medical center location. Increasingly, smaller cities are finding themselves caught between the proverbial rock and hard place, having to choose whether to observe a state law that allows marijuana to be used for medical reasons – and with a doctor’s prescription – and federal law that makes its possession and use illegal. Some cities that have banned marijuana dispensaries based on federal law have found themselves facing lawsuits. Fuentes said, as far as he knows, no marijuana dispensaries now exist in Pico Rivera. According to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws’ Web site, dispensaries exist in Whittier, Hacienda Heights, Long Beach and Anaheim, but there are none in Pico Rivera. With Tuesday’s directive from the council, officials now have 45 days to come up with zoning rules and other regulations for marijuana dispensaries. “We are going to come up with an appropriate policy using all the tools at our disposal to regulate such a facility, if it was allowed to exist,” said Fuentes. But Bill Britt, a member of the Whittier Collective and executive director of the Association of Patient Advocates, said the council’s action showed no compassion for patients who rely on marijuana for pain relief. “It seems like a last-ditch effort so they don’t have to comply with state law,” he said. “They know if they did an out-and-out ban, they could be sued.” Fuentes insisted that wasn’t the case. “We just want to do the right thing,” he said. firstname.lastname@example.org (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3028 AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
21 October 2010Global mining giant Xstrata is to spend US$710-million (about R4.9-billion) the second phase of its Lion ferrochrome complex near Steelpoort in Mpumalanga, and is conducting studies on generating its own electricity to ensure security of supply.Xstrata’s pooling and sharing venture partner, JSE-listed Merafe Resources, holds a 20.5% interest in the venture and has an option to participate in the expansion.The expansion will involve the construction and commissioning of a 360 000 tonne per annum capacity smelter, and will increase the Xstrata-Merafe chrome venture’s total ferrochrome capacity to over 2.3-million tonnes per annum.The amount also includes spending R700-million on the concurrent development of the 1.2-million ton per annum Magareng mine situated within the Throncliffe mine complex.“This expansion further enhances Xstrata’s leading position in the ferrochrome market and will allow the group to benefit from anticipated growth in global demand for stainless steel,” Xstrata plc CEO Mick Davies said in a statement this week.“The venture’s management team has already, through the first phase of this expansion, demonstrated its ability to deliver projects on time and on budget. I am confident that the team is equally committed to the expansion’s second phase.”Energy supply securityThe expansion had been on the cards for some three years, but the absence of security of supply of electricity led to the project’s approval being held back until a firm allocation of capacity was received from Eskom.In addition, Xstrata is advancing its own power generation plans, and is currently completing a feasibility study for the first phase of a 600MW thermal power generation plant.Construction is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2011, with commissioning planned for the first half of 2013. The expansion will create over 1 000 permanent jobs, with a further 1 800 jobs expected to be generated during construction.Around 80% of the total expenditure on project goods and services will be sourced locally.Integrated Resource Plan, Mining CharterAccording to Xstrata, the project is further aligned with some of the key principles contained in the government’s recently publicised draft Integrated Resource Plan, including world leading energy-efficiency, and using electricity to create sustainable jobs.“This investment is aligned with the South Africa’s Industrial Policy Action Plan and demonstrates Xstrata’s continued commitment to beneficiation following the R917-million investment by the venture in Project Tswelopele, a chrome pelletising plant in Rustenburg,” said Xstrata Alloys CEO Peet Nienaber.The Lion smelter development is also the first major investment of its kind for South Africa since the government announced the amended Mining Charter, which strives to extract maximum benefit for the country through fixed investment, new and sustainable job creation, beneficiation, enhancement of South Africa’s export earnings, and contribution to state revenue.“The expansion will also allow us to significantly increase procurement from BEE enterprises, support the growth of new local enterprises and develop technical skills. These are some of the key pillars of the amended Mining Charter,” said Nienaber.“We also look forward to Merafe’s participation in the expansion, and understand that they have their own processes to follow prior to making a commitment.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
We talked with Brooklyn Nine-Nine composer Dan Marocco about his influences, his artistic process, and how technology plays a part in his creativity.PremiumBeat: Growing up in Japan had to impact you creatively. How do you think being raised in Osaka and in New York influenced your style and approach? Or do you attribute more to your formative years assisting premier artists such as Alexandre Desplat and Javier Navarette?Dan Marocco: It all plays a part in the way I hear music. The first concert I went to was Tsuyoshi Nagabuchi, a Japanese folk rock icon, but I loved all sorts of things, from John Williams to Dr. Dre before that, and by then I hadn’t even gotten into The Beatles, which is a huge influence for me. I did learn a lot from seeing how guys like Alexandre and Javier write, but when it comes down to it, I just write the way I know how, and what sounds good to my ear, which is definitely informed by a wide range of influences growing up.Image courtesy of Dan Marocco.PB: So many artists stare at the blank page in horror. Do you have a system in place before you sit at the piano or pick up the guitar to compose a new score?DM: What’s great about writing music to picture is that I almost never have a blank page. I almost always have picture to draw inspiration from. I really started writing music by writing to picture, so for me it really is much easier to have the guidelines of where the music needs to stop and start, what it needs to help, and what lines to stay out of the way of, etc. I’m sure for musicians that started by just writing songs it’s a little harder to have all of those boxes to check while you’re just trying to write a cool piece of music, but for me it’s an essential part of the creative process.Image via Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox).PB: Your score for Brooklyn Nine-Nine has become almost another squad member. It’s hard not to think back to the Lalo Schifin ’70s bold jazz TV themes for detective shows such as Starsky and Hutch or Mannix. What influenced you the most when igniting your imagination for the opening music?DM: Thanks! Yeah, it was definitely about trying to find something that you instantly identified as a classic police show, but then taking that idea and making it feel new and fun and specific to our show. I didn’t have the full visual to work with on this one, but had a few stills of the graphics, and I had seen the first two or three episodes, so I had a decent idea of what the show would feel like, and I was just trying to match that energy. It’s been really fun to hear that Terry Crews and the cast will sometimes launch into the theme song on set after they hit the last joke in the cold open, or to watch people on YouTube learn how to play it on the bass or even the harp. I’m so happy it just instantly reminds people of a show they love.Image via Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox).PB: Tell us about your studio in LA. How much does digital technology play a part for you? Do you start acoustically and then blend electronic sound, or does it wholly depend on the tone and tenor of the project?DM: It definitely depends on the project. On B99, the music always has a bit of a retro feel. I kind of see it as blend of ’70s funk, ’80s hip-hop, and ’90s rock. So, with this palette, I try to record as much live as I can. The drums are the exception because the sampled drums really give it that hint of old-school hip-hop. But I often say that the computer is the instrument I really play the best. There’s no question that it’s an essential part of the band.PB: You grew up with musical parents, and it became your passion as well. Now, as the father to two sons, do you feel an obligation to pass down that melodic legacy, and what do you hope music can do for them?DM: As a kid, despite my father being a music teacher and being from a very musical family, I never even considered music could be my thing. It wasn’t until I was in college that I really started to realize what a big part of me music is. I get excited to see my boys dancing and enjoying music. As a kid, I loved wandering around my dad’s empty band room and banging on the drums or watching the drum line practicing, and I look forward to my kids getting to mess around in the studio and try out some instruments. I’ve tried to show them what I do, but they’re still young. My wife has the B99 theme song as the ringer for me on her phone, so whenever my youngest hears the theme song he says “Dada song,” but that’s kind of the extent of it at this point.Cover image via Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Fox).Looking for more industry interviews? Check these out.Industry Advice: Two DPs on Good Documentary FilmmakingInterview: Tips for Blending Documentary and Narrative in “The Drug Runner”Screenwriter Patricia Resnick on Altman, Mad Men, and Working 9 to 5Interview: Composer Federico Jusid Makes Some Noise in HollywoodScreenwriter James V. Hart on Career, Coppola, and Creating a Method
Story Highlights The remaining four teams – Ministry of National Security, Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Trelawny Municipal Corporation and Victoria Jubilee Hospital – will next meet in the semi-final round on Tuesday, April 9, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston. The Public Sector Debate Competition is down to the last four teams, which will compete for a spot in the April 25 grand final. The Public Sector Debate Competition is down to the last four teams, which will compete for a spot in the April 25 grand final.The remaining four teams – Ministry of National Security, Jamaica Information Service (JIS), Trelawny Municipal Corporation and Victoria Jubilee Hospital – will next meet in the semi-final round on Tuesday, April 9, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston.“Congratulations to all the teams. It has been a set of lively and spirited debates. The journey is competitive, but there is a spirit of camaraderie, and for that, I commend all the teams. I wish the teams that have made it to the semi-final all the best, and I am looking forward to the rest of the competition,” Executive Director of the Transformation Implementation Unit (TIU), Maria Thompson Walters, told JIS News.The first semi-final match will commence at 10:00 a.m. when the JIS and the Ministry of National Security will debate the moot: ‘Be it resolved that corruption remains a problem in the public sector because of the lack of political will to address it’.The second match is scheduled to start at 12:30 p.m. when the Trelawny Municipal Corporation will take on Victoria Jubilee Hospital, debating the moot: ‘Be it resolved that the profit motive of the private sector should be a guiding principle for Jamaica’s public sector’.Under the competition’s theme, ‘Facing Issues, Influencing Solutions’, earlier rounds of the competition saw various public-sector workers engaged in parliamentary-style debates on transformation and other topical matters within the public sector.Friends, families and well-wishers of the teams are encouraged to track the competition on the TIU’s social media pages.Team supporters are also encouraged to follow the TIU’s Instagram and Facebook pages and vote for their favourite team in the online ‘Fan Favourite’ competition, which ends on April 18. There will be a special prize for the most liked team photo on the TIU’s Facebook page TIUjamaica and Instagram page @tiu_jamaica.The competition is spearheaded by the TIU in the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, in partnership with the Jamaican Association for Debating and Empowerment (JADE) Limited. The winning team will walk away with more than $600,000 in prizes and the champion trophy. “Congratulations to all the teams. It has been a set of lively and spirited debates. The journey is competitive, but there is a spirit of camaraderie, and for that, I commend all the teams. I wish the teams that have made it to the semi-final all the best, and I am looking forward to the rest of the competition,” Executive Director of the Transformation Implementation Unit (TIU), Maria Thompson Walters, told JIS News.
APTN National NewsA toddler was recently mauled to death by neighbourhood pet dogs on the Mosquito First Nation in Saskatchewan. A funeral was held Tuesday.APTN National News reporter Priscilla Wolf has this story.