Wednesday, May 8, 2019

"Sailing Western Penobscot Bay" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Sailing Western Penobscot Bay" by Doug Mills
America's oldest schooner, Lewis R French, built 1871, sailing western Penobscot Bay near Rockland Maine.


Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

'Schooner American Eagle" The Maine Windjammer Project


 'Schooner American Eagle" by Doug Mills
Schooner American Eagle, built 1930, sailing past Owls Head on her way back to her home port of Rockland Maine.


Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com

Monday, May 6, 2019

California 7 Day Forecast


Northern California

Today
Mostly sunny, with a high near 77. South southeast wind 8 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.
Tonight
Partly cloudy, with a low around 53. Southeast wind 13 to 18 mph decreasing to 6 to 11 mph after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 24 mph.

Tuesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 82. South southeast wind 5 to 10 mph.
Tuesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 56. Southeast wind 6 to 13 mph becoming east northeast in the evening.

Wednesday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. Calm wind becoming northwest 5 to 8 mph in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

Thursday
Sunny, with a high near 91.
Thursday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 58.

Friday
Sunny, with a high near 91.
Friday Night
Clear, with a low around 58.

Saturday
Sunny, with a high near 91.
Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 59.

Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 89.

Southern California

Today
A chance of showers, with thunderstorms also possible after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 64. Southeast wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight
A chance of showers and thunderstorms. Cloudy, with a low around 52. South wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.

Tuesday
A chance of showers. Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 64. South wind 5 to 10 mph becoming southeast in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 30%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.
Tuesday Night
Increasing clouds, with a low around 52. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light in the evening.

Wednesday
Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 68. Light west wind becoming southwest 5 to 10 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph.
Wednesday Night
A slight chance of showers after 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday
A chance of showers, mainly after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 69. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Thursday Night
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 53.

Friday
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 67.
Friday Night
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 54.

Saturday
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 71.
Saturday Night
A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 55.

Sunday
A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 74.


Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com

"Majestic Schooner Heritage" the Maine Windjammer Project


"Majestic Schooner Heritage" by Doug Mills
The majestic schooner Heritage under full sail at Rockland Maine.



Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com

Sunday, May 5, 2019

"At Rockland Maine" The Maine Windjammer Project


"At Rockland Maine" by Doug Mills
Schooner Harvey Gammage from the deck of Angelique at Rockland Maine.


Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com

Saturday, May 4, 2019

"In Rockland Maine" The Maine Windjammer Project


"In Rockland Maine" by Doug Mills
Tall ships Mary Day Mistress and Isaac H Evans at the Rockland Breakwater Light in Rockland Maine.


Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com

Friday, May 3, 2019

Night lane closures on Cross Creek Rd & westbound PCH from Pier to Cross Creek 5/6-6/1

Malibu, California - Temporary lane closures on Cross Creek Rd, between PCH and Civic Center Way, and along westbound PCH, between the Malibu Pier and Cross Creek Rd, resume from May 6 through June 1, for nighttime utility work. Work hours are Sunday through Thursday nights, from 8:00 PM to 5:00 AM. Flaggers will provide traffic control, when needed.

Businesses in the work area will remain open for regular business hours during this project.

Culver City Releases Survey to Collect Public Opinion on Electric Scooter Share

Culver City, California - In an effort to improve mobility and decrease carbon emissions around Culver City, the City Council decided on July 9th, 2018, to allow two dockless electric stand-up scooter companies -- Bird and Lime -- to place their scooters in Culver City for an 11-month test period. Culver City is now studying the best way to address electric scooter (e-scooter) share as a new transportation model.
The City is conducting a survey that collects public feedback of e-scooter share and the Culver City e-scooter share pilot program. Public input will help inform the City on its scooter share program, and the aggregated results will be shared with the City Council and the community.
Survey feedback must be submitted electronically or to the Senior Center by Friday, May 24th, 2019.
For more information about the e-scooter share program in Culver City, please visit our scooter website.

About Culver City

Culver City is a five-square-mile, urban community of 39,000 residents surrounded mostly by the City of Los Angeles but also shares a border with unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. It is centrally located on the Westside near Santa Monica, Beverly Hills, and Los Angeles International Airport.  Culver City is particularly known for its well-run public school system, "small town" charm, growing high-tech and creative economies, and a dynamic downtown that is regionally known as a destination for restaurants, live theatre, and art galleries.

Topanga Cyn overnight full closure, PCH to Grand View, May 6-9, 10PM-5AM - Slope repairs

Malibu, California - Caltrans announced full nighttime closures of Topanga Cyn Blvd, between PCH and Grand View Dr in Topanga, on Monday through Thursday nights, May 6-9, from 10:00 PM and 5:00 AM.

Signs will be posted advising motorists to use US-101, Las Virgenes Rd, and Malibu Cyn Rd as an alternate route. Motorists should expect delays and are strongly advised to use alternate routes or avoid the area.

The town of Topanga will remain open to motorists.

The closure is required for an emergency project to repair and restore eroded slope embankments along the highway. All work is weather permitting and subject to change. To find out more about the project, read the Caltrans blog.

Drivers can check traffic conditions before they leave by visiting the Caltrans Quickmap.

"The Gathering" The Maine Winfjammer Project


"The Gathering" by Doug Mills
The gathering of schooners at Rockland Maine for The Great Schooner Race of 2012.


Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com

Thursday, May 2, 2019

"America's Oldest Working Schooner" The Maine Windjammer Project


"America's Oldest Working Schooner" by Doug Mills
America's oldest working schooner, Lewis R French, at the Rockland Breakwater Light in Rockland Maine.

Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

"Heritage" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Heritage" by Doug Mills
The Great Wicdship, Heritage, at her dock in Rockland Maine.


Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

"Spring In Camden" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Spring In Camden" by Doug Mills
Spring in Camden Maine, the birthplace of the windjammer industry, is a magical time.


Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com

Monday, April 29, 2019

"Under Full Sail" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Under Full Sail" by Doug Mills
The Nathaniel bowditch under full sail at the Rockland Breakwater Light in Rockland Maine.


Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com

Sunday, April 28, 2019

"Reflections" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Reflections" by Doug Mills
Raflections of schooner Isaac H Evans at Rockland Maine.


Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com

Saturday, April 27, 2019

"Pemaquid Point Light" The Maine Windjammer Project


"Pemaquid Point Light" by Doug Mills


Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com

Friday, April 26, 2019

Casting Announced for CHARLIE & THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY at Segerstrom Center, 5/28-6/9

CASTING ANNOUNCED FOR COSTA MESA ENGAGEMENT OF ROALD DAHL'S 
CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY
"WE FINALLY HAVE A TERRIFIC SHOW FOR EVERYONE. GO SEE CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY – I GUARANTEE YOU WILL HAVE A BALL." – NPR
May 28 – June 9, 2019
Segerstrom Hall
Tickets on sale now
 

The producers and Segerstrom Center for the Arts are pleased to announce casting for the national tour of Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY, which will play Segerstrom Hall May 28 – June 9, 2019. As previously announced, Broadway veteranNoah Weisberg (South PacificEnronElfLegally Blonde) will star as the extraordinary chocolate maker, Willy Wonka, with Henry Boshart (age 10), Collin Jeffery (age 11) andRueby Wood (age 11), alternating in the title role of Charlie Bucket.

They will be joined by James Young as Grandpa Joe, Amanda Rose as Mrs. Bucket,Jessica Cohen as Veruca Salt, Madeleine Doherty as Mrs. Teavee, Kathy Fitzgerald as Mrs. Gloop, Nathaniel Hackmann as Mr. Salt, Daniel Quadrino as Mike Teavee, David Samuel as Mr. Beauregarde, Brynn Williams as Violet Beauregarde, Matt Wood as Augustus Gloop. The 36-member company also includes Sarah BowdenElijah Dillehay,Alex Dreschke, Jess Fry, David R. Gordon, Chavon Hampton, Sabrina Harper,Benjamin Howes, Karen Hyland, Lily Kaufmann, David Paul Kidder, Jennifer Jill Malenke, Joe Moeller, Tanisha Moore, Claire Neumann, Caylie Rose NewcomJoel Newsome, Kevin Nietzel, Kristin Piro, Clyde Voce, Armando Yearwood Jr., and Borris Anthony York
Tickets to Roald Dahl’s CHARLIE AND THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY start at $29 and are on sale now at SCFTA.org, by calling (714) 556-2787 and at the Box Office at 600 Town Center Drive in Costa Mesa. For inquiries about group ticket savings for 10 or more, please call the Group Services office at (714) 755- 0236. The 2:00 p.m. performance on Saturday, June 8 will include audio description, open captioning and sign-language interpretation. The Center offers many services for patrons with disabilities including removable wheelchair locations, binoculars and assistive listening devices. To learn more visit SCFTA.org/accessibilityinformation.

USC Shoah Foundation exhibition in Sacramento on Monday to honor of Holocaust Remembrance Day

The interactive Dimensions in Testimony revolutionizes the concept of oral history by integrating advanced filming techniques, specialized display technologies, next-generation natural language processing and artificial intelligence into one unique exhibition.
USC Shoah Foundation was established by filmmaker Steven Spielberg in 1994 to collect and preserve video testimonies of survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust and other genocides.
SACRAMENTO, CA — USC Shoah Foundation will display its Dimensions in Testimonyinteractive biography exhibit as part of the Legislature’s official Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration at the California State Capitol building.
On display for the first time in Sacramento, this high-definition exhibit features two Holocaust survivors: Eva Schloss, stepsister of the diarist Anne Frank, as well as noted Holocaust educator Pinchas Gutter. Stephen Smith, the UNESCO chair on genocide education and Finci-Viterbi executive director of USC Shoah Foundation. 

This one-day-only exhibit is made possible by the California Legislative Jewish Caucus.
WHO:
• Stephen D. Smith, PhD, Finci-Viterbi executive director of USC Shoah Foundation and UNESCO chair on genocide education
• Senator Ben Allen, Chair, California Legislative Jewish Caucus
• Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel, Vice Chair, California Legislative Jewish Caucus
• Others to be announced
WHERE: 
California State Capitol
1315 10th Street, Room 115
Sacramento, CA, 95814
WHEN:
Monday, April 29
11:00a.m.
ABOUT DIMENSIONS IN TESTIMONY:
Dimensions in Testimony is an initiative pioneered by USC Shoah Foundation to record and display testimony in a medium that highlights the significance of dialogue among Holocaust survivors and learners, and preserves the ability to do so far into the future. Dimensions in Testimony has revolutionized the concept of oral history by integrating advanced filmmaking techniques, specialized display technologies and next-generation natural language processing to provide an intimate and unique experience. Each specially recorded interview enables viewers to ask the survivor about their life experiences and hear responses in real-time, lifelike conversation. Questions are answered naturally, as if the survivor is in the room. Through artificial intelligence, the more questions asked, the better the technology becomes. Dimensions in Testimony has been profiled by the New York Times and CNN, amongst other outlets.
QUOTES:
“The ability to share Dimensions in Testimony at the State Capitol is especially moving because it shows the commitment our California legislators have to ensuring the lessons and legacy of the Holocaust are never forgotten,” Stephen D. Smith said.
“As the last generation to know survivors of the Holocaust and hear their stories directly, it is vitally important that we preserve these narratives to remember the lessons of the Holocaust. USC Shoah Foundation has been a leader in collecting survivor testimony, and they are now entering a transformative realm of story preservation. With technology like Dimensions in Testimony, future generations will be able to interact with virtual survivors and feel like the survivors are in the room sharing their stories. We are excited to exhibit this in the State Capitol during our Yom Hashoah program,” Senator Ben Allen said.
“We have a compelling obligation to educate future generations about the Holocaust, especially at a time when anti-Semitism is on the rise. Exhibits like Dimensions in Testimony and the work of important groups like USC Shoah Foundation provide innovative ways to help us remember the Holocaust and combat hate of all forms,” Assemblymember Jesse Gabriel said.

"Waiting For The Tide" The Maine Windjammer project


"Waiting For The Tide" by Doug Mills
Schooner Heritage waiting for the tide at Port Clyde Maine.


Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com

Thursday, April 25, 2019

City of Stockton Fire Station Open House Welcomes Community for Family Fun on May 4

Fire Station Open House Welcomes Community for Family Fun
Meet-and-Greet Fire Fighters at Station No. 14 on May 4
STOCKTON, Calif. – Join us Saturday, May 4, 2019, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. for a community
Open House at Fire Station No. 14, 3019 McNabb St. Stop by for family fun, free food, and
conversations with local fire fighters. Spring is a great time to pick up helpful information
on fire safety – reminders to post emergency numbers on the fridge, test smoke alarms,
and run fire drills so everyone knows where to go in case of an emergency.

Join us for tours of the fire station and talk with local fire fighters and other members of
the Stockton Fire Department, plus:

• enjoy free hot dogs and a jump house for kids,
• watch a Jaws of Life demonstration in action,
• pick up fire safety giveaways at community information exhibits, and
• stop by the Stockton Police Department table for free fingerprinting for children.

“The Open House on May 4 at Station No. 14 is a great time to talk with your whole
family about fire safety,” said Stockton Fire Chief Erik Newman. “All our fire fighters love
sharing helpful tips to keep your family safe. We welcome everyone in the community to
these open house events.”

For questions or additional information, please contact the Stockton Fire Department
Fire Prevention Division at 209-937-8271.

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Scheduled for Arroyo Burro Open Space Restoration

Santa Barbara, California - The City of Santa Barbara Creeks Division invites community members to join Mayor Cathy Murillo and the Santa Barbara City Council for a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of Phase I of the Arroyo Burro Open Space Restoration Project.

The ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday, May 1 at 10:00am at the Arroyo Burro Open Space, located at the end of Alan Road. As there is limited street parking available, attendees are encouraged to consider carpooling or alternative transportation.

Project Description

The City of Santa Barbara Creeks Division recently completed construction of Phase I of the Arroyo Burro Open Space Restoration Project. The project is designed to improve creek and ocean water quality and habitat conditions through the restoration of floodplain habitat, removal of non-native vegetation, and stabilization of eroding creek banks.

The project included the restoration of over four acres of creek side habitat, including the removal of existing concrete and debris in the creek, the creation of over an acre of floodplain habitat, and the installation of more than 7,500 native plants, including over 600 trees.

"This is one of the largest creek restoration projects the City has ever done," said Cameron Benson, Creeks Restoration/Clean Water Manager. "This project will provide important habitat for wildlife, a peaceful place for people to visit, and improve water quality in Arroyo Burro Creek."

The 14.7 acre parcel on Arroyo Burro Creek was purchased by the City of Santa Barbara in early 2016, when the Parks and Recreation Department and Creeks Division collaborated with the Trust for Public Land to acquire the parcel, creating a new open space park. Funding for the $4 million purchase was provided by City of Santa Barbara hotel visitors through Measure B, the California Natural Resources Agency's Environmental Enhancement and Mitigation Program, the State Coastal Conservancy, and Santa Barbara County's Coastal Resources Enhancement Fund.

Funding for Phase I of the Arroyo Burro Open Space Restoration Project has been provided by the Water Quality, Supply, and Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2014 (Proposition 1) through grants from the California Coastal Conservancy and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, and by hotel visitors through Measure B. The total project construction cost was $1.5 million.

For more information on the project, please contact Erin Markey at (805) 560-7549 or EMarkey@SantaBarbaraCA.gov.

Porto’s Bakery and Café Opening in West Covina

WHAT:                 Porto’s Bakery and Café will host a Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony open to the Public.
WHEN:                Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.
                            Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 9:30 a.m.
                            Opening to the Public 11:00 a.m.
WHERE:               Porto’s Bakery and Café
                             584 S. Sunset Avenue
                             West Covina, CA 91790
WHO:                    Porto’s Bakery and Café
                 City of West Covina City Council and Staff

 
About Porto’s Bakery and Café
Porto’s Bakery and Café (Porto’s) is inviting the public to celebrate the Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony of its fifth location. The first 500 customers will be receiving a Porto’s small goody bag.

Porto’s is a family-owned Cuban bakery, famous for its Potato Balls and Cheese Rolls. They also serve a wide assortment of pastries, specialty cakes, freshly baked breads, variety of savory sandwiches, and a selection of juices, smoothies, and coffee.

Porto’s was started by Rosa and Raul Porto Sr., who emigrated from Cuba to California in the 1960’s. Rosa’s exceptional baking skills and a dream for a better life led to the creation of Porto’s. They started off with a 300 square foot bakery in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles. In the 1980s, they transitioned to Glendale. Porto’s is now opening their 5th location, and the first in the San Gabriel Valley.

Each Porto’s location has a unique architecture and design and West Covina is no exception. Porto’s West Covina is a 21,943 square foot two-story building that features a 17,163 square foot bakery/cafe area, a 4,780 square foot second floor for office space, and a 2,547 square foot outdoor dining area. The massive bakery has a mid-century modern feel with a butterfly roof characterized by high ceilings and custom skylights.

Efforts to get Porto’s in West Covina started in 2010, when City staff initially reached out to Porto’s regarding development opportunities in West Covina.  While Porto’s expressed interested in the community, it took several years working with City staff to locate a site suitable for Porto’s needs. Fortunately, in 2016, Porto’s purchased the former Crazy Horse property.  In September of 2017, Porto’s obtained approval of its planning entitlements for the new building and in December of 2017 construction began. 

Porto’s West Covina has transformed a challenging development site into a foodie destination for not only West Covina residents but food connoisseurs from all over the San Gabriel Valley. In addition, Porto’s has hired 300 part-time and full-time employees and is anticipated to generate $70,000 to $80,000 in annual sales tax to the City.  

“It is a huge success to have Porto’s come to West Covina,” stated Mayor Lloyd Johnson. “We believe that our partnership with them is a symbol of the City’s continued commitment to attract quality businesses.  Since it was announced in 2016, we’ve been receiving an overwhelming amount of excitement. We know it’s going to be very popular with our residents and we can’t wait for Porto’s to be successful in our City!”

West Covina is thrilled to finally announce that Porto’s West Covina is opening and invites residents and Porto’s fans to check it out!

About the City of West Covina
The City of West Covina (population 110,000) encompasses 16 square miles and is located in the San Gabriel Valley, approximately 20 miles east of downtown Los Angeles. The City is a regional center for retail, health care services, and corporate offices. The City is home to over 2,300 businesses.  For more information, visit www.westcovina.org

Teen Club – Inglewood MAIN Library – 3:00 PM

Inglewood, California - Watch Japanese Anime! Read Manga! Learn about Japanese culture! Play Nintendo! Every Friday! Main Library, Gladys Waddingham Library Lecture Hall. Call (310) 412-5380 for more information.

Date:
April 26, 2019
Time:
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Location:
Main Library
Address:
101 W. Manchester Blvd. 
InglewoodCA 90301

Cost:
Free

Redwood City Adopts A Social Host Ordinance to Enforce the Illegal Use of Fireworks in the Community

Redwood City is the second community in San Mateo County to adopt stronger restrictions 

REDWOOD CITY, CALIF.- Yesterday (April 23rd), the City Council adopted stronger restrictions to further enforce and educate the public on the safety risks of the illegal use of fireworks by establishing a Social Host Ordinance. Redwood City is the second community in San Mateo County to enact a Social Host Ordinance, an additional tool available for the enforcement of illegal fireworks use. The City will use the adoption of the new ordinance to expand the City's community outreach efforts and further educate the community about the risks of fireworks use.

"The community has asked for the City to be tougher on the illegal use of fireworks, and I believe our efforts to date have made a difference," said Ian Bain, mayor of the City of Redwood City. "A Social Host Ordinance provides our Fire and Police Departments with additional tools to educate the public and enforce our laws. I am confident that this new ordinance will further reduce illegal use of fireworks in our community."

The City launched an aggressive community outreach campaign following the increase of administrative fines in 2018. The use of illegal fireworks could lead up to $50,000 fines and jail time. The new ordinance is an expansion of the City's efforts to continue to educate the community to the risks associated with the illegal use of fireworks and seeks to improve enforcement of the illegal use of fireworks. Currently twelve communities throughout California have adopted Social Host Ordinance for fireworks use, including the City of Pacifica and Santa Clara County.

The new ordinance and regulations applies to any person who has the right to use, possess or occupy a public or private property under a lease, permit, license, rental agreement, or contract. Additionally the ordinance applies to any person who hosts, organizes, supervises, officiates, conducts, or accepts responsibility for a gathering on public or private property. The ordinance exempts property owners who can demonstrate that at the time of the violation they had rented or leased the property to another, they were not present, and they had no prior knowledge of the violation. This new ordinance is not intended to be used to seek out violations but is crafted to hold persons in control of the property accountable for the illegal use of fireworks.

The City will use the establishment of the new ordinance to conduct additional community outreach to inform the public of its existence and potential penalties will further the goal of reducing illegal fireworks use in the community. Fireworks have been illegal since 2014 when the City Council banned "safe and sane" fireworks use in Redwood City.

The Redwood City Fire Department serves the communities of Redwood City, San Carlos, and aspects of San Mateo County. This year, the Redwood City Fire Department achieved a Public Protection Classification (PPC) rating of "Class 1". Nationwide, only 306 fire departments out of 46,000 have received a Class 1 rating - which is less than 1% of all fire departments.

For more on the City's regulations to reduce the use of illegal fireworks in Redwood City, go here, http://www.redwoodcity.org/nofireworks

For more about the Redwood City Fire Department, go here, www.redwoodcity.org/fire

For more about the Redwood City Police Department, go here, www.redwoodcity.org/police

John Marchant to Step in as Interim Community Services Director

Mountain View, Calif. — Starting May 1, John Marchant will step in as the interim director of the City of Mountain View’s Community Services Department. The Department, which has a staff of 89 employees and an annual budget of around $24 million, includes all City parks; recreation and citywide events and activities; the Center for the Performing Arts; Rengstorff House; Shoreline Golf Course and Amphitheatre; forestry and roadway landscaping; and volunteers.

Marchant, who has been with the City for 20 years, is currently the Assistant Community Services Director and will take on the new role following the retirement of J.P. de la Montaigne. “J.P. has given the City an incredible eight years of service, bringing many major programs and projects to fruition, like the recently renovated Mountain View Community Center,” said City Manager Dan Rich in announcing the appointment. “We really appreciate John’s willingness to step up and continue the legacy of excellent leadership in the department.”

Marchant’s transition is expected to continue for at least the next six months and no recruitment process has been initiated for a new director at this time.

"USCGC Eagle" The Maine Windjammer Project


"USCGC Eagle" by Doug Mills
The USCGC Eagle at Rockland Maine.


Photos provided by Maine Windjammer Project
The Maine Windjammer Project started in 2007 to preserve the modern history of the Maine Windjammer and to make it available to the generations to come.
This historical archive is available to museums and for historical research.
For more info contact: dougmills@shootmainestudios.com

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

San Jose: 477 South Market Street Mixed-Use Project

The City of San José has prepared an Addendum to the San José Downtown Strategy 2040 Final EIR for:

Project File No. and Name: 477 South Market Street Mixed-Use Project
Location: 477 South Market Street, San Jose. 

The Addendum is posted on the City’s website at: http://www.sanjoseca.gov/ActiveEIRs

Project Description: A Site Development Permit to demolish an existing single-story, 17,905-square foot commercial building currently used as a tire store, and an accompanying surface parking lot and to construct a five-story over podium (six levels total), mixed-use building with 130 apartment units, approximately 6,000 square feet of retail space at ground level, and one level of below-grade parking.  The proposed building would be approximately 154,100 square feet, and would be six stories in height, with five residential floors and a roof deck over a concrete podium and one level of below-ground parking. The building height is approximately 60 feet above grade to the roofline and 77 feet when including the elevator shafts.

If you have any questions, please contact the Thai-Chau Le at Thai-Chau.Le@sanjoseca.gov or at 408-535-5658.