Pasadena City College Statement on Criminal Investigation Against Two Employees

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday 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. Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes TOP STORY Pasadena City College Statement on Criminal Investigation Against Two Employees Richard van Pelt, Vice-President of Administrative Services, and Alfred Hitchings, Facilities Supervisor were placed on administrative leave pending investigation From STAFF REPORTS Published on Thursday, June 7, 2012 | 1:50 pm Subscribe Community News More Cool Stuff Good afternoon. Thank you for coming today. My name is Mark Rocha, Superintendent-President of the Pasadena Area Community College District and Pasadena City College. I am accompanied today by representatives of our Board of Trustees, by the college’ General Counsel, Gail Cooper, by external counsel, Mary Dowell, of Liebert, Cassidy, Whitmore; By Juan Gutierrez, the college’ Director of Public Relations and the collge’s representative to the media for this matter.We come today to announce news that has angered and saddened all of us, as I know it will for all of you who care about Pasadena City College.The day before yesterday, June 5, 2012, the college was formally notified by the Los Angeles County District Attorney that it intended to serve search warrants at the homes of two employees, Richard van Pelt, Vice-President of Administrative Services, and Alfred Hitchings, Facilities Supervisor. These search warrants were served early this morning in connection with ongoing criminal investigation into allegations against these two individuals related to violations of conflict of interest and similar laws. Because of this an ongoing criminal investigation and because these individuals have rights of due process, we are unable to comment further on this investigation. Further information about this investigation will come only from the District Attorney’s office.Here I want to thank the Los Angeles County District Attorney for bringing this matter to our attention. From the moment the District Attorney contacted us we cooperated fully in their investigation. The record will show that the District Attorney’s office first contacted us with regard to its investigation May 7, 2012. Since that time we have worked openly and fully with their investigator. We will continue to do so until this case is concluded.We are able to say that Mr. van Pelt and Mr. Hutchings were the only two employees identified by the DA’s office as targets of the investigation.Suffice it to say, that the potential charges against these two individuals are very serious and require vigorous and immediate action by the District.Therefore, both Mr. van Pelt and Mr. Hutchings, were placed on administrative leave this morning. If our own investigation reveals improper conduct of violations of District policy, then I will recommend to our Board of Trustees the termination of these two employees.We will also use this an opportunity to review all of our operations and learn how we can improve oversight and insure full compliance. A preliminary internal review of our books indicates that all funds are intact and properly accounted for. The District is financially strong and stable. But we cannot let the matter rest there.We have therefore engaged an independent accounting firm, Vicenti, Lloyd, Stutzman, to perform an internal forensic audit  of all business and fiscal operations, and to act as interim finance staff. They will conduct an independent audit and will serve as supervisors pro tem for fiscal and accounting operations. The auditors will be given full and free access and a report of their work, when completed, will be shared with the public.The college is moving forward and continuing all normal business and academic activities. 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenacenter_img Community News Top of the News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week Make a comment HerbeautyThink Outside The Ordinary: 9 Gifts That Do All The Talking!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Simple Steps To Catch Your Crush’s Eye On InstagramHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. 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Pasadena Census Response Rate Increases

first_img 12 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Make a comment HerbeautyHere Is What Scientists Say Will Happen When You Eat AvocadosHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Massage Techniques That Will Make You Return For MoreHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWomen Love These Great Tips To Making Your Teeth Look WhiterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeauty Subscribe More Cool Stuff The 2020 Census response rate for Pasadena has improved to 62.5 percent, according to the latest statistics.The number is above the state and national response rates, and has increased by four percent from just three weeks ago.“It’s more important now than ever before to complete your census,” said Pasadena Public Information Officer Lisa Derderian. “During this pandemic crisis, vital services are helping the elderly, schools, healthcare and our vulnerable population that rely on funding allotted to these organizations and services based on our census numbers.”The census consists of nine basic demographic questions: who lives in the household; how they are related; their age, sex, and race; whether they own or rent their house; and their phone number.Population counts from the 2020 census will be used to determine how many congressional seats and Electoral College votes each state gets for the next decade. The data will also be used to help distribute nearly $900 billion in federal funding for such things as schools, roads and other public services.In 2010 Census data was used to distribute more than $400 million to support local schools, transportation, housing, and healthcare programs.Some immigrants and minorities have been hesitant because they feel answering the questions could lead to queries about their immigration status and a distrust of the government.In 2019, the Supreme Court blocked the Trump administration from including a question about immigration status on the Census.If those communities do not participate it could lead to an undercount, which the city says could be devastating.The census can be completed online at Community News Pasadena Census Response Rate Increases More than 62 percent have been completed questions By ANDRÉ COLEMAN, MANAGING EDITOR Published on Monday, May 25, 2020 | 1:35 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimescenter_img 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. Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Police in Derry seek public’s assistance in locating teenager

first_img News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Police in Derry seek public’s assistance in locating teenager Twitter Homepage BannerNews Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ WhatsApp By News Highland – June 25, 2018 Twittercenter_img Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Previous articleIrish Water issue water conservation advice for farmsNext articleMartin McHugh says Super 8 is unfair to Donegal and provincial winners News Highland Facebook Google+ DL Debate – 24/05/21 Pinterest Harps come back to win in Waterford Police in Derry are seeking the public’s assistance in locating missing teenager, Kevin Gallagher.The PSNI say they are concerned for the 15 year old who has been missing from the Ballymagroaty area since approximately 2pm yesterday afternoon.Anyone who has seen Kevin or has any information is asked to contact Police on 101, quoting reference number 464 26/6/2018. Pinterestlast_img read more

Foodtools’ cutting edge

first_imgFoodtools of Ongar, Essex exhibited at BIE showing its extensive range of cutting and portioning equipment for all size bakery manufacturers.The models ranged from basic cutters up to high-end ultrasonic cutters and portioners for everything from cakes, tortillas, pies, pizzas and cake slab lines. Foodtools believes it is the only company to make an ultrasonic machine for small craft bakers.The firm has been in business for 25 years and new to the industry was an auto-table, which automatically cuts sheet cakes in or out of trays at a speed of 70 to 80 trays per hour.Also new on the stand was a portioning machine for cheesecakes.[]last_img

Beyond the Blue Ridge | Outdoors in the Big Easy

first_imgNOLA. The Big Easy. Home of the cities of the dead. Birthplace of Creole cuisine. New Orleans is known for being a lot of things, but a destination for outdoor recreation isn’t typically one of them. In the home of powdered sugar-draped friend dough, potent rum-filled hurricanes, late nights on Bourbon Street, and an all-around colorful nightlife, it’s easy to get caught up in the giant celebration that is NOLA. But if you look a little deeper, through the purple, green, and gold-colored veil that engulfs the city, you’ll find that New Orleans is a little slice of paradise for travelers looking for a balanced vacation filled with not only an indulgent and entertaining nightlife, but an active daytime, too.Walk/Run:Don’t bother renting a car if you’re staying in downtown New Orleans. The majority of the locations that you’ll want to visit inside of the city are within walking distance of each other, and if you happen to hit the city on a stormy day, an abundance of street cars will get you to where you want to go. But walking is one of the best ways to discover this vibrant place. Stroll through the French Quarter and admire the ornate historical architecture influenced by both the French and the Spanish, resulting in rows of beautiful buildings bearing stories upon stories from the past.If you’re up for some cardio after a long night out, start your morning with a run along the Mississippi River Trail, a paved path that hugs the river which is still filled with old-timey steamboats that provide a glimpse back in time. And don’t forget to pay your respects to the founding residents of New Orleans that reside in the city’s unique cemeteries. St. Louis Cemetery No. 1 is only about a ten minute walk from the French Quarter, and is said to be the final resting place of Marie Laveau, New Orleans’ famed Vodoo Queen, who you can learn all about on one of the cemetery’s required guided tours. A tour of this cemetery will run you $25 per person, but a short walk beyond the cemetery’s gates will take you to St. Louis Cemetery No. 2, which dates back to 1823 and is free to the public.NOLA3Bike:New Orleans now boasts over 100 miles of bike and pedestrian paths—thanks to the recent addition of the Lafitte Greenway—a 2.6 mile path that connects six different neighborhoods including the French Quarter, the Bayou St. John, and Mid-City. Bike rentals are abundant throughout NOLA, and although the maze of streets that make up the French Quarter and Bourbon Street areas are a cluster of cars, pedestrians, marching bands, and revelers, biking is one of the best ways to see the city and burn off the hearty helping of jambalaya and the boudin balls you dined on the night before. Renting bikes is also a great way to get beyond the downtown area and visit neighborhoods beyond walking distance of the French Quarter, like the Garden District. The Garden District is worth the visit even if only to grab a pint at NOLA Brewing—a craft brewery located along the Mississippi River that has increasingly been gaining national recognition since their inception in 2008.NOLA1The brewery offers up a pretty wide selection of craft beers, including several sour beers and a NOLA Crab Boil Blonde, which is made with seasoning used in crab boils and brewed in homage to the hurricane season which can often wipe out power in parts of the city, forcing New Orleanians to boil their drinking water for periods of time. For a guided biking tour of the city, check out Buzz Nola Bike Tours & Rentals which offers tours that tap into the historical, architectural, musical, and cultural components that make up the city. {Buzz Nola bike rentals start at $10 per hour. All Buzz Nola bike tours are $50 per person.} Kayak:Kayaking might not be the first thing that comes to mind when it comes to things to do in New Orleans, but thanks to a few small kayaking tour companies in the city, it’s becoming a pretty popular way to tour a different side of New Orleans—all while getting in an excellent arm workout. Kayak-Iti-Yat is a family-run company that operates kayaking tours around New Orleans. Run by New Orleans natives, the tours are moving storybook of NOLA—a look into the past, modern day, and hopeful future of a city still on the mend. Three types of tours are offered and are based on experience level. Beginners can take the two-hour Big Easy Bayou Tour on the waters of the Bayou St. John, the city’s original shipping portage. The tour weaves in and along charming neighborhoods made up of elegant NOLA-style homes. {Big Easy Bayou Tour; $40 per person.} The Pontchartrain Paddle Tour is geared towards more active and experienced kayakers and includes a walk along the banks of Lake Pontchartrain. {Pontchartrain Paddle Tour; $65 per person.} The Bayou Bienvenue Tour is three-hour tour of Bayou Bienvenue, which has a rich ecosystem, plenty of plant-life, and occasional views of alligators. This tour offers a look at the challenges that the city still faces due to the loss of land and damage done at the hands of Hurricane Katrina. $5 from each Bayou Bienvenue Tour is donated to the Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement. {The Bayou Beinvenue Tour; $70 per person.} This tour is also a great way to bypass the tourists traps and get a local’s scoop on the best dining and live music joints in New Orleans.last_img read more

Townsville home brings people together

first_img4 Hooper Street, Belgian Gardens, TownsvilleFOR the best part of nearly a century, 4 Hooper St, Belgian Gardens, has been a much-loved home for multiple Townsville families.Built in the 1930s, it was a chance encounter that reunited current homeowner Kaylene Mladenovic with an old friend, who had her own connection to the property, affectionately known as Merton.“One of my very close friends that I met in Mt Isa, lives in Townsville now too,” Mrs Mladenovic said.“I hadn’t seen her in a couple of years and I ran into her and told her I’d bought a house.”Mrs Mladenovic purchased the property with her husband, Predrag, in 2013.“As it turned out, this was her Dad’s (former) house,” she said. One of three verandas surrounding the residence which have views of Castle Hill and The Strand“Her grandparents built this house and her father grew up in it; so it was a funny turn of events.”Named after the first family to have lived in the residence, the Mladenovic family purchased the property with the intention of making it a “forever home” for them and their three children, now aged 20, 21 and 22.“We wanted to have enough space for our children to stay at home for as long as they wanted to, and not feel like the house was too small for them,” Mrs Mladenovic said.“So we built the additional level to provide just a bit more space, with areas where people could go and study by themselves or things like that.”Over the past seven years, the family have made extensive renovations to the property, which features six bedrooms and four bathrooms. The house has been sympathetically renovated.“Our favourite memories are actually having guests and friends come to stay,” Mrs Mladenovic said. “Because it’s so big, we’ve always been able to have people stay here.“We’re actually quite sad to be leaving, but the kids have moved out and there’s just too many rooms now.“When I realised there were some rooms I might not walk into for months, I knew it was time. Some other family should get to enjoy it.”A teacher by trade, Mrs Mladenovic and her husband have a reputation for restoring and renovating properties throughout Townsville; although this has been their biggest passion project.“We’re big-time renovators; we love to take houses that need a bit of love and bring them back to their former glory, and this one here was going to be our forever home,” she said. The kitchen is modern and spacious.“(Renovating) is something that we’ve always done for our family; just to make our family homes nicer for our kids.”Set on easy-care 1094sq m established grounds, the property offers unparalleled excellence at every turn, according to Ray White agent Julie Mahoney.“It’s a wholesome renovation,” she said.“It’s for somebody who really wants everything; it’s multifaceted.”Originally from NSW, the Mladenovics spent 12 years in Alligator Creek followed by a short stint in North Ward, before buying their current property. More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 20204 Hooper Street will go to auction on May 25 and 6pm.“It’s just awesome; the neighbourhood is great and it’s so close to the beach and the breeze is, it’s everything,” Mrs Mladenovic said.Having renovated the Queenslander from a lowset to a highset home, the property includes multiple open-plan living areas, as well as two kitchens.“It would suit any family, even an extended family,” Mrs Mladenovic said.“For a family of five, it was fantastic when the three kids were here because they all had their own bathrooms. We really (want to) let some other family move in and enjoy it like we have.”Standing on her front veranda, Mrs Mladenovic described the view which had captivated her heart for the past seven years.“I’m standing on the front deck at the moment and I’m looking at Magnetic Island and I can see the water, but just snippets, but I’m up among the trees, looking out, and the breeze is beautiful.” The pool is surrounded by landscaped gardens and fruit trees.The three veranda’s surrounding the residence also include views of Castle Hill, The Strand and offer “the best” view of Townsville’s New Year’s Eve fireworks.Out the back, a large pool comes with the convenience of a neighbouring pool house, which include a toilet and shower.“We’ve also got a few fruit trees,” Mrs Mladenovic said, with the landscaped gardens also including a sunken fire pit.A walkway leads from the main house down to a back office, with a carport also attached to the house with enough room for four vehicles.“It’s very safe and secure,” Mrs Mladenovic said, with the property surrounded by a 1.8-metre fence and access via electric gates.Located close to the city and with amenities including a coffee shop, mini mart and Soroptimist Park also within walking distance, Ms Mahoney said 4 Hooper St was certainly one of a kind.last_img read more