RL NEWS of the Week: Oct. 17, 2014

  • 10/17/2014
  • Reporters Desk

POLA September Container Volumes Increase 9 Percent
SAN PEDRO — The Port of Los Angeles reported its busiest month in 8 years.
Overall volumes increased by 9 percent compared the equivalent month this past year for a total of 775,133 Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units. Overall volume at the port has increased by 7.8 percent from this past year with exports being raised only .2 percent.
Current and past data container counts for the Port of Los Angeles may be found at:
www.portoflosangeles.org/maritime/stats.asp

Kaiser Permanente South Bay Celebrates San Pedro Woman
HARBOR CITY — Oct.16 Kaiser Permanente South Bay awarded Wanda Wills a “South Bay Service Award” for 45 years on the job.
Wills, a San Pedro native started at the hospital as a chart room employee in 1969, spent 20 years as and appointment scheduler for the internal medicine department and works in physician scheduling. She plans to retire in 2015 to spend time with her family.

LB City Voted to Honor of Jenni Rivera with a Park
LONG BEACH — On Oct. 14, the Long Beach City Council voted 8-0 in favor of moving forward with Councilman Dee Andrews request to consider naming a park in District 6 in honor of Latina superstar Jenni Rivera.
Born and raised in Long Beach, Jenni was an alumni of Long Beach Polytechnic High School.
Andrews inducted Rivera into the Poly Walk Hall of Fame on July 26, 2012 for her career achievements and charitable work.
The agenda item was approved to refer to the Housing and Neighborhoods Committee and the Parks and Recreation Commission to consider naming the public right of way park on Walnut Avenue at 20th Street “Jenni Rivera Memorial Park” and report back to City Council with recommendation. In order to name a park, both committees must return to Long Beach City Council with recommendations.

Mayor, Education Leaders Announce Education Initiative
LONG BEACH — On Oct. 13, Mayor Robert Garcia, Long Beach Unified School District Superintendent Chris Steinhauser, Long Beach City College President Eloy Oakley and Cal State University Long Beach President Jane Conoley announced an educational initiative that enhances the Long Beach College Promise.
The initiative brings the city into partnership with the three major educational institutions in Long Beach.
The College Promise offers a semester of free tuition at LBCC to all LBUSD graduates, gives priority admission at CSULB to LBUSD students, and provides strong support services to LBUSD students who enter CSULB.
The expansion of the College Promise will also expand the mission of the College Promise to include a goal of universal pre-school enrollment for Long Beach, an effort to double the number of internships in the city for Long Beach high school and college students, and expand scholarships and student support for LBUSD students at both colleges.

LB Commission Directs Staff to Increase Peak Chassis Supply Plan
LONG BEACH — On Oct. 13, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners, at its Oct. 13 weekly meeting, directed Port of Long Beach staff to develop plans for purchasing and providing thousands of truck chassis for congestion relief during peak periods.
The Board of Harbor Commissioners has established a subcommittee chaired by Commission Vice President Rich Dines, working with Commissioner Lori Ann Farrell, to focus on port efficiency.
Port staff was directed to come up with a proposal within 30 days to obtain additional chassis. If needed, the port would prepare to establish an organization to purchase, service and manage a pool of supplemental chassis to provide relief whenever there is a shortage of privately owned chassis.
One of the key issues identified by the Harbor Commission subcommittee and port staff is a mismatch between supply and demand. Some privately operated terminals have an adequate supply of chassis while others are critically short. This imbalance is causing severe congestion at some terminals, particularly during peak shipping periods.

Wells House of California Announces Grand Opening
LONG BEACH — Wells House of California Inc. will celebrate its grand opening Oct. 29, in Long Beach.
A health facility with the same name closed a few years ago.
Under new management, the new hospice will provide care for patients with terminal or life threatening illness.
Care will provide 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by licensed healthcare professionals including doctors, registered nurses, licensed vocational nurses and certified nursing assistants.
Room and board fees are typically reimbursed to Wells House of California by Medi-Cal and other insurance providers. Private pay patients are also accepted.
The grand opening will include an invitation-only ribbon cutting ceremony and lunch at 12 p.m. for local officials and healthcare representatives. The general public is cordially invited to an open house featuring refreshments from 2 to 6 p.m.
Details: (562) 491-1958; www.wellshouseofcalifornia.com
Venue: Wells House of California
Location: 245 Cherry Ave. Long Beach

Deasy Resigns, Cortines Temporarily Takes Over
LOS ANGELES — On Oct. 16, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Directors officially accepted Superintendent John Deasy’s resignation, voting 6-1, with Monica Ratliff opposed, to ratify the separation agreement.
The board also voted to appoint his predecessor Ramon Cortines, 7-0, until they find a replacement. This is his third stint as leader of the school district. He retired in 2011
Deasy, 53, began his work as superintendent during a period of financial cuts. Nevertheless, he witnessed a rise in student performance. However, relations with the teachers union and a technology debacle seem to have contributed to his resignation Oct. 16.
Questions about Deasy’s iPad initiative, which ambitioned to provide an iPad for every student in the LAUSD, led to KPCC and Los Angeles Times investigations that produced emails and reports about his interactions with Apple and Pearson, a software publishing giant, long before the bidding process took place.
Deasy will remain on paid special assignment with the district through the end of 2014. Under the separation arrangement he will receive more than 60 days’ pay based on his salary of $350,000 per year. His contract, which was set to run through June 2016, requires a severance payment of only 30 days’ pay.

Garcetti Issues Executive Directive on Water Conservation
LOS ANGELES — On Oct.14 Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti issued an executive directive to reduce fresh water use by 20 percent by 2017.
The directive also ordered city departments to reduce watering, and replace water intensive landscaping structures. The mayor hopes the directive save ratepayers $120 million annually.
Residents are asked to take voluntary measures such as reduving watering to two days a week, installing low water landscaping using Department of Water and Power rebates and enclose their pools to avoid evaporation loss.
If targets are not met, residential mandates will be implemented. Visit www.lamayor.org/drought for more information.

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