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Required fields are marked * Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Government Council is Dark on Monday, but Weighty Issues Loom on the Horizon Police oversight, zoning code amendments due to come up on Jan. 25, and RHNA allocation could return soon Published on Thursday, January 14, 2021 | 5:01 pm First Heatwave Expected Next Week Herbeauty11 Yummy Spices For A Flat TummyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeauty Community News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Top of the News Business News Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website There is no City Council meeting on Monday, but some important issues are scheduled for the Jan. 25 meeting.The council is scheduled take up changes zoning code amendments on nonconforming uses and the selection process for the Police Oversight Commission.Last week, the city began accepting applications to the commission, even though details of the selection process have not been ironed out.The application is available on the city’s website, but so far no deadline to return the applications has been posted.The 11-member commission has no members and the auditor has not been named.From the pool of applicants, council members from each of the city’s seven districts will eventually nominate a commissioner, and the mayor will nominate another.In addition, three at-large commissioners from community-based” groups will be nominated.The council will have final approval on all the commissioners and the auditor.Nominees will need to be city residents, though not necessarily residents of the particular district of the nominating councilmember.Proposed changes to the city’s zoning code that would terminate nonconforming uses in the event of the revocation, termination or suspension of any license or permit that is required in order to operate a nonconforming business are also scheduled to be deliberated at the meeting.The amendment could allow the city more authority in dealing with assisted living facilities.“The City Council has expressed concerns about potential impacts associated with certain types of land uses when they become concentrated in any one particular geographic region,” according to a city staff report released last month. “Specifically, the overconcentration of land uses identified as Residential Care – General, may be incompatible with an otherwise residential neighborhood given their commercial nature and 24 hour operations.”The city has long sought policies to reign in nonconforming businesses.In October, Planning Director David Reyes updated the Planning Commission on changes to the city’s nonconforming use provision that could give the city more control over some long-term healthcare facilities in Northwest Pasadena and other nonconforming businesses.The change would shorten the time period that noncomforming businesses could keep their status if they shut down.An overconcentration of these types of facilities currently exists on North Fair Oaks Avenue, near Washington Boulevard, according to a city staff report.“The proposed text amendment seeks to ensure that nonconforming uses that require a license or permit to operate, may not be re-established if that license is revoked or suspended,” state the report.In December, city staff recommended that the city’s Board of Zoning Appeals deny an effort to re-establish a nonconforming use at the site of a previous recovery center on North Raymond Avenue.The City Council could also receive an update on the rejection of its appeal by the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG).On Monday, SCAG denied an appeal by Pasadena of its Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) allocation by the state, which is mandating that the city ensures plans to build 9,400 units of new housing by October 2029.The final determination will not be released until after Jan. 22, when the RHNA Appeals Board issues its proposed Final 0RHNA Allocation Plan. 31 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News
1 / 33 2 / 33 3 / 33 4 / 33 5 / 33 6 / 33 7 / 33 8 / 33 9 / 33 10 / 33 11 / 33 12 / 33 13 / 33 14 / 33 15 / 33 16 / 33 17 / 33 18 / 33 19 / 33 20 / 33 21 / 33 22 / 33 23 / 33 24 / 33 25 / 33 26 / 33 27 / 33 28 / 33 29 / 33 30 / 33 31 / 33 32 / 33 33 / 33 ❮ ❯ × 1 / 33 2 / 33 3 / 33 4 / 33 5 / 33 6 / 33 7 / 33 8 / 33 9 / 33 10 / 33 11 / 33 12 / 33 13 / 33 14 / 33 15 / 33 16 / 33 17 / 33 18 / 33 19 / 33 20 / 33 21 / 33 22 / 33 23 / 33 24 / 33 25 / 33 26 / 33 27 / 33 28 / 33 29 / 33 30 / 33 31 / 33 32 / 33 33 / 33 ❮ ❯ The annual Cuban Parade and Festival of New Jersey made its way down Bergenline Avenue on Sunday, May 19.Running through North Bergen, into Guttenberg, West New York, and Union City, the event brought out hundreds of proud Cubans holding their country’s flag. Local politicians also came out for the event, including Union City Mayor and State Sen. Brian Stack, West New York Mayor Felix Roque, Guttenberg Mayor Wayne Zitt, and North Bergen Mayor and State Sen. Nicholas Sacco.Local commissioners from participating towns also joined in, including West New York Commissioner Cosmo Cirillo and North Bergen Commissioner Julio Marenco, among others.The Union City High School Marching Band helped lead the procession. According to a A letter sent to the Union City Reporter for its May 13 issue, from Professor Roland Alum Jr., said May 20 is considered “Cuba’s traditional Independence Day.”On May 20, 1902, Cuba swore in its first president, Tomas Estrada Palma, after the Spanish-Cuban-American War. North Hudson cities including West New York and Union City became homes to Cubans fleeing the Fidel Castro regime in the 20th Century, eventually containing “a sizeable community of Cuban refugees, second only to Miami,” Alum Jr. wrote.Estrada Palma frequented Jersey City’s railroad station, in today’s Liberty State Park, en route to Washington D.C., Alum said. At the U.S capital, he would lobby as a leader of Cuban exiles seeking independence from Spain.Today, many Cubans celebrate May 20 date as one of their most patriotic holidays, as a result.
Greensburg, IN—The Decatur County Democratic Party held its annual RFK Dinner last evening at the Hampton Inn and Suites. Democrat of the Year was Glenn Tebbe, who served 21 years on the Greensburg City Council and currently sits on the Board of Works.The featured speaker for the evening was Democratic candidate for Governor, Dr. Woody Myers. Myers served as Indiana Health Commissioner under Republican Governor, Robert Orr, and as later New York City Health Commissioner.
The ways various news organizations cover the same news story – why swimmers’ fingers get wrinkled – provides a test case on whether evolutionary theory adds any value.It’s one of those things we all know from experience but only a scientist would want to explain: why do our fingers get wrinkled like prunes after about 5 minutes underwater? Recent studies show that the phenomenon is controlled by the autonomous nervous system. Tom Smulders, an evolutionary biologist at Newcastle University in the United Kingdom, decided to run some experiments. Bottom line: the wrinkles may serve a purpose, helping us to grip things better underwater.We could leave it at that, but some news sources wanted to invoke evolutionary theory to explain it. Other sources, though secular and supportive of evolution, didn’t refer to it. Here’s the breakdown:Jonathan Amos at the BBC News gave evolution the most credit. Right off the bat, he said prune fingers “suggest our ancestors may have evolved the creases as they moved and foraged for food in wet conditions.” Finding that they are under nervous system control “led scientists into thinking there must be some deeper evolutionary justification for the ridges.” Smulders considered it “less of a leap to assume there must be a function for it, and that evolution has selected it. And evolution wouldn’t have selected it unless it conferred some sort of advantage.“Helen Thomson at New Scientist didn’t refer to evolution at all. “Why do our fingers do prune impressions when soaked? It could be an adaptation that gives us better grip underwater,” she said, referring only to the functional purpose of a better grip. A lot of her readers, though, got into evolution debates in the comments.Sid Perkins at Science Now invoked evolution three times. “Having something under the direct control of a nerve, even an involuntary one, suggests it serves an evolutionary purpose,” he said, adding later, “It’s also unclear whether wrinkles evolved to help us grasp underwater objects, or whether they’re simply a byproduct of a nervous system quirk. Weber says finding out whether such puckering occurs in other primates might shed light on the evolutionary origins of the phenomenon.“Becky Summers at Nature News brought in evolution only tangentially, mentioning that “In 2011, Mark Changizi, an evolutionary neurobiologist at 2AI Labs in Boise, Idaho, and his colleagues, suggested that wrinkling, being an active process, must have an evolutionary function.” But the next statement focused on the design, noting that wrinkling “appeared to be optimized for providing a drainage network that improved grip. But until now, there was no proof that wrinkly fingers did in fact offer an advantage.”Charles Choi at Live Science repeatedly gave evolution the credit, quoting Smulders that the “functional feature” has”very likely been selected for by evolution.” Looking for “a potential explanation of why this effect might have evolved,” he quoted Smulders speculating that “it could have helped with gathering food from wet vegetation or streams.” Smulders took more of a leap to assume, further, that the wrinkling on the toes might have helped our ancestors in the trees. It will take further research to “shed light on when and why it evolved.“Science Magazine‘s feature “Random Samples” didn’t mention evolution at all in four paragraphs on the subject, other than to note that Tom Smulders is an evolutionary biologist. “The pale wrinkles that adorn fingertips after an extended soaking may be unsightly, but they serve a purpose: They help us get a stronger grip on slippery objects,” the article said, focusing on purpose.So while most reporters invoked evolution, a couple did not. Were they lacking anything for the omission? All of the articles noted that there appears to be a purpose for wrinkled fingers underwater, but none of them explained how a purposeless process could arrive at purpose.The only vestigial organ left in evolutionary theory is evolution itself. You can see how it was completely useless as an explanation for this simple phenomenon, a vestige of an outworn Victorian myth. The reporters either (1) cheat or (2) misunderstand evolution when they say that prune fingers “evolved to” or “evolved for” anything. Evolve is not an active verb; it’s passive. It’s a passive result of happenstance, not a force leading to a purposeful end. If wrinkly fingers appeared by happenstance, and they happened to have a function, evolution couldn’t care less. It’s especially hilarious to believe that the evolution made the autonomic nervous system fine-tune this adaptation, enabling it on fingers and toes but not on biceps or buttocks (don’t monkeys sit on rocks underwater?). When speaking of purpose, adaptation, and function, we should be thinking intelligent design – the only cause capable of achieving purposeful ends.Here are some new oxymorons provided by the reporters to add to your Darwin Funnies file: evolutionary justification, evolutionary purpose, evolutionary function. Think about that first one for awhile until you LOL.Evolution gets tacked onto these stories by human beings who innately understand purpose. They purposefully add evolution as an entertaining wrinkle on their story, but it doesn’t help scientific explanation get a grip. (Visited 85 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0