Home Depot opposition increases

first_img But those who have attended meetings with negotiators for Home Depot quoted company representatives as saying that, as long as a new Home Depot is located at the 10-acre site, they would consider creating a mixed-use plan with several smaller buildings for retail and commercial use. Representatives of the chain also have entertained the possibility of allowing a general-merchandise store either on top of or next to a new Home Depot. They have indicated that, if a consensus could not be reached, they would open a new Home Depot in the Kmart building without expanding the 99,330 square feet under roof, as they had originally planned. Still, local activists said none of those solutions would solve the problem of how their small community can support such a large store. “It’s not just like going into Kmart and buying a dress,” said Joe Barrett, 46, a Sunland resident and lead organizer of the No on Home Depot Campaign. “This is retail on steroids. That’s why we feel this is such a threat to our community.” Rick Coca, (818) 713-3634 rick.coca@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe top 10 theme park moments of 2019 Home Depot officials did not return calls seeking comment, but in the past they have noted that their chain, the nation’s largest retailer of home-improvement supplies, brings community benefits including new jobs, volunteer projects and increased tax revenue. Greuel said Home Depot representatives irked her last year after they ignored her request to meet with residents and address their concerns before filing an application for new zoning permits to build a larger structure on the Sunland property. “I went ballistic,” Greuel said. “I wrote (Home Depot) one of the nastiest letters I ever wrote.” Since then, Home Depot representatives have met several times with Greuel and with members of the Sunland-Tujunga Neighborhood Council, as well as with representatives of the No on Home Depot Campaign. Home Depot can legally move into the Kmart building or demolish it and build within the original facility’s footprint, leaving community activists and political leaders with little legal recourse, analysts said. Supported by Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Councilwoman Wendy Greuel, Sunland-Tujunga activists opposed to a planned Home Depot have collected more than 2,000 signatures of residents vowing to boycott the home-improvement center if it opens. The move is the latest in a community battle against a Home Depot at the Sunland Kmart site on Foothill Boulevard, one of 18 Kmart stores that the Home Depot chain purchased last summer for $271 million. Opponents say Sunland needs a general-merchandise store – there currently are none nearby – more than a Home Depot, which they fear will drive smaller retailers out of business and bring a glut of traffic and other problems. “Who can afford to drive all the way to Valencia to get underwear?” said 41-year-old resident Paula Warner, who along with her husband, Caryl, has joined a coalition of community residents calling their group the No On Home Depot Campaign. last_img read more

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Referral bonus for LAPD hires up to $1,000

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Los Angeles has paid bonuses since 2000 to city workers, mostly police officers, who recruit successful LAPD candidates. In the ensuing years, 146 of 1,156 referrals have been successful. That 8-to-1 ratio beats the 12-to-1 figure for walk-in applicants, according to a city report. “They have a better chance of getting through the system,” said Cmdr. Kenneth Garner, head of personnel for the LAPD. The department has long been short on manpower given the size of the city, but historically it has been a matter of money. Now the department has the money to hire more officers, but such factors as low unemployment and competition from other agencies have left it short of qualified recruits. The LAPD and the Personnel Department have tackled the problem with a multimillion-dollar recruiting campaign that includes theme events, community outreach and advertising in ethnic and electronic media. A City Council panel agreed on Monday to double the cash bonus to $1,000 for city employees who recruit new cops as the LAPD struggles to find qualified officers. The action by the Public Safety Committee, which requires the approval of the full council, shows how policymakers are becoming increasingly concerned by the Los Angeles Police Department’s recruiting woes. The panel had earlier declined to act on the Personnel Department’s request to boost the bonuses, citing a lack of statistical evidence that the incentives worked. However, members were swayed by a dire prognosis from a personnel official who said that, if current trends continue, the LAPD could end up adding significantly fewer officers this year than planned. “If this is an extra tool, and it results in a handful of officers, it’s a good thing,” said Councilman Jack Weiss, who chairs the committee. The Public Safety panelists encouraged officials to continue such efforts while raising concerns about the standards for new recruits. The department has been moving away from across-the-board rejection of recruits with past credit problems or drug use and toward “looking at people as individuals,” Garner said. Without offering specifics, Garner said the use of certain drugs would still automatically disqualify applicants. Councilman Bernard Parks said the full City Council should review any loosening of restriction on hard drugs. Parks, a former LAPD chief, said similar efforts in the past might have started with good intentions but ended up eroding standards over time. At one point, he said, the department considered it “experimenting” if a recruit had smoked marijuana 125 times. “I don’t know anything you can do 125 times as an experiment,” he said. Phyllis Lynes of the Personnel Department responded that, with such technological advances as polygraphing and a new approach to screening, the LAPD’s standards have never been higher. Dan Laidman, (213) 978-0390 dan.laidman@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Protect soybean profits for 2017

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It was another week of relatively boring, range-bound markets. With the holidays approaching it seems like the trend will continue.Since harvest I’ve been presenting Grain Marketing Workshops to farmers throughout the Midwest. During these meetings, I’ve had the chance to talk to many farmers about future plans. Many farmers have indicated they will plant more beans in 2017, since beans currently are above $10 and corn is under $4. Obviously this is anecdotal information. We won’t receive confirmation on this until the March 31 USDA report.If this does happen, corn may have more upside potential several months from now, maybe even $4 by summer. For the time-being though (the next 100 days) I expect unexciting trading in the corn market.Dry weather concerns in Argentina are keeping prices firmly above $10. However, the Brazil harvest is expected to be a record and the problems of last year are unlikely. The market is weighing these issues along with uncertain demand from China.As mentioned above, I think a lot of farmers will switch corn acres to beans in 2017. I also don’t think the market has this change built into prices yet. Therefore, I want to cover and protect my last 25% of 2017 crop. The tradeWith beans around $10.15, I purchased a Nov $10 put for 55 cents and sold a Nov $11 call for 35 cents (20-cent net cost). What does this mean?If at the end of October beans are trading:Below $10 — I have $10 floor price (less the 20 cents) – $9.80Above $11 — I have $11 maximum or ceiling price (less 20 cents) – $10.80Between $10 to $11 — I can set my price wherever the market is (less 20 cents)Before this trade I was 75% priced at an average of $9.73. Now, I’m 100% priced with a guaranteed $9.75 floor and an opportunity to hit a $10 average (if prices are $11+ next fall).Obviously I don’t know where bean prices will ultimately go, but I know at the prices above I am well above my cost of production. Today I am more worried about bean prices falling and being forced to take less than current levels and less concerned about missing upside potential. As always, my goal is to have a profitable farm operation, and at these prices I have guaranteed that. Understanding and accepting bean volatilityLast week I was in a meeting with a global grain trading company and farmers discussing why the bean market was so strong. The farmers were concerned with such high prices despite so many bearish fundamentals in the market. This confusion over irrational market behavior was causing many farmers to hold when they should consider selling. Nearly all of the farmers in the room still had unpriced 2016 beans and most had nothing sold yet for 2017.Often farmers can suffer from a case of “analysis paralysis,” scrutinizing all the data and details to make sense of the market. They hope with all this analysis they will be able to sell at the top of the market, making the biggest profit possible. The thing is, farmers aren’t traders or speculators (who are also analyzing enormous amounts of data), so they need to think differently. Farmers are producers who will always have more product to sell. And to continue to be a farmer, they need to ideally sell at a profit every year.The problem with beans is that they are usually much more volatile than corn. There are many reasons for this, but one of the biggest reasons is that South America produces over 50% of the world’s beans while the U.S. produces only about 33%. The two harvests are only six months apart. Honestly, farmers should really just focus on not losing money on beans every year, rather than trying to hit the top of the market.Following is an example for why worrying about hitting the top of the bean market is not necessary. I plan to produce 20,000 bean bushels in 2017. If beans were to rally $3 next year I could miss out on $60,000 being 100% priced today. While this would be unfortunate, it’s important to realize that if beans rally, corn would most likely ALSO rally — probably $.50-$1 per bushel in a $3 bean rally scenario. Since I will produce 130,000 corn bushels in 2017, this would mean $65,000 to $130,000 in corn profit. So, I’m still ahead if a bean rally happens, I would just take advantage of it with corn instead. Plus the opportunity is so much bigger with corn. Also I’m expecting the odds of beans being over $10 next year to be low.Rather than trying to rationalize bean market volatility so you can sell at the top of the bean market, focus on just taking profits on all of your beans consistently every year. Waiting too long may mean missed opportunities. Jon grew up raising corn and soybeans on a farm near Beatrice, NE. Upon graduation from The University of Nebraska in Lincoln, he became a grain merchandiser and has been trading corn, soybeans and other grains for the last 18 years, building relationships with end-users in the process. After successfully marketing his father’s grain and getting his MBA, 10 years ago he started helping farmer clients market their grain based upon his principals of farmer education, reducing risk, understanding storage potential and using basis strategy to maximize individual farm operation profits. A big believer in farmer education of futures trading, Jon writes a weekly commentary to farmers interested in learning more and growing their farm operations.Trading of futures, options, swaps and other derivatives is risky and is not suitable for all persons. All of these investment products are leveraged, and you can lose more than your initial deposit. Each investment product is offered only to and from jurisdictions where solicitation and sale are lawful, and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations in such jurisdiction. The information provided here should not be relied upon as a substitute for independent research before making your investment decisions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC is merely providing this information for your general information and the information does not take into account any particular individual’s investment objectives, financial situation, or needs. All investors should obtain advice based on their unique situation before making any investment decision. The contents of this communication and any attachments are for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should they be construed as an offer to buy or sell, or a solicitation to buy or sell any future, option, swap or other derivative. The sources for the information and any opinions in this communication are believed to be reliable, but Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC does not warrant or guarantee the accuracy of such information or opinions. Superior Feed Ingredients, LLC and its principals and employees may take positions different from any positions described in this communication. Past results are not necessarily indicative of future results. He can be contacted at jon@superiorfeed.com.last_img read more

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Geocaching and Talking Animals

first_img SharePrint RelatedYour One-Stop Geocaching Resource is Right HereMay 18, 2014In “Geocaching Quizzes”A Geocacher’s Adventure into the DarknessJune 17, 2011In “Community””Down the Rabbit Hole” GCXQ5C GEOCACHE OF THE WEEK – December 28, 2010December 27, 2010In “Community” Okay. So, this will all come together, promise. A children’s story by Lewis Carroll came to life again earlier this year. The latest incarnation of Alice in Wonderland includes the standards like talking animals; cats, rabbits and caterpillars galore.But agree or not, the story’s leading lady Alice is a geocaching pioneer. The adventure seeker finds a rabbit hole (read: geocache)… and slips into another world (read: geocaching enthusiast). Sure, Alice is in 3D and there’s the whole Johnny Depp situation, but really, a stretch? I don’t think so.Remember your first geocache? Whether you’ve found ten more, a hundred more or a thousand more, you’ve entered a new world, slipped down the proverbial rabbit hole. Hopefully in your new world the animals don’t talk so much (read: seek help if they do).Here’s a tip though, if you’re up for a little adventure that is. The real rabbit hole (which still exists) is surrounded by at least 16 geocaches. But no one’s tagged the original rabbit hole… yet. Is your GPS handy? How’s N 51° 45.115 W 001° 15.489 sound?Okay, a little admission, placing a geocache here might be illegal and/or unethical. According to Carroll, who died in 1898, the “rabbit hole” is a staircase inside Christ Church in Oxford, England.The coordinates I gave you are actually across the street. Check out this link. And finding this magnetic micro cache isn’t easy – but adventure isn’t for the faint of heart and neither is falling down rabbit holes.What are your favorite literary caches? Was Alice a geocaching pioneer?Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

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World Cup semi-final against India was fixed, says former Pak cricketer Haider

first_imgAllegations of match fixing have once again clouded the Pakistani cricket team after former wicketkeeper Zulqarnain Haider, who had fled to London alleging he had been threatened by bookies, demanded a formal probe into the team’s defeat to India in the ICC World Cup semi-final.Saying he was not surprised by Pakistan’s poor performance and defeat in Mohali on Wednesday, Haider questioned poor performances by several players including wicketkeeper Kamran Akmal. He alleged that fixing has been part of the Pakistani cricket culture.He accused the Akmal brothers of controlling the way the national team functions and alleged that they did not allow any player to settle down in the team.Speaking to Pakistani channel Dunya News from London, Haider said he had run away from the team hotel in Dubai after being harassed by Kamran’s younger brother Umar Akmal. Haider questioned why Kamran was still in the Pakistani team despite dropping a number of catches.Haider had fled from the hotel in Dubai, where the Pakistani team was staying, alleging threat from a fixer in November 2010.He alleged that some national selectors took money from players to select them. He urged the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), government and the International Cricket Council (ICC) to look into the assets of the selectors to get to the bottom of the truth.last_img read more

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WWE Money in the Bank 2012: Cena grabs victory

first_imgThe last-minute inclusion of a fifth former WWE Champion into the Money in the Bank Ladder Match for a WWE Championship Contract was not enough to deter John Cena. He muscled his way back into the title picture with a monumental win on Sunday.According to report published on www.wwe.com, the Cenation leader bested not only former WWE Champions Chris Jericho, Kane and Big Show but also former champion The Miz, who was named a surprise entrant during the pay-per-view broadcast.Coming out mere hours before the matchs opening bell, The Miz, who has been been away from the ring so that he could star in the WWE Studios’ film “The Marine: Homefront”, pledged to make a “sudden impact”.However, in his way were standing four other former champions, including Cena, who vowed to regain the WWE Championship. He has won the title 10 times previously.Prior to grabbing the briefcase, Cena had to first contend with a formidable field of former champions. The fierce fight witnessed no shortage of highlights. From Jerichos sleeper hold applied high atop the ladder to a super-sized Attitude Adjustment for Show through the Spanish announce table were part of the grand battle.As per the websites, “The huge AA was not what ensured victory for Cena. In fact, the maneuver, which came within the first five minutes of the match, only served to set the tone for a barbaric brawl.”Cena, with impressive feat of strength, truly exhibited herculean power in his first Money in the Bank Ladder Match.advertisementIn the final moments, The Miz scaled the ladder, but met a similar fate. Then, with the drive of a champion, Cena rushed up the ladder and thwarted Shows briefcase grab.Holding the briefcase before his face, Cena used the steel case to block a third WMD from Show that dented the steel. While struggling to fight off Show and take the briefcase, Cena won the guaranteed championship contract in a most unorthodox way.last_img read more

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