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Newhall renovation plan gets preliminary approval

first_img “I think what we are looking for is a nice mix, things that have a hometown feel, stores and restaurants, in combination with unique things you would not see at a mall,” she said. The goal would be to draw customers from outside the area as well as local shoppers. Rogers declined to elaborate on her wish list of tenants or to reveal which developers or retailers have come forward, but she said there has been significant and steady interest even before a plan has been formally approved. The draft plan will be shown Tuesday to a select group of real estate brokers, bank officials and former leaders of large land companies – “people who can bring an enormous amount of resources to the table,” Rogers said. About $7 million has been earmarked by the city for improving the area, mostly for public works, she said. Some money will be spent for outreach and marketing in trade journals, though Rogers did not say how much. The council’s decision Tuesday night will burnish the bank accounts of property owners in the specific plan’s zone. The increase in density permitted by the plan, to be reflected in a zoning change, allows developers to build three stories where only one has been allowed. “If you have a 15,000-square-foot site and you’re able to build 45,000 square feet (under roof), you certainly have a property that is more valuable,” Rogers said. “Being able to go up three stories high without having to provide parking becomes much more valuable.” The particulars of building public parking structures are still being hammered out, but the structures are expected to be wrapped around retail shops, providing close-in parking for customers. Judy O’Rourke, (661) 257-5255 [email protected] 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 MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Weste, who has long championed the plan, heralded it as a tool of smart growth, with the nearby Metrolink station serving as a transit hub for commuters and shoppers. “A lot of cities are … re-energizing, bringing a resurgence to ‘old town’ areas that were great places once,” she said Wednesday. “Let’s not let it sit there and languish. That is the direction we are going in.” Though Councilman Frank Ferry reiterated his concern that an unintended consequence could be displacing current residents, he voted in favor of the plan. Planning commissioners had tinkered with the plan before recommending it to the council, which left its own indelible imprint on the document. “The council added the provision that any development that occurs will be sensitive to the surrounding community,” Mayor Cameron Smyth said Wednesday. Plans are in the works to unharness the economic potential of the area, said Carrie Rogers, the city’s economic development manager. After listening to comments from local business operators, she said she will propose, during the city’s midyear budget process, a market research study for the area. Rogers said the study, combined with active talks with commercial real estate brokers, should attract desirable tenants. She said care will be taken in ensuring sensitivity to the surrounding community while serving the city’s overall needs determined in demographic surveys. SANTA CLARITA – After much fanfare and debate, the City Council has agreed to adopt a plan to renovate downtown Newhall and transform it into a village of shops and civic buildings appealing to pedestrians. On Tuesday, the panel voted 4-0 in favor of the draft plan, expected to be formally approved by the council on Nov. 22. Councilwoman Laurene Weste abstained to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest because she lives near the project area. “We’ve reached a point where the council has recognized, in order to redevelop and revitalize downtown Newhall, it needs to provide developers with the tools and benefits so they want to come and bring their projects,” said senior planner Jason Smisko. “In the absence of this plan, in the last five years you really haven’t seen developers come forward with urban village-type projects in downtown Newhall. “Because of the council’s vision and the adoption of this plan, you have developers licking their chops now to propose projects that are consistent with the specific plan,” he said. last_img read more

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The quest for the next best tree

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest With everything from cell phones to seed corn, it is natural for many businesses to continually seek out the next best thing. On Matt Mongin’s Greene County farm, this applies to Christmas trees too.His quest started nearly 30 years ago. Mongin worked as an accountant at a firm in Cincinnati when he and his wife, Jane, decided to move their family to a farm. They purchased the 20-acre property and started planting Christmas trees in 1986.“I was 40 and I was tired of being in the office all the time on a computer. I wanted to be outside and using my hands more, so we took this on. At the time it was a corn field and before that it had been a cattle pasture for 100 years,” Mongin said. “We knew we had a limited amount of money and we could only afford 20 acres. That, realistically, was all we could handle anyway.”The Mongins quickly discovered a learning curve even steeper than the hilly terrain of their new property. It did not take Mongin long to learn, though, about the importance of finding the right trees for a profitable operation.“We started with Scotch pine. We learned the hard way that Scotch pine trees are a mecca for disease problems and they are lower-priced trees. They are just not worth it. We had terrible losses from disease,” Mongin said. “Then we got into a fairly large stand of Douglas fir. They turned out beautifully, they grow fast and people liked them, but they have too many spraying requirements because of Swiss needle cast susceptibility. As we grow Christmas trees and think we have something that will make us money, we learn they become susceptible to disease and other problems. You have to watch your back because when you get a problem it will go through the stand pretty quickly. You always have to keep looking for the next best tree.”It was around that time that the Canaan fir came onto the scene and changed Christmas tree production in Ohio. It was originally developed by researcher Jim Brown at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster and combined the traits of a Fraser and Balsam fir that were appealing toMatt Mongin stands by “Lady Jane” a towering Concolor fir with a very unusual and striking blue color that is being used for seed production.customers and better suited for Ohio’s heavier soils. Canaan fir is the top tree now for Mongin’s Spring Valley Tree Farm (and most Christmas tree farms in Ohio). The farm also offers white pine, Concolor fir, Norway spruce and white spruce. Mongin has found that these work well on the farm, but he is constantly looking to improve moving forward to stay ahead of diseases, insect problems and ever-changing customer demand.“We are working to find what grows well here. We are looking hard at Nordmann fir, Turkish fir and hybrids with Canaans. I am excited about Canaan corkbark, for example,” he said. “We have transplant beds full of different types of trees to find the next Canaan fir.”Mongin is visually distinguishing different subspecies of Canaan fir and other types of trees on the farm. He is reserving some trees to collect seed from to use in the development of new tree types with more specific, desirable traits. The process is slow and tedious, but the results could one day be extremely valuable to the farm. Maybe the most notable example is “Lady Jane,” a towering Concolor fir with a very unusual and striking blue color. Seed from Lady Jane could lead to the next big thing in Ohio Christmas tree production. Mongin thinks he is maybe 10 years off from having commercially viable transplant trees to sell for other farms to plant.“Trees are genetically diverse. Genetics for seeds bought by big nurseries are often collected from squirrel caches in national parks, so you never know quite what you are getting,” he said. “We planted 3,000 seedlings that we evaluated and we can, though careful selection, find the kind of trees we like and develop those and sell them for doing what we are doing. It is all about getting trees that genetically will thrive in the environments we intend to plant them. There are not enough people doing this.”New tree variety development is one component of a broader effort nationally to expand R&D in theThis tree nursery is home to different subspecies of trees selected to desirable characteristics on the farm.Christmas tree business thanks to a newly implemented Christmas tree checkoff. The 2016 Christmas season is the second year Christmas tree growers will market trees under the Christmas Tree Promotion, Research and Information Order (otherwise known as the Christmas tree checkoff). After an arduous process, the U.S. Department of Agriculture approved the measure and authorized a board to manage a program of promotion, research, evaluation and information designed to strengthen the Christmas tree industry’s position in the marketplace.“We had voluntary contributions from the national association for 30 years and two years ago we had a vote and the USDA said OK. Now 15 cents per tree goes to the checkoff. If you sell less than 500 trees you’re exempt,” Mongin said. “The beauty of most checkoff programs is that there is a middle guy who keeps track of what you sell. There is no middle person for the most part in the Christmas tree industry so we are on the honor system. We have to say, ‘Here is how many I sold and here is my check.’ This will have to grow with time.”The initial emphasis with the checkoff funds will be promotion, but there will be a greater research emphasis moving forward in terms of tree varieties and production.“Marketing is the emphasis now. First and foremost they need to get a savvy marketing company to develop a pitch for a real tree. How do we improve sales? Second, we need research into tree genetics to help farmers be more successful in production,” Mongin said. “The checkoff can help us, but I take the long view. I don’t expect results next year or the year after. If we see measureable results in 10 years I will think it is worthwhile.”Mongin feels like another important role of the checkoff will be researching and promoting improved production practices.“For us, the production was the hardest part of getting started. We started from scratch with knowledge. We read a lot of books and there is a lot that is published about this industry that is half right or just plain wrong,” Mongin said. “From 1986 through 1990 all the literature said you hand plant trees with a spud bar, but when you do that, you smash the roots and you effectively kill the tree in two years. It is a terribly wrong thing and that is what the literature said. If you are in soft garden type soils you can get away with that but in heavier soils it is just wrong. There are many other examples of things like that. It takes a while to learn how to do this. For us, marketing has always been secondary. The challenge was production.”Through the years of trial and error and talking with other tree growers, Mongin has been able to really hone tree production practices.“The Christmas tree industry has been open and welcoming about sharing information freely. We grew trees and customers came,” he said. “Lots of mistakes are made early on and fortunately we didn’t make too many.”Tree planting is another area where Mongin has really emphasized improvements.“With planting, soil prep is essential. You can’t just plant trees in an open, grass-covered field an expect them to survive. I am unhappy if 95% of my plants don’t thrive,” he said. “When we first started, 50% survival would have been good. We had the expense and time of putting trees in and then they didn’t survive. We work hard at soil prep and planting. I want the tree to find at least a foot of soft soil around the roots and we mulch around them with chipped up Christmas trees.”The planting process is labor intensive. Strips are sprayed in the fall to kill weeds the following spring and prepare for planting.“In an inter-planting situation where we are replacing missing trees in between growing trees, we plant with a six-inch auger and dig a hole eight or nine inches down. Then we follow that with a larger hand auger and pulverize the soil 12 inches in diameter. We don’t want big clods of dirt. They create a lot of air space and the roots may die,” he said. “The people planting the trees make a cone of soil in the bottom of the hole and place the tree roots around it, then add 18-6-4 fertilizer tablets in the hole, and gently pack the soil in around the tree. Then a few days later we follow that with mulch in a 12-by12-inch circle around the tree a couple of inches deep. You want to keep the sun off the soil around the tree.”In addition to the labor-intensive planting, the trees are all trimmed in the summer months to get conical, but not manicured-looking trees. Weed control is a summer-long endeavor and, at 70 years old, Mongin is also always looking for the next best thing in terms of mechanization and reduction of labor.And while there is always a need for the next best thing, some of the old best things work pretty well, too. In terms of marketing, word-of-mouth has always been the best tool for reaching customers.“Word-of-mouth has proven to be the most effective form of advertising and after 30 years we have built up a good customer base. We use direct mailing too. When someone buys a tree we get a name and address and send a brochure out to everyone to remind them to come and start their Christmas season out here,” Mongin said. “We have a manger scene and cider, hot chocolate and cookies — the kids remember that. That may be one of our best advertising strategies. That still seems to work pretty well.”For more about the farm, visit springvalleytreefarmllc.com.last_img read more

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Google Hires Open Web Leader For Social Initiatives

first_imgRespected industry thought leader, Joseph Smarr, announced on his blog today that he is leaving Comcast-acquired Plaxo to join Google and help drive the company’s next steps in the social web. Smarr has been a key innovator in the OpenID, Oauth and related technical movements.Smarr’s work is all about enabling innovation by making it easy for users to move data from site to site. While noting Google’s support for specific open web technologies, Smarr also said: “Getting the future of the Social Web right – including identity, privacy, data portability, messaging, real-time data, and a distributed social graph – is just as important, and the industry is at a critical phase where the next few years may well determine the platform we live with for decades to come. “Smarr was the first non-founding employee of Plaxo, a dynamic contact management service that was once the darling of Silicon Valley, and then became its spammy boogeyman, and was finally acquired by Comcast 18 months ago. Plaxo was co-founded by Napster co-founder Sean Parker and was backed by Sequoia Capital, the fund that backed Google and YouTube.Chris Messina, fellow open-web leader and the self-described evangelist that helped turn Smarr from the dark side of Plaxo’s early days (“champions of the open web can come from all corners,” he told us), said of the move: “Smarr joining Google is a logical next step for him – I think he’s done great work at Plaxo with John McCrea, but advancing the open web has not been able to be his priority since he took on the CTO role there.”Kaliya Hamlin, who says she introduced Smarr to the Identity community, said of his move to Google: “His spirit and energy to get things done, work across company boundaries and a deep commitment to open standards innovation will be a great asset for Google. One thing that really stands out for me was his innovation with Microsoft on the Portable Contacts API. That idea originated at the Data Sharing Workshop seeking to make progress on what was possible and within six months under his leadership it was complete.”OpenID leader Scott Kveton said this announcement is just the beginning. “That’s great news,” he told us, “and just the first of more to come I hear. It’s going to be down to Google, Microsoft and Facebook. They are hiring all of the people building the open web. I’ll be curious to see what kind of impact it has.”Smarr photo by Adactio. Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit marshall kirkpatrick Tags:#news#NYT#social networks#web center_img The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts last_img read more

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Digital Tools Unlock Ancient Medical Mystery

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Real World#web Under the auspices of the Smithsonian, the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions has been digitizing and “databasing” the contents of ancient medical treatises for decades. Having done so, they were well positioned to help scholars understand the discovery of a lifetime: 2,000-year-old pills found in a shipwreck, the only ancient medicines ever discovered intact. The Roman ship, excavated in Tuscany’s Bay of Baratti in the Eighties, contained a host of medical implements, including 136 boxwood vials and tin containers. One of the latter was recently found to contain pills and those pills were in tact, the metal having held the water off for over 20 centuries. Geneticist Robert Fleischer of the Smithsonian sequenced the DNA of several pill fragments, using the latest sequencing processes, while scientists at the Analytical Archaeology Laboratory of the Department of Antiquities studied the inorganic elements. The organic compounds identified included carrot, radish, parsley, celery, wild onion, cabbage, yarrow and hibiscus. The Institute and its allied scientists were able to determine that every single ingredient had been referenced in the ancient texts as being medically useful. Their success was a direct result of the long process of digitization and sharing the Institute has pursed. Although understanding our past is paramount to any archaeologist, it is not the sole goal of the Institute. “Not only does this discovery validate ancient texts, but also it opens promising avenues for new scientific research and even innovative thinking in drug discovery.”Increasingly, new technology helps us understand our past and the past, in conjunction with new technologies, help us define our future. Gulf photo from Smithsonian | other sources: AOL News curt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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Hawkers lynch man after he refused to purchase headphone

first_imgNew Delhi: A man, identified as Mohammad Qari Mohammad Owais, was brutally lynched to death after he refused to buy a headphone from hawkers outside the exit gate of Old Delhi Railway Station on the night of 26 August.Owais was a resident of Kandhla in Shamli district. He was rushed to Aruna Asaf Ali Hospital, Delhi but was declared brought dead. The police has said that the scuffle was triggered by an argument over a pair of headphones between the deceased and two hawkers and that there is no communal angle. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIt is said that the victim asked the price of the headphones but was leaving without buying. This irked the hawkers and they ganged up and started abusing Owais. They later surrounded him and started beating him. Owais later fell on the pavement. The police later identified the hawkers. “The two hawkers have been identified as Lallan and Ayub alias Sarfraj. Both have been arrested,” Harendra Singh, Additional DCP North said. One eyewitness said, “The boy was assaulted brutally by the hawkers and they also twisted his hands. He fell down later on the pavement and did not get up”. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”Owais was the classmate of my brother. The police then contacted by brother through Owais mobile phone who later informed me. He was the resident of Kandhla in UP. When I came here he was already dead,” said Mubarak Badri. “We have registered a case under 304 ( culpible homicide not amounting to murder) under the IPC and have handed over the body to the family of the deceased,” said Additional DCP North Harendra Singh. The hawkers in the areas like the bus terminals and railway stations and several tourist spots where the floating population is seen are often seen engaging into a fight with the commuters in case they fail to buy the product and move away just after aking the price.last_img read more

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Metis organization set to release its own report on violence against Indigenous

first_imgThere were only Métis sashes on display at the inquiry.Dennis WardAPTN NewsThe President of Les Femmes Michif Otipemisiwak (LFMNO) says the organization that represents Metis women will bring forward it’s own report for Metis on Monday.Melanie Omeniho says “we are not under any delusions. We have continuously been reminded what a train wreck that the inquiry became.”LFMNO or Women of the Metis Nation has long been critical of the national inquiry.The group did not support the commissioners request for an extension and extra funding.Last March, Omeniho said the national industry’s hearings and research “have excluded Metis women and girls.”At the time, Omeniho said “since the national inquiry is not including Métis, we will do the work ourselves.  We will make our own recommendations to the Minister based on work done by the Métis Nation, for our Métis women, families, and communities.”Metis National Council President Clement Chartier has also previously expressed his concerns with the inquiry.On an earlier episode of Face to Face, Chartier said he was also disappointed he did not have an opportunity to appear as an individual at the inquiry.“My mother was brutalized and murdered and justice still hasn’t been done but I didn’t get that chance I looked for it but the Inquiry, never contacted my office at all,” he said.Chartier said the only time he ever heard from commissioners was when they were looking for an extension.Read More:Metis National Council takes aim at so called Metis organizationsNational MMIWG inquiry speeding towards failure says latest lawyer to resignOpposition building to MMIWG inquiry extension In an email response on Friday, Omeniho said, “we are hoping that we can at least use the report that has been created as a starting point.”“LMFO recognizes that it has been centuries that brought us here and we are under no illusions that another report is going to resolve and fix it all. We know that working with the Metis families and communities has not happened throughout this Inquiry.”LMFO has standing at the inquiry and Omeniho will be attending the Closing Ceremony on Monday.Omeniho will bring forward a report for Metis women which will also be tabled with the Prime Minister and the other provincial and territorial governments.  Omeniho hopes between the two reports a corner can be turned “on some of the very tragic issues that our community has had to face”[email protected]@denniswardnewslast_img read more

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