Rio Hondo board candidates debate issues

first_imgThe forum also allowed audience members to submit questions for both candidates. One question posed solely to Mendez alluded to his troubles in 2006, when he was censured by the board and removed as president for swearing at the college’s former superintendent, Rose Marie Joyce. “There was a time when the environment here wasn’t well,” Mendez said. “But currently, the board is doing very well. We may disagree but we are moving forward. We enjoy each other.” Martinez, on the other hand, seemed to fumble for answers to questions about binding arbitration and the board’s role in college governance. “The board member’s role is to make sure they do policy, and they maintain civility on the board,” she said, pausing several times. “They address the president solely and he’s the only one they address. They make sure the college is run and they maintain.” [email protected] (562) 698-0955, Ext. 3051 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! As chairwoman of a local college-bound program, Martinez said she understands the importance of education – especially at Rio Hondo, which she attended herself and where her youngest son is participating in a dual-enrollment program. “I know this position requires a lot of dedicated hours – I know it well because my husband (Richard) is on the Little Lake City School District board, and my brother Art (Escobedo) is on the Los Nietos School District board,” Martinez said. “With Rio Hondo in the midst of a building program, I will make sure bond funds are used widely,” she added. “And our new president (Ted Martinez Jr.) is also in need of cooperation at this time from the board.” Mendez shared that same sentiment, pointing to the dual-enrollment program, which allows high schoolers to earn their diploma and a two-year college degree at the same time; the priority registration for military veterans; and the college’s new satellite center in South Whittier as examples of his achievements on the board. “I’m proud of our accomplishments here,” said Mendez, a former Rio Hondo student. “And I’m also partly responsible for the stable fiscal management of the college, where we’ve maintained a reserve all eight years I’ve been on the board.” WHITTIER – Both candidates for the Rio Hondo College board of trustees say responsibility, integrity and experience should be key in voters’ minds when they decide who gets elected to the five-member governing panel in next month’s elections. Eight-year trustee Gary Mendez, 38, and challenger Alma Martinez, 51, debated the issues affecting the college Thursday at a candidates’ forum at Rio Hondo, organized by the Whittier League of Women Voters. The seat up for grabs in Trustee Area 4 covers Los Nietos, South Whittier, Santa Fe Springs and North Norwalk. Martinez, who runs a home-based child-care center, said she hopes to build a bridge between the college and the community if elected Nov. 6. last_img read more

Sylva hopes for New “Share-Use Commercial Kitchen”

first_imgBy O’Shay MasseyMany residents of Jackson County gathered at the Jackson County Board Commissioners meeting Thursday evening to express their concerns and need for a Jackson County shared- use commercial kitchen.”Rob Hawk, County Extension Director, presented to the Board Commissioners last night explaining the need for a commercial kitchen right here in Sylva, North Carolina. According to Hawk and many other residents of Sylva a commercial kitchen is needed for many reasons.“It can be needed for food security for emergencies and potential food shortages, growing demands for local foods, an increase in agri-business entrepreneurs, and an agri-business stimulator,” Rob Hawk listed these things in a proposal document given to the Commissioner Board Thursday night.Commercial kitchen’s incorporate cooking stations and appropriate equipment for operation. A shared-use community commercial kitchen can be a key piece in building economic opportunity, environmental sustainability, and community health.Local farmers, vendors, small restaurant owners, and famers market customers are really pushing for a commercial kitchen in Sylva because the hassle of using surrounding area kitchens is becoming a burden. Kathy Circka of the Backwood Bakery had this to comment in a letter sent to the commissioner’s office. “Being able to utilize a local community kitchen would allow all revenue to remain within the county and reduce cost/maximize profit by removing the travel time to commercial kitchens in distant counties.”Curt Collins, a local mobile restaurant owner and vendor of the Jackson County Farmers Market shared his story with the commissioners, “I am now possibly losing my business because I don’t have a commissary kitchen… So I support this kitchen whole heartedly… I think that the market can grow tremendously if people were given the access to manufacturer their own products.”The Jackson County Board of Commissioners plan to keep this concern of the community on the agenda for the next couple of months. At the meeting they have requested that more information about location, cost summary, floor plans, and other things be more specified in order to best decide how to move forward with this project.last_img read more

MixTape.me is a Brilliant Musical Mashup

first_imgRelated Posts That experience, we can assure you, is quite addictive. Even if you aren’t looking for certain tracks or artists, there are plenty of playlists on the homepage to listen to. And playlists are what this site does perfectly. Easy to create, easy to populate, easy to manage, and easy to share. Drag-and-drop is all that is needed for most playlist actions. Each playlist gets its own URL, so your friends can listen to it without even having to create an account. And each one comes with an embed link as well, so you can show off all your hard work on your own web page. Also, each playlist shows who created it; you can use that link to follow that user to see new playlists they might generate in the future.When you finally start to settle down after running around like a kid in a candy store, you will find each track has a purchase link that takes you to an Amazon music search page. And that link? You got it – it has an Amazon affiliate ID on it. As far as we can tell, that’s the only method MixTape.me is using to generate a little scratch. But you know what? We don’t mind that so much, because we have found some really great music that we haven’t found any other way. 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout phil glockner Tags:#music#Product Reviews#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App A few days ago, over at Gina Trapani’s new Smarterware blog, I read about another new web-based music player and playlist creator, MixTape.me. I’ve reviewed severaltakes on the same basic concept recently, so I didn’t immediately write this one up. But I went ahead and gave it a spin, listening to a few of the popular playlists and searching for my favorite artists on the service. And, as it turns out, this application hits all the right notes in terms of interface design, plus its mere existence is a testament to the power of mashups.On the surface, you wouldn’t be able to tell that this web application is in fact a mashup. But after using the site for a while, you will start to notice that it grabs data from a lot of different places. Artist bios from last.fm. Lyrics from LyricWiki.org. Music videos from YouTube.  And the music… where does the music come from? Good question. The answer is, a lot of places: cloud storage, web sites, SeeqPod. In fact, the site is careful to keep that information behind the scenes. What you are left with is a clean, very desktop music player-like experience. 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex…last_img read more

VMworld – Intel’s online booth – check it out.

first_imgFor the event next week @ VMWorld we have created a virtual booth, check it out here: Intel Virtual BoothAlso follow Hank Lea as he explores vmworld and blogs about the event.last_img

Pop star Britney Spears spotted at Lord Venkateswara Temple in Malibu

first_imgBritney SpearsPop star Britney Spears seems to have religion on her mind. A one-time Kabbalah disciple, Spears, along with her four-month old son Sean Preston, was recently spotted at the Lord Venkateswara Temple and the Ganesha Temple in Malibu, California.Sporting a tilak, she sat through the elaborate rituals and, according,Britney SpearsPop star Britney Spears seems to have religion on her mind. A one-time Kabbalah disciple, Spears, along with her four-month old son Sean Preston, was recently spotted at the Lord Venkateswara Temple and the Ganesha Temple in Malibu, California.Sporting a tilak, she sat through the elaborate rituals and, according to temple president Nadadur Varadhan, “showed a lot of interest in Hindu religion”.First Madonna’s mehendi fixation and now Spears’ Hindu temple tales, the Indian curry just got spicier.last_img read more

Kim Kardashian gets wet and wild on Twitter

first_imgReality TV star Kim Kardashian has tweeted a super sexy photo of herself on micro-blogging site Twitter.The 31-year-old shared a new picture of her bikini body with her 14.8 million Twitter followers. In the photographs she sports wet hair and smiles at the camera.In the set of four snaps, she’s clad in only a red bikini and a damp halter top clinging suggestively to her curves, Kim appears as though she just hit the beach.When she posted the sexy photos, the reality TV queen tweeted:Thanks to all you 2 million sexy beasts out there for following me on Instagram! So heres a little present of http://t.co/9z0XXEFOlast_img read more