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November 2021

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Family fined £ 60 for spending 12 minutes driving through car park looking for space


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The family were surprised to get a ticket despite never getting out of their car or shutting down the engine – but the parking lot operator insists the fine is deserved

Family fined £ 60 for spending too much time in a car park, even though they never turned off the engine

A family has been fined £ 60 for driving through a busy car park even though they never parked.

Julie Sutcliffe, 51, was on a family vacation to Cornwall in August.

On August 12, they visited Newquay, which was very busy at the time, and the family struggled to find a parking space.

They had visited three or four parking lots, all full.

Desperate, they drove slowly around a parking lot for a little over 10 minutes hoping someone would leave so they could stop.

No one did, so they drove off, before they managed to find a spot in another parking lot.

But to their surprise, when they returned home from their trip, they got a £ 60 ticket from the operator of the car park they had driven into.

Sutcliffe said: “When we got back from our vacation I opened a letter saying we were fined £ 60 for parking for 13 minutes without paying. That was the time we had spent driving.

“I appealed saying that at no time did we stop, let alone turn off our engine.

“Our appeal was refused. To say I’m disgusted is an understatement.”

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The family paid the fine because it seemed like the easier option than fighting the ticket.

“I thought I would pay it because I didn’t want to worry about going any further,” Sutcliffe said. “It’s a big company and we are a family.”

The Mirror asked Smart Parking if they would refund the £ 60 because the family had not parked.

But Smart Parking said the fine was deserved and there would be no refund.

A spokesperson for Smart Parking said: “Smart Parking is proud to be a member of the British Parking Association and strictly follows its guidelines.

“At Newquay parking lot, we use a state-of-the-art ANPR parking management system to ensure that real customers can always find a place to park.

“It is important to remember that the parking lot is private land. Therefore, when deciding to park, motorists should always check the conditions of use which are clearly outlined in numerous signs on the site.

“In the case of [Sutcliffe] she stood in the parking lot for over 12 minutes without paying, so she correctly received a charge, which she has now paid for.

Last week, The Mirror reported that a man was fined for the time he spent finding parking and waiting in line to buy a ticket.

Paul Adams, 55, says he paid an £ 8.50 ticket to St. Ives which would have kept him parked all day.

But some time later he was fined £ 60 from Armtrac Security Services Ltd, which operates the car park.

As Adams read the notice he was shocked to find he was charged for the 15 minutes he waited to find a seat and the 10 minutes he waited in a queue to buy a ticket at the machine.

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Limerick leads implementation of new disabled parking app

A new app, which will help disabled drivers locate open spaces, will be launched in Ireland in Limerick.

The SpaceFinder app, which will be available on Apple and Android, can now locate empty accessible spaces and for those with Apple CarPlay, it can provide real-time navigation to the nearest available space.

The SpaceFinder service, developed by the Limerick ParkMagic company, has been supported by the Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland (DDAI).

Limerick City and County Council (LCCC) will be the first local authority in Ireland to start using the app, having completed extensive testing in the pilot phase. The LCCC traffic department has installed small sensors in accessible parking spaces in its downtown business district.

The information from these sensors will provide real-time updates on the SpaceFinder and Limerick eParking applications on the occupancy status of this space.

Limerick City and County Mayor Cllr Daniel Butler said: “Limerick City and County Council is delighted to lead the way again in supporting disabled drivers and visitors to the city with a convenient street parking.

“We are embracing the use of innovative technology to give them real-time information on the location of open spaces. We may also use the information to analyze usage levels so that we can plan for the future. “

In addition to the benefits for disabled drivers, the system will allow local authorities to collect real-time information on the use and turnover of accessible bays. This data could be essential for planning the provision and location of accessible spaces in the future.

Commenting on the launch, Paul Fitzgerald, Managing Director of ParkMagic, said: “We were delighted to lead the development of this service and its launch in the City of Limerick with assistance from the City and County Council of Limerick.

“We believe this demonstrates the real benefits for drivers and the environment of using the latest technologies to shorten the time to search for available spaces, saving time, fuel, traffic and stress. “

The Disabled Drivers Association of Ireland (DDAI) is now asking every local authority to consider using the SpaceFinder service.

Richard Ryder, Head of Communications at DDAI, said: “For many of our members and others in the disabled driver community, finding available and accessible parking can be an incredibly difficult, time consuming and frustrating experience.

Often times this can mean a lot of searching and in some cases a lost trip as the driver is forced to go home and try again later.

“A service like SpaceFinder which gives real-time information on accessible parking spaces in towns and cities across Ireland would be a huge boost, and we call on local authorities to seriously consider this excellent initiative,” a- he added.

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Car hits Lafayette opening hours after series of vandalism


LAFAYETTE, Louisiana (KLFY) – There was a series of vandalism at several Lafayette businesses over the weekend.

A church, body shop, restaurant and furniture store on West Pinhook Road were all damaged.

One of the companies had particularly bad luck, after a car slammed into the side of the building just hours after a vandal smashed their windows, and everything was caught on camera.

Passenger exits car after vehicle rushes through business

For all of the wood furniture makers, the chaos started at 6:30 a.m. Sunday morning when a man started tossing rocking chairs at the windows.

Although the vandal couldn’t break in, he smashed the front door.

Man slamming a rocking chair against the front door of the company

Two hours later at 8:30 a.m., however, a car veered off the road and crashed into the same business.

“There was a vehicle driving over Pinhook at high speed which apparently lost control and passed through the parking lot of three companies and ended up here in our company causing damage to our building, as you can see behind me. “, Daniel Broussard, a salesperson at All Wood Furniture Makers, said.

Surveillance video shows what happened after the accident.

A woman crawls out the passenger seat window, running to the driver’s side of a car, while a dog wearing a sweater also jumps out of the vehicle.

Ten minutes after the accident, police and firefighters arrive, appearing to be helping the driver of the vehicle.

“Fortunately, I don’t think anyone was seriously injured in the crash, but to see it, it was just horrible. I couldn’t imagine what these people were thinking when this accident happened, ”Broussard said.

He says the accident damaged their storage, smashed windows and smashed doors.

On top of that, they now have to fix the front door, where the vandal attempted to break into.

Broussard says he doesn’t know if the car crash and the vandalism are related, but says he is aware of several other businesses that were also vandalized on Sunday.

“Negotiate the furniture on the road, it was also affected. Popeye’s. There is a department that has been affected, and so have we. With all the other things that happened yesterday morning, we didn’t even realize we had been vandalized until we went back and started watching the video, ”he added.

Police say they are investigating, but it is difficult to determine if they are related without evidence.

No arrests were made.


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UNF deploys ‘loud devices’ to deter campus vultures – UNF Spinnaker


The UNF is today launching its partnership with the US Department of Agriculture with its “cooperative service agreement” to entice vultures to leave campus properties, according to the advisory. As part of this initiative, noisy devices will be used to repel birds from 3:00 p.m. on Monday, November 29.

This undated photo provided by Evan R. Buechley in August 2021 shows a hooded vulture in Ethiopia. Analysis of data from the International Union for Conservation of Nature and BirdLife International released on Monday, August 30, 2021 found that 30% of the world’s 557 raptor species are considered near threatened, vulnerable or endangered. . Eighteen species are critically endangered, including the hooded vulture, the researchers found. (Evan R. Buechley via AP)

State and protected by the federal government, “the growing population has caused damage to the northern cell phone tower, sports facilities, parking lots and grounds, while littering the equipment, tank shelters and seats used by the campus community and visitors ”, we read in the Osprey update.

Don’t worry if you hear loud booms on campus, the noises will stop after dark.

All questions should be directed to the UNF Environmental Health and Safety Department at [email protected] or (904) 620-2019.

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Mexicans hope for recovery of monarch butterflies

MEXICO CITY (AP) – Communal farmers and butterfly guides are hoping for a rebound in the numbers of monarch butterflies – and tourists – in their wintering grounds in central Mexico after a bad year for both last year.

Experts say it’s too early to calculate the number of monarchs, which migrate each year from the United States and Canada to the forests west of the Mexican capital. A formal survey will be carried out in December.

But butterflies have become an important source of income for farmers who own much of the pine and fir forest where monarchs congregate in the trees. Already this year, some of the orange and black monarchs have settled in the trees for the winter.


After a devastating drop in tourism due to the pandemic last year and a 26% drop in butterfly numbers, farmer and tour guide Silvestre de Jesús Cruz, 49, is basing his hopes on a better year for both. This year.

“Last year was a bit more difficult because there were a lot less people. But this year is going to be good, ”said De Jesús Cruz. “A lot of communal farm families depend on this,” said the 21-year-old guiding veteran, “not just us guides, but also the people out there in the parking lot selling food. Many people.”

During the off season – the butterflies arrive in November and leave around March – De Jesús Cruz plants corn and oats on his small agricultural plot.

But these crops don’t make a lot of money. Cash income comes from tourism and, due to the coronavirus pandemic, only an estimated 40,000 people visited the dozen butterfly wintering grounds on isolated mountain peaks last year, up from 80,000 in years. previous ones.

Already, a few tourists are showing up this year.

Martha Echeverría, a yoga resident of Mexico City, found the serenity of the El Rosario reserve to be a main draw. Visitors are encouraged to remain silent so as not to disturb the resting butterflies, making it such a calm scene that you can hear the crackle of fir arches and the sound of the wind.

“I like the silence that this creates in you,” said Echeverría.

De Jesús Cruz explains that guides are taking extra precautions due to the pandemic, such as requiring masks and taking visitors’ temperatures before they are allowed in.

This creates special challenges, as tourists have to climb several hundred meters (yards) of steep trails to get to the ultra-protected areas where butterflies congregate, in an area already high in altitude.

Ricardo Rodríguez, a tourist from Puebla state, managed to reach the top without a problem despite the lack of regular exercise, but said he would like a little more space to take off his mask every now and then .

“The face mask, well, that’s for everyone’s protection, but there are parts of the climb that you run out of air, so the hike could be better planned,” Rodríguez said. “They could space us out a bit more, so you can take it off for a while and get more oxygen.”

Due to a multitude of factors, the number of monarchs fell in the last year. Experts say drought, inclement weather and habitat loss – especially of the milkweed where monarchs lay their eggs – as well as the use of pesticides and herbicides and climate change, all pose threats to migration of the species.

Illegal logging and loss of forest cover due to disease, drought and storms also continue to plague the reserves.

Gloria Tavera, regional director of the National Council of Protected Areas, said it was too early to say whether this year will mark an increase in the number of butterflies or tourists.

“It would be risky to say so. We won’t know until December, once we have inspected all the (butterfly) colonies, ”Tavera said. As for the return of tourists, she said, “hopefully”.

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Car tax: new taxes under consideration that would charge anyone driving in London


London’s Ultra Low Emission Zone was expanded at the end of October to include most of Greater London, charging drivers for non-compatible cars £ 12.50 to drive in the area. In addition to ULEZ, congestion charges remain in place for drivers, charging them £ 15.

But soon, another charge could be imposed on any motorist going to London.

At a Transport for London finance committee meeting last week, it was estimated that there would remain a funding hole of £ 500million per year.

ULEZ is believed to have proven to be effective, with TfL expecting not to receive as much money as hoped due to ‘greater compliance’ with the rules.

This comes despite the fact that TfL and Sadiq Khan have insisted that ULEZ is aimed at reducing London’s pollution rate, not raising revenue.

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TfL said it would further contribute to a “green recovery for London” by reducing the number of vehicles entering the capital, raising around £ 500million each year.

Border charges would apply on top of existing charges such as congestion charges and ULEZ charges of £ 12.50 which would further exacerbate the headaches for non-Londoners when entering the capital.

This could save Londoners from facing much higher bus and tube fares to fill the funding gap.

But it could also affect businesses outside London that are currently attracting visitors from outside the capital.

Conservative MP Andrew Rosindell said a boundary charge would be “devastating” for his borough of Havering in east London.

He told MyLondon: “Imposing a boundary tax would add insult to injury for the people of Romford and Havering who are just fed up with this mayor of zones 1-3.”

Romford in Havering is a popular town center for many travelers from Essex, with Mr Rosindell fearing that residents will look to Southend to avoid the fee.

Sadiq Khan confirmed on Thursday that a limit charge was “one of the options we are considering”.

“I’m not running to this. [But] £ 500million is a big demand for us, “he said at Mayor’s Question Time.

Mr Khan told the London Assembly: “London’s recovery depends on getting the money it needs to provide world-class transport service.”

Opposing the plans, Neil Garrett, member of the Croydon and Sutton Assembly, said the money raised from the £ 3.50 fee would be very small, with most of the real money coming from fines.

ULEZ was expanded on October 25 to a size 18 times larger than the original area that was put in place in 2018.


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Birmingham car park driver fury fines for passing three inch ‘pillar blocked bay’

A driver recounted how he was fined £ 100 after parking just three inches above a bay he said was blocked by a huge pillar.

Damian Maj says he was stunned after receiving the sanction after leaving his Mazda at the Allison Street parking lot in the city center, owned by Hockley-based Premier Parking Logistics.

The maintenance engineer said he paid £ 2.20 for a ticket after visiting Birmingham for a day with his wife Agata and 18-month-old son Victor on August 1.

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He admitted to parking lightly over a bay that he didn’t think could be used by another vehicle due to a huge pillar in the front – yet Premier Parking Logistics insists the bay IS used by drivers.



Damian Maj says he was upset after being fined after parking in the car park at 16/29 Allison Street 1/4 Coventry Street in Birmingham

Mr Shift, from Crick, near Rugby, told BirminghamLive: “I got back to my car and just couldn’t believe it so I took some pictures.

“The space (next to Mazda) was blocked off by a post that supports the roof. Obviously, no one can safely park in that space while maneuvering around that post.

“Since I’m a new dad, I was looking for spaces around the parking lot where I could fully open the car door to get my little one out of the car safely.

“So I moved my car a bit to the open space and covered a yellow line.

“When we got back I got a ticket for ‘Not Parked Wholly Within Bay’.

“I could absolutely agree with a ticket if I blocked another space or an access but then clearly another car cannot park there.”



Damian Maj, his wife Agata and his son Victor
Damian Maj, his wife Agata and his son Victor

Mr. Maj appealed to the company to cancel the ticket, but lost.

A spokesperson for Premier Parking Logistics said the bay WAS used by motorists and added that Mr. Maj had “admitted that they voluntarily parked over the bay for their own convenience, so acknowledged its responsibility.

“The terms and conditions which form the contract that the driver has agreed to abide by have been broken by the driver.

“The driver parked next to the sign with the terms and conditions. There is also a 24 hour phone number on the signs.

“We checked the back office and that day there were only 7 cars in the parking lot all day.

“There are 30 spaces in the car park which are all above the regulatory size recommended by local authorities.



Damian Maj received a £ 100 parking ticket after parking lightly over a bay in the car park on Allison Street and Coventry Street
Damian Maj received a £ 100 parking ticket after parking lightly over a bay in the car park on Allison Street and Coventry Street

“Today we took time stamped photos of the bay you claim to be obstructed with 2 cars on each side and the bay empty. We then took a time stamped photo of a vehicle parked in the bay and then comfortably exiting the bay. “

The company invited our reporter to the parking lot to see a vehicle parked in the bay, but we refused.

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Two injured after slipping patrol car and crashing into tree


PALO ALTO – Two people were seriously injured on Friday morning after a driver fleeing an illegal spectacle slipped a police car and crashed into a tree, authorities said.

Palo Alto Police said an officer saw at least four cars involved in a side show around 1:06 a.m. Friday near the Palo Alto Baylands Nature Reserve. After other police arrived at the scene, drivers began to flee Westbound on Embarcadero Road “at high speed,” according to a press release.

A person driving a red 2013 Chevrolet Camaro slipped the left front tire of a patrol car, “almost avoiding a head-on collision of a few inches,” police said. The driver continued west as others continued to flee the scene before hitting a tree on the north side of the 1900 block of Embarcadero Road, authorities said. Police said they did not pursue any of the cars.

Rescuers provided medical attention to two people inside the Chevrolet Camaro, who were not wearing seat belts and were seriously injured. The two people – a man and a woman, both in their 20s – were in intensive care at a hospital, police said.

A small dog also inside the car was taken to an emergency veterinary hospital but had to be euthanized due to serious injuries, officials said.

The driver may have been under the influence of alcohol, authorities said. Police said they did not place the driver under arrest while he recovered from his injuries, although they intend to press charges.

Like other towns in the Bay Area, Palo Alto struggles with side shows, which can involve hundreds of people and spectators, as well as speeding tickets, donuts, and other types of dangerous driving. .

Sideshow’s activity has also seen an increase during the pandemic after the lockdown and stay-at-home orders resulted in more empty streets and parking lots.

In June, San José was the first city in the United States to criminalize the promotion or encouragement of side shows on social media. Violators could face up to six months in jail, fines of up to $ 1,000, or be charged with a misdemeanor.


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Tabletop dog park and disc golf course for the former Keene campsite | Local News


After two groups set their sights on space in the old Wheelock Park campground – one looking to build a dog park and the other looking to create a new disc golf course – Keene crosses a new step towards a solution that could integrate the two ideas.

The city council’s municipal services, facilities and infrastructure committee voted on Tuesday to use the city’s capital improvement program funds to develop a plan that includes both proposals. Parks, Recreation and Facilities Manager Andy Bohannon, who worked with the two groups to determine if the campground is a good fit for their plans, asked the committee to recommend that City Manager Elizabeth Dragon be allowed to spend those funds, which he said were free to be reallocated.

“I imagine we’ll have a public input process; both groups are going to be heavily involved in this design, ”Bohannon said of the plan. “And that’s really the best way to move forward with these two groups, and the city is going to have a win-win.”

Bohannon said in a note to the committee, included in the agenda for Tuesday’s meeting, that the money could be used to hire a landscaping consultant. He said this would help better understand the combined needs of the city and groups wishing to use the campground space, and give stakeholders an idea of ​​the cost of the projects.

The push for a dog park in Keene is not new, and the initiative has been going on for years, led by different people at different times. Last month, Rebecca Lancaster, a member of Keene’s board of directors who currently runs the dog park project, told the MSFI committee that a petition supporting the project has garnered more than 600 signatures.

The Park Avenue location is ideal for a dog park, she said, as it is close to Wheelock Park amenities such as restrooms and parking, but far enough from the nearest house to avoid any problems for property owners in proximity, which has been a concern in previous conversations about a dog park in other locations.

“The advantages of having a dog park are that there really aren’t any others locally in nearby or adjacent towns,” Lancaster told the committee. “In fact, I was surprised, when I moved here, that there isn’t an established dog park in a town of this size. It is therefore a safe space for community members to exercise and socialize their dogs. It’s a great convenience … something else Keene could offer to attract families and young professionals and others to the area.

Meanwhile, Robert Johnson of the Keene Disc Golf Club said last month that the goal of their project was to build a course that would be a bit more accessible than the more advanced course the club operates at Otter Brook. He said a disc golf course would be a great fit for other park activities and that the group would take care of any ongoing maintenance required at the facility, as it does at Otter Brook State Park.

Otter Brook’s course has performed well, Johnson said, attracting players from all over New England. But he said it’s not always suitable for young players or those just learning the game.

“As successful as Otter Brook has been, one thing that is not suitable for beginners,” Johnson said. “The lack of off-season access, elevation changes and sometimes rugged topography can be overwhelming for new players, and that’s where Wheelock comes in.”

In addition to helping establish the feasibility of both the dog park and the disc golf course, Bohannon said the concept plan would also give the city a roadmap for using the space for generations. future.

Councilor Bobby Williams suggested that if the dog park was not functioning in the old campground, a fenced area near the Robin Hood Park Amphitheater might also be a suitable location. He said it wouldn’t take a lot of work to create a small dog park there.

At last month’s meeting, Lancaster told councilors she would be willing to come up with a plan to share space with space with the disc golf course. On Tuesday, councilor Randy Filiault asked Bohannon if this would be possible.

“There’s a good chance that will happen,” Bohannon told the committee. “There’s also another chance it won’t. But we’ll find out.”

The committee’s recommendation will then go to the full board for further consideration.


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Grants for village-wide improvements in Minoa – Eagle News Online


Two weeks to the day after learning that more than half a million dollars in public and private investments would go towards revitalizing Minoa, Mayor Bill Brazill was briefed by the Onondaga County Community Development Office that, come to think of it, the grand total would end up being closer to a full million.

Not wanting other fundraising candidates to feel left out, County Manager Ryan McMahon and his company calculated the numbers and pulled an additional $ 359,460 out of the US bailout to award five more business ventures in the village.

As announced at the late morning press conference at the Trappers II Pizza Pub on October 26, more than $ 600,000 has already been spent on revitalizing the village’s main street and a handful of businesses bordering the trade corridor.

“I’m not the type to lose words, but the joy and happiness I feel today is overwhelming,” Brazill said on the podium that day, adding that he has been smiling non-stop since he had heard the news over the phone the previous Friday. “This village has a bullet in its arm now.”

In 2019, as part of the first phase of Onondaga County’s Main Street initiative, the villages of Fayetteville and Manlius received $ 275,000 and $ 298,000, respectively, to complete various described improvements. Meanwhile, Minoa was at a different starting point, having received $ 30,000 to develop a set of technical specifications.

“I told Mayor Brazill that if you come up with a plan and get the job done, we’ll come back, and he did,” McMahon said. “Overall, this village is going to be profoundly different.”

Involving the use of over $ 22,000, a component of the overall effort is on the municipal side, which includes the introduction of a village clock and ornamental lampposts in the main street of Minoa, the conversion of the sign for village announcements from manual to digital; and addition of pavilions, lighting and barbecue stations in Lewis Park.

The second part of the initiative concerns the improvement of certain businesses with the use of funds provided by the American bailout plan.

Over $ 200,000 will be invested in brand new windows, doors, patios, landscaping and front fencing for Trappers II, the restaurant located at 101 N. Main St.

With $ 132,000 in total, Trappers II owner Jen Wood and her business partner Greg Rinaldi will be focusing on the future construction of the yet to be named tavern where The 19th Hole is currently located. , thus transforming a “horror” into an “asset,” as McMahon put it.

In addition, the recently opened Spill the Tea Café and Infusion Yoga will have approximately $ 207,000 invested in its property at 208 N. Main Street to account for new masonry, a stamped concrete patio, new windows and replacement. of the roof.

Across the tracks, Charlie’s Tavern, Minoa’s oldest active business, will undergo a roughly $ 88,000 renovation that will include renovating a sign, repairing walls, building a patio. , new windows and other facade renovations.

“Coming back from COVID, it’s been slow to dig the hole we’ve all been in, so that means a lot,” Charlie’s owner Nicole Stoffel said. “I couldn’t have afforded all of this work without this grant. “

The extra grant money added in early November will go to Pave the Way Daycare, Scotty’s Automotive, Tim McIntosh’s property at 112 Willard St., instead of CNY President David Muraco around the corner. Hulbert and Costello Parkway, and Muraco’s other property on Main Street next to Minoa Elementary.

The Muraco-owned plaza across from Lewis Park contains Happy Wok Chinese Restaurant, Sunshine Minoa Food Mart, Parkway Liquors, and Kindred Souls Vintage Lovelies.

McIntosh’s property, which was once a library, would be redeveloped and turned into space for different offices, while Muraco’s property on Main Street would likely be turned into an esplanade with four stores. Its current place and the other selected businesses will see their facades refreshed alongside other structural work.

Three-quarters of the total of $ 916,272 will be borne by the county, with the remainder paid by the village of Minoa and the assisted business owners.

Although he does not hesitate to call the current Minoa the “shining light” in the northern part of the town of Manlius, Brazill said the projects would add “dynamism” to the village while helping to build the county of Manlius. low up along the way.

Complementing the 5km races, car shows and park concerts that have taken place in the village over the years, Brazill said this initiative is also the next step that will make Minoa a more important destination for people. residents of Onondaga County.


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No guarantee that the new Nenagh car park will be open before Christmas

There is no guarantee that the new Emmet Place parking lot will be open before Christmas, Nenagh advisers said.

The contractor has been informed by the Nenagh District City Council that the ongoing work must be completed so as not to interfere with the Christmas trade and that no further work will then be done until mid-January.

Emmet Place is part of the city’s new traffic management plan under which the council will create a new streetscape and install 17 additional parking spaces.

Work has been disrupted over the past two years due to lockdowns caused by Covid-19.

Cllr Hughie McGrath asked council officials at the Nenagh MDC’s November meeting to get a guarantee that the parking lot would be open for Christmas.

However, District Manager Marcus O’Connor said he couldn’t say it would be finished and open before Christmas.

“We have lost time because of Covid but the entrepreneur is working to make up for this time,” he said.

Cllr McGrath said traders on Mitchel Street would be “disappointed” by the news.

“Businesses have been dealing with Covid and they can’t wait to have Christmas and a parking lot,” he said.

Councilor McGrath said the work should be completed within a short period of time and the contractor should be able to give the council a final opening date.

“I don’t think it will take a lot to put it on the line,” he said.

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Ahrens advances the Playford Health Hub


The parking lot of the Playford Health Hub.

Last parking to Elizabeth Vale, Playford Health Hub, demstrengthens Ahrens’ expertise in the supply better parkings.

At Ahrens, each customer is guaranteed a better car park built to last. With unbeatable expertise and in-house capabilities, Ahrens can bring every parking lot from concept to completion, with an aesthetic finish meant to leave a lasting impression.

After working on some of South Australia’s most notable car parks including Adelaide Entertainment Center car park, Tea Tree Plaza’s Park ‘n’ Ride and the newest car park at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Ahrens was the first choice to provide the newest multi-level parking for NorthWest Healthcare Properties, managed by Vital Healthcare Property Trust.

Vital Healthcare Property Trust is listed on the New Zealand Stock Exchange with $ 2.5 billion in assets under management and 71% of its portfolio in Australia. Vital Healthcare is the only specialist owner of healthcare goods listed on the NZX (NZX: VHP).

A leading global healthcare real estate investment fund, NorthWest Healthcare operates in five countries, with the Australian arm working on a smart, high-tech healthcare facility in Playford, which will see the area surrounding Lyell McEwin Hospital transformed. into an interconnected health center, with the Elizabeth Vale shopping center demolished to make way for construction.

As part of the first stage of the new development at Elizabeth Vale, the client hired Ahrens to deliver a new car park consisting of 501 parking spaces spread over six expansive levels.

The team completed the construction itself, as well as the basic construction of the ground floor retail and commercial rentals, as well as all associated external roadways.

The second phase of the development will include a specialized medical consultation building, with the third and final stage being the private hospital itself.

This is Ahrens’ first project for the client, and one that will leave its mark. Find out more about Ahrens success stories: www.ahrens.com.au.


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Car thefts and burglaries are on the increase in San Antonio. Here is what is done about it.


Auto thefts and car break-ins are on the rise throughout San Antonio, and local law enforcement authorities are urging residents to be vigilant, especially as the holiday shopping season accelerates.

Vehicle thefts within city limits increased 17% and car break-ins increased 6% in the first 10 months of the year compared to the same period last year, according to data from the San Antonio Police Department.

While car thefts and break-ins occur throughout the city, they are more common in malls, entertainment venues and hotels near shopping malls, the data shows. The first place this year for car break-ins: The Shops at La Cantera.

“Anywhere there is a concentration of unattended vehicles, thieves will be attracted to these areas,” said Sgt. Washington Moscoso, a former auto crime detective who works at San Antonio Fear Free Environment, or SAFFE, Unit. “Theft is a crime of expediency.”

Law enforcement officials say it’s normal for crime to fluctuate from year to year, sometimes for no apparent reason. Nonetheless, many have attributed the recent increase in burglaries and car thefts to changes in shopping habits as concerns about the COVID-19 pandemic fade.

In other words: more and more people are shopping and car thieves are taking advantage.

“During the holidays it absolutely increases,” Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said. “I think it stands to reason that we’re going to see this crime increase, but that’s why it’s incumbent on us to work together to get organized on this.”

Salazar announced Wednesday that the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office has partnered with about seven local law enforcement agencies – including SAPD – to increase patrols near shopping malls and set up operations to ‘infiltration to catch thieves.

But Salazar said it’s also incumbent on buyers to be vigilant. He encouraged buyers not to leave valuables in their vehicles – and if they do, to keep them out of sight.

“Be aware of your surroundings when you leave a store,” said Salazar. “Don’t spend too much time in your car reviewing receipts or checking the sizes of the gifts you’ve purchased. If you are sitting in a car in a parking lot, in my opinion you are a sitting duck.

“Not their first time”

Vehicle thefts are on the rise in all parts of the city, although they have been concentrated on the north, west and northwest sides, according to the data.

Vehicle burglaries, meanwhile, are on the rise in most areas of the city, the data shows. Only three areas – on the central, east and south sides – saw a decrease in car break-ins in the first 10 months of the year.

How to prevent burglaries and vehicle theft:

Close all windows and lock the doors.

Remove the keys from the vehicle.

Don’t leave valuables in the car, and if you do, keep them out of sight.

Park in well-lit areas when possible.

Be careful when heading for your car. Don’t linger too long.


Law enforcement officials have said car break-ins are more common – there have been around 13,500 citywide break-ins this year, up from 7,300 thefts – but they are more difficult to characterize. Some suspects have a history of burglary. Others don’t.

“In general, this is not their first time,” said Salazar. “We’ll find out they have a history of this sort of thing. They are creatures of habit.

Car thieves, on the other hand, tend to be linked to larger groups of criminals who exchange vehicle identification numbers and sell the vehicles to unsuspecting customers or drive the vehicles in Mexico, where they are used. by drug and human trafficking cartels. The latter is especially common with trucks and SUVs.

“If it’s a bigger truck that’s stolen, they go straight to the border,” Salazar said. “This is when we call up law enforcement partners and tell them to be on the lookout so we can put a ban in place.”

Live Oak Police Chief Dan Pue said concentrated law enforcement efforts – such as that announced by Sheriff Salazar on Wednesday – were helping deter car thefts and burglaries.

A similar initiative, called Operation Grinch, was launched in Live Oak in 2008 with the aim of deterring criminals.

Each year, cops in Live Oak, Selma and Universal City have apprehended the Grinch and thrown him behind bars to set an example for other criminals: Crime during the holiday season doesn’t pay.

They also set up patrols with uniformed and non-uniformed officers in high-traffic shopping areas, such as the Forum Mall in Selma and the IKEA in Live Oak.

“It drastically reduced the crime rate,” Pue said. “In some years we have had absolutely no car break-ins in the Forum Mall.”

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Mozambique: investigate shooting of villagers by park rangers and police – new research


  • Six people shot dead near Banhine National Park on November 3, 2020
  • More than a year later, still no responsibility

Mozambican authorities must thoroughly investigate a shooting last year by park rangers and police that left six people injured, Amnesty International said today.

Interviewees told Amnesty International that rangers and police opened fire on unarmed local residents on a road near Banhine National Park on November 3, 2020. Residents gathered to protest peacefully against the fire. arrest of at least 20 people in an operation to stop charcoal production in the region. .

Over a year later, no one has been held responsible and there has been no proper investigation into this senseless shooting

Muleya Mwananyanda

“Over a year later, no one has been held responsible and there has been no proper investigation into this senseless shooting. The victims and their families are still awaiting an explanation and justice, ”said Muleya Mwananyanda, Amnesty International’s deputy regional director for southern Africa.

“The investigation into this shooting by park wardens and police must be thorough, impartial, transparent and efficient. The Mozambican authorities must prevent the illegal use of force in the future.

Banhine National Park is co-managed by the international conservation organization Peace Parks Foundation (PPF) and the Mozambique National Administration for Conservation Areas (Administra̤̣o Nacional de reas de Conserva̤̣o РANAC).

In a statement to Amnesty International, the PPF said that “all security activities are determined and carried out by the Chief Ranger of Banhine National Parks” (an ANAC employee), together with the head of the national parks. PPF law enforcement operations.

Filming near Banhine National Park

On November 3, 2020, park rangers, with the support of the Special Intervention Unit of the police in nearby Xai Xai Town, carried out an operation against what they claimed was illegal charcoal production. in or near Banhine National Park in Gaza province. The Gerez community area – formed by two villages, Hochane and Madliwa – is located near Banhine National Park.

During the operation, park rangers and police burned charcoal ovens and arrested more than 20 people. Interviewees told Amnesty International that when local villagers heard about the operation, they decided to speak to the rangers immediately.

To stop the park wardens and police vehicles, the villagers blocked the road just outside the park with large logs. Eight people interviewed told Amnesty International that the population was unarmed. The villagers also said that as they had already gathered at a bus stop heading out of town to meet with the governor on an unrelated matter, they did not have weapons with them.

Interviewees said that when forest rangers and police stopped their vehicles, four men from the community walked towards them with empty hands raised. They said forest rangers and police suddenly opened fire, hitting six men.

“No one was carrying a machete, pistol, ax, knife or stick,” said a witness. “The representatives raised their hands as soon as they saw the park rangers to show that they wanted to have a peaceful conversation. But the rangers didn’t want to hear anything – they started shooting.

The rangers didn’t want to hear anything – they started shooting

Witness

In correspondence with Amnesty International, the PPF claimed that the park rangers “fired warning shots in the air, which in no way posed a threat to anyone”.

However, an individual involved in the management of the park, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said that “several rangers fired in the air in order to disperse the people as there was a crowd, but some wanted to shoot. individuals “. Several interviewees identified a specific ranger as the one who started shooting and prompted other rangers to shoot.

Three residents were seriously injured, including a man with a serious gunshot wound to the abdomen. Amnesty International checked photos of the injuries and reviewed medical reports from the time indicating that the victims were shot.

As local residents fled, police and forest rangers removed the log and left the area. A local villager drove the six injured in his car to a local health center. Later, an ambulance took the three most seriously injured to Chokwe hospital, about 170 km away.

Three interviewees, including one of those arrested, said all those arrested in the operation to stop charcoal production were released without charge the next day.

Villagers are frustrated that the official investigation into the incident has not progressed beyond the preliminary stage, despite meeting with the National Criminal Investigation Service and the Attorney General’s office at least four times since November 30. 2020.

Amnesty International considers that, as the villagers posed no imminent threat of death or serious injury to convoy members, the use of force by rangers and police was neither necessary nor proportionate, and therefore illegal in the process. under international human rights law.

Response from the Peace Parks Foundation

In correspondence with Amnesty International, the PPF called the incident “regrettable” and claimed that the convoy had been “ambushed” by a large group of people “armed with sticks, stones and machetes”. The PPF confirmed the presence of its law enforcement operations manager during the incident, saying he remained in the car when community members started throwing stones.

PPF stated that “[t]To our knowledge, none of the Banhine rangers used unnecessary force. We understand that three BNP rangers in support vehicles located at a distance from the special police vehicle fired warning shots in the air, which in no way posed a threat to anyone, and which was judged proportional to the threat posed ”.

The PPF also stated that “The Peace Parks Foundation immediately investigated the event using information provided by senior park staff and the Peace Parks Foundation technical advisor and, through this process, was informed that, as it had happened outside of the Peace Parks Foundation conservation area and support area… this would be investigated and monitored by responsible government structures ”.

Since at least 2018, the private South African military company Dyck Advisory Group (DAG) has provided anti-poaching services, ranger training and other specialist security support to the PPF, notably under the name from Environmental Management and Conservation Trust (EMCT).

In a 2020 project report viewed by Amnesty International, PPF noted that “The Environmental Management and Conservation Trust (formerly the Dyck Advisory Group) and the Peace Parks Foundation are stepping up their efforts to tackle escalation and destructive crime against wildlife in and around Key Mozambique Protected. Zones ”, including in Banhine National Park. In a statement, PPF said that DAG / EMCT had no involvement in Banhine before or at the time of the incident, and that they ended their relationship with DAG / EMCT in May 2021.

Park boundaries change confusion

In 2013, the Mozambican government changed the boundaries of Banhine National Park, increasing its area from 5,600 to 7,250 square kilometers. The expansion involved the area around the village of Hochane and established a five-kilometer buffer zone around the new park boundaries. Based on an analysis of satellite images, Amnesty International estimates that the 2013 boundary and buffer zone changes reduced the area of ​​the Hochane community by more than 50%.

Amnesty International found that the new park boundaries included an area that local communities have used for decades to produce charcoal. Interviewees told Amnesty International that the authorities had not informed or consulted them about the changes to the park boundaries.

Villagers have underlying grievances which should be addressed through consultation and negotiation, not bullets

Richard pearshouse

Amnesty International considers that some members of the local communities had a legitimate expectation of being able to produce charcoal in the area. Several community members denied that the charcoal production areas were inside the park. Members of the local community shared with Amnesty International recent licenses for charcoal production in the area, including one for Hochane which was valid at the time of the shooting.

“Villagers have underlying grievances which should be addressed through consultation and negotiation, not bullets,” said Richard Pearshouse, Crisis and Environment Officer at Amnesty International.

“The Peace Parks Foundation must ensure that its operations respect the rights of local communities and comply with international standards. “

Methodology

Amnesty International interviewed 26 people, including victims and witnesses of the shooting, community and government representatives, and people involved in the management of the park. He also reviewed official documents released by the Mozambican government and other organizations, reports from hospitals and local media, and academic articles.

In October and November 2021, Amnesty International wrote to PPF, ANAC, Gaza Province Police Command and DAG / EMCT for further information. PPF’s responses are available here and here. None of the other entities had responded at the time of publication.


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Former Maple Valley Ski Resort Project Subject to Public Hearing on December 2 | Business

DUMMERSTON – There will be a public hearing and site tour at the former Maple Valley ski area on Thursday, December 2 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the basic brewery and distillery lodge renovation with a tasting room that can accommodate 100 persons.

Sugar Mountain Holdings, which bought the ski area in 2018, also hopes to host events, such as weddings, at the site.

According to the Vermont Secretary of State’s office, Sugar Mountain Holdings, which is based in Weatogue, Connecticut, is “member-managed.” He purchased the 375 acre property for $ 745,000 from MVS Associates.

Keane Aures, who is named as a member of the list of companies, is senior counsel in the Hartford office of the law firm Gordon & Rees and specializes in construction law. He is also listed as a director of Slippery Slope Brewing Company and Slippery Slope Distillers.

Aures and Jonathan Tobin, COO of Sugar Mountain Holdings, declined to speak before the meeting.

The public is invited to attend the hearing and those who wish to obtain party status may attend the hearing. Those unable to attend the hearing and still seeking party status should contact Stephanie Gile, ACT 250 District Coordinator with the Vermont Natural Resources Board, at 802-289-0597 or [email protected] gov, before the meeting. .

A pre-hearing conference “has narrow purposes and is designed to identify parties and issues before calling a hearing to assess the merits of the case,” according to the Vermont Natural Resources Agency.

Members of the Act 250 Regional Commission will be present during the site visit.

According to documents filed with the Natural Resources Agency, the project received approval from the Dummerston Development Review Board in December 2019.

The plan provides for a 1,900 square foot distillery production area and a 3,400 square foot tasting room. The facility is expected to employ 12 people working 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, and the tasting room and retail space should be open from noon to 9 p.m. seven days a week. There will be space on the site for four food trucks, which will have access to electricity so that gas generators are not needed.

Special events including live music are planned in an area on the west side of the existing lodge building. The existing raised deck will be removed and replaced with a ground level patio to accommodate these events.

A noise study conducted by the Cross-Spectrum Analysis concluded that the noise at the facility would not be louder than the traffic currently passing on Route 30, although noise during construction could potentially be louder.

“Although the Maple Valley ski area has been closed for several years, the facility was previously used as a concert hall,” says the noise study. “Therefore, the reintroduction of special events including live music would not be a new or unusual source of noise for the region.”

The site plan provides for 41 parking spaces for guests and 10 spaces for employees. The gravel parking lot on the east side of Highway 30 will be used for overflow parking, with access to the facility through a corrugated iron pedestrian tunnel that passes under the road. However, the gravel will be removed and the land will be covered with grass. Public access to the West River will be retained.

The application of Law 250 indicates that when the facility is fully functional, it will generate more than $ 200,000 per year in sales and alcohol taxes.

Three new structures are proposed for the site: a pavilion for clients and small events, a wastewater pre-treatment facility and a whiskey storage barn.

The property is currently valued at $ 1,477,300, and applicable municipal and state taxes for the project site are $ 27,343 per year, the request indicates. Based on the proposed improvements and using current tax rates, the estimated value of the project site after completion will be approximately $ 2.5 million and the estimated taxes would be $ 47,000 per year.

All brewery and distillery production wastewater will be gravity-fed to an underground tank located on the island between the current ski lodge and Highway 30, and will be periodically pumped and transported to the local waste treatment facility. .

All spent grain will be composted on-site upon receipt of a state small composting facility permit. The compost will be used on site to promote plant growth and regenerate the soil.

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UP Assembly 2022 polls: With Noida, 5 international airports for UP ahead of polls: 10 points


UP Polls: Noida Airport will only be the second international airport in the National Capital Region.

New Delhi:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will lay the foundation stone for Noida International Airport in Jewar, Uttar Pradesh on Thursday, the center said this morning, calling the new airport “the Prime Minister’s vision for a ready aviation industry for the future”.

Here are the 10 main points of this story:

  1. It will be Prime Minister Modi’s first public event since the astounding withdrawal of the three farm laws that sparked nearly 15 months of protests (and some violent clashes) from farmers across the country. It also comes as the BJP government of the UP – one of the states most affected by the farmer protests, which many believe could affect the ruling party’s chances of re-election – prepares for elections to the ‘Assembly next year.

  2. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will review preparations for Thursday’s ceremony today, which will be held around noon. The BJP also organized a large public meeting on this occasion.

  3. Noida Airport will be UP’s fifth international airport – the most of any state – and will be a “game changer” for the state, the center said. Currently, UP has eight operational airports. Another 13 airports and seven airstrips are under development, the center added.

  4. The airport is billed as the “logistics gateway to northern India” and will help “establish UP on the global logistics map,” the center said. It will also be only the second international airport in the National Capital Region; the other is Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport.

  5. It will be approximately 72 km from IGI Airport, approximately 40 km from Noida and roughly the same distance from a planned multimodal logistics hub in Dadri. Work on the first phase is expected to be completed by 2024 – when India votes in Lok Sabha’s 18th election.

  6. Built near the town of Jewar in the Gautam Buddh Nagar district of UP (part of the NCR), it is expected to serve the residents of Delhi, Noida, Ghaziabad, Agra, Faridabad and surrounding areas, as well as helping to decongest the air and car traffic in and around IGI airport, the center said.

  7. Connectivity will be provided by the “multimodal transit hub”, which will include metro and high-speed train stations, as well as taxi and bus services. It will also offer private parking, the center said. Noida and Delhi will be linked by “hassle-free metro services” and major roads and highways will connect the airport with other cities, the center added.

  8. A dedicated freight terminal will have a capacity of 20 lakh metric tons, which will be further extended to 80 lakh metric tons. By facilitating the smooth flow of industrial goods, the airport will play a crucial role in helping the region attract huge investments and spur rapid industrial growth.

  9. The costs of the first phase will be over Rs 10,050 crore. The airport will cover 1,300 hectares and will be used by approximately 1.2 crore of passengers. The new airport will also be India’s first “net zero emission” airport, with land set aside for a “forest” that “will preserve local native species (flora and fauna).

  10. Previously, UP had two international airports – Chaudhary Charan Singh in Lucknow and one in Varanasi (Prime Minister Modi’s constituency). Since 2012, a third has been installed in Kushinagar and a fourth – in the temple city of Ayodhya – is expected to become operational early next year.


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World-class Dursey Island cable car and visitor center green light


An Bord Pleanala has given the green light for a new cable car and visitor center to serve Dursey Island off the Beara Peninsula, west of Cork.

In granting permission for the Cork County Council project, An Bord Pleanala rescinded its own inspector’s strong recommendation to deny the building permit.

Currently, the existing cable car system serving Dursey Island – built in 1969 and modernized since – attracts just over 20,400 visitors a year to Dursey and Cork County Council has proposed an annual cap of almost five times that of 100,000 visitors in the new cable car system.

However, the granting of the authorization by An Bord Pleanala set a cap of 5,000 visitors per month during busy tourist months to address the concerns of its own inspector. The Council’s program also includes a welcome center for visitors from the mainland which will include an interpretation center, an 84-seat café and a 100-space car park at Ballaghboy on the Beara Peninsula.

The new cable car is to be 375 meters in length and the existing cable car and accompanying infrastructure must be taken out of service.

Failte Ireland told the Appeal Board that completing the proposed development would offer visitors “a world-class experience of Dursey Island”.

An Bord Pleanala gave the green light to the project despite the recommendation of its inspector in the case, Patricia Calleary, to refuse the planning permit. Senior Planning Inspector Calleary concluded that the proposed development principle to replace the existing cable car serving Dursey Island is acceptable.

However, Ms. Calleary felt that “the scale of development is excessive and, as proposed, would allow a significant increase in the number of visitors, risking unsustainable impacts on the highly sensitive ecological environment”.

Ms Calleary concluded that “the development would not be compatible with the environmental sensitivities and nature conservation designations of the region, particularly Dursey Island”. Ms Calleary said the number of visitors that would be allowed by the development “would be excessive”.

As part of the conditions attached to the authorization, the appeal commission clarified that the existing cable car (photo) must be kept at a location on the site in order to preserve the cultural heritage assets on site. Photo: Dan Linehan

She said that “overall the development is not justified in terms of planning and would result in an unsustainable form of tourism which is not appropriate to the unique circumstances of Dursey Island”.

However, the council said the cap of 5,000 visitors per month taken with the significant mitigation measures proposed to protect biodiversity near the cable car and on the island would address the inspector’s concerns.

The council said it also noted that the proposed visitor management plan to control and manage the volume of visitors to the site will ensure that parking lots can meet visitor demand. He also said that this, along with the reduced maximum number of visitors allowed to the island during the peak summer season, would “maintain sustainable tourism levels at the site.”

The board concluded that the proposed development would facilitate safer and improved travel experiences for residents and visitors to the island. The council also found that the project would not have significant negative effects on the environment or the nearby community and would not be detrimental to the visual or landscape amenities of the area.

The town planning application was first filed with An Bord Pleanala more than two years ago, in September 2019.

Each of the two cable cars in the new cable car system would have a capacity of 15 people and the trip to the island would take between five and six minutes for visitors to enjoy the recreational experience and views of Dursey Sound. In its communication on the scheme, An Taisce argued that no justification had been provided for the significant increase in passenger capacity.

An Taisce also said the program would exacerbate unsustainable car tourism in West Cork.

As part of the conditions attached to the authorization, the appeal commission clarified that the existing cable car must be kept at a location on the site in order to preserve the cultural heritage assets on the site. The original cable car was erected in 1969 and was modernized in 1981 and 2004.


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Supervisor requests removal of parking spaces at Muni bus stops – SFBay

A supervisor in San Francisco tries to make sure that every transit stop in Muni is accessible to all passengers, including the elderly and people with disabilities.

At the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Supervisor Dean Preston introduced a resolution on Tuesday urging the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency to improve Muni transit stops where on-street parking is permitted.

Preston said:

“Allowing parking at bus stops and not providing free access to public transportation undermines San Francisco’s transit-oriented policy and poses particular problems for the elderly and people with disabilities. “

The resolution urges the SFMTA to develop and implement a plan “to promote free pedestrian access to board public transport by eliminating parking at bus stops and making other necessary infrastructure improvements.”

Preston cited a study by Marcel Moran, a doctoral student in urban planning at the University of California, Berkeley, who visited and detailed the amenities at each Muni transit stop at street level and detailed amenities – such as shelters and passenger seats – at every stop. Moran visited the nearly 3,000 transit stops and documented his findings from May to July 2020.

Moran’s study, “Are Shelters in Place ?: Mapping the Distribution of Transit Amenities via a Bus-Stop Census of San Francisco,” published in the Journal of Public Transportation, showed that 32% of bus stops lacked areas safe boarding due to street parking.

Parked vehicles force passengers to bypass them and exit onto the street to board, according to the study.

SFMTA spokeswoman Erica Kato said the agency adopted a border management strategy in February 2020 to guide the agency’s priorities for border use in different neighborhoods.

The strategy targeted what are known as “flag stops,” where a bus or train picks up and drops off passengers next to parked vehicles. Flag stops are usually marked with painted yellow and black markings on utility poles, on the roadway, or both.

The agency’s strategic report says flag stops create hardship for the elderly and people with disabilities, forcing people in wheelchairs and other mobility devices to cross in front of parked vehicles to access the wheelchair lift rolling off the bus.

Passengers not using mobility devices are still required to navigate around or between parked vehicles without the benefit of additional sidewalk space when boarding the bus, according to the report.

The report recommended that the SFMTA board adopt a policy that avoids creating new flag stops and gradually replacing existing ones with real bus zones. Community engagement will be required before removing parking spaces.

Preston said SFMTA officials told him they had not yet developed a comprehensive plan regarding curbside access for Muni vehicles.

Pi Ra, senior director of San Francisco Action and Disability transit justice, released a statement saying Muni bus stops should provide curbside access, adding:

“By allowing cars to park at bus stops, you are forcing people with reduced mobility and visually impaired people out onto the streets. “

The resolution calls on the SFMTA to present a plan to supervisors within 90 days.

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Essex-Hudson Greenway finally gets green light from NJ officials


Governor Phil Murphy recently announced that the state intends to purchase 9-mile, 135-acre land in eight very dense towns in northern New Jersey, formerly the site of a disused railroad line and owned by Norfolk Southern Railway.

And after “decades of local advocacy work” and three years of direct negotiations with Norfolk Southern, according to Dene Lee, senior director of the Northeast Land program at the Open Space Institute, a project known as the Essex-Hudson Greenway is finally ready to move forward. .

The goal is to create a “linear multi-use” park, as Lee puts it, across Montclair, Glen Ridge, Bloomfield, Belleville, Newark, Kearny, Secaucus and Jersey City.

A statement from the governor’s office said the Essex-Hudson Greenway, when completed, will become New Jersey’s first new state park since 2006.

Lee said increasing open and recreational space is obviously part of it, but designing new commuting opportunities is also a top priority, and it will help put “green” in the “green lane.”

“It will hopefully get people out of their cars, get on their bikes and walk to work, and you have a lot of people in the communities that it passes through who may not have access to the facilities. cars, ”she said.

The land is an eyesore right now, said Brendan Gill, Essex County Commissioner and Montclair resident, but its development will be “transformative” and bring residents closer not only to their workplaces, but also to schools and communities. places of worship.

“This project also has tremendous potential for economic development,” said Gill. “This trail is actually a gateway to many downtown areas and community shopping areas. “

These communities, said Gill, each have their own unique landscape and character, but they also have a lot in common, and he said the Green Lane will present these two truths.

There’s no specific timeline for completion, according to Gill, but it’s now a question of if, not when – so the green lane won’t be open tomorrow, but as soon as it can.

“It is a commitment of the State, and a down payment, that this project will be carried out”, he declared. “There is still work to be done to make this a reality. “

Lee said projects like these are often managed in phases, so sections could be made available to residents on a piecemeal basis.

“Each step will take time, energy and effort, but it’s really a time to take a break and be really proud of how far we’ve come,” she said.

Patrick Lavery is the anchor for the New Jersey 101.5 afternoon news. Follow it on Twitter @ plavery1015 or send an email to [email protected]

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The 2021 Holiday Logistics Guide


Halloween is in the rearview mirror and Black Friday is looming on the horizon. As such, retailers and logistics providers are preparing for the annual holiday logistics crisis. The National Retail Federation (NRF) forecast that November and December holiday sales will increase 8.5% to 10.5% from 2020 to between $ 843.4 billion and $ 859 billion. In addition, NRF estimates that online sales will increase by 11-15% to a total of between $ 218.3 billion and $ 226.2 billion in 2020. This increase in e-commerce will put additional pressure on an already existing supply chain. disturbed. Some of the biggest logistics service providers and retailers are trying to hire hundreds of thousands of workers to handle the rush of vacation logistics.

But this rush to hire new workers occurs during what is called “the Great Resignation”. The quit rate – the share of workers who voluntarily quit their jobs – hit a new high of 3% in September 2021, according to the latest data from the Bureau of Labor and Statistics. A total of 20.2 million workers left their employers from May to September. Many large retailers and logistics service providers are realizing that additional compensation or incentives are needed.

Amazon plans to hire 150,000 seasonal workers, about 50% more than last year. These workers will be used to store, package and ship items from its warehouses. Amazon said the average starting salary for jobs in the United States is $ 18 an hour. And with more competition for entry-level workers, the company is also offering signing bonuses of up to $ 3,000, depending on location, and up to an additional $ 3 per hour for workers willing to work the job. night or weekend.

Amazon also launched “Black Friday-worthy” deals in mid-October with the aim of attracting first-time holiday shoppers. The first Black Friday deals coincided with Amazon’s beauty event called “Holiday Beauty Haul.”

UPS is hiring more than 100,000 workers this holiday season, which is about the same number as last year. The company fills seasonal full-time and part-time positions, primarily parcel handlers, drivers, driver assistants and personal vehicle drivers. UPS is used to transforming seasonal jobs into permanent positions. In the past three years, about one-third of those hired by UPS for seasonal parcel handler jobs were then hired into a permanent position when the vacation ended, and about 138,000 current UPS employees, or nearly a quarter of a mile. ‘one-third of the company’s US workforce started in seasonal positions. Through the company’s Earn and Learn program, eligible seasonal employees who are students can earn up to $ 1,300 for college expenses, in addition to their hourly wages, for three months of continuous employment.

FedEx is bringing in about 90,000 seasonal workers this year, an increase of about 30% from last year. The company is also adding new hubs and sorting centers and improving parcel handling and delivery capabilities to meet demand. FedEx is committed to seven-day residential delivery to get packages where they need to be every day of the week. In addition to seasonal workers to sort and deliver packages, FedEx also hires approximately 500 people to fill computer and data science positions.

The postal service is hiring about 40,000 seasonal workers this year, up from about 35,000 workers last year. Seasonal opportunities include, but are not limited to, urban and rural letter carriers, mail handlers and drivers. In addition to hiring, the Postal Service is preparing for the higher delivery demands of the peak holiday season of 2021 by leasing millions of additional square feet of mail and parcel sorting facilities and installing new equipment. processing to accommodate higher mail and parcel volumes.

Walmart has announced that it is hiring about 150,000 new store workers in the United States, most of them permanent and full-time, in anticipation of the busy holiday season. The company also plans to provide overtime to many of its store workers during the period. Walmart will also hire 20,000 workers at its supply chain facilities in permanent positions as people increasingly embrace curbside pickup and delivery during the COVID-19 pandemic. To this end, Walmart is also rolling out more fulfillment options for customers. The company is extending in-store delivery hours nationwide to two hours, providing more delivery windows to customers, increasing the variety of products available for in-store delivery, and including more locations for oversized products and l alcohol to pick up. Walmart plans to run Black Friday deals throughout November, with early access for Walmart + members.

Target said it would cut seasonal hiring and instead give more hours to its approximately 300,000 current employees at the store. The company said it would pay an additional $ 2 an hour to employees who take shifts during peak days of the holiday season. The salary supplement will go to employees of stores and service centers who work Saturdays and Sundays from November 20 to December 19, Christmas Eve or Boxing Day. Hourly supply chain workers can get the extra pay for two-week peak periods between October 10 and December 18. Target also unveiled improvements to its Drive Up curbside pickup, adding 18,000 assigned parking spaces. In addition, same day Shipt delivery will be available for a wider range of products in the Target assortment, including clothing and accessories, Ulta Beauty items, electronics, toys and now adult drinks. .

It wouldn’t be the holiday season if people weren’t worried about holiday shipping times. Here are the deadlines to keep in mind for your own logistical vacation planning. UPS, FedEx, and USPS have said you should ship Christmas gifts the week of December 13, but with the continued tightening of capacities, it might be safer to make sure you have shipped the items before the. December 10. The ground limit is December 15 for FedEx and the postal service, while UPS does not give a deadline. However, it is stated that shipping from coast to coast takes about a week, which means it must be shipped no later than December 17th. FedEx and UPS have both removed almost all of their delivery guarantees during the holiday season. The only exception is UPS Next Day Air, which is expensive.

My colleague Chris Cunnane is the primary author of this story.


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Offer to bring a parking fee to the Roman Fort at Burgh Castle


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07:00 on November 21, 2021



Budget pressures are forcing custodians of some of Norfolk’s most valuable heritage assets to introduce parking fees at its sites.

Norfolk Archaeological Trust (NAT) operates several sites across the county, including burial mounds, forts and monasteries, which are free to enter.

The charity says its small membership and changes to its funding method have resulted in declining revenues.


Views from the new promenade which has been installed at the Roman fort at Bugh Castle Photo: Nick Butcher
– Credit: Nick Butcher

To make up for the deficit and enable it to maintain its sites and keep them open to the public, it proposes to charge for parking.

The first of its sites offering to introduce fees is Burgh Castle Roman Fort, which is popular with dog walkers many of whom roam its trails daily.

Documents submitted to Great Yarmouth Borough Council in support of the offer indicate that the income is essential to pay for upkeep and maintenance.


Burgh Castle is an easy one-mile circular walk where you can explore the surrounding area Photo: Nick

Burgh Castle is an easy one-mile circular walk where you can explore the surrounding area Photo: Nick Butcher
– Credit: Nick Butcher

He also wants to install a license plate recognition camera to deter fly tippers and reduce criminal damage.

The trust said it had engaged with the public and listened to comments.

As a result, the likely charges would be £ 1.50 for two hours, £ 2 for four and £ 4 all day.

Brian Swann, chairman of Belton with Burgh Castle Parish Council, said he understood the trust’s position but had concerns about the safety of people parking on the narrow Butt Lane to avoid to pay.

The clash of cars and people with dogs had the potential to cause a serious accident, he said.

NAT Director Natalie Butler said in a statement, “We believe that the introduction of better parking management at the Fort site will also bring benefits to the local community.

“The past few months have seen tough challenges at the Burgh Castle fort site, with antisocial behavior, criminal damage, escalating fly spills and litter, and visitor cars occupying the parking lot long after it should have been officially. We believe our plans for the management of the Fort parking lot will reduce these problems and provide a safer site for the locals.

People have up to December 7 to have their say.

Tell the story of Norfolk

The other NAT sites are:


The lime rich Roman walls that survive at Venta Icenorum at Caistor St Edmund near Norwich were of

The lime-rich Roman walls that survive at Venta Icenorum at Caistor St Edmund near Norwich have been designated as nature reserves.
– Credit: Eastern Counties Newspapers

Roman city of Caistor – once the largest Roman city in East Anglia

Abbey of St Benet – an atmospheric ruin on the Norfolk Broads near Ludham

Burnham Norton Monastery – a 14th century caretaker’s house

Bloodgates Hill Fort – a fort from the Iron Age described as “enigmatic”

Fiddler’s Hill Barrow – a prehistoric tumulus


Buttercups color the grass of Binham Priory.  Photo: DENISE BRADLEY

Buttercups color the grass of Binham Priory. Photo: DENISE BRADLEY
– Credit: DENISE BRADLEY / Archant2021

Binham Priory – one of the most beautiful monastic sites in Norfolk

Filby Chapel – the site of the unitary church and the 18th century funerary slabs

Mount Middleton – the remains of a small castle of motte and bailey

Tasburgh Precinct – a “mysterious” site and the least known of the monuments of the trust.

To learn more about the Norfolk Archaeological Trust or to make a donation, visit the website at www.norfarchtrust.org.uk.


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Bicycle garage The Hague provides storage space for 8,000 cyclists

Dutch design studio Silo has completed one of the world’s largest bicycle parking lots, with almost 8,000 underground parking spaces next to a busy train station.


Silo worked in collaboration with Studio Marsman to create the public garage in front of The Hague Central Station in the Netherlands.

The Hague Bicycle Garage is an underground car park in The Hague

“What if a functional underground space, rather than being a place to be avoided, became a must-see attraction? Silo’s creative director, Rene Toneman, told Dezeen.

“We wanted to improve the comfort and safety of the thousands of daily users, bringing the experience of cycling through the city indoors. “

A cyclist cycling in The Hague bicycle garage
There are nearly 8,000 parking spaces for bicycles inside

Recognizing that cycling has taken on a new importance in recent years, due to growing climate concerns and the coronavirus pandemic, Silo hopes that Bicycle Garage The Hague will provide cyclists with a “comfortable and safe” parking environment.

Cyclists enter the garage through a main entrance, designed to mirror the facade of a building above ground.

Red and silver bicycle parking
The studio referenced the museum design for the garage

While riding, they can cross the garage along an indoor cycle path that runs along the space. Places to park bicycles are arranged in rows in the middle of the garage.

The single-level parking lot is designed to look like a museum, with bright lighting and matching spatial landmarks.

“The low ceilings, the lack of daylight, the repetitive layout and the lack of a view of the surroundings make underground parking lots generally very unpleasant,” Toneman explained.

“The Hague car park was designed to completely transform this essential service by creating an unexpected and exceptional spatial experience.”

Bicycle storage The Hague by Silo
Rail commuters can safely store their bikes on metal racks

The space also features a long graphic fresco featuring geometric shapes and patterns in a gray hue.

According to the designers, this illustration reflects the bright lights in the garage, making the room appear larger.

A man and a woman in the bicycle garage in The Hague
A gray graphic installation runs the length of the garage

“The integrated application of light and experiential graphic design makes the installation more spacious,” said Toneman.

“The angle of the light in the illustration matches the actual light behind it, greatly improving the appearance of depth.”

Bicycle storage The Hague by Silo
Users access the underground space via a series of escalators

Bicycle Parking The Hague is shortlisted in the civic and cultural interior category and the graphic design category of the Dezeen Awards 2021.

Other short-listed projects in this category include Kengo Kuma Associates’ mesh curtain for Casa Batlló and a wide beam barge designed to resemble a floating church.

The photograph is by Mike Bink.

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Newport Beach City Manager Update: New NBPD Website, Redistribution


Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

By Grace Leung, City Manager of Newport Beach

Over the past few months, staff at the Newport Beach Police Department have worked hard to provide our residents with a new updated Police Department website with an improved look, designed and formatted to fit all devices. digital. I think you will agree, the results are very impressive!

You can access the new site at the same web address, www.nbpd.org.

All of the key features from the previous website are available on the new website, and many have been improved. As the site has been reorganized, these features may be in different locations. In addition, website visitors may have bookmarks or favorites saved for certain pages on the previous site that are no longer active.

One of the most popular pages on the site, the Service Calls Dashboard, can be accessed directly at this link: https://nbgis.newportbeachca.gov/gispub/Dashboards/PoliceCallsDash.htm.

For a video tutorial on using the Service Calls Dashboard, click here: https://www.nbpd.org/what-we-do/information/calls-for-service/dashboard-walkthrough.

You can visit the Crime Statistics page for current and historical trends, or the Services page to report, schedule a vacation check or home security inspection, request a recording, and more. On the new program pages you will find information about our crime prevention programs such as Neighborhood Watch, Citizen’s Police Academy and volunteer opportunities.

The new website reflects the mission of our police department and the city to provide our residents with important information and access to essential services in easily accessible formats. I encourage you to take a moment to visit the updated site at www.nbpd.org.

COVID-19 cases in Newport Beach

As of November 18, the cumulative total number of COVID-19 cases in Newport Beach was 5,242, an increase of 52 cases from November 12. The total number of cases in Orange County as of November 18 was 309,969, an increase of 1,981 cases from November 12. The number of COVID-19 patients recovered across the county as of November 18 was 297,972. These figures are provided to Orange County by the California Department of Public Health.

Take part in the redistribution of the board with your own card

As part of the council redistribution process, the public is encouraged to help balance the population within the council’s seven districts using the latest data from the 2020 US Census. Mapping tools are available at https: // www .newportbeachca.gov / redistricting that will allow the public to create their own maps and submit them as public comments for the city council’s ad hoc district committee to consider at its next meeting on December 13. 2021. All cards are due before December 6 at 5:30 p.m.

Roaming Update

  • 20 people who were homeless in Newport Beach are now staying at the Costa Mesa Bridge shelter.
  • City Net, the city’s homeless service agency, has helped several clients obtain emergency housing vouchers. Emergency Housing Vouchers are funded by the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 and allow people to pay affordable rent based on their fixed income. Nine homeless people in Newport Beach received vouchers. The voucher program is administered by the Orange County Housing Authority. City Net helps Newport Beach clients complete necessary paperwork, obtain bank statements, visit potential rental apartments, and more.
  • A woman participating in the Trellis Community Impact Team, a program contracted by the city to develop professional skills, is now staying after reuniting with her mother and son in Montebello. The women entered the Costa Mesa Bridge Shelter in May after living in her car near Newport Pier for more than a year. Trellis International is a Costa Mesa-based non-profit organization that provides volunteer opportunities for people experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity to acquire and / or rebuild professional skills and a path to stable employment and housing. . Through volunteer projects managed by Trellis’ Community Impact Team (CIT), participants develop and refine the professional skills needed to re-enter the workforce and keep their jobs. Projects may include cleaning up beaches, hiking trails, parking lots, jetties and other public spaces, removing graffiti, pruning and removing vegetation, etc.
  • A 77-year-old woman who had lived in her car for several years has been placed in permanent accommodation in Indio. During the transition, City Net staff helped her stay at Grandma’s House of Hope, a crisis-ridden women’s housing provider based in Santa Ana. The Newport Beach Animal Shelter temporarily cared for the woman’s dog and two cats during her move.
  • City Net enrolled a family of three living in their car in wards and helped them move into an apartment in Yorba Linda. Both parents continue to work in Newport Beach and their child attends a school in the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.
  • City Net helped place three clients who were staying near the Newport Pier in the Yale Navigation Center in Santa Ana. The Yale center accommodates up to 425 homeless people and provides case managers who find suitable accommodation, help with job searches and provide other on-site services.
  • City Net has enrolled a family staying in their car for services. The family has received an emergency housing voucher and is looking for rental accommodation.
  • City Net has registered a customer staying in his car in their services.
  • City Net has completed two housing reviews with people staying near Newport Pier.

To donate to homeless people in Newport Beach, please visit our Good Giving Program webpage at https://newportbeachca.gov/trending/community-issues/homelessness/how-you-can-help.

New inflatable boats added to the Marina Park fleet

Marina Park Sailing and Boating Center has added two Zodiac Pro Classic inflatable boats to the fleet. The purchase of the vessels was made possible by the Aquatic Center grant through the California State Boating and Waterways Division. The safety boats are coming at a good time, with the resumption of programming at Marina Park. The boats will be used for safety and instruction on the water for camps and sailing lessons.

Thanksgiving

As a reminder, City Hall and most of the city’s facilities will be closed on November 25 and 26 for Thanksgiving. This newsletter will be on hiatus for a week and will return on December 3. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your families!


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Car towed or started in LA? How to get it


You just walked out of the grocery store, bags in your hand. You peek into the parking lot and wonder, “Dude, where’s my car?” “

Well, “man,” your car is impounded because you got towed.

Your vehicle can be towed or started in the city of Los Angeles for a multitude of reasons. The most common are you’ve left your car in a no-parking zone, parked on private property, or have outstanding traffic violations that haven’t been paid for.

Started ? Here is what to do

If you have at least five unpaid and overdue parking tickets, your vehicle can be started. This means that a locking device will be put on one of your wheels, preventing you from moving the vehicle. You will need to remove the trunk before you can drive your car again. (Seriously, don’t try to drive with the start.)

When your vehicle is started in the city of Los Angeles, you will not only have to pay the overdue quotes, but also a moving fee of $ 150.

There are two ways to release a boot. You can call the Boot Release line 24 hours a day at (855) 288-2642 and pay all charges with a credit card. Once the transaction is approved, the release line will provide you with a code to suppress the start.

But the city needs to get the boot back within 24 hours. You can bring it back yourself to any of the following locations:

  • Superfin Valero
    500 S. Alameda Street
    Los Angeles, 90013
    Hours: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week
  • Victory Automotive Service Center
    13736, boulevard de la Victoire
    Van Nuys, 91401
    Hours: 8 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday; 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday
  • David’s Service Station / American Gasoline
    1404 West, boulevard Martin Luther King Jr.
    Los Angeles, 90062
    Hours: 9 am to 5.30 pm, Monday to Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday
  • 24/7 American Postal Center
    9887 West, boul.
    Los Angeles, 90034
    Hours: 9 am to 6 pm, Monday to Friday; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday

Alternatively, you can call the release line and request that a traffic cop be dispatched to pick it up. But there are dispatchers on the line only from 6 a.m. to 5.30 p.m., requests after 3 p.m. are not guaranteed.

If you’d rather pay in person rather than over the phone, you can do so at an LA Department of Transportation utility center – there’s one each in downtown LA, Mid-Wilshire, Van Nuys, and West. LA, open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Once you’ve paid, you can call the release line to arrange for the boot to be removed.

You must pay all fines within 48 hours of applying the boot or you may face further fines.

You’ve been towed. Now what?

Two entities can tow you: the police or a private towing company.

The police can tow your vehicle for several reasons, including when:

  • You are committing a disabled parking space violation.
  • You, the driver, are arrested.
  • You park and block traffic.
  • You are in a car accident.
  • Your vehicle registration has expired.
  • You drive without a license.
  • You have at least five traffic violations that have not been paid.
  • You are selling cars without an appropriate business license.

A private towing company may be called in to collect your car because you:

  • block an entrance or exit.
  • Are illegally parked in a place for the disabled.
  • Are parked in a lane reserved for firefighters.
  • Are within 15 feet of a fire hydrant.
  • Are parked in a place reserved for residents.
  • Took a place reserved for motel or hotel guests.
  • Parked for over an hour in a designated hour zone.
  • Parked for more than 24 hours in a designated 24 hour area.

If you receive a ticket for any of the above violations and it is not resolved within 96 hours, your vehicle may be towed by a private company.

Once you realize you’ve been towed away and haven’t just forgotten where you parked, the next step should be to call the local police department. While the contact details of the private towing company used should be clearly displayed on a sign, they are required to alert local law enforcement within 30 minutes of your towing.

Either way, the police are a good place to start.

If you happen to have your vehicle hooked up to the truck and it has not yet left the property, the driver must return your vehicle to you. Of course, this comes at a price. By state law, filing fees cannot exceed half the towing rate of the vehicle. Each city sets its own price. In Los Angeles, the average fare is $ 125, which means the towing company can’t charge you more than $ 62.50 to release your vehicle.

The first thing to do once you realize you’ve been towed is to call the local police department.

(Ricardo DeAratanha / Los Angeles Times)

If your vehicle is towed to Los Angeles by the police, you must go to one of the public service centers and pay the fines for all of your outstanding infractions. Once this is done, you will be told in which official police garage your vehicle is being held. You will also have to pay for the towing service and storage of your vehicle at the official garage when you are picked up. The costs depend on how long you have owned your vehicle and can add up quickly.

Suppose you have been parked in one location for 73 hours, just past the posted 72 hour deadline. Here’s what you’re hooked on:

  • The hour you exceeded the posted limit will cost you $ 139.50 with a credit card, $ 136.50 in cash. (For each hour thereafter, you will be charged an additional $ 69.50 for card payments, $ 68.00 for cash payments.)
  • The number of days your car is impounded: $ 43.50 per day with card, or $ 42.50 in cash.
  • Getting your car released: The city of Los Angeles, for example, charges $ 115.
  • These fees – and more – are in addition to the total costs of any outstanding parking violations.

There are a few other important things to know about towing:

  • Neither the police nor individuals, such as business owners, are required to inform you before having your vehicle towed.
  • When towed, your vehicle cannot be taken more than 10 miles from its origin, unless authorized by the police.
  • Private towing stations must provide access to a public telephone and remain open Monday to Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Exits after opening hours and on public holidays must be made, but they are allowed to charge an additional “door fee” for the inconvenience caused.
  • All charges must be paid within 30 days of towing your vehicle. If you don’t make your payments by then, your car can be put up for sale, but only after you have received a certified letter by mail alerting you to the sale and giving you 10 days to object. The amount collected after the sale of your vehicle will be used to reimburse your costs. But if the amount doesn’t cover everything, you will have to pay the rest.

The registered owner of the towed vehicle is responsible for all costs and must provide the following when picking up:

  • An order to exit the vehicle from the public service center (obtained on payment of unpaid tickets).
  • Proof of vehicle registration.
  • A valid ID.
  • A form of payment for towing and storage charges (no personal checks).

The easiest way to free your vehicle from the tow yard jail is to drive there yourself. If you want to send someone to pick it up for you, you will need to provide that person with not only the exit order, proof of registration, a copy of your valid ID and a method of payment, but also a letter authorizing them. to collect your vehicle.

Colin Sweeney, LADOT’s director of public information, said getting the letter notarized helps ensure that the person picking up the vehicle is accepted by the garage as authorized to do so.

Is there a way to get your money back?

There is a way to fight the fees. If you believe you were wrongly kicked or towed, you can request a hearing. You will need to make an appointment at one of the LADOT public service centers. Your hearing will take place within two business days of the request.

Even if you think you got a bad start, you still have to pay the fees within 48 hours. It’s the same with towing: Pay your fees to avoid more.

When it’s time for your hearing, said Sweeney, bring all the important documents, including:

  • All documents proving that you are the owner of the vehicle.
  • A color copy of a valid, verifiable state or federal photo ID.
  • Your signed towing receipt from the impoundment yard. (If paying by debit or credit card, you must print the itemized receipt separately from the full page invoice.)

The hearing officer can rule in three ways:

  • In fact, you deserved to be kicked or towed.
  • City finds that you shouldn’t have been started, but you failed to successfully complete a transfer of ownership and are not considered responsible for more than five traffic offenses. In that case, you won’t have to pay for the quotes, but you’re still stuck with the $ 150 fee to remove the trunk or the fee to get your car out of the impound.
  • The city made a mistake and your vehicle should not have been started or towed.

If it turns out that your vehicle was towed or started by mistake, Sweeney said, there are ways to get your money back:

  • Remember those receipts you’re supposed to bring to your hearing? These will help determine how much money you and the police garage are owed if your vehicle has been towed. Any refund due due to city error is distributed in the form of a check. Checks are generally distributed within 30 days of the decision.
  • If the boot has been improperly applied and no reasonable grounds are found, the Office Manager of the Arbitration Division will arrange for it to be removed and you will not have to pay the boot fee. of $ 150.
  • If you are asking for reimbursement of any other related costs such as administrative and miscellaneous costs, he said, you must file a claim with the city clerk.


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Mom collapses in parking lot due to allergic reaction despite warning from restaurant staff


Amy Taylor and her family visited the Haute Dolci restaurant at Coliseum Shopping Park in Ellesmere Port on September 11 last year, when the traumatic incident occurred.

Amy had a severe allergic reaction after eating the meal she ordered, which she was told was nut free

A woman had an allergic reaction and collapsed in a restaurant parking lot after eating a meal with her family, after warning staff of her allergy when ordering.

Amy Taylor and her family visited the Haute Dolci restaurant at Coliseum Shopping Park in Ellesmere Port on September 11 of last year.

Having been diagnosed with a nut allergy earlier in the year, Amy made it clear to the waitress that she had a nut allergy.

Chester Magistrates’ Court heard that the mother asked if the food she wanted to order contained nuts or was made from nuts. The waitress said the food was nut free.

After starting to eat the food, Amy suffered from a severe allergic reaction with a tight chest and breathing problems.

After the family left the restaurant, they collapsed on the way back to their car.

The incident was reported to the Council and an investigation was initiated, according to the Echo of Liverpool.




At Chester Magistrates’ Court, owners of Haute Dolci, HD Coliseum Ltd, pleaded guilty to breaking the food safety law after lawsuits were brought by Cheshire West and Chester Council.

HD Coliseum Ltd was fined £ 2,000, plus £ 945 in court costs and a victim fine surcharge of £ 190.

In addition, a total compensation of £ 500 must be paid by the company to Amy Taylor within 28 days, bringing the total amount the company must pay to £ 3,635.

The company confirmed that the waitress had received a formal written warning and that all staff had been retrained. All allergen issues should now be reported immediately to management.

Advisor Karen Shore, Deputy Head of Council and Cabinet Member for Environment, Highways and Strategic Transportation, said: “This business was putting its customers at risk and it was extremely fortunate that Amy did not suffer. more serious consequences. “

“All food businesses have a duty to serve safe food and if that fails, this is totally unacceptable and the Council has a duty to protect the health of the general public.




“In this case, officers discovered that the company had failed to meet the required allergen standards and posed a significant risk to the public.”

“Food companies that do not follow the regulations and put the general public at risk will not be tolerated. Fortunately, the majority of businesses operating in Cheshire West and Chester operate at a high level of compliance. “

“Officers on our Regulatory Services team work proactively to help business owners comply with laws and meet food hygiene and safety standards. “


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New Orleans City Council Supports Uptown Parking Restrictions Aimed at Reigning Student Housing | Local politics

New Orleans City Council on Thursday backed rules to slow conversions from modest homes to massive dorms in Uptown neighborhoods, ending a nearly two-year debate that highlighted the need for more affordable housing and off-street parking in this area.

The council’s rules, which were unanimously approved, would see the developers provide new off-street parking space for every new room they add to converted or newly built homes near Loyola, Tulane and Xavier universities.

The off-street parking requirement will not apply to renovated or newly built homes with fewer than three bathrooms, an exception meant to allay concerns from affordable housing advocates that the rules unfairly weigh on developers of small homes. .

In response to complaints that recent dormitory-style housing renovations have caused traffic jams on the streets, New Orleans City Council agreed on Thursday …

The parking requirement also does not apply to affordable housing projects that maintain affordability for 20 years, restrict sale prices, and reserve half of their units for very low-income tenants.

The rules, sponsored by District A council member Joe Giarrusso, are now permanent after a temporary version was passed in March 2020. Although the details were adopted without much public discussion on Thursday, Giarrusso argued that the rules makeshift dorms, with per-room rates that sometimes match what it costs to rent a two-bedroom shotgun. The result is a rise in prices in an area that would otherwise be affordable for long-term residents.

“These dorms increase rental rates, decrease affordability and ensure that the prices of homes purchased in the area are higher, which also results in higher taxes,” Giarrusso said during an October discussion of rules.

New Orleans City Council on Thursday passed rules to stop conversions from modest homes to massive dorms and remedy …

Giarrusso first urged council to look into the matter in 2020, after receiving complaints from residents who said the conversions were out of step with the character of the neighborhood and that having multiple drivers living in a single house reduced an already limited amount of street parking.

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Council ended up asking the Planning Commission to look into the matter. It also temporarily required the developers to build an off-street parking space for each room they built near Tulane and Loyola as the study progressed.

But after several neighborhoods united in their opposition to the conversions, that initial and temporary plan was eventually changed to include Hollygrove, Leonidas, Carrollton and other neighborhoods near Xavier University.

The final version of the rules also exempts small developments from the requirement, an attempt to address concerns from Planning Commission staff and housing advocates that a warrant would lead to increased housing costs. The exemption “removes most of the damage we saw in the original proposal,” said Maxwell Ciardullo, a policy advocate at the Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center.

Still, Ciardullo said on Thursday the rules remain fundamentally flawed. “We still don’t think parking requirements are the best way to regulate development,” he said.

New Orleans City Council moved closer on Thursday to permanently changing parking rules in the University District Uptown, a move designed …

On Thursday, public comment was limited to Ciardullo and a comment submitted online by resident Anna Stanicoff, who called the order a “destructive solution to the very real problem of student encroachment in neighborhoods.”

In the October meeting, by contrast, speakers said the new trend was destroying their neighborhoods.

“In the four blocks around my house, we have 13 houses where families have been relocated to allow investors to come in and change the structure of these houses into something they weren’t intended for,” said Ken Gelpi, who lives near Lusher. Charter school.

Developer comments were missing from the last two meetings. The person who led the conversions of several properties near Broadway Street, Preston Tedesco, declined to comment when reached on Thursday, as he has done before.

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Buying a new electric car won’t save the planet


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New EVGo electric vehicle charging stations have been installed in the Union Station parking lot in Washington, DC File Photo by Sarah Silbiger / UPI | License photo

November 18 (UPI) – At the COP26 climate summit, global politicians congratulated themselves on reaching a last-minute deal. Humanity is now anxiously waiting to see if countries implement the commitments they made and if those commitments help the planet.

If the rest of our climate progress reflects transportation policies, we are preparing for a difficult future.

COP26 may have been one of the last chances to avert devastating climate change, and yet the best and boldest action our leaders could envision for transport was the universal adoption of electric vehicles – with a vague nod to active and public transport.

Electric vehicles are exciting for politicians, many businesses and a few drivers. They give us the illusion that we are significantly reducing our environmental impact while changing virtually nothing to our lifestyles.

But electric vehicles are doing what internal combustion engine cars have always done in our urban areas. They allow greater distances to be put between the places where we live, work and shop. But ever-expanding cities are not sustainable.

Constantly building in pristine areas and swapping forests or farmland for low-density housing uses exorbitant amounts of limited resources. The more our cities expand, the less interest there is in developing to reach the scale our urban areas need for efficient use of infrastructure such as water, sanitation, electricity and public transport. .

Electric cars remain cars

Electric cars make our cities less attractive and less efficient for more sustainable modes of transport. Regardless of the type of propulsion, car drivers kill 1.35 million people worldwide each year, including more than 300 in New Zealand.

More cars in cities means more space taken up for parking, less space and more danger for active modes and less efficient public transport. Plugging in a car doesn’t prevent it from being a deadly machine or causing traffic jams.

There is still no clear and sustainable way to deal with e-waste generated by electric vehicles. Electric cars are not “green”. They still use tires, which creates a huge waste stream. Tire wear produces microplastics that end up in our waterways and oceans.

Although electric vehicles use regenerative braking, which is better than traditional internal combustion cars, they still use brake pads when the brakes are applied. Braking generates toxic dust composed of heavy metals such as mercury, lead, cadmium and chromium. These heavy metals make their way to our streams and rivers, becoming embedded in these streams forever.

Drive less

Even if electric vehicles were great for the planet, we may not achieve a level of use in New Zealand that significantly reduces transport emissions to deserve our climate targets.

New Zealand introduced subsidies in July this year, but at this point less than 0.5% of the vehicle fleet is fully electric. At the current rate of electric vehicle adoption, it will be several decades before enough electric motors power our vehicle fleet to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

According to advice from the Climate Change Commission to government, to achieve New Zealand’s net zero target by 2050, at least 50% of imported light vehicles should be fully electric by 2029, with no vehicle imports light internal combustion from the early 2030s. The report then concedes that:

Even with the rapid shift to electric vehicles, around 80% of vehicles entering the fleet this decade would still be internal combustion engine vehicles.

Current adoption rates for electric vehicles reflect adoption by the wealthiest in our society. Once those with the highest disposable income buy electric cars, we can expect the adoption curve to flatten.

It is unfair to expect middle and lower income people to replace their current vehicles with more expensive electric cars. Mitigating emissions through consumerism is highly inequitable. We place the heaviest burden on the most vulnerable groups.

Those who push technology like electric vehicles are making big promises that give us the false sense that we can live our lives pretty much the way we do now and not care about the planet. In reality, our lifestyles must undergo significant changes to have a significant impact.

Despite all of this, there is good news. The changes needed to move us closer to a sustainable future are many things that many of us love about living in community. It is about bringing together the different uses of the land to allow people to live, work and shop in their neighborhood. It is about connecting communities to cycling and public transport infrastructure for longer journeys.

Life as we know it will have to change, but that change could be for the better. We don’t need to give up the over 3 million fossil fuel cars we have, but we should be driving them a lot less. While it sounds nice, buying a new electric car won’t save the planet.The conversation

Timothy Welch is Senior Lecturer in Urban Planning at the University of Auckland.

This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.

The views and opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.


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Want a COVID test before your Thanksgiving rally? You can end up waiting, again


COVID testing is still part of the overall approach to tracking and preventing viruses, officials say. But those traveling or getting together with family this holiday season can expect it to be more difficult to get swabbed.



Sam Donohaue, 5, a kindergarten student at RP Connor Elementary School in Suffern, takes a COVID-19 test at a testing site in the parking lot of the Palisades Center shopping mall on November 30, 2020. The Department of Health of the Rockland County and the Good Samaritan Hospital has set up the testing site for the yellow zone school districts.  Neighborhoods in the yellow zone must test 20% of their population to stay open.  Along with Sam was his brother Jack, 9, who was also tested.


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Sam Donohaue, 5, a kindergarten student at RP Connor Elementary School in Suffern, takes a COVID-19 test at a testing site in the parking lot of the Palisades Center shopping mall on November 30, 2020. The Department of Health of the Rockland County and the Good Samaritan Hospital has set up the testing site for the yellow zone school districts. Neighborhoods in the yellow zone must test 20% of their population to stay open. Along with Sam was his 9-year-old brother Jack, who was also tested.

State-run test sites statewide have upped the ante, and outside of New York City, where test tents dot many street corners, it’s hard to find a managed site. by the municipality.

Medical providers, including walk-in clinics, as well as pharmacies offer many tests – CVS reports make the tests available at more than 4,800 pharmacies across the country.

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These providers, however, expect a slight hike during the holidays. Remember the long lines outside your local walk-in clinic?



a person sitting on a blue surface: A nasal swab is prepared for test results at a COVID-19 test site in the parking lot of the Palisades Center shopping mall on November 30, 2020. The Rockland County Health Department and the Good Samaritan hospital have set up the testing site for the yellow zone school districts.  Neighborhoods in the yellow zone must test 20% of their population to stay open.


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A nasal swab is prepared for test results at a COVID-19 testing site in the parking lot of the Palisades Center shopping mall on November 30, 2020. The Rockland County Health Department and Good Samaritan Hospital have implemented the test site for school districts in the yellow zone. Neighborhoods in the yellow zone must test 20% of their population to stay open.

Officials at WMC Health, with hospitals and facilities across the Hudson Valley, recalled last year’s increase in demand for COVID-19 testing before the holidays. They are recruiting and supplying more people looking for tests.

There are also home test kits available on drug store shelves – although quantity limits and shortages are considered as the holidays approach.

Tallman’s Pharmacy Center has a limited stock of over-the-counter Covid-19 rapid home test kits, pharmacist Gary Langstein said. “They were hard to find,” he added.

“I would expect there to be an increase in demand for these kits as we get closer to the holidays due to families wanting to reunite safely,” Langstein said.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said antigen testing is not as accurate as swab PCR testing.

‘A little tricky’

The tests are neither a complete predictor nor a protector against infection, said Dr Donald Chen, hospital epidemiologist at Westchester Medical Center and MidHudson Regional Hospital in Poughkeepsie.

“If your test is negative, it doesn’t mean there is no risk,” Chen said. “You could be exposed and not test positive right away.”

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Testing should also be done as early as possible before travel, Chen said, but with enough time to recover from the test.

Leaving before a test result returns and then turns out to be positive means someone is stranded in quarantine at their vacation destination.

“It’s a bit tricky,” Chen said.

Vaccination is the best line of defense, said Westchester County Commissioner Dr. Sherlita Amler.

Chen agreed. He also recommends wearing masks if you’re indoors and with people at high risk.



Faithful Sandra Weinstein is swabbed to confirm a negative COVID-19 test outside Young Israel in New Rochelle on March 31, 2020. Young members of Israel, who are now no longer showing symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus, have started donating blood at the synagogue to see if they have enough antibodies to fight COVID-19.


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Faithful Sandra Weinstein is swabbed to confirm a negative COVID-19 test outside Young Israel in New Rochelle on March 31, 2020. Young members of Israel, who are now no longer showing symptoms after testing positive for the coronavirus, have started donating blood at the synagogue to see if they have enough antibodies to fight COVID-19.

Big changes compared to last year

The CDC continues to recommend that people who are not fully vaccinated get tested before and after air travel.

New York State’s COVID testing warrants for domestic travel ended on April 1.

Just before Thanksgiving last year, New York City relaxed its travel rules and allowed people to ‘test’ a full 14-day quarantine by going through COVID tests before coming here, quarantining three days, then passing another COVID test on this fourth day.

But last year, vacationers relied on COVID testing because there wasn’t much else.

Now, Chen said, people can be fully immunized – reducing their likelihood of contracting and transmitting the virus – and many are now receiving boosters.

On November 15, Governor Kathy Hochul expanded eligibility for recalls in New York to include anyone who may “feel at risk” because of their job or community transmission. The CDC was ready to follow suit.

But vaccinations are neither universal nor foolproof. Groundbreaking cases of COVID can occur in fully vaccinated people, including people with weakened immune systems, according to the CDC.

Cold weather, a more virulent delta variant, and holes in vaccination rates have all contributed to the increase in COVID cases as the holiday season approaches. Plus, kids ages 5 to 11 only had time for a single dose of Pfizer vaccination before Thanksgiving gatherings.

Between the first and second week of November, COVID positivity rates in the state jumped 25%; the statewide positivity rate – the share of COVID tests that tested positive for the virus – was 3.2% statewide and exceeded 8% in western New York and the Finger Lakes.

Who should test and how?

While the New Jersey Department of Health has sent a notice to schools that they should still consider testing and quarantines for any unvaccinated student or staff who travel on vacation, the New York Department of Health did not disclose any of those plans or comment on the possibility.

Employers, however, can impose COVID testing after personal travel, said Jay Starkman, CEO of Engage PEO. which provides human resources services to companies.

Starkman said he anticipates some companies will do just that during the winter holidays, when international travel is more common than during the all-American Thanksgiving holiday. Even though the United States requires testing for the return of international travelers, Starkman said an employer may require a second round.

More likely, Starkman said, companies will be making their employees work from home after the trip. He added: “So many people are telecommuting anyway.”

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Suspect led chase, crashed into patrol car before police fired at Red Rock, NHP says | New


LAS VEGAS (FOX5) – A suspect crashed into a patrol car during a pursuit in Red Rock Canyon and through its scenic loop before police shot and arrested him on November 11.

The suspect, Erik Legried, 29, is charged with assaulting a protected person with a deadly weapon, resisting a public official and damaging state property.

According to a pre-recorded Nevada Highway Patrol briefing on Wednesday, Legried used a 2021 Toyota Tacoma to lead soldiers and a Bureau of Land Management ranger in a State Route 159 chase that ended in a crash car and a shootout in the parking lot of the Red Rock Visitor Center.

BLM Ranger Christopher Allen, 49, NHP Trooper Anthony Hernandez, 31, and NHP Trooper Marcus McFadden have been identified as the officers who unloaded their weapons in the incident. Private Martin Mleczko provided a timeline of events that day, which began with a phone call from the suspect’s mother to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police, according to NHP.

The incident began with a call to LVMPD at around 5:56 a.m. regarding a suicide attempt at the Red Rock Campground. The caller said his son was planning to kill himself or run headlong into traffic to kill himself, Mleczko said.

At approximately 6:27 a.m., Ranger Allen located Legried’s truck recklessly driving through the campground, knocking over fence posts. When an LVMPD officer asked Legried to get out of the car, he sped off and headed east on Charleston, turned around at Sky Vista and returned to the visitor center, according to Mleczko.

At the entrance to Scenic Loop Drive, Legried again did not follow the verbal commands to get out of the car. After about five minutes at the entrance, Legried entered the park, Mleczko said.

Officers attempted to block Legried in the visitor center parking lot, in which case he crashed into Allen’s squad car. Shortly thereafter, Legried was struck by gunfire from a highway patroller, according to NHP.

“Private Hernandez followed Legried to the lower level parking lot, where he collided with Legried in an attempt to stop him. Legried then accelerated his vehicle towards another road patrol vehicle that had arrived, where gunshots were fired. then been fired, “Mleczko said.

Legried then made his way to the parking lot of the mid-level visitor’s center, where his vehicle pulled up and police pulled him out of it, according to NHP.

The briefing with the dashboard and body-worn camera video is available below.

CONTENT WARNING: This video may contain images from a shot that some viewers may find disturbing.

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Pune: first “platform parking” built at Hadapsar station

Now, passengers at Hadapsar Station in Pune can pick up their vehicles inside the station as it gets Maharashtra’s very first ‘platform parking’ facility.

The first of its kind in the state, Hadapsar Station in Pune became the first to have on-platform parking. Inspired by Howrah Railway Station in Kolkata, passengers can now take their vehicles to specified platforms for drop-offs and pick-ups.

In order to maintain the flow of vehicles and avoid overcrowding, an efficient system has been put in place to allow vehicles only at a specific location on the platform.

According to the Hindustan Times (HT) report, Renu Sharma, Director of Pune Division Railways (DRM), said: “Many new developments and passenger facilities have been developed at Hadapsar station. , as we are now moving rail operations to start from Hadapsar. Currently, a daily special from Hadapsar to Hyderabad departs from here and soon a few other trains will be starting as well. In this development process, a parking space right next to the number one platform has been created where passengers park their vehicles and board the train directly from the platform. “

Currently there are four platforms and a bridge overlooking the station with plans to expand it further as more trains become operational.

“It will be like the platform parking system at Howrah Station, where vehicles enter the station and passengers board or take trains. Sharma added.

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Luton council boss under fire for parking ‘chaos’


The barriers around the parking lot of the Upper Town

The chief executive of Luton council received a hostile reception from business owners angry at the parking reductions, during a trip to High Town.

Robin Porter had visited the conservation area along High Town Road last week after business leaders said plans to significantly reduce their parking spaces for a new property development would drive customers away.

Real estate agent Mohammed Shahid said Porter faces angry traders.

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“It was extremely hostile,” he said. “Business people feel very disappointed.”

He has now started a petition in the region calling on the council to rethink its plans to remove 28 public parking spaces, which the companies say will drive out customers who cannot park. Traders will end up with only 12 spaces for themselves and their customers, they say.

“We were not consulted on the plan,” he said. “We were all taken by surprise.

“Every business has been closed during the closures and some are barely surviving. The loss of parking cuts a lifeline, they will close their doors.”

Twenty-eight places were lost

Mr Shadid said that since parking spaces were removed to cope with a new apartment development, there has been chaos on the road, with people parking in yellow lines or on the sidewalk.

“The parking lot has been around for 45 years,” he said. “We all need to find another place to park. The general manager has witnessed some of the chaos in the area with people parking on double yellow lines.”

Dorota Bodniewicz lives and works in High Town and said: “It’s ridiculous what’s happened here. They’re literally killing businesses while customers struggle to park. They’re just killing the neighborhood.

“The advice is just crossing our fingers that we get used to it. “

The petition states: “The Luton Borough Council did not properly take into account the impact of the loss of these parking lots and did not make any proposals regarding other parking arrangements.

“The construction process has already started and it is progressing rapidly. This will significantly reduce the level of on-street parking in the area, but will also remove the vast majority of long-term parking in the High Town Road commercial area.

“This long-term parking lot is used by both local residents and people working in businesses and shops in the upper town. This change will also impact people with reduced mobility and parents with strollers who again rely on the ability to park closer to the store or business they are visiting.

And he calls on the council to rethink the situation. “We are calling on High Town Councilors and the Chief Executive Officer of Luton Council to reconsider LBC’s decision and keep this vital parking resource on High Town Rd / Brunswick Street. Alternatively, allocate an appropriate number of spaces to accommodate movement in the local area (High Town Road, Brunswick Street and Back Street) a distance equal to that of the existing Brunswick Street parking lot. ‘

A council spokesperson said: “The council is committed to investing in redundant sites throughout Luton to meet the needs of residents. In High Town in particular, we recently invested £ 275,000 in improving street lighting and additional funds to facilitate improvements to the public realm at the junction of High Town Road and Burr Street.

“The new High Town development provided by Foxhall Homes on the old Taylor Street parking lot will enhance the area and provide large family homes, which are rare in Luton. There will be twenty-three homes for sale and new ones. affordable houses for rent.

“As part of our goal of making Luton a carbon neutral city by 2040, we are committed to encouraging the use of local facilities that are easily accessible on foot or by bike and believe this development will benefit local merchants. region as it will bring new buyers to the locality.

“Once the work in progress is completed, there will be 12 spaces for public use, accessible from Brunswick Street and 27 spaces, accessible via Back Street, for private parking.

“There are other paid and posted parking lots on Wenlock Street and Hitchin Road, a short walk away. There is a full bus service and a main train station within 0.2 mile.

“We continue to work and engage with local businesses, not only in High Town but across Luton, to achieve our Luton 2040 goal of having a city where everyone thrives and no one lives in poverty. “.


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Here is the latest Iowa news from The Associated Press at 1:40 am CST | Minnesota News


DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – A new state audit report on government spending accuses Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds of using nearly $ 450,000 in federal coronavirus relief funds to pay off the salaries of 21 staff members for three months last year and cover up expenses by going through the Iowa Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. State auditor Rob Sand said a review of the state’s payroll system shows the money was used to pay staff in the governor’s office, but it’s unclear why she had to take federal money to pay salaries and why the funds were not initially in its budget. Reynolds’ office responded on Monday saying she was working to provide federal officials with the documentation needed to approve the funds.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Officials in Des Moines say a woman has died in a house fire. The fire was reported Sunday night by a neighbor in a residential area between the city’s Union Park and Fairmont Park neighborhoods. Arriving firefighters learned that a man and his mother were in the house when the fire broke out. The man managed to escape but told firefighters his mother was trapped inside. Firefighters were hampered by the flames, but found the woman about 20 minutes later inside the burning house. She did not survive. Authorities have not released the woman’s name. Investigators later said a heater was found in the basement of the house surrounded by blankets and could have been the cause of the fire.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa (AP) – The Iowa State Patrol said a Minnesota woman and her 1-year-old baby died in an accident in northwest Iowa that also injured four other people, including the woman’s two other children. The accident happened late Saturday morning at an intersection northeast of Spirit Lake. A patrol investigation revealed that an eastbound car driven by Mariah Nelson, 29, of Jackson, Minnesota, passed a stop sign and collided with a southbound pickup truck driven by Allen Weinzetl, 63, also from Jackson, Minnesota. The KTIV television channel reports that Nelson and his one-year-old son, Symere Williams, died in the crash. Nelson’s daughters, aged 5 and 6, were rushed to hospital with serious injuries. Weinzetl and his passenger, Teresa Chonko, 58, were also injured and taken to hospital.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Des Moines police have identified an 18-year-old man killed in a shooting Sunday morning. Police said Monday that Dean Titus Deng of Des Moines died in the shooting, which also injured another man. Police did not identify the second man. Police responded to a report of a shooting around 4 a.m. Sunday and found a man in a car. He was rushed to hospital, where he died. The other man was in good condition in a hospital. This was the 12th homicide in Des Moines in 2021.

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Provo city council changes parking permit program | News, Sports, Jobs

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Graphic on parking permit information and meetings.

Provo City Council is approaching a parking permit program for certain areas of the city. The city is asking residents for help on the proposals that are currently being studied.

The draft city code of Provo, Chapter 9.90, will be considered at the council meeting on Tuesday. On-street parking management, if adopted, will create a new management tool for the city. This would be in addition to the current parking management tools the city is already using, such as authorized parking zones, according to Karen Tapahe, spokesperson for the council.

“Chapter 9.90 creates the structure for future parking management zones to be created and enforced through a paid parking system,” Tapahe said. “Charging parking is certainly not a popular idea, as public commentary in a recent Open City Hall poll showed, but active management of on-street public parking is necessary to preserve the benefits and discourage abuse of this public resource. “

Key elements of Chapter 9.90

Parking on a public road in OSPM areas may be restricted by any of the following parking management strategies:

  • Paid parking
  • Paid parking with optional permit
  • Vehicles that are parked in an hourly parking zone must pay the established rate.

Timed fares will be market determined – high enough that parking spaces are regularly released, but not so high that on-street parking is not fully utilized.

Payment would be made via a mobile application. City staff are working on options for drivers without a mobile device.

Vehicles with valid permits would be exempt from the timed parking fee in this OSPM zone.

Licensees pay for one year of access to an OSPM area rather than paying the timed tariff.

To obtain a parking permit, the permit holder must prove ownership or residence of a building with a facade bordering the OSPM zone with a maximum limit of two permits per property / occupant.

The boundaries of all OSPM zones must be shown on an official map of the on-street parking management zone adopted by the city council.

What Chapter 9.90 does not do

Create the actual OSPM zones. The process of creating an OSPM zone is detailed in Chapter 9.90, but the actual designation of a zone will need to be submitted to the council for a vote of approval.

Chapter 9.91, creating an OSPM zone in the Joaquin neighborhood (just south of the BYU campus), is in preparation.

Tapahe said a town hall on the proposal will be held on November 18 at 6 p.m. in the council chamber for the public to share their views in person.

The discussion will focus on the regulation of parking on private property and the guarantee of a specific parking space for OSPM permit holders.

Tuesday’s meeting to review the structure of the proposed program will be broadcast live on the Council’s Facebook and YouTube.

Council has scheduled the parking ordinance to be voted on at Tuesday’s meeting as the final item on the agenda. However, residents and university students who might have concerns about additional changes or specific areas for the permits or permit program are encouraged to attend the town hall meeting on Thursday.

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Parking Elevator Market Size and Outlook 2028 | Main companies – Bendpak-Ranger, Rotary, ARI-HETRA, Challenger Lifts, Ravaglioli, Nussbaum, Sugiyasu, MAHA, Hunter, Stertil-Koni,


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Williamsburg City Council met at the new sports complex and more


(Courtesy of the City of Williamsburg)

WILLIAMSBURG – This month’s Williamsburg city council meeting consisted of major public hearings that included the city stepping forward with the regional sports complex, medical marijuana dispensaries and a colonial expansion of Williamsburg.

Recreation Facilities Authority

City council voted unanimously in favor of resolution 21-28: a concurrent resolution with the counties of James City and York to form the Historic Triangle Recreation Authority. This is considered a formal step as all three localities have to go through the same step before future works.

James City County had previously voted to pass their resolution at their November 9, 2021 meeting. York County will vote on its resolution later this month, but it is expected to vote in favor of it as well. the resolution.

The resolution establishes a board of directors called the Recreational Facilities Authority. As discussed at the November 10 meeting, there are six members who will be elected to the Regional Facilities Authority and the group will consist of two members from each locality. The member who will make the appointment to the board of directors will be the appointed chief official.

“We have been working on this since 2014 as a region. It wasn’t until our city council and our tourism grant process generated funds to pay for half the construction of the facility that it really started to move forward in earnest, ”City Manager Andrew Trivette told the November 10 from the city of Williamsburg. Board meeting. “A regional working group has been formed to review the locations as well as a programming plan for the facility. This group examined several sites in the city and ultimately decided that the best site was the Colonial Welcome Center in Williamsburg. At the same time, the directors of parks and recreation in the three localities worked on a programming plan to meet the needs of the community. Once this was planned, we entrusted it to the consultant who was hired to determine the competitiveness of the market and the attractiveness of such a facility as well as the economic impact. This produced a sort of final version of the programming plan that represented both the needs of the community as well as what we would need to attract sports tourism to the facility.

If York County passes its resolution, the next step would be for all localities to nominate members to the council so that the authority can begin organizing its meetings. These meetings are where all of the organizational work will be done.

Medical cannabis distributors

The counted city voted unanimously in favor of the examination and the approval of the PCR n ° 21-010: amendment to the text of zoning to modify the article III. District Regulations, Division 10.1 Economic Development District ED *, Section 21-362 to license medical cannabis dispensaries licensed by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

This was a request to amend a zoning ordinance to authorize Commonwealth of Virginia licensed medical dispensaries under the Virginia Code in the Economic Development District (ED) and to amend additional regulations of the district to handle the retail sale of cannabis and cannabis products. or extracts.

The city ordinance code was written that if it is not listed in the ordinance, it is not allowed. This is why the city council voted to amend the code to deal with the retail sale of cannabis and other cannabis products.

The emergency department contains Riverside Hospital, an apartment complex and multi-family homes.

Prior to the vote, it was recommended that these medical dispensaries be located near hospitals since cannabis is classified as medical cannabis and medicinal cannabis products. This means that clients and users of dispensaries are required to have a medical prescription before purchasing cannabis. City council has made it clear that this zoning change does not include the retail sale of recreational cannabis within city limits.

There are currently four medical dispensary licenses issued by the state of Virginia. Any medical dispensaries that would be found in the city must be licensed by the state and must follow all state regulations.

Williamsburg Colonial Expansion

City Council voted unanimously to review and approve PCR # 21-015: A Request of the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation to rezone approximately 1.86 acres of Colonial Williamsburg Historic Area (CW) to Museum Support (MS) at 400 South Nassau Street. This included PCR # 21-016: a request from the CW for a special use permit for the removal of 54 parking spaces in the Downtown Parking District for the construction of the Colin G & Nancy N. Campbell Archaeological Center at 400, South Nassau Street.

The proposed rezoning will include a portion of the northern lot, 202 West Francis Street, which will be combined with the property at 400 South Nassau Street.

The proposed expansion project should showcase a large part of the Foundation’s archaeological collection. The CAC will also have a space for processing museum-quality climate control artefacts, laboratories for the acquisition and analysis of artefacts, documentation laboratories as well as a research office and a storage space. meeting.

In addition, the design of the proposed archeology center includes guest arrival services, a learning center, and a covered outdoor arcade with walkways leading to public washrooms.

CW has a five-year plan to create new land in the Botetourt / Lafayette Street neighborhood to provide 469 additional parking spaces for guests and visitors.

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The parking lot fund would be “corrupt”: investigation | Newcastle Herald


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Deploying $ 4 billion congestion reduction fund ‘would amount to corruption’ if a federal integrity commission existed, former NSW auditor general said in an investigation of the Senate. Tony Harris is convinced that the controversial plan to fund suburban parking lots in marginal seats amounted to a misuse of power. “If we had an independent commission against (federal) corruption, it would amount to corruption, I’m quite convinced,” he told the inquiry on Thursday. The Senate committee is examining how the government decides which projects to fund following a scathing audit of the $ 660 million commuter parking system ahead of the 2019 election. “It’s like (the government) saying,” If you live in a Labor electorate, you deserve no parking because you vote Labor, “” Mr Harris said. The Australian National Audit Office found that nearly 50 car parks had been selected by the government following nominations of MPs and candidates. But a revelation in the Senate investigation raised concerns that the entire $ 4 billion fund has been politicized, as opposed to the $ 660 million just examined by the audit. Deputy Auditor General Brian Boyd revealed that his department discovered members of government were being asked to submit projects under the larger Urban Congestion Fund, which were tied to their parking lot proposals. “We can see it was the same process used, but what we didn’t do was look at the details of that and how it was applied to the (part) non-car parking lot,” did he declare. The president of the Center for Public Integrity and former judge Anthony Whealy have raised concerns that the fund could be misappropriated in the next federal election due to the government’s blasé reception of the report. audit. A lack of oversight – especially over the ministerial code that required ministers to act in the public interest and with integrity – meant there had been no consequences for conduct violations, Mr Whealy said . “We were all horrified by what we read (in the report),” he said. Infrastructure Minister Paul Fletcher was not responsible when he said the grants were all merit-based and necessary, argued Whealy. “If you’re in government and you can get away with it, why wouldn’t you do it? You could win an election because of it,” he said. Getting the code to be enforced by the Prime Minister was a real flaw in the integrity system. “The ministerial code really does not work as it should (…) because no one can apply it independently and effectively,” he said. When the audit report was released in June, Fletcher said all government investment decisions were made “on the basis of an identified need in the community”. They also took into account “total government investments in each city” and money already allocated by a state or local government. The minister launched a review in December 2020 when he took over the portfolio, which led the ministry to increase the frequency and quality of reporting, and improve data management and project tracking. Associated Australian Press

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The new parking lot at the Science Museum of Virginia is now open; old car park now green space | Entertainment

From staff reports

The new $ 14 million parking lot at the Science Museum of Virginia is now open. The four-level structure has 400 spaces, 25% more than what was previously available in surface lots adjacent to Broad Street.

The bridge took a little over a year to complete. It is open to all guests, staff and visitors to the Richmond Science Museum and Children’s Museum.

There is no charge to park on the bridge.

Visitors to the museum can use the terrace during opening hours and special events. Community members will not be able to enter the bridge at night.

The Science Museum will begin transforming the asphalt terrain where vehicles were previously parked into a nearly six-acre public green space called The Green.

The $ 7.5 million project prioritizes green infrastructure for Scott’s Addition and adjacent neighborhoods. Scott’s Addition is one of Richmond’s fastest growing high density, mixed-use neighborhoods, but it has one of the lowest levels of urban tree cover, according to the museum.

The Green will also provide a park-like space for recreation such as walking, lounging and meeting.

“The final chapter of the parking lot is the first chapter of The Green, and this story has a happy ending in that it ends with a great green space for our community,” said Rich Conti, director of museum wonders, by email. . “From the first general site planning sessions, we realized that we needed a parking solution first. space on our campus.

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10 traffic rules to know when driving a car in Delhi – Jammu Kashmir Latest news | Tourism


Delhi is one of the busiest and most populous cities in India as it welcomes people from different parts of the country who come here for better opportunities and a bright future. As more and more people move to this beautiful city, it is natural to expect an increase in personal vehicle trips on the roads. The only problem with this growing number of cars is that the roads are busier and more chaotic, which increases the chances of road accidents.

Therefore, the authorities created strict traffic rules to protect both vehicle owners and people walking on the road. These rules are meant to make Indian roads safer for everyone, and breaking a single rule can get you in trouble. Learn about traffic rules and associated fines and penalties in detail, so that you can be more careful when driving on the roads.

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10 important traffic rules to know when driving a car in Delhi

If you own a car in Delhi and take it out regularly to travel between work and home and vice versa, you should know the following rules:

  1. Take all essential documents

You never know when you will be stopped by a traffic officer at a signal for document inspection, so it is best to always have all essential documents in your vehicle. Before you start driving, check if you have the RC smart card / copy, driver’s license, PUC certificate and valid car insurance with you.

If you have a new car, a 90-day RTO receipt will also do. Those who have just completed their driving lessons and training can apply for a driver’s license online. Go through this article as it is explained in detail on how to apply for driving license in Delhi? and you will get a detailed step by step guide to follow.

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  1. Search Revised Traffic fines and penalties

Authorities continue to review and change fines and penalties to make people more responsible behind the wheel. Such a change was noticed in 2019 when the old slab of fines and penalties was replaced by a more stringent one. If you drive a car today and break any of the traffic rules, you will be required to pay the following:

Offense New penalty (from September 2019 and beyond) Old penalty (before September 2019)
General offense Rs. 500 (first offenders), Rs. 1,500 (repeat offenders) Rs. 100 (first offenders), Rs. 300 (repeat offenders)
Driving without a license Rs.5,000 Rs.500
impetuous driving Rs. 1,000 to 5,000 rupees or imprisonment for six months to one year (for first-time offenders)

Fine up to 10,000 rupees or imprisonment up to 2 years (for repeat offenders)

None
Overload of passengers / people Rs. 1,000 per passenger / additional person None
Not wearing the seat belt 1000 rupees Rs. 100
Driving an uninsured vehicle Rs. 2,000 and / or a prison sentence of up to 3 months (for first-time offenders)

Rs. 4,000 and / or a jail term of up to 3 months (for second-sentence offenders)

1,000 rupees and / or prison sentence of up to 3 months
Drunk Driving 10,000 rupees and / or prison sentence of up to 6 months (first offenders)

Rs. 15,000 and / or jail term of up to 2 years

2,000 rupees
Driving with an invalid / expired license 10,000 rupees Rs. 100
  1. Understand all Traffic signs

To ensure that free road traffic is not interrupted for any reason, authorities have installed various road signs that drivers are required to check and follow. Mandatory road signs warn drivers of when to stop, the authorized speed limit, the crosswalk, a school ahead, a no-horn area, no parking, no parking, narrow road or narrow bridge in front, bump or rough road, barrier in front, etc. traffic sign, you can be stopped and sent a challan by a traffic officer.

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  1. Do not use cell phones while driving

One of the most common reasons for car accidents is distraction. If the driver is distracted and turns his attention away from the road, the risk of traffic accidents increases dramatically. This is why the authorities made a law to prevent drivers from talking on the phone while driving. If a driver is found talking on a cell phone, the traffic officer has the right to stop him and raise a challan of up to 5,000 rupees, seize the driver’s license and hand it over. suspend for at least 3 months.

  1. Do not drink and drive

Driving under the influence of any toxic substance, including alcohol, can cause extensive damage to people on the road and to the driver. Thus, to avoid such cases, the authorities have made it a rule to penalize people who drive while intoxicated.

If your blood alcohol level is over 0.03%, or about 30 mg of alcohol per 100 ml of blood, you will be fined between 2,000 and 10,000 rupees. The amount of the fine will depend on the final blood alcohol limit detected by the BAC test. Depending on the seriousness of the case, you may also be sentenced to imprisonment for up to 7 months or 4 years.

  1. Always wear a seat belt

Whenever you drive, always make a habit of wearing your seat belt. If a traffic policeman spots you while driving without wearing a seat belt, you will be immediately asked to stop and pay a fine of up to Rs 1,000. Wearing a seat belt will not only save you the penalty, but also save your life if you ever get into a traffic accident.

  1. Rules for overloading your car

Another rule to be observed is overloading your car with people. If you have a standard small car, you should not accommodate more than four people. If you are caught driving five or more people in a small car, you could be subject to a challan. As the new traffic rules are quite strict, you can end up paying 1000 rupees for each additional person in your vehicle.

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  1. Protect your vehicle with an insurance policy

Delhi city is congested with the highest traffic rate in India. Accidents are likely to happen more due to overcrowding and lack of good roads. However, that shouldn’t stop you from driving a car in Delhi. You can protect yourself from all harmful events by taking out auto insurance as it is a mandatory rule, at least it is advisable to take out third party auto insurance to drive car in Delhi. Third Party Auto Insurance is basic insurance that you must have, it protects the driver against financial loss resulting from traffic accidents to any third party individual and property.

You can also make sure your car has comprehensive auto insurance if you want better coverage. Drivers without valid car insurance will be subject to the consequences of a fine of up to Rs. 1000 and / or a jail term of up to 3 months. The updated penalty prices have been increased to Rs 2,000 and Rs 4,000 for primary and secondary violators, respectively.

  1. To give Path for emergency vehicles

To facilitate the faster movement of emergency vehicles, such as ambulances, the authorities have asked all drivers to give them room. For patients in an ambulance, every minute is precious. To get them to the hospital as quickly as possible, rules were established requiring drivers to take emergency vehicles or risk paying a fine of Rs 2,000.

  1. Obey Delhi’s parking rules

As on-street parking costs have increased exponentially, drivers need to be careful when finding a place to park their car. Parking fees will vary based on parking times, vehicle type and location, so always check with the appropriate person on site before parking your car. If you do not want your vehicle to be towed, never park it on sidewalks, prohibited parking areas or in front of a public building.

Strict traffic rules only help drivers become more careful and responsible while driving, so make sure you always follow the rules. If you are in Delhi, following the traffic rules outlined above will be enough for a safe and hassle-free driving experience.

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Lawrence City Commission votes to develop a long-term version of the downtown outdoor dining program; costs, design and parking to consider | News, Sports, Jobs


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The parklet patio at 715 Restaurant, 715 Massachusetts St., is pictured on September 18, 2021.

Taking into account issues such as aesthetics and parking, the City of Lawrence will seek to develop a long-term version of a program that has enabled downtown businesses to build patios and outdoor dining areas in parking lots during the coronavirus pandemic.

As part of its Tuesday meeting, the City of Lawrence Commission voted 5-0 to allow the development of a long-term “parklet” program and asked staff to consider items such as fees, design, safety and parking standards in the new regulation. The city waived the permit fees for the temporary program, and Mayor Brad Finkeldei said that while it didn’t make sense for some companies, he expected others to continue using the program in under the new regulations and that it was important to develop them as quickly as possible.

“As I look up and down Mass. Street, and think about the aesthetics, safety, cost, and usability, I think some of the spaces that exist now are going to survive regardless of the conditions. regulations that we put in place, ”said Finkeldei. .

As part of this process, the committee also voted unanimously to extend the temporary format of the program for an additional five months, until March 31, so that the permanent version of the program can be developed. Although there was some discussion about whether this was enough time to develop the bylaws, the commission ultimately decided to leave this date in the hopes that the city and the new commission – two new commissioners. will sit on December 7 – would be able to move quickly.

The corner and parallel parking lot in the city center that the companies have converted to an outdoor patio is owned by the city, and Deputy Mayor Courtney Shipley and Commissioner Lisa Larsen have said it will be important to set a fair price for the use of this space. Larsen said she would like the program fees to be based on the actual cost of downtown space.

“The downtown area is the highest property value we have in Lawrence, and so when we consider moving that space away for a park, I would like it to reflect the value of the property,” Larsen said.

As part of the meeting, the commission also received the results of a municipal poll which indicated that a majority of those who responded supported the idea of ​​a long-term program. Among other benefits, respondents said the program gave customers more options amid the pandemic, raised the downtown vibe and was of economic importance to businesses. Respondents also expressed some concerns, including intermittent use of parks due to weather and opening hours, loss of downtown parking, and the aesthetics of patio structures.

Larsen said she was concerned about whether the commission could realistically approve new regulations within the five-month deadline. She also said she would like the commission to consider whether to limit the number of parklets allowed per block and the number of parking spaces a business can use for a parklet. She also asked if the committee should consider issues such as whether there should be only one common dining room per block.

Downtown Lawrence Inc. CEO Sally Zogry said in a letter to the commission that the board supports the continuation of the program, but there are some “complexities to be addressed.” Zogry said the main concerns for DLI members are capping the number of on-street parking spaces per block that can be used as parklets to maintain a mix of parking and parklets; develop a fair system of cost assessment; provision of signage and guidance for nearby parking lots; meet accessibility and fire prevention requirements; create workable and enforceable design guidelines; and provide assurance of a longer term program so that businesses can invest in improvements.

Zogry said the DLI is ready to provide additional feedback and coordination with its members, and that design and architecture firm Gould Evans, who helped develop the parklet concept, may also be able to provide. advices.

“Our board is confident that the overriding concerns can be addressed through reasonable regulation,” Zogry said.



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Seismic survey rates New Plymouth’s largest mall to be less than 20% of new construction standard


A seismic assessment of the Center City Mall in New Plymouth rated it below 20 percent of new building standards, prompting at least one tenant to leave.

Vodafone has confirmed it will be leaving the city’s largest mall on Sunday due to the seismic rating, while the Spark store closed abruptly last week with inventory still on the shelves.

The Spark store at Center City Mall in New Plymouth closed last week.

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The Spark store at Center City Mall in New Plymouth closed last week.

On Tuesday, a representative for Spark said it had temporarily closed the store while they assessed “the suitability of the premises.” The company has closed stores in the past following seismic assessments that did not meet its own specific standards.

In a written statement from Center City, manager Steve Ellingford said the mall was undergoing a voluntary seismic survey of the building with support from outside consultants.

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The statement came weeks after questions were asked of mall owners about the integrity of their building.

Downtown is currently undergoing a seismic risk assessment.

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Downtown is currently undergoing a seismic risk assessment.

“The review includes a Detailed Seismic Assessment (DSA) completed under the New Building Standard (NBS). The overall rating for Center City is less than 20% NBS, ”he said.

The statement said the center was still in the early stages of the review and was working on a program to improve the grade.

“In the meantime, the center has an ongoing construction mandate and complies with the requirements of the 2004 Building Act.

The multi-story Center City shopping mall in New Plymouth opened in 1988 and is home to more than 50 stores.

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The multi-story Center City shopping mall in New Plymouth opened in 1988 and is home to more than 50 stores.

“The continued safety and security of our staff, tenants and our community remains a priority, and we remain committed to ensuring that their needs are met now and in the future,” he said.

As the review was underway, Center City was unable to provide further details.

On Monday, Vodafone spokesman Nicky Preston said that according to his seismic policy, he would close his downtown store on Sunday, November 14.

Citing the health and safety of its customers and staff as the “highest priority,” Preston said the company hoped to move to a new location in New Plymouth as soon as possible, and that an online chat and telephone support would be available in the interim.

Another store manager declined to comment when contacted and alleged that downtown management told him not to speak to the media.

Farmers and the Hallensteins Glassons group were also approached to see what impact, if any, the seismic survey would have on their rentals. The two have yet to respond.

Center City offers hundreds of parking lots in the New Plymouth CBD.

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Center City offers hundreds of parking lots in the New Plymouth CBD.

In addition to retail stores and a food court, the busy mall has several floors of parking, which reaches capacity over Christmas.

The hundreds of parks have offered shoppers a downtown alternative since the city’s downtown parking lot closed last year after it was assessed as an earthquake risk.

The New Plymouth town center parking lot on Powderham St was closed in December 2020 due to the risk of an earthquake.  (Photo file)

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The New Plymouth town center parking lot on Powderham St was closed in December 2020 due to the risk of an earthquake. (File photo)

When the owner of the parking lot, the New Plymouth District Council (NPDC), announced the decision, it said its report classified the building as “high risk” with an NBS rating of 20-34%.

A spokesperson for the NPDC said it had not yet received any information regarding the downtown earthquake risk assessment, but if the findings indicated it was earthquake-prone, action would be taken.

This would involve a sign being placed on the building advising of its earthquake prone status and then the clock would start ticking regarding the remediation timeframe.

The premises would also be listed on a national register of buildings prone to earthquakes, he said.

To assess whether a building is prone to earthquakes, its resistance to a new structure is taken into account if it was built in the same location.

The risks posed to public and other property in the event of a building collapse during an earthquake are also taken into account.

Two rating categories – 0 to 20% or 20 to 34% – result in the application of an earthquake prone building status, after which the building owner has up to 25 years to complete the required repair work. .

Over the past four years, a number of buildings in Taranaki have been declared earthquake-prone following a seismic assessment.

The East Stand at Yarrow Stadium was demolished following a seismic assessment that found it prone to earthquakes.

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The East Stand at Yarrow Stadium was demolished following a seismic assessment that found it prone to earthquakes.

In a few months between 2017 and 2018, the two stands at Yarrow Stadium in New Plymouth were deemed earthquake-prone, and later deemed too expensive to repair.

Instead, one has been demolished and the other is almost completely rebuilt at a cost of $ 50 million.

In 2018, four buildings, including the maternity ward, of the Taranaki Base Hospital were found to be earthquake-prone after being examined by three engineering companies.

Taranaki DHB chief executive Rosemary Clements said the buildings can still be occupied, but the issues are expected to be resolved within 12.5 years.

“The good news for the Taranaki community is that Taranaki DHB works much faster than that,” she said at the time.

Buildings classified as earthquake prone are more likely to suffer damage from a moderate earthquake and there would be a higher risk to personnel and public safety.

To assess whether a building is prone to earthquakes, its resistance to a new structure is taken into account if it was built in the same location.

The Center City shopping complex opened in 1988 and has a backdrop of the ocean and stunning views of the Coastal Walk.

The risks posed to public and other property in the event of a building collapse during an earthquake are also taken into account.

-This story has been updated to attribute Center City’s statement to its manager Steve Ellingford.


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From parking lot to where events take place: the roof of this Brampton parking garage is now a public event space

Suzy Godefroy, Managing Director of BIA Brampton, Carrie Pervival, President of BIA Brampton and Brampton Advisor Rowena Santos standing on the roof of the Nelson Square parking garage, which has been transformed into a public event space.
  • The Brampton BIA has partnered with local businesses and artists to create a public event space on the roof of the Nelson Square parking garage, decorated with hand-painted planters and picnic tables.
“Fun” and “welcoming” aren’t exactly the first words that come to mind with an old parking lot.

However, Brampton BIA undertook a pilot project to do just that in a downtown parking garage. With the help of local artists and businesses, the BIA transformed the roof of the Nelson Square parking garage into a public space to host community events.

“It’s one of the best views in town,” said Coun. Rowena Santos, as she made her way to the roof.

She said that at dusk it also gives one of the best sunset views in Brampton.

The space is designed to host artistic and musical performances, social gatherings, as well as culinary events.

On October 30, the BIA hosted “Scary Saturday” onsite, celebrating Halloween with pumpkin carving and decorating, music, food trucks and costumes.

“We will build on this for years to come,” said Suzy Godefroy, General Manager of Brampton BIA.

A number of local artists and groups also painted picnic tables for the space, and Mocon Greenhouses provided flowers for the large planters that line the roof, planted by students from Central High School. Peel.

“This is a very exciting stage for all of Brampton! By integrating the three arts – culinary, visual and musical, we are creating a space that will become a tourist destination while showcasing the talent of Bramptonians, ”said Carrie Percival, President of the Brampton BIA.

The space will be particularly useful when construction of replacement water lines begins in downtown Brampton by the end of this year.

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Catch Up Quickly: New Columbus Capital Improvement Budget


Catch up quickly: new capital improvement budget
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Investments in local policing, community swimming pools and affordable housing are among the top priorities in Columbus’ latest capital improvement budget.

Driving the news: City council recently approved the $ 1.26 billion plan through 2026, which includes the postponement of the last budget and $ 766 million in new spending.

Remarkable elements:

?? Over $ 125 million for road infrastructure, from street and sidewalk repairs to pedestrian safety projects.

?? Over $ 63 million for the improvement of parks, playgrounds and recreational facilities.

  • This includes $ 12 million for planned renovations to the Glenwood and Windsor pools.

🏘️ $ 35 million to affordable housing projects across the city.

?? About $ 30 million to the police, including a new police station in Hilltop and a “Real Time Crime Center” in Linden.

  • This includes $ 4.5 million for a new 911 call center.

?? $ 3.5 million to a mental health and addiction crisis center.

?? $ 2 million to a parking garage to serve the Gravity 2.0 mixed-use neighborhood in Franklinton.

?? $ 59,370 for public art projects.

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Buyers left in anger after Tesla with dead battery stranded them – News


Drivers were furious after a Tesla ran out of battery on a ramp to the parking lot and blocked the parking lot of Britain’s largest shopping center.

The parking lot at London’s Westfield shopping center was reportedly blocked for three hours.

A Westfield spokesperson said “a customer’s Tesla vehicle broke down on the car park entrance ramp around 6 p.m. due to an empty battery. The Westfield London car park team helped the broken down vehicle and guided 10 vehicles that were behind the Tesla around it. Tesla parking assistance then arrived on site to take charge of the broken down vehicle. “

Shoppers took to Reddit to voice their frustrations, with a user named Henry throwing the thread: “Perfect, a Tesla ran out of battery and pulled up at the ramp to a 5-story parking lot in Westfield. It’s been three hours and counting. “

One user wrote: “I know scope anxiety is one thing, but there is no excuse for it.”

Another replied: “Considering the huge range of these cars, there really is no excuse for this.”

And a third person commented: “3 o’clock and Westfield management haven’t found a way to tow it off the ramp? It’s in their best interests to keep the traffic flowing.”

Henry responded to this comment with: “The Tesla is completely dead and it’s in parking mode. The management team is scolding about their solution and basically there is nothing they can do. In the end all the cars are gone. inverted from a 5 story. [sic] winding ramp. Fabulous day. “


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Michael Overall: Is South Tulsa starting to think like downtown? | Local News

Tysons Corner started with a mega-mall in 1968 and has grown into a prototype suburban shopping area with expansive parking lots and desperately crowded intersections. Think of 71st Street and the Memorial Walk a hundred times.

About a decade ago, however, Tysons Corner converted bumpy asphalt terrain into a new “public plaza” and began urging investors to emulate downtown-style “mixed-use” projects with storefronts. instead of big box stores and sidewalks instead of endless traffic lanes.

The transformation of the area into “a green and pedestrian urban center” will not be completed until 2050, according to the overall plan. But its initial success inspired similar efforts along the East Coast, where aging suburbs saw “urbanization” as a way to attract young professionals, who increasingly preferred to live and work in city centers. revitalized.

Of course, South Tulsa hasn’t seen a Tysons Corner-wide project. But the trend has manifested itself in a more subtle way. Earlier this year, for example, the suburban Dominion Building borrowed a page from the downtown playbook and announced plans to convert multiple floors of office space into residential apartments.

Now, the Black Gold Group project on 51st Street offers another glimpse into how suburban developers are starting to think more like downtown developers, which means finding new ways to use old spaces. Usually we would expect to see a boring mall replaced by a different but equally boring mall, or even another convenience store or car wash.

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Carson City MPs Arrest Mother for Endangering Children after Hit-and-Run, Drunk Driving with Child in Car | News from Carson City, Nevada


A 22-year-old Mound House woman was arrested in the Fairview and Lepire area on charges of impaired driving, endangering children and hit and run after driving her vehicle into a wall while she was allegedly in condition of drunkenness.

According to the arrest report, MPs were dispatched to block 300 of S. Carson Meadows in reference to a vehicle that had crashed into the building. On the way to the scene. MPs were told the vehicle was leaving the scene heading east on 5th Street.

MPs located the vehicle and watched it turn northbound on Fairview, at which point they saw it fail to keep its lane and almost exit the roadway on several occasions, according to the report.

MPs stopped the vehicle and contacted the driver, later identified as the 22-year-old, whose 2-year-old was sitting in a “loosely installed” car seat facing the road in the front passenger seat, according to the report. .

When MPs spoke with the woman, they said they could smell an alcoholic beverage smell emanating from inside the vehicle.

The woman admitted that she drove to an apartment complex and found her boyfriend there with another car. She said she got mad and left the apartment complex, at which point she hit a wall in the complex but left the area as several subjects hammered her vehicle, and she said she had afraid for the safety of her baby.

The woman underwent a preliminary breathalyzer test which gave a blood alcohol level of 0.179.

The woman was taken into custody and convicted of child endangerment, impaired driving and hit-and-run.

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Affluent residents have flocked to the low-rise, single-family enclave of Tokyo Aoyama since the pandemic



Synonymous with luxury and style, Aoyama is one of the most exclusive, elegant and sought after areas of
Tokyo
Located in the Minato district of the Japanese capital, it is flanked by some of the city’s most famous neighborhoods: Shibuya, Shinjuku, and Roppongi. However, Aoyama is cut from a more refined fabric than its more well-known neighbors.

Understated but upper-class, it is known for its high-fashion boutiques, hard-to-book restaurants, avant-garde art galleries and exquisite minimalist architecture, not to mention its tree-lined boulevards and generous green spaces, which make it a particularly sought-after address in the heart of the metropolis.

Limits

Aoyama is divided into two areas: Kita-Aoyama, or North Aoyama, on the north side of Aoyama-dori Street, and Minami-Aoyama, or South Aoyama, on the south side.


Gaien Higashi-dori Street traces the eastern boundary of Aoyama from the Gaien Campus of Kyoto University of Art and Design in Meiji Jingu Gaien Nikoniko Park, which is at the northeast corner of the district, until it meets Metropolitan Road 413. The southern edge of Aoyama encompasses Aoyama Cemetery, the grounds of the Nezu Museum and crosses Roppongi-dori Avenue, bypassing south then west around 7- chome Minami-Aoyama.


The western boundary of Aoyama traces the edges of the Shibuya campus of Kokugakuin University and the Aoyama campus of Aoyama Gakuin University, before meeting the northwest boundary, which follows Lohas Street and continues along Lohas Street. trajectory, leaving Meiji Jingu Stadium in neighboring Shinjuku, until it finds the Gaien campus of Kyoto University of Art and Design.

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Price scale

Prices in Aoyama are high, even compared to Tokyo’s already high averages. According to the Japanese real estate platform Utinokati, the average cost per square meter of a used condominium in the capital is 916,000 (US $ 8,030). Brokerage Japan Property Central currently lists a two-bedroom, one-bathroom unit on the 20th floor of a building in Aoyama that was completed in 2004 for 260 million yen or 2.65 million yen per square meter, or close to the triple the city average.

The same goes for second-hand homes in the area. Japan Property Central’s portfolio also includes a three-story, two-bedroom, one-bathroom house in Minami-Aoyama, designed by renowned architecture firm Sakakura Associates in 2005. The asking price is 618 million yen, or 1.64 million yen per square. meter, significantly more than the city average for existing homes: 551,000 per square meter, according to Utinokati.

As for new construction, apartments at the Grand Hills Minamiaoyama development, which is slated for completion in February 2022, start from 165 million yen for a 70-square-meter two-bedroom, one-bathroom unit.

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Housing stock

Aoyama is known for its architecture, so it’s no surprise that the area is home to some notable residences, including those designed by Atelier Tekuto and Conran and Partners. Additionally, the area benefits from low density zoning and numerous low rise buildings, giving residents a rare sense of space.

The neighborhood is a mix of detached houses, many of which are minimalist and ultra-modern concrete constructions, evoking a unique Japanese brutalist aesthetic. On the other end of the spectrum, new luxury condominium developments tend to dominate older complexes, although the former remain a rarity in the area and are often found on the outskirts, such as the aforementioned Grand Hills Minamiaoyama, which , when completed, will be 18 floors. .

Parking spaces often accompany individual properties and are sometimes available in apartment buildings, many of which offer 24-hour security and common areas.

Looking towards the S-shaped street in the ichome Aoyama district in Tokyo.

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What makes it unique

About Aoyama, Zoe Ward, Director of Japan Property Central, said: “There is a great combination of low-income and wealthy residential areas with big houses, as well as high-reputable schools, like at Aoyama University. Gakuin. Like Ginza, this is also where the big fashion and luxury brands want to establish themselves. It is also a very central location, close to Shibuya, Roppongi, Akasaka and Azabu.

Due to the region’s reputation as a hub for art, architecture, fashion and design, all of which come together in the trendy Omotesando neighborhood, there is a certain cachet to be had. an address in Aoyama. This is where Japanese and international brands, including Issey Miyake, Yohji Yamamato and Prada, whose boutique designed by Herzog et de Meuron is a destination in itself, have their flagships. It is also home to upscale independent stores selling vintage designer clothes, traditional crafts, and housewares.

Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan

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However, Aoyama isn’t just about spending money and looking stylish. Aoyama Cemetery offers a respite from the urban bustle and a glimpse into the history of the region. In spring, the cemetery’s cherry trees bloom powdery pink, while its elevated position gives it breathtaking views of the city all year round.

Equally relaxing, the Nezu Museum houses a collection of over 7,400 Japanese and East Asian works of art in a poetic structure designed by famous Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. The land also includes a landscaped garden.

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A covered walkway at the Nezu Museum in Aoyama, Tokyo.

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The neighborhood is also known for its jazz clubs, ranging from the US-based Blue Note, which regularly attracted international talent in the pre-pandemic era, to the intimate Body & Soul Club, which has been around for over 40 years. .

Luxury amenities

As Ms. Ward mentioned, Aoyama is known for its excellent educational facilities. For the younger ones, there is the Clarence International School, in Omotesando, a nursery school for those aged 18 months to six years. The British School at Tokyo’s Shibuya Campus, which is only a 15-minute drive from the center of Aoyama, caters for Kindergarten to Grade 3 students (ages 7 and 8).

There are also a number of continuing education options, such as the Gaien Campus of Kyoto University of Art and Design, which opened in 2010 to serve as Tokyo’s outpost of Kyoto-based institution and its sister university, Tohoku Art University. and Design. Aoyama Gakuin University in nearby Shibuya is one of the oldest higher education institutions in the country, offering undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as a research institute. It is also home to two heritage buildings: the Majima Memorial Hall and the Berry Hall.


Famous restaurants abound in Aoyama. Yoroniku serves seasonal yakiniku, or grilled meats, and its iconic crushed ice dessert in an elegant and contemporary setting; at Sushidokoro Minami, diners enjoy an omakase menu that changes with freshly available produce and a good selection of sakes and Burgundy wines; For French gastronomy, Florilège ranks seventh on the list of the 50 best restaurants in Asia and has two more Michelin stars.

Who lives here

Aoyama attracts “high income earners and their families,” Ms. Ward said. “There is also a slowly shrinking contingent of original landowners who have lived here for decades and decades. ”


Notable residents

Aligning with the Japanese provision for discretion, Ms Ward only said that “it is very likely that there will be a lot of high profile residents. [in Aoyama]. Indeed, the famous fashion designer Rei Kawakubo, founder of Comme des Garçons and Dover Street Market, lives in Aoyama, a few steps from the CDG boutique. The late Japanese author and kimono designer Chiyo Uno lived above her Aoyama kimono shop.

Outlook

According to Ms. Ward, “residential prices have generally increased since the start of the pandemic last year” and are generally “up 10% on average over the past 12 months.” Yukiko Takano, global real estate advisor at List Sotheby’s International Realty agreed, noting that Aoyama’s real estate market “has been very active”.

“Luxury transactions have been on the rise,” she said. Although homes have been selling at a strong pace, she added that “new supply and remaining inventory are down. It drove up the prices. ”

“Aoyama didn’t have a lot of units to play with, but now there are even fewer,” Ms. Takano said. “Buyers need to keep an eye on the market and jump in if a coupon becomes available.”

Ms Ward added: “Future supply appears to be somewhat limited around Aoyama due to a lot of low density zoning and very few sites for potential developments. Historically, Aoyama has been a highly desirable location and I cannot see that changing in the future.

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Salem’s micro-shelter “a life-changing for sure”


Micro shelters showing early signs of success

SALEM, Ore. (KOIN) – Heather Shields recently had medical issues – diabetes and mental health issues – that left her and her son stranded, sleeping in her car in Salem.

She showed up at a micro-shelter on NE Portland Road in Salem “crying. And they showed me what to do,” Shields told KOIN 6 News.

This micro-shelter, not even fully built yet, has only been operational for about a month, but 4 families have already made the transition to permanent housing.

Some of Salem’s micro-shelters in northeast Salem, November 5, 2021 (KOIN)

Shields said the 2 beds, a table and a secure door that locks go a long way.

“They are simple but they are comfortable,” she says. “It helped me. It took me 30 days not to be in a homeless shelter. Otherwise I would have been lost. I didn’t know what to do.

This stability, support and security helped her get into an apartment.

These micro-shelters have been hotly debated in Salem, but they are showing some early signs of success. Earlier this week, a proposed site in West Salem failed, after a feasibility study found the property to be a wetland.

Pastor Josh Erickson of the Park Church is a leader in the micro-shelter community. He said you can’t underestimate the power of low barrier housing.

Pastor Josh Erickson of Church of the Park is a supporter of micro-shelters in Salem, November 5, 2021 (KOIN)

“Just being able to provide safe shelter, being able to provide a locked door and case management – how many people are able to find work – to become stable enough or to be able to leave their things to actually be able to find accommodation, ”Erickson said.

After going through hell and back, Heather Shields is now reunited with her son Jamie.

“This (micro-shelter) was amazing,” she said. “It was a life changing for sure.”

Micro shelters cost around $ 5,000 each and $ 1,600 per person per month. This works out to $ 96,000 per month, assuming the community has 60 guests. This includes case management, navigation services, food and staff.


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Woman with £ 120 parking fine for turning around in Yorkshire Street where she lives

59-year-old woman fined £ 120 in one-DAY parking for turning around to leave Yorkshire Street where she lives

  • Dianna Bakolis, 59, fined after turning around at the entrance to the station parking lot at the end of its narrow dead end
  • In doing so, a camera records her license plate and treats her as a parking lot user who has not paid a ticket.
  • Ms Bakolis said it was “not necessary” for the camera to be aimed at Station Road
  • APCOA Parking, which manages the parking lot, says they are working to resolve the issue










A mother was fined three times in a single day for using a parking lot entrance to turn her car around to exit the narrow street where she lives.

Dianne Bakolis, 59, was fined £ 120 after performing the maneuver outside the Station Road car park which serves Brough station in east Yorkshire.

Ms Bakolis said she was using the station parking entrance to turn around due to congestion on her narrow cul-de-sac.

But as she turns around, an APCOA-operated parking lot surveillance camera, which is tilted towards Station Road, registers her license plate and considers her a user of the station parking lot who hasn’t. not paid ticket.

The car park is at the end of Station Road and is a dead end, as on the other side is the entrance to Brough station.

Dianne Bakolis, 59, was fined £ 120 after turning around at the Station Road car park entrance at Brough station. Photo shows the entrance taken from inside the parking lot overlooking Station Road where Ms Bakolis lives

A photo showing the entrance to the parking lot where Ms. Bakolis turns around with her vehicle.  She said she drove up to this section as it is wider than the rest of Station Road

A photo showing the entrance to the parking lot where Ms. Bakolis turns around with her vehicle. She said she drove up to this section as it is wider than the rest of Station Road

A photo showing Station Road just outside the parking lot entrance.  Ms Bakolis says she chooses to turn around in the parking lot because Station Road is too narrow and often congested

A photo showing Station Road just outside the parking lot entrance. Ms Bakolis says she chooses to turn around in the parking lot because Station Road is too narrow and often congested

Several other motorists, including people picking up take-out food from a nearby Chinese restaurant or making deposits at the train station, also claimed to have been fined.

Ms Bakolis, who has won appeals against ACCOA in the past, told Hull Daily Mail: “Sometimes it’s very difficult to turn around on Station Road which is a dead end so I walk around the parking lot to make a turn.

“The camera is tilted towards Station Road, but it is not necessary, because there are no parking spaces in the station.

“It seems it’s only to try to catch people who don’t even use the parking lot, they drop off or get a Chinese.

“I appealed the first and won, now I appeal these three that I received in one day.”

Station Road is located at the end of Station Road and is a dead end as the end of the car park is the entrance to Brough station

Station Road is located at the end of Station Road and is a dead end as the end of the car park is the entrance to Brough station

APCOA Parking, which manages the parking lot, said it was aware of a

APCOA Parking, which manages the car park, said it is aware of a “current problem” at the site and “is working to resolve it as quickly as possible”

Another resident, Penny Coates, said she was recently fined twice one day and another the next morning.

She said she would turn around in the parking lot and had “once or twice” parked in a parking space and waited a few seconds until she could back up.

She added: “I had four tickets issued for this.

“The last one I returned to the Chinese take-out restaurant.

“I am now just waiting to hear the outcome of my appeal.”

A spokesperson for APCOA Parking said, “APCOA and our customer are aware of a current issue on this site and are working to resolve it as quickly as possible.

“In the meantime, we encourage anyone who believes they have received a Notice of Penalty Charge (PCN) in error to go through the appeal process so that we can respond to their specific case.”

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The BMW Owner’s Extreme Solution to Paris’ ‘Aggressive’ Parking Culture


The French are known to be letto do Drivers. But Parisian drivers are easily the worst of all. It’s a losing combination of congestion, poorly designed roads and the dismissive behavior of most Parisians (if the stereotype is to be believed).

So if you own a rare German sports car, how do you protect it from the inevitable abuse to which Paris will subject it? A motorist has come up with a clever, hilarious (and rather extreme) solution to protect his pride and joy. Arthur Kar, the founder of L’Art de l’Automobile and one of Paris’ most famous car collectors / dealers, shared this photo of a BMW E31 8 Series with a fender attached to the bumper before.

An air-filled bladder that is usually attached to the sides of piers or boats to prevent damage when docking, this Beamer owner used it to keep Parisian punters from backing up in their car from vintage sport (or maybe as a way to avoid damaging the car while they are parking).

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It’s a great solution, especially given the narrowness of some streets in Paris. It’s still risky. The wing of the boat appears to be attached to something under the hood, and they had to open the hood to hook it up. Does that mean anyone can just lift the lid?

We’d also be concerned about damaging the hood: Due to the E31’s unique hood design (which has holes cut out for the car’s iconic pop-up headlights), any slight hood damage could prevent your lights from turning on. An E31 cover alone costs tens of thousands to replace …

He is also not the only Parisian owner of vintage cars to have had this idea. One of our readers shared this photo he took of a classic Fiat 500 that he spotted in Paris a few years ago that also had boat fenders hanging from its bumper for protection. perfect touch parking lot. Look how cute the little wings are!

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Vaffanculo, francese! Image: @marcogiacomazzi

The tiny 500 is the perfect retro ride for the narrow streets of Paris, but the BMW E31 might be a slightly more daring choice for strolling around Paname.

Produced from 1990 to 1999, the E31 was the first generation of the BMW 8 Series. An elegant grand tourer powered by a V8 or, more famously, BMW’s first production V12 engine, the B-pillarless coupe remains one of the BMW’s most unique and distinct designs.

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BMW has only made just over 30,000 copies, so well-maintained V12 examples are worth a pretty good bunch these days, with prices starting at around US $ 100,000.

A BMW E31 850i with its unique retractable headlights on display. Image: Bring a trailer

According to the most recent statistics from the French Ministry of the Interior, compiled by French Property, Paris has “by far” the worst accident rate of any French city or department – “[with] an accident rate of 2.76 per 1000 inhabitants, there is almost ten times the risk of being involved in a road accident in Paris as in the Ardennes, the safest department in the country. It also means that Paris has around 10 times the accident rate of London.

Most importantly, Paris has a remarkably low death rate, so even if you are more likely to be involved in an accident in Paris than you are, for example London or Berlin, you are less likely to be involved in an accident. a fatal / injured accident. as you would be in Melbourne or Rome, according to OECD statistics.

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Leaving aside the debate over their driving skills, Parisians are undoubtedly very good at drinking coffee. We spoke with the experts about what makes Parisian coffee and coffee culture so special. Ristrettos on Renaults, we suppose …

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Parking and traffic alert – Thursday, November 4


DURHAM, NC – Customers arriving at Duke University West Campus on Thursday, November 4 should be advised of the following parking information for the Duke Women’s Basketball vs. Wingate exhibition game at 7:00 p.m. at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Please see the information below.

For all parking and traffic information on the day of the Duke Women’s Basketball game, including maps and directions to the Iron Duke, general public and disabled parking areas, visit www.goduke.com/WBBgameday. For game day traffic updates around campus, follow @Duke_GAMEDAY on Twitter.

WOMEN’S BASKETBALL PARKING INFORMATION

FREE General Public Parking – All full size vehicles park FREE in the Science Drive garage. To park, cars must enter and exit the garage via NC 751 / Cameron Blvd. (GPS address: 3100, boulevard Cameron). Parking will be available for fans from 5:00 p.m. No tailgating is permitted at Science Drive Garage and no match day parking is available at the JB Duke Hotel.

General Public Accessible Parking – Parking for people with disabilities attending the Duke Women’s Basketball game will be available in Whitford Park starting at 5:00 PM. There is no charge for parking. To access the parking area, customers must speak with the lot attendant at the entrance to Whitford Park and request accessible parking. A disabled-accessible drop-off and pick-up point is located at the roundabout at the end of WhitfordDrive outside the Rubenstein.

Women’s Basketball Game Day Information – For all Women’s Basketball Game Day information, please visit www.goduke.com/WBBgameday.



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Manhattan Valley: an accessible neighborhood near Central Park


The people of Manhattan Valley have always “protected each other,” said Peter Arndtsen, a longtime resident who manages the Columbus Amsterdam Business Improvement District. “People are pretty forgiving and able to get by with things.”

With the pandemic, “a lot of stores have closed. It’s a problem, ”said Robert Friedman, broker-owner of RC Realty Group of New York and CEO of a property management company. But with some residents who have left and are returning now and more activity in local restaurants, “people are feeling better in the area again,” he said.

Jim Mackin, a historian who runs local tours, also believes things are improving. “We have opened more than half a dozen restaurants in the past year,” he said, serving Japanese, Vietnamese, Middle Eastern and other dishes.

Manhattan Valley schools include PS 165 Robert E. Simon, on West 109th Street. Her 2020-21 registration was 397 from preschool to fifth grade. In 2018-19, 49% of students met state standards in English, compared to 48% citywide; 54 percent met math standards, compared to 50 percent citywide.

PS 145, Bloomingdale School, on West 105th Street, has approximately 393 students from junior kindergarten to fifth grade. In 2018-2019, 19% met state standards in English and 18% met state standards in mathematics.

PS 163 Alfred E. Smith on West 97th Street has 488 students in Kindergarten to Grade 5. In 2018-19, 61% of students met state standards in English and 64% met standards in math.


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Green Valley Coptic Orthodox Church under construction

Construction of a permanent home for Saint Timothy and Saint Athanasius Coptic Orthodox Church in Green Valley is progressing.

The Arlington-based church – which carries the abbreviation STSA Church – currently rents space on the Virginia Square campus of George Mason University at 3351 Fairfax Drive.

In 2018, she bought a vacant lot for $ 2 million at 2640 Shirlington Road on which she plans to build a permanent structure. The county approved an easement related to the property, located between the townhouses and the ABC Imaging printing house, in February.

Work began in early September and now the dense trees that covered the site have disappeared. Bro. Anthony Messih, the priest of the church, said the ARLnow crews have completed the site clean-up and pile driving, and have now turned to sheeting and shoring.

“We are thrilled to be part of the community,” he said. “We’re not here to invade, but hopefully to continue to serve the community and be a part of what’s going on there. “

He says the building will be ready by the end of 2022. When completed, STSA will have a traditional Orthodox church space and a contemporary worship space, separated by an atrium, as well as rooms for departments and staff offices. There will be a parking garage below and a storey for commercial offices above, topped by a garden terrace.

Messih said the office would be offered for rent to offset the cost of building the parking structure.

“When people hear a church move in, the first question is, ‘Where are everyone going to park? ” “, did he declare. “We wanted to be good neighbors. We didn’t want “We park in front of your house” to be our first exposure to the community. “

The STSA, which offers in-person liturgy and Sunday morning services, has sought a permanent gathering place since its inception in 2012. For now, the congregation and priest feel the limits of a rented space in a setting. university.

“For us, it’s less about oversizing the space and more about the mission of the church,” Messih said.

A permanent home would provide a more suitable space for STSA’s community service work, such as its mentoring program with public primary schools in the area and its Christmas party for children with blood disorders at Inova LJ Children’s Hospital. Murphy. In addition, the church’s growing ministry to children is currently using college classrooms, which lack age-appropriate furniture, he said.

Finally, the floating incense and the Byzantine icons characteristic of Orthodox worship cannot be reproduced in a rented space. Messeh is limited to images of plastic icons and statues at GMU and cannot use incense, which could set off a fire alarm.

“There is a look and feel that we are doing our best to recreate [but] it is not a real, genuine Orthodox experience, ”he said. “After 10 years, we need this.

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Here’s how to save lakhs


HHow do you get consumers to buy electric vehicles?
On the demand side, the government offered direct incentives. For example, under the 2019 Faster Adoption and Manufacturing of Hybrid and Electric Vehicles (FAME-II) program, Rs 15,000 per kWh of battery capacity (up to a maximum of 40% of vehicle cost) is offered for a two-wheeler (scooter or bicycle). For electric four-wheelers, this is a direct incentive of Rs 10,000 per kWh of battery capacity up to Rs 1.5 lakh.

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To go further, the Center also offers a low 5% GST rate on all electric vehicles, which represents a much lower tax burden than gasoline and diesel cars, and first-time buyers who benefit from a loan can also qualify for tax benefits of up to Rs 1.5 lakh under Section 80EEB of the Income Tax Act. In August 2021, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways issued a notification exempting electric vehicles from paying the fee for issuing or renewing registration certificates.

These VE grants / incentives are in addition to those provided by the respective state governments and applicable nationwide.

Delhi: For two-wheelers, consumers can benefit from a subsidy of Rs 5,000 per kWh of battery capacity up to Rs 30,000 in addition to the exemption on registration and road tax. If consumers wish to purchase a four-wheeled vehicle, they can benefit from a subsidy of Rs 10,000 per kWh of battery capacity up to Rs 1.5 lakh, in addition to registration and road tax exemptions. . That said, only the first 1,000 electric cars registered in the state are eligible for these benefits.

Click here to view electric vehicle models eligible for electric vehicle subsidy in Delhi.

Gujarat: For two-wheelers, consumers can benefit from a subsidy of Rs 10,000 per kWh of battery capacity up to Rs 20,000 for the first electric two-wheelers of 1.1 lakh. Consumers can also benefit from an exemption from road and registration tax. Meanwhile, for cars, consumers can qualify for a subsidy of Rs Rs 10,000 per kWh of battery capacity up to Rs 1.5 lakh for the first 10,000 buyers. This is in addition to the registration and road tax exemptions.

Maharashtra: All electric vehicles in the state are exempt from road tax and registration fees. In this state, first-time buyers of 1 lakh electric two-wheelers are eligible for an incentive of Rs 5,000 per kWh of battery capacity, capped at Rs 10,000. The state also offers an early incentive to buyers up to Rs 15,000 (with a 3 kWh battery) if the two-wheeler is purchased before December 31, 2021. A scrapping incentive of Rs 7,000 is also offered.

For four-wheeled vehicles, Maharashtra offers the same as Delhi and Gujarat, but for those who buy before December 31, 2021, there is an additional incentive of up to Rs 1 lakh. The government has made it mandatory for all future real estate projects to have dedicated and ready parking spaces for electric vehicles in residential apartments, institutional / commercial complexes and government offices.

Meghalaya: In accordance with the state-imposed electric vehicle policy released earlier this year, which is expected to remain in effect or be valid for five years from the date of notification, consumers can benefit from subsidies / incentives similar to those mentioned above.

For the first 3,500 two-wheelers purchased and registered in the state, the government offers a subsidy of Rs 10,000 per kWh of battery capacity. The maximum ex-factory price to benefit from the incentive is Rs 1.5 lakhs for electric two-wheelers. Meanwhile, for the first 2,500 four-wheeled vehicles, it offers an incentive of Rs 4,000 per kWh of battery capacity. The maximum ex-factory price to qualify for the incentive is Rs 15 lakhs for four-wheel electric vehicles. In addition, two and four wheels are exempt from road tax and registration.

Assam: According to this explanation, “The government of the state of Assam will support the deployment of the first 200,000 electric vehicles. [100,000 two-wheelers, 75,000 three-wheelers and 25,000 four-wheelers) either under commercial use or individual use over the next five years.”

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Going further, there is a waiver on road tax and registration of EVs for the next five years and zero parking charges till 2026 for EV owners.

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West Bengal: The government has waived road tax and registration fees.

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Rajasthan: All EV two-wheelers sold and registered in the state between 1 April 2021 and 31 March 2022 will qualify for SGST reimbursement. A consumer will receive the SGST paid to the seller of the vehicle, and this amount will be transferred by the district transport officer.

“Electric scooters and motorcycles with a battery capacity of up to 2 kWh will be eligible for a subsidy of Rs 5,000. Models with a battery capacity of 2 to 4 kWh will be eligible for a Rs 7,000 incentive…What will come as a surprise is that the policy does not cover electric cars and SUVs, and steers clear of offering any large incentives to buyers of such vehicles. The one-time subsidy is only available to buyers of two and three-wheelers,” notes this First Post explainer.

Telangana, Goa and Odisha: The state government [Telangana] exempts road tax and registration fees for the first 2 EV two-wheelers purchased and registered in the state. A similar exemption is available for the first 5,000 electric four-wheelers purchased and registered in the state.

Goa, meanwhile, has announced registration fees and road tax exemptions for electric two-wheelers.

Likewise, Odisha announced a 100% exemption from motor vehicle tax and registration fees. This exemption is applicable until 2025, in accordance with the Odisha Motor Vehicle Tax Law. In the future, 100% interest-free loans would be made available to state government employees for the purchase of electric vehicles.

Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh: Residents of Karnataka are eligible for a grant under the central government’s FAME-II program, but it does not offer the type of grants / incentives offered by other states like Delhi or Maharashtra. Their efforts to make electric vehicles more affordable hinge on offering subsidies / incentives and concessions on the supply side.

However, like some other states, it also offers full exemption from road tax and registration fees for electric vehicles. Likewise, in Andhra Pradesh, electric vehicles are exempt from registration fees and road taxes.

Despite these efforts, much remains to be done. According to the statement by Minister of State for Heavy Industries Krishan Pal Gurjar to Parliament on August 9, 2021, only 13 states (Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Meghalaya , Gujarat, West Bengal) have approved / notified policies dedicated to electric vehicles to promote the adoption of electric vehicles.

More states need to be actively involved in increasing the adoption of electric vehicles. And as Car Dekho, a leading car research company, notes in this explainer, “there are limits on the number of beneficiaries under each program and not all electric cars sold in India are eligible. to subsidies “. He adds that “heavy taxes on electric vehicles and hybrids imported by automakers as fully built units (CBUs) have further reduced options for those who want an affordable electric vehicle.”

(Edited by Vinayak Hegde)

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Acquisition of US $ 25 million by Ascott in the United States


Ascott Residence Trust (ART) to acquire 548-bed freehold student housing asset named Seven07 in Champaign, Illinois, United States for US $ 83.25 million[1] (S $ 112.4 million[2]).

Seven07 serves approximately 56,000 undergraduate and graduate students at neighboring University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign (UIUC). The yield-generating acquisition is expected to increase ART’s pro forma distribution per stapled security for fiscal 2020 by approximately 1.2%[3]. Entry EBITDA[4] the yield is expected to be around 4.5% and is expected to reach around 4.8% on strong rental growth for the academic year (YY) 2022. The transaction, which is expected to close in mid-November 2021, will be financed by debt and part of the proceeds of ART’s private placement launched in September 2021[5]. The acquisition of Seven07 follows ART’s recent acquisition of Wildwood Lubbock in Texas and is ART’s fourth investment in student housing in 10 months this year.

Ms. Beh Siew Kim, Chief Executive Officer of Ascott Residence Trust Management Limited and Ascott Business Trust Management Pte. Ltd. (the managers of ART) said: “ART continues to increase its investments in the long-stay segment in order to generate stable revenues and the resilience of our portfolio. Seven07 is operational and will begin to generate stable revenues upon acquisition. The student housing asset is 100% occupied for AA 2021, with lease terms of around one year. For YY 2022 Seven07 is approximately 50% pre-let with strong rental growth of around 8% compared to YY 2021.

“ART has successfully replaced distributable income from transferred assets with higher returns. We sold five properties for approximately S $ 501 million[6] over fiscal years 2020 and 2021 to date, with an average exit yield of around 2%. We have invested a total of approximately S $ 491 million in four student housing assets and three rental housing properties at an average EBITDA return of approximately 5%[7]. With Seven07, ART will increase our student housing and rental housing to around 12% of our total portfolio value, allowing us to maintain our long-term accommodation asset growth target at around 15-20% over the medium term. . Following this acquisition, ART’s gearing will be 35.8%[8]. ART remains in a strong financial position to seek profitable investments in longer term assets in order to diversify our portfolio, improve our resilience and create more value for our stapled security holders, ”added Ms. Beh.

Seven07 serves UIUC which is commonly known as “Public Ivy”.[9]’school. The prestigious UIUC is a flagship university in Illinois and is consistently ranked among the top schools in the United States for its undergraduate accounting, computer science, and engineering programs.[10]. UIUC’s student body grew steadily at a compound annual growth rate of 2% from 2010 to 2020, double the national average. UIUC registrations also increased by 2% in 2020 despite COVID-19. 87% of its student body is from the United States[11]. The UIUC track and field program also participates in the Big Ten Conference, one of the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s “Power 5” track and field conferences. The supply of new private student accommodation is minimal in the vicinity of Seven07 in the medium term.

Seven07 is located less than 200 meters from the UIUC. From Seven07, students can walk to UIUC in five minutes and its main quad in about 10 minutes, providing students with a well-designed and comfortable accommodation option while maintaining an active student life on campus. The active student accommodation is also close to several restaurants, cafes and other lifestyle options.

Opened in 2019, the 15-story Seven07 has 548 beds spread across 218 units, including studios and one- to four-bedroom apartments. Each apartment has a fully equipped kitchen, a smart TV and a washing machine and dryer. Most of the rooms in the apartments also have a private bathroom. The student accommodation asset has a range of facilities including an outdoor patio with swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, outdoor lounge with grill stations, indoor basketball court, spa with services sunbathing and sauna rooms, study rooms, club room, bicycle storage, lounge café and covered parking lots and garages. Seven07 will be managed by an independent third party operator. For more information on student accommodation, please see the annex.

Expanding ART’s student housing portfolio to strengthen income resilience

With the addition of Seven07, ART’s four student housing assets in the United States will provide a total of 2,756 beds. In September 2021, ART acquired Wildwood Lubbock, a freehold student housing asset with 1,005 beds for US $ 70.0 million (S $ 93.8 million). It has an expected EBITDA return of around 5.1%. Wildwood Lubbock serves more than 40,000 undergraduate and graduate students at Texas Tech University.

In June 2021, ART and its sponsor, The Ascott Limited, announced that they would jointly invest and develop freehold student accommodation in South Carolina, United States. ART will invest $ 55.2 million[12] (S $ 73.4 million) in the 678-bed student housing that will serve more than 35,000 students at neighboring South Carolina University. Construction of student housing began in Q3 2021 and is expected to be completed in Q2 2023. Once stabilized, the return on EBITDA is expected to be around 6.2%[13].

In February 2021, ART acquired the 525-bed Paloma West Midtown freehold property in Atlanta, Georgia for US $ 95 million (S $ 126.3 million) with an expected EBITDA return of approximately 5%. Paloma West Midtown is home to nearly 40,000 students at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

  1. The consideration for the purchase, established on the basis of a willing buyer and willing seller, is based on the agreed value of the property and the independent appraisal dated October 29, 2021 by Colliers International Valuation and Advisory Services LLC US $ 86.4 million (equivalent to approximately S $ 116.6 million)
  2. Based on the exchange rate of US $ 1 to S $ 1.35
  3. Based on the pro forma distribution for fiscal year 2020 by stapled security. The pro forma is based on ART’s audited financial statements for the year ended December 31, 2020, assuming that (1) the acquisition was completed on January 1, 2020 and ART has owned and operated the building until as of December 31, 2020 and (2) the acquisition will be approximately 45% financed by debt and 55% by equity
  4. Earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization
  5. ART will use approximately 43% of the $ 150 million raised through its private placement to finance the acquisition of Seven07. Approximately 38% was used to acquire Wildwood Lubbock in September 2021
  6. Excludes disposal of partial gross floor space of Somerset Liang Court Singapore; the property is currently being redeveloped. The five assets sold are Ascott Guangzhou, Somerset Azabu East Tokyo, Citadines Didot Montparnasse Paris, Citadines City Center Grenoble and Somerset Xu Hui Shanghai
  7. For student housing development in South Carolina, USA, the EBITDA return is a target return on a stabilized basis
  8. Based on ART’s unaudited financial statements as at September 30, 2021 and assuming the acquisition was completed on September 30, 2021
  9. “Public Ivy” refers to public schools with a reputation for academic excellence that offer a college experience similar to an Ivy League school.
  10. 2021 US News & World Report
  11. Data based on AY 2020
  12. Includes ART’s investment in the initial 45% stake, the estimated cost of the additional 5% stake that ART will acquire at fair market value, and other transaction-related expenses
  13. Based on the total ART investment

Appendix – About the student housing asset

Site

707 South Fourth Street, Champaign, Illinois

Completed

2019

Land tenure

Freehold

Net rental area

202,162 square feet (ft²)

Units

218

Beds

548

Mix of units

Studio: 33 units (422 – 539 ft2)

1 bedroom: 32 units (492 sq. Ft.)

2 bedrooms: 64 units (696 – 887 sq. Ft.)

3 bedrooms: 1 unit (1,148 sq. Ft.)

4 bedrooms: 88 units (1,229 – 1,447 sq. Ft.)

92% of the rooms are equipped with en-suite bathroom

Common area amenities

Outdoor terrace with swimming pool, state-of-the-art fitness center, outdoor lounge with grill stations, indoor basketball court, spa with tanning services and sauna, study rooms, club room, bicycle storage, coffee lounge and covered parking lots and garages


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After several pitfalls, Metra innovates on the long-awaited Peterson / Ridge station – streetsblog Chicago


Yesterday, Metra elected officials and staff inaugurated the long-awaited new Peterson / Ridge station on the Union Pacific North line. The new stop will be located on the border of West Ridge, Lincoln Square and Edgewater, and between the number one UP-N station, Ravenswood, and the fifth most used station, Rogers Park.

According to a Métra press release, the $ 19 million project, which is expected to take about 18 months, includes two six-car platforms; ADA-compliant heated concrete stairs and ramps; a glass and masonry boiler room with side canopies and a metal roof; two shelters with heating on demand; an access road with a cul-de-sac turnaround and ADA pick-up / drop-off; five ADA parking spaces and 44 paid parking spaces along Ravenswood Avenue; bicycle parking; a small pedestrian square with landscaping and irrigation system; and reworked traffic lights for the entrance to the station. Additional renovations of $ 3 million will be spent on the Peterson Avenue and Ridge Avenue bridges.

Rendering of the new station.
Rendering of the new station.

The work is being funded in part by a $ 15 million grant from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunities, a component of Rebuild Illinois, the state’s infrastructure finance program. Federal Transit Administration funding will cover the remaining $ 7 million in work. About 150 jobs will be created during the project.

Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle said in a statement that the new station will improve transportation fairness by providing residents with another transportation option and increasing their access to goods and services. “Building filling stations like Peterson-Ridge is a great opportunity to give more of our county residents convenient access to public transportation, helping them get to work, school and play, which strengthens our neighborhoods and supports the region’s economy. “

At the ceremony, current and former elected officials spoke about more than a decade of community advocacy for a Metra station in the region. F40th Ward Alderman Patrick O’Connor, who was in post during the early stages of the project, told Streetsblog that the process of opening the station was like a long birth. “It has been a long and difficult process, and I’m happy it’s over, and I’m happy to see this happening for the community.”

Plans for the station were announced in 2012, but construction has been delayed due to state budget issues affecting funding and, more recently, problems with permits. TThe Chicago Department of Water Management has refused permits over fears that the station’s permeable pavement, designed to reduce flooding, will interfere with existing sewers.

Current 40th Ward Alderman Andre Vasquez said that, based on his experience working for AT&T, he brought several stakeholders together on a single email channel and kept asking what each party could do to solve the problem, trying to solve every problem and bureaucratic obstacle. as quickly as possible. Although the design had to be changed, the current design still has permeable characteristics.

A train exiting the Union Pacific North Line passes the site of the future Peterson / Ridge station.  Photo: Igor Studenkov
A train exiting the Union Pacific North Line passes the site of the future Peterson / Ridge station. Photo: Igor Studenkov

Vasquez added that he sees the Metra station as a way to have more transit-oriented development in some of the adjacent streets nearby and along Clark Street, which is about half a mile to the east, and bring more foot traffic to local businesses. “[The new station] offers opportunities for economic development and investment.

Warden for the 48th Ward, Harry Osterman, said that once the station is finished, “Edgewater will have some of the best public transport in the city.” He added that he sees the Metra station as a way to reduce through traffic in the Edgewater area, as it should help replace some car trips with transit trips.

While this station is unlikely to significantly reduce traffic and congestion, it is a good way to expand access to the Metra service and provide a car-free way to explore the city and region.


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Bus-only lanes on North Avenue open Tuesdays – CBS Baltimore

BALTIMORE (WJZ) – Seven miles of dedicated bus lanes have been opened on North Avenue, giving priority to transit signals for buses that officials say cut travel times by 25%, the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration said Tuesday. .

The lanes are marked “Bus Only” and may only be used by buses, emergency vehicles, school buses and cyclists. Other vehicles are allowed to enter the lane to turn right at an intersection or to access a parallel parking space.

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Drivers face fines of $ 250 for stopping or parking in reserved bus lanes and $ 500 for driving in the lanes. The app is maintained by the Baltimore Police Department, MDOT MTA Police, and City of Baltimore Transportation Enforcement Officers.

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With the new lanes on North Avenue, the city now has nearly 13 miles of dedicated bus lanes, officials said. The first tracks were installed in 2017 as part of the BaltimoreLink bus relaunch and have reduced travel times by 25% on some routes.

“Additional miles of dedicated bus lanes along North Avenue will improve punctuality and customer service, resulting in a more convenient, reliable and engaging transit experience for riders,” said MDOT secretary , Greg Slater. “This project is part of MDOT’s commitment to modernize our network, provide high quality service and prioritize public transit as we work with our city partners to improve mobility for all users.

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The new lanes are part of North Avenue Rising’s $ 27.3 million project, which also includes improvements to major bus stops and sidewalks, cycling facilities and repaving.

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The Delhi settlements clear trees to make room for cars. A forestry official thinks this is a bad idea.


New Delhi: Environmental activists have warned that widespread tree cutting in Delhi to make way for new buildings or overwater parking lots permitted under the provisions of the Delhi 2021 master plan poses a serious threat to the city’s ecology. and could end up leaving most of the colony’s roads treeless within decades.

Parking lots on stilts are partially covered spaces for cars.

The question has been raised several times by architects and lawyers before the authorities. One of the plaintiffs, architect Shilpa Malik, who has repeatedly approached the Forestry Department to demand the conservation of Delhi trees, said The Cable that the problem of felling mature trees in colonies has reached alarming proportions.

“These trees are being cut both outside and in the setback area of ​​buildings being renovated or rebuilt. In addition, many of these trees are cut down in the name of access to the stilted parking area which is now permitted on the ground floor.

The architect who is a plaintiff in several of these cases said it was surprising that although people were willing to pay a premium to reside in settlements that have a lot of greens, builders or even landowners who renovate their buildings prefer to cut down trees rather than hold them back.

Malik warned that if tree cutting was allowed at the current rate, in a few decades there would be no more trees inside the settlements. “The only trees you will find then would be in the parks,” she said.

Forestry officer warns all trees on public land could end up being cut

Last month, Amit Anand, Deputy Conservator of Forests and Head of Trees (Southern Forestry Division), wrote to the heads of the four civic bodies in Delhi – the municipal commissioners of North, South and East Delhi and the president of the city council of New Delhi – for State:

“Whenever a construction / reconstruction activity takes place on a plot, trees located in the setback area of ​​the plot and trees outside the plot boundaries on public land / streets are almost always offered for consideration. be culled by applicants under the Delhi Preservation of Trees Act, 1994 (hereinafter referred to as DPTA). ”

He cautioned: “This will eventually lead to a situation in the future where all trees on public land outside of any parcel would be felled, leaving no avenue trees inside residential settlements. “

The official said that “since no construction is allowed in the setback area, existing trees there should not be made unnecessarily vulnerable to felling.” He also urged the heads of the four municipal bodies to “rationalize the number of trees to be affected” by any project by “realigning the design to the existing trees in the region”.

Trees are also cut to create several gates for the plots.

Often times when a land is in the construction phase or when a building is being rebuilt, Anand said, applicants request not only the cutting down of trees that are clearly interfering with construction, but also for trees that are found. in the withdrawal area. .

Another aspect of tree felling that was highlighted in the letter involved cutting them down to create multiple access gates to any land or building. Anand wrote:

“In almost all cases, in front of this office there are several doors / entrances approved in the site plans. So this inevitably has the consequence that at the end of the day, when an applicant makes a request to cut trees, they cite the approved site plan and state that the tree (s) obstruct the barrier (s). This puts the tree officer in front of a fait accompli.

Photo: Raina / Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

Parking on stilts also threatens trees outside residential plots

Anand also explained how the authorized stilt parking for the new plots creates a situation where more and more colony trees are cut down. He wrote:

“Trees which are located just outside the plot but on the street are also exposed to unnecessary dangers as more often than not the design / layout of the site plan is such that these trees interfere with the entrance (s) / door (s)) which give access to the parking lot on stilts inside the plot.

The manager added:

“We often see that several doors are constructed in such a way as to provide exclusive and direct access to almost any parking space in the stilted area of ​​the building. This in turn requires an unencumbered approach to the outside of the plot. Therefore, the tree manager is again faced with a fait accompli when applicants apply for permission to fell trees on the basis of approved / approved site plans with multiple entrances / gates. “

MPD Rules

Anand’s letter to civic bodies also mentioned how, as part of Delhi’s new master plan, the provision of stilted parking had been planned for the residential plots.

The new law provides that:

“Parking spaces must be provided inside the residential plot as follows: b) 1 DHW per 100 m² in built-up area, on plots of more than 300 m², provided that, if the eligible cover and the FAR are not achieved with the aforementioned parking standards in a plot, the parking standards of the previous category are allowed.

The forestry official had stated that this provision clearly reflects that it is not mandatory to provide each parking space with separate and dedicated access to the road by sanctioning several barriers along the front or rear facade or the wall of pregnant. He therefore said that only a minimum number of gates or entrances should be approved in the site plan, keeping in mind the trees standing outside the plot, to allow access to parking spaces. .

“Impact on people’s health”

Reacting to Anand’s letter and the general problem of tree felling, Delhi-based environmental lawyer Aditya N. Prasad said, “The first thing that comes to my mind is that the officer concerned would be transferred for taking such a position. Nonetheless, the letter raises important questions. Cutting down every tree outside of newly built homes is already showing its disastrous effects in the city, with one in three children showing symptoms of asthma, according to a recent study by the Lung Care Foundation.

Prasad, who in the past has challenged the courts against attempts by various civic and construction agencies to undertake logging of trees on public land, added that recently the Delhi High Court had also ordered the Forestry Department to investigate the revelation that 77 trees were found missing. in the Sarvodaya enclave when residents undertook a tree census.

“Delhi,” Prasad said, “has felled one tree per hour over the past decade. The focus needs to shift from energy-guzzling smog towers to preserving existing trees. I don’t expect the Department to do so. des Forêts takes a firm stand as they have no manpower despite court orders, but the letter is a welcome respite amidst senseless logging.

Incidentally, data shared by the Delhi government on its website following instructions from the Central Information Commission (CIC) and Delhi High Court revealed that between 2005 and February 2018, a total of 112 169 trees had been cut in the city. This showed that an average of 24 trees were officially cut each day.

A woman ties banners to trees during the “Save The Tree Campaign” in New Delhi, India on June 26, 2018. Photo: Reuters / Adnan Abidi

Gurugam

The issue of efforts to build parking lots on stilts causing large-scale logging was also brought up by the Forestry Department to the municipality of the neighboring satellite commune of Gurugram in June this year.

As in Delhi, Gurugram’s deputy forest conservator’s office had also written to the district municipal commissioner to state that more trees were being felled due to the civic body’s decision to increase the land area ratio ( FAR) which allowed the construction of four floors with parking on stilts on residential plots.

There too, the head of the Forestry Department had urged the civic body to ensure that “the officer concerned assesses the authorization to cut trees applied by the residents and examines whether the request to cut trees is in tandem with the approved plan for green coverage along the taxiways. of the residential sector. The letter also stated that “the granting of permits for access to several gates to the same residential premises would result in a loss of tree cover along the roads and would also constitute a violation of the development plan of the said area”.


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Service calls: police and sheriff records


Service calls to the Park City Police Department (PCPD) and Summit County Sheriff’s Department (SCSD) for the week of October 25-31.

MONDAY:

PCPD – A car owner reported that his 2007 BMW 530I was stolen last week from Comstock & Little Bessie. The vehicle had been parked in the area and the owner noticed this evening that it was missing

SCSD – MPs were dispatched to an ongoing car theft in Francis and in an attempt to contact the suspect he ran away. Extensive research was conducted, including other units of the agency and a drone from the sheriff’s office. The suspect, a Park City man in his 20s, was located hidden in the bushes / trees by the drone and the suspect was taken into custody without incident. The suspect was taken to jail for charge. Kamas police, soldiers from the Utah Highway Patrol (UHP) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) provided assistance.

TUESDAY:

PCPD – After a Walmart customer left her car unlocked and had personal items removed, the deputy learned there was an Apple Airtag in a missing backpack, which showed movement around Kimball Junction, then in the Salt Lake Valley.

WEDNESDAY:

PCPD – Officers assisted UHP on a stolen vehicle with several fleeing minors inside. The vehicle was stopped but then fled past the officer, only to be located shortly after. A few occupants ran but were quickly apprehended.

SCSD – A complainant has reported that an unknown suspect contacted him by cell phone posing as an executive at the Park City company he works for. The unknown suspect asked the complainant to buy 16 Google gift cards at $ 200 each ($ 3,200 in total) and they texted him the gift card numbers.

PCPD – A mountain bike has been caught in Shadow Ridge condominiums.

THURSDAY:

PCPD – Officers responded to a drunk / passed out man on Main Street. Officers located the man and had him evaluated by emergency medical services (EMS). He refused medical treatment and obtained transportation from a friend in the area.

FRIDAY:

PCPD – Officers have located a drunken man on Main Street. After the man was medically cleared, he was jailed for intoxication.

SCSD – At Walmart, a vehicle owner locked his keys in the car with his girlfriend outside with him. MPs conducted a file check of people who indicated the two had out-of-county arrest warrants. There was a pipe in plain view inside the vehicle. Several packets of needles and approximately 5 grams of heroin were in the vehicle. Both parties were sentenced to prison.

PCPD – Officers gave small blankets to a group of women who said they did not have blankets or heaters in their rental in Shadow Ridge. They said they would continue to try to contact the tenant and / or management.

SATURDAY: no incident

SUNDAY:

PCPD – Officers made contact with an elderly woman who was parked by the side of the road on Kearns BLVD. and Park Ave. The officer recognized signs of possible dementia and contacted her family who responded from Evanston and came to pick her up.


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Drivers say parking in Montreal is difficult. Experts say it should be

Standing in front of empty storefronts, Denis Coderre was clear on what to do with the bike path on rue Bellechasse.

Ensemble Montréal’s mayoral candidate has announced that he will repeal part of the path along the main artery of the Rosemont-La-Petite-Patrie borough.

The reason? Bringing life back to approximately 800 parking spaces that were removed when the trail was set up by the Projet Montréal administration of Valérie Plante.

“We need fluidity, to ensure that the bikes can still pass,” he said during a campaign stop in mid-September. “We are able to live together. We are not anti-bicycle, we are pro-mobility.”

The conflict between parking and other street uses, such as bicycle paths, is not unique to rue Bellechasse.

Through the city, companies and residents say that finding on-street parking is already a challenge, and that measures like pedestrian streets and bicycle lanes only exacerbate the problem.

In Côte-Des-Neiges — Notre-Dame-De-Grâce, a bicycle path on rue Terrebonne was strongly contested by citizens who lost their parking. After weeks of back and forth, the borough has finally abrogated the project.

However, many Montrealers wish to restrict car use in the city. Nearly half of Montrealers, or 48%, are in favor of limiting one car per household, according to a recent study CROP survey.

That same poll found that 60 percent of Montrealers were in favor of drastically restricting cars that use fossil fuels from entering downtown.

Flexible poles and painted bike paths lined either side of the street, eliminating all curb parking along Terrebonne Street, until the borough finally repealed the project. (Simon Nakonechny / CBC)

How much parking is there in the city and do Montrealers really need more?

According to the city of Montreal, there are between 475,000 and 515,000 street parking spaces in all the boroughs.

Among them, only 17,367 of them are equipped with meters. Another four percent is reserved for holders of residence permits.

Experts say the way elected officials manage parking policy shapes the streets of a city and has a ripple effect on all other forms of transportation.

Maybe parking shouldn’t be easy

Experts say there is a way to make parking more convenient for drivers, while encouraging Montrealers to adopt greener modes of transportation. (Warning: it may not be popular.)

The idea is to completely eliminate free street parking.

“We call free parking a fertility drug for cars,” said Todd Litman, of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute in British Columbia, noting research showing that free parking makes people buy and drive cars.

He said there is a great “injustice” in putting car storage priority over improving roads for those who walk, cycle or use public transport.

“And then the motorist says, ‘but I need this parking space‘, but they don’t really need it,” he said. “If they really needed it, they would be happy to pay for it.”

During the COVID-19 pandemic, several streets, including Mont-Royal Avenue, were transformed into pedestrianized pedestrian zones, to the detriment of on-street parking in the area. (Ryan Remiorz / The Canadian Press)

The price should be high enough that most people choose other forms of public transportation. In return, Litman said those who are always willing to pay would find it easier to park.

“We’re not saying there shouldn’t be parking,” Litman said. “We’re just saying that parking should be paid for directly by users rather than indirectly by taxpayer dollars.”

Kevin Manaugh, an associate professor in McGill’s geography and environment departments who studies how cities balance environmental and economic priorities, also encouraged the idea of ​​eliminating free parking.

He said the ideal would be to have one or two empty slots on each block, so there is always space available.

“I recognize that some people need to drive cars, and cars will always be part of our multimodal transportation system,” Manaugh said.

“But we all have to recognize that this is one of the most ineffective [forms of transportation] in terms of space, in terms of fuel, in terms of energy, in terms of the danger it poses to others, ”he said.

“Anything that can discourage the use of cars in urban areas should be embraced and celebrated. “

Asked that parking in Montreal is already frustrating for many, Manaugh replied that it was not exactly a flaw in the system.

“[Parking] should be difficult, ”he said. “It shouldn’t be an easy thing to use in an urban setting when there are so many other options for walking, cycling or using public transportation. “

He said suburban areas, which have fewer alternatives to the car, would need a different approach.

European cities make parking difficult

Parking is a source of heated debate and featured prominently in Montreal’s election campaign.

Despite its importance, parking is not something people really pay attention to until it affects them personally, said Natalie Gulsrud, associate professor at the University of Copenhagen who studies urban green infrastructure.

“It’s incredibly boring so most people just don’t get going and then political decisions are made and everyone is upset,” she said.

Montreal would not be the first city to reconsider on-street parking. Gulsrud said that from the 1960s until the mid-2000s, Copenhagen regularly reduced parking in the city center.

“We realized that there were too many parking spaces and that it was stifling public life,” she explained.

Today, paid street parking in downtown Copenhagen can cost between C $ 4.25 and C $ 6.50 per hour during rush hour, depending on the region.

By comparison, paid on-street parking in Ville-Marie costs $ 3.50 an hour in the city center and $ 1.50 in the eastern part of the borough.

While the city has stopped cutting parking spaces in recent years, Gulsrud said some of the city’s local politicians now want to cut up to a third of the remaining on-street parking.

Paris, for its part, is preparing to remove half of its parking in the street, up to 70,000 spaces.

Paris is proposing to eliminate around 70,000 on-street parking spaces, to make way for an expanding cycle network and other road uses. (Michelle Gagnon / CBC)

Instead, the French capital plans to work with underground car parks, to open their spaces to public use at a fixed price.

Gulsrud said this was a “pragmatic compromise” as it leaves the streets open to the public, but with that comes the high cost of building an underground car park.

But she warns cities shouldn’t reduce parking without explaining why some people choose to drive in cities.

“A lot of times once you’ve had that sunk cost of buying the car, it’s the cheapest way to get in and the most easily accessible way to get to a city,” she said. declared.

“If we start to make it more expensive or less accessible, then we need to make sure that we have affordable housing close to where people work and development focused on public transport to get them there. “

What is on offer in Montreal?

None of the main parties in the municipal elections are proposing to eliminate free parking, but the idea has already been launched by members of Projet Montreal, according to a new book.

In Save the city, Daniel Sanger, a staff member of Projet Montréal for nearly a decade, wrote that a coalition of party officials, including the former mayor of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, Luc Ferrandez, attempted to urge the administration to take bolder measures.

The proposals included “the elimination of all free parking in central areas of the city and higher taxes on private parking”.

However, the proposals received a “cold reception” from Plante and Benoit Dorais, chairman of the city’s executive committee, according to Sanger.

Ferrandez later cited parking taxation as an issue when he publicly resigned from Projet Montreal in 2019.

The former mayor of the Plateau-Mont-Royal borough, Luc Ferrandez, called for the elimination of free downtown parking before his resignation, according to a new book. (Ivanoh Demers / Radio-Canada)

In a statement to CBC News, Projet Montreal said that when parking is removed, it is often for safety reasons or to make the streets greener.

“It is really as a last resort that we remove the parking spaces and we always try to compensate for the losses elsewhere in the neighborhood,” said a party spokesperson.

As for cost, the party said it favors the San Francisco model, which is based on supply and demand. If parking is infrequent in one area, the price is lower, while high traffic areas would have a higher price.

Project did not respond to a request for comment on Sanger’s version of events.

Christine Gosselin, former Project Montreal advisor in Rosemont – La Petite-Patrie, told CBC that parts of the city are more suburban made it difficult to govern.

“It is a somewhat schizophrenic city, with a central nucleus having a type of urban organization that predates the car… whereas the suburbs and the semi-suburbs [areas] were built entirely for the car, ”said Gosselin.

“This environment produces different needs and different realities for its citizens, and it is very difficult to reconcile.”

Gulsrud said Copenhagen has the same problem of urban and suburban realities, but that hasn’t stopped the city from moving forward.

“We still have the functional green mobility city that we have,” she said. “What is to say is that these political choices that people make at the polls in Montreal, to come during your election, really matter.”

Mouvement Montreal said the city should maintain the current number of on-street parking. Its platform also offers to make parking free in town on weekends.

“It is of the utmost importance to have a smooth transition to car-free transportation, while recognizing the need for our city to remain universally accessible to all,” Movement said in a statement.

Ensemble Montréal did not respond to CBC’s request for comment on this matter.

In its platform, the party said it would “swap” bike paths and parking, make paid parking free for self-service vehicles (like Communauto) and offer reduced parking rates for those who do. carpooling or using an electric vehicle.

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