Business News Subscribe Government Mayor Seeks Federal Help In Funding Transit and Other Projects By ANDY VITALICIO Published on Thursday, May 20, 2021 | 4:42 pm 29 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Make a comment Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website Herbeauty8 Easy Exotic Meals Anyone Can MakeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Obvious Sign A Guy Likes You Is When He Does ThisHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA Mental Health Chatbot Which Helps People With DepressionHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Tips For Dating As A Single DadHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Trends To Look Like A Bombshell And 6 To Forget AboutHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeauty EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena officials are seeking help from federal lawmakers to take advantage of being allowed to direct spending to projects in their districts now that a 10-year ban on the practice has been lifted by Democratic leaders in both houses of Congress.Known as “earmarks,” the practice has been rebranded for the fiscal year 2022 federal budget process as “Community Funding Projects,” in the case of the House Appropriations Committee, or “Congressionally Directed Spending” in the case of the Senate Appropriations Committee.In letters to U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein and Alex Padilla, and to U.S. Congresswoman Judy Chu, Pasadena Mayor Victor Gordo outlined four local projects that could fit the categories for federal funding support.These projects include the expansion of free Wi-Fi to all city parks in Pasadena, a sewer relining project in Northwest Pasadena, utility undergrounding in a wildfire-vulnerable Northwest Pasadena neighborhood, and the expansion of electric vehicle charging station infrastructure in the city’s Robinson and Victory Parks.“All four of our requests would impact that critical area,” Gordo said in the letters. “As you know, wildfires are an increasing threat in California, and we are proposing to underground overhead utility lines for some homes in Northwest that are particularly vulnerable to wildfires. In addition, a federal contribution to our annual work to reline our aging sewer pipes will benefit Northwest Pasadena.”Writing to Chu, Gordo also mentioned two more projects that could fit into the categories set by the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee for so-called “Member Designated Projects,” which include federal highway and transit programs.These projects are the Union Street Protected Bike Lane Project, the first two-way protected bike lane project in Pasadena; and the plan to purchase two zero-emission buses for Pasadena Transit, along with the associated refueling/charging stations.“As you know, even though Pasadena Transit is a robust system serving over 1.5 million riders annually, as a local provider we are not a direct recipient of federal transit funding for our operations or capital needs,” Gordo wrote. “Like many bus systems in the country, we did not collect fares for most of the pandemic, further eroding our ability to secure revenue for important projects.”Assistant City Manager Julie Gutierrez is set to report about these requests when the City Council’s Legislative Policy Committee meets on Tuesday, May 25, in a special virtual meeting.The meeting begins at 2 p.m. and can be accessed by the public through http://pasadena.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?publish_id=9 and www.pasadenamedia.org.Comments may be submitted by email to [email protected] or through www.cityofpasadena.net/commissions/public-comment. Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena More Cool Stuff STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Top of the News Community News
Starflamedia/iStockBy AARON KATERSKY and MARYALICE PARKS, ABC News(NEW YORK) — Sick and dying employees, tight quarters, dirty handrails, filthy floors and the reality that many residents experiencing homelessness are seeking shelter on trains — from top to bottom the COVID-19 pandemic has overwhelmed New York’s public transportation system and its staff.The crisis is a cautionary tale to other cities trying to keep a workforce safe when employees interact with each other and members of the public in close proximity while providing a public service to all, even highly vulnerable populations. To date, New York City transit workers have experienced uneven exposure to the coronavirus and exceptionally high rates of COVID-19 cases and related deaths in their ranks. There have been complaints about a lack of masks and protective gear among union members. It is a heartbreaking reality and stark reminder that essential workers nationwide not only provide services for their larger communities but also often do so at great personal cost.In a workforce of around 70,000 men and women, 96 Metropolitan Transportation Authority employees have died from the virus, over 2,000 have tested positive for the virus and more than 4,000 are on home quarantine.Patrick Patoir, a father of four, worked for the MTA for 33 years and died in March from the virus. His wife told ABC News the family has had a hard time.“I lost my best friend, and I do not feel like they are doing enough,” Marcia Patoir, Patrick’s wife, told ABC News Thursday. She and her daughter described Patoir as a fisherman, a beer connoisseur and someone who loved cooking and playing with his grandchildren.They said during his last few days of work at the end of March before he got sick, employees were not provided additional protective gear nor given extra paid sick leave even though the city was already locked down. The MTA later granted additional paid sick leave, but only after Patoir died.“He was a good father. … He was a funny guy, full of life,” his daughter Nache Patoir, 34, said. “I was so sure he would get better, because he was such a strong guy. I think he felt like we all felt: that he was like Superman and he would not be impacted.”“Patrick was one of the most beautiful souls I have ever known. He was always the first to help. If you wanted something done, ask Patrick,” Local 100 Administrative Vice President Shirley Martin said in a statement issued by his union.The numbers from the public transit workforce, provide an anecdotal insight into why New York City, and other hot spots around the country, have seen such racial and ethnic disparities in cases and deaths. According to a 2016 report, 68% of the MTA workforce were racial and ethnic minorities — at least 40% were African American.“Drivers, operators, conductors — they are very much in the thick of it and in the midst of so many people, they are on the front line and are very exposed,” Paul Skoutelas, president and CEO of the American Public Transportation Association, told ABC News by phone. “I do think the agencies across the board are doing everything they can to protect them.”One New York City Transit Authority worker, who wished to remain anonymous for fear of retaliation, told ABC News he still feels unsafe, has not been able to social distance from co-workers and believes there is a disconnect between senior New York state and city officials and his teams.“For way too long it was business as usual. We were told we were essential workers and that was that — just keeping working,” he continued. “It should not have taken whistleblowers. … Changes have only come now after too many people got sick and pictures of the state of train care shocked people.”“It is the night of the living dead down there,” the worker said by phone Thursday.This worker argued that when the city and state government put in place large-scale social distancing and shelter-in-place orders, there should have also been drastic and immediate changes in the transit system.“I am not an epidemiologist, but there is no way the trains have been cleaned like they need to — and it doesn’t take serious investigations; there are bodily fluids. It has been an utter abdication of the social contract the city made to provide safe transportation to working people,” he continued.MTA leaders say they have given millions of gloves and more than one million masks to employees and put systems in place to rotate employees and help them social distance where they can. Skoutelas pointed to other systems put in place to keep employees safe, such as having passengers enter buses from the back and the addition of additional barriers between drivers and riders.In an op-ed in the New York Post this week, interim MTA President Sarah Feinberg agreed, however, that employees had faced an onslaught of new threats and challenges they were ill-equipped to handle, especially in aiding homeless residents during the crisis. But she also wrote about new measures put in place, including, “increasing the number of cleaners in train cars and at end-of-line stations, and adding more police underground. We have also brought in private contractors to assist in the work of alerting authorities to homelessness and other deteriorating conditions.”As the city’s more affluent residents work or shelter from home, many lower-income essential workers continue to rely on public transportation to get to work even under the city’s lockdown, meaning the condition of the shared spaces, and health risks associated with any ride, could have ripple effects too.“Transit workers are performing a tremendous service to the public, helping essential workers get to the grocery store, or to pharmacies or doctor appointments. They are true servants for all of us looking to fulfill our daily lives. They deserve our respect and support,” Skoutelas said.Under extreme pressure to protect both workers and riders, New York City and the Metropolitan Transit Authority, which is run by the state, announced further changes Thursday. The city’s subway, proudly one of the few subway systems that operates 24 hours a day, will, for the duration of the pandemic, shut down from 1 a.m. to 5 a.m. to disinfect trains and stations. Gov. Andrew Cuomo said they “will be cleaner than ever before.”This is believed to be the first time the subways have undergone a scheduled halt to around-the-clock service in more than 50 years.“The entire public transit system in downstate New York will be disinfected every 24 hours,” Cuomo said.The announcement came the day after Cuomo said the extent to which people experiencing homelessness were seeking shelter in nearly empty subway cars this month was “disgusting.”During the pandemic, ridership across the city’s subways has dropped 92% and continues to be at its lowest overnight, with as few as 10,000 commuters recently. Cuomo said the MTA would provide buses and ride-hailing services to essential workers going to their jobs.When subway stations close for the night, police officers will “deal with all the homeless folks,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said. “Just use every tool we have to convince them to come into a safe haven and stay in and not go back to the street.”Social services advocates have said people without housing are avoiding city shelters out of fear of getting sick. The Department of Social Services said Thursday that at least 60 of the city’s homeless residents had died of coronavirus.“Homeless New Yorkers are sleeping on the subway because the City and State — nearly two months into this crisis — are steadfastly refusing to offer them somewhere better to go,” Giselle Routhier, policy director at Coalition for the Homeless, said in a statement Thursday responding to the new protocol.“What is actually needed are safe, private spaces where maintaining social distancing is possible. The city can and must open up thousands of empty hotel rooms and offer every single person on the subway access to them,” she added.Transport Workers Union Local 100 President Tony Utano, who runs the union where Patoir was a member, wrote in a statement responding to the news from the city Thursday, “I’m glad the mayor is finally allocating police resources to the issue, but it’s a shame it took so damn long.”Additional precautions will likely be needed for many state and local public transit systems to expand their capacity again, including seat removal to limit density and wide-scale cleaning programs for all communal spaces.Feinberg said her team was still working on plans for social distancing efforts when ridership returns to normal and that her office will make decisions based on science and medical opinions.“Literally almost any place in the country is having to contend with this same challenge and so we are very focused on getting really solid guidance from medical leaders,” she said on a press call earlier this week.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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In that pursuit, wemodel ways of thinking and being that incorporate diversity,equality, and equity. Our culture, then, requires the possession oftranscendent qualities that, while immeasurable, are evident inglobal citizens. We are compassionate with our students,colleagues, and ourselves. We are innovative in the pursuit oflearning. 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LSC–Montgomery provides a relaxing andconducive learning atmosphere while offering leisure learningopportunities, individual classes, and unique programs such asradiologic technology, physical therapy, and biotechnology.Campus address is 3200 College Park Drive, Conroe, TX 77384.Job Description Bachelor’s degree in Radiologic Technology or related field and2 years non-teaching work experience in the professionaldiscipline. Certification by the American Registry of RadiologicTechnologists and registration in the pertinent discipline Cultivate Community Choose Learning Own It PURPOSE AND SCOPE:It is the responsibility of the teaching faculty to provide thelearning activities and support that will lead to the achievementof the course objectives and contribute to the educationalenvironment of the college and the community. The faculty member’srole encompasses the general areas of learning facilitation,professional development, and institutional service. 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