Purpose

To consolidate, disseminate, and gather information concerning the 710 expansion into our San Rafael neighborhood and into our surrounding neighborhoods. If you have an item that you would like posted on this blog, please e-mail the item to Peggy Drouet at pdrouet@earthlink.net

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Ports of Los Angeles, Long Beach truck drivers allegedly fired for striking, not withdrawing wage claims

http://www.presstelegram.com/general-news/20140905/ports-of-los-angeles-long-beach-truck-drivers-allegedly-fired-for-striking-not-withdrawing-wage-claims

By Karen Robes Meeks, September 5, 2014

Truck drivers who deliver goods to and from the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach said they were fired by a Compton trucking company this week after refusing to withdraw their wage claims against the company.

At least 33 truck drivers alleged that they were let go by Total Transportation Services Inc. (TTSI) after they participated in strikes and declined to drop their wage claims with the California Division of Labor Standards Enforcement (DLSE).

A TTSI representative refuted the drivers’ claims, saying the company did not fire or terminate anyone.

“Some owner operators decided not to renew their contracts with the company and those contracts have now expired,” said Alex Cherin, a representative for the company. “A vast majority of the owner operators — including some with pending claims — chose to renew their agreements with TTSI.”

Of the 33 drivers who say they were let go, at least 29 have pending DLSE claims totaling roughly $4.8 million in back pay and damages. The other four drivers were each awarded on average $68,211 in back pay last week after the DLSE ruled that the company misclassified employees as “independent contractors.”

Drivers said when they met with TTSI on Sept. 2, they were told at first that they did not have to drop their wage claims. Some were allowed to sign new lease agreements and returned to work.
But not all drivers received the same deal.

“While we were waiting, the company changed their mind and told us that if we didn’t withdraw our DLSE claims we would not be allowed to sign the new contract,” Elmer Chacon, one of the drivers let go, said in a statement. “The drivers that did sign the new contracts and were back at work were sent a message on the QUALCOMM saying that they should return to TTSI and they are ‘out of service.’”

L.A. County Supervisor Gloria Molina to challenge L.A. Councilman Jose Huizar

http://www.dailynews.com/government-and-politics/20140905/la-county-supervisor-gloria-molina-to-challenge-la-councilman-jose-huizar

By Dakota Smith, September 5, 2014


 

 Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina, seen above in a 2012 photo, is running for the Los Angeles City Council District 14 seat now held by Councilman Jose Huizar.



Setting the stage for an intense political battle for Los Angeles’ Eastside, County Supervisor Gloria Molina announced Friday she will run for the council district seat currently held by City Councilman Jose Huizar.

Her campaign marks Molina’s bid to return to Los Angeles City Hall. First elected to the City Council in 1987, Molina served for one term before running for the Board of Supervisors, where she is now facing term limits.

“I just am not finished yet,” said Molina, 66.

Molina’s entry into the race dramatically shakes up the March 2015 primary election, which some observers had believed Huizar could easily sweep. He has raised more than $600,000 and is facing two lesser known-candidates, Nadine Diaz and Alex San Martin. At a fundraiser for his re-election last fall, City Council President Herb Wesson called Huizar his “best friend” on the council.
The election also comes amid wide criticism that there is just one female, Nury Martinez, serving on the 15-member City Council.

In an interview, Molina criticized the councilman’s approach to handling the 14th Council District, which includes the communities of downtown, Boyle Heights, Highland Park and El Sereno.

“He is lacking in his approach to constituent issues and quality of life issues,” Molina said.
She also pointed to her own legislative record, including her efforts on transportation. As a member of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Board, Molina helped deliver the new Gold Line light rail line through the Eastside.

Rumors that Molina would challenge Huizar have been circulating at City Hall for months. Earlier this summer, Molina’s office refused to comment when asked if she had purchased a home to move into Huizar’s district. On Friday, she confirmed that she had recently bought a home in El Sereno.

In a statement, Huizar pointed to his effort to revitalize the Broadway corridor and create new jobs. The councilman added that “service to Council District 14 constituents has never been higher and I look forward to continuing to serve as their council member for the next four years.”

Huizar faces re-election as he contends with a sexual harassment lawsuit brought by Francine Godoy, a former staffer. The married councilman has denied Godoy’s allegations and said the two had a consensual affair.
On Friday, Molina suggested she wouldn’t be making an issue of Huizar’s legal battle against Godoy. “Very frankly, he has a personal issue that he has to deal with,” Molina said. “I don’t want to deal with that in the campaign.”

One question in the race will be the role of labor, a powerful force in City Council elections. Maria Elena Durazo, head of the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor, attended Huizar’s first major fundraiser last fall but has yet to formally endorse in the race.

“I have had good labor support in the past,” Molina said. “I look forward to having the opportunity to speak with them.”

Molina’s entry into the race drew an immediate endorsement from Supervisor Michael Antonovich, her colleague at the county. In a statement, Antonovich called her an “honorable person,” adding that Molina has “my full support in her effort to become City Councilwoman in the 14th council district.”


Facebook comments:
 I wonder how long it will take her to try and overturn LA's resolution against the tunnel?

 Why doesn't she just retire?

 I think we got our work cut out for us.

 No surprise, she had been hinting for some time now. Let's see how this goes.

 We don't want GM in charge. She and GC want the 710 and that will be disaster. GC & GM lackluster leadership would be a huge set back for NELA. Look at the stagnation already with CD1. I am supporting CM Huizar all the way. CM Huizar gets things done. Plus he helped draft and push through the resution against the SR-710 in the City Council. You think GM is going to listen? GM has never been in the communities or participated in relationships. No collaboration.

One of our friends got a job working for her either last year or the year before. Her former aide for our area was negligent & absent. He brought her presence back here & she has donated to a few of our activities since. But as the saying goes one monkey don't make a show. And if she were to win she would not have Supervisor $ to back her promises up....

 She will follow the neglect approach as is consistent with her style of politics. Pandering to her husbands contracting needs and big business. Oh yeah she's female. Right. She never spoke to any of us when we were contacting her regarding the 710 coming through our communities. She couldn't be bothered. Addressing us only in a mass produced and snail mailed form letter stating her non-committal position in helping us. 

 She maintained her support for the 710 all the way to her Metro seat and denied the communities her support. Now she lives in El Sereno. Just saying GC did the same thing. Pandering to the majority and lying through his teeth.


 Jose Huizar has been involved, interested, and effective in his community in so many ways. happy to support him in his future efforts.

 "Molina’s entry into the race drew an immediate endorsement from Supervisor Michael Antonovich, her colleague at the county. In a statement, Antonovich called her an “honorable person,” adding that Molina has “my full support in her effort to become City Councilwoman in the 14th council district.”

 How many Republicans do we think is in that city council district?!?!?

 What the hell does Antonovich know of the needs of this district?

 That's an excellent question ... I would answer with zero!!!


 Missing in action from El Sereno for many years. She alienates the folks in Boyle Hgts & East LA & tries to make nice with El Sereno by donating a few trees & some money for the kite festival. Self Righteous, likes the sound of her own voice, husband involved in questionable business practices & lots to be suspicious about this politico. She recently joined the 710 Close The Gap gang pushing a tunnel on El Sereno. If you join a group of liars, what does that make you.





Pasadena convenes 710 Freeway Working Group

http://www.pasadenastarnews.com/general-news/20140905/pasadena-convenes-710-freeway-working-group

By Lauren Gold, September 5, 2014

PASADENA >> The city has selected seven community members to participate in a study group on the controversial north extension of the 710 Freeway.

The 710 Working Group will meet for the first time this month and then on a monthly basis to study the various proposals for the project. Ultimately, it is tasked with providing a final recommendation to the council by early next year.

“Our goal is to look at what the alternatives are and identify what the best solution for Pasadena is, recognizing the fact that based on what’s been proposed that Pasadena would be the most impacted of any city,” Beck said. “So we want to look at what our alternatives are and potentially identify an alternative that would be acceptable to Pasadena.”

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is studying five options for the long fought over project: “No build,” light rail, bus, traffic management solutions and a freeway tunnel. The draft environmental report is scheduled to be released in February, after being delayed from the originally proposed release date this past spring.

The Pasadena City Council has not taken a position on the freeway extension, constrained by a voter approved measure that supports the completion of the freeway. Some council members, such as Steve Madison, have come out strongly against the proposed tunnel option, arguing it would be detrimental to the city.

The tunnel proposal has become a divisive issue in the San Gabriel Valley, with many cities coming out in favor of it while others have come out in opposition.

Beck said the proposal from the working group will be a tool for the city to use in advocating to Metro once the environmental report is finally released. He said the city has also consulted others in the newly formed 5 Cities Alliance to hopefully generate a solution that can work for the region as well.

Councilman Terry Tornek, who floated the idea for the working group at a council meeting in June, said he hopes the group will help the city be more prepared and knowledgable about the project when the environmental report comes out.

PASADENA >> The city has selected seven community members to participate in a study group on the controversial north extension of the 710 Freeway.
The 710 Working Group will meet for the first time this month and then on a monthly basis to study the various proposals for the project. Ultimately, it is tasked with providing a final recommendation to the council by early next year.
“Our goal is to look at what the alternatives are and identify what the best solution for Pasadena is, recognizing the fact that based on what’s been proposed that Pasadena would be the most impacted of any city,” Beck said. “So we want to look at what our alternatives are and potentially identify an alternative that would be acceptable to Pasadena.”
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority is studying five options for the long fought over project: “No build,” light rail, bus, traffic management solutions and a freeway tunnel. The draft environmental report is scheduled to be released in February, after being delayed from the originally proposed release date this past spring.
The Pasadena City Council has not taken a position on the freeway extension, constrained by a voter approved measure that supports the completion of the freeway. Some council members, such as Steve Madison, have come out strongly against the proposed tunnel option, arguing it would be detrimental to the city.
The tunnel proposal has become a divisive issue in the San Gabriel Valley, with many cities coming out in favor of it while others have come out in opposition.
Beck said the proposal from the working group will be a tool for the city to use in advocating to Metro once the environmental report is finally released. He said the city has also consulted others in the newly formed 5 Cities Alliance to hopefully generate a solution that can work for the region as well.
Councilman Terry Tornek, who floated the idea for the working group at a council meeting in June, said he hopes the group will help the city be more prepared and knowledgable about the project when the environmental report comes out.

“I don’t think it’s enough to be just against something,” Tornek said. “I think we need something to support, so that’s my hope is that they will come up and say this is the alternative we see as the most beneficial for Pasadena.”
 
The members of the working group were selected by Mayor Bill Bogaard and Beck from a pool of candidates recommended by council members. The members are Transportation Advisory Commission member Stephen Acker, West Pasadena Residents Association President Geoff Baum, former interim councilman Joel Bryant, Senior Vice President at transportation planning group Iteris, Inc. Alan Clelland, Jet Propulsion Laboratory Aerospace Consultant and WPRA Vice President Sarah Gavit, transportation consulting group point C Partners President and CEO David Grannis and former Transportation Advisory Commission member Jennifer Higginbotham.

Beck said he and Bogaard tried to create a group with varied backgrounds and opinions and those who have not already been outspoken on the issue.

“I view it completely with an open mind,” Acker said. “I’m interested in the process and I’m looking forward to it.”

Baum said he thinks that being proactive is a good strategy for the city and for the neighborhoods that will be most affected by whatever option Metro and Caltrans ultimately choose.

“It’s really important and there are a lot of people who care deeply about what is going to happen,” Baum said. “So we are willing to invest the time needed to come up with a solution that serves the best interest of Pasadena.”