Refuse future hinges on bill

first_imgThe future of Los Angeles’ trash policy could be decided in Sacramento, where legislators are set this month to consider a bill that could make it easier to build trash-to-energy plants. Los Angeles city and county officials are studying so-called conversion technologies that lessen dependence on landfills by turning trash into gas or electricity. City Councilman Greig Smith has proposed building plants in Los Angeles by 2010 to alleviate the need for Sunshine Canyon Landfill – the Granada Hills dump that currently takes the city’s residential trash – but said he needs a change in state law to allow it. Under current law, these technologies cannot generate any pollution, which makes it virtually impossible to build trash-to-gas plants in California. In recycling, bottles are converted into glass for new bottles, and the process can be repeated over and over again. “We are concerned that demand, that hunger for feedstock, is going to pull materials from other traditional recycling uses,” Smithline said. “Let’s make sure you’re not diverting material that was going to compost. Let’s make sure you’re not diverting paper that was going to the pulper for recycled paper.” Conversion proponents say their plants would take only the trash left over after recyclables are removed. In the city of Los Angeles, that material currently goes to the Sunshine Canyon or Bradley landfills or one of the dumps in a neighboring city. There are also concerns among environmental groups, including the Natural Resources Defense Council, that the bill will encourage unproven technologies that could produce hazardous air contaminants. Supporters hope AB 1090 will clear the Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee this month. If signed by the governor this year, the bill could make it easier for conversion technologies to be built in California in 2007. The plants would still have to meet local government land-use restrictions and Southern California’s strict air quality regulations. Kerry Cavanaugh, (818) 713-3746 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan Clarkson “Right now, they simply can’t get permitted or sited,” said David Roberti, a former state senator and current president of the BioEnergy Producers Association. His group is pushing AB 1090, sponsored by Assemblywoman Barbara Matthews, D-Stockton, which would define conversion technologies in state law and equate conversion with recycling because both processes turn trash into usable products. The proposed law also would encourage the development of conversion facilities because trash sent to trash-to-energy plants would be counted toward the state mandate that 50 percent of all trash be diverted from landfills. But some environmental groups oppose the bill, saying it would undermine recycling efforts. In conversion, food scraps, tree branches and paper are broken down into fuel that’s burned and used one time, said Scott Smithline, policy analyst for Californians Against Waste. last_img read more

Luncheon cheers up lonely wives

first_imgPALMDALE – Aimee Snell never stops missing her husband who left for Iraq just two weeks after the couple’s December wedding. Valentine’s Day was especially tough. “You just take it one day at a time,” Snell said Tuesday. “Some days are good; some days are bad. Today’s hard – it’s Valentine’s Day – just having him gone. He wasn’t home for Christmas. He missed my birthday.” The 21-year-old woman from Tehachapi was among military wives and family members treated to a Valentine’s Day luncheon in Palmdale by developer Gregg Anderson. The military wives each wore a corsage with red carnations and received gifts of two $30 international telephone calling cards. “He left right before Christmas. It would’ve been our first Christmas together. It’s been rough. But we are making it through. You just gotta live one day at a time,” said Haller, a self-employed mobile notary public. Valerie Barros, 46, of Edwards Air Force Base said her husband, Michael, left for Iraq in November. He is a military police officer. “He missed all the holidays. He’s missing our wedding anniversary in April,” Barros said. “I try to keep busy and just work and do whatever you can and hang in there. You have your moments. We get through it.” Barros was appreciative of the luncheon. “This is really nice. It’s nice to be out and be around other women instead of being in the house,” Barros said. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant “I really appreciate having the opportunity to meet other people. It’s nice to meet other people going through the same thing I am,” Snell said. “I really appreciate the generosity of people for recognizing what we are going through.” The event was held at the Cascades Restaurant at the Rancho Vista Golf Course, and guests included Palmdale Mayor Jim Ledford and Councilman Steve Knight. Rep. Howard P. “Buck” McKeon, R-Santa Clarita, phoned in from Washington, D.C., to thank the families. “We just thought with the separation on Valentine’s Day it might be kind of a little spark so they’d know people appreciate the sacrifice they’re making,” said Anderson, developer of the Rancho Vista community. “They won’t be with their spouse but they’ll be with them in spirit.” Snell attended the event with 20-year-old Mercedes Haller of Quartz Hill. Snell’s husband, Ronald, and Haller’s husband, Joseph, are best friends. The couples were married in December before both husbands left for Iraq to do security work. Haller said she talks with her husband at least three times a week, either on the telephone or online, where they can see each other’s images on computers. last_img read more

Leave as an ADA reasonable accommodation; when is enough…enough?

first_imgUnquestionably, when it come to tackling the Americans with Disabilities Act, one of the biggest issues affecting the workplace and accommodating disabled employees is providing leave as a reasonable accommodation. Anecdotally, a question that plagues most employers is just how much leave is enough?We know that an indefinite leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation. But, what about when an employee takes one leave, after another, after another.When is enough enough?* * *The Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeals offered some guidance recently in Santandreu v. Miami Dade County. When an employee is uncertain about the duration of his condition, a leave of absence is not a reasonable accommodation:In the instant case, Santandreu never demonstrated that he would be able to return to work within a reasonable time. Santandreu had already taken several leaves of absence, received a total of fifteen months of leave, and still had no way of knowing when his doctor would allow him to resume full-time work. Even at the time of trial, Santandreu and his doctors attested that he still had not received medical clearance showing that he was able to work. Because Santandreu was unable to show that he would be able to perform the essential functions of the job anytime in the reasonably immediate future, his request for additional leave was not a request for a reasonable accommodation. This case is helpful to a point. Most employers faced with leave requests (as an ADA accommodation) are given an initial date certain (or estimated date) for the employee to return. There are times when that date will need to be pushed back. In Santandreau, enough was enough after about 17 months and four requests for extensions. Depending on the resources of your business, maybe the line could have been drawn sooner. Or maybe more leave would have been reasonable. What I’m saying is, Santandreau notwithstanding, there is no bright-line rule on time off. Except that: (1) indefinite leave is unreasonable; and (2) if your leave employee handbook quantifies a maximum amount of leave (e.g., no employee may take more than 12 consecutive weeks off), you’re asking for trouble — because rigidity is anathema to the interactive dialogue and individualized assessment that the ADA requires when determining reasonable accommodations. Instead, focus on open communication and good documentation. These are the hallmarks of reasonableness that a jury will understand if your ADA defenses are tested. More importantly, these are the attributes of good companies that will, hopefully, avoid lawsuits altogether and promote a happy workplace.last_img read more

The iOS 10.3 Security Alert Is Killing App Store Downloads: Here’s How To Fix It

first_imgThe iOS 10.3 Security Alert Is Killing App Store Downloads: Here’s How To Fix ItYou are here: HomeWeb DesignThe iOS 10.3 Security Alert Is Killing App Store Downloads: Here’s How To Fix It In its move to patch a security hole as part of the iOS 10.3 release, Apple has introduced (yet) another redirection mechanism that developers must handle when attempting to implement mobile deep-link routing (i.e. the mechanism to route users to a specific page inside a mobile app, rather than the App Store or app home page).This redirection instance has introduced additional friction to the app download and reopening process, and data shows that it has decreased conversion rates on iOS 10.3. This post examines the issue in detail and discusses solutions to help developers fix it.The post The iOS 10.3 Security Alert Is Killing App Store Downloads: Here’s How To Fix It appeared first on Smashing Magazine.From our sponsors: The iOS 10.3 Security Alert Is Killing App Store Downloads: Here’s How To Fix It Posted on 3rd August 2017Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019last_img read more