Former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard Recognized for His Contributions to Affordable Housing

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Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Community News Government Former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard Recognized for His Contributions to Affordable Housing From STAFF REPORTS Published on Monday, May 11, 2015 | 1:30 pm Subscribe Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment HerbeautyIt Works Great If Weight Loss Is What You’re Looking For!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat Is It That Actually Makes French Women So Admirable?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty8 Celebrities Who’ve Lost Their FandomsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Fashion Trends You Should Never Try And 6 You’ll LoveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Kardashians Know How To Throw A Good Party!HerbeautyHerbeauty Community News 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 Business News Top of the News 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. Former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard presented with the 2015 SCANPH Housing Hero Award by Pasadena Director of Housing and Career Services, William Huang (photo: SCANPH)On May 6, 2015, former Pasadena Mayor Bill Bogaard was recognized by the Southern California Association for Non-Profit Housing (SCANPH) as its 2015 Housing Hero for his contributions to affordable housing.Bill Bogaard officially ended his fourth term as Mayor of Pasadena, but he leaves behind an incredible legacy in affordable housing, as well as, smart growth, sustainability, economic development, historic preservation, and many more areas. He created a civic culture where decent, safe and affordable housing is viewed as an official right and where there is broad recognition that a truly dynamic city is also a truly diverse city.In 2001, under Mayor Bogaard’s leadership, Pasadena courageously adopted a progressive inclusionary housing ordinance, but only by a slim majority due to strong opposition from market rate developers, property owners, realtors, and others. This nationally-recognized ordinance has resulted in the completion of 446 units of affordable housing without using any of federal, State or local affordable housing funding resources. The inclusionary ordinance also generated over $17.3 million in in-lieu fees used to produce additional affordable housing, and there are currently over 250 more inclusionary units in the development pipeline.Bill Bogaard has been a champion of smart growth. He worked tirelessly on the initial construction of the Gold Line from downtown LA to east Pasadena, and on its pending 2016 expansion from east Pasadena to Azusa. The Gold Line has presented numerous opportunities for transit-oriented development surrounding Pasadena’s 6 stations and additional stations in other cities. The creation of these development opportunities, coupled with the city’s Inclusionary Ordinance has ensured affordable housing is built adjacent to transit stops to make it possible for low income households to live close to the transit on which they depend.During his tenure, Pasadena has proven to be fertile ground for affordable housing where successful projects have been completed by top-notch non-profit developers and SCANPH members including Abode Communities, Heritage Housing Partners, Habitat for Humanity San Gabriel Valley, Homes For Life Foundation, Southern California Presbyterian Homes, TELACU, and Retirement Housing Foundation with projects currently under construction by Bridge Housing and National CORE.While homeless numbers increased across the County, with Mayor Bogaard’s strong support, Pasadena has been able to reduce its homeless population from over 1,200 to less than 650 over the last four years. This nearly 50% reduction was made possible by focusing on homeless prevention and permanent housing rather than on shelters and transitional housing.Furthermore, Pasadena has been an early adopter of the Housing First strategy and has ended homelessness for 63 of its most chronically homeless persons in the last three years by placing them in permanent housing with wrap-around services scattered throughout the city.As a result of Mayor Bogaard’s leadership on affordable housing, the Urban Land Institute recognized the City of Pasadena, as well as, Austin, TX, with their 2014 Robert C. Larson Housing Policy Leadership Award for the best housing policies in the nation.last_img read more

New EPA plan not likely to help Montana’s Colstrip coal plant

first_imgNew EPA plan not likely to help Montana’s Colstrip coal plant FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Montana Standard:President Donald Trump’s plan to replace Obama-era air pollution rules with coal-friendly policies got a mixed reception by Montana officials uncertain what the changes would mean for the Colstrip Power Plant.Republicans praised Trump’s plans to scrap former President Barrack Obama’s Clean Power Plan as good news for coal power. Though never carried out, the Obama rules called for dramatically cutting carbon dioxide, a major contributor to climate change.Montanans had expected the Obama rules to finish off Colstrip Power Plant and likely its host community of 2,300 as well, as the state cut carbon dioxide emissions 47 percent to comply with federal law.Colstrip has four generating units. The oldest two are scheduled for retirement no later than 2022 as part of a legal settlement with the Sierra Club and Montana Environmental Information Center over air pollution. Its newer units are offline for failing to clear federal Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, or MATS. The shutdown will be two months long next week. The Affordable Clean Energy Rule does not address MATS.Talen Energy, which operates Colstrip Power Plant and has significant ownership share, did not respond to a request for comment, which Lee Montana Newspapers made by phone and email Tuesday.The change from Obama’s coal pollution rules to Trump’s coal pollution rules isn’t likely to help Colstrip as it struggles with multiple challenges, said Seth Feaster, energy data analyst for the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis. “In terms of the big picture, it doesn’t really change the underlying pressures on the utilities, and particularly Colstrip, that are facing things like customer calls to divest in coal and restructure assets,” Feaster said. “It’s one thing to set policies that try to help, but it’s not a bailout and it’s not going to make power plants any younger.”More: Trump’s coal-friendly pollution rules get mixed reviews in Montana, may not save Colstriplast_img read more

Ireland keen to keep starting spot

first_img “It’s been frustrating because I’ve been itching to get on the pitch and it just hasn’t been happening. “I’m 28 now and I want to be playing week in and week out. “It’s not nice to just be sitting there. I support the team and want them to do well but I want to be more involved.” Meanwhile, Stoke captain Ryan Shawcross will be assessed after coming off in first half of the QPR match due to injury. Shawcross recently missed a victory at Leicester with a groin problem. And regarding the centre-back’s departure from the field on Saturday, Hughes said: “His groin and back were sore and he was just all locked up. “We’ll have to have a look at him.” The Potters suffered a major setback around a week ago when influential playmaker Bojan sustained cruciate knee ligament damage that ruled him out for the remainder of the campaign. The Spaniard was replaced in the first XI for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League home clash with QPR by Ireland – only his fifth start this term, two months on from the previous one. Press Association And the 28-year-old Irishman made the most of his opportunity, providing the assists from which Jonathan Walters scored the opening two goals of his hat-trick in Stoke’s 3-1 victory. Asked if he felt he could fill the gap in Bojan’s absence, Ireland said: “That’s the plan – that’s my aim, my goal. “It’s a shame he got injured because he is a vital player for us. He is going to be missed, but luckily for me it was me who has gone in there and taken his spot. “I have to step up and keep that shirt now because I want to finish the season off strong and play as many minutes as I can. “Anything can change, but at the moment I’m the guy who has stepped in and it’s my chance to take – which I did (against QPR).” Due to some injuries of his own as well as the selection decisions of Stoke boss Mark Hughes, Ireland has made a total of just 10 appearances so far this season. Four of those have come in the Potters’ last five games, which have also seen Ireland score three times in the FA Cup. And on his return to form, he added: “It was nice to get a start against QPR and perform quite well because I have been patient and had to wait a long time. Stoke midfielder Stephen Ireland has vowed to do all he can for the rest of the season to fill the void left by Bojan Krkic’s injury. last_img read more