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Holden’s Bill to Protect and Preserve SoCal’s Open Space Passes Key Committee

first_img Community News Community News Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Government Holden’s Bill to Protect and Preserve SoCal’s Open Space Passes Key Committee Published on Tuesday, April 8, 2014 | 11:45 am 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena 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. 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EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Make a commentcenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Assemblymember Chris Holden’s bill to increase penalties for vandalism and illegal dumping in the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy was approved late Monday in the Assembly Natural Resources Committee.AB 1767 would increase the maximum fine for dumping, defacing or destroying property on Conservancy properties to $1,500 and would increase the fine for infractions to not more than $750.“These parks, open spaces and wilderness areas are in our own backyard and if we don’t act to protect them, we could lose them forever,” explained Assemblymember Holden. “Not only will these penalties pay to restore and repair the damages, but will hopefully serve as a deterrent to those who would harm public lands. I consider these 114 parklands part of our heritage and I want them to be available to California’s children for generations to come.”The bill would require that the fines be deposited into the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy Fund specifically to be used to pay the costs of any repairs or clean up related to those violations.The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy is a state agency created in 1980 to preserve open space, parks and wilderness in Southern California. The 69,000 acres that make up the Conservancy stretch from the Pacific Ocean through the Santa Monica Mountains and extend east to include parts of the San Gabriel Mountains, the Verdugo Hills and the San Rafael Hills in Pasadena. Subscribe HerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Things A Man Will Do Only If He Really Loves YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *last_img read more

Add a Side of Geocaching to Your Other Hobby

first_imgShare with your Friends:More “I was very happy when GEOCACHE beat the word BITCOIN; I was thrilled when GEOCACHE trounced COSPLAY… I cannot put into words (!) how ecstatic I was when ZEN took second place and GEOCACHE won the prize.Everywhere I went, there was a Scrabble and GEOCACHE story – CNN, Good Morning America, CBC here in Canada… everywhere!” RCA777Have you spotted a Scrabble Trackable in the wild?The Scrabble success story isn’t the only example of a geocacher who combined their favorite hobbies. That’s what happened when Geocaching HQ heard about the popularity of Airstream RV’s with the Geocachers who love to explore and camp along the way.Geocachers have been known to travel long distances in their RV’s for the perfect story worthy geocaching moment. Airstream and Geocaching were a perfect fit.When we asked longtime Geocacher and Airstream enthusiast, FluteFace, about her favorite hobbies she said, “When we’re on a trip in the Airstream, geocaching is almost always involved. Most geocachers cache when they travel – what better way to travel than in an Airstream.”During the Summer of 2014 Airstream and Geocaching HQ worked together to create 2,000 Trackables tags to be passed out at Geocaching events across the United States. Geocachers swarmed the events closest to their home location in the hopes of receiving an Airstream tag.FluteFace parks her Airstream for the night near one of her favorite caches GC3VN6Y – Buttermilk, placed at what probably is a historical building (of sorts) and may be why the area is called Buttermilk.Nancy aka “yukionna” hosted the event Silver Bullet Launch Party in New Hampshire where her newly renovated 1964 Airstream Bambi II trailer made an appearance.“My husband, Brian, and I have owned Airstream trailers since 2002 and we started geocaching in 2008.  One of our favorite things to do is to travel in our Airstream while geocaching along the way.  Each summer we plan a couple of camping adventures to different destinations which include finding interesting caches during our trip.  When I saw the promotion last year between Airstream and Groundspeak, it was a dream come true for me and I wanted to become involved.” – yukionna SharePrint RelatedFive reminders about trackablesAugust 28, 2018In “News”5 Geocaching Etiquette TipsFebruary 24, 2014In “Community”5 Tips to Achieve Geocaching StardomFebruary 4, 2013In “Community” With ten geocacher appreciation events and over 750 attendees geocachers were literally happy campers. What hobbies do you think would be a geocaching match made in heaven?Group photo from the Silver Bullet geocaching event in front of the renovateda 1964 Airstream Bambi II trailer Photo caption: the official Scrabble Dictionary including the word Geocache can now be found in stores throughout North AmericaOne simple question spin up into a first in the world of Scrabble. It all started when long time geocacher Roy Alexander, RCA777 was playing a game of Scrabble with a friend. He asked whether they would accept the word “geocache” in the game if it were played. They said, no. But Roy wasn’t about to take no for an answer.At the time the word geocache was considered unplayable because it was not yet an official word in the Scrabble Dictionary. Roy jumped at the opportunity when he saw Hasbro announce the #ScrabbleWordShowDown contest on the Hasbro Game Night Facebook page. On March 12th, 2014, RCA77 suggested the word geocache to Hasbro.“I posted a screenshot of my suggestion in geocaching groups on Facebook – and the response was remarkable. Geocachers spread the word and supported the cause; things snowballed very quickly. Hasbro announced that GEOCACHE had made it to list of the final 16 words.” said RCA777.“Geocache” quickly beat out the competition and moved up the charts to the final round knocking out the word “zen”. It was officially announced as the winner on April 10th, 2014, landing it’s appearance in the Official Scrabble Dictionary later that year.Due to the interest from the fanatic geocaching community, Geocaching HQ reached out to Scrabble to create a partnership. Hasbro had 800 trackable tags made and distributed at the 2014 Geocaching Block Party in Seattle. Copies of the new dictionary were also given away as prizes to lucky geocachers. The tags were hot items and geocachers couldn’t wait to get their hands on them!Photo of two lucky geocachers who won the Scrabble board game and Scrabble Dictionary at the 2014 Geocaching Block Partylast_img read more

Porvoo GeoTour of Finland, GT7E

first_imgPGT 2020 – Tulevaisuus BonusMystery Cache | GC6P3B9 | D2.5 / T 2.5PGT 2020 – Tulevaisuus Bonus, GC6P3B9To obtain the coordinates for this “Bonus” cache you must solve a special puzzle poster that is located outside of Porvoo’s city center. Your final location is delightfully tucked within an out-of-the-way industrial area featuring mind-expanding graffiti art. Speaking of geocaching, just before the summer solstice, the Midnight Sun Geocaching 2019 Mega-Event will occur on June 15th. And, if you happen to be in the neighborhood even earlier, head over to Norway and attend the Vikingevent 2019 Mega on June 8th. So plan your visit well, geocachers!Special thanks to MegsKBrown for her on-location help with this blog post! Share with your Friends:More Porvoo GeoTour of Finland, GT7EFinland is known as “the land of a thousand lakes” and should also be known as “the land of thousands of geocaches” since it currently hosts 60,000 active geocaches, justifying their ranking as the happiest country in the world. 🙂But something else bumps up Finland’s geo-happiness rating, and that’s the Porvoo GeoTour, GT7E. The country’s only official GeoTour is comprised of thirteen geocaches, each highlighting a different decade in the history of Finnish independence. There’s even a cache dedicated to the future!One of the oldest cities in Finland, Porvoo was founded some 800 years ago. This idyllic small city retains much of its traditional nature, including the older buildings and cobblestone streets. Historically a center of trade due to its connection to the Gulf of Finland by the Porvoonjoki River, this area now inspires and is home for several Finnish artists.So grab your passport, always bring a pen, and let’s adventure to the Porvoo GeoTour! PGT 1950 – Mannerheiminkadunsilta 1957Traditional | GC6P3EG | D1.5 / T1PGT 1950 – Mannerheiminkadunsilta 1957, GC6P3EGThe history of the bridge in a nutshell: There used to only be one bridge, located on the eastern side of the city. The river was crossed daily on the other side of the city in rowboats. In 1948, a local company arranged a ferry for workers to the Haikka gilded frame factory and the Mekaniska Verstad machine shop. The ferry made 70 to 80 trips daily. PGT Virtual Reward – Valtiopäivätriptyykki 2009Virtual Cache | GC7BA74 | D1.5 / T1PGT Virtual Reward – Valtiopäivätriptyykki 2009, GC7BA74A rare find indeed. This is one of the few Virtual Rewards to be found on any GeoTour in the entire world. The Triptych is designed by the Porvoo artists Kirsi Kaulanen and Ylva Holländer. The piece features rich, ornamental designs full of folk art and heraldry and is divided into three sections. The northernmost wall depicts Finland, the westernmost represents Sweden, and the easternmost, Russia. SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 15): GeoToursJune 18, 2018In “Community”Kiilopään huippu – Aslakin Taigametsä 4 — Geocache of the WeekDecember 13, 2017In “Community”The Berea Chamber of Commerce GeoTour in Kentucky, USA (GT78)November 20, 2017In “Community”last_img read more

Government Orders More Efficient Furnace Fans

first_imgSavings and payback periods varySome 3 million furnace fans were shipped in the U.S. last year. The department said that a furnace rated at 70,000 Btu/hour uses 1,000 kWh of electricity a year (presumably an average), so a consumer paying 14 cents per kWh for electricity now spends $140 a year to move conditioned air around the house. A 46% savings would drop that bill by $67 a year.Average life-cycle cost savings will vary by the type of furnace, as does the median payback period, according to government estimates. Lifetime savings were estimated at $506 for a non-weatherized, non-condensing gas furnace, and less for other types.The standards are performance-based, meaning the government doesn’t tell manufacturers how to meet the new rule. The conversion to more efficient fans will be expensive for the industry, although it’s not clear exactly how much the move will cost and how the new fans would affect consumer prices.The Air-Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Institute, a trade group representing furnace manufacturers, commented in a letter to the department in January that it “considers the adverse impacts of the proposed fan energy rating levels to be significant to the manufacturing industry.” The group also said it didn’t think the new standards would be cost-effective to consumers.Contacted June 26, AHRI said it was still developing a position on the final rule. New efficiency standards for fans installed on forced-air furnaces will reduce power consumption by as much as 46% and save U.S. consumers more than $9 billion on power bills through 2030, the Department of Energy says.The department announced the new rules on June 25, saying they were part of the federal Climate Action Plan and were the latest of eight final and nine proposed standards issued since last year.More efficient fans, which will be required beginning in 2019, will reduce carbon emissions by as much as 34 million metric tons through 2030, the DOE said.The specifics of the rule are spelled out in a lengthy document that lists requirements for different types of furnaces. Each type must meet a certain Fan Energy Rating, which is the amount of electricity needed to move a cubic foot of air per minute (watts/cfm).Savings in electricity ranged from 46% for several types of gas furnace to as little as 12% for non-condensing oil furnaces and certain furnaces for mobile homes.last_img read more

Ferrari shows good pace, reliability in 1st week of F1 tests

first_imgView comments ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Although teams often avoid showing their full potential in testing, Mercedes has usually fared better at this point in previous seasons.“They do seem very strong, no matter which kind of fuel load or engine mode they’re running,” Mercedes driver Valtteri Bottas said of Ferrari. “Whatever you try to correct that for, in any case, they are quick, on short runs and long runs. I think we feel, at this point, that they’re going to be a bit ahead, but obviously it’s impossible to make a detailed calculation.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesRenault’s Nico Hulkenberg set the fastest time of the week on Thursday with a time of 1 minute, 17.393 seconds at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, ahead of Toro Rosso’s Alexander Albon. Hulkenberg teammate Daniel Ricciardo was third, ahead of Bottas and his Mercedes teammate, Lewis Hamilton. Charles Leclerc, who led the timesheets on Tuesday, ended sixth with Ferrari on a slower tire compound.Hamilton and Bottas totaled only 115 laps with both cars on Thursday, while Leclerc ran 138 with his Ferrari. Testing will continue Tuesday-Friday at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, home to the Spanish Grand Prix in May.The season-opening Australian Grand Prix is on March 17.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Red Bull driver Pierre Gasly of France steers his car during a Formula One pre-season testing session at the Barcelona Catalunya racetrack in Montmelo, outside Barcelona, Spain, Thursday, Feb.21, 2019. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort)MONTMELO, Spain—The first week of Formula testing ended with Ferrari looking to be a step ahead of Mercedes.Ferrari showed good pace and reliability throughout the first four days of testing in Spain, while Mercedes didn’t look up to full speed.ADVERTISEMENT “I think there is a lot of potential, but it’s not yet quite there,” Bottas said. “But I feel a sense in the team of a bit of an excitement to discover more about the car and to improve it, because at this point, it looks like we are not miles ahead of everyone. It seems like . Ferrari are in a better place.”Hamilton on Wednesday predicted a stronger challenge from Ferrari this year. The five-time world champion beat Ferrari’s Sebastian Vettel the last two seasons in the drivers’ championship. Mercedes has won the constructors’ title for five straight years.Hamilton and Bottas had faster overall times than Vettel and Leclerc, although their laps came on faster tires. Mercedes also ran 12 more laps than Ferrari during the four days of testing.Vettel was the fastest driver on Monday.McLaren had a promising first week, being able to run more laps than in both test sessions combined last year. Williams, which started testing later than the other teams because of delays with its 2019 car, ran only 88 laps in total, the fewest among all teams. Alfa Romeo, formerly known as Sauber, had a promising week, racking up a high lap count and setting fast times.ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug warcenter_img Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES MOST READ Mixed martial arts star Georges St-Pierre retires at 37 Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Urgent reply from Philippine ‍football chieflast_img read more

Rates drop Thursday for NW Natural gas

first_imgPortland – NW Natural customers will pay about 7 percent less for their natural gas starting Thursday.The typical residential customer who uses 57 therms per month will save about $3.81 per month, according to a news release from the company.The decrease is due to the Purchased Gas Adjustment recently approved by the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission.Commercial customers will save about 7.7 percent, or pay $16 less for those using an average of 244 therms per month.Actual savings may vary.NW Natural serves about 2 million people in Oregon and Southwest Washington.last_img read more