Pasadena Police Officers Association Denounces Killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police Custody

first_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Make a comment Police, Fire & The Courts Pasadena Police Officers Association Denounces Killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis Police Custody The Association issued a statement paying their respects to George Floyd and grieving for his death in police custody STAFF REPORT Published on Saturday, June 6, 2020 | 4:43 am Community News Subscribe Herbeauty10 Brutally Honest Reasons Why You’re Still SingleHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRemove Belly Fat Without Going Under The KnifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNerdy Movie Kids Who Look Unrecognizable TodayHerbeautyHerbeauty 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 Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena The Pasadena Police Officers Association released a statement Friday expressing condolences to the family of George Floyd and their “strong condemnation” of how Floyd was killed while in police custody.The statement said “the PPOA is grateful and thankful to all in the Pasadena community for their outpouring of continued support and for the mostly peaceful, non-violent demonstrations. The Pasadena Police Officers Association have worked hard for over seven years to enhance community and race relations in addition to much more.”The statement also contained comments from key Association officials.“The PPOA has worked collaboratively with the City Staff, Police Department, City leaders and others to do our part: time and time again whether it was to play a role reorganizing the department or continue to train our Police Officers to lead as the best in L.A. County, our State and Country we are working constantly on positive improvements and change,” said Roger Roldan, President of the Pasadena Police Officers Association.“From focusing on de-escalation, looking for alternatives to reduce the use of deadly force, increasing verbal and interpersonal skills, developing or using methods to be able to, at times, use non-lethal techniques or de-escalation when encountering weapons and dangerous calls for service: by employing wrestling and ground techniques – Pasadena Police lead with that and more,” said Roldan, described by the PPOA as “a decorated Sergeant with 23 years of service as a police officer with the Pasadena Police Department and a proud, honorably discharged Marine Corps Veteran (1989 to 1993) of Latino descent.”“We are not Minneapolis and proud of the work we do day in and day out to support our community and all who live, work and visit here” said David Llanes, a decorated 27-year police veteran, 24 years with the Pasadena Police Department, “who is a proud Officer of Asian Pacific Islander (API) descent.”“The Pasadena Police strongly support the community, their elected leaders and the excellent working relationship we have with Chief of Police John Perez and City Manager Steve Mermell” said Sam De Sylva, a decorated Police Sergeant 19 years of career service with the department,  who is a proud Sri Lankan member of the Indian American Community.“We are a highly diverse, motivated, well trained and supported police association and force with overall (sworn and non-sworn) 30.73% females, 43.94% Hispanic, 12.13% African American, 8.36% Asian and more” said De Sylva.“The public needs to know we are imperfect humans and have to make split-second decisions. Sometimes errors occur, but that is different than willful misconduct or actions that are illegal, immoral, violate department policy or go against our training and sworn oath to protect and serve,” said Llanes.“The strong and immense bond peace officers/first-responders have with each other as do other close-quarter working professions goes both ways,” said Maclaurin “Mac” Adesina, a decorated Corporal with 21 years in law enforcement, 15 years with the Pasadena Police Department and proud member of the African-American community. “Our strong desire to do a superlative job on duty — then safely, healthy each day with minimal physical and mental injuries go home to our loving families is also balanced with the fact we just don’t stick up for other peace officers during life-threatening calls for service [with people who knowingly or unknowingly want to harm the public and/or us]: we expect each and every one of our brother and sister Peace Officers to do it better and cleaner than any other profession or department. When one does it wrong or poorly we all look bad. We believe in accountability both ways and expect leaders to lead” further said Adesina.The statement also included a review with commentary of some highlights of “efforts the Chief, City Manager, PPOA and department put forth:• From the Chief’s Advisory Board (made up of many community advocates, ACLU, Churches, and NAACP);• The PPOA feeding the community through local charities and volunteering with Harvest Ministries to deliver hot meals to our seniors, during the pandemic.• Engaging and supporting community leaders.• Releasing critical incident BWC video.• The PPOA Law Enforcement Consultant Peter Mitchell and Performa Labs (a Cie company) launched a pilot program with the PPOA and PPD: to lend real-world expertise in creating a technology-based training tool focused on de-escalation, keeping in mind the safety of the Community and Officers as the highest priorities.• Internal training, de-escalation.• Community engagement beyond most other police agencies• Constantly exceeding state law and most police departments’ training curriculum and expectations.• Using daily de-escalation efforts at a time when a large number of weapons are being taken off the streets. As an example, more guns were taken off the streets during a certain month than days in the month —however, that doesn’t exclude us from being accountable for our actions and our policing culture.• Having internal discussion, ongoing training, and teaching our sworn officers the value of respect through de-escalation so we are achieving much, but that is never enough — officers are taught in the department to intervene to stop bad conduct and to report it. We have more to do, more to accomplish.• The department mindset must be in line with the community so our goals on crime, safety, and the fear of crime, are the same and not opposite. The outcome has been positive with a 50% decline in use of force, increase in implicit bias and communication training, and a 70% drop in the use of a certain type of force techniques. This is not enough but we are continuing our efforts.• Having a BWC video program for three years and we regularly release video as well as use it to train all personnel for review. We provide implicit bias training and closely screen our recruits as well as try and ensure they come from our local neighborhoods.”“During these incredible troubling and dangerous times we wanted to let you the public know what we thought of the tragedy of Mr. Floyd in Minneapolis plus lending our voice to what we have done for the past, current and future improvements in Pasadena,” said Roldan.“We stand strongly by our excellent working relationship and valued city leaders such as the City Manager Steve Mermell, Chief of Police John Perez, some other City Employees and our City Council. We have a world-class City Council with thanks to all of them for their service.”The remarks closed with “special thanks for years working with our leaders: Victor Gordo, Gene Masuda, Steve Madison, Andy Wilson. Also on the Public Safety Committee with thanks to John Kennedy, Tyron Hampton and Terry Tornek. To incoming Councilmember Felicia Williams. Sending thanks to retiring Councilmember Margaret McAustin for her service.”For more information, visit https://pasadenapoa.com/ or visit their Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/ThePPOA/ 27 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week center_img Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  More Cool Stuff Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Top of the News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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A Penguin’s Ass Ignites New Frank Zappa Censorship Controversy Surrounding Upcoming Hologram Tour [Video]

first_imgThe late Frank Zappa was no stranger to battling censorship during his decades-long career. Now, it appears the upcoming The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa hologram tour is running into some censorship issues as well. But don’t worry—hologram Frank has a few choice words to say about it.The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa has released a peek at the hologram by way of a response to Ticketmaster’s Content Governance team flagging the upcoming tour’s artwork as “questionable content” and refusing to post it online—seemingly due to a nearly imperceptible image of a penguin’s butt in the bottom-left corner. As the Frank Zappa hologram notes in the new clip, echoing a 1984 quote from real-life Frank, “I’m a person who likes to do what he wants to do…whether people like it or not. And what I do is designed for people who like it, not for people who don’t.” You can watch the clip below:Frank Zappa Hologram Responds To Censorship[Video: Frank Zappa]Beyond the images in question, the artwork for the tour, which pays homage to Frank Zappa & The Mothers’ 1974 song “Penguin In Bondage”, gives clues about the kinds of “fantastical holograms” fans will experience on the Zappa Trust-sanctioned tour. According to Ahmet Zappa, “If you’re someone that can’t enjoy the absurdity and humor of bringing Frank’s music and lyrics to life via holograms–such as penguins in bondage, talking hot dogs and super natural dental floss–this show might not be your cup of tea.”Frank Zappa famously appeared before Congress on September 19th, 1985 to speak in opposition to Tipper Gore‘s Parents Music Resource Center (PMRC), the committee formed to increase parental control over kids’ access to music deemed to have “violent, drug-related or sexual themes” by labeling them with “Parental Advisory” warnings. At the hearing, Zappa argued, “the PMRC proposal is an ill-conceived piece of nonsense which fails to deliver any real benefits to children, infringes the civil liberties of people who are not children, and promises to keep the courts busy for years dealing with the interpretation and enforcement problems inherent in the proposal’s design.” He later famously volunteered his own “Warning/Guarantee” label to be used on his Frank Zappa Meets The Mothers of Prevention album cover.The pithy new clip from The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa is preceded by an updated version of Zappa’s “Warning/Guarantee” which references the latest conflict between Zappa’s music and the censorship powers that be. As Ahmet Zappa notes, “In response to Ticketmaster, I re-submit the poster artwork with our newly updated Warning Guarantee hiding the buttocks of the cartoon penguin. I mean, seriously Ticketmaster?” The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa tour will kick off on Friday, April 19th with nine U.S. shows followed by seven European performances in May. Produced by Eyellusion, The Bizarre World of Frank Zappa hologram tour band is comprised of former Zappa bandmates including guitarists Ray White and Mike Keneally, bassist Scott Thunes, multi-instrumentalist Robert Martin, percussionist Ed Mann, and drummer and Zappa archivist Joe “Vaultmeister” Travers.See below for a list of tour dates. For ticketing and additional information, head here.The Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa U.S. Tour Dates4/19 Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theater4/20 Rochester, NY – Kodak Center Theater4/22 Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie4/24 Long Island, NY – Paramount Theatre4/26 Boston, MA – Shubert4/28 Albany, NY – The Palace Theatre05/1 Wilkes Barre, PA – Kirby Center05/2 Collingswood, NJ – Scottish Rite Auditorium05/3 Baltimore, MD – The Modell LyricThe Bizarre World Of Frank Zappa European Tour Dates5/9 Edinburgh, UK – Playhouse5/11 Gateshead, UK – Sage5/12 Manchester, UK – Bridgewater Hall5/13 Birmingham, UK – Symphony Hall5/14 London, UK – The Palladium5/16 Ostend, BE – Kurssal5/17 Amsterdam, NL – Rai TheaterView Tour Dateslast_img read more

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Trail Mix | A 2015 Twelve Pack

first_imgLooking back at the hundreds of tunes that ran on Trail Mix in 2015, it is virtually impossible to come up with a list of what I consider the “best” tunes of the lot. There are simply too many great tunes from which to pick.So, as I looked back over the year in Trail Mix, I considered what records from each month spent the most time in my player. From that, I have put together this 2015 Trail Mix Twelve Pack, which highlights my favorite tracks from each month of the last year,January – Sam Lewis/Waiting On Yousam lewisSam already had scheduled the release of his newest record for the spring. In the meantime, he put together a collection of acoustic recordings taken while he was on tour. What started out as merely demos ended up as The Hotel Sessions, just Sam and his guitar in hotel rooms across two continents.February – Hey Rosetta!/Soft Offering (For the Oft Suffering)I am not sure how many rock bands come out of Newfoundland, but Hey Rosetta! have to be at the top of the list. Piano, cello, brass, and synth beats combine in “Soft Offering” in a rousing singalong fashion.March – Seth Avett & Jessica Lea Mayfield/Somebody That I Used To KnowPrior to hearing this song, all I knew of Elliot Smith was his tragic story. After digging in to Seth and Jessica’s interpretations of his songs, I became a fan.April – Andrew Combs/Foolin’andrew_combs-759x500Andrew is at the forefront of the reimagination of country music. Take one listen to all of those “oooooooooooooohs” in the chorus of this tune and try not to sing along. A fantastic take on introspection in the social media age.May – John Moreland/You Don’t Care For Me Enough To Cryjohn morelandThis might very well be my favorite tune of the year. John, in heart crushing fashion, harnesses all of the anxiety and doubt that comes along as love’s baggage. Anyone who has ever been in a relationship – particularly one that has gone south – should be able to relate to this tune.June – Amos Lee/Violinamos leeIt’s hard to imagine anything that can make Amos Lee’s songs sound even better. On the short list would be recording them at Red Rocks with the Colorado Symphony. This song is just enchanting.July – Anderson East/Satisfy Meanderson eastVintage soul is on the rebound, and Anderson East is poised to be a front runner. Anderson combines hipster chic with vintage 60s soul sensibilities and a gravelly baritone that allows him to pull it off.August – Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats/S.O.B.Nathaniel_Rateliff_and_the_Night_Sweats_PhotoCredit_Malia_James_GeneralPress1An overnight sensation over a decade in the making, Nathaniel Rateliff truly arrived with his latest record. Long known as a stellar songwriter, Nathaniel tapped into gospel tinged soul for his latest project, and the result was instant acclaim.September – John Mark Nelson/Dream Last Nightjohn mark neslonThis song was a bit like time travel. It took me right back to the 1980s and my high school years. Imagine my shock when I realized the songwriter was younger, at the age of 22, than many of the songs this tune reminded me of.October – Holly Bowling/The Squirming Coilholly bowlingClassically trained pianist takes on classic Phish tunes. Genius! That Holly even went so far as to transcribe a 36 minute long “Tweezer” was icing on the cake. If you have ever wanted to hear Phish reinterpreted on solo piano, this is the record for you.November – Annabelle’s Curse/Lovedrunk DesperadoesannabelleThis tune holds the singular distinction of being the one song to have made Trail Mix twice this year. That it comes from one of my favorite regional bands makes that oversight on my part absolutely okay. I have truly enjoyed watching this band develop over the last number of years, and their latest release is their strongest to date.December – Wild Child/Break BonesI did my best trying to not get this track on to a Trail Mix. Not because it doesn’t kick ass – because it absolutely does – but because I kept missing it. And what a shame, because it is awesome. But good things come to those who keep screwing up, and “Break Bones” was a highlight on the final mix of the year.As you can imagine, these twelve tracks merely scratch the surface of the year that was in Trail Mix. Many thanks to all of the great artists who shared their music with us and who took the time to sit down for a blog post. Here’s to a great year that has passed and another great year to come in 2016.last_img read more

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DOL’s final OT rule ‘disappointing,’ says CUNA

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The Department of Labor (DOL) will publish its final rule Wednesday regarding employees’ eligibility for overtime pay–a rule which CUNA believes will have unintended negative consequences for credit unions, particularly smaller credit unions and those in non-metropolitan areas.The DOL’s proposal would increase the threshold to be eligible for overtime pay by more than twice the current rate, moving the cut-off up to $47,476 from the current $23,660.“We are obviously disappointed but not surprised by the final overtime rule,” said Ryan Donovan, CUNA chief advocacy officer. “America’s credit unions work every day to improve the financial livelihood of their members–more than 105 million strong. Nevertheless, the finalized changes add to the regulatory burden that credit unions face and will impair their ability to provide affordable financial services to millions of Americans.”CUNA is concerned that credit unions could be forced to limit services as a result of changed employment situations or the inability to hire full-time employees. CUNA sent a letter last week to the Senate Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship in advance of its hearing, and it has supported the Protecting Workplace Advancement and Opportunity Act (S. 2707/H.R. 4773), which would require the DOL to more fully assess the impact of this rule, especially on smaller entities. continue reading »last_img read more

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Giddy-up! Gold Coast equestrian properties on the market

first_img714a Maudsland Rd, Mount Nathan is fit for horse lovers. Source: realestate.com.auIF you’re in the market for an equestrian property on the Gold Coast look no further.You’re sure to pick a winner from this field of luxury homes for horse lovers.714a Maudsland Rd, Mount Nathan. Source: realestate.com.au714a Maudsland Rd, Mount NathanLuxury is taken to a whole new level at this equestrian property in Mount Nathan.“This expansive, architecturally designed country manor oozes extraordinary quality, superb craftsmanship and is strategically positioned atop a gently undulating 8.39 acres of horse heaven- perfect for training, spelling and clinics,” the listing states.714a Maudsland Rd, Mount Nathan. Source: realestate.com.auThe property features a laser levelled all weather dressage arena, stables; tack room with kitchen; and wash bays.714a Maudsland Rd, Mount Nathan. Source: realestate.com.auMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa22 hours agoThere is also level access for horse trailers from Beaudesert-Nerang Rd.Ruth Fea of Hum & Fea Gold Coast Realty is marketing the property with offers closing November 25.40 Rusty Court, Tallebudgera Valley. Source: realestate.com.au40 Rusty Court, Tallebudgera ValleyWith 2ha of sprawling land, there is plenty of space here for the whole family.Ken Jacob of Ray White Tugun is market the property that’s on the market at $1.195 million.40 Rusty Court, Tallebudgera Valley. Source: realestate.com.auThere’s Plenty of room for horses and even a levelled area suitable for a horse arena.“(It’s) only a short ride to the Olympic sized public horse arena,” the listing states.304 Clagiraba Rd, Mount Nathan. Source: realestate.com.au304 Clagiraba Road Mount NathanThis property is described as a “masterpiece” and it’s not hard to see why.“This impressive home has been ingeniously designed to provide sweeping views over the picturesque land no matter where you are within the residence,” the listing states.304 Clagiraba Rd, Mount Nathan. Source: realestate.com.auThere is a fenced paddock and stables.Clint Hynes of Ray White is taking the property to auction on November 18.last_img read more

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Cambiasso announces Foxes exit

first_img Press Association New Foxes boss Claudio Ranieri had held talks with the 34-year-old, urging him to make his mind up as the club needed to know if he was staying on after his deal expired last month. In a statement on his Facebook page, the player said: ” I would like to announce that I have decided not to renew my contract with Leicester City. Midfielder Esteban Cambiasso has announced he will not renew his contract with Leicester. “I have taken this decision only 24 hours after receiving the proposal from Leicester because I want to give the club as much time as possible to find an alternative.” Cambiasso’s decision will come as a blow to Ranieri, who said on Monday – at his first press conference since replacing the axed Nigel Pearson – that keeping the former Argentina international was a priority. ”I’ve had a conversation with him. I have spoken to him, I know him from Inter Milan, I coached him there. I said to him ‘I need you, everybody loves you in Leicester, please come back’,” the Italian had said. ”He told me he wants to wait and look at all the opportunities offered to him and then he will choose. But we need ‘Yes or no’ because at the start of the season he is a team leader and if he doesn’t come I need another team leader. We don’t start the season without a player like him.” Cambiasso proved a key figure last season as Leicester won seven and drew one of their final 10 games to retain their Barclays Premier League status. The player’s statement continued: “I would like to thank all the fans who last season made me feel proud to be part of a club with an unforgettable spirit and energy. “And a very special thanks to all my team-mates, staff and every people of the club, with whom I have lived one of the most important years of my career, crowned with the remaining EPL status. “Many thanks to everyone, keeping you all forever in my heart. Leicester City Football Club.” Leicester thanked Cambiasso for his service and wished him well for the future. The club said in a statement: “Leicester City Football Club would like to express its sincerest thanks to Esteban for his exceptional contribution during the 2014/15 season, which saw the Argentine midfielder play a central role in the Club’s successful fight to remain in the Barclays Premier League. “Our efforts to retain his services began before the end of last season and the Club appreciates the professional manner in which Esteban and his representatives have conducted themselves during negotiations since that time. “We fully respect Esteban’s wishes and wish him well in his future career.” last_img read more

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