Covina library could be closed by next summer

first_imgCOVINA – The head of Covina’s library said at a city council meeting this week that if the city does not give it additional funding, the library will close next summer. The library is currently budgeted for about $10,000 for the 2008 fiscal year. That would only be enough to keep the grounds maintained after 2008 in hopes the place would reopen, according to library director Roger Possner. By contrast, the full-service budget for this year is about $1.3million. Possner said that he had been told by a consultant with the state library that if Covina’s library were to close, it would be the first time in state history that any city library would be forced to do so. Library funding has also been cut on a state level over the past few months from California’s annual budget, which supports a foundation that provides funds for book acquisition to county libraries. Los Angeles County libraries lost $700,000 due to cuts, enough to purchase 28,000 new books said Public Information Officer Pamela Broussard. Fortunately for the library, said Broussard, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which funds daily operations for the library, gave the library the extra funding it would normally receive from the state program. Covina’s library is funded almost entirely from the city’s General Fund, and has no alternative sources of funding, according to Possner. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2105160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “It’s a heartbreaker,” said Covina Mayor John King. “But public safety has to be our first priority for funding.” The cuts to the library funding were in response to the city vote last March to not renew the $5.5million annual utility tax. Responding to the loss of revenue, the city passed a two-year budget in June that included cuts in nearly every city department. A group called Community Matters has officially filed an intent to circulate a petition to put a new utility tax measure on the ballot that would renew the tax, which will stop being collected in March of 2009. The measure could appear on next June’s ballot or on the November 2008 ballot, according to Amy Turner in the Covina clerk’s office. last_img read more

Is Darwin or ID the New Halloween Spook?

first_imgScary, isn’t it?  A textbook committee in Montgomery, Alabama approved dozens of new textbooks, but found objectionable material in three of them: they contained material on evolution that was deemed controversial for children.  They decided that pictures of reptiles evolving from amphibians and humans evolving from apes was not appropriate for elementary children who were not developmentally ready for such controversial material.  The AP story reprinted on the Columbus Ledger-Inquirer website on October 27 quoted a sociologist at Troy University who objected to one textbook that he claimed was “nothing other than a full endorsement of Darwinian evolution.”  He also called it “at best a waste of taxpayers’ money and at worst a numbing of student minds.”    “Scary” was a seasonally-correct word included in another AP story posted by the Arkansas news service ArkCity.Net.  John Hanna reported on a speech by Phillip Johnson to a student group at Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas.  Johnson described the reaction of the scientific establishment to people who question evolution.  “This is very scary to the Mandarins of science,” he told the audience at the off-campus meeting sponsored by Christian Challenge.  “There’s been a panicky and hysterical response to this, some of which you’ve seen in your state recently.”  Johnson also spoke Saturday night at the university student union.    In Kansas, meanwhile, two professional associations are barring the doors to the ID spooks.  MSNBC News said that the National Academy of Sciences and the National Teachers Association wrote the Department of Education, refusing to let the school board use their copyrighted material in the proposed science standards, because they feel the standards promote creationism.If the Darwin costume is scaring the children, acting panicky or hysterical only makes it worse.  Which side wants to keep high school students in the dark, and and which side wants to turn on the lights?  Which side wants to shield impressionable elementary students from pedagogical tricks, and treat them to the truth?  Which side is shrieking and threatening, and which side is calmly asking for an enlightened discussion of the facts?  The thing apparently scaring the Darwinists the most is that the morning twilight reveals their long night on Bald Mountain is coming to an end, and that can only mean one thing: Thanksgiving is near.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Ohio Ag Net Podcast | Ep. 93 | Happy National FFA Week!

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The Ohio Ag Net Podcast, brought to you by AgriGold, welcomes Ohio FFA State President Kolesen McCoy and State Reporter Bailey Eberhart alongside Joel, Dale, and Matt to talk National FFA Week.The crew also hears from Kolt Buchenroth’s recap of Ohio Pork Congress as well as coverage with Jim and Mark Metzger of the Alcoholic Harvester Pulling Team from the National Farm Machinery Show.Plus a special chat with cartoonist Earl Musick, the man behind “Dave the Seed Guy” featured in Ohio’s Country Journal.last_img read more

RCA to file criminal complaint against Warne over ‘abuse’

first_imgDespite Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne tendering an apology to Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) secretary Sanjay Dixit for publicly abusing the latter after an IPL match, the RCA has decided to lodge a criminal complaint against Warne in Jaipur. VideoMail Today had reported on Saturday that without any proof of action by the Royals against Warne, the RCA would file a criminal complaint.RCA’s legal affairs committee met on Sunday and considered the apology letter sent by Royals CEO Sean Morris and decided to proceed with legal action in the absence of any details regarding the disciplinary action against Warne that the Royals management had announced.”Accordingly, the committee decided to file a criminal complaint under IPC sections against Warne and others at the earliest,” the association said in a statement.”It is an aggravated offence and it needs to be dealt with like that. Some kind of disciplinary action has to be taken. I don’t know what kind of disciplinary action has been taken. A mere statement was being made and nothing more has been done, just proverbial red- herring,” Dixit said.The incident in question occurred on May 11 when Warne allegedly called Dixit a liar and egoistic after the award ceremony of the IPL match between Rajasthan Royals and Bangalore Royal Challengers at the Sawai Man Singh Stadium in Jaipur.Warne was miffed at Dixit for not agreeing to prepare a ‘favourable pitch’ for the match and allegedly abused Dixit for not replying to his text messages. Rajasthan Royals owner Shilpa Shetty had to intervene and apologise for the incident.advertisementIn a related development, the RCA also formed a committee consisting of Rajkumar Mathur, Ashok Joshi and Akhilesh Mittal to probe Rajasthan Royals’ claim that they got the pitches they wished for till now in the tournament. The committee will also go into all aspects regarding the pitch preparation in the first edition of IPL.RCA should lick Shane Warne’s feet: Dean JonesAnother Australian who seems to have rubbed the RCA the wrong way is commentator Dean Jones who had made some derogatory remarks against the RCA.”The matter of Dean Jones who stated on a TV channel that ‘RCA should lick Shane Warne’s feet’ was considered and his remarks were taken to be a direct insult to RCA as an institution.Rajasthan is the current national champion of a country which is not only the world champion but is also the Number One Test team. A team of lawyers would examine any other implication of this obnoxious statement and take appropriate action, a criminal complaint under IPC sections and would also go for civil action,” Rajkumar Mathur, vice president of the RCA, said in a statement.With Agency inputslast_img read more