The city performs all of its graffiti services in-house and does not contract with outside companies. “Most of the residents are glad to see that we are offering this type of program and want to help the city,” Ornelas said. The public safety center serves as a community locale that aims to strengthen communication between residents and the Sheriff’s Department. So far, it has worked, said Lt. Coronne Jacob. “Because of its location, it has opened up communication between the sheriff’s deputies and the community,” she said. Officials said crime this summer has not been as bad as expected. “The summer for violent crime and major incidents – minus the one murder – has been pretty low,” Jacob said. “Violent crime has been pretty low, and gang violence has been nil.” A woman was killed in June outside of the Rosemead Inn, on Glendon Way. Other than some isolated incidents, Jacob said, most of the calls for service have been focused on quality-of-life issues, such as stray shopping carts or graffiti. To learn more about the Rosemead Public Safety Center, located at 3018 Charlotte Ave., or the Adopt-A-Wall program, call (626) 569-2272. firstname.lastname@example.org (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROSEMEAD – Local law enforcement is depending more on volunteers and civilian officers to help reduce crime and graffiti in the city, officials said. This is one of several changes that have come since public safety director Don Anderson took charge of the Rosemead Public Safety Center. The $500,000 center on Charlotte Avenue opened a year ago. Five sheriff’s deputies, a sergeant and code enforcement representatives work out of the building. “Use of volunteers and eager young workers have freed up deputy resources,” Anderson said. Citizens have seen faster response times, less graffiti and more deputies, officials said. Councilwoman Polly Low said she noticed the difference, and some residents said graffiti has decreased significantly in Rosemead. Bill Ornelas, field services manager for the safety center, said they work with community members to clean graffiti and on Aug. 1 started an “Adopt-A-Wall” program. “We contact the residents, give them paint, a tray and a brush, and they paint over the graffiti,” Ornelas said. “All they have to do is sign up.” Ornelas said calls for graffiti have decreased significantly the past four months. In May, the center was receiving up to 40 calls a day asking for graffiti cleanup. Now, that number has been reduced to between three and four per day, Ornelas said.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest CommonGround volunteers recently shared the story of American agriculture at the world’s largest meeting of food and nutrition experts at the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo (FNCE) in Philadelphia. With 10,000 registered dietitian nutritionists, nutrition science researchers, policymakers and health-care providers in attendance, CommonGround volunteers attracted enthusiastic attention and engaged in meaningful dialogue that helped this influential audience delve further into how America’s farmers grow and raise the healthy foods they recommend.“FNCE provides a great venue for us to connect with people who directly impact the food choices of countless others,” said CommonGround volunteer Paula Linthicum, who farms in Laytonsville, Maryland. “The audience is receptive and appreciates the work that we do to provide a direct link to farming.“I spoke with a dietitian from Kentucky who was skeptical about GMOs when we began chatting who left noting that she needed to look at the issue much more closely because our conversation made her realize that she had nothing to fear.”The activity, organized by CommonGround Maryland with the support of the National Corn Growers Association, brought an authentic voice to issues of interest to both consumers and agriculture such as how the use of modern technologies and practices produces healthy, quality food options for our country and beyond.“Attendees have the understanding of science and are just looking for the resources to share our story,” said Laurie Adelhardt, Maryland Grain Producers Utilization Board Communications. “The attendees may not have a personal understanding of why we use the practices that we do but, working together, we can help consumers place their trust in American farmers and eat fearlessly.”The CommonGround booth attracted attention as it featured Michele Payn, who signed copies of her soon-to-be-released book Food Bullying.In addition to Linthicum and Adelhardt, CommonGround volunteers Linda Burrier, Jennie Schmidt and Kelly Vaughn participated in the event with NCGA Communications Director Cathryn Wojcicki also supporting.
Can you be vulnerable enough to admit you’re not constantly busy? I’ll give it a try. Last night, I sat down in the basement noodling around on my ukulele while my 13 year-old son sat beside me playing video games. I have things on my to-do list that I could have been doing, but to paraphrase Bartleby the Scrivener, I preferred not to.So why does admitting that make me feel vulnerable? Why does being constantly busy make me feel important?Both keynote addresses at the Military Families Learning Network Virtual Conference got me thinking about this. Dr. Charles Figley talked about the importance of self-care. We all have people that we serve and support. If we want to be at our best for them, we need to take the time to take care of ourselves. Dionardo Pizana talked about connecting with yourself, your emotional intelligence and with others as a way of dealing with organizational change. Are you taking time to reflect, develop empathy and build relationships?Time is considered our most scarce resource. The time each of us has is finite. But in considering the scarcity of time, I’m reminded of something Devine Carama said at the 2017 NACDEP/CDS Conference, “We are arrogant to believe we will see the impact of our leadership while we are alive.”It is also arrogant to think of our time as scarce. It is a self-centered attitude. We do no work alone. Again, we do NO work alone.Our work today, this hour, this minute is part of the collective work many of us are doing to make military families ready and resilient, to improve people’s lives and communities, to build a more equitable, inclusive world. To focus only on our contributions or to complain about how little time we have is hubris. We have all the time in this world and the world to come. The time of our collaborators, known and unknown, those who live and work today and those who will live and work in the future.That does not mean that we should not take full advantage of the time we have. Instead it means we should do what we can with the time we have. We should take time to take care of ourselves. We should take time to connect with others to share our work. We should take the time to share space with someone we love. We should stop being “busy” and take full advantage of the time we share.
The Mizoram Agriculture Department is taking steps to increase maize production despite an outbreak of the fall armyworm, which has left a trail of destruction in the fields across the State, officials said on Friday. The production of maize in the State was 8,911 metric tonnes in 5,779 hectares in 2016-17, while it was 9,470.6 MT in 5,979.2 hectares in 2017-18, the officials added. The officials said they expect an increase in the cultivation area and production due to the department’s concentration on maize cultivation in the low-lying areas of central Mizoram’s Serchhip district under the Rashtriya Krishi Vikas Yojana. Additional seeds have been distributed for rabi and kharif crops, though the FAW “has been a big blow”, they said.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Friday that she would not attend the NITI Aayog meeting scheduled for June 15. “The States cannot place their views. There is no point in attending [the NITI Aayog] meetings,” she said. Earlier, she wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who heads the NITI Aayog, setting forth the reasons for her decision. “I have said this before: the NITI Aayog is not effective. They [the BJP-led government] removed the Inter-State Council that was empowered to discuss the problems of the States. The States cannot raise their issues any more at the NITI Aayog meetings,” Ms. Banerjee said. “The Planning Commission, founded by Subhash Chandra Bose, was effective… There was space for the States to talk, and it is absent now. Now, they [the Union government] have some agenda, they place the agenda, and we are expected to discuss it. It is unacceptable,” she said. Ms. Banerjee reiterated the need for all Opposition parties to come together to oppose the use of electronic voting machines. “Now, we hear that two million EVMs are missing. Where are they? In 20-30% of the areas, problems [were reported]. It is a big scandal, and all parties should come together and protest,” she said.