Governor vetoes bill on local schools

first_imgRichardson, a Democrat elected last month to fill out Millender-McDonald’s term in Congress, drafted a bill that would have made it clear that Carson parents do not need to reapply year after year for admittance to L.A. Unified. Carson officials, including Mayor Jim Dear, had hoped that she would introduce a bill redrawing the boundary. The agreement between the two districts already stipulates that parents need not apply for a transfer every year, but some parents say that L.A. Unified administrators are not abiding by it. Though the bill passed with wide margins in both houses of the Legislature, Schwarzenegger vetoed it because it restates the existing agreement. “This bill is unnecessary,” he wrote in a brief veto message. Richardson, who touted the bill during her congressional campaign as a component of her experience on education issues, could not be reached for comment Monday evening. Carson Councilman Mike Gipson, who lives in the affected area and transfers his son into an L.A. Unified elementary school, said he was disappointed by Schwarzenegger’s veto. “There is no enforcement” of the existing agreement, he said. “L.A. Unified is saying you have to get the release from Compton.” Gipson is running to replace Richardson in the Assembly. If elected, he said he hoped to work with Compton to redraw the boundary lines. Schwarzenegger signed two other bills Monday written by Richardson. One will allow the L.A. County Fair in Pomona to operate a satellite wagering facility, while the other will allow officers enforcing illegal-dumping regulations to obtain criminal background information. Both of those measures also passed the Legislature with broad support. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! month stint in the state Assembly. The bill, AB 1465, addressed the issue of Carson residents who want to transfer their children out of the Compton Unified School District. Carson residents who live north of University Drive are within the boundaries of Compton Unified. But few parents send their students there. The rest of the city is in the Los Angeles Unified School District. The late Rep. Juanita Millender-McDonald authored a bill while she was in the Assembly in the 1990s that allowed Carson parents to transfer their children into L.A. Unified. At the time, Compton Unified was in receivership due to financial mismanagement. But many parents in the area remain frustrated that their tax dollars go to Compton Unified, and that they must annually reapply for their children to attend L.A. Unified schools. Many residents of north Carson want the district boundary redrawn so that they will be within L.A. Unified, though Compton strongly opposes such a move and several attempts at redrawing the line over the past 40 years have failed. CARSON: Proposal from ex-assemblywoman would have eased rules on district transfers. By Gene Maddaus STAFF WRITER Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday vetoed one of the bills written by South Bay Rep. Laura Richardson during her eight- last_img read more

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Road trip rewards

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Our family camp-and-fish vacation out West from which we recently returned was a much-needed break and bonding time for me and mine. The trip was a working vacation for me, as I will be featuring it in a future issue of AAA Home & Away magazine, documenting our 18-day drive-and-camp adventure with a rental Airstream trailer in tow. We visited Glacier and Yellowstone national parks, as well as other destinations along the 4,500-mile route. Highlights included watching a grizzly bear cross our path on a hike out of Avalanche Lake in Glacier and watching my son Ethan land two huge cutthroat trout in the Yellowstone River with bison and active thermals venting steam in the background.Unexpected highpoints included feeding trout at the D.C. Booth Historical National Fish Hatchery in downtown Spearfish, South Dakota, the unexpected beauty of Flathead Lake in Montana, and discovering the dramatic geography of the Dells region of Wisconsin. The pre-trip concerns I had about sharing a campground with bikers attending an annual motorcycle rally in nearby Sturgis, SD, were unfounded (they were a reasonably quiet, pleasant bunch), even if the bowfishing trip I had arranged probably was more fun for 16-year-old Ethan and me than for Maria, who spent the 8-to-midnight Wisconsin River excursion taking photos and swatting insects attracted by the halogen lights used to spot the carp, buffalo and quillbacks we targeted.Our first long-distance camping vacation forced us out of our comfort zone in several ways, and more than once I caught gazes lingering on Fairfield Inns we passed along the route. The hikes to mountain lakes we shared in Glacier and Yellowstone were grueling (and wet) at times, but the reward of hooking a cutthroat trout, standing in the chilled spray of a glacier-fed waterfall and watching a wild grizzly bear at eye level more than made up for the effort. And the conversations that ensued between mother, father and son during such off-grid periods were worth gold.last_img read more

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Weave Goes 1.0: Firefox Gets an Official Bookmark Syncing Tool

first_img8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Mozilla just announced that Weave, its official synchronization tool for Firefox, has just hit version 1.0 and is now generally available. Weave is a free browser add-on that can seamlessly sync bookmarks, saved passwords, browsing history and open browser tabs between different computers that run Firefox. Weave also runs on Mozilla’s mobile browser for the Nokia N900.Mozilla announced the Weave project in late 2007. Weave is compatible with Firefox 3.5 and up.Getting Started To use Weave, you have to register for an account with Mozilla. The plugin will automatically prompt you to create this account after the installation. Advanced users who are worried about their privacy can also use their own servers as a repository for their data. It’s worth noting that all of the data you transfer to Mozilla’s servers is encrypted.Weave vs. XMarksOf course, Weave isn’t the only solution for syncing bookmarks and XMarks is currently the most popular bookmark syncing tool. Unlike Weave, XMarks isn’t just compatible with Mozilla’s browsers but also supports Safari, Chrome and Internet Explorer. XMarks can sync bookmarks between these browsers.Weave syncs a lot more than just bookmarks, however. Weave also syncs passwords and your browsing history, for example. In future versions, Mozilla also plans to allow users to sync add-ons and other browser customizations. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting frederic lardinois Tags:#Browsers#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

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How Shazam Plans To Make Money On TV’s Second Screen

first_img4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App No longer content to just help you confirm that, yes, the song you’re hearing is the new Justin Bieber single, Shazam is branching out. The music identification and discovery app is expanding its social TV capabilities and solidifying its role in the second-screen space. Unlike many new-media initiatives, it might even have a viable business model ready to go.  The company claims to be able to recognize just about any U.S. television show based on a quick sample of its audio. From there, delivers up relevant trivia, cast information, social streams and other content. All of this is typical fare for second-screen apps, but Shazam’s twist is interesting because it uses audio fingerprinting to identify what’s being watched and then present related material. Shazam, which now has a quarter billion users, is best known for identifying songs using a quick audio snippet recorded through the microphone of a user’s smartphone or tablet. The app’s audio fingerprinting and matching technology can identify tracks even through the noise of a loud bar, and it can distinguish between two songs played simultaneously. Based on what it identifies, it lets users read the artist’s bio, buy the song from iTunes, find concert tickets and read the lyrics to verify that, indeed, the lead singer of Train just sang those words, in that order. From ID’ing Songs To ID’ing TV Shows Shazam’s lastest push brings this same functionality to television shows. Users can tap the record button in the app to take an audio sample and Shazam will match what it hears against its own database to identify the show. This is neat and all, but the real potential lies in what happens next. As it does with songs, Shazam unlocks all kinds of supplementary content and information about the show. These are the kinds of things people are already doing in other apps by manually tapping a show listing or check-in button, but in this case the action is performed using audio. That removes a little bit of friction. It also capitalizes on an established user-machine interaction: People who have used Shazam are already accustomed to holding up their phone to learn more about content, whereas tapping the check-in button on an app like GetGlue or Miso may not come as naturally. Social TV With A Business PlanThe social TV market – especially the second-screen phenomenon – is exploding as smartphones and tablets proliferate. Eighty-six percent of U.S. smartphone owners use their phones while watching TV at least once a month, according to Nielsen. Tablet owners are even more immersed in their devices while watching TV. Most are checking email and browsing the Web, but a growing audience is looking up content and trivia related to what’s on the bigger screen and chatting with others via Twitter, Facebook, and TV-specific social services like GetGlue.  With each new major TV event, we see a flood of new stats about how second screens and social networks are tied in. From the premiere of Breaking Bad to the 2012 Summer Olympics, big TV moments are seeing big second-screen stats. In almost every case, the numbers are climbing. Shazam’s shift into this space is yet another sign of social TV’s huge potential. And it’s not just a shoot-first, figure-out-a-biz-plan-later kind of strategy. There’s a real revenue opportunity right up front. Through a partnership with Delivery Agent, Shazam offers viewers the opportunity to buy merchandise related to a given show.This is powerful stuff. Rather than try and work in some ad-related business model over time (or just hope they get acquired), Shazam takes consumers from watching a TV show to paying real money to buy things. For consumers, it cuts out several manual steps – making note of a product they see on TV, going to the appropriate website or store, recalling the item and pulling out a credit card to purchase it. For Shazam and its media partners, it offers a monetization scheme that other legacy media industries would kill for. Related Posts Tags:#television#web john paul titlowcenter_img 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

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Leander Paes, Farhan Akhtar join Trinamool Congress youth wing panel

first_imgTennis star Leander Paes, filmmaker-cum-actor Farhan Akhtar and entrepreneur Sam Pitroda would guide the youth wing of Trinamool Congress, announced West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew and heir apparent Abhishek Banerjee on Monday. Abhishek, who formally launched All India Trinamool Yuva on Monday, announced a team of 12 experts from different fields to guide the youth wing and attract youth to it.”The central advisory committee will have four names from the party. The names are Derek O’Brien, Dinesh Trivedi, Amit Mitra and Partho Chatterjee. The central advisory committee will also have Leander Paes from sports, Farhan Akhtar from entertainment and Sam Pitroda from technology,” Abhishek said. Even as critics behind the scene made sceptical remarks about how Mamata and Trinamool were favouring dynastic politics, Abhishek took the centre stage and made the announcements. With aunt Mamata as the chairperson of the committee and Abhishek the national president of Trinamool Yuva, parallels between the Congress’s first family and this family affair were inevitable. Though Abhishek denied emulating Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi, he seemed to be following his footsteps. He announced to tour various districts of West Bengal in the near future.last_img read more

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Olympiakos Refuses to Play Greek League Game over Refereeing

first_imgATHENS (AP) — Olympiakos says it will not play in Sunday’s Greek basketball league match against Rick Pitino’s Panathinaikos due to a dispute over refereeing.Thursday’s club announcement comes a month after Olympiakos walked out of a Greek Cup semifinal against Panathinaikos, alleging biased officiating, and forfeited the game.Olympiakos said it will not show up for Sunday’s match because Greek referees have been appointed to officiate instead of foreign ones, as it had requested.Under Greek league regulations, a team that refuses to play in a scheduled game is docked six points.Olympiakos is second in the league standings with 35 points in 18 games, one point behind traditional rival Panathinaikos.___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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