Thursday night meals for the homeless will move off the Promenade

first_imgHomeFeaturedThursday night meals for the homeless will move off the Promenade Sep. 10, 2018 at 11:44 amFeaturedNewsThursday night meals for the homeless will move off the PromenadeKate Cagle3 years agohomelessNewspromenadeTaking a load off: A homeless man rests on the Third Street Promenade, a popular hangout. (File photo) The decade-long ritual of serving a vegan meal to local homeless people on the Third Street Promenade each Thursday night will move to the Salvation Army’s Fourth Street location this fall, as part of a “delicate” compromise between the organizers, two nonprofits, the City and Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.“We’re extraordinarily grateful to all who are involved in this program who have come to the table to continue to provide nutritious, vegan meals to our homeless community and a comfortable and safe environment,” said Downtown Santa Monica, Inc, CEO Kathleen Rawson.International nonprofit Food Not Bombs started the weekly meal service over a decade ago.  Each night volunteers cook enough food for about a hundred homeless people. Coupled with the move to the Salvation Army, local nonprofit West Coast Care will provide a representative to help those in need find housing and other social services. The DTSM ambassadors will also provide logistical support.“Speaking as a volunteer, I can say that our location will change; our mission will not,” said Food Not Bombs volunteer Tom Weitzel. “We serve on Thursday nights to offer a few moments of respect and community along with some healthy food to neighbors less fortunate than us.”While it has always taken place at the north end of the Promenade, the group had recently moved to the front of the former Barnes and Noble location, where city officials are anxious for a new business to move in.  Mayor Ted Winterer told the Daily Press prospective tenants had looked at the property but cited the homeless as a deterrent to signing a lease.On Tuesday, Winterer and Mayor Pro-Tempore Gleam Davis will urge the City Council to allocate $20,000 of discretionary funds to the Salvation Army for infrastructure improvements to host the meal service. The nonprofit already has a meal service on weekends but will use the money to improve its restroom facilities among other repairs.“We see these individuals all of the time,” said Lt. Erin Wikle. She said the partnership will benefit those who rely on the free dinner by connecting them with more services. “I don’t think that we can leave it with just providing a meal. It is essential to be connecting individuals who need help with resources.”The move indoors will cap a long, storied history between Food Not Bombs and the City of Santa Monica over serving free meals on the city’s most popular tourist destination. In 2002, the City passed a law that said “no person shall distribute or serve food to the public on a public street or sidewalk without City authorization,” that carried a $1,000 fine and possible jail time.  Food Not Bombs protested and filed a lawsuit that went all the way to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.The rule has since been clarified and nonprofits are not required to get a permit or license to distribute food as long as they don’t interfere with use of the sidewalks.Sixteen years later, more people are homeless in Santa Monica than at any other time since the city began keeping count.  The number of unsheltered homeless in Santa Monica increased 11 percent to 646 people in 2018, according to the city’s annual report on the homeless.Mayor Winterer said the new partnership between multiple nonprofits, including West Coast Care, will provide long-term help to those in need. West Coast Care estimates they helped 474 people find housing in 2017, and got 530 people off the streets through programs, shelters or employment. The Santa Monica-based non-profit also helps connect transient individuals with their family and provides bus tickets home.“These services are not muffins and massages,” said Mayor Winterer. “The services are intended to get people off the streets.”Volunteers will continue to feed the homeless on the Promenade while the Salvation Army makes the physical improvements. Rawson said she expects the move to happen in the coming [email protected] :homelessNewspromenadeshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentKate CagleSenior ReporterSenior reporter for the Santa Monica Daily Pressview all postsCouncil looking for expert team to address changing technologySeptember is California Pedestrian Safety MonthYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall9 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson20 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter20 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor20 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press20 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press20 hours agolast_img read more

Canada’s Rebecca Howard Jumps into 15th Place After Cross-Country

first_img We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! SIGN UP Rebecca Howard from Marlborough, GBR and Riddle Master made a remarkable leap up the individual eventing standings at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games after completing the challenging cross-country course with no added jumping penalties on Aug. 8.Aug. 8, 2016, Rio de Janeiro, BRA – Canada’s Rebecca Howard from Marlborough, GBR made a huge jump on the leaderboard, moving up into 15th place individually, following the cross-country phase of eventing on Aug. 8 at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, BRA.In the team standings, Howard, 37, along with Colleen Loach, 33, from Dunham, QC, Jessica Phoenix, 32, from Cannington, ON and Kathryn Robinson, 31, from Kettering, UK, moved up one spot from their dressage placing into 11th on a team total of 331.10 heading into the final show jumping phase on Aug. 9. Cross-country also resulted in a shakeup at the top of the leaderboard, with Australia provisionally in the lead on a team score of 150.30, New Zealand in second (154.80) and France holding third (161.00).Howard put in a pivotal performance for Canada in the cross-country phase, designed by Pierre Michelet of France (FEI 4*) and featuring 33 obstacles and 45 jumping efforts over a 5,840m track. Partnered with Riddle Master (Rodero x Eyes to Rule), a 15-year-old Canadian Sport Horse gelding owned by Blithe Hill Farm, she  added no jumping penalties and just 12.40 time penalties on the challenging course. This brought her two-phase score to 61.80, and allowed her to leap up the individual standings, from 41st to 15th.“I’m thrilled, and thrilled with my horse,” Howard commented after completing the course, which saw just three athletes go double-clear. A total of 44 horse-rider combinations out of the starting field of 65 incurred time penalties, 20 added jumping penalties, and 17 were eliminated. “It’s just a huge sense of relief coming in and having gone clear jumping.”“I took two long routes, and that put us in a bit slower,” Howard continued. “I wanted to come home and not add any jumping penalties to our team score. I really felt like I should be able to do that. I’m sitting on an experienced horse that has done enough. So it’s basically just a sense of relief that we were able to do that.”Howard had plenty of praise for her long-time partner, Riddle Master who also joined her at the London 2012 Olympic Games. “He’s an experienced horse and he’s just a genuine, great jumper so he’s a pleasure to be on out there. Even if we were a bit off coming into some of the combinations, his genuine knowledge and want to do the job got us out. He tries his guts out to get through the flags every time.”Phoenix, 32, who was the first athlete of the Games to set out on the cross-country course, also made a move up in the individual standings, jumping nine spots into 41st. Riding A Little Romance (A Fine Romance x Donaufurst), an 11-year-old Thoroughbred/Trakehner mare owned by Donald Leschied, she crossed the finish line with 40 jumping penalties for two refusals and 35.60 time penalties, making 127.60 her two-phase score heading into the final day of competition.“To go first out of the box at the Olympics is amazing and I’m glad I could be here on A Little Romance to do it,” said Phoenix, who is making her second consecutive Olympic appearance in Rio.Speaking of the challenges Phoenix encountered on course, she said, “(A Little Romance) was just a little bit shy coming out into this venue. She’s never really seen anything this big. So, definitely, I had to really get behind her and get going. And then, honestly, she dug down and gave it her all and I couldn’t be more proud of A Little Romance today.”Continuing the Canadian trend, Loach moved 12 spots up in the standings into 45th place individually aboard Qorry Blue d’Argouges, a 12-year-old Selle Francais gelding sired by Mr. Blue and owned by London 2012 Olympian, Peter Barry. Two refusals resulted in 40 jumping penalties and 45.20 time penalties for the duo, who will carry forward a score of 141.70.“I made a mistake at jump nine and missed my line for the skinny, so that was unfortunate,” explained Loach, whose Olympic debut in Rio also represented her first time competing over a 4* level cross-country course with Qorry Blue d’Argouges. “The second run-out, a camera was buzzing on the lines right beside his head and distracting him.”“After I had my second stop, I was like, ‘Colleen, you cannot have another stop, you have to finish for your team.’” That was my main goal, to finish, to put the rest out of my mind and ride like I know I can ride,” continued Loach. “My horse is awesome and I’m happy I finished for my team. He’s a super horse and a really good horse on cross-country.”Unfortunately Robinson and Let It Bee, her 15-year-old Westphalian gelding, were eliminated late in the course after reaching the maximum three refusals allowed on cross-country.“I’m disappointed. I was a bit too cautious and a bit backwards,” explained Robinson. “I was just worried; a couple people had fallen on the turns and he is a big horse. I rode a bit overprotective, but we came back in one piece and we’ll move on to another competition.”Eventing competition at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games will come to a close on Aug. 9 with the show jumping phase, followed by individual and team medal ceremonies. Next up for equestrian sport at the Games will be dressage, which gets underway with the Team Grand Prix on Aug. 10 and 11. Tags: 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Rio 2, center_img Horse Sport Enews More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Email*last_img read more

Pop-up coach route firm wins £352,000 backing

first_imgJaguar Land Rover (JLR), former Addison Lee CEO Liam Griffin and other ‘angel investors’ are making a $450,000 (£352,000) pre-seed investment in ‘pop-up’ coach firm Zeelo.Zeelo has big ambitions: “We’re going to be the people to run the first autonomous coach trip in the UK.”The London-based start-up runs coaches on-demand, mainly to sporting and music events, with a large database of coach operators which it hires. It was founded by Barney Williams and Sam Ryan, who sold their start-up ‘JumpIn’, a taxi booking and sharing app for students, to Addison Lee in 2014 while at university.Big Plans: Zeelo founders Sam Ryan and Barney WilliamsJLR’s investment comes through its InMotion Ventures mobility programme, which has invested in start-ups such as Lyft and GoKid.Zeelo uses ‘big data’ and ‘machine learning’ to understand where surges in travel demand are appearing and creates pop-up coach routes. Its algorithm analyses and learns from multiple data sources allowing it to generate routes that are poorly served by public transport.“Zeelo was born out of our frustration of scheduled transport not catering well for surges in demand,” says Mr Williams. “We aim to understand what people actually need, rather than forcing them into certain types of transport.”In a series of trials since February, Zeelo has carried 3,000 people, as well as piloting a joint initiative with a Premier League football club.The investment will begin Zeelo’s roll-out across the UK, with an initial focus on event travel. It says the inter-urban transport market is worth £42bn a year.In a series of trials since February, Zeelo has carried 3,000 people“Competitors, including Megabus and National Express, run scheduled services meaning they don’t cater well for large surges in demand,” says Mr Williams. “This leads to multiple stops, changes en route, and a poorer customers experience.”Zeelo will roll out across the UK in 2017 and early 2018, with plans to roll out into Europe in late 2018.last_img read more

Casey Lynn Malet

first_img Casey was preceded in death by his father, Marcus Johnson, Sr. and grandmother, Sonya Yvonne Malet. Next UpFuneral services will be held Saturday, April 16, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Levingston Funeral Home in Groves with Reverend Charles Miller officiating.  Burial will follow at Oak Bluff Memorial Park.Visitation for family and friends will be from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Friday, April 15, 2016 at the funeral home. Surviving relatives include his mother, Mary Jimmie Lou Johnson of Groves, Texas; sons, Silas Malet and Nolan Malet both of Charlotte, North Carolina; brothers, Marcus Adam Johnson, Jr. and wife Melanie of Nederland, Texas; Kyle Louis Johnson of Groves, Texas.center_img Casey Lynn Malet, 29, of Groves, Texas passed away Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at Breckenridge Hospital in Austin, Texas.Casey was born July 7, 1986 in Port Arthur, Texas.  He was a lifelong resident of Groves and worked for Associated Marine as a First Mate on a tugboat.last_img read more

ACS State Championships ‘bringing game’ to Port Arthur; come watch!

first_imgMore than 400 pool players will gather for the American CueSports Alliance 2018 ACS Texas State Championships in Port Arthur on Oct. 24–28.The public is invited to watch the tournament from 10 a.m. to midnight Wednesday through Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Robert A. “Bob” Bowers Civic Center, 3401 Cultural Center Drive in Port Arthur. More than 40 pool tables will be set up for the tournament.There is no charge to watch the tournament. “We’re ready for the players. This is the first event of this kind to be held at the civic center as the group moves in over 40 pool tables. We know they’re here to compete, and we extend an invitation for them to unwind in Port Arthur and enjoy our scenic views and restaurants,” Port Arthur Convention & Visitors Bureau director Tammy Kotzur said.For a list of past ACS-Texas winners, visit www.acs-texas.netFor more information on Port Arthur’s hotels and attractions, visit “ACS Texas is super excited about bringing our game to Port Arthur,” treasurer Janet Ybarra said.The first place winner will receive entry fees to the ACS Nationals in Las Vegas in May 2019. There will be doubles, singles and team events“This year, $10,000 has been added to prize money, thanks to local sponsor Reel Cajun Seafood Restaurant and Bar,” Ybarra said.center_img “But, it’s just a game. You win some, you lose some. As long as you’re having fun… That’s what counts,” Ybarra said.Prize sponsor Tony Nguyen, owner of Reel Cajun in Port Arthur and Lumberton, is also owner of Diamond Sports Bar & Grill in Port Arthur. He said pool is now his passion.“I grew up playing it. It’s embedded in me. It’s something I love to do,” Nguyen said.Past tournaments have been staged in cities such as Fort Worth, Belton and Midland-Odessa.last_img read more