Pasadena Water and Power Report Says the Utility Generated More than $261 Million Last Year

first_img More Cool Stuff Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Subscribe Make a comment First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Of The Most Notorious Female Spies In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Dos And Don’ts Of Tinder You Must KnowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeauty Top of the News Business News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Water and Power has released its Annual Report for 2015, indicating the utility generated more than $261 million in operating revenue and invested more than $86 million in system improvements.The report also showed PWP has contributed over $18 million to the City’s General Fund to support vital public services.PWP reported key accomplishments in the annual report including the continuous work on the Glenarm Repowering Project which will provide 71 megawatts of clean, natural gas-fueled power to the city. The project is expected to significantly improve the local power generation and provide clean, efficient and reliable power by 2016.PWP also completed and submitted the Environmental Impact Report for the city’s Non-Potable Water Project, achieved respective ratings of AA+ and AA affirmed by Fitch Ratings for water and electric revenue bonds, and is on target to achieve a Renewable Portfolio Standard of 40 percent which exceeds the state goal.The utility also replaced approximately 40 utility poles and 14.6 miles of underground cable and overhead lines, as well as 2.5 miles of aging water mains, and provided various school programs, online educational tools, publications, incentives and more than 60 workshops to encourage water and energy conservation.With the ongoing drought creating challenges for water agencies, PWP conducted over 60 public workshops, campaigns and incentive programs to educate and engage the public as the city strives to comply with a state-mandated water goal of 28 percent.PWP’s processes for water waste monitoring and reporting have also been bolstered with combined efforts estimated to save approximately 1,700 acre-feet of water per year.PWP introduced a variety of tools that enable customers to report and receive outage information by phone, mobile device, or online.The annual report also mentioned that investment in emerging technologies to improve communication and convenience, streamline data, and encourage water conservation and energy efficiency continues to be an ongoing priority for PWP. faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy latest #1 Pasadena Water and Power Report Says the Utility Generated More than $261 Million Last Year Published on Monday, May 9, 2016 | 8:41 pm Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Frank Zappa Estate Teams With Luxury Design Brand For Swanky, Limited-Release Record Console

first_imgToday, the Frank Zappa Estate has announced a new collaboration with the luxury design brand LUNO for a limited-edition record console, marking the latest addition to LUNO’s luxury hi-fi console series. Dubbed the “SSKL Soundwave, FZ Limited Edition,” only ten of the meticulously crafted console will available to the public for purchase. Notably, the record console includes “a solid brass soundwave from Frank Zappa’s “Sofa No. 1″ musical composition that is meticulously inlaid by hand and made flush with the walnut door.”Furthermore, the SSKL Soundwave, FZ Limited Edition will also include vinyl selections of Frank Zappa’s prolific catalog of records, a minibar featuring Zappa-themed whiskey glasses, storage for 150 records, a Groovewasher Kit, and signed, numbered, and dated certificate of authenticity. As for the mechanics of the console, each piece is handcrafted and hand-wired in Los Angeles by experienced craftsmen and engineers. The SSKL Soundwave, FZ Limited Edition will come equipped with a Pro-Ject Esprit SB turntable, 2.1 speaker system, 100w subwoofer, 2 aux inputs, and AirPlay so you can stream from any Apple device.Ahmet Zappa, Frank Zappa’s son, explained,When I first came across Luno’s record consoles, I immediately started drooling and knew I had to get my hands on one. … I telephonically stalked Luno headquarters and was invited over for a visit to hear one of their consoles in all its glory. I was blown away. Thus began the dream of collaborating. Our goal was simple, let’s make something unique for Zappa fans and all true audiophiles everywhere. Jennifer and Dan were up for the challenge and amazing to work with. We love the end results and I’m very proud of our Zappa Luno Console. At Zappa Records, we take the manufacturing of our vinyl very seriously and it’s equally important to have an exceptional record player on which to play it. We conduct extensive testing for quality audio control during production and this console–capable of making sweet, sweet audio love to your ears–is being used for just this purpose. From the wood finish, to the original speaker fabric (authentic Marshall Salt & Pepper Grill Cloth, the same one used on vintage Marshall amps), to the brass inlay WAV file from Frank’s ‘Sofa #1,’ it’s just what The Grand Wazoo would want for you.As Jennifer Farmer, the co-founder of LUNO, added,We are big Zappa fans and when our paths crossed, we jumped at the opportunity to collaborate! We immediately went to the drawing board to present some ideas. After months of back and forth concepts, the idea of clipping a soundwave file from a song and applying it to the unit was born. We then spent another several months figuring out how to make that vision come to life. And while it looks effortless, complicated techniques were involved in making it happen. At LUNO, we pride ourselves on innovative designs and we’re extremely proud of the final result and are honored to have created this unit with the wonderful folks over at Zappa.These custom-made Frank Zappa-inspired record consoles are only available for order via LUNO’s website.last_img read more

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‘Elements of Architecture’ reprised by Koolhaas

first_imgIn a first for the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD), a cohort of its students designed the main exhibit at the prestigious International Architecture Exhibition at the Venice Biennale. This year’s Biennale, the 14th, opened June 7 and runs through Nov. 23.“Elements of Architecture,” the main exhibit, is on view in Giardini’s Central Pavilion at the Venice exhibition. To put it together, 24 students worked over the past two years under the direction of main exhibit curator Rem Koolhaas, professor in practice of architecture and urban design at the GSD. They enrolled in GSD’s Studio Abroad program and set up at Koolhaas’ OMA/AMO Rotterdam office to do research, design, and production work.“Elements of Architecture” expounds on the concept of architectural fundamentals like floors, walls, ceilings, roofs, and stairs that are used by architects anywhere and anytime. In addition to producing the exhibition, the students worked on a 12-volume catalog.“We are trying to look in a new way at the most elementary components of architecture,” explained Koolhaas. “We will encounter similarities and differences, but more than anything else, we will see how these seemingly stable elements are constantly evolving in time.”On Friday, “Elements of Architecture” was reprised in Cambridge as Koolhaas expounded on the exhibit during a lecture that kicked off GSD’s “The Grounded Visionaries” weekend (Sept. 12-14). Koolhaas was later joined in discussion by several of the students who participated in the studio and helped build the exhibit in Venice.The opening event at Sanders Theatre included remarks by Harvard President Drew Faust and GSD Dean Mohsen Mostafavi.Studio Abroad with Rem Koolhaas at the 2014 Venice Biennale, Part II <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Z0IHFnmgCs” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/8Z0IHFnmgCs/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> For the past two years, 24 students enrolled in Harvard Graduate of School of Design’s Studio Abroad program have been based in Rem Koolhaas’s OMA /AMO Rotterdam Office carrying out research, design, and production work for the exhibition “Elements of Architecture” featured at the 14th International Architecture Exhibition of the Biennale in Venice, Italy. For more information about the Studio Abroad Program, visit gsd.harvard.edu/studioabroad.last_img read more

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Writer shares struggle as gay Christian

first_imgIn a lecture at Saint Mary’s College entitled “Godly but Gay,” South Bend writer and speaker Joel Barrett shared his experiences as a Baptist pastor, getting married to a woman and attending three years of ex-gay therapy before deciding to accept himself as gay.Barrett said he grew up in a Christian fundamentalist church whose members were hostile to homosexuality.“I grew up in a church where the preachers would mock feminine men as a way to bond with the congregation,” Barrett said. “They would talk about how all gays should be put on an island so that they could die from disease and burn in the hellfires of damnation.”“When you spend your whole life knowing that God hates you for something you have no control over, you start to believe it,” Barrett said. “I remember there were days where I would look at myself in the mirror and think every bad thought about myself in hopes that if I hated that person enough, I could separate that person from myself.”Barrett said he considered his homosexuality a spirituality problem, which he tried to solve by going to a Baptist college, becoming a pastor, getting married and having children.“The goal was to be this good godly person, and that’s what I wanted to be,” he said. “I’ll just keep trying to do that because I didn’t know what else to do, and if no one knew I was gay, I could keep being godly, but if the moment ever came where someone found out I was gay, then I could no longer be godly because that had been made very clear to me.”Still, Barrett said keeping his secret was “a long slow spiral.”“When you’re holding in this secret it doesn’t just stay there; it has to explode at some time,” he said.Barrett said he eventually called a straight conversion therapist.“There is no science behind any of it … I was so in need of therapy that it actually helped me,” he said. “There was no lack of love in my childhood home or in my current life. It made me realize that I couldn’t accept this love because it was conditional; I knew that the only way to see if their love was real was to tell people around me.”Barrett said he began to develop more authentic relationships with others, but he felt no change in identity, after three years of biweekly group meetings, weekly counseling sessions, retreats and conferences, Barrett said he decided to “admit who I was.”“I remember feeling really scared about coming out and what God would do,” he said. “I had a talk with Him and said, ‘I’m going to start living as a gay man. If you have a problem with it, will you please let me know?’ None of the terrible things my Baptist church told me would happen have happened.“I have never retreated, never regretted. I don’t believe in ex-gay therapy. While it didn’t hurt me, a lot of people have recanted it or come out with books that it did a lot of damage. If it had come at a different point in my life, it could have been really destructive for me.”Barrett said while he does not hold the same faith he had as a child, he is not bitter about religion.“I look at it in the light that faith is important,” he said. “The God I was taught about, I don’t believe in that God. I’m very open to God showing me what He is; I find church in unexpected places with different people.“Today I am married to my husband, together we raised my three children. My kids love us, they’re proud of us, we’re proud of them … life is good and I love it.”Tags: Christian, gay, Godly but Gay, Joel Barrettlast_img read more

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Leading buyout group to back renewable energy development in Middle East, Africa

first_imgLeading buyout group to back renewable energy development in Middle East, Africa FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Financial Times ($):Blackstone, the world’s largest buyout group, is launching a standalone company to invest “hundreds of millions of dollars” in renewable power assets in the Middle East and north Africa, said people familiar with the plans.The new business, named Zarou after an ancient bridge built on the River Nile to connect Africa and Asia, aims to tap into rising electricity demand in the region by buying and developing renewable and thermal power generation.The projects’ enterprise value, a measure that includes net debt, could be in the billions of dollars, the people familiar with the venture said. “There is plenty of appetite.” Zarou will also invest in oil and gas assets and water infrastructure.Economic growth in the region combined with huge population increases has driven demand for electricity and new infrastructure to produce it. Countries in the Middle East and north Africa historically have been reliant on hydrocarbons to meet energy requirements — either by importing these fossil fuels or by using up domestic resources. But they are now increasingly looking to renewables.More ($): Blackstone launches Africa-Middle East power venturelast_img read more

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