Property Crime rises in Santa Monica

first_imgHomeNewsCrimeProperty Crime rises in Santa Monica Jan. 24, 2017 at 7:40 amCrimeProperty Crime rises in Santa MonicaGuest Author4 years agocrimedaily press crimeSanta Monica Crimesanta monica policesmdpsmpdA Santa Monica Police Department squad car leaves the Public Safety Facility on Tuesday. (Daniel Archuleta [email protected])   As property crime goes up across major cities in California, Santa Monica has also seen an increase in serious crime.Part 1 crimes (including murder, arson, burglary, assault, and grand theft auto) are up 5.5 percent in the city, to a total of 4,515 incidents in 2016. Nearly 90 percent of those incidents are property related and the City’s downtown business area is seeing the most concentrated problem.The Police Department divides Santa Monica into four “beats” and SMPD reports 40 percent of all Part One crimes in 2016 happened in Beat 1: the area that encompasses the beach, the Pier and the Promenade.“We know we need to increase our policing patterns there,” Lt. Saul Rodriguez said. “We’re going to add additional officers out there. You’re going to see them.”Overall, theft is the major cause for increased crime in Santa Monica.Police say unattended cars and bikes are the major targets in the city.Lt. Rodriguez says tackling the car thefts have been a challenging task because of the constant stream of tourists in the City. In 2015, 8.3 million visitors came to Santa Monica, according to Santa Monica Travel and Tourism. Rodriguez says tourists are the most likely to leave bags and electronics unattended in cars, a magnet for smash-and-grab thieves. Shoppers visiting downtown can also become targets when they leave purchases visible in their vehicles.As Beat 1 includes Downtown (with its shoppers) and the Beach (with its tourists), the area becomes a crime hotspot.While officers can patrol downtown, it’s up to individual drivers to make sure their cars are not vulnerable to break-in.“There’s even messages when you go into the parking structures: ‘hey lock up your things and secure your car,’” Rodriguez said.In response to the increasing numbers, SMPD has plans to increase manpower. Civilian officers will be assigned to patrol the parking structures and SMPD is also working to fill existing vacancies for sworn officers. The new officers will not expand the size of the department, but by backfilling vacant positions, more officers will be on the streets.Incidents of pick pocketing, purse snatching and shop lifting were relatively stagnant year over year. There were only 11 reported purse snatchings in 2015 and 2016. The number of parts stolen off cars actually went down during that time, from 180 incidents to 143.Late last year, the SMDP released crime statistics surrounding the three Expo Line stops in Santa Monica. The numbers showed an increase of 54 percent in Part 1 crimes, with nearly half occurring within 1,000 feet of the downtown stop.However, Lt. Rodriguez was hesitant to attribute the rise in crime to the light rail. The police department does not track how perpetrators traveled get to Santa Monica: whether they live here, drove or took public transportation.“It’s very rare you have a criminal who commits a crime and tells you how they got to the City,” Rodriguez said. “That’s data that we don’t have right now.”He said other factors could be contributing to the regional increase in crime and significant changes to California law may be behind the uptick in property crime because fewer offenders are spending time in jail. In order to improve prison overcrowding, AB 109 allowed many non-violent, non-serious offenders to get out of jail early. Two years ago, voters passed Proposition 47, reducing sentences for drug possession and petty theft.“We’re very mindful that we need to change and adapt to what’s going on,” Rodriguez said, adding that other agencies will also play in reversing the rising tide of property crime. “We can’t do it all. We’re only one component of this thing.”Light rail remains an extremely safe option for getting to and around the City, according to the Sheriff’s department. Between May 20 and Nov. 20 last year, there were 18 Part 1 crimes committed on the actual train or platforms. Two of those incidents were aggravated assaults related to the shooting that happened on the Downtown Santa Monica Platform.The rest of the 16 crimes were thefts, nearly all of them involving [email protected] :crimedaily press crimeSanta Monica Crimesanta monica policesmdpsmpdshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentA whale, some bourbon and a bit of belly dancingWoman hits jail staffYou Might Also LikeBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press15 hours agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author3 days agoCrimeFeaturedKnife-wielding woman arrested during L.A. Councilman’s speechGuest Author4 days agoCrimeCRIME WATCHNewsCrime WatchGuest Author7 days agoFeaturedNewsAfter local teen’s death, parents protest Snapchat’s inaction against drug dealersClara Harter7 days agoCrimeFeaturedHomeless man loses an eye to BB gun assaultGuest Author1 week agolast_img read more

Sean Dickinson appointed as Unicard CEO

first_imgSean Dickinson has been appointed as the new CEO of transport management solutions and smart ticketing provider, Unicard.Sean will oversee the expansion of the business as Unicard establishes itself in new markets.The firm plans to help customers take advantages of new trends in public transport. It has already delivered account-based ticketing and mobility-as-a-service solutions to local authorities and commercial operators of bus and rail.Commenting on his appointment, Sean says: “The transport landscape is changing. This is due to the current global situation, but also because commuters and passengers demand greater flexibility in the modes and ways in which they travel. Unicard is responding to new market opportunities driven by local authorities which are exploring smart ticketing and greener travel initiatives for alternative modes of transport.“Unicard is a well-respected brand, renowned for the quality of its products and delivery of its services, along with its willingness to collaborate with customers and partners. I intend to build on these values as we move into the next phase of the company’s development”.last_img read more

Cats excited to face outside competition

first_img Session ID: 2020-09-18:10833a1169d3b8b79ae07880 Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-948190-4587992527001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.“It will be good for us as coaches to see the entire team on one bench, to see the flow of the game, substitutions, who’s playing well with who, as opposed to really just going at each other every day in practice,” UK assistant coach John Robic said. “So, I think Monday and the following exhibition game will be really helpful for us.”On a team with as many former five-star recruits as Kentucky, practice and scrimmages tend to offer more competition than many of the non-conference opponents on the Wildcats’ schedule, especially the two exhibition games.At least one UK player who acknowledged the benefit of that in-house competition is still excited to play another opponent.“Playing against the same people over and over, you get to learn how to play with them while playing against them,” Lee said. “But it’s good that we finally have to be a whole team and play against somebody else.”Email Jon Hale at [email protected] . Follow him on Twitter @JonHale_CJ . Session ID: 2020-09-18:670ee0e79cbfe32a92c4a5bd Player ID: videojs-brightcove-player-193066-4588070362001 OK Close Modal DialogCaption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneClose Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Oct 27, 2015; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari coaches his team in the second half of the Blue White scrimmage at Rupp Arena.Oct 27, 2015; Lexington, Kentucky, USA; Kentucky Wildcats head coach John Calipari coaches his team in the second half of the Blue White scrimmage at Rupp Arena.On Monday, they finally get to play a team in another jersey in an exhibition game against Ottawa University.“We’re really excited to play someone that’s not us,” junior guard Mychal Mulder said. “We’re pretty used to playing each other. We know what we all do and do well and don’t do well.”UK fans got their first extended glimpse of the team in Tuesday’s Blue-White Scrimmage, but coaches were forced to mix and match lineups to spread talent across both teams.Matthews continuing to impress for UKMulder, junior forward Marcus Lee, sophomore point guard Tyler Ulis, freshman guard Charles Matthews and freshman forward Skal Labissiere started for the White team in the scrimmage. Senior forward Alex Poythress, junior forward Derek Willis, freshman forward Isaac Humphries and freshman guards Isaiah Briscoe and Jamal Murray started for the Blue team.In the second half, Lee, Matthews and Mulder saw action for the Blue team with Briscoe, Poythress, Murray and Willis also seeing action for the White team. Former walk-on guard EJ Floreal also saw time with both squads.“This isn’t last year where you have two platoons, when you split guys up,” UK head coach John Calipari said after the scrimmage. “It’s hard in this kind of setting. I’m anxious to play a couple exhibition games. Even if they’re not league games, they’re still teams that are going to have organization and have played for two months versus our three weeks.”While no one expects Ottawa, which plays at the NAIA level, to seriously challenge the preseason No. 1 Wildcats, the exhibition offers the first chance for UK coaches to see all their players play on the same team.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUND LEXINGTON, Ky. – For almost an entire month, Kentucky players have gone head to head in preseason practices.Play VideoPlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%0:00 Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window. The Video Cloud video was not found. Error Code: VIDEO_CLOUD_ERR_VIDEO_NOT_FOUNDlast_img read more

Exhibition captures ‘essence of Mandela’

first_imgLarge images now suspended in the halls of the Apartheid Museum bear testimony to Mandela’s life from childhood to recent times. Mandela, an extensive new exhibition that took over a year to put together, has opened at the Apartheid Museum in Johannesburg, and is also set to travel abroad to tell the story of South Africa’s most treasured person. 12 November 2008 At the same time, Tutu said, it was important to remember “that this one who we hold in such high regard is a human being; he was a little boy who herded cattle. What does this say to our children? It says to our children that they don’t come ready-made for heaven.” “We are free today, but remember the cost of that freedom – our freedom did not come cheap – and it cost this man [Mandela] 27 years of his life.” The exhibition will be on at the Apartheid Museum for about a year, while versions of the exhibition are set to travel abroad, with the Nelson Mandela Foundation saying it is in discussion with the Malmo Museum in Sweden and the Museum for African Art in New York. Tutu stressed the importance of South Africans protecting their hard-won freedom, and the need for debate to happen in an open manner in the country. Jakes Gerwel, who has worked closely with Mandela for the past 14 years, first as director-general in the president’s office when Mandela was president, and more recently as chairperson of the Mandela Foundation, said: “Our Madiba . brings a smile to our hearts . a sense of calm and reassurance in a troubled world.” Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, who grew up on the same street in Soweto as Mandela and also went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize, said one of the most important things the exhibition was saying was that South Africans were reclaiming their own history. He said he was sure the scale and ambition of the exhibition would impress audiences, adding: “Madiba’s legacy belongs to us all – and we respect it most effectively when we share it actively.” Among the people who feature in the photos and who had a profound impact on Mandela are his former wife Winnie, former president FW De Klerk, and assassinated SA Communist Party leader Chris Hani. SAinfo reporter and BuaNews Asmal spoke also of Mandela’s great sense of humour, his humanity, and the fact that his legacy “belongs not only to South Africa, to Africa – he’s part of humanity.” Mandela, Gerwel said, had an “exceptional view of humanity. He has an unshakeable faith in the fundamental goodness of people . and he generally believes the world is populated by people like him!” The exhibition, developed by the Nelson Mandela Foundation, the Apartheid Museum and the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha in the Eastern Cape, is made up of photographs, videos and artefacts – including the car that Mercedes Benz workers made for Mandela while he was president of South Africa. After the speeches, a video message to Mandela from United States President-Elect Barack Obama on the occasion of Mandela’s 90th birthday earlier this year was played. “When other people tell your story, they tell it from their own perspective . we want to tell our story, and we want to remember this man who we revere and who the whole world reveres.” Nelson Mandela Museum chairman Kader Asmal, speaking at the opening of the exhibition on Saturday, said the exhibition embodied the essence of Mandela, showing a man “driven by the insatiable desire for peace between people and communities”. Obama said: “I reflected on your courage and your foresight and conviction, and on your fundamental belief that we do not have to accept the world as it is, that we can remake the world as it should be.” “Debate, debate, debate as vigorously as you can – but know the other person has the right to respond . My father used to say to me: ‘Don’t raise your voice; improve your argument.’ Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

#Nextchat RECAP: Preparing for Global Assignments

first_img[View the story “#Nextchat RECAP: Preparing for Global Assignments” on Storify] On February 4, @SHRMNextchat chatted with Sharlyn Lauby and Ron Thomas about Preparing for Global Assignments.This was an excellent chat with great tips and advice from expatriate employees and HR professionals. In case you missed it, here are all the informative tweets from the chat:last_img

ECM/SaaS: On-Demand ECM Open Up Workflow Barriers

first_img12 percent of companies survey in 2007 are planning to adopt an on-demand content management application. Their reasons: on-demand applications are faster, cheaper, easier to deploy, ansd offer greater flexibility. That’s according to a survey from Nucleus Research and reported by Fiona Branton who’s been digging into what’s happening with ECM on-Demand in an Integrated Solutions whitepaper.A big attraction of SaaS is that once documents are available on-Demand on the Internet, it is easy to share information with customers and suppliers too. Standard ECM functionality like roles-based security, check-in, checkout, and workflow routing are handled in the same way as with standard ECM, and in fact is much more powerful because the users are not restricted to be within the corporate infrastructure.Workflows that involve organizations with multiple locations and with the need to exchange information with business partners are especially well suited for On-Demand ECM. For example, hospitals that need to exchange information with clinics, off-site doctor offices, insurance companies, and financial agencies are great candidates for on-Demand SaaS.last_img read more

10 of the best online resources for education (and many are free!)

first_imgCreativity and StorytellingZooBurstWith ZooBurst, storytellers can create online 3D pop-up books on PCs or tablets, which can be linked to or embedded on a web page. Authors/creators can find images and combine them with text to create narrative content. Augmented reality is a really neat touch – hold up printed out pages in front of a webcam and it’ll come alive in 3D.ComicLifeUsing digital photos found in libraries, online or taken in real-life, teachers and students can create comic pages to create high-impact and memorable stories with ComicLife. Children might be more easily persuaded to engage in material which is visually compelling, using their creativity and imagination to create their own narratives.PixtonWith the emergence of graphic novels as legitimate reading material, comics have become particularly interesting to educators, bridging the gap between learning and entertainment. With Pixton, teachers create classroom sites, which students join to use a step-by-step comic creator. They build their own visual stories, indulging their artistic and creative sides.StorybirdWith Storybird, teachers and students can create their own narratives through a free online social community, combining their own words with a library of unique curated art supplied by artists. These stories, which could be about any subject (such as science or history) can be shared or even printed for a fee.I Can PresentGreen-screen technology is not something you associate with teaching, but with I Can Present it’s possible to become broadcast journalists by creating and filming presentations in front of appropriate backgrounds uploaded using image files, combined with the use of a teleprompter. An interesting way to build speaking, listening and creative writing skills. To receive further resources and information like this, sign up to our Intel Education Newsletter Follow us on Twitter or FacebookDiscover more about how Intel is powering innovation in education The internet offers numerous online resources for education. However due to the vast array of tools available it can often be confusing for teachers, students and parents to decide which ones to use and which ones really assist in student learning. In order to help you out, and for our own interest, we asked our Intel Education Ambassadors to list their favourite ones.For a bit of background information, the majority of our Ambassadors are teachers themselves. They are also, to a greater or lesser degree, involved in deciding which technologies find their way into the classrooms of their schools and colleges. They therefore have first-hand experience of using these online tools and resources in the classroom and knowledge of which ones really engage their students.As the list did grow quite long, we’ve split them into those focused on collaboration and communication, and those on creativity and storytelling – though there’s naturally some crossover. Many of the resources are ideally suited to 2 in 1 devices, allowing as they do individual input through a traditional keyboard, and further collaboration and presentation in a tablet form.We hope you find them both useful and inspirational. Visit the Intel Education website for more thought-provoking content.center_img Collaboration and CommunicationToday’s MeetToday’s Meet is a tool which helps teachers generate real-time digital conversations about topics covered in the classroom through easy-to-create chat rooms. These are flexible enough to carry wider conversations between different classes and conduct other useful collaborative tasks.ScribblarScribblar allows the creation of online whiteboards encouraging collaboration between students and teachers. Multiple users can use the whiteboards for drawing, writing and downloading images on different devices such as mobiles, tablets and laptop PCs, communicating through messages or voice chat.CreatelyA business productivity tool that may also be useful for older students. Creately is a tool which allows users to create many different types of diagram, including mind maps and flowcharts. Teachers could also use it in subjects like Chemistry and Maths, such as the creation of Venn diagrams and other projects to share with students.Bubbl.usVisual aids such as mind maps and flowcharts can be useful in education, allowing students to learn visually – very effective in aiding memory and organising thoughts. Bubbl.us allows children and teachers to get stuck in with building these types of diagram in the cloud, which they can then share with others.SeesawSeesaw is a tool which allows students to create their own online journals or portfolios, allowing teachers to see their digital and physical work (captured through photography) all in one place. They can also add text and voice recordings to these which allow them to look back and develop an academic voice. Teachers can also share items with parents when required. last_img read more

In Internet Marketing, Willingness to Learn and Commitment Are More Important Than Software

first_img But, what’s more important is whether they’re committed to doing all the work. .  How much time do you have to dedicate to this? Do you like to build relationships with new people?  Do you pick up new software fairly easily? Spending the time Why is this important to you? Are you decent at interpreting graphs and charts? Originally published Dec 29, 2008 8:45:00 AM, updated March 21 2013 Inbound Marketing Do you like to write? Are you good at writing? . I try to ask all of these questions before we talk about internet marketing. Of course, we talk specifics about blogging, SEO, keyword research, landing pages, lead capture best practices, etc. Topics: Are you interested in learning some new skills? I talk to a lot of business owners and in-house marketers every week. When someone is interested in our How are you planning to hit your goals next year? If you’re considering inbound lead generation as a way to grow your business (and you should be), you should first answer the questions above. Then, you should talk to experts about how you’re going to pull it off and what How many leads and new clients do you need to hit your growth goals next month, next year? If you’ve made the committment to internet mareketing and you’re willing to share some of your answers to the questions above, it would certainly help people who haven’t made the full committment yet. Please share.  ( , I first ask them a bunch of questions about their goals, constraints, abilities and most importantly: their commitment. Some of them include: The software they use certainly matters. I’d get fired if I said otherwise. But, it’s far less important than their committment level.  What happens if you don’t hit these goals? to learn how to turn your website into an internet marketing machine. Download the free webinar Why are you interested in inbound marketing?  Photo by Eschipul .) data, software and skills Webinar: Rethinking Marketing Want to learn more about how you can use inbound marketing to grow your business? How are you doing now against the goals you set last year? you need.  marketing software Learning new internet marketing skills Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more

New Chart: Survey Says Inbound Marketing Budgets on the Rise

first_img The State of Inbound Marketing 2010 Businesses that are increasing inbound marketing budgets said they’re doing so because of “past success with inbound marketing” (58%).  Success includes lead generation and client/customer acquisition: 43% of companies using Facebook have acquired a customer Businesses are putting their money where their mouth is when it comes to inbound marketing. According HubSpot’s Why Spending has Increased Download the webinar now 41% of companies who use Twitter for marketing have acquired a customer from a Twitter-related lead Inbound Marketing The small minority of businesses that are reducing inbound marketing budgets are doing so almost exclusively due to economic conditions. 46% of companies that have blogs have acquired a customer from a blog-generated lead Additionally, those surveyed said inbound marketing channels are more important than any outbound channel. Specifically, social media, blogs, and organic search engine optimization are of greatest importance. Eighty-five percent of respondents rated company blogs as “useful” or better in 2010. And Twitter moved into the second spot with 71% saying it is “useful” or better, compared with 39% in 2009. Topics:  Webinar: The 2010 State of Inbound Marketing Listen to Mike Volpe, VP of Marketing at HubSpot for a 30- minute overview of the 2010 State of Inbound Marketing! Social Media to learn how more than 230 professionals have been using inbound marketing to transform their businesses. 41% of companies that use LinkedIn for marketing have acquired a customer from that source Originally published Apr 28, 2010 5:15:00 AM, updated October 18 2015 What about you? Are you doing more with inbound marketing this year? What success have you seen? report, the majority of the 231 businesses surveyed said they planned to increase their 2010 inbound marketing budgets from 2009 levels. In fact, 88% of those surveyed are either maintaining or increasing their inbound marketing budgets. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlacklast_img read more