RelatedPost Hurricane Clean-Up Extended to October 7 RelatedPost Hurricane Clean-Up Extended to October 7 RelatedPost Hurricane Clean-Up Extended to October 7 Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The post-Hurricane Dean Clean-up exercise has been extended to Sunday (Oct. 7), to facilitate the further removal of all debris from communities in the corporate area.“There are still a number of areas where debris is on the sidewalks, areas such as Vineyard Town and a number of areas uptown,” said Co-coordinator of the project, Kingsley Thomas.Mr. Thomas, who was addressing the (Oct. 2) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, said that while the two-day clean-up exercise undertaken last weekend was fairly successful, one of the major challenges was the turnaround time of the trucks that were being used to transport the collected debris.“For instance, the rubble collected in Portland Cottage (Clarendon) had to be dumped and disposed of in Riverton City. That is a two and a half or three hours turnaround time in terms of truck time. The trucks were inadequate to collect all the garbage on time,” he pointed out.In outlining the work that was undertaken in the corporate area on the weekend, Mr. Thomas said that the first day of the exercise was focused on the removal of domestic garbage from inner-city areas.“This was considered extremely important because as the Ministry of Health outlined, there was the threat of dengue fever outbreak, malaria and leptospirosis, and so the focus on that day was to clean-up domestic garbage and that was substantially completed,” he informed.Citizens in residential areas where asked to place all debris on the sidewalks for collection by trucks the following day.Mr. Thomas expressed his gratitude to all the volunteers and private sector organisations that participated in the two-day clean-up activity. Post Hurricane Clean-Up Extended to October 7 UncategorizedOctober 2, 2007
“The best indicator of that is if the Valley were its own city, it would be the fifth or sixth largest in the U.S. – and the only one of such population density that does not currently have a major performing arts center like the one we’re building now.” Home to nearly 2 million of the county’s 10 million residents, the San Fernando Valley has long needed such a venue and county Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky said expanding cultural arts in the region would be a cultural and economic boon. “The arts are an economic engine. They employ a lot of people,” said the supervisor, who represents the Valley on the county board and has pushed the project for years. “And it has the possibility of finally being a critical mass of bringing another kind of programming to the San Fernando Valley that UCLA has had, and USC to some extent.” The county-owned Music Center – one of the three largest performing arts centers in the nation – is set to sign a unique agreement today with the university to begin exploring joint programming. CSUN and county officials hope the resident companies at the Music Center would use the CSUN facility to showcase their performances. Yaroslavsky said they’ve had serious conversations with the L.A. Opera and the Center Theater group. “That relationship doesn’t exist with any other university and the county and it’s going to bring the kind of programming that otherwise wouldn’t have been seen in the San Fernando Valley,” he said. Catherine Babcock, spokeswoman for the Music Center, said officials are excited about the new relationship with the university. “The partnership is a really exciting one as we’re being looked to in this collaboration as an adviser and consultant,” Babcock said. “I don’t think we know what the possibilities are.” The project is nearly 75 percent funded with $56 million from a state bond measure passed in 1996, about $15 million in private funding, and the $2 million from the county. Koester hopes full funding would be reached in three years. Construction is scheduled to begin this year, with completion in late 2009. David Fleming, chairman of the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce, said the new center would serve as a cultural and economic landmark for the Valley. “This new center, which will be one of the finest in the world, will provide … the world’s finest artistic symphonic and dramatic entertainment,” Fleming said. “There will be two facilities in L.A. County – Disney Hall and this performing arts center – that will be the cream of the crop.” [email protected] (818) 713-3722160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Giving a boost to performing arts in the San Fernando Valley, Los Angeles County officials are expected to announce today a $2 million investment in a local university performing arts center and an unprecedented partnership with the Music Center. The $100 million performing arts center at California State University, Northridge, would be the largest in the Valley and include a centerpiece 1,700-seat auditorium to accommodate music, dance, theater and film performances. For the first time, it would bring to the Valley a venue large enough for full-scale Broadway productions and operas. “There’s a total absence in the San Fernando Valley we’re going to address with this hall,” CSUN President Jolene Koester said.