What to expect on Election Day

first_imgHomeNewsElectionsWhat to expect on Election Day Nov. 03, 2020 at 6:01 amElectionsFeaturedNewsWhat to expect on Election DayClara Harter7 months agoballotBidendrop-off boxelectionElection 2020election daytrumpvotevote centersPhotos by Clara Harter Across Santa Monica stores are boarding up and ballots are going in. As the City prepares for the possibility of unrest, here is everything you need to know to navigate Election Day.There are ten local vote centers that will be open until 8 p.m today. Residents can register to vote, drop off a ballot, or vote in-person at any center.Polling locations and estimated waiting times can be found at www.locator.lavote.net. Wait times this weekend were at most 15 minutes, but are expected to be longer today.Residents can also mail in a ballot via USPS today or bring it to a drop-off box by 8 p.m. Drop-off boxes are located by the Santa Monica Main Library, the Montana Branch Library, Virginia Avenue Park, Marine Park and the Downtown Santa Monica Expo Station.The County had received ballots from 59 percent of Santa Monica’s registered voters as of midday on Monday. National, state, and county election results will be shared at www.results.lavote.net.The City will release local election results from all votes counted prior to Election Day at 8 p.m. on www.smvote.org, and will update the website continuously as today’s ballots are counted. This website also contains information on candidates for City Council, School Board, Rent Control Board, and College Board.The SMPD does not have any evidence to suggest there are threats to Santa Monica, but will have an increased police presence across the City today.“We are closely monitoring regional activities to keep our community safe and to support the election process essential to our democracy. All City departments are engaged to plan for and preempt any potential threats to community safety,” said City spokesperson Constance Farrell.Storefronts across the City have boarded up their windows in anticipation of civil unrest or criminal activity. Many of these businesses were damaged by the May 31st looting and are not taking any chances on Election Day.The Santa Monica Police Officers Association has partnered with the Peace Officers Research Association to assist local businesses who wish to board up their storefronts.“We don’t have any specific intelligence to suggest that we should expect criminal activity associated with the election here in Santa Monica,” said Erika Aklufi, Santa Monica Police Officers Association President. “What we do know is that our business community is still recovering from the vandalism and looting that occurred on May 31st and that they can’t afford to be hit again. Many of them have also indicated that they can’t afford to board up their storefronts and so our officers felt compelled to help,” said Aklufi.This free service was offered by volunteers from SMPOA, Santa Monica Firefighters, IAFF Local 1109, CT West Construction of Los Angeles and McCarthy Construction of Newport Beach.Interim Chief of Police Jacqueline Seabrooks will share community updates through SMPD social media. Anyone with information about a potential threat should email [email protected]@smdp.comTags :ballotBidendrop-off boxelectionElection 2020election daytrumpvotevote centersshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentWhat’s the Point? – CLARE|MATRIX CELEBRATES 50 YEARS OF SAVING LIVESPolls remain quiet as early voting tops 2.6 million in LAYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall5 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press16 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson16 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter16 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor16 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press16 hours agolast_img read more

In Brief

first_imgVOLKSWAGEN has launched an appeal against a European Court of First Instance ruling upholding the Commission’s decision to fine the company for alleged anti-competitive practices. The CFI ruled in July that the Commission was justified in punishing the carmaker, but reduced the fine from 102 million euro to 90 million euro after concluding that the infringement occurred only over a three-year period. The Commission levied the fine after concluding that VW had barred its Italian distributor from selling cars to consumers in Germany and Austria.BANCO Commercial Portugues and Greek insurer Interamerican Hellenic Life Insurance have received clearance from EU regulators to set up a banking joint venture called NovaBank. Regulators said the deal would not create or strengthen a dominant position and found no significant overlaps in the parties’ activities outside the planned venture in Greece.EU COMPETITION officials have approved plans by Salzgitter to buy steel tubes maker Mannesmann-Roehrenwerke. The deal was cleared after Salzgitter promised to continue offering plate and hot-rolled wide-strip steel to smaller manufacturers in a non-discriminatory way. THE Commission has approved plans by Alstom to buy a majority stake in railway rolling stock manufacturer Fiat Ferroviaria, a unit of car giant Fiat. Officials said the deal would not affect competition in the Union’s rail equipment market.OIL giant TotalFinaElf’s offer to sell 70 service stations in France to win regulatory approval for the newly-merged oil company has been rejected by the Commission. A spokeswoman said the firm’s list of potential buyers of the motorway service stations was unacceptable because the new owners would not be able to compete with the French giant.COMPETITION Commissioner Mario Monti said this week that the recent spate of media and Internet mergers required anti-trust authorities to change the way they look at market dominance. His comments came as the Commission considers whether to clear or block EMI Group’s 23-billion euro joint venture with Time Warner’s music division as well as Time Warner’s 173-billion euro merger with America Online. Monti said it might be necessary to look at how the industries are structured to see whether the parties’ commercial interest in maintaining the status quo is hampering the development of Internet services.ENERGY Commissioner Loyola de Palacio has warned that the EU will force electricity grid operators to open their networks to competitors if they fail to do so voluntarily. “If no rapid progress is made by voluntary agreements, the Commission will shoulder its responsibility and draft legislative proposals,” she said.last_img read more

Next hurdle for Mission Gateway plan is city council vote later this month

first_imgThe Gateway propertyThe next hurdle for the Mission Gateway plan will come later this month when the city council considers a preliminary site plan recently passed by the Mission Planning Commission.The latest proposal is similar to one that was approved by the council in January, but adds 74 market rate apartments above the 155,000 square foot Walmart store that anchors the east end of the development.Mayor Steve Schowengerdt broke a 4-4 council tie to approve the last plan which also had retail, a hotel, apartments and a potential office building. But since that vote, a city election brought three new members to the city council, which has the potential to change the outcome. The plan will come to the council at its Aug. 17 meeting.If the preliminary site plan gets council approval on Aug. 17, the city council has tentatively scheduled work sessions on Aug. 24 and Aug. 31. Those work sessions would be dedicated to other aspects of the Gateway plan such as the development agreement and any public participation in financing. Both would require council approval.Previous Gateway development proposals have included requests for Tax Increment Financing (TIF) and Community Improvement Districts (CID) that would collect increases in property tax and additional sales tax at the site to offset construction costs. The council already has held one work session to brief council members on the public financing intricacies.last_img read more

Thinking about the future helps overcome relationship conflicts

first_imgShare on Twitter Share on Facebook LinkedIn Email Pinterestcenter_img Thinking about the future helps overcome relationship conflicts, according to a University of Waterloo study just published online in Social Psychological and Personality Science.“When romantic partners argue over things like finances, jealousy, or other interpersonal issues, they tend to employ their current feelings as fuel for a heated argument. By envisioning their relationship in the future, people can shift the focus away from their current feelings and mitigate conflicts,” said Alex Huynh, a doctoral candidate in psychology and lead author of the study, which he published with Igor Grossmann from the University of Waterloo, and Daniel Yang from Yale University.Previous research has shown that taking a step back, and adopting a distanced fly-on-the-wall-type of perspective can be a positive strategy for reconciliation of interpersonal struggles. For example, prior research by Grossmann and colleagues suggests that people are able to reason more wisely over issues of infidelity when they are asked to do so from a third-person perspective. Huynh and his collaborators investigated whether similar benefits in reasoning and relationship well-being can be induced by simply stepping back and thinking about the future. Share Study participants were instructed to reflect on a recent conflict with a romantic partner or a close friend. One group of participants were then asked to describe how they would feel about the conflict one year in the future, while another group was asked to describe how they feel in the present.The team examined participants’ written responses through a text-analysis program for their use of pronouns – such as I, me, she, he. These choices of pronouns were used to capture participants’ focus on the feelings and behaviour of those involved in the conflict. Written responses were also examined for beneficial reasoning strategies – for example, forgiveness and reinterpreting the conflict more positively.The researchers found that thinking about the future affected both participants’ focus on their feelings, and their reasoning strategies. As a result, participants reported more positivity about their relationship altogether. In particular, when study participants extended their thinking about the relationship a year into the future, they were able to show more forgiveness and reinterpret the event in a more reasoned and positive light.The way people respond to conflict is an essential component for relationship maintenance, say the researchers.“Our study demonstrates that adopting a future-oriented perspective in the context of a relationship conflict – reflecting on how one might feel a year from now – may be a valuable coping tool for one’s psychological happiness and relationship well-being,” said Huynh.The research also has potential implications for understanding how prospection, or future-thinking, can be a beneficial strategy for a variety of conflicts people experience in their everyday lives.last_img read more

Live Stream for Opening Ceremony of CARICOM Heads Meeting

first_img A Caribbean Creative Industries Management Unit proposed… Mar 3, 2015 Youths from disadvantaged background sing to CARICOM Heads The Opening Ceremony for the 26th Inter-sessional meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government in The Bahamas will be streamed live from 10:30 a.m. (Eastern Caribbean time) on Thursday 26 February 2015. The stream can be followed on  the ZNS TV Bahamas website http://www.znsbahamas.com/ and on the CARICOM Today newsblog www.today.caricom.org The Ceremony, at the Melia Nassau Beach Resort, will be addressed by CARICOM Chairman, Prime Minister of The Bahamas, Rt. Hon. Perry Christie; immediate past Chairman, Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Hon. Gaston Browne and CARICOM Secretary-General Ambassador Irwin LaRocque. You may be interested in… Feb 27, 2018 CARICOM Heads: Outcomes, Questions center_img Feb 26, 2018 Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Out-going CARICOM Chairman addresses Inter-Sessional Meeting… Feb 26, 2020 Share this on WhatsApplast_img read more