Latest elephant plan not peanuts

first_img The estimated cost: $38.7 million, to be financed through $25 million in pre-approved Proposition A and CC bond funds; $11 million borrowed from the city’s Municipal Improvement Corp.; $1 million from city coffers; and $2 million in private donations. “Sounds expensive,” said Jon Coupal, president of the Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association. “Notwithstanding the political symbolism, Republicans should not even stand for this. People can drive 100 miles to San Diego Wild Animal Park.” Villaraigosa, who had not read the proposal, reiterated Friday afternoon his general opposition to keeping elephants in zoos. “My interest is in ensuring our elephants are healthy and safe and I believe they are safer when they are not in zoos,” Villaraigosa said. “I need to digest this proposal.” The mayor, who has pledged to eliminate the city’s nearly $300 million budget deficit within five years, said he appreciates that the majority of the elephant proposal comes from bonds and private sources. Critics were quick to denounce the size of an exhibit they say is too small for elephants used to more space in the wild. “It wouldn’t be enough,” said Assemblyman Lloyd Levine, D-Van Nuys, who introduced a bill last month to require zoos to maintain at least five acres for up to three elephants. “Elephants need more space than that.” “Its cruel to the elephants – that exhibit will take four to six years to build,” added Melya Kaplan, executive director for Voice for the Animals, an animal-welfare group. “It is basically fiscally irresponsible for the city to spend this kind of money for a substandard exhibit.” Dana Bartholomew, (818) 713-3730 dana.bartholomew@dailynews.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The Elephants of Surin exhibit, once forecast to cost $19 million for two acres, was put on hold for more than a year while the mayor commissioned a study of the zoo’s elephant quarters. The study, released in December by the City Administrative Office, recommended that the zoo enlarge the elephant quarters from a half-acre to three acres. In a letter sent Friday to the mayor, Los Angeles Zoo General Manager John Lewis outlined plans for an elephant exhibit that would be among the largest of any urban zoo in the nation. The proposed exhibit would create a grassland with water holes, waterfalls and natural surfaces for walking and standing, as well as ultrasound equipment for elephant care. “This exhibit will further solidify the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens as one of the city’s leading cultural institutions,” Lewis wrote. Despite a city budget shortfall of $300 million, the Los Angeles Zoo proposed Friday building a 3.5-acre exhibit, at a cost of nearly $40 million, to house its three elephants. While revised plans for a three-acre exhibit drew high praise from City Councilman Tom LaBonge and other city officials, critics called it a pachyderm-size bungle during a severe budget crunch. And animal-welfare activists, who’d won a campaign promise from Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to close the zoo’s elephant digs, vowed to continue their campaign to have the animals sent to a sanctuary. “This is wonderful for Los Angeles and for children young and old to have the best pachyderm exhibit in the country,” said LaBonge, whose district includes the zoo. “We’re going to come up with the money, because the children of Los Angeles deserve it.” last_img read more

CoTweet Opens Public Beta: Now You Can Tweet Like Starbucks

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit The majority of companies on Twitter rely on a variety of tools to allow multiple employees to post to one unified Twitter account. CoTweet is one of the most popular of these tools and it is currently being used by major brands like Starbucks, CocaCola, and Whole Foods, as well as by celebrities like Britney Spears. Starting today, anybody can tap into the power of CoTweet, as the company just announced a free public beta program. In addition, CoTweet also announced that it has raised $1.1 million in VC funding.FeaturesCoTweet has a number of nice features that make it a great choice for any business that wants to get serious about using Twitter, and the fact that it is now available for free also gives small businesses and cash-strapped startups a chance to play the game at the same level as the big brands. frederic lardinois As you would expect from a tool like this, you can easily invite multiple users (up to 6 in the free version), hand out assignments to members of your team (which can be accompanied by notes), and create persistent searches (for your brand name, for example). Other interesting features in CoTweet include the ability to schedule tweets, see statistics from bit.ly in a sidebar right on the site, and set up email alerts for replies and direct messages.Thanks to keyboard shortcuts and a no-nonsense design, using CoTweet is extremely easy, and even though it is meant to be used by multiple users, it’s actually also a great Web-based Twitter client in its own right.Free For NowFor the time being, CoTweet will remain a free product, though it is not clear how long this public beta will last and what CoTweet will charge afterwards. If you are looking for a tool that will allow your team to easily post messages to one Twitter account, then CoTweet is definitely worth a closer look. Tags:#NYT#Product Reviews#twitter#web Related Posts Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

OOCL Modifies Asia NAEC Coverage

first_imgzoom OOCL, a Hong Kong-based shipping company and a member of the G6 Alliance, plans to start implementing its Asia – North America East Coast Winter Program in response to seasonal changes in market demand. The service changes, which are subject to regulatory approval, include the suspension of the China East Coast Express 2 (CEC2) service from Week 45 and the new port of call on the company’s China East Coast Express (CEC) coverage.Last eastbound sailing on the CEC2 will be the BVA (Bellavia), with an estimated time of arrival at Da Chan Bay, China, on October 30, 2016.CEC2 South China/Southeast Asia port coverage will be provided by OOCL’s current CEC service.CEC service will add Da Chan Bay port call to enhance South China coverage.The enhanced service will be effective from Week 44 via BRX (Bremen Express), with an estimated time of arrival at Kaohsiung on November 3, 2016.The new port rotation of the CEC service will include ports of Kaoshiung (Taiwan), Da Chan Bay, Shekou,  Hong Kong, Yantian (China), Singapore (Singapore), (via Suez Canal), New York, Savannah, Charleston, Norfolk (US), (via Suez Canal), Singapore, Cai Mep (Vietnam), Hong Kong, Kaoshiung.last_img read more