Valley Fair attendance rises

first_imgSo, the fair could be back at the Saugus Speedway next year, said David Honda, president of the 51st Agricultural District Association, which oversees the fair. “We’re not ruling it out, but I’d like to see a comfort level from the San Fernando Valley to be nice so we can work together,” he said. Los Angeles City Councilman Richard Alarc n, however, has asked the state to conduct an audit of the fair board, and he wants the state to create a new agricultural district for the San Fernando Valley. As it’s drawn now, the 51st District includes the San Fernando Valley and some of Santa Clarita, but it also extends north to Gorman. “I absolutely believe the fair should be in the San Fernando Valley,” he said. “I’d like to see it at Hansen Dam on a consistent basis.” SANTA CLARITA – Attendance at the Valley Fair increased about 40 percent this year after its move from Hansen Dam to the Saugus Speedway, prompting organizers to consider keeping the event in the Santa Clarita Valley. But the host of the fair’s livestock show, held at the dam, said he’s hoping to organize Valley business leaders to build a permanent facility there to return the fair to its home in the San Fernando Valley. Attendance at the four-day fair, which closed Sunday, was about 20,000 compared with the 14,000 people who attended last year when the San Fernando Valley Fair was held at the dam in Lake View Terrace. Trying to wean the 61-year-old event off state money, organizers said Wednesday they need more gate revenue than what was collected at Hansen Dam. While some of the Santa Clarita Valley lies within the district, the Saugus Speedway does not. Organizers moved the fair to the speedway at the last minute, when the speedway’s owners approached them after the fair ran into trouble securing Woodley Park in Encino. For one thing, beer can be sold at the privately owned speedway without the restrictions organizers have faced using the city park in Los Angeles. “We feel very blessed that Santa Clarita supported us in such a fantastic way,” said Catherine Garcia, CEO of the fair. “We feel that they did embrace us and we’re very pleased with that.” One drawback was that this year’s fair had no livestock show. The animal show was held at the Hansen Dam at the invitation of owner Eddie Milligan. Now, Milligan is calling for new leadership of the fair association, and he said he plans to bring business leaders together on a committee to look into creating an event center at Hansen Dam that could host the fair. While fair organizers say finding good land in the mostly urban San Fernando Valley is a challenge, Alarc n has accused them of sitting on $3 million that could be used for a permanent facility. “They just haven’t put together the right effort, and anybody with knowledge of these matters could do it,” he said. The fair association received $180,000 this year from the state to help underwrite the fair, and that’s the money Honda said the association is trying to do without because of state cuts. Meanwhile, he plans to meet with Los Angeles City Council members this month to explain the fair’s needs. “Really our point of income is from gate sales, so if you don’t get the gate sales up, obviously you’re going to be in a hole,” he said. [email protected] (661) 257-5253160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

Best of Instagram

first_imgShare This!Welcome spring! We’ve got a little bit of everything for you this week in the best of Instagram.If you’re new to this series, we post highlights from our Instagram page, along with a top comment or photo featuring YOU, our subscriber.Enjoy!March 18, 2019March 19, 2019March 20, 2019March 22, 2019March 23, 2019March 24, 2019Top Follower(s) of the Week!Many, many responses about the upcoming end for the long run of IllumiNations. It’s hard to say goodbye to such an old friend, but it is exciting to think what might be coming along to replace it. I know my family wants to squeeze in a couple more viewings before it disappears. Do you think that IllumiNations is the best show that Walt Disney World has ever had? (Or at least the best nighttime show at Epcot?) Let me know what you think. Are you going to try and see it one last time?Should this post inspire you to give our Instagram page a follow, I’ll leave the link right here: http://www.instagram.com/touringplans.last_img read more

Fruit SA in ‘world first’ ethical standard

first_img29 October 2012Fruit South Africa has finalised an ethical standard and audit process for the industry that will ensure that South African fruit is produced in line with internationally accepted labour and environmental standards.In a statement earlier this month, Fruit South Africa said the standard was aligned to South African law, was internationally recognised, and had the benefit promoting a single standard and audit to replace the numerous standards and audits with which producers must comply.The umbrella body for SA’s fruit producers’ assocations said the new standard was “a world first with regards to enabling mutual recognition of audits among international and local retailers”.Global Social Compliance ProgrammeIn order to achieve this, Fruit SA engaged with the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP), an organisation which aims to harmonise ethical requirements and avoid duplication of audits while ensuring that global standards are adhered to.Fruit SA used the GSCP reference code as the basis for the development of its own standard, and aligned this to South African law. The standard was then submitted to the GSCP “to undergo a process of equivalence validated by an independent international panel of experts”.According to Fruit SA, the GSCP is supported by various global retailers, including Tesco, M&S, Walmart, Ahold, Migros, COOP Switzerland, Delhaise, Carrefour, and South African retailer Pick n Pay.South Africa exports a large proportion of its fruit. According to Business Day, SA’s industry employs nearly half-million people, and sold its fruit to 70 countries in 2011, earning the country in the region of R12-billion.Sustainability Initiative of South AfricaThe Sustainability Initiative of South Africa (Siza) – incorporating Fruit SA’s ethical trade programme – will be the custodian of the new standard.Fruit SA said that Siza was a “multi-stakeholder platform”, with membership open to producers, exporters and stakeholders across the supply chain, that could in time be expanded beyond the fruit sector to represent the broader agricultural industry.“While the programme has been driven by the fruit industry, it is open to all agricultural industries in South Africa, and will look to work with the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) in the future in providing the framework for a harmonised environmental standard with the same international recognition afforded by the GSCP.”Fruit SA stressed that Siza was “development-led rather than audit-led”, aiming to provide growers with the tools to be self-regulated.“As a locally developed, managed and funded programme that is aligned to international requirements, the Siza programme is recognised as a world first of its kind.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Today’s Top LP Jobs

first_imgDistrict AP Manager, Rite Aid, (CA) The primary purpose of the Asset Protection District Manager is to protect company assets, personnel and customers, reduce shrink by managing and implementing company programs and strategies. Frequent independent judgments are essential. The Asset Protection District Manager is also required to perform all tasks in a safe manner consistent with corporate policies and state and federal laws…. Learn moreAP Manager, JC Penney, (IN) As the Asset Protection Manager you will lead Asset Protection activities for your assigned Store in accordance with company policies and procedures, in order to drive compliance. Your responsibilities include team development actively walking the floor and coaching in the moment to enhance each associate’s ability to develop; Frequently conduct developmental conversations with direct reports and maintains notes on observations of strengths and opportunities… Learn moreLP & Safety Manager, Lowe’s, (FL) This position implements loss prevention and safety programs, overseeing and coordinating processes to minimize loss while maintaining a safe working and shopping environment. In addition, this position will train and provide mentorship around safety and loss prevention for teams of individual contributors in multiple store locations… Learn more- Sponsor – LP Supervisor, Kohl’s, (TN) (CA) The LP supervisor develops and implements store awareness programs addressing theft, safety, inventory, and operational controls. Administers product protection strategies, awareness, and deterrence programs in the store. Works in partnership with store management to ensure operational excellence and reduce exposure to theft through operational assessments and associate training/awareness. Supervises loss prevention officers and loss prevention service specialists… Learn more  Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

The Loss Prevention Research Council’s Initiative-Based Summit Format

first_imgOn March 29, the Loss Prevention Research Council collaborated with ALTO US, Cam Connections, and the Home Depot to host a Supply Chain Protection Working Group Summit in Atlanta, GA. Nearly 30 LP executives traveled to Atlanta to participate in the day-long research planning meeting hosted at the Home Depot distribution center.This marks the fourth such initiative-based “summit” format for the LPRC in the past six months, preceded by a Point-of-Sale Activation Benefit Denial Summit in the fall, a Robbery Summit in the fall, and a Violent Crime Summit in the spring. The format is unique in many ways. This article will discuss the Supply Chain Summit briefly in order to highlight the unique benefits of the LPRC Summit format.Goal of LPRC SummitsLPRC summits focus on generating actionable research projects through blue-ocean brainstorming and collaboration, followed by scrutinizing and focusing proposed topics on the criteria of logistic feasibility and adherence to standards of scientific rigor.- Sponsor – Example AgendaDuring the Supply Chain Summit, the morning session focused on existing research projects for the working group. Projects were either tabled or revitalized at the group’s discretion. A vote occurred just before lunch, with each attendee submitting the top two topics they’d like to discuss in the afternoon. The group then broke out into four project planning sub-groups around the four topics that received the most votes. The group came away with nine research projects that will progress through the year on the monthly Supply Chain Protection Working Group calls, with a finished project featured at the LPRC Impact Conference on October 2–4.Group DynamicOne unique aspect of the LPRC summit format is the collaborative and open nature of the forum. Retailers, often in direct competition, come together and work in tandem to brainstorm and problem solve. The collaborative presence of solution providers is also critical to maximizing group effectiveness, as was exemplified in this case by the presence of Avery Dennison. The topic of RFID in the supply chain, once raised by the Avery Dennison team, became the most highly voted topic of discussion for the afternoon session, benefiting from their area of expertise.Future MeetingsLPRC summits will continue to be a crucial part of the Loss Prevention Research Council’s overall strategy to facilitate collaboration and execute large-scale research projects. The next summit on the horizon is tentatively scheduled to occur in late July and will focus on food and drug/health and beauty care product protection and packaging innovation initiatives. Information about all LPRC Summits will appear in the LPRC Connect weekly email. To receive our weekly email, please contact operations (at) lpresearch (dot) org.Special thanks to ALTO for sponsoring the LPRC Supply Chain Summit and to the Home Depot for hosting the event. Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Today’s Top LP Jobs

first_imgDistrict Asset Protection Manager, JCPenney, (NC) As the District Asset Protection Manager you will lead asset protection activities for your assigned stores in accordance with company policies and procedures, in order to drive sales and profits.  Actively walks the floor and coaches in the moment to enhance each associate’s ability to develop; Frequently conducts developmental conversations with direct reports and maintains notes on observations of strengths and opportunities; Interviews and hires Asset Protection talent for the store; Coaches associates and advises Store/District Leadership Teams when opportunities are noted… Learn moreMarket Investigator – Organized Retail Crime, Uniqlo, (NJ) Responsible to conduct field investigations to identify potential organized retail crime; train store employees on LP policy and procedure and ensure compliance; conduct surveillance at offsite and Uniqlo locations; detect and capture shoplifters according to company standards; Monitor potential employee theft suspicions; partner with LP manager to address concerns… Learn more[text_ad use_post=’2385′]- Sponsor – District Loss Prevention Manager, Kohl’s, (NY) The DLPM develops and implements the loss prevention program for 6 -15 selling locations. The DLPM is responsible for driving results through achievement of goals related to inventory shortage, budget lines, cash variance, and operational compliance. In addition, the DLPM is responsible for the selection and career development of all exempt and non-exempt loss prevention personnel within the assigned locations… Learn moreArea Asset Protection Manager, JCPenney, (FL) As the Area Asset Protection Manager you will lead asset protection activities for your assigned stores in accordance with company policies and procedures, in order to drive sales and profits.  Actively walks the floor and coaches in the moment to enhance each associate’s ability to develop; Frequently conducts developmental conversations with direct reports and maintains notes on observations of strengths and opportunities; Interviews and hires Asset Protection talent for the store; Coaches associates and advises Store/District Leadership Teams when opportunities are noted… Learn more Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

Microservices: Greater Agility and Flexibility at the Cost of Greater Complexity

first_imgSOA – Services Oriented Architecture — has been around for some time.  And recently, it is coming back strong, but with a new name: Microservices and Containers.  The idea is that rather than create monolithic applications, create applications by bundling and packaging collections of small self-contained services.Big advantages of using an architecture designed with microservices include easier development and testing, and easier upgrades that may affect only a subset of all services that make up a complete application.  Or, at least, that’s the basic idea. Companies like Amazon, Netflix and Twitter all attribute some of their success to being able to easily scale with a platform built with a microservices architecture.Things may not always work out as well in practice though.  For example, recently SDTimes reported John Frizelle discuss problems that frequently come up when development groups first try implementing microservices.Development Issues. If not designed well, microservices can have interdepencies that can actually cause  more maintenance and development issues. Changing one may trigger a cascade of changes that need to be made across other services.  Microservices need to be versioned and identifying which sets of versions are compatible.Test Issues. Because microservices are tiny, testing should be well contained and straightforward.  But what often happens is that testing expands well beyond the scope of just the microservice that is being tested — it points out that not just the ‘unit test’ of the microservice is important, but also the interoperability of all the services within an application.Complexity. Maybe the biggest challenge of working with microservices is their complexity.  The use of microservices introduces a lot of moving parts.  It’s necessary to monitor the health of all the individual services of an application.Kate Stanley, software engineer at IBM UK, said that “the thing we haven’t seen before is we’re seeing more and more people iterate faster and deliver faster. It’s no longer a case of bring something new out every year. You need to bring out every week or every hour even. Maybe the complexity the system added wasn’t worth the reward that it got for me to move faster. Now the rewards are greater. So it’s worth taking on the complexity.”last_img read more

Missouri ~ Sales and Use Tax: Various Changes to Local Sales Tax Provisions Enacted

first_imgLegislation has been enacted that modifies various provisions relating to local Missouri sales taxes, as discussed below.Zoological sales tax: The legislation provides that a local sales tax approved after August 28, 2017, by voters in St. Louis City or St. Louis County for the purpose of funding zoological activities and zoological facilities must not exceed 0.125%. No county other than St. Louis County and St. Louis City can use such county sales tax revenue for the purpose of funding in whole or in part the construction, operation, or maintenance of any zoological activities, zoological facilities, zoological organizations, the Metropolitan Zoological Park and Museum District, or any zoological board. Also, residents of any county that does not adopt a zoological sales tax may be charged an admission fee for zoological facilities, programs, or events that are not part of the main campus of the St. Louis Zoo. Admission to the main campus will remain free.County sales taxes: The legislation provides that a county must not submit to the voters a proposed sales tax under the County Sales Tax for a period of two years following the date of an election in which it previously submitted a proposed sales tax, regardless of whether the initial proposed sales tax was approved or disapproved by the voters. Also, no county can submit a proposal to the voters that would result in a combined sales tax rate adopted under the County Sales Tax Act in excess of 1%. For any sales tax adopted under the County Sales Tax Act in St. Louis County, 0.375% of such rate must be included in the calculation of the county’s 1% cap.City sales taxes: The legislation provides that no city can submit a proposal to the voters which would result in a combined sales tax rate adopted under the City Sales Tax Act in excess of 2%.Sales tax exemptions: Under current law, the Director of Revenue must not send notice to any taxpayer regarding the Missouri Supreme Court’s decision in IBM Corporation v. Director of Revenue 491 S.W.3d 535 (Mo. banc 2016), relating to sales tax exemptions, prior to August 28, 2017. This act extends that date to August 28, 2018.S.B. 49, Laws 2017, effective August 28, 2017last_img read more

Hawley bill would move federal agencies from DC

first_imgBrain-drain the swamp.Missouri U.S. Sen. Josh Hawley has filed a bill that would move ten federal agencies from Washington D.C. to regions struggling economically. The agriculture department would head to Missouri.The proposal comes after Hawley on Twitter bashed a Washington Post opinion piece by a USDA researcher whose office was moved from D.C. to Kansas City. Hawley called the piece condescending and elitist.last_img

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