Dunleavy administration dismisses Alaska ferries chief

first_imgGovernment | State Government | TransportationDunleavy administration dismisses Alaska ferries chiefMay 4, 2019 by Jacob Resneck, CoastAlaska Share:Shirley Marquardt served less than a year as executive director of the Alaska Marine Highway System. (Photo courtesy State of Alaska)The Alaska Marine Highway System’s top official lost her job this week to cost-cutting. That’s according to Department of Transportation officials who say Executive Director Shirley Marquardt’s last day was Tuesday.Her annual salary – including benefits – cost $181,300.“As with any position, terms of separation are confidential,” ferry system spokeswoman Aurah Landau wrote in a statement.Marquardt is a former Unalaska mayor with private sector experience in marine freight and seafood.She was hired almost a year ago to the newly created executive director position as part of a now-stalled reform initiative seeking more autonomy for the ferries. She had been tapped by Gov. Bill Walker’s administration before moving to the ferry system’s top job.Her responsibilities now revert to John Falvey, the fleet’s long-time operations manager who reports to DOT Commissioner John MacKinnon.The marine highway system faces deep cuts as the House and Senate meet to reconcile competing budget proposals that could see steep cuts to service this winter.Marquardt declined to be interviewed by Friday’s deadline.But in a speech to a seniors group last week in Ketchikan, the Ketchikan Daily News reported she expressed frustration over political meddling and said staff morale was low over uncertainty over the fleet’s future.Share this story:last_img read more

Tesco executive Matt Simister returns as supermarket restructures top team in aftermath of profits overstatement

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Best of the Brokers for 16 September 2015

first_img Show Comments ▼ Best of the Brokers for 16 September 2015 Share To appear in Best of the Brokers, email your research to [email protected] RETAIL GROUPHaitong Investment Bank has reduced its “fair value” target by 18 per cent to 115p to reflect greater uncertainty over longer term success of Home Retail Group’s modernisation plans for Argos. The broker said that promotional spend in the run-up to Black Friday and Christmas seemed “defensive and therfore negative”, especially given that it is such a low margin business. It has therefore reiterated its “sell” rating.CAPITAL & COUNTIES PROPERTIESStrong momentum at Capital and Counties’ Covent Garden estate and Earls Court development has prompted Investec to raise its target price to 495p from 426p previously and reiterate its “buy” rating. The property developer is making progress on a number of schemes, which is creating further value at its two London estates. As a result, the broker has also raised its net asset value growth forecasts for this year and 2016 by 13 per cent .ZOOPLA PROPERTY GROUPJefferies has upgraded its full-year revenue and underlying earnings estimates for Zoopla by £6m and £1.5m, respectively, to more accurately to reflect the acquisition of uSwitch and its contribution to the business. The broker has retained its target price of 400p, which implies an upside of more than 80 per cent and also reiterated its “buy” recommendation. The key risks to Jefferies’ estimates are the threat of the online portal OnTheMarket and integration risks related to the uSwitch acquisition. whatsapp Wednesday 16 September 2015 5:18 am whatsapp by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeMoneyPailShe Was A Star, Now She Works In ScottsdaleMoneyPailSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictPost FunKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItPost FunMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity WeekGameday NewsNBA Wife Turns Heads Wherever She GoesGameday NewsEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity Mirrorzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comTheFashionBallAlica Schmidt Is The Most Beautiful Athlete To ExistTheFashionBallLoan Insurance WealthGrab A Tissue Before You See Richard Simmons At 72Loan Insurance Wealth Express KCS Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe WrapWatch President Biden Do Battle With a Cicada: ‘It Got Me’ (Video)The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe Wraplast_img read more

Anisman calls on OSC to reconsider insider trading ruling

FINRA bans analyst for insider trading Veteran securities lawyer Phil Anisman is calling on the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC) to adopt a policy to address a controversial decision an OSC panel made in an insider trading case last year. Anisman argues that the panel’s ruling effectively narrows the ban on insider trading, and he says that the OSC must now act to correct this. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The case in question was an insider trading case that the OSC brought against a Research in Motion Ltd. (RIM) executive, Paul Donald, accusing him of insider trading when he traded shares of Certicom Corp. after learning that RIM was considering a takeover bid for the firm. The commission found that the trading in question did not violate the Securities Act because RIM was only considering a bid, it hadn’t actually decided to launch a takeover offer. However, it found that his trading still violated the public interest because he traded with knowledge of an undisclosed material fact. RIM exec gets five-year ban for Certicom purchase In a letter to the commission Thursday, Anisman argues that this interpretation effectively limits the scope of the insider trading prohibition, and undermines the purpose of insider trading legislation. And, he requests that the commission adopt a policy to correct the decision. The letter suggests that, in its decision, the OSC panel effectively narrowed the ban on insider trading when it found that Donald was not “in a special relationship” with Certicom when he bought stock in the firm, because RIM was not ‘proposing’ to make a takeover bid for the company when he learned of its interest in a possible bid. However, he suggests that this construes the meaning of the word “proposing” too narrowly. “As the commission found that Donald traded with knowledge of material facts, it held that his trading was contrary to the public interest, even though it did not contravene the Act. The commission’s public interest conclusion makes clear that its reading of ‘proposing’ is not only inconsistent with accepted meanings of the word, but also with the Act’s purpose and the public interest itself,” he says in his letter. “A broader interpretation of ‘proposing’ that encompasses earlier stages of a proposed acquisition, and would have included RIM’s insiders as persons in a special relationship with Certicom, is necessary to reflect the goals of the insider trading prohibition.” Anisman argues that the commission’s interpretation in this case undermines the deterrent effect of the prohibition against insider trading and the prohibition itself. “For this reason, and because insider trading ahead of an acquisition dramatically diminishes confidence in the fair operation of our securities markets, the commission should correct the interpretive approach and interpretation adopted in Donald,” he says. The most effective way to do this is by adopting a policy, he suggests. “The commission should adopt a policy declaring that ‘proposing to make a takeover bid’ or other acquisition includes steps taken to determine whether, and the terms on which, a takeover bid or acquisition might be recommended to senior management and a board of directors and other conduct relating to a possible takeover bid or acquisition. Such a policy would, without affecting the result in the Donald decision, re-establish and reinforce the effectiveness of the Act’s insider trading provisions,” he says. SEC alleges man sold insider trading tips on dark web James Langton Keywords Insider tradingCompanies Ontario Securities Commission Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media ASIC ready to make deals with devils read more

Greenlife Industry Australia applauds new government biosecurity investment

first_imgGreenlife Industry Australia applauds new government biosecurity investment Greenlife Industry Australia (GIA), the national peak body for Australia’s nursery and greenlife industry welcomes today’s announcement of a new $371 million biosecurity package.The investment will strengthen Australia’s ability to keep out exotic pests and diseases and improve our ability fight pest incursions.The announcement highlights the government’s planned approach for managing imports, backing new technology for diagnostics and delivering more resources on the ground, which will undoubtedly benefit Australia’s greenlife production and growing media manufacturing.“As a nation we have now identified a clear direction to improve the biosecurity and quarantine processes for primary industry businesses which has real implications for productivity and Australia’s food, fibre and foliage security” said Greenlife Industry Australia CEO, Peter Vaughan.“We commend the government on the robust and comprehensive plan, which promises to benefit the greenlife industry, which is currently valued at around $2.6 billion, and the horticulture industries which are reliant on clean starter nursery stock,” he said.Today’s announcement specifically addresses the concerns of both growers and manufacturers, particularly through:$1.5 million to review current systems and bust congestion for importers.$25.5 million for modern technologies to improve the speed and accuracy of pest and disease identification at the border, and$3.2 million, already announced, to trial new industry arrangements that aim to reduce red tape and biosecurity regulatory costs for importers and agricultural businesses.Mr Vaughan also commended the government on its engagement with the industry throughout the development of the biosecurity plan.“GIA has represented industry concerns, particularly on issues such as tissue culture and nursey stock importation, cut flower importation risk, onshore biosecurity container levy and post entry quarantine activities and the impacts of the regulations on the productivity of Australia’s greenlife industry,” he said.“It’s pleasing to see these issues acknowledged by the Department of Agriculture”.Through its National Biosecurity Program, led by John McDonald, GIA is working closely with the Department of Agriculture on nursery stock importation including detailed discussions on co-regulatory programs to allow for third party programs to operate in this space.GIA anticipates this will lead to a certification program allowing certain businesses to undertake elements of the biosecurity and quarantine processes, taking pressure off government departments, and allowing appropriate handling of nursery stock increasing imported plant survival.An indirect outcome of this representation is confirmation from the Department that pilot projects will be conducted with highly competent and large volume importers.  It is hoped that expressions of interest will be called from importers to conduct trials early in the next financial year. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Agriculture, Australia, biosecurity, diagnostics, disease, Government, horticulture, industry, Investment, peak body, production, quarantine, red tape, resources, technology, Vaughanlast_img read more

City of Battle Ground offering tourism grants

first_imgCity of Battle Ground offering tourism grantsPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Tuesday, June 8, 2021in: Newsshare 0 Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). Grant applications are now open for activities that will take place in 2022The city of Battle Ground is offering grants to help fund programs that attract tourists to Battle Ground. Tourism creates opportunity and a positive economic impact on the local community.   The city of Battle Ground is offering grants to help fund programs that attract tourists to Battle Ground. Tourism creates opportunity and a positive economic impact on the local community. Photo courtesy of city of Battle GroundThe city of Battle Ground is offering grants to help fund programs that attract tourists to Battle Ground. Tourism creates opportunity and a positive economic impact on the local community. Photo courtesy of city of Battle Ground Grant applications are now open for activities that will take place in 2022.  Funding is granted for the marketing or operations of special events, programs, and activities designed to bring visitors to Battle Ground.  Previous grants included funding for wayfinding signs, marketing materials, and event operations. Those interested in receiving grant funds should submit an application summarizing the activity or event, how it supports tourism, and a proposed budget indicating how lodging tax dollars will be used.  Applications are due by Tue., Aug. 31 at 5 p.m.The estimated amount of grant funding for 2022 is $55,000. The city’s Lodging Tax Advisory Committee will review proposals and forward recommendations to the Battle Ground City Council for final determination of awards in November of this year. Grant awards are distributed on a reimbursement basis. Questions regarding tourism grants may be directed to Finance Director Meagan Lowery at (360) 342-5025 or by email at [email protected] Information provided by city of Battle Ground.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:activitiesBattle Groundcity of Battle GroundClark Countyeconomic impactevent operationsgrant applicationsLatestmarketing operationsprogramsspecial eventstourism grantstouristswayfinding signsshare 0 Previous : Opinion: The government locks down the economy and more Americans are forced into Obamacare Next : Vancouver City Council previews $107.9 million proposed supplemental budgetAdvertisementThis is placeholder text Name*Email*Website guestLabel I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree Name*Email*Website guestLabel 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all commentslast_img read more

Leeds student takes ‘gaming’ to another level

first_img Published: Dec. 4, 2012 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Leeds School of Business student Zhenghua Yang and a team of programmers, artists and game designers melded their passion for video games into Serenity Forge, an independent video game developing company.Surprisingly, the Boulder based company was created in 2008 while the founders were still in high school, said Yang. Now, team members work remotely, reporting to Yang, who is the head programmer, from establishments around the country such as Stanford University and St. Olaf College.Yang explained the company’s philosophy is about making video games with complexity. “There’s more to it than just mindless playing,” said Yang. “There is an art to it.”But Serenity Forge isn’t Yang’s first go at technology based activities. “I built my first computer at 6 and I built my first game at 10,” said Yang. With two electrical engineers as parents, you might say it runs in the family, he added jokingly.Despite Yang’s obvious knack for video game development, it isn’t the only activity he is interested in. “This is a hobby, I’m a finance major and a math guy as well,” he said.Currently in his junior year in the Leeds School, Yang also is involved in CoLab—a freshman orientation for the business school—and holds a position as the Vice President of Finance on the Leeds Council where he works with deans to budget student funds. He also moonlights as the business school’s Excel specialist.Of his plans for after school, Yang asserted that he will continue to work with gamers as a hobby and that he would love to start a fund for independent gamers who want to pursue a career in video game development.For students who are interested in starting a company like Serenity Forge or who are interested in the video game developing industry, Yang offered some advice.“It’s not impossible,” he said. “For people our age, there’s no such thing as too much risk. Sit down and think about what you want and how you’re going to do it.”Keep an eye out for more from Serenity Forge in the coming months, as the team finishes up projects including an app for the iPhone and a new “virtual reality experience” that works with new headset technology that employs gyroscope—the device that registers movement in the Nintendo Wii game controllers.To learn more about the company, visit http://www.serenityforge.com/games/.last_img read more

Chancellor’s Corner: Centering our strategy in our campus values

first_img Published: Dec. 5, 2017 This year, I have focused my work, and I have asked you to align your work to support our Strategic Vision that the university will be a leader in addressing the humanitarian, social and technological challenges of the 21st century. At the heart of this strategic vision, and our work, is a commitment to Inclusive Excellence as supported by our values also known as the Colorado Creed. Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Chancellor Philip P. DiStefanoAs we implement our vision, we are modeling our values for our students and for each other. You can see a commitment to these values in the Be Boulder Pact, the Academic Futures initiative as well as many other innovative student-, faculty- and staff-led programs across the campus.Our faculty challenge our students to evaluate and think about values and ethics in their academic pursuits. And, our faculty do us a great service when they engage the community in discussions of issues of national significance. This September, the History Department sponsored a faculty panel discussion of the historical context of the events in Charlottesville, Virginia. Opportunities like these bring together community members seeking deeper insight into controversial issues.  Every day, we all make decisions and take actions that determine whether we are creating an inclusive environment for each other at CU Boulder. What tools and resources do we have to guide us?We strive to write and adopt policies to reflect our values. The Faculty Rights and Professional Duties document, the Student Code of Conduct, Responsible Conduct of Research and other codes provide technical and also aspirational goals for our community. The recently adopted CU System Code of Conduct is a tool that employees can use to navigate through our system of policies and convey what we can expect of each other in our day-to-day work. But words on paper may not be enough when faced with competing values. Faculty Affairs, Human Resources and Student Affairs offer many resources to practice values and ethics-based decision-making. I encourage you to bring your perspective and skills by participating in one of these programs. While built around a particular topic or skill set, these programs are also important opportunities for connecting with other university colleagues outside your unit or department and a chance to strengthen our sense of community.As chancellor, I am grateful to work with all of you and within a community that at all times is focused on the success of our students and each other.Thank you for a great year in 2017, and I look forward to another productive year in 2018.Philip P. DiStefano, ChancellorRelated resources Student: CU GOLD Faculty: Inclusive Pedagogy and other resources; Faculty Affairs website Employee: Crucial Conversations; Campuswide TrainingsCategories:Leadership CornerCampus Communitylast_img read more

School Leaders Urged to be Transformational

first_imgRelatedSchool Leaders Urged to be Transformational FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail OCHO RIOS — Education Minister, Hon. Andrew Holness has called on leaders in the school system to rise above petty issues that seek to retard progress, and to be transformational, rather than transactional. “Do not be satisfied at the level at which you are, always try to change and improve. Don’t get trapped in the local issues trying to be transactional; rise above those petty issues that are holding down the education system,” Mr. Holness said. The Minister was addressing Principals and members of school Boards in the Education Ministry’s Region Three, at a consultation meeting on June 23, at St. Hilda’s Diocesan High School, in Brown’s Town, St. Ann. Mr. Holness explained that the meeting was held to give school leaders first-hand exposure to the policy, vision and direction of the Ministry of Education. The Minister pointed out that society’s demands on the schools of today were far different from those of years ago, and that, “the school of today is not the school of 30 years ago.” “There is a serious social problem with parental failure and the only tool at the disposal of the Government for immediate use in the Jamaican society to deal with that problem is the school. We have developed the National Parenting Policy and that policy will be supported by the National Parenting Support Commission. We are waiting on legislation to set up that commission and the whole purpose of that commission and that policy is to educate parents in good parental practices,” he said, urging leaders in the schools to set up an outreach to deal with the issue of parental deficit. Turning to the school and its management, Mr. Holness said that operating a school is not a trivial exercise. “Schools need managers, because a school has a business side to it; you have regulatory framework, you have to conform to the requirements of submitting your annual reports and you are subject to be audited. The school requires a manager who, first of all, understands the core business (education), but who also understands marketing, accounting, human resource management, plant management, safety and security, staff and student welfare,” he said. The Minister stressed that the management of school funds is of paramount importance and called on the Board Chairmen to ensure that they focus on matters concerning school money and how it is spent. Also participating in the forum were Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Audrey Sewell and Chief Education Officer, Grace McLean. RelatedSchool Leaders Urged to be Transformational Advertisements School Leaders Urged to be Transformational EducationJune 27, 2011 By ALDEEN CAMPBELL, JIS Reporter RelatedSchool Leaders Urged to be Transformationallast_img read more

Culture Watch – “63Up” and A Country Musical

first_imgHomeLifeEntertainmentArtsCulture Watch – “63Up” and A Country Musical Nov. 28, 2019 at 6:00 amArtsColumnsCulture WatchEntertainmentEventsFeaturedNewsCulture Watch – “63Up” and A Country MusicalSarah A. Spitz2 years ago63 Upcountry musicalJesuitLounge TheatreMichael AptedNuart TheatreSalvageSeeds of HopeSeven UpTim Alderson I think I’ve seen every episode of the “Up” documentary series by award-winning film director Michael Apted. From “Seven Up” to today’s “63Up,” Apted has revisited a core group of 14 English people, beginning as children at age seven and every seven years since then, from childhood to puberty, through young adulthood, maturity, middle-age and now the age of retirement. “63 Up” will open on Dec. 6 for a short run at Landmark’s Nuart Theatre, followed by a national rollout.What a remarkable journey it’s been, starting as a one-off TV special inspired by the Jesuit saying, “Give me the child until he is seven, and I will give you the man,” to analyze the rigidity of social class in England and document how their lives, feelings and opinions have evolved over the years. The original 20 children (only 14 were followed) were selected to represent a spectrum of socio-economic groups, ostensibly to determine whether advantages or disadvantages follow them throughout their lives.Are our lives predetermined by the class we are born into and our earliest influences? The films have provided a remarkable window into such questions.Tony, who wanted to be a jockey, shares that he wasn’t good enough and instead became a taxi driver, which he said early on he would do if being a jockey didn’t work out. Well-settled despite a few bumps along the road, he’s still the feisty, rotund pixie that he was at seven, only now with some health issues; he still believes that the rich get richer, etc. Lynn became a librarian working with special needs children and experienced firsthand how little society cares about the needy. Sadly, she’s no longer with us but the library has been named in her honor. Jackie, burned in a first marriage, is still living through what she calls the world’s longest engagement and is very happy with her relationship.Symon (the only biracial participant) and Paul, who shared a childhood at a strict boys’ school when left behind by parents, maintained their lifelong friendship and turn out to have fulfilled lives and marriages (and many, many children between them). Nick now has throat cancer; he became a lawyer and is happy in his second marriage but sorry he’s burdening his second wife with having to deal with his illness. And Neil has been through it all, mental illness, homelessness and now a local politician and pastor.All of them are asked to reflect on whether they think their class advantages or disadvantages influenced their lives – and Apted also raises the question of Brexit. It’s a 2-hour and 24-minute documentary, worth every minute of your time. You don’t need to have seen the earlier films to pick up on their lives; Apted brings the past forward and leads us through today. And not everyone in the film loves him for it.What an achievement; what food for philosophical and social thought these films provide and this one, close in age as it is to mine, really had an impact on me. I hope it continues through age 70.For tickets visit https://www.landmarktheatres.com/Booking/nuart-theatre/440121; on Friday, Dec. 6, Michael Apted will appear for a Q&A after the 8 pm screening.SALVAGE: A COUNTRY MUSICALA little farther afield, the Lounge Theatre in Hollywood presents the world premiere of “Salvage,” a play with country music, written by Tim Alderson, a fifth-generation farmer who runs one of the most effective faith-based social organizations in Los Angeles, Seeds of Hope LA, focused on the production, distribution and commitment to food.I had no idea that lyric and playwriting were in Tim’s wheelhouse, and the songs propel the plot well. The actors bring it home because they’re both good singers and guitar players.Drinking non-stop, the rough-edged “Preacher” (David Atkinson) is wallowing in self-pity, singing songs like “Rise from the Ruins,” and “I’m So Tired of it All.” Bright, youthful Harley (Christopher Fordinal) is at a turning point in his life as he bursts into the rundown bar where Preacher holds court. He wants to know: Is this the legendary spot where Harley’s music idol Floyd died?Harley questions Preacher’s gloom, and shares news of his partner’s pregnancy; despite his life’s dream to make it as a singer/songwriter, he accidentally stumbles into this bar on his way to pawn his guitar to support his upcoming family. The musical back-and-forth between them advances the plot about Floyd and the mysterious, now dead Jennifer, who was the love of Preacher’s (and Floyd’s) life.Destiny (Nina Herzog), Harley’s partner, sets the record straight: Harley’s too talented to give up his guitar and she doesn’t want him to. Song by song, argument by argument the truth – and a surprise twist – unfold, along with some lovely lyrics, singing and harmonizing. If you’re looking for entertainment that is neither cynical nor snarky, this is the play for you.“Salvage” runs Fridays-Sundays through December 15. Reservations available by calling (323) 960-7712; online at www.Onstage411.com/Salvage. The Lounge Theatre is located at 6201 Santa Monica Blvd. in Hollywood.Sarah A. Spitz is an award-winning public radio producer, retired from KCRW, where she also produced arts stories for NPR. She writes features and reviews for various print and online publications.
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