Public policy

UNITE HERE Local 11 Asks Federal Agency to Ensure Chateau Marmont Complies with Loan Law

Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 6:58pm

b"Former Chateau Marmont workers asked the U.S. Small Business Administration (\xe2\x80\x9cSBA\xe2\x80\x9d) to ensure that Chateau Marmont comply with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan requirements.\nAccording to public records, the hotel was approved for a $1.95 million PPP loan on February 5, 2021 , and as of April 13 the loan had been disbursed but not paid in full or charged off, according to the SBA.

Key Points: 
  • b"Former Chateau Marmont workers asked the U.S. Small Business Administration (\xe2\x80\x9cSBA\xe2\x80\x9d) to ensure that Chateau Marmont comply with Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan requirements.\nAccording to public records, the hotel was approved for a $1.95 million PPP loan on February 5, 2021 , and as of April 13 the loan had been disbursed but not paid in full or charged off, according to the SBA.
  • While the PPP program was intended to keep workers on payroll, only a small fraction of laid-off Chateau workers have been returned to their jobs.\n\xe2\x80\x9cI gave 40 years of my life to Chateau Marmont and have been struggling as a part time pizza delivery driver while my hotel is being approved for a nearly $2 Million dollar loan.
  • The workers, who are supported by UNITE HERE Local 11, assembled yesterday to distribute boxes of groceries to each other and their families.
  • Yet large companies like Chateau Marmont have used a loophole in the law to apply for these limited funds.

Global COVID-19 Vaccine Inequalities Are Scandalous, Says AHF

Saturday, April 17, 2021 - 12:35am

\xe2\x80\x9cThe innovation and ambition it took to produce dozens of different COVID-19 vaccines in record time show we can accomplish monumental scientific achievements.

Key Points: 
  • \xe2\x80\x9cThe innovation and ambition it took to produce dozens of different COVID-19 vaccines in record time show we can accomplish monumental scientific achievements.
  • But the greed and inequality we\xe2\x80\x99ve seen since prove that there must also be a global collective will to ensure we can vaccinate our world.
  • Instead of learning and improving, the global response is unraveling.
  • To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org , find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare\nView source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210416005582/en/\n'

Census Bureau to Host Educational Webinar to Provide Insights on Upcoming Quality Metrics Release

Friday, April 16, 2021 - 11:26pm

b'What: Affirming its commitment to data quality and transparency, the U.S. Census Bureau plans for the first time to release a number of data quality indicators along with the first results from the 2020 Census.\nThese metrics are scheduled for release later this month and will provide information on the status of addresses in the census and how we resolved addresses across each of the data collection modes.\nWhile this webinar will not include any 2020 Census data, it will give a preview of the type and meaning behind the data quality metrics that will be available in the coming months.\nA live media Q&A session will immediately follow the webinar.\nMichael Bentley , assistant division chief for Census Statistical Support, Decennial Statistical Studies Division, U.S. Census Bureau\nThe webinar will consist of a simultaneous audio conference and online presentation.

Key Points: 
  • b'What: Affirming its commitment to data quality and transparency, the U.S. Census Bureau plans for the first time to release a number of data quality indicators along with the first results from the 2020 Census.\nThese metrics are scheduled for release later this month and will provide information on the status of addresses in the census and how we resolved addresses across each of the data collection modes.\nWhile this webinar will not include any 2020 Census data, it will give a preview of the type and meaning behind the data quality metrics that will be available in the coming months.\nA live media Q&A session will immediately follow the webinar.\nMichael Bentley , assistant division chief for Census Statistical Support, Decennial Statistical Studies Division, U.S. Census Bureau\nThe webinar will consist of a simultaneous audio conference and online presentation.
  • Media will be able to ask questions following the presentation.\nPlease log in 15-30 minutes early to allow time for registration.
  • Q&A participation is limited to accredited media only following each presentation.\nThe event will be recorded and available for viewing after the event in the 2020 Census Quality and Data Processing press kit.
  • A transcript will also be available in the press kit.\nFor members of the media who would like to attend this webinar, please RSVP by clicking the "Register" button.\nPlease contact Virginia Hyer at the Census Bureau\xe2\x80\x99s Public Information Office at pio@census.gov or call 301-763-3030 to request an interview.\n'

SEACOR Marine Expected to Limit Rights of Victims After Offshore Capsize: Maritime Lawyers at Williams Hart

Friday, April 16, 2021 - 6:53pm

b'One person is dead, and 12 people are missing after the Seacor Power commercial lift boat capsized during severe weather conditions on Tuesday afternoon.

Key Points: 
  • b'One person is dead, and 12 people are missing after the Seacor Power commercial lift boat capsized during severe weather conditions on Tuesday afternoon.
  • Nineteen employees and contractors were on board.
  • According to the U.S. Coast Guard, at least six people were rescued and transported to safety.\nThe 129-ft lift-boat is used for offshore oil and gas exploration and can carry more than 40,000 gallons of fuel oil.
  • Founding partner John Eddie Williams \xe2\x80\x99 father and grandfather were both union longshoremen , and he is a strong advocate of workers\xe2\x80\x99 rights.

ComEd Files for First Delivery Rate Increase in Four Years to Support Needed Reliability and Clean Energy Transition

Friday, April 16, 2021 - 6:18pm

We\xe2\x80\x99ve seen severe weather events in the last nine months lead to catastrophic grid failures in California and Texas.

Key Points: 
  • We\xe2\x80\x99ve seen severe weather events in the last nine months lead to catastrophic grid failures in California and Texas.
  • ComEd\xe2\x80\x99s energy efficiency program has helped, saving customers more than $5.3 billion on energy bills since 2008.
  • ComEd increased the amount of funds available to provide more one-time bill credits of up to $500, until funds were exhausted.
  • For more information visit ComEd.com and connect with the company on Facebook , Twitter , Instagram and YouTube .\nView source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210416005470/en/\n'

CH&LA Statement: New Regulation Slows Hotel Workers' Return

Friday, April 16, 2021 - 5:35pm

\xe2\x80\x9cWe need all our returning and new employees ASAP to meet the reopening demand at our hotels.

Key Points: 
  • \xe2\x80\x9cWe need all our returning and new employees ASAP to meet the reopening demand at our hotels.
  • Unfortunately, restrictive hiring regulations only slow down our employees from resuming the careers they love.\xe2\x80\x9d\nThe California Hotel and Lodging Association is the leading resource and advocate for California\xe2\x80\x99s more than 6,000 hotels, motels and boutique inns that employ more than 235,000 workers.
  • CHLA, established in 1893, is the largest state lodging industry association in the nation and is a partner with the American Hotel & Lodging Association.
  • For more information, go to www.calodging.com .\nView source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210416005439/en/\n'

COVID-19: AHF Warns Biden Administration, ‘You Are Courting Disaster on Global Vaccines’

Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 10:24pm

b'AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) today called on U.S. President Joseph R. Biden to support the temporary waiver of patent rights for COVID-19 vaccines as currently proposed at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Key Points: 
  • b'AIDS Healthcare Foundation ( AHF ) today called on U.S. President Joseph R. Biden to support the temporary waiver of patent rights for COVID-19 vaccines as currently proposed at the World Trade Organization (WTO).
  • Lethal mutations and variants of this deadly virus will take hold and spread like wildfire across the globe to unvaccinated populations.
  • Granting the waiver will accelerate vaccine production and distribution.
  • To learn more about AHF, please visit our website: www.aidshealth.org , find us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/aidshealth and follow us on Twitter: @aidshealthcare and Instagram: @aidshealthcare .\nView source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210415006084/en/\n'

Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware Joins Pastor Hackett's Protest for Diversity on Chancery Court

Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 8:32pm

View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210415005997/en/\nActivists protest the lack of diversity on the Chancery Court (Photo: Business Wire)\nThe protest came a full two years after the first Black Chancery Court Justice, Tamika Montgomery-Reeves, had her seat filled by a white man, Paul Fioravanti.

Key Points: 
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210415005997/en/\nActivists protest the lack of diversity on the Chancery Court (Photo: Business Wire)\nThe protest came a full two years after the first Black Chancery Court Justice, Tamika Montgomery-Reeves, had her seat filled by a white man, Paul Fioravanti.
  • That appointment made it so that the Court to no longer had any Black representation.
  • While their primary goal of saving the company has been accomplished, they continue their efforts to fight for more transparency in the Delaware Chancery Court.
  • For more information on Citizens for a Pro-Business Delaware or to join the cause, visit DelawareForBusiness.org .\nView source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210415005997/en/\n'

Westside Expansion of L.A.’s First Free-Floating Car-Share Service Delivers App-Based Mobility Solution at Nearly Same Cost as Renting a Scooter

Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 9:30pm

\xe2\x80\x9cMocean Carshare\xe2\x80\x99s rollout on the Westside will unlock a convenient new option to help Angelenos get around in a safe, sustainable and equitable way.\xe2\x80\x9d\nMocean Carshare\xe2\x80\x99s expansion helps meet an urgent demand for mobility solutions throughout the city.

Key Points: 
  • \xe2\x80\x9cMocean Carshare\xe2\x80\x99s rollout on the Westside will unlock a convenient new option to help Angelenos get around in a safe, sustainable and equitable way.\xe2\x80\x9d\nMocean Carshare\xe2\x80\x99s expansion helps meet an urgent demand for mobility solutions throughout the city.
  • Motorists are increasingly returning to the roads as the COVID-19 pandemic subsides, with schools and workplaces slowly resuming in-person activities.
  • \xe2\x80\x9cMocean Carshare is the type of innovative solution we need to give people access to all that our city has to offer.
  • \xe2\x80\x9cWe are excited to share the Mocean Carshare service with even more L.A. residents.

Frontier Announces Receipt of All Necessary Regulatory Approvals for Chapter 11 Restructuring

Thursday, April 15, 2021 - 8:18pm

b'Frontier Communications Corporation (OTC: FTRCQ) (\xe2\x80\x9cFrontier Communications\xe2\x80\x9d) today announced the California Public Utilities Commission has unanimously voted to approve its emergence from Chapter 11.

Key Points: 
  • b'Frontier Communications Corporation (OTC: FTRCQ) (\xe2\x80\x9cFrontier Communications\xe2\x80\x9d) today announced the California Public Utilities Commission has unanimously voted to approve its emergence from Chapter 11.
  • Having already received all other required state and federal approvals, the Company expects to successfully emerge from Chapter 11 in the coming weeks.\nAdditional information regarding Frontier\xe2\x80\x99s financial restructuring is available at www.frontierrestructuring.com .
  • Frontier Business\xe2\x84\xa2 offers communications solutions to small, medium, and enterprise businesses.\nThis press release contains "forward-looking statements," related to future events.
  • Frontier has no obligation to update or revise these forward-looking statements and does not undertake to do so.\nView source version on businesswire.com: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210415005983/en/\n'