Other Policy Issues

AHF: Skid Row’s King Edward Hotel Earns City’s Historic Designation

Friday, November 27, 2020 - 10:34pm

The Los Angeles City Council has designated the King Edward Hotel, a 1906-era Beaux Arts hotel, and its King Eddy Saloon, a bar and former speakeasy in continuous operation since the 1930s, status as the newest Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.

Key Points: 
  • The Los Angeles City Council has designated the King Edward Hotel, a 1906-era Beaux Arts hotel, and its King Eddy Saloon, a bar and former speakeasy in continuous operation since the 1930s, status as the newest Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.
  • View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201127005607/en/
    The 1906-era King Edward Hotel on L.A.'s Skid Row was repurposed by AHF and its Healthy Housing Foundation for use as housing for the homeless and extremely-low-income individuals.
  • "I'm thrilled that the city has recognized John Parkinson's King Edward Hotel as a protected cultural landmark.
  • Architectural historian Kate Eggert wrote the historic designation application for the King Edward on behalf of AHF and the Healthy Housing Foundation.

AHF: Did Lobbyist Jason Kinney Convince Gov. Gavin Newsom to Oppose Rent Control?

Friday, November 27, 2020 - 9:39pm

Gavin Newsom, the No on Proposition 21 campaign, and his close friend and advisor Jason Kinney.

Key Points: 
  • Gavin Newsom, the No on Proposition 21 campaign, and his close friend and advisor Jason Kinney.
  • More than 340 civic leaders, unions, social justice groups, and housing justice and political organizations endorsed Prop 21, including U.S.
  • Ten days after Prop 21 was defeated, Newsom made national headlines for attending an ill-conceived party for his friend Jason Kinney, a high-powered lobbyist.
  • Newsom, a close friend of Axiom Advisors partner Jason Kinney , whose firm worked with No on Prop 21 consultant Nielsen Merksamer, came to the rescue.

AHF Backs Proposal to Ease Tariffs on COVID-19 Drugs

Friday, November 27, 2020 - 7:29pm

The rationale behind the Ottawa Group proposal stems from the need to improve transparency and strengthen resilience of critical supply chains during a public health emergency.

Key Points: 
  • The rationale behind the Ottawa Group proposal stems from the need to improve transparency and strengthen resilience of critical supply chains during a public health emergency.
  • In the struggle against HIV/AIDS, trade restrictions and tariffs have been a long-running drag on the rollout of affordable, lifesaving antiretroviral medicines.
  • The Ottawa Group has expressed hope that the proposal will lay the groundwork for permanent changes in WTO policies after the pandemic subsides.
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Montrose Environmental Group Announces Pricing of Secondary Offering

Wednesday, November 25, 2020 - 12:00pm

(November 24, 2020) Montrose Environmental Group, Inc. (the Company or Montrose) (NYSE: MEG) announced today the pricing of the previously announced underwritten secondary offering by certain of the Companys stockholders, including funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (the Selling Stockholders), of 4,920,052 shares of the Companys common stock, at a price of $27.25 per share (before underwriting discounts and commissions).

Key Points: 
  • (November 24, 2020) Montrose Environmental Group, Inc. (the Company or Montrose) (NYSE: MEG) announced today the pricing of the previously announced underwritten secondary offering by certain of the Companys stockholders, including funds managed by Oaktree Capital Management, L.P. (the Selling Stockholders), of 4,920,052 shares of the Companys common stock, at a price of $27.25 per share (before underwriting discounts and commissions).
  • Montrose is not offering any shares of its common stock in the offering and will not receive any proceeds from the offering.
  • The offering is expected to close on November 30, 2020, subject to the satisfaction of customary closing conditions.
  • BofA Securities and William Blair are acting as joint leading book-running managers and representatives of the underwriters for the offering.

Latino Community Foundation puts Hope Back into Thanksgiving; Announces $2M in Relief Grants Amid COVID-19 Surge

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 - 7:47pm

They have labored in the fields through the pandemic and wildfire smoke to make sure we have food on our tables.

Key Points: 
  • They have labored in the fields through the pandemic and wildfire smoke to make sure we have food on our tables.
  • Funded organizations span the breadth and depth of California, but all are trusted nonprofits in their local Latino communities.
  • This round of grants comes during a new surge in COVID cases and increased levels of homelessness in California.
  • About Latino Community Foundation: The Latino Community Foundation is on a mission to unleash the civic and economic power of Latinos in California.

GZA Congratulates Client McGough on Winning Prestigious Minnesota Brownfields ReScape Award

Monday, November 23, 2020 - 11:18am

GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. (GZA), a leading multi-disciplinary firm providing geotechnical, environmental, ecological, water, and construction management services, is honored to announce that its client, McGough Development of Roseville, Minnesota, has been awarded the prestigious Minnesota Brownfields ReScape Award for the redevelopment of an environmentally impacted, underutilized industrial site to serve as its new corporate headquarters.

Key Points: 
  • GZA GeoEnvironmental Inc. (GZA), a leading multi-disciplinary firm providing geotechnical, environmental, ecological, water, and construction management services, is honored to announce that its client, McGough Development of Roseville, Minnesota, has been awarded the prestigious Minnesota Brownfields ReScape Award for the redevelopment of an environmentally impacted, underutilized industrial site to serve as its new corporate headquarters.
  • McGough , a prominent construction and development company known for its complex historical restorations and renovations of Minnesota landmarks, won the Minnesota Brownfields ReScape Award for Economic Impact in the small-project division.
  • The award was given for its conversion of a 60-year-old former trucking terminal into a new headquarters for its 250 employees.
  • GZAs Vieau Associates subsidiary was cited for its environmental services on the McGough project by Minnesota Brownfields alongside the other engineering and architectural firms that comprised the design team.

CGTN: China Outlines Four-point Proposal for the Future of APEC

Saturday, November 21, 2020 - 4:05pm

Established in 1989, APEC has become an important platform to facilitate economic cooperation among 21 economies in the Asia-Pacific region.

Key Points: 
  • Established in 1989, APEC has become an important platform to facilitate economic cooperation among 21 economies in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • The Chinese president outlined a four-point proposal for the future of Asia-Pacific cooperation.
  • The FTAAP proposal was initiated in 2004 and written into the declaration of the APEC meeting in 2006.
  • At the virtual meeting hosted by Malaysia, APEC launched a Post-2020 vision the APEC Putrajaya Vision 2040, which is the bloc's new long-term blueprint for future cooperation.

IWBI and the National League of Cities Announce Partnership to Support Cities and Create Safer, Healthier Places

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 5:04pm

This is a pivotal moment to embrace strong collaborative engagements, especially as we think about the future of our cities and the critical role they play in enhancing, improving and protecting human health.

Key Points: 
  • This is a pivotal moment to embrace strong collaborative engagements, especially as we think about the future of our cities and the critical role they play in enhancing, improving and protecting human health.
  • The partnership will focus on collaborating on the development of strategies, tools and resources that will enable city leaders to effectively navigate in a post-COVID-19 world.
  • The International WELL Building Institute (IWBI) is leading the global movement to transform our buildings, communities and organizations in ways that help people thrive.
  • The National League of Cities (NLC) is the voice of Americas cities, towns and villages, representing more than 200 million people.

Citizens Against Government Waste Names Gov. Andrew Cuomo November 2020 Porker of the Month

Thursday, November 19, 2020 - 4:24pm

Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) our November 2020 Porker of the Month for politicizing and delaying the distribution of a new COVID-19 vaccine that will save lives.

Key Points: 
  • Today, Citizens Against Government Waste (CAGW) named New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) our November 2020 Porker of the Month for politicizing and delaying the distribution of a new COVID-19 vaccine that will save lives.
  • On November 9, 2020, instead of celebrating a new vaccine with a then-reported 90 percent success rate that turned out to 95 percent, Gov.
  • Cuomo wants to set up a separate analysis that will waste time and the taxpayers money.
  • Citizens Against Government Waste is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization dedicated to eliminating waste, fraud, abuse, and mismanagement in government.

Peiffer Wolf: In Response to “Fertility Fraud” Lawsuit, Richmond Doctor Acknowledges Role in Secretly Fathering Women’s Two Children

Wednesday, November 18, 2020 - 8:55pm

Katie Richards learned via home DNA testing that both of her children were the result of her fertility doctor, Dr. Michael S. Kiken, secretly utilizing his own sperm in her fertility treatments.

Key Points: 
  • Katie Richards learned via home DNA testing that both of her children were the result of her fertility doctor, Dr. Michael S. Kiken, secretly utilizing his own sperm in her fertility treatments.
  • All of our memories, and all of the memories that we have yet to make are forever tainted.
  • Wolf said: The actions of Dr. Kiken and the other doctors committing fertility fraud are horrific.
  • In 2019, Wolf spearheaded the Peiffer Wolf push for national legislation to rein in the abuses of IVF and fertility clinics .