Tree planting plan Re: “Tree plan short on green” (March 9): Kudos to DWP Commissioner Nick Patsaouras for questioning the $100-per-tree cost paid by the Department of Water and Power with our tax dollars. It’s commendable that the Conservation Corps hire inner-city youth to plant trees. Unfortunately, trees are rarely taken care of once planted and the hundred bucks paid. My plan to save the city lots of money is: Money paid after tree has healthily survived a minimum of three years; plant only trees indigenous to our Los Angeles climate; strictly follow “Guidelines for Planting Native Trees” by Burt Wilson, Las Pilitas Nursery. If these guidelines are followed, $100 a tree will be a bargain, and we’ll all benefit from this miracle. – Bob Ginn Re: “Loophole for lobbyists” (March 9): Well, well. Why are we not surprised? Mendacious City Council members shafted us poor, hapless, ignorant sheeple again. Their dishonesty boggles the mind. – John Lynch Studio City Arcadia Take up a collection Re: “Tree plan short on green” (March 9): I understand commissioner Nick Patsaouras of the DWP is wondering where the extra money for the Million Trees initiative will come from. How about a collection from all of his employees who received millions of dollars in questionable payments for overtime hours not exactly spent at work? – Batia Atzmony Northridge Cost, not the value Re: “California’s is one of leanest work forces” (March 9): Ask anyone who has had to stand in line at the DMV or is put on interminable hold while calling a state agency if our state work force is bloated. The answer will be a loud “no!” The fact is that California has one of the nation’s smallest public work forces relative to population. The result is that state services have not been able to keep up with California’s growing population. The reason is that Sen. Tom McClintock and his ideological colleagues care only about shrinking the size of state government, not serving its citizens. As usual, McClintock knows the cost of everything and the value of nothing. – Steve Mehlman California State Employees Association Financial disclosure Re: “Rogue cops” (Our Opinions, March 9): There has been no statement or implication that we will do anything but comply with the consent decree. However, with regards to the financial disclosures, there are serious flaws with the manner in which this information will be stored and even more serious flaws in how they provide for the detection and capture of “rogue” police officers. No LAPD gang officer or detective has offered to ignore this element of the consent decree. It is just the opposite, when the financial disclosures are mandated, the officers and detectives will comply fully by leaving this specialized unit. Our collective years of experience and knowledge will simply be lost as we move to other areas of the police department or other police departments entirely. – Matthew Plugge LAPD Detective I Gang Impact Team, Devonshire Area It’s not a law Re: “Rogue cops” (Our Opinions, March 9): You should have paid attention to “School House Rock’s” “How a Bill Becomes a Law.” The consent decree is not a law; it’s an agreement between the feds and Los Angeles City due to allegations of excessive force, not “cops on the take.” So an officer who chooses not to submit the financial disclosure form will be returned to patrol. Officers who choose to reveal their investments will stay in gang or narcotics assignments. It’s that simple. Personally, I welcome the return of these officers to the patrol ranks as too few officers have carried the burden of responding to calls for service for far too long. That’s the real story. – Maria Acosta Lake Los Angeles Gang programs fix Re: “Hahn on gangs” (Your Opinions, March 9): With the second prominent gang prevention program in as many months being exposed as problematic, giving them more vital taxpayer funds is not the answer. City officials have far too long cried for more funding via taxes and bond measures and shown little results and even less accountability. Time has come for our city controller to show courage and begin a comprehensive audit of all existing programs related to gang prevention. Not one more dollar is to be spent or invested in a failed program. If you fail to be a good steward of what you already have, then you do not deserve more. – David Hernandez Valley Village Throw them out Re: “Old, tired dinosaurs” (Your Opinions, March 8): Jerry Pennington of Van Nuys stated that the low turnout for the local election was due to people not wanting to vote for “the same old dinosaurs” in City Hall, and that they have a worse record than the U.S. Congress in getting things done on behalf of the people. Well, Jerry, your statements point to the reasons why people should vote in these local elections. If you don’t like what your local council person is doing, vote for change – throw the bum out. Nine chances out of 10, you live in District 6, which should have been the hottest City Council race in L.A. Instead, only 5,208 people voted, representing about 8 percent of the 63,000 eligible voters in District 6. Even our incumbent council implied that the turnout was a disgrace. – Jack Golding Van Nuys What they preach Re: “Newt cheated on wife while attacking Clinton” (March 9): Just wanted to thank Newt for again proving that Republicans are the biggest hypocrites – talking the talk but not walking the walk. He joins the proud two-faced crowd of gay-bashing, young-boy-loving Foley, ethics in government but we love the dirty money Cunningham and DeLay, responsible fiscal budget spending unless it’s for our corporate buddies Cheney and, of course, the “Support Our Troops” but cut their medical care crowd, championed by King “Dubya” Bush himself. Nothing better than consistency – except, of course, having leaders who actually do what they preach. – Howard Barr Burbank Make them afraid Re: “Voter turnout is lowest in 24 years” (March 8): Rather than voters staying away from the polls, I challenge them to sign up for permanent absentee ballot privileges and mail in an unvoted ballot. Think about it. We could see 80 percent or more voter turnout but the underlying message to elected officials would be to stop playing around and solve real problems. Right now, the politicians know and count on low voter turnout. My plan, I believe, will keep them off-balance and thus force them to be more accountable to and wary of the electorate. – Ira Bland Tujunga Loopholes Re: “Loophole for lobbyists” (March 9): After reading about Measure R, I was hopeful that the people of Los Angeles would not vote for it. But they believed the League of Women Voters and voted for it. Now it comes out that there is a loophole? Well, who’s to blame? The people should get this proposition off the books and fire all the council members. Now is the time to act, and act in a proactive manner. Show the elected people that you are mad and want elected officials to work for you, and not the lobbyists. – John Archbold Canyon Country 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The government will give priority to cleaning 350 villages worst affected by the floods in Kolhapur and Sangli. Several special teams of clean-up marshals — including from Mumbai — will be dispatched to also remove carcass and waste from these villages. A sum of ₹70 crore has been set aside for the same, said Maharashtra Water Resources and Sanitation Minister Babanrao Lonikar. Of the 353 villages, 205 are located in Kolhapur, 101 in Sangli and 47 in Satara, where work will be taken up on war footing . “We will not only dispatch special teams for clean up operations in these areas but also direct them to take up other important tasks. These would include repair of solar pumps, and motors in wells on an immediate basis. The water connection in the affected areas will be restored in less than eight days,” said the minister after a meeting on Thursday to review the damage caused by the floods. The Minister said hundreds of carcasses are being removed daily with the help of Earthmoving Contractors Ltd, a private firm. “Other preventive measures including use of chemicals to ensure no infection spreads in the areas. This work is being undertaken with the help of 30 water suction pumps, four dumpers and 15 tractors,” said an official. Mr. Lonikar said sanitation work in the affected areas will also be taken up under the Swachch Bharat Mission of the Central government. The State will divert over ₹ 5 crore from the central scheme to clean the selected villages, he said. “We will disburse ₹50,000 to villages with population of 1,000 and ₹1,00,000 for villages of population over 1,000 under the Swachch Bharat Mission-Gramin,” he said. The State government has also set aside ₹75 crore for health-related initiatives in affected areas. Another ₹70 crore has been allocated for cleaning, ₹30 crore to compensate for loss of livestock, and ₹27 crore for providing food and medicines.
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Art is timeless. Its imprints can be found at any place at any point in time. The pictorial depiction of human-made markings on natural stone, popularly known as rock art, is the most ancient form of expression.These rock art images are a source of cultural communication between the past and the present.With a view to spread awareness and address the urgent need to preserve this art form, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts along with Ministry of Culture, Government of India, is organising an International conference on rock art 2012 along with an exhibition and workshops. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘The exhibition is an initiative which will help in understanding the roots of rock art and the journey since then, helping people to relate their theoretical knowledge with practical. India is fortunate in possessing one of the three largest concentrations of this world heritage. The conference is relevant with respect to research and learn and develop documentation programme of rock art,’ said Dipali Khanna, Member Secretary, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA). Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe theme of the conference will centre on the following themes: concept and methodology, interpreting rock art, documentation and conservation amongst many.‘Experts and scholars from India, France, Italy, Spain, Indonesia, Douth Africa, Australia, Poland, USA, Cuba, Peru, Bolivia, China and many other countries will address the issue and challenges for preservation of rock art,’ added Khanna. Rock art festival will feature an exhibition of Indian and global rock art from to synthesise people about the unique nature of rock art. The exhibition partly will feature global rock art which will be divided in zones showing art forms of different continents. There are pieces rock arts related to pre-historic era ranging between 4,000 and 12,000 BC at display too.The Indian wing will also exhibit various tribal art forms that shows continuity of the tradition of rock art. The art forms will include Saura (Odisha), Warli (Maharashtra) and Rathwa (Gujarat). During the workshop, the rock art scholars and artists across the globe would demonstrate the journey of rock art, techniques and materials used for its depiction along with similarity and their differences in the art form across the countries.‘A cave like set up has been designed on the lines of Bhimbetka, an archaeological World Heritage site located in Raisen District in Madhya Pradesh to give a first hand experience and focus of the exhibition,’ said Khanna.DETAILAt: Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts C.V Mess JanpathWhen: 7 December- 25 January Timings: 10 am to 7 pm