MEET COUNTY COMMISSIONER CHERYL MUSGRAVE

first_imgCheryl Musgrave’s years of service in state and local government have made her a leading voice on Indiana government reform and a capable, recognized administrator and reformer. Over two decades, she has worked to serve taxpayers by cutting public waste, modernizing outdated processes, and building necessary projects. Her executive skills have been tested by crisis and proven by her record of delivering effective change. Always fiercely independent and devoted to the public interest, she has compiled a record of sensible and innovative changes that have resonated across the state. Local Reformer Voters first elected Musgrave to the office of Vanderburgh County Assessor in 1994.During her ten years in that office, she made one of the most backward parts of county government into one of the most forward-looking. She launched the first website in Indiana that made property assessments and sales information freely available. In October 1998, The Hoosier Farmer, a publication of the Indiana Farm Bureau, highlighted the site, saying, “This voluntary public disclosure by Mrs. Musgrave herself is certainly a welcome way to assure the public that she is confident that the work of her office is fair and uniform.” She also coordinated three levels of government to convert the county’s paper maps to a digital format, a Geographic Information System (GIS). Completed in only four years, the digital mapping system has saved countless taxpayer dollars through time savings and enabled governments and citizens to use their resources more effectively.Purposeful Executive Musgrave served as Vanderburgh County Commissioner from 2005 to mid-2007. In that office, she initiated the single largest set of road building projects in the county’s history, including expanding University Parkway, Green River Road, the Baseline Road railroad bridge, and Cross Pointe Boulevard. She also created new bike trails on county roads, initiated the construction of the now-beloved USI-Burdette Trail, and expanded and renovated Burdette Park. Following the fatal tornado of November 6, 2005, she developed an innovative approach to the problem of debris removal, clearing the debris from public and private property in less than three weeks and helping families to heal after the disaster.PAID FOR AND AUTHORIZED BY FRIENDS OF MUSGRAVE Statewide Advocate for Change After more than a decade of experience in Vanderburgh County government, in 2007 Governor Mitch Daniels appointed Musgrave as Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Local Government Finance (DLGF) during the property tax crisis. Throughout the state, public outcry—and protests—showed voters demanded immediate relief from soaring property tax bills. Governor Daniels needed skilled leadership to see the crisis through and recognized that Musgrave’s unique combination of skills and vision meant she could rise to the challenge. Musgrave immediately set to work reforming the state’s antiquated property tax structure. She streamlined the DLGF’s staff, modernized its information technology, and lobbied for major legislative changes. Her efforts helped realize a historic property tax reform that saved Vanderburgh County homeowners an average of 38 percent on their property tax bills.She cut the cost of school construction by millions of dollars statewide by only approving projects that kept per square foot costs at or below the national average. Even more important, Musgrave led in efforts to improve government in Indiana for generations to come. Before 2008, a whopping 1,001 township officials oversaw property tax assessments, leading to unfair and potentially corrupt assessments. Musgrave championed efforts in the legislature to eliminate the office of township assessor in the smallest townships and to propose a statewide series of referenda on whether to retain the office in larger townships. Her efforts contributed to the elimination of all but a dozen or so township assessing officials.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Raiders hoping Antonio Brown takes to new surroundings

first_imgCLICK HERE if you are having a problem viewing the photos or video on a mobile deviceALAMEDA — The press conference began 25 minutes late, which will be duly noted in Pittsburgh. It seems Antonio Brown is notorious for being less than punctual when it came to obligations with the third estate.Not that there was anything nefarious at work, given that Brown arrived with his family in tow, including three small and energetic children.The newest Raider, from his stylish suit to sparkling …last_img

Dozen Indian boys for NBA camp in China

first_imgMumbai, Jun 15 (PTI) Twelve young Indian hoopsters have been selected to undergo a three-day NBA-conducted training camp for basketball players in the Asia-Pacific region to be held in China later this month.The camp for elite young basketball talent of the region will be held from June 18-21 at Zhejiang Provincial Sports Vocational Technical Institute in China, said a media release today.The 12 youngsters are part of a 73-strong group of boys and girls, belonging to India, Australia, New Zealand, Korea and China.Current NBA players Malik Beasley (Denver Nuggets), Andrew Nicholson (Brooklyn Nets) and Garrett Temple (Sacramento Kings) will join former WNBA player Zheng Haixia (the first Chinese WNBA player) as well as NBA assistant coaches Ryan Bowen (Denver Nuggets), Charles Klask (Detroit Pistons), Bob Thornton (Sacramento Kings) and FIBA coach Ronald Cass to train the 17 and 18-year old campers, who were selected by their respective basketball federations.”We are grateful for the continued support of the Chinese Basketball Association (CBA), Zhejiang Provincial Sports Vocational Technical Institute and Nike to provide these elite young players with the opportunity to learn from some of the worlds best players and coaches,” said NBA China CEO, David Shoemaker.This is the fourth such camp being held. It had previously been held in Melbourne (Australia, 2011) and Nanjing (China, 2013 and 15).The selected Indian boys are: Robin Banerjee, Vivek Chauhan, Jagshaanbir Jhawar, Sejin Mathew, Shanmugam Murugan, Riyanshu Negi, Suraj Pathak, Preshit Pawar, Prashant Rawat, Parth Sunil Kumar Sharma, Princepal Singh, Manoj Singh Sisodiya. PTI SSR NRBadvertisementlast_img read more

Cops recover body of woman from lodge room rescue baby

first_imgKolkata: Police recovered the body of a woman and rescued her one-and-a-half-month-old baby, who was found beside her, from a room at a lodge at Dankuni in Hooghly on Wednesday night.According to a source, on Wednesday, around 1:30 pm, a couple along with a baby arrived at the lodge located near the Delhi Road and hired a room. They posed themselves as husband and wife. Around 4:30 pm, some lodge staff heard the baby crying. As the baby didn’t stop crying, one of them went to the room. He found that the door of room was open. When he entered the room he saw the woman identified as Pinki Ghosh (25) was lying unconsciously and the baby was crying on the bed. Dankuni police station was immediately informed. Later, the police rushed Ghosh to a local hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. It is suspected that Ghosh died of strangulation. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile scrutinising the documents provided by Ghosh and the unknown youth at the time of check-in, the police came to know about her identity and address. Police sources informed that they came to know that Ghosh was resident of Bhattanagar at Liluah in Howrah from her Aadhar card. Accordingly, the Liluah police station was informed and Ghosh family was informed by officers of Liluah police station. After her family members lodged a complaint, police officers initiated a murder case against the unknown youth. Police officers checked the CCTV camera footage of the lodge where the youth was seen moving out of the lodge during the evening. Cops are also checking the documents provided by him to verify if they are original or not. Till Thursday night, the suspected youth could not be traced.last_img read more

MTS to increase frequency of some of its busiest bus routes around

first_img January 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, MTS to increase frequency of some of its busiest bus routes around San Diego SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Metropolitan Transit System officials Thursday announced it will increase the frequency of some of its busiest bus routes beginning next week.Under MTS’s Transit Optimization Plan, more than 30 routes will have a frequency of 15 minutes or quicker by the time the plan is fully implemented in June at a cost of $2 million, according to the agency.On Jan. 28, MTS will roll out the first changes on some its most frequently traveled routes. Among them is Route 3, which services Hillcrest, Balboa Park and the Gaslamp Quarter, which will see weekday frequency increase from 15 to 12 minutes and Sunday frequency increased from 60 minutes to 30 minutes.Route 5, which services downtown, Stockton, Chollas View and Euclid, will see its weekday frequency increased from 15 to 12 minutes.Route 950, which links Otay Mesa and Iris Avenue Station, will now run every 10 minutes during morning peak hours.Other routes are being split in two to increase reliability.“We know that frequency and speed of service are the keys for our current riders and attracting new riders,”  MTS Chief Executive Paul Jablonski said. “We are investing into our system to make it as convenient and efficient as possible. Hundreds of thousands of people already choose transit every day. We’re working hard to make our system an even more attractive choice for people all over the San Diego region.”A complete list of changes can be viewed at www.sdmts.com/TOP. Posted: January 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Dr Jennifer Campbell discusses her goals for San Diegos District 2

first_img December 16, 2018 Dr. Jennifer Campbell discusses her goals for San Diego’s District 2 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego’s District 2 has a new City Council member.Dr. Jennifer Campbell joined us Sunday morning on Good Morning San Diego to talk about her goals and priorities for the district. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Amazon becomes secondmost valuable company in US as it overtakes Alphabet Inc

first_imgAmazon 2nd most valuable US-listed Company now tops Google owner Alphabet IncREUTERS/Joshua RobertsAmerican e-commerce giant Amazon.com on Tuesday overtook Google parent company Alphabet Inc in market value to become the world’s second-most valuable company in the United States.At present, tech major Apple is the most-valued company.Amazon shares finished up 2.7 percent at $1,586.51, for a market capitalization of $768 billion, Alphabet Inc. lost 0.39 percent putting its value at $762.6 billion on Tuesday, reports Bloomberg.Amazon surpassed Alphabet Inc. backed by its growing and profitable cloud computing business, groceries, physical stores and new data centers and warehouses.”Every opportunity the company is going after is a $500 million to a $1 billion market,” Bloomberg quoted James Cakmak, an analyst at Monness Crespi Hardt & Co, as saying. And each market Amazon is pursuing is a distinctive one — something that has eluded Apple and Google, which are both heavily reliant on a single business for their sales. “At the end of the day, they’re a one-trick pony,” he added.After the news about Cambridge Analytica allegedly misusing private information of more than 50 million Facebook profiles, Facebook’s market value dropped below Berkshire Hathaway. Shares of the world’s largest social network plunged amidst reports of alleged data breaches.Facebook is now the seventh most valuable company. Microsoft is the fourth biggest company by market cap, followed by Chinese company Tencent.Earlier this month, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos became the world’s richest man, according to Forbes magazine’s Annual World’s Billionaires List 2018.Bezos’s wealth as on March 6, 2018, is $ 112 billion. He topped the world billionaires list 2018 by bumping Bill Gates and investor Warren Buffet.last_img read more

US steps up threat to quit UNHRC

first_img.The United States warned Friday that it was losing patience and again threatened to quit the UN Human Rights Council after the Geneva-based body adopted five resolutions condemning Israel.US ambassador Nikki Haley said in a statement that the council was “grossly biased against Israel,” noting that it had adopted only three resolutions separately targeting North Korea, Iran and Syria.”When the Human Rights Council treats Israel worse than North Korea, Iran, and Syria, it is the council itself that is foolish and unworthy of its name,” said Haley.”Our patience is not unlimited. Today’s actions make clear that the organization lacks the credibility needed to be a true advocate for human rights,” she said.Haley has over the past year repeatedly warned that the United States was ready to walk away from the 47-member body established in 2006 to promote and protect human rights worldwide.The five resolutions were presented by the countries of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation under the council’s “agenda item 7” which concerns Israel.Israel is the only country that has a dedicated agenda item at the council, a mechanism that the United States and some European countries view as inappropriate.The latest threat to quit the council came after President Donald Trump appointed UN-skeptic John Bolton as his national security adviser.Since Trump took over at the White House, the United States has quit the UN cultural agency UNESCO, cut UN funding and announced plans to quit the UN-backed Paris climate agreement.last_img read more

Is Affordable Housing Being Left Out of DCs Comprehensive Plan

first_imgThe housing portion of the District of Columbia Comprehensive Plan recently came under tough scrutiny in Ward 8.On March 17, The Ward 8 Democrats hosted the “DC Comprehensive Plan for Affordable Housing: How Clear is the Vision” Forum at the St. Elizabeths R.I.S.E. Center. The panelists were Parisa Norouzi, executive director of Empower D.C.; attorney Ari Theresa of Stoop Law; Eric Shaw, director of the D.C. Office of Planning; Kay Pierson, director of the Community Reinvestment Division of the United Planning Organization; and David Whitehead is the Housing Program Coordinator of Greater Washington.D.C. councilmember Trayon White says D.C. is not including affordable housing options in development plans. (AFRO File Photo)The Home Rule Act of 1973 requires the District government to develop a comprehensive plan for future planning and development of the city.The initial plan was approved by the D.C. Council and signed by D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams in 2006 and amended in 2011 and 2012. Presently, the D.C. Council is considering the second round of amendments to the plan and D.C. Council member Trayon White (D-Ward 8), who recently had to apologize for saying Jews control the weather, is urging Ward 8 residents to pay attention to the process.“This is an important time in our city’s history,” White said. “The comprehensive plan is a long-term document that determines, among other things, land use, building development, goals, policies and action plans for growth. I don’t think it does Ward 8 a lot of justice.”The plan includes upgrading housing at the St. Elizabeths East campus in Congress Heights and more upscale housing and retail in the Bellevue neighborhood of the ward.White said affordable housing isn’t adequately addressed in the new amendments to the plan and inferred there was preferential treatment for the housing needs of upper-income residents and forgets those of lower income residents. “We need to make sure that we don’t forget those who were here when the city wasn’t peaches and cream,” the council member said, referring to the District’s overall condition in the 1980s and 1990s, when it was fiscally shaky, the crack cocaine epidemic was in force, and people and businesses were moving out of the city.RentCafe, an Internet publication that looks at housing prices in the District, lists a studio apartment as $1,656 and a one-bedroom is $2,028.During the meeting, Shaw endured a lot of criticism. He said that since the advent of the Bowser administration, he has been working on the comprehensive plan and is open to developers getting a public benefit such as tax breaks and credits for building affordable and market rate housing.Many of the questions from the 50 people attending focused on what the comprehensive plan is and how it affects Ward 8 specifically. Ward 8 resident Jackie Ward, who sells real estate in the Washington, D.C. area, asked the panel about family-size housing.“A lot of the housing that is being built is for singles and people with one or two children,” Ward said. “However, you still have a lot of families who want to live in the city but can’t find four-bedroom apartments for market rate? What is being done about that?”Shaw said family units are beginning to be built and while that type of housing isn’t being requested by people who are moving into the city, the administration is working on strategies to stimulate developers to build more.last_img read more

Dressing up for the night

first_imgThe weather is slightly muggy and all that rain water makes it tough to wear the palazzos. Pants get splattered with mud in a matter of minutes. So while skirts and shorts are perfect for the season, night outs deserve a little more dressing up. A knee-length dress could be the answer to your monsoon dress-up woes however there are more options in a slip dress, a sleeveless dress with narrow straps, is usually worn by women as innerwear, but the same can now be flaunted at parties too.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Fashion designer Nicole Richie was spotted at one of the recent awards in a metallic bronze slip dress. To complement her look, she wore a red matt lipstick, chose bronze colour to do up her eyes and slicked back her hair.Femalefirst.co.uk picked out few options for you to choose.Lace insert slip dress: It is a knee length strappy slip dress with lace insert detail.Scoop back maxi: It is strappy maxi slip dress with scoop back detail in metallic fabric and side splits.Ruffled trimmed dress: Made of cotton, it has a scoop neck, an empire waist, adjustable spaghetti straps, and a short length hem with tiered ruffle trim. To work the look perfectly, wear minimum accessories and slip your feet into strappy heels and some season friendly makeup and you are all set to take over the evenings!last_img read more