KAABOO has announced the lineup for their newest destination event in the Cayman Islands. Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, the inaugural event is set on the shores of the world-famous Seven Mile Beach in Grand Cayman. KAABOO Cayman will take place amidst a tropical climate where guests will enjoy a backdrop of crystal blue water and white sand beaches for an upscale, island getaway from February 15 – 16, 2019.For their inaugural lineup, KAABOO Cayman will welcome internationally renowned EDM-pop duo The Chainsmokers and British new wave idols Duran Duran as headliners. Also on the lineup are DJ ZEDD, Jason Derulo, Bryan Adams, Counting Crows, Flo Rida, Blondie, +Live+, Maren Morris, Sean Paul, Shaggy, Salt-N-Pepa ft DJ Spinderella, Blues Traveler, Los Lobos, and many more. Comic canons Wanda Sykes, David Spade, Jenny Slate, Darrell Hammond and more will headline KAABOO’s HUMOR ME stage.For information on the lineup, location, and ticketing, head here to the festival website.
House Transportation and Infrastructure Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairwoman Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) yesterday made an interesting statement on the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and Inland Waterways.She delivered the following opening statement during the hearing titled: “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Full Utilization of the Harbor Maintenance Trust Fund and Investment in our Nation’s Waterways Matter”.“There is no question about the value of ports and harbors to our country and our economy. Oceangoing vessels carry more merchandise to trade by tonnage than all other modes of transportation combined. The case for federal investment is simple: we must use what we collect to maintain our ports to ensure and maintain America’s global competitiveness,” said Grace F. Napolitano.She continued by saying that her region is home to the largest ports in the nation, the Port of Los Angeles and the Port of Long Beach. These ports handle over 40% of the exports and imports into the United States.According to Napolitano, Los Angeles and Long Beach have invested billions of their own money to upgrade their infrastructure for the benefit of the entire nation so that goods can get to market across the country on time. But like other ports across the U.S., the success of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach are only as strong as their partnership with the federal government in maintaining our infrastructure.“The shippers at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach pay over $260 million annually in Harbor Maintenance Taxes but receive only $10 million back in harbor maintenance. As of a few years ago, my ports were receiving nearly nothing back, until working together with then-Ranking Member DeFazio, we were successful in enacting language in WRRDA 2014 that required the Army Corps of Engineers to allocate at least 10% of Harbor Maintenance Funds to all donor ports for expanded uses, or funds to continue to use their ports,” added Napolitano.“This Congress must address inequities in the harbor maintenance trust fund. It is not fair for harbors like mine to be paying so much in the tax and receiving so little. I look forward to working with all of my colleagues as we find common ground to address the continuing needs of all our ports and harbors. If past success is prologue, I look forward to working with now-Chair DeFazio in finding a solution for all,” concluded Grace F. Napolitano.Yesterday’s hearing also focused on the importance of the Inland Waterways System to the nation’s heartland as they face challenges with an aging infrastructure system.
The measure would levy a parcel tax on property owners, averaging about $40 a year. The council’s Rules and Elections Committee asked the city attorney to draft ballot language that would spell out how the $30 million a year would be awarded to gang prevention and intervention programs and how the city would ensure the money is spent. The measure, introduced by Councilwoman Janice Hahn, is scaled back from an earlier $50million parcel-tax proposal to make it more appealing to voters. Hahn, who represents the Harbor Area, said the city has never made a consistent effort to fund gang intervention and prevention programs. “We need a dedicated funding stream,” Hahn said. “The city budget has so many constraints on it that we’re never going to have the political will to always dedicate this amount of money toward ending gang violence.” But City Controller Laura Chick, who is auditing current gang prevention programs, has said the council and mayor should not put a gang tax on the ballot until her review is complete and the city can be sure the money will be spent well. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has said he could support the tax measure if the money was spent in communities with the worst gang problems and there is strong oversight and accountability. His office would not say if he supports putting a gang tax on the February ballot. “Laura Chick is going to be critical in determining where new funds are allocated,” said spokesman Matt Szabo, adding that the mayor needs more details on the council’s proposal. The council would need to vote by Oct. 3 to direct the city attorney to draft ballot language and the full council would have to decide whether to put the tax on the ballot by Oct. 19. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES: A $30 million measure forpreventionprograms is being considered. By Kerry Cavanaugh STAFF WRITER A key Los Angeles City Council committee took a step Wednesday toward putting on the February ballot a $30million tax measure to fund gang prevention programs.
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Cr Kris Pavlidis joins the White Ribbon Day Campaign to stop violence against women. The male-led movement is about changing attitudes and behaviours in attempt to lead social change. November 25th is the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women