City Receives $5 Million from Insurance Carrier for Embezzlement Loss

first_img Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Government City Receives $5 Million from Insurance Carrier for Embezzlement Loss Published on Friday, January 15, 2016 | 4:56 pm EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes From Last Year: Pasadena City Manager Michael J. Beck faces the press as he announces the arrest of a former city employee for allegedly bilking the city out of $6.4 million.Alleged embezzler: Danny R. Wooten from Facebook page of New Covenant Christian Fellowship in PomonaPasadena officials today announced the City has received a $5 million payment from its insurance carrier to settle a claim filed by the City regarding the theft of public money from the Utility Underground Program fund.“While it is important to recover the funds that were lost, it is equally important to ensure that the City makes the necessary changes to prevent another embezzlement from happening in the future and to also recover the public’s trust,” Pasadena Mayor Terry Tornek said.In addition to the insurance claim, the City has undergone a comprehensive internal financial and personnel audit; changed or increased oversight for many of its financial processes and initiated most of the recommendations announced last year by a citizen advisory task force on financial administration and internal controls, posted online at www.cityofpasadena.net/invoiceinvestigation .The payment represents the maximum amount of money that could be paid on the insurance claim. It is also about 85 percent of the nearly $6 million allegedly embezzled by a former City employee who is now currently facing both criminal charges and a civil lawsuit in connection to the theft.City Manager Michael J. Beck said “we are pleased that our insurance carrier has paid the maximum amount on the claim, but in no way does this minimize the importance of our internal efforts to strengthen our financial administration and internal controls.”A portion of the settlement money will be deposited into the City’s General Fund to offset the cost of investigating the embezzlement and the rest will be deposited into the Utility Underground fund that was impacted by the theft, Beck said.“The City will continue to pursue legal means necessary to obtain a full recovery of the monies stolen,” City Attorney/City Prosecutor Michele Beal Bagneris said.A City audit completed in November 2014 documented that a former employee used fraudulent invoices to steal money from the fund that pays for moving overhead power and communications lines underground.The former employee, Danny Wooten, was arrested in December 2014 and is due in Superior Court March 9 for a preliminary hearing in the criminal case against him. A civil suit filed against him by the City is set for a jury trial in October 2016.Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit the City of Pasadena online at  www.cityofpasadena.net; follow the city on Twitter @PasadenaGov, www.twitter.com/pasadenagov, and like the City on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena. Or call the Citizen Service Center, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311. Subscribe Top of the News center_img Make a comment More Cool Stuff Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday HerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Gorgeous Looks That Have Been Classic Go-tos For DecadesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWeird Types Of Massage Not Everyone Dares To TryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyA 74 Year Old Fitness Enthusiast Defies All Concept Of AgeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyRobert Irwin Recreates His Father’s Iconic PhotosHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Bringing the Legends to Your Home

first_imgThe ongoing pandemic, while painful, has also created vast fields of opportunity to develop new ways of thinking and new ways to provide virtual information and entertainment.Since the onset of the crisis, Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Stadium has been reaching out to fans by way of a new series—Rose Bowl LIVE, a virtual event held on the stadium’s YouTube and Facebook channels.In the latest event this Saturday, UCLA alum and LA Galaxy icon Cobi Jones, joins the Rose Bowl LIVE virtual event room at 4 p.m.If there was ever an American soccer icon, Cobi Jones comes closest.A participant in both the World Cup and the Olympics, as well as scoring the first-ever LA Galaxy goal in the Rose Bowl, the hall of famer will discuss his career with fans in the virtual chat room.Cobi Jones, who led the UCLA Bruins to the national championship in 1999, currently leads the United States in all-time appearances for soccer, appearing in 164 games in his career. He is also the first Major League soccer player to have his jersey retired.Jones is just the latest sports personality to grace the Rose Bowl virtual studio The series has hosted Rose Bowl legends Cade McNown, a former UCLA and NFL quarterback, women’s soccer legend Brandi Chastain, as well as women’s basketball icon Ann Meyers Drysdale.“We encourage guests to log on so they can ask questions,” said Rose Bowl Marketing Manager Sierra Kemp. “There’s a chat feature in each series, and viewers can ask questions throughout the program.”Viewers can also visit the site before the events, to register for free reminders and updates, along with direct links to Rose Bowl YouTube and Facebook channels.Rose Bowl LIVE airs this Saturday, May 30, at 4:00 p.m. You can sign up and watch the series here. Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 298 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Community News Sports Bringing the Legends to Your Home Rose Bowl LIVE series continues Saturday with U.S. soccer icon Cobi Jones By EDDIE RIVERA, WEEKENDR EDITOR Published on Thursday, May 28, 2020 | 1:07 pm Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News More Cool Stuff Business News HerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAt 9 Years Old, This Young Girl Dazzled The World Of FashionHerbeautyHerbeauty STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Governor Douglas proclaims fire prevention week in Vermont

first_img### Governor Jim Douglas today signed a proclamation declaring Fire Prevention Week in Vermont at an event with students at St. Johnsbury Elementary School. The 2010 Fire Prevention Week theme is, ‘Smoke Alarms: A sound you can live with!’Fires result in an average of nine deaths in Vermont each year, cause more than a 1,000 people to be treated at emergency departments for fire and burn injuries and cost an estimated $70 million in property damage. Working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, installed outside of each sleeping area and on every level of every home, are essential for the safety of Vermonters.‘Vermonters are fortunate to have highly trained professionals educating the public about fire prevention and safety and willing to risk their lives when disaster strikes,’ said Governor Douglas. ‘Fire Prevention Week is an opportunity to remind all Vermonters of the simple actions we can take to stay safe, such as installing and maintaining smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in our homes.’The Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont (PFFV) have distributed Fire Safety Educational Activity Books to over 200 elementary schools across Vermont over the past eight years. This year marks the distribution of their 100,000th Fire Safety Educational Activity Book given to elementary school children, assisting in the safety of children across Vermont.Matt Vinci, PFFV President said, ‘The Professional Fire Fighters of Vermont proudly support Fire Prevention Week by distributing over 14,000 Fire Safety Activity Books annually to elementary schools across the state, making Vermont a safer place to live, work and visit.’Source: 10.7.2010last_img read more

Los Angeles Lakers’ Jeremy Lin making an impact beyond box score

first_imgA buzz hovered around the arena, long after Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash dazzled the crowd with encouraging signs that their health has not failed them.Instead, Jeremy Lin took over the spotlight. You would not know if you just glanced at the box score, his six missed field goals in the Lakers’ 98-95 preseason win Monday over Denver in San Diego sticking out like the torn ligament in Nick Young’s right thumb. But Lin’s 10 assists reflected the 26-year-old guard’s success in bringing offensive clarity among an assorted cast of role players.“I just want to figure out how I can bring my strengths and apply it best to this system,” Lin said. “It’s kind of like a chess match in learning and figuring it out.”The Lakers expect Lin to finish with the same efficiency as his last season with Houston, where he shot 57.8 percent off drives, a statistic that only trailed LeBron James. But with the Lakers losing Young as their top reserve for about the next eight weeks, coach Byron Scott said Lin will become either the first or second reserve to enter the game. Bryant found hypocrisy in the deal, considering the NBA had a lockout in the 2011 offseason. Bryant has also sparked criticism for signing last year with the Lakers to a two-year extension worth $48.5 million. It ensured he stayed the NBA’s highest paid player, but limited the Lakers’ flexibility in building a roster around him.“Players are ‘encouraged’ per new CBA to take less to win or risk being called selfish+ungrateful,” Bryant tweeted, ‘while nbatv deal goes UP by a BILLION.’”Lighter scheduleThe Lakers’ practice on Tuesday consisted of film study and player walk-throughs, marking the team’s lightest training camp session that has mostly featured heavy conditioning drills and full-court scrimmages. All of the Lakers’ starters, including Bryant and Nash, watched film and then received treatment.Meanwhile, the Lakers reported Wesley Johnson feeling better from a patellar tendon in his left knee and will likely practice today. Forward Xavier Henry participated in five-on-zero drills on Tuesday after sitting out all of last week with back spasms. As for Nash and Bryant, Scott plans to keep their minutes consistent through at least the next five exhibition games, including when the Lakers host the Golden State Warriors on Thursday at Staples Center. Bryant posted 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting and five assists in 21 minutes in the Lakers’ preseason opener against Denver, while Nash finished with 11 points on 4-of-8 accuracy and five assists in 20 minutes.Kobe systemLin has played with plenty of the NBA’s top stars, including Carmelo Anthony (New York), Dwight Howard (Houston), James Harden (Houston) and Bryant (Lakers). How does Bryant distinguish himself?“How hard he works and his attention to detail.” Lin said of Bryant. “The stuff that he thinks about or talks about, only someone who is really trying to analyze every single thing about the game would be able to understand something like that.”Staff writer Chris Trevino contributed to this report “Jeremy didn’t shoot the ball well,” Scott said, “but he did a great job of orchestrating the offense and making great passes.”Plenty of them went to Lakers forward Ed Davis, whose 12 points on 6-of-7 shooting featured him and Lin working off one another on pick-and-roll sets. The chemistry worked so well that Scott has considered ensuring that the two play together in future exhibition games. “Sometimes you don’t always need to score or get as many assists,” Lin said. “As long as you’re aggressive, something will open up.” Taking a standBryant seemed irritated on Tuesday, and the reasons had nothing to do with skepticism about his recovery or the Lakers’ rebuilding process. The NBA announced this week a nine-year extension with ESPN and TNT that begins in 2016-17, a deal that reportedly will triple the $930 million the league currently makes in television and digital rights. center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more