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Murillo opens Eastside library on Mondays BY JOSHUA MOLINA DAILY SOUND EDITOR
It didn’t take Cathy Murillo long to fulfill at least one of her campaign promises. The newly elected councilwoman promised to restore hours at the Eastside library. And that’s what she did. Murillo yesterday convinced the council to vote 7-0 to spend $6,800 and re-open the Eastside library on Mondays. “Libraries are quite literally a safe space for young people,” Murillo said. “It is just a perfect place of discipline and learning and peace and quiet.” Murillo grew up in Los Angeles and said the public library saved her from the street life. The council cut library hours in 2010 as a response to major budget problems. Now, the economy is improving, allowing the city to restore the hours, from 1:30 to 5 p.m. The main public library is still closed on Mondays. Murillo said the Eastside Library has more computers than the central branch, making it a big resource for low-income families that don’t have a computer or the Internet. Many adults also use those computers to search or apply for jobs, write cover letters, and print resumes. “I know it’s hard for some people to believe that there are families that don’t have computers at home but it is true and the Eastside family is a place to learn and
get information,” Murillo said. The councilwoman, the first Latina elected to the City Council, said eventually she would like to open the library during the morning too. She said $8,600 could keep the library open for standard 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Councilman Bendy White said spending the money is investment that will benefit the community.
“This is money that will go toward helping our youth who are in need of the help,” White said. Councilman Frank Hotchkiss also liked the idea. “This is certainly a win-win,” Hotchkiss said. “I am surprised we haven’t done this before. What we are talking about is more than a library. It is really a community center.”
REUTERS NEWS SERVICE A Chinese tech firm that claims it still owns the iPad trademark will seek a ban on exports of Apple Inc's computer tablets from China, which could deal a blow to the U.S. technology giant's sales worldwide. Proview Technology (Shenzhen) Co Ltd is petitioning Chinese customs to stop shipments of Apple's popular iPads in and out of China, but has not received a response, lawyer Xie Xianghui told Asian Legal Business, a Thomson Reuters publication. Apple said it bought Proview's world-
wide rights to the trademark in 10 different countries several years ago, including rights to the iPad name from a Taiwan subsidiary. However, Proview claims the sale did not cover the trademark's use in China. "Proview refuses to honor their agreement with Apple in China and a Hong Kong court has sided with Apple in this matter," an Apple spokeswoman said. Customs officials could not be reached for comment, and Proview declined to comment. Apple could be in a very difficult situation if it had mistakenly bought rights
from the wrong Proview subsidiary, said Thomas Chan, a Los Angeles-based attorney who has represented companies in trademark licensing negotiations with Apple. "They've got a real, real problem," Chan said. "They're going to pay through the nose." Apple's legal tussle with Proview Technology (Shenzhen) over the trademark name iPad, is emerging as the latest headache for the U.S. giant in a booming market and highlights the legal challenges facing foreign multinationals operating in China.
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Armendariz turns to Web to blame Council for his censure NEWS
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Joe Armendariz may not have said a word Monday night after the Carpinteria City Council called on him to resign, and issued a scathing censure. But Armendariz is rarely silent on Facebook, his increasingly preferred method of communication. The embattled Armendariz posted a message on his official Facebook page at 11:45 p.m. Monday night blastingthe council for spending too much time on the measure and rejected calls for his resignation over a DUI arrest in December. He noted that several members of the public had argued against the censure. â€œI regret the Carpinteria City Council spent so much time and attention deliberating over my personal and private conduct,â€?Armendariz wrote. He acknowledged driving under the influence had been a reprehensible thing to do and he is seeking treatment to deal with his alcoholism. But he believed that didnâ€™t preclude him from being able to serve as a council member. â€œI continue to believe that focusing on my health, pursuing a recovery program for alcohol addiction, AND serving the
good folks of Carpinteria, as one of five members of the City Council, are not mutually exclusive pursuits,â€? he wrote. Armendariz was absent during the discussion and vote last night.
In addition to asking for his resignation, the council also stripped him of his ability to represent Carpinteria on regional boards and banned him from driving while conducting city business.
After some back-and-forth banter over ballot language, the Santa Barbara City Council on Tuesday agreed upon the official wording that will appear on the June ballot over the Veronica Meadows project. Voters will decide whether developer Mark Lee will be able to build a bridge over Arroyo Burro Creek on city parkland. Lee needs the bridge so that residents can access the private housing development.
Residents on Alan Road, which would be the only other way to access the homes, revolted over the increased traffic, forcing Lee to come up with an alternative get to the property. In order to win support from residents in the area, Lee proposed creating a road and entrance to the development from Las Positas â€“ a bridge that would go over Arroyo Burro Creek. The new entrance would encourage motorists to use a route other than Alan Road, which currently is
a dead end for motorists. Lee also planned a $1 million-plus restoration of the creek, removing nonnative and invasive species and making several enhancements. Since the council is split on the project, members on Tuesday decided against having the city the arguments in favor of the proposal. Instead Lee will write the pro-arguments. â€” Daily Sound Staff
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Strong 6.0 quake strikes Oregon NEWS IN BRIEF
A strong 6.0 magnitude earthquake struck on Tuesday roughly 160 miles off the coast of Oregon, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The quake struck at 7:31 p.m. Pacific time at a depth of 6.2 miles in the Pacific Ocean 159 miles west of Coos Bay, Oregon. It was felt as far away as San Francisco, California, according to the USGS. A spokesman for the Portland police said he did not feel the quake. There were immediate reports of damage or injuries. No tsunami warning was issued by the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center.
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Former State Senator and lieutanant governor Abel Maldonado.
a 2009 state budget angered many conservatives because the package included some tax increases. Because of that, Mitchum, along with former Congressional candidate Tom Watson, emerged as an alternative to Maldonado. Both blasted Maldonado at a Tea Party-sponsored debate in October for voting to raise taxes. Watson has since bowed out but has thrown his support behind Mitchum. Maldonado has stood behind his voting record. He said he votes in the inter-
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Lucky couples have been married each year on Valentine Day's on the top of the Empire State Building for nearly two decades but this year for the first time two same sex couples said "I do" at the iconic New York landmark. The sky-high nuptials on Tuesday followed the legalization of gay marriage in June when Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed the law making New York the sixth, and most populous U.S. state, to approve gays and lesbians to wed. "We just thought it would be a fantastic opportunity to get married on top of the Empire State building, especially since it is the first year that gay marriage is allowed," said Phil Fung, a 49-year-old product manager at a financial services firm who wed his partner Shawn Klein, 51, a hospital administrator. The couple, who live in New York, met 18 years ago at The Roxy, a famous Manhattan nightclub, and have been together ever since.
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With new demographics and an open primary, candidates are getting ready for a heavy fight in the 2012 battle for the new 24th Congressional District. While the new district still leans Democratic, the redistricting has eliminated a double-digit advantage incumbent Lois Capps has had since 2000. Though Democrats still hold a three percent advantage according to Capps, the race will be competitive. Complicating things is the new open primary for the district. Rather than each party fielding a candidate, the two candidates who receive the most votes in the June primary will square off in the general election in November. Two Republicans, former State Senator and lieutanant governor Abel Maldonado and actor and former Assembly candidate Chris Mitchum, are vying to challenge Capps. The two represent a major division in the Republican Party. Conventional wisdom holds that Maldonado has a better appeal among the general electorate. The son of immigrant parents, with a background in both business and politics, Maldonado could have broad demographic appeal. But Maldonado has broken ranks with conservatives a number of times which has cost him in some circles. His vote on
After falling behind 9-0, SBCC rallied to within a run of L.A. Pierce on Tuesday afternoon before dropping a 12-8 non-conference baseball game in Woodland Hills. The Vaqueros (3-4) trailed 9-0 after four innings. They scored two in the fifth and six in the sixth to shave the deficit to 9-8. Pierce (1-4), which competes in the WSC South, pulled away with three runs in the eighth. Stephen Foote, the first of five Vaquero hurlers, didn’t last three innings and suffered the loss. Santa Barbara gave up 13 walks and hit a pair of batters. “You can’t give up 15 free bases and expect to win,“ said coach Jeff Walker. “That makes it tough on the defense.“ Pat Cavalier went 3-5 for the Vaqueros, who outhit the home team 12-7. Brandon Laubhan had a double and Eli Michaels tripled. The Vaqueros open a three-game homestand on Thursday with a 2 p.m. game against Victor Valley.
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