Fate of Pasadena Location Unknown as California Pizza Kitchen Files for Bankruptcy

first_imgBusiness News Fate of Pasadena Location Unknown as California Pizza Kitchen Files for Bankruptcy Fate of Pasadena location is unknown By AARON HARRIS Published on Thursday, July 30, 2020 | 2:29 pm California Pizza Kitchen filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on Thursday and became the latest fast casual chain to file for bankruptcy as the pandemic and its debt burden hampers its operations.However, the fate of the chain’s Pasadena store on Los Robles Avenue is unknown. While the company warned that it will close unprofitable locations, it did not say how many of its 200 global restaurants will be affected.“The unprecedented impact of Covid-19 on our operations certainly created additional challenges, but this agreement from our lenders demonstrates their commitment to CPK’s viability as an ongoing business,” CEO Jim Hyatt said in a release.CPK secured nearly $47 million in new financing to ensure operations continue normally. It has around $13 million cash on hand and hasn’t paid rent for the past several months on a majority of its locations.The temporary closure of indoor dining has also been brutal for the company, because on-premise dining makes up 80% of its sales, the company said in a filing. Revenues are currently down 40% compared to the same time a year ago.Restaurants, in particular casual chains like CPK, have been struggling in recent few months. The closure of in-person dining in some states and the rough economics of using third-party apps like Uber Eats or DoorDash — which increase restaurants’ costs and encourage diners to eat at home — is a losing proposition for many. 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. Community News Subscribe CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week More Cool Stuff Make a comment Top of the News center_img Community News Business News 66 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Darrel Done BusinessVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * HerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Special Beauty Tips That Make Indian Women So BeautifulHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyVictoria’s Secret Model’s Tips For Looking Ultra SexyHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThink The Lost Weight Won’t Be Regained If You Stop Eating A Lot?HerbeautyHerbeauty Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

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Blansett murder trial is scheduled to begin next week

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The murder trial of Lindsey Nicole Blansett, 33, of Wellington is scheduled to start next week. She is accused of murdering her 10-year-old son.A pre-trial hearing is scheduled for Monday, Oct. 19 at 10 a.m. Then the process of selecting a 12-person Sumner County jury is scheduled to begin Tuesday. Trial testimony may not begin until Wednesday.Spencer said he has sent out questionnaires to potential jurors. He expects that 40 will be seated for interviews. From that pool, 12 jurors with one or two alternatives will be selected for a trial that could last longer than a week.Blansett has been charged with first degree premeditated murder and aggravated assault, both felonies after being accused of using a rock and knife multiple times to fatally wound her son, Caleb, who was a Wellington Lincoln Elementary student. He was allegedly sleeping late in the evening on Dec. 14, 2014.The state of Kansas has subpoenaed 13 trial witnesses including six from the Wellington Police Department, two from Sumner County 911, two from Cornejo/Day Funeral Home, a Wellington Fire/EMS personnel, and two physicians to testify at the trial.Also, Spencer has asked for four other additional witnesses including an expert transcriptionist, a Kansas Bureau of Investigation Forensics and DNA analyst, a psychological evaluator and a preacher of a church that Blansett once attended.Spencer did not know if Blansett would take the stand.“That would be up to Ms. Blansett and her attorney,” Spencer said. “I’m preparing for the trial either way.”Defense Attorney Michael Brown had unsuccessfully tried to move the trial to another venue outside Sumner County because of the pretrial publicity. Sumner County District Judge Scott McQuin denied his request in August and on the same day that allowed the admissibility of the 911 tape of the alleged incident. The 911 was made public less than a week later, and was played on various media outlets throughout south-central Kansas.“This was huge, because now we can select jurors, who can now say, ‘yes, I have heard the 911 tape, but I still have no preconceived notions,’” Spencer said.Blansett timeline•Blansett, a divorcee mother of two, called 911 the evening of Dec. 14 to report: “I’m never going to get out of jail, never,” and “I thought I was saving him from the pain that was coming.”Also according to the criminal complaint, she said she had decided that Caleb’s “life would be full of suffering and it would be better for him to go to heaven tonight.” Blansett also had a daughter, 9, at the time who allegedly was also in the house during the alleged incident. She had divorced her husband Clint about a year earlier and was raising her two children alone in a small house on 902 West 7th Street.•After being apprehended, Blansett was held in Sumner County jail on $500,000 bound.•In late December a redacted affidavit was released to the media, in which sensitive material was removed from the public. The affidavit was filed by WPD investigator Bobby Wilson (see redacted affidavit here).Wilson said in the affidavit that on Dec. 14 the WPD was dispatched to 902 West 7th Street about a stabbing.“What Wellington EMS and Wellington Police found is the body of a 10-year-old boy that had been stabbed in his house while it appeared he had been sleeping ……I then exit the house to get two brown bags for the feet. I wanted to bag the mother’s hands and get her socks off her feet and into evidence. The socks were soaked in blood and I did not want to have her walking around with them…”The affidavit would go on to describe the interview process, the gathering of blood samples and other evidence, reading Blansett’s Miranda Rights, and some of the background leading up to the alleged murder. A significant percentage of the affidavit was blacked out.•On Jan. 8, 2015, Brown asked the judge in Sumner County District Court for a mental competency evaluation. It was agreed upon that a 90-day exam be conducted at the Larned State Security Hospital. After a couple of delays, the mental exam was conducted. A closed hearing ensued, and on May 14, McQuin ruled Blansett was competent to stand trial.•Blansett waived her right to a preliminary hearing, a proceeding typically used by the district court judge to determine if there is enough evidence to send the case to trial. She also pled not guilty to the two felony charges of murder and aggravated assault.•Judge McQuin denied Brown’s request of a change of venue and allowed the 911 tape as admissible evidence in August.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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With Crime Up, RB Police Dept. Hires Three New Officers

first_imgRED BANK — Crime has increased in Red Bank and the borough has responded by adding additional police officers.At a regular meeting last week, the Borough Council approved the hiring of three  additional police officers, bringing the number of police officers in the borough to 40, which is close to its former staffing level of 42.At the meeting Nov. 23, the borough also authorized the promotion of three existing officers.Plans call for hiring three probationary officers all of whom have previous police experience, according to Chief Stephen McCarthy. The three are: Stanley D. Balmer, who comes to Red Bank from the Long Branch department, where he had been for five years before moving to the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Department; Garrett Falco, who had been with the Asbury Park Police; and Jhonatan R. Quispe, a former Rutgers University police officer, who had worked in New Brunswick and Camden, according to McCarthy.“They’re very experienced, all these guys,” McCarthy said this week, and would be ready for immediate assignments with some additional department training.The three are scheduled to begin on Dec. 1, according to McCarthy.In addition to the hirings, the council authorized the promotion of three veteran officers, moving up Detective Robert Clayton to the rank of sergeant; and making Investigators Wendy Samis and Juan Sardo detectives.As McCarthy explained it this week, the department had functioned with 42 members, but was reduced with the retirement of some ranking officers, including the previous chief. “At that point we restructured,” eliminating two captain positions. And this year the department saw three members leave, with one transferred to the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office, one retiring and the third officer taking a disability pension.Fewer officers meant, “We moved people,” to accommodate the shortfall. “We have to fill patrol spots first,” McCarthy said. “That’s our number one priority.”According to the most recent New Jersey State Police Uniform Crime Reports, the boorugh experienced an increase in crime from 2009 to 2010.“Overall crime rates went up,” McCarthy acknowledged, “probably all across the board.”The statistics indicate that that borough has experienced an increase in both violent and nonviolent offenses, going from a reported 30 violent offenses in 2009, to 55 in 2010, and from 227 to 286 for those classified as nonviolent. The report indicated increases in rape (from one in 2009 to five in 2010), robbery (from 10 to 26) and aggravated assaults (up to 24 from the previous year’s report of 17). Murders, however, were down, with none reported in 2010 and two occurring in 2009.McCarthy explained that 2009, “was an extremely low year,” for the borough’s crime statistics. “So, it looked like a pretty big jump,” when in fact, he argued, the most recent numbers reflect what might be a slight increase over the traditional average numbers.The rise in crime can be attributed to a wide variety of causes, including the economy, community involvement in policing and police performance in and of itself. “How we approach it and how we police also can affect crime,” he said.Also in the final analysis, however, “Some crimes can’t be prevented,” such as domestic violence, which usually occurs behind closed doors. “We could have a police officer on every corner and we still won’t prevent that crime.”last_img read more

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Social Enterprise Is Not Living Up To Its Promise

first_imgRelated Posts Tags:#enterprise IT#Salesforce#social brian proffitt Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Nowcenter_img IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… If you’re not hearing a lot about social enterprise these days, it may be because no one can figure out what the hell social enterprise is.On paper, the concept sounds reasonable, even important: take popular social media tools (microblogs, wikis, blogs, etc.) and use them for internal collaboration, project management and overall feel-good business practices.Social Entreprise vs. Business As UsualBut in practice, a lot of companies have found that actually using this stuff is not a magic wand to bring forth happiness and productivity to their organization. The reason? Social media tools in the enterprise often work counter to the internal communications practices that have long been ingrained in companies.For instance, in theory it might seem like a good idea to coordinate creative activities on social platforms. But in reality, there’s always going to be the managerial hold-out who won’t accept a project as actually moving forward unless there’s a meeting or memos – the very things social enterprise practices are trying to eliminate. And there could be a legitimate need for this, too: If not done properly, social enterprise software can fail at making sure someone deals with all the boring minutia, like documentation for regulatory purposes, which could be a huge no-no.Then there’s the issue of figuring when and for what social enterprise should be used? In too many cases, employees may get confused over when and how they’re supposed to turn to the social media platform in their day-to-day jobs. And if only some workers engage with the platform, its utility is greatly reduced. You Can’t Force Workers To Be SocialToo often, enterprises overlook the importance of organic adoption of social media. You can’t just flick a switch and turn on a social network – and an email from the CEO won’t work either. Instructions to go social from the IT department are even more likely to ignored. The appeal of these platforms lies in the very fact that they grow and evolve network connections at their own pace – as users find them helpful and engaging. Social media tools do make it easier to establish those connections, but it’s not something you can force.That’s why, when I read news like Salesforce may be moving away from its social enterprise channel and focusing more on cloud computing, I’m not surprised.ZDNet writer Dan Dignan points out other reasons that help explain why social enterprise seems to be failing. My personal favorite? That social enterprise is like a cleverly disguised version of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP). And that dog just won’t hunt. “ERP software changed companies fundamentally, but also led to spectacular IT disasters largely due to people, process and culture. Social with business process integration won’t work.”So does that mean the entire concept of social enterprise is doomed?Not necessarily. The gigant-o, everything-but-the-kitchen-sink enterprise social platforms imposed from the top are indeed in trouble. But targeted tools that companies and their employees pick and choose to bring social techniques to specific projects and use cases may still find success. But that’s still a much-reduced vision of the social enterprise’s original promise Image courtesy of Shutterstock.last_img read more

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Chennai talkies

first_imgFrom Rajnikanth to powercuts, a lowdown on the city’s good, bad and the ugly. Tishani Doshi, Poet and DancerThings I like about Chennai1. The coastline, without which this city wouldn’t be able to breathe. 2. The Theosophical Society, a haven of green in an otherwise concrete jungle. 3. The cuisine.,From Rajnikanth to powercuts, a lowdown on the city’s good, bad and the ugly.Tishani Doshi, Poet and DancerThings I like about Chennai1. The coastline, without which this city wouldn’t be able to breathe.2. The Theosophical Society, a haven of green in an otherwise concrete jungle.3. The cuisine. Nothing makes me happier than paying Rs 7 for a plate of vishranti idlis.Things I’d like to change about it1. I’d impose fines for bad mobile phone etiquette, extra-loud speaking, excessive horn usage and cars that make musical noises when they reverse.2. Lessons in civic consciousness like no urinating in public or dumping garbage in your neighbour’s property.3. The roads, public transport,pathways for pedestrians. Plant more trees.And how about breathing life into our dead, sludgy rivers?Khushbu Sundar, Actor and PoliticianThings I like about chennai1. The warmth of the people in this city.2. Fantastic food with the fact that you can always find something to eat anywhere and at any time.3. The mazhgazhi season of music, dance and festivities in the city.Things I’d like to change about it1. The traffic.2. Sometimes people act ignorant about troubles and don’t help out, I wish I could change that attitude.3. I don’t want any more buildings to come up, or else Chennai will also become another concrete jungle.Sundeep Kishan, ActorThings I like about Chennai1. The religious harmony.There’s no communalism.2. People are willing to go out of their way to help one another and that’s not something you will find in other cities in this day and age when people are so self-obsessed.3. Rajnikanth.Enough said.Things I’d like to change about it1. Everything in this city is politicised and this definitely needs to stop.2. The system of education in engineering and the so-called corporate colleges.3. There needs to be some kind of disposal system to take care of the heaps of garbage which can be seen everywhere.advertisementJigyasa Giri, DancerThings I like about Chennai1. It’s nice to have a strong woman in power.At the same time I hope she serves the state well and brings in good governance.2. I love the pace of life in Chennai, it provides you space to do what you wish.3. The simple lifestyle of people in general.Things I’d like to change about it1. The filth and garbage on our roads.As citizens of this city we need to work on our basic civic sense.Even educated people litter the roads.2. The callous attitude and shocking state of the Chennai passport office and its officers.3. The frequent power shutdowns.Karti P Chidambaram, PoliticianThings I like about Chennai1. The sporting nature of our spectators at sports events.2. Chennai accepts outsiders and assimilates them easily.3. There is no widespread vulgar display of wealth in this city.Things I’d like to change about it1. The garbage clearance, recycling and management needs to be improved.2. Public toilets, which we don’t have but need sorely. (We don’t need a seat in the UN but need more toilet seats here.)3. Definitely need to imbibe civic sense amongst the residents of Chennai.last_img read more

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Feds push back following opposition to federal carbon tax

first_imgOTTAWA (NEWS 1130) – With Ontario and Alberta ramping up their efforts to oppose the federal carbon tax, the Trudeau government is pushing back.Federal Environment Minister Catherine McKenna is taking aim at her opponents and lashing out at Ontario Premier Doug Ford for launching new ads against the carbon tax.“Literally having a misleading advertising campaign using taxpayer dollars, not telling people the cost of climate change that we are all paying right now or the money that’s going back,” she adds.RELATED: Alberta premier says provincial carbon tax will die May 30McKenna says Conservatives want to take the country back in time instead of supporting a clean economy.“You have conservative politicians who want to take us back in time, they don’t take climate change seriously, they are using taxpayer money to run misinformation campaigns,” McKenna adds. “You got Andrew Scheer developing a climate plan with oil lobbyists behind closed doors.”She adds it’s disappointing Alberta Premier Jason Kenney plans to scrap his provincial carbon tax by may 30, forcing the feds to impose one.RELATED: NDP unveils parts of climate plan in motion as the Green Party edges closerMcKenna won’t speculate on how quickly the Trudeau government would act but says Albertans will end up getting more money in their pockets thanks to the rebate.These latest jabs are thrown as a new Abacus poll shows 78 per cent of Canadians believe a climate change plan must or should include a price in pollution.last_img read more

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Canada says it wont be deterred by Chinese pressure

first_imgTORONTO — Canada’s public safety minister says the country won’t be deterred by Chinese pressure after China threatened reprisals if Huawei is banned from its 5G network.There are accusations that the telecom giant is controlled by China’s ruling Communist Party or is required to facilitate Chinese spying. The U.S., Australia, Japan and other governments have imposed curbs on use of its technology.Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said Friday his government will not compromise national security.Lu Shaye, China’s ambassador to Canada, warned Thursday of repercussions if Canada bars Huawei from the network.The arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Canada on Dec. 1 created a growing diplomatic rift. Meng is the company’s chief financial officer and the daughter of its founder.China detained two Canadians in apparent retaliation.Rob Gillies, The Associated Presslast_img read more

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Scarlet Sway and Adam Winn in the top 100 of CBCs Music

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — Local music group Scarlet Sway, and solo-artist Adam Winn have made it into the top 100 of CBC’s Music Searchlight.Searchlight is an annual competition by CBC Music to discover up-and-coming musicians from across the country. Voting is open until March 19th, and both groups are looking to get the vote of Peace Region residents.If both bands pass the voting stage and a panel of judges, they’ll get to partake in a residency at the National Music Centre in Calgary, and will get to perform at JUNOFest 2019. Adam Winn. Photo courtesy Facebook page. Adam Winn. Photo courtesy Facebook page. Dawson Creek's Scarlet Sway, who have made it into the top 10 of the CBC Searchlight national music contest. Photo by Scarlet Sway/Facebook Dawson Creek’s Scarlet Sway, who have made it into the top 10 of the CBC Searchlight national music contest. Photo by Scarlet Sway/Facebook Anyone wanting to vote for Scarlet Sway and/or Adam Winn can do so once a day by visiting:www.cbcmusic.ca/searchlightlast_img read more

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