HomeNewsTwilight Concert Series attracting capacity crowds Jul. 20, 2016 at 6:47 amNewsTwilight Concert Series attracting capacity crowdsMatthew Hall5 years agobill walkercongestionentertainmentjay farrandjudy abdomusicpokemon gosanta monica eventsSanta Monica Fire Departmentsanta monica pier corporation boardsanta monica policesaul rodrigueztrafficTwilight Concert Series If you’re coming to the Twilight Concert Series with the intent of hearing the band, get here early and don’t leave the pier.Large crowds have filled the Santa Monica Pier’s concert venue to capacity in the past two weeks and officials are expecting another large crowd this week due the continued popularity of the series and the particular draw of the July 21 bands.Fire Chief Bill Walker said crowd estimates for the first two shows were about 35,000 people per week. He said the pier deck has a maximum capacity of about 4,500 with the remaining attendees spread across the beach. The July 7 and 14 shows reached capacity relatively quickly and many would-be concertgoers were redirected to the beach, a process that will repeat this week.Pier Board chair Judy Abdo said officials have a responsibility to manage the crowd, and crowd expectations, regardless of its size.“When the pier deck is closed because there’s a large crowd, we need to be really clear with people why it’s happening and that it’s happening and we need to watch really carefully to see if there’s room on the deck to see if we can let more people in,” she said.“It will be better this week from everything I’ve heard, including having signage as people arrive if the deck is closed, letting people know right away they can go on the beach rather than have them come to the entry and be frustrated because they can’t come to the show.”Both Police and Fire officials said larger crowds were requiring more staff but they were confident procedures were in place to address an emergency should one occur.“We got a little nervous with the crowds starting to become larger than we anticipated but we’ve had meetings with everyone involved and to an extent redesigned some things to ensure access and additional fire prevention people to assess the crowd and make good decisions,” said Walker. “We’re all working in concert to manage the overall event.”Pier officials are meeting with police and fire representatives following each show to make changes week to week. So far, both agencies have increased staffing each week to handle not only those on the pier, but the ever-expanding beach crowds.At the July 18 Pier Corporation Board Meeting, Pier Executive Director Jay Farrand said he expects to have the system refined by the third or fourth show. He said the series launch had been as smooth as possible with few problems and no major incidents to report.“It’s ben a success all the way around so far,” he said.Police and Firefighters have responded to a handful of calls related to the concerts but neither agency said the Thursday night shows were creating a significant spike in incidents.Police Lt. Saul Rodriguez said his public safety concerns extended beyond the Pier’s footprint.“Once the concert is over we get spillage out into the Downtown area and that brings some traffic control issues,” he said. “That’s part of what’s going into the assessment we’re doing.”Walker said firefighters are particularly focused on maintain access to allow emergency medical responders into and out of the show.“For us, access to get in to someone whose having an issue is a challenge because the crowd just is dispersed everywhere and they keep expanding to areas that they weren’t because there’s just more people,” he said.Officials said anyone planning to attend the show or visit the pier on a Thursday night needs to be patient and flexible to accommodate not only the show, but also the Pier’s other uses including Pacific Park, restaurants and the emerging Pokémon Go phenomenon.“The first two concerts have been very well attended,” said Abdo. “There are a couple of things that are question marks and wild cards. One is Pokémon. Is that bringing people to the pier in and of itself and that happens to correspond to the concert? Nobody knows that really. We’ll have to watch and see if that has any impact and I’m not sure we could do anything about that anyway.”[email protected] :bill walkercongestionentertainmentjay farrandjudy abdomusicpokemon gosanta monica eventsSanta Monica Fire Departmentsanta monica pier corporation boardsanta monica policesaul rodrigueztrafficTwilight Concert Seriesshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentSylvia Rousseau contract up for SMMUSD approvalSanta Monica police arrest serial sexual assault suspectYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall12 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter23 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor23 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press23 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press23 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson23 hours ago
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreSix brightly painted “micro houses” now populate the first Micro-home Village in Nashville, thanks to a church community’s relentless leader.The shelters are only 60 square feet, but they are warm, wired for electricity, and a big step up from the tents where these Tennessee homeless folks lived.Reverend Jeff Carr moved into the first micro home and vowed to stay there until they raised $50,000 for the project. He was there for 45 days.RELATED: By Putting Housing First, Utah Reduces Homeless Population by 91%The idea was born while Rev. Carr and one his college fraternity brothers were doing missionary work in Haiti. Dwayne Jones, who owns a construction company, was building houses and schools on the mission trips and wanted to be of service back home.The money raised paid for the first six houses, and an electrical generator to power heating and cooling units, mini-fridges, and microwave ovens. They were set up August 21, on a lot owned by the Green Street Church of Christ, where homeless folks had been allowed to camp.MORE Progress: Old City Buses Get New Life as Homeless Shelters in HawaiiDuring the dedication ceremony, Roger McGue, one of the homes’ new residents, literally jumped for joy at his new digs.Pointing first at the tents in the field, he said, “People are living in them… and now they get to stay in those.”Carr, who leads the Infinity Fellowship in Nashville, wants to build more of the micro houses in Nashville, and Jones has started a GoFundMe page to begin a similar project in Memphis. He’s hoping to raise $75,000 for even larger micro houses there.SUCCESS: Once Homeless She’s Now the Boss of Her Own Construction Business“Each unit will have energy efficient windows, laminate flooring, bed, mini fridge, microwave, range, toilet, kitchen sink, and access to electricity,” he wrote on the new crowdfunding page.(WATCH the video below and READ more at The Tennessean) — Photo: Dwayne Jones, Facebook Inspired? Share It (below)…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMore
Dr. Michael Fulton will officially take over as Shawnee Mission School District superintendent July 1.We sat down with incoming Shawnee Mission School District superintendent Michael Fulton on Friday to ask about his philosophy on a number of issues, from embracing changing demographics and diversity to special education services, to collaborating with teachers and staff.You can listen to the full interview directly below. Summaries of Fulton’s remarks on individual topics follow:Audio Playerhttp://shawneemissionpost.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/New-Recording-65-Copy.m4a00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.What attracted Fulton to the Shawnee Mission job?Fulton said that when the district posted the opening for a new superintendent, he was drawn in by the candidate profile Shawnee Mission developed after getting patron input.“I paid special attention to what the community said they wanted in the next superintendent. As I read through that profile, I felt that fit both my temperament and my experiences pretty well,” Fulton said.After spending the past 23 years in the Pattonville School District, the past 11 as superintendent, Fulton said the time was right to transition to a new phase. He saw Shawnee Mission as an ideal spot to use his experience working in an increasingly diverse community and in building collaborative relationships among communities and staff.“That’s pretty much the way that I’ve worked over the past 20 years,” he said.Accommodating changing demographics among students, closing the achievement gapIn the late 1990s, as the Pattonville School District was beginning to see a major demographic shift, Fulton was responsible for the creation of a strategic plan addressing how it would meet the needs of students from different backgrounds.At the heart of that plan was a call for every Pattonville student to be a proficient learner, a responsible citizen, and to be college or career ready. With those goals in place and clearly communicated to staff, the district outperformed its peers on a number of metrics.“As diversity grew, so too did achievement. And that happened because the community [and] staff worked together to put into place a plan that really focused on learning for every single child as the ultimate outcome for what we would achieve,” Fulton said.He believes such an approach will be key to Shawnee Mission as it looks to address changing demographics. He said public education systems need to focus in on closing the achievement gap.“We’d better do a great job with every child, and get out of kind of the path that we’ve been on in previous decades where some kids achieve and others don’t,” he said.Fulton indicated he was open to the recommendation of the group of district parents who have helped create a strategic plan for improving cultural competency that there ought to be district-level officials responsible for diversity and inclusion issues.Fulton noted that in Pattonville the district had taken more of a “distributed approach” to those responsibilities, but that he believed a district the size of Shawnee Mission likely needs someone formally tasked with the duties.“When you get into larger systems, it’s reasonable to think that someone’s going to have that assignment,” Fulton said.Addressing students’ social and emotional needsFollowing two months in a row where groups of parents have lobbied the school board and administration to provide more counselors at elementary schools, Fulton noted that public education systems across the United States are facing similar issues.“I think what Shawnee Mission is experiencing is the exact same thing that schools are experiencing across the country,” he said. “Trauma is on the rise. The need for strong social-emotional supports are critical if kids are going to be able to focus on learning.”He said that he believed it would be crucial to look at a variety of options for providing access to counselors, social workers or other mental health professionals. Fulton suggested schools may look to collaborate with private or county agencies in addition to providing school-level services.“Everyone is struggling with resourcing that effectively,” Fulton said of providing access to emotional support systems for students.Special education servicesFulton said he’s committed to providing quality services to special education students in part because his own brother was a special needs student.“He grew up at a time when there was no requirement to meet the needs of special needs students,” Fulton said. “For me it’s a very personal and sensitive topic because I absolutely see the importance of trying to do the best we can to meet every child’s needs.”As with social-emotional supports, resourcing such programs can be a challenge, he said, so it’s often advisable to look for ways to work with other education systems to collaborate.“Some of the needs become very expensive. And so that’s where you have to probably look toward not just internal resources, but are there ways to set up collaboratives with other districts to meet those needs.”Building positive relationships with teachersFulton said that he is a collaborator by nature, and would be spending his first few months on the job focusing on building relationships with staff and members of the community. While he noted that you are “never going to have 100 percent agreement” on big questions about direction, it was important to build a culture where people had the ability to speak up.“You do want to create an environment where people feel like they have voice,” he said.
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See also:Millwall fan O’Neil ready for derby encounter QPR midfielder Gary O’Neil wants to play for his beloved Millwall before ending his career – and also fancies a return to his former club Portsmouth.O’Neil, 29, was a Lions fan as a boy and made almost 300 appearances for Pompey during an eight-year spell at Fratton Park, but still felt he left the club too early.He explained: “I’d like to play for Millwall one day – possibly end my career there. I also felt I left Portsmouth a bit earlier than I wanted to.AdChoices广告“I want to get into management and coaching towards the end of my career, but I’m going to keep going as long as I can.“If I can keep going until I’m 40, I will at whatever level, and maybe become a player-manager without having to move the kids too far, ideally.” 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook