January 10, 2019 Posted: January 10, 2019 Sasha Foo, Categories: KUSI, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Governor Newsom unveils 2019-2020 state budget 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – State politicians from San Diego praised Gov. Gavin Newsom’s first budget proposal today, primarily for its dedicated support for expanding housing, affordable education and social services.Newsom released his proposed $209 billion budget for fiscal year 2019-2020, a four percent increase over former Gov. Jerry Brown’s fiscal year 2018-2019 budget, his last in office.The budget includes a $144 billion general fund and a projected $21.4 billion surplus, the largest since at least 2000.On a more granular level, Newsom’s budget includes $1.3 billion in one-time funding for housing development projects, $40 million in funding to cover two full years of tuition for first-time community college students enrolled full-time and doubling the number of state residents who have access to the state’s earned-income tax credit.San Diego’s representatives in the state legislature lauded Newsom’s budget for its ambitious funding propositions. State Sens. Toni Atkins, D-San Diego, and Holly Mitchell, D-Los Angeles, called the proposal “outstanding” in a joint statement. Atkins and Mitchell sit on the Senate’s Rules and Budget and Fiscal Review committees, respectively.“We are pleased that the governor shares our commitment to investing in early childhood and higher education, affordable housing, alleviating poverty and homelessness, expanding access to health care, paid family leave and the Earned Income Tax Credit, and overhauling California’s emergency preparedness,” Atkins and Mitchell said in the statement.Newsom also earmarked funding to assist undocumented immigrants and asylum seekers who have recently entered the U.S. as well as the humanitarian organizations that support them.In a visit to the Otay Mesa Immigration Detention Center Nov. 29, Newsom said the state needed to exert more effort to support recently arrived immigrants, who often lack proper support networks and can end up homeless in areas like San Diego and Imperial counties.“My constituents have seen an influx of migrants being dropped on San Diego streets by federal officials without the support system to help them,” said Assemblyman Todd Gloria, D-San Diego. “I want to particularly thank Gov. Newsom for including $25 million (including an immediate $5 million) to assist our community-based organizations in providing services to address this crisis.”The budget includes an attempt to take an ax to the state’s unfunded pension liabilities as well, allocating $13.6 billion to eliminate budgetary debt, build reserves and pay down pensions. According to Newsom’s office, such spending supports the state’s financial foundation and protects against possible economic strife.“To make the California Dream available to all, our state must be fiscally sound,” Newsom said. “This budget lays a strong financial foundation for our state by eliminating debts, expanding the rainy-day fund and paying down our unfunded liabilities.”Newsom’s office and state legislators will negotiate the budget’s details through June, when the final budget must be submitted. California’s 2019-2020 fiscal year begins July 1, 2019. Sasha Foo
GN Lakshmipathy passes away.PR HandoutCentenarian Kannada film producer GN Lakshmipathy, who had funded many notable movies in Sandalwood, passed away on Thursday, May 16. He was aged 104 and breathed his last due to age-related ailments.He was born at Gubbi in Tumakkuru district. His family had close links with Gubbi Veeranna, a pioneer in Kannada theatre. Having grown up closely watching the legend, he naturally developed an interest in making quality movies and made memorable films from his banner of Maruti Movies.GN Lakshmipathy turned producer with Dr Rajkumar and Jayanthi-starrer Devara Makkalu in 1970. He had bankrolled a total of seven Kannada films.N Lakshminarayan’s Uyyale, Girish Karnad and Shankar Nag’s Ondanondu Kaladalli and MS Sathyu’s Chitegu Chinte were some of the films that he had produced.His movies were also screened at international film festivals. His contribution to the film industry was recognised by the Karnataka government and was honoured with Dr Vishnuvardhan Award.Lakshmipathy was credited with introducing Shankar Nag and Jnanpith laureate Girish Karnad to films. His death has been condoled by the Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce. He is survived by two sons (L Ramakrishna and L Gopinath) and two daughters (Vijayalakshmi Sreenivasan and Prema Sundar).
The guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) is shown in the South China Sea, March 6, 2016.ReutersThe US military said on Wednesday it sent a Navy warship through the Taiwan Strait, which separates Taiwan from China, a move likely to anger China during a period of tense relations between Washington and Beijing.Taiwan is among a growing number of flashpoints in the US-China relationship, which include a trade war, US sanctions and China’s increasingly muscular military posture in the South China Sea, where the United States also conducts freedom-of-navigation patrols.China on Wednesday warned that it is ready for war if there was any move towards Taiwan’s independence, accusing the United States of undermining global stability and denouncing its arms sales to the self-ruled island.The warship sent to the 112-mile-wide (180-km) Taiwan Strait was identified as the Antietam.”The (ship’s) transit through the Taiwan Strait demonstrates the US commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Commander Clay Doss, a spokesman for the US Navy’s Seventh Fleet, said in a statement. “The US Navy will continue to fly, sail and operate anywhere international law allows,” he added.The voyage risks raising further tensions with China but will likely be viewed by self-ruled Taiwan as a sign of support from US President Donald Trump’s administration amid growing friction between Taipei and Beijing.The United States has no formal ties with Taiwan but is bound by law to help provide the island with the means to defend itself and is its main source of arms.China has been ramping up pressure to assert its sovereignty over the island, which it considers a wayward province of “one China” and sacred Chinese territory.On Wednesday, Chinese Defence Ministry spokesman Wu Qian told a news briefing on a defence white paper, the first like it in several years to outline the military’s strategic concerns, that China would make its greatest effort for peaceful reunification with Taiwan.”If there are people who dare to try to split Taiwan from the country, China’s military will be ready to go to war to firmly safeguard national sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity,” he said.China has repeatedly sent military aircraft and ships to circle Taiwan on exercises in the past few years and worked to isolate it internationally, whittling down its few remaining diplomatic allies.
Keeping in mind the passion and the intimacy of print as a visual art medium, The Lalit Kala Akademi, has launched its first International Print Biennale to discover new artistic trends in printmaking, nationally and internationally. The Akademi has been serving the entire country by promoting the creative endeavours of Indian artists. Pivotal to the Lalit Kala Akademi’s mission is the encouragement of an ever-deeper understanding and enjoyment of modern and contemporary art before diverse local, national and international audiences. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Print Biennale has been scheduled for the month of March and April 2018, in the Lalit Kala Akademi and NGMA galleries. It will be a one of a kind event where artists from all over the world will be able to send in their works and showcase their artwork on an international platform. Further, there are five grand prizes of two lakh each, apart from the honourable mentions for a few selected meritorious works. The Akademi will also hold a five-day workshop of the awarded artists. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTalking about the decreasing practice of printmaking among the artists, C.S. Krishna Setty, Administrator, he Lalit Kala Akademi said, “Over the years, the practice of printmaking is decreasing among artists. As a result, many printmakers are taking refuge in other mediums for their survival. To arrest this situation, we need to boost this medium with international exposure. Moreover, with the advancement of new technologies, this medium has taken new dimensions all over the world, which needs to be showcased to the art fraternity and connoisseurs.” The biennale will be organized in collaboration with National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA). Speaking of the same, Adwaita Gadanayak, DG, NGMA, said, “The museum has international facilities which will be given to the Akademi to present their best foot forward for this international endeavour. It is imperative for more and more organisations to come together and create an atmosphere of art creation and growth.”The first selection will be made based on the digital entries sent by the artists. If the work gets approved by the jury, it will be displayed during the exhibition. Later in the second round, selected artists will be asked to send their original work so that it gets easier to choose the winners. Paula Sengupta, a printmaker and teacher, mentioned that printmaking is over four centuries old and is a culmination of many years of practice. Further on, she mentioned, “The reason printmaking is alive in India is that it is still fostered in Indian art institutes and the studios that Lalit Kala Akademi has provided in its regional centers.”The Akademi will also invite few senior and veteran artists for the exhibition under the invited section. Anupam Sud, a senior and internationally known Delhi based printmaker has been given the responsibility of the Commissioner of the exhibition. Other steering Committee members are well-known printmakers like Ananda Moy Banerji, Dattatraya Apte, R.S. Sham Sunder, Paula Sen Gupta and Vijay Bagodi.