AUDIO: Daniel Lee on origins of ‘stink eye,’ other eye expressions

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail CUT 5 Eye Expressions Eyes are usually the first thing someone notices when looking at a person. They naturally communicate a vast sea of information. CU Boulder scientist Daniel Lee has studied the wonders of eye expressions for eight years and says they do more than just convey an array of emotions. They actually helped us survive and evolve as a species. CUT 4 Eye Expressions Downloads Published: June 16, 2017 center_img CUT 1 Eye Expressions CUT 2 Eye Expressions CUT 3 Eye Expressions Scriptlast_img read more

City Staff reflection

first_imgHomeNewsCity CouncilCity Staff reflection Jan. 25, 2016 at 7:35 amCity CouncilColumnsEditorialGovernmentInside/OutsideOpinionCity Staff reflectionMike Feinstein5 years agoandy agleBarbara Stinchfieldcity employeesgigi decavalles-hughesgovernment employeeskaren ginsbergKubanimike feinsteinminimum wagesanta monica minimum wageworking for citySanta Monica City Hall’s lobby. (Daniel Archuleta [email protected]) By Michael Feinstein. Inside/Outside. January 25, 2016The recent passage of Santa Monica’s comprehensive Minimum Wage law was a landmark public policy achievement – and there is a lot of credit to go around. The movement to support local workers and pay a living wage began in the mid-1990s and has continued through this day. Many City Councilmembers over the years have also been bold and unequivocal in their support for the idea that we don’t want our parks, schools and police funded by tax dollars generated on the backs of underpaid workers.But also noteworthy has been the role of City Staff. The draft Minimum Wage ordinance brought to the City Council on Jan. 12 was the result of intensive collaboration between the Finance Department, the Housing and Economic Development Department and the City Attorney’s office.That effort showed how working for our local government can provide exceptional opportunities for City Staff to be part of great cutting edge accomplishments, just like being elected to the City Council gives our local politicians the opportunity to voice support for and vote for them.Minimum wage mini-dissertationIn Santa Monica, we often takes on issues that go beyond what many consider to be the regular operations of municipal government, and this requires becoming expert in many areas.With the City’s draft Minimum Wage law, not only did City Staff need to be well versed in state and federal labor law, but also it necessitated an understanding of how such a comprehensive minimum wage law would specifically apply to our local economy.To do that, City Staff convened an intensive eight-month local stakeholder outreach process, taking input from a range of interests – from big hotels and small restaurants, to car washers, housekeepers and a variety of advocacy organizations and think tanks. Staff then issued their draft recommendations almost a month before they were due to come to Council, to give opportunity for even more feedback, then further fine tuned their recommendations in response.Of course, such work is not without its political context, and City Staff deftly offered some thoughtful compromises that made their recommendations more likely to be accepted. At the same time, they charted out several alternative approaches to key issues as advocated by a range of stakeholders, and analyzed their pros and cons as well.The result was a Staff report that serves as a de facto primer on how a comprehensive minimum wage law might apply to Santa Monica – as well as a potential resource for other communities seeking to do the same, and for academics and others who want to study the issue.Attracting and retaining great City employeesIn addition to the City Attorney’s office (which plays a key role in developing most City policies), both the Housing and Economic Development (HED) Department and the Finance Department deserve special recognition for this professional work on behalf of our community – and how it demonstrates how staying with the City can also lead to great personal professional achievement.Andy Agle is the director of HED and Gigi Decavalles-Hughes the director of Finance. From my own early years on the City Council in the late 1990s, I remember both as junior staff members sitting in the front row in the Council chambers, as is customary, while their own department directors would be giving a Staff report to the Council. Now today almost twenty years later, they are leading their own departments in this historic effort.After serving as a community development project manager for the City of Anaheim, Agle came to Santa Monica in 1998, serving first as a special projects manager in the City’s Planning and Community Development Department (PCD), then as assistant PCD director in 2001, PCD interim director between 2005 to 2006, and then director of HED ever since.Decavalles-Hughes started with Santa Monica in 1997 as a senior budget analyst, then moved up to principal analyst and budget manager in 2001. Then as should be in a progressive city, she was able to take an extended maternity leave of 18 months, before coming back to work in the City’s Community and Cultural Services Department (CCS) as a senior administrative analyst on a part time basis while her kids were young. She coordinated the department’s budget and worked on special projects such as the construction of the new OPCC Shwashlock/Access Center facility and the Annenberg Beach House, before moving to HED in 2009 to serve as Agle’s administrative services officer, then returned back to Finance as director in 2011.In both cases Agle and Decavalles-Hughes gained experience working in different City departments before landing in their present positions, something also true of current CCS director, Karen Ginsberg, who cut her teeth in PCD before moving to CCS to take over when previous director, Barbara Stinchfield, retired in 2011. This long-time practice within City Hall of working in different City Departments further builds intellectual dexterity in our City’s workforce, helping them better understand how the City works and the connections between different policy areas.Achieving many ‘firsts’ for Santa MonicaAnother long-time City employee who has been part of many of Santa Monica’s groundbreaking achievements has been Environmental Programs manager Dean Kubani. Kubani has been with the City since 1994, and helped shape and implement Santa Monica’s Sustainable City Plan, one of the first municipal sustainability programs in the world. Along the way he’s been part of many “firsts”: first city to buy 100-percent renewable power, first municipal urban runoff treatment system, one of the first to ban Styrofoam containers ,and more. Based on the experience gained and lessons learned, Kubani has also helped countless other cities and other government agencies develop their own sustainability efforts – and many other cities now have sustainability plans based upon the work done here in Santa Monica.Also in the rank-and-fileDoing cutting-edge work in Santa Monica is not limited to department heads, as there are countless City employees behind every program and service. Hence the opportunity to be part of something special professionally extends to hundreds and hundreds of City employees.Back in the late 1990s when the City wanted to switch to more environmentally-friendly cleaning projects, I remember being impressed with how the City’s custodial staff had played an important role in evaluating the new products which they would work with, and for this reason ultimately embraced the change when it came to Council. This is only one example among many that continues to this day.What this should tell us is that the opportunity to work for the City of Santa Monica brings with it many benefits, and that our high quality of life as residents is partly the result of many long-time employees being able to achieve greatness in their fields, fields that by definition are also in public service and the public interest. Such longevity and commitment by city workers isn’t present in every community, and we are fortunate that it exists here.Michael Feinstein is a former Santa Monica Mayor (2000-2002) and City Councilmember (1996-2004).  He can be reached via Twitter @mikefeinstein‘Inside/Outside‘ is a periodic column about civic affairs Feinstein writes for the Daily Press, that takes advantage of his experience inside and outside of government. 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Henderson, Sharp take first-round lead at Dow

first_imgMIDLAND, Mich. — Canadians Brooke Henderson and Alena Sharp shot a 5-under 65 in alternate-shot play Wednesday to take the first-round lead in the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational, the LPGA Tour’s first-year team event. Henderson and Sharp had seven birdies and two bogeys at Midland Country Club. ”We really got it going, kind of fed off each other,” Henderson said. ”She hit some good shots, I made some putts and vice versa. So it really worked out nice and it’s a good way to start.” Paula Creamer and Morgan Pressel were a stroke back. ”We’re best of friends we’ve played a lot of team events together, so it’s nothing new for us to be able to come out here,” Creamer said. ”We haven’t played alternate shot for a little while, and when we have played it in the past, it’s always match play and you never have to finish. Out here you actually have to shoot a score, which is a little bit different.” The teams will play best-ball Thursday, return to alternate shot Friday and close Saturday with a best-ball round. Full-field scores from the Dow Great Lakes Bay Invitational ”It’s intense, but then we got out our tension and then we played and we were free-wheeling it,” Sharp said. ”I think the first few holes we didn’t really know what to expect and we had a lot of adrenaline, and then we calmed down and played really nicely together.” The 21-year-old Henderson won the Meijer LPGA Classic a month ago in Grand Rapids to break the Canadian record for tour victories with nine. Also the Lotte Championship winner in April in Hawaii, Henderson broke a tie with Sandra Post for the Canadian record on the LPGA Tour and also moved ahead of George Knudson and Mike Weir for the overall country mark. The 38-year-old Sharp is winless on the LPGA Tour. The teams of Minjee Lee-Jin Young Ko, Robyn Choi-Jaclyn Lee, Jasmine Suwannapura-Cydney Clanton and Amy Yang-Mirim Lee shot 67. ”We chatted pretty much the whole way around,” Lee said. ”We usually don’t get to get this opportunity to play with our friends too much, so I think that was the best part.” The sister duo of Nelly and Jessica Korda topped the group at 68. ”Start of the round, kind of just getting used to everything, the new format,” Nelly Korda said. ”Gave each other some good opportunities on the back and took advantage of a couple. Anything under par for alternate shot is good, so we’re happy with that.” Sisters Ariya and Moriya Jutanugarn shot 70, and Cristie Kerr and Lexi Thompson opened with a 71. Rookies Jennifer Kupcho and Maria Fassi also had a 71. They staged a memorable duel that Kupcho won at the Augusta National Women’s Amateur. ”Alternate shot’s always really hard. We knew that coming in and we didn’t really know how it was going to go because we didn’t try it,” Kupcho said. ”It went better than what I thought it was going to go, so I was pretty happy.” Suzann Pettersen, making her first tour start after a 20-month break for the birth of her first child, and European Solheim Cup captain Catriona Matthew had a 73. Pettersen will be a vice caption for the European team. ”I just really enjoyed it,” Pettersen said. ”It was nice to play with Beany. Some good shots and some average shots and some that we just got out of the way. Overall, very happy to be back.”last_img read more