Pasadena Motel Voucher Program In Lieu of Bad Weather Shelter Not Yet Operating as Storm Pounds Southland

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Required fields are marked * STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Subscribe STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy 16 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it center_img faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News Community News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena [Updated] The Pasadena City Council approved funding for motel vouchers two weeks ago, but the program was not yet up and running when the first rainstorm of the winter arrived on Sunday evening and continued pouring down on Monday.The city has entered into a partnership with local nonprofit Friends In Deed and approved funding on Dec. 14 for motel vouchers, after city officials previously announced Pasadena’s bad weather shelter would not be operating this season due to the ongoing pandemic. The shelter has traditionally been operated by Friends In Deed. (Friends In Deed in turn contracts with two local motels.)But Friends In Deed is closed through this week, Pasadena Department of Housing Director Bill Huang said.So while Friends In Deed has been handing out bad weather supplies in recent days, the voucher program wasn’t yet ready to begin when the rain moved in, he said.It came down to “bad timing,” according to Huang.“Motel vouchers sound like a piece of paper we can just handout, but it is a whole program,” he explained. “You have to outreach to people who need and are willing to accept a short-term room, contract with a motel, transport the person, have someone at the motel to meet them, make sure they get checked-in, get to their room, arrange for food, and periodically check-in with them to make sure they are well.”The voucher distribution is expected to be ready to begin when Friends In Deed reopens on Jan. 4, Huang said.The organization’s phone answering system confirmed it was closed through Jan. 3.The nearest operational bad weather shelter was at Loma Alta Park in Altadena, officials said.Once up and running, Pasadena’s motel voucher program will be activated when the temperature is predicted to drop to 40 degrees or below, or a 40 percent chance of precipitation is forecasted, Huang said.Two additional community organizations are expected to be added to the voucher program in January, a city official said.The community organization Pasadena for All launched a campaign last week urging the community to contact city leaders to make sure motel vouchers are distributed to everyone who needs one.“We just want to make sure as many people as need those motel vouchers and want them can get those rooms,” PFA member Sonja Berndt said on Thursday.She said the effort enjoyed strong support during the Dec. 14 City Council meeting, where more than 50 people spoke on behalf of the cause.“We have to make sure that we have motel rooms for the people that need them, and we want to make sure there’s enough outreach done so that the people who need them can find out how to be connected with the motel voucher program,” Berndt said.“It’s well-documented that our unhoused neighbors are much more likely to get COVID, but they’re also at much higher risk than the general population of developing [cold]-related conditions, such as frostbite and hypothermia. These can be immediately life-threatening or can have long-term effects,” she said. “This is for Pasadena residents. These are our residents who live here.”See also:City Increases Funds For Motel Vouchers to Aid the HomelessFriends in Deed to Provide Motel Vouchers, Supplies to Homeless this WinterGuest Opinion | Sonja Berndt: Will Our City Make Sure that Our Unsheltered Residents Are Sheltered from the Cold and Rain this Winter CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News Pasadena Motel Voucher Program In Lieu of Bad Weather Shelter Not Yet Operating as Storm Pounds Southland By JOEY REAMS and BRIAN DAY Published on Monday, December 28, 2020 | 4:49 pm Top of the News More Cool Stufflast_img read more

COLUMN: Wilcox needs to step up his game

first_imgThe Sun Devils have Steve Sarkisian’s number — he’s 0-4 all-time against the program as a head coach.Historically, Arizona State has averaged almost 35 points a game against Sarkisian’s teams, both at USC and Washington. USC defensive coordinator Justin Wilcox was only around for two of those losses.Ironically, though, the Sun Devils posted the highest amount of points (53) against a Sarkisian-coached team in one of the games where Wilcox was calling the shots on defense.Now, after dropping their Pac-12 opener to Stanford, the Trojans are forced to quickly turn around to face their first road test of the season in a hostile environment at Arizona State — a program that has not only gotten the best of USC the past couple of seasons, but also its head coach and defensive coordinator.Great timing, right.The Trojans aren’t in uncharted waters, though. The program has notched its first loss of the season in week three or earlier for each of the three past seasons — two of those losses coming in conference openers.USC came into each of these games as double-digit favorites and failed to take care of business. Looking at the glass half full, though, losing so early in the season could prove to be beneficial for Sarkisian’s team because it creates a sense of urgency for the team a little sooner than most expected.Contrary to my earlier prediction, Stanford came out to the Coliseum and not only tested the Trojans, but straight up bullied USC, while exposing holes and weaknesses in their defense in the meantime.Justin Wilcox, you are the weakest link … for now. After allowing 41 points and over 470 yards of total offense, Wilcox’s unit can’t afford to get torched this time around and, quite frankly, it shouldn’t.This year’s Sun Devils team is not the same offensive juggernaut it has been in years past, as it currently finds itself in the bottom-half of the FBS and Pac-12 in scoring — they’re averaging a little more than 28 points per game, while facing below-average opponents like Cal Poly and New Mexico. The only legitimate team they’ve faced so far was Texas A&M and the Sun Devils were only able to post 17 points against the Aggies.Last year’s Arizona State teams averaged just under 37 points per game, which was good enough for 17th overall in the FBS and third in the Pac-12.Arizona State’s offensive woes can be largely attributed to its offensive line’s struggles to protect quarterback Mike Bercovici in the pocket. Through just three games, the unit has allowed 11 sacks with nine of those coming against Texas A & M.Hopefully, Wilcox gets the memo.College football is a game of fine tuning and making adjustments week in and week out, but at face value, it doesn’t appear to be rocket science.If you’re able to get pressure on Bercovici and give him a hard time, it could be a long day for the Sun Devils. It would also take a little bit of pressure off the young USC secondary, which struggled against Stanford.Wilcox can theoretically kill two birds with one stone.But if the defense allows Bercovici time to make plays, he is capable of posting monster numbers like the 510 yards and five touchdowns he put up against USC last season — not to mention the 46-yard “Jael Marry” he threw to win the game and break the hearts of every USC fan.If USC is going to win, Wilcox needs to dial up more blitzes and pressure. We saw what happened last week when the defense couldn’t get to Hogan — they made him look like a god out there, while being unable to force any turnovers.In fact, the Trojans haven’t been able to come up with any turnovers since forcing four in their opener against Arkansas State. Going on the road for the first time, it’s paramount that USC musters up at least one turnover to gain some momentum and try to take the crowd out of the game.It’s going to be hot on Saturday night in Tempe with an expected temperature in the mid-90s around kickoff, and for Wilcox’s sake, I sure do hope that the USC defense comes out firing on all cylinders.This game not only has the potential to be a great turnaround victory for the Trojans, but it would also give Sarkisian his first ever win against Arizona State, and perhaps provide a boost to Wilcox’s morale should the defense be able to bounce back.A victory would also signify much-needed retribution for USC fans who’ve been haunted by memories of last year’s game against a school, whose acceptance rate is so high that not even Cody Kessler’s completion percentage (78.7 percent) — among the best in college football — can match it.If the Sun Devils are somehow able to post 60-plus points like it did two years ago and upset USC for the third consecutive time, however, Sarkisian should just leave Wilcox behind at the airport.Darian Nourian is a senior majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Persian Persuasion,” runs Fridays.last_img read more