More than a Facade

first_img Community News 30 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * 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. Subscribe EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Top of the News Make a comment HerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyAmazing Sparks Of On-Screen Chemistry From The 90-sHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhy Luxury Fashion Brands Are So ExpensiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Community News More than a Facade Library Foundation and Friends raise 75K to restore library building By EDDIE RIVERA, Editor, Living Section Published on Tuesday, September 16, 2014 | 2:34 pmcenter_img Community News Joan Cathcart. Photo courtesy The Friends of the Pasadena Public LibraryLibrary Director Jan Sanders. Photo courtesy The Friends of the Pasadena Public LibraryMore than two hundred donors, supporters, and friends of the Pasadena Public Library gathered yesterday evening in the Great Hall of Central Library to celebrate the raising of more than $75,000 to restore the Walnut Street building’s South Facade.The façade restoration brought together the Pasadena Public Library Foundation, as well as The Friends of the Pasadena Library, for the latest building improvement project.“This event celebrates one of Pasadena’s most revered institutions—the Pasadena Public Library,” said Mayor Bill Bogaard, “and it’s wonderful relationship between the Library Foundation and the library for the care and the restoration of this fabulous architectural treasure.”“This has been a wonderful event,” said Foundation president Peter McAniff. ‘We are thrilled with the number of people who are here, as well as the eclecticism of the people who are here. We’ve already reached our goal of $75,000, and the City has pledged to match that amount. We think the project should be completed by next spring.”Peter McAniff. Photo courtesy The Friends of the Pasadena Public LibraryMcAniff continued, “It’s really a nice reflection of the people who appreciate the library and support it, and is a wonderful reflection of Pasadena. There are a lot of calls on the City’s resources and this is an opportunity for private investments to be directed in a way that supports everybody.”Both The Friends of the Library and the Foundation help to support the library’s work. The Friends help with programming, daily and monthly book sales, as well as the summer reading program, while the Foundation brings together investors to help with physical improvements or additions to the Library.Over the years the Foundation has helped bring new computers to the library, make improvements to the fourth floor including new facilities, as well as donate 75 computers to the library.The restoration of the South Façade is due to begin in a few months, said McAniff. Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday First Heatwave Expected Next Week 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 More Cool Stuff Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Legislation should be considered an option

first_imgLegislation should be considered an optionOn 1 Sep 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article It’s official: the government’s code of practice on ageism is not working –most employers do not even know it exists. So is legislation the only way toforce employers to take this issue seriously? We canvass some expert viewsClare MCevoy Human resources manager, CNN The age debate is a hot topic because of the demographic changes we arefacing. With fewer young people entering the workforce and with the massivecosts of pensions on the public purse, society needs to make sure that peopleneed to remain in employment longer and to do this, we need to think about thebarriers that exist. The question is why shouldn’t we help this process by protecting thiscategory against unfair discrimination, when there is some evidence that ageismoccurs in the workplace. If we are to take the issue seriously, as we have with other forms ofdiscrimination, we should consider legislation as an option. The outcome wouldbe to raise awareness of the issue and by doing so change behaviour. It wouldcontribute to shifting attitudes towards employing older people, supporting themessage that by encouraging diversity we can add value to the organisation orbusiness. In cases where awareness is not high, legislation would serve as a reminderof good practice. Employers, knowing that there would be a penalty attached toacting in a discriminatory would think twice before doing so. Those employers who train their staff in fair selection and who already putthe assessment of skills at the centre of the process, may not favour a movetowards legislation, because they would see it as unnecessary. However, in thistype of organisation, introducing legislation would not cause a huge amount ofadditional work. The downside of introducing legislation would be the initial increase in theamount of work – inevitable with any new kind of legislation: from re-visitingpolicies and procedures to re-writing employment contracts, as well as thetraining required for implementation. Legal advice would mean additional costs.However, these costs would be short-term. In the longer term, employers andsociety would see a big return to employers and society – in terms of the wayolder employees would be treated, retention of talent in the workforce forlonger and using the energy and wisdom of a category of resource which is toooften pensioned-off early, or not retrained into different areas of theorganisation. The next challenge for employers would be to make the working environment aplace where people would prefer to stay than to retire from. The Cabinet Office Some employers would prefer the clarity of legislation rather than feelingthey did not know where they stood with a voluntary code of practice andextensive guidance…age discrimination legislation would have a positiveeffect on British culture and would build on a growing sense of public interestand concern about the issue. The scale of the impact on employers’ behaviour ishard to measure and would depend on the model of legislation adopted. But theabsence of legislation on age when it exists for gender, race and disabilitysends a powerful message that age discrimination is taken less seriously.Kay Allen Head of diversity, B&Q Legislation would not enhance our policy on age or make us see the businesscase any differently. Would legislation strengthen the business case foremploying older workers or just burden employers? I was in favour of a code ofpractice to help spread the message on age. If forced to choose a side I wouldrather push for changes in retirement and pensions and other issues which wouldenable employers to develop flexible employment policies. I would advocateeducation rather than litigation. Good employers will reap the benefits veryquickly if they understand the business case.Kay Jarratt Development director, Employers’ Forum on AgeA majority of our members say they would like to put their own houses inorder.  There is also quite a lot ofenthusiasm for legislation, but I doubt those people are the chief executivesbut those with an equal opportunities remit who need more wang to theirwellies.  Our members would claim theyare working towards age diversity practices and that it’s the businessarguments that win.  But we do need theGovernment to deploy more resources in getting the message out to decisionmakers.  We welcome the new programmewhich will do much more.Marie Gill  Head of colleague relations, Asda Stores We need legislation like a hole in the head. Yes, it would make ageismillegal but would it really make a difference? I doubt it. The problem as withother forms of diversity is generally with smaller organsiations. But there area lot of things that government and employers could do to change attitudes.Some of that is about visibility, about giving older people a higher profile inliterature and marketing campaigns and about celebrating age. The code ofpractice is helpful but we have to make sure more employers are using it asfully as they should be. last_img read more