Former Pasadena City Manager Named Executive Director of San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments

first_img 5 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News The Governing Board of the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments has approved the hiring of Philip A. Hawkey as Executive Director, effective October 1, 2015, Gene Murabito, President of the SGVCOG, announced.Hawkey, Executive Vice President Emeritus for the University of La Verne and former City Manager of Pasadena, will manage the SGVCOG under a two-year contract with Kelly and Associates approved on September 17.He replaces Fran Delach, who has served as interim Executive Director since February, when Andrea Miller left to become City Manager of Covina.“We’re extremely fortunate to have a professional of Phil Hawkey’s caliber and experience as we expand our leadership on regional issues such as transportation, water and housing,” said Murabito, Mayor Pro Tem of the City of Glendora. “Under the direction of Andrea, Fran and our Governing Board, the COG has accomplished so much in the past three years, including development of a comprehensive strategic plan, improved financial stability and a renewed commitment to the Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority (ACE). Phil is ideally suited to build on all of this.”The SGVCOG is a joint powers authority of 31 cities, several unincorporated communities and three water districts. It is the largest and most diverse sub-regional council of governments in Los Angeles County, encompassing more than 374 square miles and representing more than 2 million residents. In 1998, the SGVCOG founded the ACE to mitigate the impacts of significant increases in rail traffic over 70 miles of mainline railroad in the San Gabriel Valley.“I am thrilled to join the SGVCOG team, and to have the opportunity to work closely with Gene and the Governing Board on issues that are critical to the well being and quality of life in the San Gabriel Valley,” Hawkey said.Hawkey retired this past summer from the University of La Verne, where he served as Executive Vice President, Special Assistant to the President and, from 2012-2013, Interim Dean of the University’s College of Law. He continues to teach graduate classes in Public Administration as an Assistant Professor.Before joining the University, Hawkey was City Manager of Pasadena from 1990-1998. A native of Ohio, he served as City Manager of Toledo from 1986-1990 and Deputy City Manager of Cincinnati from 1982-1986. Before then, he served as City Administrator in Wooster, Ohio, from 1976-1979, and City Manager in Kettering, Ohio, from 1979-1982.Hawkey earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from Baldwin-Wallace College in Berea, Ohio; a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Ohio State University; and a Law Degree from Cleveland State University.He currently sits on the Board of Directors of the Rose Bowl Operating Company and is a member of Pasadena Rotary. Subscribe Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy HerbeautyZac Efron Is Dating A New Hottie?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Sweet Things Every Guy Wants To Hear From The Woman He LovesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyStop Eating Read Meat (Before It’s Too Late)HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty More Cool Stuffcenter_img Top of the News First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment People Former Pasadena City Manager Named Executive Director of San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 | 11:34 am faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes 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.last_img read more

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Unequal protection

first_imgWorld News Group 28 May 2016Family First Comment: “When you were the sickest in your life, how well were you thinking at that time? Not good, right? Now multiply that exponentially. … Put [the drugs] in a glass of beer, done. In that moment of weakness and difficulty and stress, done. … I don’t think I would have done that, but there’s many people who could’ve or would’ve in that situation.”J J HansonJ.J. Hanson, 35, is a tall former Marine from New York’s Hudson Valley who did a tour in Iraq. He speaks so quickly and sharply that someone meeting him for the first time wouldn’t know that two years ago he couldn’t talk, walk, read, or write.The loss of Hanson’s basic functions came shortly after a shattering diagnosis for a man with a wife and a young son. In 2014, out of the blue, Hanson had a seizure while he was at work. Doctors discovered he had stage 4 glioblastoma (GBM), one of the deadliest forms of brain cancer—and the same kind of cancer that assisted suicide advocate Brittany Maynard had when she ended her life in late 2014.Three different doctors told Hanson his case was terminal and said he had four months to live. But he was determined to do aggressive treatment anyway. Doctors operated on his brain, which led to nine seizures in a day and his “cognitive loss” of basic functions. He joined a clinical trial. In order to recover from his cognitive loss, Hanson read children’s books, slowly working back up to adult reading.Now he has survived two years—walking, talking, reading, and writing—and he is in what he calls remission, although he calmly admits that with GBM, there is really no such thing as remission.Hanson, who worked in New York state government before turning to the private sector, had not given much thought to the issue of assisted suicide until he had a terminal disease. Now he is leading efforts against physician-assisted suicide legislation around the country with the organization Patients’ Rights Action Fund. New York is currently considering two bills to legalize the practice. California, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington have already made it legal.AT MONTH FIVE OF HIS TREATMENT, the normally irrepressible Hanson became depressed. He says he lay in his bed and asked himself if he should give up, if it would make things easier for everyone if he were gone. He decided to continue—but then he imagined what others in his position might do.Under the current New York proposals, a patient like Hanson could go to a doctor when he received a terminal prognosis and, if he were in a good mental state, receive a prescription for the lethal drugs. Then the patient could go home and put the drugs on his nightstand for whenever he might reach that desperate moment.“When you were the sickest in your life, how well were you thinking at that time?” Hanson asked. “Not good, right? Now multiply that exponentially. … Put [the drugs] in a glass of beer, done. In that moment of weakness and difficulty and stress, done. … I don’t think I would have done that, but there’s many people who could’ve or would’ve in that situation.”At the state Capitol Hanson walked the halls with a black binder under his arm, filled with articles and notes about assisted suicide data. He needs the binder to remember things after the surgery nicked certain circuits in his brain. Before cancer, he says, he could remember the specific details of almost every person he met. Now, sometimes he forgets the names of family members, though he is still quick to recall most information.Speaking helps him speak, so he speaks with legislators. He emphasizes how legalizing assisted suicide will change social norms, legitimizing the general practice of suicide. A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows a 24 percent increase in suicides over the last 15 years, after 15 years of declines. The rate of increase is also higher in recent years.Hanson also emphasizes to legislators how assisted suicide will shrink an already small pool of terminal patients willing to participate in clinical trials. As it is, glioblastoma patients rarely live long enough to participate in a trial, so the pool of those who can participate in research that might help future patients is tiny. This session at least, it looks as if Hanson’s arguments are helping to keep the legislation from passing.“I think we will be fighting this bill for 20 years,” said Hanson. “I don’t think it’s going away.”READ MORE: https://world.wng.org/2016/05/unequal_protectionKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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