Tuscan stockholders approve proposal to extend business combination date - Seeking Alpha

Tuscan stockholders approve proposal to extend business combination date - Seeking Alpha

Tuscan stockholders approve proposal to extend business combination date - Seeking Alpha

Posted: 16 Apr 2021 08:37 AM PDT

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Gloria proposed $4.6B budget invests in small business, roads, climate equity - FOX 5 San Diego

Posted: 15 Apr 2021 03:00 PM PDT

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Nonprofit and small business loans, building "sexy" streets, reducing police overtime, investing in the city's Climate Equity Fund and a focus on supporting the San Diego Convention Center are among the highlights of Mayor Todd Gloria's $4.6 billion proposed budget, which was revealed Thursday.

His intention is to jumpstart the city's economy and pave a path for an equitable recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, he said.

"My "Back to Work SD" budget prioritizes an equitable recovery from the impacts of the pandemic while setting the foundation of a brighter future for all of us, Gloria said at a news conference in front of a Mexican restaurant in City Heights hard hit by the pandemic.

"Despite a structural budget deficit inherited from the previous administration, we took a pragmatic approach to balancing this budget while protecting core services and investing in the people who have suffered the most throughout this past year," he continues.

The proposed budget centers on the "Back to Work SD" plan Gloria developed during his campaign that serves as a framework to help San Diegans devastated by COVID-19 and equip them for a brighter future.

"Mayor Gloria's budget proposal looks to the future without losing sight of the issues in San Diego that need to be addressed today," said Rep. Scott Peters, D-San Diego. "I applaud the mayor's priorities, including investments in our hard-hit small businesses and nonprofits, strategies to end homelessness, the city's climate change plan and services to help San Diegans get to work and create opportunities for children and families."

Major money items in the budget include:

  • $10 million in nonprofit and small business loans in hard-hit industries and owned by people of color;
  • $10.2 million to support the convention center, intended to maintain good-paying jobs and keep San Diego poised for its tourism economy to rebound;
  • $10 million to build quality, complete "sexy" streets in communities of concern, with another $30 million planned to come from debt service;
  • Investing $22.1 million in the city's workforce to make their salaries more competitive with other local agencies;
  • More than $10 million for immediate actions to serve those in crisis on the streets, and funding to support the new Homelessness Strategies Department to ensure the city is setup to be successful in its efforts to end homelessness;
  • $4 million in proposed savings with across-the-board decreases to San Diego Police Department overtime;
  • Investing $5 million into the new Climate Equity Fund; and
  • Adjusting library hours to a Tuesday through Saturday schedule as the city reopens to save $6.9 million, while investing $1.25 million in e- materials and virtual hours in communities of concern.

The city faced an expected budget deficit for the upcoming fiscal year of $124 million — a figure that exceeds the entire Parks and Recreation Department annual budget.

Last month, President Joe Biden signed the American Rescue Plan into law, allocating approximately $306 million in federal relief to the City of San Diego, which Gloria proposed to use to strengthen the local economy and stabilize city finances.

"I proudly supported the American Rescue Plan because it provides the resources our cities need as we begin the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic," said Sen. Alex Padilla, D-California. "Federal support for local programs and projects will be key to a swift and equitable recovery. Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, San Diego can make strategic investments to build back stronger."

The $4.6 billion budget proposal recommends spending levels for city operations and capital projects for Fiscal Year 2022, which runs from July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. The final budget will be adopted in June following several weeks of review by the public and the City Council.

Gloria will formally present the budget proposal to the San Diego City Council at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the council chambers.

The full budget proposal can be found at sandiego.gov/finance/proposed.

Copyright 2021, City News Service, Inc.

Insurance reforms would hurt consumers, critics say - South Florida Sun Sentinel

Posted: 16 Apr 2021 07:51 AM PDT

As proposed, the law requires notification only in the policy documents that customers are mailed a week or two after they renew, which most people never read, Handerhan said. Ideally, insurance agents would notify their clients about the changes before renewal, "but I've seen too many examples of agents not doing a good job of explaining the differences," he said.

Love and Lies in "A Business Proposal" - The Geekiary

Posted: 28 Mar 2021 12:00 AM PDT

A Business Proposal puts Ha-ri Shin in a real mess. To help pay off a loan, she agrees to go on a blind date as a proxy for her rich friend, Yeongsuh. Ha-ri just has to pretend to be a man-eating femme fatale to scare off the suitor so he never comes back. There's just one problem- the suitor is her boss! Plus, rather than run screaming, he wants to marry "Yeongsuh Jin" no matter what!

A Business Proposal is a zany plot of cat-and-mouse as Ha-ri tries to hide the fact that she isn't the real Yeongsuh Jin, because if her boss, Taemu Kang, founds out she's an employee of his company, he'll undoubtedly fire her.

But the story never remains predictable. Eventually Taemu learns he didn't go on a blind date with the real Yeongsuh Jin. Rather than come clean, Ha-ri lies about her identity again. Taemu then hires "Kim Shin" to be his pretend fiancée so his meddling grandfather will get off his case. Once more with gusto, Ha-ri has to maintain a false identity as she and Taemu go on fake dates by night and keep up appearances at work whenever they meet during the day.

At the beginning, A Business Proposal is sheer comedy, with much of the drama stemming from the lies and misunderstandings that Ha-ri and Taemu create every time they dig themselves deeper. What starts as a game of cat-and-mouse becomes more like a game of chicken. Who will slip up first? What will happen when the truth comes to light?

The dramatic stakes rise as they genuinely begin to fall in love but are stubbornly unwilling to be honest with their feelings. Side characters, like Yeongsuh, Ha-ri's unrequited love Minwoo, and Taemu's secretary Mr. Cha also have their fair share of love, misunderstandings, and fried chicken.

A Business Proposal Ha-ri 02

I love romance stories, and it's difficult to find one that pulls off fake dating drama in a way that never loses its sense of whimsy or fun as it continues. There was never a point where I found myself growing frustrated or impatient, since there are enough emotional milestones and interesting twists to keep the main conflict fresh. Ha-ri's reason to not simply tell Taemin the truth is completely understandable–she took out a loan to support her parents' restaurant, so she can't afford to simply quit or risk getting fired.

One of my favorite parts of A Business Proposal is the artwork, which switches effortlessly from beautiful to adorable as the story demanded. Due to the office setting, the characters dress impeccably well no matter the situation. Fashion is something that many comics tend to overlook, so it's refreshing to see the characters wear such a wide variety of cute, trendy, and attractive outfits.

A live action adaptation is in the works, with a release date scheduled for some time in 2021. So, there's no time like the present to check out A Business Proposal and get caught up on Ha-ri and Taemu's antics. It can be read in English on Tapas.

For more great webcomic recommendations, check out our Wednesday Webcomics archive!

Author: C. Smith

C. Smith is a lifelong fan of comics and manga whose primary interest is in webcomics.


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