Residents oppose Aera development proposal, want to see land preserved

first_img“Land acquisitions for the sake of conservation are very feasible,” said Misty Herrin, spokeswoman for the Nature Conservancy, an international conservation organization. “California voters made a huge gesture in support of conservation when they passed Proposition 84.” Some residents have expressed their opposition to Aera’s deal, and others are skeptical that Diamond Bar’s golf course could bring more homes. “The potential exists for a home on every single fairway,” said Mike Popovec, a member of the Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council. DeStefano, however, said that Diamond Bar is not interested in building homes. [email protected] (626) 962-8811, Ext. 2477160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! ROWLAND HEIGHTS – Residents fighting development plans bordering Diamond Bar, Walnut, Rowland Heights and La Habra said they want to buy the land and preserve it. Nearly 75 people attended a meeting Monday hosted by the Rowland Heights Community Coordinating Council and heard two proposals by Aera Energy, formerly Shell Oil, and the city of Diamond Bar. Aera’s plan calls for the construction of 3,600 homes on 3,000 acres. The other project, which borders parts of Aera’s property, is proposed by Diamond Bar for the construction of a golf course on 270 acres, said Diamond Bar City Manager Jim DeStefano. The course would be near the southwest portion of Diamond Bar, in Rowland Heights, and would replace the current course. Diamond Bar wants to develop the northwest course for commercial use. “There is opportunity in the area to generate more retail,” DeStefano said Monday. “We are looking to see whether such a project has merit.” While many people at the meeting said they would like to see all the land preserved, Aera Vice President George Bayse has said that would not be in the best interest of the company. Plus, the plan already calls for half of the land to be set aside for open space, Bayse said. Claire Schlotterbeck, executive director of Hills for Everyone, a nonprofit organization, said there is federal and state money available that could be used to buy Aera’s land.Conservationists said there is plenty of funding available to buy land that would be preserved as open space. last_img read more

MapQuest Embraces Open Source

first_imgsarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Fighting Google and Bing with Open Source?Steve Coast, founder of OpenStreetMap, praised AOL for its efforts, calling its move to join up with the open-source movement one that “represents rare foresight in recognizing that the future of map data will be a commons.” But for AOL, the move is likely less about the feel-good aspect of supporting open source and more of a calculated business decision. Using open data will allow the company to quickly ramp up its maps with more information and details, including things like bike paths, hiking trails, parks and neighborhood streets, without having to invest significant funds in order to do so. While the end result may not have the whizz-bang of competitors like Google Maps or Bing Maps with their Street Views, map applications, Bird’s Eye views, 3D features and other advancements, the open maps may, in some cases, end up being more accurate thanks to the crowd-sourced data coming from local residents. It’s a smart strategy for a brand whose name was once so aligned with mapping it actually became a verb: “Just MapQuest it.” Oddly enough, people often still say that today, but then head over to Google Maps instead. MapQuest hopes it’s not too late to change that. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market AOL’s MapQuest announced today that it is launching an open-source mapping initiative, beginning with the U.K. and then heading to the United States. The project, available now at, uses the new modern design and layout for MapQuest revealed last week in beta format. However, the data on the site comes from the OpenStreetMap community, an ongoing effort to create free and editable maps worldwide.Along with the launch of “MapQuest Open,” as the project is called, AOL also announced a $1 million OpenStreetMap investment fund to support the growth of open-source mapping in the U.S. “MapQuest is the first large-scale mapping site to embrace the open-source community,” said Jon Brod, executive vice president of AOL Ventures, Local and Mapping. $1 Million for OpenStreetMap The fund is specifically targeted toward filling in gaps and adding data to the specific U.S. communities covered by AOL’s hyperlocal news, business and event listing resource, Patch. At present, Patch supports select communities in California, Connecticut, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York and Rhode Island. Localized editions of Patch include embedded maps across the site’s many pages, displaying relevant news and events. The data on these maps already comes from OpenStreetMap, as opposed to MapQuest’s own service. AOL’s head of engineering, Local and Mapping, Randy Meech, made the announcement of the company’s new initiatives at the fourth annual international OpenStreetMap conference, State of the Map 2010, in Girona, Spain. One of the slides from Meech’s presentation addresses the question many may have regarding this new project: “Why is it starting in the U.K., not the U.S.?” According to Meech, the U.K. and Germany are ahead in quality right now, and the “navigability needs improvement” in the U.S. The fund, obviously, should help with some of these issues. Tags:#AOL#Location#web Related Posts last_img read more

Ferrari unveils Icona series ultra-exclusive Monza SP1 and SP2

first_imgThe new Ferrari Monza SP1 and SP2 have been unveiled in occasion of the company’s Capital Market’s Day at the factory in Maranello. These limited-edition special-series cars are the first in a new segment called Icona’ and draw inspiration from the most evocative Ferraris of the 1950s and feature the most advanced sports car technology available today.Aimed at dedicated clients and collectors, the Monza SP1 and SP2 reference the iconic Ferrari racing barchettas of the past, not least the 1948 166 MM, which originally inspired the name barchetta’, and the 750 Monza and 860 Monza. Designed with the sole aim of winning, these uncompromising models helped build the Ferrari legend in the 1950s by delivering numerous victories in the World Sports Car Championship.The Ferrari Monza SP1 was designed as a single-seat road car that offers a truly unique experience behind the wheel. The second configuration, the Monza SP2, thanks to the elimination of the tonneau cover and the addition of a second protective screen and a second roll-bar, is instead a two-seater enabling the passenger to share the same driving sensations.The Monza SP1 and SP2 feature a unique design, the best weight-to-power ratio of any Barchetta, thanks to the extensive use of carbon-fiber in construction, and distinctive details, such as head-and tail-lights, wheels and interior, which further enhance the cars’ exclusivity. Equipped with the most powerful engine Maranello has ever built, a 6.5-litre V12, they can sprint from 0-100 km/h in 2.9 seconds and 0-200 km/h in 7.9 seconds.advertisementThe architecture of the two cars is based on a monolithic form with an aerodynamic wing profile where the complete absence of a roof and windscreen gave the designers the freedom to create unique proportions that would not have been possible on a traditional spider.The result is the feeling of blistering speed normally only experienced by Formula 1 drivers, which derives from the concept of a cockpit carved from the car’s very volume that wraps around the driver.The Ferrari Design Centre has sought to create a very pure design, as though born of a single pencil stroke, to convey an ideal mix of timeless elegance, minimalist form, and refined detail. Visually complex solutions, such as those seen on recent racing cars, have been avoided, giving way to a more understated formal design language. Never has a model expressed such a narrative power, highlighting its appeal as a driver’s car where the link between man and automobile becomes symbiotic.A radical choice was made for the design of the cars’ compact doors which open upwards. Equally important is the all-carbon-fiber one-piece bonnet-wing assembly which is hinged at the front to showcase the imposing V12 engine once open.As with racing models, the bodyshell of both cars is made entirely from lightweight carbon-fiber. The entire interior is trimmed in the same material with a natural finish to enhance the sporty impact of the design. Weight reduction and the barchetta’ configuration guarantee unique vehicle dynamics: perfectly balanced with no roll whatsoever for proper sports-car handling.Because these are authentic en plein air sports cars, one of the greatest challenges in their design was managing the aerodynamic flows inside the cockpit in the absence of a windscreen. The solution was the innovative patented Virtual Wind Shield which has been incorporated into the fairing ahead of the instrument panel and the steering wheel. The Virtual Wind Shield deviates a part of the air flow to maintain driving comfort.Especially for Monza SP1 and SP2 owners Ferrari, in collaboration with two leading luxury brands, Loro Piana and Berluti, has created gentlemen-driver-inspired apparel and accessories. The driver’s selection includes racing overalls, jersey, helmet, gloves, scarf and driving shoes. These feature a number of technical solutions to guarantee a comfortable fit and ensure freedom of movement while driving.last_img read more