… action will be taken to rectify this – KingEven though a ban was placed on vendors to stop plying their trade in the vicinity of the Stabroek Market Square, persons have not been complying with this rule, especially at nights.Thisis according to Mayor of Georgetown, Patricia Chase Green, who was supported by Town Clerk Royston King on Monday at a statutory meeting held at City Hall.Town Clerk Royston KingKing asserted that strategic action will be taken against persons who have been continuously disobeying the order by the Mayor and City Council (M&CC).“We have observed that there is a creeping return of vendors, particularly in the nights, just at the Stabroek Market square, we are on to it and we are working out strategies to deal with that particular situation,” King said at the meeting.In April, the Mayor and City Council opted to have the entire Stabroek Square cleared of vendors, leading to their (vendors) relocation. Though, this decision displeased many, the M&CC upheld their pronouncement.The vendors were relocated to the vicinity now known as “The Parliament View Mall”, where tents and other water and washroom facilities were provided. This move, according to the Town Clerk, is temporary – for a period of three months – giving the Council time to set up a permanent location to facilitate the vendors.While the time allocated for occupation to the M&CC by the owner of the land, was only three months starting from April and concluding in the July, King mentioned in a previous meeting sometime last month, that there is an expectation of an extension of an additional three months to be given.However, after this announcement was made by King, Haresh Narine Sugrim, the owner of the plot of land, took to the media to make it clear that he has no intentions of granting the M&CC any extension to use the land after the initial three-month peroid expires.King has made no comment on the rebuttal made by Sugrim.
WE’RE No. 1 again, top of the nation’s manufacturing heap. Chicago still can’t shoulder the load. Last year, Los Angeles County had 911,000 workers making stuff versus 390,200 in Chicago. And the county’s 1.5 percent vacancy rate is the nation’s lowest. In the San Fernando Valley, the vacancy rate finished the year at 1.8 percent. Part of this glass is half-empty, though. However, Dan Blake, director of the San Fernando Valley Economic Research Center at California State University, Northridge, said industrial land is worth more if marketed for other uses. “Most of the industrial activity is single story and the land is valued less per square foot than it is for office and residential,” he said. A lot less, actually. Blake estimates residential developers will pay about $200 a square foot for land, while industrial fetches between $50 and $75 a square foot. The air above those single-story operations is valuable as developable space, too. “There has been a rush by developers in Southern California to buy (industrial land) and do residential projects. Industrial land has also been lost to retail development and to construction of schools or other public facilities,” Kyser laments. Kyser’s report makes a case for a preservation effort in the industrial sector. Given the challenges facing Los Angeles schools, manufacturing can offer a career path to a middle-class lifestyle. Smaller firms offer on-the-job training and work with community colleges. Salaries are above those in other sectors, and workers often have health benefits. Manufacturing tends to have a higher multiplier effect – one job here supports others in different areas. “A lot of people are scrambling to find good workers,” Kyser said. He’d like to see an effort to revitalize some older industrial areas to prevent further erosion of the industrial base. Another problem is that companies are trying to make more stuff with fewer workers (increased productivity) and have sent work overseas where labor is less expensive. Blake also said the nature of Los Angeles manufacturing personality is also changing, from front-line workers who make things to more technical design and engineering. “The jobs are changing to higher-skilled tech jobs. There are still a lot of those other jobs left, just not as many.” email@example.com (818) 713-3743160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! There were 9,400 fewer folks making stuff here in 2006 than the year before. Worse, the places where they make stuff are disappearing, too. And that’s not too good for the economy. That’s a problem, says Jack Kyser, vice president and chief economist for the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp., who last week released his annual state-of-manufacturing report. “Manufacturing in Southern California could be called the forgotten industry, as most people think it has all gone away, or that (it) is not worth saving,” Kyser lamented in his report. Land zoned for industrial use is a hot commodity.