Since 2013, Irvine residents have expected to see as many as 9,500 homes built around the Great Park, under an agreement between the city and developer FivePoint Holdings.,Now the upper limit could grow to 10,556 homes, after FivePoint affiliate Heritage Fields asked recently to change how some of the homes are counted – subtracting the affordable units that are being built and providing leeway to build more homes overall.,FivePoint CEO Emile Haddad said Monday the proposal would simply use the city’s existing rules meant to encourage development of affordable housing, and adding more homes of any kind could help ease traffic by allowing some of the thousands of people who commute to jobs in Irvine to live there as well.,FivePoint is using a city rule to designate all the affordable homes as “additive,” which means they wouldn’t count toward the total number that can be built, so the developer could build that many more market-rate homes.,It’s the first time the city has gotten a request to change the designation of already-built homes, and it’s the first request to use the city’s “additive” provision on a project that already took advantage of a state law granting the right to build more homes if the project includes a certain percentage for low-income residents, according to a city report.

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William Rick Singer, 58, of Newport Beach, Calif., owner of the Edge College Career Network and CEO of the Key Worldwide Foundation, was charged in an information with racketeering conspiracy and money laundering.,John Vandemoer, 41, of Stanford, Calif., the former sailing coach at Stanford University, was charged in an information with racketeering conspiracy.,Charged with racketeering conspiracy: read more

The federal investigation into a massive cheating scandal in which prominent actors and business leaders got their children into elite universities included seeking records from several prominent Southern California prep schools, according to two sources familiar with the probe.The sources did not name the schools but said they are some of the most well-known private institutions in the area.,They said federal authorities issued subpoenas for records involving some of the students involved in the fraud case.One source with knowledge of the investigation stressed that officials are not at this point accusing the schools of wrongdoing but rather seeking information about student performance and other details.The scheme, which began in 2011, centered around the owner of a for-profit Newport Beach college admissions company that wealthy parents paid to help their children cheat on college entrance exams and to falsify athletic records of students to enable them to secure admission to elite schools, including UCLA, USC, Stanford, Yale and Georgetown, according to court records.Fifty people, across academia and college sports as well as a cadre of super-wealthy parents, have been charged in what prosecutors say is the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.,He said they knowingly conspired to help their children cheat or buy their children admission to elite schools through fraud.Among those charged were Hollywood actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin.Huffman is in custody in Los Angeles, along with 11 others.,Law enforcement sources told The Times she was flying to Los Angeles to surrender.Loughlin, of Full House" fame, and Huffman, whose credits include the hit ABC show Desperate Housewives, are charged with conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud.,According to court records, Loughlin and her husband, Mossimo Giannulli, the famous creator of clothing brand Mossimo, agreed to pay bribes totaling $500,000 in exchange for having their two daughters designated as recruits to the USC crew team even though they did not participate in crew.Huffman is accused of disguising a $15,000 charitable payment in the bribery scheme, according to court records.

In allegations that sent shock waves through academia, federal prosecutors on Tuesday accused top CEOs, two Hollywood actresses and a legendary fashion designer of taking part in an audacious scheme to get their children into elite universities through fraud, bribes and lies.The scheme, which began in 2011, centered around the owner of a for-profit Newport Beach college admissions company that wealthy parents paid to help their children cheat on college entrance exams and to falsify athletic records of students to enable them to secure admission to elite schools, including UCLA, USC, Stanford, Yale and Georgetown, according to court records.Fifty people, across academia and college sports as well as a cadre of super-wealthy parents, have been charged in what prosecutors say is the largest college admissions scam ever prosecuted.,Some parents participated in one aspect of the scheme, while others paid for both, stealing slots from hard-working students with legitimate grades and test scores, authorities said.William Rick Singer, who owns the admissions company called the Edge College Career Network, was charged with money laundering, obstruction of justice, racketeering and conspiracy to defraud the United States.,In at least one instance, a student claimed to have a learning disability to obtain medical documentation required by the College Board and ACT Inc. to grant additional time on the tests, according to court documents.Once the students were given additional time, which generally allowed them to take the test over two days instead of one and in an individual setting, the clients were instructed to change the location of the exam to either a public high school in Houston or a private college preparatory school in West Hollywood that Singer controlled, according to the documents.At those locations, prosecutors allege, Singer bribed test administrators Igor Dvorskiy, of Los Angeles, and Lisa Niki Williams, of Houston, with the parents money to facilitate cheating on the exams.,Singer had a psychologist on his team assign fake learning disabilities to give students an academic advantage, the charges say.Coaches and private admissions counselors allegedly received money for helping to get students admitted as athletes at Yale, Stanford and USC.USC senior associate athletic director Donna Heinel and mens and womens water polo coach Jovan Vavic were alleged to have received bribes totaling more than $1.3 million and $250,000, respectively, to help parents take advantage of the relaxed admissions standards for athletes at USC even though their children were not legitimately being recruited as athletes.,It described spending thousands of dollars on trips for dental students to help needy Cambodians and offering math tutoring to underserved children in Oakland.Prosecutors said the charity was nothing more than a means to launder money to an array of people requiring bribes.Our contributions to major athletic university programs may help to provide placement to students that may not have access under normal channels, the organization stated in tax documents.Federal law enforcement began the investigation, dubbed Operation Varsity Blues, in May 2018, based on a tip from a confidential source who was being interviewed as part of a separate investigation, said FBI Special Agent Joseph Bonavolonta.Make no mistake: This is not a case where parents were acting in the best interests of their children.

The product’s evolution stems from a Chinese hacking of Google in 2010, an incident that caused the company to recruit cybersecurity professionals from the National Security Agency and within Silicon Valley.,The company collaborated with Optiv to survey chief information security officers at financial institutions around the world to identify cyberattack trends in the financial sector.,Microsoft introduced its Azure Sentinel product, a native security information and event management tool within a leading cloud service platform.,The company’s 2018 Data Breach Investigations Report found that 20% of cybersecurity incidents and 15% of data breaches originated from people within an organization; nearly half of these attacks were motivated by financial gain, while 23.4% did it for fun.,Alphabet’s Waymo unit is now selling its custom-designed LiDAR sensors to other companies for applications in agriculture, robotics, and security.

The quest to bring a World Cup to Kansas City secured the alignment of prominent local sports and government figures.,Kansas City is one of 17 finalist cities in the United States to host 2026 World Cup matches.,The 11-person executive bid committee is Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt; Sporting KC principal owner Cliff Illig; Doug Bach, Unified Government and Kansas City, Kanas county administrator; Lynn Berling-Manuel, United Soccer Coaches CEO; Jason Fulvi, VisitKC president and CEO; Shane Hackett, Heartland Soccer Association executive director; Matt Kenny, Chiefs vice president of stadium services and events; Donna Maize, Kansas City, Missouri assistant city manager; Kathy Nelson, Kansas City Sports Commission and Foundation president and CEO; Joe Reardon, Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce president and CEO; and Jake Reid, Sporting KC president and CEO.,Ficklin spent 11 years as vice president of development for Sporting Kansas City, placed in charge of the construction of Children’s Mercy Park and Pinnacle, the club’s new training facility that opened last year.,“The Kansas City metropolitan area has built over $400 million in soccer facilities over the past decade, but more importantly, we have really been the thought leaders in innovative ways to grow the game of soccer,” Ficklin said in a news release.

Companies are increasingly realizing the power of creating people-centric organizations that value the happiness of employees as much as the bottom line.,In my interviews with the leaders of hundreds of organizations, one company stands out as the epitome of a people-centric corporation: Marriott International.,With over six thousand locations and nearly $23 billion in yearly revenue, Marriott’s success with its people-centric approach is best seen in the daily commitment of its leaders in ensuring that the organization lives up to its original values.,At Marriott, balancing the needs of all stakeholders – shareholders, hotel owners, customers, and employees – has always been an integral part of an overarching strategy.,To further show its commitment to the well-being of its associates, Marriott CHRO David Rodriguez and his team created the industry’s first “holistic employee well-being program.”

Maybe a new job design for hospital administrator should start with “Disruptive CEO needed: Must have operational finesse, government awareness, daily fortitude, innovative muster, partnership advancement, strategic relevancy, patient endearment and the intrinsic motivation to blend it all together in a balancing act that not many tightrope walkers could master.”,“I truly vacillate between strategy and daily operations,” says Bruce Tassin, CEO for CHI St. Joseph Health System (known until January as KentuckyOne Health) and president of St. Joseph Hospital in Lexington.,‘No two days are the same’

Commonwealth health-care leaders increasingly agree that future Kentucky hospital leaders must be entrepreneurs – a word associated with the renegade independence of innovators – and that they must keep this approach in mind while administering daily functions of core operations like patient safety, performance metric reviews, daily rounding and physician relations while also balancing new ventures, policy challenges, medical talent recruitment and strategic planning all while the speed of change zooms and flutters around them.,Beyond traditional health-care competencies, being a hospital administrator takes “an entrepreneurial mindset,” according to Mike Rust, president of the Kentucky Hospital Association.,With so many functions and systems in a hospital, motivating teams is important to the success of day-to-day operations and cost efficiencies, along with patient safety and good outcomes. read more

GOSHEN — Timothy Hostetler has been named to the inaugural National Football Foundation national high school scholar-athlete class.,The 2018 Fairfield High School graduate is one of 69 honorees from around the county and one of only three from Indiana.,“I was pretty diverse in high school and that seemed to help,” Hostetler said.,“We hope this new honor will become one of the most prestigious local awards that a high school players can receive, and it really brings into focus the phenomenal work that our chapters do in identifying the most outstanding young leaders in their communities.”,The NFF has 120 chapters and more than 12,000 members and impacts 500,000 students-athletes at 5,000 high schools in 47 states each year.

Think of these things as a minimum standard to looking after your people – their wellbeing – but don’t count on them to drive higher performance, engagement and employee retention – the latter requires a long-term investment in your people, and a fuller understanding of the deeper drivers of human motivation.,Focusing on Employee Confidence, rather than Employee Engagement, leapfrogs old Employee Engagement models, because when confidence is there, engagement is a given and confidence is the key to high performance.,The sports world has known this for years, with confidence a daily topic on the lips of every high performing sports person, knowing that it is the difference that makes the difference – the key to that extra ounce of performance when standards are already impossibly high.,Employee Confidence is a long-term opportunity for your business, but there are three steps you as a CEO can take today to make it a reality – three steps that might just stop one of your high-performers from resigning this week, or get you one more high performer through your company doors:

Employee Confidence is a long-term approach to Employee Engagement, and that’s where the beauty lies.,Employee Confidence is both the mechanism for, and evidence of, culture change, because culture change is exactly what you require to take your Employee Engagement to a whole  new level and retain your best talent. read more