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.

If you're familiar with Java, this is one of the biggest pain points of the language that you can try and solve with things like annotations and static analysis or maybe the optional type which eventually came out in Java 8.,Now, because this was a language that was built from Java and needing to work with Java, it had to have a really strong interop story, similar to how Scala can talk to Java compiled code or Groovy can use Java compiled code, this language needed to do the same.,So if you use a language like Scala, like Groovy, it has really good interop with code that's written in Java.,But sometimes when you're writing in Java and interacting with a library that's written in Scala or Groovy, there's things that can look a little weird and kind of have to jump through some extra hoops because of how that more powerful language works that you can't express the same thing in Java.,Now, in order to reuse a lot of the things that were present on the JVM, they added something that's common in maybe C# which is extension functions, the ability to hang additional functionality off of a type that you don't control.

Known more these days as one of the top quarterback draft preppers – as opposed to being Carson Palmer's brother or a former Texas-El Paso quarterback -- Jordan Palmer thrives during this January-to-April interval when he trains top quarterbacks for the NFL Draft in a relative vacuum.,"It is the only time period in a quarterback's entire life, for three months, they're going to have nothing else but personal development," Palmer said.,It is in this moment where Missouri's Drew Lock and his career currently resides training with Palmer.,Since the Senior Bowl, Drew Lock has resided in Southern California working with Palmer and Justin Hoover, his quarterback coach from back home in Kansas City, Missouri.,For now, Lock lives in a Dana Point, California, apartment with Hoover and Buffalo QB Tyree Jackson, a fellow Palmer client.

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

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Dwight Manley shows the DNA notice that told him politician Mike Antonovich is his father in Manley’s Brea, CA home on Monday, Jan 28, 2019.,(Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG) read more

Those lyrics are reflected in one stark statistic given to us by Gallup in their State of the Global Workplace report: 85% of employees are not engaged or actively disengaged at work.,If I were to put Ms. Tempest’s lyrics in front of you and say, “This is what one of your employees is saying about their job.”,In short, he explains that the distinction between these two kinds of motivations looks like this:

Extrinsic motivation is the kind of motivation driven by the promise of some external reward, (e.g., a paycheck, a pay raise or the fear of losing a job).,Called the SEEKING system, it is “believed to function as an objectless appetitive system — a ‘goad without a goal’ — until the exploratory disposition it produces leads to the discovery and learning of useful regularities.”,According to the Gallup data, the majority of the disengaged employees still show up and do their jobs (i.e., enough to get the extrinsic reward of the paycheck). read more

Instead, according to reporters on the scene on Tuesday, Gurley opted out of a media session and head coach Sean McVay continued to heap the issues on his own shoulders.,In the fourth quarter, it was interesting that Jared Goff didn’t even look Gurley's way on a second-and-9 with 5:29 to play.,Gurley got a free release out of the backfield and had just one Patriots defender—Devin McCourty—tracking him in soft coverage (Goff instead knuckled an incomplete pass to Robert Woods).,The Patriots defense basically sold out to stop the run and remove the backfield chess games that made the Rams' play-action offense so effective.,The bigger question that may be haunting Rams fans in the coming days and weeks then becomes: What would be scarier, that Gurley is fine, but not dynamic enough to blow up a run-stopping front on his own; that Gurley is injured and the Rams hid it, hoping that they would still produce enough offense in the Super Bowl with their star as a bandaged up decoy; or that McVay is being honest and that he simply did not recognize what the opposing team was doing to him?

A new study by Kaitlin Wooley (Cornell University) and Ayelet Fishbach (University of Chicago) showed that job candidates frequently underestimate how much recruiters want to hear them say four magic words.,At the same time, job candidates tend to overestimate how much recruiters want to hear the following words:

It’s not that you shouldn’t indicate your ambition in an interview and highlight your achievements to date.,Employers consistently underestimate how much aspiring new employees want to hear that a company values intrinsic motivation and that the company provides meaningful work for its employees.,The researchers wrote this of job candidates and failed to realize others cared about intrinsic motivation as much as they did; therefore, they underestimated how much expressing that they valued intrinsic motivation mattered to others.”,Those that articulated that their jobs allowed them to create, solve problems, work in teams, coach, and do things they were passionate about, made an impression on me. read more

Today, we'll be discussing the Company's preliminary and unaudited results for 2018, as well as our rolling four quarter outlook for '19 and discussing certain operating changes since our last conference call.,On the call today from management, besides myself, is Mel Payne, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, and Ben Brink, Chief Financial Officer.,The financial results discussed are preliminary and unaudited and these results are subject to change upon the completion of the Company's Form 10-k for the period ended December 31st, 2018, including the effects of any subsequent events and audit by the Company's independent registered public accounting firm for 2018 consolidated financial statements.,Our 2019 results will benefit first and foremost from: improved operating performance versus 2018; a reduction of overhead and non-cash stock compensation expenses of approximately $6 million, $4 million of which will be lower overhead expenses; full year results from acquisitions we made in the third quarter; and a lower share count due to the common stock and convertible note repurchases we executed during the fourth quarter.,The repurchase activity in the fourth quarter capped off a busy 2018 in regards to our capital structure in which we repurchased 95% of the convertible notes that were outstanding, which in effect reduced potential future dilution from the notes by 3.4 million shares, along with a net issuance of 1.7 million shares of common stock after our open market repurchases in the quarter.

Now, DFM has its eye on a potential takeover of the newspapers owned by Gannett, which would be tragic for cities and communities served by a Gannett-owned newspaper.,And, in 2016, DFM purchased the Orange County Register and Riverside Press-Enterprise and formed the Southern California News Group.,Today, the 11 SCNG papers, including the L.A. Daily News, the Orange County Register and the San Bernardino Sun, share content in order to save a lot of money and significantly boost DFM’s profits, little if any of which was reinvested in its news properties.,The purchase of your home town’s (or home state’s, for that matter) newspaper by DFM does real damage to residents’ awareness of what is actually going on in the community and it renders once-robust newspapers into little more than newsletters reposting press releases.,Besides crippling Southern California news coverage by ravaging the staffs of nearly a dozen newspapers, DFM has similarly decimated news staffs in Northern California, where the once-booming San Jose Mercury News and a number of community papers have been savaged by cuts and layoffs.