Edwin Colodny was awarded the 2004 Champlain College Distinguished Citizen Award during the college’s 126th Commencement Ceremony. Each year the College singles out an individual from the community who displays exceptional personal and professional achievement, a strong record of community service, and dynamic leadership. In his remarks at Commencement, the chairman of Champlain’s board of trustees, William G. Post, Jr., described Colodny as a humble leader who has been a vital force in the economic, intellectual and artistic life of the area over the course of six decades.The Burlington native was president, CEO, and chairman of the board of US Airways, and chairman of the board of Comcast Corporation. He was on counsel in a high-powered Washington law firm and he was a sought-after corporate board member.He returned to Burlington three years ago to guide the University of Vermont through its fourth presidential transition in seven years. Colodny drove key initiatives forward aggressively and left the school a stronger place for his successor.After leaving UVM and retiring yet again, Colodny almost immediately stepped into another executive role, serving as interim CEO at Fletcher Allen Health Care during a challenging year in the history of the state’s largest hospital. Colodny serves on the boards of the Vermont Law School, Vermont Symphony, Vermont Mozart Festival, Shelburne Museum, and the New England Culinary Institute. He’s a member of the Rotary Club and he’s chairing the steering committee for Governor Douglas’s Clean and Clear Water Action Plan.“He’s just a guy who can’t say no,” says David Coates, who has worked with Colodny on a number of boards. “He has the ability to ask the right questions and in a way that’s not intimidating. As a result, he gets the right answer. And he has an amazing ability to analyze a very complicated matter and bring it down to a level that everyone can understand.”Theresa Albergini DiPalma, a friend and colleague at Fletcher Allen, says, “Ed’s a people person at the core of it all. He understands that so much in life is about relationships. He’s somebody who always has time to stop and talk.”Colodny’s love of the arts, reverence for education and affection for his hometown are essential parts of who is, Post noted. “That infuses his work with a special kind of energy and enthusiasm, and we, as a community, are fortunate to benefit from it.”
They finally claimed a deserved consolation three minutes from time when England goalkeeper Joe Hart missed a corner in the snow storm and the ball ricocheted into the net. The final touch came off the back of Brown Ideye’s head, giving the Nigerian striker a fortuitous – but much-welcomed – first Premier League goal. Irvine said: “I challenged them to be strong mentally, to have that toughness and that courage to take the ball and not crumble. “It is easy to say that and challenge them but they have got to go out and do that and, to be fair, they did.” Midfielder Graham Dorrans could return for Albion at Stoke after illness and a calf strain but striker Victor Anichebe remains on the sidelines. Captain Chris Brunt could come back into the starting line-up after making his comeback from a hamstring injury off the bench. But Irvine has reasons to be encouraged. His side built up a 2-0 win with some impressive attacking play against QPR last weekend – only to capitulate and lose – and individual errors hampered them against City. Irvine said: “It will be a very tough game at Stoke – it is a hard place to go. They are a team who are capable of causing you a lot of problems. “But we will do the work we normally do on them and hopefully that will get us a good result. “They had a good result against Everton and will be feeling good about that, so it is a big challenge – but if we can eradicate the individual errors then we are good enough to cause them problems. “All I can do is keep trying to do the job in the way I that I do it. I work extremely hard. I try to leave nothing to chance.” Irvine could certainly do little as goalkeeper Ben Foster spilled a deflected Jesus Navas cross to allow Fernando to give City an eighth-minute lead at The Hawthorns on Friday. Five minutes later former City defender Joleon Lescott then felled David Silva for a penalty converted by Yaya Toure. Silva put the result beyond doubt with a well-taken third after Lescott gave the ball away on 34 minutes, but West Brom showed spirit amid a second-half blizzard to create a number of chances. Pressure is growing on Irvine, at a club not renowned for its patience, as the Baggies’ poor run of results continued with a 3-1 loss to Manchester City on Boxing Day. Albion have won just one of their last eight Barclays Premier League games and are only two points above the relegation zone ahead of a tricky trip to Stoke on Sunday. West Brom boss Alan Irvine will not shirk the challenge as he searches for the winning formula. Press Association
“I think this is fair. This is just,” Councilwoman Janice Hahn said. “If we want to stand up for 70 percent of Angelenos, those are the renters. That’s the majority. They are the ones who should give us the mandate on this policy.” Condo conversions have become popular in L.A. in response to the hot real-estate market, where landlords could get out of the rental business and sell their units for a huge profit. Priced out of single-family homes, middle-income and first-time homebuyers have snatched up the new condos. But while council members unanimously agreed it was time to increase relocation fees, they were split on how high the fees should be. City housing and planning directors recommended a simple fee structure, but the council narrowly supported a two-tier system that Councilman Herb Wesson proposed. That plan provides more money for low-income tenants and those who have lived in a building for more than three years. “I don’t think it’s fair that people who make $80,000 a year get the same relocation assistance as people sitting here,” Wesson said, pointing to rows of low-income renters who testified in support of higher relocation payments. “If this does not work, then I will quickly bring this back and ask that it be eliminated.” Council members Hahn, Wendy Greuel, Tom LaBonge, Bill Rosendahl and Eric Garcetti voted against the plan. They wanted all tenants to get the higher fees. Split on protection Landlords and developers had pushed for the two-tier system as a way to cut some of the expense while still protecting the most vulnerable tenants. But tenant advocates and Housing Department General Manager Mercedes Marquez warned it also could discourage landlords from renting to low-income tenants. “The biggest concern is that discrimination could happen at the time of the rental. It starts to put an extra burden on people who are already burdened,” Marquez said. To ease fears, the two-tier payment will expire in a year unless the council re-approves it. Under the new program, low-income tenants and those who had lived in a unit at least three years would receive the highest fees: $9,040 for most tenants and $17,080 for qualified tenants, including the disabled, elderly or parents of young children. Tenants who have lived in the unit for less than three years would receive $6,810, with qualified tenants receiving $14,850. The current relocation fees are $8,550 for qualified tenants and $3,450 for all others. The new fees would take effect for new projects about a month after the mayor signs off and the ordinance is finalized. Condo conversions The decision Wednesday caps nearly a year of debate about how to protect tenants in a real-estate market where property owners want to evict renters and sell the units as condos. Tenants have been evicted from more than 12,000 units during the past five years to make way for condos, and they’ve been forced to find comparable housing in one of the most expensive areas in the nation. But the relocation package was a bittersweet victory for renters who pushed for the increase more than a year ago and are now facing eviction. Valley Village resident Brian Zolin is one of dozens of renters whose 1950s-style apartments are being demolished to make way for condos. He said the new rules won’t help him now. “If I move and get evicted again in two years from now, it’ll help,” he said. “Pray that I’ll still be able to afford to live in California.” Throughout the debate Wednesday, most sides agreed the condo conversion issue is simply a symptom of a lack of affordable rentals and for-sale housing in Los Angeles. The median-priced home recently topped $600,000, rents continue to climb and just 3percent of apartments are vacant. “We know in Los Angeles, the way to have more affordable housing is to create more housing, both in apartments and in home ownership, and we can’t forget that,” Greuel said. But landlords and developers have argued that efforts to limit conversions or make it more expensive to develop condos slow the market and exacerbate the lack of affordable housing. “You need to encourage the appropriate replacement of obsolete housing stock, and today’s high-end apartments will be tomorrow’s affordable housing,” said Carl Lambert with the California Apartment Association. However, tenant advocates, who have pushed for a moratorium on conversions, said the city will continue to lose the most affordable rentals while the market only creates luxury condos and apartments. “Yes we need more housing to be produced, but unless we preserve existing affordable housing, we’re spinning our wheels,” said Larry Gross, executive director of the Coalition for Economic Survival. Rent control debated In a separate action, the council asked for an ordinance to deal with what happens when rent-controlled units are taken off the market and demolished. State law allows a landlord to go out of the rental business, but there is debate about what happens if the tenants are evicted, the building demolished, a new one constructed and the landlord rents the new units. Under the proposed ordinance, if the owner builds new apartments and rents them within five years, the new units would be covered by rent control. Councilman Eric Garcetti proposed a second option for landlords. If they want to rent the new units within five years, they can designate 20 percent as permanently affordable and rent the rest at market rate. The low-income units would be affordable for people making 80 percent of the median income, which is roughly $59,000 for a family of four. The council will vote on that ordinance in 30 days. firstname.lastname@example.org (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Under increasing pressure to slow the loss of affordable rentals, the Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday tentatively approved sharply higher relocation assistance for renters evicted to make way for condos. After six hours of debate on the city’s housing and rental problems, the council voted 9-5 to raise the fees as part of a new program that also helps evicted tenants find new homes. All tenants would get several thousand dollars more than they receive now, and low-income and long-term tenants would get an additional $2,200 above that. The new regulations would add thousands of dollars to the cost of converting an apartment unit to a condominium, potentially discouraging some developers who would find it more expensive to evict tenants.