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Killexams : How to answer a question about your salary history

Money might make the world go around, but it’s still a subject that many people are uncomfortable talking about. We know that salary transparency is essential if we’re to overcome gender and cultural bias within the workplace, but while we still struggle to discuss salary with our colleagues, surely it’s a subject we should discuss freely with employers and recruiters? Well, no actually. Experts are in agreement that while salary transparency is essential in the workplace, when it comes to the recruitment process, discussing salary is a big no no.

It’s easy to assume that the Great Resignation and the subsequent struggle companies are facing when it comes to finding talent has made it easier to throw a figure on the table and expect a company to match it, but the opposite is true. Some recruiters believe that showing your financial hand too soon can result in a lower offer, especially if you’re moving industries and haven’t done your research. Like a poker game, you don’t want to show your hand too soon.

While statistics show that on average 70% of U.S. companies plan on implementing salary increases this year, new hires are gaining an average 10% salary increase when moving companies. The fact remains if you want to secure the best offer, you need to be smart when answering the salary history question.

Why is this? Because it’s not just workers who are facing a harsh winter — rising inflation and cost of living increases are also impacting employers and getting the best talent for the least amount of money is their primary aim in the current market. What can you do? Use the deflection of the question as a way to showcase your communication and negotiation skills while holding space for the best offer. Check out our top tips below.

Don’t fudge the answer

Prepare your answer to the salary question ahead of time, and be prepared to state why you don’t want to discuss figures prior to an offer. Fudging the answer or being vague in your response is off-putting to an employer, you want to show that you’re able to communicate your point of view in an articulate and professional manner. Explain that you’d rather have a full understanding of the role before discussing salary or state that you’re aware of industry standards and you would expect something similar.

Answer with a question

Don’t be afraid to answer the salary question with a question. When asked what your salary expectation is you can ask what the salary range for the role is. That’s a polite and professional response and requires the hiring manager to share financial information first. Every company wants to get the best talent for the lowest salary, and sharing your financial history first gives the employer the upper hand.

Do your research

What can you do if you’re leveling up or going for a new role after gaining extra training or education so you are hoping for a large bump? Don’t lie, but do your research to ensure your offer matches industry standards for experts at your level. So instead of saying you were paid X in your previous role when you were paid Y, say that you know other employees in a similar role with your skillset are paid X and that figure would match your salary expectations for this position.

Open up the conversation

Open up the conversation to include more than just salary range. Explain that at this stage in your career you’re interested in the entire package and that benefits such as healthcare and pension contributions as well as non-financial perks such as hybrid working or staff equity opportunities matter to you. This is a great way to bulk up your compensation package when the salary range doesn’t quite match your expectation and show that you are able to think in a creative way.

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Killexams : Q&A: St. Helens councilor hopefuls answer questions The five candidates for St. Helens City Council respond to a short questionnaire on the issues facing the city.

PMG PHOTO: ANNA DEL SAVIO - St. Helens City Hall.St. Helens voters have two open seats on the City Council to fill on Nov. 8.

The Spotlight reached out to all five candidates with a short questionnaire. Candidates' answers are presented below, full and unabridged, with only minor editing where needed for grammar, style and clarity.

What prompted you to run for the St. Helens City Council?

COURTESY PHOTO - Mark GundersenMark Gundersen: I have a strong interest in being involved in local politics. I have been on the St. Helens Budget Committee for the last few years and really enjoy it.

However, I would like to be part of the council to be able to really delve into the city's budget and be able to advocate for issues that I think are important, like fully funding the St. Helens Police Department. I would like to make sure that the SHPD has the funding to recruit and retain officers by introducing competitive pay so that St. Helens is not a training ground for officers to get their certifications and then move on to better paying jobs in other cities. We need to make sure that the SHPD is paying competitive salaries to assist with retention of our police force.

I would also be part of the council to add my input as to making sure that local programs are funded. As an example, there was talk of shutting down the youth librarian position in order to fund the SHPD. I called the library to get their input and realized how important their programs are and voted to keep that program intact, and we were still able to get funding for additional police resources.

Jesse Lagers: As an entrepreneur, small business owner, a board member of the St. Helens Main Street program, and overall general enthusiast for small businesses, I have become aware of a severe lack of support for new growth within the city.

Brandon Sundeen: I've been involved with and have volunteered in the community for over seven years since moving back to home after graduating from college.

I currently serve as the vice-president of the Columbia County Museum Association and as the vice-chair on the St. Helens Parks & Recreation Commission. I enjoy working with a team to make our community a better place. I'm not naive enough to believe that me being on the City Council is going to fix all of our problems, but I know I can make a positive difference.

I've been disappointed while watching some of our public meetings and thought, "At least I know how to get my point across without shouting and calling names." A little kindness goes a long way, and I'd love to help deliver the citizens of St. Helens not only a City Council, but also a city, that they can be proud of.

COURTESY PHOTO - Steve ToschiSteve Toschi: City workers, Doug Morten, Rick Scholl and fellow citizens witnessing my leadership, problem-solving ability, and my commitment to find the right solutions for St. Helens urged me to run. I think people saw how I didn't run away from the tough questions or situations and instead put in the time and research that allows viable outcomes to emerge.

St. Helens is facing complex issues with budget, homelessness, crime, needed infrastructure repairs, continued economic growth, and getting the riverfront job done well. As a member of the Planning Commission, I've helped the council make good decisions concerning land use planning, library positions, parks, and building a waterfront that meets the needs of the community and future residents of St. Helens.

I want St. Helens to be a great place to work and retire in. I have the experience and skill set to substantially contribute and to ensure the city's success.

Michael Zienty: We moved here five years ago because we liked what we saw in St Helens. We felt, it was a city that was growing and had the potential to bloom.

In the past five years, the city has grown in a good way. The downtown area is starting to draw businesses that want to grow.

I feel now is the time to get a newbie on the council that's willing to be transparent not only to the people of the city but to the council.

I feel that the council needs to review things that happen within the city and determine if those things need to be changed to make it more successful. I'm talking about things like 13 Nights on the River and Halloweentown.

How can you make the City Council more responsive to the needs of its citizens?

Gundersen: I think I demonstrated that with the child librarian issue by listening to the concerns or the citizens and contacting the library to get the details of what their program entails and what successes they have had with the youth program.

I think having an open-door policy where the citizens can feel comfortable addressing their concerns with the council, so we can address those concerns with the entire council and figure out ways of funding programs that people are passionate about and hopefully keeping those programs intact.

Lagers: I moved to St. Helens around six years ago.

I can bring new insight to the council and to the needs of its citizens. I have firsthand knowledge of what it is like starting out in this town, and the struggles that come with it.

Also, the complete lack of options for buildings or professional shared spaces that are available. We simply do not help ourselves. It's almost as if the old guard simply does not want the city to grow.

Removing dead storefronts and allowing them to be leased, rented or sold will help our town, specifically in our downtown area.

COURTESY PHOTO - Brandon SundeenSundeen: After announcing that I was running for City Council, I was surprised by how many people asked, "What does the City Council do?"

A City Council not only needs to be aware of the major issues facing the city, but also aware of the individuals and families that call St. Helens home. I am one of those individuals and my family calls this place home. I care deeply about this city and what happens here, and I want it to remain a great place to live for my kids and future generations.

It takes a village, and I would love to see people taking pride in the community and taking a more active role in what goes on here. That might include volunteering at a work party in one of our parks, joining a commission or simply viewing a City Council meeting.

I'm a great listener and would love to hear your concerns.

Toschi: What we need from the council is more transparency on the big issues: budget, debt, building the waterfront, planning and dealing with crime.

Listening to the public is job one to make the council more responsive; engaging with the people that live here is important too. It's not always easy to hear the things that make people unhappy; but you need to listen and connect.

Citizens have good ideas, and so do city employees. Policies should not be set without input from those doing the job.

I attend almost all community events, and as a councilor, I would welcome both criticism and ideas if they are brought forward. No can-kicking. I have a career built on asking hard questions and implementing innovative and successful solutions to complex problems.

Zienty: By really listening to the people of the city and communicating it to the board. Don't let suggestion fall on deaf ears. When the council makes a decision, be clear to deliver the reasons why things were decided on. I've been very successful managing a printing company, and if you don't evaluate the operation and make changes to operate smarter, you'll be left in the dust.

What steps can the city take to attract more businesses? Do we need a major employer?

Gundersen: My hope with the waterfront development is that we can revitalize downtown St. Helens by adding locally owned business that will be supported by the new development. I think by adding more traffic to Old Town, that will naturally inspire local entrepreneurs to invest in downtown and bring fresh new ideas.

I'm on the fence about needing a major employer in St. Helens. It would depend on the type of business and what they are willing to offer.

I would like to see employers come in that are offering a living wage and are committed to the city as well as their employees. I think it can work, but I think we must be careful on who the city allows in.

COURTESY PHOTO - Jesse LagersLagers: I feel the city is failing to attract or help the growth of any businesses by letting dead buildings and storefronts remain unused or become residential units.

While a major employer has a long track record of working in this town, the number one thing I hear on the streets is to keep the small-town feeling. We do this by not just bringing large companies but making sure the little guys have a start and room to grow as well.

We are failing to fully utilize our river traffic as well.

Sundeen: Ideally, I would love to see a variety of businesses available in St. Helens — both big and small. We have many small businesses here that people pour their hearts and souls into, and our community wouldn't be the same without them. Many people aren't interested in running a business, so we have to have business endeavors to suit the needs of all our residents.

Our past history of having a sawmill, paper mill and other major industries led to St. Helens being known as the "Payroll City." We have seen the boost that a major employer can be to the community and to the local economy.

Toschi: For starters, let's make sure the city is supporting the businesses that are already here, like Cascades, Pacific Steel, Dyno, and all the employers, big and small, that form the backbone St. Helens.

The city's reputation of supporting business and being friendly to business is the first step to attracting more business.

We need to build more middle-class housing to attract and retain "untethered" workers — people with good jobs to come here to live or to stay here because they like it. I would like to get better data on our available work force. Employers want workers. Ensuring that we have a ready source of workers for industries, including the ones we already have, should be a goal of the city.

Vocational training programs are a potential source of contribution. Honor labor. Employers are having a hard time finding workers here — that's a dynamic that needs to change.

COURTESY PHOTO - Michael ZientyZienty: I feel with the riverfront project moving forward, it'll continue to allow downtown to revitalize.

It would be nice to get a medium to large new employer. We have to make sure the infrastructure is in place to handle additional traffic.

The last few businesses that has come to St. Helens have been very successful. The city has to acknowledge those businesses because they will be attractions to future businesses.

While many residents of St. Helens commute to other counties for employment, what can be done to reverse this trend?

Gundersen: I think bringing in living-wage jobs to St. Helens is the most important thing to consider.

People are commuting because the pay is higher in those counties. Once again, careful development offering living-wage jobs will be the key to reverse this trend. What that looks like in the future is something to carefully consider. Attracting businesses that are willing to consider these issues is paramount.

I don't think we will ever be able to directly compete with other counties, but it is certainly worth an effort, and it may be that we will need to encourage business to relocate by stressing the quality of life that Columbia County has to offer.

Lagers: As I have stated previously, with the waterfront project coming and no fostering of businesses within the city, we will not reverse the trend of residents leaving our town for better employment opportunities as employment is more lucrative in other locations. We can certainly change that by supporting local and fostering our own community first.

Sundeen: There has to be jobs available so that our citizens can afford to pay their bills and provide for their family. I can't help but think that most people would avoid a long commute if they could receive a similar wage closer to home.

We have to make sure that we are an inviting place for businesses to decide to invest. I think having a City Council that is functional and works well together is a major step, along with providing the necessary infrastructure to support these businesses.

I also think beautifying our city and making it the best it can be would be a major draw to businesses that are looking for a place to call home.

Think of the things you look for when deciding on a city or neighborhood to call home. I think many big employers are looking for those same things.

Toschi: The success of businesses that use "remote workers" needs to be studied and the public needs to be educated. There are many who are commuting now who could work from home, or have a modified schedule to commute less. The government can study employer success to encourage employers to "go remote" in businesses where it is possible.

People want good schools and safe streets. Businesses are moving out of metropolitan areas. We need to do all we can to make St. Helens the destination for people wanting to move their companies or to start new ones.

The City Council and/or the Planning Commission should be studying how to create a program promoting St. Helens as a great place to start/bring a business. Encouraging businesses to relocate to St. Helens that are already employing many St. Helens' citizens is one idea.

Ensuring the availability of high-speed internet is critical.

Zienty: I don't think it is big as a problem as it sounds. I'm employed in Portland and I support my local businesses first.

I feel with some residents working in other counties and talking about how nice St. Helens is will attract people who don't live here to consider it. Again, we moved here five years ago and I now have four of my coworkers who moved here after I told them how nice it was.

What steps would you take to increase tourism?

Gundersen: Aside from the success of Halloweentown, I think we need to promote our easy access to the Columbia River and make St. Helens a destination for fishermen and boaters.

I would like tourism that would draw folks into downtown St. Helens for boaters and fisherman, which I think will increase with the development of the new downtown waterfront development.

Lagers: Steps to increase tourism:

1. Open the tourism events that are currently held to a single provider up for bid from other contractors.

2. Create more events other than "Halloweentown" for the city to showcase the beauty we have here.

3. deliver tourists reasons to return to the events we host by opening more retail and event spaces in the dead and held storefronts in our retail and main street districts.

4. Create a better traffic flow and warmer environment for the citizens of this city to also help encourage tourism, rather than the current blight that it is.

Sundeen: Those of us that call St. Helens home know there is something special about this place. Tourism provides an opportunity for us to open up our doors so that others can enjoy it too.

I think our tourism program is off to a great start and provides activities that bring thousands of visitors into the community each year and also provides events for the locals to enjoy as well. I don't think we need to reinvent the wheel and would love to build on the positive aspects of our tourism program.

I do hear similar complaints each year after big events and would love to see what we can do to work out the kinks so that these events are a great experience for everyone — both locals and those coming from out of town.

Toschi: The city needs to inform the public about the benefits of tourism. I've already helped increase tourism by educating the council on how successful our tourism program is and encouraging an 18-month contract with E2C (a professional tourism contractor). An independent audit found in 2021, E2C raised $1.1 million in income against $350,000 in expenses.

Tourism pays for (from earnings), plans, and implements 13 Nights on the River, Fourth of July fireworks, Sandcastle Competition, Halloweentown, and Christmas Ships.

E2C does a fantastic job. Before E2C, the city spent over a million dollars and our programs struggled/failed. St. Helens is now an international destination.

To increase tourism, we need a workforce eager to earn money during tourist season and tourist events.

It's time to bury the meritless criticism of E2C — a wasteful distraction — and to move forward by supporting E2C and improving upon its success.

Zienty: Halloweentown is currently happening, and I feel it's a success.

I would suggest some improvements. For example, for the parade, have more trash containers and port-a-potties along the parade route. I was supporting one of St. Helens' businesses and they had a constant line for the restroom.

I feel the riverfront project is huge. There are some people who are against the project. They feel it'll hurt the current businesses but, I disagree. I feel we have business owners who really want to see the city flourish, and then you have some current lazy business owners who will always lead the complaint team.

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Killexams : HPSSC Clerk Provisional Answer Key 2022 (Released) at, Raise Objection Till Sep 26

Himachal Pradesh SSC has released the answer key for the post of Clerk on its official obtain HPSSC Clerk Provisional Answer Key 2022 PDF here.

HPSSC Clerk Provisional Answer Key 2022

HPSSC Clerk Provisional Answer Key 2022: Himachal Pradesh Staff Selection Commission (HPSSC) or HPSSSB has released the answer key of the test for the post of Clerk on its official website. Candidates appeared in the written test for the post of Clerk (Post Code-962) can obtain HPSSC Clerk Provisional Answer Key 2022 by visiting the official

However you can obtain the HPSSC Clerk Provisional Answer Key 2022 directly through the link given below. 

Direct Link to Download: HPSSC Clerk Provisional Answer Key 2022

It is noted that Commission had conducted the written test for the post of Clerk (Post Code-962 ) on 18 September 2022. Commission has uploaded the PDF of the all the four Test Booklet Series including A/B/C/D on its official website. 
Candidates can raise their objections, if any regarding the answer key after following the steps given on the official website. Candidates can send their objections with the Document Proof in support of their answers to the Commission either by hand or by post on or before 26 September 2022.
 Candidates are advised to mentioned their Name/Post Code/Roll Number and Question Booklet series on the objection form. 

You can obtain the HPSSC Clerk Provisional Answer Key 2022 from the official website after following the steps given below. 

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  1. Visit the official website of HPSSC -
  2. Click on 'Notifications' and then on 'Latest Notification'
  3. Click on the link " Provisional Answer Key for the Post of Clerk Code-962 (New) on the home page."
  4. Download HPSSC Clerk Provisional Answer Key 2022.
  5. Take a print out of the same for future reference. 
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Killexams : KEY QUESTIONS: What changes are Lions looking to implement on defense?

Head coach Dan Campbell spoke to the media Monday following Sunday's 48-45 loss to Seattle at home. It's going to be an interesting week in Allen Park as the Lions delve deeper into their defensive struggles in an attempt to find some answers moving forward.

Here are the key questions from Campbell's Monday press conference:

What are the earliest fixes or foundational fixes on defense Campbell needs to make to rebuild the defense the right way?

Campbell and defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn are still working through some of those things, but Campbell did say Monday one of their first orders of business is to move some defensive personnel around, though he opted not to deliver details.

He also talked about calming things down and simplifying the scheme and play calls.

"Those will be two of the biggest changes that I think we're going to need to make," he said.

Campbell believes there's enough talent currently on the roster to make some personnel changes that will usher in some immediate results.

"We just have to get some players we can rely on and who we trust," he said.

Campbell said the defense is in a vicious cycle right now of missed assignments and missed trust between players that one of his suggestions is to pull things back and try to get their confidence back.

Is Campbell 100 percent behind Glenn to continue running the defense?

The defense is on pace to deliver up the most points in a season in NFL history, and also ranks last in total defense, third-down efficiency and red zone defense.

"I'm not afraid to make a hard decision if I really believed that was the cause of it," Campbell said. "I don't believe it is. I believe that Aaron Glenn is the right man for the job and he gives us our best hope. Our best option to run this defense. I just do."

There are a number of players eligible to return to practice this week off the NFI, PUP and injured reserve lists. Can we expect any to return?

Campbell said they are talking about starting the practice window clock of cornerback Jerry Jacobs and rookie defensive lineman Josh Paschal. Both players are currently on the Reserve/PUP list. When they practice for the first time, which could be as early as Wednesday, the team will then have 21 days to decide if they want to activate them to the roster or keep them on injured reserve for the rest of the season. They can activate them any time after the practice window starts.

Jacobs, who proved to be a valuable cornerback last year as a rookie, tore his ACL last December. Paschal, Detroit's second-round pick out of Kentucky, missed all of training camp after having core muscle surgery in the offseason. Both players could deliver Detroit's defense a boost.

Is there any update on defensive lineman Levi Onwuzurike?

Detroit's second-round pick last season has been on injured reserve to begin the year while dealing with a back injury. He was limited by a back injury most of last season. It's not looking good for a return to the field anytime soon.

"It's not moving," Campbell said. "That meter is not moving. We're just kind of seeing where it goes."

That one doesn't sound good. Second-round draft picks are expected to be key players on the roster. Onwuzurike's absence has had an adverse effect on the defense.

Are there any injury updates from Sunday's game?

Cornerback Amani Oruwariye left the game with a neck injury, but Campbell said he'll be OK.

Guard Evan Brown left with an ankle injury. Campbell said he doesn't think it's a long-term deal. He categorized him as day to day.

Rookie linebacker Malcolm Rodriguez suffered a stinger and appeared to be OK Monday, per Campbell.

Wide receiver Quintez Cephus left early in the second half with a foot injury and Campbell is not as optimistic about that one. Cephus is getting an MRI on Monday.

Will the Lions add a kicker to roster this week?

Austin Seibert missed Sunday's game with a groin injury after missing two field goals in the Minnesota loss the week prior.

Dominik Eberle filled in Sunday for Seibert vs. Seattle and missed two extra points, kicked a ball out of bounds on a kickoff and made a 49-yard field goal.

Campbell said the Lions will work out kickers this week and deliver themselves options. Campbell's hopeful Seibert can return to practice on Wednesday.

What does Campbell think of rookie defensive lineman Aidan Hutchinson's performance through the first quarter of the season?

"I think he's come a long way," Campbell said. "I think every week he's getting a little better."

Hutchinson has 12 tackles, two tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and six quarterback hits through his first four games of the season. But all three sacks, six tackles, both tackles for loss and three quarterbacks hit came for Hutchinson in Detroit's Week 2 win over Washington. In their three losses, he has a combined six tackles, no tackles for loss, no sacks and three quarterback hits.

Campbell said Hutchinson is one of the players on defense they might look to move around to get into some different spots and see if they can deliver him an opportunity to be more successful.

Hutchinson rushed a lot from a two-point stance in college at Michigan. They might look to do some of that, but it also depends if he's on the open edge or closed edge. If he's down over the tackle or tight end, Campbell said it's hard to be in a two-point stance to play the run. It's a little easier on the other edge, and Campbell is open to whatever is most comfortable for Hutchinson. If Hutchinson feels like he can get his job done standing up, Campbell's got no problem with trying it.

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Killexams : How To Take Your Teams From Good Enough To High-Value With Employee Coaching

Once they understood what constituted a team at Google, the researchers had to determine how to quantitatively measure effectiveness. They looked at lines of code written, bugs fixed, customer satisfaction, and more. But Google’s leaders, who had initially pushed for objective effectiveness measures, realized that every suggested measure could be inherently flawed - more lines of code aren’t necessarily a good thing and more bugs fixed means more bugs were initially created.

Instead, the team decided to use a combination of qualitative assessments and quantitative measures. For qualitative assessments, the researchers captured input from three different perspectives - executives, team leads, and team members. While they all were asked to rate teams on similar scales, when asked to explain their ratings, their answers showed that each was focused on different aspects when assessing team effectiveness.

Executives were most concerned with results (e.g., sales numbers or product launches), but team members said that team culture was the most important measure of team effectiveness. Fittingly, the team lead’s concept of effectiveness spanned both the big picture and the individuals’ concerns saying that ownership, vision, and goals were the most important measures.

So the researchers measured team effectiveness in four different ways:

  1. Executive evaluation of the team
  2. Team leader evaluation of the team
  3. Team member evaluation of the team
  4. Sales performance against quarterly quota

The qualitative evaluations helped capture a nuanced look at results and culture, but had inherent subjectivity. On the other hand, the quantitative metrics provided concrete team measures, but lacked situational considerations. These four measures in combination, however, allowed researchers to home in on the comprehensive definition of team effectiveness.

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Killexams : SPD chief finalists answer community questions before meeting mayor No result found, try new keyword!In a 90-minute publicly broadcast question-and-answer session with the candidates ... He added the city has the capacity to implement an unarmed crisis clinician team, like that in Tucson and ... Fri, 16 Sep 2022 03:25:00 -0500 text/html Killexams : Illinois grapples with implementing 100% clean energy law

Years of lobbying and debate over Illinois’ energy future culminated a year ago when Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) signed the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act, making the state the first in the Midwest to put into law a 100 percent carbon-free electricity goal.

The bill signing outside of Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium was celebrated as crossing the finish of a political marathon. In truth, the moment also marked the start of longer and more grueling race — implementing the ambitious new law.

Transitioning to a carbon-free electric grid by 2045 is no small task. And no state should better understand that setting energy goals and achieving them aren’t the same. In 2007, Illinois adopted a law to get 25 percent of its electricity from renewables by 2025. As of last year, it was at 10 percent.

Building a carbon-free grid comes with an array of dizzying technical and policy challenges and unanswered questions — some of which were identified in a draft report prepared last month for the Illinois Commerce Commission.

Central to the challenge is a question that the commission staff and consultants Brattle Group and Great Lakes Engineering tried to answer in a 72-page Renewable Energy Access Plan: How much new renewable energy will be required to supply 100 percent of the state’s needs?

The question seems simple and straightforward. The answer isn’t.

According to the report, Illinois will need between 64 and 450 terawatt-hours — a huge range of estimates.

The low end would require the state to triple the amount of renewable energy used last year. The upper end represents a twentyfold increase and would exponentially complicate related challenges with project siting, connecting renewables to the grid and transmission.

Two big wildcards explain the gaping range of how much renewable energy will be needed, according to the draft plan.

One is uncertainty over the pace of transportation and building electrification, which could drive electricity demand much higher. The other involves the lifespan of Illinois’ nuclear fleet — the largest of any state.

Nuclear energy was about half of the state’s total electricity supply last year and 86 percent of its existing carbon-free power. All the nuclear plants’ licenses expire by 2047 unless owner Constellation Energy Corp. seeks to renew them for an additional 20 years — something the company has expressed interest in.

David Kolata, executive director of the Citizens Utility Board, a Chicago-based consumer group, views the nuclear fleet not as an uncertainty but as an advantage for the state in pursuing climate goals.

“We’re absolutely in the best position to do this affordably,” said Kolata, who helped negotiate the Illinois climate law on behalf of a coalition that consisted mainly of environmental groups.

“Yes, you could theoretically replace the nuclear plants with renewables. Can you practically and cost effectively do that? I don’t think so,” he said.

“This shouldn’t be misinterpreted in any way as saying we need to provide a blank check to the nuclear plants,” Kolata added. “But that is a key asset and the fact that we have so much that we’re building on a baseline of quite a bit of carbon free electricity, that’s a structural advantage for the state.”

Inflation Reduction Act

There’s no immediate threat to Illinois’ six nuclear plants, which are poised to benefit from nuclear tax credits in the federal Inflation Reduction Act signed by President Joe Biden this year. In addition, four of the plants have policy support at the state level as a backup.

But both federal and state nuclear supports are limited in duration. The nuclear provisions in the IRA sunset in 2032 and Illinois aid expires in 2027.

Constellation Energy Corp., the Exelon Corp. spinoff that owns and operates the Illinois nuclear plants, said it is encouraged by the message sent by the provisions in Illinois’ law and the IRA — and what that means for nuclear energy’s role in the future.

The federal law in particular can “pave the way for Constellation to pursue 20-year license extensions across our fleet,” the company said in an emailed statement.

Baltimore-based Constellation has stopped short of committing to pursue extending the lives any of the Illinois plants by seeking a new 20-year operating license extension, however.

There’s plenty of time for Constellation and other parties in Illinois to evaluate the need for continued operation of all of the nuclear plants, the first of which — the 1,080-megawatt Clinton plant — will reach the end of its current 40-year operating license in 2027.

Other Constellation nuclear plants in Illinois have operating licenses extending from 2029 through 2047.

Mike Jacobs, a senior energy analyst at the Union of Concerned Scientists, said Illinois can’t get too bogged down in the scale of the job at hand or the fate of the nuclear fleet. The state needs to instead focus on what it can do today, he said.

“I don’t want to see the process get hung up on, ‘How big is the number?’” Jacobs said in an interview.

Ultimately, the number of megawatts of renewable energy needed “doesn’t really change what needs to be done in the first 10 to 15 years,” he said.

That is get renewable energy deployed and transmission built to connect it to the regional grid.

The draft plan makes something else clear about achieving a carbon-free electric grid: Illinois can’t do it alone.

The state needs help from the region’s grid operators — PJM Interconnection LLC and the Midcontinent Independent System Operator. They must approve of plugging new generators, such as wind and solar projects, into the grid and oversee planning of new transmission lines.

Interconnecting generators and planning and figuring out how to allocate cost for intrastate transmission are both complex problems subject to overhauls recently proposed by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

There, too, Jacobs said Illinois shouldn’t get hung up on what it can’t control.

The Illinois Commerce Commission, which is required by last year’s climate law to review the renewable energy access plan and to open an investigation, can’t single-handedly get new regional transmission projects built.

But it can push utilities it regulates, particularly Commonwealth Edison in PJM’s region, to build in-state lines known as “supplemental projects” for the purpose of connecting new renewables.

‘No tool should be left behind’

More in-state lines to connect wind and solar projects could be especially important as Illinois is looking to a process that Texas pioneered years ago when the Lone Star State designated renewable energy zones — specific areas in West Texas and the Panhandle with the best wind resources.

Illinois is looking to designate certain parts of the state that have high renewable potential and will require some new transmission projects.

“It’s a far shorter path available to Illinois,” Jacobs said. “In this situation, no tool should be left behind.”

Of course, the state will still require help from regional grid operators to help it achieve a carbon-free grid.

Unlike California or New York, each of which have their own grid operators, Illinois is part of two regional grids, each of which spans more than a dozen states, each with their own energy policies and politics.

For all the technical and policy questions that go with trying to overhaul a state’s electric mix, Illinois isn’t alone.

More than a dozen states have goals for 100 percent renewable or carbon-free electric grids. And while each faces unique issues in achieving them, there are also shared challenges they can work together to overcome.

The Clean Energy States Alliance, a nonprofit formed to help implement clean energy programs and policies, created an initiative that brings together states with 100 percent clean energy goals to talk to each other and share best practices.

“We started at the request of states, who came to us and said: ‘Can you put together an initiative like this? Because we know we all have these goals, and it doesn’t make sense for us to operate in isolation. It doesn’t make sense for us to be reinventing the wheel. We need to exchange information among each other,’” Warren Leon, the alliance’s executive director, said in an interview.

While it can seem daunting for Illinois as it faces trying to wean itself off fossil fuels entirely, maintaining reliability, keeping costs as low as possible all at the same time, the prospect for accomplishing the goal is much better than would have seemed possible even a decade ago, Leon said.

“It’s easier to identify the challenges, then it is the unexpected technological and economic improvements that will come down the road in the future that we aren’t necessarily predicting at the moment,” he said.

Wed, 21 Sep 2022 19:09:00 -0500 en-US text/html
Killexams : Red Bank Commission Candidates Answer Questions About Parks And Recreation

The local citizens’ group, Save Red Bank Central Park, composed and conducted a parks and recreation survey this month of all six candidates for the Red Bank Commission, to promote an informed Red Bank citizenry prior to the 2022 election.

Red Bank has eight official city parks.  Seven of these provide a total park-like developed area of 36.0 acres, equivalent to 0.87 percent of the total area (4,122 acres) of the city.  In the U.S., the national median for the portion of cities devoted to parks is 9.3 percent.  But only three of Red Bank's parks, totaling 20.5 acres, provide functional public space and public amenities typical of city parks.  

The SRBCP group aims to address this shortcoming by permanently protecting in municipal public ownership all 12 acres of the former Red Bank Middle School property at 3715 Dayton Blvd.  The group's goal is to eventually develop the public land into an epic cultural and recreational commons that defines the city, energizes its economy, and enhances the benefit and enjoyment of the people of Red Bank, said officials.

All six candidates responded to the five-question survey.  SRBCP thanks the candidates (1) for participating in our city's democratic process by running for elected office, and (2) for their time and effort in providing thoughtful answers to its questions.  The survey, itself, and all the responses can be viewed at

The first question and the candidates' responses were:

1. Compared with other priorities for the city, how important do you think parks and recreation lands, and related amenities are to the Red Bank community, economy, and culture?  Why?

District 1 Candidates

Hollie Berry:
Parks are crucial to every dimension of our city; they strengthen our economy by attracting businesses and customers for those businesses while increasing property values, lifting both sales tax and property tax revenue throughout the city without rate increases.  They make our community more resilient to future threats, including flooding, heat waves, pandemics, and any number of curveballs the future may throw our way.  They Improve our residents' physical and mental health by providing them with public access to safe, clean, enjoyable outdoor spaces to exercise, stay active, and socialize.  Public spaces serve as a unique antidote to our increasingly anonymous, isolated, and divisive modern existence by providing gathering spaces for neighbors to meet and form genuine connections and community.

Dari Owens:
Clearly, parks and recreational public lands are highly valuable to any vibrant community.  These are the places citizens come together, and I’m grateful to live in a town where we have many options. The amenities anchoring these spaces are equally important, allowing Red Bank to prosper with tax revenue from new and existing shops and restaurants.  Beautiful parks and unique businesses work together to create a symbiotic environment ripe for visitors and revenue.

District 3 Candidates

Jamie Fairbanks-Harvey:
Communication with constituents is our first priority to learn direction for city priorities.  The term Parks is a vague term for a variety of spaces that can provide more recreation or more congregation.  For any park, there must be a mechanism to balance financial income to meet maintenance needs.  If we can’t afford to upkeep parks, then delay implementing sites.  Especially do not increase or add a tax for parks.  Citizens can find ways to recreate with neighbors without leaving their neighborhood also.

Lawrence Miller:
Parks, recreational facilities and greenspaces are essential as tangible assets to benefit our community.  They bring benefits to individuals in terms of health and wellness.  There is ample scientific research that shows that urban parks promote active living and opportunities to avoid chronic diseases, such as diabetes, heart disease and respiratory problems.  In addition, people gain mental health benefits from opportunities provided by park and recreational facilities, including socializing with friends and family, spending time in nature, and exercising.

Red Bank as a whole is missing economic benefits from a more robust presence of parks and recreation.  The National Recreation and Parks Association has documented the significant gains that come from infrastructure improvements in parks.  These include - direct and indirect employment, increased property values, transactional opportunities on and near parks, and integration into city-wide management issues such as stormwater runoff and air pollution.

NRPA research has determined that 94 percent adults agree on “the importance of their local government investing in infrastructure improvements that promote economic activity in their community.”

I attended the Red Bank Commission’s strategic planning retreat last spring as an observer.  I was heartened by the fact that the issue of parks and recreation surfaced as one on the Commission’s top five priorities.  I fully support the Commission on this effort which was focused on the “10-minute Walk to a Park Initiative.

At Large Candidates

Jeff Price:

There are several published studies that recognize the value of parks and recreational lands and how they contribute significantly by improving property values and promoting healthy lifestyles for residents.  They can also help in creating a sense of pride in the community and provide a higher quality of life for residents.

In my opinion, we need parks and recreational lands and they are essential to our community, but finding other income streams to fund these endeavors outside of property taxes would put less financial strain on our citizens.  With respect to parks, we have to look into grants and other funding mechanisms to meet this critical need.

Hayes Wilkinson:
I think parks and green spaces are crucial to a thriving city and community.  Access to parks and the outdoors are a big reason why my family and I chose to settle in the greater Chattanooga area.  This region in particular has become renowned for being a hub in the Southeast for all kinds of outdoor recreation, including hiking, rock climbing, and cycling.  In a accurate study conducted by UTC, mountain bike tourism alone in Hamilton County was found to have an impact of roughly 6.9 million dollars annually on our economy.  With our central location, Red Bank is ideally situated to become an outdoor recreation hub of Hamilton County.

Parks and green spaces provide gathering places for us neighbors to both recreate and build community.  Parks also raise adjacent property values, and the reason for this goes beyond the obvious benefits of having a more beautiful city.  Parks attract both locals and visitors alike, which in turn attract businesses, creating the foundation of a thriving place where people want to live.

Fri, 14 Oct 2022 12:00:00 -0500 en text/html
Killexams : Ramona Unified school board candidates answer questions before Nov. 8 election

Six candidates are running for three open seats on the Ramona Unified School District’s school board in the Nov. 8 election.

The candidates are being elected for the first time by Trustee Areas instead of through an at-large election. Seats in Trustee Areas 1, 2 and 5 are open in 2022 while Areas 3 and 4 will be open in November 2024.

The school district’s Trustee Area Map can be seen online at

The Ramona Sentinel asked the school board candidates to answer three questions. Their answers are below:


Maya Phillips:

Q: Why do you want to serve on the Ramona Unified School District school board?

A: I want to be able to represent the concerns of the citizens, taxpayers and parents to the school administrators and to represent the needs of the students and school district to the citizens, taxpayers and parents of the community.

I want to continue our board’s tradition of listening to the stakeholders, staying grounded and exercising common sense.

I want to ensure that students get the best education for the tax dollars spent.

Trustee Area No. 1 incumbent Maya Phillips

Trustee Area No. 1 incumbent Maya Phillips

(Cherished Memories Photography)

Q: If elected, what issues would you want to focus on and why?

A: I want to focus on academics: math, reading, writing and science, in order to Improve grades and test results. This is necessary for our country to be able to compete in the world. The U.S. is lagging behind, according to the results of the Program for International Student Assessment. In this regard, it’s important to emphasize respect for the teacher in the classroom and rewarding the students for hard work.

I also want to focus on parental rights. Parents are responsible for their children and they are the ones who get to raise them and instill their families’ values. The purpose of public school is only to educate the students in academic subjects and prepare them for college and the workforce.

Q: What improvements are needed in the school district and how can they be addressed by the school board?

A: Local control — it’s essential. Otherwise, there is no point for the school board to exist. Without a local governing body, the superintendent could just manage the district by himself following the decrees from Sacramento. According to the California School Board Association, the role of the school board is to be responsive to the values, beliefs and priorities of its community. The school board has the power to tailor the state educational requirements to the local conditions.

Another area of improvement is to make sure that any materials that the students are exposed to at school are age-appropriate and don’t violate children’s innocence.

All instructional materials adopted by the board shall be accurate, objective and suited to the needs and comprehension of pupils at their respective grade levels (California Education Code, Section 600045).

The school board has the power to create a process for reviewing and vetting the materials that are intended for the attention of children before distributing them throughout the district.

David Windham:

Q: Why do you want to serve on the Ramona Unified School District school board?

A: The school board is able to facilitate the collaborative effort of all the different groups involved in the education process: administration, teachers, families, parents, etc. I want to make sure we have a strong bridge between the hard-working teachers that need our support and giving our children a quality education.

Trustee Area No. 1 candidate David Windham

Trustee Area No. 1 candidate David Windham

(Patrice Young)

Q: If elected, what issues would you want to focus on and why?

A: Many of our community members feel disenfranchised from our school district. As parents we want the best for our children. Parents feel their voices are not being heard. It often seems as though decisions are made without regard for what the community and what parents think. This must change.

Q: What improvements are needed in the school district and how can they be addressed by the school board?

A: More of an effort to solicit input from our community and listen to parents must be made. What does the community think about our school district’s actions? What do parents have to say about what we are doing? Are we excluding or marginalizing any people groups within our community?

Let’s find the answers to these questions and work together for the good of our young people.


Dan Summers:

Q: Why do you want to serve on the Ramona Unified School District school board?

A: I’m running because I believe in parental rights and local control. The national effort to prevent parents from having an input into their children’s curriculum has now been exposed and is coming to its rightful end. I’m also running to support local control.

If we believe parents should have a voice in the curriculum, then they should also have a voice, through the School Board, in how the Ramona Unified School District is run. I’m opposed to bureaucrats from Sacramento dictating direction and mandates to local school districts.

Trustee Area No. 2 candidate Dan Summers

Trustee Area No. 2 candidate Dan Summers

(Julie Gallant)

Q: If elected, what issues would you want to focus on and why?

A: There is an issue with funding. Fiscal responsibility is enabled by a predictable income from which a reliable annual budget can be produced. However, the basic source of funding for the district is based on attendance which is in decline and fluctuates for a variety of reasons. There are also “one-time only” funding sources which are by their nature unpredictable. In addition, there are unfunded mandates from the federal and state governments that wreak havoc with local budgets. This makes long-term planning difficult. One way that smaller school districts, like Ramona, can address these mandates is to refuse those that are not funded.

Q: What improvements are needed in the school district and how can they be addressed by the school board?

A: Due to the pandemic, our students have an education gap. The school day is set, but summer school might provide a solution. First, every student’s deficit must be identified. Second, that deficit could be made up in summer school.


Rodger Dohm:

Q: Why do you want to serve on the Ramona Unified School District school board?

A: I serve because I care about kids. I believe that our children are the most valuable asset in Ramona and our future. I am passionately committed to excellence for every child socially, emotionally and academically in Ramona. With more local control, I am actively determined that policy, curriculum and instruction will fit our community patriotic, moral and ethical values.

I believe that Ramona Schools can go from good to great becoming the top schools in the nation. I have high expectations for students and staff, which yield award winning success. I am grateful for our Ramona community and wish to continue making a positive difference in the lives our Ramona children, their families and our Ramona community. For 16 years I have followed through with my promises to Ramona without excuse!

Trustee Area No. 5 incumbent Rodger Dohm

Trustee Area No. 5 incumbent Rodger Dohm

(Courtesy Rodger Dohm)

Q: If elected, what issues would you want to focus on and why?

A: I believe that a conservative approach needs to be maintained, where parents determine their child’s curriculum and health decisions. I will continue to focus on learning loss as students have struggled emotionally, academically and socially due to COVID. I am currently addressing math scores districtwide and how we can Improve them since math scores in Ramona have not made increases over time as planned. I will have a focus on the development of ethnic studies (not critical race theory) curriculum that builds understanding and empathy without blaming or denigrating others, as mandated by California law to be taught in all high schools by 2025, with a graduation requirement by 2030.

Now more than ever I support encouraging innovative teaching with new strategies and interventions to teach and support all students. I support college and career preparation, athletics, AP courses, band, agriculture, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), dance, vocational and the fine arts, through continued teacher support and accountability.

Q: What improvements are needed in the school district and how can they be addressed by the school board?

A: The district faces safety concerns, outdated facilities and a teacher shortage. The board needs to continue to create new incentives for innovative teachers and professionals to come to Ramona.

The board needs to continue to apply for grants to bring in additional safety strategies and equipment to Improve our facilities and strengthen our safety districtwide, with a focus on kids first! The board needs to upgrade curriculum with a focus on emotional, social and academic learning to repair the learning loss increasing test scores. I support paying off the Certificate of Participation debt as it continues to draw on our budget. (A COP is a type of financing where an investor purchases a share of the lease revenues of a program rather than the bond being secured by those revenues. Certificates of participation are, therefore, secured by lease revenues.)I support a RUSD Foundation that works on writing grants and receiving funding to support schools.

For more information, visit Dohm’s website,

Cindy Paris:

Q: Why do you want to serve on the Ramona Unified School District school board?

A: I have been thinking of running for school board for a long time. As an educator whose children attended private schools, public schools and homeschooled, I would bring a unique perspective to the RUSD school board.

I’m concerned with the deteriorating relationship between the school district and community members. I wish to be an advocate for parent’s rights, as well as advocating for a balanced approach in guiding children where they will make a career based on their abilities and strengths, not just college. I will help adopt curriculum that is based on facts, original documents, and the best approaches to learning in a way that engages teachers, parents and concerned community members in open communication and cooperation.

Trustee Area No. 5 candidate Cindy Paris

Trustee Area No. 5 candidate Cindy Paris


Q: If elected, what issues would you want to focus on and why?

A: First, parent and community alienation is a huge roadblock in educating children.

Parents and community members feel left out and unheard as far as district decisions are concerned. It started with the adoption of Common Core and has become intensified with the accurate pandemic and state of emergency. Parents don’t trust the district has the best interests of their children in mind when making decisions because they feel ignored and uninvited.

Second, retaining and acquiring quality staff in all positions that share our community’s values. Ramona Unified School District is egregiously understaffed. The school environment is deteriorating as we deliver in to political correctness and socially degenerating standards of behavior.

With uncompetitive wages and an increasingly hostile work environment, staff are leaving. We have to find a way to offer competitive wages and make a work environment that is safe for all and conducive to learning for all students.

Q: What improvements are needed in the school district and how can they be addressed by the school board?

A: RUSD enrollment is down 10 percent since 2017. We need students, we need families that trust the schools to fulfill their charter to educate, she said.

RUSD math proficiency rate is 38 percent and its studying proficiency rate is 53 percent, yet somehow Ramona High School has a 95 percent graduation rate and Montecito High School’s graduation rate is 70 percent. Although it’s higher than the national average, parents want better. I want to stop the politicization of education, so we retain and attract families and staff. I no longer want children to suffer as pawns in political and social games. Your child, your choice!

Nicole Robertson:

Q: Why do you want to serve on the Ramona Unified School District school board?

A: I want to serve on the RUSD board because our children need to be our top priority. I have four children ages 2-22, which gives me a vested interest in our schools. Our children are our greatest assets, they are the future leaders of this community and this country. Parents and community members have lost faith in our school board. I want to restore that faith and trust. I am a police sergeant and have been an officer for 15 years. I have been endorsed by the Ramona Teachers Association, San Diego Police Officers Association and Deputy Sheriff’s Association.

Trustee Area No. 5 candidate Nicole Robertson

Trustee Area No. 5 candidate Nicole Robertson

(Deanna Woodworth - Memories By Deanna)

Q: If elected, what issues would you want to focus on and why?

A: My top three goals are the following:

To promote a professional learning environment by investing in our teachers and staff. We need to provide our teachers with a livable, competitive wage so that we can continue to attract quality teachers.

Improve public safety within our schools by bringing back a school resource officer and implementing a 24/7 anonymous reporting system for students and staff to share safety concerns.

Community collaboration — the board, staff, parents and community need to be able to work together with open lines of communication to be a fighting force for our children. Questions and concerns brought to the board should not be left unanswered. It only takes a few minutes to respond to emails. People are willing to accept decisions they may not agree with if they at least know the reasons behind those decisions.

Q: What improvements are needed in the school district and how can they be addressed by the school board?

A: As a result of COVID, we saw many families choose not to have their children return to the classrooms. Although partially due to concerns relating to COVID itself, many chose to keep their children home, seeking alternative educational options so they could have greater influence in their children’s education. We need to listen to the concerns of these families, work to meet their needs with the goal of bringing more families back into the classroom, which allows for more collaboration among students.

Budget, funding and fiscal responsibility are a constant challenge. Every dollar should be reaching students to the greatest degree possible. But, those dollars are finite and can only be stretched so far. There are many grants available to schools and districts every year. Some require more work to obtain than others. Our board needs to be willing to put in that work to identify and obtain as many grant funds as are available. We shouldn’t be stopping at what is easy.

Tue, 11 Oct 2022 08:33:00 -0500 en-US text/html
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