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October 13, 2005
The first layoff notices have already been sent out to Jet Propulsion Laboratory staff whose jobs will be cut in a budget reduction this year. The anticipated cut in the lab's $1.6 billion budget is 5 to 8 percent, according to director Charles Elachi. The first round of reductions to meet that cut will involve layoffs for about 200 regular employees and 100 contractors, according to JPL officials. Total work force at the La Cañada facility is about 5,400. At least some of the job cuts will be taken care of through attrition, according to spokesperson Veronica MacGregor.
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By Mary O'Keefe | February 16, 2006
JPL has been awarded the Jack Swigert Award for Space Exploration by the Space Foundation. The award is in memory of Apollo 13 astronaut Swigert and will be presented April 3 in Colorado Springs, Colorado during the Opening Ceremony of the 22nd National Space Symposium. "What we look for is an organization individual that has done the most significant activity in exploration of the solar system," said Elliot Pulham, president and CEO of The Space Foundation. The foundation did not choose one particular mission but decided to honor JPL for all of their missions this year.
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By Megan O’Neil | January 7, 2010
Lew Allen, a physicist and four-star Air Force general who served as director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1982 to 1990, died Monday in Potomac Falls, Va. He was 84. Colleagues described Allen as a “giant” in the space program, adding that he was widely respected for his technical and strategic judgment. “He was both intellectually and personally just a gem,” said current JPL director Charles Elachi. “It is a great loss.” Born in 1925 in Miami, Allen attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. and went on to an exceptional career in military aviation and science.
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By Mary O’Keefe | January 1, 2009
Earthbound stories in 2008 dealt with roller coaster gas prices, an economy in crisis and a state budget deficit that continues to grow. But among the stars the stories were of survival, finding new worlds and continuous exploration managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “We started this year with our 50th Anniversary of Explorer 1, the first American satellite after Sputnik,” said Dr. Charles Elachi, JPL director, in a year-end interview with the Valley Sun. “That was built at JPL, in our own backyard.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 26, 2011
Ten Years Ago : Dr. Charles Elachi was named director of JPL. Elachi, then 53, had served in a variety of capacities at the facility since 1971. Twenty Years Ago : Detectives were reportedly working with several leads as they tried to solve an arson fire that caused $70,000 in damage to the tiny Epicurean restaurant in the 900 block of Foothill Boulevard. The business, owned by Xiomara Ardolina, was deliberately set by someone using gasoline. Thirty Years Ago : A 71-year-old La Cañada woman was hospitalized with a fractured pelvis after being struck by a drunk driver while walking across Foothill Boulevard.
NEWS
By Charles Cooper | June 2, 2005
Staff and friends of La Cañada's Jet Propulsion Laboratory appear to be somewhat reassured about their financial future after a visit last week from new NASA director Michael Griffin. Griffin, who once worked as an engineer at JPL, set off some alarms there during recent testimony before the Senate Appropriations subcommittee dealing with science. His meeting with local staffers calmed some of the fears, reminiscent of darker days at the lab in the 1990s. Griffin told the subcommittee, "NASA is fully funding - within our FY 2005 budget - the $762 million increase for returning the Space Shuttle safely to flight, over $400 million in Congressionally-directed items, $291 million for Hubble servicing, and over $500 million in necessary programmatic cost increases, notably to cover cost growth in several space science missions, including the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, scheduled to be launched this August, and the New Horizons mission to Pluto set to launch in early January 2006.
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By Charles Cooper | August 13, 2009
A new law authored by Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Cañada Flintridge) will make it possible for the state Legislature to get the help of 10 scientists and engineers as staff without any cost to the state. The bill, AB 575, just signed into law by the governor, would provide committees with the equivalent of 10 doctoral level fellows chosen and paid for by an elite research organization. Portantino said the bill ?offers a unique opportunity? for lawmakers to get the help without any budget commitment by the state.
NEWS
March 12, 2009
Congress lauds JPL’s twin rover missions Reps. David Dreier and Adam Schiff announced Wednesday the unanimous passage of a resolution celebrating the success of JPL’s Mars exploration rover missions. “When we commemorated the launch of the Mars Exploration Rovers Spirit and Opportunity in the summer of 2003, we had high hopes for their three-month mission and what they could tell us about our neighboring planet,” Dreier stated. “Today, nearly six years after that launch, and more than five years after they landed on the surface of Mars, they are still collecting and transmitting invaluable data.
NEWS
September 18, 2013
A longtime official at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in La Cañada Flintridge will retire at the end of the month, the agency announced Wednesday. Gen. Eugene Tattini has served as deputy director of JPL for the past 12 years. He will leave the lab on Sept. 20. U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Larry D. James will take over the position on Sept. 23. “We owe our gratitude to General Tattini for his dedication and contributions during the past 12 years, which were filled with numerous successful spacecraft launches and milestones, including the landing of the Mars rover Curiosity,” JPL Director Charles Elachi said in a statement.
NEWS
June 22, 2006
The director of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory has appointed Dr. Daniel J. McCleese as the laboratory's chief scientist. JPL's chief scientist is responsible for the scientific leadership and research at the laboratory and serves as the focal point for interactions with universities and the external research community. The chief scientist also serves on JPL's Executive Council. "Dan brings extensive experience in the strategic planning of NASA robotic missions, line and program management, as well as considerable experience in the development and execution of scientific instruments," said Dr. Charles Elachi, JPL director.
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By Megan O’Neil | January 7, 2010
Lew Allen, a physicist and four-star Air Force general who served as director of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory from 1982 to 1990, died Monday in Potomac Falls, Va. He was 84. Colleagues described Allen as a “giant” in the space program, adding that he was widely respected for his technical and strategic judgment. “He was both intellectually and personally just a gem,” said current JPL director Charles Elachi. “It is a great loss.” Born in 1925 in Miami, Allen attended the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. and went on to an exceptional career in military aviation and science.
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By Mary O’Keefe | January 1, 2009
Earthbound stories in 2008 dealt with roller coaster gas prices, an economy in crisis and a state budget deficit that continues to grow. But among the stars the stories were of survival, finding new worlds and continuous exploration managed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. “We started this year with our 50th Anniversary of Explorer 1, the first American satellite after Sputnik,” said Dr. Charles Elachi, JPL director, in a year-end interview with the Valley Sun. “That was built at JPL, in our own backyard.
NEWS
By Mary O'Keefe | February 16, 2006
JPL has been awarded the Jack Swigert Award for Space Exploration by the Space Foundation. The award is in memory of Apollo 13 astronaut Swigert and will be presented April 3 in Colorado Springs, Colorado during the Opening Ceremony of the 22nd National Space Symposium. "What we look for is an organization individual that has done the most significant activity in exploration of the solar system," said Elliot Pulham, president and CEO of The Space Foundation. The foundation did not choose one particular mission but decided to honor JPL for all of their missions this year.
NEWS
October 13, 2005
The first layoff notices have already been sent out to Jet Propulsion Laboratory staff whose jobs will be cut in a budget reduction this year. The anticipated cut in the lab's $1.6 billion budget is 5 to 8 percent, according to director Charles Elachi. The first round of reductions to meet that cut will involve layoffs for about 200 regular employees and 100 contractors, according to JPL officials. Total work force at the La Cañada facility is about 5,400. At least some of the job cuts will be taken care of through attrition, according to spokesperson Veronica MacGregor.
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