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  • Pension Costs Are Crowding Out Public Safety

    05/16/2016 1:34:14 PM PDT · by MichCapCon · 14 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 5/15/2016 | James Hohman
    A report from the state House Fiscal Agency shows that there has been a steady decline in the number of police officers in Michigan, falling 15.4 percent from 1990 to 2015. The report does not go into why this is, but here’s one theory: Pension underfunding is crowding out government spending, including hiring decisions. Consider that the state police retirement system now costs between 57 percent and 63 percent of the Michigan State Police’s total payroll. It is not because the benefits are lavish. It is because the state is trying to pay for promises that it made in the...
  • NETWORKS MUM on Obama’s Radical Plan to Build Housing Projects in Wealthy Suburbs

    07/09/2015 7:15:57 AM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 62 replies
    Gateway Pundit ^ | 07/08/15 | Jim Hoft
    Author Stanley Kurtz argued in his book Spreading The Wealth: How Obama Is Robbing The Suburbs To Pay For the Cites that Barack Obama’s grand socialist plan included redistributing wealth from American suburbs to the inner city. Obama passed regulations in 2013 to force suburban neighborhoods with no record of housing discrimination to build more public housing targeted to ethnic and racial minorities. According to Kurtz, the underlying thrust of the rule change was to force racial and ethnic diversity on the suburbs: The new HUD rule is really about changing the way Americans live. It is part of a...
  • Liberty Square housing project to be razed, redeveloped [Miami]

    01/31/2015 6:11:03 AM PST · by Maceman · 12 replies
    Miami Herald ^ | January 30, 2015 | David Smiley and Charles Rabin
    Liberty Square, Miami’s oldest and most notorious public housing project, may be coming down. Plans are under way to raze the rows and rows of drab one- and two-story buildings from the New Deal era and rebuild the crime-plagued community in the core of Liberty City. The administration of Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez is cobbling together $74 million in public funds and pushing to break ground next year on what is expected to be a potentially $200 million public-private partnership.
  • The girl that played with Fieros (Teach your children well)

    07/31/2012 1:56:11 PM PDT · by AFreeBird · 35 replies
    Pennock's Fieros Forum ^ | 4-18-2011 | Kathryn's Dad
    The following is from a link I followed from a Wired article regarding a 12 year old girl wanting to buy a car and restore it by her 16th birthday. I spent the better part of the afternoon catching up on the threads and thought it was a great story that FReeps would enjoy. 04-18-2011 04:37 PM So we have been working on the car now for about 3 months, but as I have been prowling the forum I realized I should probably post the story, and some of you might be interseted in it. A few months ago our...
  • Villaraigosa talking to China about investing in L.A. projects

    01/19/2012 5:46:00 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 1/19/12 | Ari Bloomekatz
    Fearing a congressional stalemate over transportation funding, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa is looking to the Chinese government as an option to possibly save his ambitious plan to build a dozen mass-transit projects in 10 years instead of 30. Villaraigosa said Thursday that he met with executives from the China Investment Corp. in Beijing during his trip to Asia in December. The group was established in 2007 by the People's Republic of China, according to the corporation's website. Officials with the mayor's office said the meeting was only preliminary and characterized it as "very cordial" and part of the larger...
  • Portland might wait 5 years on (shovel-ready) paving projects (can't afford it)

    01/07/2012 5:39:21 PM PST · by Libloather · 12 replies · 1+ views
    KGW ^ | 1/06/12 | Staff and Tim Gordon
    Portland might wait 5 years on paving projectsby Staff and Tim Gordon Updated yesterday at 2:09 PM PORTLAND - Portland's Bureau of Transportation says it can't afford to do some big repaving projects. Southwest 4th Avenue was scheduled to be repaved. That project is on hold, along with others the bureau hoped to contract out over the next five years. Potholes riddle SW Oak St. through downtown Portland. The street was targeted for a big repaving makeover but now fixing the cracks and patches will have to wait. "Of all infrastructure, the transportation infrastructure is visible above ground, so...
  • Unlike Solyndra, other California solar projects appear on track

    10/15/2011 12:32:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies
    LATimes ^ | 10/15/11 | Marc Lifsher
    As Republican lawmakers pound the Obama administration for pouring a half-billion dollars into now-bankrupt solar panel maker Solyndra, a much bigger federal government bet on green energy looks to be quietly paying off for California. Six large solar power plants to help the state meet its ambitious clean electricity goals are proceeding on schedule, according to their developers. Like Solyndra, these projects carry federal loan guarantees — $7 billion worth in total — .. considered key to attracting private investment in alternative energy. The plants are expected to create nearly 4,000 construction jobs over the next five years and an...
  • U.S. Weighs Renting Out Foreclosed Homes

    08/09/2011 6:56:32 PM PDT · by maggief · 78 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | August 9, 2011 | NICK TIMIRAOS
    The Obama administration will announce plans Wednesday to seek investors' ideas for turning thousands of foreclosed properties owned by government-backed entities into rental homes, according to administration officials. The move is intended to put a floor under declining home prices by creating a way to deal with hundreds of thousands of potential foreclosures in coming years. Mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac sold a record 100,000 homes during the second quarter. Together with the Federal Housing Administration, the entities owned about 250,000 homes at the end of June, or around half of all unsold, repossessed properties. Another 830,000 homes...
  • US shuns some big public works projects (the 'Bridge to Nowhere' syndrome)

    10/21/2010 4:18:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/2/0 | David Porter and Michael Rubinkam - ap
    NEWARK, N.J. – New Jersey's governor wants to kill a $9 billion-plus train tunnel to New York City because of runaway costs. Six thousand miles away, Hawaii's outgoing governor is having second thoughts about a proposed $5.5 billion rail line in Honolulu. In many of the 48 states in between, infrastructure projects are languishing on the drawing board, awaiting the right mix of creative financing, political arm-twisting and timing to move forward. And a struggling economy and a surge of political candidates opposed to big spending could make it a long wait. Has the nation that built the Hoover Dam,...
  • Joint team construction projects follow Afghan priorities

    06/15/2010 2:53:11 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 81+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Tech. Sgt. Oshawn Jefferson, USAF
    6/15/2010 - QALAT CITY, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Airmen and Soldiers are encouraging Afghan government officials to determine their own priorities for construction projects that will benefit people in the Zabul province. "We recognized a need for the people of Zabul to be connected with their government and the desire of the population to build trust with their government," said Capt. Matthew Joseph, the Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul lead engineer. "As a team, we are partnering with Afghan leaders to better use our time and resources to serve the people of Afghanistan." PRT Zabul leads 14 projects in the province including...
  • Airmen complete projects for progress in Afghanistan

    06/03/2010 6:36:52 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 162+ views
    Air Force News ^ | Tech. Sgt. Oshawn Jefferson, USAF
    6/3/2010 - ZABUL PROVINCE, Afghanistan (AFNS) -- Airmen assigned to the Zabul Provincial Reconstruction Team help Afghan government officials here with reconstruction, health and social projects to improve lives for Afghan citizens in the region. "The Afghans here are taking ownership of projects and making decisions to meet the needs of the people here," said Capt. Matthew Joseph, the Provincial Reconstruction Team Zabul lead engineer. "We have been here for three months now and we are off, running and making progress for Zabul." Currently, the Zabul team is leading 14 projects including reconstructing a bridge near Tarnak, hospital improvements, perimeter...
  • Marjah Bazaar Centerpiece for Civic Projects, Work Programs

    05/12/2010 5:03:47 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 166+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | Lance Cpl. James W. Clark, USMC
    MARJAH, Afghanistan – Just over two months ago, trash littered the streets and shops made of wood and aluminum stood uneasily, ready to collapse at any moment, at the Koru Chareh bazaar in Marjah, Afghanistan. Today crowds pass through the market place or wait near checkpoints manned by Marines with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, to register for civic work programs, May 5. Much of the fear and apprehension that was present during those first several weeks in the city have faded, and now families purchase goods in the bazaar and walk freely past Marine and Afghan forces....
  • The Census and the Welfare State

    03/18/2010 6:14:57 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 20 replies · 563+ views
    Campaign for Liberty ^ | March 15, 2010 | Jacob Hornberger
    The letter that Ralph Groves, director of the U.S. Census Bureau, recently sent to the American people reflects what America has become under the welfare state. Here is what the letter states in part: "Your response is important. Results from the 2010 Census will be used to help each community get its fair share of government funds for highways, schools, health facilities, and many other programs you and your neighbors need. Without a complete, accurate census, your community may not receive its fair share." In that one paragraph lies the plunderbund society in all it majestic glory. Everyone is supposed...
  • Provincial Development Council Discusses Projects in Ghazni

    03/07/2010 11:14:55 AM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 76+ views
    ISAF Joint Command - Afghanistan ^ | 2nd Lt. Katherine Roling, USAF
    GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan - Current members of the Ghazni Provincial Reconstruction Team introduced incoming PRT members to the Provincial Development Council at the Governor’s Compound Hall in Ghazni city, Afghanistan, Mar. 4. The meeting, led by the Ghazni Deputy Governor, Alhaj Allahyar, was held to discuss the projects previously approved by the PDC and potential new projects. “It has been an honor to work with each and every one of you and the people of Ghazni,” said U.S. Navy Cmdr. Wilson Marks, the current Ghazni PRT commander. “We will make sure that the incoming team knows the status of the...
  • New York City Plans to Topple Public Housing Towers

    02/05/2010 11:14:09 AM PST · by NativeNewYorker · 28 replies · 888+ views
    Philadelphia tore down 21. Chicago leveled 79. Baltimore took down 21 as well, and when six of them came down in one day in 1995, it threw a parade. Since the 1990s, public housing high-rise buildings have come tumbling down by the dozens across the country as cities replaced them with smaller suburban-style homes that did not carry the stigma of looming urban despair and poverty.
  • U.S. Soldiers Assist Iraqi Construction Projects

    01/08/2010 3:48:35 PM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 213+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Spc. Brian Johnson, USA
    BAGHDAD, Jan. 8, 2010 – Because their work contributes to reconstruction efforts, generates business and promotes growth, local contractors are a key component of the rebuilding process in Iraq. Army 1st Lt. Adam Stickley, right, holds up a tile for Army Sgt. 1st Class Kyle Markel to photograph during construction of new rooms by local contractors at a school west of Baghdad Jan. 4, 2010. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Brian Johnson  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. And, U.S. soldiers assigned to the 16th Engineer Brigade’s survey and design team offer Iraqi contractors quality-control and assurance measures that ensure...
  • Afghan District Governor Hails Rebuilding Projects

    12/28/2009 4:03:07 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 181+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | 1st Lt. Joe Reney, USMC
    NOW ZAD, Afghanistan, Dec. 28, 2009 – Afghanistan’s Now Zad district governor, Sayed Murad Agha, greeted more than 100 local citizens of the once-abandoned market here Dec. 20. The rebuilding process for the Now Zad district has started, but there will be challenges, officials said. Agha surveyed the area, asked questions and addressed local Afghans’ concerns. He visited the medical facility where Marines and sailors of 3rd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, provided care for local Afghans and spoke with local shopkeepers as he made his way through the district’s recently cleared streets. Although locals conveyed many concerns, Agha had some...
  • 10 Stimulus Projects To Remember

    11/01/2009 10:58:16 AM PST · by Nachum · 5 replies · 612+ views ^ | 11/1/09 | staff
    1. $300,000 FOR MAPPING RADIOACTIVE RABBIT FECES: “A Week Mapping Radioactive Rabbit Feces With Detectors Mounted On A Helicopter Flying 50 Feet Over The Desert Scrub. … $300,000 In Federal Stimulus Money.” “A government contractor at Hanford, in south-central Washington State, just spent a week mapping radioactive rabbit feces with detectors mounted on a helicopter flying 50 feet over the desert scrub. … the helicopter flights, which covered 13.7 square miles and were paid for with $300,000 in federal stimulus money, took place in an area that had never been used by the bomb makers. … Marylia Kelley, the executive...
  • Sen. Coburn questions 100 stimulus projects (safe passage for turtles and protecting sage grouse)

    06/15/2009 11:01:00 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 8 replies · 777+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 6/15/09 | Larry Margasak - ap
    WASHINGTON – Repairs for rural bridges, an under-highway safe crossing for turtles and efforts to protect the sage grouse population are among 100 projects a Republican senator pointed to Monday as questionable federal stimulus spending. The list by Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., includes projects others would identify as ideal for creating jobs and benefiting generations of Americans: skateboard parks, streetscapes, upgrades of park facilities, bike trails and parking garages. ... Coburn also criticized a $3.4 million Florida Department of Transportation project for an "eco-passage" — an underground wildlife road crossing for turtles and other wildlife in Lake Jackson, Fla., along...
  • Still no rush to hire construction workers (where are the shovel-ready projects to stimulate ?)

    04/24/2009 8:33:14 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 19 replies · 586+ views
    HOTAIR.COM ^ | 4/24/2009 | Ed Morrisey
    In his Earth Day speech on Wednesday, Barack Obama claimed that Porkulus and its tax breaks for weatherization and residential energy efficiency had set off a “rush” to hire construction workers to make homes more energy efficient. Yesterday, his Labor Department begged to differ. They adjusted the numbers announced earlier this month on jobless claims upward, past analysts’ expectations, and the analysts predicted that unemployment would rise for the next 12 months into double digits: ----------------------------------------------------- Worse-than-expected news on unemployment and home sales Thursday dampened optimism that a broad economic recovery might be near. Many analysts don’t expect the housing...
  • Gov't stimulus projects include wage requirements

    03/26/2009 1:22:52 PM PDT · by Nachum · 9 replies · 353+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 3/26/09 | SCOTT BAUER
    MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Welders, bricklayers and other construction workers under the U.S. government's $787 billion stimulus law would earn significantly higher wages in some areas than crews on private, non-stimulus projects. Wage rules in the law are a potential bonus to workers' wallets but they're upsetting contractors who say it will increase their costs and reduce the numbers of projects that can be funded. Tucked within the 407-page law is a requirement that laborers and mechanics employed on government stimulus projects be paid "prevailing wages," which is defined as the salary and fringe benefits for corresponding work on similar...
  • California: NRA Victory in San Francisco Lawsuit!

    01/30/2009 12:52:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 1,220+ views
    NRA - ILA ^ | January 29, 2009 | NA
    ·11250 Waples Mill Road ·   Fairfax, Virginia 22030    ·800-392-8683   California: NRA Victory in San Francisco Lawsuit!   Thursday, January 29, 2009   PUBLIC HOUSING OFFICIALS DROP ILLEGAL BAN ON FIREARMS POSSESSION IN PUBLIC HOUSING An NRA-led coalition of self-defense civil rights groups including the Second Amendment Foundation and the California Rifle & Pistol Association (CRPA) has prevailed in a Second Amendment lawsuit challenging a ban on firearm possession in San Francisco public housing residences. “This success is further vindication of the U.S. Supreme Court's Heller ruling upholding the Second Amendment as protecting a fundamental, individual civil right for all law-abiding...
  • Reconstruction Projects Improve Life in Iraqi City

    10/27/2008 5:01:25 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 160+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pfc. Lyndsey Dransfield, USA
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Oct. 27, 2008 – When students in Tarmiyah, Iraq, returned to school in September, they were welcomed by new classrooms full of new furniture and supplies. Their school, northwest of Baghdad, also had new electrical and sewer systems. Army 1st Lt. Erik Peterson meets with local contractors Oct. 20, 2008, and conducts a final assessment of improvements made to the Huda Teacher’s School in Tarmiyah, Iraq, northwest of Baghdad. U.S. Army photo by Pfc. Lyndsey Dransfield  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. After conducting a final assessment of improvements made to the Huda Teacher’s School on...
  • NBC News projects Obama clinch

    10/24/2008 6:57:05 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 84 replies · 1,892+ views
    Politico on Yahoo ^ | 10/24/08 | Mike Allen
    NBC News, which keeps the most widely followed of the media electoral-college estimates, on Friday night said it is moving the closely watched battlegrounds of Virginia and Colorado to “lean Obama,” putting its estimate for the Democratic nominee over the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency. President Bush won each of those states by 5 points or more in both 2000 and 2004. Before the move, NBC’s count had Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) at 264 electoral votes, to 163 for Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), with 111 as tossups. “We’re going to be, this weekend, moving Virginia and Colorado...
  • Soldiers View Iraqi-Funded Projects in Taji

    10/23/2008 4:32:45 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 187+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Brian Addis, USA
    CAMP TAJI, Iraq, Oct. 23, 2008 – Leaders from Multinational Division Baghdad’s 2nd Squadron, 14th Cavalry Regiment, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division, joined the Taji Area Essential Services Committee to check on Iraqi government-funded projects in Taji, northwest of Baghdad, Oct. 15. Army Staff Sgt. Chris Mason, a native of Gilroy, Calif., pulls security duty outside a school undergoing rehabilitation in Taji, Iraq, northwest of Baghdad, Oct. 15, 2008. U.S. Army photo by Spc. Christopher Long  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Army Lt. Col. Thomas Mackey, a native of San Bernardino, Calif., and commander of...
  • More Electricity Projects Improving Lives in Dhi Qar Province

    02/02/2008 11:12:48 AM PST · by SandRat · 3 replies · 61+ views
    DHI QAR — Electricity for any country means prosperity for its people; improvement to their lives and more opportunities for employment. In Iraq, a country that long has suffered from a serious lack of electricity production, a gleam of a light for a child in a dark night is a gleam for a new future. To avoid the darkness of winter, many Iraqis buy oil lanterns. And for many Iraqis, electric flash lights are very important if their private generators run out of fuel. Others have an electrical connection to generators run by local businesses to feed them with power...
  • U.S. Army Engineers Check Water Projects, Make Donations

    12/03/2007 5:15:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 131+ views
    TALLIL — A team from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) paid a visit recently to the village of Al Haboosh in Dhi Qar province with several goals in mind. For one thing, the team members wanted to check on the progress being made by the contractor building a new compact water unit for the village, a project funded with Economic Support Fund (ESF) money by the Provincial Reconstruction Team (PRT) for Dhi Qar province. That project, which cost $650,000 and will provide clean drinking water to an estimated 1,500 Iraqis, is proceeding satisfactorily, said Navy Cmdr. Mike Lang,...
  • Army Engineers Looking for Strong Finish on Projects in Iraq

    12/03/2007 5:12:31 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 110+ views
    TALLIL — The Adder Area Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) is hoping to wrap up more than a dozen projects of different sorts before the end of the year. Navy Cmdr. Mike Lang, officer in charge of the office, said the intent is to end the year “with a strong finish” by closing out a significant number of projects. The office is part of the Corps’ Gulf Region South (GRS) district, which serves Iraq’s nine southern provinces. Among the projects being eyed for completion before year’s end are three primary healthcare centers (PHC) in Dhi Qar...
  • Corps of Engineers Continues Road Projects in Iraq

    11/20/2007 3:23:47 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 84+ views
    BAGHDAD, Nov. 20, 2007 – The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing a number of road improvement projects in Iraq, including a one-mile stretch on Victory Base Complex here. And while that particular project may be “inside the wire,” it is having an impact in town. Graders prepare the roadbed for asphalting. Iraqis are upgrading roads throughout Iraq, including this one on Victory Base Complex, Baghdad. U.S. Army photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Hayder Mohammad, 26, is among those commuting from their Baghdad homes every day to help upgrade a gravel road into a paved main...
  • CA: Transit projects hitting speed bumps - Bond funding delays put some plans on hold (Prop 1B)

    11/14/2007 12:00:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 5 replies · 139+ views
    San Diego Union - Tribune ^ | 11/15/07 | Ed Mendel
    SACRAMENTO – A record $19.9 billion transportation bond pitched to voters last fall as a way to “fast track” projects is hitting slowdowns in some areas. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger signaled that the money is flowing with a groundbreaking at Solana Beach last month for the extension of car pool lanes on Interstates 5 and 805. The bond will cover part of the $168 million cost. But legislation to set guidelines for distributing $2 billion to improve the movement of freight was stalled in part because Republicans thought proposals by Democrats were skewed toward improving air quality. And legislative leaders are...
  • Engineers Complete 112 Projects in Iraq

    08/03/2007 6:36:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 5 replies · 325+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Gulf Region Division
    BAGHDAD, Aug. 3, 2007 — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Gulf Region Division, completed 112 construction projects between June 30 and July 27, 2007 – bringing the total number of completed projects to 3,998. Currently, there are 576 construction projects ongoing – all funded through the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund, the Development Fund for Iraq, the Commander’s Emergency Response Program, the Economic Support Fund and the Iraq Security Forces Fund. Water projects that were completed this month include three network projects in Sadr City in Baghdad Province – each totaling $1.9 million. Each potable water project included laying...
  • Florida Police Arrest Two Teens in Gang-Rape of Woman, Forcing Son to Participate

    07/06/2007 8:37:24 PM PDT · by nmh · 328 replies · 11,329+ views ^ | Friday, July 06, 2007 | Associated Press
    ... "Any rape case is horrible but this takes it to another level, something you can't think of even in your worst dreams," police spokesman Ted White said. According to the police report, a man knocked on the woman's door at about 9 p.m. and told her he had a flat tire. The mother and son, whom police have not identified, went outside and were ambushed by a group of gun-wielding suspects. The victims told police they were forced back into their home and beaten and sexually assaulted. According to authorities, the men raped, sodomized and beat the woman, then...
  • Infrastructure projects in UAE exceed $300b

    05/08/2007 7:41:02 PM PDT · by jdm · 4 replies · 384+ views
    Khaleej Times ^ | May 9, 2007 | Issac John
    DUBAI — The UAE accounts for the bulk of the ongoing and planned infrastructure projects in the GCC countries, amounting to an estimated $1.3 trillion plus of investments over the 2007-2012 period. According to Edward Morse, Lehman Brothers' Chief Energy Economist, as of early April 2007, there were over 2,000 infrastructure projects. The core of these, over $300 billion, are in the UAE, mostly in Abu Dhabi and Dubai. Projects in Saudi Arabia have doubled over the past 18 months, and are now tracked at over $280 billion. Kuwaiti projects exceed $215 billion and the development costs for projects in...
  • Proposed Bill Tries to Keep Certain Convicted Criminals Out of N.O. Projects

    03/23/2007 5:31:20 AM PDT · by Ellesu · 11 replies · 408+ views ^ | 03/22/07 | wafb
    Sex offenders, drug dealers and gang members are not welcome in New Orleans. That's the crux of a measure passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would prohibit people convicted of certain crimes from living in the soon-to-be re-opened housing projects in New Orleans, while at the same time giving others priority to return. The measure proposed by Congressman Bobby Jindal will make it easier for handicapped, elderly and working people to move back into New Orleans public housing, while locking out those with shady pasts. Some evacuees say it's a racist move by politicians they don't trust....
  • Army Engineers Complete 64 More Projects

    03/06/2007 5:02:21 PM PST · by SandRat · 4 replies · 302+ views
    BAGHDAD, March 6, 2007 — The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Gulf Region Division completed 64 construction projects between Feb. 23 and March 4, 2007 – bringing the total number of completed projects to 11, 395. Currently, there are 1,696 construction projects ongoing – all funded through the Iraq Relief and Reconstruction Fund, the Development Fund for Iraq, the Commander’s Emergency Response Program, the Economic Support Fund and the Iraq Security Forces Fund. “Clean, accessible drinking water is tantamount to good health, and access to fuel helps improve the burgeoning economy here. We are committed to seeing that the Iraqis...
  • U.S. projects 19 percent emissions rise (We're Doomed & a Global Warming Barf Alert!)

    03/03/2007 7:57:02 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 36 replies · 519+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/3/07 | John Heilprin - AP
    WASHINGTON - By 2020, the United States will emit almost one-fifth more gases that lead to global warming than it did in 2000, increasing the risks of drought and scarce water supplies. That projection comes from an internal draft report from the Bush administration that is more than a year overdue at the United Nations. The Associated Press obtained a copy Saturday. The United States already is responsible for roughly one-quarter of the world's carbon dioxide and other "greenhouse" gases that scientists blame for global warming. The draft report, which is still being completed, projects that the current administration's climate...
  • Illegal immigrants lose state subsidized housing (Colorado)

    01/27/2007 2:20:17 AM PST · by dennisw · 70 replies · 2,164+ views
    telluridegateway. ^ | January 25, 2007 8:24 PM CST | Pat Healy
    Margarita sighs and glances around the home she’ll soon be leaving. There’s the tiny Christmas tree, still perched by the window. Over there are the toys her kids should have put away before going to bed. On the kitchen counter, bamboo shoots and dishes wait to be washed. She doesn’t want to move away from this jumbled place, but she knows she has to. Because this is now the law: Anyone like Margarita who lives in state-funded housing must show identification to their landlord and sign a paper that says they’ve come legally to the country. Like scores of immigrants...
  • Team Assists Iraqis With Reconstruction Projects

    01/05/2007 5:27:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 2 replies · 176+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Kap Kim
    ICE helps with funding, plan development and quality control. BAGHDAD, Iraq, Jan. 5, 2007 — One the biggest efforts in rebuilding Baghdad is concentrating on the very things many have taken for granted: central services such as sewer systems, clean running water, electricity and trash disposal. In the past few years, many Iraqis have had to do without these necessities. So, the responsibility of helping bring all these services back to Baghdad has fallen on a few members of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team’s Special Troops Battalion. (BSTB) These members make up the Infrastructure Coordination Element. Each person was selected...
  • Ban on pet projects won't stop trading (Scope of Congressional earmark ban limited)

    12/26/2006 10:21:57 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 285+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/26/06 | Andrew Taylor - ap
    WASHINGTON - Democrats may have declared a one-year moratorium on pet projects treasured by members of Congress, but the move will hardly stop horse trading in Washington or moves by lawmakers to try to steer taxpayer money back home. Nor will it touch billions of dollars in already budgeted Pentagon earmarks, which go to everything from research into better body armor for overseas troops to finding bone marrow matches to treat leukemia patients. The temporary ban on earmarks — footnotes in spending bills that lawmakers use to deliver federal bacon to their states — has been greeted with applause by...
  • All Fall Down

    11/21/2006 3:40:44 PM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies · 845+ views
    NY Times ^ | November 19, 2006 | Nicolai Ouroussoff
    The ravaged neighborhoods of New Orleans make a grim backdrop for imagining the future of American cities. But despite its criminally slow pace, the rebuilding of this city is emerging as one of the most aggressive works of social engineering in America since the postwar boom of the 1950s. And architecture and urban planning have become critical tools in shaping that new order. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development’s plan to demolish four of the city’s biggest low-income housing developments at a time when the city still cannot shelter the majority...
  • New Projects, Training Opportunity Mark Progress in Afghanistan

    10/24/2006 5:30:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 197+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 24, 2006 – Military officials in Afghanistan reported several new examples of ongoing progress: resumption of a road project in Paktika province, a new well for a school in Panjshir province, and the training of Afghan soldiers and police in the United States. Construction of the Naka Bazaar Cobblestone Road in Naika district has resumed after being halted in May due to security concerns, officials said. The project, which employs 60 local Afghans at an estimated cost of $199,000, will link villages in Paktika province and improve its economic viability. Taliban extremists dug up many of the cobblestones...
  • U.S. General: Afghan Road, Electricity Projects Move Ahead

    10/18/2006 6:27:37 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 222+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2006 – Steady progress is being made to provide new roads, electric power and water distribution systems to the Afghan people, the U.S. Army’s top engineer said today. The Taliban destroyed much of Afghanistan’s feeble infrastructure while they were in power, Lt. Gen. Carl A. Strock, commander and chief of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, said from Afghanistan during a teleconference with Pentagon reporters. That’s why Afghanistan isn’t a reconstruction mission, Strock said. “This is a construction mission,” the three-star general said. “And, when you look at the resources available in this country, it’s going to...
  • Afghan Construction Projects Reach or Near Completion

    10/17/2006 6:07:02 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 186+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 17, 2006 – Several construction projects in Afghanistan have recently been completed, and many more are close to completion, military officials in the Afghan capital of Kabul reported. The Khayr Khot Medical Clinic in Paktika province had a grand opening ceremony Oct. 14. The clinic will provide health care to citizens of the province’s Sharana district. The clinic complex consists of a building with five rooms, a bathroom and a guard post with perimeter wall. riginally built by the Swedish Committee for Afghanistan in 1999, the facility needed significant repairs, coalition officials said. The refurbishment cost $120,000 and...
  • Reconstruction Projects Critical to Iraq’s Future, Officials Say

    10/02/2006 6:00:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 175+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 2, 2006 – Iraq’s future success depends on the ability of its provinces to assume control of their governance, their security and their prosperity, the spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq said today in the southern Iraqi city of Hillah. Army Maj. Gen. William Caldwell spoke today during a meeting with the Babil Provincial Reconstruction Team, one of seven PRTs up and running in Iraq. Two of the seven PRTs, in Diyala and Salahuddin provinces, are slated to be inaugurated later this week and the following week, respectively, he said. Ultimately 10 PRTs will be operating around the country....
  • Afghans Work On Dam, Building Reconstruction Projects

    10/01/2006 12:40:56 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 241+ views
    WASHINGTON, Oct. 1, 2006 – More than 140 Afghan laborers are currently working to complete local dam and building construction projects worth a total of nearly half a million dollars, according to Combined Forces Command Afghanistan news releases. More than 90 Afghan workers are helping to build a water-retention dam on a natural waterway near the village of Rawza in Ghazni district, Ghazni province. Work on the $200,000 concrete dam began July 25, but much of the work was redone because of heavy rain and flooding that month. Work on the more than 45-foot-high dam is 25 percent complete. The...
  • Quality of life projects find success

    09/11/2006 6:07:17 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 262+ views
    An Iraqi construction worker pounds an iron rod into the ground at an electrical substation construction site in Shamia, June 25. The substation, once complete, will provide electricity to the residents of the town. Department of Defense photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Adrian Cadiz. BAGHDAD -- While operations aimed at bolstering security in Iraq continue to move forward, quality of life projects - such as reconstruction, improving the health-care system and building the economy - are also finding success.According to a recent Gulf Region Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers report, building an Iraqi health-care system based on primary...
  • Civil affairs projects improve Nineveh quality of life

    08/21/2006 5:55:14 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 391+ views
    MOSUL, Iraq (Army News Service, Aug. 21, 2006) – Three towns west of Mosul in northern Iraq are benefiting from several newly completed projects as a result of cooperation between local leadership, and members of the 403rd Civil Affairs Battalion. Local contractors completed construction of a new courthouse for the citizens of Sununi on Aug. 7. The month-long project employed 35 local workers and is expected to make the adjudication of laws easier for the judges in the Sunini sub-district by providing a place for judges to meet and hear cases. When inspecting the work, coalition force personnel assessed the...
  • Soldiers Complete Projects in Zafaraniya

    08/15/2006 6:05:13 PM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 224+ views
    Defend America News ^ |
    Soldiers Complete Projects in Zafaraniya Soldiers from Forward Operating Base Loyalty completed several beautification and improvements projects in Zafaraniya during the month of July. By U.S. Army Sgt. Tanasha Stachelclzyk FORWARD OPERATING BASE LOYALTY, Iraq, Aug. 15, 2006 – Multi-National Division – Baghdad soldiers from 4th Battalion, 320th Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division, completed several beautification and improvements projects in Zafaraniya and the area outside of FOB Loyalty during the month of July.The projects included five playgrounds, two soccer fields, a soccer park and a sewing co-op. “I have the best job. I get...
  • Iraqi Communities Benefit From Projects

    07/17/2006 7:39:04 PM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 335+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Spc. William Jones
    Iraqi Communities Benefit From Projects Local contractors, civilian work force, local neighborhoods benefit from Civil Affairs projects. By U.S. Army Spc. William Jones 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment TIKRIT, Iraq, July 17, 2006-- One Iraqi community after another is benefiting from the efforts of people working together to improve the infrastructure of Iraq after years of neglect and war and at the same time putting the labor force back to work. "This helps to improve their infrastructure and it gives them an economic base." Capt. Jonathan Walden These behind-the-scenes people are working closely with the local Iraqi leadership to...
  • Soldiers Work On Key Iraqi Road, Dam Projects

    07/16/2006 10:57:31 AM PDT · by SandRat · 2 replies · 397+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Pfc. Paul J. Harris
    BALAD, Iraq, July 16, 2006 – Civil affairs soldiers are here working to ensure local Iraqis have the strong foundation needed to rebuild and sustain their government long after the coalition leaves Iraq. Army Capt. Philip Zapien, civil affairs team leader for 3rd Battalion, 29th Field Artillery Regiment, 3rd Heavy Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division, Task Force Band of Brothers, finds himself wearing many different hats these days. The majority of his civil affairs team has been tasked to help another unit, leaving Zapien with just a couple of soldiers to complete missions. Though short-staffed, Zapien is determined to...