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  • Illinois budget crisis could shut down Aurora-area road projects

    06/25/2017 11:25:52 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 15 replies
    The Chicago Tribune ^ | June 23, 2017 | Steve Lord, Rafael Guerrero and Gloria Casas (Aurora Beacon-News)
    It's possible Illinois is about to come down with a statewide case of Seasonal Affected Disorder. The season is construction, which an old joke says is one of two in Illinois. The disorder is the continuing one in Springfield, where the ongoing budget crisis is about to shut down road projects during the height of that season. And the affected are everyone from officials who work to put needed projects together, to the drivers who have to negotiate construction zones and torn up streets. In Aurora, workers last week got the barriers and cones out to reduce Farnsworth Avenue, near...
  • [California] Gov. Jerry Brown signs bill banning state funds for coal projects

    08/26/2016 10:19:25 PM PDT · by Lonely Bull · 43 replies
    Mercury News ^ | 08/26/2016 | David DeBolt
    SACRAMENTO -- Gov. Jerry Brown took a strong stand against coal on Friday, approving an East Bay lawmaker's bill to ban state funding for coal-related projects. In signing state Sen. Loni Hancock's bill, the governor also praised the Oakland City Council for voting to ban transportation of the ore through its city and encouraged other cities to do the same. "Other localities should follow suit -- and the state should, too -- to reduce and, ultimately, eliminate the shipment of coal through all California ports, Brown wrote in a signing message.
  • 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...