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11th-hour plea made to keep Colorado's construction-defects bill alive 28.4.2015 Denver Post: News: Local
Affordable housing advocates and metro area mayors — most notably Denver Mayor Michael Hancock — made a last-minute plea to state lawmakers Monday morning to give a bill that ...
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Undemocratic neighborhood process continues in Prospect Park 27.4.2015 Twin Cities Daily Planet
The Minnesota Daily MORE » I’ve been a member of the Prospect Park East River Road Improvement Association since 1997. The association’s nearly all-white board has been spectacularly undemocratic and adverse to community residents other than homeowners. For many years, it openly discriminated against students, deeming them temporary residents.   In 2005, I proposed allocating Neighborhood Revitalization Program funds for the construction of low-income affordable housing in Prospect Park. The proposal passed easily at a neighborhood-wide meeting. But the Action Plan that PPERRIA distributed and represented on its website to be the approved plan omitted the just-approved requirement to build low-income housing with NRP dollars.    In 2007, Home Improvement & Affordable Housing Action Plan funds were transferred to the Center for Energy and Environment, which was chosen to administer the neighborhood’s NRP home improvement loans. So far, PPERRIA has produced no record of implementation of the affordable ...
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Household Solar Is Becoming the New Normal - and That Makes Some Utilities Uncomfortable 27.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A couple of weeks ago, my wife Sharon and I were out for a long neighborhood walk. This is not unusual for us, but on this particular day we took a route we hadn't walked in quite some time. I was pleased to notice that one of the traditional, colonial-style houses we encountered was sporting solar panels on its roof. And then we noticed another. And another. And yet more, so many that we lost count. Not every house, certainly, but enough in this particular section of northwest DC to make a strong impression. I don't think those panels were there last time we walked the route, and it made me wonder whether there has been some leadership in the neighborhood, or perhaps a push by a local installer, one of which (" Solar Solution ") had a sign in front of one of the homes, making me think at least that particular installation was quite new. But that wasn't all. On another walk in a different part of the neighborhood, coming home from the gym, I took a shortcut through an alley and noticed yet another array ...
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From PlaNYC to OneNYC: New York's Evolving Sustainability Policy 27.4.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
One of the signature accomplishments of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's twelve years as mayor was the development and implementation of New York City's first sustainability plan: PlaNYC 2030. Mayor Bloomberg saw projections of New York's population growth and realized that environmental goals needed to be integrated into the city's economic development goals. The plan's focus on measurable accomplishments and frequent performance reporting mirrored the highly successful anti-crime techniques pioneered by the NYPD's CompStat system. Key to the success of PlaNYC was its clear status as a mayoral priority. PlaNYC joined environment to the mayor's top priority of economic development. Last week, we may have seen a similar moment in policy development as Mayor de Blasio linked sustainability to his top goal of poverty reduction. The fact that he is attempting to integrate sustainability with his highest priority is a strong indication that sustainability goals will continue to advance in New York ...
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Stuck Outside the Poor Door 26.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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NRDC Tells Regulators and Lawmakers in Lansing that Clean Energy Helps the Poorest and Most Vulnerable 25.4.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Patrick Kenneally, Staff Attorney, Chicago: The disproportionate impact energy has on the poorest and most vulnerable in Michigan is often overlooked. NRDC and the Michigan League of Public Policy sponsored an event in Lansing that highlighted this topic. Participants in the event included Paul Smith,...
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Stuck Outside the Poor Door 25.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
More than 88,000 people have applied to enter the “poor door” at a new luxury condominium tower on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Only one in 1,600 will win the lottery to live there. Some months ago a New York developer made headlines with the plans for this building, which takes advantage of zoning rules encouraging affordable housing by including some low-priced rental units along with the luxury condos for sale. A separate entrance for the people living in the low-income apartments continues with segregated living inside. Low-income tenants won’t be allowed to use the pool, gym, private theater, or any of the other amenities reserved for the wealthy owners. Critics immediately pounced on this design as a modern-day form of Jim Crow. But the need for affordable housing is so overwhelming that when the deadline came this month to participate in a lottery for the spots behind the “poor door” tens of thousands applied. Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that most of the 219 luxury condos on the ...
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Obamacare News That Should Make Conservatives Happy, But Won't 24.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A new survey released on Thursday suggests that Affordable Care Act consumers are relatively happy with the insurance that they have purchased. And it's partly for reasons that conservatives would be celebrating -- if only that didn't also mean celebrating “Obamacare.” The survey comes from the research firm J.D. Power and Associates. More than 3,000 people who purchased private insurance through one of the Affordable Care Act marketplaces last year participated, representing 11 states. The questions covered a variety of issues -- from quality of customer service to the adequacy of doctor and hospital networks. The survey also solicited opinions about the benefits of the plans and the costs. The answers were surprisingly positive, at least by the standards of health insurance in America. J.D. Power uses a numerical index, from zero (low) to 1,000 (high), to measure consumer satisfaction. The figure for Affordable Care Act consumers was 696. To put that in perspective, the figure for people with ...
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House tax bill contains ticking time bombs 24.4.2015 MinnPost
CC/Flickr/John Keogh The House omnibus tax bill would take Minnesota in the wrong direction for a number of reasons: It is larger than the projected surplus and is paid for in part through cuts in health care, affordable housing and other critical public services; It grows unsustainably over time, threatening our ability to fund our schools, make college more affordable, and make other investments in our economic future; and It provides large tax cuts for higher-income Minnesotans and business property owners rather than focusing on making the tax system more equitable. Let’s take a look in particular at the bill’s “ticking time bombs”: tax cuts that grow dramatically larger over time. The House tax bill ( House File 848 ) currently weighs in at $2.3 billion in FY 2016-17 and $3.2 in FY 2018-19. But the true cost goes well beyond that, because the bill includes several tax cuts that cost much more in the future. Rough estimates are that the cost of the House tax bill will be over $4 billion when fully in ...
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Winnipeg's rooming house challenge: Lessons from Toronto 24.4.2015 rabble.ca - News for the rest of us
On April 16, 2014, a fire broke out in a rooming house on Enfield Crescent in Winnipeg's St. Boniface neighbourhood. The fire resulted in the death of an elderly man and injuries to several other residents of the building. This tragic event served as somber precursor to the release of the May 2014 report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives- Manitoba, Rooming Houses to Rooming Homes . With the release of this report, a community forum was held and drew an audience of over 100, including community members, community agency staff, rooming house tenants, City and Provincial employees, and ...
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Report advocates housing development along L.A. River 24.4.2015 LA Times: Top News
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For more low-cost homes, Met Council seeks suburban landlords 24.4.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
The effort to recruit participants for a federal rental-assistance program known as Section 8 aims to reverse racial and economic segregation.
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Met Council seeks suburban low-cost housing options to reverse segregation 24.4.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
This month, the council will begin recruiting more suburban landlords to participate in a federal rental-assistance program known as Section 8.
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Poor People Need a Higher Wage, Not a Lesson in Morality 24.4.2015 Commondreams.org Views
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Building a mixed use, neighborhood stadium 23.4.2015 MinnPost
streets.mn When I was a junior in college, I studied abroad in Oslo, Norway. I lived in a student housing village a distance away from campus, nearer to the vast woods in the city’s backyard than to the bustling center. The closest landmark to my flat was Ullevål Stadion, the national stadium and home to Vålerenga IF, the local  Tippeligaen  side. I walked past the stadium every day when traveling to and from it’s eponymous T-Bane stop, where I rode the metro to school.  On gamedays with the window open you could hear the roar of the crowd when a goal was scored. I’ve been thinking a lot about Ullevål in particular, and stadiums in general in the past week, after our local soccer team, Minnesota United FC released  their funding plan  for a downtown soccer stadium  near the farmers market . As both a card carrying member of the team’s supporters group and an advocate for urban amenities, I would love the proposal to come to fruition. And I believe ultimately it will. But the United proposal has been tied ...
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Sheriffs join the push for more preschool money 23.4.2015 Star Tribune: Latest
Hennepin, Ramsey and Dakota authorities are among the several urging state funding for preschool.
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Hennepin, Ramsey and Dakokta County sheriffs join the push for more preschool money 23.4.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
Several sheriffs urge state funding for preschool.
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Conservatives Argue The Obamacare Lawsuit Won't Be So Bad After All. That's Nonsense. 23.4.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON -- Get ready for a new line from the crowd that brought a lawsuit before the Supreme Court threatening to devastate Obamacare and snatch health insurance away from millions of people: The lawsuit won’t actually devastate Obamacare and snatch health insurance away from millions of people. It may seem an odd argument coming from conservatives who created and pursued this legal case for the past three years as a terrific way to ruin Obamacare . But if they win, millions of people are going to lose their health insurance , and Americans who aren’t happy about that are going look for someone to blame -- maybe the people who brought the lawsuit, for example, or the Republican politicians who supported them. The Supreme Court agreed last fall to hear the King v. Burwell case seeking to invalidate health insurance subsidies in more than two-thirds of the states. Since then, backers of this legal attack on the Affordable Care Act have been attempting to reassure the public that congressional ...
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Construction-defects bill sent to Colorado House 'kill' committee 23.4.2015 Headlines: All Headlines
A much-debated bill touted as a fix for the state's construction-defects law, which has been blamed for drying up the new condo market in Colorado, appears bound for a legislative burial in
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Why You Should Stay in Boston for the Rest of Your Life 22.4.2015 Boston Globe: Latest
Boston ranks high on the AARP’s “Livability Index,” indicating it offers something to all age groups.
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