High rent forcing low-income D.C. residents out

Eve of destruction or renovation

D.C. Council votes to limit access to emergency housing Even though public-private partnerships such as the New Communities Initiative offers a wholesome approach for select District of Columbia residents, there are too many low-income tenants falling through the cracks. D.C. Housing Authority estimates there are 42,000 people on its waiting list—so many the agency stopped accepting applications in April 2013. […]

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California forests hard hit by drought and other factors

Sierra National Park mountain with bark-beetle infested trees

There is no doubt that the drought over the past several years has hit the Sierra Nevada forests hard. Any visitor to the Kings Canyon National Park will see signs of the devastation just about everywhere. On fly-overs, extensive stands of yellowish-brown trees dominate the landscape especially in the southern Sierra Nevada forests. Tourists are having to wait in car […]

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Tree Removal from Drought and Rough Fire Continues

Rough Fire licked the Sequoia Giant at its base

Precautionary measures for Grant Grove Giant Sequoias included fire hydrant and wrapping trees in flame retardant foil. There is no doubt that the drought from the past several years has hit the Sierra Nevada forests hard. Any visitor to the Kings Canyon National Park above the Central Valley foothills can see signs of the devastation just about everywhere. Rough “Zombie” […]

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“Priceless” Movie Premiere with Bianca Santos in Fresno

"Priceless" movie trailer video at Breaking the Chains (btcfresno.org)

“Priceless: Inspired by True Stories” Fundraiser in Fresno Oct 14th Co-star Bianca Santos will make a guest appearance at the premiere of PRICELESS in Fresno on Friday evening October 14, 2016 at Edward Cinemas 22 in River Park Shopping Center. Breaking the Chains‘ Red Carpet Event celebrates the blockbuster movie opening around the country, drawing attention to the horrors of […]

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Sounder Transit: Will there be a Return on Investment (Part 2)

The ST2 project description includes 4.3 miles of extension from UW northwards

The ST2 project description includes 4.3 miles of extension from UW northwards Does Sound Transit 2 (ST2) need Sound Transit 3 (ST3) According to Light Rail Now (LRN) the consensus of building and home owners for the University extension portion of Phase 2 of Sound Transit (from Sea-Tac Airport to University of Washington) supported underground rail because Capitol Hill residents […]

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Sounder Transit: Will there be a Return on Investment (Part 1)

Central Link Light Rail (LLRT) arrives at Sea-Tac Airport, Seattle, WA

Sound Light Rail Transit (LLRT) long awaited Seattle, WA–In the 1980s, riding public buses as a college student, there were many times when I wondered why Seattle, so famous for its 1962 World Fair and Monorail, could be dragging its feet with regard to improving its infamously slow commutes. Beginning at 3pm, heading north towards Everett from Downtown on I-5, […]

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Sam Hill Wrong in Flagstaff

Sam Hill Wrong in Flagstaff

There are a lot of ironies built-in to this story about what in “Sam Hill Wrong in Flagstaff.” First, my arrival was adventitious, due to a broken-down Greyhound bus, and tired of certain troublesome creatures on the bus. Second, generally I had a swell time in Flagstaff: it’s beautiful, the air is fresh and clean. Third, my complaints originated from […]

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation Wants to Become a Park – Part 2

Map from Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) to assess potential environmental effects of conveying approximately 1,641 acres of Hanford Site land to the Tri-City Development Council, the DOE-recognized Community Reuse Organization (CRO)

In Part 1 of this report the history of Hanford and the legislation supporting a new National Park, with sections of it slated for privatization are described. In Part 2, the issue with toxic pollutants entering groundwater, along with other objections are covered. Map from Public Comment Period Fact Sheet – EA-071215 – Draft Environmental Assessment for Proposed Land Conveyance […]

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NPP Voters may need to re-register for California Primary

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The California Presidential Primary isn’t until Tuesday June 7, 2016 but the rules for voting are convoluted because of it’s semi-open rules on presidential voting. The fact that California is not an open primary makes things particularly complex for voters who registered with “no party preference.” “No-party preference (NPP)” suggests that one ought to be able to vote for any […]

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