Land Use (News)

Stimulus Should Target Low-Income Urban Areas

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 01/26/2009 - 12:23pm
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The $700-plus billion recovery package being hashed out in Congress has tremendous potential to revive the American economy. But if it moves ahead as designed, I fear it will also further entrench many long-standing inequities of American life.

Advocates for working families welcome Washington's long-overdue interest in our national infrastructure. President-elect Barack Obama and congressional leaders are right to spotlight the deplorable conditions of our roads and bridges.

But potholes on mega-highways are far from the most consequential infrastructure shortfalls facing America.

In low-income urban neighborhoods and rural areas across America, residents are facing the dramatic crumbling of their schools, water lines and public transit systems - the very lifeblood of these communities. This is not simply a matter of inconvenience. Communities like Richmond, West Oakland and San Francisco's Visitacion Valley are being literally cut off from true economic and social opportunity.

Low-income housing complex gets planners' OK

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 01/26/2009 - 12:11pm
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SAN LEANDRO — A 100-unit rental apartment complex for lower-income tenants — described by detractors as a potential "ghetto" and by backers as "the right thing to do for our citizens" — received solid backing from San Leandro's seven planning commissioners Thursday.

The project next to the downtown BART station, the cornerstone of San Leandro's transit-oriented development philosophy, now goes to the City Council on March 2 for a final vote.

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Richmond plans threaten Point Isabel

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 01/19/2009 - 11:25pm



RICHMOND'S PLANNING Commission voted to rezone Point Isabel to accommodate a Kohl's department store with 400 parking spaces. Local developer Oliver Construction, who owns the land, has already vacated the stores and offices on the corner of Central Avenue and Rydin Road. There is constant traffic from Costco and USPS trucks. The dog-park lots are often full. Hundreds of people daily use the area for hiking, cycling, dog walking and bird watching. There are thousands during weekends.

Hunters Point Shipyard SEIS - Public Scoping Meeting a ploy to decieve the Bayview in SF.

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 3:48pm
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A Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) has been prepared by the United States Navy to supplement the already existing 2000 Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Navy purports that the proposed building of a brand new stadium and other drastic changes - forces the United States Navy to come out with with new ploy. Behind all this nonsense - the Pacific Heights Mafia, Mayor Gavin Newsom, Senator Diane Feinstein, Congressperson Nancy Pelosi, and the many local sell outs the likes of Supervisor Sophina Maxwell and others like Aurelious Walker.

American-Indians walk across U.S. for cause 8,300-mile trek to draw attention to environmental effects on tribes

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 09/26/2008 - 2:48pm
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RICHMOND, Va. - With hopscotch speed, Shanawa Littlebow leapt to the side of the road, scooped up a plastic bottle cap and fell back into line with his fellow walkers, passing trailer homes and gas stations along Jefferson-Davis Highway.

Sweat beaded at his temples and dampened the seat of his cargo shorts.

The Tigua Indian man walked and searched for litter — a feathered staff in the crook of his right arm — in honor of Mother Earth.

"There may be a lot of people who don't even care," he said. "But at least we're out here, and we're speaking out."

Let's Revisit the CyberTran Plan

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 09/19/2008 - 1:16pm
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By Jeffrey R. Smith

As many local residents know: Alameda is an island. But that could change: it may become an atoll, a shoal or an oyster bed. Many residents are also aware that fuel prices are rapidly catching up to the prices of table wines: a gallon of the carbonated pink Catawba currently sells for less than $5!

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