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  • Leaders unsure of infrastructure impact on Valley

    02/15/2018 10:08:30 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 4 replies
    The Waynesboro News Virginian ^ | February 12, 2018 | Bob Stuart
    WAYNESBORO — President Trump's national infrastructure plan announced Monday that calls for a $1.5 trillion investment in roads, bridges and the rest of America's crumbling infrastructure, provides for about $200 billion in federal funds. The remainder of dollars would have to come from state, local and private sources. For the Shenandoah Valley, the good infrastructure plan news includes funding to help with the maintenance backlog in the national parks, including Shenandoah National Park, where there is a $56 million maintenance backlog. However, a couple of local government officials and one of Virginia's U.S. senators interviewed expressed doubt about the trickle...
  • Obama Shut WW2 Park Last G'vnt Shutdown, Trump's Cabinet Sec. Works Park HIMSELF

    01/21/2018 7:57:53 PM PST · by UMCRevMom@aol.com · 23 replies
    Politics Liberty ^ | 1-21-2018
    The federal government shut down at midnight Saturday. As you may have noticed, there’s been chaos in the streets, looting from sea to shining sea, electricity outages, all sorts of — oh wait, no, we’re still all fine. That likely has something to do with the fact that the federal government shutting down isn't going to have too much of an impact on most people’s lives. The last time this happened, back in 2013, President Barack Obama realized this. That's why he decided to dramatize the whole affair by shutting down national parks, including the World War II Memorial in...
  • The Battle to Shut Down Obama's Presidential Center

    01/15/2018 8:59:48 AM PST · by PBRCat · 56 replies
    The Washington Examiner ^ | January 15, 2018 | Anna Giartelli
    The Obama Foundation released plans last week for the presidential center it plans to build in Chicago's Jackson Park, but behind the scenes, a battle is taking place to keep the former Democratic president from building on that specific lot of land, and there's still a chance that it gets delayed when it seeks federal approval. What initially started out as a library has morphed into a 20-acre private "center," and some environmentalists and historians are unhappy with the Obama Foundation's plans to swoop in and take over a national historic place. The Obama Foundation originally said it would house...
  • Santa Monica looks to cap Interstate 10 in new downtown plan

    01/10/2018 7:15:13 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 32 replies
    The Architects Newspaper ^ | January 10, 2018 | Antonio Pacheco
    Local planning politics on Los Angeles’s Westside is in a sad state of affairs. There, a municipally-led push to complete city streets by adding bicycle infrastructure and other pedestrian improvements has been met with fierce opposition from local drivers. Recent efforts in L.A’s Mar Vista neighborhood, for example, grew so toxic that community members launched a now-stalled recall bid to remove Mike Bonin—the local council person who champions the so-called “road diets” as well as the city’s Vision Zero plan those diets support—from office. The embarrassing spectacle has thrown into question the commitment L.A. residents have not only toward prioritizing...
  • Controversial Obama Center Garage To Be Moved; To Be Underground in Jackson Park

    01/09/2018 1:17:12 PM PST · by PBRCat · 17 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 9, 2018 | Lynn Sweet
    In a significant victory for neighborhood and park advocacy groups, the Obama Foundation announced on Monday that a controversial proposed above-ground garage on the Midway Plaisance will be located under the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park. The foundation move to bury the garage in the complex comes as opposition to aspects of the development on historic park land is getting more organized – and as crucial city and federal approvals are needed. That’s coming as a federal review to discover “adverse effects” of the project is ongoing and may well prove tougher than expected because the federal players are...
  • Obama Center Has Picked Up Another Opponent

    01/09/2018 8:55:55 AM PST · by PBRCat · 24 replies
    Crain's Chicago Business ^ | January 8, 2018 | Steven R. Strahler
    Barack Obama may be the pride of University of Chicago, but a lot of heavy hitters there are strongly opposing current plans for his library. More than 100 U of C faculty members who say they support the location of an Obama Center near the campus nevertheless are opposing plans for it on economic and preservation grounds. They say the center’s proposed location lacks room to jump-start economic development, and its footprint will consume parts of historic Jackson Park and the Midway Plaisance. “Not only are public lands being given to a private entity but the public will pay to...
  • Landscape Group Warns Obama Center "Adverse Effects" on Jackson Park

    01/04/2018 3:38:36 PM PST · by PBRCat · 25 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | January 4, 2018 | Lynn Sweet
    The federal government has invited comments on “adverse effects” the Obama Presidential Center may have on Jackson Park and a leading landscape advocacy group has big ones: the planned iconic high-rise tower... and not taking into account the historic Frederick Law Olmsted designs for the related Midway Plaisance and Washington Park. Olmsted’s design “was intended to lead visitors on a choreographed journey through passages of landscape scenery. Neither the location nor the disposition of the roads were accidental,” wrote Charles Birnbaum, the president and CEO of the nonprofit Cultural Landscape Foundation in a submission for the federal review. These South...
  • Chicago Residents Turn On Obama – He Never Saw This Coming

    12/20/2017 8:15:13 PM PST · by MarvinStinson · 68 replies
    rightwingnews ^ | 20 Dec, 2017 | Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
    Looks like Barack Obama is going to have to learn to live with disappointment. He has prepared for his presidential library for years. It’s part of his legacy. When Obama was elected, Chicago treated him literally as if he was the second coming of Christ. He was their favorite son. Nine years later, not so much. They are beginning to see the real Barack Obama at long last. The citizens of Chicago are balking at the plans for Obama’s library. In its initial bid for the right to host the library, put forth on behalf of the city, the University...
  • Community Groups Draft Statements of Opposition to the Obama Center

    10/20/2017 8:12:09 AM PDT · by PBRCat · 4 replies
    The Chicago Sun-Times ^ | October 20, 2017 | Rachel Hinton
    Park advisory councils on the South Side released statements Thursday to air their concerns about the Obama Presidential Center coming to Jackson Park, joining an outpouring of community calls for transparency and collaboration as the Obama Foundation begins to finalize plans. The Midway Plaisance Advisory Council met Wednesday night to draft a resolution that strongly opposed the seizure of the land for a two story parking garage and bus staging area. They also asked for no action on the land without a renewed framework for the land by the Chicago Park District; and the consideration of all communities, and people...
  • New Redwood Park in Santa Cruz Mountains Could Come From Beall Law

    09/30/2017 3:11:40 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | September 29, 2017 | Paul Rogers
    Clearing the way for what could potentially be the biggest open space deal in the Santa Cruz Mountains in years, Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday signed a bill that would streamline the sale of up to 6,500 acres of land owned by San Jose Water Company, allowing it to become a public open space preserve. The bill would allow the sale of the land — which includes 1,100 acres of redwood forests and could easily eclipse $30 million in price — to the Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District without approval from the state Public Utilities Commission. The commission regulates San...
  • Since he walks like a racist and talks like a racist …

    09/16/2017 9:41:56 AM PDT · by Glad2bnuts · 27 replies
    Miamiherald.com ^ | September 15, 2017 | Leonard Pitts Jr.
    Leonard Pitts Jr.: What did Jemele Hill get wrong? Let’s consider the evidence. He was sued for systematically refusing to rent to African Americans and settled out of court. He demanded the death penalty for five black and Hispanic kids charged in the notorious Central Park jogger rape case – and refuses to recant to this day, though the young men were long ago exonerated and set free. He had a disdain for African Americans so pronounced that, according to an employee at one of his casinos, supervisors would remove black workers from the floor and ensconce them in a...
  • Did FBI Cover Up Confederate Statue Bomb Plot by Dem Donor's Son?

    08/22/2017 11:09:50 AM PDT · by detective · 32 replies
    Front Page ^ | August 22, 2017 | Daniel Greenfield
    I wouldn't be terribly surprised if Richard Dowling's statue ended up saving a whole lot of lives. Here's what happened now. Andrew Cecil Schneck, 25, was charged with attempting to maliciously damage or destroy property receiving federal financial assistance, federal prosecutors announced. A park ranger doing a routine patrol of the area around Hermann Park on Saturday caught Schneck kneeling in the bushes near the statue of Richard Dowling, a commander in the Confederate army
  • Christie, lawmakers at impasse as NJ state parks remain closed

    07/03/2017 5:05:19 PM PDT · by Libloather · 17 replies
    6 ABC ^ | 7/03/17 | MICHAEL CATALINI
    TRENTON, N.J. -- The budget stalemate between Republican Gov. Chris Christie and the Democrat-controlled Legislature smoldered on Monday with the state government shut down and state parks closed to the public - but not to Christie and his family - as the Fourth of July approaches. Christie, who spent part of Sunday lounging with his family at a beach in a state park he had ordered closed, said he would sign any budget lawmakers sent to him and blamed the shutdown of nonessential services, including motor vehicle offices, on Democratic Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto. "I'm a little frustrated, quite frankly,...
  • 'Kill Bill,' 'Twin Peaks' actor Michael Parks dies at 77

    05/10/2017 4:59:38 PM PDT · by LouieFisk · 83 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 10, 2017 | Fox-AP
    Michael Parks, a prolific character actor who found early fame in 1960s countercultural roles and later became a favorite of directors including Quentin Tarantino and Kevin Smith, has died. He was 77.
  • Austin, TX Parks Dept. hanging condoms and lube in the trees

    12/09/2016 6:24:05 AM PST · by bgill · 26 replies
    KLBJ radio | vanity
    KLBJ radio in Austin, TX discussion right now. The city Parks Dept. is hanging bags in trees filled with condoms and lubricant. They're promoting public sex. Children sex. Homosexual sex.
  • Police Rescue Hikers Cornered by Coyote

    05/23/2016 11:57:33 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 86 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/22/16
    Police rescued two people Sunday morning after a coyote cornered the pair as they were hiking in a Burlingame park with their dogs. At 9:07 a.m., officers responded to a report of a coyote threatening hikers and their dogs at Mills Canyon Park, located on Adeline Drive, according to police. The hikers were walking on trails inside the park when they stumbled on the coyote. At one point, the hikers became cornered by the coyote, which seemed to be interested in the dogs. Officers arrived at the scene and were able to scare off the coyote. The officers then safely...
  • Blacks don't like camping, or visiting parks. Obama thinks white people are to blame

    04/29/2016 10:37:19 PM PDT · by Trumpinator · 108 replies
    https://twitter.com/Nero ^ | 7:27 PM - 29 Apr 2016 | Milo Yiannopoulos
    Blacks don't like camping, or visiting parks. Obama thinks white people are to blame. https://t.co/b5v8Ehq9jO— Milo Yiannopoulos ✘ (@Nero) April 29, 2016
  • Green Guantánamo: From detention center to peace park?

    03/18/2016 11:36:27 AM PDT · by Innovative · 10 replies
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | March 18, 2016 | Jason Thomson
    As President Obama gears up for his presidential visit to Cuba this weekend – the first in 80 years – scientists are pondering the future of Guantánamo Bay Naval Base. One idea proposed is the creation of a transnational conservation area, or peace park.
  • (remember the Clinton legacy) The Utah Coal Lockup: A trillion dollar Lippo payoff?

    02/26/2011 7:12:10 AM PST · by doug from upland · 28 replies · 2+ views
    apfn.org ^ | 2/2011 | Sarah Foster
    The Utah Coal Lockup: A trillion dollar Lippo payoff? By: Sarah Foster When the President signed the Executive Order designating 1.7 million acres of land in southwest Utah as the Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, his action placed the area off limits to mineral extraction and development. The New York Times reported that the monument encloses the largest coal field in the nation, the Kaiparowitz Plateau, which contains at least 7 billion tons of coal worth over $1 TRILLION. Kentucky-based company Andalux Resources, which holds leases on 3,400 acres in the area, was planning to open a huge operation (underground, not...
  • Secret Service chief apologizes for how group of cancer-stricken kids was treated

    09/21/2015 10:59:03 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 20 replies
    washingtonpost.com ^ | Dana Hedgpeth and Fredrick Kunkle
    Mike Gillette said Clancy called him Monday and said he was “very sorry,” and that the agency “did not handle the situation well.” A spokeswoman for the Secret Service confirmed that Clancy made the call. According to Gillette, Clancy offered to come to one of the group’s events to apologize in person and offered to have some of the children come to one of the agency’s training facilities in Maryland for a tour. ... In a statement e-mailed late Sunday, Brian Leary, a spokesman for the Secret Service, said the closures on Pennsylvania Avenue and Lafayette Square were “put into...