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VOLUME VIII NUMBER 1 JUNE 1, 2021
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* Congressional News Briefs ... Senator Edward J. Markey has expressed satisfaction that the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works has passed the 2021 Surface Transportation Re-authorization Act, with many provisions he favors; namely, his priorities of emissions reduction, electric vehicles, “complete streets”—streets supporting safe bicycle travel and multi-modal transportation generally—non-motorized active transportation, and cyber-security. Besides, the Senator observes that, compared to the 2015 re-authorization measure, Massachusetts would receive $1 billion more, or a total of $4 billion for roads and bridges over a five-year period. At the same time, Senator Markey has moved to extend the same worker rights and protections that other federal employees enjoy to Air Marshals and Transportation Security Officers, through re-introduction of the Rights for the TSA Workforce Bill. Markey enumerates the rights and protections yet to cover these Transportation Security Administration personnel as the right to appeal adverse personnel decisions to the Merit Systems Protection Board, compensation under the primary wage system for federal employees, Office of Personnel Management adjudication of leave and compensation disputes, a negotiated grievance process, administrative protection against retaliation for union activity, and full collective-bargaining rights. In addition, the Senator has directed attention to support in the Senate and House of Representatives, as well as among public-interest groups, for his Algorithmic Justice and Online Platform Transparency Bill, which is designed to combat racial discrimination and gender-related bias, to require online platforms to maintain algorithmic-process records for Federal Trade Commission review, and to combine such agencies as the FTC, the Justice Department, the Commerce Department, and the Department of Education in an inter-agency task force assigned the work of investigating discriminatory algorithmic processes that either increase or decrease the online content consumers see. [On her part, Senator Warren, participating in a Freedom From Facebook and Google virtual event, has called for anti-trust action against Big Tech.] Concerning the lead-up to Memorial Day, he re-introduced bipartisan legislation to posthumously award the Congressional Gold Medal to Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens, Glen A. Doherty, Tyrone Woods and Sean Smith, whom the Senator recognizes as the “American heroes killed in the 2012 Libyan Consulate attack,” for their service to the U.S. With Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren among the Senate co-sponsors of the bill, Markey notes that the Senate passed this bill with 67 co-sponsors in the previous Congress and that now the House companion measure has 134 initial supporters. The Senator says that the four courageous Americans referenced certainly merit the highest honor Congress can grant them for their selfless sacrifice in Benghazi, risking their lives to protect U.S. diplomats. Likewise, Senator Markey, joined by Maine Senator Susan Collins, has re-introduced bipartisan legislation to bestow the Congressional Gold Medal on America’s so-called Ghost Army, top-secret U.S. Army units that figured prominently in the Second World War Battle of the Bulge and in conclusive military action in Italy’s Po Valley. Because their secret missions were classified for more than 40 years, Senator Markey concedes that formal recognition of their “courage, skill and bravery” has been delayed. But the Ghost Army “saved the lives of U.S. soldiers, ensuring more were able to return home safely to their families at war’s end.”
*State Government News Briefs ... Governor Charlie Baker has announced that Deputy Health Commissioner Margret Cooke will serve as Interim Commissioner following the resignation of Public Health Commissioner Monica Bharel, who effectively guided the Department of Public Health through the opioid epidemic, the challenge of vaping-associated lung disease, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and the COVID-19 pandemic, during more than six years in the position. Speaking of COVID-19, the Governor cited progress toward vaccinating 4 million residents as grounds for terminating Massachusetts’ State of Emergency effective June 15 and, beginning May 29, rescinding most public-health restrictions. Aside from continuing to require face coverings in public and private transportation systems, hospitals and other facilities accommodating vulnerable populations, the Governor’s Executive Order lifts all industry restrictions, allowing capacity in all industries to return to 100 percent. In other developments, the Baker-Polito
Administration has re-filed a legislative proposal to establish the Massachusetts Medal of Fidelity to honor veterans who lost their lives to post-traumatic stress disorder and other service-connected injuries and illnesses, the Massachusetts National Guard to have authority to present the Medal to next of kin of the veterans. In the General Court, the Senate Committee on Ways and Means is scheduled to accept written testimony only, today, until 5 PM on legislative bills to temporarily extend certain measures adopted during the State of Emergency and to extend COVID-19 accommodations for municipalities in elections and for representative town meetings. Also today, the PFAS [per- polyfluoroalkyl substances] Interagency Task Force (10 AM), the Joint Committee on Cannabis Policy (11 AM), and the COVID-19 Cultural Impact Commission (1 PM) are set to hold virtual hearings. Tomorrow, the Joint Committee on State Administration and Regulatory Oversight is due to meet at 10:30 AM for a virtual hearing on maintaining a number of State of Emergency accommodations, including extension of the life span of permits held at the outset of the COVID-19 public-health emergency and an update of the Open Meeting Law to allow remote participation.
* City Government News Briefs ... Mayor Kim Janey has submitted a plan to the City Council, proposing a $50-million, emergency-relief initiative designed to promote an equitable recovery from the coronavirus public-health emergency for individuals who suffered inequities even before the coronavirus impacted them. Representing funds received following federal passage of the American Rescue Plan, the money would be used to support City and community programs related to public health, the economy, and the needs of those who have been disadvantaged most. Influenced by the City’s Equitable Recovery Coordinating Committee, the Mayor offers this planned breakdown of the appropriations request: $15.5 million for small-business relief, including $7.5 million to replenish the Commercial Rental Relief Fund; $14.5 million to relieve the economic impact the coronavirus has had on food access, housing, arts, culture and tourism; $10 million for communities disproportionately affected by COVID-19; and $10 million for directing the public-health response, including $7 million to fund mobile vaccine and testing operations and outreach. But the City anticipates receiving in excess of $500 million in all, under the American Rescue Plan, through 2024, with millions of dollars also available for rental relief and for City schools. In addition, the Mayor has announced pursuit of the Joy Agenda, described as “a city-wide invitation, opportunity, and investment in our collective well-being." The Agenda incorporates the third year of the Transformative Public Arts Program, which entails a budget of $25,000 to $75,000 for Opportunity 1 mural projects, the application deadline being June 2 at 5 PM; a budget of $25,000 to $75,000 for Opportunity 2 themed-mural projects, the application deadline being June 16 at 5 PM; and a budget starting at $1,000 for Opportunity 3 specific short-term projects, the application deadline being June 30 at 5 PM. When the City Council last met on May 26, the Council authorized the expenditure of a $143,990 U.S. Justice Department grant related to post-conviction testing of DNA evidence by the Boston Police Department Crime Lab, under the Massachusetts Innocence and Conviction Integrity Collaboration Project; authorized the City of Boston to submit to the Massachusetts School Building Authority statements of interest in the Accelerated Repairs Program, on behalf of such schools as William E. Russell in Dorchester, the Rafael Hernandez School in Jamaica Plain and the Boston Day and Evening Academy in Roxbury; and unanimously passed a Resolution commemorating Memorial Day and honoring those who made the supreme sacrifice for our nation.
* School District News Briefs … Superintendent Dr. Brenda Cassellius has announced that the District is finalizing the details of some events, but in-person graduation ceremonies are planned for the Class of 2021. Graduation ceremonies will begin as early as June 4, and virtual, at William E. Carter School and as late as June 18 for ABCD University High School. Although seats are limited, the District informs that summer-learning opportunities are available for all grade levels and for elementary-school students specifically, through the STEAM Academy for Change, the Adams/Alighieri Summer Learning Academy, and, among other programs, Boston’s Bridge To Excellence. Lastly, the School Committee is next set to meet, and remotely, on June 9, beginning at 5 PM.
* Weather... The National Weather Service reports that current conditions at Logan International Airport, as of 10:54 PM on May 31, are somewhat cloudy, with a temperature of 59 degrees Fahrenheit, relative humidity of 64 percent, wind out of the west at 9 miles per hour, barometric pressure of 30.16 inches, a dewpoint of 47 degrees, and visibility of 10 miles. The forecast for tonight calls for partly-cloudy skies, with an over-night low temperature of about 51 degrees and west wind of about 6 miles per hour. Tuesday, June 1 is expected to be partly sunny, with a daily high temperature of about 77 degrees and west wind of about 6 to 10 miles per hour. It is anticipated that Tuesday night will be partly cloudy, with a low temperature of around 58 degrees and southwest wind of about 7 miles per hour. Wednesday, look for a slight chance of showers after 3 PM, partly-sunny skies, a daily high temperature of about 80 degrees, west wind of 5 to 8 miles per hour, and a 20-percent chance of precipitation.
* Sports … In the NHL, the New York Islanders drew even at 1-1 with the Bruins in the Stanley Cup playoffs on May 31, with a 4-3 victory in overtime; they next play on June 3 at 7:30 PM, with Boston visiting. Meantime, in the NBA, the Celtics hope to battle back from a 3-1 deficit against Brooklyn tomorrow and on the road, in Game 5 of their best-of-seven-games series. And the Red Sox (32-21), coming off a 11-2 loss in Houston (29-24), play Houston again today, with Garrett Richards (4-3) going to the mound for Boston against the Astros’ Luis Garcia (3-3).
It’s happened more than once in the UK and since Steve Healey observed …
Assignment: UK/Europe By Steve Healey
Over 200 train cancellations or delays last week were caused by a diabolical problem that no one could have anticipated. There was too much glare on the line. Tracks have warped under the onslaught of a little warm May weather, with temperatures in the mid-seventies. The fiasco is finding the front pages and lightening heavy reading that would otherwise be devoted solely to an uninspiring election campaign. We started off the rail revolution in the 1820's. We are in danger of finishing it off. I have been lucky enough to ride trains in India which carry many millions each day and to travel, too, on the fabulous French TGV, as well as be whisked along by … Japan's Bullet Train. This carries 140 million passengers a year, occasionally a million a day, and has now transported over three billion since its introduction in 1964! In my travels, all went well, with trains being on time...Was I just lucky?
* Proverbs (chapter 28/verse 22): “He that hastes to be rich has an evil eye, and considers not that poverty shall come upon him.” hastes=hurries.
[A timely warning against get-rich-quick schemes]
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* Congressional News Briefs … The Paycheck Protection Program ended on August 8, with about $135 billion in Program reserves unspent, and Tulelake’s agent in the U.S. House of Representatives, Doug LaMalfa, considering the initiative a success, insofar as it reportedly preserved about 51 million jobs--12 million of which were located in rural areas--has signed a petition requiring 218 House Member signatures, to bring this matter up for consideration on the House floor. The thrust of the associated bill, House bill 8265, is to qualify businesses for a second Program loan if they can show a reduction in revenue, to relax spending requirements, and to enable businesses--Congressman LaMalfa has small Northern California businesses in mind--to claim loan forgiveness. LaMalfa expresses disappointment that, as more businesses close for good and could make use of the already-authorized aid, amid an active wildfire season, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi has blocked Congress from addressing small-business needs. Also, the California Representative informs that he helped draft legislation the House passed to revise the 2018 Water Resources Development Act to offer relief to Klamath Basin farmers and ranchers that suffered water shutoffs threatening to the Basin economy. The bill permits the Bureau of Reclamation to earmark as much as $10 million annually for conservation and water-efficiency measures and authorizes the Secretary of the Interior to exercise greater flexibility in meeting the needs of water users and to protect duck populations in the Klamath National Wildlife Refuge from drought, as well. Since the U.S. Senate has already passed the bill, LaMalfa trusts that, President Donald Trump, given his commitment to aiding Basin farmers and ranchers, will sign the bill into law. Commenting on House Bill 925, a $2.4-trillion, supposed coronavirus-spending package, which he characterizes as the Speaker's "partisan wish list" because it was written without opportunity for Republican participation and contains much irrelevant to the coronavirus, Congressman LaMalfa says his vote against the proposal owed, in part, to the Democrat leader's attempt "to prop up the vulnerable members of her party headed into Election Day." The GOP Congressman's objections to the bill center on its tendency "to fund dangerous programs, like letting felons out of prison, providing stimulus checks to illegal immigrants, de-funding police, and federalizing the electoral process." In particular, he mentions removal of $600 million for COPS Hiring and state and local law-enforcement aid, opening a loophole for Planned Parenthood to receive taxpayer money under the Paycheck Protection Program, dispensing with ID requirements for in-person voting, eliminating the limitations on State and Local Tax (SALT) deductibility, and, among other demerits, stripping the Food Stamp program of its work-incentive provisions. California Senator Dianne Feinstein, together with Virginia Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine, concede that, from the beginning of the Military Housing Privatization Initiative in 1996, Congress and the Defense Department expressed too much confidence in the private firms administering the program; namely, through such features as 50-year leases between the companies and the service branches. The National Defense Authorization Act in the 2020 fiscal-year addressed health, safety and environmental hazards in the private military housing, and, in keeping with the Act, the Defense Department announced an 18-point Tenant Bill of Rights during February, 2020. Still, the Senators note, four of the required rights have yet to be extended, since there is no standard lease, no tenant access to the housing unit's maintenance history, no mechanism for withholding the Basic Allowance for Housing when a dispute between company and tenant occurs, and no process for resolution of disputes. Toward greater oversight by Congress and the Defense Department, the California Senator and her colleagues have introduced the Ensuring Safe Housing for Our Military Act (Senate Bill 703) and have requested a progress report on the Tenant Bill of Rights from Defense Secretary Mark Esper. Then, too, the Senator, along with all Judiciary Committee Democrats, argue that a Senate hearing on Supreme Court nominee, Judge Amy Coney Barrett "would endanger health, safety." They add, "Now is the time to provide much-needed COVID relief, not to rush through a Supreme Court nomination and further endanger health and safety." In their letter to Chairman Lindsey Graham, they oppose a remote hearing on the nomination, too.
* State Government News Briefs … Tulelake’s representative in the California Senate, Brian Dahle, has announced his opposition to a measure passed by the California Legislature that would extend and re-direct until 2051 the utility tax ratepayers now pay. He is critical, besides, of Assembly Bill 1788, saying that the state has established many pesticide regulations, but fails to pursue those who use rodenticides and other pesticides illegally or negligently. Moreover, remarking on Governor Gavin Newsom's long-range plan to ban gasoline-powered cars from the state's roads, he points out that the state cannot even ensure dependable electricity, much less power electric cars. In an appraisal of the legislative session, the Governor has announced vetoing an additional 16 bills, including Assembly Bill 1835 because it would require the California Board of Education to undertake a lengthy rule-making process to amend the Local Control Funding Formula and delay use of unspent supplemental and concentration grant funds to benefit the most-vulnerable students for two school-years. The Governor favors a January budget solution, instead. He cited, as accomplishments, imposition of a ban on a number of toxic chemicals in cosmetic products, establishment of the state's own generic drug label (Cal Rx) as a means of lowering prescription-drug prices, creation of a task force to look into reparations for slavery, expansion of paid sick leave and family leave for front-line workers, and passage of new eviction and foreclosure-protection legislation for those confronted with a loss of housing due to the economic effects of the coronavirus.
* County Government News Briefs … The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors, at its meeting of October 6, was poised to take up a Consent Agenda consisting of approval of a letter to President Donald Trump asking for federal aid to counties affected by wildfire and the coronavirus public-health emergency; authorization to apply for and accept a California Library Literacy Services grant in the amount of $56,000; approval of a 2020-2021 fiscal-year contract with the First 5 Siskiyou Children & Families Commission, in an amount not greater than $30,000, to furnish mental-health services and outreach to youth aged 0 to 5; adoption of a Resolution authorizing acceptance of a CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act 2020 Emerging Issues Project allocation award of $166,978 for adjusting community-mitigation responses to the coronavirus in the County, through March 23, 2022; and, among other items, adoption of a Resolution okaying the submission of application(s) for Per Capita Grant Funds through the California Department of Parks and Recreation. Under Departmental Requests, newly-appointed Sheriff-Coroner Jeremiah LaRue was to be sworn in, and consideration was to be given to an Urgency Ordinance amending the County Code on standards for wells, with a Public Hearing scheduled for the Second Reading of the Ordinance. With regard to appointments, County Supervisors were set to appoint one Delegate and an Alternate to serve on the California State Association of Counties Board of Directors for the 2020-2021 Association year.
* City Government News Briefs ... The City Council, at a conference-call Special Meeting on October 8, was set to take up an agenda providing for approval of the Minutes of its Special Meeting on September 15 and its Regular Meeting on that date, along with approval of bill payments, and to receive public comments. [The Regular Meeting on September 15 dealt with the matter of authorization to apply for a LEAP (Local Early Action Planning) grant in the amount of $65,000 for re-zoning, updating planning documents, ordinances, and housing elements before the January 31, 2021 deadline; consideration of a possible change of ownership to the City of the Clyde Hotel and associated grant opportunities; possible acceptance of a construction bid on the Veterans Park Expansion Project; and, among other items of business, approval of a contract for on-call Engineering Services. The Special Meeting took up the matter of Police Officer appointments in Closed Session and considered approval of a professional-services agreement with Jesse Small to perform artistic services in connection with the Veterans Park Expansion Project.] In addition, time was scheduled for delivery of reports from community and/or school representatives; for authorization to pursue funding to cover the deficiency preventing initiation of the Veterans Park Expansion Project; for discussion, toward approval, of the proposed valued engineering contract suggested by the Director of Public Works; and for permission for the City Hall Administrator to advertise for the Temporary City Staff/Library position. The subsequent Closed Session of the Council, over which Mayor Henry Ebinger was to preside, was tasked to discuss a citizen complaint against the City Hall Administrator concerning payment of a utility bill and cumulative fees, while a succeeding Closed Council Session was concerned with Performance Evaluations of all City Department Heads. Thereafter, Department Heads were allotted time to furnish updates on matters relating to their areas of responsibility, and comments from such City officials as the City Engineer, the Chief of Police, the Director of Public Works, the City Clerk, the City Treasurer, and Council Members (Gary Fensler, Richard Marcillac, Penny Velador, and Henry Ebinger) were entertained.
* Weather ... The National Weather Service reports that, as of 1:05 AM, current conditions at Klamath Falls International Airport are mostly cloudy, with a temperature of 48 degrees Fahrenheit, relative humidity of 70 percent, wind out of the south at 6 miles per hour, barometric pressure of 30.23 inches, a dewpoint of 39 degrees, and visibility of 10 miles. The over-night forecast for Tulelake calls for partly-cloudy skies, with a light west wind and a low temperature of about 33 degrees. Columbus Day is expected to be mostly sunny, with light and variable wind becoming westerly at 6 to 11 miles per hour in the afternoon and with a daily high temperature of about 64 degrees. Monday night is expected to be mostly clear, with a low temperature of about 33 degrees and west-northwest wind of 5 to 10 miles per hour becoming light and variable in the evening, while the forecast for Tuesday calls for mostly-sunny skies, a daily high temperature near 70 degrees, and light and variable wind becoming westerly at 5 to 10 miles per hour in the afternoon.
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