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VOLUME VIII NUMBER 1 JULY 1, 2021
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* Congressional News Briefs ... Senator Brian Schatz, Chairman of the Committee on Indian Affairs, reports that he has introduced legislation to re-authorize, for another decade, the 1996 Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA), with its Native Hawaiian Housing Block Grant and Indian Housing Block Grant provisions. The Department of Hawaiian Home Lands credits the Re-authorization Bill with holding the potential to create more housing for Native Hawaiians and to furnish additional housing services, with the Hawaiian community due to mark the centennial of the Hawaiian Homes Commission Act this month. The Schatz measure is co-sponsored, too, by Senate colleagues representing Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, and South Dakota. Addressing a letter to CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky and Transportation Security Administrator David Pekoske, Senator Schatz, along with Senators Roger Wicker, Amy Klobuchar, Susan Collins and Jerry Moran, has requested information on the agencies’ process for updating the mask requirement for travel by plane and bus, since the original mask policy remains in effect, absent reference to scientific evidence showing the COVID-19 transmission risks for fully-vaccinated individuals. Also, Schatz informs that, together with fellow Democratic Senator Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, he has introduced legislation that furnishes community-college students “comprehensive wrap-around services, including free tutoring, textbooks, and transportation.” The Hawaii Senator says that the Community College Student Success Bill is modeled on a successful program of the City University of New York (CUNY), the Accelerated Study In Associated Programs, which has demonstrated that community-college graduation rates can be doubled, helping the often-low-income students overcome academic and financial obstacles and navigate the bureaucracy of financial aid and course selection. The legislation would create a competitive-grant system for community colleges to craft an evidence-based, comprehensive, student-success program, like CUNY’s ASAP completion program, and is supported by such organizations as the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the Center for Law and Social Policy, the Institute for Higher Education Policy, the Education Trust, the Ohio Association of Community Colleges, the University of Hawaii System, and The Institute for College Access & Success. Senator Schatz adds that passage would also make available mandatory personalized academic, career, and personal advising, while offering additional financial aid to cover unmet need. The Senator has introduced legislation, as well, that strikes a bipartisan chord with Republican Senators and follows the adoption of tele-medicine policies by the Trump Administration during the coronavirus lockdowns. However, since the policies expire when the public-health emergency ends, except the tele-health payments rural providers and doctors receive for existing patients, there is keen interest in Senate Bill 1512, given its potential to institutionalize the Trump Administration Medicare coverage and payment rules. Indeed, the 59 co-sponsors note that tele-health advocates cite fewer missed appointments and evidence that virtual services match the efficiency of in-person care. However, the U.S. Health and Human Services Department’s Inspector-General’s Office estimates that tele-health fraud amounted to $4.5 billion in 2020, and Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden has not been convinced. Neither has Texas Representative Lloyd Doggett, who chairs the House Ways and Means Subcommittee on Health and who favors more study before tele-health is made permanent. In that vein, he has vowed to introduce legislation to extend waivers for tele-health while more information is collected.
*State Government News Briefs ... Governor David Y. Ige announces that, because traffic counts show northbound traffic congestion lately, the state Department of Transportation has reduced the Saturday counter-flow hours on the Kuhio Highway, starting July 3, from 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM. Traffic counters the past two Saturdays confirmed the timing of southbound-traffic easing and northbound-traffic intensifying. Weekdays, the counter-flow schedule remains unaffected, the hours of operation being 4:15 AM to 11 AM, Monday through Friday. In other developments, the Governor’s Administration, represented by Hawaii Attorney-General Clare E. Connors and Office of Consumer Protection Executive Director Stephen Levins, has joined a coalition of 29 state attorneys-general, led by New York’s Letitia James and Colorado’s Phil Weiser, in reaction to the U.S. Supreme Court’s April, 2021 ruling in AMG Capital Management, LLC, et al. v. Federal Trade Commission, which burdens states to perform services formerly performed by the Federal Trade Commission for the last 40 years. Since the High Court ruling denied that the FTC has authority to obtain monetary relief for consumers disadvantaged by violators of
consumer laws, handicapping FTC work combating unfair and deceptive trade practices, the attorneys-general have pressed their state Congressional delegations to enact House Bill 2668, the Consumer Protection and Recovery Act, to eliminate any doubt that the FTC has authority to penalize fraudulent and anti-competitive conduct through action to force disgorgement of ill-gotten gains and to arrange financial restitution for consumers. Just in the last five years, the FTC has recovered more than $11.2 billion in refunds for consumers through the same court system that the U.S. Supreme Court sits atop, so the nation-wide coalition asserts that passage of the House legislation will ensure that the agency continues to protect consumers and responsible businesses and strips wrongdoers of any incentive to engage in unlawful conduct. Next, the Governor has conveyed findings of the Regulated Industries Complaints Office (RICO), within the Department of Commerce and Consumer Affairs, and the Boards and Commissions responsible for ensuring that professional and vocational licensees are adhering to the standards prescribed by Hawaii statute. Charged with overseeing 52 industries and in excess of 170,000 active licensees, RICO contributed to release of a report listing disciplinary actions taken through May, 2021, reflecting the results of contested case hearings or settlement agreements with the parties involved. The report contains the imposition of sanctions requiring in one Board of Chiropractic case that the respondent pay a $500 fine and complete unfinished continuing education and in one Board of Dentistry case that the respondent undergo a 30-day voluntary suspension of license and pay a $4,000 fine, consistent with a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration settlement agreement, for improperly prescribing a controlled substance to kin without legitimate medical purpose in the usual course of professional practice.
* City and County Government News Briefs … Mayor Rick Blangiardi informs that, to ensure that the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is fiscally sustainable, the entrance fee for non-local visitors 13 years of age and older increases from $12 to $25 today, based upon adoption of Ordinance 21-17 last month. Active-duty military are not affected, and the fee increase is designed to support the Preserve’s education and conservation mission as much as its recreational mission. The City Council, meeting on June 30, was scheduled to adopt Disclosure of Interest Statements submitted by Council Members Brandon J.C. Elefante, Radiant Cordero and Andria Tupola; to take up Resolution 21-126 appointing Pane Meatoga III to the Planning Commission of the City and County of Honolulu; to approve, by Resolutions, collective-bargaining cost items for bargaining units of the Hawaii Government Employees Association and of the United Public Workers; to consider Resolution 21-128 urging the Department of Parks and Recreation to set park-closure hours for the Kalaepohaku Neighborhood Park; to request that the same Department amend its rules and regulations for vendors at the People’s Open Market to require a minimum percentage of local produce and other designated products; and to address appointments, nominations, and budget for the Hawaii State Association of Counties. The Department of Environmental Services informs that sewer-work projects remain to be completed during the two-day period of July 1 and 2 at such locations as 641 to 647 Kaneohe Bay Drive, with traffic circulation affected between the hours of 8:30 AM and 3:30 PM ( or 8 PM and 6 AM). In addition, the City and County of Honolulu remind that masks must be worn at all times when indoors and are recommended outdoors in crowded settings.
* School District News Briefs … The Hawaii Department of Education announces that five different summer-learning models are being offered, with opportunities for both remediation and credit recovery; namely, Official Summer School, School Learning Hub, Specialized Student Support, Accelerated Learning, and College, Career and Community Learning. Superintendent Dr. Christina M. Kishimoto reports that, except for schools on multi-track schedules and charter schools, the teacher work-year starts on July 28; and the student instructional-year, on August 3. The Board of Education and its Human Resources Committee and its Finance and Infrastructure Committee last met virtually on June 17. No Board or Board Committee meeting has, to date, when scheduled for this month.
* Weather... The National Weather Service reports that current conditions at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, as of 8:53 PM on June 30, are somewhat cloudy, with a temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit, relative humidity of 58 percent, wind out of the east at 12 miles per hour, gusts as high as 21 miles per hour, barometric pressure of 30.06 inches, the dewpoint standing at 63 degrees, and visibility of 10 miles. The over-night forecast calls for mostly-clear skies, a low temperature of about 74 degrees, and east-northeast wind of 9 to 11 miles per hour. Thursday is expected to be mostly sunny, with a daily high temperature of about 87 degrees, breezy conditions, east-northeast wind of 9 to 14 miles per hour increasing to 16 to 21 miles per hour in the afternoon, and gusty winds as high as 29 miles per hour. Look for scattered showers after midnight, partly-cloudy skies, with an over-night low temperature of about 74 degrees, breezy conditions, east-northeast wind of 18 to 21 miles per hour, gusts as high as 29 miles per hour, a 30-percent chance of precipitation, and new precipitation amounts of less than one-tenth inch. Expect the same on Friday, with this difference: scattered showers before noon, mostly-sunny skies, a daily high temperature of about 88 degrees, east-northeast wind of 20 to 23 miles per hour, and gusts as high as 32 miles per hour.
* Sports … The University of Hawaii-Manoa Football Team is scheduled to visit UCLA on August 28 for a 9:30 AM (HT) game; to host Portland State at the Clarence T.C. Ching Complex on September 4 at 6 PM (HT), to travel to Corvallis to play Oregon State on September 11 at 5 PM (HT) and to host San Jose State on September 18 at 6:30 PM.
Travelers Checks By Ann Hattes
Canyons of the West beyond the Grand Canyon [Condensed]
The Black Canyon of the Gunnison became a National Park in 1999. Through 2 million years, the river has cut this spectacularly-deep and dark canyon 2,660 feet deep at its maximum and 40 feet across at its narrowest point at the bottom. Slanting rays of sunlight penetrate the layers of schist and gneiss that are shrouded in shadows most of the day; hence, “Black Canyon.”
Palo Duro Canyon has been described as a 120-mile-long, 1,000-foot deep, copper-colored smile that dramatically illuminates the face of the Texas Panhandle. Unlike many other canyons, you can drive into Palo Duro on paved roads. Here, mountain bikes and RV’s frequent the same trails used by Comanche, Apache, buffalo hunters and early Spanish explorers. Palo Duro (Spanish for “hard wood” after the canyon’s many juniper trees) is just 25 miles south of Amarillo.
Canyon de Chelly National Monument, known for sheer red-cliff walls stained with streaks of desert varnish, is one of the most sacred and historically- and culturally-significant places for the Navajo. Before the Navajo arrived, the Anasazi, creators of Mesa Verde, built adobe and stone dwellings high up in the alcoves of the canyon’s towering red-rock walls. Many of these are still visible, as are many pictographs left by the inhabitants over the centuries.
* 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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VOLUME I NUMBER 1 OCTOBER 12, 2020
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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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