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VOLUME VIII NUMBER 1 OCTOBER 1, 2021
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* Congressional News Briefs ... Senator Tina Smith has announced that she has become the first co-sponsor of Massachusetts Senator Edward Markey’s Judiciary Bill to increase the number of U.S. Supreme Court Justices from 9 to 13, contending that, since “Republicans in the Senate and in the previous Administration stole two Supreme Court seats,” this measure will restore balance to the Court and serve to “[reflect] our nation’s principles and core beliefs.” Senator Smith echoes Senator Markey’s assertion that “Republicans stole the Court’s majority, with Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s confirmation completing their crime spree.” While Markey welcomes Smith’s support and accuses Senate Republicans of politicizing the Supreme Court, compromising its legitimacy, and threatening the rights of millions, including people of color, women, and immigrants, the Minnesota Senator says the proof is that the Court allowed Texas’ ban on abortion to stand. Like the Massachusetts Senator, she argues that the key to passage of the Judiciary Bill is elimination of the filibuster. Also, Senator Smith, together with Senator Amy Klobuchar, has written U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, to call for immediate action to prevent the spread of the African Swine Fever from recent positive cases in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. To protect Minnesota’s second-place ranking in national pork production, the Senators have pressed the Agriculture Department, as well, to heighten preparations for emergency response in case of an outbreak here in the U.S. In addition, both Senator Klobuchar and Senator Smith, along with Minnesota Congresswoman Angie Craig, among others, contacted the Biden Administration to express opposition to any significant reduction in bio-fuel blending requirements, lest greenhouse-gas emissions increase and the Biden Administration not only drift from its clean-energy objectives, but undermine the economic stability of the renewable-fuels marketplace. These Members of Congress originally raised the alarm after receiving reports that the Environmental Protection Agency was sympathetic to exempting oil refiners from requirements of the Clean Air Act’s Renewable Fuel Standard. Separately, Senator Klobuchar highlights her speech on the floor of the Senate urging Republican colleagues to help prevent what she characterized as the “first-ever default on our national debt.” Arguing that “(s)uspending the debt ceiling is not about generating new spending,” she asserted, “It’s about making sure the government can pay for our spending.” Otherwise, default means, the Senator said, “The government will need to decide between sending out Social Security checks, ensuring we keep our promises to our vets, keeping paychecks to active military.” Far from being “unusual,” she termed raising the debt ceiling very common, since Congress has done so about 80 times since 1960. Besides, the Senator cited the warning of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce that failure to increase the debt limit risks global markets losing confidence in the full faith and credit of the U.S. Further, Senator Klobuchar references a hearing she chaired of the Judiciary Subcommittee on Competition Policy, Antitrust, and Consumer Rights, with the focus being on how the use of big data can threaten competition. Back in 2019, she joined Senate proponents of the Consumer Online Privacy Rights Bill, toward enabling Americans to control their personal data, prohibiting companies from using consumer data to harm or deceive them, establishing strict standards for the collection and protection of consumer data and civil rights, and penalizing companies that violate data-protection standards. Recently, she re-visited these issues during a hearing of the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, declaring that antitrust reform is essential and that the Federal Trade Commission must be strengthened to better protect consumers from tech companies profiteering on consumers’ private information. Lastly, Senator Klobuchar commented on a Judiciary Committee hearing on Texas’ heart-beat law banning abortions after six weeks of pregnancy. In particular, the Senator took issue with the “U.S. Supreme Court issuing short, unsigned 5-4 decisions without full briefing or oral argument that directly impact people’s lives.” Nonetheless, Attorney-General Merrick Garland has instituted a suit in U.S. District Court to challenge the constitutionality of the Texas law.
* State Government News Briefs … The House of Representatives Commerce, Finance and Policy Committee has initially heard the legislative proposal of Representative Steve Elkins for a Minnesota Consumer Data Privacy Act, and Committee Chair Zach Stephenson says that public feedback will be obtained in advance of further examination of the proposal in 2022. Elkins says, “A company should not be collecting data about you that it does not need to do business with you or be using it for extraneous purposes.” The state representative adds that, with California, Colorado and Virginia laws going into force in 2023, his objective is to “make sure businesses don’t end up with a 50-state hodgepodge of completely unrelated data-privacy bills.” Rather, he seeks “a common framework of as many states as possible.” On his part,
Governor Tim Walz, having previously met with U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and President Joseph Biden to request that all levels of government coordinate efforts to deal with the effects of drought on Minnesota farmers, has announced that the Rural Finance Authority can make no-interest loans from its $5-million Disaster Recovery Loan Program, to farmers who lost revenue due to lack of rain or who had expenses not covered by insurance, while the remaining $5 million of the state's $10-million, drought-relief package is available for rapid-response grants to livestock producers and specialty-crop producers to pay costs for such expenses as water tanks, wells, and irrigation equipment.
* County Government News Briefs … The Hennepin County Board of Commissioners is due to meet on October 5 at 10:30 AM for a Closed Legal Briefing if necessary and to re-convene at 1:30 PM, to consider Regional Railroad Authority matters. Later in the week, on Thursday, October 7 at 10 AM, a Board Briefing is planned. Thereafter, Committee meetings are scheduled for October 12, beginning at 1:30 PM, to address Housing and Redevelopment Authority business among other issues, and the Board has Briefings and/or Meetings set for October 26 and October 28, as well.
* City Government News Briefs … A Right-to-Counsel Ordinance was on the agenda of the City Council Public Health & Safety Committee yesterday, and going forward the Council, with Mayor Jacob Frey presiding, informs that the Charter Commission is scheduled to hold a meeting at 4 PM on October 6, to seek public comment; the Heritage Preservation Committee, on October 12 at 4:30 PM, plans to discuss a 30 Park Lane application to demolish an historic resource; and the Transportation & Public Works Committee, on October 13 at 1:30 PM, is due to take up such matters as the 2022 assessments pertaining to the non-governmental, tax-exempt-parcel, street-maintenance and street-light operation fees. The City Council, reviewing crime information from the Minneapolis Police Department, notes that, while homicides have reached a five-year high and while violent-crime numbers last year, resulting from group violence, reached a five-year high, violent crime in the City during the last four weeks has declined 12 percent, 37 percent, 21 percent and 24 percent, respectively, the last week’s figures representing the lowest level in five years. Ward 12 Council Member Andrew Johnson, furnishing another preview of upcoming developments, informs that the Council will be considering a Catalytic Converter Ordinance he has authored as a means of discouraging theft of this auto part that can be costly for crime victims; the proposal restricts the purchase of catalytic converters by scrap-metal dealers in the City. In addition, the Council Member says that formal legislative action is due this fall to designate, as Cheatham Avenue—in honor of Black Fire Captain John Cheatham—Dight Avenue, so the City no longer honors a former Council Member who credited Adolf Hitler for his attempts to “stamp out mental inferiority among the German people,” who advocated for Minnesota’s adoption of a eugenics program based on those of Nazi Germany, and whose scheme in Minnesota resulted in the sterilization of hundreds of residents.
* School District News Briefs … The School Board of the Minneapolis Public Schools District, under Chair Kim Ellison, is poised to meet on October 12, beginning at 5:30 PM, for a Regular Business Meeting, with the Finance Committee meeting on October 19 at 5:00 PM and the Policy Committee meeting on October 26 at 4:30 PM and the Committee of the Whole thereafter at 6 PM. Meantime, School Superintendent Ed Graff has announced changes to the 2021-2022 school calendar, as follows: that school will be in session on October 13, 14 and 15 and that there will be no school for students on October 20, 21 and 22.
* Weather … The National Weather Service reports that current conditions at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, as of 4:53 PM on September 30, are mostly cloudy, with a temperature of 80 degrees Fahrenheit, relative humidity of 58 percent, variable wind of 3 miles per hour, barometric pressure of 30.08 inches, a dewpoint of 64 degrees, and visibility of 10 miles. The over-night forecast calls for a 30-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mostly after 4 AM, mostly-cloudy skies, a low temperature of about 64, and east wind of about 5 miles per hour becoming calm. A 30-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms is expected on Friday, October 1, mainly after 4 PM, with mostly-cloudy skies, a daily high temperature of about 77, light south-southeast wind becoming south-southwest wind of 5 to 10 miles per hour in the morning. Friday night, look for a 50-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, with mostly-cloudy skies, a low temperature of about 62 degrees, calm wind, and new rainfall amounts between one-tenth and one-quarter inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms. On October 2, expect a 30-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1 PM, mostly-cloudy skies, a high temperature close to 72, calm wind becoming north-northwest wind of about 5 miles per hour in the afternoon.
* Sports … In Major League Baseball, the Twins, after finishing their series with the Tigers yesterday, are set to visit their other Central Division rivals, the Royals, today for an 8:10 PM (Eastern Time) game and to send to the mound John Gant (5-10); Kansas City has not yet announced its starting pitcher. Over in the NFL, the Vikings (1-2) seek to extend their one-game winning streak on Sunday when they host the 2-1 Cleveland Browns. And on October 4, the Timberwolves host New Orleans for an 8 PM (Eastern Time) Preseason tip-off.
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* Congressional News Briefs … Tulelake’s agent in the U.S. House of Representatives, Doug LaMalfa, sharing his thoughts on Afghanistan, has written: “Our great Nation has had many ups and downs, and mistakes we have lived through and learned from. Let this be one, as we rally and refocus on what makes America and our ideals the greatest hope of liberty throughout the world.” The Congressman informs that he has co-sponsored a bill to award those 13 U.S. service personnel killed when ISIS Khorasan (ISIS-K) attacked Hamid Karzai International Airport on August 26 the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest expression of appreciation offered by Congress. Speaking of the mistakes made, Representative LaMalfa asserted, “A sane plan would have evacuated all American civilians and identified Afghan allies before we pulled back militarily. Instead, American citizens, women and children included, were beaten by the Taliban at checkpoints as they attempted [to] sneak to the airport in hopes of being rescued. Many never made it.” He suggested that the U.S. could have furnished our Afghan allies with air support to help them hold the Taliban at bay. In contrast, LaMalfa observed, “The way the Biden Administration left the country was disrespectful, dangerous, and un-American. Instead of prioritizing the protection of Americans, the Biden Administration buckled to the Taliban and, incredibly, even gave them a list of every American and Afghan ally we were trying to evacuate, including their last-known location. Up to 200 Americans and thousands of Afghans, who we promised to protect, have been left in Afghanistan…. Already, many of our allies and their families have been brutally beaten and killed.” Similarly, he mentioned the further cost to the U.S.: 2,372 American lives, the loss of billions of dollars in military equipment and weaponry, some $2.3 trillion in taxpayer money over the course of two decades. Congressman LaMalfa also points out that “many of our NATO [North Atlantic Treaty Organization] partners are questioning our resolve and commitment to them. The British are openly rebuking our leadership. Parliament has officially held Biden in contempt over this fiasco…. In the future, potential foreign partners may well think twice before taking us at our word. The withdrawal puts our international reputation and national security at risk.” In short, the California Representative confesses, “It pains me to think that our brave service men and women fought and sacrificed for 20 years just to have a Commander-in-Chief completely disregard their work and allow the Taliban back to where they were before 2001.” On her part, Senator Dianne Feinstein, joined by Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley, among other Democrat colleagues in Congress, has pressed the Biden Administration to ensure that humanitarian aid continues to reach an ever-increasing number of needy Afghans regardless of the Taliban take-over. In their letter to Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, they say, “Now that the ground operation to evacuate people from Afghanistan has come to a close, the United States must set our sights on the humanitarian catastrophe confronting those who have been tragically left behind, including women, LGBTQ+ persons, ethnic and religious minorities, and those allied with the United States.” While the aid target audience is approaching 18.4 million, almost half of all children under five years of age are expected to be acutely malnourished in 2021. Noting that the Taliban is subject to U.S. sanctions as a “specially-designated global terrorist group,” Senator Feinstein and her colleagues continue: “Now, with the Taliban consolidating power, the legal restrictions that accompany this designation are having a chilling effect on the humanitarian sector and may significantly impede the delivery of vital life-saving aid in Afghanistan during this critical time.” In other developments, Senator Feinstein and California colleague, Senator Alex Padilla are pushing Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden and Majority Leader Charles Schumer to adjust the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit, to address the national shortage of affordable rental housing, which amounts to more than 2.3 million units in California. Since current requirements specify that the 4-percent tax credits apply only if at least 50 percent of a housing-rehabilitation project is financed by tax-exempt bonds, and since these bonds are not only subject to a private-activity, bond-volume cap, but oversubscribed in California and other states, construction of affordable housing is being held back. The Senators favor reducing the requirement to 25 percent as a means of adding an extra 17,000 affordable rental units each year to California’s housing inventory. Referencing testimony he provided to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission recently, Congressman LaMalfa, in turn, characterizes plans to remove the four Klamath River hydro-electric dams—one of which is located in Klamath County, Oregon—as containing the potential to “create a man-made natural disaster that will cost billions to clean up.” In particular, he refers to dam removal releasing millions of cubic yards of toxic sediment, forcing the closing of schools, ruining the habitat of threatened and endangered species beside salmon, undermining sound water management in the
Klamath drainage basin, eliminating dip sites for aircraft in fire-fighting operations, and saddling California and Oregon taxpayers with the financial liability. He says that the evidence plainly shows that salmon would not naturally travel above the Copco 1 dam and the reasons for dam removal become less and less tenable, and, yet, “dogmatic” environmentalists would ensure that “the negative impacts to Siskiyou County … skyrocket.”
* State Government News Briefs … The California Secretary of State updated results of the unsuccessful “yes” drive to recall Governor Gavin Newsom, as late as 1:41 AM on Wednesday, reporting that, with 94.4 percent of voting precincts partially reporting, 9,071,434 ballots have been cast and counted, of the 22,057,610 ballots sent to registered voters; the vote to recall—that is, remove—being 3,244,922 (35.8 percent) and the vote to retain the current Governor being 5,818,348 (64.2 percent). The final results are due to be certified on October 22. Meantime, the focus of the Governor has been on accommodation of Afghan arrivals in California, judicial and other appointments, and obtaining a Presidential Emergency Declaration and direct federal assistance in response to the Caldor Fire in Almador, Alpine, Placer and El Dorado Counties. In Siskiyou County alone, Newsom has proclaimed a state of emergency in connection with the Antelope Fire. Yet, his focus has also been on the River Fire, Dixie Fire, Lava Fire, Beckwourth Complex Fire, French Fire, Monument Fire, Fly and Tamarack Fires, and McFarland Fire.
* County Government News Briefs … The Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors was set, at its meeting of September 7, to take up a Consent Agenda of perceived routine and noncontroversial items including adoption of a Resolution establishing a Proposition 4 Gann expenditure limit of $59,776,947 for the 2021-2022 fiscal-year; approval of a Resolution setting debt rates and a tax rate of $1.00 per hundred dollars of appraised valuation for the 2021-2022 fiscal-year; adoption of a series of Resolutions dealing with the County Salary Schedule and with the terms and conditions of employment for various employee categories; approval of a July 1, 2020-June 30, 2023 contract with Visions of the Cross, Inc. for licensed alcohol and other drug residential-treatment services; and ratification of a Proclamation of Local Health Emergency by the County Health Officer on August 19, 2021, relating to health hazards stemming from active, local wildfires. County Supervisors were also due to consider a Resolution exempting certain permit holders from the County’s Water Truck Ordinance, and, among other requests, to arrange a presentation providing an update on multiple County fires. In Closed Session, the Board was scheduled to hold conferences with legal counsel on six matters, such as license-surrender proceedings for the Lower Klamath Project, and to confer with labor negotiators on nine matters. Tomorrow, at 9 AM, the County Planning Commission is poised to meet, in part, to discuss possible amendments to the County’s Surface Mining and Reclamation Ordinance.
* City Government News Briefs … The City Council, at its last meeting on September 7, planned to approve the minutes recorded for its August 17th regular meeting and for its August 24th special meeting; to take up a proposal to approve rental of office space at City Hall to California Human Development; to review, toward possible approval, a Memorandum of Understanding with California Human Development for Workforce Development and Farm Worker Services; to appoint a negotiating committee relative to the property at 319 Main Street; to approve a pay application and certification for payment number 4 to Modoc Contracting, Inc. in the amount of $85,480.05; to receive reports from Chief of Police Tony Ross, City Administrator Jenny Coelho, Public Works Director Jose Perez, and, possibly by telephone hook-up, Finance Director Will Sargent; and to entertain comments from Mayor Henry A. Ebinger and other members of the City administration and staff.
* School District News Briefs … The Tulelake Basin Joint Unified School District announces that students returned to study today after the Day After Fair No-School Day yesterday and that, in sports, the Honkers High School Football Team (1-3) hosts Chester at 4 PM on September 17 and Bonanza at 7:30 PM on September 24, with Homecoming on October 1, the team playing Burney at 6 PM. Meantime, the Varsity Soccer Team (1-0), having defeated Fall River 3-0 on September 9, hosts Modoc at 5 PM on September 16 and visits Butte Valley at 5 PM on September 22.
* Weather … The National Weather Service reports that the over-night forecast at Klamath Falls International Airport calls for widespread haze and mostly-clear skies, with a low temperature of around 42 degrees Fahrenheit and wind out of the west at 3 to 5 miles per hour. Tomorrow, look for patchy smoke, sunny skies, a daily high temperature of about 80 degrees, light north-northwest wind becoming westerly at 8 to 13 miles per hour in the afternoon, with winds possibly gusting as high as 20 miles per hour.
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