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VOLUME IX NUMBER 1 MAY 1, 2022
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* Congressional News Briefs ... Senator Jon Ossoff, as the Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, has announced that the purpose of the panel’s hearing on the Mistreatment of Military Families in Privatized Housing is to examine the experiences of military families since the Department of Defense embarked on a course in the middle 1990’s to privatize military housing on and around U.S. military installations, in the belief that housing would be, at once, affordable, safe and healthy, and of higher quality. Thanking Republican Senator Ron Johnson, who presided over the Homeland Security Committee formerly, and his staff for collaboration in the current eight-month investigation, Senator Ossoff recounts that, in the first few months of his term in office, he met with military families living in private-sector housing managed by Balfour Beatty at Fort Gordon (Georgia) and learned of cases in which requests for maintenance were ignored, routine-maintenance requests were never followed up, and maintenance needs were overlooked despite the health-and safety risk to service members and their families. Prefacing planned questioning of Balfour Beatty executives, whose company is responsible for housing tens of thousands of military families, the Senator charged that the company’s record of neglect, misconduct and abuse persisted even after the company pled guilty to a scheme to defraud the U.S. government between 2013 and 2019. In other developments, Senator Ossoff, emphasizing his commitment to Historically-Black Colleges and Universities, expresses satisfaction that his efforts and, for some 20 years, those of Morris Brown College administrators to convince the U.S. Department of Education to restore full accreditation to the educational institution have recently borne fruit, meaning that Morris Brown students are once again eligible to receive full federal financial aid. Senator Raphael Warnock, on record favoring a temporary nation-wide, sales-tax holiday, says American Rescue Plan Act money ought to be available to offset the lost tax revenue when consumers buy clothing, footwear, diapers, prescription and over-the-counter medicine, feminine hygiene products, school supplies, energy efficient appliances, and, among other products, items associated with emergency and natural-disaster kits. Arguing that Georgia municipalities alone received $1.43 billion and that many political jurisdictions across the nation still have American Rescue Plan money left, he recommends three-day or longer sales-tax holidays. Adding that he approves of the Biden-Harris Administration’s decision to permit gasoline having a 15-percent ethanol composition to be sold this summer to lower gas prices, he insists it is “not enough.” To the point, he has introduced legislation to waive the federal gas tax, too, and he advocates calling “greedy” energy companies to account. Moreover, the Senator has previewed his objectives as a member of the conference committee considering the U.S. Innovation and Competition Bill, asserting that, with hard-working Georgians front and center, he will push for funding Historically-Black Colleges and Universities, as well as Minority-Serving Institutions; investing in regional tech hubs at Georgia Tech and other prestigious research institutions around the state; correcting lapses in domestic semiconductor manufacturing; and addressing supply-chain capacity, security, and resilience. Lastly, Senator Warnock records that the Administration heeded his call to erase the defaults of student-loan borrowers affected by the pandemic-related pause, and he approves of the Administration’s decision to suspend collection until after August 31, 2022, but he seeks details about Department of Education plans to offer borrowers in default a “fresh start” plan. On her part, Congresswomen Nikema Williams reports that, under the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Georgia will receive almost $9.6 million to help working families weatherize their homes, meet home-heating and air-conditioning costs, and deal with the energy crisis and that this funding follows three earlier rounds of home-energy relief totaling more than $149 million for Georgia households. As a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, she adds that, given the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s objectives of improving public-transit services, establishing electric-vehicle charging stations, making traffic-flow improvements, creating pedestrian and cycle trails, and easing congestion, Georgia’s funding allotment of $210 million-plus should be used to finish the Beltline and reconnect all Atlanta neighborhoods to a clean and efficient transportation system, regardless of “ZIP code.” The Atlanta Congresswoman, along with two Georgia Congressional colleagues, has also pressed for investigation by the Governor and by U.S. Attorney-General Merrick Garland of what she characterizes as a “voter-registration glitch” at the Georgia Department of Driver Services. The Members of Congress cite a recent report showing that from 2020 to 2021 the number of voter registrations processed by the Department declined from 79 percent to 39 percent.
* State Government News Briefs ... Governor Brian P. Kemp, in signing House Bill 1437, touts the measure as ushering in the largest income-tax cut in state history and the third cut in the last five years, while adhering to principles of fiscal conservatism. Declaring that his Administration had acted to “protect both lives and livelihoods during the pandemic” when the state economy was re-opened, the Governor continues that, notwithstanding “Bidenflation” and unsound federal policies, Georgia remains a major draw for investment and jobs, while the Georgia Ports Authority is “a national model.” He explains that reductions in the typical state income-tax rate from 5.75 percent eventually to 4.99 percent, over a seven-year period, begin in 2024 “to ensure the state is able to respond appropriately to any unexpected or sudden downturns in the economy.” Ultimately, the average Georgia family of four earning $60,000, he says, will save more than $600 a year on their tax bill. Speaking of the state’s business-friendly climate and his commitment to rural economic development, the Governor informs that a world leader in meat snacks, Jack Link’s, plans to build a $450-million, state-of-the-art facility in Houston County’s I-75 Georgia Ready for Accelerated Development (GRAD) industrial park and to employ 800 Georgians, the manufacturing facility due to be in operation at the close of 2023. In addition, Governor Kemp has heralded his signing, into law, of Senate Bill 441, which follows passage of the state’s 2021 Election Integrity Act and will employ the expertise of the Georgia Bureau of Investigation to help ensure state elections are “secure and fair,” by funding, at the level of $504,116, election-specialist positions at the Bureau; the Governor adds that the new law will also improve communication procedures within the state-court system, in order to avoid “communication breakdowns” among judges, prosecutors, law enforcement, crime victims, and their employers, thereby operating to “keep our communities and crime victims safe,” so justice is “effectively served.”
* County Government News Briefs ... The Fulton County Board of Commissioners is next poised to meet on May 4. When the Board last conducted business on April 20, it took up consideration of a Consent Agenda including authorization for participation in the federally-funded Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program, which is operated by the Georgia Department of Human Services, so County water and sewer customers can enroll; approval to pay up to $8,300 for delinquent Library storage-container costs originating about the time a Financial System Manager retired and incurred for storage of Library materials while branches were being renovated; approval of the 100-percent-grant-funded proposal for Arbor E&T, LLC doing business as Equus Workforce Solutions to furnish comprehensive career services for Adult and Dislocated Workers for the County Local Workforce Development Board, and valued at up to $1,028,125 for the period July 1, 2022-June, 2023; approval of the not-to-exceed $600,000 Youth Services counterpart; approval of a not-to-exceed $62,500 contract, that is entirely funded by grant money, with InVeris Training Solutions, Inc. for a Judgmental Pistol Simulator, to be used at the County Public Training Center. In other matters, the Board was set to discuss approval of a state-wide contract valued at $135,950, with Dominion Voting Systems, Inc. for provision of ballot paper and equipment for the 2022 General Primary/Special Elections and General Primary Runoff ; approval for a $23,569.13 increase for Open Hand Atlanta Home Delivered Meals and Congregate Meal programs, serving County residents 60 and older; and, among other items of business, discussion of the April 13, 2022 Atlanta Beltline, Inc. CEO’s Report.
* City Government News Briefs ... Mayor Andre Dickens, having marked the first 100 Days of his Moving Atlanta Forward agenda, lists 14 achievements, including tasking the Affordable Housing Strike Force to create or preserve 20,000 such housing units, re-launching Invest Atlanta’s $10-million Resurgence Grant Fund for COVID-impacted small businesses and non-profit groups, responding to business establishments’ history of high crime by establishing the Nightlife Division, acquiring Chattahoochee River access for a City park, and galvanizing the community for Atlanta’s first Peace Week. On its part, the City Council, with Doug Shipman serving as Council President and having held meetings of such committees as the Transportation Committee and the Finance Executive Committee on April 27, is scheduled to meet again on May 2 between 1 PM and 5 PM. The following day, a License Review Board meeting is slated for 5 PM, and a series of Budget Review-Departmental Budget Briefings are planned for May 5 and May 6.
* School District News Briefs … Superintendent Dr. Lisa Herring, of the Atlanta Public Schools District, announces that the Atlanta Board of Education, with Eshé P. Collins serving as Chair, is due to meet and conduct a School Closure Public Hearing on May 2 between 2:30 PM and 8 PM and to meet again on May 9 for a Special Meeting on Student Recognition between 5:30 PM and 8 PM. May 19 is set aside for Committee Meetings running from 9 AM to 4 PM.
* Weather … The National Weather Service reports that current conditions at Fulton County Airport-Brown Field, as of 5:53 PM on August 29, are partly cloudy, with a temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit, relative humidity of 29 percent, wind out of the southeast at 8 miles per hour, barometric pressure of 30.04 inches, a dewpoint of 44 degrees, and visibility of 10 miles. The forecast for tonight calls for mostly-clear skies, with a low temperature of about 59 degrees, southeast wind of 5 to 10 miles per hour, and gusts as high as 15 miles per hour. Saturday, April 30, look for a 30-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 5 PM, and mostly-sunny skies, with a daily high temperature of about 81 degrees, south wind of 5 to 10 miles per hour, and gusts as high as 15 miles per hour. Saturday night, a 30-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms is expected, mainly before 8 PM, with mostly-cloudy skies, a low temperature of about 63 degrees, and south wind of about 5 miles per hour. Sunday, May 1, a 50-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms is anticipated, along with partly-sunny skies, a daily high temperature of about 82 degrees, southwest wind of 5 to 10 miles per hour, and gusts as high as 15 miles per hour. Sunday night, look for a 20-percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 2 AM, partly-cloudy skies, a low temperature of about 62 degrees, and southwest wind of about 5 miles per hour becoming calm in the evening. The forecast for Monday calls for mostly-sunny skies, with a daily high temperature of about 86 degrees.
* Sports … The Braves, 4-6 in their last 10 outings going into a weekend series against the Texas Rangers, haven’t determined who will pitch against Rangers starter Taylor Hearn (0-2) on May 1, but they hope to build on their one-game winning streak as they start weekend play.
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VOLUME II NUMBER 1 SEPTEMBER 14, 2021
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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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