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VOLUME IX NUMBER 1 JANUARY 1, 2022
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* Congressional News Briefs ... Rochester-area Congressman Joseph Morelle, touting provisions of the Build Back Better Bill, says that federal subsidization would lower the cost of child care for Monroe County families by more than $10,000 a year. The Congressman says the appeal of federal subsidization is that “New Yorkers are paying over twenty-three percent of their income on child-care costs—that places an enormous financial and emotional burden on parents, and it must change.” The requirements are that the subsidy will apply to families of children aged 5 and younger not enrolled in kindergarten and that the parents are working or taking part in job training or other work-related activities. New York families earning above 75 percent of the State Median Income (about $68,000) a year will be charged a co-payment. In addition, Rochester’s agent in the U.S. House of Representatives charges that the Chinese Communist-linked, social-media platform, TikTok is failing in its responsibility to moderate dangerous content, and, in the most-recent incident, posts on TikTok warned that schools in Rochester and elsewhere in the U.S. confronted shooting and bomb threats on December 17, disrupting school activities and forcing some school closures that day. Morelle observes that these threats of violence naturally have to be addressed since four Michigan students died in a school shooting just weeks ago. But, then, the Congressman rejects TikTok’s glib dismissal, as a “hoax,” of the so-called Devious Licks challenge when TikTok allowed use of its social-media platform to promote harassment, vandalism, physical assaults and other destructive acts within schools—an abdication of its responsibility to contribute to public safety. What is more, in a letter to TikTok CEO Shou Zi Chew, the Congressman pointed out that TikTok is not even enforcing its Community Guidelines prohibiting the posting of threats of violence and incitement to violence. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Charles Schumer, in turn, have contacted the Federal Transit Administration in support of a Bus and Bus Facilities Grant application filed by the Rochester-Genesee Regional Transportation Authority, to better serve the tens of thousands of riders in the Rochester metropolitan area, through construction of a new bus garage improving paratransit service for disabled individuals and a new facility for administrative operations and operational staff. In other developments, Senator Gillibrand has announced inclusion in the National Defense Authorization Bill of Cyber Workforce and Education Curricula provisions she proposed to correct cyber-personnel shortages and capacity gaps in cyber-security, information technology, cloud computing, and artificial intelligence that is costing the country more than $100 billion annually in data breaches and cyber-crime. Besides, the Senator emphasizes that, since the CARES Act provided $900 million for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and the American Rescue Plan added $4.5 billion, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has sufficient funds available to quickly help Americans stay safe and warm through the continuing energy crisis. With natural-gas prices expected to rise 30 percent this winter and impact almost 50 percent of U.S. households, the Senator expresses concern that the “lifeline program could lose much of its appropriated purchasing power due to volatile heating costs.” Already, the Senator says, at least 1.2 million households in New York State owe a combined total of approximately $1.7 billion in late energy-bill charges and are facing the dilemma of heating their homes or paying for food, medicine and rent. On his part, Senator Schumer, citing a record of more than 28,000 new infections during a 24-hour period, has pressed the Federal Emergency Management Agency to immediately deploy 200 new mobile testing sites to halt the surge in Omicron-variant COVID-19 cases in upstate New York and in New York City.
* State Government News Briefs … Governor Kathy Hochul announces that, building on award of $549 million to 764 projects through Round XI of the Governor’s Regional Economic Development Council Initiative in early December, more than $26 million has been awarded to further the state’s post-pandemic economic recovery, 27 priority projects being the beneficiaries. Overall, 9 of the 700-plus projects serve the City of Rochester—including improvements to Cobbs Hill, Genesee Valley and/or Maplewood Parks—and Canalway Matching Grant applications, Water Quality Improvement Projects, Brownfield Opportunity Area Program grant applications, and Local Government Efficiency Grant applications have been among the many project proposals approved state-wide. Looking forward, on January 7 at 11 AM,
the Senate Standing Committee on Judiciary and the Senate Standing Committee on Housing, Construction and Community Development are scheduled to hold a public hearing on Senator Julia Salazar’s Good Cause Eviction Proposal. Then, on January 14, beginning at 10 AM, the Senate committees on finance, commerce, and government operations are set to conduct a public hearing on the effectiveness of business subsidies and tax incentives in meeting the state’s economic-development objectives.
* County Government News Briefs ... Monroe County Executive Adam Bello has announced ground-breaking for new construction at Sutter’s Marina on Bay Front Lane South, noting that record flooding of Irondequoit Bay in 2017 and 2019 damaged the Marina and many other waterfront enterprises resulting in costly financial losses. In addition, the flooding compromised septic systems creating a threat to public health, and then-Governor Andrew M. Cuomo committed to a $2.67-million project to enhance flood control at the Irondequoit Bay State Marine Park, as a component of his Lake Ontario Resiliency and Economic Development Initiative. In other developments, the County Executive informs that appointments can now be made for rapid COVID-19 testing at designated sites the week of February 14, while the Presidents’ Day holiday has moved testing at the Wilson Foundation Academy back to Tuesday, February 16 from 4 PM to 7 PM. Bello adds that the County will distribute state-supplied KN95 masks to front-line workers. Besides, the County Executive, who had introduced a proposal in 2020 for establishment of an independent Redistricting Commission, to act on results of the decennial U.S. Census in a nonpartisan manner acceptable to residents, acknowledged criticism that the County Legislature ignored legal and public concerns about the process by which it passed redistricting, saying he shares the public’s concerns.
* City Government News Briefs ... The City Council, on December 14, paid tribute to Council President Loretta Scott for her extensive 45-year-plus, public-service career, on her retirement; heard a Finance Committee report on use of American Rescue Plan funds for a guaranteed basic-income program, following receipt of 107 petition signatures for the proposal; approved a $15/hour minimum wage for all City employees; adopted a City Charter amendment to increase the salary of the Mayor by a 8-0-1 vote; and debated a proposal of Council Member Mary Lupien for a City Charter amendment either to approve a cost-of-living increase for Council Members or a salary increase to at least $37,000, on the ground that compensation is so low that Council Members qualify for such public assistance as WIC and cannot devote themselves adequately to public service due to financial pressure to work second jobs. In the debate, Council Member Michael Patterson countered that the Council should avoid the appearance of acting in its self-interest. The specific Lupien proposal failed on a 6-3 vote, but the Council subsequently favored raising Council Member salaries in principle by a 6-3 vote. Thereafter, Council Members okayed 9-0 a Memorandum of Understanding supporting the Joseph A. Floreano Riverside Convention Center Expansion Project, and by the same vote an agreement for selection of the Chief of Police. Further, Council Members concurred in an American Rescue Plan earmark for a City employee vaccination-incentive program, as well as a budget amendment to fund launch of a guaranteed basic-income pilot project. Then-Council Member Malik Evans confided that he seeks eventual expansion. Afterward, the Council entertained an arrangement of payment in lieu of taxes; passed a proposal for the Franklin D. Florence Civil Rights Park, to honor the FIGHT organization activist who negotiated a job-training program with Eastman Kodak for unemployed African-Americans in the City; voted to fund the Hemlock Filtration Project; adopted a Firearms-Instruction pact with Monroe County 8-1; endorsed the Summer of Opportunity Youth Employment program; approved re-design of the Website of the Police Accountability Board; and voted to re-name Nathaniel Square Park and Charles Carroll Park, which had recognized City founders who had been slaveholders at one time. Ultimately, Mayor-elect Malik Evans credited Interim Mayor James Patrick Smith for committing to a smooth transition to his Administration in the aftermath of Mayor Lovely Warren resigning as part of a plea deal in connection with campaign-law violations and state criminal charges for possession of unregistered firearms, failure to secure firearms, and endangering the welfare of a child. The Council next meets on January 3 and then on January 18.
* School District News Briefs … Rochester City School District Superintendent Dr. Lesli Myers-Small announces that the Board of Education (131 W. Broad Street) is poised to hold an organizational meeting on January 3rd at 6 PM for election of Board Officers and for designation of a Liaison for Homeless Children and Youth and, among other actions, designation of a Dignity for All Students Act Coordinator; and to conduct meetings of the Policy Committee of the Whole (5:30 PM) on equity in student achievement and the Governance Committee of the Whole on January 4th, focusing in part on Racial Bias Training. Later in the month, the New York State Regents Testing Exam is planned for January 25-28.
* Weather... The National Weather Service reports that current conditions at Greater Rochester International Airport, as of 11:54 PM on December 30, are foggy and misty, with a temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit, relative humidity of 97 percent, calm wind, barometric pressure of 29.90 inches, a dewpoint of 37 degrees, and visibility of 4 miles. The over-night forecast calls for cloudy skies, with a low temperature of about 36 degrees and light southeast wind. On New Year’s Eve, a slight chance of light rain is expected, along with mostly-cloudy skies, a daily high temperature of about 47 degrees, southeast wind of 5 to 9 miles per hour becoming westerly in the afternoon, and a 20-percent chance of precipitation, but winds could gust to 22 miles per hour. That night, look for occasional drizzle, with a chance of rain, mostly-cloudy skies, a low temperature of about 40 degrees, calm wind becoming southerly at about 6 miles per hour in the evening, a 40-percent chance of precipitation, and the possibility of new precipitation amounts of less than one-tenth inch. On New Year’s Day, rain is anticipated, with a daily high temperature of about 49 degrees, south wind of 5 to 7 miles per hour becoming calm in the afternoon, a 100-percent chance of precipitation, and the possibility of new precipitation amounts of one-tenth to one-quarter inch. Over night, rain is in the forecast before 4 AM, followed by snow, a low temperature of about 31 degrees, and the possibility of new precipitation amounts of a quarter-inch to one-half inch. Snow is also forecast later on Sunday, with an 80-percent chance of precipitation.
* Sports … The Amerks (16-8-0-0) seek to follow-up their 5-3 victory Wednesday over the Providence Bruins, thanks to a four-point performance by forward Michael Mersch, in a 2:05 PM face-off today, on the road, against the Atlantic Division-leading Springfield Thunderbirds (16-7-2-1), then their other American Hockey League Eastern Conference rivals, the Hartford Wolf Pack (14-6-2-2) on Sunday at 3 PM.
MIDDLE EAST CABLE … a moment in time [Edited and Condensed] by Mike Maggio
On March 20, 1994,Tunisia held its first elections since 1989. The significance of these elections, however, lies not in the Presidential race, but in the contest for seats in the National Assembly, for the Tunisian electorate is guaranteed, for the first time since independence, that this law-making body will be multi-partisan. Even if non-ruling-party candidates are unable to win seats in the elections, newly-amended electoral laws guarantee 19 opposition seats in this 163-member body. While this amount is certainly insignificant in the political battles that are sure to take place once the newly-elected Assembly convenes, it represents a positive step forward in a country that has been ruled by a single party since its independence from France in 1956. In the broader North African context, it signifies an attempt by the ruling party to keep Tunisia on a moderate course while continuing to espouse democratic principles. Up until now, Tunisia has managed to appease Qaddafi and to successfully repress its own insurgent fundamentalist movement, which began to take hold when food riots broke out in 1983. After replacing Bourguiba that year and consolidating his power, Ben Ali initiated limited political reforms which allowed opposition parties to participate in elections. However, in 1991, the Renaissance Party, which had fielded independent candidates in the country’s elections, was outlawed and its leaders jailed or exiled, ever since mirroring, on a smaller scale, events that have galvanized Algeria into a state under siege. Now that Ben Ali has been elected to his second of three legally-permitted terms, his challenge will be to continue political reform while trying to avoid the pitfalls of Algeria's failed experiment with democracy. Despite his success in stimulating the economy and keeping Tunisia on a moderate course where relations with the West are paramount, he must make amends with the fundamentalists if he truly wants to broaden democracy. Balancing this requirement with his wish for Tunisia to remain a secular society poses a difficult task in a region where political instability and repression are the norm.
* 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 … 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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