900 million affordable housing measure one step closer to ballot

first_img February 9, 2018 $900 million affordable housing measure one step closer to ballot Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Ed Lenderman Posted: February 9, 2018center_img Updated: 5:50 PM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsA proposed $900 million bond measure to build low-income housing got one step closer to the November ballot this week when a San Diego City Council committee voted 4-1 to have city staff further evaluate it.The proposal would raise taxes on city of San Diego property owners an average of $72 per year to pay for roughly 7,500 subsidized apartments for the chronically homeless, veterans, senior citizens, the disabled and low-income families.Supporters say the measure, which needs support from two-thirds of voters to pass, would simultaneously help solve the city’s homelessness problem and affordable housing crisis.In addition to the local money it would raise, the measure would help San Diego secure a greater share of state money devoted to homelessness and affordable housing by providing local matching funds typically necessary for such assistance.Without such local funds, San Diego will be eligible for less state assistance than other California cities and counties that have approved similar tax hike measures addressing homelessness in recent years.“I think you’ve presented very compelling arguments — both compassionate ones and financial ones,” Councilwoman Barbara Bry of La Jolla said during Wednesday’s meeting of the council’s Rules Committee. “The state is likely to pass a bond measure and we won’t get our fair share of the money unless we have local matching funds.”Councilman Chris Cate of Mira Mesa said he was concerned about the impact on middle-income and low-income property owners.“I appreciate that this is definitely for those who are most in need, and I can respect that, but there are also people who own homes that are struggling every day too, and this is an additional tax on them,” Cate said.Cate voted in favor of having the proposal analyzed further, but said he plans to scrutinize the final version thoroughly before the full council decides this summer whether to place it on the November ballot.Councilman Mark Kersey of Black Mountain Ranch, who cast the lone “no” vote on Wednesday, said one of his key concerns was that affordable housing is a countywide problem, but only city property owners would face property tax increases under the proposal.“Our city voters are basically being asked to shoulder a fairly large burden,” Kersey said.Stephen Russell, head of the San Diego Housing Federation and the man spearheading the bond measure, said polling showed a bond measure covering the whole county would be unlikely to pass.But he said a November poll of 600 likely voters living within the city showed 71 support for the measure, even after people were told how much property taxes would increase.The bond measure would increase property taxes $19 a year per $100,000 of a property’s assessed valuation, which is often much lower than a property’s market value because of the protections of tax-limiting Proposition 13.While the average sale price of a home in San Diego has surpassed $500,000, supporters say their calculations indicate the average homeowner would pay $72 per year if the bond measure passes.Kersey also questioned whether the measure might conflict with a separate November measure that would raise hotel taxes to expand the waterfront convention center, repair roads and address homelessness.Russell said the $30 million to $50 million per year that measure would devote to homelessness could fund counseling and other support services at the 7,500 apartments that the bond measure would fund.“We see these as complementary and potentially synergistic measures that are up to the scale of the problem,” he said.Councilman Chris Ward of University Heights said he was pleased the measure would divide the money equally among three priorities.Based on the 7,500 estimate of housing units it would fund, the measure would build 2,500 units for the chronically homeless, 2,500 units for low-income families and 2,500 units for veterans, seniors and the disabled.No members of the public spoke against the measure, while a large coalition of housing developers, social service groups and community organizations praised it.Lori Holt Pfeiler, chief executive of Habitat for Humanity’s San Diego chapter, said the bond money is crucial. “The market can’t produce housing for low-income families — there has to be a subsidy,” she said.Homeless advocate Michael McConnell and several others said the bond measure would do more to end San Diego homelessness than any other proposals being considered. “Here’s the measure that will actually really do something about real solutions,” he said.Councilwoman Myrtle Cole of southeastern San Diego said she was upbeat about the proposal but needs more information before July about how quickly the units could be built and other concerns. “There are a few details that I would like clarified before really, fully committing to the proposal,” she said.City Attorney Mara Elliott’s staff is scheduled to bring back to the Rules Committee this spring potential ballot language and other information.The council is expected to vote in late July and early August on which proposed measures to place on the November ballot. 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2019-09-17

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School Committee Accepts 100K Grant Donation To Strengthen STEM Extracurricular Programs Create

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — At a specially scheduled meeting, the Wilmington School Committee recently accepted a donation of $100,000 in the form of a grant from the Cummings Foundation.Wilmington High School AP Chemistry Teacher Julie Kim successfully applied for the grant through the Cummings Foundation’s annual “$100K For 100” charitable giving initiative.  Wilmington Public Schools will be the recipient of $33,333.33 per year over the next three years.The purpose of the grant is to provide “financial support to strengthen and build STEM extracurricular programs like the Engineering Career Club, the Science Club, and the Robotics Club at the High School and Middle School levels.”The Engineering Career Club is run under the guidance of WHS math teacher Ms. Steph Murray, a former engineer. The club, which has approximately 20 regular members, meets twice a month for two hours after school. Club members have previously designed, built and launched catapults. They’re currently learning about solar energy and other renewal resources, while designing and building tree-like structures to harness solar energy.The Science Club is run under the guidance of WHS science teacher Mrs. Michelle Hooper. The club meets once  a month on Fridays to run experiments and investigate science phenomenon. The Club has considered joining the North Shore Science League.The Robotics Club is attempting to start up under the guidance of WHS AP Physics Teacher Marlene King and WHS AP Chemistry Teacher Julie Kim.  The idea for the club came out of a discussion that took place in Kim’s AP Chemistry class.“Students and teachers are trying to figure out how to fundraiser for the very expensive robotics supplies and for new computers to write the codes and design the robots,” Kim wrote in her application, where she also noted that most of her AP Chemistry students are female, as are most of the science and math teachers at Wilmington High School and Middle School.“The teachers have a passion for sharing our loves of math and science with the students of our schools, but we’d especially love to encourage more female students to pursue these fields,” added Kim.Because of the grant Kim secured, a robotics club will, indeed, launch at Wilmington High School, and necessary supplies for the other two science clubs will be purchased.  Previously, the clubs’ resources were severely limited and based solely on the amount of money fundraised or contributed by students and teachers.“This grant is very exciting and great news for the Wilmington Public Schools,” announced Interim Superintendent Paul Ruggiero, after reading Kim’s grant application.Kim, unfortunately, could not attend the School Committee Meeting at which she was being recognized as she was stuck in traffic returning from the 8th Grade Science Field Trip to Fenway Park.  Kim will, however, be present at a reception held by the Cummings Foundation on Thursday, June 7 where she will be honored.Wilmington School Committee Chair Julie Broussard with WHS Chemistry Teacher & Grant Recipient Julie Kim after a recent meeting.(Photo courtesy of School Committee member Jennifer Bryson.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington High School Receives $100,000 Grant From Cummings FoundationIn “Community”Wilmington’s CLASS Inc. Receives $200,000 Grant From Cummings FoundationIn “Community”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”last_img read more

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2019-09-11

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Wilmington Senior Center Is In Need Of Meal Delivery Assistance

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — This summer, the Buzzell Senior Center has had some students and teachers helping them out with Home Delivered Meals, but with the end of summer, they will all be returning to school. As a result, the Center is in need of individuals who would be interested in delivering meals.Their need is for Mondays. They pay a stipend and travel. Hours are 9:30am to about 1:00pm depending on how long it takes to deliver the meals.Anyone interested can contact Terri Marciello (tmarciello@wilmingtonma.gov) or Laura Pickett (lpickett@wilmingtonma.gov) at the Senior Center. Either of them would be happy to speak to you about the opportunity.(NOTE: The above announcement is from We’re One Wilmington.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedIT’S OUR TURN: Wilmington Seniors Speak Out In Favor Of A New Senior CenterIn “Government”Wilmington Senior Center To Hold Pasta & Meatball Dinner With Live Music On August 12In “Community”State Rep. Dave Robertson Announces June Office HoursIn “Government”last_img read more

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2019-09-11

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Google Doodle has Santa Claus set for holiday deliveries

first_img3:40 Online 0 Our favorite Google Doodles through the years 49 Photos Behold Google 20th anniversary Doodle: Take a look back at popular searches since 1998.Google in 2018: Its workers found voice in protest this year. There will likely be more of that.First published Dec. 23 at 9:29 a.m. PT.Update Dec. 24 at 9:15 a.m. PT.: Adds Christmas Eve doodle and a preview of the Christmas Day doodle. In the hours leading up to Christmas on Sunday, elves loaded Santa’s sleigh with gifts. Google And then on the day of Christmas Eve, Monday, Santa dropped gifts down a chimney.  Google Twas the doodle before Christmas and all through the ‘net, Google’s elves were a-stirring to get us all set.As gift-givers shifted from shopping to wrapping, the holiday turkey began to thaw, and advent calendars got down to their last unopened window, Sunday’s Google Doodle showed us the man of the hour getting ready for his annual mission around the world. The first of several lightly animated holiday doodles showed a trio of elves flinging presents into Santa’s sleigh as the reindeer awaited clearance for takeoff.That image reached many countries in both the northern and southern hemispheres. Greeting folks in the UK, Italy and sub-Saharan Africa was a static, non-Santa illustration, filled with items including tree branches and flowers, cook pot and teakettle, a lone reindeer and a brace of birds (apparently not turtle doves, though).On Monday, Christmas Eve, Google offered a day-two Santa-themed doodle with an illustration of Santa Claus dropping gifts down a chimney in a snowy suburban landscape. The second-day image for the southern hemisphere shows Santa dropping gifts but not through chimneys. And the image for the UK, Italy and sub-Saharan Africa was a new, non-Santa holiday illustration.Google is also ready with a Christmas Day doodle, for both hemispheres, featuring Santa and his team napping after their big night. Google has been decorating its homepage with near-daily doodles for 20 years, a tradition that started with a simple line drawing to mark an outing to the Burning Man festival by Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin. Since then, the whimsical and sometimes interactive illustrations have celebrated everything from poets to Pac-Man and from Halloween to Bastille Day. Tags Share your voice Google Doodle Google Post a comment How Google made a Doodle game Now playing: Watch this:last_img read more

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2019-09-10

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Delhi journalist shot at while driving home eggs thrown on cars windshield

first_imgFacebook/Mitalli ChandolaA Delhi-based journalist was shot at late on Saturday in east Delhi’s Ashok Nagar near Dharamshila Narayana Superspeciality Hospital.The journalist, Mitalli Chandola, recounted her experience, saying that the assailants first threw eggs on her car’s windshield and when she did not stop the vehicle, they fired two shots at her, which pierced through the windshield.The bullets from the shots fired injured Mitalli’s arm. The injuries were given medical attention and she is out of danger.”Prima facie it appears to be a case of a family dispute,” Jasmeet Singh, Deputy Commissioner of Police (East), was quoted as saying by ANI. Reports state that Mitalli was not on good terms with her family.However, the police are also investigating if this was a gang-related incident where they target drivers with eggs in order to distract them and rob them.It is not known if the assailants targeted her because of her profession or it was another reason.On June 8, a crew of a Hindi news channel was shot at by two armed men at Barapullah Road in New Delhi. The men were on a bike, came near their car and asked the crew of three (driver, reporter, cameraman) to stop the vehicle. The driver tried driving faster when he spotted a pistol in the bike driver’s hand.”A man on a black pulsar approached the vehicle when we were near the Pragati Maidan cut. When we noticed a firearm in the biker’s hand and tried speeding, the biker then fired three shots at the vehicle. The first bullet hit the gate, second hit the driver side window and the third one missed,” one of the targets told India Today.last_img read more

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2019-09-05

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256 officials promoted to deputy secretaries

first_imgThe government has promoted 256 senior assistant secretaries to deputy secretaries and 574 assistant professors to associate professors, according to UNB.The public administration ministry and education ministry have issued separate notifications in this regard.Those promoted in the civil administration are currently posted in different districts as additional deputy commissioners and in different ministries and organisations.last_img

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2019-09-03

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Cyclone Fani may hit Bangladesh Saturday morning

first_img.Cyclonic storm Fani may hit Bangladesh on Saturday morning, state minister for disaster and relief Enamur Rahman quoted a Met official as saying.The state minister held a meeting with Met officials at the conference room of his ministry on Wednesday afternoon.Speaking to Prothom Alo, Enamur Rahman said the cyclone may hit Khulna, Satkhira and Mongla on Saturday morning.  He said the ministry has opened control rooms in 19 coastal districts and 56,000 volunteers have been kept standby.As part of the preparations, 200 mts rice, 41,000 packets dry food and cash Tk 500,000 have been sent to the deputy commissioners of the each 19 districts, he said.Meanwhile, authorities in Chattogram have taken all necessary preparations as the extremely severe cyclonic storm ‘Fani’ over the West-central Bay and adjoining area moved northwestwards further over the same area.Maritime ports of Chattogram, Cox’s Bazar, Mongla and Payra have been advised to hoist local warning signal No. 4.Chattogram district disaster management committee held a meeting on Wednesday to take all the necessary preparations to face the cyclone.The authorities have taken decisions to open cyclone centres and control rooms and keep medical team standby to fight the cyclone.Water transports from Chattogram to Sandwip and Hatia have been suspended due to the cyclone.Acting district commissioner Delwar Hossain said 2,739 cyclone centres have been prepared to face Fani.  Chattogram’s civil surgeon Azizur Rahman Siddique told Prothom Alo that 284 medical teams have been kept standby to fight ‘Fani’. The storm was centred at 6:00pm Wednesday about 1205 km southwest of Chattogram Port, 1160 km southwest of Cox’s Bazar Port, 1060 km southwest of Mongla Port and 1070 km southwest of Payra Port, said a special weather bulletin here this noon.It is likely to intensify further and move in a north or northwesterly direction.Maximum sustained wind speed within 74 kms of the storm centre is about 160 kph, rising to 180 kph in gusts or squalls, the bulletin said, adding that sea will remain very high near the cyclone centre.All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain close to the coast and proceed with caution so that they can take shelter within short notice. They are also advised not to venture into the deep sea.last_img read more

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2019-09-03

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Humble ISD Board Of Trustees Approves Hiring Elizabeth Fagen As New Superintendent

first_imgListen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Douglas County School DistrictElizabeth Fagen is the lone finalist for Humble ISD’s superintendent opening.The Humble Independent School District Board of Trustees unanimously approved hiring Elizabeth Fagen as Humble’s next superintendent.The measure has sparked some controversy during the past few weeks, with protests and petitions from parents opposing her.Fagen has 20 years of experience in education and will replace retiring Superintendent Guy Sconzo.Fagen will have a base salary of $298,000 and is scheduled to start in her new position on July 5th.Before her move to Humble, she led the Douglas County School District, a suburban district south of Denver, Colorado.Humble board members declined to be interviewed after the vote.Board president Robert Sitton said in a news release that their vision is to continue the culture of the district and added that they are excited about partnering with Fagen.Kate Brown, who has three children attending Humble ISD schools, thinks one of Fagen’s biggest challenges will be restoring unity.“My concerns are how she will bring the community back together. I feel like, when the announcement was made, there was a big divide between people who just automatically trust the board and people who had questions,” said Brown before the meeting where the board approved hiring Fagen.Although the board has assured the community that Humble will not create a voucher system, one of the biggest concerns of some parents is that Fagen designed one when she worked in Colorado.That voucher program, which allowed the use of taxpayer dollars to send students to private schools, was struck down by the Colorado Supreme Court as unconstitutional.The Texas legislature could consider a school voucher program next year.A so-called tax-credit proposal is a measure Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick supports. X 00:00 /01:32 Sharelast_img read more

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2019-09-02

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Doctors Worry As Texas Lawmakers OK Vaccine Restrictions

first_imgTexas would restrict emergency immunizations given to children removed from troubled homes under legislation that worries doctors and is a victory for vaccination opponents.The bill passed Friday in the Texas House comes as more families statewide are not vaccinating their children. More than 44,000 parents in Texas filed personal-belief exemptions last school year, a nearly twentyfold jump from 2003.The new law would ban emergency vaccinations other than tetanus for children taken into state custody. Doctors say there are real implications.Dr. Anu Partap is director of the Rees-Jones Center for Foster Care Excellence at Children’s Health in Dallas. She says she gave pertussis vaccines to new foster children last year following a North Texas outbreak.She says the new law wouldn’t let her do the same again. Sharelast_img read more

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2019-09-02

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DC Mayor to Make Annual Pitch to Rating Agencies

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) – District of Columbia Mayor Vincent Gray and other city leaders are making their annual trip to New York to meet with the three bond rating agencies. The city’s bond ratings have improved steadily since the mid-1990s, when Congress was forced to take over the bankrupt district government. Gray will argue that the city is due for an upgrade in part because of three consecutive budget surpluses. Most of that money has gone toward bolstering the city’s reserve fund, which now has a record $1.75 billion. Gray, a Democrat, is seeking re-election and has made fiscal stability a priority. Improved bond ratings would mean lower interest rates when the city borrows money. The mayor and the district’s new chief financial officer, Jeffrey DeWitt, will depart for New York on Tuesday.last_img read more

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2019-09-01

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Using vouchers found to reduce waste when offering health products to the

first_img Getting health products to people in need in Africa involves dealing with a host of issues, one of which is waste—governments and other institutions find that if they just give free products to people, a lot of those products are never used; many are simply thrown away. To deal with this problem, some organizations have taken to charging people for the products under the reasonable assumption that those that do not need them would simply not buy them. But charging for such products as mosquito netting may prevent many who cannot afford them from getting the help they need. In this new effort, the researchers sought to find out if another type of method might work better, using vouchers that people could redeem for free at a local store.The experiments consisted of going door-to-door in various communities in Kenya offering health products to those who answered. Recipients were given one of three possible options: They could buy the product (a chlorine solution for killing germs in drinking water), they could accept a voucher for it, or they could just have it right there for free. The researchers then followed up later by returning to the homes they had visited earlier, this time requesting to test their water.In analyzing the water samples, the researchers found that those who were given vouchers had just a 1 percentage dip in samples with chlorine compared to those that had received free supplies right away (32.9 versus 33.9). But they also found that they only needed to give out 60 percent as much of the solution when using the voucher system. In sharp contrast, the researchers found that for those who were offered the product for sale, only 12.4 percent had chlorine in their water, indicating that a large percentage of those contacted could not afford the product.The researchers suggest their experiments indicate that adding a small hassle when administering health products can dramatically reduce waste. Not included in the study was the possible emotional impact on the people made to trod to a nearby store to collect their “free” healthcare product. How to deliver drinking water chlorine-free (Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with several institutions in the U.S. has found that offering vouchers as a means of distributing health products to poor people in Africa resulted in less waste than other methods. In their paper published in the journal Science, the team describes the experiments they conducted, their results and why they believe the voucher method could prove useful in a wide variety of distribution applications. Benjamin Olken with MIT offers a Perspective piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: P. Dupas et al. Targeting health subsidies through a nonprice mechanism: A randomized controlled trial in Kenya, Science (2016). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaf6288AbstractFree provision of preventive health products can markedly increase access in low-income countries. A cost concern about free provision is that some recipients may not use the product, wasting resources (overinclusion). Yet, charging a price to screen out nonusers may screen out poor people who need and would use the product (overexclusion). We report on a randomized controlled trial of a screening mechanism that combines the free provision of chlorine solution for water treatment with a small nonmonetary cost (household vouchers that need to be redeemed monthly in order). Relative to a nonvoucher free distribution program, this mechanism reduces the quantity of chlorine procured by 60 percentage points, but reduces the share of households whose stored water tests positive for chlorine residual by only one percentage point, substantially improving the trade-off between overinclusion and overexclusion. © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Using vouchers found to reduce waste when offering health products to the poor in Africa (2016, August 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-08-vouchers-health-products-poor-africa.html Journal information: Science Explore furtherlast_img read more

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2019-08-31

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