31October2014

Politics and Community

Politics and Community

Here you will find a broad range of news articles with a focus on community and political content.

Congressman Jered Huffman offered an amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 4923) which would have provided an additional $52 million earmarked to aid in drought relief in California and other western states. However, according to a press release received by the KMUD News Department, the amendment did not pass. The press release appears below as does a video of Huffman speaking on the House floor about his amendment.

Press Release, dated July 10, 2014:
Huffman: “Congress cannot make it rain, but what we can do is invest in drought-resistant water supplies through smart, sustainable investments in conservation and water reuse.”

WASHINGTON—Today, Congressman Jared Huffman (D-San Rafael) offered an amendment to the Energy and Water Development and Related Agencies Appropriations Act (H.R. 4923) to provide relief from the historic drought facing California and many other western states. Huffman’s amendment would provide an additional $52 million for water-saving conservation, reuse and recycling infrastructure projects, offset by a reduction to the Department of Energy’s Nuclear Energy account, which provides funding for research into non-military nuclear power plants. The amendment was defeated.
 
“The California drought is the most extreme drought that many of us have seen in our lifetime, and we either believe it’s a national crisis and a national priority or we don’t,” Congressman Huffman said. “Congress cannot make it rain, but what we can do is invest in drought-resistant water supplies through smart, sustainable investments in conservation and water reuse.”
 
Specifically, Huffman’s amendment would direct $52 million to the Bureau of Reclamation for Title XVI water-saving conservation, reuse and recycling infrastructure projects, which support municipalities, farmers, fish and wildlife, and recreation. This amendment reflects one program funded by Congressman Huffman’s drought bill, which he introduced in March. In June, nearly 80% of California was under extreme drought conditions, and 36% of the state was in an “exceptional” drought, the highest category on the U.S. Drought Monitor.

 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Community Clean-up Day this Sat.

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Summer season means an increase in tourist and transient populations in the Garberville/Redway areas and with it a corresponding increase in trash left behind. In an effort to help foster clean communities, Humboldt County resident Mike Miller has organized a Community Clean-up Day. Miller spearheaded a successful clean-up event last year in mid-June. This year's event is scheduled for this Saturday, July 21, beginning at 10 am. Anyone wishing to help is encouraged to meet at the first turnout on the left, as you are going north from Garberville on Redwood Drive. The spot will be marked by a 20-yard dumpster donated by Recology Humboldt County.

Volunteers are asked to bring work gloves but trash bags will be provided. If you can bring a pick-up truck to help haul bagged trash that would also be welcomed but is in no way required.

The clean-up event is sponsored by Humboldt County Public Works, the Garberville/Redway Public Restroom Working Group (GRPRWG) and Clean Community Crew.

There is no shortage of opinions in Humboldt County when it comes to proposed regulations for growing marijuana on small parcels ranging from residential lots to 5 acres. According to the California NORML website, a public hearing on an ordinance to restrict cannabis growing on parcels five acres or smaller in Humboldt County will take place this Thurs., June 19, 2014 at the Courthouse in Eureka beginning at 6 pm.  At that time members of the public will have an opportunity to express their opinions on the issue to the Planning Commission. All interested parties are encouraged to attend. Links to relevant documents relating to the proposed ordinance are provided below.

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College of the Redwoods will host an open house at its Garberville Instructional Site, located at 286 Sprowl Creek Rd.Garberville, on Thursday, June 19 from 4-8 p.m, according to a press release from CR. The event will include a tour of the newly remodeled building, information about classes and trainings to be offered at the site and information about the process involved in teaching a community education class for CR. Additionally, from 6 to 8 p.m., an introductory English as a Second Language (ESL) class will be held at the site. The press release appears below. Click here for a map to the site.
 
Press Release from College of the Redwoods:
College of the Redwoods will host an open house at it Garberville Instructional Site on Thursday, June 19 from 4-8 p.m. The first two hours will give Southern Humboldt residents an opportunity to see the newly remodeled building, computer lab and classroom. Visitors will also be able to learn about community education classes, including English as a Second Language classes, and other trainings being offered. Community members will be able to connect with CR student services, financial aid and counseling staff.  

There will be opportunities for those who want to teach a community education class for CR to learn how to apply.  “It has been a long road to get here, but it is definitely gratifying to see the completion of the building renovation and the various opportunities being planned for this site,” said CR President Kathy Smith. “CR is pleased to be able to open this building to community activities and future CR classes.”

From 6 to 8 p.m., an introductory ESL class will be held at the site.

Garberville Site coming to life

In the last year new educational offerings and community partnerships have started at the CR Garberville Instructional Site. They include:  

  • An expanding number of non-credit and not-for-credit Community Education classes;
  • The seventh-through 12th grade Garberville Community School is completing its first year back at the Garberville Site after at least three years in Benbow;
  • The Artful Children organization recently signed a lease at the Garberville Site to offer art and music classes, as well provide a space to create art;
  • Since the beginning of the year, CR has been leasing the theater portion of the Garberville Site to a non-profit organization called the Redwood Community Theatre.
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