The City is preparing an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for their Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) program. You have the opportunity to comment on the “scoping” of the EIS, to suggest what issues the City should address. The Eastlake Community Council has prepared an excellent briefing on scoping issues. Please read it, then email your comments by 5:00 PM on Friday, Sept. 9. (Eastlake CC asks that you send additional suggestions to them at firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Archives for August 2016
[quoted]”Home demolitions have altered residential neighborhoods across King County, as small bungalows are replaced by large, boxlike houses that on average cost about three times as much.”[/quoted]
It’s good to have a systematic confirmation of the phenomenon that we feel anecdotally: These houses are huge, intrusive, and ugly, and they’re built for the most venal of commercial motives. This is housing policy? Even if you accept Dan Bertolet’s offensive argument that building housing for the rich somehow benefits the poor, do we want to pay for affordable housing by destroying our neighborhoods? Is there not some better way?
A Federal judge will rule by September 9 whether to halt construction of the Dakota Access pipeline. The Iowa Utilities Board will rule Monday on claims by landowners that the pipeline company is illegally taking their land using eminent domain.
The chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe – David Archambault II – called for continued peaceful protest in an Op-Ed piece in the New York Times.
At the Sacred Stone Camp in Cannonball, South Dakota, observers from Amnesty International arrived to help ensure the police respect the internationally-guaranteed human rights of the protesters gathered there.
Here at rumblecrash, we’ve launched a Topic Resources page for the Dakota Access Pipeline to collect links and posts in one place.
Hundreds have gathered before the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C. to support the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe’s request for an injunction to block construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. The hearing started at 2:00 PM Eastern Time.
Update, 1:00 PM Pacific: The judge did not rule. Decision will be issued Sept. 14. Presumably, construction will continue in the interim, setting up a confrontation with tribal people.
Meanwhile, about 2,500 people are at Camp of the Sacred Stones, a protest camp at the tribe’s reservation near the Cannonball River. The state emergency-services agency removed a water-supply trailer, leaving camp organizers scrambling for an alternative supply.
Mainstream media coverage has been sparse, but the New York Times published an article yesterday that included this video from the protest site in North Dakota: