April 2022

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Upcoming Upgrades to District 7 Facilities This Summer

On Monday, the Edwardsville School District 7 school board voted to approve a few different improvement projects at facilities in the district this summer.

A $281,736 bid from JF Electric Inc. to replace and upgrade fire alarms in the district was approved at the meeting.

The offer includes the replacement of all fire alarm systems at Nelson Elementary School and the Edwardsville High School football stadium and sports complex media room, as well as the replacement of fire alarm panels. fire alarm control at Glen Carbon, Hamel, Leclaire, Midway, Woodland and Worden Elementary Schools as well as Liberty Middle School.

The project is scheduled to begin June 1 with final completion scheduled for August 5. The project budget was approximately $375,000 and will be funded from a surplus operating and maintenance fund.

The council also approved a bid from Roosters Asphalt of $310,000 for the Columbus Elementary School parking lot project. The project includes the construction of a new parking lot in front of the current school building as well as the waterproofing of the three existing parking lots at the entrance to the sports complex of the Edwardsville secondary school, the playing field of the elementary Woodland and part of the Cassens primary school.

The project will begin on May 31 and final completion is scheduled for August 5. The budget estimate for the project was $343,000. The project will be funded by the proceeds from the sale of the parsonage by the district and by surplus operating and maintenance funds.

The board also approved ten-and-a-half-month contracts for several elementary building managers for the 2020/2023 school year. Superintendent Patrick Shelton said this is the first step in several contracts that will be voted on as the district works to have all administrators on annual contracts.

The board also approved resignations and retirements as well as employment, including the appointment of David N. Courtney, Jr. as District 7 Treasurer effective July 1, 2022 through June 30, 2023.

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Pierce County executive vetoes law that would expand ‘safe parking’ areas for homeless people

TACOMA — Pierce County Executive Bruce Dammeier issued his second veto of the week Friday, rejecting a bill that would have allowed homeless people to park their cars overnight in lots across the county.

Republican Dammeier raised concerns about the legislative process that ended with the law passing in a 4-3 partisan vote by the county board, with the approval of the Democratic majority.

“Secure temporary parking – if done the right way – is an attractive option for some homeless people,” Dammeier said in a letter to council announcing his veto.

Council Chairman Derek Young, a Democrat, responded to Dammeier with his own letter, saying the public wants a quick response to homelessness issues and the council has delivered.

“This legislation provided an interim solution that we could continue to refine while the Department of Planning and Public Works develops permanent regulations for final review and action by Council,” Young’s letter said.

State law allows churches and religious institutions to open their parking lots to homeless people who own a vehicle so those people have a safe place to sleep in their car. Four religious organizations have opened about 30 spaces for so-called “secure parking” in Pierce County.

The bill passed by the county council on April 19 would have extended this secure parking to government offices, schools, parks, daycares, libraries, community centers, doctors’ offices and commercial properties.

Dammeier told the county council in his veto letter that the legislation as passed would impact public trust.

He pointed out that council used temporary bylaws, which bypass a legislative process, to pass the bill. The law would have put rules in place for six months while staff work on permanent bylaws to present to council.

Council spokesman Brynn Grimley said the bill had been heard by the Community Development Committee with public comments and the Department of Social Services was also involved in the process.

“It was not a fast-track process like an emergency bill,” she told the News Tribune. “There was a normal process of public comment and review as far as a county council process would go.”

Dammeier said in his letter that secure parking is allowed at religious organizations, and the veto doesn’t change that.

Young said council staff said that was potentially the case. There is no county law that meets state requirements, and therefore any safe parking in unincorporated Pierce County is illegal. Young also said he wanted more than the “minimum standard” set by the state legislature.

“We know that we cannot relocate people as quickly as necessary. This legislation has helped resolve this issue, and I am disappointed that the executive branch chose to veto it,” Young’s letter reads.

One of the bill’s sponsors, board member Ryan Mello (D-Tacoma), told the News Tribune he was disappointed with Dammeier’s decision. He said 31% of homeless people have a car, according to the county’s 2020 point-in-time count.

Pierce County prioritized affordable housing and homelessness in its 2022-23 budget, allocating $253 million — the most the county has ever spent on homelessness. The county also approved a comprehensive plan to end homelessness that focuses on expanding shelter space and case management. The plan also mentions the importance of safe places where people can park.

Friday’s veto was Dammeier’s fifth in six years in office. He and the county council are also in the midst of a dispute over who has the power to decide which flags fly at the County-City Building in downtown Tacoma.

Young said he plans to introduce a flag policy veto at Tuesday’s council meeting next week, but has yet to discuss with other council members whether to propose a right of veto on the issue of safe parking.

“I haven’t had a chance to go through the timeline of this, but I think we will have one at some point,” he told The News Tribune.

Dammeier could not immediately be reached for further comment on Friday.

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Burger Restaurant, Beer Garden, Latin Fusion Concept and More in Downtown Tucson

Upcoming Restaurant Concepts and Renovations Funded by Rio Nuevo Board of Directors

There is a lot of buzz in the city center and the Council Rio Nuevo is behind a good handful of them. For example, at a recent meeting, the board – unanimous on every agenda item – approved projects like a new high-rise hotel and residential complex, a new bar and restaurant on the Congress and a few other concepts.

Corbett Lane food, beer and games

First, there’s something quite exciting about the work inside the historic building at the corner of Sixth Avenue and Seventh Street. Developer Scott Stiteler and his team at First phase are planning to renovate the Corbett Building, naming it Corbett Alley.

Renderings of Corbett Lane (Photo courtesy of Rio Nuevo)

It will take the form of an old-fashioned burger joint, beer garden, five pickleball courts and 188 parking spaces. Just read the words “188 parking spaces” is enough to make anyone happy, isn’t it?

More than likely, you know the empty building, which is nearby EXO Roast Co., Faucet & Bottle, and other wonderful local businesses in the area. In addition, the team behind the construction aims to spruce up the area by installing better lighting, planters, etc.

TABU — a Latin fusion restaurant

Oh, but it’s happening more right through the underpass and further south.

TABU Renderings

Renderings by TABU (Photo courtesy of Rio Nuevo)

There’s a new restaurant downtown called TABOO by developers Zeus Sainz, Jesus Mario Ramirezand Paul Mendoza moves to 128 E. Congress. It is the space rediscovered leaning against the old Chicago store location and near whiskey bar Batch.

“They have developed a unique menu downtown and want to invest in the people of Tucson,” Rio Nuevo said in a statement to the Latin fusion venue.

Rooftop Dining Room at Reilly Craft Pizza & Drink

Finally, the Rio Nuevo Board of Directors closed the meeting by authorizing an additional change to the construction of a rooftop bar at Reilly artisan pizza and drink.

The project was announced and approved nearly a year ago, but hit a snag due to rising construction costs. However, construction is expected to begin very soon on the roof.

Reilly artisan pizza and drink

Renderings of Reilly Craft Pizza and Drink (Photo courtesy of Rio Nuevo)

For more information on upcoming Rio Nuevo Council projects and any updates on completion dates, visit

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Audi e-Tron GT review: A luxury electric built for the open road

Audi e-tron GT: Specifications

Release date: Available now
Price: Starting at $102,400; £82,950 as tested (around $109,000)
Able: 93.4kWh
Power : 523 hp
Battery range: 298 / 215 real world
Charging speed: 21 minutes (10-80%, 270kW)
Top speed: 152
0-60: 4.1
Intelligent: Audi Connect Navigation and Infotainment, MMI Navigation Plus with MMI Touch, Driver Assist with Audi Pre-sense front, lane departure warning, Parking System plus, reversing camera, electrically adjustable heated front seats.

I recently spent a week with the Audi e-tron GT and have to say it’s a fantastic grand tourer, much like the comparable Porsche Taycan, which is built on the same platform. The big difference here is that both are fully electric, unlike a gas-guzzling GT the old-fashioned way.

The e-Tron GT offers plenty of luxury, a sublime ride over long distances and a hefty price tag to go along with it. But with all of this also comes the fun and challenge of operating an EV. So good and not so good in equal parts. Having already tried the Audi e-tron Sportback some time ago, which is more upright and sits firmly in SUV territory, I was really keen to spend some time behind the wheel of the e-tron GT.

It’s lower, sportier and a better car for getting through the hard corners. Although this one is still a bulky thing. In fact, navigating the Audi e-tron GT around narrow lanes and tiny villages in both Cornwall and Permbrokeshire requires some serious nerves of steel. Parking is another thing too.

A week later, however, the delightfully shiny 20-inch ‘5-twin-spoke’ alloy wheels had fortunately not been eroded or the paint scuffed…

Audi e-tron GT: Price and availability

The Audi e-tron GT is available now and is a great car if you want to enter the world of high-end EV grand touring. Prices start at $102,400 in the US and $79,900 in the UK. My test car cost £82,950, which equates to around $109,000.

Despite a few extras, it was still a relatively basic edition, and some models came equipped with all the high-tech bells and whistles. Audi’s luxury interior options are easily capable of driving the price up much more. An even sportier RS ​​e-tron GT version of the car, meanwhile, starts at $142,400.

Audi e-tron GT: Design and style

My car arrived resplendent in the optional Ascari Blue Metallic, a £950/$595 option which looks fabulous. That’s a change from the many silver Audis that dot UK housing estates anyway. The car also comes with the optional e-tron Sport Sound, another pricey extra, but it adds an extra thrill factor if you’re ready to get in with the idea that something sounds really good. Although it’s not quite the same as the sound of a real engine.

Audi e-tron GT parked outdoors

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It’s a long car, no less than 5 meters, low and wide, with a roofline that shortens towards the trunk and sacrifices interior height a bit as a result. At just under 1.4 meters tall, that low stance is also a big part of the appeal. Once you’re inside, the driving position is comfortable, rather than roomy, but perfectly suited to the gran tourer vibe.

Audi e-tron GT front seat interior

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My car also had everything to make long drives more comfortable, including thermally insulated glass and a panoramic glass roof, which opens up the feel of the car, especially if you’re in the back.

Audi e-tron GT parked outdoors

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There were some neat touches too, including front and rear door sills with aluminum inlays, while the three-spoke Audi Sport contour steering wheel was a real treat. The Audi Connect navigation and infotainment work quite well, with everything within easy reach via the MMI Touch interface.

Audi e-tron GT steering wheel

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That said, it took me a few tries and a dip in the big manual to figure out how to reset the on-board computer. Uh. Otherwise, the sat nav, Audi sound system and phone connectivity proved easy to use.

Audi e-tron GT: Performance

Like all electric vehicles, there is a price to pay for carrying batteries. You can lose the weight of an internal combustion engine, all those technical gizmos inside often make an electric car feel heavy. The Audi e-tron GT is no exception, and at around 2.3 tonnes it’s chunky. It looks like a heavyweight killer, but it’s been designed to deliver plenty of performance to compensate for that and, to its credit, feels wonderfully well-balanced.

Audi e-tron GT parked outdoors

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There are front and rear motors, delivering quattro power to the wheels. That means the car feels great, even when you’re hunting for that ever-elusive EV charging point. Take the plunge and, thanks to the four-wheel steering, you really start to feel the car’s potential. Considering the Audi e-tron GT runs on huge tyres, the ride quality is surprisingly good, even on the worst country roads in the UK.

Audi e-tron GT rim

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In fact, the tires are so big that they often managed to push me past ugly potholes, rather than sinking the precious wheels into them. The suspension is fabulous, providing a comfortable ride for driver and passengers, but also enough dynamism to make the Audi e-tron GT thrilling. Even though there is little noise except for the computerized enhancement, the power delivery is instantaneous.

Audi e-tron GT parked outdoors

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Choose from three modes: Efficiency, Comfort and Dynamic which all serve their purpose. Although Dynamic alters the car setup to the point where your next visit to a Charger is sooner than expected. You need power for all that performance, after all.

Dynamic mode is infectious, however, and really inspires a “go to hell” attitude when you take off into the sunset. Stopping the Audi e-tron GT is easy too, with brakes that are everything you’d expect from a car that can go from 0-60 in 4.1 seconds.

Audi e-tron GT: Interior

Up front, the Audi e-tron GT is everything you’d expect from the German automaker, too. It’s simple, functional and well laid out. The seats are super comfortable and feel great over a long distance.

Audi e-tron GT front seat interior

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Although it’s a fairly low car, the e-tron GT is also easy to get in and out of if you’re the front seat occupants. Legroom isn’t plentiful for people six feet and taller, but if you’re on the shorter side, it’s more than enough. The same goes for the passenger side.

Audi e-tron GT parked outdoors

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Sit in the back, meanwhile, and you tend to feel a bit cut off from the world. If you’re in the back seats, being driven and having work to keep you busy could be a bonus. However, if you have children there, the sloping side windows caused by the sloping roofline mean there’s not much to see out of the side windows. Add to that the fact that the comfortable sculpted front seats block your view forward, and you could soon be subjected to the howls of motion sickness. Try the car in a few corners and you’ll double that effect.

Audi e-tron GT rear seat interior

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It’s a nice place to sit. Just like the front, you feel crouched and there are the usual extras everyone needs: charging points, a sizable center armrest and smart cupholders.

Audi e-tron GT rear seat air vents

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There’s also some legroom, although taller occupants who have to move the front seats all the way back will soon take that away from all but the smallest children.

Audi e-tron GT trunk

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The trunk, at just 14 cubic feet, isn’t large considering the size of the car, and some space is taken up by the supplied charging cables. Anyone with kids and lots of stuff is probably best to stick with the Audi e-tron Sportback instead.

Audi e-tron GT: range and charging

The official range of a fully charged Audi e-tron GT is 298 miles according to European WLTP standard and 238 miles according to EPA range tests. I feel like the US numbers are closer to the truth, and I’ve rarely done more than 200 miles. Somewhere around 215 miles seems the average figure.

Audi e-tron GT with charging station

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Drive it sensibly and the e-tron GT feels surprisingly frugal in the way it uses battery power.

Audi e-tron GT dashboard display

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In some instances, when it felt like we were coasting through the rolling Welsh countryside, the car seemed to do nothing. The range indicator seemed almost static. Spot a tempting curved stretch ahead of you and that would soon change. Regenerative braking takes place, although it doesn’t sound as impressive as one might think. Even with all that weight on steep grades and your foot firmly on the brake pedal.

Audi e-tron GT: Verdict

I put in almost 1200 miles in my seven days with the Audi e-tron GT and for the most part it was great fun. A big bonus was the obvious lack of stress, which can be common when you struggle to find an EV charging point to match. In fact charging the car, using new slots that I haven’t used before, was largely perfect. Fast too. Find a fast charger and you will no doubt be impressed too.

Driving the Audi e-tron GT is great fun, until you have to squeeze it into tight spaces. That’s when stress levels start to spike and give those anxiety and anxiety cold sweats a run for their money. Say goodbye to city parking and take the car out on the road and the Audi e-tron GT will soon have you forgetting all worries. On the highways, the ride is effortless, comfortable, and pressing your foot to overtake provides plenty of thrills.

Head down the winding country roads and it’s even better. Thrills diminish if you stray into the spirit of single-track country roads, and the UK has plenty of that. Stick to a twisty, super-smooth Welsh main road and you’ll find the Audi e-tron GT is an almost faultless ride. Those big tires, huge 285s at the rear, mean the car is planted on the road and corners like it’s on rails.

It’s a well-used cliche for sure, but certainly true from my experience of the Audi e-tron GT. It’s enough to make me want to have one of my own.

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Sick of everyday parking problems

THE daily struggle to find parking at Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital in Ipoh will be solved if the plan to build a multi-storey car park comes to fruition.

Perak health committee chairman Mohd Akmal Kamaruddin said discussions have been held with the state health department and the hospital over the latter’s lack of parking spaces.

He said the construction of a multi-storey car park had been mooted.

“Several areas have been identified as possible locations to build the multi-storey car park.

“However, the matter is still under discussion.

“We have to consider the factor involving the load of the structure on the ground and other nearby buildings that may be affected,” said Mohd Akmal.

Finding a place to park is infuriating for many visitors as well as hospital staff.

Even with the new Women, Children and Cardiology Complex reportedly having about 300 parking spaces, staff and visitors are still competing for parking spaces.

According to a hospital employee who wished to remain anonymous, hospital management recently blocked half of the new complex’s parking spaces for visitors, causing inconvenience to medical staff.

The employee said this followed a complaint from a visitor earlier this year that the resort’s parking lot had been closed to the public.

“We have had problems with inadequate parking for years.

“About a year ago, the situation was a little better for us once the complex opened, with a handful of doctors and staff able to find parking.

“Following the complaint, half of the parking spaces are now reserved for visitors.

“The guards there don’t allow us to park even though there are vacant bays.”

The employee said the latest decision was unfair to hospital staff, especially doctors who would be busy caring for patients.

“Some doctors are even forced to double park and leave their number on the dashboard.

“They will then have to run to get their cars out when someone calls them.

“Some of our cars have even been scratched from double or triple parking.”

The employee said that some staff, especially doctors, should have priority for parking.

“Just imagine the time it takes to get in and out of the clinic, sometimes leaving a patient in the ward or clinic just to park our cars.

“It’s a total waste of energy.

“And recently when Health Minister Khairy Jamaluddin visited the hospital, we were all allowed to park in the compound just for that day.

“Is it to hide the problems we face? Isn’t he (the minister) the person who should know the problem and solve it?

“We deserve to be treated fairly,” added the employee.

Perak Health Department Director Datuk, Dr Ding Lay Ming, reportedly said last month that it was just a misunderstanding and that the hospital had not closed the parking lot of the new complex to the public.

Dr Ding noted that the closure was only temporary to limit the number of visitors to the building due to the rising number of Covid-19 cases earlier this year.

The hospital has around 5,000 staff and receives around 800 visitors daily.

There are currently 1,188 parking spaces within the hospital grounds, of which 52% or 614 spaces are reserved for staff and around 300 others outside the premises.

Nearby there are two car parks.

One is located opposite the Greentown Health Clinic which can accommodate about 200 cars and is about 650m from the hospital.

The other parking area is at the mosque next to the hospital, which can accommodate 117 cars, with shuttle services provided.

Teacher Nurul Ain Ariffin, 30, said the shortest time it took her to find a parking space at the hospital was 20 minutes.

“I consider myself lucky if I can park my car on the hospital grounds.

“Most of the time I have to wait a long time for a place,” she said, adding that she regularly accompanied her mother, a kidney patient, to the hospital.

Freelancer Mohd Amru Md Radzi rides his motorbike to the hospital.

The 34-year-old, who takes his seven-year-old son to hospital for treatment for thalassemia several times a week, said it was a way to avoid the parking problem.

“If it’s raining, I just use the ehailing service instead.

“But at the moment the motorbike is more convenient because I can also avoid traffic jams between my home in Tanjung Rambutan and the hospital,” he said.

Lawyer Naziatul Azrin Faizal, 39, who has been seeking treatment for an autoimmune disease in hospital since 2015, prefers to park in the parking lot across from the Greentown Health Clinic.

“It’s only a few minutes walk from there to the hospital.

“It’s just easier to park there instead of waiting and looking for a parking space on the hospital grounds.

“While this may be fine for most able-bodied people, it is not for those with mobility issues or the elderly,” she said.

Naziatul said there were a lot of things to consider if she had to park inside the hospital grounds.

“It takes a long time to find and wait for a parking space and it wastes fuel,” she said while noting that nowadays most people use the phone service, taxi or the bus to get to the hospital.

She said the parking issues weren’t limited to the Ipoh facility, but generally affected other hospitals across the country.

Mohd Akmal advised people to park opposite the Greentown Health Clinic or at the mosque for the time being.

“Use the shuttle services provided by the hospital,” he said.

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Man is dragged by car – with daughter, granddaughter inside – in hotel parking lot: Beachwood Police blotter


Criminal Assault: Eaton Boulevard

At 12:40 a.m. on April 24, police were called to the parking lot of the Aloft Hotel, 1010 Eaton Blvd. At the scene, officers learned that a 42-year-old man from White Lake, Michigan was dragged to the ground while partially in a car.

The incident began when the man allegedly saw his daughter, 22, from Kirtland, in a car with a Mentor, 25, smoking marijuana. Also in the car was the woman’s 6-month-old daughter.

The man told officers he went to the car to scold his daughter for smoking marijuana with his daughter in the car. The upset Mentor then allegedly fled while the 42-year-old was partially in the car, dragging him a short distance.

Police have charged the Mentor man with felony assault and child endangerment.

OVI: Shaker Blvd.

At 10:30 p.m. on April 21, an officer stopped a speeding car and discovered that the driver, a 62-year-old Cleveland man, was intoxicated. Police charged the man with OVI and speeding.

Check Fraud: Halburton Road

At 2:50 p.m. on April 22, a 57-year-old Beachwood man reported that a check he mailed to the Solon Post Office had been stolen and the payee’s name had been altered. The dollar amount on the check has been reduced from $13,000 to $6,300.

Domestic Violence: Park East Drive

At 8:10 a.m. on April 22, police were called to the Residence Inn Hotel, 3628 Park East Drive, following a report of a disturbance on the second floor. After investigation, police arrested a 39-year-old Akron man on charges of domestic violence and disorderly conduct. The victim was a 43-year-old Cleveland woman.

OVI: cedar path

At 11:50 p.m. on April 23, an officer stopped a speeding car and learned that its driver, a 47-year-old woman from Maple Heights, was intoxicated. Police charged OVI’s wife; have a blood alcohol level over 0.17 (0.08 is the state minimum for drunk driving); speeding; and having an open liquor container in a motor vehicle.

Flight: Cedar Road

At 5 p.m. on April 23, police arrested two Columbus boys, ages 17 and 15, for theft from Dillard’s at Beachwood Place Mall, 26300 Cedar Road. The boys allegedly stole goods totaling $79.50.

Drug possession: Boulevard Chagrin

At 1:35 a.m. on April 25, an officer stopped a car that displayed partially obstructed license plates. During the traffic stop, it was discovered that the driver, a 23-year-old man from Bedford, had a suspended license.

A search of the man’s car revealed marijuana and pills believed to be narcotics. Police charged the man with DUS, driving with obstructed plates and possession of a controlled substance. Further charges are pending the results of lab tests on the pills.

Threats: Mercantile Road

At 6.50pm on April 20, police were called to 5 Points Property Management, 23715 Mercantile Road, where a Hudson man, 40, allegedly threatened staff via text message. The man was upset that he hadn’t gotten his security deposit back.

See more news from Sun Press here.

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Initiative aims to provide Purple Heart parking for veterans

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SANDPOINT — The Military Order of Idaho’s Purple Heart Department is working to launch an effort to adopt the Purple Heart parking initiative in Bonner County.

The group is also working to launch the effort in Boundary and Kootenai counties.

The MOPH is a non-profit organization that raises funds for programs and services that help Purple Heart recipients and their families. The initiative is one of those programs.

The Purple Heart Parking Initiative is a national program that is adopted county by county and is used across the United States to show honor and respect to award recipients. This program does this by partnering with local businesses to designate an unreserved parking spot, near or adjacent to handicapped parking, as Purple Heart Parking and erecting a plaque to reserve that spot for Purple Heart recipients. .

The initiative could help many Purple Heart recipients who may not qualify for disabled parking, such as combat wounded or seniors, as it will allow all Purple Heart recipients to use the parking lot. There will be no license or license plate requirements, just proving they have a Purple Heart if approached by an officer.

Being the first of its kind in northern Idaho, Dr. Dale Wilson, a MOPH judge advocate and retired Army major who served in Vietnam, undertook this project at a recent meeting.

“Such an effort will be an exceptional way to honor our wounded-in-battle veterans,” Wilson said, “and also educate local residents about their presence in our communities.”

In addition to looking for businesses willing to participate, MOPH is looking for a local Boy Scout who might consider joining the effort as a Project Eagle Scout.

“I just felt like this was the perfect opportunity for an Eagle Scout project,” Wilson said.

Only one young man will be chosen and will only have to be “enthusiastic and have the desire to do it”. The scout will develop a plan, with the help of the MOPH, to approach businesses and build relationships. Once a plan has been formed, the scout and a MOPH mentor will work to implement said plan, with the scout taking the lead position, Wilson said.

“I want [the scout] kind of taking a leading cause will be an Eagle Scout project,” Wilson said.

Local business owners and Scout leaders interested in getting involved are encouraged to contact Wilson by email at [email protected] or by phone at (208) 290-1986

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USAA Real Estate builds one of the first industrial warehouses built with sustainable materials designed to reduce carbon impact

New 161,000 square foot structure built with an innovative wood product that produces 45% less CO2 than conventional concrete

SAN ANTONIO, April 26, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — USAA Real Estate and its development partner, Seefried Industrial Properties, announced that they are nearing completion of an industrial warehouse development in Dallas Fort Worth which will be among the first to use sustainable building materials that will reduce the carbon impact of its construction by more than 45%, equivalent to the emissions of a single car over more than two million kilometers of travel.

The Southfield Park 35 warehouse, located just south of I-20 near Danieldale and Old Hickory Road to the south Dallas County, was constructed with cross-laminated timber (CLT), a precision-engineered wood product that replaces the sloped concrete wall panels of a typical industrial warehouse. Conventional construction methods rely on the use of concrete, which produces 8% of global carbon emissions per year. By relying on this wood product rather than steel and concrete, the carbon-intensive construction process is cut nearly in half. Each CLT panel is built to 132n/a an inch in spec.

The warehouse’s 60ft CLT panels come from a vast forest of British Columbia, Canada which is tightly regulated by federal authorities, which only allow 1% of available timber to be grown and require two trees to be planted for each one that is harvested. “In line with our ambition to be more imaginative in limiting the environmental impact of our development projects, we are leveraging sustainably harvested renewable resources,” said Lange Allen, CEO of USAA Real Estate. “In addition to CLT’s significantly reduced carbon footprint, tenants will recognize the material as being aesthetically superior to the standard steel and concrete design of ’tilting’ walls, as well as the associated energy efficiency operational benefits that the CLT offers.”

“This property has the potential to set a new precedent for building sustainable warehouses,” Josh Hullum, added the director of construction management of USAA Real Estate. “With the tremendous market demand for warehouse products, tenants have an intense and growing appetite for building solutions that have these environmental attributes.”

CLT materials, which remain exposed inside the warehouse, are complemented by MEGASLAB concrete systems, a proprietary admixture for the building slab and site paving that relies on cement reduction but retains durability and remarkable resistance. The warehouse is located on 8.57 acres within the 157-acre Southfield Park 35 development.

“Being part of a ground-breaking project focused strictly on the use of sustainably harvested wood and eco-friendly materials is monumental in our market with promising room for growth in the future,” said Jonathan Stites, senior vice president at Seefried Properties. “We are proud to lead the construction of a project using the CLT and MEGASLAB systems, which guarantees structural integrity, well-being at work and the reduction of greenhouse gases.”

Chris Teesdale and Tom Pearson with Colliers International will commercialize the project.

About USAA Real Estate
Together with its affiliates, USAA Real Estate invests across the risk spectrum and capital stack, managing more than $36 billion of net assets under management for its global clientele. USAA Real Estate provides strategic capital for thematic investments, capitalizing on the growing demand for technology-driven real estate assets. Investments are diversified across North America and Europe, with a portfolio that includes e-commerce logistics and distribution centers, media production facilities and data centers, as well as multi-family, office and hotel properties. For more information, visit

About Seefried
Seefried Industrial Properties is a nationally recognized leader in industrial real estate, with 37 years of development, leasing and management experience. Over the years, the company has been recognized for its transparency, distinctive skills, financial strength, leadership and vision and today remains committed to providing efficient and cost-effective solutions that generate competitive advantages for our customers and investors. Since its inception, the company has built more than $13 billion in development volume in more than 50 markets across the United States Seefried is based in Atlantawith regional offices in Los Angeles, dallas, Chicago and Phoenix. For more information, visit


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Parking study commissioned as Royal Oak struggles with new system – Daily Tribune

A new parking system installed in downtown Royal Oak late last year continues to spark complaints, but city and police officials say the issues are being resolved.

The city’s Downtown Development Authority on Thursday decided to pay for a new parking study, which will take place in two phases, in part to determine whether emergency parking on Washington Avenue needs to be modified.

Retailers continue to complain that customers don’t like rear parking and it’s hurting business.

“It’s a nightmare,” said Lori London, a DDA board member and owner of Write Impressions stationery on Washington Avenue.

Amanda Khoury, owner of the Lost and Found Vintage store, started an online petition two weeks ago to eliminate the new Sentry parking system downtown. Over 1,000 people have signed it to date.

“It’s been relentless,” Khoury said of the complaints she hears from customers and other business owners. “It’s disheartening to hear… people say they don’t want to come downtown anymore.

The sloped parking lot on Washington had to be replaced with a rear sloped parking lot because the new parking meter kiosks have to read license plates from the sidewalk. Michigan motorists only have rear license plates that can only be read if drivers return.

Last year, Royal Oak contracted with Municipal Parking Services to install around 630 on-street parking meters. The company installed Sentry counters, which have cameras that read license plates and mail tickets to offenders.

Thousands of motorists received tickets that were dismissed by the court because of problems with the system or difficulties for users to understand how to use it.

City commissioners were split 4-3 when they approved MPS meters under a five-year contract last year with the Minneapolis-based company. MPS owns and operates the system, collects fines and splits the money 50-50 with the city.

Parking rates for new meters are the same, but fines for violators have increased from $10 to $20. City officials and police worked on a public education program to familiarize people with the new system and reduce payments and other issues.

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City manager Paul Brake said many of the issues that generated complaints occurred when the new system was rolled out in November 2021.

“Some improvements have been made and several updates have been made since the system has been in place,” he said.

Paul Martin, chief operating officer at MPS, told DDA officials there had been issues with a new mobile app for the parking system and at pay stations.

“We are working on ways to report pay station issues,” Martin said. “The overall system is stable.”

Figures for the first week of April show that there were 15,656 parking sessions by motorists. Of these 3,865 people obtained tickets and an additional 3,557 tickets were reviewed by the city and were never issued.

City Commissioner Brandon Kolo, who voted against the new parking contract, said many previous issues with the system have been resolved.

“My main concern is to facilitate the user (meter) experience,” he said. “We are able to hold MPS accountable and they have made changes. Even though I didn’t vote for this, I will be working night and day to make sure this works for Royal Oak.

Kolo said he was encouraged to see that 9,806 motorists who used the system in the first week of April managed to pay for their parking and received no tickets.

DDA officials were against emergency parking in Washington when first asked about it last year. However, police and other city officials have noted that it is safer for motorists to exit parking spaces first than to re-enter traffic lanes.

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The city could revert to parallel parking on Washington, but that would eliminate about 30 existing parking spots due to the extra space required, Kolo said.

“It’s getting better, but the process is not over yet,” he said of the parking meter error issues. “We are holding MPS to a tight schedule to address (unresolved) issues in the near future.”

A new feature to be added to meters is a help function, so motorists can report a problem with a meter when there is a legitimate problem and not risk a ticket, Kolo said.

On Thursday, the DDA decided to hire a consulting firm to conduct a traffic study to determine the best way to remove angled parking spots in Washington and change the two-hour time limits in metered spaces and parking lots. four-hour places in surface lots.

The study would also address whether more free time should be given to lot users to pay, and whether disabled parking in the downtown core should follow standards set by the state.

Downtown Director Daniel Hill said in a memo that the first part of the study should be done this summer, and the second part around March 2023 after the new Baker College on Lafayette Avenue is expected to open. and operational.

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Can you get a risk-free return close to 10%?

In most cases, there is an obvious trade-off to investing. If you want the possibility of higher returns, you must accept higher risks. There is one investment, however, that should soon offer returns that annualize at a rate of return of 9.62%, while carrying a US government-backed payment guarantee. This investment? I-Bonds.

I-Bonds are 30-year US government bonds that offer a fixed rate of return plus an inflation-adjusted rate of return. The fixed rate is currently at 0%, and on May 1, the inflation-adjusted rate of return is expected to increase to that annualized level of 9.62%. This makes I-Bonds a way to earn a virtually risk-free annualized return of nearly 10%, but of course there are conditions attached to this investment.

What’s the catch?

The catch is that each individual can only purchase $10,000 worth of I-Bonds per year electronically through TreasuryDirect, plus an additional $5,000 worth of paper I-Bonds if purchased through cashback. tax. This makes I-Bonds useful but limits their scope in the fixed income portion of an investor’s portfolio.

Another – and potentially much bigger – problem is that once you’ve purchased an I-Bond, you must keep it for at least a year. You are not allowed to sell earlier than this period, which means your money is locked in for at least that long. It is therefore difficult to recommend I-Bonds as a source of emergency funds, because the purpose of an emergency fund is to have money available when you need it.

As if that weren’t enough, you only really get the advertised returns on your I-Bonds if you hold them for at least five years. If you sell before then, you lose the last three months of accrued interest on the bonds.

On top of that, the US Treasury adjusts the yields offered by I-Bonds every six months, based on recent inflation rates. This means that while I-Bonds purchased between May and October 2022 will likely earn this high rate of return for six months, their future returns will depend on inflation.

And of course, the interest you earn on the I-Bonds is considered ordinary income – and federally taxed accordingly, unless you use the I-Bonds to pay college fees in some way. qualified. On a more positive note, you can defer these taxes until you pay off your I-Bonds or they reach their final maturity.

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So, for whom do I-Bonds make sense?

These catches make the reality of owning I-Bonds a little less appealing than the potential returns would indicate. That doesn’t mean they’re worthless, though. This means you need to consider how they can play a reasonable role in your portfolio given the pitfalls and restrictions associated with owning them.

One way they may play a role is if you expect inflation to stay high for years while you also expect the stock market to stay rocky over the same period. In this world, I-Bonds can be a reasonable parking spot instead of cash, since that cash should at least approximate inflation (after taxes and potential prepayment penalty).

Also, a key financial guideline to remember is that the money you plan to spend over the next five years does not belong in stocks. If you know of a major expense coming up in about five years – like your child’s education, paying off ballooning debt, or buying a new car – then I-Bonds can be a great place to keep that money. Even with the terms attached, I-Bond rates are currently higher than most investment-grade bonds of similar duration, making them an attractive alternative.

I-Bonds can also play a role in your children’s education planning, as you may be able to exclude interest from I-Bonds from your income if you use them to pay school fees. That said, there are key restrictions to this benefit, including these:

  • Your income must be less than $98,200 if you are single or $154,800 if you are married and filing jointly.
  • You must be at least 24 years old when you buy the I-Bonds,
  • You collect the I-Bonds the same year that you pay the tuition fees.

Given these restrictions, it makes sense to consider I-Bonds as a potential source of college savings only after maximizing the tax advantages of a 529 plan. maximum incomes of their parents, and a sufficiently high income will eliminate this tax advantage related to the use of I-Bonds for education expenses.

Get your plan in place today

If you’re considering investing in I-Bonds as part of your inflation-fighting plan, it’s important that you have a decent end-to-end strategy in place before doing so. Indeed, the purchase limit per year, the minimum holding period of one year and the potential loss of interest for early withdrawals make them more suitable for surgical-style use. So get your plan in place today and give yourself a decent chance of seeing at least some of your money have a chance of staying close to inflation.

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Local and national headlines from Plymouth as the town faces traffic problems

Hello and welcome to the latest PlymouthLive news live blog. Our blog will focus on local, national and global updates.

We’ll bring you the latest traffic and travel information around Plymouth, plus weather updates as the city prepares for the weekend.

Today we reveal that Devonport Dockyard is set to get a massive new multi-storey car park. This structure, in combination with a small number of parking spaces at the perimeter of the MSCP, will provide a total of 602 spaces on five levels.

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Devonport Royal Dockyard has been selected to provide future deep maintenance support for new Royal Navy submarine platforms in addition to the current workload supporting existing classes of submarines.

This will lead to an infrastructure investment of around £2 billion over the next 10 years and in turn will secure many existing jobs and create many high-skilled employment opportunities in the region. But to meet this demand, the site is the subject of an ambitious development program, modernizing several existing facilities.

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There are also more traffic problems in the city. Motorists were faced with ‘pure chaos’ yesterday due to temporary traffic light outages on Elburton Road, near Haye Road and Woolwell Road.

A motorist in Plymstock said some drivers gave up waiting for traffic lights to change and drove onto the kerb to reach their destination. The driver said: “I’ve just been stuck on a red light for at least 15 minutes with traffic behind me with no end in sight if it turns green.”

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The Recorder – Montague Police Logs: April 3 to April 16, 2022

Posted: 04/24/2022 15:01:39

Modified: 04/24/2022 15:00:13

Sunday April 3

5:02 p.m. – A caller at Unity and Prospect streets reports being involved in a two-vehicle accident, suffering from chest pain. Rau’s Sunoco service towed a vehicle. A driver received a verbal warning for speeding. His vehicle was serviceable and he left the scene.

Monday april 4th

5:01 p.m. – A caller from Highland Circle reports a child taking small piles of leaves and lighting them on fire in his driveway. The child was inside at the time of the call and there was no fire.

7:38 p.m. – A caller from Montague Avenue reports a cat locked in the house since February 2. No one is home. A voicemail was left for animal control.

Tuesday, April 5

5:46 p.m. — A caller from East Main Street believes gasoline was siphoned from his vehicle. He said his mother’s car had been damaged a few weeks earlier and had asked for video footage to be viewed.

Wednesday 6 April

1:00 a.m. – Northfield Mountain reports seeing an individual on security cameras at the Silvio O. Conte Anadromous Fish Research Laboratory looking around the area with a flashlight. The police discovered that the door was open when he arrived. Northfield Mountain reports that starting April 1, the gate should be locked. Police checked the area and found no one with a flashlight. Northfield Mountain couldn’t find anyone on security cameras. The police secured the door as best they could.

5.41pm – The caller says his stepson was beaten and his backpack was taken by other children while he was on the Unity Park basketball court. The Appellant refused medical treatment for his son.

Thursday, April 7

1.03am – Police encounter a man in Cross Street and Turnpike Road with a history of domestic problems and harassment. They talked about the encounter that day with the ex-girlfriend and the police warned him about his actions.

friday april 8

7:07 p.m. – A caller from Avenue A and Fourth Street reports about 19 children shouting and shouting at each other on the roadway. Several calls came in, with one caller advising that the group had moved into a brick building on the upper side of Fourth Street, with some going inside and still others outside. Police learned that the children had a dispute over a relationship before separating them and telling them to stay away from each other.

9:37 p.m. – Police search for an Audi that passed an officer near the Scotty convenience store.

saturday april 9

7:32 a.m. — A caller from Third Street Laundry reports that the laundromat has been vandalized. A camera was broken and two others were moved. There was also trash thrown everywhere. Police contacted the owner, who said he believed they were likely children he had chased out of the laundromat the day before.

12.59pm – A caller from Keith Apartments on Canal Street said two young boys mooned him and then fled.

sunday april 10

6:02 a.m. – A caller from the FL Roberts gas station says a man in the store was belligerent, broke things and stole things. He was last seen heading to Fourth Street on foot.

1:58 p.m. – A caller from Connecticut River Liquors on Avenue A reports a shoplifting incident that has occurred within the last few minutes. A man walked out of the store with a bottle of liquor. Police recovered the stolen item in the area of ​​87 Fourth St.

monday april 11

3:35 p.m. – A caller from Fourth Street reports that there is a group of people fighting. A second caller reports shouting and screaming in the area, also thinking it looked like someone was being held down. A third caller states that a woman was quite badly beaten by another woman before getting into a blue van which took off, turning right onto Avenue A. The vehicle could not be located.

6:01 p.m. – Multiple callers report a fight on Fourth Street in which a large group of children attacked a man, hitting him with skateboards. A third caller reported that his cousin was hit by a thrown scooter. The caller was not at the scene and did not know if there were any injuries.

tuesday april 12

6:44 a.m. — A caller on North Taylor Hill Road reports a bear in his area. The requested animal control must be notified.

5:51 p.m. – Multiple callers report a crash between a school bus and a Chevrolet pickup truck with unknown injuries at Avenue A and Seventh Street. Rau’s Sunoco service towed the truck. All bus passengers refused medical transport, while the truck driver was taken to Baystate Franklin Medical Center.

Wednesday April 13

8:58 a.m. – A Third Street caller says his 13-year-old grandson ran away after getting into trouble at school. Police located the child on Second Street, who said he was walking home.

1:40 p.m. — A caller from Avenue A reports two men in the stairwell who appear suspicious. The caller thinks he does not live in the building. Building management has been notified of the complaint.

friday april 15

6:05 p.m. – A caller near the Unity Park basketball court received a call from his friend that he had been threatened by a man before leaving his apartment. The caller said his friend was at the basketball court and wanted to speak to an officer. The individual said his sister’s boyfriend assaulted her and yelled at her, so he left because he was scared. The police would contact the mother.

10:52 p.m. — A caller from Miller’s Pub reports people fighting outside. The police discovered that there was a group outside making noise.

saturday april 16

11:04 a.m. — A caller from Greenfield Road reports a domesticated turkey on the loose.

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Driving Fine: Driver fined for parking in highway hard shoulder

An apparent attempt to avoid parking fees proved very costly for the driver. The motorist was hit with a fine after attempting to park on the shoulder while waiting to pick up people at Manchester Airport.

The driver was most likely trying to avoid the parking fees or traffic associated with the airport.

However, their attempt was thwarted after traffic police officers spotted the unsafe and illegal parking lot.

North West Highways Police officers found the parked car on Friday and hit the driver with a Traffic Infraction Report (TOR) along with a fixed fine.

In a social media post, the force said: ‘Driver seen by ME54 pulled over on hard shoulder at Manchester Airport waiting to pick up people – TOR issued.’

READ MORE: Furious taxi driver fined £2,700 for destroying airport cash machine

Some people responded by expressing their shock at the action while others said it was an all too common occurrence.

One user wrote: “I just don’t see the point of parking people on hard shoulders, yes I know airport parking can be expensive but I’m pretty sure it’s not not the equivalent cost of the fine unless y’all are there during the week?!”

Another commented: ‘I drive a bus around the airport and it’s ridiculous how many people park on the hard shoulder, roundabouts in road traffic cones where construction works take place on the sidewalks next to the bus station entrance need to put some cameras up and fine people.

The news comes after a taxi driver was ordered to pay £2,700 in repair costs after he smashed a Glasgow airport ticket machine which charged him £4 for parking.

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Atif Amin became furious after being told he had to pay £4 to use the drop off and pick up service.

The taxi driver insisted that his disabled parking badge gave him free entry into the NCP car park.

After being told he had to pay the fee, Amin smashed the payment machine’s display screen with a torch, causing £2,700 in damage.

Assistant Prosecutor Amber Feeney told Paisley Sheriff Court the incident happened at Glasgow Airport’s NCP car park at around 5.20am on January 4 last year.

“Amin then grabbed a torch from his vehicle and smashed the screen four times, causing it to explode.”

The court heard the aggrieved father-of-two then paid the £4 parking fee to gain access.

Ms Feeney added: ‘Police have been contacted due to damage to the machine.

“The amount of damages amounted to £2,700.

“Police viewed CCTV and took note of his registration number and when questioning the accused he said ‘The parking lot refused to lift the barrier.’

“He was not warned and charged at that time.”

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LG Sinha Launches Overnight Parking at Airports in Srinagar, Jammu | India is blooming

Jammu/Srinagar: Lt. Governor Manoj Sinha on Thursday launched overnight parking at Jammu and Srinagar airports which will provide late night and early morning departures from the airports.

Speaking on the occasion, the Lieutenant Governor said this important initiative will make air travel easier for all with a multiplier effect on the hospitality industry.

“I commend the airport authorities, officials and residents of J&K on the operationalization of the new Go First aircraft overnight parking facilities at Jammu and Srinagar airports. This fresh start reflects our commitment to boosting connectivity and meeting the mobility needs of people,” said the Lieutenant Governor.

“It will make traveling a lot easier for those looking for a day trip,” he added.

While highlighting the ongoing transformation at J&K under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Lieutenant Governor said, “We are moving forward to realize the Honorable Prime Minister’s vision of making J&K an industrial and dynamic tourism by developing infrastructure, strengthening the environment and ensuring better connectivity.

Elaborating on the achievements in terms of aircraft and passenger movements to J&K, the Lieutenant Governor said that despite the Covid pandemic, new records were achieved at Jammu and Srinagar airports.

A record 2460 flight operations were recorded at Srinagar airport in October 2021.

Moreover, in February 2021, about 2.54 lakh passengers traveled through 1,597 flights at Srinagar airport, while in February 2022, this figure reached 1,917 flights and 2.60 lakh passengers.

In March 2021, 1,030 flights operated at Jammu airport and more than 1 lakh passengers traveled, while in March 2022, a record 1,346 flights were operated at Jammu airport and around 1, 55 lakh passengers traveled, he added.

Ranjan Prakash Thakur, Principal Secretary, Industries and Civil Aviation; Kaushik Khona, CEO, Go First Airlines; Kuldeep Singh, Airport Manager, Srinagar; Sanjeev Kumar Garg, Manager of Jammu Airport, in addition to the managers of Jammu and Srinagar airports, members of the Go First team were present on occasion, in person and in virtual mode.

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Raigmore Hospital’s parking barrier system is expected to be operational by June amid calls from MSP Edward Mountain to speed up the process saying “it is crucial this is fully introduced as soon as possible to secure the release of more spaces”

MSP Edward Mountain at Raigmore Hospital car park.

NHS Highland has denied Raigmore Hospital car park being used as a park and ride after MSP Edward Mountain criticized the health board for failing to make the barriers operational.

More than £600,000 has been spent to expand the car park and install a barrier system designed to allow patients, visitors and staff to park easily amid fears the site is being abused.

Mr Mountain said he was ‘horrified’ after a visit this week when he spent 15 minutes trying to find a space and saw other people circling the car park several times and called the council of health to act.

A spokeswoman for NHS Highland said: ‘Our monitoring of the car park has found no evidence that it is being used as a park and ride by the general public.

“Installing the barrier system will help separate parking for staff and patients, but will not increase the number of parking spaces. It will protect the spaces closest to the main entrance for patient use and hopefully improve the rotation of these spaces.

“We expect it to be fully operational by June 1.”

Earlier, Mr Mountain said: ‘It took me 15 minutes to secure the parking lot at Raigmore and I wasn’t the only one struggling. I was horrified to see people going around in circles struggling to find a place.

“It’s really not good enough. NHS Highland has informed me that the barrier system will not be operational until July 2022 – it should have been ready three years ago. Why is it taking so long?

“The barrier system will ensure controlled parking in the hospital – it is crucial that this is fully introduced as soon as possible to ensure that more spaces are freed up.

“I have been advocating for parking improvements for years and it continues to be a source of frustration for patients, staff and visitors. NHS Highland has made a lot of promises about improving this car park and now is the time to see some urgent action.

Related Story – Highland MSP Edward Mountain is ‘horrified’ by congestion in Raigmore Hospital car park after his visit earlier today and is now calling on NHS Highland to finally get the barrier system working

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Beaudin officially hired as City Manager of Pleasanton | News

City Council has officially confirmed former Director of Community Development Gerry Beaudin as Pleasanton’s next City Manager.

Beaudin, who worked for the City of Pleasanton from 2015 to 2019 before leaving to become deputy city manager of Alameda, will take the reins at the end of May after the council unanimously approved his employment contract during the Tuesday evening regular meeting.

“Pleasanton is a special place,” Beaudin told the Weekly after the council voted. “I am particularly excited about this opportunity as it will allow me to work with the City Council, City staff and the community to ensure the Town of Pleasanton meets the needs of today and prepares for our future. »

“Beginning next month, I look forward to immersing myself in established City Council priorities, reacquainting myself with the organization, and reconnecting with friends and colleagues I haven’t seen in a long time,” said added Beaudin, who could not be present. the Pleasanton meeting because the Alameda City Council also had a meeting that night.

Pleasanton council and a consulting firm had been recruiting a new permanent city manager since longtime leader Nelson Fialho resigned on November 30 on retirement from public service after leading Pleasanton city government for 17 years. Deputy City Manager Brian Dolan has served as acting City Manager since December.

Beaudin was publicly confirmed as the board’s top candidate last week, coinciding with the release of the meeting agenda which included Beaudin’s proposed contract, which includes an annual salary of $280,000 and a start date. May 23.

“Gerry’s combination of experience and expertise in municipal governance, combined with his knowledge of Pleasanton, makes him incredibly well qualified to serve as City Manager as he works with council and the community to ensure our exceptional quality of life,” Mayor Karla Brown said in the April 14 announcement.

Councilor Kathy Narum added in her comments at Tuesday’s meeting, “I would just like to welcome Gerry Beaudin as the new City Manager, and I look forward to his leadership and especially his expertise in land use planning and planning considering our (Regional Housing Need Allowance). I think it’s a great hire for us.”

Brown and Narum served on the council’s subcommittee for city manager search and contract negotiations.

Rising to the top during the Pleasanton search process, Beaudin is already familiar with the operations of city government and local politics.

He led Pleasanton’s community development department – ​​responsible for planning, building permits, traffic engineering and code enforcement – ​​for almost exactly four years.

During his tenure, the Planning Commission and City Council addressed a range of notable policy projects and debates, including the Downtown Specific Plan Update, the Johnson Drive Economic Development Area, and debates Costco Associates, Workday Headquarters Expansion and the Irby Ranch neighborhood.

Since joining Alameda as Deputy City Manager – the city’s second administrative position – in August 2019, Beaudin has led various organizational initiatives, including the Alameda Climate Action and Resilience Plan. Alameda, a mobile crisis response pilot unit and a new waste management, recycling and composting franchise contract.

His other experience during his 19-year career includes working as a zoning administrator in the city of Mountain View, and before that he worked in urban planning with Los Altos, South San Francisco and his native Canada.

Council voted 5-0 to ratify Beaudin’s city manager contract as part of its consent schedule Tuesday night.

The four-page employment agreement provides that Beaudin will receive an annual salary of $280,000, as well as benefits such as the standard pension health, dental and medical insurance for other city management employees.

He will accumulate annual leave at the rate of 15 days per year, with a ceiling of 50 working days (400 hours), as well as 10 days of administrative leave per year and will benefit from five days of sick leave from his first day of employment. work.

Beaudin can choose between a car allowance of $550 per month or use a city-provided vehicle – although he is responsible for paying for his own fuel in either case – and he will be provided with a city-issued cell phone and d other hardware technologies essential to his work. The city will pay its professional dues in three organizations, the cost of attending professional conferences and an executive coach of its choice.

It will be subject to an initial six-monthly performance review by the city council, then to annual appraisals each May thereafter.

Dolan is expected to continue leading the municipal administration until Beaudin arrives on May 23. Brown has publicly praised Dolan for his leadership during his nearly five months as acting city manager.

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The City Council appoints Petrocelli master promoter of the town square

Riverhead City Council appointed J. Petrocelli Development Associates as lead developer for the new town square last night, allowing negotiations to begin to proceed with development of the project.

The council’s decision was unanimous, and council members expressed enthusiasm for Petrocelli’s concept for the town square, an idea the town has been pursuing for more than two years. They applauded the development project presented by builder Joseph Petrocelli, who completed major construction and restoration projects in downtown Riverhead, including the Long Island Aquarium, Hyatt Place East End, Preston House and Hotel and the Howell House and East Lawn.

The proposal, which was first released publicly during Thursday’s city council business session, includes a four-story, 84-room hotel on the east side of the square with retail stores, a restaurant and a museum space on the ground floor. The proposal also includes a two-story building on the west side of the square, adjoining the Long Island Science Center building, which would have retail stores and a fire station museum on the ground floor with offices above. above; a plaza; green area and communal leisure area; an amphitheatre; a boathouse on the river and a four-storey condominium building on the riverfront, located at the west end of the municipal parking lot.

See previous story: Riverhead set to appoint Petrocelli as master developer for Town Square project

Rendering showing part of J. Petrocelli Development Associates’ proposal for the planned town square on the edge of the Peconic River. Rendered by Andrew V. Giambertone & Associates Architects, PC

The city won a $10 million grant from the Downtown Revitalization Initiative in May, which the city expressed in its application that it wants to use much of to help develop the plaza as part of of a public-private partnership. The city owns all of the land where development is proposed, including the sites of three East Main Street properties the city purchased for $4.85 million last year and parking lots along the river.

Councilman Ken Rothwell, who was not present at Thursday’s business session, said yesterday the plan was “very impressive” and applauded Petrocelli for its continued investment in Riverhead.

“You have been a leader in our own economic growth for many years and I commend you, and I think you are more than qualified – you are qualified to lead this business and I know we are in good hands,” he said. said Rothwell. .

Councilor Tim Hubbard said before voting he did not understand why anyone would oppose the development.

“I come home from here after these meetings scratching my head sometimes and thinking that if someone offered to come to our beautiful city and build a children’s cancer hospital and offer free treatment, there would be someone at that microphone or someone on Zoom who would find fault with it,” Hubbard said. “And I sometimes wonder what’s going on in these people, but I give up trying to figure that out. For my life, when good projects come to our city and good things come to make our city a better place, that there is even the slightest opposition, it baffles me,” he said.

“You believed in us. You invested here when no one wanted to invest. You have proven yourself,” supervisor Yvette Aguiar said, speaking to Petrocelli, before casting her vote. “We don’t want anyone from New Jersey or Pennsylvania telling us what to do here in the East End, so I proudly join my colleagues and vote yes.”

Rothwell requested in his comments at the start of the meeting that the entire board, not just the supervisor, be allowed to participate in town square negotiations on behalf of the town, both in executive session and in processes open to the public.

“Many resolutions say ‘authorize a supervisor to execute an agreement with ABC Company’…and I want to make sure that’s not how it’s going to be, it’s going to be based on a full vote of the board of five-member administration,” Rothwell said on a call today. “I’m not going to vote to allow the supervisor to speak on my behalf about how I think the town square should be done, and that everyone is involved and we’re all part of the deals,” a- he declared.

“I sometimes think the supervisor wants to be a controlling entity and I think we as individuals need to be individually responsible for the decision-making of this project,” he added.

Although Petrocelli’s proposal was heralded by some residents at the meeting, others took issue with how the city went about choosing its master developer.

Laurel resident and former city supervisor Laura Jens-Smith said the board may have been rushed in appointing Petrocelli as lead developer just five days after the proposal was publicly presented.

“It’s really very short notice to be able to frame your questions to really take a look at this project and be able to ask questions of the board before approving it,” Jens-Smith said. “So I would ask you to delay the vote on this to have another meeting where Mr. Petrocelli can present the project to the public, they can ask their questions, get answers, and then get the project going.”

Riverhead resident John McAuliff said Petrocelli’s proposal was very different from renderings created by city consultants Urban Design Associates. He said the printout of the original designs showed a much wider space for the plaza area than the 70-foot-wide plaza in Petrocelli’s proposal and that the Long Island Science Center would be the building on the west side of the plaza. square.

“It feels very, very different. Not sure if investing the money to demolish the buildings was to provide space for a new hotel and if that is really what we want as opposed to open space along this side” , said McAuliff.

“We always knew that the proposals we would get for actual development by an enterprise developer would be somewhat different from that. It was a starting point,” community development director Dawn Thomas replied to McAuliff. “And like that – what we’re looking at today is also a starting point.”

She said UDA’s designs were preliminary and that the Long Island Science Center project depended on what would happen to the town square property “…so I think moving forward as quickly as possible, if it is possible, is not a bad decision”, mentioned Thomas.

McAuliff also asked how long the city had been in discussions with Petrocelli and whether the city had issued an RFP for the Town Square project.

Aguiar said the entire city council has been in discussion since December about the project. There was no work session discussion regarding the town square or any urban renewal project listed on the work or executive session agenda in December.

McAuliff and Jens-Smith also questioned why the city hadn’t issued a request for proposals, a longer but competitive process, to seek a developer for the town square.

“The TOD project [transit-oriented development project at the Riverhead railroad station] was done through a tender, but there was no design. The city council spent a great deal of time and energy and with the public in creating the preliminary design for the town square. The projects are therefore different in this respect. Thomas replied.

In a call today, Thomas also said there was a timing issue associated with issuing a tender, indicating that the process could take up to two years, and that funding of the DRI grant requires projects to be “as ready as possible”.

Ron Hariri, a lawyer for Aquebogue, was antagonistic in his comment at the meeting, suggesting that the board’s judgment could be influenced by the Petrocelli companies’ campaign contributions.

“Board members who have received financial, political or other contributions from this plaintiff may have their judgment tainted by these payments. And I would ask them to abstain from voting on this issue,” Hariri said.

Petrocelli companies have regularly contributed to the campaigns of political candidates in Riverhead, most often Republicans. In the last election, the Petrocelli companies gave money to every Republican candidate for city council on the ballot and to the city’s Republican committee.

Hariri also said that the process of choosing the developer of the town square should have been more transparent and prompted more public engagement.

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Remote Parking Locks Market Size, Share and Growth 2022-2030 | Key Players – ZKTeco, Park Master, Parking System, Livfuture Automation & Security

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Disabled and low-income residents raise Chapel Hill parking accessibility issues

For disabled veteran Darice Johnson, finding parking in downtown Chapel Hill can often be a challenge due to congestion on the side streets.

Although accessible parking is available, heavy pedestrian and vehicular traffic typically fills the downtown area. This causes Johnson to try to avoid downtown altogether.

“It’s very stressful trying to drive and park in these areas – all that 10-block radius,” Johnson said.

And while Chapel Hill residents know the difficulty of finding downtown parking, the problem is even greater for those who are limited by disability or cost.

Timothy Miles, executive director of the Triangle Disability Awareness Council, said parking in downtown Chapel Hill is limited and often does not allow easy access to surrounding buildings. The influx of construction in the area has also exacerbated the problem.

“It makes getting in and out very difficult because it’s confusing – discouraged is a better word,” he said.

Even with the influx of new parking spaces built on Franklin Street, Johnson said she hasn’t seen many new spaces built for people with disabilities. As a result, those using equipment may have to park in a less accessible area when attempting to reach businesses and facilities, such as the post office.

She said the car parks around Chapel Hill aren’t as user-friendly as they could be. The long distances between bridge entrances and exits often make access to facilities more difficult for people who need equipment.

“If there are more disabled parking spaces on the sides of these buildings, it makes them more accessible to people with disabilities – without having to go that far to try to park,” Johnson said.

In 2010, the Americans with Disabilities Act standards for accessible design were revised to include ADA Titles II and III regulations of 1990. These standards set parameters for the number of accessible parking spaces in relation to the number of non-accessible parking spaces.

ADA standards also required accessible spaces to create the shortest possible path to the accessible entrance of the facility to which they are connected.

Dwight Bassett, director of economic development and parking services for the City of Chapel Hill, said the city is currently in compliance with all state laws regarding ADA requirements.

“We are currently undergoing an audit to ensure that we are currently up to all that we do for ADA,” he said. “Generally, these requirements are fairly fair and reasonable from an accessibility standpoint.”

Sarah Poulton, downtown special projects manager for the city of Chapel Hill, said the audit is part of the city’s ADA transition plan. The plan aims to identify factors that limit accessibility to Chapel Hill and to make improvements in identified areas.

Poulton said while the transition plan includes looking at parking issues, there are also a number of other factors to consider, including facilities, sidewalks, crosswalks, programs and Services.

“I really think we have the best team in the private sector helping us,” she said. “To do things right, it just takes time. That’s what we learn every day about it.

Miles said he thinks it’s important to communicate with the disability community when there are plans to redo or rebuild a parking lot. He added that he doesn’t think there has been enough action from the Chapel Hill government on accessible parking.

“They should always research organizations such as (the Triangle Disability Awareness Council) and anyone who will use the area to see where spaces have been an issue to park for people with disabilities,” he said.

Financial obstacles

Parking accessibility is also an issue for Chapel Hill residents and UNC students who must contend with the cost of parking in the area.

The Town of Chapel Hill offers 12 off-street parking spots, each of which costs $1.50 per hour from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday. On-street parking is $1.75 per hour from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“The city’s supply and construction of parking lots is something that has to compete with other priorities,” said Josh Mayo, transportation planner for the city of Chapel Hill. “As such, it is important to maintain a competitive parking program that can pay for itself.

Bassett said parking services are meant to be self-sustaining — funds received are used to maintain operation.

“Our parking fees are market-based – we don’t set prices arbitrarily,” he said. “We’re trying to do it for the benefit and the economic volatility of downtown.”

Reis Phillips, store associate at Underground Printing and a senior at UNC, said she was frustrated with paid parking in Chapel Hill because it creates a financial barrier for low-income people.

“I think sometimes people don’t come because they can’t afford the five or six dollars,” she said.

In her own life, she usually has to choose between paying to park or using the bus system to get to work.

“Most students have to take minimum-wage or self-employed jobs,” Phillips said. “If you have to pay to park, it’s always deducted from that. Already, you’re not making a ton of money.

Taking the bus will sometimes cause Phillips to show up to work late, which she says is a bad image of her. She added that the cost of parking is likely causing some residents not to visit Franklin Street.

“We are the people who support this community and spend money here and live here – but we can’t afford to pay to park here,” she said.

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The most important features of F1 Manager 22

The release of an officially licensed Formula 1 video game always comes with a certain amount of pressure.

There is a need to appease licensor Liberty Media and uphold the championship’s core values, certainly. But, more importantly, you need to gain an educated and passionate fan base.

Thanks to online media, Netflix shows and entire TV channels dedicated to F1, those who follow the single-seater circus have wider access than ever.

They’ve also likely played games developed by Birmingham-based studio Codemasters since 2010, which in 2020 stepped up the immersion with My Team mode, allowing you to create your own team and oversee things like upgrades cars and driver signatures.

Launch, then, of your very first official F1 game it’s also your first adventure in motorsport, it’s a big business. Introducing F1 Manager 22, the start of a new series from veteran theme park and space exploration simulator developers Frontier Developments.

First, some basics

Before we go any further, a management game is in many ways more about off-track administration than on-track racing. This sits alongside every existing F1 game on PC, console or mobile and is the first dedicated game of this ilk since Electronic Art’s F1 Manager from 2000.

You play as the team leader, not the pilots, of an existing team in the real world. So, goodbye Toto Wolff, hello to you. The goal is to win championships, of course, but before that make sure the team grows, progresses on an upward trajectory and remains solvent.

You will spend most of your time in a menu

Yes, you’ll be able to watch the races as they happen, but the main skill, and therefore where you’ll spend the most time, is in the home menu.

There’s a screen on the far left of the UI that will provide you with snippets of information, or you can browse dedicated areas for more detailed analysis. Countless hours will be wasted flipping through tabs, scrolling through options, and making big decisions.

Car upgrades are extremely detailed

The direction of a team’s car development rests entirely on your shoulders in F1 Manager 22 and is critical to success.

Before considering which upgrade path to take, you must first know in which performance parameters your current vehicle is a leader and in which areas it lags behind the competition.

Here, characteristics such as low, medium and high speed cornering performance are measured in g-force and then compared to the grid average or a specific team of your choosing. The same goes for things like brake lock-up or dirty-air cornering capabilities.

You can also delve into track-specific performance. Let’s say your car is struggling with grip in the high-speed corners and Silverstone is approaching the schedule. With this in mind, you can then order the research and development of auto parts that can improve performance on this site.

The options are many. You don’t just select “upgrade car”, but specifically the front wing, rear wing, sidepods or underbody and you can see how the upgrades to each item affect the performance of the car.

Selecting one area to upgrade may also impact others, such as improving drag reduction but reducing engine cooling. Likewise, it could take engineering resources away from other projects.

In an added touch of authenticity, the engineers on the team match the real world. It’s Enrico Cardile and not “John Smith” sending you an email about Ferrari’s aero updates, for example.

Facilities will require maintenance

However, your team’s ability to implement successful upgrades also depends on the facilities they have. You can’t create a powerful power supply unit with just a set of wrenches and sockets.

It looks like the main game loop is balancing resources. Nowhere is this truer than budgeting for long-term facility upgrades. Are you spending money on short-term car upgrades or waiting for a new wind tunnel to be built and sacrificing an entire season?

Keep your bosses happy

The board will ultimately decide whether your team management, car and facility upgrade programs and on-track performance are up to snuff.

They provide you with the budget to work with and a series of targets – fall short of your targets and you’re headed to your local recruiting agency.

This includes real-world F1 rules considerations such as the cost cap and aero testing restrictions based on the team’s performance in the previous season.

Search for Formula 2 and Formula 3 drivers

Discovering the next generation of talent will be key to your success in F1 Manager 2022. Yes, you can work with existing drivers from your selected team and even its contracted reserve. You could also, in theory, tie up the services of Max Verstappen, provided you can get him away from the comforts of the Red Bull bubble.

But F1 Manager 22 also allows you to search for new talents. Much like a football management title, you need to send your scout on a reconnaissance mission to find out if a driver is interested and if he has the right ingredients to succeed in F1.

From there, Formula 2 and Formula 3 drivers from the current 2022 season are available. If you think Jack Doohan can match his father’s trophy cabinet but on four wheels, or Arthur Leclerc has greater prowess than his brother, enter them as a third driver and allow them to acquire experience during practice sessions.

It’s time to race

An important distinction is that ‘Manager’ is in the title of the game. It’s not really about the action on the track, but surprisingly there is a level of pizzazz above expectation.

The cars are 3D models, resplendent in appropriate liveries and helmet designs. They duck and weave around the track, looking for positions – not as smooth or naturalistic as a full driving simulator, it must be said, but with more detail than a typical race management game.

Likewise, the real leads are all present and correct, with Miami to be included. We were treated to a view of Albert Park’s latest development – but some of the dips in the road were crooked at this stage of development.

There are multiple camera angles, like a TV or onboard broadcast style with each pilot. Alternatively, increase the race speed above 4x, and it will switch to a map view, with colored dots representing each car.

At the start of the race, David Croft shouts “…and the lights go out and let’s go”, and 11-time Grand Prix starter Karun Chandhok will add post-race analysis.

This is added by the use of cut real-world radio messages from previous seasons. If you run Ferrari, for example, and tell Charles Leclerc to pick up his pace a bit, Xavier Marcos Padros will drop on the radio and say “mode push, mode push”.

It made me smile, an added flourish that will hopefully delight fans – provided it doesn’t get too repetitive.

Supervise the weekend

During a run, however, you shouldn’t get too carried away listening to recognizable radio calls.

There are five pace levels you can set one of your riders to perform at, always taking into account tire usage and how close they are to their rivals. Fuel conservation and ERS modes can also be changed on the fly as you cycle back and forth between your two participants.

The weather will change, so the possibility of unscheduled pit stops mid-race is very real, as are mistakes by other drivers that can cause safety cars. Before the race, you can check the factual historical data to know the percentage chance of a race interruption.

Even for the main event, you can change specific stint lengths in the strategy options and include pace goals.

Early pit stop

We spent an hour watching an early build of F1 Manager 22 with executive producer Adam Woods, executive producer and game director Andy Fletcher, and felt like it was just scratching the surface.

Without hands-on gameplay, it’s hard to say whether this newcomer to the racing sim genre will take on Motorsport Manager or iGP Manager – but on the face of it, the fundamentals are in place to make for another essential F1 game buy.

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Intelligent Transportation Systems Market to reach USD 1610.8 Million by 2028 at a CAGR of 8.2%

BANGALORE, India, April 18, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Intelligent Transportation Systems Market is segmented by Type (Advanced Traffic Management System, Advanced Traveler Information System, ITS-enabled Transport Pricing System, Advanced Public Transport System, Commercial Vehicle Operation), by Application (Fleet Management and asset monitoring, intelligent traffic control, collision avoidance, parking management, passenger information management, ticketing management, emergency vehicle notification, automotive telematics): opportunity analysis and industry forecast, 2022-2028. It is published in Appreciate the reports under the Logistic transport Category.

The global Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) market size is expected to reach $1610.8 million by 2028, $901.4 million in 2021, at a CAGR of 8.2% over the period 2022-2028.

The major factors driving the growth of intelligent transportation system are:

The ability of ITS to process and share information that can prevent potential accidents, maintain traffic flow, and reduce the negative environmental impacts of the transportation sector on society is expected to drive the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) market forward.

Additionally, government initiatives for efficient traffic management, growing need to reduce traffic congestion, rapid development of smart cities, and proliferation of connected vehicles are all expected to propel the intelligent transportation systems market forward.

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Government initiatives conducive to efficient traffic management are expected to drive the growth of the intelligent transportation system market. Governments around the world are implementing ITS to improve road safety and the operational performance of the transport system, as well as to reduce the environmental impact of transport. Important

funds are needed to implement ITS. countries like United States, dubaiand Japan invest heavily in various ITS projects. The government hopes that by deploying next-generation intelligent transport systems powered by AI, drivers will be able to plan their journeys without fear of getting stuck in traffic. These systems also reduce traffic congestion, delays and pollution.

To improve productivity, visibility and maintenance, the intelligent transportation system has enabled fleet management telematics, which shares data between vehicles and fleet managers. Maintenance can cost millions of dollars depending on the size of the fleet. Managers can repair or replace parts before they become too expensive when telematics predicts fleet maintenance needs. Improving route efficiency and freight utilization management can help managers save money. When telematics is used to provide optimized routes, ITS can also save money on fuel and reduce downtime. This is expected to propel the intelligent transportation system market forward.

To manage traffic flow, intelligent traffic solutions can detect traffic patterns and adjust the timing of traffic lights. These apps help avoid road widening and other infrastructure changes. Intelligent traffic management solutions also help drivers and first responders avoid dangerous or construction zones. These factors are expected to drive the growth of the intelligent transportation system market.

Advanced features such as vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) and vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) communication enhance the market prospects. These features provide travelers with real-time information on road conditions and construction zones, as well as seat availability and public transport timetables, thereby improving overall road safety and reducing the risk of fatalities while reducing the Travel time. The introduction of advanced technologies in the automotive sector has increased the global demand for improved automotive and transportation infrastructure. With the rise of intelligent and electric vehicles, the demand for advanced infrastructure and technology is increasing, which creates a favorable environment for the development of the intelligent transport system market.

Furthermore, the ITS market is expected to be driven by the growing demand for parking space management, especially in urban areas. For more convenient parking, parking management systems communicate the availability of parking spaces. Parking space information is sent to drivers’ smartphones via sensors embedded in the sidewalk of parking lots or above parking lots.

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Type-Based, Advanced traffic management systems should be the most lucrative. This is due to increasing traffic congestion on roads around the world.

Depending on the region, APAC should be the most lucrative. In countries like China, Japan, Australiaand the rest of APAC, the deployment of ITS has increased due to the growing number of megacities and population in developing countries.

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  • The Global automotive telematics market size was estimated at $50.4 billion in 2018, and should reach $320.6 billion by 2026, recording a CAGR of 26.8% from 2019 to 2026.
  • The Global IoT Fleet Management Market the size should reach $26,410 million by 2027, $6955.7 million in 2020 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 21.0% over the period 2021-2027.
  • The Global Commercial Vehicle Fleet Management System Market the size should reach $15,290 million by 2027, $5,581.7 million in 2020, at a CAGR of 15.5% over the period 2021-2027.
  • The Global smart fleet management market was rated at $38,245.6 million in 2019, and should reach $98,656.5 million by 2027, registering a CAGR of 15.8%.
  • The Global smart parking market the size should reach $13,180 million by 2028, $4779.7 million in 2021, at a CAGR of 15.3% over the period 2022-2028.
  • The Global Automatic License Plate Recognition Market the size should reach $1920.7 million by 2028, $1020.7 million in 2021, at a CAGR of 9.3% over the period 2022-2028.
  • The Global LPR camera market was rated at $381 million in 2020 and is expected to reach $682 million by the end of 2027, growing at a CAGR of 8.5% over the period 2021-2027.
  • The Global Smart transportation market the size should reach $131,280 million by 2027, 72740 million USD in 2020, at a CAGR of 8.3% over the period 2021-2027.
  • The Global parking management market the size should reach $947.4 million by 2028, $565 million in 2021, at a CAGR of 7.6% over the period 2022-2028.
  • The Global Intelligent Traffic Systems Market the size should reach 37210 million USD by 2028, $28,610 million in 2021, at a CAGR of 3.8% over the period 2022-2028.
  • Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the world Electronic toll market the size is estimated at the value $5033.8 million in 2022 and should have a readjusted size of $6254.6 million by 2028 with a CAGR of 3.7% over the reporting period.
  • The Global Intelligent Transportation Management System Market the size should reach 37210 million USD by 2028, $28,610 million in 2021, at a CAGR of 3.8% over the period 2022-2028.
  • Global Advanced Transportation Systems Market Overview and Forecast to 2028
  • Global Pay As You Go (PAYG) Automotive Road Pricing Market Overview, Forecast to 2028


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What are the most effective ways to get cars out of cities? | Travel and transport

gThe removal of cars from cities has become an international concern. But city authorities, planners and citizens still lack a clear, evidence-based answer to the question: what works to reduce car use in cities?

We looked at almost 800 peer-reviewed reports and case studies from across Europe published since 2010, and used real-world data to rank the 12 most effective measures European cities have introduced.

The ranking reflects the cities’ successes not only in terms of measurable reductions in car use, but also in terms of improving the quality of life and sustainable mobility for their residents.

Our study, conducted at the Lund University Center for Sustainability Studies and published in Transport Policy Case Studiesfinds that more than 75% of urban innovations that have succeeded in reducing car use have been led by a local city government, including those that have proven to be the most effective, such as congestion charging, parking enforcement and traffic, and restricted traffic areas.

Narrow policies don’t seem to work – there’s no magic bullet. The most successful cities typically combine a few different policy instruments, including carrots that encourage more sustainable travel choices and sticks that charge or restrict driving and parking.

The research is clear: to improve health outcomes, meet climate goals and create more livable cities, reducing car use should be an urgent priority. Yet many governments in the United States and Europe continue to heavily subsidize car driving through a combination of incentives such as fossil fuel production subsidies, car travel tax rebates, and car incentives. of society that favor driving over other means of transportation. Essentially, these measures pay the polluters while imposing the social costs on society at large.

Ranked: 12 Ways to Reduce Car Use in Cities

A vintage car during a rally in Bologna. Photography: Fabio Frustaci/EPA

12. Applications for sustainable mobility

Mobile phone technology is, unsurprisingly, a growing aspect of strategies to reduce car use. The Italian city of Bologna, for example, has developed an application allowing individuals and teams of employees of participating companies to track their mobility. Participants competed to earn points for walking, cycling and using public transport, with local businesses offering these app users rewards for meeting point goals.

There is great interest in such gamification of sustainable mobility – and at first glance the data from the Bologna app looks striking. An impressive number (73%) of users said they used their car “less”. However, unlike other studies that measure the number or distance of car trips, it is not possible to calculate the reduction in distance traveled or emissions from this data, so the overall efficiency is not clear. (Skipping a short car trip and skipping a year of long car trips both count as “minus” driving.)

11. Personalized Travel Plans

Many cities have experimented with analytics and personal travel plans for individual residents, including Marseille, France, Munich, Germany, Maastricht, Netherlands, and San Sebastian, Spain. These programs – providing travel advice and planning for city dwellers to walk, cycle or use (sometimes discounted) public transport – have been shown to deliver reductions of 6-12%. However, since they encompass all residents of a city, as opposed to smaller populations of, for example, school or workplace commuters, these approaches can still play a valuable role in reducing overall the use of the car. (San Sebastian introduced academic and custom trip planning in parallel, which likely helped reduce car use more than either alone.)

10. Planning school trips

Two English cities – Brighton and Hove and Norwich – have used (and evaluated) the carrot-only school travel planning measure: providing travel advice, planning and events to pupils and parents to encourage them to walking, cycling or carpooling to school, along with the provision of improved cycling infrastructure in cities. Norwich found it was able to reduce the share of car use for school trips by 10.9%, using this approach, while Brighton’s analysis found the impact was d about half.

9. Carpooling

Perhaps surprisingly, car sharing turns out to be a somewhat conflicting measure to reduce car use in cities, according to our analysis. Such schemes, where members have access to easy rental of a nearby vehicle for a few hours, have shown promising results in Bremen, Germany, and Genoa, Italy, with each shared car replacing between 12 and 15 vehicles. private. Their approach included increasing the number of shared cars and stations and integrating them into residential areas, public transport and cycling infrastructure. However, other studies point to a risk that car-sharing may, in fact, encourage previously car-less residents to increase their car use, so we recommend more studies on how to design car-sharing programs to really reduce the overall use of the car.

8. Mobility services for universities

The Sicilian city of Catania used a carrot-only approach for its students. By offering them a free transit pass and providing shuttles to campus, the city has managed to reduce the share of students who drive to campus by 24%.

7. Plan university trips

University travel programs combine the carrot of promoting public transit and active travel with the stick of managing campus parking. The most successful example highlighted in our review was the University of Bristol, which reduced car use among its staff by 27% while providing them with improved cycling infrastructure and discounts on public transport.

6. Workplace Travel Planning

A major 2010 study assessed 20 UK cities and found that 18% of commuters switched from driving to another mode if their companies put in place travel strategies and guidance to encourage employees to end commutes. their journeys by car, including company shuttles, reductions for public transport. and improved cycling infrastructure, as well as reduced parking supply. In a different scheme, Norwich secured nearly identical fares by adopting a comprehensive plan but without the reductions for public transport. Interestingly, these carrot-and-stick efforts appear to have been more successful than Brighton and Hove’s approach of providing plans and infrastructure such as bicycle storage at the workplace, which has led to a 3% drop in car use.

5. Parking fees at the place of work

Rotterdam city center.
Parking fees at the workplace have been introduced in some parts of Rotterdam. Photography: Henryk Sadura/Getty Images

Another effective method is the introduction of parking fees at the workplace. For example, a large medical center in the Dutch port city of Rotterdam managed to reduce employee car trips by 20 to 25 percent through a program that charged employees to park outside their offices, while giving them the option to “pay” for their parking. spaces and use public transport instead.

This scheme was found to be around three times more effective than a larger scheme in Nottingham, UK, which applied a workplace parking charge to all employers in large cities with more than 10 parking spaces. The revenue generated was used to support the city’s public transport network in the Midlands, including the expansion of a tram line.

4. Mobility services for commuters

The most effective carrot-based measure uniquely identified by our review was a campaign to provide mobility services to commuters in the Dutch city of Utrecht. Local government and private companies have collaborated to provide free transit passes to employees, combined with a private shuttle to connect transit stops to workplaces. This program, promoted by a marketing and communication plan, has reduced the share of commuters going to the city center by car by 37%.

3. Restricted traffic areas

Rome, traditionally one of the most congested cities in Europe, has shifted the balance towards greater use of public transport by limiting car access to the city center at certain times of the day to residents only, as well than to those who pay an annual fee. This has reduced car traffic in the Italian capital by 20% during restricted hours, and by 10% even during unrestricted hours when all cars can visit the centre.

2. Parking and traffic control

In some European cities, removing parking spaces and altering traffic lanes – in many cases replacing space formerly dedicated to cars with streets, cycle paths and pedestrian walkways – has proven effective. . For example, Oslo’s replacement of parking spaces with pedestrianized streets and cycle paths reduced car use in the center of the Norwegian capital by up to 19%.

1. Congestion charges

Drivers must pay to enter the city centre, with the revenue generated going towards sustainable alternative means of transport. London, an early pioneer of this strategy, has cut city center traffic by 33% since the charge was introduced by the city’s first elected mayor, Ken Livingstone, in February 2003.

Other European cities have followed suit, adopting similar schemes after polls in Milan, Stockholm and Gothenburg – with Swedish cities varying their prices by day and time. But although congestion charges clearly lead to a significant and lasting reduction in car use and traffic volume, they alone cannot entirely eliminate the problem of congestion, which persists as incentives and infrastructure favoring the use of the car remain.

  • Kimberly Nicholas is Associate Professor of Sustainability Science at Lund University, Sweden. Paula Kus is a consultant for the Ministry of Transport of Baden-Württemberg, Germany.

  • A longer version of this article can be read on the Conversation website here.

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SNP pledges to charge commuters to enter Edinburgh-wide congestion zone to reduce traffic

THE SNP will charge commuters entering Edinburgh and level workplace parking tax on some of the capital’s biggest businesses if the party wins re-election next month.

In a key local election pledge, the party wants to charge drivers who commute to enter city limits at peak times to reduce traffic and encourage more workers to enter Edinburgh by public transport commmon.

Separate plans for a workplace parking charge would see 200 businesses with more than 50 spaces being charged around £500 per year per space, with exemptions for hospitals and medical facilities – amounting to £2 per working day and per place.

Opponents have slammed the plans as a ‘double whammy for workers’ – fearing the strategy will be rolled out in some of Scotland’s other major cities such as Glasgow amid promises to cut traffic and meet targets from net zero.

In 2005 Edinburgh residents voted in a referendum to reject congestion zone plans which would have charged motorists £2 a day – with fines of up to £60 for those who failed to pay . The London Congestion Zone imposes a daily rate of £15 but does not cover the entire city.

READ MORE: SNP pledges to extend Edinburgh tram if re-elected in capital

Council leader Adam McVey pledges to roll out the policy during the council’s next term if the SNP returns to power in Edinburgh.

He told the Herald that ‘too many cars coming from the area in Edinburgh’ was a ‘brutal truth that we have to live with and address’.

He added: ‘We have come up with a very sensible measure which is a charge on people entering at peak times, with exemptions for things like hospital visits and healthcare, as we recognize that Edinburgh contains good regional facilities.

“Basically, this will not apply to any tax-paying residents of Edinburgh council. We need to make sure that residents, when they need to get around our city, can get around our city.

Funds raised from the congestion zone would be reinvested to improve public transportation systems on a regional basis, including park and ride facilities and better public and active transportation options.

Mr McVey said: ‘It would only work at peak times to try to ensure that congestion is the thing we are trying to solve and target.

“People who need to drive across town will be able to do so more easily, transport will flow more smoothly and it will make it much more attractive for people to use these public transport alternatives.”

READ MORE: SNP Government to investigate charging for car use to cut carbon emissions

The SNP government has pledged to cut car journeys by 20% by 2030 – while politicians in Edinburgh and Glasgow have pledged to create net zero cities by the same timeframe.

But Mr McVey admitted ‘we need to make it more affordable and easier’ for commuters from Fife and Lothians to use public transport to get to Edinburgh.

The Scottish Government has been criticized for plans to allow councils to introduce a workplace parking charge, which would impose a charge on parking spaces.

SNP leaders in Edinburgh are pledging to roll out the scheme to 200 companies – and hope to put measures in place to ensure the burden is not passed from employers to workers.

Mr McVey said: “The only businesses that would pay it are the top 200 businesses in the city – those are only businesses that have 50 or more parking spaces.

“We will also see, in the conditions of implementation of the policy, how to prevent companies from passing on these charges to employees.

“What we want is for companies themselves to engage in the process with their employees in a supportive way to empower their employees to make the right choices.”

He added: “We exempt things like hospitals and medical centers from it so they don’t get charged.

“Even at this rate we would still raise around £10million a year.

“It’s a huge amount of money to invest in strengthening public transport in the city and strengthening the delivery of our transport plans.”

The workplace parking charge is expected to cost around £450-£550 per year per parking space subject to the charge, or around £2 per working day.

READ MORE: Workplace parking charge plans could be approved by ministers amid business fears

Workplace parking charge schemes have been heavily criticized by industry leaders, with the Scottish Chambers of Commerce warning that ‘businesses are in disbelief that they face costs even more initial trading, just as the economy begins to recover from the impact of Covid-19.”

Scottish Tories have also spoken out against the plans and are calling for a rethink of congestion charging proposals.

Scottish Conservative Lothian MSP and Shadow Local Government Secretary Miles Briggs said: ‘The SNP’s war on motorists apparently knows no bounds. Not only do they want to hammer workers just by driving to work, they are upping the ante even further.

“A commuter tax would be a potential double whammy for workers who rely on their car to come to Edinburgh because of where they live or poor public transport connection.”

He added: “Obviously the opinions of the Greens rub off on the SNP the longer they are in coalition together.

“Only Scottish Tories can be trusted to defend motorists against such SNP plans to impose more taxes, which will only hurt working people and damage our recovery.”

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No Ruling on Tri-Cities, WA, Ben Franklin Transit Tax Cut

Bob Brawdy

Tri-City Herald

The Ben Franklin Transit Board voted to indefinitely file a resolution to temporarily reduce sales tax collections for bus service and a resolution to ask voters to permanently reduce sales tax collections.

The board heard nearly 30 comments from the public ahead of its Thursday night decision, all of them opposed to the sales tax cut.

But what swayed most council members was a proposal to hold a council workshop before voting and also to seek legal advice. There was disagreement over whether the sales tax cut would result in the loss of $75 million in Washington state funds.

Two council members opposed tabling the resolutions – Franklin County Commissioners Clint Didier and Rocky Mullen.

But other board members present at the meeting preferred a voice vote to table the decision. The council has nine voting members, all elected by the city council and county commissioners from the area.

Most agreed they needed to have a discussion about ideas for operating transit more efficiently and ways to increase ridership or otherwise provide more value to residents.

No decision has been made on whether this workshop will take place immediately or after the transit commission fills its vacancy as general manager.

Board members first want to know how long it will take to get an opinion from the Washington State Attorney General’s office on whether or not they qualify for newly available grants worth $75 million. dollars over the next 16 years if the agency’s tax authority is reduced.

The Washington State Legislature approved the grant money with the intent that transits could not reduce the taxes they collect and then offset that with the grant money.

The grants also require transits to agree by October 1 to let passengers under 18 ride for free to be eligible for the grant.

Didier, citing the Washington Policy Center, said the temporary reduction to 0.5% of the 0.6% sales tax collected for transit in the Tri-Cities bi-county area would not make it ineligible for subsidies. Sales tax administration and sales tax rates are not the same thing, he said.

But some other board members said they weren’t willing to bet $75 million on it without legal advice.

Kennewick City Council member Brad Beauchamp agreed to table the tax cut rulings but said he was concerned about what will happen when the grant money runs out more than a decade from now.

The conversation then could be about raising taxes to make up for the loss, he said.

Bad time to cut taxes?

Richland Councilman and transit board member Terry Christensen said now was not the right time to put the issue to a public vote, given factors including high inflation and rising gasoline prices.

Voters can’t now receive reliable information about the impact on public transit two or four years from now if taxes are cut, he said.

Pasco councilor Joseph Campos said the service could be available to more people, but that can’t happen if taxes are cut.

In Pasco, 24% of average household costs are related to transportation, 13% of Pasco residents have a disability and 4% of households do not have a vehicle, he said.

West Richland Councilman Richard Bloom, Vice Chairman of the Transit Commission, recommended the workshop.

“To blindly do a sales tax cut without having a clue what we’re trying to accomplish, I doubt it’s really a real approach for a board member to say they represent their constituents. “, did he declare. “Public transport is important and it can be improved.”

This could include providing a bus service for workers to the Hanford nuclear reserve, he said.

Ridership rose 14% on general bus routes from January to February, he said, which he attributed to the rising cost of gas.

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Several of the people who spoke during the public comment period said the average savings per person per month from the proposed sales tax reduction would be $1.66, or about $20 per year. .

Most residents would not notice these savings, but users who cannot afford a car or who cannot drive because they are disabled would see their quality of life diminished by service reductions resulting from the reduction in sales tax, they said.

But Didier countered that $1.66 per person in a large family, such as farm workers who pick asparagus, would be a big help.

Transit service is important, but in the Tri-Cities it is not run effectively and efficiently, he said.

Ben Franklin Transit staff said cutting sales tax and not being eligible for the new state subsidy would represent about a 25 percent change in the agency’s possible budget.

This would require a reduction in service, less spending on capital projects, or a combination of both.

Now, Ben Franklin Transit has the lowest tax rate among Washington State’s five transit services classified as major urban. According to Ben Franklin Transit officials, only two of the state’s 15 transit systems have lower tax rates.

During an hour of public testimony, council members heard how valuable good transit service is to a community.

According to the bus service

CRA’s Cindy O’Neill said public transport services were a lifeline for people with disabilities, giving them independence. The service also saves family members from having to take half a day off to travel to essential activities, such as doctor’s appointments.

“Most of you board members drive wherever you want,” said Frank Cuta, a blind pensioner from Hanford.

He depends on public transport services to stay active and independent.

“I’m deeply concerned because I know that cuts to public transit funding will ultimately leave me out in the cold,” he said.

Dale Engles, a Dial-A-Ride driver, said the council seemed intent on punishing the poor and disabled in the Tri-Cities area.

“If anything, we should invest more in our transit service, making it more accessible, easier to use, more convenient and timely so that most of our community feels confident that they are going to get there. where she’s going in the time she needs. ,” he said.

Cigden Capan from Richland said she tried to get around by bus but didn’t have time for long waits between bus transfers or waiting 30 minutes for the next bus if she had any. one was missing.

Parking can be hard to come by at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and Washington State University Richland and students have asked the chancellor to provide free bus passes to ease the parking problem, she said.

Instead of cutting service, the transit commission should respond to unmet demand for transportation, she said.

Bus riders talk

Caleb Thomas, a student from Kennewick, said the bus service got him a job before he had saved enough money to buy a car, although he still took the bus to class several days a week.

He no longer gets food stamps or free and reduced lunches, but he could if he couldn’t get to work, he said.

Ginger Wireman told the board that she took the bus to her job in North Richland before the pandemic due to heavy traffic during commute hours from the Hanford site. Driving costs her about $100 a month, but a bus pass costs $25, she said.

Others said having a reliable bus service was important to attracting new businesses.

Many members of the transit board appear to treat transit as a business rather than a service, said West Richland Councilor Kate Moran, who does not sit on the transit board.

“People who need it desperately need it,” she said.

Ben Franklin Transit is not a business, but it should be run as efficiently as a business, said Benton County Commissioner Will McKay, chairman of the transit commission.

“I would like to see how we can tighten this budget to make it more efficient for everyone, the riders and the taxpayer,” he said.

There are areas where public transit could save money, he said.

This story was originally published April 15, 2022 5:00 a.m.

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Senior Writer Annette Cary covers Hanford, energy, environment, science and health for the Tri-City Herald. She was a journalist for over 30 years in the Pacific Northwest.

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State budget directs millions to Adirondacks | News, Sports, Jobs

New York’s $221 billion budget for the new fiscal year allocates billions of dollars to economic development and environmental protection, including millions to deal with the impacts of increased hiker traffic in parks Adirondack and Catskills.

This year’s budget increases state spending by more than $8 billion from last year’s $212 billion budget. The state expects to balance the higher budget with increased federal funds and higher-than-expected tax revenue, according to The Associated Press.

The new budget, approved more than a week past its April 1 deadline, includes $4.2 billion in investment in green energy, climate change mitigation efforts and environmental protection. environment through the Environmental Bonds Bill for Clean Water, Clean Air and Green Jobs. The law, originally passed by the state legislature in 2020 with a $3 billion prize, would allow the state to assume $4.2 billion in obligations for environmental initiatives.

This act will be on the ballot in November. He was supposed to be on the ballot in 2020, but the vote was delayed by the administration of former Governor Andrew Cuomo.

The new state budget also includes $400 million for the Environmental Protection Fund; $500 million in funding for clean water grants, which would give communities new water and wastewater treatment facilities; and donates $15 million to the state Department of Environmental Conservation to “improve state lands, rehabilitate campgrounds and upgrade recreational facilities”, according to Governor Kathy Hochul’s office.

The state budget also provided $105 million in additional capital funding to the state’s Olympic Regional Development Authority, primarily for the upgrade of Olympic facilities and ski resorts ahead of the World University Games in Washington. FISU winter of 2023.

Environmental Protection Fund

The state Environmental Protection Fund, which distributes millions of dollars each year through DEC to finance large green projects, is set at $400 million under the approved budget, an increase $100 million over last year’s fiscal budget.

Eight million ETH dollars are allocated to projects aimed at increasing visitor safety and addressing the various impacts of hiker traffic in the park, which have become a growing concern in recent years – particularly along the popular Route 73 Corridor – as an increasing number of hikers and other nature lovers travel to the High Peaks region. Some efforts to limit the impact of hiker traffic in the frontcountry and backcountry, such as the creation of a new shuttle route for hikers and a pilot parking reservation system at the parking lot of the Adirondack Mountain Reserve, are already underway.

A coalition of 26 local organizations, environmental groups and municipalities advocated for $10 million in funding to address the impact of hiker traffic on state lands last year. Adirondack Mountain Club Directory of Advocacy Cathy Pedler said in a statement that the $8 million that was ultimately included in the budget will be used for trail safety and resilience, educational outreach, trailhead infrastructure and to implement High Peaks and Catskills strategic planning recommendations. Advisory groups.

Keene Town Supervisor Joe Pete Wilson, Jr., who was on the High Peaks advisory group, applauded the new funding.

“Funding to manage heavy use is a much-needed boost to the partnerships and efforts of state, local government and conservation groups that have taken shape over the past few years. Stewardship and environmental protection are key to ensuring the park remains a special place for New Yorkers for generations to come,” Wilson said in a statement.

EPF includes $600,000 to support a new visitor use management framework similar to those in national parks. The framework would help officials assess the need to modify or add trails, reroute traffic patterns, and create and maintain outdoor facilities such as restrooms, campsites, interpretive centers, parking lots, and kiosks. of information. The DEC plans to hire a visitor management expert with the funds by the fall, according to a press release from the Adirondack Council.

Paul Smith’s College received $225,000 for its visitor interpretive center this year, up from $180,000 last year. VIC director Scott van Laer said in a statement that the funding would help the VIC hire more staff and complete its environmental programming.

Essex County received $150,000 in landfill closure and gas management funding.

The EPF also includes $48.7 million for statewide land stewardship, $40 million for new park lands and forest preservation, $21 million for farmland, $15 million for the Climate Smart Communities program, $19 million for municipal recycling, and $3 million in smart growth grants to encourage development in the Adirondacks. All of these investments have increased since last year’s budget.


The new budget includes $105 million in capital funding for the state’s Olympic Regional Development Authority. Of this amount, $92.5 million is expected to fund an upgrade and modernization plan to improve Olympic facilities and ski resorts, with a focus on preparation for the 2023 World University Winter Games. ; $10 million will go to “critical maintenance and energy efficiency upgrades”; and $2.5 million will come from the budget of the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as part of the New York Works Initiative, which aims to create jobs that pay at least $50,000. per year. This funding for ORDA is the same amount Hochul proposed in its budget book earlier this year.

It is unclear which locations and projects, in particular, the state funding will go to; an ORDA spokesperson was unavailable for comment Thursday at press time.

New headquarters of the APA

The approved budget provides $29 million for the new offices of the Adirondack Park Agency. The APA has met in a small 1950s log cabin for the past 50 years on a campus shared with the New York State Police and DEC in Ray Brook. APA public information officer Keith McKeever said in an email Thursday that the building was poorly designed and in poor condition; he didn’t think it wouldn’t be profitable to renovate it for the agency’s needs.

McKeever said the agency is always considering all of its options before deciding on the location of the new building or whether the agency will opt to renovate an existing building. He said the agency wants a building that is energy efficient, accessible, meets the needs of staff and gives the agency more opportunities to engage with the public. When asked if the state had given the APA a deadline to complete the project, McKeever said the project was a “high priority” for the agency and that it would move forward as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Other Highlights

The Tombuctoo Summer Climate and Careers Institute, a new program that helps City University of New York students find conservation jobs in partnership with the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Newcomb, has received $2.1 million. federal funding dollars through the state budget. The institute was named after one of the 1840s suffrage colonies in the Adirondacks, where 3,000 black men acquired ownership of a 40-acre farm that gave them the right to vote.

The Adirondack Lake Survey Corporation, a Ray Brook-based nonprofit that has been conducting long-term monitoring of 52 lakes in the park since the 1990s, was awarded $500,000 for a $6 million survey of the lakes Adirondack. The survey would be similar to the extensive survey of 1,400 Adirondack lakes that the ALSC did before widespread acid rain regulation in the 1980s, according to the Adirondack Council statement. This multi-year study would focus on climate change and employ a team of scientists working in partnership with the ALSC. The company currently employs one full-time employee.

The ALSC and the Ausable River Association announced this week that the two nonprofits plan to merge by the end of this year. ALSC would remain an independent program as part of the merger.

The Adirondack Diversity Initiative, a Saranac Lake-based organization that works to improve diversity and inclusiveness in the park, received $300,000 in federal funding this year, an increase of $50,000 from the year last.

The budget also includes a review of a state policy that protects wetlands. The new policy allows the state to have jurisdiction over smaller wetlands, as little as 7.4 acres, outside of the park. The previous minimum area was 12.5. The state can already protect wetlands as small as an acre in the park, though the policy revision expands APA control over development on the lakeshore and other deep-water wetlands. .

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DEP announces $2.1 million to municipalities and businesses for electric vehicles and other clean fuel transportation projects

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania – The Wolf Administration today announced $2.1 million in alternative fuel incentive grants to municipalities and businesses for 99 electric vehicles and more clean fuel transportation projects to improve air quality in their communities.

“Transportation is one of the biggest sources of air pollution in Pennsylvania. That’s why investing in zero- and low-emission transportation pays off big time: it helps us breathe cleaner air and slow climate change.” climate,” said Deputy Executive Secretary of the Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), Ramez Ziadeh. “Through alternative fuel incentive grants, DEP helps businesses and organizations of all sizes continue their Clean Fuel Transportation Goals With this round of grants, we’re thrilled to support 99 electric vehicles, charger installations, and other transportation improvements that will improve Pennsylvania’s air quality.

the Alternative Fuel Incentive Grant Program (AFIG) provides funding to help Pennsylvania municipalities, businesses, and nonprofits replace older gasoline or diesel vehicles with electric, renewable natural gas, compressed natural gas (CNG), ethanol fueled vehicles , biodiesel or propane. It also finances the installation of refueling equipment for these vehicles.

Switching to these zero- or low-emission fuels can reduce levels of many air pollutants, including nitrogen oxides, carbon monoxide, particulates, volatile organic compounds and carbon dioxide, one of the gases greenhouse gases that warm our climate.

New grants were awarded to 13 municipalities and businesses for 15 projects. Collectively, the funded projects are expected to reduce gasoline consumption by 478,000 gallons per year over their lifetime. They are expected to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions by 6,429 kilograms and carbon dioxide emissions by 2,642 metric tons per year.

Eleven projects are located in or serve Environmental Justice Areas or Census Tracts where 20% or more residents live at or below the federal poverty level or 30% or more residents identify as a non-white minority, according to federal data.

The funded projects are as follows:

Allegheny County

Allegheny County: $45,000 for four electric pickup trucks and two electric cars for use by county police, park rangers and facilities management staff.

Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority: $7,500 for an electric car.

Bucks County

Township of Middletown: $215,000 to install four DC fast chargers that the public can use to charge electric cars.

Center County

MJ Transport Logistics: $300,000 for eight CNG tractor-trailers to transport waste from transfer stations to landfill.

Clarion County

Francis J. Palo, Inc.: $30,000 to convert four F-150 pickup trucks to run on CNG.

Delaware County

Aqua Pennsylvania: $36,135 for five electric cars for customer service use.

Delaware County (two grants): $300,000 for 69 electric cars for use by county departments, including 29 dedicated to the new health department for county health care visits; $300,000 to install 22 Level 2 dual-outlet charging stations, for a total of 44 chargers.

Fayette County

Chestnut Valley landfill: $300,000 for eight CNG waste collection trucks.

Lackwanna County

City of Scranton (two grants): $75,000 for 10 electric cars to be used by code enforcement officers to conduct inspections, respond to citizen complaints, and assess construction and renovation projects; $45,642 to install 10 Level 2 loaders.

Lucerne County

Amazon Logistics: $300,000 for 10 renewable natural gas tractor-trailers to transport goods from a factory or warehouse to its Hazleton distribution center.

Lycoming County

Township of Loyalsock: $7,500 for an electric car.

Perry County

HE Rohrer: $100,000 for the purchase of an electric school bus.

Philadelphia County

AAA Club Alliance: $45,000 for six electric cars.

Joining the DEP in the announcement were Scranton Mayor Paige Cognetti, Delaware County Sustainability Officer Francine Locke, and Allegheny County Sustainability Officer Brittany Prischak, highlighting plans for electrification financed by their municipalities.

“Scranton is known as the Electric Town, and we are working to earn that name again over the next few years. We are grateful for these DEP funds, which will help us achieve our goal of a more sustainable energy future,” said Mayor Cognetti.

This is the first AFIG funding awarded to the City of Scranton for electric vehicles and chargers.

“Delaware County is reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the development of a holistic sustainability and climate action plan. Investing in electric vehicles and charging infrastructure is a critical part of this plan,” Locke said.

The Delaware County grant is for the largest fleet electrification project the AFIG program has supported to date.

“Allegheny County has been converting our fleet of vehicles to electric since the start of 2020 to reduce tailpipe emissions and air pollution and reduce our carbon footprint,” Prischak said. “We have been fortunate to have received several AFIG awards that have supported our efforts, and we look forward to continuing to partner with the Department of Environmental Protection and joining so many other entities in continuing our transition to cleaner vehicles.

Transportation generates 47% of the nitrogen oxide emissions in Pennsylvania, contributing to the formation of ground-level ozone. It affects the health of children, the elderly, people who work or are active outdoors, and people with asthma, emphysema, or other lung conditions. The Pennsylvania Department of Health has found that asthma-related emergency room visits increase when air quality is very poor.

The vehicles release 21% of carbon dioxide emissions statewide, contributing to climate change. Pennsylvania’s average temperature has risen nearly 2°F since 1900. Pennsylvania Climate Action Plan 2021 projects that unless we reduce greenhouse gas emissions, Pennsylvania will be an average of 5.9°F warmer by the middle of this century.

The AFIG program, which is administered by DEP’s Office of Energy Programs, was established under Act 166 of 1992 and is funded by a portion of the state’s gross utility revenue tax.


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The term “personal loan” refers to a personal loan allows you to borrow money from a lender to fulfill any need usually with a fixed-term and an interest rate that is fixed and a month-to-month payment schedule. The collateral is usually not required.How do I utilize a personal loan? You can utilize the personal loan for almost any need, with some exceptions. LendingClub Bank members often use personal loans to pay off credit cards at a lower interest rate as well as consolidate debts, or cover emergencies with home repairs and medical expenses. Some of the ways personal loans are not able to be used personal loan cannot be used are for education-related matters following high school, the making of investments (such as crypto or securities) or illegal.Will I be eligible for a personal loan? To qualify to receive an personal loan from you must be an U.S. citizen at least 18 years old and have an account at a bank that is verified. (We take applications from every state, with the exception of Iowa as well as the U.S. territories.)

The loan application you submit is evaluated on various factors, such as the information you supply to the lender as well as the credit bureaus as well as the quality of your credit score, and capacity to pay back. To get the lowest rate it’s best to have a better that average credit score as well as a low ratio of debt to income and an good credit history. Sometimes, partnering with another person could aid you in getting higher rates and/or a larger loan amount.

Find out how adding a borrower will help you qualify for an individual loan.How do I apply for a personal loan? The majority of applicants are approved in less than 24 hours and can receive their funds within 24 hours. 2. Help get things moving by reviewing Your To-Do List and making sure you’ve provided all documents and other information needed.

You can submit your application and complete the application online at the convenience at home with your computer, smartphone or tablet. After your financial information is confirmed, we’ll use our marketplace to search for potential investors to finance the loan. If the loan is approved and, based on the terms you select the funds will be transferred directly to your creditor or transferred to your bank account.Will the rate I check affect my credit score? Getting your rate from LendingClub Bank has absolutely no impact on your credit score since the process is low credit pull is performed. The hard credit pull that might affect your score only occurs when you keep your loan , and your money is transferred.

The positive side is that the personal loan could positively impact your credit in the future in the event that you’re able to demonstrate an history of timely payments and a reduction in your overall debt (that implies no new debts, like more credit balances on your credit cards). 1

Find out More about the credit score and ways to safeguard the credit health.What happens when I have checked my credit score?

Select your offerIf your loan application is approved and you’ll be able to look over your loan amount, interest rate APR, monthly installment and loan duration.

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We’ll need information about your Social Security number, and regarding your income and work. If we require additional documents or data we’ll inform you on the form of your To-Do List. Keep your fingers crossed as we search for investors on our marketplace , and close your loan.

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Developer offers settlement options on Oakville skyscraper project

By Gene Pereira

Published on April 13, 2022 at 1:35 p.m.

A proposal is on the table for a 245-unit development to be built on land on the southwest corner of Lakeshore Road West and East Street. IMAGES OF THE CITY OF OAKVILLE

Developers and Oakville residents are still arguing how high a proposed new residential condominium in Bronte will go.

The proposed zoning by-law amendment application for the 245-unit development, which is to be built on 0.38 hectares of land at the southwest corner of Lakeshore Road. West and East St., has been appealed to the Ontario Lands Tribunal, which has not yet set a hearing date.

The initial application proposes a 15-storey mixed-use building containing 245 residential rental units and 446 square meters of commercial space at ground level. In addition, there would be 273 parking spaces on 3.5 levels of underground parking.

But local residents are encouraged to consider two options as a means of a settlement offer by the developer.

Bids are based on either a 13-story building or a 10-story building with different designs. Each option includes up to 244 units, commercial spaces on the ground floor and 268 parking spaces (one parking space per residential unit plus 24 parking spaces for retail and visitor parking).

Nevertheless, the promoter can return to the initial proposal if the court rules in his favour.

Oakville residents will be able to speak on the proposal during a videoconference hosted by the city’s planning and development board on May 2 at 6:30 p.m.

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Davy investors acquire Eyre Square shopping center for 9.575 million euros

The Eyre Square shopping center in Galway city center has been sold for 9.575 million euros.

While Colliers, who handled the sale, did not identify the buyer, The Irish Times understands the project was acquired by a fund managed by Davy Real Estate. The price paid is equivalent to a net initial yield of 9.78% after taking into account the standard acquisition costs. It also represents a 33% discount on the €12.75 million that Colliers guided when marketing the mall on behalf of US investment giant Marathon Asset Management last August.

While the Eyre Square Shopping Center comprises over 70 retail units and kiosks, the sale itself was limited to eight retail and center control units as well as open common space units. property. The eight retail units have a strong lineup of tenants, including JD Sports, Great Outdoors, Specsavers, Diesel, Starbucks and Vero Moda.

The units are currently producing rental income of €869,200 per year with a weighted average unexpired lease term of 6.24 years to terminate. The incoming investor will have the opportunity to immediately increase the rent by renting out the two vacant units.

The center also has direct access to the 450 parking spaces at Eyre Square car park. The building forms part of a combined shopping center with Corbett Court and Edward Square Shopping Centre, with direct access from Eyre Square, Williamsgate Street and Castle Street. Anchored by Penneys and Dunnes Stores, the program includes a mix of local, national and international retailers.

The Penneys are expanding into the centre, increasing the size of their footprint in Eyre Square by around 50%. The new store will have approximately 60,000 square feet of ground and first floor retail space.


The center has been the subject of considerable investment by Marathon, which has undertaken a major program of capital expenditure and refurbishment to provide a redesigned entrance from Eyre Square as well as the development of modern retail units and a restaurant.

Common space units include a number of short and long-term license agreements and include kiosks, stores, telecommunications towers and general mall revenue. They are spread over the two floors of the center and generate a current rent of €160,202 per year. The units have had consistently high occupancy, according to the selling agent, with an average income over the past five years of around €220,000 per year.

Kiosk operators include Café Express, Mark Twain and Over The Moon, with stores mostly manned by larger retailers with a presence in the centre.

Mast revenue comes from a number of well-known mobile providers, namely Meteor Mobile, Esat Digifone and Vodafone.

Michele McGarry, of Colliers’ Capital Markets division, said: “The opportunity has attracted considerable interest from investors, primarily domestic, given the attractive yield and high profile of the Eyre Square shopping centre.”

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Massachusetts Legislature Moves Forward With Reforms That Would Reshape Energy Sectors to Meet Climate and Economic Development Goals | Pierce Atwood LLP

On April 7, 2022, the Massachusetts Senate Ways and Means Committee released its response to a previous House Ways and Means bill (#4524). The Senate Bill, Senate No. 2819, revised a number of features of the previous House bill relating to the supply of offshore wind energy to the Commonwealth, but also addressed a series of questions focusing on issues climatic. The Senate bill also included a series of provisions aimed at advancing electric vehicles, other forms of renewable energy, real estate development that advances climate goals and fundamentally changes consumer options by eliminating the competitive market. retail electricity supply and decarbonizing the natural gas industry, as summarized below.

And after? We understand that the Senate will be accepting amendments to the bill over the next few days and will likely adopt a form of Senate No. 2819 later this month. The House will likely pass a different version of the bill, which will lead to the creation of a conference committee to work out the details of a final bill by the end of the session this summer.

Wind at sea

The Senate has proposed a number of changes to how offshore wind resources are purchased by electric utilities. The bill retains a regular utility procurement process with the goal of having contracts for 5,600 MW in place by summer 2027. The Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources or “DOER” will now select winning bids based on specified factors with a bit more emphasis. on economic development and advancing environmental justice concerns. Successful bids will continue to be subject to a “ceiling price”, which is the level of the bid from the previous solicitation. The Senate bill, however, allows for an adjustment or discount to a new bid price of the amount of bid initiatives aimed at economic development, including benefiting low-income communities. Payments to utilities to compensate them for the risk of contracting will be reduced from 2.75% of annual revenue to 1.25%.

Electric vehicles

A number of features have been added to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles. Substantial funding has been made available to encourage the purchase of electric vehicles and also to support the development of charging stations. Rebates for EV purchases will be paid at point of sale. The sale of non-electric vehicles will be banned by 2035. There are similar mandates for mass transit and a requirement to adopt customer choice policies on ride-sharing services such as Uber or Lyft.

An additional $50 million is available to support the construction of charging stations, with a focus on accessibility and economic equity and a greater level of coordination at the state level. New or renovated buildings will have to install infrastructure to recharge at least 10% of the parking spaces. New time-of-use rates have been mandated to advance the economics of electric vehicle charging.

Renewable or clean energy

The Senate bill provides $100 million in funding to support new energy resources, specifically citing “deep” geothermal and geothermal resources and even nuclear fusion. Funding can also support offshore wind industry infrastructure, including port development.

DOER has been tasked with updating Massachusetts’ Solar Program or “SMART” and providing more flexibility to advance solar development. Solar development has been encouraged on agricultural land.

Energy storage was further encouraged, with a focus on longer-term projects. DOER was tasked with conducting a study on how to move implementation forward, including requiring requests for storage resources from electric utilities.

Biomass resources have been excluded from a number of clean energy subsidies.

Natural gas

The bill also requires a more formal process for reviewing the future of the natural gas industry, requiring a formal decision on gas utility plans; the DPU has advanced a collaborative process with gas utilities taking the lead in developing a range of options for industry to help achieve Commonwealth clean energy targets. Particular emphasis is placed on how to focus ongoing replacement programs for leak-prone lines given the uncertain future of the industry.

Communities are also allowed to experiment with zoning provisions that require fossil-free new construction, such as prohibiting new gas line connections.

Competitive sourcing

The Senate bill profoundly modifies the competitive electricity market by proposing to prohibit the creation or renewal of existing supply contracts for residential customers, outside the municipal grouping (which is not concerned by the draft law). A number of studies have shown that low-income customers have suffered in the competitive supply market.

Next steps

As noted, we expect a major energy bill to pass this session. We also expect an important process to be put in place through a conference committee. The proposed legislative language, in its current form, would surely create winners and losers among the various players in the state’s energy sector. Interested parties should seek to monitor this process, or seek ways to shape the outcome, as proposed features are refined or discontinued and new provisions emerge.

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Parking project on opposite green space

RESIDENTS are against a decision by the Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) to turn a 0.28 ha public park in Taman Puchong Intan, Selangor into an open-air parking lot with 107 bays.

“It’s absurd that MBSJ cut down about 30 mature trees and used green space to build a parking lot,” said resident Wong Wai Yein.

“Elderly people and children will be deprived of green space, so important to their well-being,” he said after voicing his objection through a signature campaign.

On the edge of Taman Puchong Intan Phase One’s Jalan Intan 2 Recreational Park is Puchong Intan Apartment with 10 floors and Sri Naga Nageswari Alayam Hindu Temple.

Across the public park are 378 one-story townhouses, 240 walk-up boutique house units, and Surau An-Nur.

On the grounds of the park there are swings and slides for children.

A council worker felling a Yellow Flame tree in the park on April 6.

Wong said that by continuing with this project, MBSJ contradicted the UN-Habitat scroll of honor he had received.

In October 2020, MBSJ received the UN-Habitat Scroll of Honor in recognition of its holistic and integrated approach to sustainable urbanization.

Supervisor James Chen, who was met at the site, posted the layout plan.

Environmental engineer Suliman Sa’ari, 45, who visits the park on weekends, said the tree canopies help cool the surrounding residential and commercial areas.

“MBSJ’s act of cutting down trees to remove this public park is destructive in nature.

“A park helps reduce carbon dioxide which drives climate change and causes heat waves,” he said.

Suliman added that the park was important because the Damansara-Puchong highway and the Puchong Barat toll plaza were within a few hundred meters of the green lung, which helped filter harmful carbon emissions from traffic.

Religious school teacher Khadijah Esah Muji, 35, said the public park should be kept.

“Residents heard the sound of a chainsaw and the sound of a tree crashing last week. It made our hearts skip a beat.

“Tall trees provide shade. MBSJ must stop the wanton destruction of a public space,” said Khadijah, who has a five-year-old child with autism.

She said the park provided parents with children with special needs with a natural environment that was important to their well-being.

“People’s opinions have not been solicited and that is worrying.

“It erodes public confidence in authorities and elected officials,” she added.

Save Jalan Intan 2 Recreation Park Pro-tem Committee Head S. Deva Varman said majority of Taman Puchong Intan Phase One residents are against the construction of the parking lot at the recreation site.

“On March 30, a two-decade-old yellow flame tree (pelthophorum pterocarpum) in full bloom was felled.

“Residents protested this and it was stopped.

“But on April 6, another tree fell,” he said.

Deva, a sound engineer, said protests against the project were growing, with residents backing an ongoing door-to-door signing campaign.

“Our neighborhood has enough parking spaces.

“We don’t need this project because it will do more harm than good.

“At the public park, we have 11 Yellow Flame trees along with eight mahogany, five coconut and two mango apple trees which also serve as habitat for birds,” Deva said as she hugged a tree in an act of protest.

“MBSJ should not develop this green space.

“During a downpour, rainwater will have nowhere to go except into the drains, which could lead to flash flooding.

“It is crucial to maintain this field in its natural state,” he stressed.

MBSJ Councilor Mohd Fitri Jamaludin, 37, who is in charge of Zone 13 which covers Taman Puchong Intan, Taman Puchong Indah and Taman Puchong Perdana, said he ordered workers to stop cutting down trees and remove all chainsaws.

“I will raise the issue with MBSJ this week,” he said.

Azfarizal Abdul Rashid, Deputy Director of Corporate and Strategic Management Department of MBSJ, confirmed that approval had been given for the construction of 107 public parking spaces in the park.

“Of the total area of ​​0.28 ha, part of the park will be occupied by the parking lot which will accommodate the residents of the Puchong Intan apartment.

“The balance of 0.1 ha will be left as recreational space,” he said, adding that approval for the project was given on January 26.

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Mercedes and a Honda spend 45 minutes locked in a tense standoff in a parking space in Melbourne

Mercedes and a Honda spend 45 minutes locked in a tense standoff in a CBD parking space as a crowd forms around them

  • Two Melbourne drivers were stuck in a parking spot for 45 minutes
  • The Mercedes Benz and Honda both attempted to claim the spot on Sunday night
  • Witnesses say the Honda ultimately won the battle after a ‘referee’ intervened

Two drivers were caught in a bizarre standoff in a single parking spot on a busy street that lasted 45 minutes.

A gray Mercedes Benz and a dark blue Honda were fighting over a single parking space near the corner of Russell and Lonsdale streets in Melbourne’s CBD.

The two drivers arrived on site simultaneously around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, with each car taking half and refusing to give up the rest.

Two drivers on a busy Melbourne street were caught in a bizarre standoff in a single parking space that lasted 45 minutes

A Reddit user shared an image of the two pilots locked in battle as a crowd gathered on the sidewalk to watch the puzzling scene.

The man who posted the image asked other Melburnians who witnessed the ‘epic battle’ which driver ultimately managed to claim the park.

“Honda won! Me and my buddies dropped by just as it was ending. There was quite a large crowd,” one wrote.

Another broke down the time and location saying: ‘For context the battle happened around 7.30am near the corner of Russell and Lonsdale.’

“Apparently it had been going on for 15 minutes when my partner and I arrived and was continuing at 7.45am when we had to leave to get to our comedy show.”

A few respondents noted that a “referee” had to intervene when the two stubborn drivers refused to give way after half an hour.

“We watched occasionally for almost half an hour waiting for a comedy show. It was still a stalemate when we left but someone had started acting as a referee between the two riders,” one of them recalled.

A gray Mercedes Benz and a dark blue Honda were fighting over a single parking space near the corner of Russell and Lonsdale streets.  A Reddit user revealed that the Honda finally won after the two riders locked themselves in a 45-minute battle

A gray Mercedes Benz and a dark blue Honda were fighting over a single parking space near the corner of Russell and Lonsdale streets. A Reddit user revealed that the Honda finally won after the two riders locked themselves in a 45-minute battle

Others chose the sides of the pilot who they believed had the right to claim the space.

“I was firmly on the side of the common man, the Honda team. Not just because they had three wheels in the park,” one wrote.

“Usually the Shujinko team wins because the corners are very tight on the other side and a faster reaction time is needed,” another observed.

A third added that the Honda should have pulled “the handbrake and gone”. Mercedes is unlikely to call the bluff.”

One of them said that if the two cars crashed, the Honda would “win by default”.

A few Melbourne residents joked that “Sunday entertainment” was better to watch than Formula 1.

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Mumbai Buzz: New variant of COVID-19 | GMLR construction to reduce green cover…and more

The disappearance of Mumbai’s green blanket worries activists and concerned citizens | Photo: Vitor Pamplona, ​​Flickr, Generic Attribution 2.0 (CC BY 2.0)

Mumbai reports first case of new variant of COVID-19

On April 6, Mumbai reported the country’s first case of the XE variant of COVID-19, a more transmissible sub-variant of Omicron. The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has confirmed that a 50-year-old woman who traveled from South Africa in February was found asymptomatic with the variant.

Upon arrival on February 10, the woman tested negative, but on March 2, during a routine check-up at a suburban diagnostic center, she tested positive for COVID-19.

The XE mutant is said to be ten times more transmissible than the BA.2 subvariant of Omicron, which has until now been considered the most contagious of all coronavirus mutations.

However, according to renowned virologist Dr. Gagandeep Kang, a professor at Christian Medical College, Vellore, the variant is not expected to cause more severity than previous mutations.

Source: Midday, Firstpost

Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation asks traffic police to reconsider no parking zones in the city

The Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) has asked the traffic police to reconsider the no-parking zones in the city, in a bid to address the parking crisis.

“It has been observed that there are many places in the city where residents park their vehicles, whether it is allowed or not, mainly because these places are near a market or a shopping center. The idea is to study these locations and identify the possibility of converting these areas to paid parking or parallel parking, therefore ward offices are requested to provide a report on these locations,” said the Deputy City Commissioner of the NMMC, Jaydeep Pawar.

Many no-parking zones are currently located near shopping malls. In the absence of alternative parking spaces, residents are then forced to line up vehicles in other no-parking zones, which causes more traffic jams. In most parts of Mumbai, lack of parking space is a constant problem for vehicle owners.

Source: Hindustan Times

A car in South Bombay parked by a no parking sign
Lack of Parking Space Drives Vehicle Owners to Park in No-Parking Zones, Vicious Circle Leading to More Traffic Jams | Photo: Thomas Galvez, Flickr, Attribution Generic 2.0 (CC BY 2.0)

Read more: Is Mumbai one step closer to solving its parking crisis?

1,100 trees will be affected for the construction of the GMLR

For the impending construction of the Goregaon-Mulund Link Road (GMLR) project, officials have specified that up to 115 trees will be completely cut down. In total, approximately 1,100 trees will be affected, whether felled or transplanted. Others will be affected by the proposed road widening along Mulund.

The route includes a tunnel that will rise under the Sanjay Gandhi National Park. For this, more green cover could be removed.

According to activist Zora Bhathena, more than 80% of the time, transplanting destroys trees. Other activists have stepped in, saying the damage to vegetation will be irreversible.

Source: The Times of India

Mumbaikars struggle with rising household spending

Rising prices for edible oil, LPG, packaged goods and other household items have increased exponentially over the past few weeks. Additional fuel prices that have driven up daily transport prices – Uber has raised its fees by 15% – are causing stress for residents who are struggling to support themselves.

According to a resident, the average price for a bunch of beans and brinjal is now 100-120 rupees compared to the previous 60-80 rupees. Vegetable vendors say their business is affected by how customers are buying less than before. A commercial LPG cylinder has now crossed Rs 2,250, almost unaffordable for many households in the city.

Source: The Times of India

Mumbai police start seizing vehicles for driving in reverse

Despite multiple warnings and FIRs for wrong-way driving, the situation in town remains unchanged. To tackle this problem head-on, the Mumbai Police, under Commissioner Sanjay Pandey, have started seizing vehicles.

On April 6, 294 FIRs were registered against motorists. Until March 31, a total of 2,649 FIRs were registered in the city. According to police officials, at least 200 FIR per day are registered with them for wrong-way driving.

Police deliver the motorist under Sections 279 (reckless driving) and 336 (endangering the life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code. “The number did not decrease even after the warning that prompted us to start impounding the vehicles,” said Raj Tilak Roushan, Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic).

Source: Hindustan Times

(Compiled by Saachi D’Souza)

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Man fined £100 for charging electric car at McDonald’s

A man who paid £35 to charge his electric car while having lunch at a McDonald’s was later fined £100. Amar Tanna, 36, drove to McDonald’s and discovered the branch’s car charging station was in use. So he decided to have lunch first, then charge his car afterwards.

He said: “The rate they charged was extortionate – double the cost of electricity I had paid before to charge my car. But I had to charge it or else I couldn’t get home.” #

But Amar didn’t realize the limit for staying in the car park is 90 minutes – even if you’re using the charger, LeicestershireLive reports.

After loading the car, Amar drove home, then was fined £100. InstaVolt’s Customer Service Manager, Katherine Binks, told Amar, “Unfortunately, parking restrictions are managed by a third party, which means that existing parking restrictions still apply to our customers, even when they use our charging stations.” She added that InstaVolt’s signage at its stations said “existing parking restrictions still apply.”

She said this was also described in her Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). Ms Binks added: “We appreciate the inconvenience caused by these fines and have provided you with a ‘proof of charge’ letter containing details of your charge to assist you in your appeal, should you wish to appeal the notice.

“We hope your appeal is successful and if you need any further information, please let us know.” However, Amar’s appeal was unsuccessful – and he has to pay the fine.

He said: “I’ve also written to McDonald’s but the problem is they have a separate parking company that does the enforcement. I don’t think I’ll get much of a response. [from the parking enforcement company]. The parking company is the usual type of business – hard to find with a one-page website.”

Amar Tanna was handed a £100 parking ticket

McDonald’s responded to Amar in a letter, which reads: “As a company, implementing enforcement measures in our parking lots is only done after careful consideration and as a last resort. We use primarily parking measures to ensure that there are spaces available for our customers’ vehicles, as well as to deter unwarranted or unreasonably prolonged use of the facility.

“I can confirm that this car park is operated by an independent company who are responsible for monitoring the car park and taking details of registration numbers. Restaurant rules and signs clearly state the policy and applicable charges.

“I hope you understand that in order to maintain a consistent approach, we must adhere to the guidelines in place whether you have been in the restaurant during the duration of the stay or not. Thus, in a situation such as a clear violation of parking regulations, we are unable to deal with individual cases or cases on an individual basis.

“Suffice to say that if a customer violates the clearly displayed parking rules, he will receive a ticket.” Coventry Live attempted to contact the parking company, Civil Enforcement Ltd, but they asked us to enter a parking charge reference number.

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Washington a good partner with the railroads

By Charles H. Featherstone

Herald of the Columbia Basin

OLYMPIA — Washington has been very proactive in addressing infrastructure issues and getting people and goods moving across the state, according to French Thompson, general manager of public and private infrastructure development for Burlington Northern Santa Fe. Railroad.

“We’re looking to Washington, you’ve done such a great job of not sitting down,” Thompson said during an online roundtable on keeping cargo flowing across the state on Tuesday, hosted by the Washington Council on International Trade. “They are making investments on their own to tackle the projects that need to be built.”

Thompson, who spoke with Sen. Marko Liias, D-Everett and Washington State Transportation Secretary Roger Millar during the 90-minute discussion, said while the BNSF Railroad is working with the states in its coverage area, as well as the federal government To secure the necessary funding for improved lanes, bridges and tunnels, Washington lawmakers and officials are doing a better job than most of anticipating the future needs of the state.

“Getting ahead of projects before failure, and what are the next five to 10-year projects needed, and then leveraging federal funding to get there,” Thompson said.

“In our state, we do a better job of moving forward rather than waiting for failure,” Liias added. “We try to stay one step ahead.”

With approximately 32,500 miles of track across 28 states, the BNSF is one of the largest freight railroads in North America. The BNSF operates the freight line from Spokane to Bellingham which winds through Ephrata and Quincy.

Millar said the biggest challenge facing freight supply chains is not building new infrastructure, or even repairing or replacing older infrastructure, but connecting current management systems and get them to talk to each other in order to improve the current system.

According to Millar, the past two years of COVID-19 have strained U.S. and global supply chains, and the various tracking systems used by shipping carriers, port operators, trucking companies, owners of warehouses and the railways must be able to talk to each other. better for shippers to know where their goods are.

“The company that owns the boat knows where the containers are, but they can’t share that information,” Millar said. “This inefficiency is costing us time and money, and should have been resolved years ago.”

Thompson agreed and noted the current inefficiencies of port operations — most ports don’t operate 24 hours a day — while locomotives pull mile-long unit trains every hour of the day.

“BNSF is a 24/7 business, but ports and distribution centers may not be. A box may be ready to go,” Thompson said, referring to a shipping container, “but no one is ready to pick it up.

Thompson said this problem has a downstream effect on the entire transmission system and that it may be necessary to create excess transmission and transmission capacity to smooth it out.

Millar advocated for the creation of more truck stops and other safe places for truckers to park and rest, noting that adding parking spaces for large tractor-trailer trucks has not followed the request.

“The Department of Transport is part of the solution,” he said. “I’m not sure public facilities are the answer, but we need more truck stops.”

Millar also called for the creation of more intermodal transportation facilities in eastern Washington similar to the intermodel facility, noting that locations outside of Puget Sound where trucks can load and unload containers can unload port, road and rail facilities in Seattle and Tacoma.

The Port of Quincy owns and operates a small intermodal hub, primarily focused on loading reefer containers filled with processed potato products.

Finally, Millar and Thompson see a future for electric trucks and even train locomotives, although they won’t haul goods over long distances. At least not yet.

“We have a pilot project with a locomotive manufacturer regarding fuel cells, and we’re seeing a lot of interest in switching motors in rail yards, where there’s a lot of idling,” Thompson said.

Railroads are very efficient at moving freight, Thompson added, but right now it takes the kind of power that can only be generated by a diesel engine to pull a unit train through the Rockies and the Waterfalls.

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Oxford is considering a year-round outdoor drinking zone

University of Miami students could be free to enjoy booze outdoors in Uptown Oxford next semester.

Since 2020, Oxford has opened a Designated outdoor refreshment area (DORA) every summer and winter while school is out of session.

DORA allows bars and restaurants to serve alcohol in specific DORA cups that customers can take outside from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. each day. People are then free to drink from designated open containers in Uptown, from Church Street to Walnut Street to the north and south and from Campus Avenue to Beech Street to the east and west.

Deputy City Manager Jessica Greene said DORA began in 2020 to help businesses during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now the city is considering a pilot scheme to keep it open year-round, even when students are in Oxford.

“The idea is that you want [Oxford] be a place to go,” Greene said. “You want people to come to town and just enjoy being here…You just try to get people to engage in town and have a good time while they’re here.”

The board must vote on a resolution to open and close DORA each summer and winter. If the city decides to go ahead with the pilot program, Greene said there will be no resolution to close it right away in August when students return. The city would then use the summer months to coordinate with partners on education, waste management and law enforcement to prepare.

If necessary, the city could cancel the pilot program at any time.

“The way we drafted it would still allow the board to put it out,” Greene said. “It would be a pilot. We will see how it goes, and if it goes well, we will continue. If not, we will turn it off.

The idea for a year-round DORA originated at a town council meeting last november. At the time, the Board voted to reopen DORA from December 17, 2021 through January 23, 2022, the length of Miami’s winter vacation.

At the time, Councilor Glenn Ellerbe said DORA should remain open year-round.

“I believe DORA is bringing tremendous economic benefits to this town and we have paralyzed ourselves with the fear of students,” Ellerbe said at the time. “…We have had several instances where students have stayed here most of the summer and had no incidents of overuse or disorderly conduct due to alcohol in DORA.”

Five months later, Councilor Alex French said the city had had more in-depth discussions about logistics and implementation, and the council decided to prioritize the pilot program at its staff retreat in March.

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French said the biggest problems outdoor drinking would cause in Oxford while school is in progress include policing and waste management since DORA cups are disposable.

“We’re basically handing out disposable cups to people all weekend,” French said. “Environmentally, we want to make sure we don’t just create an extra mountain of trash every weekend with all the DORA cups. So how do we balance affordability with biodegradable or compostable cups? »

Despite the obstacles, she said the year-round program would be beneficial for city-to-city relations.

“Expansion [DORA] year-round, it feels like we engage in trust with our student community,” French said. “That’s something that I think students would love to be able to do is go downtown and…have a drink of their choice if they’re 21 and go enjoy it in the park.”

For Kimberly Moore, Dean of Students, the problems a year-round DORA could cause seem more significant.

“Twelve hours, seven days a week of an intoxicating open neighborhood is a misalignment of our values,” Moore said. “It does not correspond to the values ​​of the institution. It perpetuates a culture of heavy drinking, or a culture of high-risk drinking, and that’s completely contrary to what we’re trying to achieve.

Moore said the drinking culture in Miami and Oxford has been on the decline in recent years. Green Beer Day citations have been declining since 2017, with 90 citations given that year, compared to just nine in 2019, the last pre-pandemic spring semester. This year, nine people were charged with alcohol-related offences.

DORA, Moore said, would be a step backwards.

“Students [I’ve talked to] were generally disappointed with [the DORA] sort of a devolution of culture,” Moore said. “It’s a devolution of drinking culture, and it plays into a very small part of who our students are.”

Jules Jefferson, a sophomore in biochemistry and nutrition, said keeping DORA open year-round might discourage students who don’t want to drink from going to Uptown at all.

“Anyone who just wants to go to Graeter’s Ice Cream or Krishna, or any other local business, will be more exposed to what’s going on in The Brick [Street Bar] because of the alcoholic beverages that are now on the streets,” Jefferson said.

Jefferson, member of EcoReps, said DORA would also have environmental implications. DORA cups aren’t reusable, and Jefferson has seen first-hand how some students dispose of their Uptown trash.

“I remember going to Uptown one time,” Jefferson said, “and as my car was pulling out, someone just threw their beer bottle on the floor as I was getting out. [If the DORA passes,] I think the litter will increase which diminishes the appearance of Oxford.

Even though DORA would allow students to bring drinks outside, French said she doesn’t think it will change students’ drinking habits.

“When students go to Brick Street, it’s because they want to be on Brick Street,” French said. “It’s just a different vibe than drinking on the benches in Uptown Park.”

No official decision has been made on whether to go ahead with the pilot program. Greene said the earliest he could be presented to the Council is in May.

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Enmarket Arena car park delays linked to toxic waste

SAVANNAH, Ga. (WTOC) – The lack of parking and ongoing road construction around the new Enmarket Arena over the past two months has been a painful reminder of the city’s slow progress with public parking.

“Drive here, traffic. I don’t think the streets here are made for an event like this,” said Kendall Witmore, who attended John Mulaney’s comedy show in Savannah last week. “Parking was kind of a nightmare.”

For others, the road to the new arena was confusing, especially at night.

“I think we were only waiting 20 or 30 minutes to turn around to find our place. It was crazy. It was a lot,” said Jasmine Dorset, outside the arena after the show ended.

The Enmarket Arena opened its doors more than two months ago, but construction of a 2,000-space above-ground car park has been delayed because of what experts keep finding beneath the surface: products hazardous industrial chemicals known as PCBs.

The 22-acre site, once part of a scrap yard where cars were crushed, required extensive environmental testing and remediation. The testing process took the longest because it involved drilling core samples, said Bill Anderson, senior vice president of Terracon Consultants. He explained the prescribed process once PCBs are discovered.

“You know, not just 10 feet horizontally, but every foot, foot and a half, three feet, five feet, seven feet below the surface, so we can map the whole area that was affected,” he said. .

There’s enough impact at the site that the EPA and Georgia Environmental Protection Division have designated the land a brownfield, Anderson said.

PCBs are known to cause cancer if ingested for a long time.

Toxic chemicals are no surprise to city leaders who have been aware of them for years.

“I think it’s just a much bigger project than we anticipated when we got into it,” said Bret Bell, chief operating officer for the City of Savannah. “We would have done it anyway, but we would have given ourselves a new timeline to do it.”

The city and its contractors have been working closely with environment officials on an industrial waste remediation plan, Bell said, that includes grants to pay for it. Right now they are focusing on a plan for the back half of the property – a mostly wooded area.

As for the new parking lot which should open on the site starting tomorrow, the environmental rehabilitation is complete. The city has received permission to cover the industrial waste in place under the ground. A plug is an engineered barrier that protects it from leaching into groundwater.

“There will be an environmental clause that will apply to this property that would prevent future development in a residential area or prevent someone from putting a drinking water well through the contamination,” Anderson said.

The land, however, can be used for commercial development, including a parking lot, which isn’t expected to be fully completed until early fall, said City of Savannah chief operating officer Bret Bell. He oversees the development of the arena.

“I think it’s just a much bigger project than we anticipated when we got into it,” he said. “We would have done it anyway, but we would have given ourselves a new timeline to do it.”

The parking lot project launched is an approximately $9 million project funded by the City of Savannah’s parking enterprise fund, but Bell acknowledged that it may end up costing more due to the time required to do so. .

He was not ready to provide an updated estimate of the cost of parking because, he said, the city is still awaiting test results for the northern half of the lot where most of the soil contamination was found. .

“At this time, we don’t have an exact estimate until we start digging and figuring out how many truckloads of material we need to move and ship to the hazardous materials landfill,” he said. declared. “We will have that number in the next month.”

New infrastructure promoting private development

At $9 million, each parking spot in the lot is expected to cost around $4,500 to build. Estimates for building a parking lot were about $37,000 per parking space, or about $75 million, he said.

In this scenario, surface land is cheaper, but as WTOC Investigates learned, the $9 million parking lot is a temporary plan to prepare the ground for a new parking lot one day.

“We don’t want it to be a sea of ​​parking, long term,” Bell said. “Our original plans were to do a shared-structure parking lot with a private development,” Bell said.

The original plan didn’t work. In 2019, City Council led by Mayor Eddie DeLoach signed a 10-year lease with the landlord. The board amended the agreement in May 2020 to reduce annual lease payments to $525,000.

The city and landlord agreed to reduce lease payments, Bell said, after initial environmental testing in February 2020 determined industrial contamination was more extensive than initially thought.

As part of the terms of the lease, the city will also reimburse the landlord for liability insurance for the operation of public parking and any increased ad valorem taxes. These payments began a year ago.

“By doing the parking lot, which we see as a temporary solution,” Bell said. “It allows us to improve infrastructure to widen the canal to improve roads, which encourages private development.”

As an example of private development planned for the area, Bell pointed across Gwinnett Street to the land next to Interstate 16 where a 400-unit residential complex is planned.

“We want this area to develop into a dense urban thoroughfare. We want this to be an extension of downtown with retail, potentially hotels, other uses serving surrounding neighborhoods – not a big sea of ​​sidewalks here.

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When parking a bike costs more than a Range Rover

As a motorist, it is easy to feel authorized to have access to the road space outside your home, but what value should be given to it?

Pressure on parking space is greatest in cities, while these areas are home to the highest proportion of people without access to a car. Like other London boroughs, Islington is marred by dangerous air pollution from traffic. In response, the council charges residents for parking based on their car’s emissions. For example, it costs nothing to park an electric car, £104 for a parking permit for a Range Rover Evoque eD4 (130g/km CO2) and over £500 a year to park the biggest consumers of essence.

However, the council charges an annual fee of £107 (plus £25 as a key deposit) to park a bike in one of its street bike hangers – more than it costs to park a Range Rover. We understand that bike racks cost money to buy, install and maintain, but why not use the funds generated by those who insist on parking the dirtiest vehicles?

The double standards applied to heavily subsidized parking spaces are not lost on those advocating for parklets.

1970s San Francisco was the birthplace of the parklet – a way to reclaim a single parking space for the benefit of public space. The first one-day parklet was created in 2005 when a group fed coins to a parking meter, rolled out a length of grass and planted a potted tree.

When we designed our own parklet on behalf of Kingston Council, we circumvented the need for a parking permit by making it mobile. It was towed into place using an electric tricycle and then removed at the end of each day.

What value should be given to a parking space?

The road space is a public space. It is assumed that drivers should always have access to parking, but in cities in some countries you cannot register a car until you prove you have a place to keep it. When road space is allocated for parking, it makes sense that it should be charged at a realistic rate.

Barnet Council have lost an appeal by disgruntled residents who objected to the cost of their annual parking permits being raised to £100. However, applicants should be grateful that the parking space is not charged on the basis of its land value.

If this were the case, Barnet could presumably multiply the average cost per square meter of housing by the area occupied by the average car (£6,668 x 11.52m2). That puts the value of a parking space at over £75,000 – a sum that makes the £100-a-year permit to occupy it seem not only cheap, but also overly subsidized.

Whatever metric is used to calculate parking costs, in our congested and polluted cities, it should never happen that a Range Rover is cheaper to park than a bicycle.

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UM resolves parking frustrations and seeks to expand campus grounds | News

When law student Frank Kuhl returned from spring break on March 28, half of the usual parking area near his apartment building was fenced off and the adjacent half was already filled with daily commuters. After circling campus, Kuhl luckily found a tight spot along West Fifth Street.

“It looks like this land serves a lot of buildings, especially for the law school,” Kuhl said. “Some students arrive earlier, sometimes later. If you arrive around after 8:30 am, you’re out of luck.

Near the Adams Center and Washington-Grizzly Stadium, the razing of approximately 220 parking spaces in Lot P began over spring break. The initial demolition comes ahead of construction of the Montana Museum of Arts and Culture (MMAC), which is expected to be completed in 2023.

Kuhl said he didn’t know until spring break that convenient parking might be harder to come by for the rest of the semester. Although the UMPD sent out an email reminder before the break, Kuhl and other students neglected to check their inboxes outside of class.

Paula Short drove a golf cart around the north end of campus on March 30, snapping photos of empty parking spots. As Associate Vice President of Campus Preparedness and Response, Short is responsible for managing new parking barriers at UM, responding to student frustrations, and crafting mass communications to inform students and teachers of alternative parking options.

Short said many of the decal lots she passes — including the lots at River Bowl, outside the Facilities Services building, under Sentinel and along campus — are rarely at capacity. Short said the irritation over limited parking is valid, but attributes the inconvenience to a lack of information about UM’s other parking lots.

” I do not doubt [frustrations] are real. Parking gets really tough,” Short said. “Is there a lack of parking spaces? Or is there a lack of convenient parking? »

Short has tried to spread the word, mostly via email, but is having trouble reaching students. She considered sending a mass text to students before class to remind them of the build. However, the text platform used by Unified Messaging is intended only for emergency alerts.

“There’s no way to stratify it and just send it to students,” Short said. “It goes to your mom in New Jersey who wanted to sign up for campus alerts.”

The short photos taken of the alternate batches are for his reference when writing emails to students, and to ASUM President Noah Durnell. Durnell said he answered questions about the parking situation from students and faculty and was working closely with Short to find ways to connect with the UM population.

“Student concerns are very real right now,” Durnell said. “I just hope to bring some clarity on where they can find a better parking opportunity. Meanwhile, ASUM is still working on changing the actual parking policies, getting new infrastructure for parking .

Some of the options Durnell has considered to streamline parking include changing a number of reserved and metered spaces to decal spaces, updating on-campus signs to clarify parking rules, and finding parking by off-campus satellite for those living in dorms.

According to University of Montana Police Chief Brad Giffin, the UMPD is exploring options that would increase parking availability in lots that are not currently designated for parking passes. Giffin said this could reduce the number of potential tickets for students.

Short also wants to draw more attention to the Park and Ride system. Next to Dornblaser Field, students or faculty can park off-campus for free indefinitely and drive to college in UDash. Short said the lot is abundant with empty spaces.

Once MMAC completes construction in the fall of 2023, short estimates of approximately 80-100 parking spaces will be restored to Lot P.

As enrollment at the University surged last fall — and plans for a new dining hall, boiler room, museum, and sports training center sprung up — the demand for accessible and convenient parking has increased over the past year. Missoula city code states that there must be one parking space available for every three students.

Jameel Chaudhry, associate director of planning, design and construction at UM, said with the new buildings, new car parks must follow. There is a difficult balance, he said, when choosing which green spaces to replace with asphalt.

“There are some on campus who are going to be pissed off they don’t have greenery, the other half because they don’t have enough parking,” Chaudhry said.

Currently, Chaudhry has opted for a dozen spaces on campus to expand parking. Among these are an extension to the dormitory south of Pantzer, the yard between Miller and Duniway, and part of the tennis courts.

Chaudhry said expanding surface lots is still hugely cheaper than building a single multi-level parking structure. The estimated cost of adding 750 additional parking spaces in surface lots is $1.8 million, compared to $25 million for an additional 250 spaces in a parking garage.

Dave Kuntz, UM’s director of strategic communications, said Chairman Bodnar is looking at the optional bundles.

“They have been considering expanding the parking lot for some time. Obviously, this process takes time,” Kuntz said. “With half of the P car park being under construction for next year, this conversation has become more relevant in recent weeks.”

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OakDOT Supports Oakland Police Abandoned Car Disposal

One of the biggest complaints from Oakland residents about the road is the prevalence of abandoned cars. Anywhere in the city, from freeway exits to main streets and residential roads, almost anyone can identify a car that they know has crashed in place.

Laurel District resident Marcella Cortez told The Oaklandside through our Road Condition Survey that abandoned cars contribute to poor street and sidewalk conditions. North Oakland resident Danielle Blumen said she had to call 311 a few years ago to retrieve an old Honda sedan outside her small apartment complex after it had been sitting for more than six months. He had occupied a prime parking spot, and she feared more cars would pour into it.

“It worried me. The mentality of ‘Oh, this is a good place to leave an abandoned car, so I can do that too,'” she said. abandoned cars are a turning point for the general plague. Since it’s technically a trash can, other stuff can start piling up.

Just a month ago, several stolen cars, stripped of parts, were dumped in the middle of Alameda Avenue near 24 Hour Fitness and the I-880 off-ramp. The useless carcasses of metal and plastic sat there for days, causing traffic jams. Local businesses have repeatedly called for their removal.

For decades, the search and towing of abandoned cars has been the responsibility of the Oakland Police Department, but the job is now shifting to the Department of Transportation, or OakDOT.

Oakland’s Director of Interdepartmental Operations Joe DeVries confirmed to The Oaklandside that OakDOT will take over the relinquished automotive responsibilities within the next six months.

“The aim is to onboard the staff over the summer and have them partner with the OPD staff currently doing the work, to get the best training from those with the most experience in work,” DeVries said.

The Oakland Department of Transportation is reorganizing by splitting its parking division into five units: Parking Enforcement, Parking Citation Assistance Center, Meter Collection, Parking Reduction, and Mobility Management. The changes were first described in the Fiscal Year 2021-23 Budget.

“If you ask residents or neighborhood service coordinators what the main concern is, they will tell you that violent crime [such as homicides]. And then they’ll say the second biggest is abandoned cars,” OakDOT parking manager Michael Ford told the city’s Cyclist and Pedestrian Advisory Board last month.

Ford said OakDOT is working to ensure its mobility unit has enough staff to handle the massive number of abandoned car notices that come in each month. Currently, only three police officers are responsible for responding to more than 1,300 requests for abandoned cars per month. OakDOT did not say how many staff it will use when it takes over law enforcement.

  • Currently, anyone can submit an application to the city through its OAK 311 app or through SeeClickFix when they see an abandoned car, they think it should be removed.
  • The city can put a warning sticker on the car’s windshield to let the owner know they’ll be back in 72 hours and check to see if the car has passed an odometer or tire marker check.
  • Then, city staff will investigate and may remove the car if it has an expired registration, has five or more unpaid parking tickets, or is missing obvious parts.

Similar to how OakDOT handles pothole submissions by residents through 311, OakDOT expects its staff to decide when and where crews will be deployed to recover abandoned cars.

The decision to have OakDOT take over the abandoned automatic control of OPD was prompted by the Task Force on Reinventing Public Safetywhich recommended civilizing things that don’t require badges or guns, and the work of another joint abandoned car task force that has been meeting weekly since August 2021.

The latter group, which includes the OPD and the Department of Economic Development and Workforce, described in an October memo a pilot program aimed at civilizing the recovery of abandoned vehicles. Under the program, OakDOT technicians will receive a list of abandoned cars and check them first to make sure they are still in the same location and need to be recovered. This allows OPD law enforcement and tow trucks to avoid wasting time because, according to the city, 52% of the time when personnel are dispatched to an abandoned car location, “the vehicle is already left “. DeVries told The Oaklandside it reduced the time it takes to remove an abandoned car from the pilot area by about 60 percent.

Getting the abandoned car situation under control can take some time

A dilapidated vehicle in West Oakland is one of 5,000 open requests from residents asking for an abandoned car to be removed. Credit: Amir Aziz

Currently, the city has more than 5,000 open requests for abandoned cars, although some are duplicates sent by multiple residents.

Jules Simone, who lives on Piedmont Avenue, called an abandoned car near her home four years ago and the city picked it up in less than ten days. More recently, however, she said city staff told her there was a 200-day backlog of work on abandoned cars.

In an attempt to address this workflow issue, OakDOT’s Ford announced at a recent Bike and Pedestrian Committee meeting that the department is working to create a “one-stop shop” for all related issues. parking and mobility at 270 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza. . Currently, it is the location of the city’s parking meter collection unit and parking citation assistance center. Going forward, any resident will be able to speak to an OakDOT staff member in person about their issue, including paying parking tickets, or registering a request to remove a car from their street.

Ford also said the city is ready to increase parking fines. In May, OakDOT will present a report to City Council on how Oakland’s citations match those of similar cities. Ford said a common problem is cars blocking bike lanes. The current penalty for this is $48 for each violation, compared to $162 in San Francisco.

“We will definitely ask the council to increase the fine for breaching cycle lanes,” he said. Parking violations are currently the same in both cities, at $110.

Will OakDOT make the discount of abandoned cars fairer?

Homeless people in Oakland have complained for years that their cars, often the places where they sleep, were wrongly towed after hosted residents and businesses asked the OPD to remove them. Plains residents in both East and West Oakland also suspect the city is prioritizing car moves in the city’s wealthier and less diverse neighborhoods.

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Ford told the Cyclists and Pedestrians Advisory Board at a recent meeting that, based on the data he’s seen, the opposite is true: the city responds more quickly to abandoned cars on the plains. The reason, according to Ford, is that abandoned car complaints from East and West Oakland are 30% more likely to refer to an actual abandoned car needing removal compared to complaints from North Oakland. As a result, the city knows to get cars out of east and west Oakland first, he said.

“[In] North Oakland, people are probably complaining about their neighbor, who hasn’t moved his car in a week. This is an example where I think it’s really important for us to look at our data, see the story it tells, and ask how our resources are distributed.

In an October report on abandoned cars, City Administrator Ed Reiskin pointed to neighborhood disparity.

“Owners feel they have a right to park in front of their house and therefore become increasingly frustrated when someone else’s car sits there for long periods of time,” he wrote. While current California law prohibits storing a car for more than 72 hours, Reisken noted that it also does not give owners the right to park in front of their home or prohibit others from doing so.

Some Oakland residents have also pointed out that improving parking enforcement isn’t fair if city employees frequently violate parking laws themselves. Police and fire vehicles, and even parking technicians who issue tickets, have been spotted parked in “compromising or dangerous situations,” including in bike lanes.

“Let’s make sure our parking enforcement technicians park safely. that they don’t block the sidewalk,” Ford said at a recent Bike and Pedestrian Committee meeting. “I admit that I have not made as much progress as I would like on this point.”

For many Oakland residents, they just want to have a system that works better for everyone.

Blumen said in an interview that she didn’t want to be a jerk to have someone’s car towed if it wasn’t clear she had to leave.

“I think it’s nice to have neighbors and a good community asking around and saying, ‘Hey, is that your car? He’s been here a long time.

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A parking lot takeover was broken up by Tempe police

TEMPE, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) – Tempe police broke up a large rally Saturday night in a parking lot that involved about 500 vehicles and 1,000 people. An officer saw the gathering while patrolling where loops 101 and 202 meet.

“This is not new to the Valley, so it automatically recognizes this as a gathering of cars and potential street racing-type activity,” said Detective Natalie Barela of the Tempe Police Department. “The officer was able to park his patrol vehicle to block some incoming and outgoing traffic. At that time, he began to observe vehicles revving their engines, starting to spin. »

Other officers arrived and they were able to use a drone to get an aerial overview of the situation.

“It just gives us an overhead view of what we’re dealing with, to identify resources we might need, obviously Tempe Fire and Medical have been called in. It was a lot of people, creates a fire hazard, and it’s just another resource to tell us what we needed,” Barela said. “Having that aerial view really allows officers to identify exit points, entry points and the amount of cars we had there.”

Barela said the event organizer cooperated with police and admitted to being there without permission or a permit. Rallies, or “takeovers,” like this are becoming more common in the Valley, and they often go hand-in-hand with street racing. Phoenix police launched a task force to combat this type of activity and assisted Tempe police Saturday night.

Barela says they want the organizers of these events to understand the dangers behind them. “When you watch a high rate of speed, donuts, you can easily lose control of that vehicle. You lose control of that vehicle and someone is filming, standing outside the vehicle filming with their phone laptop, all of a sudden you can have a fatal collision,” Barela said.

The organizer received a criminal citation. Tempe police said several other people were given trespassing notices. A food vendor also received a warning for not having the proper permits.

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Voters will face a general improvement tax for Alliance City schools

ALLIANCE — Residents of the Alliance City School District will face a general improvement tax in the May 3 primary election.

The permanent $2.7 million levy would generate about $842,000 a year for the school district.

Alliance City Schools Superintendent Rob Gress said the issue will not create additional costs for ratepayers.

Gress said the district will finish repaying the 1999 bonds this year that funded the construction of the new elementary, middle and middle schools, as well as the renovations to Parkway and the Early Learning School.

The new levy would cost taxpayers $7.88 per month per $100,000 of assessment, the same amount they have paid in the past 23 years for the bonds.

Gress said the funds will pay for maintenance and repairs to various aspects of the school’s buildings, including roofs, floors, fences, doors, HVAC systems, security cameras and parking lots.

The buildings are still in good condition, Gress said, and the money would allow the school district to maintain them. He added that because the buildings are about the same age, many of these types of repairs will need to be done simultaneously.

Gress said the ongoing levy cannot be used for other purposes, such as salaries or human resources matters.

District residents renewed a separate $2 million levy to help maintain buildings at district facilities in November.

For more information, contact the Levy Committee at [email protected]

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General Iron’s eyes return to Lincoln Park

The owner of General Iron is proposing to bring the scrap car and metal shredding business back to Lincoln Park, where it operated for decades before closing in late 2020.

Last month, city officials formally rejected the plan – submitted through three permit applications in February. A company affiliated with scrap metal company owner Reserve Management Group recently appealed and is seeking a hearing with a city administrative judge who will review the city’s decision. No hearing date is set.

After RMG built a new shredding operation at East 116th Street along the Calumet River, Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady denied Reserve Management an operating permit in February, citing health and pollution problems.

The reserve’s management is also appealing the decision in hopes of overturning the decision and will face an administrative judge at a hearing on the matter on April 21.

In addition, reserve management has offered to reinstate permits for three parcels of land at and around 1909 N. Clifton Ave. These permit applications were filed just days after Arwady, appointed by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, rejected the plan to operate on the southeast side.

The city said in a response to the company that its previous license to operate on the north side had expired, the company did not have zoning approval and also said that the management of the reserve had not properly requested a license for large metal shredding operations under rules that have come into force. effect almost two years ago.

Asked about the possibility of a return to Lincoln Park, Lightfoot noted the many nuisance complaints neighbors had about the facility, adding “I don’t see that as a possibility.”

“General Iron has a long and checkered history at Lincoln Park. The people of this neighborhood have spoken quite clearly. So I don’t see that as a real viable option,” Lightfoot said at an independent press conference on Monday.

General Iron ceased operations in Lincoln Park in late 2020 as part of an agreement with the city. Developers and city officials wanted its longtime owner, the Labkon family, to sell their 20 acres along the Chicago River to make way for a multi-billion dollar real estate development called Lincoln Yards.

When Reserve Management acquired General Iron in 2019, the Lincoln Park land was not part of the sale. Instead, the Labkon family clung to it. A listing with Colliers International real estate brokerage shows the land for sale and indicates that it can be divided into three plots or purchased as one.

The listing touts “direct access to high-end residential, retail and entertainment opportunities,” also noting that the land is zoned for heavy industrial use.

Aldus. Brian Hopkins (2nd), who represents the area, said in an interview that residents who often complained about pollution and odors from the largely open-air operation would not support his return and added “he is time to talk about the future of this site and not its industrial past.

Hopkins said the city was correct in denying Reserve Management’s request.

“It seems that the justification for the refusal is both obvious and obvious. I don’t know why they would waste their time with a hearing,” Hopkins said. “Under no circumstances would the community want a return to the toxic polluting history of its recent past.”

Through a spokesperson, Reserve Management executives declined to comment. A spokesperson for Arwady and the health department also declined to comment.

General Iron was the last major piece of an industrial corridor that once thrived on the North Arm of the Chicago River. Over the years, other companies, including Finkl Steel, have moved.

General Iron’s proposed move from Lincoln Park, an affluent, predominantly white community, to a predominantly Latino neighborhood on the southeast side has sparked protests and a formal civil rights complaint to federal housing officials . Community organizers asked the Department of Housing and Urban Development to determine whether their rights had been violated as defined by the Fair Housing Act. This investigation into the city continues.

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Quesabirria and Hot Chicken Sandwiches: Off-Grid Food Truck Markets Return to the Peninsula | Peninsula Foodist | The peninsula foodist

By Anthony Shu

The opening night of the first Off the Grid Market in downtown Menlo Park. Photo by Michelle Le.

With the weather warming up, it’s time again to dine alfresco and line up at funky Bay Area food trucks painted with mascots like a hip-hop rooster and a fruit-loving version of Poseidon. of sea.

Off the Grid, which operates food truck markets throughout the Bay Area, is bringing back its Peninsula and South Bay markets next week. The Foster City Market will be held at Leo J. Ryan Park and the Menlo Park Market will be held at 1120 Merrill St. in the Caltrain parking lot. Both events will take place on Wednesdays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and begin on April 6. A store in Daly City is expected to open soon and the markets will close for the winter on October 26.

While it might seem overwhelming to navigate the crowds lined up for a Southern-style barbecue, cheese quesabirria and Singaporean satay, here are a few trucks hitting the peninsula that we’re excited to try. Keep in mind that the rotating cast includes many more restaurants than those listed below. The Foster City market will accommodate 10 trucks and the Menlo Park site will accommodate seven or eight mobile vendors each week.

In Foster City on April 6:

Dominic’s food truck
The mobile outpost of a family business with 34 years of restaurant and catering experience, Dominic’s menu features dishes you might expect to see at a wedding banquet, not in a parking lot. . While sandwiches like cheesesteaks and a grilled crab and cheese sandwich are on offer, the truck also serves more elaborate dishes, including cioppino and porcini mushroom ravioli in cream sauce.

Dump truck
Dum Truck serves Indian soul food, where chef Rupam Bhagat prepares family recipes with a twist from his Culinary Institute of America training. There are a variety of kati rolls which wrap lamb, spinach, chicken or paneer in thin parathas and biryanis which cover meat and basmati rice.

El Fuego
El Fuego mainly focuses on one thing: the bright orange tacos filled with slow-braised beef birria that have taken over the internet in recent years. Make sure you have a cup of consomé, the flavorful liquid in which beef is cooked, to dip and drink.

Hula Truck
Blending Pacific Island dishes with a Northern California twist, Hula Truck serves dishes like Da Situation, tater tots topped with adobo chicken, kalua pork, tocino or lechon. They also boast of having some of the best lumpia in the world, the crispy golden Filipino spring rolls filled here with ground pork, shrimp and water chestnuts.

Six Fifty Classics:

Ribs served with a side of macaroni and cheese cooked with paprika and other spices. Photo by Magali Gauthier.

Capelo’s BBQ
This peninsula establishment has been the South Bay Area’s barbecue since 2012.

Sam’s Chowder Mobile
Avoid the long lines at the Coastside institution with Sam’s food truck serving the same lobster rolls, clam chowder and fish and chips that make its Half Moon Bay location a destination.

Sate in the Bay
Savor Singaporean specialties like charred chicken skewers and mixed dishes like a chili crab sandwich at Elly Greenfield’s food truck.

The Gopher’s Roost
Known for its sandwiches where Belgian waffles replace bread and wrap around buttermilk fried chicken, The Waffle Roost will satisfy both sweet and savory lovers.

At Menlo Park on April 6:

Chick N’Bros
Featuring thick Nashville hot chicken sandwiches spiced with chilies ranging from cayenne to sweaty Carolina Reapers, Chick N’ Bros is bold and brash. Prepare portrait mode on your phone to capture the sandwiches covered in sweet and tangy “chicken sauce” and local honey.

Miss Subi
Miss Subi offers a selection of musubi, the ubiquitous Japanese-inspired snack in Hawaii. However, the truck goes beyond the more common form of musubi, a slice of rice-wrapped spam in a sheet of seaweed, and incorporates toppings inspired by cuisines from across Asia. The KBJ Beef Musubi pairs kimchee bacon jam with a beef patty, and a har gow-inspired musubi uses chopped shrimp to mimic the dim sum dumpling.

This Neapolitan pizzeria is dedicated to creating a space to experience deaf culture and increase career opportunities for deaf people. While the San Francisco restaurant closed during the pandemic, the food truck still serves a menu of classic pizzas with bubbly crusts.

One of the Bay Area’s best-known food trucks, The Chairman has built its reputation on moist, steamed bao filled with everything from tender pork belly to crispy tempeh and roasted carrot puree.

Off the Grid’s SFO Food Spot also hosts a food truck during lunch hours Tuesday through Friday. It is located on the departures level outside Terminal 1.

More and more Peninsula food truck pop-ups are being hosted by Moveable.

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Canada may have reached the long-awaited turning point of the electric vehicle

Electric car advocates are waiting to see spending details in this week’s federal budget, but for the first time, pro-EV business leaders and economists are expressing new optimism that Canada’s abandonment of internal combustion vehicles might have reached a turning point.

After years of apologies, there are signs that a conjunction of forces is pushing the country towards a technological and social revolution that has been compared to the shift from horses to automobiles and that will bring affordable electric cars and trucks to roads and parking lots across Canada.

High gasoline prices, a gradual increase in the price of carbon, and a demand from European powers for the world to use less fossil fuels to break Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s grip on their economies, are pushing us in that direction. A series of technological developments that have made electric vehicles not only as good as internal combustion vehicles, but also better and cheaper to run, have helped make this possible.

Now if only drivers ready to make the switch could find one in the field to buy.

Missing piece of the puzzle

According to the founder of Canadian media startup Electric Autonomy, Nino di Cara, the only missing piece of the puzzle is that automakers and dealerships simply haven’t stocked and sold enough electric vehicles.

“There’s already tremendous consumer interest and demand,” di Cara said in a phone interview last week.

As gas prices soar, there are many reports of a surge in power orders that the industry has been unable to meet. But di Cara notes that this is not a recent problem.

As I reported to myself long before the recent supply chain headaches, despite repeated prompting that I was looking for a truly fuel efficient car, the salesman at a local lot didn’t mention hybrids or electrics sold by the company. And when asked directly, he was disheartening, saying they were very expensive and hard to get. What kind of salesperson discourages you from buying something expensive?

Remove electric vehicles from the field

The new federal plan aims to address this reluctance, insisting that to sell internal combustion vehicles, sellers must also remove a certain percentage of zero-emission vehicles (ZEVs) from the lot.

The program has proven itself not only in California, a leader in what is called the ZEV mandate, but also in British Columbia and Quebec where sales are more than triple the rate in Ontario and more than 10 times EV sales in Saskatchewan. (British Columbia and Quebec also offer higher discounts.)

In a lengthy interview with CBC last week, industry representative Brian Kingston, president of the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers’ Association, raised many of the usual industry concerns. Making electricity is expensive. The charging networks are not yet complete. Government tax incentives are too weak.

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Clearly, most automakers have a strong business case for selling as few electric cars as possible. Although he later changed jobs, the late head of Fiat Chrysler, Canadian Sergio Marchionne, once begged customers not to buy the company’s electrical appliances because he said he had lost money on every sale of the business. As he complained in 2014, in order to sell the cars as the government demanded, he had to drop the price well below the added cost of the EV technology that incorporated them.

Fair rules of the game

As a businessman himself, Nino di Cara is sensitive to the challenges faced by an automotive industry faced with drastic changes that do not bear fruit in the short term.

“From an automaker’s perspective, it’s completely understandable you’d rather not have those mandates and requirements to sell a certain number of vehicles,” said the Toronto-based entrepreneur, who came to Canada from Great Britain 15 years ago after a successful publishing career.

But he said having standardized rules in place for each manufacturer leveled the playing field for competing Canadian dealers.

“It’s no longer a question of VE when, it’s now just a question of how,” di Cara said.

He pointed out that when the world went from motive power to oil power, there was almost no oil left, and yet, within a few years, companies learned to drill miles underground and made fortune doing so. Rather than waiting for charging station networks to be complete or having a stockpile of battery minerals on hand, these industries will grow in tandem, making profits in the process.

“Sometimes when the industry pushes back on a policy like this, it almost feels like they don’t understand the market,” said Mark Jaccard, professor of sustainable energy at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver during a briefing. phone call last week.

Dragging your feet

Jaccard, often described as the architect of BC’s groundbreaking carbon tax under the provincial right-wing Liberal government, takes a pro-market stance on what he sees as the essential shift away from fossil fuels. But he criticized the auto industry for unnecessarily dragging its feet on a transition they will find hugely profitable.

“Unfortunately, the auto industry continues to convince governments that an ambitious transition to ZEVs is impossible,” Jaccard wrote last October, predicting this week’s fiscal move toward mandatory electric vehicle sales.

Jaccard said he thinks the country has reached a turning point where consumers and industry are finally on the path to phasing out fossil fuel vehicles. And he said the proof can be seen in British Columbia, where electric vehicle sales have already exceeded the provincial mandate by 10%, with the province increasing mandatory ZEV sales to 26% by 2026 and to 90% by 2030, well ahead of federal goals.

The winning EV charging station design by Edinburgh architect James Silvester. The Parkland gas station company, sponsor of the competition organized by Electric Autonomy, has committed to build this winning design at a location in British Columbia. (James Silvester/Electric Autonomy)

But he said that with the pan-Canadian federal goal of 20% by 2026, even if a pro-fossil fuel government is elected — for example, after the end of the Liberal-neo Democrat in 2025 — this will make the process hard to stop. He compares it to the closing of coal-fired power plants in Ontario. Even after the election of the Ford government, there was no going back.

Jaccard also said that since the mandate is based on the number of cars sold — not the dollar value — auto retailers will be motivated to lower the price of cheaper models first so they can keep selling. more profitable high-end gas guzzlers.

Last week, a new Clean Energy Canada study comparing electric vehicles to their internal combustion equivalents emphasizes that buying an electric car already saves a consumer at least $15,000 over time. life of a car.

From concept to commercial reality

Di Cara of Electric Autonomy said that in addition to incentivizing automakers, the transition will bring a new flood of entrepreneurial companies to serve the industry, similar to his own start-up, a media company in line based on electric vehicles. One of the company’s recent projects was a challenge to architects to create the electric equivalent of gas stations.

Scottish architect James Silvester’s winning design, used to illustrate this story, will actually be brought to life in British Columbia by service station company Parkland, one of the competition sponsors.

So is this latest federal decision the watershed moment when Canada can move everyone away from fossil fuel vehicles? Di Cara is hesitant to call it a sure thing.

“I will only believe in the decisive moment when the vehicles will eventually be sold and they will be in the hands of the drivers,” said di Cara. “I think it’s absolutely a huge step in the right direction.”

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Hardlook: Market makeover | News from cities, The Indian Express

From a small cart to more than 15,000 shops and 5,000 ready-made garment manufacturing units spread over 3 km, the Gandhi Nagar market in northeast Delhi has grown over the past 50 years and is now one of the largest apparel wholesale markets in Asia. Located across the Yamuna, the market is a hub for fabrics and ready-to-wear clothes.

A mixture of wholesale, manufacturing and a few retail units, it provides about 1 lakh of direct employment and 3 lakh of indirect employment – ​​including a large number of women working in manufacturing units – and has a daily turnover between Rs 250 crore-Rs 300 crore.

However, the area is poorly organized with narrow alleys, open sewers, hanging electric wires and a lack of amenities such as toilets and parking spaces. Connectivity is also an issue due to congestion in the area.

The Delhi government plans to change this and redevelop it into a “Great Garment Hub” by converting it into an organized shopping area. Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, while announcing the plan during his budget speech, said: “When people wear clothes made from Gandhi Nagar, they should say with pride that it is ready to go. employment in Delhi. This requires legal recognition, redevelopment of infrastructure, construction of new service centers and rebranding, marketing and repositioning of Gandhi Nagar. This program is expected to create more than 40,000 new job opportunities over the next five years.

The market has its humble origins in 1972-73 when a couple started selling clothes from a cart near their home in Ashok gali. Little by little, several shops open. In two or three years, about 14 small markets have appeared in the main market of Gandhi Nagar.

Business picked up momentum in 1975-76 when traders from Gandhi Nagar started buying fabrics and knitwear in Kolkata, Ludhiana and Lucknow. It attracted people from all over the country and from countries like Pakistan and Afghanistan, traders said.

“With growing demand, more stores opened and people set up factories inside their homes and moved elsewhere,” said KK Balli, president of the Association of Wholesale Readymade Garments Dealers.

The plan

To oversee the project, the government is set to form a committee which will include members from all relevant departments such as Delhi State Industrial and Infrastructure Development Corporation, Dialogue and Development Commission (DDC), DDA, East MCD, Finance and others. . The nodal agency will be the DSIIDC.

Jasmine Shah, Vice President of DDC, said: “The market is known as Asia’s largest clothing wholesale market, but it is not a destination where people are eager to go shopping. SDC held a meeting with all major business associations before the budget to understand the issues and gaps. The idea was to make it a participatory process… The work has already begun, and several rounds of consultations have taken place over the last four months at the individual, association and market level… Within two to three months, various consultants and agencies will be enlisted in.”

Officials said the committee will be formed in two weeks and will conduct a survey to understand the problems faced by traders and traders.

The pedestrian bridge has been transformed into a makeshift car park. (Gayatri Mani)

Shah said the biggest problems in the market are civic issues: “Traders said that every time they approached the MCD, it refused to take up the case due to lack of funds. After receiving several requests from traders, the Delhi government decided to devise a “micro-level plan”.

The plan will target the wholesale and retail aspect, manufacturing units and connectivity, Shah said. “When it comes to wholesale and retail, the government wants to make it a world-class shopping experience for Indian and overseas audiences so that anyone coming here has access to proper facilities.”

“The second part is the industrial aspect. Gandhi Nagar is not an industrial area but it does have several manufacturing units which produce clothing in bulk…these operate on domestic licenses under which you can only manufacture up to a certain limit. But with the increase in demand, the illegality has also increased. The government plans to either provide flat factories through the DSIIDC or to dedicate an area for the textile industry in one of the existing factories/industrial zones. These are all ideas under deliberation and an overall plan will be prepared,” Shah said.

For connectivity issues, he said DMRC, DTC, railways and other agencies would be involved.

Ground Report

The Indian Express visited the market and spoke to traders and market associations about the issues they are facing and what they think of the government’s redevelopment plan.

Located near Seelampur and Shastri Park metro stations, the main market starts at Pushta Road. Traders said as early as morning the road was clogged with fabric and hundreds of parked cars, tempos and trucks. For laborers and workers who commute by bicycle and bicycle, the pedestrian bridge is their makeshift parking lot.

“Parking is a big problem. We raised this issue with EDMC and asked them to build a tiered lot, but to no avail. There is a company run parking space on Pushta Road for 200-250 vehicles but… it has been reduced and can only accommodate 40-50 vehicles now. Another parking lot run by the civic body near Shamshan Ghat is used only for loading and unloading trucks,” Balli said.
Besides parking, the shops are housed in narrow lanes, some operating from 10×10 spaces.

Sanjay Jain, a member of the traders’ association, said, “The power lines are almost touching the ground, posing a threat to traders, workers as well as customers. The market sees more than 3 lakh customers and workers daily, but there are no proper toilets. Traders’ associations have raised money and built toilets, but the company doesn’t even clean them.

According to the traders’ association, the market employs 40,000 women and there are no toilets for them. Muskan, who works in a garment factory in Shanti mohalla, said: “Toilets are a big problem here. I come here at 10 am and drink very little water so I don’t need to go to the bathroom. It’s especially hard when we’re on our period… most of us don’t come to work at those times.

While some traders and workers hailed the government’s plan, others feared a sounding promise remained.

“It’s a welcome step… but the question remains how it will be done. I have been working here for 25 years and nothing has been done for the market so far,” said Rakesh Bansal, owner of Bharat Traders.

Another trader, Vinay Kumar, said, “I am happy that a government has spoken about this market and offered to redevelop it. Encroachment has increased on the main road, which needs to be corrected. The government has to make a little way first, to get the people to believe them.

Sunny Kumar, who sells shikanji and soda, and is also a member of the Hawkers Association, said the government should also keep hawkers in mind when revamping the market.

Some traders demanded that the market become fully commercial. “Currently several units are run from household licensed houses… and people are running illegal factories. Even those who follow the rules are forced to pay bribes under the pretext that our units are illegal. This needs to stop,” Jain said.

East MCD Mayor Shyam Sundar denied the claims of traders and shopkeepers. Regarding the lack of car parks and toilets, he said: “Firstly, we don’t have land (to build them) but we have written to the DDA to provide land for the construction of a multi-level car park. Second, there are toilets on the main road which are cleaned regularly but the attendance is high so it is difficult…”

“There is a parking lot on Pushta Road where 1,000 cars can be accommodated. It is managed by private entrepreneurs; fees are billed on an hourly basis.

On the sewers, he said: ‘It’s not under the MCD. We deployed sanitation workers to clean the market from 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

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Buyer slams Coles for ‘disrespectful’ act after carts left in disabled parking bay

Frustrated shopper slams Coles for ‘disrespectful’ act after more than 20 carts were left in disabled parking bay

  • A Coles shopper was frustrated after noticing a problem at his local store
  • The woman claims a line of carts covered a disabled parking spot
  • Images show more than 20 carts sprawling across the parking space
  • A Coles spokesperson said the issue was now resolved.

A frustrated customer has slammed Coles after noticing an ongoing ‘disrespectful’ trolley issue at her local supermarket.

The Western Australian woman shared a series of images on Coles’ Facebook page claiming that several trolleys had been left unattended in the disabled parking space.

The photos show a line of more than 20 carts stretching across the parking space reserved for people with disabilities or a condition.

Buyer Coles from Western Australia has shared a series of images online claiming several trolleys were left unattended in the disabled parking bay

“I’m so sick of not being respected by Coles staff, it’s a constant battle with management and cart handlers at Coles,” the woman wrote online.

‘I’m so sick of not being respected by Coles staff it’s a constant battle with Coles management and cart handlers,’ the woman wrote online, adding that she was shopping at the South Hedland store.

“Every time I complain the manager ‘PROMISES’ it will never happen again. What a joke. It’s been over five years and nothing has changed.

She added a scathing assumption stating: ‘Obviously Coles doesn’t care about people with disabilities.

On the woman’s Facebook profile, she is open that she lives with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome – a disorder that affects the skin and joints, leaving the person in pain.

On Facebook, other customers were in disbelief and shared a comment about it.

“This is appalling behavior from the manager, hope the company treats them appropriately,” one person wrote.

Another said: “Bad shape indeed, don’t they have cart bays?”

A representative for Coles saw the woman’s message and said action would be taken.

“We are disappointed to hear about your experience and we are truly sorry for the inconvenience caused,” the comment read.

“We have now relayed this information to our Store Manager and Regional Manager to follow up with the team and remind them of our courtesy expectations. We hope you will notice an improvement in the future.

A Coles spokesman said the supermarket giant had spoken to trolley handlers and the issue was now resolved.

A Coles spokesman said the supermarket giant had spoken to trolley handlers and the issue was now resolved.

A Coles spokesman said the supermarket giant had spoken to trolley handlers and the issue was now resolved.

“We are truly disappointed to hear about our valued customer’s experience. We are working hard to ensure our stores and car parks are accessible and easy to shop for,” the spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia.

“We have spoken to our trolley collectors in South Hedland to ensure the correct procedures are followed in the future.”

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Families fight plans to house 482 asylum seekers in Staffordshire flats

Controversial plans to convert a former student residence into temporary accommodation for asylum seekers have been filed. The application, submitted by Serco, was posted on the Stafford Borough Council website earlier this week and received more than 20 objections within 24 hours. But there were also letters of support.

Serco manages accommodation for asylum seekers on behalf of the Home Office and does not currently house any asylum seekers in the Stafford area. StokeonTrentLive revealed last month that Stafford Court, based on the former Beaconside campus of the University of Staffordshire, is intended to provide more than 400 beds.

There would be 160 initial accommodation beds, providing emergency short-term places for asylum seekers who need a place to stay before their requests for assistance can be assessed. A further 322 places would provide longer-term “dispersed accommodation” while claimants wait for their asylum claims to be fully determined, which could take months or years.

READ: ‘There were scenes I hope never to see again’ – Family who fled Ukraine arrive in North Staffordshire

Serco’s consultation website stated: “The existing layout of the building at Stafford Court is ideal to accommodate this type of installation. The building offers self-contained units providing flexibility and the ability to offer occupant protection without any external building modifications required.

“The existing parking layout provides ample secure parking space for transport, staff and visitors and under the terms of any lease granted, Serco would have exclusive use of 30 parking spaces adjacent to Stafford Court. Once operational, a shuttle service would be made available to those staying in the accommodation to enable travel to and from nearby appointments and town centres.

The Weston Road building was sold by the University of Staffordshire in 2014 and most accommodation has remained vacant since.

Opponents fear that Stafford Court is located near a number of schools. There are also fears that crime is on the rise in the area, along with noise and anti-social behavior.

A resident of Ascot Road said: ‘I have two children who go to schools nearby. The crime rate will increase in our region. I fear for the safety of my children now.

A resident of Baswich Lane said: ‘The area chosen is not suitable to accommodate adult male asylum seekers. It is located right next to schools, police headquarters and an affluent housing estate.

“The infrastructure in the local area is already under significant pressure and it is common knowledge that homeless Staffordians who wish to stay here are sent to temporary accommodation in Birmingham as there is no social housing available. for the required number. This problem must be solved as a matter of priority.

“What do these men have to offer the local community? There’s nothing nearby for them to deal with and a similar scheme in Cannock has led to a spike in crime. Stafford is quite the wrong place for this type of misguided act of charity.

A Bayswater Square resident said: ‘An occupancy of 482 people in such a small space, particularly when there is nothing else to do, will invite group gatherings, which in turn leads to intimidation of local residents and concerns about increased noise and the possibility of increased crime rates. I am also concerned about the suitability of having this development located less than 100m from two schools.

“Having a condensed population in a small area also encourages ghetto-like developments. A better option would be to disperse them throughout the city to encourage integration into the community rather than segregation on the outskirts of town.

There are also concerns about the potential impact on local services. A resident of John Amery Drive said: ‘It’s on the way to a high school – not a suitable place for it.

“Stafford is destitute enough and doesn’t have a lot of prospects for the people who already live here. We don’t have enough doctors or school places for the people who already live here and the hospital can’t cope.

A Widecombe Avenue resident said: ‘Resources like hospitals are already stretched thin. While it’s terrible why they’re seeking asylum, Stafford needs to put in place better infrastructure to deal with any additional pressure.

A resident of Norton Canes said: ‘Surely this property could be used to help the homeless. Or the land could be used to create more homes for younger buyers struggling to get on the property ladder, or perhaps even single parents or people struggling financially. Why give help before helping his own?

But a Sandon Road resident said: “I support this bid. Buildings are not being used and we should look for ways to support those who need it most. »

Serco said on its consultancy website: ‘Through our close cooperation with local law enforcement authorities, we are advised that crime has not increased in areas where any of our properties are located. Serco advises people staying in our accommodation not to gather in groups, as we are aware that some members of the local community may perceive this as disturbing.

“We do not expect noise levels to be significantly high and as the property will be occupied 24 hours a day this will be closely managed.”

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A mixed bag downtown

I’m in the Simmons Bank building in downtown Little Rock’s River Market District with George Makris, the president of the company who led Simmons through his massive growth spurt. I ask him why the bank, which still has its technical headquarters in Pine Bluff, decided five years ago to buy this structure along Interstate 30 that had been built for Acxiom.

“There were several reasons,” says Makris. “First, we already had hundreds of people working in Little Rock, and we knew we would hire more. We were running out of space. We had people scattered all over town. A second reason was its proximity to Pine Bluff. We started inquiring about buying the building, I knew it would be a good opportunity, it was a six month process, but we ended up here and were thrilled about it.

Since Acxiom is a data company, the building had the kind of cabling that Simmons needed for its computer networks and security operations center. It also came with a gymnasium, cafe and conference center. Simmons installed lighting outside and coordinated with the city to match the colors to the lights on the bridges crossing the Arkansas River.

It is a beautiful building and a house worthy of a regional banking power. But as Simmons expanded its presence downtown, the state government moved, moving hundreds of employees to the former Alltel (and later Verizon) corporate campus in the Riverdale neighborhood. Combined with a loss of office jobs due to the pandemic, there are now gaping holes in the downtown office market.

I work at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Scott Street and often walk around the neighborhood. I remember my excitement shortly before the pandemic hit with the transformation of two former Capitol buildings into the hip AC Hotel by Marriott. Somehow this hotel survived after opening at the start of a two-year pandemic, but adjacent spaces that I thought were filled with restaurants and bars now remain empty.

Downtown Little Rock is a mixed bag as we emerge from the pandemic. On the plus side, the River Market District, South on Main (known as SOMA) and the area now called East Village are vibrant. Capitol Avenue, slated to be the state’s largest urban boulevard from the freeway to the state capitol, is a sad sight. It remains lined with empty storefronts, abandoned bank lobbies and tacky surface parking lots.

There have been many stories in recent months about legal proceedings and financial issues clouding the future of two of the Capitol’s towers, the Regions and the Bank of America buildings. Meanwhile, on the section of Main Street, the city dubbed the Creative Corridor, the two tallest buildings – Donaghey and Boyle – stand empty and decay.

When writing about downtown Little Rock, I like to consult Rett Tucker and Jimmy Moses, who have played key roles in its revitalization over the past decades. They tell me restaurants have weathered the pandemic surprisingly well while downtown apartment and condo occupancy rates have held steady. Tucker says there’s enough demand for additional apartments downtown, especially since the neighborhood offers the state’s only true urban living experience.

Downtown highlights include the transformation of the Museum of Fine Arts of Arkansas (formerly the Arkansas Center for the Arts) and the potential for expansion of Little Rock Technology Park. A city is only as strong as its downtown, and a state is only as strong as its capital. It is important to all Arkansans that downtown Little Rock realizes its potential.

Moses and Tucker aren’t the only smart people seriously thinking about the future of downtown. Former Conway Mayor Tab Townsell, who now heads regional planning agency Metroplan, included me in a series of emails inviting people to come to Austin, Texas to see how leaders made the downtown of this city more friendly for pedestrians and cyclists.

“One of the top destination cities in today’s economy has chosen to calm traffic in its downtown core,” Townsell said. “This is a city where cranes are everywhere as they build skyscraper after skyscraper. A thriving downtown and an accessible, livable downtown are not mutually exclusive.”

What Little Rock too often lacks is coordination. As the pandemic winds down, now is the time for city government, state government (it still has a vested interest in downtown), the Little Rock Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Downtown Little Rock Partnership to join forces with private sector investors to achieve these goals. three things:

• Restore Avenue du Capitole. House employees and other economic developers should work just as hard to attract investment to downtown as they work to attract manufacturing and distribution facilities. Where is the new headquarters with high-paying white-collar jobs? It is also high time the city made the avenue a priority with a smoother street, improved lighting, extensive landscaping, banners, etc.

• Convince the University of Arkansas at Little Rock to have a major presence downtown. How about moving the business school and associating it with Little Rock Technology Park?

• Raise the necessary funds to expand the Downtown Partnership Ambassador Program. These are the people who wear bright uniforms, walk the streets, and work closely with the Little Rock Police Department to keep downtown safe. Feeling safe, especially at night, is key to bringing more people to live, work and play downtown. There’s not even a close second.

Editor Rex Nelson’s column appears regularly in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He is also the author of the Southern Fried blog at

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Denial of license to appeal for metal shredding, hearing set

The owner of a scrap metal business banned from opening on the southeast side due to air pollution and health concerns is set to argue before a city administrative judge on April 21 that it should be allowed to function.

In February, Chicago Public Health Commissioner Dr. Allison Arwady denied the permit for the renamed and relocated General Iron business. Arwady said the car and metal shredding operation — built entirely on East 116th Street along the Calumet River — was “an inherently dangerous activity in a vulnerable community area” that is already stressed by pollution.

Last month, the Reserve Management Group asked the city to set a hearing date, which was set for Thursday, before the environmental division of the city’s Department of Administrative Hearings. An administrative judge could overturn Arwady’s decision, though it’s unclear what arguments the company will make, and such hearings are often decided in favor of the city.

In a document filed for the hearing, Arwady, who is nominated by Mayor Lori Lightfoot, reiterated the city’s reasons for denying the permit. Arwady cited the results of a health impact study which she said found the company produced “certain unique risks to the environment, health and quality of life.” The heavily industrial southeast side “includes some areas that are more vulnerable to pollution than all of Chicago,” she added.

In recent years, residents and environmental groups have fought General Iron’s move from his longtime Lincoln Park home to the southeast side, arguing that their air is already heavily polluted by hundreds of other businesses. .

Reserve Management built the shredding operation on land it already owned on the site of a former steel mill and adjacent to its other metal recycling businesses.

“The site’s operation history, which has been problematic, does not provide [the health department] with the certainty that the company will operate the site in strict compliance with the authorization conditions,” said Arwady.

Reserve Management has already sued the city for more than $100 million in damages for delaying the permit application after the health study was announced in May of last year. After the permit was refused, he pledged to “pursue all avenues to challenge this decision, including by taking our legal action against the city.”

Company representatives did not respond to requests for comment on Friday.

City administrative hearings on environmental cases often go unnoticed with little fanfare, but this contested permit decision is unique. Reserve Management was seeking the first municipal permit under the rules for “large recycling facilities” which came into effect in 2020. A similar operation, Sims Metal Management in Pilsen, is currently seeking the same type of permit.

General Iron’s decision, first announced in 2018, has been the subject of lawsuits, federal investigations and multiple protests, including a month-long hunger strike by opponents last year.

A civil rights investigation by federal housing officials continues. Residents of the Southeast complained in 2002 that the polluter’s move from wealthy, white Lincoln Park to the predominantly Latin American East Side violated the Fair Housing Act.

Brett Chase’s reporting on the environment and public health is made possible by a grant from the Chicago Community Trust.

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Business owner embroiled in parking space dispute says she was ‘wrongfully arrested’

CHARLOTTE, NC – What started as a parking dispute between Noble Smoke and The Good Life At Enderly Park in West Charlotte; has now turned into a social media back and forth and arrest.

“I was terrified. I’m being bullied,” said Robbie Guzman, owner of The Good Life At Enderly Park.

“You don’t threaten people’s safety,” Megachurch pastor Penny Maxwell said in an Instagram video.

Guzman says she was wrongfully arrested Wednesday after an online exchange with Maxwell.

“I had to be handcuffed. I must have had a fingerprint. I had to sit in the farm,” Guzman said.

Guzman is accused of uttering threats. She tells me she didn’t make any threats.

“She proves what I say. His privilege allows him to do things. She got me arrested for no reason,” Guzman said.

Maxwell posted a seven-minute video as he appeared to be driving last week.

“You can yell at me because of the color of my skin and say white privilege, white privilege, you own a business sister. You own a business. So break up. Don’t blame all the men for being an angry woman,” Maxwell said in the video.

Maxwell says she stands by Jim Noble, the owner of Noble Smoke who was involved in the parking lot dispute. Maxwell says Noble sees his business and his reputation under attack.

“He goes out, and the undesirables, the ones that hang around the streets that Jim Noble loves and cares that most people in Charlotte would step over, that man loves them,” Maxwell said in the video.

Meanwhile, Guzman says she is now intimidated and receiving threats against her and her business.

“I just want to make sure I’m safe and can get back to business. and that there will be some sort of accountability for what went wrong here,” Guzman said.

Penny Maxwell was unavailable to answer questions. His assistant sent the WCCB a statement saying the pastor has no further comment now that this is a legal matter.
Guzman has a court date in September.

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