Reform California launches campaign opposing proposed TransNet changes

first_imgReform California launches campaign opposing proposed TransNet changes Posted: May 9, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 8:20 AM 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave Settings 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSANTEE (KUSI) – A group of local elected officials and advocates against tax increases launched a campaign Thursday to mobilize public angst against the San Diego Association of Governments’ recent proposal to increase funding for public transit projects.Reform California, a political action committee that primarily opposes tax increases, plans to launch the campaign to channel voter unrest over SANDAG’s recent proposal to amend the 2004 TransNet tax extension ordinance, which promised to fund repairs to certain thoroughfares around the county, like state Routes 52 and 78.Former San Diego City Councilman and Reform California Chairman Carl DeMaio has threatened to recall officials on the SANDAG Board of Directors who vote in favor of the amendment.County Supervisor Jim Desmond, Santee Mayor John Minto and El Cajon Mayor Bill Wells are expected to join DeMaio to launch the campaign and release a list of SANDAG Board members who have publicly supported the amendment proposal.“It is time that voters band together and speak out loudly to demand an end to the raid on our road repair funds,” DeMaio said. “Any politician on SANDAG that votes to raid our road funds should prepare to face a recall against them and removal from office.”SANDAG released a revised regional plan April 26 that would vastly change the way goods and people move throughout the county. The plan, which SANDAG officials stressed is still mostly conceptual, would essentially replace the agency’s 2019-2050 Regional Plan, which had been in development since 2017 and was scheduled to go into effect later this year.The revised plan would increase the use of technology in the county’s network of roadways and increase access to and frequency of public transit to both wean residents off personal vehicles and decrease greenhouse gas emissions. SANDAG officials expect to release more details about the plan later this year and have yet to set anything in stone.SANDAG Board members and officials from local public transit agencies praised the plan for its efforts to innovate the county’s public transit system. The revision irked some officials around the county, however, especially those representing areas of north and east county that have not yet seen the infrastructure repairs promised in the TransNet extension.Desmond, who represents north county areas like Vista, Carlsbad, Borrego Springs and Valley Center, called the regional plan revisions a bait- and-switch attempt and argued that roads and freeways are a necessity for residents who live in the county’s non-urban and rural areas.Desmond and fellow Supervisor Kristin Gaspar submitted a letter to the county Board of Supervisors last week calling for the board to oppose any changes to the TransNet extension. The board voted 3-2 to approve the letter, with Supervisor Dianne Jacob joining Desmond and Gaspar in favor. KUSI Newsroom May 9, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

Congressman Seth Moulton State Rep Dave Robertson Comment On EPA Prioritizing Wilmingtons

first_imgWASHINGTON, MA — Below is a press release from Congressman Seth Moulton’s Office:This week week, the US Environmental Protection Agency has placed the Olin Superfund site in Wilmington on the Administrator’s Emphasis List, meaning it is on the top of the EPA’s to-do list.In a press release announcing the news, the EPA cited the community’s coordinated effort to demonstrate the sites potential for economic development.Representative Seth Moulton (MA-06) has been working with state and local leaders and the community’s business owners to prime the area for redevelopment.“Cleaning up our environment creates jobs and improves our cities and towns–not to mention leaving a healthier planet for our kids. Wilmington will be safer and healthier, and its economy will be stronger, when the Olin Site is restored,” Moulton said. “We got this designation thanks to the strong cooperation between local businesses and leaders at every level–clearly the EPA saw the united front within our community to fix this problem.”“I am very pleased to hear about this great news that the EPA expedited the Olin Chemical Site,” added State Representative Dave Robertson. “This is the culmination of literally years of work, debate, and cooperation by the town, state and federal governments. I hope that the work proceeds quickly, and I will be sure to watch closely with Congressman Moulton to ensure the clean-up is not rushed, but rather to the standards that Wilmington residents deserve.”The EPA added the Olin Chemical Superfund site to its Administrator’s Emphasis on April 1, 2019, with “the goal of expediting the selection of a remedy to remediate soil, surface water, and areas of highest ground contamination”. Since the list’s inception, 15 cites across the country have been added and successfully removed from the list.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton, Stewart Introduce Bill To Designate “9-8-8” For Suicide Hotline Dialing CodeIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: Moulton Urges President Trump To Take Steps To Bring Afghan Allies, Translators To SafetyIn “Government”STATE REP RACE: Congressman Seth Moulton Endorses Robertson, To Campaign With Him On Nov. 4In “Government”last_img read more

Bangladeshi convicted in India for selling wife

first_imgA Bangladeshi man was convicted for trafficking his wife in India, along with the owner of the hotel where she was used for prostitution, reports Times of India.The man allegedly had sold his wife to the hotel-owner, who himself raped her and later used her for sex trade, the English-language Indian daily adds.The four-year legal battle ended on Tuesday with the convictions of the Abdul Gaffar, a Bangladeshi national convicted of trafficking and illegal immigration of his Bangladeshi wife, and the hotel-owner, Bhagyadhar Dhibar, to whom he had sold his wife.Dhibar raped the victim and later exploited her in his hotel and elsewhere. He was convicted of inducing, trafficking and abetting illegal immigration of a woman. Both were sentenced to seven years’ imprisonment. The victim has been repatriated to Bangladesh.Chief judicial magistrate Kundan Kumar Kumai of the City Sessions Court passed the order, convicting Gaffar under Sections 366B and 370 of the IPC and Section 14C of Foreigners Act of India.The charges include punishment for “importation” of a woman from a foreign country and trafficking her for the purpose of prostitution. Dhibar was convicted under Sections 366, 366B, 370 and 120B of the IPC. The charges against him include luring into illicit sexual act.Police said the case dates back to 1 September 2013 when officials from Immoral trafficking section of the detective department were alerted by a member of NGO Durbar Mahila Samanyay Committee. The NGO had found the woman in the custody of a man in the red-light area of Sonagachi.Acting on the tip-off, police rescued the woman and arrested Gaffar. Dhibar was arrested two days later.Police found that Gaffar had wooed the woman and told her that he had a job in India. On reaching Kolkata, he sold her to Dhibar, who himself raped her and had eight or nine men rape her in his own hotel and in brothels of Sonagachi as well. Gaffar would also surface, and bring in “customers” for his wife.The woman was brought to International Justice Mission (IJM) and provided legal support and counselling. Saji Philip, director of operation, IJM, which is a global human rights organisation working for victims of violence, said, “This case is utterly inhuman because the culprit is her own husband.”Marie Riba, the woman’s advocate, said, “The victims of human trafficking are real, and like us they have every right to seek justice. The public need to know that those who rob them of those rights will be severely punished.” She said the victim has been sent to her Bangladesh home and efforts are on to reintegrate her in society.last_img read more

Litchi harvest in full swing

first_imgTrading and marketing of litchi have reached peak everywhere in the region involving hundreds of labourers both males and females in harvesting, segregating and transportation of the delicious seasonal fruit.Trading and marketing of litchi have reached peak everywhere in the region involving hundreds of labourers both males and females in harvesting, segregating and transportation of the delicious seasonal fruit.Market sources said harvest has been continuing in full swing with plenty of supply, huge demand and better prices in the local markets making both the litchi growers and traders happier this season.Alim Uddin, principal scientific officer of Fruit Research Station, told BSS that litchi is grown well in Rajshahi and Dinajpur districts in the country’s northwest region but the fruit of Ishwardi is very delicious and famous across the country.In Rajshahi, there are around 372.5 hectares of litchi orchards with creation of new ones. He said commercial farming of some of the fruits especially mango and litchi is gradually being enhanced in the region.Ishwardi is now being adjudged as capital of litchi as it possesses commercial litchi orchards on more than 3,000 hectares with around 300,000 trees. Age of 200,000 trees is above 15 years. Apart from this, there are scores of litchi trees on homesteads and adjacent areas throughout the upazila.Number of trees is gradually increasing in this upazila as the farming is profitable, said upazila agriculture officer Rawshan Jamil.He said around 2.30 billion litchis were produced here this season valued at around Tk 4 billion. He said yield of litchi has been affected to some extent due to the scorching heat and rainless condition of the season. But in all aspects, there will be an expected yield, he hoped.Meanwhile, huge quantities of litchi including the aristocrat varieties are being sold daily from the region to the country’s other parts including capital Dhaka and its supply still remains plenty in the local markets following bumper production.Presently, every 100 pieces of local variety litchi are selling at rates between Tk 200 and 230, Madrazi, Bombay and China-3 varieties at rates between Tk 250 and 260 and aristocrat Bedana variety in between Tk 270 and 350 in the local markets. Like in the previous years, the bigger litchi traders from Munshiganj, Dhaka and other places have already purchased the orchards with China-3, China-4 and Bedana variety litchi and started marketing those to the capital and other areas.last_img read more