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Anti-racist contingent ‘Uniting all workers’

first_img“No Trump! No KKK! No Fascist USA!” was the slogan on the lead banner of the United Auto Workers’ contingent in New York City’s Labor Day march on Sept. 9. The slogan was also chanted as UAW Region 9A members marched uptown on Fifth Avenue, along with thousands of other unionists. As the contingent approached Trump Tower, those holding the banner turned defiantly to face the building for several minutes while chanting against Trump.In the center of the banner, instead of the usual UAW logo, were the words “Uniting All Workers.” Cheers and applause greeted the contingent along the route of march.The NYC Central Labor Council handed out well-received signs calling for support for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). And “Vote No on Con Con” was promoted by several contingents. That refers to a New York state ballot initiative for a constitutional convention, which unions oppose because it could be used by big business to destroy hard-fought gains won by labor.Unlike the giant inflated cartoon figures in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, no Labor Day march would be complete without several huge inflated gray rats, often positioned near construction sites to protest scabs!FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

PWP, Which Studied Alternative Routes After Neighbors Objected to Pipeline, Now Sticks to Recommending Its Original Plan

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The plan calls for creating a new, separate non-potable water distribution system to deliver water from three local supply sources, thereby “freeing” up substantial amounts of water for for human consumption.Construction of a pipeline bringing in non-potable recycled water from Glendale has raised serious angst in the neighborhoods which lie along the pipeline’s planned route.At the public hearing in February, and at a meeting in the neighborhood before it, residents expressed concerns about construction damage to existing trees and the temporary issues of noise, traffic, dust and limited access to properties along the pipeline route during construction of Phase 1 of the Project.“We had a contractor / consultant that went through on site. He went down both alternative route streets, did an analysis on additional costs, additional time that it would take,” Thomas said.He also did an analysis on what other impacts there might be, Thomas said.A staff report, written by Interim General Manager Gurcharan S. Bawa, said the evaluation indicated that the approved route was superior to the alternates mainly in terms of cost and project duration.Phase 1 of the Project includes approximately five miles of new 20-inch diameter pipeline, installed below ground beginning at Scholl Canyon Landfill in Glendale to the West, Bawa said in the report.Thomas said the alternative routes were longer and will take more time to construct and cost more. She said several routes were considered in the planning stages but were eliminated for one reason or another, leaving the original route already proposed.The evaluation concluded that, taking into account overall construction challenges, change order risk, operations and maintenance cost, capital costs, and risk of schedule delay and loss of funding, the Approved routes are superior to the Alternative routes, the report from Bawa said.Bawa also said not only is the original approved route the better choice financially and in terms of completion time, but further delays may threaten funding opportunities. State funds are available on a first-come first served basis.“Continuing to move the Project forward with the Approved routes will maintain PWP’s position in the funding queue and therefore increase the chance of securing the grant funding and the low interest loans from the State,” Bawa said in the report.Thomas said if the Committee approves the recommendation, the project is ready to move forward.“The next step would be to go into affected communities and have a well thought out discussion with them on what it means and why decisions and recommendations were made,” she said. 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Could Fannie and Freddie Be Eliminated Without Legislation?

first_img February 27, 2018 2,982 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago About Author: David Wharton Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSE Reform GSEs 2018-02-27 David Wharton Share Save Tagged with: Fannie Mae Freddie Mac GSE Reform GSEs Previous: Ocwen Acquiring PHH Corporation for $360 Million Next: New Bill Addresses Reverse Mortgage Foreclosures Sign up for DS News Daily Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago GSE reform has been a hot-button topic ever since Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac came under government conservatorship during the financial crisis, but it’s one of those talking points that often seems heavy on the talk and light on the corresponding action. This week an assembly of analysts and think tanks, including the American Enterprise Institute, introduced a proposal outlining how President Trump could, at least theoretically, move to eliminate the GSEs without having to rely on Congressional support.The plan hinges upon having a Trump-appointed head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency, the government organization tasked with overseeing the GSEs. The FHFA is currently overseen by Obama-era appointee Mel Watt, whose term will conclude at the end of this year. The new paper, which includes among its authors former Reagan White House Counsel and upcoming Five Star Government Forum Keynote Speaker Peter Wallison, argues that a Trump-appointed head of the FHFA could essentially whittle Fannie and Freddie down gradually. This process would involve limiting the types of loans the GSEs could purchase and lowering the size limits for those loans. The authors of the paper said they believed that the plan would allow President Trump to “break this logjam.”Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tennessee) has recently been trying to advance bipartisan GSE reform legislation that would keep Fannie and Freddie intact, but would also include a government guarantee for mortgage-backed securities and provisions designed to support affordable housing initiatives. This latter part especially runs contrary to the approach of the new AEI proposal, as Wallison and others have argued that government affordable housing initiatives actually helped flood the market with subprime mortgages that destabilized the market and lead to the collapse of the housing bubble.In a January op-ed for the Wall Street Journal, Wallison put it bluntly: “The trouble here is not merely that the Treasury is an outlier in what was supposed to be a deregulatory administration. It is also that the department’s current custodians appear to have learned nothing from the financial crisis, which was caused by precisely the policies they now support.”The AEI paper argues that, rather than focusing on affordable housing mandates, government subsidies should be reduced, which they argue would bring down home prices and make homeownership available to a broader spectrum of Americans.Not everyone would support such a plan, of course, with some proponents arguing that of Fannie and Freddie are in need of either moderate reform or minor policy adjustments. Moody’s Analytics Chief Economist Mark Zandi put it succinctly, telling MarketWatch that when it came to the GSEs, “it’s not fixed but it’s not broken.”Last week California-based investment management firm PIMCO wrote in a letter to Congress that, “We believe GSE ‘reform’ should simply formalize the current state of affairs—namely, by making the government guarantee explicit and otherwise keeping Fannie and Freddie functioning as they largely are today. In other words, Congress should be honest about conservatorship: It has been and continues to be immensely successful, not to mention wildly profitable, and the current system works.”According to a February survey conducted by the National Association of Federally-Insured Credit Unions, 73.3 percent of respondents opposed eliminating the GSEs and privatizing housing finance without a government guarantee. Moreover, 74.1 percent of respondents supported retaining the GSEs and the explicit government guarantee or replacing them with something similar.You can watch the full archived stream of the AEI’s Tuesday conference discussing their GSE reform proposals below. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, Headlines, Journal, Newscenter_img Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / Could Fannie and Freddie Be Eliminated Without Legislation? Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Could Fannie and Freddie Be Eliminated Without Legislation?  Print This Post Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more