American Jobs Plan offers opportunity to invest in ‘civic infrastructure’

President BidenJoe BidenJobs report adds to Biden momentum White House says bills are bipartisan even if GOP doesn’t vote for them Trump calls for boycott of MLB for moving All-Star Game MORE’s American Jobs Plan includes a welcome acknowledgment of the need to bolster and invest in “civic infrastructure” — an opportunity to make Tocqueville’s “schools of democracy” a 21st-century American reality.  

According to Jill Blair and Malka

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Cubs-Pritzker North Lawndale development plan misses the cut

City officials have drawn up a short list of four investor teams vying to develop nearly 21 vacant acres at Roosevelt Road and Kostner Avenue. They narrowed the field after North Lawndale residents emphasized the site should attract substantial job growth with a creative design and involvement from minority-owned companies.

One prominent contender, a proposal from the Chicago Cubs with business leader Penny Pritzker, failed to make the cut.

The

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Santa Barbara County Developing a Recreational Master Plan to Guide New Developments | Outdoors

With the novel coronavirus pandemic causing widespread business closures and gathering restrictions, more and more people have turned to outdoor recreation to fill their free time.

Frontcountry trailheads in Santa Barbara County have seen an increase in visitors so large that the Santa Barbara County Fire Chiefs Association created a task force to address the issue.

“When you look at the long-term trends, there’s definitely been an increase in the

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Government Layoffs Pummeled Black Workers. The American Rescue Plan Could Bring Those Jobs Back.

Tiffany Arnold had been a paratransit driver for Atlanta’s mass transit system, MARTA, for nine years when COVID-19 sent the city into lockdown. Just like that, her job and all her co-workers’ jobs vanished.

“How are we going to eat, how are we going to live, how are we going to pay the utilities?” she said in a recent interview, recalling the first few thoughts to race through her head.

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Tulsans have until end of month to complete online parks master plan survey | Politics



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Tulsa’s master plan for parks was last updated more than a decade ago, but input from residents is now being sought for a new outlook. Here, John Dawson sits at Centennial Park last fall.




Tulsans who would like to participate in the city’s Parks and Recreation master plan survey are running out of time.

The survey is available online through March 31 at tulsaparksurvey.org. The master

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Planning Commission approves Bentonville bike, pedestrian plan

BENTONVILLE — The Planning Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved the city’s bike and pedestrian plan.

David Wright, Parks and Recreation director, gave a plan overview at the beginning of the meeting.

The plan started being stitched together in early 2019, and there was a public reveal Feb. 20, 2020, right before covid-19 hit, Wright said.

City officials also were starting to work on the street plan, and Wright said it

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Pamplin Media Group – City seeks input on Molalla Forest Road plan

Information and feedback can be left on special website regarding the Traverso section of the trail


The City of Canby is using an online open house to share a draft development plan for trail concepts along the Traverso section of Molalla Forest Road.

Those interested in more information and offering their opinions on the draft plan can do both at www.MFRTrail.org. Responses to the plan are due by March 26.

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Fairfield leader’s reorganization plan saves $541K, but some say cuts go too far

FAIRFIELD — Hundreds of people are calling for officials to restore the conservation administrator, one of the positions recently cut in First Selectwoman Brenda Kupchick’s reorganization plan.

The position was eliminated in the plan and the upcoming budget, sparking concerns that this would understaff the department and leave the town’s wetlands and other natural resources vulnerable to development.

But Kupchick said the restructuring just reassigns the administrator’s tasks and the

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Tarentum approves Easter egg hunt; Brackenridge, Harrison plan alternatives

Brackenridge, Harrison and Tarentum each have different plans for Easter this year, after community egg hunts were canceled in 2020 because of the covid pandemic.

While Tarentum is returning to a traditional event, Brackenridge and Harrison each are doing something different.

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Brackenridge will be handing out Easter treat bags in

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Agency seeks public input on updated Stillhouse lake plan | News

BELTON — Chalk Ridge Falls, with its crystal-clear creeks, scenic waterfall and rocky cliffs, is a popular Bell County spot for hikers and outdoor enthusiasts.

The Stillhouse Hollow Lake park is managed by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is updating its comprehensive land and recreational management master plan for the area. The plan, last updated in the 1970s, will guide the agency for the next 25 years, officials

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How to plan a meaningful post-pandemic re-entry

At long last, as the vaccines gradually roll out, maybe the end of the pandemic is in sight and soon the new (revised) normal will begin to take shape. But don’t wait. The pandemic, with all of its pain, fear and isolation, has also handed us a probably once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to step back and rethink our lives.

And this is the time to do it.

“We’ve been obscuring the purpose

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Biden’s climate plan can work if it’s sea to shining sea

Last week President Biden made a firm commitment to transition America from polluting fossil energy to clean renewable power. We and other coastal residents are heartened by his “whole government” approach to tackling the climate crisis, especially his focus on the positive employment impacts of making smart climate investments.

However, we get concerned when the president identifies a million jobs linked to building electric cars in the industrial heartland, yet

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Trump administration proposes 11th-hour plan to strip California desert protections

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Photograph: Mario Tama/Getty Images

The outgoing Trump administration is proposing to strip away protections for millions of acres of California desert, threatening damage to Joshua trees, desert tortoises and landmarks.

The plan would open up California’s desert areas to mining projects, eliminate up to 2.2m acres of conservation lands, as well as remove 1.8m acres designated as Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (Acecs).

Related: Hope grows that Biden will restore

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An Easy Plan for Beating the Winter Blues

Winter can bring the beauty of freshly fallen snow and bright, crisp days. But the season can also leave some people feeling a little down, and the COVID-19 pandemic may only exacerbate the situation.

“This year we’re worried about how to handle continued social isolation when the weather keeps us indoors and the pandemic makes indoor gatherings unsafe,” says Vickie Mays, PhD, a professor of psychology at UCLA.

If you’re

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State latest to target BLM’s Uncompahgre plan, alleging improper procedures, illegal appointment of acting agency director | Local News Stories

William Perry Pendley was serving illegally as the Bureau of Land Management’s acting director when the agency’s updated resource management plan for the Montrose area was approved, thus, the plan should be voided, the Colorado Attorney General’s Office contends in a lawsuit.

The suit, filed Friday, also alleges the plan’s approval was at odds with state programs and policies designed to protect big game and sage-grouse and largely ignored the

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Weigh in on Jersey City master plan | Opinion

By John J. Metro

Where do you see your personal growth in the next five or 10 years? What about our community’s growth, how we commute, utilize parks and occupy housing?

The Jersey City master plan survey is a questionnaire asking residents for input on community objectives and the future vision of our everyday lives. Your comments are important, as feedback will help drive long-term city planning goals and strategies

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State officials unveil plan to remediate Liberty State Park’s 234-acre interior

The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection unveiled its plans to remediate the contaminated interior of Liberty State Park, 234 acres of parkland that has been long fenced off from the public.

David Haymes, director of the DEP’s Division of Enforcement, Technical and Financial Support, said during a public meeting Thursday that the state plans to cap the entire interior of the park with at least 1 foot of clean

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La Jolla Community Planning Association approves suggested revisions to San Diego parks master plan

When the San Diego City Council took on the proposed Complete Communities initiative during its last meeting of 2020 (which also was the last meeting for five council members), most of it was approved, save for the parks master plan. Complete Communities has four components: the parks plan, a mobility choices initiative, a housing solutions plan and facilities financing.

Before the reconstituted council hears the parks master plan sometime this

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Outdoor plans for New Year’s? Remember to plan ahead

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)—Friday marks the start of the New Year, and what better way to get 2021 going than by getting out and breathing in some fresh air. Many ski resorts are open with social distance plans in place, and let’s not forget the many walks and hikes across the state, all part of the 10th Annual First Day Hikes program.

This ski season remember to call ahead to make
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Ocean County’s new open space plan worries environmentalists

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Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari tries to convince the board to delay a plan to use open space funds for recreational and historic use on Dec. 16, 2020.

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TOMS RIVER – Concern over how Ocean County’s open space tax fund will be used in the future has provoked discord between environmentalists and the Board of Freeholders heading into 2021.

Last Wednesday, the five-member, all-Republican freeholder board voted 3-0 to

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