Policy And Planning

LABOR ILWU, Community Coalition, Defeats Proposed Baseball Stadium on Oakland Waterfront

ILWU, Melvin Mackay, April 18, 2024 Stadium redevelopment project posed threat to waterfront jobs and regional economic engine. In late 2018, the Oakland A’s, the Mayor of Oakland, Alameda County Supervisors, building and construction trades, local business leaders, state legislators, and the Commissioners at the Port of Oakland formed an impressive and formidable unified front […]

NYC Council approves Willets Point plan for soccer stadium, affordable housing

The Gothamist, Arun Venugopal, April 11, 2024 Willets Point, a corner of Queens that has long been synonymous with auto repair shops and urban neglect, got the go-ahead on Thursday for a lavish makeover that includes a new soccer stadium and 2,500 units of affordable housing. The City Council voted 47-1 to approve the final phase […]

As Deadline Looms, Local Journalism Sustainability Act Advocates Seek FY’25 State Budget Inclusion

Chelsea Community News, Scott Stiffler, March 29, 2024 What do the bald eagle, gray wolf, and American peregrine falcon have in common? Well, besides a reputation for majestic poses based largely on postage stamps bearing their illustrated likeness, “Each faced the brink of extinction and have now rebounded,” crowed a December 28, 2023 featured content article published […]

Leaders Resign at Midtown Board Citing ‘Special Interest’ Influence Amid Zoning Fights

The City, GABRIEL POBLETE MARCH 15, 2024 As members with links to the pro-housing group Open New York join Manhattan Community Board 5, it must contend with a leadership vacuum. Tensions have come to a boil at a prominent Manhattan community board where several key members resigned this week, citing rapid change and “special interest” influence. […]

‘That’s the Law’: Senators Say Biden Must End Arms Sales if Israel Keeps Blocking Aid

COMMON DREAMS, Jake Johnson, March 12, 2024 “Federal law is clear, and, given the urgency of the crisis in Gaza, and the repeated refusal of Prime Minister Netanyahu to address U.S. concerns on this issue, immediate action is necessary.” group of senators said Tuesday that under U.S. law, the Biden administration must cut off American […]

National Guard presence in NYC subway echoes 9/11 aftermath and 1965 blackout

The Gothamist, Stephen Nessen, Mar 8, 2024 Gov. Kathy Hochul’s decision this week to address subway safety by sending 750 National Guard members into New York City’s transit system has little precedent in state history. The last time the military was seen in the subway system in large numbers was the aftermath of 9/11, when more than […]

Opioids Decimated a Kentucky Town. Recovering Addicts Are Saving It.

The Free Press, Sam Quinones, February 6, 2024 After the collapse of coal mining and the rise of the opioid epidemic, Hazard, Kentucky, seemed finished. Then locals started to rescue it. In early 2020, Mandi Fugate Sheffel, 42, opened a tiny bookstore in her hometown of Hazard, in eastern Kentucky. Everyone thought she was crazy. […]

America Is Not a Democracy

AMERICAN PROSPECT, David Dayen, February 10, 2024 The movement to save democracy from threats is too quick to overlook the problems that have been present since the founding. Democrats have spent much—some might say all—of the last two presidential elections warning about the threats to democracy embodied by Donald Trump. The 2024 election is already […]