This morning at Alpine Meadows from the mid-mountain snow stake; looks like close to 20 feet. “Run the lifts,” writes one skier:
The memorial for Sam Dardick, a former county supervisor, disability rights activist and founder of FREED who died on May 31, will be at noon at the Home of Peace Cemetery in Sacramento.
The cemetery is at 6200 Stockton Blvd. at El Paraiso Ave.
Donations in Dardick’s memory are welcome at FREED Center for Independent Living (117 New Mohawk Rd., Suite A, Nevada City 95959)
“WASHINGTON (Lucia Mutikani) – Employment rose far less than expected in May to record its weakest reading since September, while the jobless rate rose to 9.1 percent as high energy prices and the effects of Japan’s earthquake bogged down the economy,” according to Reuters.
“Nonfarm payrolls increased 54,000 last month, the Labor Department said on Friday, with private employment rising 83,000, the least amount since June. Government payrolls dropped 29,000.
“The job creation slowdown confirmed the economic weakness already flagged by other data from consumer spending to manufacturing. It could stoke fears about the depth and duration of a slowdown that started early in the year.
“Economists still believe the lull in activity will be temporary. They cite high gasoline prices, bad weather and disruptions to motor vehicle production because of a shortage of parts from Japan as factors weighing on growth.”
The rest of the article is here.
“With only seven lawmakers voting against the hotly contested measure, the California Assembly has passed AB 52 (Feuer), which would subject health insurance companies to the same kind of vigorous rate regulation currently in place for auto and homeowners insurance companies in California,” according to ConsumerWatchdog.org.
“Prior to the vote the entire Republican caucus walked off the floor of the Assembly, and the only Democrats who spoke against the bill, Assemblymen Calderon and Solorio, did not vote on the measure.
“At last count, 44 Democrats voted in support of the bill; six Republicans and one Democrat were the only lawmakers to vote with the insurance lobby opposing the bill. The remaining Assemblymembers abstained.
“‘Californians want health insurance companies to be reined in and regulated, and California lawmakers know that’ said Consumer Watchdog’s Executive Director Doug Heller. ‘Even the politicians siding with the insurance industry did not want to register a no vote that would make their constituents wonder why they voted against health insurance reform.’”
The rest of the article is here.
Though our lifestyle nowadays doesn’t have to be so “white bread,” you can see the merits of our older single-family neighborhoods. “R1″s also helped preserve real estate values.
All across California, however, “R1″ neighborhoods are facing change:
•Some of it stems from “housing elements” that might include high-density housing or village-residential housing concepts from “smart planners” (AKA developers) — all worthy ideas but sometimes at odds with the neighborhoods, and neighbors.
•Some of it comes from the developers themselves and their “subdivisions.” The sidewalks that used to allow children to walk side-by-side comfortably are narrower — or gone all together.
•Some of the change also stems from commercialization, brought on by the worst economic downturn in decades. Residents want to use their homes as businesses to help generate some income.
I’m a big fan of the “R1″‘s in California — from Pasadena to Palo Alto to Nevada City — so it bothers me that government can’t leave them alone. I’m not sure that’s the motive — but it’s the unintended consequence.
In Nevada City, where we now live, the planning commission last night balked about banning B&B’s in “R1″s, kicking the issue upstairs to city council.
Our unincorporated county is considering an ordinance that would allow contractors to store up to eight “large vehicles, heavy equipment or machinery” in residential neighborhoods of 5 acres or more.
I’m all for growth and definitely not “anti business” — a simplistic way to frame this argument. In the case of B&Bs, however, we have several up for sale in Nevada City.
People who stay at B&Bs also like to be able to walk to dinner or a play, so you don’t need to bring “R1″s into the mix.
In the case of storing a piece of heavy construction equipment on your property, I can understand and support that in a recession.
We have failed to diversify our local economy, so we are highly dependent on construction and real estate — and the jobs they provide. But the proposal is too ambitious.
Government officials argue that there are safeguards in place that allow neighbors to protest the proposals. But to me, it puts the neighbors on the defensive to “guard their turf.”
Just as people who buy a home by the freeway should expect some noise, people who buy a home in an “R1″ neighborhood should expect some peace and quiet.