by mejs hasan : wired – excerpt Sometimes Vikki Preston is inching her way through the forest when she comes across a grove of tan oak trees that feels special. The plants are healthy, the trees are old, and their trunks are nicely spaced out on the forest floor. “You can feel that the grove … More Native Tribes Are Taking Fire Control Into Their Own Hands
By Valerie Richardson : washingtontimes – excerpt CLOVIS, Calif. — Here in the town dubbed the “gateway to the Sierras,” the haze from the Ferguson Fire is fading as Yosemite National Park prepares to reopen, but the debate over how to stop wildfires from razing the state again next year continues to smolder. California’s catastrophic … More Ryan Zinke takes ax to climate change narrative in push to save forests from wildfires
By Richard Eber, California Political News and Views : citizensjournal – excerpt Next Monday in a obscure Sacramento meeting room, an important event is set to transpire that affects the course of California politics for years to come. The Senate Appropriations Committee will determine if AB 2923, which has already been passed by the Assembly, … More Can AB 2923 be knocked out?
By Mark Calvey : bizjournals – excerpt The impact of lower tax benefits for home ownership will become more evident during next year’s tax-filing season, with an Oakland real estate agent warning, “There’s going to be a rude awakening next spring.”… (more)
From author at Marinij – (includes video links) The CASA technical committee is stacked with housing insiders trying to shape housing policies. Almost every new policy, takes away local government control, property rights, environmental protections and establishes new taxation. Homeowners are not considered “stakeholders” even though they will be funding it all. It is an … More Eyeopener moments from a recent CASA meeting of the MTC
By Susan Kirsch : marinij – excerpt It’s time to change this housing narrative from “crisis” — requiring heavy-handed, top-down “solutions” — to a collaborative approach that respects the voices of people who live with the impacts of decisions… Have you heard about Brisbane in San Mateo County, population 4,700, where legislators are threatening new … More Marin Voice: The tide is turning — cities are battling for local control
By Jeff Daniels : cnbc – excerpt As wildfires rage, politicians, timber companies and environmentalists are debating whether to thin overly dense forest lands that fuel the state’s deadly infernos. About one-third of California is covered by forests, most of it owned by the U.S. government. Last year was the most destructive and deadly wildfire … More California timber industry may be a ‘piece of the puzzle’ to help reduce state’s raging wildfires