Meet the newest recruits in California’s war on climate change: carbon farmers

By Alastair Bland : calmatters – excerpt Loren Poncia’s idling pickup shudders in a powerful gust of afternoon wind in western Marin County. Inside the warm cab, he scans the sun-browned hills through his binoculars, counting his grazing cows. Poncia raises beef cattle. As he sees it, though, what he is really doing is raising … More Meet the newest recruits in California’s war on climate change: carbon farmers

Tariffs to Raise Cost of Rebuilding After Hurricane Florence

By Nelson D. Schwartz : nytimes – excerpt When the floodwaters from Hurricane Florence recede and rebuilding kicks into high gear, homeowners and businesses will face an additional burden as tariffs imposed by the Trump administration drive up the cost of construction materials. Homebuilders and contractors say the administration’s trade policy will add to the … More Tariffs to Raise Cost of Rebuilding After Hurricane Florence

Elizabeth Warren’s Ambitious Fix for America’s Housing Crisis

By Madeleine Carlisle : theatlantic – excerpt The Massachusetts Democrat introduced legislation that takes aim at segregation, redlining, restrictive zoning, and the loss of equity by low-income homeowners. Ten years ago, the subprime-mortgage crisis stripped millions of Americans of their homes. Many haven’t gotten those homes back and now face skyrocketing rents. Ask an economist, … More Elizabeth Warren’s Ambitious Fix for America’s Housing Crisis

Affordable housing plans at shipyard move forward despite concerns over radioactive contamination

By Laura Waxmann : sfexaminer – excerpt The City is forging ahead with plans to develop a 28,792 square-foot site on Parcel A at the Hunters Point Shipyard into affordable housing, despite ongoing testing for radioactive contamination in the area. On Thursday, The City’s Office of Community Investment and Infrastructure issued a Request for Proposals … More Affordable housing plans at shipyard move forward despite concerns over radioactive contamination

Congress Passes Measure to Protect Board that Monitors Nuclear Safety

by Rebecca Moss of Santa Fe New Mexican : propublica – excerpt The Energy Department had taken steps to curtail the reach and authority of the Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board. New Mexico’s senators are fighting back. This article was produced in partnership with The Santa Fe New Mexican, which is a member of the … More Congress Passes Measure to Protect Board that Monitors Nuclear Safety

Candidates’ ties to Shipyard project, developer at issue in District 10 race

By Laura Waxman : sfexaminer – excerpt The botched cleanup of the contaminated Hunters Point Shipyard is a sensitive issue in the highly competitive District 10 Board of Supervisors race this November, in which several leading candidates have ties to the project or its developers. Those conflicts became apparent at a debate Tuesday where debate … More Candidates’ ties to Shipyard project, developer at issue in District 10 race

Toxic Relationship: The Fraud at Hunters Point

Ida Mojadad and Laura Waxman : sfexaminer – excerpt (includes maps) Can the same government regulators who let the fraudulent cleanup go unnoticed be trusted to finish the job?… Earlier this year, the EPA determined that on six parcels of land, as much as 97 percent of the data produced by Tetra Tech, the Navy … More Toxic Relationship: The Fraud at Hunters Point