In recent years, New Haven has experienced a “renaissance” fueled by billions in public and private investment, aimed at attracting new affluent people and businesses, yielding high-end downtown development and the expansion of the education, research and medical sectors. This growth generates wealth for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and defense industries. However, not enough of that wealth stays in New Haven, where neighborhoods have not recovered from the thirty-year exodus of manufacturing jobs.
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It’s hard to imagine or believe that in a region like New York City having access to quality food is challenging. However, millions of New Yorkers live in “food deserts,” neighborhoods in which the absence of full-service supermarkets denies residents access both to affordable healthy food and to quality jobs with decent wages and benefits.
Councilman Introduces Retail Ordinance That Some Believe Could Thwart Controversial Project
by Richard Guzman
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES - Wal-Mart’s effort to open a 33,000-square-foot grocery store on Cesar Chavez Avenue near Chinatown has hit a speed bump, with a City Councilman surprising many with a recent introduction of a retail-related motion.
From the Los Angeles Times:
Laws passed by California cities to protect labor when businesses change hands received a boost Monday from the California Supreme Court, which revived a Los Angeles ordinance aimed at protecting grocery workers.
The state high court ruled 6 to 1 that the 2005 city measure, which lower courts had rejected, did not usurp state or federal law or violate constitutional guarantees by requiring new grocery store owners to keep existing employees for months after taking over ownership.
Landmark legislation passed by Pittsburgh City Council ensures taxpayer supported development will have to drastically reduce diesel emissions. The bill requires a portion of the public subsidy be spent on diesel retrofits that can reduce the soot from heavy equipment by 85% or more.
Center on Policy Intiatives' Clare Crawford writes on the risks and uncertainties accompanying San Diego's contracting out of the Miramar Landfill. Contract negotiations remain ongoing as worries about proper oversight of the contract abound. These worries range from adequate oversight staffing resources to safety and environmental impacts in the change of operations continue. Turning over of Miramar Landfill to a private operator fails to protect the public interest.
In May, citizens from across the state of Pennsylvania gathered to participate in the Rally for a Responsible Budget.
Pittsburgh UNITED participated to show support of a balanced approach to the state budget that includes finding efficiencies, smart budget savings and long-term revenue solutions to effectively address Pennsylvania's budget crisis.
Elected officials need to do a better job of asking the right questions before they make a decision that we'll live with for decades.
Too often, a mayor, governor or other public official proposes to sell off a public facility, privatize a public good or contract out a vital service, but fails to answer basic questions that decision makers and voters need to decide whether it's a good idea.
The Connecticut Center for a New Economy (CCNE) has been helping tenants in New Haven organize for better living conditions. They were recently featured in this article in the New Haven Independent:
"In New Haven, CT Carbon monoxide from faulty furnaces drove Esther Martinez and Charleen Ortiz from their homes this winter. They have since returned home as leaders of a door-to-door organizing effort to give the 300 low-income families there a voice-and place to return to-when the Church Street South housing complex is rebuilt as a mixed-income development.