Source: San Jose Mercury News | Santa Clara County, Calif. |
June 25, 2012
Out of nowhere, Santa Clara County officials have yanked $30 million in tax funds promised for the San Francisco 49ers' new Santa Clara stadium, saying they would rather spend the money on teachers than install "little televisions in the back of stadium seats."
Towns in several states are adopting local ordinances that exempt farmers from state and federal regulations if they sell their products directly to consumers, despite warnings that the ordinances are invalid.
Source: Reuters | Beardstown, Ill. |
June 22, 2012
The Cargill plant and the community that depends on it are emblematic of two changes in U.S. immigration. The first is the shift of job-seeking immigrants from big cities to rural and suburban areas. The second is the crackdown on illegal immigration.
Although final Senate approval is far from guaranteed, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced a 73-amendment agreement, which was agreed to by unanimous consent and includes measures both germane and nongermane to the bill. But it wasn’t secured easily.
City planners are refining a pilot program to turn parking spaces here and in three other neighborhoods into “parklets’’ - petite, three-season patios, with benches and planters atop platforms built flush with the sidewalk.
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