New distributed solar mandate in California lowers cost of home ownership

May 21st, 2018 by John Farrell. Originally published at ilsr.org. Starting January 1, 2020, every new home built in California will sport solar panels. The landmark ruling of the state’s Energy Commission is expected to lower the monthly cost of home ownership by $40, as the energy savings from solar (and other building envelope measures) added to new construction offsets the anticipated costs. The savings add up …

Mexican indigenous communities announce, “We undertake the task of rebuilding our way of life as original communities, in exercise of our right of self-determination”

By Emir Olivares Alonso, La Jornada Friday June 1, 2018, p. 6 Indigenous communities form alliance to defend their traditional systems of government   “We undertake the task of rebuilding our way of life” Faced with the “lack of credibility” of the partisan proposals, the indigenous communities of the municipalities of Cherán, Michoacán; Oxchuc, Chiapas, and Ayutla de los Libres, Guerrero, have formed an alliance …

Affordable measures help State and local agencies implement policies, procedures, and proven engineering treatments to make uncontrolled crossing locations safer

The Safe Transportation for Every Pedestrian (STEP) program promotes a set of cost-effective countermeasures that can enhance pedestrian safety and reduce fatalities at uncontrolled crossing locations. About 72 percent of pedestrian fatalities occur at uncontrolled crossing locations, such as midblock areas and intersections with no signals or stop signs.  STEP countermeasures help State and local agencies implement policies, procedures, and …

I work with children separated from caregivers at the border. What happens is unforgivable: The policy has a devastating emotional impact on kids.

By Katie Annand  Jun 6, 2018, vox.com A security guard watches as girls from Central America sleep at a detention facility run by the U.S. Border Patrol on September 8, 2014 in McAllen, Texas. John Moore/Getty Images Helplessness. It’s what I feel when children are faced with the forced separation from their parent or caregiver at the US border. Anger, sadness, uncertainty, and …

What’s a public bank? States or municipalities use reserves for a public mission and the needs of the public it represents, such as local investments and local businesses

https://youtu.be/xiYaEIwbwbg VIDEO: An Introduction to Public Banking, by In Context Report (7:23) A Public Bank is a chartered depository bank in which public funds are deposited. It is owned by a government unit — a state, county, city, or tribe — and mandated to serve a public mission that reflects the values and needs of the public that it represents. In existing and proposed US …

Social Cost Of Coal Must Now Be Considered By Washington Utilities

June 1st, 2018 by Steve Hanley  Originally published on Planetsave. The Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission has issued a directive to three utility companies in the state telling them to include the social cost of coal in their future planning. Under the new guidelines, the cost of coal calculation will be $42 per metric ton by 2020 and rise to $60 per metric ton …

The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy: The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.

By MATTHEW STEWART in the Atlantic, May 2018 The 9.9 Percent Is the New American Aristocracy: The class divide is already toxic, and is fast becoming unbridgeable. You’re probably part of the problem.   1. The Aristocracy Is Dead … For about a week every year in my childhood, I was a member of one of America’s fading aristocracies. Sometimes around Christmas, more often …

California Approves $738 Million Transportation Electrification Initiative

June 3rd, 2018 by Steve Hanley Originally published on Planetsave. California is at the forefront of US states when it comes to reducing carbon emissions. Nearly 40% of those emissions come from the state’s transportation sector. Not only has California always been ground zero for car culture, but it’s also home to several of the largest ports in America, whose operations depend on heavy-duty …

The Management Myth: Most of management theory is inane, writes our correspondent, the founder of a consulting firm. If you want to succeed in business, don’t get an M.B.A. Study philosophy instead

By MATTHEW STEWART, JUNE 2006 ISSUE Atlantic During the seven years that I worked as a management consultant, I spent a lot of time trying to look older than I was. I became pretty good at furrowing my brow and putting on somber expressions. Those who saw through my disguise assumed I made up for my youth with a fabulous education in management. …