I think they raise some very interesting points - including some I hadn't thought of. My optimism that we could reach a gas deal for our neighborhoods that doesn't really mess up our environment and screw with our property values is starting to fade.
It's Sunday night, and that means it is time for another edition of the Texas Progressive Alliance's Weekly Blog Round-Up. This week's round up--the last weekly round-up of 2008--is compiled by Vince from Capitol Annex.
Next week, the Texas Progressive Alliance will bring you its Best of 2008--a compilation of the best posts from member blogs and bloggers from the historic year past.
Happy Holidays, and enjoy the last regular round-up of 2008.
Editor's Note: This is the second in a hopefully short series of posts by a fellow blogger who goes by the handle of "Refinish69". You can read Part I of his series here.
12/10/2008 - Austin, TX
This series of posts is a way to explain what is going on in my life and what I am learning as I worked through the different programs available for the homeless in Austin, Texas. I am not seeking donations of any kind but warm thoughts as I do what I have to do to get back on my feet. Of course, if someone has an old laptop with a wireless card they would like to donate, I would gladly accept. This will happen and I have started the process even if it does seem daunting at time.
I now have a bed at Sally (The Salvation Army) in Austin. I no longer have to go through a lottery at night to see if I have a bed or a pallet on the floor to sleep on. I have even started the full time work of getting into and satisfying all the requirements for the different assistance programs available. There are many programs available if someone will just take the time to ask questions and then follow through on all the requirements. It doesn't matter if you are staying at Sally or Arch (Austin Resource Center for the Homeless) you have to have a current TB test read or an x-ray. There are several ways to fulfill this requirement. You can wait in line at ARCH to see if they have time to administer the test or you can go to several clinics around town that offer the service and waive the fee for the homeless. On of the easiest programs to use is the RBJ Clinic at 5 Waller St. On Friday afternoon, you can receive the skin test from 1pm till 3pm and return Monday between 10 am and 11 am to have the test read. If you are taking a bus which most homeless people are, this has basically taken all of Friday afternoon and all of Monday morning. This is only of many hoops you must jump through to receive assistance but it is a vital one for the health of the community.
The ordinance passed by 3 to 2, with Mayor Carey, and Councilmen Thornhill and Ueckert in favor, and Watts and Durham opposed.
We think this is a very good thing, and sound, progressive public policy for Lewisville. In addition to the safety issues of these sales, it's just not a good idea for people to purchase pets as an impulse buy from a road-side seller.
Because cities must pick up the tab for animal shelters, and all residents have to deal with the problems of strays and the spread of animal diseases, there is sufficient governmental interest to do something about it.
This study produces a calibrated mathematical model of the gathering pipeline Significant Incident (SI) rate as a function of the total number of producing wells in a given region. It uses official data published by the US Department of Transportation Pipeline Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) and their Texas agency for data collection and regulation, the Texas Railroad Commission (TRC). The purpose of this model is to forecast the expected SI rate in the City of Fort Worth as the industry increases the number of producing gas wells in the City.