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Nov 30
2008

Cheap Gas

Posted by Bruce Robinson in transportation , technology , resources , policy , government , finances , energy , economy , corporate responsibiliyt , conservation , Congress , business , author

Bruce Robinson

Falling gasoline prices are a reflection of the broader economic collapse, says a local oil industry analyst, and it probably won't be good news if they stay low.

Richard Heinberg is the author of Peak Everything and The Party's Over, among other books on oil and energy policy issues.

 Heinberg says that pump prices and the per-barrel cost of crude were not the only things that peaked last summer.

 

 

 Reining in oil speculators would be a constructive response to the events of the past year, Heinberg says, but that's only a first step.

 

 

Nov 24
2008

Holiday flying

Posted by Bruce Robinson in transportation , tourism , rights , public safety , policy , nonprofit orgs , news , Napa , media , legislation , justice , Health , government , families , corporate responsibiliyt , Congress , business , activism

Bruce Robinson

 The holidays are a peak travel time for the airlines, so knowing your rights as a passenger can help ensure a more satisfactory travel experience.

Former realtor Kate Hanni is the founder and president of the Napa-based Coalition for an Airline Passengers Bill of Rights. Her Organization maintains a tool-free telephone number for travelers to report standings and other problems, which she says are promptly verified and compiled into a national database.

Flyersrights Hotline: 877-FLYERS6 (877-359-3776)

The Coalition has also prepared a  Stranded Flyer's Survival Guide with a combination of practical and somewhat tongue-in-cheek items to use if you should happen to wind up on a grounded plane.

The New York state legislature was the first in the country to adopt a flyers bill of rights in August, 2007. But the measure was struck down by the U.S. Court of Appeals which ruled it interferred with federal regulatory authority over the airlines.

 

 

 

 

Northern California representative Mike Thompson has been a leader in the effort to win Congressional passage of a nationwide airline Passengers Bill of Rights. You can read the draft bill here.

Nov 04
2008

Election Results 2008

Posted by Bruce Robinson in war , Sonoma , Santa Rosa , politics , peace , news , history , government , finances , environment , economy , Congress , budget , animals

Bruce Robinson
While the presidential election yesterday was a sweeping victory for Democrats from the top of the ticket on down, many local races in the north bay were much more narrowly decided.

 

 

 

To view the complete list of Sonoma County's unofficial election results, click here.

 For the statewide California election results, click here.

 

 

 

Oct 22
2008

U Visas

Posted by Bruce Robinson in rights , public safety , policy , nonprofit orgs , media , law enforcement , justice , immigration , families , Congress , children

Bruce Robinson

Victims of domestic violence, including undocumented immigrants, now have some new programs available to protect them.

Here is a link to a page of frequently asked questions about U Visas.

Below are some additional resources with links.

Catholic Charities Immigration Services

Sonoma County YWCA

 US  Immigration Service


 

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