Debate flares up over Johnson’s planning overhaul

first_img Message* Marisa Lago and Corey Johnson (NYC Planning, Getty)The city’s land use and planning process is not perfect — on that much, the City Council and de Blasio administration seem to agree.But the City Planning Commission criticizes the Council for blocking affordable housing projects and rezonings, while Council members say the process fails to take a long-term view of community needs.During a heated, day-long hearing Tuesday, City Planning Commissioner Marisa Lago testified against City Council Speaker Corey Johnson’s proposal to create a 10-year planning cycle for the city, calling it infeasible and expensive. The administration estimates that environmental reviews alone would cost half a billion dollars.Lago said the plan would create a “top-down approach” to land-use decisions, in which the City Council would have even more sway over plans for their districts and be more likely to override the wishes of community boards. Anti-development groups used similar language in objecting to the proposal last week.Lago repeatedly cited member deference — the tradition of the City Council to fall in line with the local member on land-use decisions — as the guiding force behind actions the administration pursues.Without buy-in from the local Council member, proposals are dead on arrival. For that reason, Lago said, the administration only pursues land-use actions in communities that have signaled support. The speaker’s proposal, she predicted, would hamstring city planners even more.Under Johnson’s bill, at least three land-use scenarios would be drafted for each district. The City Council would pick one after receiving input from borough presidents, community boards and the public.City Council members would not be required to vote on rezoning applications, but could choose to — which Lago said they almost certainly would, effectively adding another “veto point.”“It basically provides yet another impediment to the construction of affordable housing,” Lago said.Johnson objected to the cost estimates, saying the measure would streamline the planning process and allow the city to more effectively budget for the needs of each district. He repeatedly asserted that his proposal increases the amount of community involvement in land use and planning decisions and said Lago was misrepresenting the language of his bill.The Council speaker also pushed back against the idea that the bill would effectively end single-family zoning in the city, resulting in some existing homes being razed to make way for denser housing.He also called the current process a top-down approach, saying City Planning asks community members to consider zoning proposals that are already “fully baked.”“This was supposed to be the administration that ended the Tale of Two Cities,” Johnson said, referring to the mayor’s campaign promise to fight inequality. “It doesn’t seem like you all want to do the hard work that we think is necessary.”Johnson noted that the pandemic has disproportionately affected communities of color and that hospitals in some of these neighborhoods were replaced by luxury housing.“What makes you pause and think maybe we’re doing something wrong here?” he asked.Other City Council members asked Lago versions of the same question throughout the hearing: What would she do to increase community involvement and address inequities exacerbated by land-use decisions?Many admonished her for not answering the question directly. Some members defended member deference as key to protecting the interests of their constituents.Council member Antonio Reynoso criticized the fact that City Planning abandoned its push to rezone Bushwick after he and Council member Rafael Espinal demanded that the agency study an alternative community proposal that called for deeply affordable housing and fewer units.That plan called for only 2,000 units, all of them affordable. The city’s plan called for nearly the same number of such units, but also more than 3,000 others to subsidize the affordable ones.Reynoso said the community showed willingness to work with City Planning, but the agency had an all-or-nothing approach, resulting in no affordable housing being built. The agency, he said, chose to “relegate the community to destruction by gentrification.”Council member Brad Lander, a sponsor of Johnson’s bill, cited the proposal to rezone Gowanus — which he said has “taken the better part of a decade” to get underway — as a reason for reform. He said the city’s land use process has become “toxic and broken.”Council member Deneek Miller said he was concerned that the bill does not adequately increase community involvement in city planning. Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer testified that the bill could achieve certain planning goals, but voiced concern that it “doesn’t put communities at the center of the planning process.”She also addressed criticism of the proposal to rezone Soho, blaming the city’s Mandatory Inclusionary Housing program for an inadequate level of affordable housing in the plan.The Real Estate Board of New York testified that it supports some of the goals laid out by Johnson, but that the bill fails to “establish a framework to resolve competing priorities between localized community needs and the citywide goals.”The industry group also highlighted that City Council members likely won’t forego their ability to have the final say on rezoning applications.“The Council is not a mere bystander, but a principal in the current land-use process,” the group wrote in prepared testimony. “This legislation does not address this underlying principle.”Contact Kathryn Brenzel Share via Shortlink Email Address* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlinkcenter_img corey johnsonMarisa Lago Tags Full Name*last_img read more

Antipodal mosses: VI. Stegonia latifolia (Musci, Pottiaceae) in the Antarctic

first_imgStegonia latifolia (Schwaegr. in Schult.) Vent. ex Broth. is recorded from the Antarctic on the basis of the specimens collected from Signy Island, South Orkney Island and King George Island, South Shetland Islands. The Antarctic material is briefly described and illustrated and the world geographical distribution of this species is briefly reviewed and mapped. This is also the first well documented record of the genus Stegonia Vent. outside the Holarctic. It is suggested that S. lorentzii (C. Muell.) I. Hag. in I. Hag. & Printz from the Andes of Argentina, another species included in this genus, is conspecific with Saitoella peruviana (R. S. Williams) Menzel. A list of strictly bipolar moss species in the western hemisphere is reassessed and two species, Ditrichum heteromallum (Hedw.) Britt. and Tortella torluosa (Hedw.) Limpr., are excluded from it.last_img read more

Ice core evidence for the extent of past atmospheric CO2 change due to iron fertilisation

first_imgAn extended high-resolution ice core record of dust deposition over the past 60 ka from Dome C, Antarctica, is presented. The data are in conflict with the idea that changes in aeolian iron input into the Southern Ocean were the major cause for the 80 ppm glacial-interglacial CO2 increase. During the deglaciation, the CO2 increase shows a linear relationship with the fall of the logarithm of the nss-Ca2+ flux, a proxy for dust deposition. However, the very large variations in the nss-Ca2+ flux related to the glacial Antarctic warm events A1 to A4 were accompanied by small CO2 variations only. Our data-based analysis suggests that decreased Southern Ocean dust deposition caused at most a 20 ppm increase in CO2 at the last glacial-interglacial transition. Rapid decreases in dust deposition to the northern Pacific could have been responsible for a maximum of 8 ppm in addition.last_img read more

Atmospheric impact of the Carrington event solar protons

first_imgThe Carrington event of August/September 1859 was the most significant solar proton event (SPE) of the last 450 years, about four times larger than the solar proton fluence of the largest event from the “spacecraft era” (August 1972). Recently, much attention has focused upon increasing our understanding of the Carrington event, in order to better quantify the impact of extreme space weather events. In this study the Sodankyla Ion and Neutral Chemistry (SIC) model is used to estimate the impact of the Carrington event to the neutral atmosphere and the ionosphere, and the disruption to HF communication. We adopt a reported intensity-time profile for the solar proton flux and examine the relative atmospheric response to different SPE-energy spectra, and in particular, the comparatively soft energy spectrum of the August 1972 or March 1991 SPE which is believed to provide the best representation of the Carrington event. Our calculations indicate that large changes in electron density and atmospheric constituents occur during the period of SPE forcing, depending upon the nature of the spectrum and also on the hemisphere considered. However, the most important SPE-driven atmospheric response is an unusually strong and long-lived O-x decrease in the upper stratosphere (O-x levels drop by similar to 40%) primarily caused by the very large fluxes of >30 MeV protons. This depletion is an indication of the extreme changes possible for the largest SPE. We find that there are comparatively small long-term differences in the atmospheric and ionospheric response between the 3 suggested SPE spectra.last_img read more

Relativistic electron loss timescales in the slot region

first_imgRecent observations show that the decay rate of relativistic electrons measured at low altitudes in the slot region at L = 2 is an order of magnitude shorter than theoretical estimates based on CRRES wave data. Here we compare the decay rates of 2–6 MeV electrons measured at low altitudes by the SAMPEX spacecraft with those derived from CRRES wave observations. We show that pitch angle scattering by plasmaspheric hiss (0.1 < f < 2 kHz) is the dominant process responsible for electron loss in the outer slot region (2.4 < L < 3.0), but hiss alone cannot account for the observed loss timescales at lower L. Although SAMPEX samples small equatorial pitch angles (α eq ≈ 18°), this is not the dominant reason for the different timescales. We find that the decay of 2–6 MeV electrons measured by SAMPEX in the inner slot region (2.0 < L < 2.4) is most likely due to the combined effects of hiss and guided whistlers propagating with small wave normal angles. Unguided whistlers have little or no effect on the loss timescales. Magnetosonic waves may be as important as guided whistlers for electron loss under active conditions. Guided whistlers and fast magnetosonic waves increase the diffusion rates in a “bottleneck region” near α eq = 75°, enabling electrons with larger pitch angles to diffuse into the loss cone more effectively and hence the entire distribution function decays more rapidly. Even though the power of guided whistlers and magnetosonic waves may be two orders of magnitude less than hiss, they play a very important role in electron loss in the inner slot region.last_img read more

Dixie State Men’s Basketball Announces Nine New Players For 2018-19 Season

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailST. GEORGE, Utah-Fresh off of a solid 2017-18 season, Dixie State men’s basketball announced the signing of nine new players for the upcoming season Thursday.Head coach Jon Judkins announced four four-year transfers in junior forward Cameron Chatwin, formerly of Saint Martin’s, junior forward Matt Conway from Division I Albany and sophomore Weber State transfers, guard Riley Cook and sophomore forward Eric Patten.Additionally, Judkins has brought in three junior college transfers, guards Jack Pagenkopf, Andre Wilson and Dason Youngblood and two freshmen, forward Clayton Southwick and guard Jacob Nicolds.Chatwin, a Gilbert, Ariz. product out of Desert Ridge High School averaged 3.4 points and 2.7 rebounds for Dixie State’s fellow Division II Saint Martin’s Saints.Conway is out of Chandler, Ariz. and Salt Lake Community College and Pleasant Grove High School was the 2014 Class-5-A Utah State high school MVP.Court, a product of Pleasant Grove and Pleasant Grove High School was a two-time all-state pick after averaging 22.9 points, 8.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists for the Vikings.Patten is a 6-6, 240-pound prospect out of Orange, Calif. and Cuyamaca (Calif.) College who comes to Dixie State after redshirting at Weber State.Pagenkopf is out of Olathe, Kan. and Blue Valley High School and played last season at Howard College (Texas) averaging 7.2 points and 3.2 rebounds for the Hawks.Wilson is a 6-4 190-pounder out of Corona, Calif. and Patriot High School and played two seasons at Riverside (Calif.) Community College. He averaged 16.4 points and 2.5 assists as a sophomore for the Tigers.Youngblood is a 6-2 190-pound prospect out of Bingham High School of South Jordan, Utah and Skagit Valley (Wash.) JC.  He averaged 13.5 points and 4.2 rebounds per game for the Cardinals last season.Nicolds is a 6-5 200-pounder out of Gilbert, Ariz. and averaged 16 points and 9 rebounds per game for the Gilbert High Tigers.Southwick is a 6-7 210-pound prospect out of Palmer, Alaska and Palmer High School who posted 19.6 rebounds and 8.6 rebounds as well as four assists per contest for the Moose. Brad James Written by Tags: Andre Wilson/Cameron Chatwin/Clayton Southwick/Dason Youngblood/Dixie State men’s basketball/Eric Patten/Jack Pagenkopf/Jacob Nicolds/Jon Judkins/Riley Cook August 23, 2018 /Sports News – Local Dixie State Men’s Basketball Announces Nine New Players For 2018-19 Seasonlast_img read more

Alaska boy picked as NFL Kid Correspondent for Super Bowl 53

first_imgJanuary 15, 2019 /Sports News – National Alaska boy picked as NFL Kid Correspondent for Super Bowl 53 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailABC News(NEW YORK) — The NFL teams aren’t quite set, but one person is already Super Bowl bound after finding out Tuesday morning that he will be this year’s NFL Kid Correspondent. Camdyn Clancy, 8, came to ABC News’ Good Morning America all the way from Alaska to get the surprise of his life: that he has been selected as this year’s big winner for the NFL Play 60 contest. Clancy was visibly stunned and excited upon hearing the wonderful news and said, “It means a lot to me.” He will head to Atlanta the week of the Super Bowl and get behind-the-scenes access to players, coaches and fans throughout the week and, of course, on Sunday, Feb. 3, he will stand on the sidelines to cover the biggest football game of the year. The excited youth football quarterback told former NFL star and GMA co-anchor Michael Strahan that he led his team in Alaska to a championship after battling back from an injury — just like his favorite player, Tyler Lockett. “He broke his leg and came back through the injury that could have actually stopped him from playing, but he actually chose to play,” Clancy said. “I broke my arm when I was 4 years old, and four years later, I was quarterbacking and led my team to the championship.” Clancy said he admires the Seattle Seahawks wide receiver because he’s a good sport who is “humble; he wins with class and he loses with class.” Then, Lockett delivered a personal message to the young fan via video message on GMA and told him he hopes to see him in Atlanta. “Thanks for cheering us on from Alaska,” Lockett said. “I sent you a jersey to represent the 12s. Have a great time, and I hope to see you in Atlanta. Go Hawks!” The Seahawks mascot, Blitz, presented Clancy with a brand new jersey, and Clancy celebrated with his best touchdown dance.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written bycenter_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

Utah State’s Neemias Queta Invited to NBA Draft Combine

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah – Utah State freshman Neemias Queta is one of 66 players that has received an invitation to the 2019 NBA Draft Combine, scheduled in Chicago from May 16-17. Aggie fans can watch coverage of the event on ESPN2 from 1-5 p.m. (MT) each day.Queta is the only player from the state of Utah on the list and one of two from the Mountain West, joining San Diego State’s Jalen McDaniel.Queta was named the Mountain West Freshman and Defensive Player of the Year in 2018-19 after shattering the single-season blocks record at USU and helping the Aggies to their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament since 2011. Queta finished the year with 84 blocks, far surpassing the previous school record of 59, set by Shawn Daniels during the 2000-01 season. Queta led the Mountain West and finished 14th in the nation with 2.4 blocks per contest. He started the year with at least one block in 29 straight games, the longest such streak in Utah State history, and recorded at least one rejection in all but one game during the year. Queta recorded a season-high six blocks in two games this season, matching the third-most blocks in a game in Utah State history and setting a new Mountain West freshman record.In addition to his defense, Queta finished second on the team with 11.8 points per game and led the team with 8.9 rebounds per game. Queta scored in double figures in 24 games and logged a team-best 10 double-doubles during the year. Queta’s team-leading 312 rebounds during the year marked the first time an Aggie has surpassed 300 rebounds in a season since the 1976-77 campaign and marked a new USU freshman record.Utah State finished the 2018-19 season with an overall mark of 28-7, tying for the third-most victories in school history and secured a No. 8 seed in the NCAA Tournament, the highest-ever seed by the Aggies in the history of the program. USU also finished the year ranked No. 25 in the nation, while scoring a school-record 2,753 points and logging a school-record 147 blocks. May 9, 2019 /Sports News – Local Utah State’s Neemias Queta Invited to NBA Draft Combine Robert Lovell Written by Tags: NBA Draft/NBA Draft Combine/Neemias Queta/Utah State Aggies Basketballlast_img read more

Nuggets, Jazz set for game 7 matchup

first_imgAugust 31, 2020 /Sports News – Local Nuggets, Jazz set for game 7 matchup FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailUtah Jazz (44-28, sixth in the Western Conference during the regular season) vs. Denver Nuggets (46-27, third in the Western Conference during the regular season)Lake Buena Vista, Florida; Tuesday, 8:30 p.m. EDTWESTERN CONFERENCE FIRST ROUND: Series tied 3-3BOTTOM LINE: The Utah Jazz take on the Denver Nuggets in game seven of the Western Conference first round. The Nuggets won the previous meeting 119-107. Jamal Murray scored 50 points to lead Denver to the victory and Donovan Mitchell scored 44 points in defeat for Utah.The Nuggets are 12-2 against opponents in the Northwest Division. Denver is 43-21 in games when scoring more than 100 points.The Jazz are 5-7 against opponents in the Northwest Division. Utah is the NBA leader in 3-point percentage, shooting 38% as a team from deep this season. Georges Niang paces the team shooting 40% from 3-point range.TOP PERFORMERS: Nikola Jokic is averaging 19.9 points, 9.7 rebounds and seven assists for the Nuggets. Murray is averaging 26.2 points, 5.6 rebounds and 5.8 assists over the last 10 games for Denver.Mitchell is averaging 24 points and 4.3 assists for the Jazz. Jordan Clarkson is averaging 17.9 points over the last 10 games for Utah.LAST 10 GAMES: Nuggets: 4-6, averaging 116.5 points, 41.8 rebounds, 25 assists, 5.6 steals and 4.9 blocks per game while shooting 48.6% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 121.3 points on 50.6% shooting.Jazz: 4-6, averaging 119.1 points, 42.1 rebounds, 24.6 assists, 6.3 steals and 3.8 blocks per game while shooting 48.4% from the field. Their opponents have averaged 117.7 points on 49.3% shooting.INJURIES: Nuggets: Vlatko Cancar: out (foot), Will Barton: out (knee).Jazz: Justin Wright-Foreman: out (not with team), Ed Davis: out (knee). Tags: Denver Nuggets/NBA/NBA Playoffs/Utah Jazz Written by Associated Presslast_img read more

NJCAA Announces 2020-21 Eligibility Status

first_img Tags: NJCAA October 22, 2020 /Sports News – Local NJCAA Announces 2020-21 Eligibility Status FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCHARLOTTE, N.C.-In Thursday news from the National Junior College Athletic Association, eligibility status for the 2020-21 season will not count toward student-athlete eligibility. This includes athletes at Snow College, USU Eastern Utah and Salt  Lake Community College in Utah.The eligibility relief is provided to all NJCAA student-athletes regardless of sports season participation in the 2020-21 academic year.NJCAA president/CEO Dr. Christopher Parker, in a Thursday statement, stated the NJCAA Board of Regents felt this decision to be the best for the success and well-being of student-athletes and member institutions of the NJCAA.Returning student-athletes for the Badgers, Eagles and Bruins will be considered “non-counters” for letter of intent and NJCAA eligibility purposes.The NJCAA Eligibility committee will continue review and evaluation concerning the blanket waiver’s impact on eligibility requirements.NJCAA Eligibility Committee Chair Troy Tucker said this is a benefit to member institutions and student-athletes because student-athletes now have the option to choose to participate in studies during this academic year without the fear of burning a year of athletic eligibility should the season be disrupted.Current eligibility and academic requirements will still apply in order for student-athletes to compete in 2020-21 regular season and postseason competition.The eligibility committee will continue to review the participation requirements for the 2020-21 academic year while reassessing for adoption and approval by the NJCAA Board of Regents. Written by Brad Jameslast_img read more