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With the 2022 midterms less than a month away, election administrators in Texas and elsewhere continue to face a level of harassment and threats that experts say had never been experienced before the November 2020 presidential election.

In August, the entire staff of the elections office in Gillespie County, about 80 miles west of Austin, resigned, citing threats, “dangerous misinformation” and a lack of resources. The same month, Bexar County elections administrator Jacque Callanen told KSAT, a San Antonio news station, that her department was confronting similar challenges.

“We’re under attack,” Callanen said.“Threats, meanness, ugliness.” She added that staff members were drowning in frivolous open-records requests for mail ballots and applications. Texas is one of several states targeted by right-wing activists who are seeking to throw out voter registrations and ballots, according to The New York Times.

Last month, angry activists disrupted a routine event in which officials publicly test voting equipment outside of Austin, swarming the Hays County elections administrator and Texas Secretary of State John Scott, a Republican, while alleging unproven election law violations.

The instances follow reporting from ProPublica and The Texas Tribune, which last year detailed the case of Michele Carew, an elections administrator in Hood County, a staunchly Republican area an hour southwest of Fort Worth. Then-President Donald Trump received 81% of the vote in Hood County in 2020. But Trump loyalists mounted a monthslong effort to oust Carew, a Republican, alleging disloyalty and liberal bias. Carew defended herself from the attacks, surviving a motion to terminate her, before resigning from the position in October 2021.

Elections officials like Carew are increasingly feeling pressure to prioritize partisan interests over a fair democratic elections process, according to a study released last year by the nonpartisan Brennan Center for Justice and the Bipartisan Policy Center. The study, which interviewed more than three dozen elections administrators, found that 78% believe misinformation and disinformation spread on social media has made their jobs harder, with more than half saying the position has become more dangerous.

In Texas, about one-third of election administrators have left their jobs in the past two years, according to surveys conducted this year by the secretary of state’s office. State officials said data prior to 2020 is less reliable, making it difficult to compare the rates over time.

The levels of distrust that have come to dominate the political landscape in Texas, a state that Trump carried with relative ease, should be cause for concern, says David Becker, the founder and executive director of The Center for Election Innovation & Research, a nonprofit focused on ensuring accessible and secure elections for all eligible voters. He previously directed the elections program at Pew Charitable Trusts, where he led development of the Electronic Registration Information Center, which has helped 33 states, some led by Democrats and others by Republicans, update millions of out-of-date voter records. Before that, Becker helped oversee voting rights enforcement for the Department of Justice under Presidents Bill Clinton, a Democrat, and George W. Bush, a Republican.

I recently sat down with Becker, the coauthor of the book “The Big Truth: Upholding Democracy in the Age of the Big Lie,” to talk about the realities facing elections administrators in Texas and across the country ahead of the 2022 midterms.

When we talked a year ago about Michele Carew, you said Texas’ new voting restrictions, a push by GOP activists to seize control of local party precincts and efforts to delegitimize the elections process in places like Hood County could have a chilling effect that drives out a generation of independent elections administrators. Do you feel like that is coming to fruition?

I think the risk definitely is still there. It is very difficult to get hard quantitative data on this, mainly because the definition of an election administrator is not always consistent across the states. We won’t really get a good sense of that until after the [2022] election.

What I do know is, on a state-by-state basis, I’ve heard pretty good evidence that states like California, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and several other states are seeing unprecedented departures of chief county election officials. In some cases, somewhere in the range of around 30% or 45% are leaving in a two-year period. That’s very, very high. I know from talking to election officials privately that many of them are considering whether or not they can stay in these jobs, because the harassment is so great.

Being an election official is not a path to fame and fortune. People don’t become election officials because they see something in it for them. In fact, if you ask most election officials how they got into being an election official, they’ll tell you it was by accident. They applied for a job, and it just looked like a pretty good job. And they stayed because they found a calling. That’s true of conservative Republicans, liberal Democrats and everything in between.

The best-case scenario for election officials on the Wednesday after an election is anonymity. No one’s talking about the election because everything went smoothly and everyone’s moved on.

We’ve been in a position where election officials actually achieved probably the greatest success in American democratic process in history [in 2020]. They somehow managed the highest turnout we’ve ever had, during a global pandemic, and withstood incredible scrutiny. And, despite that success, the exact opposite has been spread about them. They are suffering an enormous amount of stress and harassment and abuse, and in some cases threats. So it’s normal for them to ask, “Should I keep doing this? Can I do this to my family?”

We are seeing candidates who have denied the outcome of the 2020 election now running for secretary of state, attorney general and election management positions at the county and precinct level around the country. Are you concerned about what this could mean for elections in the future?

I think it’s important to assess where the risks actually are. It is difficult — not impossible, but difficult — to anoint the loser of an election as the winner. We saw that in 2020. Even under enormous stress, with the White House itself being behind a lot of it, the courts have held up.

We have a lot of paper ballots, we have a lot of transparency, and so there’s a lot of evidence. So it’s very hard to anoint the loser as the winner.

I don’t want to say I’m completely sanguine about that not happening, but I think it’s a lower concern for me than the concern of the rhetoric being used by someone in a position of power, as we saw with former President Trump.

If you have someone in a position of power who is spreading lies about an election, who’s trying to create an incendiary environment where the supporters of a losing candidate are going to get more upset, we could see a lot of little Jan. 6s all over the place. (This refers to the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection in the U.S. Capitol.)

You write in your book that election denialism and skepticism have only grown among some Republicans since 2020, despite evidence that the presidential election was not marred by widespread fraud. Why do you believe the sentiment increased?

This is about the outcome being dissatisfying to some, and then looking for some reason to distrust the process. Because there’s no other way to explain it other than the fact that the losing presidential candidate got 7 million fewer votes than the winning presidential candidate, which is in fact what did happen.

We are almost exactly 700 days since the November 2020 election, and the losing presidential candidate has had an opportunity to present and find as much evidence as possible. He had over 60 courts to do that in, including in front of judges appointed by himself. He has had months and months to collect evidence. In 700 days, they’ve gotten nothing. Literally, not a shred of evidence has been demonstrated to indicate the outcome was wrong.

Nevertheless, the doubts have persisted, if not grown. I think it comes from the fact that there is kind of a warped incentive structure where the losing presidential candidate is getting rich off of spreading the lies, so he’s going to keep doing it. And then the ecosystem of grifters that surround him are also getting rich; they’re lining their pockets with small donations from people who are sincerely disappointed about the outcome of the election.

I think that’s a really key point here. Seventy-four million people voted for the loser. Not all of them are insurrectionists. Not all of them are bad Americans. In fact, the vast majority of them are good Americans who just wanted a different outcome in the election.

Who among us hasn’t suffered a bitter electoral disappointment in the last decade? But they have been targeted and taken advantage of, exploited because they live largely in media silos where they’re only hearing the echo chamber that the election was stolen because that comforts them, and the grifters know that. And so they know they can keep them bitter and angry and divided and donating.

As long as that incentive structure continues, I think the lies are going to persist. We now live in a country where, for many, a secure election is defined only as an election in which my candidate has won. That’s ridiculous. We need to change that incentive structure so that people stop exploiting their own supporters in order to make a buck.

Given some of the nationwide turnover in election administrators, what’s your level of optimism that the 2022 midterms will be carried out without major issues?

I’m very worried, but I’m not pessimistic, if that makes sense. I don’t think we’re inevitably heading towards conflict. I don’t think we’re heading inevitably towards political violence. But all of the ingredients are there. The gasoline has been poured. The question is, is there going to be a spark? And if there is going to be a spark, are there going to be enough of us who will act as firemen?

Where I find optimism is in institutions that have withheld so far, like the judiciary. I also find the most inspiration from election officials and others who have stood for a sense of duty to the Constitution.

But make no mistake: We are in a precarious moment. And that precarious moment is not going to wait for November 2024. We are in the middle of it right now. What happens in November and December of 2022 could show what path we’re on.

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Killexams : How Sun Sleeps: IISER Study Reveals What Happens When Solar Activity Is Missing

The Sun has been extremely active this year as it reaches the peak of its solar cycle and just in the last week, it has hurtled three solar flares, 18 coronal mass ejections, and 1 geomagnetic storm. But it has not been like this forever. There have been times when the sunspots on the surface completely vanish and the star in our solar system appears to be sleeping.Also Read - NASA Faster Than Sound? Space Agency To Break Sound Barrier For Future Air Travel. Here Is How

Researchers at the Center of Excellence in Space Sciences India at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research (IISER), Kolkata have revealed what happens when the activity on the sun is completely missing and how the star regains its energy to burst with life and hurtle dangerous flares throughout the solar system, as per a report by India Today. Also Read - Tarantula, Skeletons, Frankenstein And Everything Scary About NASA's H(alloween)Exoplanets

The findings published in the journal Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society reveal that even when the sun is deep asleep there are churnings in the polar and interior regions of the star. Researchers found that the Sun’s internal dynamo mechanism which sustains the solar cycle is still hard at work during these quiet periods. Also Read - NASA Uncovers Blue Cosmic Bubble. All You Must Know About This Unique Nebula 7100 Light Years Away

WHEN IS THE SUN ASLEEP?

There have been episodes in the past when the activity on the Sun has been at an all-time low with no sunspots. This period is known as the grand minimum, which is characterised by significant reductions in solar radiation and particulate output.

Astronomers have found that the waxing and waning of the number of sunspots observed on the star’s surface came to a grinding halt during 1645-1715. This has not been a standalone event, such minima have been recorded throughout the Sun’s life, which is 4.6 billion years old.

While we know what happens on the surface of the Sun, during this period, there is little information about the activity in the polar and interior regions. It is widely believed the large-scale magnetic cycle of the Sun switches off during these phases, the new study points to the fact that it does not mean the complete shutdown of the activity.

WHAT HAVE RESEARCHERS FOUND?

The study conducted by Ph.D. student at IISER Chitradeep Saha along with Sanghita Chandra and Professor Dibyendu Nandy reveals that magnetic fields in the Sun’s interior remain rather busy during these apparently dormant phases. The magnetic activity persists in the form of weak cycles in the convection zone that is incapable of producing sunspots.

The team also demonstrated the ceaseless overturning motion of the plasma in the solar convection zone that acts as a clock, driving weak magnetic cycles within the Sun during what were believed to be phases of extreme inactivity.

“Our 10,000-year-long computer simulations shed light on the dynamics that go on in the solar interior (convection zone) and at the polar regions even when there are critically low number of sunspot eruptions on the solar surface for a prolonged period known as grand solar minimum. The ceaseless plasma motion and turbulent fluctuations in the convection zone eventually helps the star regain its regular magnetic activity again,” Chitradeep Saha, lead author of the paper told indiatoday.in.

The study is set to aid future missions planned to study the Sun, with a focus on the interior and the polar regions that have remained enigmatic to astronomers. At the moment, two major missions Nasa’s Parker Solar Probe and Europe’s Solar Orbiter, are inching closer to the star to study the developments and to better understand space weather.

India is also planning to launch the Aditya L-1 mission that will study the Sun in finer detail.

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Killexams : Green Divide: LePage, Mills environmental records a study in contrasts

The first piece of legislation that newly elected Gov. Paul LePage introduced was a regulatory reform bill he said would cut bureaucratic red tape that stifled economic growth, but that environmental groups said would roll back some of Maine’s most important environmental protections.

A watered-down version of the bill, which had originally sought to repeal a ban on a toxic chemical in children’s products, overturn an electronic waste recycling law and abolish the Board of Environmental Protection, among other things, would eventually pass with bipartisan support.

It was the first in eight years of battles between LePage, a pugnacious pro-business Republican, and the environmental groups that grew to despise him. He insists he’s both pro-business and pro-environment, the way a fisherman, farmer or forester can both protect a resource and work it at the same time.

“We’ve never had the environmentalist elites and we never will,” LePage said in an interview. “Well, I don’t want them, OK? The blue collar guy, the working man, the small business guy. They’re my people. They’ve been my great supporters in 2010 and 2014 and I suspect they’ll be there again for us this year.”

Gov. Janet Mills speaks in Lewiston last month about the history of the federal Clean Water Act. Daryn Slover/Sun Journal

When Democratic Gov. Janet Mills took office after LePage termed out, environmental groups rejoiced as the Democrat began reversing LePage’s anti-regulatory policies, took the lead in preparing Maine for climate change and tossed out many of LePage’s industry appointees.

Unlike LePage, who has in the past suggested global warming might be a scientific hoax and vetoed a 2013 study to prepare the state for its impacts, Mills created the Maine Climate Council in her first year in office and committed the state to carbon neutrality by 2045.

It was just one of dozens of environmental bills adopted by Mills and a Democrat-controlled Legislature in her first six months. Others included expansion of solar and offshore wind, improving water quality rules, banning offshore oil and gas drilling, and becoming the first state to ban Styrofoam food containers.

Mills pushed for legislation to reestablish the state’s net metering policy for solar power to ensure that consumers who produce excess electricity from solar panels will be fairly compensated, a policy LePage opposed. As a result, Maine has seen a 300 percent surge in solar capacity.

Maine exceeded its 2020 greenhouse gas emission reduction goal, cutting emissions below Maine’s 1990 levels by about 25 percent, and it is on track to meet its goal of using 80 percent renewable resources for electricity by 2030.

“Scientists are telling us that the danger of climate change is code red for humanity,” Mills said last year on the one-year anniversary of the state’s climate action plan. “You can’t get any more serious than that. It is threatening everything that we hold dear. It’s not alarmist to say we’re pretty much out of time.”

Independent Sam Hunkler, a 65-year-old doctor from Beals, is also on the gubernatorial ballot but lacks a record to compare to his rivals. He has said he would generally follow the same “ask Mainers” philosophy to set Maine’s environmental policy as he would for the economy or education.

“I do have ideas about how to protect our environment, but so do many other Mainers,” Hunkler said. “My goal is to bring entities together to discuss the many issues around conserving and protecting our air, water and land while using it in a sustainable fashion.”

The environment is a big issue with Maine voters. It was tied for third with energy costs for top concerns of voters in the spring 2022 Critical Insights on Maine poll – behind the economy and affordable housing, but ahead of inflation, the opioid crisis, the cost of living, unemployment and COVID-19.

That sounds like good news for Mills, but twice as many respondents identified the economy as their top concern as those who said environment or climate change. That total number grows higher when all the inflation, cost of living and unemployment respondents get added in.

Former governor Paul LePage speaks during a news conference in Portland’s Deering Oaks last month. Ben McCanna/Staff Photographer

LePage’s record and his personal grudge against some environmental groups – in 2016, he declared war on the Natural Resources Council of Maine after it worked to defeat a mining bill he wanted – can make it easy to overlook his intermittent environmental wins and Mills’ occasional losses.

In his first year in office, the LePage administration reached a $900,000 settlement with Chevron for a decades-long, 140,000-gallon oil leak into the Penobscot River from its Hampden oil terminal. The state hailed it as the largest environmental penalty it had received in two decades.

“A balance can be achieved between protecting our environment and a prosperous economy,” said John McGough, LePage’s senior campaign adviser, when asked to point out LePage’s environment highlights. “The answer should never be either or, it should always be both.”

Environmental groups note, however, that the settlement was the result of a long negotiation that began before LePage was elected, and that it was announced by Pattie Aho, the former oil lobbyist and LePage’s controversial appointment to lead the state Department of Environmental Protection.

LePage’s other environmental wins tend to focus on unfair competitive advantage and natural resources extraction, like increasing the penalties for illegal elver fishing, and efforts to rebuild Maine’s white-tailed deer population.

His plan to save deer hunting, which once generated $200 million a year in rural Maine, shows how those wins are obscured by other environmental negatives. The effort could have helped LePage earn top marks this fall from a major hunting and fishing group if not for his opposition to Maine’s conservation bond program. Instead, the Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine gave Mills an A heading in its voter guide.

For Mills, who secured the largest ever single deposit into the Land for Maine’s Future program to protect winter deer habitats, among other things, her environmental stumbling block comes not in the form of a white-tailed deer, but of an iconic Maine lobster and a critically endangered whale.

National environmental groups have gone to court to push the federal government to overhaul lobstering rules to protect the right whale, which is on the brink of extinction. Lobstermen say the rules would sink them, but won’t save the whale, arguing there’s no proof Maine fishing gear has ever killed a right whale.

Whale advocates say there is rarely any rope left on a whale discovered dead from entanglement injuries caused by fishing ropes, and when there is, it’s almost impossible to link back to a fishery. Maine started requiring lobstermen to mark their rope a state-specific color, purple, in 2020.

In spite of being supported by well-heeled national environmental groups, Mills sides with the lobstermen in this fight, not the whale advocates.

She has testified on the industry’s behalf at regulatory hearings and hired outside lawyers with extensive Endangered Species Act experience to represent Maine in the courts, but has nevertheless been booed at lobster rallies.

That’s partly because Mills has been an outspoken supporter of developing wind power to grow Maine’s renewable energy portfolio, signing the contract for the nation’s first floating offshore wind project and submitting an application for a University of Maine research array of 12 floating wind turbines.

Lobstermen don’t want to deliver up any fishing territory, and worry about the impacts of both sound and chemical pollution from turbines, repairs and accidents on their resource. In response to their criticism, Mills signed legislation banning offshore wind projects in state waters. But lobstermen remain skeptical.

Lobstermen also cried foul when LePage joined the Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition to push for offshore oil and gas exploration in the Atlantic despite concerns that oil spills could harm the lobster population. Mills pulled Maine from the coalition when she took office.

Maine farmers, meanwhile, are deeply concerned about contamination from so-called forever chemicals.

Mills has earmarked $100 million to study this issue, cleanup contamination and help those with tainted drinking wells and fields. LePage agrees the state “owns the issue” because it approved the spreading of tainted sludge.

LePage’s biggest complaint about Maine’s PFAS is the suggestion that farmers whose properties are tainted by these chemicals consider installing solar panels if there is no suitable crop available to grow there. Those farms should be growing food to help keep grocery prices down, he said.

LePage also has argued the Mills administration’s delay in approving a key water quality certificate needed to relicense the Shawmut Dam outside Waterville is putting the needs of fish – in this case, the Atlantic salmon – ahead of  foresters, or the Sappi paper mill.

The Mills administration initially planned to recommend the dam’s removal to help restore endangered Atlantic salmon in one of the few places left they can spawn, but when Sappi said removal would lead to the mill’s closure, Mills changed said she wouldn’t allow that to happen. The certification is still pending.


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Killexams : What to look out for to keep trick-or-treating safe

INDIANAPOLIS — As we look forward to Halloween, safety officials want people to be on alert to make sure everyone comes home safely.

With trick-or-treat times going up until 8:30 p.m. over the holiday weekend, trick-or-treaters will be out as it is getting dark. Over the weekend, the sun will set around 6:45, leaving plenty of time that children will be out and about in the dark.

Mike Pruitt with Bargersville fire told FOX59 last year that it is important for children’s costumes to remain visible throughout the evening.

“If we have a costume that’s very difficult to see, we may want to add some glow necklaces to that costume so it’s more visible,” Pruitt said.

A 2019 study from JAMA Pediatrics says 4 to 8-year-old children experienced a 10-fold increase in pedestrian fatality risk on Halloween, with the risks highest around 6 p.m. when it is getting darker.

Most childhood pedestrian deaths happened within residential neighborhoods. Pruitt said it is important for drivers to slow down and make sure their headlights are on as they are out and about.

“Hopefully the kids and the adults are using the crosswalks properly and not darting out across the street,” Pruitt said. “They may come out from being in between cars and you not be able to see them, so there’s a lot of dangers that go along with that, so just be visible.”

Another danger that Pruitt said people should be on the lookout for is fire. Data from the U.S. Fire Administration shows an average of 9,200 fires were reported to fire departments in the United States over a 3-day period around Halloween for each year from 2017-2019.

Fire officials recommend using a battery-operated candle or glow stick in jack-o-lanterns and teaching children to stay away from open flames.

“A lot of people enjoy candles, but they’ll put them somewhere and I’ve seen them on front porches even as the kids come up and maybe they have loose clothing and their costume,” Pruitt said. “The last thing we want to do is catch anyone on fire and cause severe injury.”

The National Fire Protection Association offered these tips for Halloween fire safety.

nfpa.org/halloween

A lot of people may take the holiday weekend to party. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) urges hosts to be responsible and take action to make sure guests get home safely.

After the party, people should have a ride home ready if they were drinking.

“Whether it’s Uber, a friend, a taxi, Lyft, whatever, the choice, it’s a lot cheaper and could potentially save a life if you make that choice instead of getting behind the wheel after having too much to drink,” Pruitt said.

The NHTSA offered these Halloween safety tips for drivers, pedestrians and party hosts.

Safety Tips for Drivers

  • Be alert for trick-or-treaters on Halloween. Slow down and continue to scan the road in areas where they are likely to be or where sight distances are limited.
  • On Halloween there will likely be more pedestrians on the roads and in places where they are not expected. Slower speeds save lives.
  • Stay alert for pedestrians who may come out from between parked cars or behind shrubbery. Stop, wait for them to pass.
  • Don’t look at your phone when you’re driving. Your attention needs to always be on the road.
  • If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact law enforcement.

Safety Tips for Pedestrians

  • Walk on a sidewalk if one is available and use crosswalks. 
  • Before the Halloween festivities begin, create a “buddy system” to get each other home safely and prevent walking alone.

Tips for Party Hosts

Be a responsible party host and take action to make sure guests get home safely.

  • Serve plenty of food and provide non-alcoholic beverage options. 
  • Collect car keys from guests who are drinking.
  • Prepare to call taxis, rideshares, provide sleeping accommodations, or—if you’re sober—drive guests home yourself. 
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Killexams : NDDC: HURIWA faults appointment of interim administrator

From Godwin Tsa, Abuja

A civil rights advocacy group, Human Rights Writers Association of Nigeria (HURIWA), has faulted the proposed appointment of another interim administrator for the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) by President Muhammadu Buhari.

Besides, HURIWA said it will not hesitate to head to court within 72 hours, if the Commission is controlled by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs.
While seeking direct control of the NDDC, by the President, the advocacy group equally faulted the illegal transfer of the supervisory purview of the NDDC illegally to the minister of Niger Delta Affairs which directly violates the enabling Act that set up the commission.

This is contained in a statement issued by the National Coordinator of the group, Emmanuel Onwubiko.

Meanwhile, HURIWA has expresssed consternation that the Forensic Audit Report on NDDC and the White Paper on that Report are yet to see the light of the day underlying how so disregarded the NDDC has become within the current administration.

In the statement released on Friday, the group is asking Mr. President thus-: “Why the delay in the implementation of the Recommendations of the Report?
This whole negligence is as a result of the underhand suppression by the Ministry of Niger Delta Affairs. This negligence and administrative bottlenecks must be dismantled.

It stated that the proposed appointment of another interim administrator is a nullity and there is a need to arrest the illegality with immediate alacrity.

It is therefore the position of the group that all the actions relating to the NDDC made by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs is null and void because the law states clearly that the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is the direct supervisor of the Niger Delta Development Commission hence all letters authored by the minister remain absolute and irredeemable illegality.

The group maintained that the President is fundamentally the direct supervisor and no one else but the President or Presidency, adding that the concept of interim administratorship has been a means to siphon money and a corruption funnel.

According to reports, stakeholders in the Niger Delta region raised the alarm over alleged plot by the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Mr. Umana Okon Umana, to appoint another interim administrator to oversee the affairs of the NDDC.
The stakeholder, under the umbrella of the Centre for Fairness and Accountability (CEFA), claimed the minister, in conjunction with enemies of the region, is spearheading the move to undermine the relative peaceful coexistence in the region.

Reacting, HURIWA’s Onwubiko said, “Section 7 subsection 3 of the NDDC Act is specifically unambiguous and certain that the President, commander in chief of the Federal Republic of Nigeria is to have direct supervision of NDDC. But since 2016, this President abdicated that statutory duty and left it in the hands of minister of Niger Delta affairs which is unknown to the extant NDDC Act. HURIWA said it is serving a strong notice to Mr.President to stop this statutory breach with immediate effect or be challenged legally in the competent court of law to obtain a mandates to compel total compliance to the law.

“We want to ask President Muhammadu Buhari to adhere to that law or be sued within stipulated pre-litigation notice period to get the Federal High Court to grant us a mandamus to compel compliance. Already our team of legal practitioners are putting finishing touches to our litigation should the illegality be left unchecked with immediate effect.

“The abandonment of NDDC by President Muhammadu Buhari is the reason for the cacophony of corruption in NDDC and he may have done it because it is an institution that ought to benefit the Niger Delta oil producing zone so he is treating that key interventionist agency anyhow by allowing a minister unknown to the extant NDDC ACT to handpick interim administrators when the law said supervision must be by the President.

“One is curious to ask why the North-East Development Commission that came up just two years back is not under the supervisory purview of any minister and so why is NDDC that is far older been treated like an abandon project in clear breach of an extant law.

“The President must sit up to his responsibility and oversee the NDDC correctly and provide leadership as he ought to.”

By this notice, HURIWA hereby ask President Muhammadu Buhari to seize and desist from violating the NDDC ACT within 74 hours or we file an application to the Federal High Court to compel compliance once the statutory pre-litigation notice is observed.

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Killexams : Peter McKnight: A new 'study' gives yet more oxygen to the anti-vax movement

Opinion: Florida's surgeon general avoided proper scientific scrutiny and peer review by publishing the study on the internet — this amounts to science by tweet

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You know you’re in for some fun when Florida Surgeon-General Joseph Ladapo tells you, in a tweet ostensibly about public health, that he “will not be silent on the truth.”

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If that sounds more like a political broadside than a statement about medicine, that’s because it is. In fact, Ladapo’s tweet is a political salvo, disguised as public health information, about a purported scientific study.

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The “study,” which was published on the Internet, has provided yet more oxygen to the anti-vax movement around the world. But it provides us with an opportunity to examine how something that looks like science and sounds like science might, nonetheless, not be science — or at least not good science.

The study’s conclusions are dramatic, of course. In a news release, Ladapo summarized the study findings thusly: “This analysis found that there is an 84-per-cent increase in the relative incidence of cardiac-related death among males 18-39 years old within 28 days following mRNA vaccination.”

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Now if you want to ask the study authors about that scary finding, you’re out of luck, since there aren’t any authors. At least none who would sign their names to it.

Alternatively, you could see what experts think of the study by, for example, seeing if peer reviewers recommended it for publication in a scientific journal. But there aren’t any peer reviewers either, since it hasn’t been submitted to a journal and there’s no evidence it ever will be.

Instead, like much of the anti-vax movement, this amounts to science by tweet. Fortunately, two are now playing that game, as experts have tweeted their own analyses of the “analysis.” And the verdict is scathing.

The study employed a “self-controlled case series,” methodology, which is a fancy way of saying it compared subjects to themselves at two different time periods. The mysterious authors looked at the death rate among men during the first 28 days after receiving a vaccination (Period 1), and the ensuing five months (Period 2).

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Since adverse effects are likely to manifest within the first few weeks of getting vaccinated, a higher death rate in Period 1 would suggest, but not prove, that the vaccine was responsible. And lo and behold, that’s exactly what they found.

But not so fast. Yale emergency physician Kristen Panthagani notes that the nameless authors considered some cardiac-related causes of death — including some that are highly unlikely to result from vaccination — and excluded others. Why this selective approach? That remains unknown, since the unknown authors don’t tell us.

Panthagani also explains that the incognito authors didn’t consider the possibility that COVID itself was responsible for some of the excess deaths in Period 1. Since the benefits of the vaccines aren’t fully realized until a couple of weeks after vaccination, the study subjects might have been infected and died of COVID.

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Epidemiologist Deepti Gurdasani adds to this analysis by noting that, when calculating the death rate for Period 2, the unnamed authors failed to remove from the analysis the people who had died in Period 1. And this would result in an artificially low death rate for Period 2 since, unlike cats, people can’t die twice.

Undeterred by such methodological shortcomings, Ladapo pressed on in his news release, suggesting, “With a high level of global immunity to COVID-19, the benefit of vaccination is likely outweighed by this abnormally high risk of cardiac-related death among men in this age group.”

Interestingly, the phantom authors could have tested that hypothesis by comparing the relative risks of receiving and not receiving the vaccine. But wouldn’t you know it, they didn’t do so.

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Fortunately, physician-researcher Kyle Sheldrick did do so. Based on the study’s results, Sheldrick concludes that vaccines caused about nine cardiac deaths over the 28-day period.

In the same period, epidemiological evidence suggests about 315 young men would have died of COVID, which means the vaccine caused nine deaths while preventing more than 300. A pretty good bargain, if you ask me.

Not if you ask Ladapo, though, who unapologetically tweeted, “I love the discussion we’ve stimulated. Isn’t it great when we discuss science transparently instead of trying to cancel one another?”

This tweet is, of course, another political broadside, one that appeals to “cancel culture” hysteria rather than embracing any standard of scientific rigour.

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The fact is, science — real science — is discussed transparently all the time, most notably when studies are presented at conferences and published in scientific journals. But the unidentified authors don’t seem inclined to do either of those things with their cargo cult science.

Instead, Ladapo effectively avoided proper scientific scrutiny by publishing the study on the Internet. And in so doing, he risked adding to the mountain of misinformation about COVID vaccines. Which is exactly what happened, as it’s now being trumpeted here, there and everywhere by the anti-vax movement.

Ladapo and his kindred spirits might therefore not be silent on the truth, but they certainly seem intent on drowning it out with as much noise as possible.

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Killexams : Media VFW issues call for veterans of Iraq/Afghanistan fighting

MEDIA — Media VFW Post 3460, 11 Hilltop Road, Media, is actively recruiting veterans, especially those whose service was in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“They need us and we need them,” explained Joe Casey, post adjutant.

The Media VFW is a smoke-free facility with a canteen, banquet room and a game room.

The active VFW Post just received the All American Post award from VFW National in Kansas City for its participation in Voice of Democracy and Patriots Pen essay contests in area schools, community service donations and other accomplishments.

For more information about becoming a member of VFW 3460, stop by the Post or visit http://www.vfw3460.

10th annual Champions of Adult Literacy spotlights Faces of Literacy at Harrah’s event

In the past 47 years, more than 20,000 adults have pursued their goals at Delaware County Literacy Council.

Each of these adults worked to Boost their lives and by doing so affected the lives of others. This staggering statistic only hints at the many stories of challenge and triumph experienced by adults who studied with the council since its founding in 1975.

Whether they came to Boost their basic skills, to study for the GED, or to learn English as a new language, these adults worked toward their goals in a welcoming environment where they were taught by highly trained and caring staff members and volunteers. All council services are free and available to adults who reside in Delaware County.

To honor these students and their determination, the council will celebrate Faces of Literacy, the 10th annual Champions of Adult Literacy fundraising event, on Wednesday, Oct. 19 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Harrah’s Racetrack and Casino in Chester.

The evening will include a friendly game of Quizzo team trivia, tasty pub-style food, inspiring student stories, and recognition of the 2022 Champions of Adult Literacy. Tickets and additional information can be found at https://delcoliteracy.org.

Champions will be honored during the event, including Monica Horan Rosenthal, who will receive the 2022 Hometown Hero Champion of Adult Literacy award.

A native of Delaware County and an accomplished actor, Horan Rosenthal is best known for her role as Amy McDougall/Barone on the TV sitcom “Everybody Loves Raymond.”

She also appears regularly on the Netflix food-travel series, “Somebody Feed Phil.” Rosenthal appeared in the council’s online telethons in 2020 and 2021 and has provided financial support to the council through the Rosenthal Family Foundation. The foundation currently funds digital literacy classes that are open to Delaware County adults and are offered at local libraries and community organizations.

Sun East Federal Credit Union will be honored as the 2022 Community Champion of Adult Literacy.

Sun East Federal Credit Union is a full-service, nonprofit financial institution that supports local charitable and community outreach initiatives in the Greater Brandywine Valley on its own and through the Sun East Foundation. Sun East has been a partner of the council over the years, providing financial support and inviting adult students to participate in community programs such as the People Helping People essay contest, which recognizes students for their community service.

Theresa Green will be recognized as the 2022 Student Champion of Adult Literacy.

Currently a line cook at Maris Grove retirement community, Green came to the council to Boost her reading enough to pass the ServSafe test required of all chefs.

She fell in love with cooking during high school and achieved success in a JobCorps culinary program, but life challenges, along with reading difficulties, were preventing her from pursuing her dream. With help from council’s volunteer gtutor Maureen Fleming, Green improved her reading skills, passed the ServSafe, and now enjoys cooking in a professional environment.

Delaware County Literacy Council provides free literacy services to local adults, including online and in-person classes in basic adult literacy, ESL, GED preparation, and digital skills, as well as free career services that help people obtain full-time work. To learn more or to get involved, or to order tickets for the Oct. 19 event, visit https://delcoliteracy.org.

Wong Moss Award recipient Dr. James Plummer '06, administrator for the Division of Population Health for the Delaware County Health Department, is congratulated by John Moss after being awarded Delaware County Community College's 2022 Wong Moss Outstanding Alumni Award. (COURTESY OF DELAWARE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE)

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Dr. James Plummer, administrator for the Division of Population Health for the Delaware County Health Department, is congratulated by John Moss after being awarded Delaware County Community College’s 2022 Wong Moss Outstanding Alumni Award. Moss is the son of Wong Moss. (COURTESY OF DELAWARE COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE)

DCCC honors 2022 Wong Moss Outstanding Alumni recipient

Dr. James Plummer, administrator for the Division of Population Health for the Delaware County Health Department, has received Delaware County Community College’s 2022 Wong Moss Outstanding Alumni Award. The award is for alumni who personify academic success, professional achievement and a deep commitment to community service.

For nearly five decades, beginning with his role as an Army medical corpsman in 1973, Plummer has made it his mission to help others. Following his tour with the Army, Plummer joined the U.S. Postal Service for a successful 25-year career.

His retirement was short-lived, however, as he joined the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as a screening manager from 2002 to 2005.

While the work was rewarding, Plummer felt he had unfinished business and decided to return to the classroom. He re-enrolled at Delaware County Community College to complete his associate in applied science in 2006, then held several managerial roles with the American Red Cross, test One, Rosemont College, Penn Medicine, Crozer-Keystone Health System, Philadelphia University of Osteopathic Medicine and Axia Women’s Health.

Recently, he became the administrator for Population Health with the newly created Delaware County Health Department, which coordinates with community partners, agencies and health care institutions.

It uses public health data to closely examine local communities and identify disparities and health concerns. Key services provided by the division include community health assessment; health education and resources for chronic disease prevention; pandemic emergency preparedness, the department’s Wellness Call Center, and health equity promotion.

Plummer serves on the board of directors for the Penn Foundation and the Delaware County Medical Society. He also volunteers as a fellow with the Thomas Jefferson University Institute of System Wisdoms, the Delta Mu Delta Honor Society at Eastern University, and as a mentor with the Delaware County Community College Alumni Association.

In December, he was named an Outstanding Alumni for his studies and service at Eastern University.

The Wong Moss award was created by the late Barbara Wong Moss, a former trustee, and her son, John Moss, in honor of Barbara’s father, an immigrant from China.

To qualify, award nominees must have successfully completed at least 30 academic credits at the college and exhibited service to others and the community in which they live and work.

For more information about Delaware County Community College, visit http://www.dccc.edu/.

Readers can send community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at pdegrassa@21st-centurymedia.com/.

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Killexams : Electronic gaming can trigger heart problems in some children: Study

Video games may not be the safe alternative to competitive or high-risk sports for children who have or are susceptible to cardiac arrhythmia

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Playing video games can potentially threaten the lives of children who are predisposed to cardiac arrhythmias, says an new international study, believed to be the first research into sudden deaths that occur during electronic gaming.

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The study, published in the journal Heart Rhythm, documented an uncommon, but distinct, pattern among children who lost consciousness while playing electronic games, including console- or computer-based games and arcade games.

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Out of 22 children who experienced a cardiac incident while playing video games, seven had a previous cardiac diagnosis, while 12 were diagnosed with a cardiac condition afterwards. A diagnosis has not been made in the remaining three patients.

Of the 22, six kids went into cardiac arrest. Four died. Their ages ranged from seven to 16.

The study came about after the small and tight-knit international community of experts in inherited heart rhythm problems started noticing cases where patients went into cardiac incident while playing video games, said Dr. Shubhayan Sanatani, one of the study’s authors and head of cardiology at B.C. Children’s Hospital.

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An international study involving about a dozen centres around the world was launched, drawing from their own cases plus another four identified from a systematic literature review.

“Given the large number of centres approached for cases across the world, it is clear that this phenomenon is uncommon, but it is clearly prevalent internationally and may represent a meaningful issue in children with arrhythmic conditions,” said the study.

Sanatani cautioned against over-interpreting the findings, given the small sample size.

“But I do think it’s an interesting signal,” one that should make physicians consider whether to counsel patients about the possible stress presented by video games for susceptible patients.

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Sanatani said he would now have a conversation with patients and families about safety precautions around electronic gaming.

According to the study, out of the 13 cases where researchers had information on the type of game being played at the time of the cardiac incident, eight were playing a war game.

Out of the seven cases where researchers knew the stage of play, in six the players had just won or lost, while one was fighting with a sibling for the electronic game controller at the time of the event.

The finding is an indication video games may not be a safe alternative to competitive or high-risk physical sports for children with heart conditions, said one expert.

“Video gaming was something I previously thought would be an alternative ‘safe activity’,” study author Christian Turner, of the Heart Centre for Children in Sydney, said in a statement.

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“This is a really important discovery. We need to ensure everyone knows how important it is to get checked out when someone has had a blacking-out episode in these circumstances.”

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Killexams : Extroverts are better in bed but more likely to be obese – what YOUR personality means for your health

EXTROVERTS are better in bed but are more likely to suffer with obesity, a medical study has claimed.

Research from around the world have found particular personality traits can have both a positive and negative impact on your health.

Extroverts were found to be better in bed but were more likely to be prone to obesity

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Studies show there is no “perfect” personality with every trait having both benefits and drawbacks.

While outgoing and expressive extroverts maybe the life and soul of a party their habits also put them at greater risk of developing obesity.

A German study published earlier this year found extroverts were among the best personalities at providing pleasure both for themselves and their partner, MailOnline reports.

The team carried out a meta-analysis on eight other studies gauging both performance and partner loyalty across the traits.

Extroverts were found to be great between the sheets, but not quite the most loyal bunch.

The researchers said: “Personality not only shapes a person’s preferences for sex.

“It also shapes a person’s behaviour in a sexual relationship. This behaviour has an influence on the quality and quantity of sex and, hence, on the sexual well-being of the person and his or her partner.

“Personality shapes sexual communication and information sharing, the way dissonant sexual preferences of the partners are handled, and the extent to which the person is committed to promises made to their partner.”

They added: “While extraversion and openness to experience help realise a mutually beneficial sex life, we find no evidence that they have a commitment value.”

The commitment value indicated how emotionally committed a person had to be to their partner in order to have quality sex with them.

German researchers in 2019 gathered data from nearly 20,000 people on both their personality type and body mass index (BMI).

They found that extroversion, along with neuroticism, corrected the highest with rates of obesity.

Researchers said this was likely because someone with a more outgoing, agreeable personality was more likely to eat snacks and take part in activities which would lead them becoming more obese.

A research team from the National Institutes of Health in 2012 had similar findings.

They wrote at the time: “Body weight, in turn, reflects our behaviours and lifestyle and contributes to the way we perceive ourselves and others.

“Participants higher on Neuroticism or Extraversion... had higher BMI; these associations replicated across body fat, waist, and hip circumference.”

Extroverts are said to make up around half of the US population.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says 40 per cent of the nation is obese, and 70 per cent of the population is overweight.

COMPETITIVE

People with a competitive drive may gain benefits in the workplace but they could be harming their hearts due to the increased amount of stress.

It was found that people who take on multiple tasks at once have poorer emotional control and will rush to meet the many demands they take on.

Dr Rachel Bollaert, a physiologist at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, explained that this can lead to multiple heart issues down the line.

"In those that have the Type A, typically we see individuals having higher rates of potentially chronic diseases like heart disease, or coronary already artery disease," she said.

People who are hard-working, organised and detail-orientated were found to have the best health.

Conscientiousness is associated with people who have greater self-control and self-discipline.

Studies have linked conscientious personality types to healthier eating and more physical activity.

Others have linked it to the avoidance of poor behaviours like smoking or excess alcohol consumption.

All of these factors significantly decrease a person's risk of suffering multiple health problems, like cancer, heart disease, diabetes and more.

The personality trait though has been linked to obsessive compulsive personality disorder (OCD).

INTROVERTS

Introverts have been found to have better physical health but are more likely to struggle mentally.

The 2021 study that linked extroversion to obesity also found that those who scored lower on the scale were less likely to be severely overweight.

Lower obesity rates are linked to less of a risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, many types of cancers and a number of other health issues.

However, a 2001 study from the University of North Carolina revealed introverts are more likely to be neurotic, displaying lower emotional stability and sensitivity towards others.

That in turn leads to increased risks of suffering from depression.

PESSIMISTS

The negative views on the world by pessimists are linked to higher risks of anxiety, depression and more stress - along with all the negative health risks associated with it.

Pessimists are also more likely to cause a man to lose his hair earlier in life, studies show.

Researchers in Tokyo, Japan, found that men who reported more pessimism about the future were more likely to have a receding hair line or thinning found around their head.

There could be some benefits for being pessimistic too.

They are often more cautious in life - as they fear the worse when making decisions.

As a result, studies find that they are often more prepared for disaster and other negative scenarios others may not be prepared for.

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Killexams : Nov. 8 election guide: Meet the candidates for Vallejo City Council District 5, Central Vallejo

VALLEJO – Central Vallejo voters will have the opportunity to choose between five candidates this year to represent them on the seven-person Vallejo City Council. The city switched from citywide council elections to district-based elections in 2019.

The candidates include local businesswoman Tara Beasley-Stansberry, Planning Commissioner Melissa Bowman, healthcare administrator Peter Bregenzer, college career advisor Tanya Hall, and business owner Dwight Monroe Jr.

Special coverage: November 2022 Solano County election

A general election will be held on Nov. 8, 2022, with local elections for three Vallejo City Council seats, two Benicia city council seats, Vallejo school board and more.

To aid voters, the Vallejo Sun sent questions to all of the District 5 candidates on some of the city’s most pressing issues, such as homelessness, policing, and a possible sales tax increase on the November ballot, known as Measure P. Their answers have been edited for length and clarity. Candidates were also allowed to skip any biographical and campaign questions they didn’t want to answer.

Vote by mail ballots were mailed on Oct. 11 and can be returned anytime before Nov. 8. Find out more about how to vote here.

Who is Tara Beasley-Stansberry?

Tara Beasley-Stansberry.
Tara Beasley-Stansberry. Photo courtesy Tara Beasley-Stansberry.

Age: 46

Occupation: Owner of Noonie’s Place restaurant/ human resources recruiter

Family: Married.

How long have you lived in Vallejo? Seven years

Previous/current civic engagement: Currently serving as chair with the Community Housing & Development Commission, Co-Chair on Participatory Budgeting Steering Committee, commissioner on the Design Review Board, Co-Chair on Housing First Solano Continuum of Care, and advisory board member with the Veterans Resources Program

Endorsed by: Solano County Supervisor Erin Hannigan, Vallejo Councilmember Katy Miessner, San Francisco Supervisor Shamann Walton, Fairfield Councilmember Pam Bertani, Fairfield Vice Mayor Rick Vaccaro, Suisun City Councilmember Wanda Williams, and Fairfield Councilmember Chuck Timm.

What are your three goals while serving on the Vallejo City Council? I am committed to three principles: transparent, inclusive and being a catalyst of change.

On a possible sales tax increase: I was in support of Measure of P as a special use tax to repair our roads and bring them up to standard. It is my understanding that our city will need to raise approximately $26 million per year for 5 years and no matter what we do you cannot reallocate that amount of money. This would have a huge negative impact on our annual budget. If we want to see changes we have to make decisions that are not always favorable. I would also like to implement an oversight committee and clauses that stipulate how that money can be spent for Measure P funds to ensure transparency.

On homelessness: I would like to implement the Safe Parking Program for the unhoused living in cars to provide a safe rest haven, with security guards, trash receptacles making it a central location. The navigation center is a tragedy and our unhoused are suffering due to the countless errors. I would like to receive weekly updates on the navigation center to closely manage that project. Partnering with our local shelters and non-profit organizations to provide them with county, state, and federal funding.

Opinion on Vallejo adopting a strong-mayor form of government: Most major American cities use the strong-mayor form of the mayor–council system, whereas middle-sized and small American cities tend to use the council–manager system. I am in favor of a hybrid strong mayor form of government prohibiting the mayor from appointing or dismissing the city manager or department heads without council’s approval and citizens’ input. Citizens vote because they want to see elected officials making decisions that affect our city now and the future. There is no denying that our city is struggling to consistently hire a city manager long term and we cannot continue this cycle of uncertainty.

Job performance of City Manager Mike Malone: Mr. Malone came in to do a difficult job at a difficult time, our city is in a lot of turmoil. We are still waiting to see what the results will be regarding his job performance. I do feel that we should deliver him an adequate amount of time to deliver results.

On police oversight and reform: I think we can all agree a police oversight committee is a crucial piece to the reformation of our police department.

How would you restore confidence in city hall and Vallejo City Council: It is time to restore the trust of our residents, this can be achieved through transparency, councilpersons and city staff providing accurate information. The culture is often said to be tumultuous. I will bring humility, consensus-building efforts to work together with our councilmembers and mayor.

More information: tara4citycouncil.com

Who is Melissa Bowman?

Melissa Bowman.
Melissa Bowman. Photo courtesy Melissa Bowman.

Age: 61

Occupation: District Librarian for Vallejo City Unified School District

Family: Married for 38 years to David M. Bowman. We have one adult child, Michael, who also lives in Vallejo.

How long have you lived in Vallejo? Since 2013

Previous/current civic engagement: Currently serves on the Vallejo Planning Commission. Previously served as vice chair of the Architectural Heritage and Landmarks Commission and on the board of Loma Vista Farm and volunteered at the Empress Theatre.

What are your three goals while serving on the Vallejo City Council?

  • I believe it is time for Vallejoans to Claim Our Streets! It sounds simple, and yet there are many implications to this. Traffic needs to be calmed. Right now most of our streets are wide, encouraging vehicles to move fast. This design makes it unsafe for pedestrians AND cars for that matter. I believe we can solve our sideshow problem with corrected street design. Part of this solution includes wide sidewalks, separate bike lanes and raised pedestrian crossings.
  • Affordable housing is also part of the solution. The work the Planning Commission did last year when we revised the zoning code has now made it easier to build multi-family dwellings in places where they were prohibited before, for example Sonoma Boulevard. There are several projects on the books, and citizens will see that materialize in the coming months.
  • Another goal that I have is to ensure that our youth has opportunities for participating in the arts, including instrumental music, dance and theater.

On a possible sales tax increase: Measure P will prioritize projects and programs for street repairs, the homeless, public safety and youth programs. Several citizens pointed out the risk of no oversight. I am grateful to them because they made me do the research to read exactly how the measure is written. There will be an auditor as well as an oversight committee.

On homelessness: Conquering homelessness is going to need to be a multi-pronged approach.  I have been looking at some solutions that some other cities have implemented. For example, Los Angeles has created a few tiny home villages for interim housing. The tiny homes have two beds, a desk and a chair. Community bathrooms and showers are part of the village and meals are served in a community setting as well. Regarding the affordable multi-family housing I discussed earlier, there needs to be a certain percentage of rooms reserved as permanent housing for the currently unhoused, much in the way the Sacramento Street permanent supportive housing project designated 23 rooms for those with special needs.

Job performance of City Manager Mike Malone: I think it is a bit early to deliver a complete evaluation from where I currently sit. I am encouraged that the times where I have been in attendance for a city function that he has taken the initiative to introduce himself to me. That has not been the case with any of the previous city managers.

On police oversight and reform: I feel that a professional auditor/monitor that reports to a citizen board is the strongest model, because of the impartiality of a professional opinion.

How would you restore confidence in city hall and Vallejo City Council: First thing to do is study that survey and look for patterns of what forms an unfavorable view. At that point, we can address it. In some cities there are councilmembers and/or mayors that post a “fireside chat” ahead of the meeting so the items on the agenda are discussed in layman’s terms.

More information: melissaforvallejo.com

Who is Peter Bregenzer?

Peter Bregenzer.
Peter Bregenzer. Photo courtesy Peter Bregenzer.

Age: 47

Occupation: Chief Operating Officer with Jurney Veterinary Neurology

Family: Married to Adam Bregenzer.

How long have you lived in Vallejo? Eight years.

Previous/current civic engagement: Previous member and vice chair of the Beautification Commission, currently serving as member and previous vice chair of the Architectural Heritage & Landmarks Commission.

Endorsed by: Vallejo Chamber of Commerce, Stonewall Democratic Club of Solano County, and Mayor Robert McConnell.

What are your three goals while serving on the Vallejo City Council?

  • Make Vallejo a safer place to live by restructuring the Vallejo Police Department.  We need to reduce crime and take back our city.  Residents deserve to have officers respond when they call for help.
  • We need wiser land use of our city's assets.  We have several vacant or underutilized buildings and lots that the City of Vallejo owns where we are not earning any tax revenue from.  If we cannot justify owning it, I plan to propose selling the properties to pay for other needs of the city, or use it to leverage new businesses to come to Vallejo.
  • I propose to make cost effective improvements to the waterfront, which is Vallejo's "Front Porch."  I would develop a plan to Boost security, increase lighting along the waterfront and add benches, picnic tables and shade trees to make the space more usable for families.

On a possible sales tax increase: I support the intention of this measure to fix our streets and infrastructure, but this tax is being allocated into the general fund, where the $18 million in tax revenue could be used for other purposes. Planning and budgeting for infrastructure is a fundamental responsibility of our government.  I’ve talked to thousands of District 5 residents and there is a resounding need for the city to fix our potholes.  Vallejo’s general fund this year is $130 million and we still can’t fix our potholes. I don’t support Measure P, because Vallejo government does not have a track record of success with budget management, and Measure P spells more of the same budget mismanagement. Voters in favor of Measure P will not get the infrastructure improvements that they are expecting.

On homelessness: I am a strong supporter of the navigation center and we need to get it back on track.  However, this only supplies temporary housing and is not a fix, just a first step.  One of the main issues that drives homelessness is a lack of affordable housing.  I propose that the city waive building permit fees for a certain period of time, to start to infill the empty lots that are scattered around every neighborhood, as long as the builder provides inclusionary housing units as part of the build. While walking District 5, I noticed in many areas where 4-6 unit structures have already been built and we need a lot more to solve our housing shortage.

Job performance of City Manager Mike Malone: Overall, I feel that there is an extreme lack of fiscal responsibility across the board.  I question the hiring that has been done for several positions in the city. I do not see the changes that I would like to see with regards to how the city spends taxpayers funds. If I am elected, I will use my years of government finance experience to spend our limited funds wisely.

On police oversight and reform: Yes, I support police oversight. I support the Common Ground proposed model.

How would you restore confidence in city hall and Vallejo City Council: There are several reasons why there is a lack of trust with our city government. How the city council members treat each other, and the members of our community, is disgraceful at times. Residents want to be heard and the only way they know how is to hold demonstrations at the city council meetings.  We have had some terrible events in our city.  The brutal police shootings that have happened have left victim families no choice but to demonstrate and disrupt the council meetings.  I believe that the city council has fallen flat on its face by not holding some type of city wide vigil or memorial so the victims’ families could gather side by side with our city leaders in mourning.  These events would allow city council members to empathize and listen to the family members.  Maybe then we could begin to heal and move forward as a united city.

Anything else you would like to add: These are the things that I plan to focus on when I am elected to city council.

  • Just and Equal Community - All Vallejo residents should feel safe in their community. There is a resounding sense of lawlessness in Vallejo where residents do not feel safe to drive the streets.
  • Equitable Housing - Every human deserves a safe place to live. Our unhoused population is at a crisis point, and middle income families can not afford to maintain or Boost their homes.
  • Wiser Land Use - We need to take a hard look at what properties the City of Vallejo owns and determine what is unutilized / underutilized and stop wasting taxpayer dollars on these properties.
  • Business Development - I have a comprehensive plan that includes aid to small businesses, developing sustainable revenue streams for the city and growing our own workforce with Vallejo residents.

More information: bregenzer4vallejo.org

Who is Tanya Hall?

Tanya Hall.
Tanya Hall. Photo courtesy Tanya Hall.

Occupation: College and career advisor for the Vallejo City Unified School District.

Family: Four grown children, two fur babies, a dog and a cat.

How long have you lived in Vallejo? Lifelong resident

Previous/current civic engagement: Architectural Heritage Landmarks Commission (current), Participatory Budgeting delegate, Parent Teacher Network, founding member of the African American Parent Network, serving as Cross Country Chaperone for Parents Connected for higher education, Inter Tribal Council member.

What are your three goals while serving on the Vallejo City Council?

  • Invest in industry development. Explore ways to secure Vallejo's self sufficiency through economic development with minimal impact on taxpayers.
  • Establish an Enrichment Foundation at 400 Mare Island Way for Vallejo's Youth, which would expand outside of any existing curriculum emphasizing on STEM, Vocational Training, and Creative Expression.

On a possible sales tax increase: There are definite pros and cons to Measure P. If approved it could have an impact on citizens whose only means are to shop local, and may act as an incentive for citizens to make purchases from other communities, ultimately resulting in negative cash flow for Vallejo.

On homelessness: I would approach the matter of the unhoused by way of a mandatory three tier system which would provide wraparound services, promoting self sufficiency, and ensuring well being. Individuals would be required to participate in a service area determined by qualified mental health evaluators.

Job performance of City Manager Mike Malone: I am pleased with our city manager’s performance. He has brought back to the table the morale that Vallejo had missed and so yearned for.

On Vallejo adopting a strong-mayor form of government: I do not support a strong Mayor form of government. Authority should be maintained by the city manager.

On police oversight and reform: I support a model that would consist of a 12 citizen selection similar to a jury duty process, overseen by the city manager. Police presence improved in the city. Implementing efforts from outside services would be an enhancement to Vallejo's police force and would allow officers to focus on urgent matters.

How would you restore confidence in city hall and Vallejo City Council: Conducting personal, time limited [meetings] with citizens to address their concerns and hear their voices.

Who is Dwight Monroe Jr.?

Dwight Monroe Jr.
Dwight Monroe Jr. Photo courtesy Dwight Monroe Jr.

Age: 30

Occupation: Local business owner - Dwight's Mobile Brake Service LLC

Family: Married.

How long have you lived in Vallejo? 8 years.

Previous/current civic engagement: Currently serving on the Vallejo Economic Vitality Commission, also serves on the Vallejo Naval and Historical Museum Board. Has been attending city council meetings and special meetings since 2016.

What are your three goals while serving on the Vallejo City Council? If elected, three of my goals while serving on the Vallejo City Council would be to focus on economic development, create youth programming and recreational centers to help guide our youth, and get the navigation center built so that we as a city can provide the resources many of our unhoused community members need.

On a possible sales tax increase: I support Measure P because I want to see this beautiful city grow and develop. This tax is estimated to generate $18 million annually to the city's general fund and would be addressing multiple things many Vallejo residents are concerned about. The tax will address the community’s priorities of keeping public spaces safe and clean, prevent illegal dumping and blight, and fix our roads. Also, this tax also aims to get the community better emergency medical response times.

On homelessness: Homelessness is one of the bigger issues here in Vallejo. To address homelessness currently I regularly participate in community cleanups with various community based organizations like WatchMeGrown Inc, The Washington Park Neighborhood Association, Angels With Heart, and WAHEO, also just participated in my first Coastal Cleanup. I love volunteering with Faith Food Fridays every other Friday to provide food for our unhoused neighbors. The navigation center has been proposed as a one stop shop that aims to provide services and shelter, the center aims to help approximately 500 people annually. If elected I will continue to advocate for the rights of our unhoused neighbors, and make sure we break ground on the navigation center.

Job performance of City Manager Mike Malone: I believe that City Manager Malone is doing a good job, he has been the most open and community-oriented city manager I have seen here in Vallejo. Yes there's always room for improvement in every job but in my opinion he is doing a good job and is proactively looking to fill up all the vacancies we have on city staff. I would support a strong mayor form of government.

On police oversight and reform: I strongly support the Common Ground Police Oversight Model. I would like to see the city establish a Hybrid Police Oversight Model if we cannot afford the Common Ground Model.

How would you restore confidence in city hall and Vallejo City Council: I will always listen carefully to the residents of Vallejo and my vote will reflect what the community’s wants and needs are. I plan on restoring confidence in the council and city government by being a true public servant to Vallejo, being transparent with the information I can share with the community, and lastly voting with a humanitarian mindset, I will always be the community’s councilmember.

Anything else you would like to add: If elected I can promise that the residents of Vallejo will have my full attention, I will work hard for you every single day and you will know that I have the community's best interest at heart. I am an independent thinker. I am a man of my community. Our shared vision for Vallejo is safer neighborhoods, better schools, Vallejo jobs and trust between our city government and citizens of Vallejo.

More information: www.facebook.com/MonroejrforVallejoCityCouncil2022/

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