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Cities and counties from across the nation are pioneering new clean energy solutions that could help end our nation’s oil addiction and create good jobs, according to the most recent report from the Apollo Alliance. Four Ohio municipalities: Bowling Green, Canton, Cincinnati, Cleveland, are highlighted in the national report. Policy Matters Ohio, Apollo’s Ohio partner, is thrilled that New Energy for Cities highlights dozens of representative municipal programs that promote renewable power, reduce oil consumption, make buildings more efficient and promote smart growth. The mission of Ohio Apollo is to work with Ohio’s cities to adopt these policies and create jobs through environmentally sound and energy efficient solutions.
The report lays out the Apollo Alliance's four-part plan: invest in renewable power, create high-performance buildings, drive toward energy independence, build high-performance cities.
This report highlights how commerical offices in LA using low road security contractors contribute both to poverty in the city and decreased public safety.
This report contends that creating and preserving diverse transit-oriented neighborhoods is sound public policy that would favorably impact households and regions on multiple fronts, resulting in: a broader range of housing opportunities, greater transportation choice, better environmental outcomes and stronger family and neighborhood economies. There is no single silver bullet for creating and preserving such neighborhoods, however. Promoting and preserving diverse transit oriented neighborhoods requires policies that address housing, land use and transportation, experienced practitioners in several sectors, tools geared to promote transportation-oriented development (TOD )and affordability, and flexible financing.
Wireless community networks can be an effective strategy for addressing the digital divide. They can offer affordable access to the Internet while building community and strengthening the local economy. In an age when access to the Internet is increasingly a condition for full participation in society and the economy, the development of a community wireless network is a technology that can work on a small, manageable scale and which permits local community control.
This policy brief examines several case studies depicting how school districts have aligned diverse state and federal funding to increase the quality and capacity of after school programs.
This report outlines the missed potential to create good job in LA's toursim industry in the under utilized Century Boulevard section of the city. Focuses on local poverty and poverty wage jobs at area hotels connected to the airport.
This initiative requires that employees earn paid sick leave at the rate of 1 hour for every 30 hours worked; provides that new employees begin to earn sick leave after 3 months on the job; allows employees who work in businesses with fewer than 10 employees to accumulate up to 40 hours of paid sick leave; and allows employees who work in businesses with 10 or more employees to accumulate up to 72 hours of paid sick leave. This initiative passed and became law in 2007.
This ordinance requires that upon receipt of a 'No-Match' letter, the City of Santa Fe will take no adverse action against any city employee listed on the notice, including firing, laying off, suspending, retaliating, or discriminating against any such employee, and that the City of Santa Fe will not ask any employee, either orally or in writing, to provide documentation to re-verify immigration status, except as required by law.
This ordinance creates the Commission on Human Rights that can refer complaints of discrimination in housing to administrative law judges employed by the county. The Commission staff enforces laws prohibiting discrimination in housing through investigations, conciliation, mediation, or hearings.