Wednesday, March 2, 2005
Bucharest, Romania — The city centre of Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is set to get a major facelift due to a real estate project called Esplanada (The Esplanade), which will be constructed by TriGranit Development Corporation. The total investment in the project will be greater than 800 million euro and aims to build a modern commercial pedestrian area in downtown Bucharest, with several shopping malls, office buildings, hotels and dwellings. It will be the largest real estate program in Romania since the fall of Communism in 1989.
Bucharest is currently looking at possibilities to improve its appearance and rebrand itself as a lively, creative and vibrant city. Many initiatives have sprung up to improve the city, including the organisation of CowParade later this year. Additionally, the old town centre will be restored. Due to Romania’s current economic boom, several other major construction projects are taking place.
Bucharest City Hall has blocked traffic in the city center due both to the old town restoration and to the Esplanada project.
Theres nothing to clean up, since the accuracy of this story is not in dispute. [[I feel honored to be able to speak freely about the corruption taking place in Oakland's housing programs that target the poor for dislocation. Sincerely, Lynda Carson -- Oakland, CA. 510/763-1085 —The preceding unsigned comment was added by 188.8.131.52 (talk • contribs) 08:23, 28 October 2006 moved from article to talk page by Doldrums
LyndaCarson, Thanks for contributing this well written and well sourced article to Wikinews. Wikinews welcomes contributions original reporting such as these. The article needs a little more work before publishing though, since some of it does not adhere to the Wikinews:Neutral point of view.
Wikinews articles are written to conform to NPOV in order to ensure that our coverage of an event is fair and unbiased. We do this by only reporting facts, leaving out all editorial opinion, and representing all views over an issue, attributing each and giving each view the depth of coverage deserved by its relative notability. a (much better written) introduction to NPOV can be found here, including an explanation of why NPOV is useful.
I and other contributors will be happy to help make the necessary changes to this article, in fact, the "cleanup tag" added to the article is the first step in doing this. It is meant to be constructive criticism helping to improve the article.
Also, i see that u've published this article on Indymedia, but without releasing it to the public domain or under a Creative commons (CC) license. This means that the article can only be reproduced by other non-commercial publications. Now, even though Wikinews is a non-commercial website, it releases its articles with a CC license, allowing commercial use. So you will have to either post a "released under Creative Commons Attribution 2.5" notice on the Indymedia article page, or e-mail such a permission to a Wikinews administrator in order for Wikinews to host this article.
welcome and thanks again for writing for wikinews. i look forward to more such articles from you. reg, — Doldrums(talk) 04:32, 28 October 2006 (UTC)
I tried to make this article more NPOV by removing some loaded words ("gentrification project", etc.) Not sure if this is enough to undispute it.--DCo1 06:06, 1 November 2006 (UTC)
This does appear to be a copyright violation... Someone from Indymedia will need to verify the copyright status of this article. I've not tagged it as a copyvio, yet, as it may be that it existed here first. It could be dual licensed, etc. but the Indymedia site doesn't indicate that the copyright is held by the author (it looks like Indymedia has the rights to the story). --Chiacomo (talk) 06:03, 28 October 2006 (UTC)
Sources: Oakland renters displaced by Hope VI program
[EBALDC and Related Companies, LLC., created Creekside Housing Partners, L.P., to take control of Oakland's public housing property in East Oakland at the Coliseum Gardens site, now known as Lion Creek Crossings. Chambers Construction will develop the homeownership portion at Lion Creek Crossings with EBALDC and The Related Company jointly responsible for the apartments.]
—Lion Creek Crossing (Coliseum Garden) Now Renting—
The Oakland Housing Authority received a HOPE VI grant to replace its 178 notorious Coliseum Garden apartments with a mixed income development of over 350 apartments and approximately 28 homes for sale. EBALDC assembled a development team, which includes The Related Company of California and Chambers Construction to work with the housing authority. Chambers Construction will develop the homeownership portion with EBALDC and The Related Company jointly responsible for the apartments. The development will surround a revitalized 5 acre City Park and Lion creek, which will also be restored by the city. The first phase of this development includes 115 apartments and 7,500 square feet of space for community services.
This phase is under construction with a second phase of 146 apartments and another 7,500 square feet scheduled to start late in 2005. Community services anticipated include a Head Start Child Care Center, youth and after school programs, health programs, career counseling and business development opportunities. A third phase is being planned with over a hundred family apartments and townhouses that will overlook the restored Lion creek and city park.
These brand new Lion Creek Crossing apartments are ready for occupants. Contact EBALDC today at (510) 287-5353 for details….
^^^^^^^^^^^^^ [CHAMBERS CONSTRUCTION] http://www.chambersconstruction.com/ Carolyn Silva. Chambers, owner of Chambers Construction CHAIRMAN & C.E.O. CHAMBERS COMMUNICATIONS Home-86220 DERY Rd or 86054 DERY Rd. PLEASANT HILL, OREGON 97455 (541) 746-1510 — (541) 988-5732 (Born September of 1931) Political Donations (2004) to George W. Bush $2,000 — $500 contributed to the RNC
Carolyn Silva. Chambers’ business empire includes real estate, a construction company, a vineyard, and the crown jewel, Chambers Communications Corp.
Local — Chambers Construction Co (510) 569-3081 7506 Macarthur Blvd Oakland, CA.
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Lion Creek Crossing Location: 800 69th Street Oakland, CA 94612 Property Type: Affordable Rental Multifamily Rentals Neighborhood Revitalization Organizations: Related California
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EBALDC — East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
(Lynette Jung Lee is the Director of EBALDC)
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Stephen M. Ross is head/CEO of Related Companies…
STEPHEN M ROSS (Born in May of 1940) (Home) 956 5TH AVE NEW YORK, NY 10021 (212) 772-1196 or (212) 772-7659
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RELATED EXECUTIVE OFFICERS Stephen M. Ross
Jeff T. Blau Michael J. Brenner David J. Wine
About Stephen M. Ross / CharterMac
Board of Trustees Stephen M. Ross Chairman
Stephen M. Ross is non-executive Chairman of the Board of Trustees of CharterMac. Mr. Ross is the founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Managing General Partner of The Related Companies, L.P. (“TRCLP”). Mr. Ross began his career working for the accounting firm of Coopers & Lybrand in Detroit as a tax attorney. Later, he moved to New York, where he worked for two large Wall Street investment banking firms in their real estate and corporate finance departments before founding TRCLP in 1972. Mr. Ross graduated from The University of Michigan School of Business with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and from Wayne State School of Law with a Juris Doctor degree. He then received a Master of Law degree in Taxation from the New York University School of Law. Mr. Ross endowed the “Stephen M. Ross School of Business” at The University of Michigan. Mr. Ross is a member of the Executive Committee of the Board of Directors of the Real Estate Board of New York and is a trustee of the National Building Museum. Mr. Ross also serves on the Board of Directors of Kerzner International Ltd. (NYSE: KZL), Equinox Holdings, Inc. (an affiliate of TRCLP), the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, the Jackie Robinson Foundation and the Guggenheim Museum.
Wednesday, May 17, 2006
Lion Creek Crossings Open House of Phase 1 and Groundbreaking of Phase 2 Lion Creek Crossings will create a new community in the blighted and neglected Central East Oakland district and will be the catalyst for revitalizing the entire Coliseum BART station into a Transit Village. This HOPE VI development will provide up to 437 units over four phases of permanent affordable rental housing and 28 for-sale units for first time homebuyers. This is a joint venture between EBALDC, Related Companies of California and the Oakland Housing Authority.
Location: 915 69th Avenue, Oakland Ca, 94621 Time: 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM Sponsored by: Sponsored by East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC) For more information: Joyceland 510.287.5353 / firstname.lastname@example.org
—Stephen M. Ross Gives Away $100,000 Million Dollars— University of Michigan — (Stephen M. Ross gives away $100,000 million) New York City real estate developer Stephen M. Ross gives $100 million to University … chairman and chief executive officer of The Related Companies, LP, …
[Oakland Budget Summary for 2006 - Oakland Redevelopment Agency] Personnel Services and Related Overhead Costs – FY 2006-07 . … Lions Creek Crossings (Coliseum Gardens) Phase I. $1,500,000. Lions Creek Crossings (Coliseum …
Page 1) Executive Off Oakland Housing Authority MEMORANDUM
To: Board of Commissioners From: Jon Gresley, Executive Director
Subject: Resolution Approving Use of Additional Local Funds for Park Construction at the Lion Creek Crossings HOPE VI Primary Site and Amending the Predevelopment Services Agreement to Effect the Change
Date: September 19, 2006
This correspondence transmits for your consideration and approval a resolution authorizing the use of $287,593 in Authority Local Funds for construction of the preliminary phase replacement park at Lion Creek Crossings. This proposed additional allocation of funds to the park is part of the $7 million previously approved by the Board for use in the Lion Creek Crossings redevelopment.
Background: The Authority was awarded a HOPE VI grant in the amount of $34.5 million in 2000 to revitalize the 178-unit Coliseum Gardens public housing development. The Board approved the selection of East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), The Related Companies of California (Related) and Chambers Construction Company (Chambers) as co-developer partners for redevelopment of the original public housing site and several adjacent or nearby properties (the “Primary Site”), now renamed Lion Creek Crossings. EBALDC and Related are co-developing the rental portion of the Primary Site, which will include 157 units of public housing. The total number of rental units, including public housing, now planned is approximately 440. Twenty-eight (28) units of for-sale housing are planned to be developed by Chambers. The construction of new streets and utilities and the reconfiguration of a public park are planned as part of the rental housing development.
The remaining 21 units of public housing are included in a recently constructed 65-unit development on Foothill Boulevard in Oakland.
In addition to the rental housing, the project includes the reconfiguration of Coliseum Gardens Park and the restoration of a portion of Lion Creek. The City of Oakland is managing the restoration of a portion of the creek that runs through the park. A grant from the California Pollution Control Finance Authority and the City of Oakland is providing funds for park planning. Pacific Gas and Electric Company has awarded $175,000 for park construction. The California Housing and Community Development Department has awarded the City of Oakland approximately $500,000 which is planned to be used for park construction. Our developer partners and staff are searching for additional sources of funding for park construction.
Page 2- In a Land Exchange Agreement that was executed between the Authority and the City, the Authority agreed to construct a temporary replacement park during the period when the existing park is taken out of service. The Developer has received an estimate of $388,735 from its general contractor for the cost of constructing a temporary replacement park. The Developer plans to start construction on Phase III of the rental housing on the site of the existing City park in October, and the temporary park is required to be in place prior to the start of construction on this phase. The grant funds described previously are not yet available, but will be in the future.
All park facilities related to the development are to be constructed by the Developer under the terms of an Amended and Restated Predevelopment Services Agreement (PSA). The current PSA includes a provision for the use of $101,142 in Authority Local Funds for park construction. The proposed resolution would authorize the use of an additional $287,593 in Authority Local Funds for the immediate construction of the preliminary phase replacement park, for a total of $388,735.
It is expected that the Authority will be reimbursed for the use of this additional allocation of its Local Funds as the above-described grant funds become available. If that occurs, the Local Funds will be available for reallocation within the project.
It is recommended that the Board of Commissioners adopt the attached resolution approving the use of an additional $288,593 in Authority Local Funds for construction of the preliminary phase replacement park at Lion Creek Crossings, and authorizing the Executive Director to amend the Predevelopment Services Agreement to incorporate this change, and to take all actions necessary to implement the resolution. Attachment: Resolution
THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
On Motion of Commissioner Seconded by Commissioner and approved by the following vote:
AYES: Commissioners NAYS: ABSTAIN: ABSENT:
THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED: NUMBER RESOLUTION APPROVING A CONDITIONAL COMMITMENT FOR AN INCREASE IN THE HOPE VI FUNDS CONSTRUCTION AND PERMANENT LOAN FOR THE COLISEUM GARDENS HOPE VI DEVELOPMENT PROJECT KNOWN AS LION CREEK CROSSINGS, PHASE III BETWEEN OAKLAND HOUSING AUTHORITY AS LENDER AND CREEKSIDE HOUSING PARTNERS, L.P. AS BORROWER
WHEREAS, the Oakland Housing Authority (Authority) previously executed a grant agreement with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) pursuant to its grant of HOPE VI funds for a revitalization plan that proposed the demolition and redevelopment of Coliseum Gardens and nearby properties, (collectively the “Primary Site”); and
WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners approved the selection of East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation (EBALDC), The Related Companies of California (Related), and Chambers General Construction (Chambers) as co-developers of the Primary Site at its meeting on October 21, 2002; and
WHEREAS, the Authority owns the land on which the Coliseum Gardens revitalization development known as Lion Creek Crossings will be constructed, and the Authority leases the land to the partnership formed with EBALDC and Related for each phase of the development, which is known as Lion Creek Crossings;
WHEREAS, EBALDC and Related (the “Developer”) have joint responsibility for the development of the family rental housing at the Coliseum Gardens site and formed a limited partnership known as Creekside Housing Partners, L.P. (CHP) for the development of Lion Creek Crossings, Phase III, which consists of one hundred six units of public and affordable family housing; and
Page 2) WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners passed Resolution 3685 authorizing the execution of the Phase III Disposition and Development Agreement which included a HOPE VI loan to CHP in the amount of $5,194,638; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Commission subsequently passed Resolution 3766 approving closing evidentiaries including HOPE VI loan documents with a lesser loan to CHP in the amount of $3,350,000; and
WHEREAS; CHP’s financing structure for Phase III included a loan from CalHFA based on increased rental income from Project-Based Section 8 funds available through the Authority; and
WHEREAS, the City of Oakland approved a loan amount of $4,600,000 for Phase III of which $600,000 was intended to offset a HUD rule change decreasing the value of rents available under the Project-Based Section 8 program; and
WHEREAS, as an MTW participant, the Authority has approved the use of market rents in its Project-Based Section 8 program, which reduced CHP’s documented need for $600,000 in City funds; and
WHEREAS, the City may then reduce its loan commitment to CHP by $600,000 as a result of the Authority’s approval of market rents for Phase III; and
WHEREAS, bids for construction of Phase III are anticipated to be higher than originally budgeted, creating a funding gap of $600,000.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA:
THAT, the Authority will provide an increased construction and permanent loan of HOPE VI funds in the amount of up to $600,000 increasing its previous commitment of $3,350,000 to $3,950,000 contingent on the City of Oakland reducing its loan commitment for Phase III by $600,000, and if the construction bids are such that the funds are needed by CHP as determined by the Authority; and
THAT, the Executive Director is authorized to take all actions and execute such other documents as may be necessary and appropriate to implement the foregoing resolution.
Page 3) I certify that the foregoing resolution is a full, true and correct copy of a resolution passed by the Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Oakland, California on July __, 2006. _____________________________________ Secretary / Executive Director ADOPTED: RESOLUTION NO.
THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA
On Motion of Commissioner Seconded by Commissioner And approved by the following vote: AYES: NAYS ABSTAIN: EXCUSED: ABSENT:
THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED: NUMBER:
AUTHORIZING THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR TO EXECUTE A PERFORMANCE-BASED SUB-GRANT AGREEMENT, NOT TO EXCEED $ 218,750 (TWO HUNDRED EIGHTEEN THOUSAND, SEVEN HUNDRED FIFTY DOLLARS) FOR ONE YEAR, WITH THE EAST BAY ASIAN LOCAL DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION (EBALDC) TO PROVIDE HOPE VI COMMUNITY AND SUPPORTIVE SERVICES FOR FAMILIES RESIDING AT LION CREEK CROSSINGS AND FOOTHILL PLAZA.
WHEREAS, the Authority received HOPE IV revitalization grants for Coliseum Gardens, now renamed Lion Creek Crossings; and
WHEREAS, the Authority issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) which was mailed directly to over 65 agencies and organizations and advertised in the Oakland Tribune; and
WHEREAS, EBALDC was selected as a program that best meets the needs of the residents and the requirements of the Authority for the provision of personal budgeting, consumer finance education, individual development accounts with matching, peer support groups and seminars, home buyer training and small business/micro-enterprise development; and
WHEREAS, the original RFP and Board resolution authorized the Executive Director to alter HOPE VI CSS sub-grant agreement scopes and selection of providers to address changes in resident services needs; and,
(Page 2) WHEREAS, EBALDC, as development partner for the Lion Creek Crossings HOPE VI development, has a daily presence on-site at Lion Creek Crossings, has experience providing comprehensive resident services at other EBALDC residential sites, and has the capability of providing all the resident services needs identified during the 2006 Lion Creek Crossing resident needs assessment.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS OF THE HOUSING AUTHORITY OF THE CITY OF OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA:
THAT, the Executive Director, on behalf of the Authority, is hereby authorized to execute a one year performance-based sub-grant agreement not to exceed $218,750 with EBALDC to provide on-site services for school age youth and workforce development/ self-sufficiency services; and
THAT, the Executive Director, on behalf of the Authority, is hereby authorized to take all actions necessary to implement the foregoing resolution.
I hereby certify that the foregoing resolution is a full, true and correct copy of a resolution passed by the Commissioners of the Housing Authority of the City of Oakland, California on _________________. ________________________________ Secretary / Executive Director ADOPTED: RESOLUTION NO.
Oakland Housing Authority MEMORANDUM
To: Board of Commissioners From: Jon Gresley, Executive Director
Subject: Lion Creek Crossings Security Contract Date: August 3, 2006
As you are aware, the first phase of Lion Creek Crossings is now housing residents. Related, the Authority partner and property manager, has contacted the Authority and has requested increased patrol due to several incidents of criminal activity since the property has opened. Related employs a private security firm at Lion Creek Crossings, but many of the problems exceed their capacity for response. OHAPD has been providing sporadic increased patrol; however, due to the fact that the Authority does not own the buildings nor manage the property and the Authority passes operating subsidies to the property for the purpose of subsidizing operating expenses, we have indicated to Related that the policing of the property is the responsibility of the Oakland Police Department.
After several meetings between Related and the Oakland Police Department (OPD), as well as the continuance of increased criminal activity, Related contacted Phillip Neville, Deputy Executive Director of Real Estate Development, and Carel Duplessis, Chief of OHAPD, to explore the feasibility of Lion Creek Crossings contracting with the Authority to supplement OPD’s policing of Lion Creek Crossings with officers from OHAPD. Through discussions, an agreement has been reached for Related to pay the cost of two full-time Police Officers for a two year contract.
A written agreement between Related and the Authority is currently being drafted for OHA’s Board approval at the August 28 Commission meeting. Preparatory to that meeting staff will brief the Commission at the workshop session of August 9. Chief Carel Duplessis will provide the briefing and address any questions.
[Creekside Housing Partners, L.P. take control of the Coliseum Gardens/Lion Creek Crossings]
(Lion Creek Crossings used to be known as Coliseum Gardens public housing (178 units) of Oakland)
(EBALDC and Related Companies, LLC., created Creekside Housing Partners, L.P., to take control of Oakland’s public housing property in Oakland. )
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Melissa Flores Phone: 916.324.4647 Fax: 916.322.2345 email@example.com www.calhfa.ca.gov
Financing for Affordable Family Housing in Oakland
SACRAMENTO, June 6, 2006 – A new affordable housing project will soon be built in the City of Oakland’s master planned community, Lion Creek Crossings (formerly known as Coliseum Gardens), to create rental housing for an additional 106 families. The California Housing Finance Agency (CalHFA) Board of Directors approved nearly $23 million in construction financing and $4.8 million in permanent financing for Lion Creek Crossings, a family apartment community, to be owned by Creekside Housing Partners, L.P., which is a joint venture between East Bay Asian Local Development and the Related Companies, LLC. The property management services will be provided by Related Management Company. Cahill Contractors will begin construction in August 2006 with completion expected in February 2008.
The 106-unit complex is designed to provide affordable rental housing to those with household incomes at or below 60 percent of the area median income. This project is the third phase in the master planned community of Lion Creek Crossings. This unique urban infill project is replacing public housing units developed in the 1940s. CalHFA has provided financing for all three phases of the master development, creating 367 new affordable housing residences.
- more – Page 2 The 2.49 acre project site will feature seven buildings with units ranging in size from one to four bedrooms and styled as flats or town homes. The residents will also enjoy the use of the master community’s shared common recreational facilities and community rooms currently available to Phase I residents.
CalHFA will provide nearly $23 million in construction financing with a variable interest rate for 22 months. Upon completion, a permanent loan of $3.815 million will be provided by CalHFA, as well as, CalHFA subordinate financing for slightly more than $1 million. Other funding sources include the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s Multifamily Housing Program, the Housing Authority of the City of Oakland (OHA), HOPE VI loan from HUD to OHA, the City of Oakland, and the Federal Home Loan Bank’s Affordable Housing Program.
The California Housing Finance Agency was created in 1975 with the goal of helping more Californian’s live in a home they can afford. CalHFA’s Multifamily Division has invested more than $2 billion for the construction and preservation of 36,000 affordable rental housing units assisting nearly 85,000 very low and low income Californians. More information on Multifamily Loan Finance programs and the full complement of CalHFA programs, visit www.calhfa.ca.gov or call toll free 877.9.CalHFA (877.922.5432).
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Lockwood Gardens, Coliseum Gardens and Lower Fruitvale HOPE VI Site Profile
City: Oakland Official PHA Name: Oakland PHA Name of Site: Lockwood Gardens, Coliseum Gardens and Lower Fruitvale HOPE VI Coordinator: Philip J. Neville Phone: 510-874-1520 Fax: 510-874-1674 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Address: 1619 Harrison St. Oakland, CA 94612 Site Profile:
FY 1994 Implementation Grant: $25,510,020 FY 1996 Assistance Award/Amendment Funds: $1,000,000
OHA’s HOPE VI program in East Oakland involves the extensive renovation of 372 out of 550 housing units in two complexes and four scattered sites (consisting of 60 units) located in Lower Fruitvale. Fourteen scattered-site units are scheduled to be demolished and rebuilt. A site-based management strategy is currently being tested at Lockwood Gardens, which has 372 housing units.
The HOPE VI program enabled OHA to expand its collaboration with the Mayor’s office, which began with the City’s 1991 campaign to reduce violence and drug trafficking within and around the Coliseum and Lockwood communities. The Mayor’s Office was very supportive in preparing the original HOPE VI application and has been heavily involved in the effort ever since.
The joint successes from both the Mayor’s program and OHA’s HOPE VI development process have positively impacted the Coliseum and Lockwood sites. There is marked improvement in the environments at both sites. Resident-planted gardens are not vandalized and children and adults can remain outside after dark, which was considered unsafe just a few months earlier. Policing services are provided by the Oakland Police Department to all authority sites. Officers from the Oakland Housing Authority’s Security Services Department supplement the City’s services. To supplement security at Coliseum and Lockwood, iron fences are used to surround the complexes.
OHA was the recipient of several HUD grants in 1995, including a HOPE VI planning grant for the West Oakland area. Additionally, there are two major modernization programs currently in progress in West Oakland.
^^^^^^^^^^^ Coliseum Gardens HOPE VI Site Profile
City: Oakland Official PHA Name: Oakland PHA Name of Site: Coliseum Gardens HOPE VI Coordinator: Philip J. Neville Phone: 510-874-1510 Fax: 510-874-1674 E-mail: email@example.com Address: 1619 Harrison St. Oakland, CA 94612 Site Profile:
FY 2000 grantee in the amount of $34,486,116.
The Housing Authority of the City of Oakland will receive a HOPE VI Revitalization Grant in the amount of $34,486,116 that will enable the Housing Authority to revitalize the Coliseum Gardens public housing development. A total of 178 severely distressed units will be replaced on-site with 30 public housing units, 20 tax credit rental units, and 85 affordable homeownership units. In addition, 148 public housing units and 46 tax credit rental units will be developed on underutilized land and scattered sites nearby. A significant number of the off-site public housing units will be within new housing developments in non-impacted areas. A new park and community center will be the focus of the new, on-site community. The revitalization of Coliseum Gardens, located in the Central East Oakland Target Area within the Coliseum Redevelopment Area, will benefit from a $134 million investment in the Coliseum BART Station and the new rail connection between the Station and the Oakland International Airport. Oakland’s HOPE VI Grant will leverage a total of $56.2 million other public and private funds.
For details, read HUD’s Fact Sheet:
Lion Creek Crossing (Funding for the streets at Lion Creek Crossing from Oakland Redevlopment Agency)
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Turmeric Powder Makes Food Delicious and Tasty
Among the greatest foods across the globe, India has always ranked TOP, as it is called gourmets delight. Spices Mix in different flavors has formed a special category in food & cookery segment. Spices like Turmeric Powder, Black Salt & Chhole Masala has created magical effect on the people. Not only this has the spice Blends of Indian Food typically driven you crazy if cooked well. Off lately there are several television programs which has been started by different top industry experts which shows how these spices can have a better blend and how spices like Chhole Masala can create magic. One of the spices which is called Black Salt is nothing but a contemporary blend of salt with spices. It gives a totally new flavor to the food and also adds on a great taste. Indian Food has variety of recipes with numerous spice mix which makes great taste. Food is not only about spices but varies largely on the way it is cooked. The combination of spices at an antiquate flame also matters a lot for the cooking and taste respectively.
The Indian Masala are being exported world wide and to the surprise taste differs at every place & by the way it is cooked by different people. To quote an example a standard meal with chicken mix, which is cooked in the central part of India and the same food which is cooked in the eastern part of Europe
has tremendous difference in taste. Not limited to this India has a versatile range of food preparation methods and recipes which creates the delight. The food habit and the taste of people matters in every range and part of India. From Jammu Kashmir to Kanya kumari there are many tastes and many cooking styles. For example north Indians have a different taste and they cook according to their taste and just after 200 km towards down south the taste changes thereafter. Walk almost 500 Kilo meters thereafter and you
find that the taste has completely changed. This makes India a place to with versatile taste and food habit. Chhole Masala cooked in a north Indian house will leave you completely mesmerized and addicted towards it. Same goes to Sambhar Bada which is cooked down south with best of spice blends making it a delicious event.
The spices also plays a pivotal role in Indian festivals and festivities celebrated across the year. In 28 states and all other 7 Union territories there are eight major religion and several other sub religions in India. Most of the people from one to different religion have difference in their taste
and cooking style. Not only this the spices are also categorized into Powder and Oil. For example turmeric is completely crushed into powder and made Turmeric Powder, further this turmeric powder is utilized by millions of Indians to cook delicious food. Indian masala has always been valued in the country to specifically gourmets.To conclude, there can be one simple fact that the INDIA and its people cannot simply live without the spices.
A Prestigious Manufacturer Company in Noida Producing Food Receipes and Masala Powder including
Understanding Food Miles and Ways in Which They Impact the Earth’s system of natural resources?
One of the oft overlooked aspects of organic food and the degree to which it lessens environmental impact has to do with food miles. What are “food miles,” you may wonder as I did. Food miles are exactly what they sound like: the number of miles food must travel in its journey from the fields it is grown in until it reaches its final destination on the consumer’s plate. While organic food is better both for you and for the environment, food miles are something that most people fail to consider.
Food Miles and the Environment
The benefit to the earth afforded by natural, sustainable farming practices, including the dramatic reduction of chemicals introduced into the ground, water and air, are undoubtedly significant. You’ll never hear me speak badly about any farmer who opts for an organic foundation to his or her business, because every little bit is important to the whole. However, food miles are definitely a consideration whether you’re farming organic or not.
Food miles have to do with the energy costs associated with transporting food: most of the time the petroleum-based nonrenewable resources that our society depends on are used for this. This directly relates to the amount of carbon emissions (or carbon footprint) associated with the production of a food – carbon emissions directly contribute to global warming and are hugely detrimental from an environmental standpoint.
The fact is, not all organic farmers have a local market that they can sell their products to and so organic produce, meats and dairy are widely transported just like their nonorganic counterparts. Consider two things:
- the amount of single ingredient organic goods, such as produce, meats, dairy and eggs offered in all your various grocery retailers who carry organics (and many chains now do,) and whether or not it is feasible for that amount of food to be consistently supplied by the local agriculture industry;
- the many additional multi-ingredient organic products whose components range anywhere from 70 – 100% organic
Somebody is stocking all of these Wal-Marts, Krogers, Publixes and similar stores with their organic foods. Whenever possible, I’d hope that these stores would turn to local suppliers to meet their needs, however it is unlikely that this alone is enough to stock each of their organic aisles. Additional, all of the multi-ingredient organic products like peanut butter, soup, cheese and the like all must have raw, organic ingredients transported to their places of processing, after which the finished product is then shipped to the shelves of supermarkets located country-wide.
Organic Food Miles are Still Food Miles
Organic food is transported like all other food, and accumulates its own fair share of food miles that play a part in the condition of the environment and global pollution. While it’s directly beneficial to your health to eat only organic foods, as far as environmental impact goes it’s still not enough. The solution here is to make an effort to buy locally grown organics whenever possible to limit the creation of needless food miles.
I’ve written another article which describes the many easy, accessible options for people seeking to support local growers, entitled “Make a Difference – Support Local Food Industries.” For those interested, it contains lots of useful information on the subject and suggestions for the most immediate sources of locally grown food people have available to them. While I commend you for your commitment to support organics and the freshest, most natural food possible, there are more steps that need to be taken in order to ensure a healthier, sustainable and beautiful earth for us all.
This article is part of an ongoing series entitled “Transitioning to Organic” that provides tips, information and easy ways to adopt some or all organic food into your lifestyle.
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Hindi News: More about Language than News
Loving one s nation is not unlikely but disrespect to others is. Same thought applies on states and language of one s residence and concern. We might be indifferent to other s opinion but we never should disregard and impose ours on them. For example the language we speak. It is inherited through our family and then we start relying on it. Our works and inclinations are very much influenced by the language we are given or have chosen as our mode of expression just like Hindi News.
News being important to us is preferred in our own language. If somebody belongs to Kerala he would prefer Malayalam as his medium of communication. Somebody from Bihar would prefer Bhojpuri for the same reason. People from north India would read up
chhattisgarh news in hindi
. They would pay attention to the polls of West Bengal and watching a female stepping to post of chairs only when they have West Bengal news in Hindi. The way we function and decide to live our life involves so much of influences and their expressions via language.
Language-power of expression
With language come various important things like literature, history, culture, science and lifestyle. All that and of course the expressions as they have to be communicated to others. Language has its own semblance and own way to grow and reach to people. One should not hinder its path by restricting it for a particular community even if just by thoughts.
Like everything, Hindi news also has its impact due to the language and its reach. One cannot stop its prevalence when numbers are talked of. Chhattisgarh news in Hindi, West Bengal news in Hindi, Kerala news in Hindi and other state news in the Hindi are just impression of the reach of the language. We talk about any place and its happenings irrelevant if seen from linguistic point of view but are of interest if told to somebody in his native language or intonation. So, we see how language can unite us.
Language-Hope for a United World
We have a universal language of communication. No, we are not talking about English. We are talking about language of art and music. They have potential to bring world as one and united. English and Hindi News seem so much restricted in that sense.
Incidents are interesting and sometimes important to know. News does this job of telling people. But its impact can reach to a multitude if arts and music becomes the medium. Even state news like Chhattisgarh news in Hindi, West Bengal news in Hindi, etc can be more fun this way.
, Chhattisgarh news in Hindi and
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Letterhead Printing: Kinds of Papers Best for A Letterhead
Many organizations have letterheads printed to be used for their essential records. A letterhead contributes a look of reliability and procedure to any document. Essentially all kinds of organizations have a letterhead that they use to deliver characters, billings, memorandums and other kinds of records being launched formally from within the workplace.
Letterhead publishing may be done in a publishing media or even just within the workplace. It all is determined by how complex or easy the style is. It also is determined by the large of letterhead to be printed. For a easy letterhead, all that is required is a computer and a reasonable shaded printing device to do the job. For a more exclusive strategy, one can also do the hiring of a design organization for the letterhead style.
What kind of paper is preferably used for a letterhead? One primary thing to know about records is that it is marketed by bodyweight. One ream is comparative to 500 pieces of paper. The paper is being marketed according to the bodyweight of one ream. A letterhead is generally printed in two kinds of paper the connection paper and the writing paper. The most well-known bodyweight of connection records are 20# and 24#. This means 20 weight and 24 weight accordingly. For written text paper, the most well-known bodyweight is 70 weight or #70.
Letterhead publishing is usually done in a very fresh bright piece of paper. This is to sustain a look of reliability. It is essential for the piece to be fresh. But for some non-traditional organizations, letterhead publishing can be done in a shaded or distinctive paper. Most design organizations, activities organizations or other idea organizations do this. These are also usually done when the organization has a function or exclusive page in which they aim to call the interest of people. However, a bright piece of letterhead is still the most typical.
Taking care of letterhead stocks Letterhead publishing is usually best printed in large. In a way, development will be more affordable when run through the publishing media. But the problem afterwards would be the excellent of the paper when too much are in inventory. What would be the best way to inventory the records without limiting its quality and quality?
It is keep in mind that paper is very delicate to wetness and heat range.
Moisture and moist may cause the paper to snuggle or to lifeless. Humidity can also cause fixed between the pieces of paper, making it more difficult to when fed in large in the printing device. Thus, it is always best to position the paper inventory in fresh dry position and in a wetness managed atmosphere. This could mean an area in the service where there is air conditioner and away from the windows where heat range stages go up and down and wetness is existing. Keep the paper in its exclusive appearance when not in use. Prevent switching it to another package when not in use.
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How to Finance a Film ,TV , or Animation Project Via a Film Tax Credit Film Financing Strategy
We can almost hear the newspaper crier already – ‘Read all about it, read all about it … No changes to Canada’s film tax credit financing!”
What we are referring to is a rash of recent articles and TV news stories around the U.S. situation regarding film tax credit financing. Politicians in a number of states are waging a full stage war in some cases to abolish the entire film tax credit system, taking away these valuable subsidies that have become intrinsic in financing many non studio productions.
That’s in the U.S. – That is absolutely not the case in Canada. One can argue all day about the merits and benefits the government in Canada ( at the federal and provincial level ) reaps via their non repayable film tax credit grants, which currently are some of the most generous in the world , as well as efficiently administered . We’re not going to get into that argument here – suffice to say that we understand the government to be very satisfied with the revenues they recoup via productions in film, TV and animation being produced in Canada.
Canadian producers and investors are still very bullish on film tax credits, and the financing of these tax credits is part of an overalls strategy to get most independent productions financed and completed in the Canadian landscape, covering all ten provinces.
We stated previously that tax credits in Canada are both available and generous. Canadians producers and owners use the tax credits as part of an overall strategy to finance their productions. It is certainly very unusual that any single project in either film, tv , or animation would be financed through just one vehicle, i.e. all equity, all debt, all tax credits, all pre-sales, etc .Therefore tax credits, due to their generous nature, are a lynch pin in the overall finance strategy for tax credits film financing .
Tax credits were increased over the last couple years, due in part to re invigorate Hollywood North – aka Canada, which was starting to lose productions to Louisiana, New Mexico, Michigan, etc.
Tax credits when properly accumulated, filed, and financed (financed at your discretion of course – you could wait for the cheque!) are a combo of federal and provincial in Canada. The key credit on the federal side is the Production Services Film tax credit, which finances up to 16% of your eligible labor. That credit is further augmented at the provincial level on a province by province basis. As an example in Ontario where a large majority of filming and production is done the rebate comes to an additional 25% of the total budget spend. ( Manitoba has one of the most generous programs – Thirty % all-spend tax credit, or offset up to 65% of local labor costs on projects that start location spending/filming in that province!)
We can be forgiven for sometimes not mention Digital Animation credits which in some cases go up to 42% or more of the total spend . Only several years ago digital animation was a weak sister to the industry, but is gaining significant traction due to the popularly of animation, 3D, Shriek ! Etc. Many major animation productions are done in Canada directly by Canadian firms or offshoots of the well known major animation studios.
So the strategy and recommendation we make to clients is quite clear – understand what credit you are eligible for, select where your production creation or filming makes the most sense ( Manitoba has very cold winters !) and finance your credits as a part of your overall cobbling together of a success and profitable venture in film, tv or animation .
Is a film tax credit strategy the holy grail of your financing? Probably not , but used as one tool among your equity, debt and pre sales strategy and you have a strong chance of pulling of a successful financing for your Canadian venture.
Stan Prokop – founder of 7 Park Avenue Financial – http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com
Originating business financing for Canadian companies , specializing in working capital, cash flow, asset based financing . In business 6 years – has completed in excess of 45 Million $$ of financing for Canadian corporations .Info re: Canadian business financing & contact details: http://www.7parkavenuefinancial.com/tax_credits_film_film_tax_credit.html
CCIE Voice Exam Mastering Tips that You Must Know!
Summary- For IT professionals, CCIE voice certification is the ultimate test that declares them to be experts in certain fields and tracks. However, it is not easy to acquire this certification. There goes in months of hard-work, perseverance and intense CCIE voice training sessions for theory and lab that lead them to get this certification from CISCO.
The CCIE certification, which is attained by passing the
, is administered by CISCO. It can easily be termed as the PhD of IT industry as the professionals having this certification are experts in various fields related to networking. There are multiple fields and tracks that come under the CCIE umbrella and one can choose to take up any among them according to personal and professional interests. Even though CISCO itself is a well recognized company, the certification is accepted openly by all companies since the test is the most genuine test of a professional s capacities as an expert IT professional.
In order to be able to get through the CCIE voice exam and become a CCIE certified professional , one should primarily, know about the field and track in which one wants to acquire the certification. Without making the right choice, there is no use of investing so much time and effort in the test. After making the choice, one should be in constant touch with the CISCO website and products and also have complete knowledge about the books released for CCIE by their official CISCO press. The official reading and preparation material always has an edge over other types of materials due to the promise it makes for authenticity. There are official materials available for nearly all the tracks of CCIE which can be used for CCIE voice training. Ideally, one should spend nearly 5 to 6 months preparing for the exam.
Try to find some good CCIE voice training partners and instructors who can guide through the preparation and supply one with quality study material. Also, instruction sessions should be attended so as to prepare for the second and most feared round of the exam, the CCIE voice lab. So as to practice aptly for the lab, one should try to adapt the theoretical lessons into practical sessions. This would strengthen the basics ground on which the entire knowledge of the field is based, and would help one practice for the lab.
One can make attempts to join some instructor led boot-camps that are strict and highly organized classes which arrange the knowledge and skills of the individuals in place and let them know about their high and low points. These are intensive training classes for CCIE voice exam that last from one week to ten days and provide wholesome knowledge that is required for clearing the exam. These classes should be attended after one has had enough of self study for the exam so that the empty spaces in the acquired knowledge can be filled.
There are separate and special
CCIE Voice Workbook
classes for attaining lab experience. Those who want to get specialized training for this round of the exam, can take these training classes. In case, it is not possible to attend any such classes or sessions, one can search for the instruction videos online and use them to one s benefit. These can also be used as perfect methods to initiate the preparation for CCIE voice exam and one can later jump to theoretical sources.
How one approaches the CCIE voice exam depends on individual liking and methodologies. But, what one can be certain of is that, immense hard-work; in-depth knowledge and lots of practice- are the requisites of attaining the repute of being among the selected few CCIE certified professionals. Thus, all the resources and methods at hand should be used fully and a sincere attempt should be made to achieve this rare reputation.
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Amateur radio is a hobby and has over 600,000 radio operators in the USA alone. The hobby is about communications and various ways of communicating via radio waves.
What most people do not know about the hobby and the people that are operators is that they are one of the most used groups in a disaster situation.
The amateur radio community has networks set up all over the world that can be activated quickly if there is a disaster anywhere in the world. Amateurs worked weeks at the site of 9-1-1 in New York side by side with rescue crews supplying communications.
When there is a disaster such a hurricanes or tornadoes or the likes of 9-1-1 then one of the first things to go away is the local communications. Phones go down and electricity and the only thing left is amateur radio operators that can operate from a battery and a piece of wire for an antenna.
Many operators were involved this last year in all the hurricanes that we had. The amateurs had hurricane watch nets up all over the world just watching and reporting the advance of these storms. Once these storm passed the radio operators set up nets to pass traffic for rescue groups as well as passing health and welfare traffic to people trying the get in touch with relatives in the stricken area. It is always great to get a message out to someone that says we are ok and we are alive.
Amateur radio operators are the eyes of the National Weather Service. If you do not believe that then just ask someone that works for the weather service. Every National Weather Service office in the USA has amateur radio operators on duty any time that there are storms in the area. The weather service does have a great radar but the radar cannot see the storms like human eyes can.
Some where in this country there are amateur operators watching storms and reporting what they see to the National Weather Service almost any time of the day and night. These radio operators have been trained in storm watching so that they will be able to send reports that the weather service that can used immediately. From that point all the reported storm data goes out to weather radio and local radio and TV stations for broadcast to the public.
These amateur radio operators may or may not be heroes but they are always there when needed to warn the public of danger. The kicker to all this is that the operators buy all their own radio equipment and give their time to keep the public safe.
Always doing the job in the background at no cost to the public. Usually this service gets no recognition for saving lives. Heroes? You decide.
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