Building Industry Leader gives San Diego an F grade for new housing

first_img Posted: February 4, 2019 February 4, 2019 Categories: California News, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Sasha Foo Building Industry Leader gives San Diego an “F” grade for new housing 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego County’s housing shortage is getting worse. When it comes to building new homes and apartments, one industry expert said the region should receive an “F” grade.Borre Winckel, the President and CEO of the Building Industry Association of San Diego County said it’s clear that we are not even close to meeting the region’s goals for housing production.According to new numbers released by the California Department of Housing and Community Development and the San Diego Association of Governments, which is also known as SANDAG, the City of San Diego and the San Diego region issued fewer building permits in 2018 than the year before. The decline continues the trend of slowing permit activity.To meet the ten year housing production goal of 161,980 units between 2010 and 2020, the region would need to build 14,725 new units each year.Winckel said at this point, we have only been building 7,700 new units annually which is equal to about half of the regional goal. “We have completely blown the goal. We’ve only built 43% of the housing units that we were supposed to deliver by this time,” Winckel said.The head of the building industry group blames state regulations, including new environmental rules, for driving up the costs of construction and deterring new building and development. “What we need is a massive deregulation effort statewide.” As one example of what he calls costly regulation, Winckel pointed to a new state mandate in 2020 for solar panels on new construction. He cited another rule that is supposed to spur development near public transit corridors. Winckel said a requirement called the VMT, vehicle miles traveled, adds more fees and costs for developers who don’t build in areas close to public transit.Winckel said he is certain the current housing deficit is only going to get worse. He said the biggest losers will be middle income households, because excessive regulations and fees make it too expensive to build housing for middle class families. “Economically, it doesn’t pencil out to produce middle income housing because these regulations cost too much. The next target wants to have 19,000 housing units built every year though 2019. It’s impossible,” Winckel said. Sasha Foo, last_img read more

The Wilmington Insider For June 14 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, June 14, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Increasing clouds, with a high near 80. West wind 9 to 13 mph, with gusts as high as 26 mph.At Wilmington Town Hall: The Wilmington Recreation Commission meets at 5pm in Town Hall’s Room 9. Read the agenda HERE.In The Community: The Wilmington Minutemen Co. is hosting its annual Flag Retirement Ceremony at 7pm at the Wilmington Minuteman HQ (intersection of Rte. 62 and Woburn St., behind the Harnden Tavern).For the past year, Wilmington Minutemen has been collecting unservicable U.S. Flags and will have a short ceremony to retire by burning torn and worn US Flags. If people have flags they would like to retire, everyone is encouraged to bring them to this event. This event is open to everyone, with a special invitation to the young organizations and youth in general.For more information, please call Company Sgt. Frank West at 978-658-1754.Worn flags can be dropped off for proper retirement year around at the Wilmington Post Office and Wilmington Town Hall.In The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.At The Library: Social Security: What You Need To Know at 7pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at 8am. Computer Class at 9:15am. Intermediate Bridge Group at 9:30am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Ceramics at 1pm. Game Day at 1pm. Stress Management at 1pm. [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.Live Music: Larry Gilbert performs at Rocco’s Restaurant & Bar (193 Main Street) beginning at 6pm. … Pianist Ricky Lauria performs at Tremezzo Ristorante (2 Lowell Street) beginning at 8pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPUBLIC INVITED: Wilmington Flag Retirement Ceremony To Be Held On June 14In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, June 14, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”VIDEO: Watch Wilmington Minutemen’s Flag Retirement CeremonyIn “Video”last_img read more

16th amendment verdict shakes govt Khandker Mahbub

first_imgKhandker MahbubThe 16th amendment annulment verdict has shaken the government in such a way that Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) has considered this an opportunity to reap benefits out of it.BNP vice chairman and former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) Khandker Mahbub Hossain said this in an interview that came up in Prothom Alo print edition on Wednesday.Prothom Alo joint editor Mizanur Rahman Khan took the interview on the 16th amendment annulment verdict that scrapped parliament’s power to remove judges on the grounds of misconduct and incapacity.”I think that the observations made in the verdict are accurate and timely. The chief justice in his observations depicted a true picture of irregularities and injustice prevailing in society,” said Mahbub Hossain.When his attention was drawn to the observation made by justice Hasan Foez Siddique that Bangladesh lost its character as a sovereign and people’s republic during the autocratic rules of Ziaur Rahman and HM Ershad, the BNP leader said this observation has grieved them.”We are aggrieved at this observation. Ziaur Rahman had built friendly relations with the neighbouring country and taken all-out measures to protect the sovereignty. We are scrutinising the pros and cons of the verdict,” he said.Asked about the allegation of ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) that the BNP is using the verdict for its political goal, Mahbub said, “BNP is not doing politics centring on the verdict. Maybe, our party is trying to gain a political leverage from it.”He said, “The government is so shaken by the judgement that we see this as an opportunity.”Asked why the BNP is considering the verdict a historic one whereas it branded its founder Ziaur Rahman as a usurper, Mahbub said the independence of judiciary is the basic pillar of an independent democratic society and the 16th constitutional amendment was a big blow to the judiciary.Asked if the BNP would seek to expunge observations that go against Ziaur Rahman and the BNP, the party vice chairman said observations are the opinions of the judges. It will contain both good and bad. “I think BNP will take a decision after a thorough scrutiny of the verdict.”Mahbub Hossain went on to say, “The verdict accurately reflects the socio-political condition of the country. In which, it has been said in an oblique reference to Bangabandhu that no achievement can be made by a single person. And Zia’s name came in the observation by the way of talking about the martial law.”*The article is rewritten based on the interview by Rabiul Islamlast_img read more

Railway west zone earns Tk 396b revenue

first_img.The west zone of Bangladesh Railway earned revenue worth around Tk 3.96 billion during the first nine months of the current 2018-19 fiscal year, a sharp rise of Tk 127.7 million than that of over the same period of the previous 2017-18 fiscal.Of the total earning, Tk 1.14 billion was earned by selling tickets to passengers while Taka 1.19 billion from goods and other parcels transportation. A total of Tk 3.83 billion was earned as revenue in first nine months of 2017-18 fiscal.West zone chief commercial manager Shah Newaz said the zone, covering Rajshahi, Rangpur and Khulna divisions, has been operating 159 trains, including 50 intercity and some inter-country ones, on different routes, including the capital city of Dhaka and Kolkata of India at present.Forty-six locals or shuttle and sixty-three commuter or mail trains are also being operated on various routes which are very popular among the passengers, he added.He stated that the number of passengers of intercity trains on various routes has increased significantly in the last couple of years.Considering the benefit of the passengers in general, he said 31 major stations have been brought under the modern computerized seat reservation and ticketing system. Some of those including Rajshahi have launched ticket selling and seat reservation through online system.Shah Newaj, however, said the revenue earning could be enhanced to a greater extent if the stations which remain dysfunctional are re-launched as early as possible.Additional chief operating superintendent Ahsan Ullah Bhuiyan said there are 76 out of total 238 stations remained inoperative for long due to various problems including shortage of stationmasters, points man, shunting man, booking clerk and other necessary staffs.At present, there are 249 vacant posts of station master out of 559 while 254 points-man posts out of 695.“We have installed computer based interlocking colour light signaling system in Chatmohar, Jamtoil, Bangabandhu Bridge West and Bangabandhu Bridge East stations on Ishwardi-Joydevpur section,” said Asim Kumar Talukder, Chief Signal and Telecom Engineer.The modern system has ensured security to train operation with boosting its operational facilities on the vital route.Backdated mechanical signaling system has been replaced by computer based signaling system in eleven other stations on Ishwardi-Darshana route, he added.Zone general manager Khandakar Shahidul Islam told BSS that many of the non-functioning stations are expected to be functional when the process of manpower recruitment will be completed.In order to improve passengers’ services and the railway sector as well, implementation works of ten infrastructural development projects are being implemented with an estimated cost of around Tk 166.27 billion at present.A non-stop intercity train has been launched for the first time on Dhaka-Rajshahi route last month for benefit of the passengers.The zone has also launched ‘Tungipara Express’ train on Rajshahi-Gopalganj route with another train ‘Pabna Express’ from Rajshahi to Pabna via Ishwardi bypass for the first time for convenience of passengers.“We are committed to providing safe, reliable, cost-effective and time efficient rail transport services everywhere in the zone through modernizing, expanding and maintaining rail system,” Shahidul Islam added.Modernizing signaling, interlocking and telecom systems and up gradation of locomotives, coaches and other rolling stocks are being maintained, he said.last_img read more

Research team finds graphene may pave the way for new kinds of

first_img Explore further The team, led by Pablo Jarillo-Herrero, made their discovery by creating several so-termed p-n nanojunction devices (the boundary that is formed between P and N type semi-conductors) in their lab and then taking careful measurements of each type using laser light to measure the resultant photocurrent produced. They found that as the power to the laser was increased, so too did the photocurrent. During their experimentation, they found that they could produce up to 5 mA/W, even at a low temperature; a number that is 6 times higher than has been demonstrated with any other optoelectronic device based on graphene. They believe this occurs because the electrons in the graphene aren’t able to transfer their heat very well due to poor coupling with other materials.Graphene is a one-atom thick layer of carbon that has all manner of unique properties and because of that, new applications for it have been announced periodically since its discovery in 2004. Until now though, very little progress had been made in using it in optoelectronics devices. This new property, called a hot-carrier regime by the team, is unusual because it’s normally only seen in other materials at very cold temperatures. With graphene, however, the effect occurs at low, medium or high temperatures making it a very good candidate for practical applications such as photo-sensing or as part of devices that harvest the energy in sunlight.The team notes that the discovery of this new property of graphene they describe is likely just the first step in a very long journey. Much more research needs to be done to find out such things as just how efficient can a process using it be made, or what if more layers of graphene are integrated into a device. They plan to continue work in this area, as will others no doubt, now that this new property has come to light. More information: Hot Carrier–Assisted Intrinsic Photoresponse in Graphene, Science DOI:10.1126/science.1211384ABSTRACTWe report on the intrinsic optoelectronic response of high-quality dual-gated monolayer and bilayer graphene p-n junction devices. Local laser excitation of wavelength λ = 850 nm at the p-n interface leads to striking six-fold photovoltage patterns as a function of bottom- and top-gate voltages. These patterns, together with the measured spatial and density dependence of the photoresponse, provide strong evidence that nonlocal hot-carrier transport, rather than the photovoltaic effect, dominates the intrinsic photoresponse in graphene. This regime, which features a long-lived and spatially distributed hot carrier population, may open the doorway for hot carrier–assisted thermoelectric technologies for efficient solar energy harvesting.Preprint on arXiv: arxiv.org/abs/1108.3826 © 2011 PhysOrg.com Graphene shows unusual thermoelectric response to lightcenter_img (PhysOrg.com) — A team comprised of researchers from MIT and Harvard has discovered yet another unique and useful property of graphne, this time it involves optics. As they describe in their paper published in Science, when light, or in this case a laser, is aimed at an object with a graphene surface its electrons get hot and remain so for longer than the rest of the object. This property opens up the door to all kinds of possibilities for new kinds of superfast photo-detectors and energy harvesting technology. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Research team finds graphene may pave the way for new kinds of optoelectronic devices (2011, October 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-team-graphene-pave-kinds-optoelectronic.htmllast_img read more