Nuñez criticizes proposals

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBasketball roundup: Sierra Canyon, Birmingham set to face off in tournament quarterfinals“Spillover monies for public transit is a no-go,” Nuñez said. “We just can’t go there.” Spillover funds are gas sales tax receipts that exceed expected tax revenues, according to the state Department of Finance. Because of high gas prices, the state expects to receive $4 billion in such funds over the next 10 years. Normally, spillover funds are dedicated to public transit. Instead, Schwarzenegger has proposed dedicating the money to paying down transportation bond debt, including past bonds and those that will be submitted to voters in November. Nuñez and other Democrats have complained about that proposal, saying the money should go toward its original purpose of public transportation. But a Department of Finance spokesman noted that by paying transportation bond debt, the spillover funds are indirectly helping fund public transportation. Finance spokesman H.D. Palmer said there could be $4 billion or more spent on public transit in the November bond. “We don’t see this as an either/or type of situation,” Palmer said. “We believe we can provide resources for public transit as put forward in the bond that the governor supports. At the same time we can create a fund that provides a clear link between the prices we’re paying at the pump and the projects to relieve congestion.” Both Hill and Nuñez also object to the governor’s plan to pay back early $1 billion in debt created by his 2004 economic recovery bond. In Hill’s analysis of the governor’s budget, she recommends that the Legislature not adopt that proposal, and instead pay down the reserve, or prepay other debt that is coming due in 2007-08 or 2008-09. Voters authorized the economic recovery bond in 2004 for $15 billion, though only $11.3 billion in debt has been issued. The bond was originally scheduled to be paid back by 2023, but that was later revised to 2010. Now Schwarzenegger wants to pay it back in 2009 by prepaying $1 billion one year early. Villaraigosa, meeting Monday with a dozen legislators in Sacramento, said he also has concerns about the governor’s May budget revision. He declined to elaborate because the document is still being reviewed by city staffers, but he mentioned transportation funding as one area of concern. Villaraigosa came to Sacramento to thank legislators for their recent action placing four infrastructure bonds on the November ballot and to round up support for his proposal to reorganize the Los Angeles Unified School District, as well as to launch an audit of the district. Today, he will be in Washington, D.C., with dozens of Los Angeles-area business leaders to discuss trade, transportation and education. [email protected] (916) 446-6723160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! SACRAMENTO – Assembly Speaker Fabian Nuñez criticized some elements of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s revised budget proposal Monday, saying a plan to cut public-transit funding is a “no-go” and more money should be stashed in reserves for financial emergencies. The statements came as the state’s nonpartisan legislative analyst also recommended more fiscal prudence in the budget, including a greater reserve and cautioned on education spending. Also, Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa visited Sacramento on Monday to meet with a dozen legislators about the budget and other issues. While Schwarzenegger’s revised 2006-07 budget, released Friday, has generally received more positive reviews than his previous budgets – mainly because the state’s revenue picture has greatly improved – both Nuñez, D-Los Angeles, and Legislative Analyst Elizabeth Hill had concerns with how he proposed to use some of the surplus funds, including potentially cutting $4 billion in “spillover” gas tax funds for public transportation. last_img read more

Pair of 49ers players part of St. Thomas Aquinas’ remarkable tradition

first_imgSANTA CLARA — The learning curve is still steep, but 49ers rookie defensive end Nick Bosa feels playing at an elite program like Ohio State will help with the transition into the NFL.There’s also no question in Bosa’s mind that attending St. Thomas Aquinas High School helped get him ready for the NCAA.For complete 49ers coverage follow us on Flipboard.“It was great. It prepared me for my future, and I built some really good relationships,” Bosa said of the Fort Lauderdale, Fla. school. …last_img

Behind enemy lines, 49ers vs. Saints: 5 questions for opposing beat reporter

first_imgNEW ORLEANS — Here is how long-time Saints reporter Mike Triplett of ESPN sees the 49ers’ visit Sunday to the New Orleans Saints:1. How well has Drew Brees looked and has that thumb surgery hindered him?Triplett: The thumb doesn’t seem to have had any impact on him, to be honest. The Saints’ offense overall hasn’t really been lighting it up like years past, and they’ve been struggling to create big plays. But a lot of that has to do with their lack of wide receiver depth. Brees at age 40 is …last_img

Commission told to tackle infrastructure delays

first_img21 August 2014President Jacob Zuma has called on the ministers, premiers and mayors on the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission (PICC) to work together urgently and creatively to speed up delivery of the country’s infrastructure build.Chairing the first sitting of the PICC under the new administration in Pretoria on Tuesday, Zuma said the commission had been established “to ensure that the delivery of infrastructure does not suffer as departments or spheres of government protect turf, or due to mindless rules and long delays.“The PICC is action-oriented, flexible and focused,” he said. “It must address matters with speed, partnership, and a problem-solving culture. It must attend to regulatory matters if necessary, so that we make decisions and ensure actual delivery.”A high-level government team of ministers, premiers and metro mayors that was first set up in 2012, the commission is chaired by the President himself.The PICC monitors more than 150 infrastructure projects in rail, road, ports, dams, irrigation systems, sanitation and electricity.Zuma said the commission was was beginning to make solid progress in improving infrastructure spending across all three spheres of government, but said there were concerns over limited construction activity.He said the commission was now coming down hard on projects that were not brought to conclusion. “Now we are making sure that dams are opened, that new schools are occupied by learners and that railway carriages are manufactured.“But we recognise that much more needs to be done to generate more energy, develop better logistics and transport systems, ensure that water and sanitation reaches communities, and expand information and communication technologies, including broadband, to strengthen the 21st century economy.“And of course, investment in health, education and rural infrastructure are all critical to ‎the welfare and productivity of our people,” Zuma said.Source: read more

OSU’s eFields program looking to expand on farm research further in 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseIt doesn’t take a scientist to understand the challenges of agricultural crop research. Different soil types, constantly changing weather patterns, different plant hybrids and varieties, and human/equipment error are just a handful of the vast number of variables in agricultural research that can make it difficult to find real, reliable answers to important crop production questions.Replicated trials on small plots help account for the variability, but every farmer knows there is nothing more relevant than research conducted at the field scale on their farms, in their management systems, with their weather, and their soil types. Researchers know the value of these on-farm research efforts as well, and they are looking to do more in Ohio.Paul Ralston in Hardin County has conducted his own research on his farm for several years to hone his production practices and was quick to start working with Ohio State University Extension researchers when he had the opportunity to participate in the eFields program.“It has been pretty simple. It was research we were going to do anyway. We got some help from the good folks at Ohio State who helped implement it and keep track of all the records and such. It also gets it out to other people so they can find value and use the research too. It legitimizes the data that I produce on my farm,” Ralston said. “But just because it works on my farm doesn’t mean that it is going to work on everyone’s farm.”The eFields program uses modern technology and information to conduct on-farm studies to help farmers and their advisors understand how new practices and techniques can improve farm profitability. Current projects are focused on precision nutrient management strategies and technologies to improve efficiency of fertilizer placement, enable on-farm evaluation, automate machine functionality, enhance placement of pesticides and seed, and to develop analytical tools for digital agriculture. OSU Extension has been ramping up these efforts and all of those on-farm projects are published in the annual eFields Report.“Everyone needs to look at eFields as a guideline to start some research on your own personal farm and expand it from there. It provides help, equipment and expertise from others so you can find value not only on your farm but others can find value for their farms too,” Ralston said. “We’ve done a soybean population study and also a corn nitrogen timing study. The soybean population study was something that I had a challenge with. We have some very high organic matter soils that we have a hard time getting an average soybean yield on. We wanted to figure out where we could pick up some dollars there. We found that lowering our population and cutting back on seed is actually picking up bushels. Rather than getting vegetative growth we are getting more bean production. And as far as the nitrogen timing, that is something we were doing anyways.”Looking forward, Ralston is considering other on-farm research projects.“I’ve been really interested in sidedressing livestock manure. I don’t personally have any livestock, but I have neighbors always looking to manage their manure and apply it in the best way possible. With all of the regulations we see coming, making sure we are doing the right thing is really important,” Ralston said. “Finding good research and sticking with it is what we like to see. We are going to continue with these kinds of studies.”Sam Custer is an Ohio State University Extension educator in Darke County and said each year of on-farm trials offers valuable insight because of the wide number of variables in the research from farm to farm and year to year.“Agronomically, the first thing you have to look at is your soil pH and your nutrient levels. If you want to try this out, let me help you put together a randomized plot,” Custer said. “So many times we do side-by-sides and we don’t pick up the variance in our fields. Let’s put together a randomized plot. Let me help you do the research on some of these practices so you can prove it to yourself.”Research on topics including disease treatment efficacy and seeding rates are valuable to look at each year in farm fields to watch for trends.“We have been doing corn seeding rate trials in Darke County for years now. Over that period of time, 33,000 is probably the sweet spot for our county. In 2018 we had very good corn yields across the county. Economically, 30,000 came out as the sweet spot on three different corn seeding rate trials. It is the size of the check you take to the bank that I think is the most important,” Custer said. “We saw frogeye leaf spot pop up in Darke County the week of July 4. A lot of our farmers don’t realize that one lesion in 25 feet of row in our soybeans can affect yield. We found that early and sprayed it and got a great economic return on that application. Even on the soybeans that are resistant, the economic response to them was even higher than those that were not resistant. Across the state, south of U.S. Route 36 was that cutoff of where it paid for itself. North of 36, if you sprayed fields that didn’t have frogeye, don’t expect a return.“We are seeing seeding rates for soybeans coming down. In 2018 there was no significant difference in seeding rates from 80,000 up to 240,000. Remember the year we had though, almost every soybean germinated and had a viable plant at harvest. We don’t always have that. A lot of times we get an 80% germination rate so I’m not ready to tell anyone to go to 80,000. Around 130,000 seems to be the sweet spot in Darke County, but in the future we are going to start looking at some lower rates to see how low we can go.”And while, eFields on-farm research can be very valuable in making farm decisions, the specifics need to be carefully considered as well.“With nitrogen rates, for example, it was interesting in 2018. With the ample rain we got in most of the state, we thought that it might push that N rate calculator we use a little bit, but the numbers were still right on. So we are really confident in what we have been sharing and advising people to do with those rates,” Custer said. “But before you take a look at the document and make major management changes, you need to remember a lot of this is single year data and we had an unusual year with lots of rain in 2018. Keep that in mind. We looked at 2X2X2 placement, for example, and what we found in 2018 was no significant difference of 2X2X2 versus a typical 2X2 application. That is only one year of data.”There are more eFields projects already underway for the third year of the program in 2019 and Ohio State University is looking to further expand its on-farm research efforts with interested participants, said Elizabeth Hawkins, a field specialist with Ohio State University Extension.“Our goal with eFields is to bring local results to farmers in Ohio. Farmers identify with seeing research results as they play out on their individual farms. It gives them the opportunity to test different practices that they maybe have been thinking about incorporating on their farms. They can get a better idea of how they will work and whether they will pay off,” Hawkins said. “We saw a need to do a better job of standardizing some of our Extension protocols around the state and then communicating those results more broadly. We have seen tremendous growth and excitement around this program. We are seeing more farmers getting involved and learning together with Extension. I think it is a great movement. From year one to year two we doubled the number of trials in Ohio and we are already seeing growth moving into 2019.”Farmers interested in cooperating with an on-farm Extension research project in 2019 or in the future should contact the local county Extension educator. A hard copy of the 2018 Report is available for free at county Extension offices and online at read more