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Transportation Advisory Committee Members Needed

Here's an exciting opportunity via Staci Lehman: If you are you looking for a volunteer position that gives you a voice in developing local policies, lets you works closely with area decision makers and have a hand in transportation and land use choices that help shape and develop the regional transportation system, the Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) needs you for our Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC).

The SRTC is the Metropolitan Planning Organization for Spokane County, ensuring that transportation expenditures are based on a continuing, cooperative and comprehensive planning process. Federal funds for transportation projects are channeled through this process and awarded to local agencies and jurisdictions that deal with transportation.

Boy Scouts Reaffirm Policy On Gays

After a confidential two-year review, the Boy Scouts of America today emphatically reaffirmed its policy of excluding gays, ruling out any changes despite relentless protest campaigns by some critics. An 11-member special committee, formed discreetly by top Scout leaders in 2010, “came to the conclusion that this policy is absolutely the best policy for the Boy Scouts,” the organization’ national spokesman, Deron Smith, told The Associated Press. Smith said the committee, comprised of professional scout executives and adult volunteers, was unanimous in its conclusion — preserving a long-standing policy that was upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court in 2000 and has remained controversial ever since/Associated Press. More here. (Wikipedia illustration)

Question: Do you support the Boy Scouts stand?

I <3 Complete Streets T-Shirt Making Party

Fact: NextUp Spokane ♥'s Complete Streets in Spokane. It's a match made in heaven. One organizaton is devoted to youth civic engagement and one is the idea you should be able to move around Spokane by bike, by foot and by car safely. Complete Streets is getting a lot of love across the country as more people are realizing streets should be built for all users regardless of disabilities, and choice of transportation form.

So this is what NextUp Spokane is proposing: Make t-shirts! They will have screen prints, ink, and music. All you need to do is show up with your own shirt you want the design on.

The party goes down this Friday from 6:00pm - 9:30pm at The Dirty Yeti, 1607 W Main Ave. in Peaceful Valley. RSVP on Facebook HERE.

Still not sure about Complete Streets? Check the Complete Streets frequently asked questions after the jump from the National Complete Streets Coalition.

Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011 moves forward

The bipartisan Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011 is a positive step toward ensuring the safety and convenience of America’s streets — for everyone. Check this update from the National Complete Streets Coalition:

A dozen members of the Senate today introduced the Safe and Complete Streets Act of 2011, S. 1056, designed to create safer streets with every project built. Led by Senator Tom Harkin (IA), the measure would direct states and regions to adopt policies to provide for the needs of all users of the transportation system, including people of all ages and abilities who are walking, bicycling, and taking the bus.

We hate polls

After yesterday’s historic steps to regulate emissions, we couldn’t help but think of the recent Pew Research Poll. The survey asked Americans to rank their priorities for President Obama, and “global warming” polled dead last.

Obviously, the survey indicated the public is focused on immediate economic problems. Energy was relatively high, which was good. Perhaps Amercans can learn how energy efficiency corresponds with potential job growth. So one component to take from the results is the need for education in green jobs, a movement that has been waiting in the wings and censored. Also, when we inevitably complain about gas prices again and energizing our homes, the public attention should shift toward climate policy. Alhough, that’s a lazy stance.

It might not be too big of a conceptual leap for Americans to see how everything is connected. “Obama can effectively tie conservation, efficiency and renewable energy to jobs, sustainable growth and national security,” said Riley E. Dunlap, a sociologist at Oklahoma State University who studies public and political discourse on climate, in the NYT.

However seemingly indifferent the public was on Obama’s emission regulations, consider this: General environmental protection ranked higher than climate change. Yet that had fallen too. Only 41 percent of voters called it a top priority, compared with 56 percent last January.