Public Services – Tri Cap Thu, 24 Nov 2022 00:10:09 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Public Services – Tri Cap 32 32 NYDFS Proposed Changes to Part 500 Cybersecurity Rule Thu, 24 Nov 2022 00:10:09 +0000

On November 9, 2022, the New York Department of Financial Services (NYDFS) released its second proposed amendments to the Part 500 cybersecurity rule. The proposed amendments revise several aspects of the proposed cybersecurity rule amendment released on November 29 July 2022. These changes reflect several comments made in response to the proposed cybersecurity rule to clarify, strengthen, and further clarify various requirements, as noted below.

Here are some of the key changes to the Proposed Amendments:

Notification requirement

The Proposed Amendments provide for three new cybersecurity events that Covered Entities must report to NYDFS through the NYDFS Online Cybersecurity Portal within 72 hours:

In addition, Covered Entities must provide NYDFS with any additional information requested by NYDFS regarding the investigation of a cybersecurity event within 90 days of notification. The Covered Entity must also provide ongoing updates and any additional information related to the investigation.

The proposed changes provide a new notification requirement for ransomware payments. If a Covered Entity makes a Ransomware Payment, the Covered Entity is required to notify NYDFS within 24 hours of payment. Upon notification to NYDFS, a Covered Entity making a ransomware payment must also provide a written description of the payment within 30 days, describing why the payment was necessary, what alternatives were available, and any related due diligence performed to ensure compliance. applicable laws and regulations.

Revised Definition of Class A Corporations

The proposed changes now define Class A corporations as covered entities with at least $20 billion in gross annual in-state revenue in each of the last two fiscal years from the business activities of the covered entity and its subsidiaries, and either: (1) have more than 2,000 employees in the past two fiscal years, regardless of location, including those of the Covered Entity and all of its affiliates, or (2) have more than $1 billion in gross annual revenue in each of the last two fiscal years from all business operations of the covered entity and all of its affiliates. A Covered Entity that qualifies as a Class A Company will also be subject to several additional compliance requirements under the Proposed Amendments, including an independent audit at least once a year by an external auditor, the use of external experts to perform risk assessments at least once every three years and the implementation of an endpoint detection and response solution.

Penetration testing, vulnerability assessments and risk assessments

The proposed amendments make significant changes to the technical requirements of the cybersecurity rule. Some of these changes include:

  • Covered Entities must perform penetration testing of their systems, both internally and externally, by a qualified internal or external independent party at least once a year.

  • Covered Entities must have a monitoring process that ensures prompt notification of any new security vulnerabilities.

  • Covered Entities must have written policies and procedures for managing vulnerabilities, mandating automated system scans, and manually reviewing systems not covered by such scans as frequently as determined by the risk assessment or promptly after any major change in the system.

  • Covered Entities should review and update their risk assessments at least annually, and whenever a material change in business or technology results in a material change in their cyber risk.

Cybersecurity plan

The proposed changes now require a covered entity to address new issues in its cybersecurity plans, including data retention, end-of-life management, remote access controls, systems monitoring, awareness and security training, application security, incident notification and vulnerability management.

The proposed changes also require a covered entity to limit the number of accounts, access features, and actual usage to what is necessary for a user to perform their job. This includes the requirement that a Covered Entity periodically, or at least annually, review all user access privileges and remove or disable accounts that are no longer required (i.e., termination rapid access to systems after the departure of an employee).

The proposed changes provide a new certification requirement that requires a Covered Entity to have its senior executive and CISO (or Chief Cyber ​​Security Officer) sign an annual NYDFS Part 500 compliance certification.

Incident response and business continuity and disaster recovery plan

The proposed amendments now require a covered entity to provide relevant training on its incident response plan and business continuity and disaster recovery plan to all employees necessary to implement those plans. These plans must be tested at least once a year, and must be distributed and accessible to the employees concerned.

Multi-factor authentication

The Proposed Amendments require a Covered Entity to use Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for all remote access to systems, third-party applications, and all privileged accounts. Alternatively, the CISO may approve the use of reasonably equivalent or more secure controls to replace MFA, in writing, which must be reviewed periodically and at least annually by the CISO.

Cybersecurity governance

The proposed changes require a higher governing body to approve a Covered Entity’s cybersecurity policies and procedures for protecting its systems and non-public information stored in the systems, at least once a year.

The proposed changes also provide several requirements for CISOs and give them the proper authority to “ensure that cybersecurity risks are appropriately managed.” Some of these requirements include timely notification to the highest governing body of material cybersecurity issues (i.e. major cybersecurity events or updates regarding risk assessments) and notification of plans remedial action to remedy the material shortcomings.

The Proposed Amendments also require a Covered Entity’s board of directors or equivalent (i.e., an appropriate committee of the board) to exercise oversight over cybersecurity risk management, including the development, implementing and maintaining cybersecurity programs. The board of directors or equivalent must have sufficient expertise or knowledge, or be advised by persons with sufficient expertise or knowledge, to exercise oversight of cybersecurity risk management.

The 60-day public comment period on the proposed changes ends on January 9, 2023, and members of the public are invited to submit their comments here.

Copyright © 2022, Hunter Andrews Kurth LLP. All rights reserved.National Law Review, Volume XII, Number 327

How fiscal restraint can help fight inflation Mon, 21 Nov 2022 14:53:14 +0000

Government support was essential to help individuals and businesses survive pandemic-related lockdowns and support economic recovery.

When inflation is high and persistent, broad-based fiscal support is not warranted. Most governments have already reduced their support for the pandemic, as reported in our October Financial Review.

While many people are still struggling, governments should continue to prioritize helping the most vulnerable to meet soaring food and energy bills and cover other costs, but governments should also avoid d to increase aggregate demand which risks pushing up inflation. In many advanced and emerging economies, fiscal restraint can reduce inflation while reducing debt.

Fiscal consolidation, debt limitation

Central banks are raising interest rates to dampen demand and contain inflation, which in many countries is at its highest level since the 1980s. Since rapid price increases are costly for society and detrimental stable economic growth, monetary policy must act decisively.

If monetary policy has the tools to control inflation, fiscal policy can clean up the economy in the long term through investments in infrastructure, health care and education; a fair distribution of income and opportunities through an equitable tax and transfer system; and the provision of basic public services. However, the overall fiscal balance affects demand for goods and services and inflationary pressures.

A lower deficit cools aggregate demand and inflation, so the central bank does not need to raise rates as much. Moreover, with tight global financial conditions on budgets and public debt ratios above pre-pandemic levels, reducing deficits also addresses debt vulnerabilities.

Conversely, fiscal stimulus in the current high inflation environment would force central banks to apply the brakes harder to curb inflation. In an environment of high public and private sector indebtedness, this can increase risks to the financial system, as described in our Global Financial Stability Report in October.

Demonstrate alignment

In this context, policymakers have a responsibility to provide strong protections to those who need them, while reducing elsewhere or generating additional revenue to reduce the overall deficit. Fiscal responsibility – or even consolidation if necessary – shows that policymakers are aligned against inflation.

When fiscal adjustment is sustained, ideally through a medium-term fiscal framework that outlines the direction of policy over the next few years, it also responds to looming pressures on debt sustainability. These include aging populations in most advanced and several emerging economies, and the need to replenish buffers that can be deployed during future crises or economic downturns.

In our research, we use a stylized two-country model (where the “home economy” can be the United States or a group of advanced economies). We are looking at two different approaches to curbing inflation. The first relies exclusively on monetary tightening to cool the overheated economy, while the second involves fiscal consolidation. Both are constructed to have similar effects on economic growth, and each is effective in reducing inflation. In the first case, higher interest rates and weaker growth contribute to the increase in public debt. Meanwhile, the currency is appreciating as higher yields attract investors.

In the second approach, fiscal tightening dampens demand without the need to raise interest rates, so that the real exchange rate depreciates. And with lower debt servicing costs and lower primary deficits, public debt is falling. The appreciation of the real exchange rate under a more restrictive monetary policy implies that inflation falls a little more, but this difference would decrease if more countries pursued these policies.

In the face of high food and energy prices, governments can improve their fiscal position by shifting from generalized support to helping the most vulnerable, ideally through targeted cash transfers. Since supply shocks are long-lived, attempts to limit price increases through price controls, subsidies, or tax cuts will cost the budget dearly and ultimately not be effective. Price signals are essential to promote energy conservation and encourage private investment in renewable energy.

The desirable fiscal stance and the measures that underpin it will depend on country-specific circumstances, including current inflation rates and longer-term considerations such as debt levels and development needs. In most countries, higher inflation strengthens the case for fiscal discipline, calling for raising revenue or prioritizing spending that preserves social protection and growth-enhancing investments in human or physical capital.

International sizes

In the United States, the disinflation of the early 1980s under Federal Reserve Chairman Paul Volcker illustrated the challenges of controlling inflation. Inflation had become entrenched at high levels and fiscal policy was expansionary. The Fed had to raise its rates sharply to contain inflation, causing a collapse in real estate investment and a historically significant appreciation of the dollar. Manufacturing has been hit hard, leading to calls for trade protectionism.

This historic episode is relevant for many countries facing similar challenges today. A more balanced removal of stimulus measures, including fiscal restraint, can reduce the risk that parts of the economy, especially those most sensitive to interest rates, will be disproportionately affected or that the currency will fluctuate sharply. exacerbate trade tensions.

It would also reduce the risk globally. Less abrupt increases in interest rates would imply a more gradual tightening of financial conditions and mitigate risks to financial stability. This would tend to limit negative spillovers to emerging market economies and reduce the risk of sovereign debt distress. Avoiding strong appreciation of the US dollar or other major currencies would also reduce pressure on emerging markets borrowing in those currencies.

As many central banks tighten policy in response to the large and persistent rise in global inflation, the policy mix matters. Fiscal moderation will reduce the cost of getting inflation back to target quickly, compared to the alternative of letting monetary policy act alone.

A caring budget for our public services and our people Sat, 19 Nov 2022 06:41:11 +0000

Darlington MP Peter Gibson said the autumn declaration addresses many of the challenges facing the country

On Thursday, the Chancellor delivered his autumn statement. Increased spending on education, health and social assistance. The biggest ever rise in the living wage to £10.42, putting us pennies away from our ambition of reaching £10.50 in this Parliament. Guaranteed triple lock for retirees and virtually all benefits have increased with inflation, including the benefit cap. Continuing the commitment to provide for those on the lowest incomes, new cost of living support has been announced which will amount to over £18million for residents of the Darlington constituency, in addition to £39m already provided.

The Labor benches looked rather gloomy. How could they criticize this substantial aid that is distributed across the country?

Even the Scottish National Party looked crestfallen when the Chancellor announced the increased spending that would go to Scotland.

There was good news for small businesses. With reassessment underway, many are facing a reduction in assessed value and therefore a lower rate bill, which would normally be reduced over a three year period, but will happen instantly, which is what I requested. Add to this the fact that the current 50% reduction offered to hospitality and retail businesses will now change to a 75% reduction, with no impact on our local authority’s revenue.

These are difficult times. Inflation is the root of all economic ills, and it is absolutely a recession made in Russia. Countries around the world are facing immense challenges in inflation, energy prices, interest rates, much of which can be attributed to the illegal invasion of Ukraine. I know the Labor Party rejects this and wants to put all the blame on ‘the Tories’, but this just contradicts reality.

There has been very little coverage of Labour’s plans, plans which include a £140billion black hole in the country’s finances which can only mean one thing, even higher taxes.

I welcome the Chancellor’s commitment to infrastructure spending. Locally, here in Darlington, we are already ticking boxes to take it to the next level. £139m at Bank Top station, providing three additional platforms and improving regional connectivity. £35 million invested in our Railway Heritage District, delivering on our commitment to heritage and bringing more visitors to Darlington. £23.3m investment in our city centre, with real changes to the High Row, Northgate and Victoria Road worksites. I could also mention the investment in green technologies at Cummins, the investment in life sciences so critical to the success of our vaccines at the Center for Process Innovation (CPI), or the investment in new business opportunities. education at Darlington College offering T-Levels.

This is a benevolent budget that addresses the real challenges facing our utilities, addresses people’s fears of rising energy costs, and delivers real improvements to the business rates of our smallest companies.

In May, Darlington goes to the polls. The Conservative administration now led by Cllr Jonathon Dulston and by Cllr Heather Scott during the pandemic has brought lasting change to our city after nearly three decades of Labor stranglehold, which saw the arts center closed, the nightmare of passage and our library being threatened with relegation to a few shelves in the Dolphin Centre.

Together with our Council, our Mayor of Tees Valley, Ben Houchen, and our Conservative Government, I will continue to work hard and defend Darlington. Nowhere is collaborative working more evident than in the delivery of the Darlington Business Campus, providing real opportunity for our city.

Virgil Clarkson, former mayor of Lacey and longtime council member, has died Wed, 16 Nov 2022 02:12:05 +0000

Virgil Clarkson, former mayor of the town of Lacey and member of the town council, died early on Sunday November 13.

Clarkson, one of the longest-serving council members in the town’s history, has provided nearly two decades of service and dedication to the Lacey community, including three terms as mayor and two terms as Deputy Mayor..

“Virgil was the ultimate standard bearer for this community – a true leader through and through; his character, his reputation and the life he led set the highest bar for leaders in our community to exemplify,” said Mayor Andy Ryder. “He helped shape Lacey and the surrounding communities at a pivotal time. His profound legacy will live on in our community for many generations to come.

A native of Texas, Clarkson earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics and Physics from Texas Southern University in 1953. After graduating, Clarkson served thirteen years in the United States Army, including stationing at Fort Lawton in Seattle. After his military service, Clarkson pursued a career in public service with the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Highways (now the Washington State Department of Transportation) at Olympia. When hired by the Department of Highways, Clarkson was one of six black employees out of more than 6,000 employees.

During this time, Clarkson’s love for his community and passion for making the greater Thurston County area a more welcoming place for people of color inspired him to focus on the fight for civil rights. Clarkson was a driving force in passing Fair Housing Ordinances. This was first accomplished in Lacey, and eventually followed by the communities of Olympia, Tumwater and Thurston County from the mid to late 1960s.

Clarkson officially took public office in the town of Lacey on July 23, 1998. He became the first black mayor of Lacey, a position he served for two consecutive terms from 2004 to 2007. Virgil served a third term as mayor from 2012 to 2013. In honor of Virgil’s service to the community, the city council reappointed him as mayor to close out the final month of his term which ended in December 2017.

During his first term as mayor, Clarkson focused on creating environmentally friendly family jobs in the area and ensuring the town of Lacey pursued policies that supported and reflected the changing the needs of members of his community. Working toward these goals, during Clarkson’s tenure on Council, the Town of Lacey converted its facilities to 100% green energy. Additionally, Clarkson has been a tireless champion for seniors, strongly advocating for the construction of a new senior center in 2003, as well as a major expansion of the facility in 2012. This community asset continues to enhance the quality of life of local seniors. adults.

Fittingly, in 2005 Senior Services for South Sound officially honored Virgil as a “living legend” and in 2015 the Lacey City Council honored his outstanding service and leadership to the community by renaming the Lacey Senior Center as Virgil S. Clarkson Lacey. Senior center. Clarkson’s work on behalf of seniors also included serving on the board of directors of Senior Services for South Sound and, following a 1999 appointment by Governor Gregoire, eight years of service with the Washington State Council on Aging.

Clarkson’s public service was matched only by her outstanding volunteerism. He has volunteered countless hours to community organizations and projects that are eternally indebted to him for his time and talents. Clarkson was a twenty-five-year member of the Thurston County Fair Board, a faithful Kiwanian for more than half a century, and a founding member of the Olympia Opera Association. Additionally, Clarkson was also a decades-long member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, as well as Prince Hall Freemasonry, and served in numerous positions within these organizations.

In addition to the many city-related committees and boards on which Virgil has served, he has also been very active in a number of professional and civic organizations related to his passion for making his community a better place to live, work and play. for everyone. Virgil has held local, state, and national offices for the American Diabetes Association, served as president of the local chapter of the American Red Cross, and served for nearly twenty years on the South Puget Sound Blood Council. He served for twenty years on the Lewis, Mason and Thurston Selective Service Board, and was also a member of the National League of Cities National Black Caucus.

Editor’s Note: This statement was sent to JOLT on Monday, November 14, 2022 by the Town of Lacey.

Racial resentment hurts white people too, doctor tells colleagues Sun, 13 Nov 2022 00:20:42 +0000

In many parts of America, white people undermine their own health to death because they believe public policies that would help them are actually designed to benefit people of color at their expense, researcher Jonathan Metzl , MD, PhD, told an audience at Learn Serve Lead 2022: The AAMC Annual Meeting on November 12.

“There’s a disinformation machine coming” to turn people against certain proposals to expand government services and protections, as seen with the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Metzl said during of the session entitled “Dying of Whiteness: Politics, Politics and Racial Resentment”. This disinformation campaign included three messages: “This is a government intrusion into your life.” “It takes away privileges meant for you.” “Black will cut in front of you in line.”

Metzl saw the result of this message in focus group interviews several years ago with very sick men in Tennessee, who were asked, “Who benefits from health care reform?” While black men have always said that everyone in society benefits when everyone has access to good health care, white men have repeatedly said that health care reform takes resources away from white people to give more care for immigrants and people of color.

These views fundamentally influenced Metzl’s 2019 book, Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment is Killing America’s Heart. In it, the physician and sociologist explored how racial anxieties have dampened ACA enrollment in Tennessee, fueled the repeal of gun control laws in Missouri, and spurred education cuts. and social services in Kansas. As a result of these decisions, he argues, gun suicides and school dropouts among whites in these states increased and their life expectancies decreased.

Metzl, chair of the Department of Medicine, Health, and Society at Vanderbilt University in Tennessee, discussed his findings with AAMCNews several weeks ago. The interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.

What do you mean by “whiteness”?

I am not talking about White as a biological category or a genetic category. What I mean is the rise of a particular politics of whiteness that is anti-immigrant, anti-government, ardently pro-gun, steeped in a kind of nostalgia for a very often racialized imagined greatness.

There have always been many ways to be white in America. The question is how did this singular notion of whiteness as a category of resentment, this victimized notion of whiteness, become so powerful?

You wrote that the destruction of the health infrastructure contributes to worse outcomes for white people who share these views. How racial resentment contributes to the destruction of health infrastructure?

On an ideal planet, people would want to have as much access to a social safety net and doctors as possible. The way health insurance works and health infrastructure works, you want the most people involved in your network so you can democratize risk and cost.

When I was doing my research in Tennessee, the ACA was beginning to take shape. For the first two months, before it got politicized, people were like, “That sounds good. Someone is going to help me pay for my exams or pay for my prescription drugs. Everyone was for it. Their politics didn’t matter.

Then came this incessant message that this is going to put the government in your private life, it is going to take away privileges, it is a handout to minorities. After months of this message, we would see people who had been totally for the ACA rejecting the program for these reasons. I’ve met tons of people who actively and deliberately don’t buy coverage, even when they’re sick. The white replacement narrative was so powerful that it caused people to reject a basic human motivation for health and longevity.

You tell the story of one such person, Trevor, a sick man who said he’d rather die than be covered by the ACA. He is dead. What do health care workers take from a guy like Trevor?

Here is someone who was not willing to enroll in a program, even if we helped him, if it also benefited immigrants and minorities. He would tell me, “I don’t join a program if it benefits people I consider below me in the social hierarchy. This ideology of not sharing, of caring about other debaucheries, led him to make decisions against his own health.

He was part of a social/political team whose power and authority depended on someone like Trevor at the bottom of the social hierarchy denying something that would have been good for him. If someone like Trevor said, “I demand health care and I want leaders who are going to give me health care,” they couldn’t have afforded tax cuts. They needed people like Trevor to be martyrs.

When I read the stories of your interactions with people on ACA and gun violence, it seems like having a discussion with them based on data alone wouldn’t be productive for either party. People in medicine say, “I provide data. I can show you the maps. Why it does not work ?

We haven’t realized that the stories we tell about data really matter. Public health officials who study guns say gun reform is common sense, that we need background checks and red flag laws. A background check means that your information is recorded in a database when you purchase a firearm. And a red flag law means inviting the police and a judge to do an assessment on whether you can own it or not.

If you’re in New York, who cares? If you’re in a red state like Tennessee, the last thing you want is for the government to police your right to carry a gun. Things that are common sense in one locality are not common sense in the other. We failed to explain the data and adapt it to the ideology of others.

You have written several times that you do not accuse these people of being racist. Should we recognize that racism plays a role?

My research does not seek to discern individual racism. What I saw when I was talking to the poor is that part of the reason their racism, in quotes, was showing up was that they were part of a political party that was draining their resources and giving away money that would have gone to their education, their security, their health care, to tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations. Everything went out the window. There were so many structural factors.

If we just say people need more individual sensitivity or anti-racism training, without fixing the major structural drivers upstream of why their attitudes are what they are, then we’re just going to continue to be behind the eight ball.

You also wrote that you weren’t accusing them of being duped. But they support policies that harm them.

If your life goal is to ban abortion and have second amendment rights, then you are ready to do whatever it takes. I think health care is important, but many people I met thought banning abortion was much more important. My value system was not the same as theirs. It is important to see what their value system is.

Why is what we are talking about a matter of whiteness? Many people of color support the Republican Party and some of the policies and decisions you write about.

Many people who support Democratic policies have assumed that racial identity constitutes an ideology, and Democrats do so at their peril. There are many black Americans who are not African American. There are many Latin Americans who are Cuban. At our peril, we correlate skin color with ideology. Also, people have delivered fair critiques of Democratic finance, health and safety policies in a way that resonates.

If these political decisions about health care and gun safety are hurting some white people, aren’t they hurting people of color even more, given the health disparities between racial and ethnic groups in the United States? United ?

Minority and immigrant communities suffer enormously and unnecessarily from these policies. My data makes this painfully clear. But the data I follow reveals how the health and well-being of white Americans has also suffered from the health effects of these policies. Such effects have manifested themselves publicly, as when white spectators died in high-profile mass shootings linked to gun policies, or lack thereof, enacted by white conservative politicians. Other effects were much less obvious, such as the long-term implications of stalling health care reform or funding for schools and health infrastructure.

So I ask, why are white Americans putting up with this suffering? Why do they choose it, indeed? Writer Toni Morrison has bluntly stated the conflict inherent in this notion of American whiteness: to “restore whiteness to its former status as a marker of national identity, a number of white Americans are sacrificing themselves.”

This is not a book that ends with solution bullet points. But what should we do?

You need to replace structures that promote competition with structures where people can see the value of collaboration. When they first conceptualized the ACA, there was an idea that entire communities would get tax breaks if the community lowered their systolic blood pressure, lowered blood sugar, reduced ER visits, created more bike lanes, all these other health measures. . He rewarded people for working together across tribal lines. People might see the benefit of collaborating toward mutual health goals.

Of course, it was one of the first things to be thrown out the window.

Think about it: can we have people seeing and being rewarded for this kind of benefit? Consider ways structures can reward people for working together toward common health goals.

Trying to change people’s minds is exhausting and impossible. It is better to change the structures in a way that rewards cooperation.

Continue the conversation

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Hillsborough County – Hillsborough County will close all offices and facilities Thursday due to Tropical Storm Nicole; Some facilities will remain closed for Veterans Day Wed, 09 Nov 2022 18:37:09 +0000

All Hillsborough County offices and facilities will be closed on Thursday, November 10 for staff and public safety, and to allow staff to focus on the emergency response to Tropical Storm Nicole.

The closure includes all libraries, parks, reserves and recreation centers in the county. All county public meetings have also been postponed. The Greenways Open Doors scheduled for Thursday at 6 p.m. will be postponed to a later date.

Solid waste facilities closed Thursday, reopening Friday

Hillsborough County Solid Waste Facilities will be closed on Thursday, November 10 and there will be no curbside pickup due to Tropical Storm Nicole.

Garbage, recyclables and yard waste collection will resume Friday, November 11, Veterans Day, in the unincorporated Hillsborough County Solid Waste Service Area, which includes Tampa Palms, Hunter’s Green and New Tampa. All disposal facilities will also reopen Friday, including the Southeast County Landfill, Northwest and South County Transfer Stations, Resource Recovery Facility, Community Collection Centers, yard waste treatment facilities and residential debris dump sites.

Residents are encouraged to dispose of yard waste already curbside by throwing what they can into their regular garbage cart. Residents also have the option of disposing of yard waste at the Storm Debris Dump Sites which will remain open until 5 p.m. today. For more information, visit or

Veterans Day Closures and Reopenings on November 11

Hillsborough County offices and most facilities will continue to be closed on Friday, November 11, Veterans Day. All parks, including dog parks, skate parks, nature preserves, trails, wading pools and boat ramps should reopen.

Closed on Veterans Day, November 11:

  • County government administrative offices
  • Hillsborough County Customer Service Center at (813) 272-5900
  • All libraries in the Hillsborough County Public Library Cooperative
  • Hillsborough County Parks & Recreation Centers including programs offered at the facilities
  • Hillsborough County Pet Resource Center. A limited number of Animal Safety and Code Enforcement Officers will be on call for emergencies only. Submit a request through the Animal Request button on
  • Development Services Center
  • Sunshine Line Transportation Service
  • The Water Resources Customer Service Center in Brandon. Emergency calls regarding county water and wastewater service can be made at (813) 744-5600.
  • Emergency Rental Assistance Program Call Center

Be connected. Stay alert.

For more information on Hillsborough County’s response to Tropical Storm Nicole, visit and sign up for the HCFL Alert System. Additionally, you can follow Hillsborough County on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Nextdoor for updates.

Residents without digital access are encouraged to call (813) 272-5900, the county’s main information line, or visit

Britain is on a highway to hell – and the Tories are about to make life even harder | Andrew Rawnsley Sun, 06 Nov 2022 10:50:53 +0000

Jory MPs publicly despise Matt Hancock, but they may soon be envious in private. There is a worse fate for a politician than to be stuffed with kangaroo testicles and ostrich anus in exchange for a very large check. As the disgraced former health secretary is seen consuming exotic genitals, Tory MPs brace themselves for the ritual humiliation of facing aggrieved voters demanding to know why the government is making their lives even harder .

The headline national event of late autumn is the chancellor’s fiscally brutal package of tax hikes and spending cuts expected in 11 days. It will be a bush trial of the entire Tory party before a jury who are already telling pollsters they are eager to evict the Tories.

Jeremy Hunt was recently caught quoting a line from Barack Obama during the 2008 financial crisis: “It would be really interesting shit if I wasn’t in the middle of it. This is shit that will only get carried away. The Bank of England has accompanied its latest interest rate hike, the biggest hike since Black Wednesday three decades ago, with the warning that, on the journey through this crisis, Britain is likely to experience an inflation spike of around 11%, the longest recession in a century and a doubling of the unemployment rate. Bank Governor Andrew Bailey warned of a “difficult road to travel”.

Many voters already think they are on a highway to hell paved with falling real incomes that are nowhere near keeping up with escalating mortgage and rent payments as well as soaring prices for food, energy and other essentials of life. Some may have thought things couldn’t get any worse, but Rishi Sunak and his Chancellor will soon rid them of that illusion.

Their planned crisis may not be as excruciating as the government says in advance. “They fly a lot of kites to see which ones catch the fire the most,” said a senior Tory official. Fueling media speculation about the brutality of the pressure, the government is playing the expectation game in hopes of generating some relief when the Chancellor’s measures turn out to be slightly less gruesome than pre-stated. I’m not sure this trick will work. Being told you’re about to be thrown out of a 10-story window won’t make you feel any better when you’re then thrown out of an eight-story window.

Neither tax hikes nor spending cuts will be popular, but when asked to choose, most citizens say they would prefer the former to the latter. The average Conservative MP leans in the opposite direction. Liz Truss’ fantasy that growth could be revived through unfunded tax cuts exploded on contact with market reality and parachuted Mr Sunak into number 10. A fiscal conservative now heads the government and Tory MPs generally accept that more tax hikes are inevitable. That doesn’t mean they’ll be enthusiastic about it. More than anything else, it was his tax collection record that kept Mr Sunak from winning the Tory leadership when he made his first tilt at work. Unity and discipline have only been superficially restored in the Conservative Party. At best, Tory MPs will be sullen about voting to raise taxes even further. The Prime Minister and the Chancellor will be very lucky if they do not trigger one or more backbench revolts.

Finding and implementing public spending cuts will be even more of a nightmare. It has been said that the Treasury will try to keep public sector wage increases to just 2% in the next financial year, which would mean a big chunk of the real value of salaries for police officers, teachers and health workers. “They won’t get away with it. They just won’t,” says a former Conservative cabinet minister. Public sector unions have already started voting their members for strikes over the winter. Staff shortages are increasingly felt. The most recent official statistics report that the NHS in England is short by more than 46,000 nurses, meaning less than 90% of vacancies are filled. The effects of the strikes on the health service, where more than 7 million people are already on English waiting lists, would be quite atrocious. In a battle between conservative politicians and nurses, the winner will not be conservative politicians.

The Resolution Foundation estimates the government could find £10billion through cuts to infrastructure projects and other capital investment that would be relatively easy to announce but bad for growth. Attacking the real value of working-age benefits and pensions could fetch a similar sum, but would be toxic in the midst of a cost-of-living crisis.

Faced with the macabre state of public finances, ministers have two excuses. One is the vast expenses related to the pandemic. The problem with this alibi is that it is also Mr. Sunak’s main claim to fame. Said a senior Tory: ‘It’s hard for him to say I did this wonderful thing with the furlough scheme and all that – now you’re going to have to pay for it for years to come.’ The ministers’ other culprit is the Kremlin. There is no doubt that Putin’s war and the legacy of the pandemic are having a global impact, but no other advanced economy has done worse than Britain. We are the only G7 country to be poorer today than before the pandemic. The predicted post-Covid boom never materialized and now we must prepare for another downturn. The grim prediction from the Bank of England is that Britons will be even worse off in 2025 than they were before Covid and people didn’t feel very prosperous then.

The Opinium poll we are releasing today suggests that Labor and the Conservatives are pretty much neck and neck when voters are asked which of them is more competent to manage the economy. It’s a beacon of encouragement for the Conservatives given what they’ve put people through this year, but it doesn’t tell us how the public will feel once they endure a tough winter in which disposable income will be crushed even harder.

The Conservatives will try to distract from their record by diverting questions to the opposition. Labor will be against spending cuts. The Tories will therefore ask what taxes Sir Keir Starmer’s party would raise instead. If the opposition denounces the tax hikes, ministers will demand to know what spending Labor would cut instead. Sir Keir’s party does not yet have a detailed tax and spending plan. He and Shadow Chancellor Rachel Reeves can argue it’s unreasonable to expect them to produce one when the Tories have gone from Trussonomics madness to Austerity 2.0 misery in the space of less than two months. The Shadow Cabinet agrees that it’s imperative that they don’t get sucked into a “so what would you do?” trap, which will impale them on the hook while letting the preservatives detach from it. “It’s not our black hole,” says a senior Labor Party official. “It’s the Tories’ black hole and they have to be made to own it.”

When Mr Sunak first moved into Number 10, Sir Keir campaigned for an immediate election and received great public support for the request, but not everyone around him really wants an early visit at polling stations. You’re unlikely to hear a Labor person say this into a live microphone, but some of them are muttering furtively that their party’s long-term interests might be better served if the election comes later than sooner. A Labor government taking power in the near future would be handed wrecked government finances and ailing public services while instantly being faced with horrific dilemmas of how to fix things.

It wouldn’t be like 1997, when Tony Blair inherited a growing economy from the outgoing Conservative government. This provided him and Gordon Brown with the money needed to lower taxes while increasing spending on the services most important to the public. A Labor government taking power anytime soon would face a situation more akin to that of 1964 and 1974, when Tory regimes bequeathed an ungodly mess to Labor successors who were then themselves swallowed up by economic crises. So it is better, some Labor thinks, to hold an election later and let the Tories endure the hellish landscape they have created. It’s more telling testimony to the depths of the shit that Mr. Hunt and Mr. Sunak are in – and the country with them.

Andrew Rawnsley is the Observer’s chief political commentator

]]> Is America ready to trade democracy for cheap gas? It’s fascism in a nutshell Thu, 03 Nov 2022 09:45:00 +0000

This recent New York Times headline offers the perfect prospective epitaph for America’s struggling democracy and its potential impending demise: “Voters See Democracy in Peril, But Saving It Is Not a Priority.”

The details are grim. Voters “overwhelmingly believe that American democracy is under threat, but seem remarkably apathetic about that danger”, and relatively few call it “the nation’s most pressing problem”, according to a new poll conducted for The Times by Siena College. . More than a third of independent voters in the poll “said they were open to supporting candidates who reject the legitimacy of the 2020 election” because economic concerns were more pressing. While 71% of voters agreed that “democracy was in danger”, only 7% said it was the country’s most important problem.

The Times’ analysis conformed to a depressing stream of conventional wisdom, concluding that “for many Americans, this year’s midterm elections will be largely defined by rising inflation and other economic problems. ‘, reflecting a deep-rooted ‘cynicism’ about the government. This particular portrait reinforces what political scientists and other experts have long known about voting and other political behavior in this country.

Most Americans are relatively unsophisticated in their understanding of politics and public policy, and tend to be disengaged on issues beyond the few issues that seem to immediately concern them, their families, or their communities, unless a national emergency or crisis that requires collective attention. . But even this kind of increased visibility does not necessarily translate into an accurate or factual understanding of the policies in question. For example, the COVID pandemic has certainly become a major national issue, but has also fueled widespread misinformation about vaccines and public health measures. The 2020 election riddled the nation for weeks, but the tale of Donald Trump’s big lie about that election has not faded.

There are exceptions. Due to their experience of navigating the color line, the contradictions of American democracy, and the country’s long history of white supremacy and racism, black Americans, as a group, often tend to be more sophisticated than white Americans in terms of political decision-making.

Most Americans are not ideological, which means they lack a cohesive, cohesive worldview that drives voting and other political behavior. Overall, the American people tend to look to trusted elites for how they should think about politics and what they should do about it. Partisanship and voting are substitutes for other social identities, not independent of them.

It is often said that the American people are increasingly polarized in politics. True enough, but it fundamentally reflects how political elites, opinion leaders, and a small percentage of highly politically engaged individuals drive mass behavior.

Many Americans don’t consistently think about politics and are disengaged or uninformed about important issues. Moreover, the political and economic elites like it that way.

As confirmed by the New York Times/Siena College poll and accompanying analysis, immediate financial concerns and judgments about the economy (i.e. “portfolio issues”) seem to influence the political behavior of many Americans. But even this banal observation is more complicated than it seems. “The economy”, as a tool for political decision-making, is strewn with pitfalls and inconsistencies. Overall, it may not even matter as much in determining political decision-making as many pundits and other observers have long assumed. Political scientists Christopher Achen and Larry Bartels make this intervention in their book “Democracy for Realists”:

[I]It is not at all clear that voters can gauge the performance of incumbents simply by assessing changes in their own well-being. If jobs were lost during a recession, something is wrong, but is it the president’s fault? If not, then voting based on good or bad economic conditions may not be more effective than killing the pharaoh when the Nile fails to flood or voting against Woodrow Wilson when the sharks attack. the Jersey Shore…. Or, as Theodore Roosevelt said as he faced the Panic of 1907, “When the average man loses his money, he’s just like a wounded serpent and strikes right or left at anything, innocent or vice versa, presents itself as visible in his mind.”

An even more fundamental problem is that voters can have great difficulty in accurately assessing changes in their well-being – even with regard to national economic conditions, which are very salient and carefully monitored by professional economists within and outside of government.

Many Americans do not systematically think about politics, society or the economy and are not likely to make connections between a seemingly abstract concept like “democracy” and the specific issues that concern them. But it is also true that political elites, media commentators and other opinion leaders who claim to believe in democracy have failed to explain to a wide audience how and why democracy has a substantial impact on daily life. of the average individual.

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There’s an even more cynical explanation: as a group, America’s elites don’t particularly want a well-informed and highly engaged public. Such a public could pose an effective challenge to the outsized power of these elites and, in doing so, show how much they have imposed their narrow interests on public policy. Here is Chris Hedges, in a recent essay republished at the Salon:

The step from dysfunctional democracy to full fledged fascism was, and still will be, a small step. Hatred of the ruling class, embodied in the establishment Republican and Democratic parties, which have merged into a single ruling party, is nearly universal. The public, battling inflation which is at its highest level in 40 years and costing the average American household an additional $717 a month in July alone, will increasingly see any political figure or political party ready to attack traditional ruling elites as an ally. The more crude, irrational, or vulgar the attack, the happier the outcasts. Those sentiments are true here and in Europe, where energy costs are set to rise 80% this winter and a 10% inflation rate is eating away at incomes.

The reconfiguration of society under neoliberalism to exclusively benefit the billionaire class, the reduction and privatization of public services, including schools, hospitals and public services, as well as deindustrialization, the excessive payment of funds and State resources in the war industry, at the expense of the country’s infrastructure and social services, as well as the construction of the largest prison system in the world and the militarization of the police, have predictable results.

At the heart of the problem is a loss of faith in traditional forms of government and democratic solutions.

In a recent interview with me for Salon, social psychologist Shawn Rosenberg made similar observations, saying that “the Achilles’ heel of democracy is that the people, that is, the citizens, don’t understand the broader political and governmental system and its values”, and are therefore “susceptible to a populist message”. He attributes this primarily to America’s dysfunctional education system, which “has failed to educate the public to understand the complex issues of society and politics”:

It’s not that much of the American public is inherently bad or evil. It’s just that when they look at the world, they don’t understand what’s going on. They don’t understand why it’s so hard to solve some of these problems that we face, why it’s so hard to govern, and why they’re supposed to respect people who they think are obviously wrong. … Right-wing populism offers simple answers, simple solutions, and simple descriptions of what the world is like. Donald Trump, Ron DeSantis and other such Republican leaders offer that vision and those answers.

Meanwhile, members of the media and political classes often make the mistake of generalizing from their own experience and knowledge to the public at large, leading to a whole host of incorrect assumptions, wrong conclusions and general misunderstandings. Thus, we get the perpetual or simulated shock and surprise of pundits, commentators, and mainstream political leaders at the Republican Party’s fascist campaign against American democracy. Political scientist Jonathan Renshon discussed this in an interview with Politico last June:

Absolutely nothing prevents elites from using the same public opinion data that academics or the public have access to, and yet we still see compelling evidence that elites misinterpret public opinion, either because of the stereotypes that they nurture on the public, either by overweighting their own preferences, or unequal exposure to particular constituencies or special interests. As we saw during the 2020 presidential election campaign, it’s also not uncommon for politicians to ignore or dismiss public opinion polls when they don’t like the results. In a broader sense, this is not surprising: there are many areas in which access to more or more accurate information does not necessarily reduce the tendency for bias to creep into our judgments.

Altogether, the recent New York Times poll simply offers further evidence that the American people can claim to be concerned about “democracy”, but are fundamentally uncertain about the cause of the crisis and have no idea what to do about it. It’s actually worse than that, in that many Americans don’t even pretend to care about democracy and are more concerned about falling gas and grocery prices – and have no problem to trade their rights and freedoms for the promise of ending inflation.

In an equally grim vein, a new CBS News poll finds that 63% of likely Democratic voters think a functioning democracy is more important than a strong economy, but those numbers are more than reversed among Republicans, 70% of which ranks “a strong economy” (whatever that means) above a functioning democracy.

It is not hyperbolic or metaphorical to describe these figures as a classic example of how democracy, gradually, then more rapidly, rots and succumbs to fascism. The naive belief that “it can’t happen here” is seriously misplaced: it’s happening here right now.

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Lake County News, CA – Supervisors consider giving themselves a big raise, accepting park ownership and donating money Mon, 31 Oct 2022 10:52:19 +0000

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. — Supervisors this week will discuss giving themselves a hefty 38% raise, the latest in a series of multimillion-dollar pay increases the county used a 2019 study to justify, and will consider also to formally accept hundreds of acres of land and money for a new park in Clearlake Oaks.

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In an untimed point, the council will consider raising the salaries of its members. These are the latest employee increases resulting from the 2019 classification and compensation study, which led the board to approve increases of $21 million during the pandemic.

County Administrative Officer Susan Parker’s report said council salaries remained frozen when the other raises were granted. The annual salary for a supervisor is now $63,714, with the president receiving an additional $2,400.

Parker said that prior to the implementation of the classification and compensation study, salaries for supervisors were set at 60% of the average for elected department heads. If implemented now, their salaries would increase by 37%, to $87,573.60.

“To mitigate the appearance of a conflict of your board approving raises for itself,” Parker said, staff recommends setting supervisor salaries at 38.6% of court judges’ salaries. higher, which as of July 1 totaled $229,125 per year.

This would bring board salaries to $88,483.20 per year, a 38.8% increase over the current salary level, with the chairman receiving an additional 5%, or $4,472.

Parker said that would increase supervisor payroll expenses from $323,832 to $449,750 per year, or $125,918 per year without benefits.

In another untimed item, the board will consider a resolution accepting a bequest to the county from the John T. Klaus 1994 Trust.

The request includes 620 acres in Clearlake Oaks to be used as a public park as well as ‘considerable proceeds’ from the sale of additional properties to be distributed to the Lake County Utilities, Parks and Recreation Division, according to the staff report. of County Counsel Anita Grant.

The full agenda follows.


5.1: Approve purchase order for Heritage Oaks Hospital for acute psychiatric hospitalization and professional services associated with acute psychiatric hospitalizations in the amount of $19,159 and authorize the department head to sign.

5.2: Adopt a proclamation congratulating Lori Garzoli, Child Support Supervisor.

5.3: Waive the formal tender requirement and authorize the IT Director to issue a purchase order to Dell Marketing LP for Microsoft Server 2022 licenses.

5.4: Approve the contract between Lake County and Brain Learning Psychological Corp. for learning disability testing and assessment services in the amount of $45,000 from July 1, 2022 to June 30, 2023, and authorize the President to sign.


6.2, 9:07 a.m.: Presentation of proclamation congratulating Lori Garzoli, Child Support Supervisor.

6.3, 9:15 a.m.: a) Consideration of adding a fire district headquarters to the cannabis working group; and b) consider joining the new Fire Marshal Forum and direct staff to attend.


7.2: Consideration to amend Section 2-3A.1 of Article I, Chapter 2 of the Lake County Code, Board of Supervisors Remuneration.

7.3: Consideration of a memorandum of understanding between Lake County and Partnership HealthPlan of California for the Housing and Homelessness Incentive Program for fiscal years 2022-23 through 2027-28 in the amount of $4,174 $059 and authorize the Director of Behavioral Health Services to sign.

7.4: Review of the proposed calendar of regular meetings of the Supervisory Board for 2023.

7.5: Review of updated 2022 committee assignments for Supervisory Board members.

7.6: Consideration of a resolution accepting the bequest of real estate and funds from the John T. Klaus 1994 Trust to Lake County.

7.7: Consideration of an amendment to the Lake County COVID-19 Public Health Emergency Site Protocol.

7.8: Consideration of authorizing the Utilities Manager/Assistant Purchasing Officer to sign a purchase order to Peterson CAT for a Caterpillar 2022 826K Landfill Compactor at Eastlake Landfill for an amount not to exceed $1,189,752 $.32.

7.9: a) Consideration of a framework agreement between the administering agency and the State for federal assistance projects; and b) consideration of a resolution authorizing the director of public works to approve supplements to the framework agreement.

7.10: Consideration of appointment to the Risk Mitigation Planning Committee.


8.1: Consideration of the following assessment appeal request: No. 58-2020 Lakeport Post Acute.

8.2: Pursue the following evaluation call requests at the Supervisory Board meeting of May 2, 2023: n° 60-2020, 61-2020, 62-2020, 20-2021, 21-2021 H&S Energy.


9.1: Conference with legal counsel: Dispute existing under s. 54956.9(d)(1) – Sabalone v. Lake County.

9.2: Conference with legal counsel: existing dispute pursuant to Art. 5456.9(d)(1) – Flesch v. Lake County.

9.3: Conference with a legal adviser: existing dispute in accordance with art. 5456.9(d)(1) – Town of Clearlake v. Lake County, et al.

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UNICEF Dominican Republic Humanitarian Situation Report No. 1 (cholera outbreak) 28 October 2022 – Dominican Republic Fri, 28 Oct 2022 22:03:17 +0000


Situation in numbers

1 confirmed case of cholera in the DR

1,874,792 children and adolescents in the Dominican Republic receive water contaminated with E. Coli (54.8%)

506,331 children and adolescents in the poorest quintile do not have soap and water to wash their hands (74%)

27,822 people per month entering the DR through the Haitian border (average)

Strong points

  • In the Dominican Republic, the first case of cholera was confirmed on October 20, 2022, in the province of La Altagracia, located in the eastern region of the country, in which the water and sanitation systems were seriously affected by the Hurricane Fiona and there are still communities where people do not have access to clean water and excreta disposal.

  • The above shows a significant scenario of vulnerability for the Dominican Republic, such as i) the high human mobility between the two countries, due to the increase in deportations by the migration authorities of the Dominican Republic, ii) certain social behaviors towards the Haitian migrants who could hinder the demand for timely care in health centers for fear of being deported and iii) the effects caused by Hurricane Fiona, which to this day keeps the population of the East region without meet their basic needs, and iv) the poor supply of drinking water and sanitation, in terms of coverage, quantity and quality, both at household level and in public services, making it difficult to prevent the disease

  • The Dominican Republic’s Ministry of Public Health has activated its emergency plan and focused cholera prevention operations on the border provinces (Dajabon, Elias Piña, Jimani and Pedernales) and the eastern region of the country. The strategic axes of the plan are epidemiological surveillance, the strengthening of health centers for the management of cases, water/sanitation and the promotion of hygiene at the community level.

  • UNICEF has launched prevention and response actions to the cholera epidemic in the Dominican Republic, based on experience and in coordination with PAHO/WHO. Among these is the strengthening of the leadership of the Ministry of Public Health so that it coordinates actions and guarantees the complementarity and homogenization of approaches for a global approach to people at risk.

  • For the moment, no action is planned to support the humanitarian response in Haiti, but communication and epidemiological surveillance are ongoing.

Overview of the situation and humanitarian needs

On October 1, 2022, Haitian national authorities reported a confirmed case of Vibrio cholerae in the greater Port-au-Prince area, Haiti. The disease has spread and as of October 26, the Haitian Ministry of Public Health reports 2,274 suspected cases, of which 1,642 cases are hospitalized and 52 have died. 51% of reported suspected cases are under the age of 19. The most affected age group is 1 to 4 years old, followed by 5 to 9 years old.

Despite the efforts of the Haitian government and international support, the political and social situation in Haiti does not favor the control of the epidemic. The violence of the gangs that operate in and around Puerto Principe makes it difficult to access the most affected areas, making it impossible to detect and treat cases quickly. Access to clean water, basic hygiene products and energy is limited, which affects both disease prevention and case management.

In the Dominican Republic, the first case of cholera was confirmed on October 20, 2022, in the province of La Altagracia, located in the eastern region of the country, in which the water and sanitation systems were seriously affected by the Hurricane Fiona and there are still communities where people do not have access to clean water and excreta disposal.

In the Dominican Republic, the number of Haitians deported to Haiti is increasing. They are taken to detention centers for migrants which have neither water nor sanitation solutions and hygiene services, which constitute a route for the transmission and spread of cholera between the two countries, since many deported people find other ways to return to the Dominican Republic. The social and economic crisis in Haiti has generated a more intense migratory flow towards the east of the island, thus increasing the risk of the spread of cholera.

According to Enhogar 2019, although 98% of households use improved drinking water sources, E. Coli contamination in drinking water affects 54.8% of children and adolescents in the Dominican Republic (increased to 79% when is measured inside the house). In addition to this, it is pointed out that access to water is not continuous, especially for the poorest population of the country, forcing families to store water from public sources or other dangerous sources. .

Just 8.8% of households with children and adolescents use drinking water purification methods such as boiling, adding bleach or chlorine, filtering with a cloth, using a water filter, among other things, and only 26% of children, girls and adolescents in the poorest quintile have soap and water to wash their hands