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Los Angeles Initiative Sets Goal of Hiring 10,000 Veterans

  • June 16, 2014
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The city of Los Angeles last week launched a regional hiring initiative aimed at getting 10,000 veterans jobs by 2017 through the pledges of more than 100 companies and support from 40 nonprofit and public sector organizations. The city will commit $9 million over the next five years to link veterans with jobs, and ensure they account for 10 percent of those being served at the city’s new workforce development centers, set to open next month …

Community Still Waiting for Final Transfer from 1995 Realignment of Pennsylvania Depot

  • June 16, 2014
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The need to finish cleaning up about 150 acres at Letterkenny Army Depot has delayed the disposal of a parcel that was slated for realignment during the 1995 round of base closures. The 1995 BRAC round originally realigned almost 1,500 acres from Letterkenny, located in south central Pennsylvania, but the Army asked to retain about 350 acres due to the increased workload associated with the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, reported the Chambersburg Public Opinion. So far the Army has spent $30 million cleaning up property at the depot contaminated from degreasers stored or disposed of during the 1950s and 1960s. The Army has completed five of seven planned phases for transferring the realigned acreage. A date for completing the last property transfers to the community has not yet been established, according to the story.

Development at Seneca Army Depot Threatens Preservation of White Deer Herd

  • June 16, 2014
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As plans for the development of the former Seneca Army Depot in New York’s Finger Lakes District advance, a group of local preservationists is warning that the property’s unique herd of all-white deer may scatter. The herd of about 200 deer now roam throughout the depot’s remaining 7,000 acres of undeveloped land, hemmed in by 24 miles of fencing, reports Syracuse.com. The neighboring towns of Romulus and Varick are discussing imposing new zoning so the land can be used for residential, commercial and agricultural development …

DOD Funding Needed to Accelerate Transportation Projects, Appropriators Say

  • June 16, 2014
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The Pentagon should allocate funding for transportation projects outside the gates of military installations to help host communities accommodate increases in traffic stemming from mission growth, according to the report from the Senate Appropriations Committee accompanying the fiscal 2015 military construction and veterans affairs spending bill. “By including mission growth transportation projects as eligible infrastructure projects for federal defense funding, important improvements can be made while creating jobs and strengthening national security …

VA Reform Legislation Would Extend In-State Tuition to All Veterans

  • June 15, 2014
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The bipartisan legislation passed by the Senate last week to address the Department of Veterans Affairs’ scheduling crisis includes a provision requiring public colleges and universities to charge in-state tuition to veterans using their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits regardless of where they reside. Public institutions would be required to charge the in-state tuition rate to veterans while they are living in the state if they enroll within three years after separating from military service …

Colorado Springs Ranch Deal Could Benefit Peterson AFB

  • June 15, 2014
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The agreement by a Colorado Springs, Colo., developer to purchase an 18,000-acre ranch on the eastern side of the city could provide the solution to Peterson Air Force Base’s long-unfulfilled need to expand, according to local officials. Commanders of the 1,200-acre base have previously sought to enlarge Peterson onto the ranch property, located on its eastern border, reports the Colorado Springs Gazette. With a BRAC round looming, expansion could give Peterson a leg up. “If the base has more space, that becomes a good thing for the community, especially as the military reorganizes and moves things around …

Concord LRA Narrows Master Developer Search to Four Firms

  • June 15, 2014
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The LRA for the former Concord Naval Weapons Station last week selected four firms with significant experience in base redevelopment to compete to convert the San Francisco Bay-area facility into a mix of residential, office and commercial uses. The four firms — Catellus Development Corp., FivePoint Communities/Lennar, J.F. Shea Co. and SunCal — were among eight companies responding to the city’s request for qualifications to become the master developer to implement the Concord Reuse Project Area Plan …

Emboldened Tea Party Republicans Could Slow Progress on Spending Bills

  • June 15, 2014
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With Majority Whip Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) the favorite to replace Rep. Eric Cantor (R-Va.) as House majority leader following his stunning primary defeat last week, House leadership’s goal of passing all 12 individual spending bills before the new fiscal year begins seemingly will remain on track. McCarthy, an establishment Republican, supported the December budget deal relaxing Budget Control Act spending caps for fiscal 2014 and 2015 and, as result, favors the overall spending levels reflected in next year’s appropriations bills over the option of a continuing resolution …

Authorization Bills Call for Similar Reviews of Army Size, Force Structure

  • June 15, 2014
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Independent commissions that would be created under the House and Senate versions of the fiscal 2015 defense authorization bill to assess the proper end strength of the Army and mix between its active and reserve components would be largely similar. Support for creating a commission to study the Army’s future structure gained momentum on Capitol Hill after the service released its plan earlier this year to trim the size of the National Guard below 350,000 soldiers and shift its fleet of 192 AH-64 Apache attack helicopters to the active component. The commission and its role would bear a strong resemblance to the panel the armed services committees created two years ago to study the balance between the Air Force’s active and reserve components …

First Units Go on Sale at Hunters Point Redevelopment

  • June 13, 2014
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Lennar Urban opened up its sales office last week at the former Hunters Point Shipyard to launch sales of 88 modern townhomes and condominiums ranging in price from the mid $400,000s to $700,000s. The developer plans to finish the first model homes this summer and welcome the first residents in September, reports San Francisco Business Times. The project, named the San Francisco Shipyard, will transform 758 acres of the former Navy facility into a development with more than 12,000 homes when it’s completed. “The homes are going to be a breath of fresh air — a lot of people are getting priced out of San Francisco,” said Sheryl McKibben, vice president of sales and marketing at Lennar Urban. “We can’t build them fast enough …

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