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Hunters Point Public Comment Period Extended

The period for public comment on the fate of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard (HPS) has been extended to Friday, May 6, 2011. The Department of the Navy has prepared a Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement evaluating ‘the potential environmental consequences associated with the disposal and reuse of HPS’. In addition, the report includes six alternative uses for the land. Two alternatives involve the construction of a new football stadium. The other alternatives involve different combinations of residential, industrial/R&D, retail, and open space.
The Supplemental Impact Statement is available for review in the library or online. The Defense Base Closure and Realignment Commission encourages you to review and comment on the statement and proposed uses of the Hunters Point Naval Shipyard. Comments may be written or emailed to:
Director, BRAC PMO West
Attn. Mr. Ronald Bochenek
1455 Frazee Road, Suite 900
San Diego, CA 92108-4310
Fax: 619-532-9858
Email: ronald.bochenek.ctr@navy.mil
Comments must be received by Friday, May 6, 2011.

Final Report of the Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission

The Financial Crisis Inquiry Commission has issued its final report. The Commission was created to “examine the causes, domestic and global, of the current financial and economic crisis in the United States.” President Obama established the Commission in May 2009. Since then the ten person bipartisan committee interviewed more than 700 witnesses and reviewed millions of pages of documents. The final report presents the Commission’s findings and conclusions as well as many dissenting views.
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Two New Reports about Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

Report of the comprehensive review of the issues associated with a repeal of “Don’t ask, don’t tell”
Support plan for implementation
On November 30, 2010, the Department of Defense reported the results of a massive, nine month review on the effects of repealing Section 654 of Title 10 of the United States Code, commonly known as ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.’ The policy forces gay, lesbian, and bisexual people to repress who they are if they want to serve their country in the military. The report incorporates survey results from over 100,000 active duty and reserve Service members, over 40,000 spouses of active duty and reserve Service members, face-to-face ‘information exchange forums’ with over 24,000 Service members on military bases around the world, opinions from foreign allies, veterans groups, Service chiefs of chaplains, Service surgeons general, members of Congress, interviews with former Service members who are gay or lesbian, and, through a private company enlisted to ensure their privacy, interviews with current Service members that self-identify as gay or lesbian.
The results of the survey indicate “around 50-55% of Service members who that that repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell would have mixed or no effect; another 15-20% who said repeal would have a positive effect; and about 30% who said it would have a negative effect.”
In addition to the report, a Support plan for implementation outlining recommendations and guidelines for moving forward in the event of a repeal of the policy. There are videos, photos, and much more information at the Department of Defense’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell website.