WASHINGTON – Angelenos swarmed Capitol Hill on Tuesday, fanning out across Washington to lobby for federal money for a laundry list of items and make the city’s voice heard in the national corridors of power. Kicking off the three-day bombardment of congressional offices, Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa called the group of more than 200 business leaders, education officials and City Council members a historic delegation. “If we had a flag and spoke our own language – and some people say that we do – we’d have the seventh-largest economy in the world,” Villaraigosa said at an afternoon news conference with the Capitol rotunda behind him. “We want our fair share,” the mayor demanded. “California, and particularly Southern California, has been an ATM for far too long. It’s time to recognize that we have been an engine not just for the state, but for the nation.” Villaraigosa and the delegation also continued to receive a warm response on the Hill as aides and lawmakers stopped to greet them. As part of the city’s lobbying blitz, Villaraigosa met with Sen. Edward Kennedy, D-Mass., on the upcoming reauthorization of the No Child Left Behind education act. The mayor and Bratton also sat with Rep. John Conyers, D-Mich., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, and pushed for money to address Los Angeles’ gang problem. “We have got to start creating jobs for these kids and giving them hope in life,” Bratton said. Greuel pushes ports Meanwhile, Greuel traveled the halls with a copy of a recent report showing the value of goods shipped through the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach to every congressional district in the nation. “What happens in Los Angeles and Long Beach matters to the rest of the country,” Greuel said, noting that lawmakers need to use the report to push for improvements to the 710 Freeway and the Alameda Corridor East rail project. “We’re giving this information to our electeds so they can go to their colleagues in the House and Senate and say, `You need to vote for this,”‘ she said. Members of the Valley Industry & Commerce Association, also traveling with the delegation, used the opportunity to pounce on San Fernando Valley lawmakers for local aid. They pushed for passage of a small-business tax-relief package, repairs to Bay Delta levees and higher education-loan forgiveness for child-care providers. Fighting for funds The delegation had no price tag on the additional federal funds it would like to see. But local lawmakers warned that the budget is shrinking and House Appropriations Chairman David Obey, D-Wis., will likely seek to vastly reduce lawmakers’ ability to slip pork projects, also known as “earmarks,” into funding bills. “The competition for scarce federal dollars has never been more fierce,” said Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard, D-Los Angeles, a senior member of the House Appropriations Committee, which holds the purse strings to the federal government. An aide to Rep. Brad Sherman, D-Sherman Oaks, also was pragmatic. “What it means is, if you’re going to reduce the overall size of the pie, then nobody’s going to have a super year,” said Gary Goldberg, Sherman’s legislative director. Members of the Los Angeles delegation are set today to continue their D.C. foray, meeting with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi; House Education and Labor Committee head George Miller; Rep. James Oberstar, D-Mich., head of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; and Delaware presidential candidate Sen. Joseph Biden. And Villaraigosa vowed to see the Los Angeles lobbying delegation get larger each year. “We are a force to be reckoned with,” he said. email@example.com (202) 662-8731160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The regional delegation pushed its cause while, in Senate chambers, legislators voted to support withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, escalating a deepening dispute between Congress and the president. Villaraigosa – flanked by Los Angeles Police Chief William Bratton; City Council members Eric Garcetti, Wendy Greuel and Bill Rosendahl; and Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent David Brewer III – vowed to seek dollars for roads and schools. And he called on Congress to reform immigration laws, dole out anti-terrorism funding to states most at risk for attack, and invest in violence-prevention measures. Warm response The news conference outside a House office building – one of the premier photo-opportunity spots on Capitol Hill – lacked some of the glamour of Villaraigosa’s previous visits to the Beltway, but still drew a respectable number of TV stations and media.
Residents in Gaoth Dobhair have set up a committee after claims that human waste is being dumped by some tourists staying in caravans in Port Arthur. The committee are attempting to establish who polices the area in order to resolve the situation which has now been described as ‘intolerable’. Members of the committee are attempting to establish whether the land is marked as a Special Area of Conservation, if so that would prohibit anyone being on the land.They’re also in contact with delegates from Glenveagh to get clarity on the matter.More than 70 people attended a meeting last night to discus the situation.At the meeting locals criticized the County Council saying they were aware of the situation and that they have done nothing about it. Officials from the council are expecting to visit the site next week.The nine-man committee which was formed last night will be chaired by Hughie Mac Giolla Bhríde.It was Mac Giolla Bhríde who first brought the on-going problem into the public domain, when he posted pictures of the human waste being dumped beside Port Arthur on his Facebook timeline.The pictures sparked an outrage amongst other locals and over 80 people attended the public meeting last night which was held in the Gweedore United club house.Locals expressed their annoyance at the situation and said something needed to be urgently done to resolve the issue.One local said he seen one tourist dump his waste into the water beside the pier, when the local approached him to ask why he did what he did, the local was told in no uncertain terms to clear off. Local councillors Micheál Cholm Mac Giolla Easbuig and John Sheamis Ó Fearraigh were in attendance at the meeting.Mac Giolla Bhríde said he realises the importance of tourists to the local economy, but reiterated that with 45-50 caravans camping on site with absolutely no sanitation facilities the area was now a health and safety issue.Mac Giolla Bhríde told Donegal Daily, “I don’t have anything against tourists, and people who attended the meeting last night concerned about the situation don’t either.“We realise the importance they play in the local economy, but the fact of the matter is there is absolutely no sanitation disposal facilities on site, and as a result human waste is being dumped in the quarry beside the beach. “It’s only about 100 yards from the beach, and the smell as you can imagine is foul, and the area is now full of bluebottles.Mac Giolla Bhríde believes there should be a proper camping site in Gaoth Dobhair because there’s such a demand for one in the area.He also said it was scandalous that there wasn’t even bins for tourists to put their rubbish into and said it was a disgrace there isn’t even a few port-a-loos on site at the beach.“You’ve between 40-50 caravans in the area and not one of them have any proper sanitation facility, they’re just going to the toilet in the quarry.“It’s disgusting and the situation has now become intolerable for locals living nearby, there’s not even bins to dump their rubbish so many just leave their rubbish behind too.“I spoke to James Browne from Gortlee Hire and he told me he has fitted several port-a-loos at beaches all over Donegal, so I can’t understand why a number haven’t been fitted here.“Port Arthur is a beautiful scenic area and has a beautiful beach, but the lack of these basic facilities is now causing a serious issue in the area.Mac Giolla Bhríde said the committee are having another meeting tonight and are hoping to establish who actually policies the area.“We’re having another meeting tonight and hopefully we can find out who exactly owns the land.“As I said I’ve nothing against tourists, many have come before in the past with caravans equipped with sanitation facilities, and they’re lovely friendly people who respect the area and clean up after themselves.“But this current situation can no longer go and, as it’s a health concern and it needs to be sorted ASAP.MEETING HEARS COUNCIL IS IGNORING CAMPING SITE WHERE HUMAN WASTE IS BEING DUMPED was last modified: July 23rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Gaoth Dobhairhuman wastePort Arthur