Lake Tahoe trout trapped by drought rescued by fishermen

GrindTV - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 14:22
Lake Tahoe tourists on Fanny Bridge watch volunteer anglers catch trout that had become trapped in a pool of water because of the drought. Photo from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Facebook page

Lake Tahoe tourists on Fanny Bridge watch volunteer anglers catch trout that had become trapped in a pool of water because of the drought. Photo: California Department of Fish and Wildlife Facebook page

When Lake Tahoe stopped feeding the Truckee River last fall—a result of severe drought conditions—it left numerous trout confined to a small pool of water above the dam and under the iconic Fanny Bridge in Tahoe City.

With dry stretches of riverbed on either side of the dam, the rainbow and German brown trout had nowhere to go, and without flowing water, oxygen became an issue for the survival of the fish.

Environmental scientists monitored the water conditions for months until determining this week that the diminishing level of dissolved oxygen was a danger to the fish.

So on Tuesday, the California Department of Fish and Wildlife enlisted volunteer fishermen from Trout Unlimited and the Tahoe City community to help relocate the trout into Lake Tahoe—a first fish relocation of its kind at Fanny Bridge.

In a normal year, this stretch of river above the dam is flowing with water. Because of severe drought, it is dry. Photo from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Facebook page

In a normal year, this stretch of river above the dam is flowing with water. Because of severe drought, it is dry. Photo: California Department of Fish and Wildlife Facebook page

The California Department of Fish and Wildlife released details and photos of the rescue Friday on its Facebook page. A total of 30 fish—26 German browns, four rainbows—were caught, netted, measured, tagged and put into a holding tank until being released into Lake Tahoe soon after.

“[The fish] are seriously a landmark of Tahoe City,” David Lass, Trout Unlimited California field director, told Tahoe Daily Tribune. “People care enough about them…to do something about it, which is really nice to see.”

Visitors to Tahoe City often enjoyed watching the trout swim under Fanny Bridge, so named because of what drivers would see as they traveled over the bridge. On Tuesday they watched people fishing where they aren’t usually allowed to fish, but obviously it was for a very good cause.

“Nobody wants to see them die here under these circumstances, so if we have the ability to help, we’d like to,” Kirsten Macintyre of the CDFW told the Tahoe Daily Tribune.

The anglers caught trout ranging from 17 to 32 inches with the average being 24 inches and in the four- to six-pound range. But some were 10 pounds.

The trout, relocated into Lake Tahoe, measured 17 to 32 inches. Photo from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Facebook page

The trout, relocated into Lake Tahoe, measured 17 to 32 inches. Photo: California Department of Fish and Wildlife Facebook page

The trout were measured, tagged and put into a holding tank before being relocated to Lake Tahoe. Photo from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife Facebook page

The trout were measured, tagged and put into a holding tank before being relocated to Lake Tahoe. Photo: California Department of Fish and Wildlife Facebook page

Officials originally estimated 20 to 36 fish were trapped, so the effort was deemed a success.

“We were satisfied with the number of fish we relocated,” Macintyre told Tahoe Daily Tribune. “We do know that there are more fish still under the bridge, but the dissolved oxygen is less of a concern with 30 fewer fish in the pool.”

Officials will continue to monitor levels of oxygen to determine future trout rescues. With four consecutive dry winters and another low snowpack, more rescues can certainly be anticipated.

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De Blasio Deputy Anthony Shorris Ducks Questions on MTA Funding

Streetsblog New York City - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 14:11

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s One New York plan, focused on the intersection of income inequality and the environment, doesn’t hesitate to make big recommendations to the MTA, like a new subway line. To pay for those plans, de Blasio will need Governor Cuomo and the state legislature to take action, but the mayor isn’t putting forward his own ideas about how to fund the MTA.

First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris. Photo: Wikipedia

While the Move NY toll reform plan aligns with the mayor’s environmental and equity goals, de Blasio has avoided taking a position on it. Today, his top deputy wouldn’t elaborate on City Hall’s position except to note that the mayor is “leading the fight” to pass a federal transportation bill.

After his morning keynote at the annual Regional Plan Association assembly at the Waldorf-Astoria, First Deputy Mayor Anthony Shorris continued the administration’s waltz around the Move NY Fair Plan during a press scrum.

“Look, I think one thing we’ve said from the beginning is the full funding of the MTA capital program is essential to the city, to this mayor’s agenda, and to the whole One New York plan, and even more broadly, to the whole region,” Shorris said. “Everybody’s going to have to figure out how to come together and do that. That’s the city, the state, the MTA itself.”

Then Shorris shifted to Congress.

“It’s also very important that the transportation bill in Washington be passed. There’s actually a critical federal component,” Shorris said.

I asked if that meant the city wouldn’t talk about its transit funding preferences until a new transportation bill passes Congress. “No, it means that we all, though, have to fight to get that transportation bill funded,” Shorris replied, “and the mayor’s leading that fight right now.”

When it comes to funding the MTA, however, federal policy is the wrong place to focus. With power in Washington split between the Obama White House and the GOP Congress, federal transit funding isn’t about to change much. The arena where the mayor has allies and can actually make a difference is Albany.

Support for toll reform appears to be building in the state legislature, but it looks like this is one fight the de Blasio team isn’t going to lead. “I’ve read summaries of it, not the plan [itself],” Shorris said. “I think it’s a really important contribution to the conversation.”

Meanwhile, at a breakfast speech to the Association for a Better New York a few blocks away, Cuomo announced a surprise reappointment for well-respected MTA Chairman and CEO Tom Prendergast, but didn’t reveal any details about how he’d like to fill the gap in the authority’s capital program.

“I’m very excited about being reappointed,” Prendergast told the Times’ Emma Fitzsimmons, “but my mission at hand is to make sure I get a capital program.”

Albany’s window to come up with a solution ends when the legislative session wraps up in less than two months.

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Quiksilver’s latest puts the suit back in wetsuit

GrindTV - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 13:54

Businessmen and sharp-dressing gentleman surfers, rejoice! Quiksilver’s latest creation, True Wetsuits, quite literally puts the “suit” back in “wetsuit.”

Let’s face it. It’s a challenge to really go from the office to the ocean. For those lucky enough to break out of work for a midday swell, you have to drag your gear around in your trunk, all the while wasting precious water time changing out. And then there’s the hurdle of returning to a presentable post-surf appearance. The situation is less-than-ideal, but you put up with it because, well, there’s never been a better option. Until today…

Quiksilver’s newly released True Wetsuits, a neoprene alternative to your workwear, allows you to go from the boardroom to the beach to the bar without having to put up with multiple outfit changes. The four-piece wetsuit is comprised of 2mm neoprene jacket and pants, and a shirt and tie made of water-resistant quick-dry material. Right now it comes in three styles: black, navy and, for the formal surfer, a tux. Available exclusively in Japan, they’ll set you back 300,000 Japanese Yen (about $2,500 US Dollars).

Find out more at Transworld Business.

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Photo Essay: Women’s Fleche Wallonne

VeloNews - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 13:16

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  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Mur de Huy

    Fans line both sides of the Mur de Huy - a climb of 1.3 kilometers with a gradient of up to 19 percent - which represents the beginning, the middle, and the end of the Fleche Wallone women's race. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Prevot interview

    At the start in Huy the spotlight is on defending champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot (Rabo Liv). Photo: Kris Claéye / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Start line

    It was a packed field at the start line at the top of the Mur de huy as 143 riders queued up to race the 121 kilometer course. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Peloton fields

    The women's peloton rolls out from Huy to start the first of two laps on the course - the same circuit the men would later race the same day. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Compact peloton

    The race started with a high pace that kept the peloton together for much of the first half of the course. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Abbott crash

    With riders jockeying for position early in the race the inevitable crashes took place on the first circuit with Mara Abbott (Wiggle Honda) crashing hard between the Côte d'Ereffe and the Côte de Bellaire. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Hitec Products on the front

    Several teams played a role on the front leading up to the first pass of the Mur de Huy including Hitec Products (Charlotte Becker pictured). Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: First pass

    Nearly completing the first circuit, the front of the race passes the 500 meter marker on the Mur de Huy. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: 19 percent grade

    The women's field climbs the steepest sections of the Mur which top out at 19 percent. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Hall digs deep

    With over 60 kilometers to race, American Lauren Hall grimaces through the pain of the Mur. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Peloton

    The race takes up the whole road as the top teams start to assemble at the front of the bunch. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Côte d'Ereffe

    The top pf the Côte d'Ereffe is a picturesque panorama of the Wallonia region. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Komanski rides clear

    Just outside Ohey the first break of the day took shape as Lauren Komanski rode clear at 40 kilometers to go. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Williams attacks

    Lizzie Williams (Orica-AIS) breaks free and bridges across to race leader Lauren Komanski with the peloton close behind. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: The chase

    The break reached the Côte de Bellaire with the peloton chasing only 20 seconds behind. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Lead group

    The break had been reeled in by the the top of the Côte de Bohissau as the peloton split into a lead group of about 20-25 riders. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: van Vleuten attack

    Attacks by Annemiek van Vleuten (Bigla) and Roxane Knetemann (Rabo Liv) at 15 kilometers to go gave them an advantage on the run into the penultimate climb - the newly added Côte de Cherave. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Brand works

    Rabo Liv rider Lucinda Brand works for teammates Pauline Ferrand-Prevot and Anna Van Der Breggen to pull the gap down before the climb up Côte de Cherave. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: van Vleuten leads

    Annemiek van Vleuten (Bigla) leads the race up the penultimate climb before the final pass up the Mur to the finish line. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Côte de Cherave

    The addition of the Côte de Cherave - a disruptive climb so close to the finish -added a new layer to the race and provided an opportunity for eventual race winner Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Liv) to make her move. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Niewiadoma best young rider

    Rising star Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabo Liv) was on the gas on the Côte de Cherave and took the young rider jersey in the Women's World Cup at the finish in Huy. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: van der Breggen on the Mur de Huy

    Having cuaght the break, Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Liv) rides for the win up the Mur de Huy. Photo: Kris Claéye / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Guarnier climbs

    The 2015 Strade Bianche winner Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) grits her teeth through the steep corner at 400 meters to the finish. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Prevot climbs

    With her teammate up the road headed for the win, the TV cameras follow every move of World Champion Pauline Ferrand-Prevot. Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: van der Breggen wins Fleche Wallonne

    With the Fleche Wallonne domination continuing, Anna van der Breggen takes another win on the Mur for Rabo Liv. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: van Vleuten gets second

    Delighted with her second-place finish, Annemiek van Vleuten (Bigla) crosses the line. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Moolman-Pasio finish

    After a training crash the day before the race, a hard-earned fourth-place went to Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (Bigla) who was escorted across the line. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Stevens finish

    Evelyn Stevens (Boels Dolmans) shows what the Mur is all about. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Guarnier collapses

    Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans) collapsed after sealing her podium spot on the Mur. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Armitstead finish

    The effects of the day are seen on the finish line face of Lizzie Armitstead (Boels Dolmans). Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: van Vleuten

    The Mur brings agony and ecstasy … Annemiek Van Vleuten (Bigla) shares the elation from making the podium. Photo: Iri Greco / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: Podium presentation

    The 2015 women's podium: Anna van der Breggen (Rabo Liv), Annemiek van Vleuten (Bigla), Megan Guarnier (Boels Dolmans). Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

  • View Larger Image.2015 Fleche Wallonne: World Cup leaders

    Women's World Cup leaders: Anna Van Der Breggen and teammate Katarzyna Niewiadoma (Rabo Liv). Photo: Jim Fryer / BrakeThrough Media | brakethroughmedia.com

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Aru to pursue legal action over Henderson Tweets

VeloNews - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:57

Fabio Aru won stage 15 at the Giro d'Italia this year. Photo: Tim De Waele | TDWsport.com

Fabio Aru (Astana) will pursue legal action against Lotto-Soudal’s Greg Henderson for inflammatory and accusatory Tweets posted by the Kiwi rider late Thursday. The Tweets suggested that Aru’s recent virus was cover for a biological passport violation.

A statement on Aru’s website said, “Regarding the statements published on 23 April, 2015 on the Twitter profile of Greg Henderson, Fabio Aru has appointed a lawyer … in order to take legal action against the New Zealand rider to protect his image and his respectability.”

Henderson Tweeted twice, first implying that the stomach virus that took Aru out of the Giro del Trentino this week was used cover up a biological passport problem.

Sad to see @FABARO1 “sick”. Mate make sure next time u come back to our sport “healthy”. Aka. Clean! #biopassport! Or don’t come back!

— Greg Henderson (@Greghenderson1)

Henderson’s second Tweet expressed his exasperation with dopers, and suggested that news of violations spreads quickly within the pro peloton, even before it is released publicly.

I am so sick of it. It becomes common knowledge within days. Why try cheat

— Greg Henderson (@Greghenderson1)

Both Tweets have since been deleted from Henderson’s account.

Henderson apologized this morning, again on Twitter:

When you are sick. You are sick. Jumping to conclusions helps nobody. My mistake @FabioAru1. I should shut my mouth. Sincere apologies.

— Greg Henderson (@Greghenderson1) April 24, 2015

Vincenzo Nibali, Aru’s teammate, weighed in early Friday morning, following Henderson’s apology. It’s easy to apologize after, he said, but the image damages need to be considered as well.

troppo facile chiedere scuse dopo !! Bisogna chiedere i danni d'immagine!!

— Vincenzo Nibali (@vincenzonibali) April 24, 2015

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Artist’s stunning beach art features ailing seal pup, which he helps rescue

GrindTV - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:51
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Harbor seal pup becomes art subject before its rescue; photo via FRPArt

Brandon Anderton is a talented artist who sometimes spends hours creating intricately beautiful patterns on the beach.

But aerial photos of his most recent creation in Santa Cruz, California, reveal something peculiar, in the form of a tiny dark blob within one of the geometric circles.

The blob is a harbor seal pup, undernourished and listless, currently recovering in nearby Moss Landing, at a satellite facility run by the Marine Mammal Center in Sausalito, near San Francisco.

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Aerial photo shows seal pup amid Brandon Anderton’s intricate design; photo: FRPArt

This was all part of an Earth Day celebration during which Anderton, whose beach art is a form of therapy, set out to create a vast and detailed masterpiece, and ended up assisting in a seal rescue.

He said the baby seal was on the beach, close to the face of a cliff, when he arrived at 5:30 a.m. and began to craft his design. He sensed that the skinny critter was ailing, so could a woman standing nearby.

“Apparently one of the ladies who was watching me create that piece noticed [the seal] and contacted a friend of hers, who actually performs animal rescues locally,” Anderton said.

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Brandon Anderton admires a recent beach art creation; photo: FRPArt

But as Anderton continued to work, anticipating the arrival of rescue personnel, the seal scooted onto the artist’s canvass.

“The baby seal gathered enough strength to get where she was, and I just created my design around her until animal rescue arrived and got her to the shelter, where I hear she’s doing great now,” Anderton said.

The rescuer is Doug Ross, who stated on the FRPArt Facebook page that Anderton helped hoist the seal up the cliff and load the pinniped into a truck.

“This pup was dehydrated from being separated from its mother,” Ross explained. “She will be fed and hopefully released back into the wild in a few weeks.”

It was a day to remember, for sure, for an artist whose career was born largely because of his debilitating injury, suffered during a long fall while he worked as an electrician in 2009.

His career as an electrician was over, due to chronic pain. As part of his rehabilitation, however, he began to visit Christine Hirabayashi, an art therapist at Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center.

They were reluctant visits, at first. “I never did anything artistic in any way, shape or form until sustaining my injury,” Anderton recalled, via email.

But one day the former electrician discovered a drill among the art supplies. He fashioned the drill into an art tool and began to create what he described as spin art, a skill he started developing on the beach with hand tools.

The beach art typically washes away or gets blown smooth by wind after a few hours, but that only creates a new canvass on which to work.

Stated Anderton above one of his Facebook photos:

“If I had a wish, one great candidate would be that everyone find something as cathartic, stress relieving, or fulfilling as art has turned out to be for me… I would love to challenge people to find that thing… The world could be a fundamentally different place…”

Commented Kate Spencer, a naturalist who lives nearby: “Wonderful artwork, wonderful seal rescue, and Happy Earth Day to all!”

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City debates cutting park fees for small homes, hiking for big ones

BikePortland - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:27
N-NE-SE Portland Good-Bad-Ugly Houses 84 Backers say the proposal would encourage smaller, more densely built houses.
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For years, almost every new home built in Portland has paid thousands of dollars into a city fund that pays to buy and develop parkland. But so far, the size of the home hasn’t affected the size of the fee.

If it were built today, a 900-square-foot bungalow would pay the same $8,582 parks fee as a 3,100-square foot 4-bedroom.

But in a proposal that could shift the local economy toward building smaller homes — and potentially provide a boost for bike infrastructure funding — the Portland Parks Bureau is suggesting that its fees on new homes become proportional to the number of people who are likely to live in them, based on their square footage.

Under the Parks Bureau’s most recent proposal (PDF), its fees on a single-family home of 1,000 square feet or smaller outside the central city would fall from $8,582 to $6,773.

Fees on a home of 2,500 square feet or more, by contrast, would shoot up from $8,582 to $13,185.

Another change: instead of dividing the world into “multi-family” and “single-family” units and charging more for single-family homes such as freestanding houses and duplexes, the new fee structure would base rates only on size.

Eli Spevak, a local developer who supports the idea of scaling fees, said Thursday that after failing to secure three votes at a city council meeting last week, the proposed parks fee changes have “gone backroom” as undecided city council members weigh their options.

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Development fees, known in Portland as system development charges or SDCs, cover some of the city’s transportation, water and sewer costs as well as its new parks expenses. As local developers have scrambled to build homes fast enough to serve the flood of new would-be Portlanders, SDCs have been swelling city budgets.

That’s been good news for bike-related Parks Bureau projects like Gateway Green and the Columbia Slough Trail.

Now, the Parks and Recreation Bureau (backed by its current and previous political bosses, city commissioners Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish) is proposing two changes to its fees. First, it’s proposing the new calculation method that would include, for the first time, scaling fees by building size. Second, it’s proposing a hike to the total amount of revenue the fees would raise.

Ultimate North Portland Family Loop-18 The Columbia Slough Trail has been funded in part by
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Jim Labbe, a biking and natural space advocate with the Audubon Society of Portland, said Thursday that higher parks fees would be a big boost for bike infrastructure.

“There’s going to be money for North Portland Greenway — if it’s going to be built, it’s going to be partially built with park SDC funds,” Labbe said. “If the city ever gets to the point where they ever do singletrack, it’s going to be partially funded by SDCs.”

But higher parks fees also threaten to drive up development costs in a city where a decade-long housing shortage has driven rents and home prices skyward.

Some say the proposal to scale the fees by home size could take some of the bite off that problem for smaller units.

“We should definitely be encouraging those kind of units by lowering their costs,” said Ben Schonberger of Winterbrook Planning. “When you have just a big dumb flat fee model that charges the same SDCs regardless of unit size, that encourages people to build as big as possible.”

Justin Wood, associate director of government relations for the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland, said that he has concerns about the legality of the scaling method, but not the general concept.

“I like the principle,” he said. “Everything else when I build the house goes up and down based on how big the house is.”

He said that if the fee increase were lower, the scaling proposal might not be a major issue.

“If the fees had come out less I don’t know that there would have been the general pushback that you have now,” Wood said.

Wood and Schonberger both said, however, that even if the fee hikes are approved, developers aren’t actually likely to kill many projects over several thousand dollars in fees.

“They put that in their giant spreadsheet of costs and think about it, but it really comes down to much bigger issues like zoning costs and parking requirements,” Schonberger said. “Those factors are going to be a lot more significant.”

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Jobs of the Week: Rack Attack, Chris King, Sprocketfly, Bike N’ Hike, Universal Cycles

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The Morning Routine

The 5th Floor - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:01

Tuesday and Thursday mornings in London are for for laps. And they go a little something like this…

6:00am – Alarm. Snooze. Alarm. Get up.
6:15am – Bibs on. Muesli. Kit on. Annoy neighbours walking around in cleats.
6:30am – Out the door.
7:00am – Meet Regent’s Park corner.
7:03am – Go…

JP (left) and Tony (right) have been riding with us throughout the cold, dark and wet mornings of winter – always pushing hard and keeping the pace high.

A welcome breather at the lights.

Leo and Rudy finish up the final lap.

8am – Laps done, it’s time for the real reason we get up early – Workshop Coffee Co.

Still not quite warm enough to sit outside – soon though, soon.

Alex shows off his new kit.

All very civilised after trying to kill each other around the park.

Mr Rudy Melo and Anthony Purcell, Director of Performance Pro. Tony likes to keep us on our toes with his spontaneous attacks – again and again and again. Thanks Tony. Thanks a lot.

After delaying the inevitable as long as possible, we head our separate ways to our ‘real’ jobs.

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Yoga and surfing retreats from around the world

GrindTV - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 12:00

Over the last decade, it seems there are more and more vacation options featuring yoga and surfing. The two passions are perfectly matched with each exercise strengthening the other. So it isn’t surprising that extended yoga retreats have sprung up at locations great for surfing.

From Mexico to Morocco, you can’t go wrong vacationing in these locales.

The Tides, Zihuatanejo, Mexico Looks relaxing, no? Photo by The Tides

Looks relaxing, no? Photo: The Tides

One of the more high-end options, The Tides, is opulently tucked away in a small Mexican fishing village on a beautiful stretch of beach. If that’s not enough, world-class waves, such as Playa Las Gatas, are a short drive away. And you can get your yoga on oceanfront palapas with mountain views and the Pacific lapping just meters away. Between yoga and surfing, you’ll find your days fairly full, but if you need a break from the downward dogs, take your pick from tennis, snorkeling, SCUBA diving, wind surfing, horseback riding, waterskiing, sailing, fishing and kayaking. It’s not cheap, but when it’s this good, it shouldn’t be.

Les Passeroses, Angoulême, France  Les Passeroles

Guests relax around the pool at Les Passeroles. Photo: Les Passeroles

In its tenth year of operation, Les Passeroses near Angoulême is a stone-built farmhouse set in the glorious rolling countryside of southwest France. A typical retreat consists of two yoga sessions a day plus a two-hour meditation session. Spare time can be spent hunting waves around the great beaches near La Rochelle and Royan, lounging round the pool by or taking long walks in the rural hills. All the yoga and surfing is fueled by delicious home cooked vegetarian meals and, of course, washed down with Bordeaux wines.

The Yoga Farm, Pavones, Costa Rica The Yoga Farm's beachside studio. Photo by The Yoga Farm

The Yoga Farm’s beachside studio. Photo: The Yoga Farm

The Yoga Farm, near Pavones in Costa Rica, divides it’s focus neatly between yoga and surfing. Yoga classes are available daily on a deck overlooking the beach with surfing lessons following soon after. Located at the southern tip of the Gulfo Dulce, looking out both across the gulf to the Osa Peninsula and south to open Pacific waters, the waves are consistent and great for surfers of all levels. And instead of crowds of surfers you’ll be sharing the waves with sea turtles, dolphins and whales. The farm is also off-the-grid: solar panels provide electricity, rain fills water tanks and the garden provides two vegetarian meals a day. It’s rustic, sure, but for a clean living experience, it’s hard to beat.

The Island Experience, Ilha Grande, Brazil The white sandy beaches of Ilde Grande. Photo by Shutterstock

The white sandy beaches of Ilda Grande. Photo by Photo: Shutterstock

Located 100 miles south of Rio de Janeiro, the Ilha Grande is known as the “Caribbean of Brazil” with its 350 different islands boasting 106 beaches, 56 waterfalls, caves and rivers. The Island Experience takes advantage of its stunning location. Yoga is at the core of its seven-day program. There are classes every morning and one in the evenings, which focuses on relaxation and stretching. Massages and nutrition advice are also mixed in. For surfers, the water is warm, the beaches are white and the waves are perfect for all levels.

White Lotus Foundation Retreat Center, Santa Barbara, California The campsite accommodation at White Lotus. Photo by White Lotus

The campsite accommodation at White Lotus. Photo: White Lotus

One of the best known yoga retreats in the world, the White Lotus, started at the height of the “flower power” movement in 1967 and has been forging on ever since. Founder Ganga White is one of the US’ most well-known yogis. The yurt and campsite accommodation sits in a steep canyon on 40 acres in the San Marcos Pass. Views extend all the way to the Channel Islands and take in Santa Barbara’s famous point breaks including Rincon, known as The Queen of the Coast. Yoga retreats are held year round and range from long weekends to extended stays. Ganga promises to, “let clarity, meditation and understanding flow spontaneously.” If you can do that and get great waves, it’s a no brainer.

Surf Maroc Yoga Retreat, Tamraght, Morocco  Surf Maroc

The green-watered righthand points of Morocco are justifiably famous. Photo: Surf Maroc

With Morocco offering a tantalizing package of warm weather, great sandy point breaks and a surfing and hippy heritage going back to the ’60s, it’s no surprise there is a great yoga and surf resort there. Surf Maroc Yoga Retreat is one of the benchmarks in the area. Each room at the beach front villa comes with a view of either mountains or the ocean, and there’s a spacious yoga studio right on the water’s edge. The learner-friendly wave of Banana Point is a stone’s throw away, while the famous points of Anchors and Killers is only a 5-minute drive. Owner’s Ollie and Ben aim to nourish the body and mind through a daily diet of vitalizing yoga, serene surf and wholesome food.

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