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I’m a strange combination of bored and angry these days. It’s boring watching Borough Council members and Penn State trustees focus so exclusively on finding new ways to stick their thumbs up their own buttholes, to the exclusion of actually helping the people of the Borough and the people of Penn State understand and address our shared problems.
It’s also infuriating.
I’m thinking about channeling that banger into a serialized, less-shitty-opian fictional account of political and civic life in State College and on Penn State’s campus. Exploring what it might be like to live in a relocalized, decentralized community whose elected and unelected leaders grapple with issues for real, instead of whatever it is they do. Parody reportage of some sort.
Could be fun to create something new.
2.13.20 Bailiwick News – Recent post roundup: Millbrook Marsh boardwalks falling apart; DEP blesses Penn State plan to spew more pollutants on State College citizens; effort to pry zoning rewrite records from State College government secret-keepers; HB-1813 – Securing the right to local community self-government; book recommendation – Murray Bookchin’s The Next Revolution: Popular Assemblies and the Promise of Direct Democracy; Flat Affect Greetings; Bound Volumes @ $20 each.
Updates since original posts were posted:
On the West Campus Steam Plant expansion, Bailiwick wondered Jan. 18: “Will Borough Council enforce the Home Rule Charter to protect the people of State College against the corporate-state predations of Penn State and the DEP?”
Answer from Borough Council: No. The DEP published the final notice of approval in the Pa. Bulletin, Volume 50, Issue 6, at p. 858, on Feb. 8, 2020, with nary a peep of public resistance from Borough Council.
Consider this whenever any Borough Council members ever bloviate in future about their commitment to “sustainability” and “climate change” mitigation.
On the appeal to the Pa. Office of Open Records, of State College’s withholding a key, taxpayer-funded zoning ordinance rewrite document from the public, the OOR originally said it would render a decision on or before February 20, but has since asked the Borough for more information and asked me for a two-week extension for its decision, to which I consented. So the decision is now expected first week of March.
1.17.20 Bailiwick News – Scaffolding: Tools and things to think about while we wait for the collapse to pick up speed and for our local civic institutions to start addressing the local fallout.
1.14.20 Bailiwick News (PDF) – Further attempts to ask State College Borough Council to block Penn State’s West Campus Steam Plant expansion, or at least publicly investigate and plan for the likely public health and air quality degradation.
1.1.20 Bailiwick News – Look back at 2019, look ahead at 2020
12.16.19 Bailiwick News – State College Borough Council minutes, digested – 2Q2016