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L.A. wants more money for homeless encampment sweeps

Miguel Munos, wearing protective gear and armed with a picker and buckets, looks for hazardous material at a homeless encampment cleanup in Boyle Heights. (Irfan Khan / Los Angeles Times) The city of Los Angeles has a mounting backlog of requests from the public to clean homeless encampments, prompting the city's Bureau of Sanitation to seek millions of dollars more to pay for the sweeps. Clean Streets Los Angeles, a program started by Mayor Eric Garcetti, has nearly 6,000 requests pending to clean encampments citywide, according to data through early February.
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LOWELL HIGH SCHOOL, SFUSD PROJECT NO. 11997 DVBE eWaste Disposal, Inc 46015

1. The Project. The Project is generally described as:
This Prop 39 Energy Measures Project is a two-phase project consists of electrical upgrades, including but not limited to the removal and replacement of all interior and exterior light fixtures with new LED fixtures, replacement of interior and exterior emergency lighting, and installation of lighting occupancy sensors throughout the Lowell HS campus. For Cabrillo Chief Academic Offices scope, replace all interior light fixtures with new LED fixtures in the modular building only. Some hazardous materials abatement is involved.
Phase One: June-August 2018 Phase Two: June-August 2019 

Trump building plan to ask states for big bucks

The White House's proposal would put $200 billion in new federal funds into the effort, but have states and private investors shoulder a good chunk of the costs.

The administration is expected to present a plan that puts $200 billion in new federal funds into the effort, according to a senior administration official, who briefed reporters over the weekend on condition of anonymity: $100 billion on "incentives" to match state, local, and private investment spending on infrastructure projects and $20 billion for expanding federal loan programs that focus on various kinds of infrastructure (rail, water, transportation).
The administration has pushed for public-private partnerships to spur infrastructure action across the United States, even as NBC News has reported that Trump himself is waffling on the funding idea

asbestos removal - is this insane?

There are a couple of asbestos wrapped pipes in the cellar of the house we're working on closing on. I had an asbestos guy come out to look at it and say whether it looked OK, needed to go, whatever. He said it didn't look like a problem and did not recommend professional removal... but said I could wrap it in duct tape to encapsulate it (which sounds sane enough) or remove it myself by wetting it down and chiseling it into a garbage bag (which seems completely insane to me!) Is removing it myself really a good idea? It's not a huge amount... maybe 2 lengths of pipe, 2 feet long, right next to each other. Email SaveComment58