Appeal of Sufi sanctuary plans in Walnut Creek should be based on facts and equal treatment

sufism reoriented walnut creekIn a December 2011 issue, the Wall Street Journal ran an article about the Walnut Creek Sufi Sanctuary building project in the San Francisco Bay Area. But rather than examining the argument behind public opposition to the project, the reporter accepted the premise that all public objections to the project result from religious discrimination. The article missed the real story. In anticipation of the appeal hearing later this month with the Contra Costa Board of Supervisors, it’s important to set the record straight. Continue reading “Appeal of Sufi sanctuary plans in Walnut Creek should be based on facts and equal treatment”

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State to control your thermostat

California utilities may soon control the temperature of new homes and commercial buildings in emergencies with a radio-controlled thermostat, under a proposed state update to building energy efficiency standards.

According to Bradley Fikes of the North County Times, “Customers could not override the thermostats during “emergency events,” according to the proposal, part of a 236-page revision to building standards. The document is scheduled to be considered by the California Energy Commission, a state agency, on Jan. 30. The description does not provide any exception for health or safety concerns. It also does not define what are “emergency events.”
Final adoption of the revised standards is scheduled by April 2009.

The thermostat will be mandatory to meet new building codes. The document, available at http://tinyurl.com/225htc, outlines the mandatory use of Programmable Communicating Thermostats on page 64.

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