Rebecca Rosen Lum
Knight Ridder Tribune Business News [Washington]
Dec. 19–For the second time in a week, Richmond has been sued over its decision to sell undeveloped, bayfront Point Molate to a casino developer.
Lawyers for the East Bay Regional Parks District say the city flouted state law in selling Point Molate to Upstream Point Molate LLC without first conducting an environmental review. The suit also names Upstream’s partner, Harrah’s Operating Company, Inc.
By Rebecca Rosen Lum
Contra Costa Times
Apr. 1–Each year on Palm Sunday, Christians jubilantly re-enact Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem, waving a combined 300 million palm fronds in the United States. That makes for a green market in more ways than one.
But environmentalists say the traditional method of harvesting palms wastes more than it nets and damages valuable rain forest. And although sales may shoot through the roof, middlemen consume most of the profits.