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Representative Richard Pombo (R-CA), Chairman of the House Resources Committee, has drafted legislation that requires the Secretary of the Interior to sell 15 parcels of land in far-flung areas of the country for the "purposes of commercial and residential development."  One of the places that this Representative Dick wants to sell is Theodore Roosevelt Island Park, a place both wild and beautiful nestled in the Potomac River adjacent to the Watergate (one more symbol of Republican infamy.)

For those of you who have not visited it, the National Park Service provides a flavor of the Theodore Roosevelt Island Park:

Two and one-half miles of trails lead through the marsh, swamp and forest. Visitors often see birds or small mammals. The George Washington Memorial Parkway facilities and programs provide a variety of educational and recreational opportunities year round.

As the DCist observes:

This Draft Reconciliation Bill just moved out of the Panel, so it has a ways to go before it's enacted. So if you'd prefer the District's Roosevelt Island not end up looking like New York City's Roosevelt Island, the time to act is now.

Please write your Representative today and complain to her or him about Subtitle C, Sections 6306-6308 of the Draft Reconciliation Bill.

Originally posted to DCDemocrat on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 10:01 AM PDT.

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  •  Pombo has to be a major target next election (none)
    I know Jerry McNerney is thinking of running again -- we have to get a Dem into Pombo's seat and show all the GOP that such rampant anti-environmentalism has a political price.

    A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government - Edward Abbey

    by Naturegal on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 10:16:04 AM PDT

    •  It's utterly outrageous to me (4.00)
      that old Dick would have the gall to include this wonderful wild island in his package of give aways.  I wonder who is sleighted to buy the island.  Maybe one of Karl Rove's buddies?

      George W. Bush: The Disaster President

      by DCDemocrat on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 10:25:18 AM PDT

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  •  Great. (none)
    Before Tancredo even has a change to introduce his sell 15% of parks bill, another GOP nut has beat him to it.

    "Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities" -- Voltaire

    by ohwilleke on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 10:24:14 AM PDT

  •  Can someone explain (4.00)
    to me just what "commercial and residential" development they could possibly be thinking of on Roosevelt Island?  It's in the middle of the Potomac.  IIRC, it's part of DC, not VA.  Height restrictions would therefore apply.  Plus, the existing access to Roosevelt is utterly inadequate for any significant development.

    This sounds like a complete boondoggle to me.  Somebody look for the involvement of an Indian tribe previously represented by Jack Abramoff, and then we'll know for sure.

    Don't want to be an American idiot -- Green Day

    by jsmdlawyer on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 10:42:13 AM PDT

  •  Pombo's using this as a threat for ANWR drilling (none)
    According to this SF Chronicle article from this past Saturday, Pombo doesn't actually intend  for these parcels to be sold; he's using this a threat to allow drilling in ANWR.

    If drilling continues to be banned in the refuge, Pombo's staff argued, the government would have to sell parks as well as advertising space on park buses, trams and ferries to reach the level of revenues expected from oil leases sales in the Alaskan refuge.

    Pombo's spokesman said the proposal was intended to be a conversation starter to focus Congress' attention on the push to drill for oil in the Alaskan refuge as part of this fall's budget reconciliation process.

    "Ultimately it's not serious in any way as proposed legislation, but it's very serious with regard to what the committee's real alternatives are," Kennedy said. "The chairman is actively working to make sure that it's ANWR -- and (the Arctic refuge) alone."

    Totally craven, but it looks like it accomplished his mission of getting him some publicity. Don't worry about the bill. Let's just work to get this a$$hole out of office. According to this other SF Chronicle article from Saturday, Democrat Steve Filson will challenge Pombo in 2006.

    Lisa Tucker, who is a consultant for Democrat Steve Filson, a Danville commercial pilot who will challenge Pombo in 2006, says something else has changed.

    "The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has targeted the race,'' Tucker says. "That's never happened before.''

    Johnson says he thinks the attack is merely a way to gin up contributions from angry liberals, but Tucker insists there is more behind it. The DCCC did some polling last spring that led it to believe that the voters in Pombo's district are more open-minded than many might think. After all, this is a district that voted for both President Bush and liberal Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer.

    For starters, when we say Pombo's the "stealth congressman,'' we're not kidding. According to the poll, 22 percent of likely voters in District 11 "do not recognize his name,'' and 21 percent are unfamiliar enough with him to be "unable to rate his job performance.''

    Twenty-two percent of likely voteres do not recognize his name! This is a prime target, folks. There is no reason for the SF Bay Area to have even one Republican congressperson.

    A word after a word after a word is power. -- Margaret Atwood

    by tmo on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 12:52:24 PM PDT

    •  Great news that the DCCC is targeting this (none)
      and long overdue.

      Ironic that Pombo thinks the Arctic Refuge is what this is all about when DeLay himself said if they could drill in the Arctic Refuge they could drill anywhere.

      It's not just about the refuge -- it's about all public land being open for business. And Pombo knows it.

      A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government - Edward Abbey

      by Naturegal on Mon Sep 26, 2005 at 01:15:50 PM PDT

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