Preservation Action, Legislative Update
Volume 17, Number 50, December 19, 2014 →
Senate Passes FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill, Signed by President
The Senate, working through the weekend, passed the FY 2015 Omnibus Appropriations Bill in a 56-40 vote. The appropriations bill was already passed by the House last week. President Obama signed the appropriations bill on Tuesday, averting a government shutdown. The $1.1 trillion bill funds the 11 of 12 appropriations until the end of the fiscal year in September, and funds the Department of Homeland Security until the end of February.
The Interior Appropriations funds the National Park Service at $2.6 billion, same as the president’s budget request and maintains $56.41 million for the Historic Preservation Fund. Of that, $46.9 million for State Historic Preservation Offices, $8.9 million for Tribal Historic Preservation Offices and $500,000 in grant program for under-served communities; same as FY 2014 enacted levels.
Senate Passes NDAA, Moves to President’s Desk
The Senate passed the National Defense and Authorization Act (NDAA) in a 89-11 vote. The bill, having already passed the House, now moves to President Obama’s desk to be signed.
The final bill, passed by the House and Senate, does not include Military LAND Act. This provision, originally included the version passed by the House in March, would have undermined the National Historic Preservation Act, preventing designation of federal properties as World Heritage Sites, National Historic Landmarks, or be listed on the National Register of Historic Places, on the basis of national security.
The NDAA also included one of the largest expansions of the National Parks system. The NDAA establishes 6 new national park sites, expands 9 National Park sites, and includes the extension of 14 National Heritage Areas. This includes the establishment of the Manhattan Project National Historical Park, encompassing sites in Tennessee, Washington, and New Mexico associated with the Manhattan Project in WWII, and the Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, including sites in New York and Maryland.
Revisions to Cultural Heritage Ordinance Put Historic Landmarks at Risk in Beverly Hills
Proposed changes to the Cultural Heritage Ordinance in Beverly Hills, CA could compromise the city’s ability to protect historic landmarks and districts. Last week the Beverly Hill’s Planning Commission voted 4-1 in favor of the of the changes to the Cultural Heritage Ordinance. Beverly Hill’s city council is expected to consider the revised ordinance when they reconvene in January.
The revised ordinance would significantly decrease the number of properties that can be considered for landmark status, as well as, restrict the city’s ability to protect potential historic resources that maybe threatened. The Los Angeles Conservancy, who originally helped to establish the innovative Cultural Heritage Ordinance, strongly opposes the proposed revisions, calling it “a step backwards for historic preservation.”
The LA Conservancy has been leading the effort to battle these proposed revisions, visit their website to learn more information and find out how you can help.
Our Last Chance Auction Items Make the Perfect Last Minute Holiday Gifts
Help support Preservation Action Foundation while finishing your holiday gift list. Some great travel packages, experiences and items remain from our Auction this year! These are perfect last-minute holiday gifts for your family, friends, colleagues – or even a treat for yourself! We will mail these out to you ASAP, if you need them by a certain date or If you have any questions, call 202-463-0970.
Not D.C. As Usual
Value: $1100/Bid: $495
Donors: Tom Moriarty of Retail Development Strategies, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company and The Hillwood Estate
If you’re a DC area resident, or just want to experience a rare and new side of the Capital, this package is for you!
Let Preservation Action Foundation Chairman, Tom Moriarity, take you on a personal tour of Washington, DC, exploring Capitol Hill, Georgetown, the National Cathedral and several neighborhoods, on a combined driving/walking tour to include lunch and all needed admissions. A priceless experience!
Visit “Where Fabulous Lives,” The Hillwood Estate, that features a Georgian mansion with the most comprehensive collection of Russian imperial art outside of Russia, a distinguished 18th-century French decorative art collection, and twenty-five acres of serene landscaped gardens and natural woodlands.
Take in contemporary theatre thanks to Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company offering two tickets to the 2014-2015 season.
Value: $495/Bid: $222
Donors: Michigan Historic Preservation Network, The Inn on Ferry Street
The Michigan Historic Preservation Network invites you as their guest to their annual conference during National Preservation Month, in Midland, MI on May 14-16, 2015. Enjoy also a one-year membership and mug.
Spend the night in Detroit at the Inn on Ferry Street in Detroit in a Queen Deluxe. Included in the overnight stay is Breakfast in the Scott House, WIFI, parking and Shuttle Service anyways within a five mile radius of the inn. Based on availability.
FYI – Midland and Detroit around less than two-hours away from each other.
Adventures in Preservation
Value: $800/Bid: $360
Donors: Adventures in Preservation
Adventures in Preservation is offering one spot in the “Linking Archaeology with Preservation at Fairfield Plantation” adventure in Glouster, VA, either June 7-13, 2015 or August 16-22, 2015. This registration includes home-stay lodging, breakfasts and lunches, field trips, and training and materials. Transportation not included.
Richmond: Rich in History
Value: $444/Bid: $199
Donors: The Linden Row Inn, Historic Richmond
Linden Row Inn was lovingly restored in 1988 as a full-service Inn. The original architecture was meticulously maintained and most of the rooms are furnished with authentic antique pieces from the middle and late 1800’s. Today, the hotel is on the National Register of Historic Places and is managed by Savara Properties Inc. The property is regarded as the nation’s best surviving row of Greek revival architecture. Enjoy a one-night stay.
Historic Richmond, instrumental in the restoration of Linden Row Inn, invites you to a private tour of Monumental Church, ca. 1814 and designed by Robert Mills, and two Quiot Club memberships, which provides access to monthly gatherings at unique locations for behind-the-scenes tours and includes drinks and hors d’oeuvers. Liden Row Inn expires November 11, 2015. Historic Richmond offerings to be coordinated directly with winner.
Luston Home Panel
Value: $500/Bid: $250
Donors: Preservation Arlington
Arlington, VA boosted a dozen Lustron mid-century pre-fab houses but has lost several to demolitions and tear-downs. Preservation Arlington preserved individual home panels from this loss and donated this priceless item! It makes a terrific magnetic bulletin board, office art work, and a reminder of the recent past. Measures 2 feet by 2 feet.
Happy Holidays From Preservation Action
Preservation Action would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season. Our office will be closed through the holidays and we will return the week of Jan. 5th, be sure to catch you up on the latest preservation news then. See you in 2015!
Stories From Around the States
North Carolina: “Gov. Pat McCrory Pushes Renewal of Preservation Credits“