Friday Morning Read: Speed Cameras, Planned Parenthood closings, Farm Yoga

Traffic drives under the speed enforcement traffic cameras on I-380 Northbound near the J Avenue exit in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)
Traffic drives under the speed enforcement traffic cameras on I-380 Northbound near the J Avenue exit in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday, August 25, 2015. (Stephen Mally/The Gazette)

Crestwood Ridge Apartments - Neighbors to a proposed affordable housing complex in the northwest quadrant say they are frustrated with unresponsive elected officials as the project that months ago appeared dead now appears primed to pass. CommonBond Communities, a St. Paul, Minnesota-based nonprofit affordable housing developer, wants to build the $9 million, 45-unit Crestwood Ridge Apartments at 1200 Edgewood Road NW. Neighbors have fought back but been painted as biased, city leaders won’t give them a fair chance and an east-west divide is fueling opinions, said Boyd Severson, 65, who has been part of a core group of opposition. Read more about the Crestwood Ridge Apartments and what is happening here.

Speed Camera Misinformation - Cedar Rapids and Des Moines officials “misinformed” the court about who bears the cost of removing traffic camera equipment on primary highways and interstates in their cities, according to an order late Wednesday from a Polk County judge. Judge Scott D. Rosenberg earlier in the day had released an order allowing the cities to keep the cameras in place as long as they are not issuing citations because of the “substantial” cost the cities would bear to remove them. “The court is now informed that they (the cities) would not bear these costs,” Rosenberg wrote. “The court finds this a significant omission.” Read about what will happen next with the cameras here.

Yoga on the Farm - Surrounded by farmland as far as the eye could see, nearly 20 yogis spread their mats on the hay-covered dirt at Pink Alpaca Farms in Wellman on a sunny Saturday afternoon last weekend for an outdoor practice. But they weren’t alone. They’d be sharing the mat with the hobby farm’s many curious critters, including alpacas, goats, cats, ducks and chickens. Read more and watch a video of people practicing yoga in the company of llamas here.

Planned Parenthood Closing Clinics - Planned Parenthood of the Heartland will close one-third of its Iowa clinics at the end of June, affecting more than 14,600 people, the women’s health provider said Thursday. The clinic closures come after the state’s Republican legislators worked to redirect Medicaid family planning dollars away from abortion providers starting July 1.Planned Parenthood — which operates 12 clinics in Iowa — will close clinics in Sioux City, Burlington, Keokuk and the Quad Cities-Bettendorf. Read more about Planned Parenthood's next steps here.

Quotable - "I don’t know why, but it seems like daily I’m reminded that some people are making money from college athletics. You know all about the salaries of major-college football and basketball coaches, and even some of their handsomely paid assistants. It’s good to be kings." - Writes Gazette Columnist Mike Hlas. Read more about his thoughts on the salaries in college athletics here.


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