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Legislative Analyst Rips Business Report

The nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office has sharply criticized the research in two reports, one funded by taxpayers, that have been used by some Republicans as the basis for calls to roll back regulations in the state, labeling the research "unreliable" and "essentially useless." The legislative analyst's response comes as the debate intensifies over the economic impact of AB32.

There is No Free Ride (Opinion)

For 16 years now, I have commuted roughly 28,000 miles with randomly selected strangers in private vehicles at little or no cost. Whenever someone tells me that they would never take a ride to work with a stranger, I share these benefits of the casual carpool...I can count on one hand the number of unpleasant experiences I have had using the system. Unfortunately, that cannot be said about the public transit systems...But there are changes ahead for the casual carpool system that has served me so well.

Medians Help Beautify Divisadero Street

Once plagued by crime and urban blight, the Divisadero strip is a hip, multiracial, multiethnic neighborhood with an eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, coffeehouses and auto-repair shops. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, who represents the area, described it as a "comeback kid corridor."...That's exactly what city officials - often prodded by neighborhood residents - envisioned when they began an aggressive effort in the past several years to landscape the medians along some of San Francisco's most heavily traveled streets...

State's Green Future Depends on AB 32 (Opinion)

An initiative proposed for the November ballot would suspend a key element of California's clean-air program. It targets the California Global Warming Solution Act, or AB 32, which requires greenhouse gas emissions reductions to 1990 levels by 2020....The ballot measure – called the California Jobs Initiative – is a cynical bit of doublespeak as it's sponsored by Texas-based oil firms Valero Energy Co. and Tesoro Corp.

Visioning Workshop March 27 will Focus on Diridon Station Area

Anyone wanting a say on the future of the 500 acres of land in the half-mile radius around Diridon Station will have that chance at a special workshop on March 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at San Jose City Hall....t is expected that the Diridon Station, which is already a major transit hub with Union Pacific, Caltrain, Amtrak and the Altamont Commuter Express, will eventually become even busier if the proposed BART extension and the California High Speed Rail corridor come to fruition.

Kopp: Opponents of High-Speed Rail Don't Understand the Law (Opinion)

Since introducing the legislation creating the California High Speed Rail Authority in 1996, I've pursued the most logical transportation option for Californians, a 220 mph train system carrying passengers from downtown San Francisco to downtown Los Angeles....The so-called "hybrid" or "no-build" notion of terminating high-speed rail in San Jose and forcing passengers to transfer to Caltrain is both against the law and the will of the voters. It's also intended to destroy the system.

High-Speed Rail As a Conduit of Sprawl

It’s fast, it’s efficient and it is the future of transportation, but will high-speed rail cause sprawl?...“High-speed rail will simply add another layer of access to the far-flung suburbs/exurbs and Central Valley, resulting in more mass-produced subdivisions,” warns ROBERT CERVERO, director of the University of California Transportation Center and author of Development Around Transit....An example of this can be seen in cities like Palmdale, which is 58 miles north of Los Angeles.

What the fight over transit funding is really all about

You may be hearing or reading today that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has said he will veto the Democrats’ plan to cut public transit funding. If that sounds odd, it’s because the real story is the reverse. The governor actually opposes to the bill because it gives too much to transit, in his view, not too little. Both the governor and the Democrats agree that they should engineer some kind of complex gas tax swap in order to get around a decades-old law that has a formula that now requires the state to give hundreds of millions of dollars to transit.

Drive Started for Ballot Measure to Suspend State's Greenhouse Gas Law

A backlash against efforts in California and Congress to rein in greenhouse gas emissions is brewing in hard economic times. A coalition of businesses — including two Bay Area oil refiners — and an anti-tax group has begun a signature drive for a November ballot initiative that would suspend California's pioneering law to combat global warming until the jobless rate drops back to 2006 levels.... California, the role of Texas oil companies in the initiative is another element in the debate over the plan to suspend the state's 2006 greenhouse gas law until the state's unemployment rate reache


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