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Burlingame Funds High-Speed Rail Lobbying, Still Faces Deep Deficit

During a budget hearing Tuesday night, Burlingame council members said they fear the bullet train could "ruin" the community, particularly the downtown. Officials said they were willing to dip into the city's depleted reserves to fund the lobbying bid, saying it would be needed for just one year. Early estimates were that the extra staff needed for the effort would cost $200,000.

Oakland Ends Unequal Ticketing, Officials Say

Oakland officials said Thursday they have stopped the unequal practice of issuing tickets for certain violations in some neighborhoods while issuing courtesy notices in others....The announcements came in response to an article in The Chronicle on Thursday, which exposed an internal city memorandum that directed parking officers to issue tickets to cars parked in the wrong direction or on sidewalks anywhere in the city except for two wealthy neighborhoods - Montclair and Broadway Terrace.

Clearing the Air at American Ports

The Teamsters union and environmental activists have formed an unlikely and outspoken alliance aiming to clear the air in American ports, and perhaps bolster the Teamsters’ ranks in the process. The labor-green alliance is getting under the trucking industry’s skin by asserting that short-haul trucking companies working in ports — and not the truck drivers, who are often considere

Study: High-Speed Rail would Drain Passengers from Bay Area airports

San Jose would be hit hardest, according to consultants at SH&E, a Virginia-based aviation firm the Metropolitan Transportation Commission contracted to study the bullet train's impact on Bay Area airports....SH&E forecasts that by 2035, San Jose would lose 12 percent of its projected passengers because of high-speed rail, followed by a 9 percent diversion at Oakland and a 4 percent loss at San Francisco. 

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