National Academies Report Demands $70 Billion In Highway Tolls, Taxes

excerpted from the NMA E-Newsletter #521 The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine on Thursday released a report saying motorists ought to pay up to $70 billion in higher taxes and tolls every year. The 650 page document laid out the conventional argument of transportation officials who insist that drivers simply are not paying … More National Academies Report Demands $70 Billion In Highway Tolls, Taxes

Smart Ideas From Other Cities: Utilities Powered by the People

By Ida Mojadad : sfweekly – excerpt State regulators are weighing a dramatic shake-up of PG&E. Could San Francisco join dozens of other jurisdictions in establishing a public utility? What would California’s increasingly devastating wildfires look like if PG&E were beholden to the people instead of to its shareholders? That’s the crux of a proposal … More Smart Ideas From Other Cities: Utilities Powered by the People

10 challenges that will define cities in 2019

By Patrick Sisson : curbed – excerpt From homelessness and housing to big tech and budgets, the forces shaping urbanism in the coming year. Here are 10 big issues expected to play oversized roles in shaping the story of cities in 2019. The elimination of single-family zoning and parking minimums How far will the scooter invasion … More 10 challenges that will define cities in 2019

California lawmaker Scott Wiener says he ‘Took to Heart’ Housing Bill Criticism

By Jill Cowan : nytimes – excerpt I recently wrote about how California can feel like home to almost anyone. But even if it feels like home, it’s increasingly tough to afford living in the state. Scott Wiener, a state senator from San Francisco, says he’s trying to fix that. He’s the legislator behind a … More California lawmaker Scott Wiener says he ‘Took to Heart’ Housing Bill Criticism

Will CEQA Test Boring Co.’s Transit Projects?

By Kelsi Maree Borland : globest – excerpt The Boring Co. has canceled its plans to build a transit line along the 405 freeway, and CEQA challenges could be one of the firm’s obstacles. The Boring Co. has big ambitions to dramatically change Los Angeles’ nearly nonexistent transit network—but that objective may prove to be … More Will CEQA Test Boring Co.’s Transit Projects?

What caused nearly 20,000 quakes at Oroville Dam? Scientists weigh in on mystery

Kurtis Alexander : sfchronicle – excerpt The earthquakes hit just days after last year’s near-catastrophe at Oroville Dam, when the spillway cracked amid heavy rains and 188,000 people fled in fear of flooding. The timing of the two small tremors about 75 miles north of Sacramento was curious, and frightening. Were the quakes part of … More What caused nearly 20,000 quakes at Oroville Dam? Scientists weigh in on mystery

Let it flow: In about-face, state breaks and shifts levees to restore natural floodplains

By Alastair Bland : calmatters – excerpt At the confluence of the San Joaquin and Tuolumne rivers, a winter of heavy rains could inundate about 1,200 acres of riverside woodland for the first time in 60 years. That’s by design: Here, a few miles west of Modesto, work crews removed or broke several miles of … More Let it flow: In about-face, state breaks and shifts levees to restore natural floodplains

California wildfires accelerated climate change as much as a whole year of power use

By Zoë Schlanger : qz – excerpt California’s 2018 fire season, including the largest fire in state history, released nearly as much climate-warming and air-polluting emissions as a year’s worth of electricity use there. The wildfires released 68 million tons of carbon dioxide in 2018, according to the US Geological Survey, or 15% of the state’s total … More California wildfires accelerated climate change as much as a whole year of power use

Wiener’s new housing bill is radically unfair

By Tim Redmond : 47hills – excerpt Mission Bay residents are leaving due to bad air caused by constant construction as they  see no end in sight. Photo by zrants. The senator assumes the private market will solve our problems. That has never worked. State Sen. Scott Wiener has introduced a new version of his … More Wiener’s new housing bill is radically unfair