Timeline: Lawyers for Developers Share Tactics to Blunt CEQA

By Kevin Stark : SFpublicpress – excerpt Why the rush to build on the lowest levels of the bay? In 1995, the Diablo Valley Ranch, a drug rehab facility in Contra Costa County, planned to expand. The problem? According to neighbors, the land it wanted to build on was contaminated with oil and toxic chemicals. … More Timeline: Lawyers for Developers Share Tactics to Blunt CEQA

Moving away from “environmental reviews” that favor driving: San Francisco, Mountain View, Menlo Park

greencaltrain – excerpt Three recent environmental reviews reveal the dramatic transition under way in California’s assessment of the transportation impacts of new buildings. San Francisco’s Central SOMA plan is the first “Environmental Impact Report” (EIR) in the Bay Area that we know of for a land use plan that moves away from a method of … More Moving away from “environmental reviews” that favor driving: San Francisco, Mountain View, Menlo Park

SF Planning Rules Swirl with Sewage to Clog Affordable Housing Pipeline

By Lena Wenus : missionlocal – excerpt All it takes to delay an affordable housing project in San Francisco is $578 and filling out a simple form. Take the case of the affordable housing project at 2060-2070 Folsom Street, where one neighbor’s list of complaints – including one about sewage and flooding – could stall … More SF Planning Rules Swirl with Sewage to Clog Affordable Housing Pipeline

Oroville Dam Crisis Shows Why We Must Invest In Infrastructure

huffingtonpost – excerpt (including video) WASHINGTON ― Every few years an actual or threatened disaster highlights the state of America’s crumbling infrastructure. President Barack Obama, for example, pointed to a 2007 bridge collapse in Minneapolis, which left 13 people dead and dozens of others injured, in his push for more federal funding to overhaul roads, bridges … More Oroville Dam Crisis Shows Why We Must Invest In Infrastructure

Scientific Reports Confirm Catastrophic Climate Change

By Jonathan Turley : Jonathanturley – excerpt There are new reports confirming not only climate change but escalating losses of arctic ice. US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)’s annual Arctic report card has found that this is the hottest year on record in the Arctic and it is now twice as fast as any … More Scientific Reports Confirm Catastrophic Climate Change

SF plan for natural areas likely to draw fire

By Lizzie Johnson : sfgate – excerpt A comprehensive new plan for San Francisco’s natural areas could anger dog lovers, golfers and nature lovers in one swoop, while protecting delicate habitats and endangered species. The plan — originally proposed in 2006 — will review the biology and geology of the Recreation and Park Department’s 32 … More SF plan for natural areas likely to draw fire

Sierra Club Opposes the Proposed Warriors’ Arena in Mission Bay

PRESS RELEASE Nation’s Largest Grassroots Organization Focused on Environmental Protections Says the City of San Francisco Ignored Major Negative Environmental Impacts. SAN FRANCISCO, Nov. 17, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Today the Sierra Club passed a unanimous resolution opposing the proposed location of the Golden State Warriors arena in Mission Bay. The Warriors’ ownership is looking to move … More Sierra Club Opposes the Proposed Warriors’ Arena in Mission Bay