Election 2018: Bay Area Voters to Consider $3 Bridge Toll Hike

By Michael Krasny : kqed – excerpt (includes audio) Bay Area voters will consider a measure on the June 5 ballot that would raise tolls on the region’s seven state-owned bridges by $3 over six years. If approved, Regional Measure 3 would finance $4.5 billion in transit and highway projects, including a BART extension to … More Election 2018: Bay Area Voters to Consider $3 Bridge Toll Hike

Bay Area needs powerful regional government, study says

By Andrew McGall : contracostatimes – excerpt The Bay Area generates one of the brightest sparks in the nation’s recovering economy, but feeding its vitality means residents will have to give up some local control, dig deeper into their wallets, and make room for tens of thousands of new neighbors, according to study released Friday. … More Bay Area needs powerful regional government, study says

Special Deal Would Benefit Influential Oakland Developer

By Darwin BondGraham : eastbayextress – excerpt The Oakland planning department quietly proposed zoning changes that would greatly benefit a politically connected developer in the heart of First Friday. The proposed zoning changes would make it easier for Signature Development to build a large mixed-use project across the street from the company’s Hive development in … More Special Deal Would Benefit Influential Oakland Developer

NBA championship overshadows relocation to San Francisco

Louis LaVenture : thepioneeronline – excerpt … While Oakland celebrated, lawmakers in Sacramento on Friday made the new San Francisco arena deal a lot easier to finalize when they included an environmental law exemption for the planned Warriors stadium at San Francisco’s Mission Bay in the state budget proposal unveiled last week. The new development requires an environmental … More NBA championship overshadows relocation to San Francisco