Bay Area Region

Clean Energy Act makes ballot

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 07/28/2008 - 10:00pm
It isn't the only charter amendment on the November ballot, but it's already shaping up to be the political lightning rod of this fall's election



GREEN CITY The San Francisco Clean Energy Act isn't the only charter amendment on the November ballot, but it's already shaping up to be the political lightning rod of this fall's election.

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The Needs of Transit for Gas Tax Money

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 07/28/2008 - 10:00pm


Bay Area transportation officials stepped up their campaign Monday to keep state leaders from using gasoline tax revenue intended for local road and transit projects to help close California's projected $17.2 billion budget deficit.

State legislators, who are now nearly a month overdue in adopting California's annual spending plan for the new fiscal year, have floated the idea of borrowing money earmarked for transportation-related projects under Proposition 42, approved by voters in 2002.
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Bay Area transit projects threatened by state budget proposal

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 07/28/2008 - 10:00pm


The construction of a fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel, widening of Highway 4 in Antioch and other transportation projects could face expensive delays if California lawmakers raid gas tax funds to close a state budget gap, says the Bay Area's transportation commission.

The Metropolitan Transportation Commission has urged Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and lawmakers to reject a proposal under consideration in state budget talks to borrow gasoline state tax revenues meant for transportation projects.
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Number of homeless has gone down in Bay Area, report says

Submitted by News Desk on Mon, 07/28/2008 - 10:00pm
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Report says East Bay saw drop in homeless from 2005 to 2007



The number of homeless people nationwide declined about 12 percent between 2005 and 2007, including drops of 35 percent in Contra Costa County and nearly 6 percent in Alameda County, a federal agency reported Tuesday.

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Transit agency meets on plan to charge fees to drive on San Francisco roads

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 07/27/2008 - 10:00pm
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OAKLAND — East Bay residents are invited to speak out Wednesday night on a plan to charge fees to drive motor vehicles on busy San Francisco roads during rush hours.

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority is hosting the workshops on road congestion pricing alternatives from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Metropolitan Transportation Commission auditorium, 101 Eight Street, Oakland.

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Press Release: Alameda County Hosts National Initiative to Reduce Health Disparities

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 07/23/2008 - 9:52am
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OAKLAND, Calif., July 23, 2008 /PRNewswire-USNewswire via COMTEX/ -- The Alameda County Place Matters Team will host a three-day meeting July 24-26 at the Oakland Marriott to address the social conditions that lead to poor health outcomes in individuals from low-income and communities of color. Over 100 representatives from 24 U.S. cities and counties will attend. Place Matters is a national initiative of the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies' Health Policy Institute and is funded by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation.

Bay Area officials approve toll-lane network

Submitted by News Desk on Tue, 07/22/2008 - 10:00pm

By Rachel Gordon

(07-23) 21:14 PDT San Francisco -- Solo drivers would be able to a pay a toll for the privilege of using carpool lanes to speed their commutes on a dozen highways from the South Bay to Sonoma and east under a plan approved Wednesday by Bay Area transportation officials.

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