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City Council Agenda: Housing Element Task Force, Sewer Connection Incentives

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 11/18/2010 - 1:43pm

Housing Element

For Tuesday's City Council meeting, city staff will provide an update on the task force putting together an update of the city's housing plan.

According to a staff report, a public draft of the updated housing element could be available by February 2011.

With the Urban Habitat settlement, Pleasanton must put together a housing document, which provides an outline for the regional requirements for affordable housing in the city.

Some AC Transit Service Restored, But Funding Problems Could Return

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 11/18/2010 - 1:33pm

Mashasin Abdul Salaam, left, of Genesis, looks on as a coalition member is interviewed by KRON.

AC Transit riders took solace in the news on Tuesday that the agency plans to restore service that was cut twice this year after a labor arbitrator settled a contract dispute. Transit advocates worry, however, about the agency’s long-term solvency and have called on elected officials to develop significant revenue measures for funding buses in the East Bay.

The arbitration panel in the AC Transit labor negotiation reached a decision on a contract between the transit district and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 192, which represents 1,750 of its bus drivers and mechanics, saving the agency $38 million over three years. The binding decision calls for increased contributions from the members to their health and benefit plans, as well as work rule and holiday changes.

AC Transit had cut service in March by 7.8 percent, or $10.3 million in service hours and in October by 7.2 percent, or $11.4 million in service hours. Fare increases this year amounted to an increase of 25 cents per trip for local riders and $10 for the price of a monthly pass. Transbay riders have been paying an increase of 50 cents per trip and $16.50 for a monthly pass. Youth, senior and disabled riders saw a hike of 15 cents per local trip and 30 cents for Transbay trips.

AC Transit, union reach contract agreement

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 11/18/2010 - 1:18pm

Ask a board member: AC Transit riders take their worries to the top

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 11/18/2010 - 1:10pm

Halloween was a scary day for bus riders in the East Bay. On October 31, the beleaguered AC Transit cut more than 7% of its service. That’s after the 7.5% the agency already cut back in March. More service reductions had been planned for December, but officials announced late yesterday that they wouldn’t have to make those cuts, thanks to a new agreement with the drivers union. But don’t breathe that sigh of relief just yet – even more cuts might be on the way next year.

These constant changes and threats of cuts are creating a lot of tension ­– riders feel like they’re being ignored, while officials say they have no choice but to balance the budget, even if that means less service.

KALW’S Casey Miner tries to bridge the communication gap and brings us this report.

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RUTH: My name is Ruth, I take the 49 bus from 9th and Ashby up to Ashby and Telegraph. It runs once an hour each way.

ARLENA BAIN: Hi, my name is Arlena, I work for the Oakland Zoo.

SANGRIA DONELSON: My name is Sangria Donelson. This is my first form of transportation. I ride the bus all day, every day.

MARLON HOLLIS: My name is Marlon. I ride the bus basically every day.

Pleasanton candidates set to tackle familiar problems

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 11/18/2010 - 11:05am
PLEASANTON -- Voters started a new era on the city school board Tuesday, while keeping familiar faces on the dais less than a mile a way at city hall.

Jeff Bowser and Joan Laursen received 40 and 38 percent of the vote, respectively, and were elected to their first term on the school district's five-member board. Incumbent Jim Ott and longtime member Pat Kernan had opted not to seek re-election, leaving the race void of incumbents for the first time in at least a decade.

At city hall, Mayor Jennifer Hosterman held off council member Cindy McGovern with 53 percent of the vote versus McGovern's 47 percent. Council incumbents Jerry Thorne and Cheryl Cook-Kallio retained their seats against political newcomers Karla Brown and Fred Watson.

Join Us to Stop the Transit Cuts and Ask Elected Leaders to Join the Fight

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 10/29/2010 - 2:45pm


Tuesday, November 9th at 5:00 pm
1 FRANK H OGAWA PLAZA, (14th and Broadway)

Celebrating its silver anniversary, AC Transit sputters to the half-century mark

Submitted by News Desk on Fri, 10/29/2010 - 2:36pm

Despite turning 50 years old this month, AC Transit is hardly in a celebratory mood.

The bus agency - a lifeline for many Oaklanders - is wilting under continuous service cuts, worker layoffs, rider dissatisfaction, labor issues and low morale.

And riders must now brace themselves for even further cuts as the agency is set to deliver a one-two combination of service cuts ... with more likely to follow in 2011.

It’s a bleak way to start a silver anniversary.



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