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Blue skies ahead for 'gray water' systems?

Submitted by News Desk on Sat, 07/12/2008 - 9:37pm
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With the statewide drought upsetting homeowners who cling to their gardens and lawns, the concept of "gray water" irrigation systems is enjoying a kind of revival in interest.

"Whereas we used to get one or two requests a year about gray water before the drought, now we get about one inquiry a day," said Dick Bennett, water conservation administrator for East Bay Municipal Utility District. EBMUD supplies brochures and guidelines on how to install gray water systems.

$1 Golden Gate bridge toll increase likely

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 07/10/2008 - 10:00pm
$6 cash, $5 FasTrak charge will take effect Sept. 1 if board approves committee recommendation today



SAN FRANCISCO -- The toll to cross the Golden Gate Bridge likely will increase by $1 on Sept. 1 following approval Thursday by a key committee of the bridge board of directors.

The first increase since 2002 will bring the cash toll to $6 and the electronic FasTrak toll to $5. The full board is expected to ratify the increase today.

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paul.payne@pressdemocrat.com

Golden Gate Bridge tolls expected to jump $1

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


(07-10) 11:47 PDT San Francisco -- Golden Gate Bridge officials are expected this morning to boost the cost of crossing the landmark span by $1 - the first of two toll increases looming for commuters.

The toll increase, approved by the bridge district's finance committee Thursday, is expected to be adopted by the board of directors and to take effect Sept. 1. It would raise tolls to $5 for those paying with FasTrak and $6 for cash-payers.

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mcabanatuan@sfchronicle.com

Opinion: Berkeley’s Anti-Environmentalist Movement

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 07/09/2008 - 10:00pm


The current anti-BRT initiative highlights the split in Berkeley politics between environmentalists who support better public transportation and more walkable neighborhoods and anti-environmentalists who oppose these things.

Bill would add fee on Bay Area gasoline to fund climate efforts

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 07/06/2008 - 10:00pm


CALIFORNIA – A bill that would impose an additional gas fee in the Bay Area and Los Angeles made its way through the Capitol this month, receiving near unanimous approval in Senate committees.

The fuel surcharges bill jointly authored by Assemblyman Jared Huffman, D-San Rafael, and Assemblyman Mike Feuer, D-Los Angeles, was introduced in February as a way to raise funds for climate change mitigation projects in the two regions and so far has had a successful run.

California Continues to Fight Global Warming

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 06/25/2008 - 10:00pm
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SACRAMENTO, CA (KGO) -- Governor Schwarzenegger's plan to fight global warming centers on a significant cut in greenhouse gas emissions, but in order to do it, we all have to play a major part that involves some lifestyle changes and even some sacrifices.

California's plan to fight global warming depends on forcing oil and gas refineries to produce less-polluting fuels, utility companies to generate a third of their electricity from renewable sources and auto companies to make cleaner-burning cars.

Is Mass Transit Ready for a Commute Surge?

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 06/25/2008 - 10:00pm
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If you think four dollar gas is expensive, think again. A major investment bank is predicting the price of gas will reach seven dollars in the next two years, forcing us to radically change our commuting habits. But are our transit systems ready for a massive switch to public transportation? With the governor is pushing to take $1.4 billion from public transit projects to bail out the state budget, the outlook is grim.

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