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Bill Approved to Ease Bay Area Traffic, Reduce Auto Pollution

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 08/14/2008 - 10:00pm
Yee’s legislation would enact $1 vehicle fee to improve freeways

SACRAMENTO – The California State Assembly today approved legislation authored by Senator Leland Yee (D-San Francisco/San Mateo) to reduce traffic congestion and auto pollution in the Bay Area.  Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (R-Los Angeles) will have until September 30 to sign or veto the measure.

Environmental justice in action

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 08/03/2008 - 10:00pm

During Richmond's recent public hearings on expansion plans for the Chevron refinery, Dr. Henry Clark was there to speak on the potential health consequences of the project on residents around the oil processing facility, particularly people in disadvantaged communities.

As executive director of the West County Toxics Coalition, a group he founded 22 years ago, Clark has been a tireless advocate on environmental justice issues before the phrase was commonly used. Five years ago, Contra Costa County recognized the cause by adopting an environmental justice policy, and last month supervisors formally accepted an Environmental Justice Framework submitted by Contra Costa Health Services for inclusion in the county health department's policy.


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.


Our Neighbors: Richmond attorney takes green practices to parks foundation

Submitted by News Desk on Sun, 07/27/2008 - 10:00pm

William Acevedo, a Richmond resident and attorney who leads the Green Business Practice Group at a large Oakland law firm, can now expand his environmental interests following his recent appointment to the East Bay Regional Parks Foundation.

The 39-year-old nonprofit foundation provides direct support for the East Bay Regional Park District, raises donations and invests funds for future use, bringing in more than $35 million in donations, land and in-kind services since 1969.


SolarCity provides SF power below grid price

Submitted by News Desk on Thu, 07/17/2008 - 10:00pm
If you are a San Francisco resident considering solar panels, now is the time for action, says Lyndon Rive, CEO of SolarCity, a start-up that leases panels to homeowners.

Oakland Moves Toward Green Building Ordinance

Submitted by News Desk on Wed, 07/16/2008 - 10:00pm
OAKLAND, Calif. -- Oakland City Council President Ignacio De La Fuente Thursday announced he is bringing together developers and environmentalists to create a "green building" ordinance for the city.

The ordinance would utilize a rating system to ensure new multilple unit developments met energy efficiency, water and resource conservation and indoor air quality standards.


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