Wednesday, April 4, 2012

CLIMATE PLAN - Weekly Update - April 4th, 2012

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Weekly Update
April 4th, 2012
In the Spotlight  


Will Southern California make transportation history tomorrow?

NRDC Switchboard - April 3rd, 2012

By Amanda Eaken

Car-loving Southern California is poised to adopt the strongest transportation plan in its history tomorrow. In keeping with California's leadership in adopting forward-thinking policies, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) is expected to adopt its first ever Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS) at 1pm.  This plan is Southern California's roadmap to cleaner air and a healthier economy for the more than 18 million residents of the greater Los Angeles region and its visitors.

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New Section of ClimatePlan Website: California Policy & Legislation

Wondering what's happening with state-level policies and legislation related to sustainable communities?  Look no further!  We've got a new section of our website dedicated just to that.  You'll find info on things like the new business plan for high speed rail, reinventing redevelopment, and the ARB's review of Sustainable Communities Strategies.  Plus, we've got a new legislative tracker so you can keep up on the bills related to our work. Check it out and let us know what you think!

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News & Events

How the evolving housing market will help sustainable communities

NRDC Switchboard -April 4th, 2012

By Kaid Benfield

I was privileged to be invited to participate along with some very smart urban thinkers in a recent program on the resilience of cities.  The program was sponsored by the New America Foundation, and I was on the first panel. The subject of the Great Recession came up, and I volunteered that I thought the persistent economic slump had hurt both good and bad development. 

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Calif. high-speed rail's pared-down plan touted

San Francisco Chronicle - April 3rd, 2012

The authority overseeing planning for California's high-speed rail project has released a fresh proposal with a new price tag and a scaled-back design. The plan released Monday after a news conference in Fresno merges the bullet train with existing commuter rail lines in the Bay Area and Los Angeles basin.

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Of soccer moms and sinister U.N. plots

Grist - April 3rd, 2012

By Katharine Wroth

It all started innocently enough. I saw a notice in my local paper that my small town would be holding a strategic planning meeting, part of an effort to resuscitate it from the post-industrial malaise that has left so many New England towns in the economic dumps. 

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Selling pollution credits could raise funds for high-speed trains

The Sacramento Bee - March 31st, 2012

By Tim Sheehan

A new financing strategy is a centerpiece of a revised business plan that state leaders will unveil Monday in Fresno for the proposed high-speed train system. Rather than relying on the uncertainty of future federal transportation funds, money from the auction of air-pollution credits -- the state's "cap-and-trade" program -- can provide a "backstop" source of money that the California High-Speed Rail Authority could tap if needed, authority chairman Dan Richard said in a conference call with reporters today.

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Congress Agrees to Kick the Can for 90 More Days

Streetsblog Capitol Hill - March 30th, 2012

By Ben Goldman

Yesterday, before taking off for a two-week recess, Congress passed a three-month extension of SAFETEA-LU, the ninth since it first expired on September 30, 2009. It now only needs the president's signature sometime before midnight on Saturday to become law. That means that on June 26, 2012, current transportation policy will have been operating under temporary extensions for 1,000 days. Four days later, it will be due to expire yet again.

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Adhering To a Status Quo City-Development Ideology Is So 'Last Century'

California Progress Report - March 30th, 2012

By Alan Kandel

Over the past dozen or so years, I've written on a wide range of topics covering everything from travel, transportation, climate, community and history, to agriculture and the environment. Population and population growth are often topics of discussion in terms of how these relate to community and the environment, for example. Keeping on point, California and the United States have been undergoing unprecedented and seemingly inexorable growth.

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Brown administration, bullet train board seek to ease environmental reviews of the project

Los Angeles Times - March 29th, 2012

By Ralph Vartabedian and Dan Weikel

California's bullet train authority and representatives of the Brown administration are exploring ways to relax environmental review procedures on the massive project to help meet a tight construction schedule, The Times has learned. Major environmental groups confirm they have been in discussions with state officials about some type of relief from possible environmental challenges to the project, which is falling behind schedule and risks losing federal funding if it must conduct new reviews of construction and operational effects.

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Parsing California's Density Bombshell in 2010 Census Data

California Planning and Development Report - March 29th, 2012

By Josh Stephens

You know when you're driving east on Interstate 10, past downtown Los Angeles, and all you can see ahead of you is the jumbled horizon of rooftops, trees, and overpasses? That is, according to the latest Census figures, the true face of density. Don't let any skyscraper-dwelling, subway riding Chicagoan, New Yorker, or Philadelphian say anything different. Today the US Census released a slew of city-related data from the 2010 Census, and it includes some figures about California that will be startling to anyone who hasn't been paying attention for the past few decades.

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Southern California


SoCal group votes on foot-friendly transit plan 

The Sacramento Bee - April 4th, 2012

By Andrew Dalton
The government group that oversees Southern California transportation planning is set to vote Wednesday on a $524-billion agreement that would put unprecedented resources into walking, biking and public transportation in a region known for anything but. The 83-member council of the Southern California Association of Governments is likely to adopt the 25-year plan at its meeting in Los Angeles.
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How Downtown L.A. Became a Place to Live (without Parking)

KCET - April 2nd, 2012
By Jeremy Rosenberg
During an almost thirty-year period beginning in 1970, Downtown Los Angeles gained a grand total of 4,300 units in housing stock. Then, between 1999 and 2008, Downtown gained at least 7,300 housing units just from long-term vacant buildings. What accounts for that tremendous uptick? Many factors, of course; but at least in the policy realm, arguably none are nearly as significant as the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance, or "ARO."
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While Toronto feuded, Los Angeles built transit

The Globe and Mail - April 1st, 2012
By John Lorinc
Denny Zane can pinpoint the moment when the famously heavy traffic in Los Angeles changed from slushy to solid. It was the summer of 2007, and the back-ups on the I-10, through the city's west side, snaked back over 20 kilometres and reappeared day after day after day, with no obvious cause. "Not just bad," recalled Mr. Zane, an activist and a former local councillor, "but, like, 'wow!' It was the talk of the town. We'd crossed the threshold."
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Rail Returns to the Westside: The Expo Line's Historical Precursors

KCET - March 28th, 2012
By Nathan Masters
When the long-awaited Expo Line opens on April 28, riders will be retracing a historic route through the city. Although its tracks, signals, and power lines are all new, much of the light rail line's right-of-way dates to 1875, when the first rail link between downtown L.A. and the Westside opened and gave birth to the city of Santa Monica.
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Facelift Project for Hollywood Stirs Divisions

The New York Times - March 28th, 2012
By Adam Nagourney
Hollywood, once a sketchy neighborhood in a spiral of petty crime and decay, has been well on its way over the past 10 years to becoming a bustling tourist destination and nightlife district. But now it is on the verge of another transformation: to a decidedly un-Californian urban enclave pierced by skyscrapers, clustered around public transportation and animated pedestrian street life.
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Event: Annual Sustainability Summit

Hosted by Los Angeles Business Council
April 27th, 7:30am - 2pm
The Getty Center
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA
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Register Now for Pedestrians Count! 2012 

Registration is open for Pedestrians Count! 2012. California WALKS and many partners are hosting this event in Los Angeles on May 3rd and 4th to advance pedestrian planning strategies and advocacy. More info on agenda, session topics, and registration on the Peds Count! webpage

Click here for more on the Southern California region and their Sustainable Communities Strategy.




Bay Area BayArea
News & Events


After 100 Years, Muni Runs Slower

The Bay Citizen - March 31st, 2012

By Zusha Elinson

The San Francisco Muni is turning 100 this year. And in that century of great technological progress, in which an aircraft broke the sound barrier in 1947 and a supersonic car did the same in 1997, Muni has actually become slower. In 1920, the F-Stockton streetcar carried passengers from the Financial District at Market and Stockton Streets all the way to the Marina at Chestnut and Scott Streets in a zippy 17 minutes. Today a very similar trip on the 30-Stockton, the successor to the F-Stockton, takes a half-hour if the stars are properly aligned.

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Bay Area's Bike to Work Day Campaign Kicks Off

Market Watch - March 26th, 2012

The San Francisco Bay Area's 18th Annual Bike to Work Day held on Thursday, May 10, 2012 is kicking off its campaign to lure in regular cyclists and non-bike riders alike. With biking being an affordable form of transportation, fun, and easy way to achieve better health; Bike to Work Day has become a premier event in the 9 Bay Area counties.

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Job Announcement: Communication Manager

Prevention Institute

Working under the leadership of senior staff, the Communication Manager directs the Institute's strategic communications efforts and is responsible for continuing to build our national visibility as a leader in primary prevention. This position is ideally suited for an agile and persuasive writer and communicator who possesses strong management skills and thrives in a team oriented and fast paced environment.

Click here for more information and how to apply


Building a Jobs-Rich Region: A Conversation with Ryan Avent 

Hosted by Greenbelt Alliance

Join us on April 19th for "Building a Jobs-Rich Region: A Conversation with Ryan Avent," a special event about the Bay Area's economic outlook with a focus on those place-based solutions that will ensure our region is on the right track to nurture our economic competitiveness and continue to attract new jobs in the future.  Ryan Avent, economics correspondent for 

The Economist and author of The Gated City, will be in dialogue with Carl Guardino, President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, about the Bay Area's future and what the region can do to remain on the cutting-edge.  Thursday, April 19, 2012, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM RSVP required

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