Transportation Funding: Local and Regional Government Picking Up Where State Left Off

Earlier this year, state transportation officials announced a 38% ($754 million) funding cut to transportation projects over a course of five years – the deepest reduction California has seen in two decades. With numerous Bay Area projects on the line, ranging from bike lanes to highways, officials say it is now up to local and regional governments […]

New Reporting Highlights Risk of “The Big One” Striking on the Hayward Fault at Any Time

Bay Area residents are unilaterally aware that earthquakes pose a real risk to California and the Bay Area. Many of us were here when the Loma Prieta Earthquake struck in 1989, killing 63 people and causing severe damage throughout the region, and we remember what a powerful and unnerving event it was. As a result, […]

What Do These Fires Mean for the Bay?

‘Tis the season. The California fire season, that is. Summer is upon us and so are the fires. Nearly 30,000 acres are ablaze in the Big Sur region and have claimed over 30 homes as well as the life of a bulldozer operator whose machine flipped while trying to fight the fire. The forecasted clear […]

Smart Freeways and More

It is safe to say that with the booming economy, the Bay Area is seeing some of the worst traffic congestion in its history. I-80 is regularly voted the the region’s worst commute and carries 270,000 cars each day. Caltrans is doing its best to improve the commute by activating the I-80 Smart Corridor project […]

Why Stop at the Waterline?

The Sustainable Freight Action Plan is an executive order from Governor Jerry Brown that calls for $6-8 billion dollars to improve the movement of goods in the State while lowering emissions, increasing efficiency, and maintaining a competitive edge. The plan fully addresses the issues mentioned above on land, but essentially stops at the waterline.   Currently, […]

Measure AA passed. Now what?

On June 7, Measure AA, a ballot initiative first endorsed by Bay Planning Coalition in May 2014, passed with 69.08% of the vote. It was on the ballot in the nine Bay Area counties where it creates a $12 per parcel tax that will raise $500 million over the next 20 years that will be […]

Where’s Betty?

If you have called the BPC office in the last couple of weeks, you have probably noticed that you have not been greeted by the same, gentle and soothing voice of our Senior Administrative Assistant, Betty Kwan, that you are accustomed to hearing. Not to worry though, Betty has been in a field class, as […]

SB 163 is Bad for Business

Legislation authored by state Senator Robert Hertzberg, Senate Bill 163 (SB 163), is worthy in its intent to increase the production and use of recycled water in California. Unfortunately, the bill is a flawed concept and bad for business. SB 163 would require wastewater treatment facilities that discharge treated wastewater to the ocean to instead […]

Global Clean Energy Leaders Meet in SF

The 7th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM7) met in San Francisco for a two-day conference where high-level delegates from all over the world discussed the advancement of clean energy policy and technology. Tom Steyer, a billionaire that is dedicated to promoting the transition to a clean energy economy, was in attendance and said that the Bay […]

Measure AA to Save the Bay from Sea Level Rise

Still not convinced that the sea is rising? Well check out the article, Rising Reality, by the acclaimed San Francisco Chronicle Urban Design Critic, John King. This special report takes a very real, and very fair, look at the issue of sea level rise in the Bay Area. It is easy to read with great […]