California’s Dramatic Fire Season Roars Ahead

With USA Today reporting that there have already been 4,200 fires throughout the state of California this year, it comes as little surprise that, according to Southern California Public Radio, Cal Fire has already spent 40 percent of its firefighting budget for the year – a budget that was expanded to $165 million in anticipation […]

Efforts for Energy Production from Offshore Wind Ramping Up in U.S.

It seems that now more than ever there is a push for clean and renewable energy in the United States and abroad. For example, President Obama met earlier this year with leaders from Mexico and Canada to discuss an ambitious new goal for generating carbon-free power, which includes a target of 50% electricity generation from […]

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 […]