HayWired Scenario Seeks to Improve Planning and Preparedness for the Next Big One

What if a magnitude 7.0 earthquake happens on the Hayward fault starting under Oakland, California, on 4/18/18 at 4:18 pm? That is the question guiding the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) HayWired project, which is taking an in-depth look at the scenario posed above. Stakeholders from across the Bay Area, including Bay Planning Coalition (BPC), met […]

MTC and ABAG release Plan Bay Area 2040 Draft Plan

This week, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) released a full Draft Plan for the Plan Bay Area 2040 project. The Draft Plan and all related information about the project can be accessed here.   Bay Planning Coalition (BPC) staff member Brianne Riley attended a meeting led by MTC on Tuesday, […]

Spotlight on Emerging Environmental Risks for the San Francisco Bay

This week Bay Planning Coalition held a sold out Expert Briefing event on Emerging Environmental Risks for the San Francisco Bay Area. (The agenda and presentation slides are available here.)   Below is a recap of the topics addressed by the three expert panelists: Robert Battalio, Environmental Science Associates Scott B. Birkey, Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP Ed Morales, […]

BPC to Sign National Letter in Support of NOAA Coastal Zone Management Program

President Trump’s recently proposed budget for 2018 cuts funding to over a dozen federal agencies and departments. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, State Department, and Agriculture Department would experience the deepest reductions at 31%, 29%, and 21%, respectively. Furthermore, the proposed budget would completely eliminate funding to 19 agencies. If the cuts in President Trump’s proposed […]

President’s Budget Proposal Puts Bay Area at Risk

As details of President Trumps proposed budget – entitled, “America First – A Budget Blueprint to Make America Great Again” – are revealed, it is increasingly clear that it includes spending cuts that put the Bay Area at great risk. So much so, that Senator Dianne Feinstein said this week, “This is the most draconian budget I’ve […]

New Executive Order Redirects “Waters of the United States”

New Executive Order Redirects “Waters of the United States” Wendy L. Manley Wendel Rosen Black & Dean LLP Whatever you think “Waters of the US” might currently mean under Clean Water Act, expect it to change again.  On February 28, 2017, President Trump issued an Executive Order directing the EPA & Corps of Engineers to review […]

State Drought Levels Fall Dramatically

A new report issued by the U.S. Drought Monitor this week says that less than 20 percent of California is currently experiencing drought conditions – the lowest percentage since 2011. Just three months ago that number was more than 70%. Recent rains across the state have led to widespread flooding and road closures, leading many to believe that […]

What a Mexican Import Tax Might Mean for West Coast Ports

Following a series of controversial proposals and the withdrawal of the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership, many are holding their breath as they await the Trump administration’s next move on trade. Trump’s proposals, such as a 20 percent tax on imports from Mexico, might not only sour our relationships with some of our […]

The Future of California’s Greenhouse Gas Regulation

This week, BPC staff attended a dinner meeting of the Air & Waste Management Association, featuring a presentation by Richard Corey, Executive Officer of the California Air Resources Board (CARB). Mr. Corey gave an insightful presentation on how California’s air quality and greenhouse gas regulations have shaped our economy thus far, and the direction of […]

Trump’s Action on Trans Pacific Partnership Raises Concerns Over What Comes Next

Amongst a slew of executive orders signed in his first week of office, President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Trans Pacific Partnership, or TPP, on Monday. Trump’s action does not create any sort of immediate impact since the TPP is not yet in effect and still at the mercy of Congress, where […]