December 1, 2008

Your monthly pass to better transit and more wonderful, walkable communities.

‘Tis the season for giving, volunteering… and fighting the Governor’s attempts to terminate funding for public transportation.
Read on:

Call now to stop the Governor’s attacks on public transit

The souring economy means that California’s state budget is facing an even larger deficit than state decision-makers thought when they passed the 2008-09 budget earlier this fall.
Governor Schwarzenegger’s ideas for how to solve the budget problem completely disrespect Californians’ clear message in the recent election that we want and need world-class public transportation in our state to fight climate change and congestion. He’s proposing to take another $230 million from state public transportation funding to help shore up the state budget plus he wants to completely eliminate the only source of state funding for public transportation operations, the State Transit Assistance program.
The legislature is reconvening in early December to decide what to do. Call key leaders now and tell them that gutting public transportation is no way to solve budget problems.  Take action now!

Comment online to make smart growth part of California's climate strategy

California's landmark climate change law, AB 32, simply will not meet its ambitious emissions targets without strong smart growth policies.  With an estimated 18 million new residents in California over the next 30 years, driving could increase by an astonishing 70% by 2030 if poorly planned "sprawl" development continues unchecked - and will wipe out the emissions benefits of improved fuel economy and low carbon fuels.
Tell the California Air Resources Board (CARB) to adopt strict targets for emissions reductions from transportation-related greenhouse gases and to ensure funding for public transit and other alternatives will be a part of the climate strategy.
Take action before December 10 or join us on December 11 in Sacramento, when CARB will adopt the final scoping plan.

Buy a TransForm membership for the transit-rider, bicyclist, or pedestrian in your life

Know someone who wants more buses, trains, ferries, and bike paths? Safer streets, cleaner air, and more wonderful, walkable neighborhoods?
Give the gift of a TransForm membership and great gear! TransForm steel water bottles and American-made, organic cotton t-shirts are available and sure to please everyone on your list. Many membership levels include these goodies as additional perks!
Purchase a membership or contact Andréa to be sure your gift arrives on time.

Volunteer at a mailing party on December 4 or 5

Can you give just an hour or two of your time to TransForm this week?
Join other friendly volunteers in helping with the critical behind-the-scenes work that keeps TransForm going.
We will be gathering volunteers at our Oakland office (food and drinks provided) from 2pm – 7pm on December 4 and from 2pm – 5pm on December 5 to stuff envelopes. Come for as long as you’re able, and feel free to bring friends!
Contact Andréa if you plan on attending so we can order enough food.

TransForm wins three awards for fighting climate change

When it comes to fighting climate change, it’s clear that TransForm’s work is right on target! At the recent Climate All Stars conference, three of the efforts TransForm coordinates won awards for their outstanding contributions to reducing greenhouse gas emissions: the Great Communities Collaborative, the Safe Routes to Schools Alameda County Partnership Program, and TransForm’s proposed climate change mitigation fee. Read more about the event and the other winners.

Events and speakers

Congestion Pricing in San Francisco. Transportation planners in San Francisco are exploring the feasibility of charging motorists a user fee as a way to manage congestion, a concept known as congestion pricing. Attend in-person, interactive presentations on December 2 or 8, on attend an online meeting on December 5. Learn more.
In the Hayward area? The Hayward Area Planning Association (HAPA), a member of TransForm’s regional coalition, is promoting a pedestrian-centered development, Quarry Village, and encouraging new rapid bus service to the CalState East Bay Campus instead of the proposed 5,000 space parking structure. Get plugged in at an upcoming seasonal gathering of HAPA and Citizens for Alternative Transportation Solutions on December 14 from 6 - 9 pm. Contact Sherman at 510-538-3692 or sherman@quarryvillage.org for more details.
Ecocity Builders, a member of TransForm’s regional coalition, is conducting a fascinating mapping and community planning project in the Lower Bottoms Neighborhood in Oakland. The project seeks to determine how land use can be reshaped to achieve massive energy conservation while preserving the culture of this important black historic area.  Read more about the project.

A job opening at TransForm

We are looking for an experienced transportation advocate to lead our recently expanded efforts at the state level to protect and increase funding for public transportation and to ensure California’s climate change strategies promote public transit, smart growth, walking and bicycling. Check out the job description for the State Transportation Advocate.