Rain, rain, please don’t go away! California’s wet winter after a summer of record-breaking temperatures and wildfires reminds us that our fight to slow climate change is more important than ever.
Our fight for equity in housing and transportation is also more important than ever. As we celebrate Black History Month, we are reminded to fulfill our commitment to equity by listening to, including, and lifting up the voices of those who have been historically disenfranchised. These voices belong to people (predominately people of color) who are most affected by insufficient public transportation, rising housing costs, and disproportionate health burdens caused by pollution. This needs to change.
Read more about our work on equity and climate change in the stories below - we've got some big things cooking, from affordable homes to a safer and better BART system for all.
The Super Bowl is coming to San Francisco! Well, sort of. Although kick-off is happening 50 miles south in Santa Clara, San Francisco is hosting Super Bowl City, a week-long celebration at the Embarcadero. In order to help you prepare for (maybe brace yourself for) and even enjoy the excitement, Joel Ramos shares his tips and strategies for getting around SF during this busy time.
Now is the time to stand up for affordable homes in Oakland! On February 26, the Oakland City Council will likely make a final vote on whether or not to pass a strong affordable housing impact fee, which would raise money for more permanently affordable housing in Oakland. Your Councilmembers need to hear from you on why affordable homes matter. Come to the meeting at Oakland City Hall (or if you can’t attend in person, send your Councilmember an email!).
The Super Bowl isn’t the only big thing coming to the South Bay in 2016. This year, VTA is considering a half-cent sales tax measure that could raise $6 billion for transportation. TransForm and our allies, working together as the Transportation Justice Alliance, are advocating for a spending plan that prioritizes projects and programs that increase transit ridership, reduces carbon emissions, make our streets safer for walking and biking, and help keep the region affordable for people of all incomes to live. Read our blog to learn more about this funding measure and how you can get involved in shaping a better Santa Clara County!).
TransForm wants to spruce up our look, and we need your help! We are working with a professional photographer to take photos of people who represent the diversity of the Bay Area. We'll be walking, biking, and riding BART in Downtown Oakland and San Francisco during the day on Friday 2/26 - will you join us? No experience required.
Last week the BART Board of Directors took a stand to keep the Bay Area affordable for all: they voted to adopt a policy that requires at least 20% of all homes developed on BART land to be made affordable to low and very-low income households...which is amazing! TransForm and our allies have been advocating for this policy for several years, and we are thrilled with BART’s decision. One of the champions for this policy was BART Director Rebecca Saltzman, who shares her perspective on this win.
What if California had a special pot of money to help build more affordable homes near public transportation, reduce climate pollution, and get more people riding transit? Well, we do! It’s called the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program (AHSC), and our GreenTRIP program has been helping people across the state apply for – and win – this AHSC money to bring great new affordable housing projects to life. Now another round of AHSC funding is coming up, and we can help! If you are interested in applying for AHSC funding in 2016, learn more about our AHSC consulting services and contact us.
There’s a lot at stake – and lots of questions to answer – when it comes to California’s transportation funding. Questions like: “Are the billions of dollars for transportation in the state budget going to help fight climate change, make public transportation better, and make my community healthier?” To get answers to this question (and many more), ClimatePlan, a statewide network TransForm helps lead, gave a legislative briefing to a packed room in Sacramento’s Capitol building. Get some of your own questions answered, and read how the briefing went, on ClimatePlan’s blog.
Our amazing Safe Routes to Schools team is a national leader in helping thousands of kids get to school safely on their bikes, scooters, or own two feet. Now they need your help to get them to Ohio for the National Safe Routes to Schools Conference in April! They’ve been selected to present on three different panels, but need to raise $10,000 by February 29 in order to get everyone there. They are almost halfway there, but they need you to help them cross the finish line!
During her time as New York City’s transportation commissioner, Janette Sadik-Khan did what was considered impossible: she turned car-filled streets into safe spaces for people walking and biking.
Now Khan and co-author Seth Solomonow are coming to town to share their book: Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution. Join TransForm at our spring speaker event on March 14th at 6 pm in San Francisco to hear these experts talk about how we can reclaim our streets. This discussion will be truly inspirational to anyone interested in seeing this transformation in your community - don't miss it! We are excited to co-present this event with SPUR. Be sure to use our special code "TransForm16" when registering for your complimentary ticket.
Save the date for our 2016 Transportation Equity Summit in Sacramento on May 16! Don't miss this opportunity to join hundreds of advocates and experts from around California. We'll strategize around the latest efforts to improve our communities and our state by investing in safe, effective ways to get around without a car. On May 17, you can put rubber to the road and take your ideas to the Capitol building at Advocacy Day. Registration opens soon, so stay tuned!