July 1, 2015

Facebook is a world of posts and pokes, family photos and funny cat videos. But for TransForm, Facebook is how we share our world with you every day – and how you can share yours with us.

That’s why we’re excited to show off our new look, and invite you to help us reach 4000 likes by July 31!

When you “Like” us on Facebook, you get breaking news from Sacramento as well as the latest on social justice, transportation, affordable homes, and urban planning. You’re the first to see and tag photos of your friends in photos from our events. Plus there’s the occasional cat photo. What’s not to like?

Help us reach 4k - like us on Facebook today!

MORE THIS MONTH

GOVERNOR’S FINAL BUDGET IS GREAT – WITH ONE EXCEPTION

On Friday, June 19 the California Legislature approved a state budget. Overall, we’re pretty pleased with it, with one major exception. The Legislature failed to commit funding to two programs that would make getting around easier for low-income Californians and people who walk and bike. Legislators will reconvene later this summer to work out the finer details of the budget, which means that they have one more chance to get it right - and we have one more chance to make our voices heard!

Email your Legislator today!

BAY AREA COMMUTERS READY TO #SAVEBART

According to a recent poll conducted by the Bay Area Council, 75% of Bay Area commuters are ready to pitch in for a better, safer, more reliable BART commute. This news comes at a promising time: BART plans to put a funding measure on the 2016 ballot to help the agency close its $4.8 billion budget shortfall and get its service back in good running order, free of maintenance delays, broken tracks, and crowded cars. A better BART is possible, but only if they have the funding to make it so.

Tell your BART Director to #SaveBART and go big in 2016!

HOW DO YOU ENVISION SILICON VALLEY?

How would you spend billions of dollars in transportation funding in Santa Clara County? Thanks to Envision Silicon Valley, you can help the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) answer that very question. Don’t miss this chance to shape the future of your Silicon Valley – complete with safer streets, better public transportation, and affordable homes for all!

What would you change first?

BIG NEWS FOR CLIMATE-FRIENDLY HOUSING AND TRANSPORTATION

The funding for public transportation, sustainable communities, and affordable housing we fought so hard for is starting to come through! Two state agencies announced yesterday how they’ll be investing funds from California’s cap-and-trade climate program, to the tune of $346 million. TheStrategic Growth Council approved 28 projects for the Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities Program, and the California State Transportation Agency selected 14 projectsfor the Transit and Intercity Rail Capital Program. 
These grants and more will soon be searchable on our Climate Benefits for California online map, to be released later this month.

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SENATOR BEALL IS LISTENING

Every once in a legislative while, a bill with good intentions has some misguided elements, but it gets amended for the better. That’s what happened with SB 9. After hearing from TransForm and our allies at the Capitol (and reading the emails you sent), Senator Beall agreed to remove a provision in SB 9 that would have put critical transit dollars out of reach of our state’s most disadvantaged communities. Now it’s just one small tweak away from earning our full support.

Tell Senator Beall you’ll support SB 9 with one last change

MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR LIVE!

Every once in a legislative while, a bill with good intentions has some misguided elements, but it gets amended for the better. That’s what happened with SB 9. After hearing from TransForm and our allies at the Capitol (and reading the emails you sent), Senator Beall agreed to remove a provision in SB 9 that would have put critical transit dollars out of reach of our state’s most disadvantaged communities. Now it’s just one small tweak away from earning our full support.

Mark our calendar!

NO GRIDLOCK IN THE U.S. SENATE

The clock is ticking on federal transportation funding – the current funding bill is set to expire on July 31. So it’s mostly a good thing that a Senate committee unanimously approved the DRIVE Act last week. The bill, co-authored by Senator Barbara Boxer, passed the committee with a few small improvements that “come very close to a Complete Streets policy” for federal highways, according to the League of American Bicyclists; and maintained funding for key programs that had been slashed in the House of Representatives. There’s still plenty of room for improvement, however, and lots of questions about where the funding will come from.

Read up on what’s going down in Congress and how you can help

PROUD OF OUR TRANSFORM FAMILY

If you read our blog (or have met us in person), you know that TransFormers take a lot of pride in working alongside one another. We’re also proud to have welcomed some talented new team members in recent months: Aatisha Singh (Grants Manager), Chantel Cain (HR & Administrative Associate),Chrissie Love (Accounting Clerk), and Sophia Rodriguez(Communications Assistant).

Learn more about the people who keep TransForm ticking!

WHAT WE'RE READING

Mix up your summer reading list with these articles on current events, social justice and transportation, and recommendations for those who prefer essays on urbanism over romance novels: