For Esther Robert, an affordable home near transit was the key to keeping her family together and off the streets. It’s also one of the critical tools California is using to fight climate change.
Watch our new video, “A Place to Call Home,” to meet Esther and learn how California’s climate program is improving people’s lives across the state. Then check out ClimateBenefitsCA.org to find climate investments near you, and see the full impact of our state’s ambitious climate protection efforts.
A Place to Call Home was co-produced with our allies at The Greenlining Institute. You can read more stories like Esther’s on their website, UpLiftCA.org.
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TELL OAKLAND CITY COUNCIL TO APPROVE THE HOUSING IMPACT FEE
Every day, we hear new stories of people being pushed out of their homes due to skyrocketing rents and not enough affordable housing options. Next week, the Oakland City Council has a chance to do something about it: pass a housing impact fee to require developers to pay into the city’s Housing Trust Fund, which invests in creating affordable homes. It’s past time for Oakland to do what over 30 other Bay Area cities have already done. Please join us in calling for the Oakland City Council to support a strong impact fee on Tuesday, March 22nd, from 1:30-4:00 p.m.
FOURTH ANNUAL LET'S GET MOVING! SUMMIT NEEDS YOU ON MAY 7
The Let’s Get Moving! Summit is back for its fourth year in Silicon Valley! Come be a part of this gathering of hundreds of community and business leaders, practitioners, policy makers, and advocates from Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties. Whether you're a planning expert, a student who rides the bus, or someone who cares about the future of this region, there's a place for you at our Summit. Sign up before April 1 to take advantage of the Early Bird prices. If you have a session you want to see at the Summit, send us your proposals by March 18! The deadline to be a Summit co-sponsor is April 1.
BART'S BALLOT PLAN TAKES US IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
Mark your calendars – just eight months and five days until you can vote for a better BART! Last month, BART staff released their draft investment plan for a $3.5 billion bond measure to fix what’s been ailing our region’s core rail system. From patching leaks in underground tunnels to replacing very old train tracks, this plan will take the Bay Area in the right direction by improving safety, reliability, and comfort for riders, and helping ease the burden on drivers sick of Bay Bridge traffic and everyone in the Bay Area who likes breathing clean air. The only thing that could make this ballot measure better is if it met more of BART’s need – a total that’s closer to $5 billion. But they need to hear from voters like you to know that it will pass. Join us in urging the BART Board to go big!
GET READY FOR YOUR CLOSE-UP - WE NEED VOLUNTEER MODELS!
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, riding public transit, and more at Diridon Station and in downtown San Jose on Friday, March 18 - will you join us? No experience required.
FOUR WAYS TO MAKE CALIFORNIA’S STREETS SAFER FOR EVERYONE
If 2015 was the year of climate protection, then 2016 is the year for equity. TransForm and our partners are lining up a package of proposed bills in Sacramento that will make our transportation system safer and more fair for everyone. From providing discount transit passes for low-income families, youth, and seniors, to investing more in walking and biking, the four bills we’re pushing will help our most vulnerable neighbors get where they need to go in safe, affordable, reliable ways.
JOIN US FOR THE TRANSPORTATION EQUITY SUMMIT IN SACRAMENTO ON MAY 16
We know that every Californian needs affordable, reliable transportation choices to get to jobs, school, health care, and family – especially low-income families and people of color. And this year, there are huge opportunities to win state-level policy changes to get us closer to that vision.
That’s why we need you to come to our 2016 Transportation Equity Summit in Sacramento on May 16! Join us to 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, take your ideas to the Capitol building for Advocacy Day to make sure our leaders get the message, too.
SEND OUR SAFE ROUTES TEAM TO OHIO!
Our pioneering urban Safe Routes to Schools program has set the bar nationally for how to help low-income 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 several different panels, but airfare is not included. We’re really close to raising the funds we need to make sure key staff can go: just $1,424 more is needed to send them to Ohio. Please help us cross the finish line!
JOIN US FOR JANETTE SADIK-KHAN MARCH 14 & 15
We’re less than two weeks away from our spring speaker events, and advanced tickets are sold out! Door tickets are still available for an inspirational evening with former New York City transportation commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, whose accomplishments include reclaiming Times Square for pedestrians and installing over 400 miles of bike lanes.
Join TransForm and SPUR on March 14 in San Francisco or March 15 in Oakland to hear Sadik-Khan and co-author Seth Solomonow share their book: Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution, and talk about how we can reclaim our streets. Be sure to use our special code "TransForm16" to get your complimentary ticket at the door.
IMPROVE YOUR COMMUNITY, WIN $2500 FOR COLLEGE
GJEL and TransForm are looking for young community leaders to become the first recipients of our new Community Involvement Scholarship. The scholarship will award $2,500 each to two high school seniors who have shown strong interest in bettering their community through volunteer service, participation in local programs, or activism.
AUDACIOUS IDEAS TO IGNITE CHANGE
Making change is a slow burn, but it’s often sparked with big ideas. At TransForm, we’ve long promoted creative policies to make transportation part of the solution for social inequality and climate change. And from the Silicon Valley to the Big Apple, people are listening. We were delighted to have our so-called “audacious” ideas featured on the websites of Emerson Collective and TransitCenter last month.
MAKE AN IMPACT WITH SILICON VALLEY GIVES ON MAY 3
You can have an impact in your neighborhood, city and state! Support TransForm on Tuesday, May 3 in this year’s Silicon Valley Gives, a day of online giving that encourages people to invest in improving our communities. Our goal is to raise $15,000 for TransForm in 24 hours, allowing us to not only make a bigger impact in Silicon Valley, but to raise awareness about the work we’re doing regionally and statewide. Mark your calendar to donate and make an impact with Silicon Valley Gives.