November 4, 2015

It’s hard to believe it’s already November...to say that this year is flying by would be an understatement!

So before we launch into another e-news, we want to take a step back and, in the spirit of the holiday season, share what we are thankful for:

  • Our volunteers. From the people who passed out treats to kids on Walk and Roll to School Day; to the students who took photos at our Transportation Choices Summit – our amazing volunteers make our work possible.
  • Our supporters. Whether you take our action alerts, donate $10 a month, or share our blog with your friends, we thank you for supporting our work and spreading our message.
  • Our LIVE guests and sponsors. A huge thank you to all of the people who came out to our LIVE Awards + Benefit to celebrate Mary Nichols and Vien Truong – we hope you had fun! And of course thanks to our amazing sponsors for bringing LIVE to life.  
  • YOU! When you read our e-news, you are a part of our community. And community is at the heart of our vision for a connected, healthy, fair California for all. 

MORE THIS MONTH:

A rollercoaster summer in Sacramento

The 2015 state Legislative season was filled with ups and downs, and now it’s come to a close...kind of. While the regular session has ended, a “special session” on transportation is taking place, with some huge decisions about transportation on the table. Read our blog for what Governor Brown did and didn’t sign, and what’s so special about the transportation special session.

Read our blog for more.

California’s win for affordable homes

After years of advocating for better parking policies, TransForm and our allies are thrilled with the progress we made with AB 744. This bill (which we co-sponsored and Governor Brown signed last month), will dramatically lower parking requirements for affordable homes near transit, creating incentives for developers to build more homes for working families, seniors, and the disabled.  

What’s the deal with AB 744, parking, and housing?

San Francisco voters say "yes" to more affordability
 
Yesterday, San Francisco voters approved two important measures to improve affordability in the City by the Bay, both of which TransForm supported.  Proposition A will provide $310 million for affordable homes.  Proposition K will prioritize affordable home construction on surplus public lands.  Together, these ballot measures will help address the City's affordability crisis.  Congratulations, San Francisco!

Read why TransForm supported Props A & K.

Lessons learned from Alum Rock BRT

The Bay Area’s first-ever Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project broke ground in San Jose last year, but Alum Rock BRT construction has not gone as smoothly as planned. Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) needs to rebuild public trust, continue working with neighbors and business owners to fix Alum Rock, and prepare how it will move forward with better projects in the future, such as El Camino Real BRT. We can still bring better public transportation to Silicon Valley – if we pay attention to lessons learned from Alum Rock. 

How VTA can (and has already started to) fix Alum Rock.

BART’s new old cars              

BART made news last month when they announced their project to refurbish old train cars to make more room for the 400,000+ people (some packed in like sardines) who ride it every weekday. In this SF Examiner article, TransForm Deputy Director Jeff Hobson weighed in on what BART can do to improve service as ridership numbers grow, and we continue to support BART’s push for a big funding measure on the 2016 ballot.

BART on the ballot – learn more.

#GivingTuesday

Tuesday, December 1 is #GivingTuesday – a national day designed to inspire each of us to give back to our neighborhoods, cities and state! This year, GJEL Accident Attorneys is helping us out by matching your donation up to $1,500!

Your gift helps create solutions to the challenges we're all facing: a lack of reliable ways to get around, high housing costs, and the impacts of climate change. Your gift allows California to keep moving forward.

Your matched gift will count towards our Move California Forward Campaign and help us reach our goal of $50,000 by December 31

If you can’t wait until December 1, donate today!

LIVE came alive!

Our third annual LIVE Awards + Benefit was a smashing success! Thanks to everyone who joined us for a wonderful evening. We were honored to celebrate our LIVE awardees, Mary Nichols and Vien Truong (and blown away by their speeches!).  An extra big shout-out to our event sponsors and people who donated to help us raise over $35,000 – your support will help us win more victories and make California a more connected, healthy, and fair place to live.

Check out our photos – and tag yourself!

Cocoa for Carpools is a winner

Congratulations to our awesome Alameda County Safe Routes to Schools (SR2S) team! They are the winner of the first Tri-Valley Air Quality Impact Award for their “Cocoa for Carpools” event, which motivated high school students to carpool to school on a chilly day last December. (Their incentive? Hot cocoa on a cold morning!) “Cocoa for Carpools” will be back again this December at high schools throughout Alameda County.

Email Alissa Kronovet to learn more or sign up your school.

ClimatePlan is hiring

Last week, ClimatePlan announced that Carey Knecht will become the network’s permanent Director after nearly six months as Interim Director, and nearly six years as Associate Director. Congratulations, Carey! Now the search is on for a new ClimatePlan Associate Director. ClimatePlan is a statewide network of groups committed to meeting California’s greenhouse gas reduction targets, and is fiscally sponsored by TransForm. Could you, or someone you know, be this newest member of the ClimatePlan team?

Check out the job posting here.