This November, California’s ballot will be a long and very important one. It’s critical to vote all the way down the ticket to improve housing, transportation, affordability, and land use in the Bay Area – and beyond.
We have analyzed the issues and shared our positions in our 2016 Election Guide to help you make informed decisions on critical issues like funding BART repairs (Measure RR), keeping AC Transit buses running (Measure C1), protecting renters in Oakland (Measure JJ), supporting public transportation and homeless services in San Francisco (Measures J and K), building more affordable homes in Alameda County (Measure A1), and funding affordable homes and safe walking and biking in Santa Clara County (Measures A and B). We’re also strongly opposed to a misleading state proposition (Proposition 53).
JOIN US FOR LIVE AWARDS + BENEFIT
Registration is now open for our third annual LIVE Awards + Benefit on Wednesday, November 16 at 6:30 pm in downtown San Francisco. This year we will be honoring Guillermo Mayer of Public Advocates and Kate White of the California State Transportation Agency for their Leadership, Innovation, Vision, and commitment to Equity (LIVE). This event is a wonderful chance to meet and mingle with new and long-time TransFormers, enjoy delicious food, and celebrate the activism that is making our state a better place for all people to live. We hope to see you there!
BART NEEDS YOUR HELP
Measure RR is a $3.5 billion bond measure to pay for critical repairs and improvements for BART, and it’s absolutely necessary to keep BART safe and reliable. Measure RR will pay to make noisy BART trains quieter, repair old water-damaged rails, and improve everyone’s commute (including drivers, by making BART a better option and avoiding shut-downs).
TransForm was instrumental in getting this measure on the ballot, and now we need to step up for it to pass!Share our op-ed in the East Bay Times making the case for Measure RR, join other TransFormers at a Measure RR phone bank, or write a Letter to the Editor (with support from our communications team)!
Together, we can keep BART on track for years to come and keep everyone traveling in the Bay Area connected to work, school, community, and opportunity.
OAKMOB101 COMES TO WEST OAKLAND
West Oakland residents - what moves you? How do you get around? If car share and bike share options came to your neighborhood, would you use them? How could car share and bike share help you stay connected to work, school, family, and more?
Come to Oakland Mobility 101 (#OakMob101) at De Fremery Park on Saturday, October 22 for a day of music, food, prizes, and the opportunity to plan a better connected and more equitable Oakland. This free event is family-friendly, and we’ll be joined by awesome partners like the Original Scraper Bike Team, Bike East Bay, and more. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or want to volunteer!
Also check out photos and tweets from the first #OakMob101 event in East Oakland on October 1.
LEGISLATIVE YEAR IN REVIEW
California saw some amazing and important legislative victories in 2016 – from extending our state’s targets for greenhouse reduction, to increasing our investment in disadvantaged communities. None of this could have happened without an immense amount of work by many organizations, including TransForm's wonderful allies and coalitions like ClimatePlan, Sustainable Communities for All, 535 Coalition and Green California. Read our blog for a full recap of the highs and lows of this year’s legislative season.
REAL STORIES BEHIND SB 32 AND CALIFORNIA’S CLIMATE LEADERSHIP
TransForm was part of a powerful statewide coalition that worked tirelessly to pass SB 32 and make sure California’s climate program benefits those who need it most. Our website, ClimateBenefitsCA.org shows how California’s climate investments put money from polluters into projects that improve transportation, housing, health, air and water quality, and access to jobs. Visit ClimateBenefitsCA.org for the stories of those investments, and how they’re improving the quality of life for our state’s most disadvantaged communities.
KEEPING SAN FRANCISCO MOVING, FAIRLY
In January, TransForm won a grant from Just Transit SF to figure out how to help more people, especially low-income and transit-dependent residents, find better transportation options in and around San Francisco. Ten months later, we’re collaborating with partners like MTC, Muni, and Swiftly to create innovative solutions that will solve people’s transportation problems and encourage more people to ride transit. Read our blog post for more about how we’re keeping San Francisco moving with Just Transit SF.
ALAMEDA COUNTY ROCKS WALK & ROLL TO SCHOOL DAY
Yesterday was no ordinary Wednesday. That’s because 140 schools throughout Alameda County celebrated International Walk & Roll to School Day. 20,081 students and their families walked, rolled, took the bus, or carpooled to get to class, and were rewarded with high fives, colorful pencils, and stickers to show off their environmentally-friendly commutes. Thanks to our awesome Safe Routes to Schools Team for another successful year of walking and rolling!