Tomorrow, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) will be voting on how to spend the stimulus money approved last week by President Obama. It’s not often a government or we have a chance to see the actions of the highest office in America translate so quickly and action in our local community. Based on the MTC staff report, this decision will have a large effect on transit in Alameda and the East Bay.
Reading this mornings coverage of the state budget, I can’t focus on anything else beyond how dispiriting it is to watch our state make such ugly, terrible choices. Alameda will not escape this.
Alameda, please welcome your Top Ten Customers! A quick and dirty rundown of Alameda’s Top 10 Employers and Energy Users.
East Bay Transit advocates, a group consisting of members of many of the East Bay’s leading alt. transportation advocacy groups, have decided to endorse Elizabeth Echols for appointment to the AC Transit Board of Directors on February 25th. It wasn’t necessarily easy….but it was definitely the right decision.
Tonight, the city council will consider amending the city’s new soft-story seismic retrofit ordinance to include an exemption from the city’s minimum parking requirements for multi-family buildings with 5 or more units in them.
18 months ago, AUSD and the Board of Education received a demographic study for the district from Lapkoff and Gobalet. This study came under a lot of criticism during the Edison enrollment/lottery discussion and I thought it would be interesting to look at how it has faired two years out.
AUSD needs to identify its threshold for adding a new class at Edison so that incoming parents have some idea as to what to expect next fall.
USD has just announced that they will add a fourth kindergarten this year to accomodate the 78 children who have enrolled for next year’s kindergarten.
EBMUD is working on its new pricing schedule for the coming year (and the coming drought). the current pricing framework works well for the district’s financial planning, but it may not be the most effective way to plan for conservation and drought.
Wednesday’s Chronicle had an article on the front page of the Bay Area section entitled “Report urges preserving Bay Area outdoors” which urges the Bay Area work and preserve at risk open space.