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UC Berkeley environmental law prof Ethan Elkind has been publishing a series of interesting articles on his website recently looking at rail planning in California. His basic thesis is that the ideas that make sense to the transit planners don’t often make it to construction – that the political process intervenes to produce different outcomes. […]

Mar 19th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

On Friday Speaker John A. Pérez appointed Thea Selby of San Francisco to fill Tom Umberg’s newly vacant seat on the California High Speed Rail Authority board. Selby is a longtime transit advocate, having been involved in the San Francisco Transit Riders Union for many years as well as serving on the advisory board to […]

Mar 18th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

In what is seen as something of a blow to Mineta San José airport, Virgin America announced last week it would be leaving SJC even though they had just launched flights to LAX less than a year ago: “Despite our steadily improving performance at SJC, demand in the market hasn’t met expectations and we’ve made […]

Mar 16th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized

The Legislative Analyst’s Office is a good source for statistical analysis of the state budget. If you want to know the potential financial impact of a particular proposal, or how much revenue a new tax might bring in, or what the state’s long-term debt looks like, they’re likely to give you good, informative answers. But […]

Mar 13th, 2014 | Filed under Uncategorized