The Community Vision Platform for the Measure B reauthorization Transportation Expenditure Plan (TEP)
The proposed reauthorization of Measure B (B3) will be the single largest transportation funding source in Alameda County, extending a one cent sales tax in perpetuity with the next voter review scheduled for 2042. As such, it is our only meaningful opportunity to rebuild our deteriorating transportation system, restore transit service to acceptable levels, maintain transit affordability, increase safety for walking and biking, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create thousands of transportation-related jobs. In short, because this measure will fundamentally shape the lives of Alameda County residents for decades to come, we must use this opportunity to put the County on the right path.
To be successful, the Measure B reauthorization must achieve the following objectives:
Fix It First: Alameda County’s transportation systems are facing massive operating shortfalls and significant capital rehabilitation needs. Transit service in the County has been reduced 15-25% over the last three years. BART has a $7-8 billion capital shortfall, without including costly new extensions. Our local streets and roads need a multi-billion dollar investment for basic maintenance. The plan must maintain our existing transportation infrastructure and restore our transit system before considering any expansions. Additional projects must clearly advance environmental, social equity, and public health goals.
WHAT: FTA Listening Session on Title VI and Environmental Justice
WHERE: Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA 94703 (at Ashby BART station)
WHEN: Monday, November 14, 2011, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
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Dear Civil Rights and EJ allies,
On Monday, November 14th, Obama Administration officials will be in California to hear community input on how to strengthen civil rights and Environmental Justice rules in public transportation. These rules have been used successfully to challenge discrimination.
In 2010, Oakland activists successfully diverted $70 million from BART’s costly Oakland Airport Connector to preserve existing transit service. Bus riders in Los Angeles have used these protections to trigger a federal investigation of LA Metro’s elimination of nearly 1 million hours of bus service.
Rising fares have made it too expensive for low-income families to ride the bus. Cuts to transit service have isolated millions of people from jobs, schools and health care. Communities of color continue to receive an unequal share of funding to improve mass transit service.
This madness must stop! We need stronger civil and environmental justice protections to put an end to these discriminatory decisions. FTA's general information about proposed changes
Join Us for FTA Listening Session: Nov 14th
Help strengthen the fight for transportation justice!
Monday, November 14, 2011, 6:00 to 9:00 PM
Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA 94703 (at Ashby BART station)
SFMTA Moves Ahead on Free Youth Pass SF Board of Supervisors passes resolution backing free MUNI for youth
On Oct. 18, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed a resolution calling on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) Board of Directors, the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD), the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) “to work collaboratively with community groups to design, secure funding for and launch a program with a clear timeline that provides access to MUNI free-of-charge for San Francisco youth.”
After listening to 90 minutes of public testimony, including comments from a several supervisors, the SFMTA agreed to step up for the Free Youth Pass.
A group of low-income AC Transit riders are battling for more bus service and affordable housing.
With three young kids and no car, unemployed Oakland mother Alia Phelps was hit hard by recent AC Transit route cuts and fare increases. Getting where she needed to go suddenly took a lot more time and money. So when she learned about Riders for Transit Justice she became an active member, speaking up at AC Transit board meetings for more service with no fare increases.
Soon, though, the bus riders realized that AC Transit was broke, said Phelps, "and we realized that they didn't have the ability to get more money" because a large portion of their operating funds come from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. "Then, we found out MTC was working on a Regional Transportation Plan, deciding how to distribute money for the next 25 years."
That's how Phelps and her fellow bus riders entered the esoteric world of regional planning, attending public hearings and sitting down with planning staff. The bus riders learned that MTC and another regional body, the Association of Bay Area Governments, are developing a plan that will shape both transportation and housing in the Bay Area for 25 years to come: where we can afford to live, what our communities will look like, how we will get to work, how long the commute will be, and more.
Organizers call San Francisco “flagship” event for worldwide campaign
More than a thousand people marched down Market Street in San Francisco for the Moving Planet rally.
About a thousand people marched in San Francisco on Saturday, chanting slogans, carrying signs and wearing costumes. But unlike many demonstrations that frequent the City by the Bay, the Moving Planet rally was one of hundreds around the world, calling for action and awareness to halt global climate change.
BOOK PARTY / FORUM
Playbook for Progressives: 16 Qualities of the Successful Organizer Eric Mann
Tuesday October 11th 6-8:30pm
at 518 Valencia Street
Hosted by POWER
OAKLAND Thursday October 13th 6-8:30pm
(Rescheduled - Date To Be Determined)
Hosted by Causa Justa::Just Cause
“Eric Mann has written an essential field guide for community organizers. His voice is crisp and clear, and his footsteps on the pavement are sharp. A pragmatic primer for all radicals.”?—Vijay Prashad, author of The Darker Nations: A People’s History of the Third World
An organizing manifesto for the twenty-first century, Playbook for Progressives is a must-have for the activist’s tool kit. This comprehensive guide articulates pragmatically what is required in the often mystifying and rarely explained on-the-ground practice of organizing. Here, Eric Mann distills lessons he learned from over forty years as an organizer, as well as from other organizers within the civil rights, labor, LGBT, economic justice, and environmental movements.
Come hear the author first hand and get your own copy of this exciting new book!!
Read more about the Playbook for Progressives here.
Eric Mann is a veteran organizer with the Congress of Racial Equality, Students for a Democratic Society, and the United Auto Workers Union. He is presently the director of the Labor/Community Strategy Center in Los Angeles and a member of its Bus Riders Union and Community Rights Campaign.
Sept. 20, 2011
Contact: Sheila Chung Hagen, Office of Supervisor David Campos, 415-554-5144;
Jaron Browne, POWER, 415-377-2822
Free Fast Pass would give San Francisco youth a ticket to opportunity
Bus riders, parents & community organizations rally, take proposal to Board of Supervisors
All young people in San Francisco would be able to ride MUNI for free under a proposal
put forward by a broad spectrum of community organizations and supported by many public
agencies and officials. Advocates for the free youth pass will hold a rally and press
conference in front of San Francisco’s City Hall on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 12:00 noon.
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will introduce a resolution backing the project at its
meeting immediately following the event, at 2 p.m. Supervisor David Campos, San Francisco
Unified School District Superintendent Carlos Garcia and other city officials will speak at the
rally, along with youth and adult representatives of several community groups.
A broad coalition of community groups, youth leaders, transit advocates and elected officials called on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency today to initiate a three-year pilot program to give young people ages 5 to 17 free Muni passes. The program would cost an estimated $7 million a year and result in a 4.6 percent increase in Muni ridership.
“We believe that transportation is a human right,” said Alicia Garza of People Organized to Win Employment Rights (POWER). “What we’re seeing is that over the last few years the cost of (public) transportation has increased, and service and access is decreasing. Over the last two years, there’s been more than a 100 percent increase in the cost for Fast Passes for youth.”
“For families that are struggling to survive in San Francisco,” she continued, “that also means an increase in costs when wages are not increasing, when the number of jobs in San Francisco is not increasing, and when resources for public services, including schools, are not increasing. For families with more than one child this translates into an additional burden that’s being placed on working-class families and working-class communities of color in our city.”
If you're among those who are still scratching their heads over the new federal and state legislative districts in California, help is on the way.
A number of groups are offering seminars, webinars and even luncheon presentations in the coming days to help people make sense out of what the 14-member multipartisan Citizens Redistricting Commission accomplished.
Voters went to the polls to make sure elected officials couldn't have another crack at redistricting, which is required every 10 years based on the new national census. But even before the commission released its new maps of the 177 newly created legislative, congressional and Board of Equalization district, complaints started coming from Latino, African-American and politically focused organizations as well as sitting politicians who suddenly found the district they were elected to serve was no longer where they live.