Land Use (News)
Developers Required to Meet with Community First
For the first time, a City Council is requiring Developers to hold public meetings that are open to community members, labor representatives, business leaders and other stakeholders before beginning the development process. This will give the public the opportunity to have a say in what the final project will look like.
Thanks to the hard work of Urban Habitat and coalition partners Congregations Organizing for Renewal and the Building Trades of Alameda County, San Leandro’s City Council unanimously voted in favor of adding an amendment to the Exclusive Negotiating Agreement between the City’s Redevelopment Agency, BART and developer/landowner Westlake Development Partners LLC. Westlake is the Master Developer for the first major development in the downtown TOD area, called The Crossings.
SAN RAMON — As business leaders were gathered inside Chevron's corporate headquaraters for the company's annual shareholders meeting today, dozens of activists outside the gates protested the company's alleged environmental and human rights abuses in Ecuador and other parts of the world.
"I'm here to tell Chevron that what they've done to my community is a disaster," Mercedes Jaramillo, of Ecuador, said tearfully.
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"Year to year it's down almost two percent, so that's a big difference. I think more importantly is that carpooling is up," said Randy Rentschler with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission.
Carpooling is up more than five percent at the Bay Bridge, and three percent when you look at all Bay Area bridges. And that's not the only change.
The Bay Area's toll bridge traffic — a key indicator of area commuting patterns — is declining, and this time it's not because of job loss, as it was when the dot-com bubble burst.
Transportation officials say they know that because the drop in car crossings is accompanied by an increase in carpool traffic — 5.3 percent on the Bay Bridge over the nine months ending in March — as well as a continuing increase in public transportation ridership.
... recently by Breathe California at their 18th Annual Clean Air Awards ceremony. Mayor Tony Santos accepted the award on the city’s behalf.
The city was one of 10 Bay Area businesses, organizations and individuals to be recognized for their leadership in efforts that improve air quality and reduce global warming pollution.
SAN LEANDRO — If downtown San Leandro were a class at a university, Craig Semmelmeyer would be the professor.
His firm, Main Street Property Services Inc., has been contracted by the city to help revitalize the downtown area by attracting more retailers and making it the destination spot everyone wishes it would be.
Richmond city leaders are trying to extract a promise from Chevron to funnel millions of dollars into job training, public safety and other local services, an agreement unlike any other the city has secured.
And here's the punch line: It could feel a lot like midtown Manhattan.
Swarms of pedestrians would navigate corporate plazas at the foot of glassy peaks. The wide grid of streets would be filled with cars much of the day, but a fair number of better-paid workers would be within walking distance of their high-rise homes.
The Metropolitan Transportation Commission is inviting Santa Clara County residents to share their ideas for the Bay Area's transportation system at a public workshop May 8.
Working in conjunction with other regional agencies MTC is updating its long-range transportation plan for the commission's nine-county area. Called "Transportation 2035: Change in Motion," the plan is charged with taking into consideration the region's growth, mobility and sustainability, coupled with global warming concerns.