Riders and Drivers Share the Pain, December Cuts Postponed

TJ Rally c. Reginald JamesDear Friends and Allies,

A big thanks to those of you who were able to join us last Tuesday for a Rally to STOP THE CUTS ON AC TRANSIT.  On November 9th, 10 days after the second round of cuts to AC’s service took effect, about 125 bus riders and their allies gathered at 14th Street and Broadway in downtown Oakland during rush hour to hear about the cuts and call attention to the grave inequities of a transportation system that continues to expand highways and commuter rail (like the BART connector to the Oakland Airport) while the area’s largest bus operator was slashing service.  

Coincidentally, on the same afternoon as the rally, the interest arbitration process between AC Transit and its drivers’ union, ATU 192, wrapped up. The drivers gave major wage and benefit concessions but insisted that they would not accept any agreement unless AC Transit canceled the service cuts planned for December and postponed any new cuts until at least after March 2011

The drivers made an enormous sacrifice to keep AC Transit afloat and protect critical lifeline transit service that hundreds of thousands of East Bay residents depend on daily.  They deserve a huge debt of gratitude.

AC Transit’s financial woes aren’t fully resolved and the only answer to a sustainable AC Transit is an increase to its sustainable funding.  This funding must come from wasteful, luxury and pollution-inducing projects that either can be put on hold or scrapped altogether.  Examples of such projects include highway expansions (like Hwy 84) or extensions of BART (to places like San Jose, Livermore or ‘to the sea’).  

Urban Habitat’s Connie Galambos Malloy Tapped for California’s New Citizens Redistricting Commission

Connie Galambos Malloy PhotoUrban Habitat’s Director of Programs Connie Galambos Malloy has been selected as one of the first eight members of California’s inaugural Citizens Redistricting Commission. The Commission will re-draw the boundaries of state legislative, Congressional and Board of Equalization districts. California voters mandated the Commission when they passed Proposition 11 in 2008 and extended its powers to cover Congressional districts with this year’s passage of Prop. 20.

“I’m honored to be chosen as a Commissioner,” Galambos Malloy said. “I will strive to collaborate with my colleagues, and with the public at large, to fulfill the intent of the California electorate: ensuring that our state’s electoral system provides representation for all. Our work will be vital in protecting civil rights and securing a voice for each of us--and someday for our children--in the political process.

Leadership and Innovation in Job Creation

BCLI Wednesday Night Panel Series
Leadership and Innovation in Job Creation: New Models for Putting Low-Income Communities Back to Work
November 17, 2010

In our final panel of the Boards and Commissions Leadership Institute Wednesday night series, we hear from the architects, developers, and implementers of fresh, effective approaches for quality jobs development for low-income communities -- models that deliver jobs and build community wealth in our struggling communities. In this panel, you'll hear about programs that have succeeded in empowering worker-owners to develop new green businesses, in providing sustaining funds to existing small businesses in order to encourage a vibrant urban core, and in investing in nonprofits that employ, train, and support members of our communities who have the least access to jobs, including the formerly incarcerated.

Specifically, we look at models developed by Inner City Advisors, the Cleveland Model of Evergreen Cooperatives, and REDF; and hear about exciting work in the City of Richmond for support of worker-owned cooperative businesses. Our expert panelists share the details of these programs, including opportunities and challenges for implementation and the short-term and projected results. We talk about scalability and replication, with an eye toward what local decision-makers can do to encourage these types of programs and investments in their communities.

Click on the links below to view the speakers' bios, hear the podcast of their presentation, and download handouts.


*Jose Corona, Executive Director, Inner City Advisors
*Marilyn Langlois, Community Advocate, Office of the Mayor, City of Richmond
*India Pierce Lee, Program Director for Neighborhoods, Housing, and Community Development, The Cleveland Foundation
*Jason Trimiew, Director of Fund and Business Development, REDF

Join Us to Stop the Transit Cuts and Ask Elected Leaders to Join the Fight


Tuesday, November 9th at 5:00 pm
1 FRANK H OGAWA PLAZA, (14th and Broadway)

Goodbye from Juliet

I am writing to share news about my decision to accept an exciting opportunity with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission as the Deputy General Manager for External Affairs. After nearly nine years as Executive Director of Urban Habitat, Today, October 28,2010 is my last day as Executive Director. I will be working closely with the board and staff over the next few months to contribute to the recruitment, interviewing, hiring, and training of the new Executive Director.

Great Communities Collaborative South Bay CalTrain Tour

The rain let up for a few hours this past Saturday, just in time for a Great Communities Collaborative Urban Tour of South Bay CalTrain stations. The tour was sponsored by Urban Habitat and Greenbelt Alliance (both part of the Great Communities Collaborative) as well as the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, the City of Sunnyvale, Sunnyvale Cool, and the American Planning Association. The tour was meant to show residents, decision-makers, and Horizon 2035 committee members what Transit Oriented Development looks like built and on the ground. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) was gracious enough to donate a bus for the event:


10/23 in Oakland, Justice for Oscar Grant Rally

Oscar Grant Rally

When: Saturday, October 23

Where: Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland

What: Rally for justice for Oscar Grant

Contact: justice4oscar@gmail.com

Oscar Grant was shot in the back by BART Policeman Johannes Mehserle while lying face down on a BART platform. Mehserle will be sentenced on November 5th and we need to get out on the 23rd to show the sentencing judge that we mean business. It took video evidence AND a massive outpouring in downtown Oakland to even get the District Attorney to charge Mehserle. It will take people in the streets to get the killer cop jailed.

Get Down and Dirty Oakland!

Down & Dirty10 October 2010 - 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Fed up with all the hot air around climate change? Then roll up your sleeves and get down and dirty Oakland-style, with hundreds of your friends and neighbors this October 10 at Laney College!

We'll revitalize Laney College's community garden, offer skills-building workshops, pass the mic to dynamic speakers, and bring together local leaders for climate justice. Help support Oakland's climate action plan by building community access to healthy, affordable food! We'll also kick off a statewide Clean Energy Tour featuring some of Oakland's top hip hop talent, while educating folks about the threat to our communities from Prop 23.

Sponsored by the Oakland Climate Action Coalition, Bay Localize, Ella Baker Center, CommuniTree, Greenpeace, HOPE Collaborative, and Laney College this will be an anchor event among dozens of gatherings happening around the Bay Area as part of 350.org's "Global Work Party" on 10.10.10. Get involved with local climate solutions!

This event is FREE and open to the public. Yummy local food also available.

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Join us for the Bay Area's biggest day of climate action ever!

Sunnyvale Climate Action Plan Workshop

Sunnyvale Horizon 2035 Committee Public Outreach Meeting


Horizon 2035Help shape the future of Sunnyvale by attending the Horizon 2035 Committee's Public Outreach meeting on the Climate Action Plan. Help plan for Sunnyvale's future Transportation, Land Use, and Climate policies that will affect everything from the location of businesses to what kind of light bulbs will go in streetlamps!

The meeting will be held at 7:00 PM on Wednesday, September 29, 2010 at the City Council Chambers in Sunnyvale (456 W. Olive Avenue). For updates on Horizon 2035, visit www.Horizon2035.inSunnyvale.com

Please see flyer for more information. We hope to see you on the 29th!

Local Hire Campaigns: Fall Quarterly - September 10, 2010

Local Hire Campaigns: What's Happening
Right Now in the Bay Area

Local hire requirements in public and private projects can be a powerful means by which advocates and city and county governmental decision makers can work together to put local residents to work and influence socioeconomic equity.

In January of this year, a small group of advocates and decision makers came together during the Second Annual Social Equity Caucus State of the Region to share best practices, updates, and new strategies for winning strong local hire agreements and making sure that those agreements are effectively implemented, resourced, and supported.

This meeting is useful for advocates and decision makers from all sectors, including community groups, labor groups, and city and local electeds, staff, and commissioners from around the Bay. Many shared about their work related to local hire and others asked questions about how to move local hire campaigns for the communities they represent.

Read the speaker's bio and hear the podcast of their presentation:

* Juliet Ellis, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission and Executive Director of Urban Habitat, PUC and Urban Habitat
Joshua Arce, Executive Director, Brightline Defense Project
* John Brauer, Executive Director, The Workforce Collaborative
* Bernida Reagan, Director of Community and Client Relations, Merriwether Williams Insurance Services