With five days left in the legislative season, Gov. Jerry Brown halved the fuels tax increases proposed in the Democratic bill as a sweetener to tax-averse Republicans, though they haven't show any willingness to date to compromise.
Sep 5, 2015 San Jose Mercury News
San Francisco and the Bay Area, known for their exorbitant housing prices and not unrelated, strong NIMBY attitudes, could be softening their opposition toward increasing density in their neighborhoods.
Jul 6, 2015 San Jose Mercury News
The stars appear to be aligning for a 10-cent gas tax hike, thanks to a $59 billion backlog in bridge and road repairs that has even influenced anti-tax Republicans. It's been 20 years since the gas tax was increased.
May 28, 2015 San Jose Mercury News
A short term increase in spending hides California's annual structural deficit of almost $6 billion—money needed to maintain the state's roads and bridges.
May 17, 2015 San Jose Mercury News
A proposed $800 million facility in Santa Clara County will put recycled water on the tech boom's doorstep.
May 1, 2015 San Jose Mercury News
A suburban city in the East Bay Area will allow commuters to use a new app that links their smartphones to traffic lights.
Apr 24, 2015 San Jose Mercury News
Thanks to a vigorous signature gathering effort bankrolled by the American Progressive Bag Alliance, a bill signed by Gov. Jerry Brown last September that outlawed single-use plastic bags will be decided by the electorate in November 2016.
Mar 5, 2015 San Jose Mercury News
It's been another dry season in California, and the concerns of the state's many water users are not going away. An editorial by one of the state's largest newspapers favors ecosystem protection over the agriculture industry for the year ahead.
Feb 26, 2015 San Jose Mercury News
Electrification of the Caltrain will be great for train riders, the environment, air quality, and public health, but it might worsen traffic congestion between San Jose and San Francisco by increasing the frequency of commuter trains.
Jan 9, 2015 San Jose Mercury News
The city of San Jose has responded to concerns of seniors in the community by banning bikes from sidewalks a large swath of downtown near the convention center, City Hall, and San Jose State.
Dec 4, 2014 San Jose Mercury News