California

After a failed attempt to increase the fuel tax, itself a form of carbon tax on gas and diesel sales, Gov. Jay Inslee seeks to use revenue from carbon permits purchased by stationary sources in a new cap-and-trade program to pay for transportation.
3 hours ago   The Seattle Times
<p>Homeless advocates are working in Los Angeles to identify the city's most vulnerable homeless people on Skid Row. With this list the county intends to take a piecemeal approach to housing the city's homeless.</p>
Dec 20, 2007   NPR
<p>In this video from <em>Reason</em>, comedian Drew Carey looks at the use of eminent domain in Los Angeles and compares it with the efforts of nearby Anaheim to work with developers and avoid seizing land through eminent domain.</p>
Dec 20, 2007   Reason
<p>Plans are moving forward to redevelop a massive railyard site near downtown Sacramento. It could be a major boon for the city, but as <em>California Planning and Development Report</em>'s Paul Shigley writes, the city should moved ahead cautiously.</p>
Dec 20, 2007   California Planning & Development Report
<p>As one of the only major U.S. cities that has no turnstiles at its rail stations, Los Angeles is feeling the pinch of riders who don't pay. But now, local officials are trying to get turnstiles installed.</p>
Dec 19, 2007   NPR
<p>After denying plans for a subdivision, the city of Half Moon Bay, California, was sued. The city lost and now must pay a settlement of nearly $40 million -- more than three times the city's annual budget. Many worry the city may have to fold.</p>
Dec 19, 2007   The San Francisco Chronicle
<p>The city of Long Beach, California has initiated a water conservation campaign, including YouTube videos. As a result, residential water use rates have hit record lows.</p>
Dec 18, 2007   The Los Angeles Times
<p>Anaheim (Orange County, CA) has big plans: 20,000 urban infill homes planned for their sports district. While the zoning change passed the council on a 4-1 vote, developers will wait for the housing market to recover.</p>
Dec 17, 2007   The Los Angeles Times
<p>On the 10th anniversary of Getty Center art museum in Los Angeles, architecture critic Christopher Hawthorne examines how architecture and its relationship with the city have changed over the past decade.</p>
Dec 17, 2007   By Abhijeet Chavan
<p>Recent test runs of double decker buses as part of San Francisco's Muni system have been well-received by riders, and many expect them to be fully adopted into the system in 2008.</p>
Dec 16, 2007   The San Francisco Chronicle
<p>A ballot measure aimed for November 2008 will ask San Francisco voters to raise the commercial utilities tax and lower the city's payroll tax in an effort to reduce energy usage, increase use of public transit, and increase recycling.</p>
Dec 14, 2007   The San Francisco Chronicle