Bay Area

May 13, 2018, 11am PDT
Kathleen Pender, business columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, points to two reasons why home prices rise amidst a Bay Area exodus to other states. On a state level, out-migration shows California's strong but dysfunctional economy.
San Francisco Chronicle
May 3, 2018, 8am PDT
While tech giants like Google, Facebook, and Apple have approached the Bay Area's housing crisis gingerly the CEO of Yelp has thrown himself into the YIMBY movement. His activism says a lot about the real world and the virtual world.
California Planning & Development Report
April 23, 2018, 11am PDT
AB 2923, which would allow the Bay Area Rapid Transit District to rezone their properties near stations for transit-oriented development, passed its first committee. The California chapter of APA objects to the preemption of local land use authority.
California Chapter of American Planning Association
April 15, 2018, 1pm PDT
Beware of transportation officials promising traffic reductions, according to this opinion piece.
The Mercury News
April 13, 2018, 10am PDT
Bike safety could become part of the second-grade curriculum districtwide.
San Francisco Examiner
April 4, 2018, 8am PDT
With piles of them strewn around stations, the transit agency is "cracking down" on bikeshare companies.
San Jose Mercury News
February 24, 2018, 7am PST
According to a new study by UC Berkeley and Columbia University, local land use processes, specifically the approval process, rather than the California Environmental Quality Act, is the main impediment to housing production in California.
Los Angeles Times
February 9, 2018, 2pm PST
For the next several months, nine sites will be the focus of efforts to design for resilience as sea levels rise. Proposals involve "threading nature back into an urbanized terrain."
San Francisco Chronicle
February 8, 2018, 1pm PST
In Oakland, California and Torreon, New Mexico, Julian Brave NoiseCat reports that "[f]or Indigenous people, the crisis of the home is intergenerational."
High Country News
January 26, 2018, 8am PST
"Four piers from the old eastern span of the Bay Bridge will live on as a public boardwalk and vista point in Oakland and on Yerba Buena Island," reports Erin Baldassari.
The Mercury News
January 14, 2018, 9am PST
A modest toll increase, $3 over six years, took a major step forward with the approval of a key Bay Area Toll Authority committee. With the exception of the Bay Bridge, the round-trip toll on each of the region's seven state-owned bridges is $5.
SF Gate
December 27, 2017, 1pm PST
According to a UC Berkeley poll released Dec. 22, 52% of likely voters statewide would support either of two initiatives that hope to be placed on the ballot next November to repeal the gas tax that took effect Nov. 1, while 43% would retain the tax.
The Mercury News
December 23, 2017, 1pm PST
The effects of one of the most expensive housing markets in the country are in display in this data analysis of migration to and from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Buildzoom
December 12, 2017, 1pm PST
Not all of them, just the I-580 lanes. One of the reasons is that most users are actually paying, unlike the other two express lanes where a majority of users are clean-air vehicles or carpools, neither of which pay.
San Francisco Chronicle
November 25, 2017, 11am PST
A new study finds evidence that the ripple effect from the San Francisco Bay Area's housing affordability crisis has reached all the way to Sacramento.
The Mercury News
November 6, 2017, 10am PST
Daniel Borenstein points out the irony that while the Bay Area may be the world's top tech hub, BART has no real plans to consider driverless trains.
The Mercury News
October 17, 2017, 10am PDT
It is now up to the Bay Area's transportation planning agency to determine when to ask voters to hike tolls on seven Bay Area bridges, by how much, and whether to phase the increase. A bill to allow voters to fund Caltrain was also signed.
SF Gate
October 12, 2017, 12pm PDT
The fires in Northern California have caused at least 21 deaths, with over 500 people missing in Sonoma County. Wired science editor, Adam Rogers, looks at the problems posed when urban development encroaches wildlands.
Wired
October 11, 2017, 2pm PDT
Due to the high level of existing congestion, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission warns motorists that the new I-680 Contra Costa Express Lanes will offer relief just before and after the peak commute hour.
SF Gate
September 26, 2017, 12pm PDT
State Route 37 is a vital highway connecting four North Bay counties plagued by two unrelated problems: chronic flooding during high tides and traffic congestion. Fixing the problem will set a precedent for Bay Area climate adaptation.
San Francisco Chronicle