Today’s Headlines

  • Waiting for Protected Bike Lanes on Embarcadero (Hoodline)
  • More on Motoring into the Sunset Tunnel (Fox2)
  • Armed Man on Civic Center Platform (Hoodline)
  • More on Harvey Milk Plaza (Hoodline)
  • Oakland Homeless Village Dismantled (SFBay)
  • SF Rents are Down? (SFChron)
  • Downtown Condo and Hotel Plans (Socketsite)
  • Road Diet Cancelled in Larkspur (MarinIJ)
  • Tiburon Ferry Negotiations Set (MarinIJ)
  • Novato Hit and Run (MarinIJ)
  • Commentary: Motorists Should Get Everything Free (SFChron)

Get state headlines at Streetsblog CA, national headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • John French

    From the “Motorists should get everything free” link:

    “Much of the carbon tax revenue will end up funding high-speed rail. The Democratic-controlled Legislature rejects every bill to direct these dollars toward reducing emission-generating traffic gridlock.”

    Umm… because providing attractive alternatives to driving somehow isn’t a good way to reduce traffic?

  • Prinzrob

    As-is, user fees from driving cover less than 35% of road costs in California. Even though people may think they are oppressed by existing taxes, the reality is that driving is still incredibly subsidized in this state. The real costs have just been hidden for so long that most people aren’t even cognizant of them anymore (including the author of the article, the Vice Chair of the California State Board of Equalization, apparently): https://taxfoundation.org/road-spending-state-funded-user-taxes-and-fees-including-federal-gas-tax-revenues

  • John French

    I wonder what actions the author would consider to “reduc[e] emission-generating traffic gridlock”. Probably widening highways, even though as we know this only worsens traffic by encouraging more people to drive.

    In fact, I’ve got a great idea for how to “reduce emission-generating traffic gridlock”. We just need to discourage people from driving! Now how could we do that, I wonder… maybe by taxing it?

  • xplosneer

    “(including the author of the article, the Vice Chair of the California State Board of Equalization, apparently)”

    *headdesk*