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Get Involved With Streetsblog — Internship Available

Streetsblog San Francisco is searching for an intern who wants to get involved in online media covering the local livable streets movement. The intern will perform tasks like posting daily headlines, updating the events calendar, maintaining the appearance of the site, and writing content for the blog.

Ideal candidates will have experience in reporting and/or communications, possess a strong familiarity with San Francisco, and share our passion for progressive transportation and planning policies that make the city a better place for transit, biking, and walking. Interns would be paid a small stipend for their work and have the opportunity to take on more challenging responsibilities over time.

Availability requires about 5 to 10 hours per week. Early morning availability for up to three days per week is needed to post the day’s headlines.

People of color, LGBT individuals, women and members of other underrepresented communities are strongly encouraged to apply.

To apply please submit a cover letter, resume, references and three writing samples to abialick@streetsblog.org.

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Monday Jobs Market

Looking to hire a smart, qualified person for a position in transportation planning, engineering, IT, or advocacy? Post a listing on the Streetsblog Jobs Board and reach our national audience of dedicated readers.

Looking for a job? Here are this week’s listings:

Associate Director, Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA, New York, NY
The Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA (PCAC), the legislatively mandated representative of MTA riders, seeks Associate Director to serve as assistant to the Executive Director in administering the PCAC office. The Associate Director will also be primarily responsible for managing PCAC’s public communication, including supervision of web and electronic communication and writing, editing, production, and dissemination of research reports and papers.

Upper West Side Streets Advocate (half-time), Transportation Alternatives, New York, NY
Transportation Alternatives is seeking a self-motivated and energetic person to coordinate campaigns that will make the Upper West Side’s streets safer and more accessible for people to walk and ride bikes. Applicants should be familiar with current local politics, have experience in political and/or community organizing and have a strong affinity for the mission of Transportation Alternatives.

Development and External Relations Coordinator, Places Journal, San Francisco, CA
Places Journal is seeking a half-time Development and External Relations Coordinator. Working closely with the Editors and Board of Directors, and reporting to the Chief Editor and Board President, the Development and External Relations Coordinator will take a lead role in organizing fundraising efforts, crafting communication and promotion strategies, researching funders and preparing grants, serving as liaison to national and international networks, advancing identity and building readership.

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Wednesday Job Market

Looking to hire a smart, qualified person for a position in transportation planning, engineering, IT, or advocacy? Post a listing on the Streetsblog Jobs Board and reach our national audience of dedicated readers.

Looking for a job? Here are this week’s listings:

Director of Government Relations and Advocacy, Active Transportation Alliance, Chicago
The Director of Government Relations and Advocacy directs and executes the federal, state, and regional legislative and advocacy agendas.  The position also manages legislation before the Chicago City Council and provides support and direction for local advocacy initiatives.

Part-Time Temporary Research Assistant, Alliance for Biking & Walking, Washington, DC
Alliance for Biking & Walking is seeking a Research Assistant to work with the Alliance’s National Bicycling and Walking Benchmarking Project. The Benchmarking Project collects and analyzes data from all 50 states and the top 50 cities on bicycling, walking, and health. We are looking for someone who can dedicate ~20 hours a week for one year from December 2012 through December 2013.

Graphic Design, Nelson\Nygaard, New York City
Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates seeks a graphically-oriented, organized, and motivated intern for its New York City office. The person will work with NN staff to create and digitize graphics for a design manual, including renderings, axonometric, perspectives, cross-sections, and diagrams. This is a part-time position requiring 16-24 hours per week. The position starts immediately and is available until May 1, 2013.

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Friday Jobs Market

Looking to hire a smart, qualified person for a position in transportation planning, engineering, IT, or advocacy? Post a listing on the Streetsblog Jobs Board and reach our national audience of dedicated readers.

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Transportation Engineer, Sam Schwartz Engineering, Chicago, IL
Sam Schwartz Engineering is hiring a Transportation Engineer for the company’s office in downtown Chicago. This position will include working on projects such as protected bike lane design, bike share, and the reconstruction of North Lake Shore Drive.

Communications Director, TransForm, Oakland, CA
TransForm is looking for an innovative thinker and pragmatic strategist to: shape and oversee overall communications strategy; help craft and disseminate messages to different audiences; and implement key communications tactics.

Campaign Coordinator, Livable Streets Alliance, Cambridge, MA
LivableStreets challenges people, government, and businesses to think differently about the role of transportation in our daily lives, working to create a system that better balances transit, walking, and biking with automobiles to make the Boston region more connected and livable. The Campaign Coordinator will be responsible for coordinating LivableStreets’ advocacy campaigns.

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Not a Word About Transit in Obama Jobs Plan

President Obama released a blueprint for his second term yesterday, a 20-page booklet focused on job creation [PDF]. Let’s be clear: This came from his campaign machine, not the White House.

In the booklet, called “The New Economic Patriotism: A Plan For Jobs and Middle-Class Security,” Obama touts his success at keeping the American auto industry alive through government life support, saying the bailout brought back the nearly-extinct manufacturing sector in the United States.

He also commits to drilling in the Arctic and the Gulf of Mexico. Yes, it’s part of Obama’s “all of the above” strategy that includes renewable energy sources, but it’s also got a lot of oil and gas, not to mention “clean” coal.

While about 70 percent of U.S. oil consumption is used for transportation, there’s not much in the document about investing in smarter, more efficient ways to get around.

The President mentions the doubling of fuel economy standards to 54.5 mpg by 2025, but that’s all he has to say about how to reduce fuel consumption. It would be refreshing to see a mention of transit and active transportation, freight rail, or even his apparently abandoned signature initiative around high-speed passenger rail. Reducing the appetite for drilling in the Arctic could be a more inspiring rallying cry than this surrender to our oil overlords.

At the end of the section on energy, in boldface, Obama says, “And by growing American energy, we can keep our young men and women working here at home, not fighting wars on foreign soil.” If he’d replaced — or at least supplemented – ”growing American energy” with “building American transit,” he could have made a more convincing and coherent argument.

Later in the document, in a section on deficit reduction, Obama proposes to “commit half of the money saved from responsibly ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan to reducing the deficit and the other half to putting Americans back to work rebuilding roads, bridges, runways, and schools here in the United States.” Still no mention of “transit” amidst the roads and bridges. No hint that we can fund transportation projects that use space and energy more efficiently, so that perhaps we can avoid the next war over oil.

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Friday Jobs Market

Looking to hire a smart, qualified person for a position in transportation planning, engineering, IT, or advocacy? Post a listing on the Streetsblog Jobs Board and reach our national audience of dedicated readers.

Communications Associate, Tri-State Transportation Campaign, New York, NY
The communications associate will manage TSTC’s website, blog, social media, and online advocacy campaigns. Duties include writing and editing news and opinion articles for the organization’s blogfact-checking, drafting and coordinating press releases, writing public testimony, conducting media outreach, participating in advocacy campaigns, and keeping current with tri-state area transportation news.

Assistant to TransForm Executive Director, Oakland, CA
This is a temporary, three-month position to assist TransForm’s executive director with a higher than usual number of presentations, issue briefs, program expansions, etc.

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Thursday Jobs Market

Looking to hire a smart, qualified person for a position in transportation planning, engineering, IT, or advocacy? Post a listing on the Streetsblog Jobs Board and reach our national audience of dedicated readers.

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U.S. Communications Manager, Institute for Transportation and Development Policy, New York, NY
This position will raise the profile of ITDP’s US program as ITDP begins to play a larger role in BRT efforts in the US. The primary responsibility will be press and public relations, but the position will also include event planning and writing.

Legislative Affairs Manager, Cascade Bicycle Club, Olympia, WA
In collaboration with departmental staff and key organizational leadership, the Legislative Affairs Manager informs, develops, and implements Cascade’s legislative efforts. The Legislative Affairs Manager is expected to influence major non-motorized policy and funding decisions in Olympia to support Cascade’s vision of more bikeable and livable communities.

Executive Director, PedNet Coalition, Columbia, MO
The PedNet Coalition of Columbia, Missouri is conducting a national search for an experienced and visionary Executive Director to lead a dynamic team of advocates implementing PedNet’s local programs and policy campaigns, its nationwide training and consulting business, and its participation in the active transportation movement.

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We’re Hiring: Cover the Peninsula Beat for Streetsblog San Francisco

Menlo Park. Photo: Richard Masoner/Cyclelicious

Streetsblog San Francisco is looking for a talented journalist to provide part-time coverage of sustainable transportation and livable streets on the Peninsula and Silicon Valley.

Thanks to a grant from the San Mateo County Health Department, Streetsblog has provided occasional coverage in recent months on bicycle, walking and transportation issues affecting health in SM County from our founding editor Bryan Goebel. As Bryan pursues new opportunities, we’re looking for a local journalist to provide part-time coverage of exciting developments in transportation, like high-speed rail, regional bike-share, San Jose’s new bike lanes, and the South Bay’s first Bus Rapid Transit routes, while elevating the public dialogue on livable streets issues in the area.

We welcome applications from engaging writers who share our vision of Streetsblog as a respected, influential source of information and commentary on transportation and planning issues. The ideal candidate will be familiar with local politics on the Peninsula and have a good feel for how Streetsblog coverage can help advance transportation policies that reduce traffic congestion and car dependence while improving conditions for transit, cycling, and walking.

Responsibilities

Streetsblog combines a distinct advocacy bent with newspaper-quality journalism. Toward that end, we are seeking a reporter to craft a well-rounded beat full of original content, interviews, event coverage and engaging commentary.

The reporter will:

  • Provide a stream of two to three articles per month, on average, that builds Streetsblog’s audience on the Peninsula and the South Bay
  • Research and write enterprise pieces about developments in transportation and planning policy in San Mateo and northwest Santa Clara Counties

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Friday Jobs Market

Looking to hire a smart, qualified person for a position in transportation planning, engineering, IT, or advocacy? Post a listing on the Streetsblog Jobs Board and reach our national audience of dedicated readers.

Looking for a job? Here are this week’s listings:

Executive Director, Puget Sound Bike Share, Seattle, WA
PSBS seeks a professional who is passionate about urban mobility and the potential transformational impact of Bike Share on community livability. The Executive Director will provide leadership for the fundraising, planning and implementation of tasks necessary to launch the bike share program in 2014.

Bike Educator/School Liaison, Presidio Community YMCA, San Francisco, CA
The Bike Educator position is responsible for facilitating and/or implementing various YBike bicycle safety education programs for elementary, middle, and high school youth at multiple off-site San Francisco public school sites.

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The Strain of Job Sprawl on Two-Income Households

When Mark Lampert was a kid, his mom stayed home with him and his brothers. His dad was out the door by 4:30 every morning, driving to the commuter lot in their distant Houston suburb to take the bus in to the city for work. He had friends whose parents both worked, and when those friends came home from school they had the house to themselves – “which is why we went over there to build pipe bombs,” Mark said. At Mark’s house, dinner was ready and everyone was home by 6:00 every night.

Young people don't want to work in corporate campuses like this. And with more and more two-income households, it's just not practical. Photo: Indiana County

These days, Mark is living very differently. He lives in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC with his wife, April. She works long days as a journalist, biking or riding the metro a short 10 to 15 minutes to her downtown office. His dream job as a video game sound designer has him commuting far beyond the reaches of the metro red line, over an hour each way. They often don’t manage to sit down to dinner until 9:00.

He normally takes the train, but things get complicated during his months-long crunch times at work, when he’s up against a video game release deadline. The Ride-On bus he takes from the metro doesn’t run late, so he has to drive during those times — and lengthen an already painfully long day, circling around endlessly when he gets home to find a parking spot. It gets even hairier when they think about having a family, which they’d like to do soon. It’s hard to imagine a child care situation where they could equitably split drop-offs and pick-ups.

April and Mark used to live out in the suburbs, closer to his work, but they ached to get back into the city. “We knew it would be a lot harder for him time-wise,” April said, “but there’s so much vibrancy about living in the city.”

Their situation is shaped by three coinciding trends: the rise of the dual-income household, the increased desire for urban living, and the spread of job sprawl.

In the 1950s, 57 percent of residents and 70 percent of jobs were located in central cities; in 1990, they were about 37 and 45.

When Mark’s parents were graduating from high school, 35 percent of married women worked outside the home. By the time Mark graduated from high school in the late 1990s, it was 61 percent, which is about where it is now. That means that rather than locating a household to be convenient to one person’s job, families are now struggling to find the sweet spot where two people will have a reasonable commute to two different workplaces.

Sometimes they choose to live between the two. Anecdotally, I see more people making the choice April and Mark made: living where one can have an easy, car-free commute, and the other has a much longer haul. The lack of parking in their inner-city neighborhood is no problem for her, but it causes him no end of headaches.

Couples like April and Mark have a harder time finding that sweet spot because of job sprawl, or the decentralization of employment outside of central cities.

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