Today’s Headlines

  • Teen in Critical Condition After Being Hit by Driver in Sepastopol Crosswalk (Press Democrat)
  • Woman Eating on a Bench Struck by SUV in Marin County (Marin IJ)
  • Santa Rosa City Councilperson Attacked, Robbed While Riding on Bike Path (Press Democrat)
  • What Should SF Do With Its Empty Lots Now That the High-Rise Boom Has Slowed? (SF Gate)
  • Berkeley City Council to Discuss Downtown Development Plan This Week (SF Gate)
  • Freight Train Service to Make Comeback in Marin and Sonoma Counties (KCBS)
  • Caltrain Assembling a Safety Committee (KCBS)
  • National Park Service May Take Control of Some Closed State Parks (LAT)
  • Climate Bill Battle Shifts to Senate; Pressure Mounts for Offshore Oil Drilling (LAT)
  • Reuters Blogger Tries Out the Komanoff Balanced Transportation Analyzer
  • Reflecting on the Pitfalls of Disney-fied Transit (Transport Politic via
  • Re: Berkeley City Council to Discuss Downtown Development Plan This Week

    The Planning Commission’s version of the plan allowed more highrises and removed many of the environmentally sound features from the DAPAC plan. For example:

    – The DAPAC plan supports Bus Rapid Transit. The PC plan says the city should “consider” Bus Rapid Transit.

    – The DAPC plan allows new housing without parking in downtown. The PC plan requires parking for all new housing downtown.

    The PC is dominated by real-estate development interests, who have the usual retrograde realtor’s view of the issues. They are dubious about Bus Rapid Transit because they think that taking away lanes from automobiles would be bad for business. They want housing to have a parking requirement, even though that is contrary to the self-interest of developers, just because realtors have blind faith in the automobile.