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Summer fund drive succeeds with help from readers like you

Photo:  Streetsblog/Rudick
Photo: Streetsblog/Rudick

Note: Streetsblog San Francisco will be off Sept. 3 and Sept. 6.

Streetsblog started its summer fund drive with a goal of raising $10,000. And we end it exactly $517 short.

We’re going to call that a victory. Readers should be proud for helping this publication continue the fight for safe, healthy, livable, and equitable streets.

If you’re a regular reader, you know the importance of independent, top-tier journalists covering beats as complicated as transportation reform, equity and justice in public planning, access to open space, and public health. All three Streetsblogs in California rely on a mix of advertising, grants and reader donations, so without your support, we wouldn’t be able to keep operating as we currently do. In case you’re a Streetsblog reader still on the fence about making a donation, we wanted to highlight the most popular stories from August on each of the three websites. Each represents our ongoing coverage.

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Streetsblog San Francisco
Punishment Pass on Great Highway

A road rage incident that could have seriously injured or killed a San Francisco mother illustrates why the Great Walkway must be restored. “The punishment passes were terrifying. I had been participating in a peaceful protest against allowing cars on the Great Highway, and I left to pick up my son from his first day back at school,” wrote Jessica Jenkins in an email to Streetsblog about the incident. “I expected some level of honking and yelling by drivers that had been delayed for ten minutes by our protest. While I did not expect to be physically assaulted, I’m not surprised.”

Streetsblog California
‘Amtrak Joe’ Wants Electric Bullet Trains for California

President Joe Biden and Fresno Mayor Jerry Dyer underscored their support for funding California’s bullet train project out of the $1 trillion federal infrastructure bill. “Fresno is ground zero for California’s high-speed rail efforts,” said Dyer in a Zoom call with the President. “Federal assistance is vital. And I’m hopeful this infrastructure bill will provide that support to us here in Fresno.” “I’m a big rail guy. We have more money in this area, for high-speed rail, than all the money we’ve spent on Amtrak–this is a gigantic investment,” responded the President. It’s yet another indication that the 2020 election and the resulting infrastructure funds made available promise to be a major boon for California’s high-speed rail project.

Streetsblog Los Angeles
Anatomy of an Officer-Involved Explosion

As the dust from the Los Angeles Police Department’s catastrophic fireworks detonation continues to settle on the red-tagged homes along E. 27th Street, a slew of questions remain about the June 30 blast that traumatized and temporarily displaced at least 75 people, injured at least 17, shattered windows, shuttered businesses, and destroyed vehicles up and down the street, and contributed to the deaths of elders Auzie Houchins and Ramón Reyes. Chief among them is why.

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