High Speed Rail: I Want to Believe

This week marks another installment in California’s quest to build a high speed train connecting the Bay Area and Los Angeles.  On Thursday,  the High Speed Rail Authority will vote to approve a new business plan. Given the Authority’s checkered past  – and Governor Brown’s recent housecleaning – I was curious to see if the new leadership has finally figured out a way to turn this train around, so to speak.

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Newly Adopted Southern California Regional Plan “An Historic Effort”

For a region that is widely considered to be the sprawl capital of the world, creating a vision for the future that reduces traffic congestion and air pollution while accommodating an estimated four million new residents is no easy feat.  But that is precisely what the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) has done.

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A Big Week for Sustainable and Equitable Communities

Last week saw a flurry of milestones for SB 375, culminating in a hearing at the Air Resources Board that shined a spotlight on key issues such as gentrification, “Redevelopment 2.0,” and the transformation of SCAG into a leading force for healthy and sustainable communities in Southern California.

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CEQA Streamlining for Infill: Right Idea, Flawed Approach

For years, CEQA has been California’s most powerful tool to evaluate the impacts of proposed development projects.  But it’s fair to say that CEQA has too often been misused to block infill, affordable, and transit-oriented development.

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Southern California’s SCS sets lofty goals – but can it reach them?

The draft SCS for Southern California’s 6-county megaregion hit the streets in December.  The plan’s nearly 2000 pages and whopping $525 billion pricetag are reminders of just how much is at stake.

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