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Elected officials Sam Farr and Anthony Cannella discuss job creation in response of President Obama’s speech. San Jose’s Safe Summer Initiative, which offers young people positive alternatives to gang recruiting, is threatened by tight budgets. Mountain Art Center’s gallery displays local artists.
“Show me the money!” is a famous line from a well-regarded movie. Though the movie was about a sports manager, the phrase has resonance in lots of contexts. This morning, let’s apply it to transportation.
People hate being stuck in traffic. Elected officials, at all levels, hear about this problem all the time, and while the problem comes from poor land use planning, the “solution” most often suggested is to build more roads. Transportation planners have noted that building new roads actually “induces” new demand, so that the road-building strategy doesn’t actually work. The new congestion-free roadway stimulates more people to get into their cars, and the final result is the same old level of congestion, but with another lane of cars now stuck in the jam.
There are obvious environmental impacts associated with road-building, but the difficulty most often encountered is aptly identified by that line from Jerry Maguire: “show me the money!” Building roads is fantastically expensive, so how would we even pay for that?
State Senator Darrell Steinberg wants to allow regional transportation agencies to raise money to reduce congestion by imposing a per-gallon fee on local fuel purchases. All such increases would require approval from a majority of local voters. At least one environmental group thinks that this is a good idea. Check the links in today’s Land Use Report to find out more.
For KUSP, this is Gary Patton.
Gary Patton writes a daily blog, “Two Worlds / 365” – www.gapatton.net
Text of SB 791 - http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/pub/11-12/bill/sen/sb_0751-0800/sb_791_bill_20110825_amended_asm_v98.pdf
Jerry Maguire - http://movies.netflix.com/WiMovie/Jerry_Maguire/60022922?trkid=2361637
California League of Conservation Voters on SB 791 –
Cooling Coast, Warming Inland?
Report by KUSP’s Sean Rameswaram • Global warming means that temperatures across the globe are on the rise, right? Well, maybe not entirely. Some recently released numbers suggest that California’s coast may actually be cooling over time becauseof warming temperatures inland. Photo courtesy of NOAA
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Wharf 2 Wharf race… sky, ocean, people and pelicans. Listen to a post race talk from Talk of the Bay with Rick Kleffel and Russ Coillot.
Citizens Commission Redraws California’s Legislative Lines
July 22 | Sean Rameswaram • California voters chose to have fellow citizens redraw legislative lines back in 2008. Now, we’re about to see the result of Proposition 11. The California Citizens Redistricting Commission releases new maps for state and federal offices on August 15th. Commissioner Vince Barabba spoke to KUSP’s Sean Rameswaram about the group’s historic work. Photo courtesy of Statewide Database. Visit California Citizens Redistricting Commission site
Rep. Farr Discusses Debt Ceiling
By Sean Rameswaram • Representative Sam Farr says Democrats are willing to accept conditions on raising the debt ceiling, but only if they are balanced. Though he has in the past voted against raising the government’s spending limit, he disagrees with the Republicans’ methods this time around.
First Friday Brings New Assemblage and Resin Works to Felix Kulpa
June 30 | Maureen Davidson • The First Friday events in Pacific Grove, Salinas and Santa Cruz bring numerous new art exhibits Friday. White Balance, in downtown Santa Cruz’s Felix Kulpa gallery, is a combine show with book-construction artist Jody Alexander and Michelle Stitz, who works with layers of oil paint in Resin. Arts Writer Maureen Davidson spoke with the artists as they installed their show. Artwork courtesy of Jody Alexander - photo by J.D. Hillard.