Tag Archives: California

Are Climate Action Plans Worthwhile?

17 Apr

Although it’s clear that we need to curb global greenhouse gas emissions, there’s little consensus on how we go about reaching long-term emissions targets. In fact, we don’t even agree on what those targets should be, whether it’s economically feasible to implement broad emissions reduction strategies, or if it’s already too late to take meaningful action. In the absence of a coherent global or national strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, the battle to curb emissions in the U.S. is being waged at the local level. Continue reading

LADWP’s Pre-Craft Utility Program

16 Apr
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California has long been a national leader in energy efficiency and clean energy, investing upwards of $6 billion a year across both sectors. Many of these investment dollars are held by public and private utility companies. This substantial investment in energy also presents a unique opportunity for utility companies to be drivers of economic development, leveraging their investments to create and transform jobs in the construction and utility sectors. Continue reading

Katherine Perez-Estolano Appointed to the CA High Speed Rail Authority

29 Mar

On Thursday, March 28th Governor Jerry Brown appointed Katherine A. Perez-Estolano to the California High Speed Rail AuthorityContinue reading

Revitalization Bills Roundup

20 Mar

While California, as a whole, may be on the path to economic recovery, certain regions of the State look to be in for a much longer and difficult road. Take Imperial County, which has the State’s highest unemployment rate [PDF] at 25% and a poverty rate [PDF] of 23%; or the counties of Merced, Fresno, Madera, Tulare, Kings, and Stanislaus, each of which have unemployment rates higher than the state average and poverty rates between 20-25%.  What new tools can be created at the state level to spur equitable economic development to some of our hardest hit communities? Continue reading

Traveling the Length of California by Local Transit

15 Feb

From the guy that brought us the “when pigs fly” map of high-speed rail in the U.S., is a more reality-based (if not entirely practical) map of local transit [PDF] throughout California. For those of you who may be contemplating a grueling 32-hour trek across the state via local transit, including seven transfers and a brief stint in Nevada, this map may come in handy.

What’s Next for Redevelopment Dissolution

16 Jan

The dissolution of the state’s redevelopment agencies began in earnest around this time last year. Since then, the process of winding down the activities of some 400 former local agencies has been anything but smooth. In spite of lawsuits, temporary restraining orders, and demands for payment, the long march of the post-redevelopment era continues. Here’s what to look for as we enter year two of redevelopment’s dissolution. Continue reading

New Tool to Identify Environmental Justice Communities

14 Jan

We know that the burden of pollution is not distributed equally throughout California. People who live in low-income and minority communities are exposed to higher concentrations of pollutants and experience more health problems as a result.  In recent years various tools have been developed to identify the most ill-affected communities. Continue reading

What’s Next for California’s Cap-and-Trade Program?

14 Dec

California’s cap-and-trade program is up and running. The state’s Air Resources Board (CARB) held its first auction of greenhouse gas emission credits last month, racking up $289 million in revenue. Now, the state must decide on how best to divvy up the proceeds. Although much of the funding is legally restricted, the process for deciding who gets what promises to be contentious. Continue reading

Adapting to the New Normal

16 Nov

After a drought-plagued summer and the recent havoc wrought by super storm Sandy, scientists, policymakers, and the public are looking for long-term strategies to minimize the damage caused by Mother Nature. Strictly speaking, there is not enough evidence to fault global warming for any one extreme weather event. However, scientists warn that as temperatures rise, we can expect to see these types of events occur with more frequency.

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Post-Election Day Roundup

16 Nov

Last month we took a look at some local and state ballot measures in our pre-election rundown. Now we’re happy to report on the outcomes for Proposition C in San Francisco, Measure J in Los Angeles, and the shifting political landscape in the Inland Empire. Continue reading