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Bay Area Monitor Published by the League of Women Voters of the Bay Area, the Monitor covers planning and policy in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area. Launched in 1975, the Bay Area Monitor is published six times a year by the League of Women Voters of the Bay Area Education Fund, and primarily covers transportation, air quality, water, open space, and land use issues in the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features a reflection on 2020 from Streetsblog San Francisco, a New Year's ...
12/31/2020
Monitor Notes: The Last Edition of 2020 - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features a reflection on 2020 from Streetsblog San Francisco, a New Year's resolution suggestion from Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet, more otter news in Scientific American, and a fond farewell to retiring East Bay Regional Park District General Manager Robert Doyle: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/12/30/mtc-acterra-sa-ebrpd/

Well, folks, we’re nearly done with this unprecedented and massively challenging year, so we’ll keep 2020’s final edition of Monitor Notes short and sweet. Here are a few quick items to close the year: Plan Bay Area 2050 is in the last phase of development before its adoption scheduled for fal...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features UCSF research on the power of walks, transportation planning acros...
12/23/2020
Monitor Notes: Winter Walks, Transit Planning, Tidal Lesson, Climate Change - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features UCSF research on the power of walks, transportation planning across the region, tidal restoration history in ESTUARY News Magazine, and SPUR's new Integrating Planning with Nature report: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/12/23/ucsf-weta-en-spur/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Awe-Inspiring Research shows that taking a walk can inspire awe, “a positive emotion triggered by awareness of something vastly larger than the self and not immediately ...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features a Seamless Bay Area webinar about essential workers on transit, Ba...
12/16/2020
Monitor Notes: COVID Commutes, Energy Use, Growth Planning, Drought Impact, Volunteering - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features a Seamless Bay Area webinar about essential workers on transit, Bay Area Regional Energy Network's new Energy Atlas, development of regional plans by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, a look at household water use during California's last drought, and volunteer activity with the California State Parks Foundation: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/12/16/sba-abag-mtc-cadc-csp/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   COVID-19 Commuting Holiday hubbub is certainly different this year, but what hasn’t changed is taking time to understand the feelings of others. Essential workers, from ...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features passage of the Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act, a Cali...
12/09/2020
Monitor Notes: Veterans Outdoors, King Tides, Wildfires Toll, Vehicle Upgrades - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features passage of the Accelerating Veterans Recovery Outdoors Act, a California King Tides live-stream event, a webinar about the impact of wildfires on transportation, and funding for clean vehicles from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/12/09/sc-cktp-ucit-baaqmd/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Healing Outdoors The Monitor’s Aleta George recently reported on the ways nature offers military veterans facing service-related trauma an important place for health and...

Aleta George's latest Bay Area Monitor article examines how PTSD-affected military veterans benefit from outdoor recreat...
12/08/2020
Lockstep with Nature - Bay Area Monitor

Aleta George's latest Bay Area Monitor article examines how PTSD-affected military veterans benefit from outdoor recreation, and how a new federal law will help advance this kind of healing: https://bayareamonitor.org/article/lockstep-with-nature/

United States Army veteran Maury Argento prefers to get her exercise outside. Sometimes she hikes with her family, but more often than not this businesswoman and mom climbs San Francisco’s hills and outdoor stairways with her two dogs and infant child. Captain Argento has been out of the military ...

Robin Meadows' latest article for the Bay Area Monitor highlights efforts to provide habitat for red-legged frogs and ti...
12/07/2020
Cattle Ponds Double as Habitat for Threatened Amphibians - Bay Area Monitor

Robin Meadows' latest article for the Bay Area Monitor highlights efforts to provide habitat for red-legged frogs and tiger salamanders: https://bayareamonitor.org/article/cattle-ponds-double-as-habitat-for-threatened-amphibians/

When ecologist Jackie Charbonneau learned that cattle ponds in the East Bay hills are vital to rare amphibians, it came as a surprise. Stock ponds can be so muddy and trampled that “they can look like a bomb hit them,” said Charbonneau, who works in Alameda County at the U.S. Department of Agric...

Read about how slow streets programs have been evolving across the region in the new edition of the Bay Area Monitor: ht...
12/04/2020
Word on the Slow Street: Cities Explore Extending Programs - Bay Area Monitor

Read about how slow streets programs have been evolving across the region in the new edition of the Bay Area Monitor: https://bayareamonitor.org/article/word-on-the-slow-street-cities-explore-extending-programs/

Bay Area kids are biking without traffic interruption, pavement has become a gateway for social connection, and original art installations are addressing pandemic-related transportation challenges and inequities. These are by-products originating from “slow streets” programs that began in at lea...

Curious to learn more about the carbon footprint of your food, and how you might reduce it? Check out Leslie Stewart's l...
12/03/2020
Healing the Planet, One Plate at a Time - Bay Area Monitor

Curious to learn more about the carbon footprint of your food, and how you might reduce it? Check out Leslie Stewart's latest Bay Area Monitor article about the Healthy Plate, Healthy Planet program from Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District: https://bayareamonitor.org/article/healing-the-planet-one-plate-at-a-time/

The COVID-19 pandemic has restructured the way Bay Area residents eat, with more people ordering groceries and prepared food online, more people cooking at home, and many people increasingly concerned about how much their food costs. Organizations and agencies concerned about climate change are hopi...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features a webinar with the Piedmont League of Women Voters and Sustainable...
12/02/2020
Monitor Notes: Sustainable Conservation, Ride-Hailing, Transportation Projects, Water Equity - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features a webinar with the Piedmont League of Women Voters and Sustainable Conservation, a look at ride-hailing for seniors with Mineta Transportation Institute, Metropolitan Transportation Commission transportation project funding possibilities, and the State of California Water Resources Control Board's racial equity initiative: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/12/02/lwvp-mti-mtc-swrcb/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Weathering the Extremes Join the League of Women Voters of Piedmont this Sunday, December 6 for a 4 p.m. webinar about “California’s New Normal: Drought and Deluge.”...

The new December 2020/January 2021 Bay Area Monitor is now online: https://bayareamonitor.org/article/adjusting-routines...
12/01/2020
Adjusting Routines - Bay Area Monitor

The new December 2020/January 2021 Bay Area Monitor is now online: https://bayareamonitor.org/article/adjusting-routines/

End-of-year holidays are upon us, although the season doesn’t feel so festive under our current pandemic circumstances. Yet while the social gatherings typical for this time of year are not advisable right now, you can still safely savor the indulgent spreads usually served at those gatherings. An...

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Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features more on the idea of returning sea otters to San Francisco Bay, a c...
11/26/2020
Monitor Notes: Sea Otters, Land Stewardship, Slow Streets, Voter Turnout - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features more on the idea of returning sea otters to San Francisco Bay, a conversation about land stewardship with TOGETHER Bay Area and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, a slow streets survey from Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, and coverage of California's historic voter turnout on November 3 from CalMatters: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/11/25/peerj-tba-svbc-cm/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Sea Change Momentum seems to be growing for potentially bringing sea otters back to San Francisco Bay, an idea Robin Meadows covered for the Monitor in June. Last week, Ba...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features a League of Women Voters of the Bay Area educational forum, a Metr...
11/18/2020
Monitor Notes: LWVBA Forum, Equity Panel, BayREN Event, Water Priorities, Wildlife Photos - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features a League of Women Voters of the Bay Area educational forum, a Metropolitan Transportation Commission panel discussion about equity, a Bay Area Regional Energy Network event, a Public Policy Institute of California brief about water, and a Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority wildlife showcase: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/11/18/lwvba-mtc-bayren-ppic-scvosa/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Regional Planning Opportunity Monitor Notes kicks off this week with an important reminder about an event with the League of Women Voters of the Bay Area this Saturday, No...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features a special article by our open space reporter Aleta George, who wro...
11/11/2020
Monitor Notes: A Day at the Polls - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features a special article by our open space reporter Aleta George, who wrote about her experience as a poll worker last week: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/11/11/ag/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles. In this week’s edition, we are pleased to bring you a special article by our open space reporter Aleta George, who wrote about her experience working at the polls on Electi...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features the League of Women Voters of the U.S. and post-election activitie...
11/04/2020
Monitor Notes: Post-Election League Activities (Plus Our Usual Policy Coverage) - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features the League of Women Voters of the U.S. and post-election activities from various LWV groups, a Seamless Bay Area webinar, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission - BCDC sea-level rise planning, a Coalition for Clean Air survey, and a Peninsula Open Space Trust (POST) raptor webinar: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/11/04/lwv-sba-bcdc-cca-post/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Wait for It… As expected, the final push of the 2020 election involves correctly counting the crush of mail-in ballots due to COVID-19. There’s no winner yet in the pr...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features California Secretary of State college voter outreach, the Californ...
10/28/2020
Monitor Notes: College Voters, RHNA, Sea-Level Rise, Climate Goals, Golden Gate Park - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features California Secretary of State college voter outreach, the California Department of Housing & Community Development and RHNA, Greenbelt Alliance's "Future Climate" event, The Greenlining Institute and others working on integrated planning, and SkyStar Wheel at Golden Gate Park: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/10/28/sos-abag-ga-carb-sfrp/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Voting in the Home Stretch It’s less than a week before Election Day, but with early voting this year, we’re guessing many of you are among the more than 7 million Cal...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features more on voting from the League of Women Voters of the U.S., an eve...
10/21/2020
Monitor Notes: Inspired Voting, Plastic Pollution, New Parks, Accessible Transit, Green Cooking - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features more on voting from the League of Women Voters of the U.S., an event with the League of Women Voters Napa County featuring The Story of Stuff Project, an East Bay Regional Park District virtual park dedication, a Center for Independent Living - Berkeley webinar, and green cooking tips with Acterra: Action for a Healthy Planet: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/10/21/lwv-sop-ebrpd-cil-baaqmd/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Voting Matters “Did you vote ‘Yes’ on that one?” “And remember, Grandma said to vote ‘No’ on the other one.” So went a breakfast chat with my 10-year-old d...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features more voting resources from the League of Women Voters of Californi...
10/14/2020
Monitor Notes: Early Voting, Transit Riders, Housing, Green Infrastructure, Nature Nurtures - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features more voting resources from the League of Women Voters of California, the League of Women Voters of Cupertino-Sunnyvale, and the League of Women Voters of Marin County, as well as events from Seamless Bay Area, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, the Council for Watershed Health, and the Santa Clara Valley Open Space Authority: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/10/14/lwv-sba-abag-cwh-scvosa/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Propping up Early Voting Early voting is underway and ballots are bubbling. But with 12 propositions to consider you might be feeling stuck on a few. Clear the block this ...

Bay restoration efforts should benefit from a new permitting process, as Robin Meadows explains in the new Bay Area Moni...
10/09/2020
Speeding Approval of Tidal Marsh Restoration in the Bay - Bay Area Monitor

Bay restoration efforts should benefit from a new permitting process, as Robin Meadows explains in the new Bay Area Monitor: https://bayareamonitor.org/article/speeding-approval-of-tidal-marsh-restoration-in-the-bay/

In 2016 the Bay Area voted on Measure AA, which will raise half a billion dollars to restore the tidal marshes that protect against rising tides. The measure passed in a landslide, prompting the team behind it to spring into action. “We have until about 2030 to establish wetlands in the bay before...

This week's Monitor Notes features a ton of voting resources to prepare for November 3, plus news from Greenbelt Allianc...
10/07/2020
Monitor Notes: Voting, Voting, Voting (plus Greenbelt Gala, Energy Upgrades, and Anderson Reservoir) - Bay Area Monitor

This week's Monitor Notes features a ton of voting resources to prepare for November 3, plus news from Greenbelt Alliance, the Bay Area Regional Energy Network, and Valley Water: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/10/07/lwv-ga-bayren-vw/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Voters, Cast Your Ballots! Anyone who has read Monitor Notes for a while knows we like meaty public participation opportunities. The November 3 presidential election is ar...

Check out Cecily O'Connor's new Bay Area Monitor article about how sea-level rise could affect your daily commute: https...
10/06/2020
Gush Hour: More Frequent Flooding Threatens Roadway Travel - Bay Area Monitor

Check out Cecily O'Connor's new Bay Area Monitor article about how sea-level rise could affect your daily commute: https://bayareamonitor.org/article/gush-hour-more-frequent-flooding-threatens-roadway-travel/

Driving delays have long been a major source of stress for many Bay Area workers and travelers — so they’ll be unhappy to learn that rising sea levels imperil the region’s road network, threatening to cause even greater delays with episodic shoreline flooding. Along U.S. Highway 101 in Marin C...

The new Bay Area Monitor features an in-depth look by Aleta George at how sea-level rise will affect islands in the bay:...
10/05/2020
Imperiled Islands of the Bay - Bay Area Monitor

The new Bay Area Monitor features an in-depth look by Aleta George at how sea-level rise will affect islands in the bay: https://bayareamonitor.org/article/imperiled-islands-of-the-bay/

The late-19th-century whitewashed buildings at Angel Island State Park’s Camp Reynolds stand at attention on higher ground, but the old, brick Quartermaster Storehouse is nearly at water’s edge, and the waves from the bay are already eroding the seawall close to its feet. Although Angel Island i...

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10/01/2020

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Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features the California Climate Action Corps, a proposal for a Bay Area tel...
09/30/2020
Monitor Notes: Climate Action Corps, Telecommuting, Public Space, Chinook Salmon - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features the California Climate Action Corps, a proposal for a Bay Area telecommute mandate, an exploration of public space with SPUR, and salmon research in ESTUARY News Magazine: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/09/30/cac-mtc-spur-en/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Take Climate Action Days before the explosive Glass Fire broke out in Napa and Sonoma counties, the state announced a new way residents can help fight climate change and i...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features Ruth Bader Ginsburg, smoke science and California Clean Air Day, V...
09/23/2020
Monitor Notes: Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Smoke Science, Transit Scenarios, La Niña - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features Ruth Bader Ginsburg, smoke science and California Clean Air Day, Valley Transportation Authority planning, and a webinar about the arrival of La Niña: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/09/23/lwvc-ccad-vta-nidis/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Be Inspired The passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is having a profound effect on many of us. We’re mourning the loss of a formidable women’s and civ...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features Bike to Work Day Bay Area, National Voter Registration Day, housin...
09/16/2020
Monitor Notes: Bike Month, Voter Registration, Housing Props, Mt. Tam, Defining Wetlands - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features Bike to Work Day Bay Area, National Voter Registration Day, housing on the ballot with TechEquity Collaborative, One Tam, and the ongoing effort to define wetlands: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/09/16/btwd-nvrd-te-ot-swb/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Call It a ‘Bike to Wherever’ Day Thursday, September 24 will mark the official “Bike to Work Day” — rescheduled from its usual slot in May — but transportation...

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Women's March 2019! Save the date: January 19th, 2019 and meet at Lake Merritt in Oakland. We're registering groups and individuals to prepare and attend. Here's how you can help. 1) If you have a group, can make t-shirts and signs and want to be at the front of the march, PM me! 2) If you want to volunteer, PM me! 3) If you have a newsletter, blog, FB following or bulletin board, we need help getting the word out. PM me! 4) if you have MLK weekend service projects, we'd love to send volunteers. PM me! #womenswave
RAEB screens The Long Shadow OAK hosted by Resistance Action East Bay (RAEB) "The past makes the present inevitable" Grand Lake Theatre 3200 Grand Avenue, Oakland Wednesday, April 11, 2018, 7:15 p.m. Tickets Available Now In advance: Online at renaissancerialto.com At the door: 3200 Grand Ave., Oakland on April 11 The Long Shadow is a wonderful new feature-length documentary on the origins and legacy of slavery. Filmmaker and investigative journalist Frances Causey, a daughter of the South, set out to explore her personal family history of slaveholding. Her investigation traces slavery's history from America's founding up through its insidious ties to racism today. thelongshadowfilm.com https://www.facebook.com/longshadowdoc/ Following the film will be a Q and A with the filmmakers and a discussion of what we can do now to work for racial justice. See thelongshadowfilm.com for more information and a trailer. Proceeds of this Fundraiser will support these important causes: - To promote further distribution of this great film, including free showings to school children; and - To raise funds for local People of Color-led racial justice organizations. Resistance Action East Bay (RAEB) is a local group promoting active citizenship and an Indivisible affiliate, and is hosting this fundraiser. Co-sponsored by KPFA Radio. RAEB | Indivisible Resistance Action East Bay (RAEB), a local group promoting active citizenship and an Indivisible affiliate, is hosting this fundraiser to help us strengthen our work for racial justice and to support throwing all 14 Republican members of Congress from California out of office in November. indivisble-raeb.org