Bay Area Monitor

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.

02/26/2020

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes reminds you that Voter's Edge will help you get ready to vote next Tuesday. This week we also bring you a Valley Water survey, events from the Bay Area Regional Energy Network and Aclima, and the winners of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's Transformative Projects competition: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/02/26/ve-vw-bayren-mtc/

Happy 100th birthday to the League of Women Voters of the U.S.! In recognition of this milestone and the centennial of w...
02/14/2020
Empowering Women in the Bay Area for Decades - Bay Area Monitor

Happy 100th birthday to the League of Women Voters of the U.S.! In recognition of this milestone and the centennial of women earning the right to vote, we're proud to present Leslie Stewart's article about the League of Women Voters Bay Area's history, published in our recent special edition of the Bay Area Monitor: https://bayareamonitor.org/article/empowering-women-in-the-bay-area-for-decades/

When women won the vote in 1920, the two primary goals of the newly formed League of Women Voters were to make sure that women had the opportunity to cast an informed vote, and that they would use their new voices to amplify the messages that were most important to them. “Your vote is your …

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features League of Women Voters of the U.S. centennial celebrations, Bay Ar...
02/12/2020
Monitor Notes: League Centennial, TOD, Futures, Coasts, More Monarchs - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features League of Women Voters of the U.S. centennial celebrations, Bay Area Rapid Transit TOD plans, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's Futures report, policy solutions for protecting coastal infrastructure, and a podcast about art and butterflies from Outside Magazine: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/02/12/lwv-bart-mtc-sa-op/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   And Many More… This Friday, February 14 the League of Women Voters is celebrating its centennial, marking a rich history born of the suffrage movement that continues to ...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features planning for shoreline protection, action on climate change with t...
02/05/2020
Monitor Notes: Shoreline Protection, Climate Care, Senior Mobility, Forever Forest - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features planning for shoreline protection, action on climate change with the League of Women Voters Berkeley Albany Emeryville and the Marin County Sustainability Team, meetings about senior mobility with the Sonoma County Human Services Department, and Save the Redwoods League's progress with its Forever Forest campaign: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/02/05/rwqcb-lwvbae-scaaa-srl/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Water Swaps The San Francisco Regional Water Quality Control Board is proposing changes to the Bay Area’s Water Quality Control Plan to protect our shorelines from sea l...

Our February/March Bay Area Monitor magazine is out today, focusing on the League of Women Voters of the U.S. centennial...
02/04/2020
After Suffrage: Women’s Long Struggle for Political Equality - Bay Area Monitor

Our February/March Bay Area Monitor magazine is out today, focusing on the League of Women Voters of the U.S. centennial with special coverage and a lead article from guest contributors Steve and Susie Swatt, authors of Paving the Way: Women's Struggle for Political Equality in California: https://bayareamonitor.org/article/after-suffrage-womens-long-struggle-for-political-equality/

When the first four women were elected to the California Assembly in 1918, the state’s newspapers disagreed on the breakthrough’s significance. The Los Angeles Times called it an “experiment.” The Oakland Tribune, however, said it expected the women to be as competent as the men, although it...

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Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features a Climate Reality program about electric homes with guest speakers...
01/29/2020
Monitor Notes: Electric Homes, Butterflies, Stormwater, Retirement - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features a Climate Reality program about electric homes with guest speakers from the Sierra Club, a warning from The Xerces Society about the monarch butterfly population, an East Bay Municipal Utility District presentation on green stormwater infrastructure, and a discussion about retirement in San Jose with SPUR: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/01/29/crp-xs-ebmud-spur/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Come into Power Curious about the growing push toward all-electric, gas-free homes? Become empowered with a February 11 discussion hosted by the Bay Area chapter of the Cl...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes -- brought to you in part by the Oakland Museum Women's Board White Elephan...
01/22/2020
Monitor Notes: Aclima, Housing, UGBs, Carpools, and Creeks - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes -- brought to you in part by the Oakland Museum Women's Board White Elephant Sale -- features
Aclima air monitoring, a SPUR housing event, Greenbelt Alliance's work on UGBs, a survey on ridesharing and carpooling from SFMTA | San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, and creek daylighting coverage from The Frisc: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/01/22/baaqmd-spur-gb-sfmta-frisc/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles. Notes note: In a break from our usual approach, this week’s edition of Monitor Notes focuses solely on the upcoming Women’s March. We will be back next week with our regu...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes focuses on this Saturday's Women's March events in the Bay Area and the way...
01/15/2020
Monitor Notes: Women's March This Saturday - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes focuses on this Saturday's Women's March events in the Bay Area and the ways in which many local Leagues will be participating: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/01/15/wm-lwv/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles. Notes note: In a break from our usual approach, this week’s edition of Monitor Notes focuses solely on the upcoming Women’s March. We will be back next week with our regu...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes -- brought to you in part by the Oakland Museum Women's Board White Elephan...
01/08/2020
Monitor Notes: Climate Goals, College Housing, Safer Streets, Water Resilience - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes -- brought to you in part by the Oakland Museum Women's Board White Elephant Sale -- features a Climate One conversation about state climate goals, housing events at SPUR, SFMTA | San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's plans for a car-free Market Street, and California's draft Water Resilience Portfolio: https://bayareamonitor.org/2020/01/08/ccc-spur-sfmta-cnra/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Smoke-Filled Event Head to a January 23 Climate One evening discussion in San Francisco asking, “Is California’s Climate Progress Going up in Smoke?” California has ...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features a Caltrans District 4 survey, more otter excitement from The River...
12/18/2019
Monitor Notes: Street Safety, River Otters, Conservation Corps, Rooftop Solar - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features a Caltrans District 4 survey, more otter excitement from The River Otter Ecology Project, a collaboration between Marin County Parks and Conservation Corps North Bay, and a milestone for solar power in California: https://bayareamonitor.org/2019/12/18/caltrans-roep-ccnb-cssa/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Word on the Street Is there an interchange by your house that you feel interrupts safety? Take this Street Story survey and explain to Caltrans officials why this area nea...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features the opening of new Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit stations, housin...
12/11/2019
Monitor Notes: SMART Stations, Housing Plan, ESTUARY News, Coffee Cups - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features the opening of new Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit stations, housing plans in the County of Santa Clara, California, articles by Robin Meadows and Aleta George in ESTUARY News Magazine, and the push to reduce coffee cup waste: https://bayareamonitor.org/2019/12/11/smart-scc-en-bb/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Now Arriving at the Station SMART trains will begin running from the downtown Novato and Larkspur stations this Saturday. To celebrate the opening of the long-awaited Lark...

Check out Leslie Mueller Stewart's latest Bay Area Monitor article about building decarbonization, featuring a member of...
12/06/2019
Getting the Carbon Out - Bay Area Monitor

Check out Leslie Mueller Stewart's latest Bay Area Monitor article about building decarbonization, featuring a member of the League of Women Voters of Berkeley, Albany & Emeryville who significantly reduced his home's usage of natural gas: https://bayareamonitor.org/article/getting-the-carbon-out/

It may be startling to realize that 26 percent of greenhouse gas emissions in California come from buildings — two-thirds of that from homes. Some of these emissions are indirect, from electricity that utilities generate with natural gas at remote power plants. However, much of the problem lies in...

The latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features creekwalk tours in Samuel P. Taylor State Park, congestion pricing...
12/04/2019
Monitor Notes: Spawning Salmon, Congestion Pricing, Conservation Grazing, Cement Substitute - Bay Area Monitor

The latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features creekwalk tours in Samuel P. Taylor State Park, congestion pricing considerations for San Francisco, a grazing policy discussion at Midpeninsula Regional Open Space District, and a look at more environmentally friendly concrete: https://bayareamonitor.org/2019/12/04/tirn-sfcta-mrosd-mc/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Time for a Swim Each winter, salmon journey from their ocean feeding grounds to natal, rain-filled streams to spawn. Lagunitas Creek Watershed in Samuel P. Taylor State Pa...

In the second railroad-oriented article from the new edition of the Bay Area Monitor, Aleta George looks at how old righ...
12/04/2019
Right-of-Play: The Rails-to-Trails Junction - Bay Area Monitor

In the second railroad-oriented article from the new edition of the Bay Area Monitor, Aleta George looks at how old right-of-ways can be transformed into recreational open space: https://bayareamonitor.org/article/right-of-play-the-rails-to-trails-junction/

You have likely heard of the popular High Line park in the City of New York. Perhaps you have even visited this rails-to-trails park with its garden walks, world-class eateries, and art installations that was converted from an elevated freight line screaming above the streets of New York to a bustli...

The new Bay Area Monitor is out today, and includes coverage from Cecily O'Connor about how regional railroad plans are ...
12/03/2019
Time to Get on Board with a Regional Rail Update? - Bay Area Monitor

The new Bay Area Monitor is out today, and includes coverage from Cecily O'Connor about how regional railroad plans are progressing: https://bayareamonitor.org/article/time-to-get-on-board-with-a-regional-rail-update/

In 2007, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) adopted a regional rail plan that envisioned opportunities to accelerate Bay Area travel with an integrated network. The vision described how to “ring the Bay with rail” by better connecting San Francisco, Oakland, and San Jose. It charte...

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The latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features opportunities to #OptOutside this Black Friday, tolling rules for ...
11/27/2019
Monitor Notes: #OptOutside, Express Lanes, Coal Ordinance, Water Symposium - Bay Area Monitor

The latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features opportunities to #OptOutside this Black Friday, tolling rules for I-880 express lanes, a Richmond city council meeting about the shipping and handling of coal at Levin Terminal, and the 20th anniversary Contra Costa Watershed Symposium: https://bayareamonitor.org/2019/11/27/rei-mtc-richmond-ccc/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   All-Out Effort Where will you #OptOutside after Thanksgiving? Retailer REI began encouraging people to connect with and enjoy nature on Black Friday back in 2015. There ar...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features a chance to give feedback about South Bay transit, a U.S. Geologic...
11/20/2019
Monitor Notes: Governing VTA, "How Bad?", Coyote Valley, Green Fleets - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features a chance to give feedback about South Bay transit, a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) lecture on sea-level rise, a hike through Coyote Valley, and new state policies on vehicle fleet acquisition: https://bayareamonitor.org/2019/11/20/vta-usgs-scvosa-dgs/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Put into Practice Tell VTA what you think about its governance structure and practices in an online survey open through December 6. The study makes good on a June recommen...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features the opening of a bike and pedestrian path on the Richmond-San Rafa...
11/13/2019
Monitor Notes: Bridge & Tunnel, Fire Aftermath, Classroom Air, Water Brief - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features the opening of a bike and pedestrian path on the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, the Presidio of San Francisco's Tunnel Tops project, wildfire discussions at UC Berkeley, research on classroom air quality by UC Davis, and a report on water from the Public Policy Institute of California: https://bayareamonitor.org/2019/11/13/caltrans-presidio-ucb-ucd-ppic/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Cross That Bridge Head to a ribbon-cutting ceremony this Saturday at 10 a.m. marking the opening of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge’s bike and pedestrian path. The $20 mi...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features a Project Drawdown presentation at LWV Fremont-Newark-Union City, ...
11/06/2019
Monitor Notes: Project Drawdown, Fire & Water, Housing Creation, EV 101 - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features a Project Drawdown presentation at LWV Fremont-Newark-Union City, a Commonwealth Club of California program on wildfires and water supply, presentations on affordable housing with Silicon Valley at Home and LWV North and Central San Mateo County, and an EV event with LWV Oakland: https://bayareamonitor.org/2019/11/06/lwvfnuc-cc-lwvncsmc-lwvo/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Warmed Over Global warming, a long-term rise in global temperatures, is just one aspect of climate change. But it is enough to chill moods when people speculate if we’re...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features League of Women Voters-sponsored climate change events, as well as...
10/30/2019
Monitor Notes: League Looks at Climate Change - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features League of Women Voters-sponsored climate change events, as well as a possible plastic utensil ban in Marin County and a housing event with TransForm: https://bayareamonitor.org/2019/10/30/lwvpa-lwvo-lwvc-marin-transform/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Rally Round the Climate As wildfires devastate Sonoma County and parts of Southern California, many people are worrying about affected residents but also wondering about t...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features the San Francisco Estuary Partnership's conference, Contra Costa T...
10/23/2019
Monitor Notes: State of the Estuary, Self-Driving Shuttles, Endangered Species, Particulate Series - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features the San Francisco Estuary Partnership's conference, Contra Costa Transportation Authority - CCTA's continued work on autonomous vehicles, an event co-sponsored by the League of Women Voters of California about climate change and wildlife, and news from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District: https://bayareamonitor.org/2019/10/23/sfep-ccta-ccl-baaqmd/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Report Card Time The 2019 State of the San Francisco Estuary Conference wrapped up this week in Oakland, providing the first update report on estuary health since 2015. Th...

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features Bay Area Ridge Trail Day 2019, a conversation about building elect...
10/16/2019
Monitor Notes: Ridge Trail, Building Electrification, Water Conservation, Scooter Fleets - Bay Area Monitor

Our latest edition of Bay Area Monitor Notes features Bay Area Ridge Trail Day 2019, a conversation about building electrification from SPUR, a survey from the Alameda County Water District, and new developments with SFMTA | San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency's scooter policy: https://bayareamonitor.org/2019/10/16/ridgetrail-spur-acwd-sfmta/

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.   Ridge Request Consider volunteering at the 12th annual Ridge Trail Day on Saturday, November 2 and help build, repair, and improve the eventual 550-mile project at one of ...

Before you head out to Charge Across Town's EV showcase in San Francisco this Saturday, be sure to check out Cecily Fras...
10/10/2019
Power-Driven: Can ZEVs Rev up Transportation Revenue? - Bay Area Monitor

Before you head out to Charge Across Town's EV showcase in San Francisco this Saturday, be sure to check out Cecily Fraser O'Connor 's new Bay Area Monitor article about the fiscal impact of EV adoption, through the lens of a recent Mineta Transportation Institute report: https://bayareamonitor.org/article/power-driven-can-zevs-rev-up-transportation-revenue/

When Senate Bill 1 (Beall) passed in 2017, it raised the gasoline excise tax for the first time in 20 years to generate tens of billions of dollars to restore aging transportation infrastructure. It also launched two annual fees to further boost the repair budget in anticipation of a shift to zero-e...

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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