By Mark Morodomi | PUBLISHED: December 11, 2018 at 6:15 am | UPDATED: December 11, 2018 at 6:16 am Another government entity has meddled in our elections, this time right here in the Bay Area in the recently completed November election. Some 151,000 voters in Contra Costa and Alameda counties, including me, were the targets. But the culprit wasn’t the Russians. The meddler was one of our own local agencies – the East Bay Regional Park District. The district operates the largest urban regional park system in the nation. It had placed a measure on the November ballot seeking to extend a $12 annual parcel tax for 11 communities and cities on the west side of the Berkeley Hills, from San Pablo to Oakland. To win support for Measure FF, which passed, the district created an operation straight out of a political consultant’s playbook – and at public expense. The law requires reporting of campaign expenditures when they reach $1,000. And it generally prohibits … [Read more...] about Opinion: How Bay Area park district meddled in November election
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By Michelle Robertson, SFGATE Updated 7:08 am PDT, Friday, October 5, 2018 Debra Jones61, consultingWhere do you live now?SacramentoHow long did you live in the Bay Area?36 yearsHow long has it been since you left?26 yearsWhat made you leave the Bay Area?I initially left for a career opportunity, but I also had two young kids and couldn't afford to buy a house in the city.Are you better off now than when you were living in the Bay Area?Yes! I have 5 bedrooms, 4.5 baths, a pool and a huge lot! I could NEVER afford that in the Bay Area! Plus, my children got excellent educations.Do you have plans of ever moving back to the Bay Area?I do not have "plans," I have dreams. San Francisco is my home. It's where I was born and raised. I am a graduate of SFUSD, SF State and UC Berkeley. I bleed blue and gold. I rep the Warriors, Raiders, even though my heart belongs to the Pittsburgh Steelers. But I ache for another 49er championship. I miss Muni, BART, flaming hot days in … [Read more...] about Report: Where the rich and the poor move when they leave the Bay Area
By Mercury News & East Bay Times Editorial Boards | July 27, 2018 at 6:15 am Steve Heminger, the executive director of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, announced Wednesday that he will end an 18-year reign by retiring early next year. It can’t come soon enough. The region’s freeways are gridlocked. Public transit systems are in disarray. Commute times continue to increase. Heminger touts his agency as “action-oriented and project-based,” but that has translated into piecemeal construction, pathetic planning and a lack of long-range vision. The agency merely hands out money for one politically popular project after another with little sense of where it will all lead. Meanwhile, Heminger flew around the world on top-priced airline tickets at public expense; deceived the public and flouted the law to use bridge toll money to fund his badly overbudget quarter-billion dollar regional government building on prime downtown San Francisco real … [Read more...] about Editorial: Good riddance to Bay Area’s transportation czar
OAKLAND, Calif. -- The hunt for a man police say killed an 18-year-old woman in an unprovoked knife attack in the San Francisco Bay Area ended where it began: in a train station. John Cowell, 27, a recently paroled robber with a reported history of drug use, homelessness and violence, was peacefully arrested on an Antioch-bound train Monday night about a dozen miles from the Oakland station where investigators believe he killed Nia Wilson and wounded her sister Sunday night. Authorities said they weren't ruling out race as a factor in the stabbings. The arrest "is the first step to achieving justice for Nia and her family," Bay Area Rapid Transit Police Chief Carlos Rojas said at a news conference. A phone call from a BART rider led police to stop and search a Richmond-bound train at the MacArthur Station in Oakland but Cowell wasn't aboard, Rojas said. "About 10 minutes later after we got the call, another patron told us the subject got on an Antioch-bound train," he said. That train … [Read more...] about Was race a factor in fatal Bay Area train platform stabbing?
By Newell Arnerich | May 5, 2018 at 8:30 am The Bay Area once was an example of forward-thinking investment in transportation infrastructure but now it has fallen behind due to lack of investment. As a result, we suffer from gridlock and overcrowding of our public transportation networks. This is a regional problem that impacts us all. In fact, the Bay Area leads the nation in “supercommuters” — people who commute 90 minutes or more to work daily. Traffic doesn’t stop at city or county lines, and our jobs and lives don’t either. From our highways to crucial public transportation systems like BART, regional busses and ferries, to pedestrian and bike paths, we are relying on aging infrastructure that desperately needs improvement — and requires regional strategies to address. Regional Measure 3 on the June ballot is a nine-county package of comprehensive congestion-relief efforts, estimated to generate $4.5 billion over 25 years for transit … [Read more...] about Opinion: Regional Measure 3 improves Bay Area highways, transit