Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bus crowding is not a "problem," it is people voting with their feet for #publictransit. Gov't should respond.

Public transportation increased demand hurts on-time performance | www.ktvu.com: "About 704,000 people ride Muni each day. 
"We're at a five year high for system ridership," SFMTA Director of Transit John Haley told KTVU. "I think the people continue to want more Muni and continue to use it.""

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#climatechange plan, no plan, poor to starve

California drought: Food banks drying up, too - SFGate: "With less local supply, food prices will spike, increasing as much as 34 percent for a head of lettuce and 18 percent for tomatoes, according to an Arizona State University study released last week. With fewer fields planted, there could be as many as 20,000 unemployed agricultural workers who will need more food handouts, especially in the Central Valley."

Bruce Maiman: Time to get smart about public transportation

The Sacramento Bee: "Public transportation guarantees you time to work, read, go wireless, even nap. How’s that for freedom?"

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Bakersfield - Ride Earth Day GET Bus for FREE all month long

23ABC News: "Neighborhood design features that support transit, such as walkability and mixed land use, also support public health. In communities where there are safe places to walk within ten minutes of home, 43% of the residents achieve physical activity targets, compared with just 27% of residents in less walkable areas. Plus riding the bus reduces stress – someone else is driving!"

Monday, April 14, 2014

Response of capitalism to shortage: "use it faster"

California Drought Spawns Well Drilling Boom - ABC News: "The scarcity of irrigation water in drought-stricken California has created such a demand for well drilling services that Central Valley farmer Bob Smittcamp is taking matters into his own hands.

He's buying a drilling rig for $1 million to make certain he has enough water this summer for thousands of acres of fruit and vegetable crops."
We cannot afford business-as-usual in the age of energy and resource scarcity.