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  • asha.weinstein@sjsu.edu
    For those of you who are not aware of it, the Transportation and Land Use Coaliation (formerly BATLUC) is a non-profit working to encourage better land use and
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      For those of you who are not aware of it, the Transportation and Land Use Coaliation (formerly BATLUC) is a non-profit working to encourage better land use and transportation planning in the Bay Area.  They are holding a meeting (described below) which might interest some of you. 

      Professor Asha Weinstein
      Department of Urban and Regional Planning
      San José State University
      One Washington Square,  
      San Jose, CA 95192-0185
      email: asha.weinstein@...

      -----Forwarded by Asha Weinstein/SJSU on 09/13/2002 02:40PM -----

      TransportationAnd Land Use Coalition (TALC)
      (formerly BATLUC)

      1.       Regionalmeeting Wed. Sept. 18
      2.       GetPublicity for the Smartest or Worst Project in your county!  TALCwill be releasing a best and worst of the Bay Area report nextmonth.  Nominate by Wed. Sept. 18 at noon. (see below)
      3. Ferry plan released:upcoming hearings (see below)
      Wednesday, September 18, 2002
      5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
      Sierra Club, 85 Second St., 3rdFloor  San Francisco
      (at corner of Mission St., near Montgomery BART)

      1)        Introductions/Announcements/Revisionsto Agenda -- 5:30

      2)        Reportfrom Board  Initiative positions 5:40
      Yes onBART Seismic Retrofit
      ii) Yes on Proposition 52  election day voter registration
               iii)  No on Berkeley Height Initiative
      3)        BridgeToll Increase 5:50
      Overviewof current proposals before the Bridge Toll Advisory Committee anddiscussion of Coalition priorities.

      4)        FerryPlan Unveiled!  6:00
      Presentationfrom Veronica Sanchez of the Water Transit Authority (WTA) After years ofstudy, WTA has just unveiled their ferry plan for the Bay Area. Learn thedetails and give your input directly to the WTA  There will also behearings in every county in October. For more info:www.watertransit.org
               b) Short presentation by Teri Shore of Bluewater Network, who has been the environmental         advocate most active in watchdogging the WTA.  See Teri's write-up below.

      5)        Regional Smart Growth Strategy:  Coalition Platform and Best/Worst of the Bay Area report: -- 6:45
      Join us in reviewing nominations for the best and worst projects in the Bay Area! There has been a movement by the development community to have the regional agencies reject the Smart Growth land use scenario developed with input from thousands of Bay Area residents.  We will release a report October 15 outlining these best and worst projects in each county, and a platform for Smart Growth.  For information on how to submit project nominations see the announcement below or go to www.transcoalition.org  

      6)        State Legislation! -- 6:25
      Get the round-up of what passed and what lost and what may be priorities for next year.

      7)        Adjourn/ 7:30

      Seeking the smartest Smart Growth and the worst projects or proposals in the Bay Area!

      Let us help you support the good ones and get bad press for the others! We are  looking for  the one best and one worst in each of the nine Bay Area counties!
      At ABAG's October 17 General Assembly, local government officials will hear about and give their views on the Regional Smart Growth Strategy, and whether to support the Regional Preferred Alternative that has been developed over the past year as an alternative to status quo sprawl planning.

      To build support for Smart Growth and provide clear examples of such growth TALC will release the "Best and the Worst of the Bay Area" as a short report on October 15 to local and regional media. It will also contain a platform for Smart Growth. But we need you to submit nominations for the very worst and the very best there is to offer!  These could be completed projects.  It is also a great way to publicize great or terrible development projects still in the planning phase.

      Smart Growth projects should foster both environmental and social equity goals, and could include housing, and mixed-use developments, commercial or office, whatever!  It could also be a plan, at least partially implemented, for a downtown revitalization, a brownfield remediation etc.

      Worst growth could include sprawl greenfield development, horrifying infill projects such as proposals for big box retail by a rail station etc. 

      Please send us brief information on the following!
      We'll need at least seven pieces of information on each project nomination, those that get chosen will: 

      ·        Location: As precise as possible
      ·        Specifics: e.g. # of units
      ·        Impact: Give specific examples of benefits, e.g. very close to transit, high number of affordable units, or specific destructive impacts for bad projects.
      ·        Status: has the project already been built?  If not, what is the expected completion date?  If any upcoming decision dates remain, when are they and who makes them?
      ·        Developer: developed/is developing the project and what groups of people supported the project?  (We especially want to credit supporters of smart growth!)
      ·        Photo? Is a photo or diagram available? (Give URL if available on web)
      ·        Advocacy Groups Are there any groups that people can go to for further information on supporting or opposing the projects  (give URL if  available).
      ·        Extra Credit:  Did any incentives (TLC grants) or regulatory innovations (such as reduced parking requirements) enable the smart development?  Did government giveaways subsidize the worst one?

      Information is preferred in a concise format following the one above.  If you already have a one page description that is similar enough go ahead and send that.  All submissions or questions should be made to:


      Nominations must be received by Wed. Sept 18 at noon.  Sorry for the late notice.

      After more than a year of study, the San Francisco Bay Area Water Transit Authority (WTA) has released a 10-year plan for a $665 million ferry expansion and a draft programmatic Environmental Impact Report (EIR).
      The plan calls for 7 new routes and 30 more ferries by 2015. Public hearings are scheduled in September and October. In December the plan goes to the state legislature for approval.

      What you can do
      It is important that the WTA hear from transportation activists before the ferry plan and EIR are finalized! We need a ferry plan to be cost effective, equitable to all riders, and pedestrian and bicycle friendly.
      Now is the time for the transportation community to provide direction to ferry planners on how to make the new system meet Bay Area transit needs. Please attend the public hearing in your county or submit written comments
      Bluewater Network has successfully advocated for low-emissions ferries, but we need your help to make sure a new ferry system fits into a larger vision for sustainable Bay Area transportation!

      TRANSPORTATION AND LAND USE COALITION MEMBERS ARE URGED to attend the public hearings in your area or submit written comments :

      Some members organizations of TALC are URGING THE FERRY PLANNERS TO:
      ·         recommend only cost-effective routes that don't compromise ridership on BART or buses
      ·         minimize new parking lots, and charge significant daily parking fees
      ·         provide realistic cost comparisons to express buses
      ·         explain how ferries fit into Smart Growth strategies
      ·         spell-out plans for serving a diverse ridership
      ·         provide bike lanes and pedestrian pathways for ferry terminal access
      ·         provide ample, protected bike storage and parking on boats and at terminals
      ·         offer free or reduced ferry fees for bicyclists that ride to terminal

      See below for info on public hearings, proposed routes, and comments on vessels, wetlands and wildlife.
      For a copy of the EIR and the Operations and Implementation Plan, contact the Water Transit Authority at: www.watertransit.org or (415) 291-3377.

      For more details or to request printable fact sheets, contact Teri Shore at:tshore@...
      or (415)544-0790, ext. 20. She is also available to make presentations to your group.
      Submit written comments on the EIR by Oct. 31 and on the Operations and Implementation Plan by Nov. 14 to:
      Tom Bertken, CEO
      Water Transit Authority
      120 Broadway
      San Francisco, CA 94111.
      EIR Hearings
      Oakland, Tuesday, September 10, 4 – 6 pm, Metropolitan Transportation Commission Auditorium, 101 Eighth Street (Lake Merrit BART station)
      San Francisco, Tuesday, September 17, 4- 6 pm, Port of San Francisco offices, Pier 1, Embarcadero at Washington north of Ferry Building, (Muni F historic line stops in front)
      Ferry Plan Hearings (EIR comments accepted, too)
      Contra Costa County, Thursday, September 26, 7 to 9 pm, Martinez Senior Center, Martinez
      San Mateo County, Tuesday, Oct. 1, 7 to 9 pm, 33 Arroyo Drive at El Camino, Municipal Service Building, South San Francisco
      Alameda County, Thursday, Oct. 3, 7 to 9 pm, Metropolitan Transportation Commission Auditorium, 101 Eighth Street, Oakland
      Marin County, Tuesday, October 8, 7 to 9 pm, City of San Rafael, City Hall Council Chambers, 1400 5th Ave., San Rafael
      San Francisco, Thursday, October 10, 4 to 6 pm, SF Port Offices, Pier 1, San Francisco
      Sonoma County, Tuesday, October 15, 7 to 9 pm, Petaluma Community Center, Craft Room #1, Petaluma
      Solano County, Thursday, October 17, 7 to 9 pm, John F. Kennedy Library, Joseph Meeting Room, Vallejo
      Santa Clara County, Monday, Oct. 21, 7 to 9 pm, Sunnyvale City Council Chambers, Sunnyvale
      Napa County, Thursday, October 24, 6:30 to 8:30 pm, Napa City/County Library, Community Room, Napa

      Phase 1 routes –First 10 years from San Francisco to:
      Treasure Island
      South San Francisco
      Redwood City

      Phase 2 – 10 to 20 years
      Port Sonoma (study funded first phase)
      San Quentin
      Hunters Point
      Moffett Field
      East Bay to Peninsula

      Support the Bluewater Network's efforts to make the system clean and green.
      Urge the WTA to:
      ·         mandate that all new ferries on the Bay are 85% cleaner than federal law requires; without this standard the average fast ferry will produce more smog-forming gases (nitrogen oxides) than cars;
      ·         propose early construction of fleet pilot vessels to ensure that technology is available to meet the WTA emission standard during the first 10-year expansion phase;
      ·         propose and seek funding for a hybrid battery-electric vessel as a bridge boat from diesel engine to fuel cell for future vessels;
      ·         implement its plan to build the world's first fuel-cell ferry;
      ·         propose low-wake hull designs and prohibit use of noisy, polluting Hovercraft;

      Wetlands and wildlife
      ·         exclude wetlands sites including Port Sonoma, Moffett Field, and Berkeley's Gilman site;
      ·         avoid any new dredging, particularly in wetlands areas;
      ·         conduct immediate study of potential ferry impacts on diving ducks as part of programmatic EIR
      ·         avoid all existing and potential habitat for endangered birds
      ·         require paid and trained whale observers on fast ferries when whales are sighted in the Bay;
      ·         require forward-facing sonar on fast ferries to detect and avoid whales, seals, sea lions.
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