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    ................................................................................................. 11. Interns for transportation campaigns As you can see from
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      11. Interns for transportation campaigns
      As you can see from this update [SEE BELOW], 2007 will be an incredibly exciting and
      busy year for transit advocates. TALC is looking for two interns that can
      dedicate 20 hours or more per week to these efforts, and the ability to
      commit to working through the end of May. We are looking for people with at
      least two years of volunteer or work experience in community organizing or
      planning. Stipends are available and will be based on experience and time
      commitment. If you're interested please send a resume and an e-mail with
      two or three paragraphs outlining your interest and availability to
      <mailto:karla@...>karla@....

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      ----- Forwarded by Asha Weinstein/SJSU on 01/11/2007 02:51 PM -----
      "Seth Schneider, TALC" <seth@...>

      01/11/2007 02:49 PM

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      TALC e-update: winning state funding for transit





      Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC)

      Coalition Update: January 2007

      NEWS FROM TALC
      1. TALC kicks off campaign to dedicate "spillover" to transit
      2. MTC proposes starting with a Smart Growth vision!
      3. TALC's high-speed rail work
      4. Creating a great downtown in Santa Rosa

      UPCOMING EVENTS
      5. Join us at TALC's Summit addressing global warming -- March 24
      6. You're invited to TALC's next regional meeting -- February 21
      7. League Day focuses on smart growth and housing -- January 27
      8. Making transit oriented development work for SMART rail -- January 18

      NEWS FROM TALC MEMBER GROUPS
      9. TALC's newest member: Friends of BRT
      10. Is your organization working for a better Bay Area?

      VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
      11. Interns for transportation campaigns
      12. Come party with TALC's ten-year celebration committee
      13. Donate a prize for TALC's photography contest
      14. Volunteer for TALC's Summit


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      NEWS FROM TALC

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      1. TALC kicks off campaign to dedicate "spillover" to transit
      TALC recently launched a campaign to permanently secure vital operating
      support for public transit by dedicating gas tax spillover funds to the
      Public Transportation Account. Many organizations and unions signed on to
      our request to the Governor to direct spillover funds to the PTA in his
      proposed FY 2007-08 budget. Unfortunately, as expected, Governor
      Schwarzenegger's proposed budget diverts much of the money to pay off the
      transportation bonds, and to other uses. Even worse, the Governor wants to
      permanently discontinue spillover allocations to the State Transit
      Assistance program, part of the PTA that entirely supports transit operations.

      With cuts on the horizon for many transit operators this is an urgent
      campaign. TALC has partnered with the California Public Interest Research
      Group (CALPIRG) to fight for more transit funding, and permanent protection
      for spillover funds. To learn more about the spillover and to participate
      in the next phase of our campaign visit the webpage below. To participate
      in our statewide strategy phone call on January 26, contact Carli Paine at
      <mailto:carli@...>carli@... or 510-740-3150 x315.

      Learn more:
      <http://www.transcoalition.org/c/sus_spill/index.html>www.transcoalition.org/c/sus_spill/index.html

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      2. MTC proposes starting with a Smart Growth vision!
      TALC has often complained that MTC's Regional Transportation Plan (RTP),
      while now containing many important programs that TALC supports, is
      primarily a wish list of county projects stapled together. In a surprise
      announcement that brought joy to smart growth advocates around the region,
      MTC is now proposing to begin their next update of the RTP with a vision of
      how the region can grow smarter, and then consider how the over $100
      billion of transportation investments can best be used to achieve that
      vision. This two-year effort will be announced at MTC's planning committee
      on Friday, January 12 at 9:30 a.m. Come down to learn more about it, and
      congratulate MTC on this critically important change in regional planning.
      This will also be the focus of TALC's regional meeting on February 21. For
      the MTC agenda go to
      <http://apps.mtc.ca.gov/events/agendaView.akt?p=791>apps.mtc.ca.gov/events/agendaView.akt?p=791
      -- and for more information click on
      <http://apps.mtc.ca.gov/meeting_packet_documents/agenda_791/RTP-2009Update.doc>RTP-2009Update.doc.

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      3. TALC's high-speed rail work
      TALC has been tapped by the California High Speed Rail Authority to
      spearhead outreach efforts to environmental and social justice leaders
      across the state. Over the next six months we will be connecting with
      organizations in the Bay Area, Los Angeles, and the Central Valley to
      solicit their input on a broad range of issues, from making the connection
      with land use planning to identifying equitable funding sources. TALC's
      participation is intended to help the Authority shape the project to
      maximize the environmental and social equity benefits of high speed rail.

      Learn more:
      <http://www.transcoalition.org/hsr_brochure.pdf>www.transcoalition.org/hsr_brochure.pdf

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      4. Creating a great downtown in Santa Rosa
      As part of the Great Communities Collaborative that TALC coordinates,
      Greenbelt Alliance is in the final stretch of a campaign to ensure that the
      Santa Rosa Station Area Plan will result in a truly vibrant downtown
      community with a mix of uses, filled with pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly
      streets, and housing affordable to all. The campaign has included outreach
      to local groups and community members, culminating with door-to-door
      outreach by local allies to 3,000 households. A community meeting will be
      held on January 31st at 6:30 p.m. to present the plan and respond to
      questions. The draft plan and timeline can be found at the webpage below.

      Learn more:
      <http://www.greenbelt.org/regions/sonomamarin/camp_stationareaplan.html>www.greenbelt.org/regions/sonomamarin/camp_stationareaplan.html

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      UPCOMING EVENTS

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      5. Join us at TALC's Summit addressing global warming -- March 24
      A recent Air District analysis identifies transportation as responsible for
      half of all greenhouse gas emissions in the Bay Area. While new
      technologies can help reduce emissions, driving less is the single biggest
      way to reduce our climate impact. To reduce driving the Bay Area must lead
      the way by turning the tide on sprawl and creating a region of walkable
      neighborhoods connected by fast, convenient transit. This is the effort
      that TALC and its member and affiliate organizations are deeply engaged in,
      but the climate crisis adds a new level of urgency to our work.

      Please join us, and other advocates, elected leaders, and concerned
      citizens from across the region, at TALC's 10th Annual Summit on Saturday,
      March 24. The event will tackle the intersection of these critical issues
      and is titled Bay Area Solutions to Global Warming: Cooling the Planet with
      Walkable Communities and World Class Transit. The Summit is a great place
      to get involved, strategize, network, and hone your advocacy skills in the
      movement for a more sustainable and socially just Bay Area.

      Learn more and register:
      <http://www.transcoalition.org/cal/summit07/summit.html>www.transcoalition.org/cal/summit07/summit.html

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      6. You're invited to TALC's next regional meeting -- February 21
      Get involved in the movement for a better Bay Area at TALC's upcoming
      regional meeting on Wednesday, February 21. The theme of the evening is
      Crafting Our 2007 Transportation Agenda, and we'll be learning about and
      strategizing on the most important transportation campaigns for the region
      this year, including MTC's Regional Transportation Plan and saving the
      spillover (see article above). The meeting will be held from 5:30 - 7:30
      p.m. at the Sierra Club's third-floor conference room in downtown San
      Francisco, 85 Second Street, near the Montgomery BART/Muni station. The
      meeting is free and open to the public. Burritos and beverages will be
      served. New to TALC? Come at 5:00 p.m. for an optional orientation about
      TALC and regional issues. RSVPs are appreciated so we can have enough
      seating and food. Contact Marta Lindsey at
      <mailto:rsvp@...>rsvp@... or call
      510-740-3150 x321.

      View the calendar of events:
      <http://www.transcoalition.org/calendar.html>www.transcoalition.org/calendar.html

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      7. League Day focuses on smart growth and housing -- January 27
      Join the League of Women Voters of the Bay Area for a half-day event on
      January 27, featuring a keynote presentation by John King from the San
      Francisco Chronicle on "Successful Smart Growth Design for the Bay Area."
      Discussion panels on the Bay Area "Focusing Our Vision" project and
      regional housing needs will also be held. The event will run from 10:30
      a.m. - 1:30 p.m. at the San Mateo City Library's Oak Room and registration
      is only $10. RSVP to Tam Hege by January 24 at
      <mailto:treasurer@...>treasurer@....

      Learn more:
      <http://www.lwvba.ca.lwvnet.org/calendar.html>www.lwvba.ca.lwvnet.org/calendar.html

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      8. Making transit oriented development work for SMART rail -- January 18
      Greenbelt Alliance, together with the Accountable Development Coalition and
      Sonoma County Conservation Action, are holding a workshop on how to make
      transit oriented development (TOD) work along the planned SMART rail line.
      The forum will be held on Thursday, January 18, from 9:00 - 11:00 a.m. at
      the Petaluma City Council Chambers. Panelists will discuss housing,
      transportation, green building, and urban design aspects of TOD that should
      be considered in station plans developed for the entire SMART corridor.
      Please RSVP to Julia Prange at
      <mailto:juliaprange@...>juliaprange@... or 707-694-5482

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      NEWS FROM TALC MEMBER GROUPS

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      9. TALC's newest member: Friends of BRT
      TALC would like to welcome our newest member group: Friends of BRT. The
      organization is dedicated to building support for Bus Rapid Transit in
      Berkeley. Besides a website, they have a great blog with a range of
      articles and postings on bus rapid transit around the country.

      Learn more: <http://www.friendsofbrt.org>www.friendsofbrt.org and
      <http://berkeleybrt.blogspot.com>berkeleybrt.blogspot.com

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      10. Is your organization working for a better Bay Area?
      If your organization is working on any of the issues that TALC holds near
      and dear (community health, pedestrian/bike safety, environmental
      protection, smart growth, social justice, public transit, etc.) and isn't
      yet a member or affiliate group of TALC, please join us and the regional
      movement for a better Bay Area!

      Learn more:
      <http://www.transcoalition.org/members.html>www.transcoalition.org/members.html

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      VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

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      11. Interns for transportation campaigns
      As you can see from this update, 2007 will be an incredibly exciting and
      busy year for transit advocates. TALC is looking for two interns that can
      dedicate 20 hours or more per week to these efforts, and the ability to
      commit to working through the end of May. We are looking for people with at
      least two years of volunteer or work experience in community organizing or
      planning. Stipends are available and will be based on experience and time
      commitment. If you're interested please send a resume and an e-mail with
      two or three paragraphs outlining your interest and availability to
      <mailto:karla@...>karla@....

      .................................................................................................


      12. Come party with TALC's ten-year celebration committee
      TALC is turning ten this year! In the works is a fun celebration this fall
      that will highlight the organizations that have made TALC's victories
      possible and showcase the Picturing the Future of the Bay Area photo
      contest. TALC is looking for volunteers to join the committee that will
      help shape a great event. Contact Marta Lindsey at
      <mailto:marta@...>marta@... or 510-740-3150
      x321 to get involved.

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      13. Donate a prize for TALC's photography contest
      Help make our upcoming Picturing the Future of the Bay Area photo contest a
      success by donating a prize to help inspire great entries. Examples of
      prizes: a cash prize or service from your company, frequent flyer miles,
      tickets to events, free nights at hotels, gift certificates, use of a
      timeshare, bike gear, or transit passes. Interested in donating or being an
      event sponsor? Contact Marta Lindsey at
      <mailto:marta@...>marta@... or 510-740-3150 x321.

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      14. Volunteer for TALC's Summit
      We are looking for people to commit to volunteering in advance of, and
      during, our Summit on March 24th (see description above). Specific
      volunteer needs include: videographer, session timers and note takers,
      audio-visual set up, registration, and other general help. If you are
      interested in volunteering, please contact Carli Paine at
      <mailto:carli@...>carli@... or 510-740-3150 x315.


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      About the Transportation and Land Use Coalition (TALC)
      TALC is a partnership of over 90 groups working for a sustainable and
      socially just Bay Area. We envision a region with healthy, walkable
      communities that provide all residents with transportation choices and
      affordable housing. The coalition analyzes county and regional policies,
      works with community groups to develop alternatives, and coordinates
      grassroots campaigns.

      To contact TALC:
      405 14th Street, Suite 605
      Oakland, CA 94612
      510-740-3150
      www.transcoalition.org

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