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  • ...Larkspur’s roads are tied for with Napa's St. Helena for the worst in the Bay Area, according to pavement quality rankings published by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission this month. Larkspur, with median household income of $83,000, is among the wealthier cities in Bay Area. But the quality of Larkspur’s pavement ranks below some of the Bay Area’s poorest communities. 

    Bay Citizen
  • A political scrap over who should live in San Francisco is threatening to limit a plan to allow construction of tiny, 220-square-foot apartments to meet the city's housing crisis. The new units could become magnets for young, high-paid tech workers looking for a place in the city even though they work elsewhere, said Sara Shortt, executive director of the Housing Rights Committee of San Francisco.

    SF Chronicle
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    When architects designed the new Bay Bridge, they drew slender, white, side-by-side decks hanging from gently draped cables over the water as if by magic. That left Caltrans engineers with a challenge worthy of David Copperfield: Where do you hide the anchorages for the world's longest self-anchored suspension span?

    Contra Costa Times
  • After boosting car-mileage standards and putting the state on a leaner energy diet, California is taking another giant step to stem climate change. Beginning Wednesday, an intricate and ambitious plan that takes aim at major polluters will begin under the nation's first cap-and-trade system.

    SF Chronicle
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    Over the next few weeks, we could see a shake-up on the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the House....Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) announced late last week that he would seek the chairmanship....Could the committee turn around under a Shuster chairmanship? His colleagues call Shuster “approachable,” “likeable” and “collegial,” with a leadership style that’s markedly different from his father’s, which was described as “ruthless.”

  • Cesare Marchetti is an Italian physicist, an octogenarian who still lectures and researches from a post at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis in Austria....The core of Marchetti’s seminal paper is an examination of "travel time budgets" through the ages (based on research first done by Yacov Zahavi in his fieldwork for the U.S. Department of Transportation and the World Bank in the late 1970s and early 1980s). 

    Atlantic Cities
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    The Munich metro system, known as the U-Bahn, began running in 1971 in advance of the '72 Olympics. Over the years, its stations have evolved from a style that might be called simplistic and functional into one better described as curvaceous and kaleidoscopic. The design incorporates vivid color schemes, enamel and mosaic and glass panels, strong linear forms, even ceiling mirrors.

    Atlantic Cities
  • ..."We've been living in a world where there is no price on pollution," says Dan Kammen, a professor of energy policy at U.C. Berkeley. "It doesn't send the right signals. It doesn't reward innovators."

    Marketplace/American Public Media
  • California starts the ball rolling Wednesday on a controversial scheme to keep the planet from overheating. Businesses will have to get a permit if they emit greenhouse gases....Dan Kammen, an energy expert at the University of California, Berkeley, helped write the climate law. He says it will require businesses to be more energy-efficient and that will entail some pain....Even the law's authors, like Kammen, aren't sure how it all will work out.

  • The Washington policy machine is all atwitter with the idea that the carbon tax’s time has come. It is an elegant three-run homer that would tackle climate change, tax reform and the budget deficit in one fell swoop....Some of the biggest policy players in Washington are holding an all-day event on carbon taxes today, sponsored by the liberal Brookings Institution and the conservative American Enterprise Institute, with co-sponsorship by the International Monetary Fund and the non-partisan Resources for the Future. This modest proposal, to borrow from Jonathan Swift, has so alarmed Grover Norquist that he has launched a counter-offensive.

    SF Chronicle