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  • Alameda County election officials reported Friday that the "yes" vote for the tax increase was 66.53 percent of the 527,403 ballots--about 667 votes shy of the required two-thirds support needed to pass.

    Contra Costa Times
  • The American auto industry has a new darling, but it doesn't come from the Big Three or even Motor City. Instead, it comes from the West Coast — Silicon Valley, to be precise....For much of the electric car movement, there has been a kind of "eat your spinach" factor, but the Model S changes all that.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency declined on Friday to relax its requirement on the use of corn ethanol in gasoline, rejecting a request from several states related to a steep decline in the nation’s corn production.

    New York Times
  • A judge denied a request Friday from Central Valley farmers who sought to halt work on California's ambitious high-speed rail project, allowing work on the $68 billion project to continue at an aggressive pace.

    USA Today
  •  It’s no secret that Bay Area streets aren’t in the best condition. We’ve all driven over a pothole in the middle of the road and hoped that our tires would hold up. In April 2011, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave the Bay’s roadways a D+ grade, saying the low rating should be “a concern to all.”...More than a year later, the situation hasn’t improved. Last month, a report from Oakland Public Works found that 61 percent of the city’s roads were in poor or fair condition. And a new survey by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission shows that the 42,600 lane-miles of local streets and roads in the Bay Area are mostly in fair condition, scoring 66 out of a possible 100 points. 

    Bay Citizen
  • ...Governing takes a look at some of the candidates whose names have been bandied about and other officials who might be worth a look. They range from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to former U.S. Rep. James Oberstar, to Will Kempton, former Caltrans director.

  • The Planning Commission on Thursday reluctantly approved a proposed cap on the number of micro-apartments that can be built in the city.

    SF Chronicle
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    In the coming years, BART is going to have a lot more riders than it can handle, which means the transit agency is going to need a lot more money to buy a lot more trains. To meet that demand — even off-peak ridership is growing — BART will need a fleet of 880 train cars. That total far exceeds the 775 train cars the agency recently purchased....BART is proposing a new cross-Bay tunnel. While details on that project are very preliminary, planners estimate that more than 750,000 daily passengers will one day be using the system, and that load would require an extra tunnel between San Francisco and the East Bay.

    SF Examiner
  • The ballot measure to double Alameda Country's transportation sales tax to one cent is still trailing with about 8,000 or more votes yet to be counted. The measure is being closely watched in transportation circles because it would make Alameda County the first county in Northern California to collect a full 1-cent transportation sales tax.

    Contra Costa Times
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    Early Saturday morning, the Virginia Department of Transportation will open 14 freshly paved miles of highway on the I-495 Washington Beltway unlike anything drivers in the area have ever seen. The road-widening project has been a decade in the making. And it will constitute, VDOT Secretary Sean T. Connaughton boasted earlier this week, “a high-tech wonder,” the latest and one of the country’s largest attempts at a new generation of highway infrastructure – and a new model of paying for it – that could turn up in cities far from the capital.

    Atlantic Cities