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Monitor Notes: Climate One, Peninsula Influence, Youth Commission, Bay Trail

Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.


Burning Questions

PG&E is facing legal and financial woes after a series of deadly wildfires. Climate One at San Francisco’s Commonwealth Club has assembled a group of leading wildfire and energy experts to discuss the future of investor-owned utilities and renewable power at a time when the market is being hit by far-reaching climate disruption effects. The event, “How Climate Broke California’s Biggest Utility,” takes place Thursday, April 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, plus a fee.


Take a Seat

There are several opportunities to share opinions about public transit and help shape policy. SamTrans needs three volunteers for its 15-member Citizens Advisory Committee. Read about the open seats and application details. Each committee member gets a free yearly bus pass, according to the news release. But if you’re seeking a little less commitment, Caltrain would like riders to take a brief online survey and tell the commuter rail operator what you think about public transportation and its service.


Now Accepting Applications

Know a high school kid interested in testing public policy waters? They can apply to be on the Santa Clara Valley Water District Youth Commission and participate in policy issues and activities whirling around water supply, conservation, flood protection, and stream stewardship. Click here for more information about eligibility and the application process. Current vacancies are in districts 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7.


Get the Picture?

Check out a photo exhibit in the lobby of San Francisco’s Bay Area Metro Center to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the San Francisco Bay Trail. A dozen “mega-sized” prints by local photographer Kurt Schwabe are open to the public weekdays from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. through September 27. Titled “Half-Light: A Study of the San Francisco Bay Trail,” the exhibit captures some of Schwabe’s favorite Bay Trail spots in low-light conditions during dawn or past sundown. Here’s a map of the biking and walking shoreline path (part of which we once rode for a story) if exposure to the display motivates you to head outdoors.


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