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Monitor Notes: River Water, BAOSC Survey, Housing Legislation, EV Ridesharing

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


Deep Dive into the Delta

SPUR is wading into the waves of a challenging water situation during an April 18 event at its San Francisco center. It’s exploring a decision by the California State Water Resources Control Board (WRCB) to leave more water in the state’s rivers to sustain endangered and declining fish populations — the latter issue the Monitor has covered in relation to spawning projects. San Francisco Public Utilities Commission representatives Michael Carlin and Steve Richie (pictured, with former WRCB Chair Felicia Marcus at LWVBA’s 2013 Bay Area League Day) will weigh in on the WRCB’s decision and what it means to our drought-prone region’s water supply.


Look off into Open Space

There are two days left to share your vision for land and water, parks, and trails with the Bay Area Open Space Council (BAOSC). It’s developing a vision, strategy, and implementation plan and wants input via a survey with questions about what should be done to benefit the region’s natural resources. Blaze your survey trail. For additional BAOSC insight, listen to audio of Paul Rogers discussing coverage of the environmental beat in a conversation the Monitor recorded during the council’s annual conference last year.


Putting Housing in Order

More than three months after regional authorities unveiled housing policy recommendations, steps toward change are hitting closer to home. The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) approved appointments of officials throughout the nine-county region for a newly formed Housing Legislative Working Group. The group will meet weekly during the legislative session to receive progress reports on housing-related bills and give feedback to staff at both MTC and the Association of Bay Area Governments. Read a list of those serving on this home front so far. More appointments to the group are expected later.


Ride-Hail Storm

To cut transportation-related emissions, California residents must reduce the number of miles they drive, and miles they do drive must be electrified, according to a new Coalition for Clean Air blog post. But how do rideshare trips on Uber and Lyft factor into the equation? Some of the state’s local governments are considering a tax on rides via ride-hailing apps, a move that could drive greater electric vehicle (EV) adoption. To further the discussion, CCA recently outlined what it thinks an “effective” tax looks like at a time when the state is pursuing big EV goals that position California to address climate change. Cruise into the coalition’s rationale.


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