Welcome to Monitor Notes, a weekly roundup of news items, event announcements, and updates on past Bay Area Monitor articles.
Handling Harassment Concerns
Mineta Transportation Institute’s March 19 “Research Snaps” webinar from 10 to 10:30 a.m. will focus on sexual harassment on public transit, examining the issue from San Jose State University students’ point of view. The online presentation corresponds with MTI research that harassment can prevent men and women from using public transit. Nearly two-thirds of SJSU students reported some form of harassment during transit trips. Dr. Anastasia Loukaitou-Sideris, UCLA professor, and Dr. Asha Agrawal, MTI’s education director, will lead the webinar and share recommendations to overcome personal safety challenges. Register here. Catch more perspective from Agrawal and other transportation professionals who told the Monitor about ongoing transit policy needs that recognize women’s travel patterns and personal safety.
The Housing Scene
Attend a March 19 discussion with New York Times economics reporter Conor Dougherty (pictured) about California’s housing crisis. Dougherty, an Oakland resident, also is the author of Golden Gates: Fighting for Housing in America. The book details the history of California’s housing policies and how they contribute to uncertainty and unaffordability for people trying to put a roof over their heads. Read an overview from Dougherty’s publisher and buy tickets for the 6 to 8 p.m. discussion at Manny’s, a San Francisco community meeting place.
Directing a New Adaptation
The California Office of Emergency Services is updating the state’s Adaptation Planning Guide and the latest draft is available for review and remarks through the end of March. The guide helps local governments plan for climate change and has been updated to include the latest best practices and other information affecting state plans, policies, programs, and regulations. The idea is that communities are in better position to identify potential climate and weather-related threats and prepare for these conditions before they happen. Are your local leaders engaged in such planning? Acclimatize yourself with the report. Then provide feedback via the survey.
A Golden Opportunity
Golden Gate Park is turning 150 on April 4 and celebrating with a Community Day that’s activating planned events, activities, and entertainment throughout the iconic recreational area. Portions of the AIDS Memorial Quilt will be on display April 3 to 5 and five young female bison will be introduced to the park’s Bison Paddock that same weekend. There also will be a 150-foot observation wheel, roughly as tall as the de Young Museum’s observation deck, offering 12-minute rides. Slide into the park’s website to learn more. The historic 1,000-acre park was born in 1870 when an act of the State Legislature created its boundaries in western San Francisco.
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