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Monitor Notes: Urban Repurposing Updates, Voter Guides, Ridge Trail Service Day


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


Update: Repurposing Bills Become Law

From Leslie Stewart, for the Monitor on August 2nd, 2022: 

Participants cited two pieces of pending legislation that would contribute to the success of such repurposing projects, AB 2097 (Friedman) which would reduce the parking requirements for retail and housing, and AB 2011 (Wicks) to streamline CEQA requirements for commercial corridors. Regardless of their success, planners are already eyeing local streetscapes with revitalization in mind.

Both of those bills have been signed into law by Governor Newsom and will hopefully contribute to revitalization of streetscapes in the Bay Area.

Read the full story at the Monitor here.


Greenbelt Alliance Releases Voter Guide

From Greenbelt Alliance press release: 

Ahead of the November elections, Greenbelt Alliance has assessed ballots throughout the Bay Area and has identified 20 measures that will have significant impacts on our environment and communities. As a result, the local nonprofit organization that works at the intersection of open space protection and equitable, climate-smart development, is releasing its Voter Guide on October 5. This guide includes recommendations for voters around the region on important environmental and housing measures that will create thriving, resilient communities better prepared for climate change.


Gamechanger: Building Decarbonization
Wednesday, October 12th, 11am 

The vast majority of buildings that we will use in the coming decades are already built and account for roughly 39% of the carbon footprint as well as other greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. We cannot address our climate crisis without tackling improved efficiency and electrification of existing buildings. But how? This session will feature presenters who are advancing codes and policies that will effectively decarbonize existing buildings and bring us the scale we seek.

Register for the webinar here.


Ballot and Brews
Tuesday, October 11th, 6pm
Wednesday, October 12th, 5pm

As is tradition, SPUR will be celebrating the release of their ballot guide for this November 8th election. Grab your ballot and a favorite brew and discuss the ballot measures particular to your area and SPUR’s stance on each one. The Tuesday event will be for the San Francisco ballot, and the Wednesday even will be for Oakland’s. 

Unlike many events promoted in this newsletter, the San Francisco event will be in person, hosted at SPUR’s downtown location, so click here for more information and to register. The Oakland event will be online and can be registered for here.

The full voter guide can be found here


Ridge Trail Service Day
Saturday, November 5th

The Bay Area Ridge Trail is a 400 plus-mile network of trails aiming to connect the ridges surrounding the San Francisco Bay. Work remains to be done, and the Ridge Trail Service Day is one of the largest events of volunteer trail stewardship each year. 

Project locations that still need signups are in Santa Clara, Napa, and Solano counties. Participation includes a free lunch and a chance to win trail gear.

Find out more here.


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