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Bay Area Open Space Council Commemorates a Quarter Century

Bay Area Open Space Council Commemorates a Quarter Century More than 400 “outside voices” gathered inside the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, on May 14, to participate in the 2015 Open Space Conference and celebrate the 25th anniversary of the event’s h …

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Reckoning with Responsibility in Dry Times: A Personal Water Story

Reckoning with Responsibility in Dry Times: A Personal Water Story Ten years ago, I received a letter from the City of Fairfield notifying me of an unwelcome distinction: my household was one of the biggest water users in town — a “Top Ten Percenter,” …

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Four for the Fortieth

It’s official — the Bay Area Monitor is 40 years old. We reached that milestone in May. Leading up to this landmark anniversary, we’ve run a series of articles chronicling the publication’s history, starting with its launch to address issues related to …

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Data-Driven: Regulators Monitor Air Quality Near Roadways

Data-Driven: Regulators Monitor Air Quality Near Roadways A seemingly endless network of asphalt offers drivers the mobility to roam all across the Bay Area. But that freedom comes at the expense of others — residents stuck choking on the noxious fumes …

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Budgetary Boost: Cap-and-Trade Revenue Tabbed for Transit

Budgetary Boost: Cap-and-Trade Revenue Tabbed for Transit Fed up with a lack of affordable housing options near public transit, or long bus headways during commutes? Your frustrations may soon ease, thanks to new investments in California’s aging trans …

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A Highly Flammable Situation: Crude Oil Rolls into the Region

A Highly Flammable Situation: Crude Oil Rolls into the Region On May 31, 2014, some 60 people gathered at the gates of a rail yard on Richmond’s industrial edge, protesting “bomb trains.” Trains handled there by energy company Kinder Morgan hold crude …

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Taking Stock of the Water Supply

The Bay Area’s extensive water supply system includes a wide variety of hydrologic features, such as San Pablo Reservoir in the East Bay. Photo by Alec MacDonald. Water. It flows out of the tap every time we want, cool, clear, and clean. We take it for …

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Tracking the Transportation Bond: A Study of 2006’s Proposition 1B

Tracking the Transportation Bond: A Study of 2006’s Proposition 1B Proposition 1B, part of California’s largest general obligation bond package ever offered on a single ballot, is closing in on the end of its 10-year lifespan. The 2006 program is poise …

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Weighing the Water Bond: A Study of 2014’s Proposition 1

Weighing the Water Bond: A Study of 2014’s Proposition 1 It’s hard to believe that people still power-wash sidewalks three years into California’s worst drought on record. But it’s even harder to believe that state lawmakers have hardly been better abo …

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Bay Area Monitor History, Part I: Dawn of the Clean Air Era

After the passage of the 1970 Clean Air Act, the League was asked to conduct related outreach by EPA Region 9 Administrator Paul DeFalco, pictured here with his wife Ernestine. She later became editor of the Bay Area Monitor in 1985. Photo courtesy Les …

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