Land Use (News)
Gov. Jerry Brown's proposal to eliminate redevelopment agencies and enterprise zones baffled city and county officials who have relied on the two programs for decades to spur economic growth and development in depressed areas.
Rather, 26 of the 31 million dollars goes directly to the city's redevelopment agency (RDA) which ostensibly uses money to "subsidize development projects, build affordable housing, fix up rundown buildings and beautify streets."
Jeff Bowser and Joan Laursen received 40 and 38 percent of the vote, respectively, and were elected to their first term on the school district's five-member board. Incumbent Jim Ott and longtime member Pat Kernan had opted not to seek re-election, leaving the race void of incumbents for the first time in at least a decade.
At city hall, Mayor Jennifer Hosterman held off council member Cindy McGovern with 53 percent of the vote versus McGovern's 47 percent. Council incumbents Jerry Thorne and Cheryl Cook-Kallio retained their seats against political newcomers Karla Brown and Fred Watson.
Environmental justice, a movement to focus attention on pollution in low-income communities, is a burning cause for Lisa Jackson, the first African American to head the U.S. Environmental Protection agency. Over the last several months, Jackson has toured poor white, black and Latino communities with a message: Eco-issues aren't just for rich folks.
On Saturday, the EPA chief took a bus tour of low-income neighborhoods in the San Francisco Bay area, stopping at a Superfund site where the federal government is coordinating toxic chemical cleanup, and an urban food cooperative.
The fair will feature 75 vendors that specialize in green practices, including air, water, waste, commuting and transportation, healthy homes and healthy living and energy. Fuel efficient vehicles will also be on display and sustainably produced food will be sold.
The event is part of a series of activities the city has planned as part of its climate action plan it will adopt as part of a settlement it reached with Urban Habitat. The environmental justice group sued the city and won over its voter-approved housing cap of 29,000 units, saying it prevented the city from meeting is share of regional housing needs.
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Robert Jordan covers Dublin and Pleasanton. Contact him at 925-847-2184.
PLEASANTON -- Applications for five at-large seats on the city's housing element task force are due to the city clerk's office at 4 p.m. Friday.
Applicants must be Pleasanton residents and have an interest in housing needs of the community and must be able to attend at least one or two meetings per month for at least a year.
Task force members will help the city develop its housing update for the city's general plan as part as a settlement with Urban Habitat. The environmental justice group sued the city and won over its voter-approved housing cap of 29,000 units, saying it prevented the city from meeting is share of regional housing needs.
Applications are available at the city clerk's office, 123 Main St. in Pleasanton, or can be downloaded at www.ci.pleasanton.ca.us/pdf/newcommapp.pdf. For more information contact Janice Stern at 925-931-5606 or firstname.lastname@example.org.