Land Use (News)
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
(06-24) 18:14 PDT PLEASANTON -- State Attorney General Jerry Brown joined a
legal challenge Wednesday to Pleasanton's 13-year-old limit on housing
construction, arguing that the East Bay community is defying state housing
laws and adding to urban sprawl, vehicle use and greenhouse gas emissions.
"Pleasanton's draconian and illegal limit on new housing forces people to
Luke Cole, a San Francisco attorney who was one of the pioneers in the field of environmental justice - filing lawsuits for poor plaintiffs or people of color whose communities were being ravaged by corporate polluters - died in a head-on car crash Saturday in Uganda. He was 46.
Editor's Note: Bob Diedrich, a farmer; Verónica Quinteros, a farmworker; and Felipe González, a business owner, have all been impacted by the lack of water in the Westlands Water District, which covers most of west Fresno County. All three participated in the California March for Water. Watch the videos.
FRESNO, Calif. -- Bob Diedrich uses one word to describe the current situation facing farmers on the west side of Fresno County: "Brutal."
He's not being dramatic.
Diedrich usually farms about 1,100 acres of cotton, dry beans, processing tomatoes, wheat, and almonds on his land in Cantúa Creek.
But this year, Diedrich and other west side farmers were not allocated any water, due to the three-year-long drought and other regulatory decisions.
The battle to build a public path at the Chevron Richmond refinery has shifted to the courts.
Trail advocates are suing the California State Lands Commission and Chevron, saying the parties failed to provide public access at the refinery in exchange for the oil giant's lease of state land that is closed to residents.
Pleasanton Weekly Staff
Community and city leaders started updating the Pleasanton General Plan in 2003, a hoped-for three year process that is just now nearing completion and waiting for final approval by the Planning Commission and City Council within the next few weeks.
The $700-plus billion recovery package being hashed out in Congress has tremendous potential to revive the American economy. But if it moves ahead as designed, I fear it will also further entrench many long-standing inequities of American life.
Advocates for working families welcome Washington's long-overdue interest in our national infrastructure. President-elect Barack Obama and congressional leaders are right to spotlight the deplorable conditions of our roads and bridges.
But potholes on mega-highways are far from the most consequential infrastructure shortfalls facing America.
In low-income urban neighborhoods and rural areas across America, residents are facing the dramatic crumbling of their schools, water lines and public transit systems - the very lifeblood of these communities. This is not simply a matter of inconvenience. Communities like Richmond, West Oakland and San Francisco's Visitacion Valley are being literally cut off from true economic and social opportunity.