Bay Area Region
Organizers said many students face a financial hardship paying for bus fares or passes to ride to and from school.
In the East Bay, AC Transit charges youths $1 per bus ride or $15 for a monthly bus pass, while many other agencies charge more.
Widespread frustration with Muni service cuts and fare hikes – passionately expressed by the public on Friday at a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency meeting that continues tomorrow (Tuesday, March 2, starting at noon in City Hall Room 400) – has prompted a surprisingly diverse backlash.
Title VI Complaint by San Francisco Bay Area Coalition Has National Implications
In the first successful action of its kind in the nation Urban Habitat, helped organize a coalition that filed a civil rights complaint to stop $70 million in stimulus funds from being allocated to a $500-billion boondoggle elevated “people-mover” known as the Oakland Airport Connector (OAC). The funds will be shifted to Bay Area transit agencies to help avert service cuts, fare hikes and layoffs that will affect hundreds of thousands of people, as the coalition recommended.
While Americans express anger at predatory insurance practices, Billionaires for Wealthcare say: "Let them eat Advil". As the Senate prepares for a huge vote on health care legislation, on February 25th residents from San Francisco and surrounding areas gathered at Blue Cross offices at 2 Embarcadero Center to highlight the need for robust reform. These demonstrators came face-to-face with Billionaire defenders of Blue Cross' right to do whatever they damn well please.
Members of Billionares for Wealthcare demanded honor and respect for the personhood of Blue Cross, and took the opportunity to announce the ticket of Blue Cross/Palin for 2012.
What: A public meeting to learn about and comment on options for setting a "target" or goal for reducing greenhouse gas emissions from cars and light trucks for the San Francisco Bay Area.
Who: The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are hosting the workshop in conjunction with the California Air Resources Board (CARB), the Bay Area Air Quality Management District and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission.
Civil Rights Claims and Federal Investment: Opportunities for Low-Income Communities and Communities of Color
The Foreclosure Crisis: Opportunities for a New Economy
For our next Social Equity Caucus quarterly meeting, we will be broadening our understanding of the foreclosure crisis to illuminate strategies by which community groups and the public sector can work together to move from reaction to action, seizing the moment to make concrete gains in economic equity for the most burdened communities in the Bay Area.
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February 12, 2010
Obama Administration Denies BART $70M in Stimulus Funds, Citing Civil Rights Failures Funds Shift to Bay Area Transit Operations
Federal Transit Administration Chief Peter Rogoff today [February 12] sent a letter to BART and MTC rejecting BART’s corrective action plan to address Title VI violations found in an investigation prompted by a complaint from civil rights, transportation and environmental advocates. Due to action taken by MTC at its January meeting, the funding will now be reallocated to transit projects across the Bay Area, where it is desperately needed to preserve jobs and transit service.
In the first action of its kind, the Obama Administration has pulled $70 million in federal stimulus funds from a proposed Oakland Airport Connector (OAC) project due to multiple civil rights violations by the Bay Area Rapid Transit district (BART). The strong action underscores a recent promise made in the President’s State of the Union address to continue “prosecuting civil rights violations.”