May 29, 2018




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Taking (On) The Initiative

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Good News.  Proposition 69 passed with over 80% of the vote. We take that as a good sign that Californians value transportation infrastructure investment.  

Not So Good News.  We expect the measure to repeal SB1 to qualify for the ballot.  

What is at Stake.  The Sacramento Bee highlights what is at stake in the capitol region. (Spoiler alert: a lot of good projects don't happen).

Don't Forget . . .  Jobs! Last month, the Labor & Workforce Agency announced that an increase apprenticeships increased to 83,000 - up from 52,000 in just three years. SB1 adds $5 million/yr as the state strives for the 100,000 mark. And of course, SB1 helps assure there is a good job afterward by providing 68,000 jobs each year that yield $3.3 billion in wages.

Quotable. "Are we responsible enough to pay for what we need? This is the test of any civilization"  -- Governor Jerry Brown (May 18) at a Mobility 21 event. 



Budget Season

Budget season is in full swing and there is no t


Apprentice Job Programs on the Rise

California on track to reach 100,000 active apprentices by the end of 2020


California Labor and Workforce Development Agency Secretary David M. Lanier today announced that there are nearly 82,000 active apprentices in California – the highest number in the 79-year history of formal apprenticeship job training in the state. In 2015, California had approximately 53,000 active apprentices and is on track to double the number by the end of 2020.


“Apprenticeship programs provide workers with paid on-the-job training that can lead to good-paying careers and supply employers with skilled workers.” said Secretary Lanier. “We have made significant progress during this period of economic growth in strengthening existing apprenticeship opportunities – reflected by the nearly 50,000 apprentices in state-approved apprenticeships in the building trades – and in creating new programs in high-growth industries.”


California is home to the nation’s largest and fastest-growing apprenticeship system. According to the State Building and Trades Construction Council of California, the state-supported apprenticeships make more jobs available for young people out of high school.


“California has a highly trained and streamlined workforce of 450,000 men and women who are ready to build public infrastructure and private projects while earning middle-class wages – which enables them to buy a home, support a family and drive our economy,” said State Building and Construction Trades Council President Robbie Hunter. “Apprentices who learn skilled trades will be the workers of the future who keep California’s economy strong.” 


California has invested $15 million each year over the past three years through the California Apprenticeship Initiative to promote the creation of new apprenticeship programs in transportation and logistics, advanced manufacturing, healthcare and information technology. This initiative includes pre-apprenticeship programs which are designed to prepare individuals to enter registered apprenticeship programs through industry-based training and classroom instruction. Pre-apprenticeship programs also broaden opportunities for underrepresented populations – including women and low-income individuals – to enter registered apprenticeship programs. California Apprenticeship Initiative grantees have registered more than 900 apprentices and pre-apprenticeship programs have enrolled more than 2,000 participants.


“SEIU Locals are proud to sponsor high-quality registered apprenticeship training programs in early childhood education, healthcare and state civil service occupations and we will continue to support expanding apprenticeships that provide a high quality learning experience that leads to high quality jobs,” said Roxanne Sanchez, President of SEIU California and SEIU Local 1021.


The Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017 – which invests $52.4 billion over the next 10 years to fix roads, freeways and bridges throughout the state and improve public transportation – includes $5 million per year for five years to expand pre-apprenticeship training programs. These programs provide at-risk youth, women, veterans and the formerly incarcerated with training in the construction trades.


While You Were Biking to Work...

Los Angeles was rolling out BlueLa, or what is expected to be the world's largest electric car sharing program targeted to disadvantaged neighborhoods. The P3 project received $1.67 million in cap and trade funds and $1.82 million in EV infrastructure rebates, fee waivers, and in-kind support from the City. The Bolloré Group – which operates electric carsharing programs in Paris and Indianapolis, will invest $10 million in the fleet and charging stations. For all you GHG counters: the two-year pilot is expected to recruit 7,000 users, that will replace 1,000 private vehicles, reducing annual GHG by 2,150 metric tons.


Bills We Are Tracking

AB 1771 (Bloom) Regional housing needs assessment.
Position: Oppose Unless Amended
RHNA; housing org right of appeal deleted; appeal process simplified;

AB 1905 (Grayson) CEQA: judicial review: transportation projects.
Position: Watch

AB 1912 (Rodriguez) Public employees retirement: joint powers agreements: liability
Position: Oppose Unless Amended
JPA members must agree to apportion any PERS liability; Third Reading

AB 2061 (Frazier) Near-zero-emission and zero-emission vehicles.
Position: Watch
Allows ZEVs to exceed weight limits by up to 2000 lbs

AB 2363 (Friedman) Vision Zero Task Force
Position: Watch
Creates Statewide Vision Zero Task Force

AB 2447 (Reyes) California Environmental Quality Act: land use: environmental justice.
Position: Watch
CEQA notice protocols near Disadvantaged Communities; Second Reading

AB 2734 (Frazier) California Transportation Commission
Position: Watch
Re-creates independent CTC; passes Assembly unanimously on consent

AB 686 (Santiago) Affirmatively further fair housing
Position: Oppose Unless Ameded
2 yr bill; up 6/12 in Sen T&H; applies HUD AFFH methodology to RTPAs

SB 827 (Weiner) Planning and zoning: transit-rich housing bonus.
Position: Watch
Failed passage in Sen T&H Committee

SB 828 (Wiener) Land use: housing element (RHNA)
Position: Oppose Unless Amended
RHNA, new amends address many issues; still some work to do


By the Numbers: Walking

  • 4.7%: Commuters who walk to work in the Northeast, the highest rate in the US. 
  • 1.8%: Walking commuters in the South, the lowest rate in the US. 
  • 4.3%:  Workers living in core cities who walk to work
  • 2.4%: Workers in the suburbs who walk to work
  • 11-12 minutes: median walk to work commute time
  • 90.1%: Number of pedestrian collisions occurred on non-state highways and public roads.
  • 41%: Pedestrian accidents in CA where the driver failed to appropriately yield
  • 25%: Pedestrian accidents in CA where pedestrians failure to appropriately yield.
  • 4,735: National number of pedestrians killed in a traffic collision in 2013.
  • 16: Ranking of CA in the number of pedestrian fatalities per walk commuter. (2013)
  • 136,618: Number of pedestrian-involved collusions in CA between 2005-2014.
  • 4,637: Number of pedestrians killed in CA from 2007-2013.
  • 98.6%: Number of pedestrian accidents in urban areas
  • 50: The average age of a pedestrian killed in a traffic crash
  • 43%: Reduced sick days used by regular walk commuters (20 min, 5 days/wk)
  • 31%: the lowered risk of death achieved by walking 2.5 hours a week
  • 15,000: The daily number of steps everyone should be taking to get the maximum health benefit. 


When Zero is Positive

It's hard to be a pedestrian or cyclist these days. Hit and run deaths are on the rise--one occurs almost every minute. Nearly 2/3 of all deaths in these accidents are pedestrian or cyclists--a 46% increase since 2009.  The typical scenario is a urban/suburban road, away from intersection, on a busy arterial, when its dark.  Distracted driving plays a role. But another may be that infrastructure investment do not always track (trek?) with the emphasis of walking and biking for better health. Enter change. First, California adopted a state Bicycling & Pedestrian Plan that seeks to triple bike/walk trips and addresses safety. Plus nine California cities have joined the Vision Net Zero Network with the goal of eliminating all deaths and serious injuries. For more, see LA and SF vision zero sites. 


Everyone in Plugging In

The infrastructure and capacity for electric vehicles 


While tthe US media seems fixated on the increase in SUV sales and Tesla trials and tribulations, it seems to be missing the large global charge up to electric vehicles. From HOPR's portable ebike battery pack

that can run an ebike or charge your mobile devices,to the installation of charging stations in Walmart

and Target

parking lots, there seems to be a lot of ENERGY around electrifying transportation. China, Paris, Germany OH MY! Read all about it here.

 In the words of Danny Zucco, "It's electrifying!"





Curb Appeal

Online shopping delivery vehicles, pop up parks, street dining, bike-share docking, kiosks and electric vehicle ports are all competing with more traditional parking and of course pedestrians. It is becoming clear that how a city allocates parking spaces and curbs can have a huge impact on form, livability and sustainability.

Transportation for America’s Smart Cities Collaborative is studying the issue in 22 cities (six in California) this year.



Mineta Institute SB 1 Commonwealth Club.  Blah. blah.

Demographics of Children Living in Poverty.  The California Budget Project finds the poverty rate for Latino children (31%) and black children (28%) is more than twice that for white children (12%). If the poverty rate for all children were the same as white children, almost 1 million fewer California children would be in poverty.

The Art of the Commute. A DC photographer captures the humanity of commuting in photos.

Tesla Tech Enabling Net Zero Housing. A new Clovis neighborhood is aiming to be zero net energy. Designed with the help of an energy-industry think tank, the homes won’t just meet the state’s 2020 building requirements — they’ll exceed them and provide real world testing for energy efficiency. They not the only builders looking to figure out how to play for a low carbon future.

Bike Up California! The Best Towns for Bicycling? California has 6 cities in the top 50; the same as Colorado which has the number one town for biking: Fort Collins. Santa Monica was the highest ranked California City in 7th place. All the cities ahead of Santa Monica have extreme weather. Just saying.

A Clearer View? SCAQMD besides having one of the longest acronyms, passed rules this moth to reduce freight industry pollution. The region needs to cut emission by more than half to reach 2023 and 2031 federal health standard deadlines. The argument broke down to jobs versus health or maybe the short view versus the long view?

Its All Timing. The number one stated barrier to active transportation (AT) is a perception that it takes to long: Basically driving is faster. This small study shows that people often overestimate the time required to commute actively. But maybe its not that simple. See our Mean Streets story.

Equity Schooling. The Shared Mobility Center breaks it down in 24 slides a lot of images: Shared mobility is an equity strategy

 Who's Winning the Self Driving Car Race? The $5 billion dollar business is expected to grow to $285 billion by 2030. Which companies are in the lead? Here's Bloomberg's report card.

People don’t hate transit; Just buses. Light rail and commuter rail ridership is at an all time high in the US. But transit ridership is down in So Cal.


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