The Blueprint

Debbie Hale

TAMC Exec Does the Right Thing for SB 1

Bill Higgins - Apr 12, 2017

Writing to the local paper, TAMC Exec Debbie Hale does the right thing by publicly thanking her state Legislators for their histroric vote on SB 1.  

Gird Your Regional Loins: Chartering a New Path

William Dodge - Mar 29, 2017

Former NARC executive director discusses the potential of "regional charters" as a means of improving the governance to address the critical problems many communities face.  

Fix Roads For All Modes

Support for AB 1 & SB 1

Bill Higgins - Jan 31, 2017

CALCOG and SHCC joined to support long-term transportation reform and funding packages that contain new revenues to make road safety improvements, fill potholes, and repair streets, highways, and bridges. 

Oleander on Highway 99

Lost Oleander: Hwy. 99 Success Metric?

Bill Higgins - Jan 06, 2017

Where is all the Oleander?  Part of the answer is Proposition 1B that set aside $1 billion for Highway 99.  Overall, the program "over delivered" by completing 17 projects instead of 13.  That is more projects in less time and under budget.  That is a good story.

Vote Limit 55?

55% Threshold for Transportation Measures

Bill Higgins - Jan 06, 2017

In 2016, fourteen local transportation "special" sales tax measures went on county ballots that required a two-thirds majority to pass.  Thirteen of them received a super-majority approval rate of 55%.  But only six passed.  

Regions in California: 9 Takeaways

Regional Governance: 9 Takeaways

Bill Higgins - Jan 05, 2017

Many people associate regional governments with transportation planning and SB 375.  But they are so much more.  Skipping the history of regional governments, we cut to the chase with nine takeaways.