Sacramento eyes new transportation tax, but are residents willing to pay?

By Tony Bizjak

September 7, 2017

The Sacramento Bee

Proponents say they misfired with the local transportation tax measure last year because they didn’t take enough time to reach the public early on and to get vocal grass-roots support.

“The criticism from groups was that the process was too truncated and not inclusive enough,” said Sacramento City Councilman Jay Schenirer.

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Note: the Environmental Council of Sacramento believes that the last transportation tax proposal, Measure B, allocated far too much for new road construction and far too little for transit. Click here to read the letter ECOS submitted about this last measure.

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Join Us for our Sept. 18 Board Meeting

Join the Environmental Council of Sacramento – ECOS for our September ECOS Board Meeting! Everyone who is interested is welcome. Bring a friend!
 
Monday, September 18, 2017, at Location: SEIU Local 1000, 1325 S St, Sacramento, CA 95811
 
5:30 pm Reception – Please come and meet and socialize with ECOS Board Members and guests. Light appetizers and refreshments served. Feel free to bring something to share.
 
6:00 pm Meeting Begins
Keynote Speaker: Jonathan K. London
Associate Professor: Human Ecology/ Community and Regional Development
Chair: Community Development Graduate Group
Faculty Director: UC Davis Center for Regional Change
 
Professor London will speak about the Center for Regional Change’s work on Environmental Justice. The Center for Regional Change has grown into a well-known policy-oriented research organization that aims to create linkages between the university and the region of which it is a part.
 
For more about Professor London and the Center:
Twitter: @jklondon_ucd
 
As usual, ECOS Committees will report on their current business. Announcements from members and attendees are welcome at the end, as time allows.
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Would a new carpool lane bring more cars to Highway 50 downtown? New lawsuit says yes.

By Tony Bizjak

July 17, 2017

The Sacramento Bee

An environmental group has sued Caltrans over the state’s plans to build carpool lanes on Highway 50 in downtown Sacramento, saying the state has failed to analyze the health impacts on local residents from potential increased vehicle emissions.

The lawsuit, filed by the Environmental Council of Sacramento earlier this month in Sacramento Superior Court, is focused on the state’s plan to extend its existing Highway 50 carpool system west from Watt Avenue to Interstate 5. The freeway already has a set of carpool lanes running east from Watt Avenue into El Dorado County.

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