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Traffic deaths in America now surpassed by drug deaths

By dcuff
Tuesday, September 20th, 2011 at 9:49 am in driving

More people in America are now killed by drugs than motor vehicle accidents, the Los Angeles Times reported Sunday. Traffic fatalities have declined sharply over three decades through the use of seat belts, airbags, and other safety improvements, while drug-induced deaths - including those from prescription drugs - have risen sharply in recent years, the newspaper reported. Read the rest of this entry »

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Turning parking spaces into parks for a day

By dcuff
Thursday, September 15th, 2011 at 6:49 pm in parking

Groups that want more nature in our asphalt covered cities will convert metered parking spots to pop up parks for one day - Friday – in the Bay Area. Walnut Creek will be included in the national Park(ing) Day event for the first time with three spaces on Locust Street getting a makeover for four hours. 

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No arrests, no station closures in latest BART protest Monday

By dcuff
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011 at 7:56 am in BART

In another protest against BART police Monday,  a small group of demonstrators marched in downtown San Francisco, but there were no arrests and station closures, unlike a week ago. About 25 protesters attended this rally, which was the seventh since a BART police officer shot to death a knife-wielding homeless man on July 3. Read the rest of this entry »

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Police presence on BART to ratchet up on this 9/11 weekend

By dcuff
Saturday, September 10th, 2011 at 11:15 am in BART

BART riders are likely to see more police officers on trains and in stations this weekend as transit agencies across the naton step up vigilance on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. Read the rest of this entry »

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BART board committee on Friday to discuss redistricting – the political jigsaw puzzle

By dcuff
Thursday, September 8th, 2011 at 10:53 am in BART, redistricting

A BART board committee meets 9 a.m. Friday to discuss the politically sensitive task of redistricting – the drawing of the district’s nine political boundaries for board elections. The public meeting is at the BART board meeting room on the third floor of the Kaiser Center 20th Street Mall, 344 20th St., Oakland. Read the rest of this entry »

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BART overtime tab for five protests: $300,000

By dcuff
Thursday, September 8th, 2011 at 9:54 am in BART

As BART prepares Thursday for a sixth protest against its police force in two months, the transit agency reports that has it spent about $300,000 in overtime for police and other staff to deal with the first five protests in downtown San Francisco. Read the rest of this entry »

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AC Transit extends hours for youth to sign up for Clipper cards

By dcuff
Tuesday, August 30th, 2011 at 7:41 pm in AC Transit

AC Transit will extend its Oakland headquarters operating hours from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday to make it easier for youth to sign up for Clipper universal fare payment cards.

 The transit building is located at 1600 Franklin St. in downtown Oakland.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Another Monday protest against BART, but this time a counterprotest planned by riders

By dcuff
Monday, August 29th, 2011 at 10:00 am in BART, Uncategorized

As BART critics plan a 5 p.m. Monday (today) protest at the Civic Center station for a third consecutive Monday, a group of riders plan a protest against the protesters. The new group called Commuters Take Back BART is frustrated by station closures triggered by protests against BART police, according to the group’s notice posted on Facebook. Read the rest of this entry »

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Can BART and Anonymous find ways to communicate that avoid station shutdowns?

By dcuff
Monday, August 22nd, 2011 at 11:21 am in BART, trains

BART riders are wondering if the third protest in six weeks at the Civic Center station today will end up with station closures and service disruptions again. Will a relatively small number of protesters –  perhaps 150 during the last demonstration - create a strong enough showing that BART officials will close stations out of fear of unsafe conditions with crowded train platforms during the rush hour?  Read the rest of this entry »

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Metropolitan Transportation Commission votes to leave Oakland for San Francisco

By dcuff
Thursday, July 28th, 2011 at 9:44 am in Metropolitan Transportation Commission, Planning

The agency that oversees transportation funding and planning in the Bay Area has decided to leave Oakland for a new regional government headquarters in San Francisco. Oakland political leaders aren’t happy with the 12-2 vote by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. Read the rest of this entry »

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