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Newsom travels while supervisors work

January 27, 2009
Newsom and his wife with Francois Lacote, "the Father of the TGV." Photo courtesy of the Mayor's Office of Communications. By Steven T. Jones While the...

Transportation bonanza

Inauguration Issue: The first year of Obama's term could see the biggest federal investment in transportation projects since the creation of the interstate highway system

Editor’s Notes

In the hope of a 2009 we can all be proud of, here are some things I would like to see other people do

Breaking ground

The Transbay Terminal project moves forward — without funding for its rail component

Making the Transbay Terminal work

Building an adequate terminal for high-speed rail at its present location would cost at least $750 million, money that would be better spent funding the downtown extensio

Editor’s Notes

Shifting wealth from the top to the bottom, creating public sector jobs in the process, is an fine recipe for economic stimulus

High-speed derailment?

November 18, 2008
By Steven T. Jones After navigating a political gauntlet on the way to the momentous Nov. 4 voter approval of the California high-speed train project...

The future is on track

Voters narrowly approve high-speed rail bond measure after a perilous run-up to the election

Election day luncheon in SF

November 4, 2008
Former Mayor Willie Brown, with luncheon co-hosts Angelo Quaranta (left) and Alex Clemens (right) behund. By Steven T. Jones I ran into Willie Brown as we...

A classic Kopp smackdown

October 30, 2008
Watching former Sup. and State Sen. Quentin Kopp take on a bumbling politician or incompetant bureacrat used to be one of the great works...

Anniversary Issue: Beyond the automobile

The road to sustainability has lanes for more than just cars

Endorsements 2008: State ballot measures

Yes, yes, yes on 1a. No, no, no on 4 and 8 ...

Endorsements 2008: National and state races

Obama for President, Sheehan for Congress, and more

Lawsuit challenges high-speed rail project

Four environmental groups and two cities today filed a lawsuit in Sacramento Superior Court challenging the California High Speed Rail Authority's recent decision to...

High speed rail moves forward

The California High Speed Rail Authority, during a meeting this morning in San Francisco, voted unanimously to set the Bay Area route through the...

Editor’s Notes

What would have happened if courageous politicians in California had put a $2-a-gallon tax on gas five years ago?

Driving to death

With all the understandable concern about global warming lately, we tend to forget that our over-reliance on automobiles also has a more immediate impact:...

Growing up

Increased density comes with transit and quality of life costs


Kaplan for Oakland City Council. Sandoval for judge. No, no, no on 98 ... Our complete endorsements for the June 3 election -- including our Migden vs. Leno pick

Transit or traffic

There's a real chance to fix Muni -- but a simplistic downtown campaign for more parking and less government is trying to derail it

High-speed rail’s split decision

August 22, 2007
The California High Speed Rail Authority will hold a hearing in San Francisco City Hall tomorrow (Thursday/23) at 4 p.m. to take public input...

Slowly derailing high speed rail

By Steven T. Jones Our political leaders in Sacramento apparently still can't muster the courage to create a high-speed rail system for California, which is...

Half-speed progress on high-speed rail

By Steven T. Jones The Legislature is poised to rebuke Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's obstructionism on creating a much-needed high-speed rail system for California. As Guardian...