While many of the old train cars will be dismantled and recycled, the public will have the chance in January to propose turning some of the cars into options like museum exhibits, restaurants, training tools for law enforcement and public safety officials and a potential BART merchandise store. … [Read more...] about BART Accepting Proposals From Public for Reusing Old Train Cars
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“People can drive up to the site, roll down the window to get a lab kit from clinic staff, roll up their window to swab their own mouth for a sample, and then drop the completed kit with another staff member further away,” the city said in a news release. … [Read more...] about Drive-Through COVID-19 Testing Site Opening at North Berkeley BART
"The wind at those higher levels have been just the right strength and in the perfect direction to push the smoke over the Bay Area," he explained. "The winds are even weakening a little over the Bay Area and we're just seeing the smoke set up shop here. It’s not moving out of the Bay Area as fast as it’s coming in. Those concentrations in those mid- to upper-levels are becoming more dense with smoke concentrations. What that gives us is a day like we’re seeing today." … [Read more...] about When will the smoke pass and Bay Area’s orange skies fade?
Take housing: In California, more than 60 percent of new residential development in the state since 1990 has been in wildfire-prone areas — housing for those who can’t afford to live in the dense regions like greater Los Angeles and the Bay Area — and more than 1 million buildings in the state are already vulnerable, given wildfire conditions in the state today. Across the American West, one study found that 32 million homes were built in the wildland-urban interface between 1990 and 2015. These building patterns, long expected to continue and even accelerate, must stop — and though it remains scary to say it — perhaps even reverse, if the next generations of Americans are to feel truly safe in their homes and not terrorized by the threat of fire. In parts of the West, there has been some limited movement, including stricter safety regulations on new homes in dangerous areas, for instance, and a general new urbanist embrace of housing density. But in … [Read more...] about California Can’t Afford to Wait for Climate Action