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October 22, 2020

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Joe

Measure RR has passed. Here's part of the Chron article:

Caltrain, hemorrhaging money during the pandemic, won its bid for a temporary lifeline and long-term financial future with the support of voters in three counties for a sales tax raise.

Voters in San Francisco, San Mateo and Santa Clara counties approved Measure RR with 70% voting for and 30% against. The measure required approval from two-thirds of voters.
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And this is interesting:

The Committee to Save Caltrain raised $2.3 million as of two weeks before the election from a mix of unions, advocacy groups, companies and individuals, with $100,000 from Google and $300,000 from Facebook. Pine gave a personal loan of $500,000 on Oct. 19 to fund TV ads while pledged donations came in, he said. The campaign’s budget is $2.5 million.

https://www.sfchronicle.com/local-politics/article/Caltrain-winning-bid-for-crucial-tax-increase-15699778.php

Handle Bard

This is pretty funny. The climate warriors and the transit warriors are at war with each other. I had not heard the 60% telecommuting demand but the transit guys see an oncoming headlight. Todays Daily Journal has A proposed regional mandate for large companies and businesses toward having 60% of employees work from home is being revised after pushback from state representatives, local officials and regional transportation agencies over the last few weeks.

Since a meeting in September when staff from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, or MTC, unveiled the mandate as part of the Plan Bay Area 2050 first Blueprint draft, they have had discussions with businesses, Caltrain and elected officials. MTC staff are working on solutions to provide further flexibility for employees while still meeting state greenhouse gas emission targets. MTC is now considering an alternative option to provide more of a cafeteria-style approach for each employer to choose a suite of commute trip reduction options, rather than relying solely on telecommuting.

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