There is a certain happiness sighted when your bus comes along. It is of course a small specialized form of happiness and will never be a great thing.

-Richard Brautigan, The Old Bus

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Smart growth; dumb state budget

Beyond Chron, San Francisco's Alternative Online Daily, has an excellent discussion of why Sacramento Sen. Darrell Steinberg's smart-growth legislation, SB 375, is an empty promise without a state commitment to financing public transit.

It's not easy to ensure funding for public transit, particularly when so many other vital services find themselves on the chopping block. But progressives should not give up the fight to obtain enough new revenue to adequately invest in our state's public transit infrastructure and operations, this year and every year. Not to take away a single thing from Steinberg and the passage of SB 375, which should be celebrated by anyone who cares about climate change and livable communities - but the struggle to create a truly sustainable California has just begun.

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