We hope you’re staying safe and healthy as we all shelter in place. Thank you to everyone who joined us at Manny’s this month for our event with Jeff Wood and Greg Shill, How the Car Lobby Rewrote Our Laws And How We Can Reclaim Cities for People. We have an update for everyone on important actions you can take to help save transit, our online book club on Sunday afternoon, and an Intro to YIMBY webinar on Monday - scroll down for more info.
And don't worry if you missed our March event. You can check out the highlights in our live tweets, and listen to Jeff Wood’s other great podcasts. He’ll be posting our event podcast around April 9, so stay tuned.
Today’s Action: Support Bay Area Transit During Covid-19
Today and over the weekend Congress will be deliberating about emergency funds for the COVID-19 crisis. The government is considering emergency funds for the oil industry and airlines. We need a functioning transit system for essential trips now and to restart our economy in a way that tackles the climate crisis. Please tell our representatives in DC that we need emergency funding for public transit, especially "transit operations" - the funding to keep service running.
And if you haven't yet taken action at the state level you still can. Governor Newsom has $500M of discretionary funding to use for the COVID-19 emergency - tell your legislators and the Secretary of Transportation that we need to save public transit for essential work during the emergency and our low-carbon future.
Administrators like Secretary Kim don't tend to hear much from the public, so your comments will be powerful. Please be polite.
Please speak up to support public transit, its riders, and operators with emergency funding as quickly as possible.
YIMBY Action Book Club, 4 PM on March 22: Golden Gates, with author Conor Dougherty
This Sunday, join our friends at YIMBY Action for a Zoom-based book club meeting! Golden Gates details the rich history of the intersection of housing and environmentalism in California and unearths gems like The Environmental Protection Hustle, a 1979 book that identified some environmentalism as thinly veiled NIMBYism that encouraged sprawl. Please join us via Zoom for some thoughtful discussion with the author, Conor Dougherty, and check out the Facebook event page for more info.
Intro to YIMBY Webinar, 7 PM on March 23
On Monday YIMBY Action is also hosting an "Intro to YIMBY" webinar which is a great opportunity to ask questions and learn more about some of our housing-related advocacy. Please join us via Zoom and find out more on the Facebook event page.