July 26th, 2012

Mapping pedestrian deaths in San Francisco

Two years ago, then-San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom issued an executive order to reduce pedestrian deaths. But pedestrian advocates say the renewed attention has not resulted in enough action.

There have been 10 pedestrian fatalities in San Francisco so far this year, putting the city on pace to surpass the total for each of the last two years. Our new map (screenshot above) shows the locations of each death. 

Read the full story and see an interactive version of the map here

July 18th, 2012

Muni paid bonuses tied to inflated on-time rate

After we reported that Muni’s on-time performance rates had been inflated by as much as 18%, readers wanted to know: Did executives receive compensation tied to the boosted numbers? 

Reporter Zusha Ellison found that Muni paid thousands of dollars in bonuses to two top executives for meeting or exceeding on-time performance goals. Both men have denied knowing about the accounting maneuvers that led to the agency’s on-time rate inflation. Read the full story here.

January 25th, 2012

From our media partners at KQED:

Is it the end of the line for California’s controversial High-Speed Rail project? Four years after voters approved a $10 billion bond measure to build a bullet train from San Francisco to Los Angeles, the project has been mired in controversy. This documentary report, produced in association with “Train Wars,” profiles the Central Valley town of Hanford, caught in the cross fires in the debate over high speed rail.

January 19th, 2012

Check out our full coverage of California’s proposed high-speed rail system and especially our collaborative reporting on what the state can learn from Spain’s public transportation.


Gov. Jerry Brown’s State of State speech puts focus on big projects: In an upbeat State of the State address, Gov. Jerry Brown pushes bullet-train funding despite budget cuts.

Photo: Gov. Jerry Brown during his State of the State speech. Credit: Michael Robinson Chavez / Los Angeles Times

Reblogged from Los Angeles Times
June 21st, 2011

Will Californians ride the bullet train?

Financial worries are driving the debate over California’s bullet train project: Will the state find the tens of billions of dollars needed to build an 800-mile high-speed rail system?

The state High-Speed Rail Authority puts the price tag at $45 billion. Last month, the nonpartisan state Legislative Analyst’s Office said it may top $67 billion, and only about $13 billion seems guaranteed. Meanwhile, California must break ground next year if it wants to spend federal stimulus money on the project.

The financial discussion bleeds over to a related concern: If we build the bullet train, will anybody ride it?

So tell us … . would you ride the high-speed train?

May 25th, 2011
Reblogged from Los Angeles Times
May 24th, 2011

According to a new report, California ranks 16th in the nation in overall Pedestrian Danger. According to Transportation for America: “Between 2000 and 2009 there were 6,957 pedestrian deaths in California, which cost the state $29.92 billion. Reducing pedestrian fatalities just 10% would have saved California $2991.51 million over 10 years.”

See the pedestrian fatalities in your area here.

May 11th, 2011

An environmental watchdog group is pursuing legal action against major oil companies that sell aviation fuel it says is responsible for lead pollution in the air and drinking water sources around California airports.

The Center for Environmental Health sent notices of violation Monday to AvFuel, BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil and Shell, as well as 38 airport-based suppliers of leaded aviation gasoline. The notices charge the companies with violating Proposition 65, California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act.

May 9th, 2011
Reblogged from Los Angeles Times
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