Thursday, May 23, 2019

Housing Transportation and Budget Gov. Newsom

Highlights from Governor Newsom's budget presentation made today:
  • $2 Billion for homeless and housing initiatives
  • Creation of housing targets for all California regions 
  • Withdraw transportation revenue from regions not building enough
  • Proponents say tie transportation funds to housing goals
  • Coupling transportation and housing gives local governments incentive
  • Middle class squeezed by housing costs
  • Unaffordable housing demands increasing density multi-use buildings
  • Democratic super majority will determine budget spending

For more summary or full interview see KPCC AirTalk interview here.  

-LS

Monday, May 6, 2019

May is Bike Month in Laguna

OCTA Bike to Work Month

It's the start of visitor season in Laguna Beach. With parking lots 10 and 11 under construction* now would be a good time to consider biking instead of driving. Pledge bike-to-work one day in May and you can win a bike from OCTA. To celebrate Bike Month OCTA is hosting a Bike Rally in Orange. Friday May 17 is National Bike to Work Day, here are tips to plan your bike commute.


Here is the Bike Rally RSVP.

Here is some Bike Safety Awareness.

Here is more information about the OCTA bike-on-bus, track your bike-miles with STRAVA.

*P-Lot 11 opens May 6, ready for oil stains.

-LS

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Laguna Canyon Road SR-133 Realignment for Approval Tonight

The Laguna Canyon Road segment favored for Canyon Acres to El Toro Road.

Click for city Agenda, Item #12

Features of this design
  • Four new traffic lights
  • Underground utility power
  • On-road Class II Class IV bike lanes
  • Reversible HOV Lane for cars
  • Lane width reduction
  • Total Cost Estimated: $122 Million

Missing from disclosure
  • Compliance with Caltrans roadway safety Directive-64
  • Measure for traffic speed reduction
  • Driving criteria for traffic model success (roadway user counts)
  • Specification for Complete Streets Policy 
  • Transit and rail
-LS

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Urban Renewal Paris and Laguna

Major urban developments are anticipated for Laguna Beach, the planners could really mess this up or they could develop liveable streets.

Frontage road along Seine river, Paris France

Cleo Street development: hidden from view 3-level parking for 223 cars, and red Martians.

Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Parking Minimum Requirements Removed

These US cities have modified their minimum parking requirements, Mo-Town should do the same.

Credit: Strong Towns
Legend:
  • Green pins = parking minimums ended
  • Blue pins = parking minimums lowered or removed
  • Orange pins = currently discussing their parking minimum laws
Some cities pay people (35 cents/mile) to lure them out of their cars, no parking required.

-LS

Friday, February 15, 2019

A Laguna Creek Opportunity

In October 2011 the resort city of Cinque Terre Italy flooded, the city rebuilt placing flood control measures underground with pedestrian access on top.




December 23 2010 Laguna Beach flooded, Laguna Creek was cleared.



February 14 2019 the Laguna Creek culvert collapsed into itself. What will replace it?




Photo of 1.5-mile ADA approved ped and bike path atop flood control, San Antonio TX. 
Credit: HDR Design Group
-LS

Saturday, December 15, 2018

Electrifying Transportation Sector is Key IPCC

As the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) meets in Poland it is instructive to review the carbon emissions targets proposed in the Paris agreement of 2015. A global temperature rise of 1.5 degrees Celsius represents the threshold to avoid extreme heat and weather events, sustained damage to planet ecosystems, and to avert a run-away condition caused by methane released when polar permafrost melts.  

The report found that holding warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius could save an Alaska-size area of the Arctic from permafrost thaw, muting a feedback loop that could lead to still more global emissions.

We have a decade to meet the 1.5 degree target:
  1. Increase renewable energy production from presently 24% to 60%
  2. Retrofit operating coal plants with Carbon Capture Systems CCS
  3. By 2050 most coal plants must shut down 
  4. Transportation sector must strongly electrify 
  5. 4% of transportation is electric, a 1% increase by 2022 is projected.
  6. To meet 1.5 C Emissions rather than fuel must be the coal industry focus.
To meet the 1.5C scenario, the transportation sector must electrify and carbon capture CCS is essential -  Washington Post.  Some institutions have taken note of the goal, universities religious institutions and some cities have divested their pension funds from big oil - The Guardian.

2/10/19 UPDATE:  It’s official: Last year was the fourth-hottest year on record, after only the previous three, according to separate figures released Wednesday morning by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and NASA. Read billion-dollar weather and climate related disasters there. 

-LS



Friday, October 12, 2018

Laguna's Mobility Solution in Five Slides

Credit: giphy.com
Those 177 cars must be parked somewhere, maybe in your neighborhood.
Vote for Complete Streets Policy election day November 6.
-LS

Thursday, October 11, 2018

Why Parking Rules Must Change

The High Cost of Free Parking (What Steve Jobs didn't say)



Parking price not time encourages parking turnover and transit use



We drive like monkeys so tech can help? Right.



A Forest Pedzone could make trips quicker