An agency incapable of change: the story of power, money, and deception in America’s Finest City
By Duncan McFetridge
California has aggressively pursued policies to address climate change. Beginning with Assembly Bill 32, enacted in 2006, the state set in motion a set of regulations designed to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The most notable action is the cap-and-trade policy. Because automobiles create about 40 percent of greenhouse gas emissions, the legislature enacted Senate Bill 375 in 2008. This measure attacks greenhouse gas emissions by requiring regional planning agencies — such as the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) — to prepare long range regional transportation plans to reduce them.
The fundamental goal is to reduce motor vehicle miles traveled (VMT), making it essentially a transit first strategy. [Read more…]