Transform CA Opens Sacramento Office

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Transform California, formerly the Bay Area Transportation and Land Use Coalition, is opening a California office to better lobby state officials and hold them accountable for their transportation misdeeds.  While a Bay Area based group isn’t going to be helpful in getting everything we need in Southern California, there is something to be said for having someone with a permanent base in the Capital looking out for transit and transportation issues.

To read the announcement of the opening of their new office, read on after the jump.

For too long, a fox has been watching the chicken
coop.  And the fox’s name is Governor Schwarzenegger.

Governor Schwarzenegger is doing everything
in his power to kill state funding for public transportation.
 
He’s already taken almost $2 billion of state transit funds this year and put
them into the General Fund.  And now he’s proposed permanently eliminating
the only source of state funding for public transportation operations, the
State Transit Assistance program!  All this while he claims to be a leader
on climate change.

Enough.  We need to band together, stop this proposal, and build a
movement to win long-term solutions to these kinds of problems.  In 2009, TransForm will open an office in Sacramento to help fill
the void in leadership on transportation issues at the state level.

But we can’t do it alone.  We
need you as an activist and supporter. 

And we need you now.

First, take action through our website and
tell key legislators to block the Governor’s proposal.

Second, help ensure we have the resources needed to launch our efforts in Sacramento.  Please
click here to donate today.

Our quality of life and environment are at serious risk.  Only by working
together at every level of government can we make it affordable, safe, and easy
for people to get to jobs, services, and nature on foot, bicycle and public
transportation. 

Thank you in advance for your support of our crucial work,

Stuart
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Stuart Cohen, Executive Director

Photo: Travis S./Flickr

  • I see this as a reaction to the recent demise of Odyssey, a non-profit that worked to involve transit users in advocacy especially at the state level which was funded by the transit industry via its trade group the California Transit Association. Understandably monies for an advocacy group became a victim of the current budget tightening transit providers statewide are having to cope with. Plus Odyssey had been directionless since its founder Kristina Egan left some years ago. Such Odyssey associated advocacy entities as the California Alliance for Transportation Choices and the Riders Federation seem to also be inactive. And the Surface Transportation Policy Project closed its California Offices some time ago, leaving another gap that I guess this is intended to fill.

    It would be helpful to have some more details about their plans. Do they intend to have a standalone office or share space with some existing organizations? What level of staffing do they plan on having? Is this strictly intended to facilitate direct lobbying or also outreach to stakeholders around the state and coordinate joint advocacy of the Governor, agencies and legislature? Are they going to be Bay Area focused or also working on statewide issues and priorities?

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