New California law gives green light to projects that lower carbon emissions

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California—the state that invented freeways and suburban sprawl—has become a trendsetter again, with a new law that rewards community plans that reduce car use and greenhouse gas emissions in our new age of global climate change, writes Charles Lockwood in the Jetson Green blog. In October 2008, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger signed into law SB375, which was supported by environmentalists, … Read More

Clear language in ballot initiatives is crucial for voters – get it right!

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By Owen Eagan, Senior Vice President, The Saint Consulting Group What is the most important piece of information for voters on ballot initiatives?  Is it knowing who the sponsors are?  Is it knowing who the endorsers are?  Is it knowing if there are any tax or cost implications?  Is it knowing whether the issue is related to partisan politics?  Is … Read More

Vancouver High-Rise Debate Pits City Planners Against Homeowners

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By Mike Saint, The Saint Consulting Group For a while, Vancouver, British Columbia, has been cited as a model for good planning and cutting edge approaches. In fact, the Urban Land Institute’s spring conference will be held there next year. So it is interesting to see the city struggling with a planning issue. Like many cities led by progressive planners, … Read More

I disagree, a mileage tax is good for the future

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By Christopher Hopkins, The Saint Consulting Group Some commentators are suggesting that the Obama Administration’s plan to scrap the federal gas tax in favor of a pay per mile fee would boost the tab to Americans as high as 250 percent, raising their current tax of 18.4 cents per gallon to as high as 46 cents. I disagree, and I … Read More

Sign Up for Saint Consulting Learning Lunches in October – Free, Informative, Useful

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Today is a great time to sign up for one or more of our free one-hour lunches scheduled in October, beginning with the Energy Learning Lunch we will hold on Thursday, October 4, at 12 noon CDT with the topic, Managing Communications with Your Leaseholds. It’s easy to register.

Richmond on the Rebound: A Challenged City Catches a Break

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This winter, Richmond snagged a coup, with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory selecting the historic—but long struggling— Northern California city as the preferred site of a vast new campus devoted to bioscience, bringing a promise of business start-ups and spin-offs to the community’s economy and morale.

Sierra-Tea Party Alliance Shoots Down Traffic Tax in Atlanta

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An unusual alliance of Tea Party activists, the Sierra Club and NAACP officials in Georgia led the defeat of a $7.2 billion referendum that would have raised taxes to pay for traffic-improvement projects in the Atlanta metro area for the next 10 years. The vote confirms Saint Index findings that Tea Party members strongly oppose increased taxpayer funding for highway, bridge and road projects.

Mining’s Final Frontier? New Joint Venture Seeks Minerals in Outer Space

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Recently a partnership has been formed between “Planetary Resources” and “Virgin Galactic”, with the goal of mining in space. They site the “limitless” number of asteroids in space and the nearly 1,500 that circle the Earth in as close proximity as the moon as being an untapped resource for every mineral from “water to platinum”.

Bipartisan Congressional Effort Passes Surface Transport Bill

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In one of the few bipartisan efforts in recent memory, Congress has approved a $120 billion, three-year Surface Transportation Bill. By a vote of 74-19 in the Senate and 373-52 in the House, Congress sent this bill to the President’s desk for his signature.