Construction begins for new BART parking garage in East Bay

By Angela Ruggiero : eastbaytimes – excerpt

DUBLIN — Construction has officially begun on a new parking garage by the Dublin-Pleasanton BART station.

Despite the garage being built to assist commuters, BART is not involved in the project, which is instead being  being constructed thanks to an assemblywoman’s push.

Assemblywoman Catharine Baker, R-San Ramon, and Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty were among several officials on Tuesday afternoon who picked up their shovels to ceremoniously begin the construction of the 700-space parking garage.

Of the expected $30 million construction cost, $20 million is being covered by a state grant announced earlier this year by Baker and Haggerty… (more)

Wow, government officials who listen to the public and deliver what they want! Alameda County voters are lucky to have County Supervisor Scott Haggerty and Assemblywoman Catharine Baker working for them.

Alameda County to vote on sales tax hike to fund transit projects

By Denis Cuff : bayareanewsgroup.com – excerpt

Alameda County voters will decide Nov. 6 whether to double their sales tax for transportation in a campaign being widely watched to gauge the public’s appetite for paying more taxes for roads, freeways and public transit.
Passage of Measure B1 by a two-thirds majority would make Alameda the first county in Northern California to boost its transportation sales tax to 1 cent. The current rate is a half-cent.
The tax would become permanent, too, unlike two previous half-cent taxes on Alameda County measures that had sunset dates… (more)