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Climate change fight has new obstacle

Ethan Elkind writes for Daily Journal (registration required), Nov. 15, 2016

The presidential election results will make the global fight against climate change more difficult. President-elect Trump has pledged to withdraw the United States from the landmark international Paris accord that commits the world to limiting global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius by the end of this century. … He may appoint judges sympathetic to arguments that could preempt or invalidate some of California’s environmental laws.

How the GOP plans to take back California

Ethan Elkind hosts KALW-FM, Nov. 14, 2016

“According to the Public Policy Institute of California, the percentage of registered voters who identify themselves as Republicans continues to drop. And a recent poll found that less than one in four Californians now view the Republican Party positively. … So tonight we ask, how did this big shift happen to turn Californians away from the Republican Party?”

Will Trump end California’s climate rules?

Ethan Elkind quoted by The Mercury News, Nov. 13, 2016

“California is the fifth largest economy in the world,” Elkind said. “That’s quite a powerful entity to be committed to these climate goals. I don’t think all is lost, but this election is a big setback for climate policy.”

Unfunded or undone, a Trump presidency eyes California policies

Ethan Elkind quoted by CALmatters Nov. 10, 2016

It would be a “nightmare scenario” if the Trump administration imposed national rules to override state climate policies, said Ethan Elkind. … “Congress could preempt most of California’s climate agenda if they had the political support to do that,” he said. “Once the federal government takes an action on an issue, they could preempt the field.”

Downtown Pasadena “never been better,” says neighborhood association president ahead of annual meeting

Ethan Elkind quoted by Pasadena Now, Nov. 2, 2016

“Generally speaking, these rail investments boost property values significantly near the stations. … The city controls the rules about what can get built, so a proactive city government will allow more development to take place along the line and therefore boost ridership and economic gains.”

Provincial feuding over Measure M will make traffic and mobility worse for everyone

Ethan Elkind writes for Los Angeles Times, Oct. 25, 2016

L.A.’s success as a metropolis lives and dies by its ability to function as a whole, rather than a collection of isolated, feuding cities.

City Visions: A conversation about high-speed rail in California

Ethan Elkind hosts for KALW-FM, Oct. 23, 2016

“Will high-speed rail transform California, improving our environment by taking cars off the road, stimulating our economy by enhancing travel between our cities? Or will we find ourselves burdened by debt, for a system that is underutilized and quickly becoming out of date?”

Voters defeated Metro’s ambitious plan to raise money in 2012, and they might do it again

Ethan Elkind quoted by Los Angeles Times, Oct. 3, 2016

“In many ways, these measures are a referendum on the job that Metro is doing,” Elkind said. That could cut either way, he said: commuters pleased with new rail options, or riders frustrated by service problems.

Richmond residents file lawsuit against Terminal One development

Ethan Elkind quoted by Richmond Confidential, Sept. 13, 2016

“The fact that it sailed through the city planning commission and the city council, and yet is still hit with a lawsuit under the California Environmental Quality Act, I think really illustrates the challenges for developers trying to build in these urban areas,” Elkind said.

State’s new climate law could resonate across nation — if Clinton wins

Dan Farber and Ethan Elkind quoted by E&E News, Sept. 12, 2016

“California’s take on climate change is directly at odds with [Republican nominee Donald] Trump’s view that it’s a hoax, so if he becomes president, California will be on its own,” said Dan Farber. … “However, it would provide support for [Democratic nominee Hillary] Clinton’s approach and for the Clean Power Plan.”

“I think it bolsters the Clean Power Plan by showing that one of our biggest states, economy wise, is set to achieve even more aggressive targets than what’s called for in the federal plan,” said Ethan Elkind,

California passes nation’s most ambitious climate legislation, but will it succeed?

Ethan Elkind interviewed by The Real News Network, Sept. 11, 2016

S.B. 32 is a groundbreaking law on climate change in greenhouse gas reduction. But A.B. 197 is really groundbreaking in a different way. For the first time now, we’re really trying to address this sort of environmental injustice that you’re referring to, which is the idea that we have a lot of low-income communities of color who disproportionately get the negative effects of pollution and also are the ones most at risk as climate change worsens.

What you need to know about legalizing marijuana

Ethan Elkind hosts KALW-FM, August 29, 2016

“This November, Californians will decide whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana for adults over the age of 21. Polls show support for the measure hovering around 55%. If Prop 64 passes, how will it impact us in California? … Will more people start using? Will we have more impaired drivers on the road? Will passage of Prop 64 put the illegal pot trade out of business in California, or will it expand alongside the new marketplace?”

The politics of passenger rail in Los Angeles

Ethan Elkind interviewed by KCRW, May 20, 2016

“This is a momentous occasion for Los Angeles transit advocates, and for mobility and the region. And the reason is that the Westside of Los Angeles is the most densely populated within the county. When you have dense concentrations of people, that’s when technology like rail transit makes the most sense.”

Metro hoping riders will heed call to board $1.5 billion Santa Monica Expo train

Ethan Elkind interviewed by KPCC-FM, May 18, 2016

Metro’s return on investment comes down to ridership. … “It’s really dependent on something that sounds really straight-forward, but is hard to achieve in reality, which is that you have to have enough concentration of people and jobs within a half mile of stations,” he said.

Location, location: Solar PV and the San Joaquin Valley

Ethan Elkind co-writes for Capitol Weekly, May 16, 2016

Out of the 9.5 million acres in the stakeholder study area, the groups identified 470,000 acres of ideal, non-controversial land for solar PV development, or roughly 5 percent of the Valley study area.  At a generic calculation of 1 megawatt of solar PV production from 5 acres of panels, that means the lands identified could provide 94,000 megawatts of renewable power.

Hearing for lawsuits over Downtown Berkeley development set for Aug. 26

Ethan Elkind quoted in The Daily Californian, April 20, 2016

“(Environmental impact reports) are covering such a wide range of subjects that generally it’s not too hard to find an area where they did an inadequate job,” Elkind said.

Efficient buildings are key to state’s clean-energy push

Ethan Elkind writes for The Sacramento Bee, April 5, 2016

A recent state-commissioned study indicates there is two to three times greater economic efficiency potential in existing buildings than what is achievable via current programs that rely on rebates and incentives.

How politics built L.A.’s Gold Line at the expense of a smarter system

Ethan Elkind writes for Los Angeles Times, March 14, 2016

In the case of the Gold Line, we’ve brought expensive train technology to a generally low-density area that could be more economically served by bus rapid transit or commuter buses running in the right-of-way.

Sepulveda tunnel, faster subway work possible with Metro’s $120 billion measure

Ethan Elkind interviewed by KPCC-FM, March 11, 2016

Agencies around the country have turned more and more to sales tax measures to fund projects as federal and state sources for transit construction have dried up. “It’s definitely not the best way to run the rodeo,” said Elkind. “The problem is there aren’t a lot of great sources of funding out there, so this self-help approach is really the best.”

City Visions: Making the case for a second transbay rail crossing

Ethan Elkind hosts KALW-FM, March 7, 2016

“With the Bay Area’s population growing at a rapid pace and increasing numbers of residents choosing public transportation, how long before the current transportation infrastructure reaches a breaking point? … Is the time ripe for such a significant undertaking?