**Update: San Francisco Propositions A and E both passed by the needed margins to fund and zone for affordable homes for educators and vulnerable populations ** When you think of Save The Bay, you may not think of affordable housing, but housing the community is a huge part of our regional planning, and that planning has major ramifications for the health of our Bay. Demand for housing in the Bay greatly exceeds supply, and workers seek more affordable homes farther away from job centers, suffering longer commutes and losing access to public transit. Traffic congestion and crowded, long rides are …


In the next few weeks, our region is due for its first major storm of the season. Bay Area residents will be faced with flooding in our neighborhoods and along our commutes. Many of us will see a lot of trash being quite literally flushed from our city streets into local creeks and the Bay, along with a long list of dangerous chemicals and toxic pollutants. Some of that rain could have been captured and stored for local use during the dry season, but it will flow away instead. One of the reasons that flooding is prevalent in urban areas …


By Rachel Ishizaki – Bay Smart Communities Fellow The Global Climate Strike that took place from September 20 to September 27 was the largest mobilization of climate activists ever seen and was inspired by teenage climate activist, Greta Thunberg. The week of strikes were organized to coincide with the United Nations Climate Action Summit where world leaders met to discuss how they will meet the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Over 7 million people rose up in defense of the environment to demand that countries enact much more ambitious climate policies. Carrying a sign that had a …