SPUR San Jose Is Close, But Still Hasn’t Launched Yet

SPUR San Jose: 'Coming January 2012'

It’s 31 January 2012 (9:26PM PST), and unfortunately SPUR San Jose still hasn’t launched yet.

I’m sure that SPUR‘s pilot project for San Jose and Silicon Valley is still moving forward. Heck, there’s talk about another project to bring San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association to Oakland and the East Bay.

Why am I so sure? There’s a date for the SPUR San Jose Launch Party! It will be Thursday 8 March 8 2012 (5:30-7:30PM PST) at San Pedro Square Market (87 N San Pedro Street, San Jose, CA).

It’s FREE, but please RSVP.

[image via PJ]

Internship: Contra Costa County Historic Landmarks Advisory Committee

Alhambra Hotel, Contra Costa County

The Contra Costa County Historic Landmarks Advisory Committee (HLAC) and Contra Costa County Historical Society are updating Contra Costa County’s Historic Resource Inventory (HRI). Two (or more) lucky students can help through unpaid internships.

For those interested in historic preservation or cultural resources management, this internship actually looks like it offers quite a bit of hands-on training and experience.

Interns can expect to update the HRI, visit and photograph historical sites, research archives and documents, and update ownership and condition reports. There seems to be positions for researching either East County (Brentwood, Byron, Knightsen, Oakley, and Bethel Island) or Mid County (Antioch, Pittsburg, and Clayton).

[photo via 1868 Hayward Earthquake Alliance]

Webinar: Making Our Voices Heard – Strengthening FTA’s Title VI And Environmental Justice Protections

Environmental Justice Now

Public Advocates Inc. hosted a webinar earlier today (10 November 2011, 12 to 1PM) on the potential impacts of revisions to the Federal Transit Administration‘s Title VI that highlights environmental justice in public transportation policy decision-making.

“Making Our Voices Heard: Strengthening FTA’s Title VI and EJ Protections for Public Transportation” is available as both a PDF and an archived webinar recording. The latter is especially appreciated as most webinars are never made available post recording (at least in my experience).

If you have comments on the revisions, please submit them here. Comment submittal ends 2 December 2011.

Public Advocates collaborated with a group of nonprofit organizations, including Urban Habitat and Transform.

For more information, please see the FTA’s archived webinar on Environmental Justice (PDF) and Title VI (PDF).

[photo via Fruit of the Orchard]

It Turns Out “Global Warming Is Real”

climate BEST temperature comparison

When Richard Muller launched the Berkeley Earth Surface Temperature (BEST) project, he sought to re-analyze climate change data in order to prove that something in the data was incorrect or inaccurate.

Muller bluntly concludes after his publishing his series of studies: “Global warming is real.”

Of course, none of his studies have been peer-reviewed yet, so there is still debate left to be had. But again, here is another study that validates the underlying science and data (see image above) behind all of the research and all of the findings that global warming does exist.

[image via BEST | Washington Post]