If the Golden Gate Bridge board of directors gets its way, pedestrians and bicyclists who want to cross the iconic span could face a toll within the next few years. If Assembly members Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, and Marc Levine, D-San Rafael, get their way, the option will be off the table before a proposal is even off the ground.
Facing a five-year operating deficit of $33 million and more than $200 million in unfunded capital needs, the bridge district has given itself until 2017 to research a potential pedestrian and cyclist fee, including how much it would cost and how much revenue would be raised.
In response, Ting and Levine introduced Assembly Bill 40 this session, a flat ban until 2021 on sidewalk tolls for any state-owned bridge that passed both houses of the Legislature with overwhelming support. They will join local bicycle groups at the Golden Gate Bridge at 10:30 a.m. to call for Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.
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NATIVE HONOR: The fourth Friday of every September is Native American Day in California, a commemoration of the state’s tribal cultures now in its 48th year. California State Parks and the State Indian Museum will celebrate with a festival on the west steps of the Capitol featuring an arts-and-crafts expo and traditional games, music and dancing. Appropriately themed this year around water and protecting natural resources, the event runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
SÍ SE PUEDE: It’s been fifty years since Filipino and Mexican grape pickers in the Central Valley town of Delano, protesting a pay cut from $1.40 to $1.25 per hour, launched the historic strike that led to the first United Farm Workers contracts with growers. On Saturday, UFW will host a day of anniversary festivities at its original “Forty Acres” headquarters in Delano, now a national historic landmark. Speakers include labor leader Dolores Huerta; Assembly members Rudy Salas, D-Barkersfield, and Rob Bonta, D-Alameda; and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., whose father visited the grape strike several times.
CELEBRATIONS: Happy birthday to Rep. Doris Matsui, D-Sacramento, who turns 71 today.