Wednesday, November 6, 2019

By Annie Sciacca / East Bay Times 

More than 2,000 feet of McCosker Creek in the Robert Sibley Volcanic Regional Preserve is covered by a failing metal culvert that’s 60 years old. Giant sinkholes have opened up and dissolved the metal, allowing sediment to seep in, according to the East Bay Regional Park District.

But an influx of $4 million in state funding — secured by Assemblymember Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, working with park district officials — should help save the day and provide new opportunities for viewing wildlife, recreation and even camping at the site.

The project entails restoring the culvert section of creek in the upper San Leandro watershed to a natural stream. Park district leaders hope to create a sustainable habitat for fish and other wildlife, as well as native plants.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

By Bruce Gach / Livermore Independent

Rebecca Bauer-Kahan could not believe the huge number of bills she would be reviewing in the State Assembly after being elected to represent the 16th district, encompassing the Tri-Valley and LaMorinda. At a Community Town Hall meeting Oct. 23 in Pleasanton, she noted that most of her bills had bipartisan support. She took a variety of questions from the audience of about 70 people, who asked about the environment, homelessness and the future of Prop. 13.

“Climate change is one of the most critical issues,” said Bauer-Kahan, who is an environmental attorney. “It’s one of the reasons I ran for office. California can continue to lead even in the face of what is happening in Washington.” She noted that environmental bills are difficult to pass, and pointed the blame at special interests.

Thursday, October 31, 2019

By Sara O'Daherty / Lamorinda Weekly

Friday, October 18, 2019

Lamorinda Weekly / By Pippa Fisher 

Lafayette's only downtown park is about to get a huge boost thanks to the efforts of Assembly Member Rebecca Bauer-Kahan who, working with the city and Park, Trails and Recreation Commissioner Lauren Herpich, secured funding to the tune of $300,000 for the refurbishment of Brook Street Park.

Friday, October 18, 2019

Livermore Indepenent 

We are deeply disappointed by Governor Newsom's veto of AB 1086, a bill that would have created a path to preserve the 3,100-acre Tesla site against the ravages of the off-road vehicles that have decimated the contiguous Carnegie off-road vehicle park for decades.

In explaining his veto, the Governor claimed that he was protecting Tesla “for the benefit of all Californians.” That is exactly the opposite of what he has done. Hikers, bikers and equestrians will never visit Tesla if it becomes an off-road vehicle park. The same goes for parents hoping to introduce their children to the beauty of nature. Spinning tires and loud, revving engines are intimidating to all except the off-roaders themselves.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Doug Jorgensen / Livermore Independent 

Dublin broke ground Tuesday for the city’s first all-abilities playground at Dublin Sports Grounds, 6700 Dublin Blvd.

The city is spending $4 million on the project to develop The Imagine Playground at Dublin Sports Grounds. The city’s planning process included extensive outreach to teachers and therapists who work with special needs children. The community also participated.

Other changes incorporate an all-inclusive picnic area, upgraded landscape, parking facilities and pathways to improve accessibility and connectivity to other park features, including the sports fields, and a new restroom compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The park will also feature a public art piece, “Conversations,” a sculpture by internationally recognized Tucson-based artist Barbara Grygutis, which was approved by the city council.

Thursday, September 5, 2019

By Jeremy Walsh / Pleasanton Weekly

Rebecca Bauer-Kahan: A new voice in Sacramento

Assemblywoman reflects on first months in office, goals for year ahead


These early days of September represent a critical time for the State Legislature, with final deliberations on the floor in each house on pending bills ahead of the Sept. 13 deadline to pass legislation for the governor's consideration.

Local Assemblywoman Rebecca Bauer-Kahan, in an interview ahead of the new floor session, said staying true to her constituents' priorities remains at the forefront of her decision-making in Sacramento.

"I think the district really wanted someone who would fight for the values that they hold, and I think that's why they elected me. And I've worked hard to do that," Bauer-Kahan told the Weekly during a sitdown over coffee outside Inklings in downtown Pleasanton on Aug. 19.