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NBC Bay Area: State Sen. Josh Becker, D-San Mateo, introduced a bill in February that would require all 27 agencies in the Bay Area to implement a standardized fare system and align their schedules by mid-2024. Becker argued after introducing the bill that the region’s transit agencies have multiple fare structures, discount and loyalty programs and trip planning systems and lack integrated schedules and live transit data. Taken together, he said, riders often find transferring between multiple transit systems to be burdensome and force them to wait for needlessly long amounts of time.

The Almanac News: Menlo Park is receiving $4.5 million from the state of California to fund the city’s electrification program in partnership with BlocPower, aiming to make the switch from natural gas more affordable to residents.

Daily Journal
By Corey Browning

The California Legislature passed this year’s $300 billion state spending plan Wednesday evening, with San Mateo County’s representatives securing several important earmarks to bring a slice of the pie to the Peninsula.

InMenlo: The California Legislature approved more than $12 million in Peninsula investments proposed by Senator Josh Becker in the package of trailer bills that were passed and sent to Governor Newsom the evening of June 29.

San Francisco Chronicle
By John Shea

Minor-league players for the San Francisco Giants and Oakland Athletics could be in line for a better payday.

NRDC: The California legislature has a big opportunity to cut greenhouse gas emissions from one of the world’s most carbon-intensive products – concrete – by passing Senate Bill 778 authored by Senator Josh Becker. The bill would add concrete to the Buy Clean California Act, which requires the state to use low-carbon building materials in public works projects.

Daily Journal: Legislation that would require greater regional transportation cooperation between Bay Area transit agencies passed the state Senate last week and is on its way to the Assembly for consideration. Introduced by State Sen. Josh Becker, D-San Mateo, it also gives MTC the responsibility of ensuring transit agencies comply with regional efforts.

Daily Journal: A push to electrify buildings and transportation — and make sure the grid is powered by clean energy and can handle the added load — got a boost this week with a package of bills by state Sen. Josh Becker clearing the Senate.