Yet the transit center has ambitions to be much more. A 5.4-acre park on the roof has a half-mile walking loop, an outdoor theater and gardens populated by dozens of mature trees. It’s an elevated park that has been compared to the High Line in New York. The tech offices that surround the center connect directly with the park, as does a gondola that will whisk visitors to the park for the sidewalk below.
During a week in which the Trump administration has sought to put infrastructure on the agenda, the transit center, which was built with close to $600 million in federal money from the stimulus package during the Great Recession, is a rubber-meets-the-road test for America’s infrastructure plans. The center was built on top of a giant underground concrete box designed to be the San Francisco terminus for both CalTrain, the railway that runs through Silicon Valley to San Jose, and high-speed rail, which is meant to connect San Francisco with Los Angeles.
Building the 1.3-mile tunnel that will bring the tracks into the station will take years and hundreds of millions of dollars. San Franciscans are waiting to see whether there is both the political will and the financing to get the job done.
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• A heavily armed young man barged into his former high school in Florida, opening fire on terrified students and teachers and leaving at least 17 people dead. With Wednesday’s shooting, three of the 10 deadliest mass shootings in modern United States history have come in the last five months. [The New York Times]
• Federal officials have been conducting an immigration sweep this week in the Los Angeles area and have so far detained more than 100 people. [The Los Angeles Times]
• Amanda Renteria, a top aide in Hillary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, has filed paperwork to run for governor of California. [The Sacramento Bee]
• In California, the top two vote-getters in the June primary for a House seat will get to face off in November’s general election. Democrats are worried that so many of them will run that they will divide the vote — and unintentionally help Republicans advance and win. [The New York Times]
• As the state suffers through another dry winter, California residents are dropping the conservation habits they developed during the last drought and increasing their water use. [The Mercury News]
• The East Bay’s demographics are changing. If recent trends continue, the number of black residents in the urban East Bay will continue falling as the percentage of Latinos and whites rise. [East Bay Express]
• After a disappointing performance at the 2014 Olympic Games, Shaun White had to reboot and shed many of the people around him. That was just the beginning of his bumpy ride back to the top. [The New York Times]
• In 2016, a former drummer in Mr. White’s rock band filed a lawsuit against him claiming that he had sexually harassed her. After initially dismissing the claims as “gossip” this week, he later said he regretted his past behavior. [The New York Times]
• Public health experts and arts educators have teamed up to reframe the way young people think about diabetes. A campaign, created in part by the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine, aims to get them to view the disease as a social justice problem. [The New York Times]
• Tofu and tempeh; co-ops and farmer’s markets; eating only organic. Jonathan Kauffman’s “Hippie Food” argues that the way we eat today was shaped by the counterculture of the 1960s. [The New York Times]
And Finally …
For more than a century, people across California have claimed to have seen Bigfoot.
Claudia Ackley is among them. And she is so sure, she’s suing the state, its Department of Fish and Wildlife, and other officials and agencies to try to force them to take Sasquatch seriously.
Ms. Ackley recently told The San Bernardino Sun that she and her daughters encountered three of the creatures on a trail near Lake Arrowhead last year. In a recent lawsuit, she argues that by denying their existence, state officials have “committed a dereliction of duty” and put citizens at “serious risk.”
In spite of “overwhelming facts” and “enormous widespread public outcry” the lawsuit says, “the Sasquatch has been ignored.”
Ms. Ackley seeks a court order requiring state officials to recognize Sasquatch as a type of species and as an indigenous mammal living in California.
A hearing is scheduled for March 19.
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California Today is edited by Julie Bloom, who grew up in Los Angeles and graduated from U.C. Berkeley.
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