The office has been fairly quiet this week, with Corinne exploring the great frozen North and Ernesto in Minnesota at the Safe Routes to School conference. With nobody to boss around, I've been trying to get out of the office as much as possible.
On Monday, I trekked all the way down three flights of stairs for an El Camino Corridor advocates meeting hosted by TransForm and Greenbelt... read the whole note.
I'm skipping town for the next couple of weeks to get married and then take a Caribbean honeymoon. What a summer!
Ernesto will take over website duties while I'm gone, but the e-bulletin will take a vacation next week and be back the week of the 25th. I'll miss you dearly, handful of anonymous readers (and Mom). Would you like a souvenir? Perhaps a seashell with some googly eyes? A... read the whole note.
As all 12 dedicated readers of this blog know, I recently graduated from my local underfunded exceptional institute of higher education. Now, I've been working for this here outfit for close to two and a half years, but I've never quite been able to work full time except for summer vacations and such. Graduation meant that I was not only a hot-shot with a highly prized four-year degree... read the whole note.
I spent Sunday through Wednesday at the Alliance for Biking and Walking executive leadership retreat. The Alliance supports groups like SVBC across the country, and works with Bikes Belong, America Bikes, and League of American Bicyclists on national bicycling priorities.
They pulled 40 or so executives together from organizations like SVBC this weekend to discuss... read the whole note.
Last Friday I spent all day at the Great Communities Collaborative (GCC) All-Sites meeting with my colleague Michele Beasley of Greenbelt Alliance. The meeting took place up at the San Francisco Foundation and included systems-change workers from all across the Bay Area who are focused on planning projects in areas chosen by the GCC. Michele and I are working on San Jose's Diridon Station--one... read the whole note.
Despite what you might believe as a result of the Hollywood hype machine, the life of a non-profit grant writer can be occasionally dull. Just this morning I sat through a preliminary grant meeting that consisted primarily of reading the request for proposals out loud. We were assured that questions would be duly addressed in the forthcoming addendum, which would comply with Policy IV.3.i., as... read the whole note.
It's been a whirlwind couple of weeks for me--here are just a few recent highlights:
Yesterday John Hoang from C/CAG called me to discuss our letter regarding the San Mateo Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan update. Apparently, based on SVBC's comments, they rethought a few things. I'll learn more at our meeting in a few weeks, but it looks like the plan will be downplaying the Priority... read the whole note.
Now that I have finished up what was perhaps the most lengthy bachelor's degree in history (it's a long story), I have finally begun to work as a full-time employee of SVBC. Little did I realize that this shift from school to work would also move my entire schedule several hours forward in the day. I've gotten used to early morning classes, work in the afternoon, and then studying in the... read the whole note.
At the risk of inflating some office egos, I have to admit that here at SVBC I have the distinct pleasure of working with people that I actually like. I know, right? This office camaraderie is especially appreciated when we lock ourselves in a room for six hours, load up on corn syrup, and map out our schedules for an entire year, which is what we decided to do yesterday.
We gave... read the whole note.