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Justin Horner, Policy Analyst, San Francisco

Justin Horner

I came to NRDC after 8 years in city politics in Oakland, California, working first for our Mayor and then for our City Council, focusing on land use, zoning, redevelopment, and housing policy. So, I’ve experienced first hand what it takes to make development happen and the many, many interests that need to be balanced to make our cities and communities work. The good news is I’m optimistic we can build the communities NRDC strives for: convenient, enriching, energy-efficient and fun for everyone.

Before my adventures in Oakland, I worked in refugee resettlement, both here in the Bay Area and in Hungary, where I led a program assisting refugees from the civil war in Yugoslavia. I also lived in Budapest for two years prior, which was really the birthplace of my love of cities, public transportation and urbanism. Unlike most environmentalists, my favorite places are filled with buildings and people.

I live in the Rockridge neighborhood in beautiful Oakland, California, 300 feet from a BART station, surrounded by local businesses I can walk to, with a single hybrid that’s parked 99.99% of the time. My wife is an advocate for children and youth in foster care, and we have a daughter, Violet, who really likes busses.

Recent Posts

Smart Growth Plan Moves Forward for Bay Area

Posted July 18, 2013 by Justin Horner in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Always a source of environmental innovation, the San Francisco Bay Area is set to lead the way yet again.  The Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) are poised to adopt the Bay Area’s Sustainable...continued

This Valentine's Day, Give the Gift of Infill

Posted February 20, 2013 by Justin Horner in Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Perhaps I'm not enough of a romantic (or perhaps I'm too much of one) but I could not help but see some serendipity in the California Office of Administrative Law's approval of SB 226's infil streamlining regulations this past Valentine's Day....continued

Will 2013 Continue the Downward Trend in American Driving?

Posted January 10, 2013 by Justin Horner in Moving Beyond Oil

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Predictions and prognostications are the stuff of the New Year--and why should driving trends be any different?  Will 2013 see a continuation of what has now been a nearly 90 month drop in population-adjusted Vehicle Miles Travelled (VMT)? The safe...continued

Repeat: Fuel Economy Standards Will Not Crash the Highway Trust Fund

Posted September 10, 2012 by Justin Horner in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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A recent fact sheet from the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) is just the most recent reminder of a major problem we’ve covered a lot here at Switchboard: the financial condition of the Highway Trust Fund. ARTBA’s fact...continued

Calling All California Transportation Advocates!

Posted March 30, 2012 by Justin Horner in Environmental Justice, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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Californians need real transportation choices: safe, abundant and affordable options for walking, biking and transit.  Our economy, environment and quality of life depend on it!   That's the tagline for the first (and hopefully annual) Transportation Choices Summit taking place May...continued

Is Traffic Necessary for Economic Growth? No!

Posted March 5, 2012 by Justin Horner in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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Last month, the State Smart Transportation Initiative (SSTI) released a report analyzing a long-term trend in American transportation: the steady decrease in the amount Americans are driving.  According to the report, 2011 saw a 1.2% drop in the total number of...continued

Thirty-Two California Congressional Representatives Slam House Transportation Bill

Posted February 14, 2012 by Justin Horner in Curbing Pollution, Environmental Justice, Moving Beyond Oil, U.S. Law and Policy

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In an earlier post, I laid out how a very very very bad House transportation bill is particularly bad for California.  Since then, hundreds of opponents from across the political spectrum have voiced their opposition to this disastrous piece of legislation. Last...continued

How a Bad Transportation Bill is REALLY Bad for California

Posted February 1, 2012 by Justin Horner in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil

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As you likely know by now, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman, John Mica (R-FL), has finally released his draft of the transportation bill (800+ pages for your reading pleasure, found here). In six words: it's worse than anyone ever...continued

This Just In: $6.7 Million for Transportation Solutions To Cut Pollution!

Posted November 16, 2011 by Justin Horner in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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At the end of August, I expressed my disappointment with the Federal Department of Transportation's failure to fund a broader range of projects in its vitally important Value Pricing Program. The VPP has supported many, many pilots of important transportation...continued

2.7 Million Transit Riders May Lose Tax Parity With Car Commuters

Posted October 24, 2011 by Justin Horner in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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As you may know, Federal tax law allows many Americans to set-aside up to $230 a month pre-tax to pay for transit.  This is a great benefit that rewards and encourages transit use.  And while the maximum set-aside had been...continued

Americans Are Driving Less But Paying More for Insurance: What Gives?

Posted October 17, 2011 by Justin Horner in Curbing Pollution, Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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It may seem counterintuitive, but just as Americans are driving substantially less (indeed, the fewest miles since 2003), auto insurance premiums countinue to rise.  Smartmoney.com reports in "Hey Flo: Where's My Insurance Discount?" that according to the Insurance Information Institute,...continued

Roads Are Fine, But They're Not Everything: the Value Pricing Program Misses the Chance to Support Innovation

Posted August 25, 2011 by Justin Horner in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Moving Beyond Oil, Solving Global Warming

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The Federal Highway Administration's Value Pricing Program (VPP) is a small fish of serious innovation in a wide and deep pond of roadbuilding mediocrity.  Created by President George W Bush, the VPP has supported many, many pilots of important transportation...continued

More Than 50 California Groups to Congress: We Need a Better Federal Transportation Bill

Posted July 20, 2011 by Justin Horner in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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Earlier today, nearly 50 California-based environmental, transportation, equity, conservation, and public heatlh organizations (including, of course, NRDC) sent a letter to the all of the California Representatives who sit on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, calling for a transportation...continued

House Transportation Bill Could Mean 43,000 Jobs Lost in California

Posted July 8, 2011 by Justin Horner in Curbing Pollution, Moving Beyond Oil

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Last week, House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman John Mica (R-FL) released his proposal for reauthorization of the Federal Transportation Bill.  To summarize the summary: it's a stinker. Our partners at Transportation for America have their own summary of exactly...continued

Building McMansions won't turn California's economy around

Posted June 22, 2011 by Justin Horner in Living Sustainably, Moving Beyond Oil

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For those concerned not only with the state of California’s economy, but also its environment, an article last week’s LA Times describing the newest quarterly economic outlook from UCLA's Anderson School of Business was quite good.  In it we learned:...continued

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