Updated April 16, 2012. - San Mateo, California : City of San Mateo, April 16, 2012.
Book — 1 online resource (854 pages in various pagings) : color illustrations Digital: text file.
The City of San Mateo Bicycle Master Plan guides the future development of bicycle facilities and programs in the City. The recommendations in this Plan will help the City reach goals adopted in the General Plan as well as the Sustainable Initiatives Plan by creating an environment and programs that support bicycling for transportation and recreation, encourage fewer trips by car and support active lifestyles. This Bicycle Master Plan provides a broad vision, strategies and actions for the improvement of the bicycling environment in San Mateo. The purpose of this Plan is to expand the existing network, complete network gaps, provide greater connectivity, educate, and encourage the public, and to maximize funding sources. This Plan also satisfies requirements of the California Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA), and other state and federal funding programs that require a bicycle master plan for project eligibility.
Book — 1 online resource (410 pages in various pagings) : color illustrations. Digital: text file.
The City of San Mateo recognizes the value of walking and has developed this Citywide Pedestrian Master Plan to improve the pedestrian environment and to establish itself as a more walkable, livable, and healthy city.
Nairobi : United Nations Environment Programme, 2012.
Book — 1 online resource (1 PDF file (131 pages)) : ill.
Greening small-scale fisheries and aquaculture
Marine-based renewable energy
Ocean nutrient pollution from agriculture, feritilizer production and wastewater management sectors
Metals in the deep : preparing for a new frontier in mining
Our seas are among our most valuable natural resources, yet human beings are exploiting them. The authors argue that sectors dependent on the marine environment, such as aquaculture and coastal tourism, can become more profitable while also reducing their environmental footprint. The book likewise explores how sectors such as agriculture, energy, and deep-sea mining can contribute to the creation of sustainable marine environments. Thematic maps and illustrations are used very effectively.
[Washington, DC] : U.S. House of Representatives, 2012.
Book — 1 online resource (vii, 52 p.) : digital, PDF file.
The threat posed to U.S. national-security interests by vulnerabilities in the telecommunications supply chain is an increasing priority given the country's reliance on interdependent critical infrastructure systems; the range of threats these systems face; the rise in cyber espionage; and the growing dependence all consumers have on a small group of equipment providers. China has the means, opportunity, and motive to use telecommunications companies for malicious purposes. Suggested 'mitigation measures' cannot fully address the threat posed by Chinese telecommunications companies providing equipment and services to United States critical infrastructure. The Committee launched this investigation to seek answers to some persistent questions about the Chinese telecommunications companies Huawei and ZTE and their ties to the Chinese government. Throughout the months-long investigation, both Huawei and ZTE sought to describe, in different terms, why neither company is a threat to U.S. national-security interests. Unfortunately, neither ZTE nor Huawei have cooperated fully with the investigation, and both companies have failed to provide documents or other evidence that would substantiate their claims or lend support for their narratives.
San Jose, CA : Working Partnerships USA, October 2012.
Book — 1 online resource (142 pages) : illustrations, color portraits. Digital: text file; PDF.
The fourth edition of the Life in the Valley Economy series reports that widening income inequality endangers the middle class and in a consumer-based economy, a weaker middle class threatens the economy as a whole. The report's Solutions section calls for policy changes such as a higher minimum wage, full implementation of national health reform and other public-sector measure to remedy the situation.
[Washintgon, D.C.] : U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, 2012.
Book — 1 online resource (4 volumes (2057 pages in various paging) : color illustrations, color maps
Describes the potential environmental impacts of the Proposed Final 2012-2017 Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program (PFP), which establishes a schedule that is used as a basis for considering where and when oil and gas leasing might be appropriate over a 5-year period.
[California] : California Stewardship Network, January 2012.
Book — 1 online resource (27 pages) : color illustrations. Digital: text file.
"California's regions are a wellspring of promising practices that are transforming local economies and communities across the State. This report provides a window into 10 specific practices from 10 diverse regions, a sampling of innovations emerging from California's grassroots. The purpose of this compendium is to encourage and educate other practitioners across the State about how to move forward with new approaches to regional problem-solving. It is also intended to provide state leaders with insights into the importance of regional, bottoms-up innovation to the future of California.'--Introduction.
London : Institute for Public Policy Research, 2012.
Book — 108 p.
"Over the course of the last century, the progressive integration of the global economy has helped drive the economic growth that has contributed to lifting millions of people out of poverty around the world. In the developed world it has brought down the cost of consumer goods, driven productivity increases in many sectors, and created new markets for goods and services where western firms have comparative advantages. Many people have unprecedented opportunities to travel and work abroad, and the increasing cultural and political dialogue between individuals has helped to spread the acceptance of universal values like democracy, liberty, and human rights. Since the second world war, flows of goods, services and capital have rapidly increased. Knowledge, ideas and values have also spread across borders like never before. The movement of people - both economic migrants and tourists - has vastly expanded, although perhaps surprisingly it has stayed static as a percentage of the global population. "- -Extract.
[Washington, D.C.] : Institute for Women's Policy Research, August 2014.
Book — 1 online resource (7 pages). Digital: text file.
This briefing paper presents estimates of access to paid sick days in San Jose by sex, race and ethnicity, industry, occupation, earning, and family status through analysis of government data sources, including 2011-2012 National Health Interview Survey (NHIS) and the 2009-2011 American Community Survey (ACS).
Oakland, CA : Rose Foundation for Communities and the Environment, 
Book — 1 online resource (12 pages) : color illustrations Digital: text file.
A report of the first six years of the Northern California Environmental Grassroots Fund, which was launched in 2003 to energize and empower the environmental grassroots through small grants, coaching, training, workshops and other services. Program officers at the Compton Foundation, the Richard and Rhonda Goldman Fund, and Rose Foundation created the Grassroots Fund as an avenue for foundations to effectively direct resources to grassroots activists and communities.
Book — 1 online resource (133 pages) : illustrations, color portraits Digital: text file; PDF.
This third edition documents a dire employment situation that may foreshadow a "jobless recovery" excluding working families, perhaps an indicator for the nation. In addition, it includes a Solutions section that focuses on some of the region's public policy choices.
In response to mounting concerns regarding the decline in birthrate in Japan and the increasing aged population, center-based daycare has assumed an important role in Japanese society. In order to tackle the issues of low birthrate and longevity, demand for policies that encourage women to both participate in the workforce and have children is greater than ever. Since 1997, this perceived need has brought about a policy transformation in Japan's postwar system of approved nursery centers (i.e., nursery facilities that meet the national daycare quality standards), which had--until then--operated measures entirely under the control of the municipalities, as part of the child welfare policy of the Japanese government. In order to respond to the urgent need for daycare services and facilities, the government has instigated a policy of privatization throughout its nursery centers system and has relaxed many of the regulations in the field of daycare services provision. However, in the course of the privatization of public nursery centers, the government has been widely regarded as prioritizing "capacity (quantity)" concerns over "quality" concerns when constructing its policies. Because the nursery centers system has undergone legal reform and because quality concerns are on the rise, both researchers and administrative officers have come to recognize how important it is to define and measure quality nursery daycare. With this issue in mind, this study proposes an approach to assess the quality of Japan's nursery daycare against international standards, particularly from the standpoint of a state party's obligations under the 1989 United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). The following research questions are central to this study: To what extent does Japan comply with international standards on daycare quality? Are there international standards that Japan should be permitted exemptions from, and if exemptions are appropriate, what is the rationale for such exemptions? This study is the first detailed examination of Japan's nursery daycare policies under the framework of the UNCRC written in English. The introduction of a daycare quality assessment method to Japan--one that is based on international standards--serves as a useful basis both for the smooth formulation and implementation of nursery policies that ensure daycare provisions (in terms of quantity and quality) and to provide a benchmark against which reasonable judicial rulings can be made on the basis of the "the best interests of the child, " one of the core principles in the UNCRC. Furthermore, it will also help provide some insights into how stakeholders of nursery daycare in OECD countries are able to ensure that daycare quality takes children's best interests into account while also considering the historic, cultural, and social contexts of respective countries.