YOUTH VOICES MATTER ... Gunn High junior Katie Rueff is part of the 15-member Santa Clara County Youth Task Force, an advisory body of high school students to the county Board of Supervisors. The Palo Alto resident's long resume of community work, which mostly revolves around environmental issues, will certainly be beneficial to the group. She was a member of Rep. Anna Eshoo's Student Advisory Board and worked with the Palo Alto City Council to pass a resolution in support of the Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act, according to a Tuesday, May 3, press release from the office of Supervisor Joe Simitian, who appointed Rueff to the task force. "We all benefit when young people participate in local government and have their voices heard," Simitian said in the release. Rueff's resume also includes internships at the Citizens' Climate Lobby and 350 Silicon Valley and serving as president of the Best Buddies Club and Gunn's Green Team. "Overall, through my service with these organizations, I have not only gained a thorough breadth of experience working in policy and serving as a leader in my community, but I have also honed my cooperation, responsibility, and time management skills," Rueff said in the release.
STAYING THE SAME — FOR NOW ... Caltrain customers can find comfort in the delay of planned fare increases, some of which were originally planned for this July. The rail commuter service's board of directors chose to postpone the hikes in an effort to spur more people to use the system, according to a May 9 press release. The changes mean customers can expect the current Clipper Adult fare discounts and Adult Monthly Pass fee. The base fare was set to go up by 50 cents this July 1 and July 1, 2026, but each raise will now go into effect a year later. Likewise, 5% increases for a Go Pass scheduled for Jan. 1, 2023, and Jan. 1, 2025, have each been moved to the following year. An additional 25-cent fee to the zone charge that was set for July 1, 2024, will instead be effective on July 1, 2025. Also, the Clipper discount was originally supposed to go down from 55 cents to 25 cents this past April 1, but was delayed to July 1, 2028. Caltrain customers who have enrolled in a Go Pass for the last six months of this year can expect a 20% discount for their 2023 Go Pass (the pass is priced at $342, but comes out to $273.60 under the promotion). The changes are similar to those made by other transit agencies in the Bay Area and across the country, such as the Santa Clara Valley, San Francisco Municipal and New York Metropolitan transportation authorities.
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