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After seven years of failed negotiations with Caltrans over use of its 2.8-acre property near Interstate 280, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency will ask the Board of Supervisors today to authorize taking the land through eminent domain.

The vote, however, is not expected to take place after all. Caltrans has made a last-minute offer to The City, which is now being considered.

The state-owned parcel is part of an 8.5-acre site that Muni has selected to build a state-of-the-art $73.75 million facility to house and maintain low-emission vehicles. The site is located adjacent to Islais Creek in the Bayview-Hunters Point neighborhood.

Planning Commission, DBI

Two departments to hold joint meeting

The Planning Commission and the Department of Building Inspection will hold a special joint meeting on Thursday at 6 p.m., in City Hall, Room 400, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, to discuss better coordination between the two city agencies that oversee building construction and development. The departments are trying to ensure that The City conducts reviews in a timely and consistent manner.

Department of the Environment

Panel to hold discussion on climate change

The San Francisco Department of the Environment will hold a brown-bag discussion to discuss the effects of climate change over the next few years and its potential impacts on The City. The forum will feature Mark Hertsgaard, an author and a journalist who has been covering global warming for 15 years, who will discuss efforts being made to slow the impact of global warming and what changes would be in store if nothing is done about the issue. The forum will begin at noon at 11 Grove St.

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