Today’s Headlines

  • Bay Bridge Expected to Reopen This Morning (SF Appeal, SF Gate, ABC7)
  • Bridge Closure "Strained the Region’s Transportation System" (Merc)
  • VTA Deficit Jumps to $98 Million, Four Times Worse Than Projected (Merc)
  • Peninsula HSR Supporters Form New Partnership to Counter Opposition (SJ Business Times, CHSRB)
  • AP Story Focuses Mostly on the Critics of SF’s Extended Parking Meter Plan
  • KCBS Radio Talks to Parking Guru Donald Shoup on Half-Hour In Depth Program (Listen Here)
  • "How Effective are Muni’s Double Parker Busting Cameras?" (SF Appeal)
  • LA Times: "Bikes and Cars: Can We Share the Road?"
  • As Bike-Share Booms, Reports of Vélib’s Troubles Surface Again (NYT)
  • Meeting Examines Whether SJ Bicyclists Should Be Allowed to Ride With Leashed Dogs (Merc)  
  • Proposal to Charge Bicyclists, Pedestrians to Cross GG Bridge in 2014 Still on Table (Marin IJ, SF Gate)
  • CHP "Task Force" Arrests 57 Bicyclists in Sac for Allegedly Riding Under the Influence (Sac Bee)
  • Chronic DUI Driver Who Careened into Parking Lot and Stumbled into Two Cops Sentenced (SF Gate)

More headlines over at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Fran Taylor

    Regarding this notion that the city’s renters are “up in arms” over the proposed extension of parking meter hours, I just returned from testifying in favor of Supe Avalos’ legislation to extend just cause eviction protections to tenants in buildings constructed after 1979, and I didn’t see any of the great tenant champions who spoke so forcefully at the MTA against parking meter oppression.

    I think we need a new word: tenant-washing. Like greenwashing, it uses all the right words to avoid really understanding the argument (think Chevron).

    I agree that some tenants who live on commercial streets and own cars may be affected adversely by longer meter hours, and the MTA and transportation advocates should work with them to find solutions, perhaps extended residential parking areas, and help them avoid hardship. But tenants as a group are much less likely to own cars than either landlords or homeowners. The SF Tenants Union, during the many political campaigns it has conducted over the years (and, again, during which I have seen none of the above-mentioned champions), is always begging for help moving literature, card tables, etc, because so few members have cars.