Today’s Headlines

  • Looks as if Electronics Failure Caused Muni Bus Crash (SFExaminer)
  • Judge Dismisses Silly Suit Against Dolores Park Pissoir Near J-Church (SFGate)
  • Van Ness Bus and Street Improvements to Begin (SFBay)
  • 3rd and Townsend Suburban-Style McDonald’s Finally Going Away (Hoodline)
  • BART Scammer Sells Bogus Tickets (Kron4)
  • More on Incentives to Ride BART Off Peak (NationalPost)
  • Automated Parking Tower Solution to San Francisco Parking Problems? (BizJournals)
  • Merge Sacramento into Bay Area ‘Mega Region’ With Better Amtrak Service (CBSLocal)
  • A Look Back at the SF Skyline as Salesforce Tower Rises (SFChron)
  • The Old Rail Trestle that Once Spanned Dolores Street (SFGate)
  • Prop. E and Street Trees (SFChron)
  • Commentary: Vote Yes on X in Contra Costa (SFGate)

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  • RE: merging Sacto in BA mega region

    Sure, it makes sense, but CAHSR won’t be the solution since in order to get to Sacto from the Bay Area you’ll have to travel south and east into the central valley then transfer north.

  • JustJake

    Merging makes zero sense, really. 8 million population area is already too big to properly coordinate, (and we’re not coordinated), and jobs are not the single most important factor in any case. Bay Area Council and its business advocacy dreams… Their mega region fantasy extends from El Dorado county to Monterey County. The last thing we need is yet a new layer of regulation and government, and the expectation that this would in any way be more efficient is completely unrealistic. It’s about elevating MTC type agencies into a huge fiefdom, and not directly elected leadership bSacramento is already dysfunctional, and lacking prudence. Just Say No. Or be prepared for the likes of Google or Facebook to further stain our legislative process.

  • My comment was in regards to transit/Amtrak. The first hurdle we need to jump is getting a unified Bay Area transit agency rather than a dozen or more separate agencies.

  • p_chazz

    CAHSR isn’t the solution, period. It is headed for a massive fail. Millions if not billions of dollars spent spent and nothing to show for it. If only that money had been used to improve our existing rail lines instead of being thrown away on a pie-in-the-sky that will never come to fruition.

  • RichLL

    The idea of a Bay Area unitary government is not to add an extra layer but rather to remove the rabbit warren of city and county fiefdoms.

    And 8 million isn’t that many – NYC, LA, Chicago and Houston all have populations of that order and are more efficient than here.

    If you want an idea of how dysfunctional local government is in the Bay Area look no further than the current petty squabble between SF and Brisbane.

  • JustJake

    Seriously, a removal of city and county government? The ramifications would be wide and likely would cause unintended collateral damage. The benefits would be fairly narrow.

  • RichLL

    I really don’t give a crap either way, but having dozens of cities in one urban area clearly isn’t working

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