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    Bob Gunderson

    Unbalanced!!! Restore Car Balance will revert this back to a working congested speedway.



    Emeryville is smart. They probably have more retail than all of Oakland, despite being maybe 10% of the area. And while Oakland has a very small police force relative to its population, Emeryville has the best “cop to resident” ratio in the East Bay (Piedmont aside).

    Take a look at the property values immediately north and south of 40th Street. Same location, similar properties but just being over the city line adds about 50% to your home value and takes about 50% off your property taxes per dollar valuation because of Oakland’s pesky parcel taxes.

    I hear Dogtown wants to secede to Emeryville, over Oakland’s dead body.



    If we’re going to discuss the unfairness of cities that have more jobs than homes for those workers, then that discussion has to start with San Francisco because SF has the largest imbalance.

    A net 400,000 workers commute into SF every day. Compared with that, MV is an unfairness footnote.

    The suburbs have built more homes than they need for their workers, so that SF can get away with building too few. NIMBYism starts in the city..



    Actually I was just telling someone the other day that Emeryville is doing it right. They have added tons of new housing in the parking lot of the Home Depot center, behind the IKEA, and all the way along 40th. They also require that the people who occupy the offices on the shore side of the highway to pay for the EmeryGoRound shuttle service to get workers to areas like the Hospital, Powell St, and MacArthur BART. On the other hand MTN VIEW has literally done nothing to attract people to live and work in their city since the start of the first big tech boom in the early 2000′s



    Here are a couple more articles from the North Bay:

    1. Another small step in Bodega Bay trail

    2. Santa Rosa likely to get $8.2 million grant for Jenning Avenue railroad crossing

    3. Ruling good news for Caltrans’ Willits bypass work (Why are we spending $210M on this rural Highway boondoggle?)



    How do they expect people to get to their buildings if there isn’t good transit? Are they building helipads on the roofs?



    Classic bait and switch. They must be learning from our Mayor.



    Have hope. The neighbors want the traffic calming, the bike lane provides it.



    As I interpret it, she’s saying “if we don’t assume that these new residents will stay on their tech-campuses 24/7, then they’ll generate too much traffic driving around, so we don’t want them. If we do assume that they will stay on campus 24/7, then they won’t benefit local businesses, so we don’t want them.”



    Unfair but highly profitable–just look at Emeryville!



    What’s really annoying is that the naysayers might somehow convince SFMTA that the project is a ‘failure’ by pointing out there aren’t that many cyclists using the new lanes. Well, as I pointed out in the additional comments of the survey, where do people expect cyclists to get there from? Bosworth? Terrifying, bike-lane-eating, full-of-ruts-and-a-scary-underpass-too Bosworth? Or points south, where cars are king and bike lanes are a couple feet wide at best? Or looping around via Mission Street (need I say more)?



    Judged by the pace of the Fell/Oak islands, I wouldn’t hold my breath.


    Upright Biker

    You’re asking the question that keeps being asked. And asked. And asked.

    I asked myself the same question as I rode down Columbus Ave today, and considered SFMTA’s proposal to try out “pilot” bike lanes on that driveway-less stretch — putting the bikes between parked cars and moving traffic, vs. having them curbside, protected by parked cars.




    “They’re not going to be at the Safeway, they’re not going to be at the restaurants. And those businesses will not thrive.”

    What is this assertion by Mercedes Salem is rooted in?


    Aaron Bialick

    Two different Siegels — Jac Siegel is a current councilmember, and Lenny Siegel is a candidate. I’ll add another mention of Lenny’s first name to help clarify.



    It’s unfair to neighboring cities that Mtn View can build all this office space and then turn around and refuse to build the housing necessary for all the workers.


    Mario Tanev

    I am confused. The article first says that Seigel voted against mixed use, but then is quoted supporting mixed use development. Did Siegel have a change of mind or is this an error?


    Jamison Wieser

    Whatever you think of me is a separate matter from Ted & Al’s Towing regularly blocking the bike lane.



    Just looking at the picture: Why would a road like that not have a separated cyclepath?



    Redwood City, on the other hand, is fully open for business as far as (re)-development & construction goes in and around the entire downtown and Caltrain station:
    An already out-dated map of current projects:



    Stanley Roberts, speeding on Fulton. Good job SFPD, please keep it up and write each of those jerks a big $$ ticket, don’t buy any of their lies why they were speeding. Remember, it’ll save lives.



    you know who you sound like? that’s right – one of those cyclists dismissing all the potential collisions from sidewalk cycling…


    Jeffrey Baker

    Re: box-blocking of SoMA bridge approaches, they really need to coordinate with the signal operation at 1st and Harrison. This signal is often manually operated by a SFMTA operative, in the most perplexing way. The worst I’ve seen was the operator left the green on for 1st street for 11 minutes in a row (breaking the record of my previous observation of 7 minutes). Naturally this causes an epic cock-up all the way down Harrison, down Spear all the way to Howard and beyond, and on Embarcadero both ways waiting to turn on to Harrison. I can’t imagine why anyone would do this thing. Mostly it seems to me that the person operating the signal gets distracted reading Sports Illustrated or talking on the phone and simply fails to change it. They should figure out why the automatic operation of that signal is unsatisfactory and just fix that, instead of letting some slack-jawed dude ruin everything at rush hour.



    I’m surprised he spent time at that intersection without noticing the drivers blowing the mandatory right turn and driving down the bus lane practically every light cycle. SFPD tickets there once a week, and they often end up with a block-long stack of pulled-over cars.


    Mario Tanev


    Jamison Wieser

    Are children being struck on the sidewalks here?

    Does a child really need to be injured or worse before making safety improvements? Let’s not go down that rathole.


    Vegetarian Taliban

    That guy needs to Lighten up, Francis.



    Suddenly you’re defending the SFMTA’s fairness, eh? I guess we don’t need a ballot measure to ensure their balance then.



    I was traveling last week, so I missed this, but I noticed something odd about the Haight/Buchanan Eastbound configuration:

    • A bus-only signal gives Muni a green light before
    the rest of traffic, allowing Muni to bypass a line
    of cars waiting at the light instead of waiting for
    room to merge into traffic.

    • Enables bus to reach transit only lane in center
    from the curbside stop at Buchanan.

    • Would save time and improve reliability

    Wouldn’t a bulbout make the transit-only lane easier to reach? I can’t imagine how the bus will make it from the curb out to this center lane when motorists have blocked the right lane like they do every morning.



    A good example is with asset-rich, cash-poor people, like seniors who own a big home.

    I never understand this. Let’s say a property increases by 10,000 percent in one year. This means the property tax will go up by $100 per year. A senior may have – let’s say – 30 more years to live. That means the increase in property taxes will, over the rest of their 30 years of life, chew up only 30% of their one year gain.

    That’s a cause for celebration, not an attack on their homes. Take out equity from the house, pay the taxes. QED. Even with nominal interest rates on the equity removal, they come out way ahead. The argument that they can’t leave their equity to their heirs is laughable, the fact that they are paying less taxes can only result in higher taxes and less services for those same heirs.

    The alternative – houses going down in value, is much worse for asset-rich cash-poor people. Presuming they have saved enough cash for retirement to pay the taxes on their current basis, an increase in asset value is good, not bad.



    Is there any area zoned for the sq. footage Facebook needs for its campus near a Caltrain station?

    IIRC, Palo Alto, Mountain View and other cities explicitly don’t want a lot of construction near the stations, especially high rises.

    Even with high-rises, they would still need some decent space on the ground for the campus-vibe tech companies like to provide.



    It seems Ted & Al’s has been grabbing public space for private uses for a long time, now it only became more evident.

    Businesses, small or big, have the responsibility, their and theirs only, to find suitable parking for commercial vehicles they operate, like any business that produces trash needing specialized care must arrange that instead of dumping it on the streets.

    Zero sympathy for this guy, no matter if it is a mom-and-pop operation.



    Doesn’t seem to make any sense, both of those comments in this case



    ‘inconveniently distant.’ Not unless you can’t walk. Plus, there are free shuttles to the campuses. A major city building a new major transit hub that won’t actually be a hub? Why build something new in a way that we already know is dumb and will be dumber in the near future?



    Oh yeah. I’d love to hear his honest impressions in a year’s time.


    Yorick Hawk-Zucker

    It appears you have a bit of a chip on your shoulder. The caps were just to highlight important points, since I don’t think that bolding is an option on here. Yes, I’m aware that extending the light in that direction would make people heading in other directions have to wait a bit longer. However, I think it makes sense to give precedence to the people that are having to wait an extra 20-30 minutes even if it makes others wait an extra 2 minutes. That ridiculous backup is not good for anyone, including the locals and the bikers that will be exposed to all the fumes from hundreds of cars idling. I filled out your survey by the way. Hopefully someone influential gets to see the results.



    That’s how NYC paid for extending the 7 train to Hudson Yards since the MTA wouldn’t build it unless NYC paid for the whole thing. The fact is that the same developers fighting this are the same ones who are going to benefit greatly from Caltrain/HSR running into the Transbay Terminal.

    The Board of Supervisors shouldn’t change a thing of the CFD especially since as long as Republicans control the House and possibly the Senate after November we won’t have the Feds to help fund the rail extension into the Transbay Terminal.



    Hi Richard Miynarik could you please explain this structural steel issue, thanks!



    No, it takes time and funding to look at all the impacts and the constructibility of crosswalk removals.

    It’s all clear that you don’t know shit and/or refuse to understand the transportation impacts in a city.



    Bull. It’s about looking at the traffic on the streets in the area as a whole. One change at one intersection can have a large effect on the entire area affecting all modes of transportation.

    Once again, another Streetsblog commenter showing their ignorant narrow minded view of how transportation works in the city.



    It means there will be a domino effect at other intersections. Yes, motorists aren’t suppose to stop in the crosswalk, but if new congestion gets so bad, drivers may mistakenly block the crosswalk. Pedestrians then have to weave their way around the stopped cars who may not be stopped once traffic starts moving again.



    There are plenty of good (actually BETTER) alternative bike routes that are parallel to 19th Ave, Van Ness, Lombard and Doyle Drive.



    That’s a bunch of bull. Where is all the new auto infrastructure that you claim is being spent? I haven’t seen a road widening in SF for ages.



    No, the SFMTA and BoS listens to the everyone’s opinion and takes into account the interests of everyone in the city. It’s only you and other Streetsblog people who insist they represent the majority of the City which is obviously not true.



    Sounds like bicyclists should make a full complete stop too at stop signs. Oh wait, it’s too inconvenient…



    So move to Italy!



    Pro tip: People will be more inclined to ‘read [your] post’ if you ease off on the ranting and rage caps. I did take the time to read it, unfortunately. You seemed annoyed about the road diet doing what it’s supposed to be doing, then offered some advice about light timing that might help commuters in one direction but would cause problems for traffic movement in other directions (including kids getting to a school on the west side of San Jose at Randall.)

    But kudos for the particularly ironic comment about straw-man arguments after introducing Muni into the discussion.


    Amanda Clark

    I agree, unfortunately I don’t think we’ll see a new Dumbarton crossing in our lifetimes.



    It would be perfectly accessible via rail if the MTC (correct me if I’m wrong) didn’t flush money earmarked for re-opening the Dumbarton rail bridge ‘down the crapper,’ to paraphrase our favorite cranky commenter @Richard_Mlynarik:disqus.