Today’s Headlines

  • League of Pissed Off Voters Blasts Mayor’s “Be Nice, Look Twice”: Imagine “Give a Hoot, Don’t Shoot”
  • Baffling: BeyondChron Sides With Mayor on Ending Sunday Parking Meters, Ignores SFMTA Report
  • In First Assembly Race Debate, Campos Attacks Chiu on Compromises (Polk, Anyone?) (SFBG, Exam)
  • Muni Re-Routed Off Market After Truck-Motorcycle Crash at Fifth Street (SF Weekly)
  • Powell Street Cable Car Lines Shut Down Due to Damaged Cable (KTVU)
  • SFMTA Plans to Expand Overnight RV Parking Restrictions to More Neighborhoods (Richmond SF)
  • Finally: Car Dealership at Market and Van Ness to Be Sold for Redevelopment (SocketSite)
  • Proposed 40-Unit Development at Sutter and Polk Has Just 6 Car Parking Spaces, 35 for Bikes (Socket)
  • San Francisco Magazine: Tech Bus Protests Really About Nativism
  • CA Senate Report: Caltrans Overlooked Defects in Bay Bridge Construction (KQED, SF ExaminerCoCo)
  • Berkeley Man Arrested for DUI After Striking Several Parked Cars (Berkeleyside)

More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • guest

    Is Beyond Chron really progressive? Or is is just lunatic fringe?

  • jonobate

    Re: BeyondChron – the more I read “progressive” opinion, the more I realize that the “progressive” movement in this city is a complete joke. There’s no philosophy behind their arguments, just a belief that the city was perfect at the time that they personally arrived here, and fear of change from that ideal. It’s a fearful, visionless, inward looking position.

    This city has major housing and transportation problems, and in order to fix those problems, we need to build more housing and invest in our transportation system. That’s progressive policy, in the true meaning of the word – working to change things for the better. Refusing to step up and meet the challenges of the present and the future is conservative policy, in the true meaning of the word.

  • voltairesmistress

    The editor of BeyondChron, Randy Shaw, supports rescinding Sunday metering, because Mayor Lee proposed it. That is the sole reason. Shaw threw his support to Lee early in the mayoral race and is nearly always consistent in supporting Lee, regardless what flavor of politics — neoliberal, progressive, or reactionary — that Lee is serving up any given day. Don’t take Shaw’s opinion seriously as a policy matter or a reflection of progressive politics: this is lapdogism, pure and simple.

  • coolbabybookworm

    love the league of pissed off voters’ piece. Give a hoot, don’t shoot is the perfect critique of Lee’s approach to traffic violence in this city.

  • Mario Tanev

    District 6 is one of the districts with the highest support for pro-pedestrian policies, since because of its density and general lack of wealth, a lot of people are full-time pedestrians. That’s why it strikes me as strange for Randy Shaw, who purports to represent the interests of the neighborhood to take the mantle of the rich, lazy or stupid (enough not to read the SFMTA study).

  • murphstahoe

    The most bizarre portion of this article was this. He discussed the regressive nature of parking meters, with respect to people living in SRO’s in the tenderloin. I would be curious to see what the intersection of car ownership and SRO lodging is.

  • coolbabybookworm

    we have that data (somewhere), car ownership in SRO areas is less than 10%.

  • Rod_North

    Maybe so, but I did see a local SRO resident at SFO boarding a flight to Europe, so I’m not sure they are all so poor as we might think. Certainly a fair number of SRO residents have jobs and, presumably, choose to live in SRO’s because they are cheap.

    For that matter, I’ve seen some well-dressed types eating at free soup kitchens, but I digress.

    The broader point is that poorer folks often have to live further out of SF, which makes them more dependent on cars. The intersection data I’d really like to see is dependency on a vehicle versus annual income. Anyone?

  • jonobate

    First you need to define “Vehicle Dependent”. Here’s a suggestion – let’s define it as further a mile from a transit line which has headways less than 20 minutes during rush hour. As well as BART, most Muni and AC Transit lines meet this criteria.

    Now, take a look at this map. With the exception of a few areas of northern Contra Costa, there are few low-income tracts which would count as “Vehicle Dependent” under this criteria.