Today’s Headlines

  • SFPD Arrests Aunt of Mi’yana Gregory, 2, for Child Endangerment After Leaving Her in Crosswalk (KTVU)
  • SFMTA Board Approves Free Muni Passes for Special Education Students Ages 19 to 22 (SF Examiner)
  • Newly-Completed McCoppin Hub Plaza Gets Photo Gallery to Display History as Transit Hub (M Local)
  • People Behaving Badly: Sideshow Stops Traffic on Golden Gate Bridge
  • Muni Metro, Cable Car Breakdowns Caused by “Drizzly Conditions” During Morning Commute (Examiner)
  • Power Outage at Millbrae Station Delays BART During Morning Commute (CBS)
  • Uber Hires Former Obama Campaign Strategist to Help Tackle “Big Taxi Cartel” (Biz Times)
  • San Jose’s Dangerous Senter Rd Sees Two Pedestrian Hit-and-Runs Within 24 Hrs (CBS, KRON, ABC)
  • 22-Year-Old DUI Driver Crashes, Burns Vehicle in Eight-Car Collision in San Jose (NBC)
  • 36-Year-Old Man Who Rammed Other Driver in South SF Fails to Appear in Court (SF Examiner)
  • Driver Fleeing Police Crashes Into Cafe in Sausalito (KTVUSFGateNBC)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • voltairesmistress

    Could Streetsblog revamp the Headlines section to include fewer car collision/transit delay stories and more stories about policy, development, studies, innovations, etc.? The latter category are things that might actually change our lives, and we should be aware of their existence, even if there is not space for a journalistic full article. The former category of stories are, of course, true & grim, but cataloging collisions has a time limited shock/fascination value. Maybe you could have a Friday round-up of all the collisions, injuries, deaths, delays, mishaps, and absurdities connected to all local transport? Otherwise, the daily SFstreetsblog Headlines section is beginning to resemble a traffic report — all shock and awe, and no vision or contemplation.

  • gary

    Stanley Roberts Sideshows. Complete failure of cops and those “in charge”. Hands tied by political correctness. Some innocent ones will get seriously hurt one day all because they didn’t clamp down fast and hard.

  • Child endangerment because she left a 2yo kid in a crosswalk during the crossing phase to get another 2yo kid from the sidewalk?

  • coolbabybookworm

    Now police are reporting that the street crossing occurred while the driver had a green light… not that I believe them, but that’s their story.

  • Nicasio Nakamine

    Are stories being left out? These headline roundups seem like all the transportation news articles from the previous day related to the Bay Area.

    If policy/development articles are being edged out for more accident reports, I agree. However, if these are just strings of news links, without a limited length, I don’t see the harm of including all the stories. I only click through to the articles I’m interested in.

  • Jim

    GGB Patrol usually hang out in the parking lots, and CHP usually hang out next to Vista Point for speed stings. There is rarely ever any proactive traffic management and enforcement of the infrastructure surrounding the GGB. Simply look at how much Doyle Dr/Lombard and Veterans Blvd/Park Presidio are backed up on the weekends.

  • Tom

    Senter Rd and Balfour Drive has a recently installed crosswalk. Full stripe, protective island, florescent signs, and a button triggered hybrid flasher. Still no good. The city needs to take a hard look at what is actually going to work.

    The usual statement from the SJPD just point out jaywalking…bla bla…jaywalking, but most pedestrian fatalities in San Jose happen at marked cross-walks. Yield rate are never mentioned, but yield rates at marked cross-walks in SJ are less than 50%, and enforcement is near zero. About 10% of the the time you can hear the drivers engine start to roar as you attempt to cross, as they try and beat you to the middle of the intersection….forcing the ped to run back to the curb. 85th percentile speeds are already in the 50s mph, but when a driver tries to beat you to the intersection its more like 70mph range. Truly like trying to cross a freeway.

    The attitude of the SJPD is just to discourage anyone from trying to cross a road in east SJ at all. Yet SJ is seeing an increase in the population with income below $19k and many can not afford the $9k a year need to own a car, as this is almost half their income. This is a huge social injustice issue in east SJ that the city continues to do little about.

  • The main function of the headlines is to keep readers updated on the most pertinent local stories about transportation. It’s mostly a reflection of what’s out there, found through scouring 40-some-odd local media sources daily, as well as Google Alerts and social media. We’re not omitting any pertinent local non-crash stories in favor of crash reports. If you have relevant stories we missed, feel free to share them.

    Unfortunately, we can’t produce more good news, and sometimes fluctuations in the news cycles and events mean there are more crashes and fewer stories about “policy, development, and studies.” It does happen that City Hall is currently on legislative recess, which may contribute to the lack of articles about policy developments.

    If you mean for us to find and include more non-local articles about transportation and planning, that would partly defeat the purpose of the city blogs’ headlines, as it would often mean omitting pertinent local stories, and it would require an expansion of the workload required to do them. These types of articles are also somewhat covered in the Streetsblog USA headlines, which is why we link to them.

    By the way, if you think this is bad, we generally don’t even include stories on most non-fatal crashes outside of SF (though we did happen to have some today due to the slow news cycle). The sheer volume of stories on traffic violence, traffic jams, and transit problems that we do omit may surprise you.

  • murphstahoe
  • voltairesmistress

    Hi Aaron, thanks for replying. I understand that a lack of funds and a need for local focus would point the headlines section in a particular direction. But I do think there are local findings that are more thought provoking, whether it is a policy paper from SPUR or a study by Stanford or an editorial at TheGreaterMarin, or the massive amount of housing and development mentioned on curbed.sf. These may not be the stories most easily accessed by purely news feeds, but they do arguably give a person a keener sense of what affects or will affect our streets, cities, and lives, than permutations of car crashes and driver misbehavior. A once a week round-up similar to New York’s carnage report might provide all the crimes and misdemeanors some of us need. That said, I do appreciate this site, and thank you for all your work.

  • We generally include all of the above (with the exception that we generally link to development-focused items only if there’s a strong transportation link).

    The fact is there happened to be none of those to link to today, and that’s why you may have the perception that you do.

    Unlike the difference in size with NYC, there aren’t quite enough crashes or staff resources to warrant a “weekly carnage” post for SF. Doing so wouldn’t open up room for more non-crash stories in the headlines. Once again, we are not omitting them in the first place.

  • coolbabybookworm

    No mention of the license either. I guess the assumption is that he’ll be driving himself home from jail? Because … freedom?

  • Prinzrob

    This very nice 1.6-mile gap closure in the Iron Horse Trail south of Dublin/Pleasanton BART was officially opened yesterday. Every speaker on the podium made a pitch for Alameda County’s transportation Measure BB coming up on the November ballot. http://www.pleasantonweekly.com/news/2014/08/20/pleasanton-concord-trail-extension-finished

  • voltairesmistress

    Another black woman arrested for child endangerment. Because she did not negotiate a dangerous street with 20/20 perfect hindsight. Because she momentarily turned from one child in the crosswalk to get its twin on the curb to come with them. Because she may have jaywalked when no cars appeared to be nearby. Because this 25 year old auntie was trying to manage two 2-year olds,
    alone, at night, and she misjudged a quickly changing situation.

    Then Bam. A driver going so fast that he/she may not even know he/she killed child. Who in God’s name cares if the light was green or red? Why is this grieving woman (of probably limited financial means) arrested and stigmatized so easily? Meanwhile the police just want to talk to his car driver. Meanwhile, go ahead drivers and kill at will, as long as you have the right of way.

    And this: “Pedestrians feel their speed and their hurry is more important than
    their safety,” said Sgt. John Bragagnolo, after handing a jaywalking
    ticket to one man in the shadow of a memorial shrine of stuffed animals,
    candles and photos of the little girl.”

    I can’t say here what I think of the SFPD.

  • RoyTT

    I do not think that making a race issue out of this tragedy is going to help. There is nothing in what has bee reported that indicates the relevance of race.

    I do not know if you have any children but I do, and I can tell you that you cannot let go of the hand of a two year old child for even a second. They can run between two parked cars and get killed in an instant, and trying to blame the driver in a situation like that is really missing the point. Parents and minders have an absolute and affirmative obligation to not only not leave an infant alone, but not even let go of their hand in a public place.

    That is not to say that she should be prosecuted. I cannot say based on the facts. But there is clear negligence here and an abandonment of the duty of care.

    Also, you do not know that the driver was going “fast”. Two mph might have been all it takes to kill an infant who runs out in front of a car. The situation should never have gotten to that point.

    And yes, it matters whether the light was green or red, at least in terms of establishing liability. If the driver had a green, was driving at a reasonable speed, and did not see the child, then I think that most reasonable people would not blame him (or her – the driver could have been a “black woman”, of course)..

    That said, there is a concern that the driver left the scene. Doing so deliberately points to culpability. But assuming that the driver did not see the child and could not avoid the accident, then the question becomes whether the driver could have hit an infant and not realized. That is hard to believe if the pedestrian was an adult. But at night with a small infant who possibly ran out at the last minute? It’s certainly possible.

    The driver may have felt a bump but would that have felt different than hitting other kinds of obstacles and obstructions in the street? I once hit a cat and didn’t realize it.

    I don’t know and neither do you. So it might be better to reserve judgement until we have more facts.

  • voltairesmistress

    1) It is not humanly possible to always hold onto a child’s hand, and placing that 100% absolute standard on guardians is unreasonable, but popular in today’s America. Anything bad happens to a child, blame the parent or guardian for inattention.

    2) It is not okay in a pedestrian-rich, city-street environment to operate a motor vehicle either fast or slowly but in a manner that has the driver not noticing hitting something or someone in a painted crosswalk. Having the light does not absolve any of us drivers from observing what is in front of us.

    3) Race, income, and education very much affect how a person is treated by the police and whether said person will be perceived as irresponsible/criminal or as a sympathetic victim. I am not injecting race into this story. I am acknowledging it.

  • NoeValleyJim

    Stefan Kuftedjian is a real sweetheart, he has been sued for doing damage with his automobile before.

    http://www.plainsite.org/dockets/wklludmr/superior-court-of-california-county-of-san-francisco/city-and-county-of-san-francisco-a-municipal-corp-v-stef/

  • RoyTT

    I’m sorry but that’s just not true. It is most certainly possible to keep control of a two year old in a public place. You ducked my question of whether you have kids but I can honestly contend to have always done that with mine.

    You can certainly let go of them for brief periods and keep them close in various safer places but NOT anywhere near traffic, not even for a second because that is all it takes.

    Any guardian who fails that duty of care is going to get into trouble. It’s got nothing to do with race and I didn’t even know the race of this woman until you played that card.

    And re your point (2), it is not reasonably possible to drive in such a way that you can stop or avoid any and every obstacle that might possibly get in your way. By that standard we’d have a 5mph speed limit everywhere. That would definitely save a lot of lives but the cost would simply be externalized elsewhere.

  • murphstahoe

    I agree with you on all points except the race issue (and you can throw class in as well). If Marissa Meyer had done this, there is no chance she would be facing felony charges.

  • voltairesmistress

    Roy, let me answer you this way re having children. That is personal information about themselves that I believe commenters should be at liberty to reveal or not on a public forum. I did not duck your question. I consciously chose to remain silent on that. I believe it was an inappropriate question that implied people who have no son or daughter could not know how to care for children. Analogously, if we apply this to other topics, it would mean that only persons from an in-group could talk knowledgeably about a variety of topics from the mundane to the arcane.

  • coolbabybookworm

    Not to mention, the parents aren’t being charged here, the aunt is. Almost everyone has at least been around children even if they aren’t raising them, so a parent’s expertise or whether or not a commenter is a parent is not really relevant.

  • Greg

    You were there and saw the accident? Have you spoke to the police yet to give your first hand account?

  • Greg

    The question was relevant to the topic and was not inappropriate given the topic. You ducked it.

  • voltairesmistress

    You are an ass.