Today’s Headlines

  • Poll: Most Bay Area Voters Won’t Hike Driving Fees, But Might Pay Tax for New BART Tube (SFGate)
  • Transit Activist: City Hall Shouldn’t Let Private Transpo Services Reduce Urgency for Better Muni (Chron)
  • Calle 24’s Strategy to “Prevent Another Valencia” (Gentrification) Includes “Protecting Parking” (UA)
  • Car-Free 1050 Valencia Condos Allowed to Resume Construction, But Neighbors Keep Fighting (SS)
  • SF to Pay $11M to Woman Hit By Muni Train at 19th and Junipero Serra in 2013 (SFGate)
  • Transbay Transit Center Starting to Take Shape in SoMa (ABC)
  • The Case for More Bike Space on Caltrain (SMDJ); CAHSR Planning Will Affect Caltrain Car Design (GC)
  • Bolts on New Bay Bridge East Span Have More “Ominous Cracks” That (SFGate)
  • BART Stopped Between Lafayette and Concord After Tree Knocks Power Line On to Tracks (NBC, ABC)
  • 18-Year-Old San Leandro Driver Turns Self in After Killing Woman and Fleeing (CBS)
  • Google’s Natively-Produced Self-Driving Cars Are Roaming the Streets of Mountain View (CBS)
  • San Jose to Launch “CalleSJ” Open Streets Program This Fall (Inside SJ)

More headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • mx

    So people are willing to back a $3 billion bond for transit, but won’t pay an extra $50/year on their car registrations to maintain the roads they drive on. Just how did vehicle license fees become the third rail of California politics?

  • jonobate

    Calle 24 are the worst. One of their representatives was at the Muni Forward open house for the 14/14R, arguing that no parking or travel lanes should be removed for bus only lanes. When the SFMTA representative asked how they could otherwise deal with the problems of the buses not fitting in the lanes, he replied “make the buses smaller.”

    He was also boasting about how their opposition managed to keep Sunday Streets and “the bike people” off 24th St, and how their opposition would defeat these bus lanes as well. These people are conservatives, in the true sense of the word – they don’t want anything to be changed from the way it was before. I understand that in many respects the Mission has changed for the worst in recent years, but opposing ALL change because of that is an unthinking and reactionary position.

  • murphstahoe

    Something will change. If you don’t participate in the change, eventually the change will just wash you away.

  • p_chazz

    An interesting position to take, considering how much Calle 24’s constituency would benefit from the 14/14R improvements. It just goes to show how disconnected so-called “community leaders” are from the community they purport to represent.

  • murphstahoe

    In the other thread you say you can empathize with people who are different than you. Presumably you can empathize with Calle 24’s leaders desire to make more money 🙂

  • mx

    It’s one of the classic responses to gentrification: let’s resist all efforts to improve the neighborhood so wealthier people won’t want to live there.

    I get that they don’t want change because change means displacement, but intentionally keeping the neighborhood down isn’t going to help either.

  • jonobate

    I was very pleased to see that the results of the open house survey showed that they were out of touch with the majority of the open house attendees: https://www.sfmta.com/sites/default/files/projects/2015/14%20Mission%20-%20Inner%20Survey%20Results.pdf

  • StrixNoctis .

    Valencia Street isn’t exactly “up” or improved by gentrification. There are clubs & bars along that street, public drunkeness, prostitution (not low-end street walkers like there has been on Capp St, but the high-end prostitutes at and around the Valencia St clubs & bars are prostitutes nonetheless), loitering, a lot of illegal double parking.

  • StrixNoctis .

    The people struggling to remain in the Mission district would just get “washed away” even quicker if they supported the gentrification.

  • Sprague

    The “governator” played a role in this, with his populist and successful effort to reduce the vehicle license fee immediately upon assuming the office. When he left office, he expressed regret for this with its severe budget implications for California.

  • jonobate

    How does “opposing bus lanes” equal “supporting gentrification”? Are Calle 24 worried that if the bus lanes are implemented, the techies will flock to Mission St to take advantage of the projected 5 minute travel time savings for the 14-Mission through the project area?