Today’s Headlines

  • Mayors Campaign for BART Bond (SFChron)
  • Muni Art Winners (KQED)
  • Bay Area Rent Control Measures (BizJournals)
  • Brown Signs Climate Change Law (EastBayTimes)
  • Integrating Ride Hail With Transit (Curbed)
  • Pedestrian and Motorists Injured in Two Wrecks in the Mission (SFBay)
  • Too Much Parking and Not Enough Variety in Flower Market Plan (SFExaminer, Socketsite)
  • ACE Fares Rising (EastBayTimes)
  • Quiet Zones for SMART Train? (MarinIJ)
  • Larkspur Fight over Bike Lanes (MarinIJ)
  • Commentary: BART Bond Property Tax Could Double (EastBayTimes)
  • Commentary: Fix BART and Other American Transit Systems (Newsweek)

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  • murphstahoe

    “3 mayors brave BART to promote bond measure”

    What a pathetic headline.

  • Prinzrob
  • murphstahoe

    wrong link 🙂

  • Prinzrob

    Fixed, thanks!

  • RichLL

    The link doesn’t work because the article is behind a paywall, but I would imagine that for security reasons, most city mayors, state governors and senior politicians in DC do not ride public transportation, other than commercial airlines.

  • p_chazz

    I wonder if the mayors were accompanied by their security details.

  • RichLL

    Sure, but some locations are much easier to secure and ensure VIP safety than others. Any public location is harder than a private location. And a station or train it can become impossible, because you cannot seal the perimeter.

    So dignitaries are often told where they can and cannot go if they are to be successfully protected from all risks. If Obama rode BART the entire system would be locked down.

  • david vartanoff

    OTOH Michael Bloomberg made a point of riding the single most crowed subway line in the US (closest to his home) to get to City Hall. Although accompanied by security, he rode regular trains full of regular riders.

  • RichLL

    Good PR, no doubt, but how many more armed security people did he need for that indulgence, and what did it cost the taxpayers?

    And does NYC have a track record of assassinating mayors like SF does?

  • voltairesmistress

    I cannot express the degree of improvement to my reading experience by blocking one overactive Streetsblog comment “contributor”. May I suggest to anyone who is tired of Rich’s use of this comments section as his personal crusade for ???? that they go to his profile at Disqus, tap the vertical dots next to his name, and block themselves from having to contend with this perpetual concern troll? Thank you to another reader for alerting me to this feature!

  • mx

    Bloomberg did get driven to an express stop, but he did ride the subway basically every day, which is more than we can say for Ed Lee. And the mayor has security regardless, so it seems worth it.

    Has anyone credibly tried to assassinate an SF mayor since 1978? If that’s the specific problem you’re worried about, just don’t allow any members of the BoS to share a Muni vehicle with the Mayor…

  • RichLL

    And yet isn’t the real tragedy that you lack the intellectual range and emotional maturity to be able to accept a broader diversity and range of opinions?

    When I encounter a contributor whose opinions I do not personally value, I ignore them. Why do you lack that basic life skill and instead seek to demonize those with whom you differ?

  • mx

    Ed Lee isn’t President Obama. The mayor moves around quite a bit. Yes, with security accompanying him, but you seem to vastly exaggerate the scale of the operation.

  • RichLL

    Given the level of vitriol that some of the more hysterical elements appear to feel towards our city’s CEO, I think Ed can be forgiven for feeling somewhat threatened by the violent fringes of our society, as well as the usual terrorist threat.

    Or are you suggesting instead that he be as complacent and sanguine as, say, George Moscone?

  • RichLL

    Attempts since 1978 are not known since typically failed attempts are kept under wraps in case it gives ideas to others.

    Successful attempts since 1978? None. but how much of that is due to the security now in place. Tried entering City Hall recently? It’s like entering an airport.

  • p_chazz

    Shame on you for calling RichLL a troll. I have never known him to be vulgar or rude, even in heated discussions. The same cannot be said of others with whom he contends. The real problem are commenters who want discussions to be a mutual admiration society and who cannot tolerate opinions different from their own.

  • RichLL

    Yes, I’ve never seen a reason to be angry or emotional just because someone else holds a different view. So I too fail to understand such exhibitions here, whether they take the form of denial (Voltaire) or just puerile tantrums (too many to mention).

    Whenever I have been engaged in a journey of truth discovery, I have always welcomed adverse and contrary opinions. I tend to be suspicious of those who cannot maintain equanimity or objectivity, or who cannot tolerate diversity in a civil discourse.

    As MLK said, “we must learn how to disagree without being disagreeable”.

  • I found I couldn’t have a discussion because I have committed thoughtcrime.

  • Rogue Cyclist

    Re: Larkspur Fight over Bike Lanes

    The article made it clear the controversy isn’t about cars vs. bikes, not exactly. There’s uncertainty with the proposed bike lanes. Some vocal residents want to preserve the current 2 car lanes. They’re not just not against bike lanes.

  • als

    In reading through your and the other comments here I want to ask you (and the others) if the Mayor isn’t riding our public transit then who of our elected officials is supposed to be riding? Sad to say that the only city employees I see riding are Muni drivers and operators – and I think there’s a basic problem with what we expect our elected office holders to accomplish when we accept that they’re insulated from some of the most basic services with some of the biggest problems. (I do think I see Scott Weiner on the Muni).

  • murphstahoe

    I love the fact that this thread went 10 deep and I have no idea what you guys are talking about

  • murphstahoe

    The problem was the sheer volume. I’ve blocked the guy – so I can’t see his posts and they don’t show up in my email – and he still responds to every comment, as if he’s just some AI bot.

  • Drew Levitt

    I saw Scott on Muni Metro a few weeks ago.

  • Drew Levitt

    Then again, it’s unusually easy to spot Scott Wiener…

  • RichLL

    Murph, are you suggesting that SFSB does not encourage active engagement in discussion?

  • RichLL

    It’s usually executives rather than administrators, legislators and civil servants who are targeted for attack in public. So I’d expect supervisors to take transit without feeling in peril but not the mayor, the governor or the President. Even the Veep takes Amtrak, I have hears, although perhaps I only heard that because it is considered newsworthy.

  • RichLL

    Murph, i love that you are proud of being ignorant of what is being discussed. Must be very comforting to not hear any opinion you don’t like simply by shutting out an entire discussion thread.

  • voltairesmistress

    Yes, exactly. I even agreed with Rich on occasion. But I don’t want anyone taking over the forum and not exercising some basic self restraint and judgment as to whether he or she is offering something unpredictable or challenging. Few of us could entertain a captive audience day after day with our brilliance! ?

  • Wow, great tip! Really cleans things up. Not nearly as much scrolling.

  • What does everyone think about the Ford GoBike rebranding of Bay Area Bikeshare? On the one hand, I’m a little sad to see yet another bikeshare go corporatized (and by a car company!) and yet going from 700 to 7000 bikes will be amazing. It looks like the Mission/Castro/Duboce Triangle/Bernal neighborhoods will roll out next spring, which will make the system vastly more useful. Wish it were even sooner.

  • SF_Abe

    I’ll always call her BABS

  • the_greasybear

    RichLL’s prolific trolling has become an unenlightening distraction.

    Those of us who want to discuss something substantive, like the city’s plans to slow motorists in Golden Gate Park to prevent them from continuing to kill and maim vulnerable road users, are poorly served when some troll pushes–apropos of nothing–further impeding bicycle traffic on the Panhandle. One is a plan to implement a relevant, data-driven solution to a real, quantified problem; the other is just another compulsive restatement of anti-bike animus.

  • mx

    I’m not a big fan of more corporate ads spread around town (indeed, are we sure the Ford branding doesn’t violate SF’s anti-billboard laws?), but am really looking forward to more bikes. I use it to go up/down Market decently often (heck, today I used it to go four blocks down Market because I was in a hurry and it was right there), and being able to get to the Mission on it would be a big improvement. To the extent that the sponsorship helps pay for that and maybe helps avoid a membership fee increase, it’s hard to complain too much.

  • mx

    My patience for Rich’s comments dropped dramatically after he decided to attack Lisa Feldstein for being too much like a New York Jew for his tastes.

  • RichLL

    mx, Since Lisa Feldstein made a point of citing her specific geographic, ethnic, educational and cultural background (AKA identity politics) as positives in her (doomed) campaign then it seems borderline bizarre to object to citing them.

    But maybe I should have said SJW rather than NYJ? In any event I believe my revelations about her, including exposing direct lies and hypocrisy, helped lead to her withdrawing from the race. A job, perhaps, that formal journalists should have done?

  • RichLL

    So, Greasy, what you are really saying is that you only want to hear one side of any debate?

    The analogy here holds. If cyclists want to slow down drivers when they are the vulnerable road user, then why do they behave exactly like drivers on the Panhandle mixed-use path?

    Can you seriously not see how that double standard undermines what you seek to achieve? And object when anyone points that out?

  • RichLL

    Voltaire, thank you for appreciating my “brilliance” but, truthfully, I only post here when I am working, which is why I rarely post here at night or on week-ends. Like many others here, when I am not working I have better things to do.

    And with basic multi-tasking skills, it takes little time and effort to contribute actively here. Perhaps the problem is more that others contribute less – I notice people often have no refutation of my arguments and so duck.

  • murphstahoe

    And by the “This user is blocked” tag it appears he’s still responding. Please respond to this one too, Rich, I can’t see it or respond to your responses, and I’m not opening another account just to be wowed by your stylings.

  • murphstahoe

    Ford is paying to advertise on bikes to people who ride bikes more than cars. Why not.

  • Donovan Lacy

    I think that it is great to have Ford help pay for the bike share expansion. Now if we can get them to sponsor a couple hundred miles of protected bike lanes throughout SF I think we will be in business.

  • farazs

    I know these are parts of 2 different sub-trees so you’ll claim context as an excuse. Its still ironic when these appear one after the other on 2 closely timed posts:
    > As MLK said, “we must learn how to disagree without being disagreeable”.
    > And yet isn’t the real tragedy that you lack the intellectual range and emotional maturity to …

  • Corvus Corax

    I was thinking exactly the same thing, and remembering still more snarky comments our WealthyLingeringLogorrheic has made against others who also find his nonstop opinionating objectionable. It would make an interesting case study to determine just how much time he spends favoring us with his ideas: I know he claims to be multi-tasking, but even the most cursory search on the myth of multi-tasking puts the lie to that. Thanks to the information from voltairesmistress, I have clicked on the magical three dots and now have the infinite pleasure of seeing line after line of “this user is blocked”, so I can actually read the comments here without getting so turned off that I close the page. O, brave new world…

  • @als – I have seen Scott Wiener and John Avalos on public transit. And Tom Ammiano back in the day.

  • @voltairesmistress – Personally I think he should get the same treatment that made this and other sites blissfully free of the inane voluminous postings of @RoyTT, but this site is run by a skeleton crew these days.

  • @mx – Feldstein was in fact making important points about demographics and land use, and all @RichTT did was hoark up Sarah Palin stupidity about how nobody should ever mention race, never mind that it’s actually relevant. But yeah, then to go on a “New York Jew” riff is really beyond the pale.

  • “This bike lane sponsored by Ford®, with free parking for Ford® customers and Chariot®. Why let Uber® have all the fun of parking in bike lanes?”