Today’s Headlines

  • 17th Street Bikeway Set for a Vote (SFBay)
  • More on 8th Ave Neighborhood Way (Hoodline)
  • City Seeking More Input on Making Civic Center Inviting (Hoodline)
  • Presidio ‘Tunnel Tops’ Parkland (SFChron)
  • Number of Traffic Tickets Down, ‘Despite Focus on the Five’ (SFExaminer)
  • Wealth by BART Station (SFGate)
  • SMART to Solano County? (MarinIJ)
  • Does Rent Control Drive up Rents? (Curbed)
  • Eviction Controls Kicking in (SFExaminer)
  • Can Republican Leverage the Gas Tax? (SFChron)
  • Gas Tax and Cost of Repairing Streets and Roads (EastBayTimes)
  • Commentary: Use McLaren Park Funds for People (SFExaminer)

Get state headlines at Streetsblog CA, national headlines at Streetsblog USA

  • Re: Civic Center
    Seriously, we are still be asked “what can we do to make Civic Center more inviting?” If city leaders haven’t yet figured this out in the past 3 decades then they are beyond incompetent and just plain stupid. It seems like San Francisco becomes wealthier and wealthier yet not one dime of all that money ever hits the streets of this supposed “world class city.”

  • jonobate

    What are the answers to this problem, if they are so obvious?

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Build residential mental health facilities. Put the mentally ill in them. Deluge Civic Center Plaza with concentrated bleach. Victory.

  • jonobate

    I don’t disagree, but you’re talking about fixing major structural issues with the US healthcare system that have developed over decades, and that have very little to do with Civic Center itself. Not going to be easy or simple for the city to fix.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Sure. But the fact that the federal and state regimes have systematically ruined everything does not change the fact that the solution is perfectly obvious. Homelessness? Housing. Hunger? Food. Poverty? Money. Mental illness? Mental health care.

    For the city, I think even tactically this is not hard. Take the billion+ dollars currently being spent on homelessness / acute mental health care. Stop spending it on everything it’s currently being spent on. Buy several acres of land and/or tear down one or more city-owned parking garages. Erect on that site numerous apartments, with on-site mental health and social services. Give away the apartments. It’s pretty amazing what you can do with a billion dollars, if you don’t piss it all away.

  • StrixNoctis .

    It’s possible it could be a sarcastic question or it could be a question asked in pretense with the intention to appear like they’re doing their jobs, like Zero Vision.

  • It’s like they have alerts set up so that they can “address” an issue to make it appear they’re actually doing work. “What does the public think should be done to improve CC.” “What does the public think is the most pressing transit issue we’re facing?” “What should we do about lack of affordable housing?” It’s just PR. Bad PR. It’s not even discourse, with the exception of SPUR panels/meetings which end up doing nothing other than them patting themselves on their backs for “tackling” such important and difficult topics, yet producing no game plan to solve the problems. I’ve been here 20 years…it’s the same old, tired thing year after year after year.

  • p_chazz

    Sorry, but because of the 1975 Supreme Court decision O’Connor v. Donaldson, you cannot put the mentally ill in facilities if they don’t want to go unless they are a danger to themselves or to others.

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Considering that 300 people have gone to the hospital due to hepatitis from street poop in San Diego, it’s looking increasingly easy to make the case for “danger to others”.

  • p_chazz

    Hepatitis is a physical illness, not a mental illness.