Today’s Headlines

  • More Safe-Hit Posts on Valencia (SFExaminer)
  • More Loading Space for Uber and Lyft (KALW)
  • Protected Bike Lanes for Part of Lake Merritt (EastBayTimes)
  • Hit & Run Felon Cop of the Castro (SFChron)
  • Muni Bus and Streetcar Collide (SFBay)
  • More on Cable Car Pulley Maintenance (Hoodline)
  • Blackout at 16th and Mission BART (SFGate)
  • Jane Kim Opposes Housing Near Transit (SFExaminer)
  • 103 Units for Hayes Valley (Hoodline)
  • Facebook’s Zig Zag Bridge (Curbed)
  • Commentary: Transit Density Bill is the Answer (EastBayTimes)
  • Commentary: Brown’s Boast about High Speed Rail (EastBayTimes)

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  • Fran Taylor

    Saying “Jane Kim Opposes Housing Near Transit” because she opposes SB827 is dishonest and inflammatory. The bill has a lot of possible consequences that make it unpalatable even to many of us who support density and transit. That headline is a total fabrication.

  • mx

    I don’t like that summary either. That said, I would love to see Kim support something meaningful such as a commitment to building housing equal to the amount of new office space she wants to add in SoMa. Her promised 7,000 housing units and 50,000 jobs is just making the problem worse.

  • The housing situation is just beyond hope for the entire Bay Area. It used to be that when the lower and middle classes were priced out of a city they went to the suburbs. Not here, where the peninsula and north/east bays are equally, if not more expensive, in a 50+ mile radius. Even if 20,000 more housing units were built, only a small fraction would be set aside for low income residents. Forget the middle class who are caught in between and really have no choice but to leave. While the cost of living numbers in the Bay Area are shocking to outsiders, the problem is really state wide. CA, in general, is expensive. And, people who either cannot afford to continue to live here or who are simply fed up are leaving in droves.

  • Stuart

    It will be interesting to see whether the intermittent posts on Valencia reduce the number of TNCs blocking the bike lane, or just shift them immediately before and after the protected areas.

    For instance, not having a cluster of cars right next to the parklet between 18th and 19th will be nice, as it’s been a magnet for TNC drivers for some reason (do they imagine it’s not double parking if the thing next to them isn’t a car?), but if they all just move down thirty feet is not going to help the commute along Valencia.

    Hopefully seeing the prominent posts will make at least a few of them think twice about the bike lane being a good place to stop, but I’m not holding my breath. The full redesign can’t come soon enough.

  • Chris J.

    Today I saw an Uber stopped in the northbound bike lane on Valencia just a few feet past the three or so posts between 16th and 18th. There’s even a double-white line painted between the bike lane and the auto lane in this stretch. So yeah, the posts could just be interpreted to mean “load anywhere in the bike lane except for where these three posts are.”

  • sf in sf

    Perhaps “Jane Kim Opposes Housing Near Transit Where White People Live” would be better? She did a rally in one of the richest neighborhoods in the city, a place that has a 15 minute subway ride to the FiDi, and yet is zoned for single-family homes. And she did it just days after a project to provide 150 homes for low-income seniors in Forest Hill, the next (and equally rich and exclusive) neighborhood over, was killed: https://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Senior-housing-project-near-SF-s-Forest-Hill-12742358.php

    This was like going to Alabama and talking about states’ rights. The message couldn’t have been clearer. She wants to keep housing out of the west side and continue the pattern of only developing in the eastern half of the city where low-income communities have experienced gentrification and displacement.

    Contrast London Breed’s housing platform: https://medium.com/@LondonBreed/an-affordable-city-for-all-of-us-3ba5bb17c720 London has been consistent about supporting housing for everyone and taking a fact-based approach, not flipflopping based on wherever the wind is blowing.

  • *wave your hands in the air like you completely give up but want to whinge about it a lot*

  • murphstahoe

    Jane Kim is all about opposing housing in the Mission.

  • Bite me. I’m merely pointing out simple economic facts and really couldn’t care less if people stay or leave SF.