Today’s Headlines

  • Lime Sues to Stop Scooter Pilot Program (SFExaminer, SFChron, BizTimes)
  • Officials Can’t Predict Re-Opening Date of Transbay (SFChron)
  • Update on Transbay and Fremont Street Closure (EastBayTimes)
  • More on Potential Fixes to Transbay (BizTimes)
  • CPUC Fines BART over Worker Deaths (SFExaminer, SFChron)
  • More Power Washing for BART Mission Street Stations (SFExaminer)
  • Berkeley BART Plaza Set to Re-open (Curbed)
  • More on Geary 38 Construction (Hoodline)
  • Mayor Breed Creates New Housing Czar Position (Curbed)
  • Berkeley’s Pathway Homeless Shelter (Berkeleyside)
  • SF’s Homeless Outreach (SFChron)
  • Political Forums/BART Board Candidates (SFChron)

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

  • Jeffrey Baker

    I wish these officials would stop blaming their project mismanagement on “winter rains”, as the BART flak does regarding the severely delayed Berkeley plaza. The winter in question was dry with very few days of rain compared to an average year. It hardly rained at all in either December of February. Total rainfall was 1/4 less than normal and rainy days were down by 1/3 from average years.

    The project was delayed by poor selection of bidders and negligent oversight after the project began. It’s OK to admit it. Blaming weather that wasn’t even adverse is just insulting to the public.

  • This rain blame is a growing trend among all agencies, not just BART. What they’re really saying is that they want to slack off between November and April of any year.

  • Roger R.

    I wonder how they build things in Vancouver, Seattle, Amsterdam, or any of the other places where they have more rain than we do?

  • Jeffrey Baker

    Seattle does just as poorly as the Bay Area, but they make up different excuses.

  • Wallaby

    “The winter in question was dry with very few days of rain compared to an average year. It hardly rained at all in either December of February. Total rainfall was 1/4 less than normal and rainy days were down by 1/3 from average years.”

    It’s not as simple as that. I have a basement floor that floods some winters and not others. Funny thing is that it isn’t always the statistically wettest winters that flood. It seems to be more a matter of how much rain in how short a period of time. And the direction of the wind that drives that rain.

    Then there are underground streams all over SF that can compound a problem, and they sometimes change direction, seemingly randomly.

  • Sounds like an American thing.