Today’s Headlines

  • Skip, Scoot and Parking Citations (SFExaminer)
  • More on San Francisco and Car Use (Curbed, BizTimes)
  • Coalition Demands Free Muni (MissionLocal)
  • Chariot Shutdown Boosts Muni Applications (SFExaminer)
  • More on Mayor’s Call to Speed Housing (SFChron)
  • Mills College Bell Tower (Hoodline)
  • Drunk Driving, Hit-&-Run Marin Supervisor ‘Apologizes,’ While Lawyer Tries to get Him off (MarinIJ)
  • Things to do in Golden Gate Park (Curbed)
  • Letter: Diridon Needs More Bus Service, Not Cuts (MercNews)
  • Letter: Don’t Extend Road Past North San Jose School (MercNews)
  • Commentary: Newsom Working on Housing (SFChron)

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

  • murphstahoe

    If Damon Connelly wants to walk the walk, he should voluntarily turn his license in for a year. Just say “Look, I want to make a plea, drop the fine, take my license”

  • david vartanoff

    actually a DUI conviction should incur a mandatory license revocation for minimally a year. A second one? 5 years no driving.

  • p_chazz

    Third offense? No driving for life. Fourth offense? 2-10 years in state prison? Fifth offense? 20 years to life? Sixth offense? Life imprisonment?
    Seventh offense? Death penalty? If someone knows how to drive, there is nothing to stop them.

  • Back in college I knew a girl whose dad was a city judge. She had a couple of DUIs that just magically disappeared. She boasted that she would tell the cops who pulled her over who her dad was and they just waved her on. While drinking/driving is a chronic problem the judicial system needs a complete overhaul. A DUI conviction should incur a mandatory sentence. A DUI hit and run should be charged as attempted manslaughter and fleeing the scene. Raise the stakes when it comes to punishment and a modified behavior will follow.

  • thielges

    Reminds me of a story of a local chronic drunk driver our justice system couldn’t keep off the road. The original poster will find this article familiar. He provides a great summary: http://holierthanyou.blogspot.com/2014/07/robert-schiro-aka-bob-schiro-of-los.html

  • mx

    Another day, another total Muni Metro failure in the peak of morning rush hour. It’s not even that the subway is unreliable that bothers me; it’s that nobody seems to care. SFMTA management certainly doesn’t, and the press largely doesn’t even take notice. 173,000 people ride Metro every day, and everyone just accepted the fact years ago that moving trains through a tunnel is not something this city is capable of doing.

  • Clearly incapable. And Muni has run out of lame excuses. After 10 years relying on the L-Terrible we were forced to move and I’m now walking distance to Balboa Park BART. Say what you want about BART, but it’s far more reliable than Muni ever will be, in spite of its flaws. 15 minutes max to get to Montgomery station. This summer we might have to move again so I gave my other half an ultimatum…either we live walking distance to downtown or we remain near BART. I absolutely refuse to deal with Muni, its meltdowns and overall crap service.

  • mx

    Update: nobody is showing up to drive buses this evening either.

    https://twitter.com/sfmta_muni/status/1092910271075504128

  • murphstahoe

    so… you’re saying we should do nothing?

    “has access to a car”? Take the car

  • murphstahoe

    Damon Connelly was recently called a climate denier because he’s pushed back on the duration of the pilot project for the RIchmond Bridge.

    If you really want to throw shade at Connelly – ask him about this statement from the SMART Train staff – he sits on the board. They announced a planned bike share program in the middle of 2018. The planned rollout is 2020. That’s a program that would get people on bikes – and add to train ridership – with few dollars and should be very simple to roll out.

    BICYCLE ACCESS AND PARKING
    Bike Share: The Sonoma County Transportation Authority (SCTA) and Transportation Authority of
    Marin (TAM) submitted a joint application to the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) to
    receive a grant to create a bike share system in close proximity to the SMART stations. SMART hosted
    a Bike Share Update Meeting at its administrative offices on Monday January 7th, 2019. The purpose
    of the meeting was for SCTA & TAM to provide stakeholders an update on the Bike Share Project.
    SCTA & TAM put out a Request for Information (RFI) on Bike Share programs and received multiple
    responses. SCTA & TAM are currently preparing to issue a Request for Proposals and conservatively
    estimate that the program would launch in Spring 2020.

  • david vartanoff

    If some right wing propaganda outfit wanted to create a “socialist failure” example they would have trouble outdoing Muni.

  • Roger R.

    “…because he’s pushed back on the duration of the pilot project for the RIchmond Bridge.” For clarity, the push back on the duration was just the *latest* move in Connelly’s long-running effort to torpedo the bike project to get a third lane for cars on the upper deck.

  • murphstahoe

    missing my point.

    A bike share for SMART would attract more riders per day than the Richmond bridge would attract in a month. It would enable more people to take SMART, building support for expanding the frequency of the system and extensions Northwards. As such, that screwup is a bigger deal.

    My wired/bespoke take on that is this. In ten years, some bike lane on the bridge won’t matter because we are going to end up cratering motor vehicle ridership so rapidly that we can just give TWO lanes on the bridge to bikes. The roads are in place. And when that happens, if the trains are in place, we’ll be much better off. If I were the dictator I’d be slashing road projects to near zero and doing a Marshall plan for CAHSR and electrifying every existing rail system in the state, expedited by simply closing huge numbers of at grade crossings.