BMW moves into parking, car-sharing

Posted By: Michael Cabanatuan : SFGate: City Insider – excerpt

BMW is shifting into a higher gear in San Francisco, drifting away from simply selling fancy and pricey cars.
Now you can pay BMW to borrow a car to run an errand across town or to find and reserve a parking space.
At a press conference in front of City Hall, BMW officials joined Mayor Ed Lee and city environmental officials to announce two new programs that aim to establish the German luxury car-maker’s credentials as a company that supports sustainability as well to broaden its reach into other parts of the transportation market.
The car-sharing program, known as DriveNow, allows people who enroll to use BMW’s 70-car fleet of  ActivE all-electric cars, now parked at 14 locations around the city. The cars cost $12 for the first half hour and 32 cents for each additional minute….
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Are public streets and taxi medallions really the property of the SFMTA, to be sold as commodities to the highest bidder? What next? A space at the beach where you can stand to see the sunset? We need a serious discussion about the concept of the public commons.

Report: carbon emissions lowest in 20 years! | CalWatchDog

By Kay Grimes: CalWatch – excerpt

Katy Grimes: Apparently the big news that the amount of carbon dioxide being released into the atmosphere in the United States has fallen to the lowest level in 20 years, hasn’t yet reached the desk of Mary Nichols, the director of the California Air Resources Board.
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Rarely do I repeat the news in both my blogs, but rarely is the news this good….

Parklet program’s popularity causes some backlash amongst drivers

ktvu.com – excerpt

The conversion of parking spaces into tiny parks or parklets is exploding all over the streets of San Francisco, but not everyone is happy.
Since the city rolled out the parklet program in 2009, demand has spiked. There are currently 33 parklets with another 15 in the design process — and the waiting list is long.
Many drivers aren’t as revved up about the parklets’ proliferation, especially in areas such as the Mission District where finding a parking spot requires more than just luck…
“It’s real hard to find a place (to park),” said Erfert Fenton, a driver from San Jose. “I was just joking to my buddy here that we could sell this one when we pull out in the evening here.” …

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