The City from the Valley (2012) – excerpt

Fundamental shifts are underway in the relationship between San Francisco and Silicon Valley.
Historically, workers have lived in residential suburbs while commuting to work in the city. For Silicon Valley, however, the situation is reversed: many of the largest technology companies are based in suburbs, but look to recruit younger knowledge workers who are more likely to dwell in the city. An alternate transportation network of private buses—fully equipped with wifi—thus threads daily through San Francisco, picking up workers at unmarked bus stops (though many coexist in digital space), carrying them southward via the commuter lanes of the 101 and 280 freeways, and eventually delivers them to their campuses.
What does this flow tell us about Silicon Valley, and the City it feeds?… (more, including some beautiful maps.)

MTA Shuttles

Google buses behaving badly

RV parking plan unfairly targets people living in vehicles – Opinion

Opinion By Kathleen C. Gray : – excerpt

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is asking for a new ordinance that would make it illegal to park large vehicles (read: RVs) overnight anywhere that a sign is posted. The first proposed areas for such signage are all areas known to be where RVs park on an ongoing basis, including the Lower Great Highway in the Sunset District.

One of the major reasons given for why this legislation is needed is that neighbors in these certain areas are complaining about the near constant presence of RVs, campers, etc. I wonder what those neighbors would think if they realized that those vehicles cleave to certain areas because the SFPD herded them there in the first place. For at least the last 15 years, to my direct knowledge, the police have been instructing those living in their vehicles to park there… (more)

We take no side on this issue, but, it seems like one option the city could take would be to follow in the footsteps of other cities such as Santa Barbara, that have established car parks for folks living in their vehicles.

Supes Crack Down on Overnight Trailer/Camper Parking

How California is planning growth for a prosperous economy and clean environment

Kaid Benfield’s Blog – excerpt

A thorough new report developed by my colleagues at the Natural Resources Defense Council, together with Move LA, a transportation and smart development partnership in southern California, documents the impressive progress made over the last four years to ensure that our nation’s most populous state will absorb future growth in a sensible way.  Called Bold Plans for California Communities, the report traces the history and implementation of the state’s landmark planning framework, adopted by the state legislature and signed by then-governor Arnold Schwarzenegger in 2008.

California’s planning framework
In California, laws tend to be known by bureaucratic names or abbreviations and numbers (think Proposition 13 or AB 32).  The planning legislation, known by most as Senate Bill 375 or simply “SB 375,” wisely takes account  of the growth pressures facing the state – population is expected to increase about ten percent in each coming decade – and directs each of its metropolitan planning organizations to coordinate transportation investment, land use and housing so that growth occurs efficiently while minimizing emissions and  other environmental impacts.  The most significant environmental provisions of the law direct the California Air Resources Board to develop and assign transportation emissions targets for each region, and then requires each region to develop a detailed strategy to assure that those targets are met.  The Air Board must review the plans and certify that each is adequate to meet the targets.  It’s not quite that simple, of course, but that’s the general idea…. (more)

Brown signs state’s driverless cars bill

KTVU And AP Wires – excerpt

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation Tuesday that will pave the way for driverless cars in California.
The bill by Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla will establish safety and performance regulations to test and operate autonomous vehicles on state roads and highways.
The governor signed it at the Mountain View headquarters of Google Inc., which has been developing autonomous car technology and lobbying for the regulations…. (more)