Local Cabbies Worry Taxis Will Become San Francisco’s Next Endangered Species

By Coburn Palmer : sfweekly.com/thesnitch – excerpt

It was an unusual sight outside City Hall today — empty cabs and lots of them!
If you’ve visited San Francisco for even a few hours on a Saturday night, then you already know how irksome it is to try and track down a taxi. Well, driving a taxi is no walk in the park either. Cabbies gathered today outside City Hall to honk away their own frustrations about the most controversial issue plaguing that community: taxi medallions.
The drivers’ complaints specifically target the SFMTA’s policy of selling permits, also known as medallions, for $300,000, on top of charging drivers to process credit cards from fares. In addition, the SFMTA is ignoring the recommendations of the Taxi Advisory Council, drivers claim… (more)

Supes Committee Approves Union Square Central Subway Plan

By Dan McMenamin : Bay City News – excerpt

,,, The board’s Land Use and Economic Development committee this afternoon unanimously agreed to send the proposal to the full Board of Supervisors as part of the $1.6 billion San Francisco Municipal Railway project linking the city’s South of Market neighborhood to Chinatown.
The vote comes after SaveMuni.com, a group opposing the project, filed a lawsuit last Wednesday arguing that construction on Union Square violated a clause in the city charter that requires voter approval of any structure built and maintained on park property for non-recreational purposes.
Some of the opponents spoke at this afternoon’s committee hearing at City Hall, including Tom Lippe, the attorney representing SaveMuni.com.
Lippe said the clause requiring voter approval for the project is “about as plain as the law gets” but “for some reason has been ignored” by city officials… (more)