San Francisco faces tough transportation investment choices

By: Will Reisman : SFExaminer – excerpt

… Over the next 30 years, the region has roughly $3.2 billion to spend on transportation projects — a funding pot that is badly outpaced by the Bay Area’s long-term needs, meaning residents will have some tough decisions to make in the coming decades…
The website, www.sfbudgetczar.com, lays out an array of different options for San Francisco’s future. It also lists potential revenue options, which include congestion-pricing plans for automobiles or another half-cent sales tax measure. Those methods could generate an additional $4 billion to $6 billion for transportation goals… (more)

Economic cleansing, part two

Guardian Editorial – excerpt

Don’t let realtors’ cash determine the future of San Francisco
EDITORIAL
Over the next two years, tens of thousands of San Franciscans will face the loss of their homes. If the current tech boom is anything like the last one, the impact on the city will be the economic equivalent of a massive earthquake, with displacement transforming entire neighborhoods and low-income tenants, artists, writers, musicians, small merchants, cheap restaurants, and nonprofits getting chucked aside to make way for an influx of wealthier people and the businesses that serve them.
That’s why the supervisorial races are so critically important — and why groups like the Association of Realtors, which wants to limit tenant protections, is throwing such a huge amount of money into two district races… (more)

What is wrong with the status quo? Why do people move to San Francisco if they don’t like it as is? San Francisco residents revere our city as a jewel, like Paris, to be preserved with our views, quaint neighborhoods, and distinct cultures intact.
Being progressive is of no political consequence when the primary decision is whether to preserve the city as it is or tear it down and rebuild it. This is where the denser population along a transit corridor argument begins to distort reality.
Look behind the green mask of the SFMTA’s allegiance to Transit First anti car plans and you will find the connection between the “greening” argument and the green money of the developers intent on displacing property owners as fast as they can so they can grab up their land on the cheap.
Ask the folks in Potrero Hill, Parkmerced, and North Beach about the city’s plans to dislocate them, or crowd them out with tall buildings blocking their views. Then look at your own neighborhood and watch them rezone portions of it to lift height limits. Or, watch the efforts to turn your residential neighborhoods into mixed-use commercial and residential zones, so they can deny you residential parking rights and implant meters in front of your homes.
Do you want to restructure San Francisco into a high tech futuristic city devoid of views and historic buildings, or do you want to preserve what we have? That is the question voters need to concern themselves with. Who best represents your interests?
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Alameda Co. weighs transportation plan

By Michael Cabanatuan : SFGate – excerpt

…Supporters (of Measure B1 )say the planaims to preserve and maintain the existing transportation system and invest in a balanced network that’s cost-effective and coincides with land-use and development patterns.
A loosely organized group of critics, aligned with the conservative SF Bay Citizens Alliance for Property Rights, oppose the plan as part of a regional scheme, including the One Bay Area Plan regional planning effort, to make driving difficult and force people to live in dense “stack and pack” developments like apartments and condominiums…
If Measure B1 passes, it would raise the sales tax in most Alameda County cities to 9.25 percent, among the highest rates in the state. Pico Rivera and South Gate, both in Los Angeles County, have rates of 9.75 percent…. (more)

The voters get to decide on whether to raise their taxes to pay for more transit programs. Voters beware. If passed Measure B1 passes it will be used by the transit authorities to push drivers out of the area by making parking and criving difficult, as Prop E has been used in San Francisco.