Regional planners want to put 280,000 more people into San Francisco — and they admit that many current residents will have to leave… Social Engineering video
CLIMATE CHANGE AND “SMART GROWTH”
The threat of global climate change hasn’t convinced the governor or the state Legislature to raise gas taxes, impose an oil-severance tax, or redirect money from highways to transit. But it’s driven Sacramento to mandate that regional planners find ways to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in California cities. The bill that lays this out, SB375, mandates that ABAG, and its equivalents in the Los Angeles Basin, the Central Coast, the Central Valley and other areas, set up “Sustainable Communities Strategies” — land-use plans for now through 2040 intended to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15 percent… The notion of smart growth — also referred to as urban infill — has been around for years, embraced by a certain type of environmentalist, particularly those concerned with protecting open space. But now, it has the force of law…
And while ABAG is not a secret government with black helicopters that can force cities to do its will — land-use planning is still under local jurisdiction in this state — the agency is partnering with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which controls hundreds of millions of dollars in state and federal transportation money. And together, they can offer strong incentives for cities to get in line…
The vast majority of the housing that will be built will be too expensive for much of the existing (and even future) workforce and will do little to relieve the pressure on lower income people. But there is nothing whatsoever in the plan to ensure that there’s money available to build housing that meets the needs of most San Franciscans.
Instead, the planners acknowledge that 36 percent of existing low-income people will be at risk for displacement. That would be a profound change in the demographics of San Francisco… (more)
If you receive a parking or transit citation you must pay or protest the citation by the due date, or you will be subject to late fees and collections fees. Vehicles with five or more parking citations will be subject to booting and/or towing. See the links below for information on parking tips, citation payments, and the protest process. Do not pay a citation if you wish to protest it…
If you cannot afford to pay your parking fines, you may be eligible to perform volunteer work or set up a payment plan through a program administered by Project 20. Community service and payment plans are not an option if your vehicle has been booted or towed and you are trying to reclaim it. For more information on program requirements and fees, please see Project 20 Fact Sheet. You must appear at the SFMTA Customer Service Center to sign-up for Project 20… (more)
What are transit citations? Does the SFMTA hand out moving violations as well as parking tickets?
Any time you see in-kind agreement, that means the SFMTA has agreed to re-direct transit fees from Muni operations to non-Muni projects. You can assume that every street project such as the Mercado Plaza project is going to drain milllions of dollars from Muni.
After draining millions of dollars from the Muni into these complete street projects, the SFMTA will claim they are broke and must raise the rates, (they just did that), and must sell more bonds or raise new taxes to pay for Muni operations.
Posted by Jessica Mullins :sanrafael.patch.com – excerpt
More than 200 community members, many apparent critics of the Plan Bay Area, packed the Marin County Board of Supervisors Chambers Thursday night for a debate on whether the controversial regional housing plan is good for the region and Marin.
The panelists included Marin County Supervisor Steve Kinsey, Randal O’Toole of the Cato Institute, Napa County Supervisor and Association of Bay Area Governments President Mark Luce and Mass Transit Consultant Thomas Rubin of Oakland….
The meeting scene was a similar one that has played out countless times in the last year, a standing-room only crowd with several attendants holding anti Plan Bay Area signs.
At the meeting, proponents of the plan (Kinsey and Luce) were interrupted by hecklers multiple times.
At the beginning and end of the meeting, moderator Marin County Superior Court Judge Verna Adams asked people to raise their hands if they were for or against the plan. The majority of the attendants were anti Plan Bay Area. At the end of the meeting, when Adams asked if anyone had changed their mind, no one raised their hand… (more)