Why drive to McCartney at Candlestick was a long and winding slog

by Michael Cabanatuan and Hamed Aleaziz : sfgate – excerpt

After Paul McCartney‘s big farewell to Candlestick concert turned into the Big Jam, causing countless motorists to miss the show in a huge traffic mess, city and concert officials said the infuriated fans may only have themselves to blame (for buying the tickets?)…

“So, who’s to blame? I’m not sure anyone’s to blame,” Perloff said. “There are a lot of answers. In a sense it was a perfect storm.”

And as that storm raged Friday morning, there were a lot of people to ask…

Need for backup plan

San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency officials referred calls to Mayor Ed Lee‘s office, which sent them to Police Chief Greg Suhr.

Suhr blamed the backups on a large number of concertgoers unfamiliar with Candlestick’s infamously feeble transportation system, a concert starting time near the end of a Thursday night commute and people leaving too little time to get to the show… (more)

Is this part of the new SFMTA strategy to blame everyone but yourself. That is the SFMTA way.  Take no responsibility for failing fulfill your obligations.
Did they expect people to know they needed to leave 5 hours early to get to the concert on time?
We heard that taking public transit took almost two hours so there was no real good solution.

 

Jersey City moves toward closing parking authority

AP : sfgate – excerpt

Jersey City is moving closer to realizing Mayor Steven Fulop’s goal of abolishing the city’s autonomous parking authority.

Fulop announced Friday that New Jersey’s Civil Service Commission has granted his request to have parking authority employees given civil service status.

The approval allows the city to move forward with its plan to abolish the authority and have its functions absorbed by other departments.

Fulop plans to present an ordinance to the City Council on Sept. 10.

The parking authority’s enforcement functions would come under the Department of Public Safety, while administrative functions would be handled by city staff who already perform these duties.

Fulop says the dissolution of the parking authority will save taxpayers millions of dollars.

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There’s an idea on how to save Muni money. Abolish the SFMTA by repealing Prop E. What voters create they can dismantle.

Civility and Its Discontents: City Politics Finally Drops the Cordial Bullshit

: sfweekly – excerpt

“…As San Franciscans prepare for Burning Man, the majority of our supervisors prepare to be burned. Because City Hall’s facade of civility has gone up in smoke: Mayor Lee has pledged retribution against the six legislators who greenlit a Scott Wiener transit funding measure he despises.

Meanwhile, sources inform your humble narrator that the mayor’s office told affordable housing developers that success for a Jane Kim housing measure not to his liking would result in the evaporation of their city funding. Like hostages, these organizations were cajoled into pleading with Kim to back down.

And that happened.

Attempts to fund Muni in this city hark to a troop of clowns hauling stacks of custard pies down rickety stairways. It’s always a mess. And the goods never get delivered.

In 2007, erstwhile board President Aaron Peskin’s Proposition A purported to inject $32 million a year into Muni’s bereft coffers. But that didn’t happen: Instead, prevented by the electorate from simply taking the money now earmarked for Muni, city departments began pillaging the transit agency by charging Muni for tasks those departments were already legally obligated to provide. A voter-approved measure to bestow Muni with scores of millions of dollars actually eviscerated its finances to the tune of scores of millions of dollars. Muni continues to be treated as the city’s slush fund.

Your commute continues to suck… (more)

So, who do you trust to fix the Muni mess? Do you think throwing more money at the tiger will tame its appetite?

If you are ready for a change, fight back and tell  SF City Hall know that you have had ENUF !

Vote Yes on Proposition L.

Of Fame and Infamy

By   SF Weekly – excerpt

Paved with Gold

Sadly, Uber czar Travis Kalanick didn’t offer his typical primer on how not to get gouged by Uber during the Outside Lands Festival this past weekend. We could have really used one. According to various reports, Uber’s surge pricing rose to five times its normal fees during peak demand. One customer said he’d been fleeced into paying $290 to get from 30th and Balboa to Gough and Post. Outside Lands did, in fact, suggest other forms of transportation, including shuttles, bike routes (with free valet bike parking), Muni buses, and good old municipal taxis. Apparently, San Francisco commuters had to learn the hard way… (more)

Uber Promises New Drivers $5,000 a Month
By Rachel Swan
New drivers who sign with UberX could earn up to $5,000 their first month, guaranteed.  That’s according to the latest string of Uber billboards, which have been placed somewhat incongruously on Muni buses throughout the city… (more)

Citizens beware of the removal of legitimate taxi service from the streets of San Francisco. You will not like the market rates demanded by the new private enterprise shared economy alternatives. This weekend of price gouging based on demand service will lead to something more sinister. Support your local cabs.

 

District 10 candidate Tony Kelly issues anti-violence plan

zRants

By Jonah Owen Lamb :sfexaminer – excerpt

District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen is not alone when it comes to trying to ease the violence in San Francisco’s southeastern neighborhoods.

The man who came in second place against Cohen in 2010 — and is running against her again this year — discussed his own ideas about safety Wednesday.

“We have a City Hall supervisor, we don’t have a district supervisor, we don’t have a neighborhood supervisor,” Tony Kelly said at a lightly attended news conference outside the Bayview Police Station. “We need change and we need leadership in District 10.”

Kelly, a Potrero Hill activist and resident, is one of five candidates running for District 10 in November, and he recently criticized the merits of Cohen’s proposed antiviolence task force.

District 10 — which includes Bayview-Hunters Point, Visitacion Valley and Potrero Hill — has had 12 of The City’s 24…

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