NMA California Alert: Speak out on Anti-Motorist Bills

Dear California Member,

Several bills hostile toward motorists have been passed by the California State Legislature and are awaiting action by the governor.

Assembly Bill 1646 would add a violation point for texting or using a cell phone without a hands-free device while driving.

Senate Bill 1151 would enhance penalties for numerous infractions and misdemeanors committed in school zones.

Assembly Bill 2398 would establish penalties for a driver convicted of causing bodily injury or great bodily injury to a “vulnerable road user,” defined as a pedestrian, a person on horseback, a person operating a bicycle, in-line skates, roller skates, a scooter, or a skateboard, and a person operating or using a farm tractor.

We encourage you to contact the governor’s office to ask him to veto these measures. To help with that, we have posted several letters online which you can access and send to the governor. Find the letters here. Consider personalizing each letter with your own thoughts and perspectives.

You can also call or email Gov. Brown’s office using the contact information below.

Governor Jerry Brown
c/o State Capitol, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Fax: (916) 558-3160
Use the form found here for email.

John Bowman
National Motorists Association

This is for information purposes only. We do not take a position on these bills. If you do, you may send your opinions to the Governor using the links above.

District 10 Supervisor Candidates Respond to View’s Questions

Sara Bloomberg : potreroview – excerpt

The View asked the five candidates running for the District 10 Board of Supervisors seat this November the six questions listed below.  Their responses were only lightly edited, mostly for typos. Candidates appear in reverse alphabetical order.

1. The Transportation and Road Improvement bond, Measure A, would allocate $500 million to improve Muni, bicycle and street infrastructure, and pedestrian safety. Do you support this measure?  If it passes in November what would be your funding priorities for District 10? Please identify specific examples.

2. Measure E, “The Soda Tax,” would impose a levy of two cents per ounce on sugar-sweetened drinks sold in San Francisco. Revenue from the tax would fund programs to improve food access, physical fitness, health and nutrition. Bayview-Hunters Point has the City’s highest concentration of diabetes-related emergency room visits, according to the proposed ordinance. Do you support this measure? Why or why not?

3. District 10’s poverty rate is upwards of 18 percent, according to 2010 Census data, compared to the City average of 11 percent. As supervisor, what specific programs and/or policies would you support to help individuals and families emerge from poverty?  Are you in favor of increasing the minimum wage?

4. Are there any specific City expenditures that you believe are wasteful?

5. Do you believe that the taxes and fees San Francisco levies on its residents and businesses are too high, or too low?  Please explain your response.

6. How would you handle the onslaught of development occurring in Dogpatch, Potrero Hill, and Showplace Square?… (more)

Wiener Moves to Make NACTO Street Design Guides Official Policy for SF

by : sf.streetsblog – excerpt

Supervisor Scott Wiener has introduced a bill that would make the National Association of City Transportation Officials’ guides for Urban Streets and Urban Bikeways official city policy. The SFMTA Board of Directors already adopted the NACTO guides in January, but Wiener’s legislation would establish them as official guidelines for other agencies to use, including the Department of Public Works, the Planning Department, and the SF Fire Department… (more)

We have Phil Ting’s AB 1193 to thank for this headache, and the lobbies hired by the SFMTA and the Bicycle Coalition who wrote and sold it to the state legislature.

Send inquires to the other city agencies that this legislation seeks to control, such as the Fire Department and other emergency responders. Find out how concerned they are about the narrow streets and other obstructions SFMTA is planning to fund with the Prop A Bond funds.

Let SF City officials know who you blame for gridlock and ask the state assembly candidates who they plan to support when they get to Sacramento.