Biking from SF to Oakland—no Bay Bridge required

By : sfgate – excerpt

This past week, the Bay Area’s bridge authority held a public meeting about long-range plans to build a bike path on the west span of the Bay Bridge, between San Francisco and Yerba Buena Island. These plans involve corkscrew ramps, high-capacity elevators, bike paths suspended from tunnel ceilings, and adjustments to the tension of the bridge’s steel cables to compensate for the path’s extra weight. The details and options make for fascinating renderings but are doubly dispiriting. First, the more complicated and expensive a project is, the smaller the chance of seeing it in our lifetimes, and this one needs $300 million and would give Rube Goldberg a headache. Second, the plans only need to be this complicated and expensive because planners ruled out from the get-go any plan that would take even a single square inch of space away from cars. A concrete barrier converting one of the bridge’s 10 car lanes into a bike and pedestrian path could, from a technical perspective, be completed quickly and cheaply, but so far planners have refused to even discuss this option(more)

We fought a tow fee and won

TRUE STORY: How we found a tow fee and won.

My husband just fought a tow fee and we received a full refund without going to court. Go on SFGOV and check out the law. If you have questions or think the tow company circumvented the law in any way contact the DA. Ethel helped us get our money back. If we went to small claims we could have sued for 4x the amount. The tow company made a few mistakes. For example I tried to pay with AMEX which is a city requirement and the tow company said they didn’t take it. Who knew! Ethel from the DAs office was the go between who advised them they violated the law. I can’t tell you how good (and a bit surreal!) it felt to get our $590 back from the towing company! Good luck!

A large percentage of tickets are handed out erroneously. If you have any questions about the validity of your ticket, you should fight it. Thanks to everyone for helping us get through this awful experience with helpful tips.

Angry Uber Drivers Threaten to Make a Mess of the Super Bowl

wired – excerpt

This Sunday, Super Bowl 50 will thrust San Francisco—and Silicon Valley—into the national spotlight. Though the city is officially hosting Super Bowl festivities, the game itself will be played a long drive to the south at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, the suburban home of tech giants such as Intel. One of the easiest ways to get from the city to the stadium is to summon an Uber. But that might not be so easy tomorrow, if drivers follow through on their pledge to protest their wages by turning off their apps ahead of the big game.

A movement to boycott the Super Bowl is bubbling up among Uber drivers in online forums and on social media threads. Protesters at a recent demonstration outside Uber’s San Francisco headquarters also called for a driver protest.

One flyer circulating online urges drivers to take Sunday off to make the point, and to spread the word on Twitter using the hashtag #UberSuperBowlStrike. Another calls for drivers to convene at Candlestick Park—where the NFL’s 49ers used to play in San Francisco proper—likely in order to replicate a  driver caravan protest that snarled traffic on Monday in San Francisco.

All of which puts Uber in a particularly delicate position. The company snagged an official partnership with the Super Bowl Host Committee, stealing away an exclusive lot for pick-ups and drop-offs 15 minutes away from the stadium, plus a special “lounge” for riders after the game—a move seemingly designed to draw good publicity for the oft-criticized company. But that positive attention will fade quickly if drivers leave Super Bowl fans stranded… (more)

Couldn’t happen to a more deserving company.