Major L-Taraval changes up for vote Tuesday

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

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Taraval Street is about to transform in the name of transit.

The proposed changes are contentious. As transit officials have proposed to make the L-Taraval line safer, neighbors in the sleepy Sunset district have booed and hissed at transit officials in community meetings…

Now, a hard-won compromise was reached between those who want the L-Taraval line to be safer, and those fearful businesses will be harmed.

Most sides still have gripes with the project…

“We’re not saying we want no islands, we’re saying we got to this point and let’s test it out,” Chow said. “Because every implementation [the SFMTA has] done so far has upset every community they’ve been in.”…

As a compromise, the SFMTA plan up for vote on Tuesday would paint stripes that would ban cars from being in part of a lane, instead of creating boarding islands at four of the proposed locations closest to businesses.

Lighting the way..

On a recent tour of Muni Metro East, a light-rail vehicle repair yard, the San Francisco Examiner was shown L-Taraval train No. 1428.

Train 1428 is a guinea pig for new ultra-bright LED lights running along the door and on the front and back of the train. It will likely be a “modest” cost, Haley said, to help car drivers better see trains and pedestrians in the foggy stretch of Taraval…(more)

This really is a case of neighborhoods uniting to fight the giant street eater. Citizens are tired of this constant disruption and changes in their lives. There is no point to most of it. Why is SFMTA spending money they don’t have to harass the voters? Yes on L and No on J and K and if you can show up to protest tomorrow, September 20th at the SFMTA Board meeting, please do. See above for details.

 

 

Can the SFMTA be trusted to keep its word?

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

The L-Taraval Rapid Project by the San Francisco Metropolitan Transportation Agency includes a major renovation of the traffic management for Taraval Street along with installation of new safety provisions. The staff at SFMTA have been working with neighbors and merchants for more than a year exploring ways to accomplish mutual goals of achieving safety and transit reliability.

Numerous changes proposed include adding boarding islands at every Muni stop, removal of Muni stops, installation of red transit-only lanes, removal of parking spaces on Taraval and new traffic signals to name a few modifications.

Negative public reaction to these changes has been documented in thousands of signatures on petitions opposing them and protests at a large community meeting called by Muni to present the plan. Negotiations have been held by staff with neighbors and merchants to work out alternative methods to achieve goals. The result was a pilot program for six months to evaluate the agreed-upon alternatives before final approval and implementation of the project.

The SFMTA Board of Directors will hold a meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20, to review and approve the installation of parking and traffic modifications and to amend the transportation code. The board is being asked to make permanent changes to Taraval Street before the agreed upon pilot program has taken place or evaluated for its effectiveness to achieving goals.

This bait-and-switch on promises made to our Taraval neighborhood commercial district and residential community is unacceptable… (more)

NO. WE CANNOT TRUST THE SFMTA!

We need to pass Prop L to prove we are boss, and vote against J and K to cut their spending.

We need to elect supervisors who will listen to the public, demand that the SFMTA listen as well, and not except the first budget for billions of dollars the SFMTA hands them, but, send it back for revisions.

We need a board that insists on serving the public needs, not the needs of the contractors and politicians piling on public debt with no means to maintain the capital investments they claim they are making and DRIVING US ALL CRAZY!

For information on what you can do to turn this around go to: stopsfmta.com and savesfmuni.wordpress.com

Ask the candidates running for office what they plan to do about the SFMTA!

Keep Our L Taraval Stops

Hello Supporters of Keeping Our L Taraval Stops,

Below are links to the staff’s presentation to the SFMTA Board of Directors for their meeting on Tuesday September 20 at 1 pm. at City Hall Room 400. All of the arguments that we made at the July 22 Public Hearing were rejected, and the staff rebutted each of our arguments, and specifically discussed on pp. 22-23 why the stops at 17th, 24th inbound, and 28 should be removed.  If you are interested, you can skim through the presentation to see what they said about the items that interest you, and you can rebut it in your emailed public comment if you want.
Staff Report PDF
Slide Presentation PDF

WHAT CAN YOU DO?

1.  Please make every effort to attend the meeting on September 20 at 1:00 pm in City Hall, Room 400.  We are the only item on the regular agenda and should come up by 1:30 or 2.  The staff will present the Project, and then we will make our public comments.  We will be allowed to speak only 1-2 minutes.  We need the largest turnout possible to have an affect on the Board’s vote.  Let us know if you can attend.

2.  Email a public comment, even if you are attending the meeting.  We found out that If emailed by Monday noon, the Board members will receive it in time, but the sooner they receive the emails, the more time they will have to read them. Sample letter

3.  Forward this email and the l-taraval-save-our-stops-postcard-for-9-20-board-meeting-jpeg to your friends and family members, post the relevant information on Facebook and your other social media sites, and encourage your friends/family to email the Board (with cc to us) and to attend the meeting on Tuesday September 20 if they can.

Thank you so much for your support.  We are all in this together, and we need your help now!

Paula Katz
Save Our L Taraval Stops!

Ford Partnering with Global Cities on New Transportation; Chariot Shuttle to Be Acquired, Ford GoBike to Launch in San Francisco

By media.ford – excerpt

  • Ford is teaming up with major global cities – starting with San Francisco – to help solve congestion issues and help people move more easily, today and in the future
  • Ford Smart Mobility LLC to acquire Chariot, a San Francisco-based crowd-sourced shuttle service that plans to grow Ford’s dynamic shuttle services globally, providing affordable and convenient transportation to at least five additional markets in 18 months
  • Collaborating with Motivate across San Francisco and the Bay Area, Ford is adding more transportation options for residents and visitors with new Ford GoBike bike sharing
  • Ford establishes new City Solutions team as part of its Ford Smart Mobility LLC to lead expanding mobility efforts with key cities worldwide

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 9, 2016 – Ford is teaming up with major global cities – starting with San Francisco – to solve congestion issues and help people move more easily, today and in the future.

The company today is announcing an agreement to acquire Chariot, a San Francisco-based crowd-sourced shuttle service, and collaborating with bike-sharing provider Motivate to expand its transportation solutions in city centers. Ford also is establishing a new City Solutions team to work with cities around the world on their transportation needs…(more)

‘Meter Maid Monitor’ aims to help SF users avoid parking tickets

By Alyssa Pereira : sfgate – excerpt

A crafty new invention created by Castro resident John Naulty, which premiered at TechCrunch Disrupt this week, is aiming to subvert the authority of the ticket-writing parking officials in San Francisco.

Called “Meter Maid Monitor,” it tackles a common hassle of many local residents: the requirement to move one’s car every two hours in many San Francisco neighborhoods. The program utilizes Raspberry Pi and its Pi Camera module along with OpenCV, operating as a motion detector… (more)

Everyone complains about the high cost of parking tickets. Supervisor Kim wants to investigate how the cost analysis is done to determine cost recovery. Avoiding the tickets is the best solution.

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Meter Maid Monitor fixes the most San Francisco problem ever

Bay Bridge rainy-day fund runs low, leaving toll-payers on hook

By Michael Cabanatuan : sfchronicle – excerpt

The new Bay Bridge span, beset with construction problems, could cost as much as $270 million to complete.

Three years after it opened, the eastern span of the Bay Bridge has been beset with so many problems that a multimillion-dollar rainy-day fund set aside for unanticipated expenses has been nearly devoured, leaving toll-payers responsible for any additional costs.

In a report sent to the Legislature on Thursday, the three-person committee that oversees the $6.8 billion bridge project said just $67.7 million remains in the contingency fund, far short of the estimated $184 million bridge authorities say they need. The fund was $900 million when it was created in 2005.

The committee said the estimated cost to complete the span — including any remaining repair work — could run as high as $270 million or as low as $100 million. But in any case, the Bay Area Toll Authority will have to pay the bill — with money collected from drivers crossing the Bay Area’s seven state-owned toll bridges.

Toll hikes will not be needed, according to officials with the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, which operates the authority.

“We’re not going to raise the tolls to pay for this,” said Randy Rentschler, a commission spokesman. “There’s no question about that.”

Instead, cash that the authority has already banked for improvements on the region’s toll bridges and their approaches will cover the costs…(more)

Kim packs housing forum as former LA mayor hints at gov run

Jane Kim shared her concerns about on the inequality of standards she witnesses at the SFMTA, and suggests some areas that need improvement. We are hoping that Prop L will pass so we can start to empower our supervisors to do what they think needs to be done.

Grassroots Actions

By Tim Redmond :48hills – excerpt – (video link)

Small protest features tents in a sign that Wiener supporters are using homeless people as a wedge issue

The Mission High School auditorium is a big venue, room for more than 1,000 people, and it was packed last night for an event featuring Sup. Jane Kim, former LA Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and BART Board candidate Lateefa Simon talking about housing and transportation policy.

It was part of the Jane Kim for state Senate campaign; Kim sent out mailers promoting the event and her team worked every possible social media angle to get people out…

Kim talked at some length about housing and homelessness, and while there wasn’t anything new that she hadn’t said before, she got a rousing reception.

This is part of her political strategy – to use events to get the word out and increase enthusiasm…

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Nearly three decades after Loma Prieta earthquake, Folsom Street sees new life

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

In 1989, the Loma Prieta earthquake wreaked havoc throughout the Bay Area.

But nearly 27 years later, one part of its legacy — the removal of a controversial freeway — may finally lead to the revitalization of Folsom Street.

Part of Folsom Street runs in the shadow of what was once the Embarcadero Freeway, which was torn down after a bitter public battle ended in the 1989 earthquake that rendered the freeway unsafe.

Down came the freeway. But, now, Folsom Street will rise.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency on Tuesday approved a series of bike and pedestrian changes to Folsom Street, a key approval in a project that aims to transform the roadway into a hub of nightlife and walkability by early 2018…(more)

Which universe do these people live in? Take a look at the photo at the top of the page and tell me what is wrong with the story. This is a major construction zone. No sidewalk work and no road work will make this safe for pedestrians until the construction is complete.
Why is the SFMTA or DPW or whoever is responsible for scheduling work on Folsom starting a sidewalk or street project before the big construction projects are complete?
I walked past a rather small construction project on 17th Street today and was forced to walk into the street to get around the site and the rather large truck parked next to the site.
How is working on streets or sidewalks in front large construction projects under way on Folsom a good idea or a safe way to proceed?
Folsom Street is a major arterial that connects the Embarcadero with Cesar Chavez. There is a Fire Station at Folsom and 19th Street and two hospitals nearby. All this gridlock in a construction zone will make access for emergency vehicles very difficult, if not impossible.
Enough of this gridlock. Let’s pass Prop L so we can demand the SFMTA limit itself to one large project at a time instead of three or four. stopsfmta.com
And do not give them any more sales tax dollars. No on Prop K!

TAKE BACK OUR STREETS!

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Norman Yee’s Statement

How prop L came about:

Supervisor Norman Yee attended POPS meeting at the Taraval Police Station last night to present the SFMTA Charter Amendment on the ballot for this November, and answer questions about it. He explained how the Charter Amendment came about.

As the former Chair of the Rules Committee he observed the public vetting process that the Board of Supervisors goes through in determining who to appoint to a position and felt that the transparency in the methods the supervisors use was somewhat lacking in the Mayoral appointment process.

All eleven supervisors have an opportunity to ask questions and investigate the backgrounds of all the applicants as does the public in most city positions appointed by the Board of Supervisors.  They generally try to get a consensus among the supervisors, and they end up with more congenial appointees as a result. He doesn’t see that same transparent process in the Mayoral appointments. The Mayor’s appointments generally just get announced with no background information or pubic vetting process.

Yee feels that the city needs a more balanced transparent process for appointing the SFMTA Board members and that now is a good time to give the voters a chance to weigh in on balance of power and transparency issues that concern him.

Since he is trying to create a more balanced situation between the departments, he feels that it is also important to allow more transparency and give the Supervisors greater say in how the SFMTA budget is determined, so, he included a change in the number of Supervisors required to send the SFMTA budget back for revisions that match the requirements of most other departments.

Most attendees appreciated that explanation and asked how soon the ballot initiative would take place if it passes in November. We were told it would take about 30 days to be enacted.

Other questions about the process and the options for change were explained. As some of the Board members are coming up for renewal soon, those positions would most likely go to the Board of Supervisors to fill. Download  Yee-oped that ran in the SF Examiner.
Yee’s ballot statement signed by 6 Supervisors. Lyesflyer

Knowing this, we suggest you check with your candidates running to see which ones support Prop L and how they would handle the new responsibility if they win in November.

YES on L campaign

The Likely Fate of San Francisco’s Prominent Piers 30-32

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While the Port of San Francisco is in the process of updating its Waterfront Land Use Plan and examining potential uses for the City’s prominent Piers 30-32, the 13-acre site is likely to remain a deteriorating parking lot with sweeping Bay views for at least another decade, and possibly two or three…

But with minimal structural repairs every five years, the Port estimates the existing piers and use could last another 20 to 30 years, which would cost an estimated $6 million in Capital Costs but yield a 350 percent return on that investment.

And given the numbers above, unless a “big idea” emerges, “where location matters much more than cost” and which is sponsored by a development partner “who is willing to obtain state legislation authorizing their project and has the patience to navigate a complicated State and City regulatory process,” the Piers 30-32 site could very well look the same in 20 to 30 years as it does today.

Well, it could look somewhat the same in two to three decades. For even with a bit of periodic maintenance, portions of Piers 30-32 will likely start to fail in 5 or 10 years, at which point Port engineers would simply barricade the failed areas. And of course, all bets are off if – or rather when – there’s a moderate to major earthquake… (more)

Could this be a staging ground for a pilot project for a Muni transit hub since parking is the only use planned? It’s not that far from the bridge.