Safe parking site up for approval

By Laura Waxman : sfexaminer – excerpt

Neighbors, Planning Commission to weigh in on facility for homeless living in vehicles

The San Francisco Planning Commission on Thursday will weigh a proposal to temporarily use a parking lot near the Balboa Park Bart Station as an overnight rest stop for RV and car dwellers, complete with services.

Pending the commission’s approval, the city planning code would be amended to allow long-term parking and overnight camping in vehicles, as well as the addition of restrooms and showering facilities at a current parking lot near the Balboa Park Bart Station that is slated for the construction of 100 percent affordable housing next year.

If approved, city officials estimate that the Safe Overnight Parking Pilot program could launch at the site for one year as early as November. The program aims to provide sites for eligible homeless people currently living in their vehicles to park and sleep and receive case management and social services…(more)

‘Downright alarming’: Bay Area test riders criticize self-driving taxi service

By Amanda Bartlett : sfgate – excerpt

Mountain View-headquartered Waymo wants to expand the rideshare with its advanced self-driving taxi service. But if San Francisco test riders have anything to say about it, the previously Google-owned company still has a long way to go if its executives plan to compete with Lyft and Uber.

One man reportedly griped that the awkward end to his ride made him feel like he was getting dropped off by his dad. Other passengers grumbled that Waymo made them late to work, according to a story from The Information.

Self-driving taxis don’t cut it yet.