Parking lots stay off-limits overnight for homeless community college students

By Felicia Mello : calmatters – excerpt

The demise of a high-profile proposal to let homeless students sleep overnight in community college parking lots illustrates just how much California has struggled to solve the student housing crisis.

When Assemblyman Marc Berman introduced the bill in the Legislature earlier this year, it was met with equal parts applause and ridicule. Homeless students said they desperately needed safe places to park the cars that double as their bedrooms. Community colleges worried about security. And everyday Californians wondered, “How did things get this bad?”

Now Berman, a Democrat from Palo Alto, has decided not to move the bill forward after the Senate Appropriations Committee added amendments that delayed it until 2021, made it easier for colleges to opt out, and exempted colleges within 250 feet of an elementary school…(more)

Watch out for Chase Center’s ‘ride-hail blackout zone’ when taking Uber and Lyft

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt (includes maps)

Traffic congestion — and lots of it.

That’s the worst case scenario for Chase Center arena’s opening Friday night.

That fear has prompted a push from Mayor London Breed and other Warriors leadership to get event attendees onto Muni, even making Muni free for ticket holders.

But should attendees end up snubbing Muni to take Uber home from Chase Center, they’ll have to contend with a “blackout zone” crafted by transit officials to funnel Uber pickups before and after events.

Pickups will only be allowed at designated points near the arena — elsewhere, there’s a ban on pickups… (more)