Are California transportation officials pulling a bait and switch on gas tax funds?

By George SkeltonCapitol Journal Columnist : latimes – excerpt

SACRAMENTO — What really irks people about politicians is when they sell them one thing and deliver something else. It’s called bait and switch.

It breeds cynicism and mistrust of government. It becomes even harder for citizens to follow wannabe political leaders. Voters say a pox on all career politicians.

It leads to the election of outsider demagogues like Donald Trump.

A current episode in Sacramento may or may not fall to the level of bait and switch. It’s murky. But there’s a stench that’s drawing attention…

Any deletions have to be approved by the California Transportation Commission. It should reject Caltrans’ proposal and restore all funding.

Get more local rail money from the bullet train… (more)

Newsom vetoes plans to charge drivers for using Lombard Street

sfexaminer – excerpt

Gov. Gavin Newsom on Saturday vetoed legislation that would have allowed San Francisco to charge drivers for using the crookedest street in San Francisco.

Assembly Bill 1605, from Assemblyman Phil Ting, D-San Francisco, would have let the Board of Supervisors implement a pilot program requiring drivers to make a reservation and pay a fee for using Lombard Street between Hyde and Leavenworth streets… (more)

10,000 e-scooters? Not so fast — SF slashes fleet sizes before launch

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt

A plan for 4,000 e-scooters to hit San Francisco streets Tuesday has been sharply downsized.

San Francisco city officials expressed displeasure with the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Powered Scooter Program, which would eventually see 10,000 e-scooters rolling down city streets.

Now SFMTA has told e-scooter companies they must pull back their fleet sizes, potentially threatening local hiring agreements to help San Franciscans obtain much-coveted tech jobs.

Four companies, Spin, Scoot, Lime and Jump will instead debut a combined fleet of 2,500 e-scooters on October 15… (more)