Attack Victim Shocked After SFMTA Refuses to Dismiss Parking Ticket Incurred During Emergency Surgery

By Sergio Quintana: nbcbayarea – excerpt

A San Francisco man is frustrated at SFMTA’s response after he said he was mugged, stabbed and hospitalized — and then got a parking ticket because he wasn’t able to move his car on street cleaning day.

Anthony De Guzman said the attack happened late at night as he was getting home from work. He parked his car, checked the sign and knew he had to move it the next day.

But the stabbing happened before he made it home.

Now, along with his recovery, he’s been dealing with a citation from the SFMTA…(more)

With cars banned on SF’s Market Street, top official eyes next target: Valencia

By Rachel Swan : sfchronicle – excerpt

As the dream of banning cars becomes a reality Wednesday on San Francisco’s Market Street — an idea dating to when horse-drawn buggies jockeyed for space among puttering Ford Model Ts — one top transportation official is already pitching ideas for the next car-free thoroughfare.

During a San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency board meeting Tuesday, Chair Malcolm Heinicke called for automobiles to be purged from Valencia Street, a bustling strip in the Mission District.

“I’m not very patient here. I want the next one,” Heinicke told The Chronicle outside the meeting where he and the other six directors discussed themes for the coming year.

He predicts that Market Street sans cars will reap huge benefits for pedestrians, cyclists and buses. Analyses by SFMTA suggest that Muni’s buses and streetcars will run 15% to 25% faster. Planners also expect to substantially reduce collisions, providing a safe path for the 500,000 people who walk along Market Street daily.…

His pitch had activists cheering on social media. But the vice president of the Valencia Corridor Merchants Association was stunned.

“I personally think it would be devastating to our business,” said Jonah Buffa, co-owner of Fellow Barber at 18th and Valencia streets. Many of his customers arrive by car, whether driving their own vehicles or riding an Uber or Lyft… (more)

Let’s find out if Market Street merchants really pick up business as Heinicke expects before we role out the plan to further streets.

SF County Transportation Authority and Parking Authority Commission Meeting and presentation

Tuesday, January 28, 9 AM – ppt presentation on Workshop.

1455 Market Street, 22nd Floor SFCTA Conference Room
Special SFMTA Board and Parking Authority Commission
Presentations and discussions on future priorities and goals.
“State of San Francisco” Discussion Panel discussion with Sean Elsbernd, John Rahaim, Ben Rosenfield & Jeff Tumlin

RELATED:

Highlight’s of Today’s Big SFMTA “2020 Board Workshop” All-Day Meeting – LOOK HOW MUCH WE SUCK, BUT JUST GIVE US MORE MONEY ANYWAY – A Whirling Dervish of Self-Contradictory Transit Spin, 169 Pages

Here’s the PowerPoint they’re going to go through today at the
SFMTA 2020 Board Workshop:

With author’s comments on the presentation...(more)

Mohammed Nuru, head of SF Public Works, arrested by FBI

By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt

The head of San Francisco Public Works Mohammed Nuru has been arrested by the FBI on suspicion of public corruption, according to multiple sources.

Records show Nuru, 57, was booked into County Jail on Monday for felony safekeeping, meaning that he has a case pending in federal court.

Nuru no longer appears to be in custody at County Jail as of Tuesday morning. It is unclear whether he remains in federal custody.

Nuru was arrested alongside Nick Bovis, the owner of the famed sports bar Lefty O’Doul’s, which closed in Union Square in 2017.

Bovis, 56, also appeared in County Jail records Monday…(more)

RELATED:

NBCbayarea : Sources confirmed to NBC Bay Area that Nuru was arrested Monday under allegations that he took bribes associated with airport concession contracts.

 

Bay Bridge bus lane: A lot of traffic pain for little rider gain?

By Nico Savage : mercurynews – excerpt

Dedicated lane would save ‘less than five minutes’ across span, research found

For transbay bus riders, it seems like a fantasy: A dedicated lane across the Bay Bridge to free their chariots from traffic.

For Bay Bridge drivers already enduring one of the region’s worst commutes, losing one of those five lanes seems like the stuff of nightmares.

New research from the Bay Area’s congestion management agency indicates that reserving a lane across the span for buses would make the fears of car drivers come true — but wouldn’t deliver the relief bus riders are hoping for.

It would save “less than five minutes” on morning trips into San Francisco, said Randy Rentschler, a spokesman for the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, citing a forthcoming study the agency is working on. Typically, Rentschler said, “The bridge is not the problem.”.

If you really want to speed those buses up, he said, more effective plans are already in the works to streamline the gridlock to and from the bridge by expanding bus and carpool lanes on East Bay freeways(more)

NY proposes electronic public banking platform

PUBLIC BANKING INSTITUTE NEWS – via email

In November, New York State Assemblymember Ron Kim, Senator Julia Salazar, and Cornell law professor Robert Hockett, a member of the Public Banking Institute Advisory Board, announced their Inclusive Value Ledger (IVL) proposal. Jordana Rosenfeld reports in Vice that the bills — Assembly Ordinance 8686, and Senate Ordinance 6792 — would create the country’s first publicly owned electronic banking platform, as well as a digital currency that can be exchanged for goods and services within the state. Rosenfeld quotes Hockett, who asks:

“Why should we have to pay to use a payment system? It’s like paying to use a street.”

Does this mean the professor objects to paying to use a street as well?

San Francisco’s Market Street Is Going ‘Car Free’ Next Week — 7 Things You Need to Know

by Dan Brekke :  kqed – excerpt

Next Wednesday, Jan. 29, private vehicles will no longer be allowed to travel the busiest stretch of San Francisco’s Market Street, from near Van Ness Avenue all the way to the waterfront.

The prohibition on private vehicles marks the first tangible step in an ambitious city plan to remake its principal boulevard into a thoroughfare that will emphasize transit and feature a wide range of physical changes to make the street safe and user-friendly for pedestrians, cyclists and others who don’t happen to be moving through the city in cars…

For more information, we’ve got links:

Car-less wide empty streets are not the prescription for saving retail businesses on Market Street and the additional 1 cent sales tax increase being cooked up for the region should kill whatever is left if the voters approve that. There must be a plan for Market Street once they remove the cars and retail. Any hints on what that is are appreciated. Maybe there is a clue in the Plan 2040 or 2050 whatever year they are working on now.

Voters face hundreds of local tax measures

calmatters – excerpt

California voters have seen a deluge of local government tax and bond measures in recent elections and will face even more this year.

The California Taxpayers Association has counted 231 local sales and parcel tax increases and bond issues (which automatically increase property taxes if approved) on the March 3 primary ballot alone.

Hundreds more are headed for the November ballot as local officials capitalize on the higher voter turnouts of a presidential election year…

Do cities, counties and school districts really need all of the new taxes they want voters to approve, given the strong increases in revenues from existing taxes they’ve enjoyed during nearly a decade-long economic boom?…(more)

RELATED:
‘Tax exhaustion’ may be on the horizon
Court must fix tax vote ambiguity

Transit ridership declining in the Bay Area, according to UCLA study

By Kris Reyes : abc7news – excerpt (includes video)

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A UCLA study commissioned by the Metropolitan Transit Commission shows that ridership in the Bay Area is declining.

The full results of the study will be presented to a transit commission meeting on Wednesday.

The study identified three categories of riders: Choice or commute-oriented, Transit dependents and occasional riders.
In a period between 2009-2017, transit dependents and occasional riders both decreased by about 10 percent, while choice riders were up 13 percent… (more)

FASTER Bay Area

At a meeting with one of the main proponents of FASTER Bay Area (FBA) – the proposed nine-county 1% public transit sales tax to raise $100 billion over 40 years – we got an update on their plans…

The short version is that it is going forward and we need to be very wary…

Last year, Senator Beall (D, 15th, Silicon Valley), the Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation, introduced SB278 on MTC reform, which, idle since March, became a two-year measure for this year. It is the place-holder for FBA. Since the objective is to place FBA on the November 2020 ballot, where it will need two-thirds of the voters to make it happen, it will need the urgency measure to be effective immediately, meaning two-thirds approval of both houses of the Legislature and the Governor’s signature by approximately June…

The answer we got was, it is now anticipated that it will be another four-week weeks before it is populated – but the plan is that SB278 will be voted out of the Senate as is – namely, not a word on the tax, then be populated later, passed by the Assembly, then back to the Senate, and to the Governor in time to be enrolled so that the sales tax will be on the November ballot. This is a variation on the classic California Legislature cut-and-amend process; which, as we all know, often works – well, “works” in the sense that the matter becomes law…

Watch S278 on MTC reform as it changes throughout the process.