Assemblymember may ‘force’ state to reveal ‘dark data’ of hidden Uber, Lyft crashes

By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt

A California politician is taking aim at Uber and Lyft’s hidden crash data, which state regulators have for years hidden from the public.

That data has long been out of reach of local San Francisco politicians as well as state regulators, as reported this week by the San Francisco Public Press, a local nonprofit investigative news outlet

Assemblymember Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) sent a letter Thursday requesting the California Public Utilities Commission make annual crash data reports submitted by Uber and Lyft public record.

The CPUC requires Uber and Lyft to file annual reports containing detailed safety and traffic data, yet after what the Public Press called “intense industry lobbying,” the commission’s rules were written to include a confidentiality clause shielding those reports…(more)

Business owners in San Francisco’s Chinatown collaborate to fight crime

By Dion Lim : abc7news – excerpt (includes video)

SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — A group of business owners in Chinatown is taking matters into their own hands after two violent attacks and what feels like to them a constant stream of break-ins and crime.

While it doesn’t sound like much, many are banking on a change in parking garage fees at night to not only bring in more business but to the area but to also get the attention of law enforcement to provide more resources.

Business owner and entertainment commissioner Steven Lee has been lobbying for more than 6-months to get parking rates reduced at the Portsmouth Square Parking Garage, the primary garage location for those visiting Chinatown.

“There are a lot of empty storefronts we still want to fill…but most importantly we want to push more nightlife. But the biggest problem is that people don’t feel like their cars are safe,” he says.

Before the rate there to park from 5pm to 2am cost $36. Now after working with the SFMTA, SF Rec and Park and garage management the new evening rate will be $8 to park during that same time…(more)

Mission Street merchants have been clamoring for parking for years. Maybe now they will get some relief? Where do you sign up for “safe” parking in the Mission?