By Amy Graf : sfexaminer – excerpt (includes maps)
Published 8:54 am PDT, Thursday, May 21, 2020
Scheduled to be closed to through traffic or under consideration:
Where is the public input on these streets?
–20th Street, from Valencia to Potrero
–23rd Avenue, from Lake to Cabrillo
–Chenery, from Elk to Brompton
–Excelsior, from London to Prague
–Golden Gate Avenue, from Masonic to Divisadero
–Jarboe, from Moultrie to Peralta
–Lane, from 3rd Street to Oakdale
–Lombard, from Jones to Stockton
–Mariposa, from Kansas to Texas
–Sanchez, from 23rd to 30th
–Shotwell, from 14th Street to Cesar Chavez
–Somerset, from Silver to Woolsey
—Stockton, from Bay to Lombard
These new streets that prioritize walking and biking were identified through a survey completed by 1,300 residents who offered suggestions for street closures.
Slow streets are only closed to through vehicle traffic and people living on the streets and emergency vehicles still have access. SFMTA said in a statement that it has worked with navigation map providers to re-route through traffic through these corridors on their apps.
Learn more about the Slow Streets program on the SFMTA website … (more)
Many of these streets are extremely narrow streets with no traffic. There is no traffic to calm. If you oppose any of these slow street programs let your supervisor know immediately.
By Joshua Sabatini : sfexaminer – excerpt (includes first draft of the SFMTA Charter Amendment)
Supervisors hurry to make deadline for November ballot
Members of the Board of Supervisors submitted a slew of charter amendments Tuesday for the November ballot, including proposals to give them the power to reject Muni fare hikes, create more oversight over the Sheriff’s Department and split Public Works into separate agencies to place more focus on street cleaning.
There even was the revival of a 2016 charter amendment that 52 percent of voters previously rejected to create a new elected Public Advocate to conduct independent investigations, introduced Tuesday by Supervisor Gordon Mar.
Tuesday was the deadline to introduce charter amendments for them to show up on the November ballot. Next, they will undergo committee hearings and at least six members of the board would need to vote to place them on the ballot.
Supervisor Aaron Peskin introduced an amendment with the backing of supervisors Dean Preston and Ahsha Safai to give the board more power over the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency by granting it the power to reject fare hikes.
Peskin said the measure will rectify challenges that have arisen from 2007’s Proposition A, which he authored, which gave the agency more independence. He wants to take some of that independence back.…
“Should the Board of Supervisors reject the fare changes by making written findings, the agency’s budget shall be deemed rejected and the Board of Supervisors shall make additional interim appropriations to the agency from the Municipal Transportation Fund sufficient to permit the agency to maintain all operations,” the proposal said.…(more)
Please read the entire article that includes a copy of the first draft of the SFMTA Charter Amendment