Alcohol, Traffic Top Neighbors’ Concerns About Pro Soccer At Kezar Stadium

by Jonathan Gerfen :  hoodline – excerpt

As we reported yesterday, the new North American Soccer League has proposed to make Kezar Stadium the home field for its first West Coast professional team, the San Francisco Deltas.

If the proposal is approved by San Francisco Recreation and Parks, the Deltas would host 15-20 home games at Kezar Stadium, beginning in 2017. The games would mostly take place on Saturday evenings, with the occasional game on Wednesday evening or during the day on Saturday.

Representatives for the Deltas shared more details on their plans at a recent meeting of the Inner Sunset Park Neighbors. Though the team’s owner, Brian Andrés Helmick, was unable to attend due to an NASL event on the East Coast, director of stadium operations Alexis Haselberger and PR representative Sam Lauter were on-site to talk to neighbors. Both of them live within walking distance of Kezar, and made the case that they’ll also be affected by any changes.

As predicted, the two major topics of concern expressed by neighbors were the league’s request to sell alcohol during games, and how thousands of soccer fans coming to the games might impact traffic and parking issues in the neighborhood (more)

BART Wants To Crack Down On People Parking In Coliseum Station Lot For Oracle, O.co Events

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — BART wants to crack down on people using the parking lot at its Oakland Coliseum station as free parking for events at the O.co Coliseum and Oracle arena and may soon charge as much as $30 during events there.

The BART Board of Directors will take up a policy at its meeting Thursday to charge between $7 and $30 on an event-by-event basis, BART officials said… (more)

Way to go BART. Make it more expensive for people to take BART and they will just drive. They should at least wait until after they run their request for more money to expand the system. The voters just might turn you down next time you want more sales tax for your next expansion program. Or have you paid any attention to the new anti-tax movement by the disenfranchised former middle class?

SFMTA to consider changes to ‘Google bus’ program

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

Protesters block two buses, transporting workers to Facebook and Yahoo in Silicon Valley, at the corner of Valencia and 24th streets on Tuesday.

The future of the “Google bus” program may no longer include the use of Muni stops — instead pointing the commuter shuttles toward hubs in the downtown area and elsewhere, according to legislation introduced Tuesday at the Board of Supervisors.

After two weeks of negotiations, seven supervisors supported a resolution calling on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors to approve the commuter shuttle program for one year, with key provisions resulting from a tentative deal reached during talks this week between stakeholders.

The provisions would set the stage for modifying the program, possibly within six months.

Among the provisions is the analysis of disallowing commuter shuttles to use Muni bus stops citywide. Instead, the shuttles would use hubs, such as parking lots in the South of Market Area, and commuters could take public transit to those hubs. Another provision would require a review of the program within six months.

The transit agency is expected to take up the issue on Feb. 16, according to SFMTA spokesman Paul Rose. “We look forward to working with both boards, the community and other stakeholders to finalize an effective and responsible commuter shuttle plan,” Rose said.

If the brokered deal is ultimately agreed upon, the environmental appeal filed by SEIU 1021, a labor union with 6,000 members, would be dismissed by the Board of Supervisors on Feb. 23. The appeal has forced the negotiation.

A formal commitment from those involved in the negotiations — including technology companies Apple, Google, Facebook and Genentech, as well as the Bay Area Council — remains outstanding on some aspects and talks are expected to continue.

Those supporting the resolution included board President London Breed, along with supervisors David Campos, Jane Kim, Norman Yee, Aaron Peskin, John Avalos and Eric Mar… (more)

 

 

Transbay Transit Center’s finance boss lives in Colorado

By Matier & Ross : sfchronicle – excerpt

For the past 2½ years, the chief financial officer for the Transbay Transit Center — one of the biggest and most financially troubled public building projects in the region — has been working from her home in Colorado and flying to and from San Francisco for meetings on the public dime… (more)

No wonder they broke. You would think they could hire some local talent for the job.

New plan for M-Ocean View subway line unveiled

By : sfexaminer – excerpt

By moving the M-Ocean View subway line underground, Muni hopes to avoid delays and decrease travel times.

Nearly 45 years ago, Muni trains boldly went where no San Francisco train had gone before: underground.

That underground network travels underneath Market Street and Twin Peaks. But there it stops.

Trains west of those hills unearth at West Portal Station, mixing with cars, pedestrians and more. Planners say that slows the subway systemwide.

“I think we built half a rapid transit system,” Liz Brisson, told the San Francisco Examiner, “now we need to build the other half.”…

The train would remain underground through the rest of its route to Parkmerced.

The previous plan ran the train underground mainly underneath 19th Avenue, but not at West Portal or at the line’s end by Parkmerced.

“This is a dramatic increase in the scope of the project,” Brisson said.

It’s also a dramatic increase in cost. The project is estimated to run $2.5 billion to $3 billion. The last time San Francisco ventured to build a new train tunnel of this magnitude was the Central Subway, the hotly contested linkage between Union Square and Chinatown…

That future may be far off. Right now, the project is in the “pre-environmental study” phase, according to the SFMTA…(more)

Lee’s strange transit policy

by Tim Redmond : 48hills – excerpt

How are we supposed to run the buses without any drivers?

Here’s a strange one that’s mostly under the radar: Mayor Ed Lee has introduced a ballot measure that would direct all future increases in revenue for Muni into capital projects, not ongoing operations.

I don’t get it: You can’t run buses without bus drivers. Investing in new rolling stock, rails, and train cars is lovely, but not if nobody’s around to run them.

But that, as I read it, is what this measure says. Check it out for yourself:

It shall be the official policy of the City and County of San Francisco that proceeds from any revenue measure passed by the voters between 2016 and the year 2030 that the City decides to spend on transportation should be directed towards San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency infrastructure and vehicles, road repaving and pothole repair through San Francisco Public Works, “Vision Zero” safety projects and other bicycle and pedestrian safety infrastructure projects, and investment in regional transportation infrastructure improvements and vehicles that serve San Franciscans such as BART and Caltrain and/or a second Transbay train tunnel, and that such proceeds shall not be directed to general administrative and personnel costs other than what is necessary to implement the aforementioned capital projects.

Interesting to see what the unions representing Muni works have to say about that.

The measure comes before the Rules Committee Thursday/11 at 11am(more)

 

An Uber Labor Movement Born in a LaGuardia Parking Lot

By : newyorker – excerpt

Last Tuesday afternoon, at LaGuardia Airport’s Lot 7, fifty Uber drivers logged out of the app and staged a strike. Lot 7 is where drivers typically wait to pick up arriving passengers, and it was full of rows of black and gray sedans and S.U.V.s. The protesters stood at the entrance to the lot, holding hand-drawn signs that read, “Support us we have family too” and “Bring back rates to where they were!” Any car leaving to take a job had to pass through the gauntlet. If the crowd determined that the driver was working for Uber, it slapped signs against the driver’s windows, blew plastic whistles, and shouted, “Shame!” and “You work for Uber; you are a slave!”

On January 29th, Uber had reduced fares in more than eighty cities in the U.S. and Canada. Drivers in some of those cities, including San Francisco, San Diego, Tampa, and New York City, have reacted with strikes and protests. One of the many barriers to sustainable organizing for those working for sharing-economy apps like Uber and Lyft is that the flexible, cloud-based nature of the service creates a relatively tenuous connection to other workers. Uber drivers have protested policy changes in the past, but this round appears to be more widespread and intense than before… (more)

Add this to the fact that Uber was one of the Super Bowl sponsors that was supposed to be the driver of choice for the audience, and they could not pick people up after the Super Bowl because they couldn’t get there. All the traffic was moving against them.

Transportation Sustainability Program February 2016 Updates

Public letter from the SF Planning Department

Dear San Franciscans,

Exciting news!

On September 27, 2013, Governor Brown signed Senate Bill 743 making changes to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). Provisions of the bill affect the environmental review process in San Francisco, specifically how the Planning Department analyzes aesthetics, parking and automobile delay impacts.

State officials are proposing a new method of measurement regarding transportation analysis that recognizes the benefits of projects that reduce vehicular traffic. This guidance, last released in January 2016, calls for a measurement known as “vehicle miles traveled.” Vehicle miles traveled, also known as VMT, measures the amount and distance that a project might cause people to drive, including the number of passengers within a vehicle. The measurement aligns better with adopted state and City policies, it’s easier to calculate, and it will give us a better picture of the environmental effects of projects.

Given the inevitable change at the state level, the time is right for the City to make the change to this new measurement for environmental review. On March 3, 2016, a resolution will be in front of the Planning Commission that, if adopted as presented by staff, will remove automobile delay as a significant impact on the environment and replace it with a vehicle miles traveled threshold for all CEQA environmental determinations, including active projects, going forward.

Check out our updated Align page for more information.

More Updates : The Transportation Sustainability Fee has been approved!

The Transportation Sustainability Fee is projected to provide $1.2 billion in transportation improvements over 30 years, funding projects that help relieve traffic congestion, reduce crowding on buses and trains, and create safer streets. Specific improvements could include more Muni buses and trains; improving reliability on Muni’s busiest routes; more comfortable and faster regional transit; a better-connected bike network and safer sidewalks and intersections.

Proposed amendments to the fee program are currently under review at the Board of Supervisors. Be sure to visit our Invest page for updates.

Transportation Demand Management: SHIFT
On February 11, 2016: Planning Department staff will provide a brief overview on the Transportation Sustainability Program’s Shift component, the proposed Transportation Demand Management (TDM) Ordinance. TDM describes strategies or measures that incentivize sustainable ways of getting around. These types of travel choices are good for the environment, help manage congestion and improve the efficiency of the transportation network.  It’s about shifting people from driving alone in their cars to taking transit, biking or other efficient travel methods. Visit our Shift page for more information.

Upcoming Meetings:

Thursday, February 11, noon:
Noon – City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 400
Planning Commission Informational Hearing regarding the Transportation Sustainability Program, with a focus on feedback regarding SHIFT

Thursday, March 3, noon:
Noon – City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 400
Planning Commission Resolution regarding ALIGN (removal of automobile delay from environmental analysis)

If you have specific questions, please contact: TSP@sfgov.org
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Biking from SF to Oakland—no Bay Bridge required

By : sfgate – excerpt

This past week, the Bay Area’s bridge authority held a public meeting about long-range plans to build a bike path on the west span of the Bay Bridge, between San Francisco and Yerba Buena Island. These plans involve corkscrew ramps, high-capacity elevators, bike paths suspended from tunnel ceilings, and adjustments to the tension of the bridge’s steel cables to compensate for the path’s extra weight. The details and options make for fascinating renderings but are doubly dispiriting. First, the more complicated and expensive a project is, the smaller the chance of seeing it in our lifetimes, and this one needs $300 million and would give Rube Goldberg a headache. Second, the plans only need to be this complicated and expensive because planners ruled out from the get-go any plan that would take even a single square inch of space away from cars. A concrete barrier converting one of the bridge’s 10 car lanes into a bike and pedestrian path could, from a technical perspective, be completed quickly and cheaply, but so far planners have refused to even discuss this option(more)

We fought a tow fee and won

TRUE STORY: How we found a tow fee and won.

My husband just fought a tow fee and we received a full refund without going to court. Go on SFGOV and check out the law. If you have questions or think the tow company circumvented the law in any way contact the DA. Ethel helped us get our money back. If we went to small claims we could have sued for 4x the amount. The tow company made a few mistakes. For example I tried to pay with AMEX which is a city requirement and the tow company said they didn’t take it. Who knew! Ethel from the DAs office was the go between who advised them they violated the law. I can’t tell you how good (and a bit surreal!) it felt to get our $590 back from the towing company! Good luck!

A large percentage of tickets are handed out erroneously. If you have any questions about the validity of your ticket, you should fight it. Thanks to everyone for helping us get through this awful experience with helpful tips.