SF Planning Commission Officially Prioritizes Humans over Cars

by : sfstreetsblog – excerpt

Late last week, the San Francisco Planning Commission unanimously adopted a resolution to replace “Level of Service” (LOS) with “Vehicle Miles Traveled” (VMT). That’s bureaucratese for measuring a project’s overall effect on moving people, instead of just counting automobiles. As explained in a previous post, environmental law has long forced transportation planners to grade projects by how they impact traffic flow. “This will streamline California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) review for projects that are designed to encourage public transit, promote pedestrian safety and help reduce the need for traveling long distances by car,” said John Rahaim, Director of San Francisco Planning, in an official release. “We are pleased to be the first city in California to adopt these new guidelines.”

LOS often jammed up projects such as bike and transit lanes, which–arguably–reduce the number of cars that flow through a given area by taking lane space, but increase the number of people who can get from A to B. In short, the new rules, in the process of being adopted at the state level, make it so something as benign as a bike lane doesn’t trigger an expensive and time consuming environmental review… (more)


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)

San Francisco Mayor threatens UCSF Hospital at Mission Bay — play ball for Warriors or else!

Opponents of an 11th hour proposal by the the City of San Francisco and the Golden State Warriors of the NBA to shoe horn a new arena and entertainment complex into the Mission Bay development today revealed leaked documents in which San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee threatens UCSF Hospital at Mission Bay with economic sanctions if it does not play ball for the Warriors and support the last minute arena project.

The correspondence (below) between UCSF Chancellor Sam Hawgood and Mayor Ed Lee expresses the Chancellor’s concerns about parking and traffic impacts of the proposed Warriors arena, and then illustrates the Mayor’s heavy-handed and threatening response. Mayor Lee notes investments in the area by the SF Giants, UCSF, Mission Bay neighbors and (eventually) revenue from the Warriors event center. He then (Sec #5) explains that each property’s “fair share contribution toward public infrastructure,” will be scrutinized, (Sec #6) pointedly referring to the UCSF footprint in the area and its tax exempt status… (more)

The Mission Bay Master Plan never envisioned a entertainment center of the scale proposed for the Warriors Arena

The Mission Bay Master Plan never envisioned a entertainment center of the scale proposed for the Warriors Arena

We somehow missed this story earlier, but it does seem pertinent now. Maybe why the Ethics Commission decided to put Prop I on the ballot so we can at least follow the money trail.

Traffic Trouble, Parking Problems, Fondled Food At Levi’s Stadium For Chile Vs. Mexico Soccer Game

by Nicole Jones : cbslocal – excerpt

For $60 a car, you’d think parking lots could provide signage, and for a region preparing for a Super Bowl, there is a serious amount of logistical coordination to get straightened out to avoid over 3 hours sitting in traffic in a “Candlestick Park”-like moment. And did I mention the security guard fondled my sandwich? What contraband could I possible have smuggled in between two delicious pieces of sourdough bread?

First let me start by disclosing that I am not a huge sports fan, making the whole ordeal that much more of a bitter pill to swallow.

Here’s where it all began.

When invited to Saturday’s Chile vs. Mexico soccer game at Levi’s Stadium, I gave an enthusiastic “yes.” My husband and I, both Chileans, were pumped to wave our 5-foot flag among a sea of red and green Mexican jerseys.

It didn’t take long before our excitement turned sour — and not the good kind you make with Pisco… (more)

Bad reviews and complaints keep coming.
Sports fans beware!