Monday, November 29, 2010
Monday, November 22, 2010
I'm not without a bias, I grew up riding the 49 home from school on Ocean Avenue near Balboa High. My first job was at a movie theater on Van Ness, and the 49 was probably the last bus I rode before going away to college.
And Muni is still running those same 15+ year-old articulated trolley buses on the 49 today. The one I'm on tonight has had a lot of work done recently and is now painted silver and red, but many others still bear the double orange Landor paint scheme - among the last in the city with that iconic livery.
It's kind of a trip to sit here and think that I might be in the exact same seat that I rode in back in high school.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Where do you stop nickel-and-diming people? You should be able to travel from city to city without paying a toll. -Assemblyman Jerry Hill, D-San MateoSounds like an argument for free public transit to me.
Monday, November 15, 2010
Apparently that changed three or four months ago, and riders have cause to be optomistic:
Through the first three months of this fiscal year that started in July, the enforcement cameras have issued 1,460 citations for double-parked cars and vehicles in tow-away and bus zones. In the entire 2009 fiscal year, 1,016 citations were issued for those violations. -Will Reisman, The ExaminerI hope the SFMTA continues to maintain and expand a thorough level of enforcement, we've been waiting for signs of improvement for an awfully long time now.
Saturday, November 13, 2010
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Riding the 9L into work today, a group on fare inspectors boarded at 11th and Market. One inspector caught a kid (who no doubt should have been in school but got away saying he had 'independent studies' ... I remember that one from when I was his age). When he found out the kid was 16 he asked again what he was thinking, why he didn't pay his fare. The kid said he didn't have change, only a five dollar bill. The inspector explained that decision was supposed to get him a $150 ticket and a trip to juvenile court. Then he pulled out five ones and said, "Gimme that five, and go up there and pay your fare. I don't think it's right for kids to go to juvenile court over 75 cents."
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Yes on AA
Increases the Vehicle Licence Fee in SF by $10 in order to fund road improvements. Raising the cost of car ownership (even by a barely-noticeable amount) is a good thing, and AA specifically allocates $1.25 million for Pedestrian improvements, and another $1.25 million for transit.
No on L
Sidewalks are for people, as the No campaign's slogan says. Of course they ought to be civil - every corner of society ought to be civil - but measure L does nothing to make sidewalks more civil. Every horror story proponents cite as a reason why SF needs a sit/lie law describes behavior that is already illegal. Making it more illegal won't stop it because nobody's there to enforce the law in the first place!
If you're frustrated with bad behavior in public spaces, consider voting for Measure M instead. Measure M would require the police to create a plan for running foot patrols city-wide, putting cops on the sidewalks instead of taking people off them.
No on 23 and 26
Statewide propositions 23 and 26 may not seem closely related at first read, but they're being funded by the same big out-of-state oil companies. 23 would suspend AB32, California's greenhouse gas law, whenever unemployment is above an arbitrary number. 26 would raise the number of votes required to raise or levy new fees. 26 especially would directly affect San Francisco's efforts to pay for improvements to its pedestrian environment by raising fees on car drivers.
Bert Hill and Robert Raburn for BART board
The entire Bay Area needs BART to do a better job of serving the urban core and promoting good land use. Its Board of Directors, however, is dominated by representatives of suburban and exurban districts, more interested in running BART tracks to the moon at any cost than connecting to hundreds of thousands of potential riders in SF and Oakland.
Bert Hill is running to replace James Fang in District 8 (PDF) and Robert Raburn is vying for Carole Ward Allen's seat in District 4 (PDF). Both oppose BART's trend toward expensive and ineffective "blingfrastructure," and would represent the interests of their urban districts well.