.@MLNow's coverage of the Valencia forum is up: https://missionlocal.org/2023/01/police-bike-lane-future-valencia-street/
Which includes this telling statement by Captain McEachern that I missed in my live-tooting: "'As far as the #GeorgeFloyd thing. I don’t know what to say to that. I’m not convinced that happens that much,' McEachern said of Floyd’s murder by a police officer in Minneapolis." #sfpol #SFPD
“At an annual cost of about $704 per resident, the #SFPD remains a disturbing outlier...The SFPD solves fewer crimes compared to other large California cities while arresting Black people with the widest racial disparities of any jurisdiction evaluated statewide.” http://www.cjcj.org/mobile/news/13268
Reposting this because cop-lobbyist turned Supervisor Dorsey wants to give them even more of our money—while MTA, DPW, and SFGH face *actual* staff shortages. #sfpol
Last year, Slow Lake Street looked like a done deal. Then the mayor intervened and got it walked back.
Last year, affordable homes on a former car wash looked like a done deal. Then the mayor changed her mind about funding it, and now that plan's dead.
The most powerful office in SF gov't is held by someone with no vision, only obstruction. #housing #sfpol https://48hills.org/2023/01/breed-blocks-affordable-housing-project-in-district-5-for-petty-politics/
When you're disabled and live in an SRO, an elevator outage can be almost like being under house arrest. Here, several say they're putting themselves through intense pain just to get out of the house.
Important reporting by @MLNow. https://missionlocal.org/2023/01/sro-mission-elevator-mission-housing-caritas/ #sfpol #housing
Wow, looks like the California DMV is actually considering @deanpreston's request to build housing on its Fell Street lot?! Amazing.
Did not expect a state agency to be that responsive. I guess the assist from Ting, who wrote the surplus land for housing law, helps. #housing #sfpol https://www.sfchronicle.com/sf/article/S-F-s-latest-plan-for-affordable-housing-On-17700494.php
Good work by neighbors to push for safety improvements on San Jose Ave near Balboa Park. But if #VisionZero were more than a slogan in SF, what they’re requesting wouldn’t require organizing; it would be the default. #sfpol https://thefrisc.com/its-the-deadliest-year-in-a-decade-on-our-streets-can-sf-make-san-jose-avenue-safe-2b429f311a05
SFMTA staff loyal to Mayor Breed seem so determined to sabotage the #SlowStreets program that we are entering self-parody territory.
These new signs on Page literally have "Local Traffic Only" blanked out, even though the board unanimously approved keeping Slow Streets restricted to local traffic only.
Stop erasing safe streets!
I’ve been biking on 16th St more and I’ve noticed every intersection has a leading pedestrian interval — walk sign comes before green light — EXCEPT at Valencia and Mission, the two intersections that have the most pedestrians. #sfpol
City Attorney David Chiu: "It defies logic to require that San Francisco have shelter for all persons experiencing #homelessness" before criminalizing them sleeping on the street.
Really? Seems logical enough to me. Where is someone without shelter supposed to go?
Making it a crime to exist is disgusting. Judge Ryu ruled right. #sfpol https://www.kron4.com/news/bay-area/blocking-san-franciscos-sitting-and-sleeping-laws-defies-logic-city-attorney-says/
“For e-bikes to fully flourish, they must be paired with widespread access to secure, insurable, easy storage near home–just like we offer for residents with cars.”
Yes! Storage is a big blocker to ebike adoption since they’re too heavy to schlep upstairs to your apartment. #bikeSF #sfpol https://sf.streetsblog.org/2023/01/03/san-franciscans-are-buying-e-bikes-like-never-before-where-do-we-put-them/
Do this to have a voice in the California Democratic Party's platform and endorsements!
In 2017 we literally stood outside in the rain for hours queueing to vote in this. Vote by mail is so much easier.
A Muni display I reported broken more than two months ago is still broken. My old report & the status today. #sfpol
I’m in the Chronicle! I wrote about how the missing piece to put SF on a less car-dependent trajectory is funding Muni, including more service and piloting free fares.
Incredible community efforts this past weekend to activate #SlowLake street, celebrate it, and keep it safe.
That said, it's alarming Mayor Breed has now interfered with Slow Lake at least three times: 🧵
1. After it was approved for permanence in 2021, pressuring staff to reverse that... https://sf.streetsblog.org/2022/08/02/page-street-follow-up-leaked-comms-prove-the-mayor-is-killing-slow-streets/
Making it easier to turn parking lots into housing is an idea that's like urbanist catnip. Too bad the feasibility report shows this ordinance is unlikely to actually be used.
IMO, take out the private developer middleman: just eminent domain the terrible Fell & Divis gas stations and build social housing. #sfpol https://www.sfexaminer.com/news/sf-approves-law-aimed-at-turning-parking-lots-into-housing/article_8d9c3cd0-7677-11ed-a1e9-3bf52ba30873.html
A community of people who are fighting against car dominance in San Francisco and beyond and also have various other interests.