PRESS CONFERENCES, TUES. DEC. 3: Chinatown and North Beach Hurt Financially

Happy Holidays!  Feel free to attend the press conferences.
Media Information—Press Conferences
CENTRAL SUBWAY CONSTRUCTION CONTINUES INTO HOLIDAYS
CHINATOWN & NORTH BEACH HURT FINANCIALLY
Chinatown/ NorthBeach businesses and residents will discuss severe impacts of subway construction.  Unlike wealthy Union Square’s holiday moratorium, the SF Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) will continue construction in Chinatown and NorthBeach through the holidays.

PRESS CONFERENCES, TUESDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2013
12:30 pm at Stockton/ Washington Streets (across Chinatown Station construction site).
1:30 pm at WashingtonSquarePark (across Pagoda Theater construction site).
UNION SQUARE GETS SPECIAL TREATMENT:  SFMTA is opening up Stockton Street and stopping holiday work through January 2.  Everyone loves to shop and dine In Chinatown and NorthBeach.  But they shouldn’t bear an unfair financial burden.  In Chinatown, some restaurants are reporting a 50% to 70% drop in business.  Residents are facing challenges too.  In NorthBeach, work hours will go to 11 pm at the Pagoda Theater.  Now, there’s construction at the Bank of America at Stockton/ Green Streets.

TWO NEIGHBORHOODS – DIFFERENT TREATMENTS
SFMTA Construction Schedule continues in Chinatown while
Union Square Gets Moratorium:  “Stockton Street between O’Farrell and Ellis has now reopened to traffic and will remain open at least until Jan. 2, 2014. Stockton between Geary and O’Farrell is planned to reopen by early next week.”
North Beach Gets Nighttime Work Hours:  “Starting Monday, Nov. 18, construction hours at the Pagoda will be extended.  Hours will usually be Monday to Saturday, 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.  The longer hours are required to ensure this work is complete in time for the TBMs to arrive at the site.”
SIGN THE PETITION: Stop subway construction during the holidays.

Let SFMTA know how you feel about Muni service cuts and TEP.
Sign the SFMTA CUSTOMER SURVEY
December 3, 2013 MTA Board Meeting – TEP Update – This is a prime opportunity to present public comment to the MTA Board regarding the TEP. Let them know how pilot projects, such as 5 Fulton, are effecting your neighborhood bus lines now, and how you feel about further changes. Send letters and comments to the MTA Board and Supervisors : contacts here.

RELATED INFORMATION:

NORTHERN TUNNEL IS NOT NECESSARY
In 2008, the defendants FTA and SFMTA released a “Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report” evaluating the Central Subway Project.  In it, the northern terminus of the subway line was described as extending north of Chinatown to Jackson Street, one block north of the Chinatown station.
Internal SFMTA documents show that demolition is not necessary:  In SFMTA’s Risk Management Report No. 46, Risk Item 208 notes:
“March 2013:  2. If resolution of costs associated with the Pagoda option is not achieved, the TBMs will be buried to maintain budget requirements.”
http://nonorthbeachdig.org/docs/sfmta/RiskManagement/2.%20Mitigation%20Report%20(Active%20Status%20Sheets)%20-%20May%202013.pdf
Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) can be buried under Stockton Street or extracted in Chinatown, eliminating the empty 2,000 foot tunnels from Chinatown to Washington Square and the Pagoda Project.  Cost savings of up to $79 million can be used to quickly improve Muni throughout northern and western San Francisco.

WASTEFUL EXPENDITURESNORTHERN TUNNEL IS NOT NECESSARY
In 2008, the defendants FTA and SFMTA released a “Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report” evaluating the Central Subway Project.  In it, the northern terminus of the subway line was described as extending north of Chinatown to Jackson Street, one block north of the Chinatown station.
Internal SFMTA documents show that demolition is not necessary:  In SFMTA’s Risk Management Report No. 46, Risk Item 208 notes:
“March 2013:  2. If resolution of costs associated with the Pagoda option is not achieved, the TBMs will be buried to maintain budget requirements.”
http://nonorthbeachdig.org/docs/sfmta/RiskManagement/2.%20Mitigation%20Report%20(Active%20Status%20Sheets)%20-%20May%202013.pdf
Tunnel Boring Machines (TBMs) can be buried under Stockton Street or extracted in Chinatown, eliminating the empty 2,000 foot tunnels from Chinatown to Washington Square and the Pagoda Project.  Cost savings of up to $79 million can be used to quickly improve Muni throughout northern and western San Francisco.

WASTEFUL EXPENDITURES
Politicians and developers are forcing the Central Subway northward to North Beach without environmental reviews and public processes.  Even though the last Central Subway Station is in Chinatown, two empty 2,000 foot tunnels from Chinatown to Washington Square are being pushed northward.  The 2,000 foot tunnels and Pagoda/ Bank of America projects are totally unnecessary!  The community has legal rights to choices:
·    By stopping the Central Subway at Chinatown, we can begin a public process to discuss public transit needs for northern San Francisco—-including quicker Muni improvements this year instead of continued service cuts.
·    By halting the two unnecessary 2,000 foot tunnels, we can save $21-$70 million—much of which can help Muni transit throughout the city.
·    By halting the Pagoda Theater Extraction Project, we can save $9.7 million of Muni operating reserve funds—needed for quick Muni improvements.

COURTHOUSE NEWS SERVICE:  “North Beach Residents Fight Big Hole”
http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/11/05/62636.htm
[ONE CORRECTION:  The Pagoda shaft construction is much larger—50 ft.x 50 ft.x 42 ft.]
“The plaintiffs challenge ‘the so-called ‘Pagoda Option,’ a massive excavation project located in the heart of the historic North Beach area of San Francisco, within an historic district and adjacent or proximate to multiple properties and parks.  The ‘Pagoda Option’ is associated with but is not an essential part of a proposed subway (Central Subway Project) connecting San Francisco’s South of market area with Chinatown.”
“Some estimates claim that the cost of bringing the machines to the surface would exceed the value of the machines, which would probably not be reused anyhow, according to the complaint.”
“They claim the transportation agencies violated law by failing to evaluate the potential use of historic resources and by approving a transportation project that will use historic resources or parklands when feasible alternatives exist.”
“They seek an injunction requiring that the agencies take no action to implement the Pagoda Option and withdraw their approval of the Pagoda Option.”
Website:  http://www.nonorthbeachdig.org 

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One thought on “PRESS CONFERENCES, TUES. DEC. 3: Chinatown and North Beach Hurt Financially

  1. How’s about running the fucking thing down Columbus to Lombard, take a left and tunnel under Russian Hill and run it out to the Presidio so it could serve the vastly undeserved Marina and Cow Hollow neighborhoods? That would be brilliant, no? Oh, but that takes vision and superior urban planning. Thin on the ground here ins the city that never really knew how. Barring that adventure, run it down to the wharf so it actually goes someplace and generates some revenue. The godamn thing should have gone up Kearney street anyway, so it could serve the Financial and Chinatown. This whole goddamn thing is just a political pay-off toe Rose Pak, courtes of mr. Willy Brown. Wrong, Ed (Reiskin)!

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