Central Subway Likely To Be Delayed Yet Again, Federal Monitor Says

by Matt Smith : sfstandard – excerpt

The city’s official Sept. 9 date for moving people from SoMa to Chinatown on a new central subway transit line is a long shot given potential delays that include a possible shortage of equipment for overhead tram cables, water leakage and an incomplete signal network, according to a monitor assigned to track the project for the federal government…(more)

Monday, April 18, 5:30-7:30 PM – $400 Million MUNI Bond Debate

Proposition A, a $400 million Muni bond, will be on the June 7, 2022 ballot.
SaveMUNI is sponsoring the only known debate before San Francisco votes on this important
Proposition. Bob Feinbaum, President of SaveMUNI will moderate.
Supporting the measure will be Jonathan Rewers, Acting CFO of the MTA.
Opposing the measure will be attorney and economist Larry Marso.

How did Amazon end up renting city property to park delivery vans, in violation of the law?

By Chris Roberts : missionlocal – excerpt

Controversial delivery giant is swallowing up land all over the city’s southeast — including city property that, by law, it should not have been allowed to occupy

Tony DeLorio was driving south on Interstate-280 late last month when something out of the ordinary caught his eye: Amazon vans, a whole fleet of them, parked out in the open on a lot in a warehouse district off of Cesar Chavez.

DeLorio is the principal officer with Teamsters Local 665, which organizes UPS drivers as well as parking-lot attendants and a host of other blue-collar workers. The Teamsters have made it extremely clear that Amazon –- with its infamous union-busting practices and its $17.25-an-hour warehouse jobs and $21-an-hour independent contractor delivery driver gigs — is their bête noire.

But until his recent drive-by, DeLorio was under the impression that Amazon was focusing on its new $200 million property on Seventh Street, or its smaller warehouses in Bayview and Potrero. “I go, ‘What the hell is going on? What are all these Amazon vehicles doing here?’” he recalled. “I figured we would have heard something.”…(more)

Monday, March 21, 5:30 SaveMuni Meeting with Jaimie Viloria from the Coalition to Restore Muni and Kathy Setian from the J line group.

We will engage in a discussion of MTA’s recent actions and SaveMUN’Is response.
We will also consider our relationship with other groups and talk about our April meeting which will feature a debate over the MTA’s $ 400 million bond that will appear on the June ballot.

Please join us and feel free to share this announcement with your friends and neighbors

Bob Feinbaum, President, Sa

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JFK Drive: Asian Seniors—One of SF’s Most Vulnerable Pedestrian Groups—Conflicted over Road ’s Car-Free Future

By Han Li : sfstandard – excerpt

The debate on pedestrian and bicyclist safety has pitted seniors and the disabled against pro-alternative transit activists who want to keep the boulevard car-free.

Eight hours into a contentious meeting on the future of a 1.6-mile stretch of road in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park, Leon Chow still felt he wasn’t being heard.

A dozen monolingual Chinese seniors had spoken out against the closure of John F. Kennedy Drive, but in the end, two key commissions—the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors and the city’s Recreation and Park Commission—decided to make the road a permanent car-free zone. That recommendation will now go to the Board of Supervisors for final approval.

“We are always the most ignored group of people,” said Chow, the former board chair of the Chinese Progressive Association and a longtime activist who organized the seniors to voice their opposition. “I will keep doing this.”…(more)

We Rode the Treasure Island Ferry on Its First Day. Here’s What Went Right and Wrong

By Camille Cohen : sfstandard – excerpt

Captain Jeremiah Brazil grew up in San Francisco, so he’s a bit of an authority when it comes to the city’s iconic views.

“Everyone knows the best view of [the city] is from Treasure Island,” said the long-time boat captain, who was visibly excited about the new ferry service running between the man-made island and the Ferry Building

San Francisco launched the ferry Tuesday in what will now be daily service, running 16 hours a day. The ferry service is part of a larger redevelopment effort taking place on the island and the neighboring Yerba Buena Island. The cost for a one-way ferry ride is $5, but monthly passes are available for $150. Children 4 and younger can ride for free.

That is, if the ferry arrives…(more)