Overheard on the
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Hi all, we’ve been hearing increasing reports of “drones behaving badly” in Mission Bay, such as flying near residential towers and crashing into them, buzzing the channel and “terrorizing the birds,” etc., and there has now been at least one news report of drone-facilitated graffiti on a billboard. I’m just curious to know how pervasive the problem is currently in our region. If you have witnessed a drone creating problems in a way that you feel breaks the law or otherwise defies common decency, please let me know. No need to e-mail the whole list; I don’t want to add to people’s e-mail burdens. I can send out a quick note about what I learn afterwards.
And if they are towing tiny little advertising banners, I’ll be REALLY interested!
An EIR is currently underway to study whether Folsom Street should be converted to two-way traffic.
by EMILY BADGER
The Washington Post
“Traffic tends to move faster on a wide one-way road than on a comparable two-way city street, and slower traffic means fewer accidents. The rest of these results are theoretically connected to each other in complex ways. To the extent that vice flourishes on neglected high-speed, one-way, getaway roads, two-way streets may be less conducive to certain crimes. If they bring slower traffic and, as a result, more cyclists and pedestrians, that also creates more “eyes on the street” — which, again, deters crime. A decline in crime and calmer traffic in turn may raise property values — which may also increase the demand of residents to police and care for their neighborhood.” To read the complete article, visit The Washington Post blogs →
from BRIAN WALLACE
On Saturday, March 28, 2015, Southern Station will relocate to the Public Safety Building at 1251 Third Street near AT&T Park beginning at 6:00 am.
Police over-the-counter reports will not be taken at 850 Bryant Street after the move. You will need to go to the new station. The T-Third light rail line stops nearby.
The original home of Southern Station was located at 4th and Clara Streets. After the 1906 earthquake, it was moved to a temporary site at 821 Howard Street and then in 1926 an elaborate Spanish Baroque-style building, designed by Albert Coffey, was built to replace the original Clara Street building. In 1961, Southern Station relocated to the first floor of the Hall of Justice.
This is an update regarding the SFPD District Station Boundary Analysis Proposal meeting scheduled for Wednesday, 02/25/2015. The meeting will be held at The Gene Friend Recreation Center, 270 6th St., San Francisco at 6:00 pm. If you have any questions, please call Southern Station (415-553-1373).
by KARIN DRUCKER
While San Franciscans spent the evening of December 10th lining up for sandbags and fighting over batteries in anticipation of stormageddon, a commissioned panel of experts presented the police department’s plan revised boundaries of district boundaries. Continue reading →
Photo by Allan Berube, from the collection of Gayle Rubin
by JIM MEKO
In his role as chair of Budget and Finance, former Supervisor Chris Daly was rather blunt when the Planning Department came before his committee looking for money: you’re not gonna see one dime of this funding until you listen to the community and start cooperating with them.
Harsh? They deserved it. Continue reading
from SUNNY ANGULO
Legislative Aide, District 6
I want to thank everyone for coming out to last month’s community meeting at the Arc San Francisco (and especially thank the Arc for hosting). I would also like to thank the city staff that took time out of their evening to come and offer resources and input, including the Mayor’s Office of HOPE Director Bevan Dufty and Kevin Drew from the Department of the Environment. Finally, I’d like to thank the individuals that emailed or called me privately after the meeting and expressed their disappointment with the behavior of some of their neighbors and recommitted themselves to working toward positive solutions that would benefit everyone in the neighborhood. On a personal note, I was deeply appreciative of that, so thank you. Continue reading
by JIM MEKO
When planners set out their guiding principles for a community planning effort, their first thought is always GROWTH. When the neighbors get to participate in a real community planning process, their standard always tends to be something more nuanced, something like “to preserve and enhance.”
This dichotomy explains why we hate the Planning Department so much. Continue reading
Dr. Rajiv Bhatia, San Francisco’s top environmental health official, returned from vacation two weeks ago only to find that he’s been put on administrative leave.
Bhatia is well-respected among urban planners as an advocate of “health impact analyses” and a key developer of the “Healthy Development Measurement Tool.” The HDMT provides a range of policy and design strategies that can advance health conditions and resources via the development process. Every policy included in the Western SoMa Community Plan was examined from this perspective. Continue reading
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from MATT LASKY
San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency
The Sustainable Streets Division of the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) is proposing the placement of 35 bicycle sharing stations in San Francisco as shown on this map. Please review the map, forward it to other interested parties and respond to me if you wish to receive more details about specific station information including the size and location. Stations shown as green on the map will be presented at an SFMTA public hearing on Friday, 6/14/2013, at 10:00 AM, in Room 416 (Hearing Room 4), City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, San Francisco, CA 94102. Continue reading