District 5 Diary
Rob Anderson's commentary on San Francisco politics from District 5
Sunday, January 22, 2017
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Friday, January 20, 2017
Chronicle: Going to women's march? You're fired!
|Audrey Cooper, Chronicle Editor|
Thanks to The Berkeley Daily Planet.
Streetsblog worries about high-speed rail project
We're also going to miss Michelle
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Wednesday, January 18, 2017
Republicans and Obamacare: The dogs that caught the car
Getting out of the way for "smart growth"
If Lacob and Guber don't like Oracle, why don't they just buy it, remodel it, and put in more luxury boxes?
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Panhandle project: No stop signs for cyclists
Howard Chabner sends a message to City Hall:
Dear Mayor Lee and Supervisor Breed:
The project described in the Final Memo would endanger pedestrians (especially seniors, people with mobility and vision disabilities, small children and those in strollers), increase congestion, delays and pollution, make the shortage of on street parking even worse, and increase conflicts between motorists and cyclists.
Clock boy SLAPP suit dismissed
This is the kind of foolishness that gives Trump and his supporters political ammunition.
Morons with guns
|The TSA blog|
Labels: Punks with Guns
Monday, January 16, 2017
We were warned
Jonathan Lethem in the Dec. 15 London Review of Books:
...Are we to reach out to the Trump voter in tender empathy for their fear and pain, which is surely experienced as real, yet was partly cultivated by lies? Or should we do so out of cynical realpolitik (we need those states)? They’ve smashed themselves in the face again, electing this craven, gold-plated Ponzi-capitalist. But they’ve smashed us in the face too. Perhaps all empathy should be nipped in the bud, in righteous condemnation of the racist and sexist complicity---the betrayal of American idealism! of American exceptionalism!---reflected in a Trump vote.
Anyhow we’re pretty sure that, taking account of lynchings, internments, black ops, waterboarding, drones, inequities, America was never great to begin with. The clearest evidence is also the nearest to hand: all the intolerant voters in the woodwork. This is our Naked Lunch, then, in William Burroughs’s words, "a frozen moment when everyone sees what is on the end of every fork"...
Scott Wiener undermines local control on housing
From the Berkeley Daily Planet:
The art of restoration
Sunday, January 15, 2017
Saturday, January 14, 2017
High-speed rail: "huge waste of taxpayer dollars"
From yesterday's LA Times:
This analysis puts the state on notice that it could face bigger cost overruns than anticipated and much longer delays than have been made public, a troubling critique by an agency that has been a stalwart supporter and longtime financier of the nation’s largest infrastructure project...
Rep. Jeff Denham (R Turlock), chairman of the House rail subcommittee, said Friday he would conduct an oversight hearing in the near future and fight any further federal funding. “Despite past issues with funding this boondoggle, we were repeatedly assured in an August field hearing that construction costs were under control,” he said in a statement. “They continue to reaffirm my belief that this is a huge waste of taxpayer dollars.”
...Other recent documents paint a dark picture of California’s ambitious transportation project and help explain some of the performance problems. Audit reports last year, for example, found that the rail authority lacks consistent management processes, takes on unnecessary contract risks, does not have orderly records and is short on clearly defined responsibility for its top officials.
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Anti-car lobby in action
Wednesday, January 11, 2017
Good news! Crap art museum goes to L.A.
|You have to go to LA to see the original|
Tuesday, January 10, 2017
City won't screw up Panhandle traffic "at this time"
|Panhandle and Golden Gate Park|
Labels: The Repugnant Party
Monday, January 09, 2017
HSR in Morocco: "The equivalent of 25,000 schools"
A high-speed train linking Morocco’s main urban centers will likely be out of reach, both geographically and financially, for the majority of Moroccans. “The people who will be able to afford it—residents of cities and professionals—are not that many,” he says, noting that the money and effort might be better spent on more effective education efforts.
Rethinking high-speed rail in China
In the unlikely event that the system is even built in California, Proposition 1A prohibits any "government subsidies" to operate the system: See pages 8 and 9.