“One Oak vote could set precedent for ride-hail data in planning decisions,” The City, Sept. 5
Another planning debacle in the making
The Van Ness/Market intersection is so well-served by public transit that it has come to be known as the “Hub,” short for “Transit Hub.” What is now being planned for the Hub would transform it into a congested mess.
The Planning Department estimates that an overwhelming 1,682 additional parking spaces could be constructed in the immediate vicinity of Van Ness and Market. If so, the developers would have it both ways. They would benefit both from their prime transit-oriented locations and from the parking. As if this weren’t bad enough, there would also be the uncontrolled impact of Uber and Lyft traffic.
According to the Examiner, the 45,000 Uber and Lyft vehicles now operating in San Francisco account for more than 200,000 trips a day. It does not take much imagination to recognize what 1,682 off-street parking spaces and hundreds of daily Uber and Lyft pick-ups and drop-offs would do Van Ness and Market. If there’s to be no projection against traffic gridlock at Van Ness and Market, then where?
“Merchant group mulls $100,000 donation from Airbnb to advocate for them,” On Guard, Sept. 5
Buyouts aren’t voluntary
Henry Karnilowicz argues that most people who left San Francisco did so voluntarily through buyouts. Buyouts aren’t voluntary. There were no other options!
The City is kicking out people who have lived here for years; then, they appease their consciences by eventually building affordable housing that will eventually appear years later. Where are we supposed to go with our measly buyouts?
We don’t forget the boot that kicked us out, all in the name of profit. The latest proposed building at Oak and Van Ness will be a luxury skyscraper. Goodbye, middle class.
Ellis Act evictee
“S.F.’s safe injection plan hinges on passage of state bill,” The City, Sept. 1
By every possible means
Supervised injection centers may represent a concept that strikes some people as counterproductive.
However, the same was said years ago about syringe exchange efforts, which have been shown to not only prevent transmission of harmful diseases but also facilitate the entry of some drug users into treatment programs. Such centers would only be located in existing relevant facilities.
Thus, after examining the evidence, the San Francisco Marin Medical Society Board of Directors, composed of physicians from many specialties throughout our two counties, has voted to endorse the concept and a trial of such efforts here. We feel that this, too, could work to both decrease the incidence of infectious diseases and help drug users access needed drug treatment. The opioid abuse epidemic is indeed a crisis that requires every possible means of lessening it.
Man-Kit Leung, MD
San Francisco Marin Medical Society