On Aug. 24, 2011, I moderated a debate among mayoral hopefuls at the Jewish Community Center of San Francisco. The event was sponsored by the Raoul Wallenberg Jewish Democratic Club and I wasted no time asking candidate John Avalos to address his 2010 resolution “condemning the Israeli Defense Forces’ military attack on the Freedom Flotilla on May 31, 2010.” Israel’s position was that the flotilla violated a legal blockade. Read More
Despite concerns about potential cost overruns and a lack of local firms hired to work on the Central Subway project, Muni officials Tuesday approved an $840 million contract for the $1.6 billion transit-extension plan.
The contract — awarded to Tutor Perini, a large contractor based in Southern California — covers the construction and installation of three stations, 1.5 miles of tracks and a new train-control system. Read More
An $840 million contract for Muni’s Central Subway project — a pact that accounts for more than half the total cost of the undertaking — is up for approval Tuesday. Read More
➤ “Pro-Palestinian ads misrepresent apartheid,” Opinion, ThursdayOppression in Israel is still very real Read More
At least four cellphone robberies were reported on Muni buses or at transit shelters Wednesday, police said.
About 11 a.m., a 25-year-old woman who was reportedly waiting for the bus at Third and Mission streets was knocked to the ground by a man in his 20s who swiped her cellphone. Read More
On my recent trip to San Francisco, I was deeply disturbed to learn about the posters in The City accusing Israel of apartheid. As a black South African who lived under apartheid, this system was implemented in South Africa to subjugate people of color and deny them a variety of their rights. In my view, Israel cannot be compared to apartheid in South Africa. Those who make the accusation expose their ignorance of what apartheid really is. Read More
The new painted transit-only lane on Church Street — designed to keep private vehicles out of the way of Muni vehicles — appears to be paying dividends for the agency.
Since a layer of red paint was laid down on a three-block stretch of the street, the 22-Fillmore has had a 5 percent reduction in travel time and a 20 percent increase in reliability along that stretch, according to the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which manages Muni. Read More
➤ “Speed key to Muni transit vision,” Local News, TuesdayMuni has solutions right in front themWill Reisman’s story implies that reducing Muni travel times is some kind of extraordinary goal and something “For the agency to strive for over the next 50 years.” This is completely ludicrous. Why does Muni need half a century to fix this problem? Read More
Bayview-Hunters Point residents expressed frustration Tuesday about Muni’s practice of turning around T-Third Street trains before they reach scheduled stops.
Muni officials say rerouting trains and buses prematurely, called switchbacks, is necessary to deal with service shortages and delays in other parts of the system. Read More
A 28-year-old woman using a tablet on a Muni bus during Wednesday morning's commute was pushed by a teenager who then robbed her device, police said, but the suspect was caught after a foot chase with a cop.
The robbery reportedly occurred on the 44 O’Shaughnessy line in the area of Seventh and Clarendon avenues at about 7:15 a.m. Read More