District 5 Diary
Rob Anderson's commentary on San Francisco politics from District 5
Wednesday, October 07, 2015
Deconstructing that anti-CEQA study
|Another phony CEQA reformer|
"Goodnight Moon": Still the best
Tuesday, October 06, 2015
Monday, October 05, 2015
Affordable Diviz meeting tomorrow
Warriors' stadium: Why not move it south?
|Move it south 11 blocks|
From the SF Examiner:
The 21-acre site near Pier 80 in the Bayview has been proposed by the Mission Bay Alliance, a group led by former UC San Francisco officials who argue the arena in Mission Bay will create detrimental traffic congestion and permanently scar the neighborhood. The suggested site, more than half of which is owned by The City, is 11 blocks south of where the arena is currently planned on about 11 acres of waterfront land at Third and 16th streets, across from UCSF’s new hospitals and research centers.
Seems like a good idea. The southern site is almost twice as big as the present proposed site, and it's away from UCSF's operation.
The Mission Bay Alliance makes the case:
With easy access to Highways 280 and 101, ample surface parking, and Muni bus and light rail lines, the site could better meet the needs of a Warriors’ arena and entertainment center---without the life-threatening or environmental impacts of the proposed arena in Mission Bay...The new proposed site is already owned in part by the City of San Francisco and the SFMTA. The City’s property interests could facilitate the Warriors’ development of the site.
“This is a great solution for the Warriors’ relocation to San Francisco,” said Mission Bay Alliance spokesperson Bruce Spaulding. “This site would not threaten access to life-saving medical care or imperil biosciences,” he added. “A new arena at this alternate location would border open space and industrial warehouses---not three brand-new UCSF hospitals, a children’s emergency room and a world-renowned bioscience research campus, all of which would be irreparably harmed by the massive arena and entertainment center.”
Sunday, October 04, 2015
Bill Maher, Richard Dawkins on "regressive leftists"
Saturday, October 03, 2015
"They only go out to Walmart at night"
But then, as he disembarked, a fellow-passenger, a stranger in her thirties, drew him aside at the terminal gate, speaking rapidly in Spanish. Ramos bowed his head to listen. The woman was a teacher at a local technical college. Things in this part of Iowa were bad, she said. People were afraid to leave their houses. When they went to Walmart, they only felt comfortable going at night. Ramos nodded. Her voice was urgent. She wiped her eyes. He held her arm while she composed herself. The woman thanked him and rushed away.
Friday, October 02, 2015
49ers: crappy team, crappy stadium, crappy management
A "cautionary tale" for the Warriors and City Hall in SF, especially about traffic. Why not move the new stadium further south on the waterfront?
More people commuting by car in the US
As San Francisco’s economy booms, a lot more people are commuting, and very few are doing it in a car...The numbers show a clear trend: Transit, walking, and bicycle commuting are each growing markedly faster than solo car commuting.
Actually, according to the city's numbers in the last Transportation Fact Sheet (page 3), it's a lot worse than that: commuting by bike in SF was 2.1% in 2000, which means it has only increased 1.9% in 15 years.
Thursday, October 01, 2015
Tenth anniversary of the Danish Mohammed cartoons
Cycling and safety in Europe and SF
|Of course Supervisor Breed supports the Idaho Stop|
Wednesday, September 30, 2015
|And except for spelling...|
Tuesday, September 29, 2015
How water is priced in California
Monday, September 28, 2015
Mayor Lee, the Bicycle Coalition, and the Idaho Stop
Later: Streetsblog confirms my interpretation by attacking the mayor as an "obstructionist" on traffic safety in the city!
What migrants say when they think no one is listening
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Richard Dawkins: Palestine, Jews, science and the burqa
Saturday, September 26, 2015
Old farts on bikes: The numbers
Not out of context
|Jeremy Corbyn at Al-Quds rally|
More on Hezbollah
Labels: Islamic Fascism
Friday, September 25, 2015
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Paul Hofer: Great football player
|Kezar Stadium, December, 1957|
15-year-old Rob Anderson was there.
Labels: Islamic Fascism
"You called it Rob---he's going to the SFMTA"
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
"Regulatory capture" in Berkeley
|Proposed project: 2211 Harold Way, Berkeley|
Becky O'Malley has a message in her editorial on regulatory capture in the Berkeley Daily Planet from U.C. physicist James McFadden, an opponent of the Harold Way project. Sounds like the way meetings are conducted here in San Francisco:
Having spent many an evening over the last 9 months at City Council, ZAB, LPC, and School Board meetings, I'm finally starting to recognize ‘industry capture’ of both staff and the council/board/committee members. Although many people are quick to assume that capture means corruption, they really are different things.
Capture is more of an aligning of economic world views, not necessarily to any monetary advantage, often just to make one's job easier or more pleasant in dealing with people on a day to day basis (perhaps like the Stockholm syndrome). It entails adapting views that parallel industry's views which are clearly shaped by profit motive.
Captured individuals don't necessarily have an economic conflict of interest. They don't see their behavior as incorrect. They have forgotten that their role is to provide oversight and protection to the public on these public-private deals, and instead see their role as making sure the deal gets done. Their public meetings evolve into patronizing facades of democracy.
Captured staff and government officials suffer from wishful blindness rather than corruption per se. For the most part, capture is about creating a pleasant working environment with those in industry who they deal with on a daily basis. It is a slow and insidious process that strikes at the heart of human psychology that allows us to work in groups. The more time you spend with someone, the more likely you are to mirror their behavior—especially when the industry hires shills who continually flatter staff and boards/committees. When we-the-public show up and complain, we become the opponent to be ignored.
A telling sign of capture is an inability of staff to answer direct questions in a public forum, questions they should have answers for. This happened several times during the ZAB [Thursday] night. Staff instead must go outside and get the answers from industry—or just stonewall—or just present the industry talking points outside of public view.
Capture also manifests in the actions of the members of boards/councils/committees who are supposed to provide oversight, but instead seem more concerned with time and process. They often spend their time praising staff or justifying their poor performance, or worse yet praising the industry over which they are supposed to provide oversight. I was particularly struck by [ZAB Chair Prakash] Pinto's behavior at [Thursday] night’s ZAB.
The meeting becomes a dance of false empowerment where getting through the meeting on time is more important than focusing on important issues or input from the public.
Opposition to the Idaho Stop
Dear Mayor Lee, President Breed and Supervisors:
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
The clock kid fraud: The real story
Labels: Islamic Fascism
A plague of turquoise