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News, Feature Inefficient by Design: San Francisco's Commissions Are Uncountable — and Unaccountable

Inefficient by Design: San Francisco's Commissions Are Uncountable — and Unaccountable

Illustration by Andrew J. Nilsen. It can take a San Francisco politician years of toil to render the city ridiculous in the eyes of the world. The Commission of Animal Control and Welfare managed it overnight. Last month, the…
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News, The Snitch Your Rundown on the Week in S.F. Government

Your Rundown on the Week in S.F. Government

Puzzling technological initiatives, close studies of dense municipal bureaucracies, garage regulations -- this week at City Hall ain't exactly a stroll down the carnival midway, but there's some important stuff on the table. And if you pay very, very close…
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News, The Snitch Muni Driver Suffers Textbook Sweater Theft

Muni Driver Suffers Textbook Sweater Theft

Last year we interviewed a number of Muni drivers in the Mission and Excelsior regarding a disturbing trend: The calculated thefts of their clothing.Those who covet Muni drivers' hats, jackets, shades, iPods, and other swag have it all worked out.…
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News, The Snitch Report On Google Shuttles In the City: You May Hate 'Em, But the Environment Doesn't

Report On Google Shuttles In the City: You May Hate 'Em, But the Environment Doesn't

So maybe you've heard Mission and Noe Valley dwellers complaining about the huge shuttle buses huffing through their small residential streets to whisk 2,500 daily commuters away to their Silicon Valley cubicles. Well, turns out they're not so bad,…
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News, The Snitch On Time -- Ha! -- For Your Commute: Muni Pain-O-Meter V. 2.0

On Time -- Ha! -- For Your Commute: Muni Pain-O-Meter V. 2.0

See Original Version Here! Pain Level: 0.4 -- Your Muni driver makes "Derail -- is de thing de train run on" joke. 0.8 -- He makes that joke -- and you have to deboard your derailed train. 1.1 -- I've…
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News, The Snitch Sky-High Sign Mystery: Did SFMTA Quietly Switch to Metric System?

Sky-High Sign Mystery: Did SFMTA Quietly Switch to Metric System?

Measurement units regarding bicycles are an odd jumble of the metric system, United States customary units, and bicycle-specific standards almost nobody in the industry knows the origin of.Spokes are measured in millimeters. Their width is measured according to an arcane…
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News, The Snitch 'Signs' Point to Better Times Ahead for Cyclists

'Signs' Point to Better Times Ahead for Cyclists

For San Francisco's ever-growing cadre of bicyclists, this week opened with both good news and bad.On Monday, San Francisco Superior Court Judge Peter Busch postponed until Nov. 12 his decision on whether to allow the city to install bicycle…
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News, The Snitch Update -- S.F. Pledges $250,000 to Settle Diesel Spill Lawsuit

Update -- S.F. Pledges $250,000 to Settle Diesel Spill Lawsuit

San Francisco has agreed to pay $250,000 to settle an EPA lawsuit demanding that the city  prevent a repeat of a 2005 Muni diesel fuel spill.SF Weekly obtained a copy of the consent decree between San Francisco and U.S. officials…
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News, The Snitch U.S. Sues San Francisco Over 2005 Muni Fuel Spill

U.S. Sues San Francisco Over 2005 Muni Fuel Spill

UPDATE: City, DOJ, EPA Agree on $250K settlement, see details here.U.S. Department of Justice attorneys filed suit against San Francisco in connection with a 2005 bus yard fuel spill that released as much as 54,000 gallons of diesel gasoline into…
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News, The Snitch So There, Gavin: MTA Board Member Predicts Extension of Parking Meter Hours

So There, Gavin: MTA Board Member Predicts Extension of Parking Meter Hours

This figures to be just about as riveting as a Municipal Transportation Agency board meeting can get. On Tuesday, board members get their first chance to weigh in on MTA's controversial plan to extend parking meter hours to evenings and…
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News, The Snitch Former S.F. Mayor Frank Jordan Blasts Plan To Extend Parking Meter Hours

Former S.F. Mayor Frank Jordan Blasts Plan To Extend Parking Meter Hours

Back in the mid-1990s, then-San Francisco Mayor Frank Jordan proposed raising prices and enforcement hours on some downtown meters to increase turnover and make finding a spot less of an epic quest. He was met with a torrent of angry…
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News, The Snitch Political Strategists Confident Extended Parking Meter Plan Is Dead -- But Maybe It's Only *Mostly* Dead

Political Strategists Confident Extended Parking Meter Plan Is Dead -- But Maybe It's Only *Mostly* Dead

In retrospect, the Municipal Transportation Agency's proposal to extend parking meter hours to 9 p.m. or midnight through swaths of the city and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays could have been more badly timed. This, however, would likely…
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News, The Snitch The Meter Is Running: Municipal Transportation Agency Outlines Plan to Extend Parking Meter Hours -- Which Could Raise $9M for City

The Meter Is Running: Municipal Transportation Agency Outlines Plan to Extend Parking Meter Hours -- Which Could Raise $9M for City

Earlier today, the Municipal Transportation Agency unveiled the results of a study regarding its tentative plan to extend parking meter hours to weekday evenings and on Sunday. There's no shortage of details -- reporters were even handed a city map…
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News, The Snitch Safe Bet: Newsom's Pot Shots at Longer Parking Meter Hours Mean You'll Be Suffering More on Muni

Safe Bet: Newsom's Pot Shots at Longer Parking Meter Hours Mean You'll Be Suffering More on Muni

As first reported on Streetsblog and then this morning in the Chronicle, Mayor Gavin Newsom has made clear that he's no fan of alleviating Muni's revenue headaches by extending parking meter hours. Muni's pledge to study the merits of extended…
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News, The Snitch Just In Time For Monday's Commute: The Muni Pain-O-Meter

Just In Time For Monday's Commute: The Muni Pain-O-Meter

Pain Level: 0.5 -- Train or bus you run like hell to reach goes out of service. 0.7 -- Muni time arrival readout arbitrarily jumps from "2 minutes" to "19 minutes".1.5 -- Disruptive "service animals" on vehicle. 1.9 -- "Service…
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News, The Snitch Muni: Driver Who Crashed Training Bus Tuesday No Longer Works Here

Muni: Driver Who Crashed Training Bus Tuesday No Longer Works Here

Earlier today, the Transit Workers Union predicted that the unfortunate driver who crashed her training coach yesterday -- knocking out a light pole, a pair of trees, two parking meters, and coming to rest against a building -- would be…
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News, The Snitch Union: Barring Mechanical Failure, Driver of Crashed Muni Training Coach Likely to be Fired

Union: Barring Mechanical Failure, Driver of Crashed Muni Training Coach Likely to be Fired

After learning that a Muni training bus yesterday managed to collide with a light pole, a pair of trees, two parking meters, and, finally, a building in Japantown, readers probably pondered two scenarios for the poor would-be driver: Dismissal or…
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News, The Snitch Undercover Cops To Begin Saturating Muni Next Week

Undercover Cops To Begin Saturating Muni Next Week

Teams of undercover police officers will next week begin surreptitiously riding on problem Muni lines in what the SFPD has intuitively named "Operation Safe Muni." Lieutenant Jason Cherniss, who will be overseeing the operation, told SF Weekly that the premise…
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News, The Snitch Baseball, Aggro Cyclists, Rock Music Fans -- Is It a Perfect Storm of Friday Night Traffic?

Baseball, Aggro Cyclists, Rock Music Fans -- Is It a Perfect Storm of Friday Night Traffic?

Sorry for the lame headline cliche -- it's Friday afternoon, people. Normally that's good news. But if you count yourself in the pariah caste of San Franciscans who still commute by automobile, this evening may be a little less pleasant…
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News, The Snitch Newsom Reacts To News of BART Strike Within Hours -- Beating Response to Big Muni Crash By 12 Days

Newsom Reacts To News of BART Strike Within Hours -- Beating Response to Big Muni Crash By 12 Days

Mayor Gavin Newsom took a lot of flak for his non-response to the Muni crash on July 18 that sent nearly 50 unfortunate riders to the hospital. Although Newsom has quite a lot of influence in the running of Muni…
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