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News, The Snitch UPDATED Muni Has Facial Detection Technology for its "Traffic Cameras"

UPDATED Muni Has Facial Detection Technology for its "Traffic Cameras"

UPDATE: An earlier version of this post had a headline that said SFTMA wants facial "recognition" technology, when in fact the new "traffic cameras" have merely facial "detection" technology. As in: the cameras can see that you have a…
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News, The Snitch It Was a Disturbing Weekend for Public Transportation in the Bay Area

It Was a Disturbing Weekend for Public Transportation in the Bay Area

It was an atypically grisly weekend for public transit around the Bay. On Saturday evening, a BART passenger was shot dead on a train near the West Oakland station — a shooting whose chaotic aftermath was captured on cell phones…
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News, The Snitch Super Bowl Host Committee Agrees Not to Dismantle Real City Infrastructure to Build Fake City

Super Bowl Host Committee Agrees Not to Dismantle Real City Infrastructure to Build Fake City

In a major victory for people who live and work in the real city of San Francisco, the Super Bowl 50 Host Committee has backed away from a plan to take down Muni wires in order to build a fake…
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News, The Snitch "Behemoths of Eviction": Inside the Public Meeting that Made Tech Buses Permanent

"Behemoths of Eviction": Inside the Public Meeting that Made Tech Buses Permanent

With a chorus of “ayes,” the San Francisco Metro Transit Authority’s Board of Directors made the Google Bus — and all of its cousins, great and small — a permanent part of the city landscape. You’d have to be…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco is 45 miles away from Santa Clara, where a football game will be played next year

San Francisco is 45 miles away from Santa Clara, where a football game will be played next year

At some point next year, a football game will be played in Santa Clara, Calif., a small town about 45 miles south of San Francisco. In point of fact, football games are played with some regularity in Santa Clara…
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News, The Snitch Airbnb's Cancelled Ads Draw Campaign Finance Complaint

Airbnb's Cancelled Ads Draw Campaign Finance Complaint

Airbnb's passive aggressive ad campaign about the $12 million in hotel tax that its guests contribute to the city's coffers each year was almost universally reviled, but was it illegal?  That's the contention of the company's opponents in the bitter…
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News, The Snitch Argument That Began Aboard Muni Bus Leaves Victim With Life-Threatening Injuries

Argument That Began Aboard Muni Bus Leaves Victim With Life-Threatening Injuries

As the Chronicle reports, an unidentified man and woman got into a “heated argument” with the victim aboard…
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News, The Snitch This Muni Station is the Best Public Transit Rail Station in California

This Muni Station is the Best Public Transit Rail Station in California

At least, that’s the findings of a new…
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Music, All Shook Down Earworm Weekly: Waiting for the Bus with the Violent Femmes

Earworm Weekly: Waiting for the Bus with the Violent Femmes

Not all earworms are top-40 hits. Some songs never catch fire with the general public, but nonetheless find just the right niche in your personal inner jukebox. Unlike the chart-toppers, it's hard to share the joy or despair of having…
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News, The Snitch Streetcar Hit by Lyft Near the Wharf But Keeps On Chuggin'

Streetcar Hit by Lyft Near the Wharf But Keeps On Chuggin'

Muni crashes happen occasionally, but it's not every day…
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Culture, The Exhibitionist San Francisco Beautiful Chooses Winners of First Muni Art Project Contest

San Francisco Beautiful Chooses Winners of First Muni Art Project Contest

Rising rents have priced out many galleries and SFMOMA doesn't reopen until spring, but at least you can see some art on your daily commute. By the end of September, 50 Muni buses will feature the artwork of the…
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News, The Snitch Muni's Nightly 10 p.m. Shutdown Begins in 10 Days

Muni's Nightly 10 p.m. Shutdown Begins in 10 Days

Beginning July 31, Muni’s subway system between West Portal and the Embarcadero will shut down every night at 10 p.m. so the city can replace outdated radio systems and blue light emergency phones. The $95 million upgrade is slated…
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News, The Snitch Elderly Muni Passenger Attacked After Requesting Seat

Elderly Muni Passenger Attacked After Requesting Seat

In case your faith in humanity needs knocked down a peg, here’s a grim story from the rolling badlands of Muni. CBS 5 reports that when a 72-year-old woman boarded a bus in the Western Addition and requested a…
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News, The Snitch Leap Bus Put up for Auction: Is the Startup Dead?

Leap Bus Put up for Auction: Is the Startup Dead?

Is Leap Transit dead? The embattled luxury Muni-alternative that launched to great fanfare this spring before facing a backlash around handicap accessibility ceased operating on May 19 after the California Public Utilities Commission issued it a cease and desist order. …
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News, The Snitch Supes Take Muni, Selfies for #OnBoardSF 22 Day Muni Challenge

Supes Take Muni, Selfies for #OnBoardSF 22 Day Muni Challenge

Today marks Day 1 of the 22 Day Muni Challenge, a challenge issued by the San Francisco Transit Riders Union to city officials to take public transit every day for 22 days. The 22 day length symbolizes the 22 years…
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News, The Snitch Muni Wants <i>You</i> ... for Online Advisory Panel

Muni Wants You ... for Online Advisory Panel

Muni's recruitment pitch for an online advisory panel begins with a straightforward question: "Do you live, work, attend school, or spend time in San Francisco?"  The answers aren't all straightforward. There's "yes," "no," and "Don't know."  Don't know? It's not clear…
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News, The Snitch This Is Why NextMuni Predictions Are Always Screwing You Over

This Is Why NextMuni Predictions Are Always Screwing You Over

It's a problem that plagues Muni riders at bus stops every day: The digital NextMuni readout predicts your bus will come in five minutes — a prediction that you quickly realize is frozen in time. You're in a hurry,…
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News, The Snitch Which Does San Francisco Hate More: Muni, Techies, or Cops?

Which Does San Francisco Hate More: Muni, Techies, or Cops?

If a line of graffiti is worth a thousand words, then this piece of aerosol art, captured by Valleywag reporter Kevin Montgomery in the melee following last night's Giants victory, speaks volumes about the soul of San Francisco. Or…
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News, Your Humble Narrator The Ides of "May": The Language of the Mayor's Pet $500 Million Bond "May" Alarm You

The Ides of "May": The Language of the Mayor's Pet $500 Million Bond "May" Alarm You

Well, it's October again. The Giants are in the playoffs. We're blessed with the sundress weather that enables million-dollar median home prices. And 'tis the season when every area chiropractor offers up a silent, thankful prayer, knowing he or she…
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Music, All Shook Down City Hearing on Improving Late Night Transit Today at 1:30 P.M.

City Hearing on Improving Late Night Transit Today at 1:30 P.M.

Complaining about the difficulty of catching Muni late at night, or the fact that BART doesn't run later on the weekends, is about as treasured a pastime around here as the post-party taco stop. But though we love to complain,…
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