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News, Sucka Free City Number-Crunched: For LaVonda Atkinson, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Number-Crunched: For LaVonda Atkinson, No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

Last week, on the very day the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency ginned up a campaign to charm voters on a $500 million Muni bond, LaVonda Atkinson and her husband signed a clutch of papers, and mailed them off. It…
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News, Sucka Free City Night Business: Warning Parties Create Roadblocks for Late-Night Transit

Night Business: Warning Parties Create Roadblocks for Late-Night Transit

When Supervisor Scott Wiener called for a Late Night Transportation Working Group to address the dearth of transportation options for people working graveyard shifts, he envisioned a motley battalion coming together for a noble cause. Labor organizers, cab drivers, car-hire…
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News, Sucka Free City Color Wars: Curbing the Underground Taxi Market

Color Wars: Curbing the Underground Taxi Market

Thirty-six years in the cab business have left Richard Hybels with a jaundiced view of his competitors. "You'll never find anyone more dishonest than in this industry," the brusque 69-year-old says, leaning over a desk at his Bayview office, a…
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News, Sucka Free City Mustache Disguise Kit: Rideshare Vehicles Move Undetected Through the City

Mustache Disguise Kit: Rideshare Vehicles Move Undetected Through the City

Last Thursday, a Lyft driver squired two women to a Mission District dive, violating at least three rules in the process. "You guys care if I keep this in the back seat?" he asked, dangling the telltale pink mustache that's…
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Head Count: How Little We Know About the Mysterious Bikers in Our Midst!

Take a look at the available evidence and the conclusion is inescapable: San Francisco is a city of cyclists. Or it's not. Really, it depends on who you ask. Consult the 2011 Census figures, the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency…
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News, Feature Chopped Livery: Start-Ups Revolutionize the Cab Industry

Chopped Livery: Start-Ups Revolutionize the Cab Industry

Martin Kazinski felt like a traitor the day he joined Uber. He'd been driving taxis since 1989 for about $15 an hour, and the work didn't quite make ends meet — he still ran another business on the side. When…
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News, Sucka Free City

Free Parking: ENUF Targets Proliferation of Parking Meters

You're not mistaken if it seems that San Francisco always has more parking meters to feed, and you're not alone if you suffer from parking anxiety: that nervousness that bubbles up when you scout for spaces in certain neighborhoods because…
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News, The Snitch Obama Budget Proposes $200 Million for S.F. Central Subway

Obama Budget Proposes $200 Million for S.F. Central Subway

Muni boss Nat Ford on Monday praised Barack Obama for including $200 million in spending for the controversial Central Subway rail project as part of the president's federal budget proposal."The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency applauds President Barack Obama's proposed…
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News, The Snitch Nannies Get Ticketed, Moms Revolt

Nannies Get Ticketed, Moms Revolt

Nannies are part of the family, too, which is why a legion of San Francisco mothers is pushing the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency to let their nannies reap the benefits of residential parking permits. It's understandable that parents do…
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News, The Snitch San Francisco Drivers Beware, More Parking Tickets Issued Via Surveillance

San Francisco Drivers Beware, More Parking Tickets Issued Via Surveillance

The Municipal Transportation Agency's latest victim of its budget crisis: drivers. San Francisco's transit agency is asking parking control to write even more parking tickets for drivers around town. The agency is disappointed that its budgeted $99 million in parking ticket…
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News, Sucka Free City Smartphone apps will soon help you find parking in S.F.

Smartphone apps will soon help you find parking in S.F.

What do you do when you've been circling the block, endlessly searching for a parking space in a city full of drivers who love to bemoan the dearth of parking even more than the abundance of summer fog? Put your…
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SF Weekly Letters

Wheeling and Dealing Do the bike path math: I appreciate the attempt at evenhandedness , but this statistic is highly misleading: "According to the report, fewer than 1 percent of recent moving violations were…
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SF Weekly Letters

Lively Debate over Death Spiral SFMTA weighs in: Through numerous unsubstantiated assertions, omissions, and outright false statements, SF Weekly's article on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) does…
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News, Sucka Free City

Cabbies cry foul over plan to sell medallions

Forget what Martin Scorsese and Robert De Niro told you — a cab driver's life is full of long hours, low pay, and little else. In fact, the highlight of a hack's life is the day when the city of…
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News, Sucka Free City Subway Daze

Subway Daze

There's more trouble on the tracks for the city's proposed $1.3 billion Central Subway project. BART officials are hopping mad because San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA) engineers appear not to have considered groundwater damage and potential safety hazards to…
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Porkmistress Pelosi

Though Nancy Pelosi only emerged from the starting gate Tuesday as American history's most powerful woman, she's been hinting for weeks at what's to come. On Nov. 13, for instance, a USA Today story headlined "Democrats: Identify Pork Sponsors" detailed…
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