We support a fully-funded MUNI, but we also expect accountability and efficiency from our public transportation system. It is vital to our city’s success and must be improved so it works for everyone.
February 1, 2015 | Julie Christensen Is Designer of Change at City Hall
By Joel P. Engardio
When you think about the ways government touches our lives – through public transportation, its tax and license bureaucracy, how it regulates what our streets and cityscape look like — the concepts of good form, function and design probably don’t come to mind.
We marvel at the beautiful aesthetic and flawless execution of our privately made smartphones while cursing the line at a government office that still uses paper files. Then we curse again, waiting for a public ... | Read More >
November 23, 2014 | How Mr. Clean Upset San Francisco Politics
By Joel P. Engardio
Nick Josefowitz wasn’t supposed to win elected office in a city full of contradictions.
San Francisco has become the center of a digital world. Yet its political campaigns are largely analog operations, relying on printed material and the postal service to communicate with voters.
It has an all-Democratic government where candidates fight over a million shades of blue. Yet one Republican managed to get re-elected for 24 years.
It has a dirty, overcrowded and outdated public transportation system riders love ... | Read More >
November 9, 2014 | Do You Know the Way to San Mateo?
By Joel P. Engardio
Cool things are happening in San Mateo. To understand how a sleepy suburb spawned start-ups like YouTube and food truck restaurants like Curry Up Now, it helps to know where San Mateo’s economic development manager learned about cities.
Marcus Clarke has a master’s degree in city planning from Berkeley, but his street smarts were honed in bankrupt Detroit. He spent two years living in the manifestation of all that can go wrong with a city.
Clarke, 40, took a ... | Read More >
October 14, 2014 | Vote Josefowitz To Clean Up BART
By the SF Moderates Board
The San Francisco Chronicle recently reported on overcrowded BART trains that result from dozens of train cars being out of service due to damage, rehabilitation, or routine maintenance. For a growing number of San Francisco BART riders and voters, the 24 year BART Board incumbent James Fang is making his case for re-election in a manner that is ‘too little, too late.’ After more than two decades in office, it is now obvious to many of ... | Read More >
October 7, 2014 | How Prop A Will Change Your Commute
by Lewison Lem
The rush hours in downtown and other congested parts of San Francisco are getting worse and increasingly unmanageable. The afternoon backups on city streets of car traffic trying to get onto the downtown freeways and across the Bay Bridge are creating gridlock at key intersections both north and south of Market Street.
At the same time, the public transportation MUNI system is overcrowded during rush hours and in dire need of both capital and operational improvements. For both transit ... | Read More >
September 14, 2014 | Voters are the Light in Troubled BART Tunnels
by Joel Engardio
A transportation system that serves the public well doesn’t greet riders with the stench of urine or ask them to climb broken escalators short-circuited by human feces. It doesn’t rely on 40-year-old technology that prevents trains from running faster. And it doesn’t paralyze an entire region by going on strike.
BART riders on overcrowded trains are faced with many indignities as they try to get to work on time and home for dinner.
Yet beleaguered customers can have a say ... | Read More >
August 2, 2014 | Uber is for Grandmothers, too.
By Ian Kalin
She didn’t think she was the typical person to move to San Francisco. Mary Ann is a grandmother and until recently was living in the suburbs of New York City. She is a baby boomer that was looking to downsize from the suburbs and be closer to her grandchildren. But when Mary Ann came to San Francisco, she found the transportation services insufficient in the first few months while she settled on a home and bounced around the ... | Read More >
June 22, 2014 | Rallying cry for SF’s moderates
By Joel Engardio
In any other city, I’m considered liberal. I support health care as a right, Hillary Clinton for president and same-sex marriage in every state. I believe that we must address climate change and spend more on education than the military.
But it doesn’t matter in San Francisco: I’m still not blue enough for the “progressive” label here.
That’s because I also happen to believe potholes must be filled and buses and trains need to run on time before government employees ... | Read More >
June 18, 2014 | Plan C Becomes SF Moderates
Plan C Becomes SF Moderates
New Name Is Beacon for Residents Who Wish San Francisco Was Run on Common Sense
SAN FRANCISCO, CA – June 18, 2014 – Plan C San Francisco today announced that the organization has changed its name to SF Moderates. The new name more closely reflects the organization’s core values and its efforts to be a voice for moderate voters in San Francisco. The change is effectively immediately.
“We want to make it clear that ... | Read More >
April 27, 2014 | Waiting for a streetcar named common sense
By Joel Engardio
There’s a streetcar named desire along San Francisco’s waterfront.
Residents and businesses on Third Street in the Dogpatch and Mission Bay neighborhoods are yearning for the new E-Embarcadero line, which will bring more public-transportation capacity to one of The City’s most rapidly growing areas.
The Dogpatch has been transformed from a gritty warehouse district to a hip residential area. Thousands more housing units are on the way, yet there’s no direct ride that connects the neighborhood to the rest of the waterfront.
The same goes for Mission Bay, home to a ... | Read More >