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Mar 19 5 tweets 2 min read
1/ Went to the @SFMTA_Muni open house at @KQEDnews regarding the plan to take the electric bus yard, stack it, and add 513 units of affordable housing for Muni workers and others. Came away super impressed.… 2/ In addition to housing, the complex will have on-site daycare, rec spaces, green space inside and around it. All electric. Some parking for Muni workers (there will be offices too), but prioritizing bike parking, car shares, possibly free transit passes for residents.
Mar 19 5 tweets 1 min read
I have questions For starters what are the devices hanging off his belt? Phaser? Vibrator?
Mar 17 11 tweets 5 min read
1/ Several pieces of good news on housing front today. First, @GavinNewsom has announced the state will build 1,200 tiny homes in four cities. It's only going to put a small dent in big problem but:… 2/ Bad news: None of those units are going to SF, b/c unlike LA, San Jose, Sacremento, and San Diego, SF city leaders did not demonstrate willingness or ability to find a site. 😡😡😡😡😡
Mar 14 12 tweets 4 min read
1/ TODCO, currently under fire for how it forces scarcity by blocking housing, thereby getting higher reimbursements from HUD , is evidently moving full steam ahead to push an accused rapist into power:… 2/ TODCO president John Elberling is seemingly unperturbed by the accusations that a key aide raped a housing rights activist.…
Mar 14 4 tweets 3 min read
Drug abuse on the trains and platforms isn't (yet) so much an issue on BART as on LA's Metro, but the conditions on the plaza's outside—notably 24th—can be horrific and deter riders and thus customers to the area… Even before it got this bad, I've long wondered why we don't have a permanent public safety presence on 16th/24th plazas, a sort of stationary beat officer. So I asked the chief of @SFPDMission, who says they used to exist.
Mar 11 24 tweets 11 min read
1/ two essential pieces of reporting dropped this week critical to anyone wanting to understand SF's (with lessons for CA and generally) housing crisis. The first is this one on just how much onerous SF makes it to build anything than any other city in CA:… 2/ I could screenshot this whole piece, but I'm just going to hit some key hightlights. So...the insane length of time it takes to build, how it *specifically* hurts affordable housing, how much worse we are than Seattle, a city that's similar in some ways:
Mar 9 8 tweets 4 min read
"For TODCO and its associated entities, the incentives to block market-rate housing are clear: A lack of housing supply keeps San Francisco’s rents high, and high rents are a big reason why the organization’s revenue has skyrocketed in recent years."… How does an NGO that's spending less on homeless services even as it earns a lot more from the gov(s)? Well...… Image
Mar 7 5 tweets 2 min read
Sausalito claimed it would build houses on estuaries to fulfill its housing plan requirements, which it obviously wouldn’t and would run afoul of environmental law if it did, which maybe they were counting on… Bay Area cities, competing to see who can be worst at housing.
Mar 4 6 tweets 1 min read
Motion to send pretty much everyone currently holding elected office in SF to other counties… Just on a political level…what an incredibly bonkers thing to say.
Mar 1 6 tweets 2 min read
As a dyslexic (👋): Early identification and support is so key to helping kids cope and learn strategies.

California is one of just 10 states that doesn't do early screening. The teacher's union has, very misguidedly, imho, opposed. Hope that ends:… Other states with a ton of ESL learners do screening. In fact it would make total sense to me that figuring out if dyslexia is a reason a child struggles with another language is especially key. (Sure didn't help me with French.)…
Feb 22 9 tweets 2 min read
These people all seem like worthy voices but how about some actual auditors?

Like do we want actual fiscal accountability or just more pathways for constituent input? The BoS also gets to appoint members, but I have little faith that they want real watchdogs either. Or at least watchdogs that don't hew to whatever agendas they bring to it.

Hope I'm wrong.
Feb 20 9 tweets 2 min read
Watching The Rainmaker and it is fascinatingly bad? A+ cast, Coppola directs, wants to do something noble about the uninsured and domestic violence, Grisham plot, and…none of it comes together. Score is so heavy handed Everybody in this movie is an idiot
Feb 19 4 tweets 1 min read
Classic S.F. ⁦@HillaryRonen⁩ says there’s a short-term solution—barricades for a month—and a long-term one, a legal red zone (that imho will never happen), and an endless liminal state of do-nothing handwringing.… San Francisco excels at the theater of temporary solutions.
Feb 12 10 tweets 4 min read
1/ I really hope that everyone in SF—no matter your income level or job or neighborhood—realizes that the fate of everything else hinges on the fate of downtown. From @hknightsf's latest: 2/ @LondonBreed, her advisors, the @sfbos, and business leaders wasted at least a year in denial that everybody would just come back, or a new segment of tech would replace the workers who used to come downtown.
Feb 10 5 tweets 1 min read
I don't want to highlight any one particular bio but...

why on god's earth is the @washingtonpost putting reporters education history on their bio page before their job history, or really at all? like why do I need to know which college or grad school a politics or environment or whatever kind of reporter went to?

I thought we were moving away from this kind of credentialism.
Feb 9 5 tweets 1 min read
While I'm on the subject of Twitter. Making people who want to/can't help themselves from tweeting more than 20 times a day is literally Elon cutting off his nose to spite his face, though unlike the nuns who did that to keep from being raped, no heroism here. Who tweets that often? It's not just liberal politics junkies who Elon might delight in either shutting up or forcing to them to pay him for Twitter Blue. It's sports fans, it's Black Twitter, it's breaking news twitter, it's awards telecast twitter, it's weird twitter...
Feb 8 4 tweets 1 min read
The opposition response is always doomed to being off but this one is particularly so Not sure who is going to respond to the response but they should just go after the Huckabees trying to pass themselves off as Civil Rights defenders
Feb 5 5 tweets 1 min read
Seriously good to make that Gosford Park is not only a masterpiece, but may be the movie that most reveals itself over multiple viewings. And in my case, at least a dozen? Very few movies one could ever seriously consider to be flawless. This is one.
Feb 1 4 tweets 1 min read
1/ we so politicized "the great resignation" and all things covid that it seems like there's broad confusion about the labor market… 2/ Ugh, search is so bad now, here and on Google, I can't find this study again, but basically boomers who have housing wealth are retiring earlier than they did pre-pandemic.
Jan 31 4 tweets 1 min read
Be hard to explain to folks much younger than I how this show, along with the others that first centered the lives of working women, was so instrumental in stretching the boundaries of what young girls thought of as "normal."

And also celebrated blue-collar workers. Like until L&S, MTM, Alice, etc, women were portrayed in sitcoms and dramas mostly as moms and possible dates. L&S was a much needed corrective even from Happy Days, where...wives and dates.
Jan 25 27 tweets 8 min read
1/ Last night, I attended a "future of Valencia St" forum at @welcometomannys, where Manny deftly moderated speakers from @SFMTA_Muni, Capt. McEachern from @SFPDMission, and Santiago Lerma from @HillaryRonen's office (who mostly observed.) Learned some things.... 2/ Capt. McEachern says 10% of his officers are beat officers. The rest respond to calls and/or spend their time doing paperwork.

He wishes it were more. So did ~the entire crowd.

I'm still not clear why so low.