Sarah Phelan

Decongest me

Congestion pricing could raise millions for the city and reduce traffic
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sarah@sfbg.com

San Francisco could raise $35 million to $65 million for public transit improvements annually by charging drivers $3 to cross specific downtown zones during peak travel hours, according to a San Francisco County Transportation Authority congestion pricing study.

The aim of those fees, SFCTA staffers say, is to reduce congestion, making trips faster and more reliable, neighborhoods cleaner, and vehicle emissions lower, all while raising money to improve local and regional public transit and make the city more livable and walkable — improvements they hope wi Read more »

Bait and switch

The draft financing plan for Lennar's southeast development keeps getting sweeter for the troubled company
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The San Francisco Redevelopment Agency has endorsed a draft financing plan for Lennar's massive proposed Hunters Point Shipyard/Candlestick Point development project, one that increases the company's housing entitlements and profits.

The agency's endorsement came during a hastily convened Oct. 27 special meeting, raising the eyebrows of Lennar's critics. Read more »

Family act

Could Joe Alioto Jr. actually be worse than his sister, Sup. Michela Alioto-Pier?
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District 3 supervisorial candidate Joe Alioto Jr., 36, has stated repeatedly on the campaign trail that he is not running on his family's name.

But his lack of policy or political experience, combined with his campaign's close ties to his sister, District 2 Sup. Read more »

Anniversary Issue: First, do no harm

A sustainable land use plan is about what we don't allow as well as what we do
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Mayor Gavin Newsom announced last week that San Francisco is "on pace" to build a historic number of homes in a five-year period.

"Despite the housing crisis facing the nation, San Francisco is bucking the trends and creating a record number of homes," Newsom said. "Once again, San Francisco is leading the way."

But where?

Newsom notes that his housing-development plans will triple what San Francisco produced in the '90s, and double the past decade's housing production. Read more »

Connecting the drops

Green City: A controversial proposal to take more water from the Sierra for urban and agricultural uses
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GREEN CITY A controversial proposal to take more water from the Sierra for urban and agricultural uses — and away from environmental and wildlife habitat needs — could be delayed for at least a decade under a proposal now under consideration in San Francisco.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has toyed with these questions in recent years, confronting the reality that its aging water supply system is at risk seismically and predictions that the region faces a shortfall of 30 million gallons per day by 2030.

To address these conce Read more »

P is for power grab

Newsom measure seeks more mayoral control over transportation funds
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Mayor Gavin Newsom wants voters to believe that Proposition P, which seeks to change the size and composition of the San Francisco County Transportation Authority (TA) board, will lead to more efficiency and accountability.

But Prop. Read more »

Vicious circle

Violence in the Mission is increasing — but immigrants are less likely to want to talk to the police
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The Mission District has been swarming with police officers lately. Read more »

Locking up the press

Will Congress protect journalists — or pass a bill too weak to matter?
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Personal or political?

New redaction policy means less public access to Board of Supervisors documents
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sarah@sfbg.com

The Board of Supervisors Clerk's Office has quietly begun redacting contact information — including phone numbers, street addresses, and e-mail addresses — from all communications sent to the supervisors by members of the public.

The Clerk's Office will not redact personal information if individuals indicate that they authorize its release, Clerk of the Board Angela Calvillo wrote in a May 23 memo. Read more »

Black exodus emergency

A task force's plan to stop African American depopulation finally gets a hearing
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sarah@sfbg.com

San Francisco is losing its black population faster than any other large city in the United States — and the trend is unlikely to stop unless the city takes immediate action.

So says a draft report from an African American out-migration task force put together by the Mayor's Office last year. Read more »