Steven T. Jones

Perfect storm for Critical Mass

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By Steven T. Jones
It's a beautiful day for a bike ride! And San Francisco's daily newspapers are helping set the scene for the biggest Critical Mass ride in years. Read more »

Arnold's dishonest rail stand

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By Steven T. Jones
Why can’t Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger or his proxies explain their opposition to high-speed rail? They try, as they must. After all, this is a green project lauded across the ideological spectrum and around the world for its potential to prevent global warming, dirty air, and clogged freeways and airports.
But all the answers Arnold’s people give are illogical, unresponsive, or contradicted by the experts. Read more »

Score one for fun

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By Steven T. Jones
For the last year, the Guardian has been trying to get mainstream San Francisco to pay attention to the mounting threats to this city's nightlife and outdoor events. Read more »

Time to ride

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By Steven T. Jones
Despite the article's deeply flawed premise, it was nice to see the Chron's Matier and Ross promote this Friday's Critical Mass ride. Read more »

Time to ride

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By Steven T. Jones
Despite the article's deeply flawed premise, it was nice to see the Chron's Matier and Ross promote this Friday's Critical Mass ride. Read more »

Death of fun, the sequel

NIMBY assault! Crackdown on nightlife and outdoor events continues, even as the backlash gains strength
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Fun - in the form of fairs, festivals, bars, art in the parks, and the freedom to occasionally drink alcohol in public places - is under attack in San Francisco.Read more »

NYC throws down the green gauntlet

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By Steven T. Jones
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (who happens to be a Republican) yesterday unveiled a bold plan to have his city become the most energy efficient and environmentally sustainable big city in the country.
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C'mon, San Francisco, are we going to take that? Read more »

NYC throws down the green gauntlet

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By Steven T. Jones
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg (who happens to be a Republican) yesterday unveiled a bold plan to have his city become the most energy efficient and environmentally sustainable big city in the country.
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C'mon, San Francisco, are we going to take that? Read more »

The power of press pressure

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By Steven T. Jones

The power of the press can be overstated. Over two decades in this business, I've written many good words about too many bad situations and watched nothing change. So it's nice to know that a couple drums that I've beaten recently have been heard and heeded by the powers-that-be. Read more »

The silver bullet train

High-speed rail would solve the state's most pressing environmental and transportation problems. So why isn't Schwarzenegger supporting it?
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steve@sfbg.com

There aren't many easy answers to the environmental crisis facing California, a state with a fossil fuel–dependent culture that's cooking the planet, congesting the freeways and airports, and hastening a tumultuous end to the oil age. But there is one: build a high-speed rail system as soon as possible.

All the project studies indicate this should be a no-brainer. San Franciscans could travel to Los Angeles in just a couple hours, the same time it takes to fly, at a fraction of the cost. Read more »