Monday, July 21, 2014

June’s heat was record-breaking, for the planet, California and San Francisco - SFGate Blog

SFGate Blog: "June’s average temperature — 61.2 degrees — marked the 38th consecutive June that the mercury has been above the 20th century average, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration."

Friday, July 4, 2014

Cars feel cheap because you don't pay per trip

Co.Design | business + design: "Almost 40% of travel within San Francisco is taken by personal car. This does not include cars coming into or going out of the city. What are these people thinking? Probably that cars are really versatile, really convenient (if they are parked in your driveway), and even though you are paying hundreds of dollars per month in depreciation, insurance, parking, maintenance, and fuel costs, no one charges you to get in your own car and go, so they feel really cheap even though they're not."

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Transit Last - San Francisco Transit Riders Union

sftru : "SAN FRANCISCO – Mayor Ed Lee gives away Sunday meters, fails to manage transit labor negotiations—stranding transit riders without warning—and pulls support for the Vehicle License Fee (VLF) which was to increase funding to Muni. Mayor Lee’s actions seem well on their way to amending the city charter to enforce a “transit last” policy.
"Somehow riders keep coming up at the short end of this stick,” said Daniel Sisson, SFTRU board member. "It is extremely difficult to see our city’s actions as anything but entirely hostile to the 700,000 transit riders each day. It’s a complete failure of leadership.”"

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Write-down of two-thirds of US shale oil explodes fracking myth

Nafeez Ahmed: "Next month, the US Energy Information Administration (EIA) will publish a new estimate of US shale deposits set to deal a death-blow to industry hype about a new golden era of US energy independence by fracking unconventional oil and gas.

EIA officials told the Los Angeles Times that previous estimates of recoverable oil in the Monterey shale reserves in California of about 15.4 billion barrels were vastly overstated. The revised estimate, they said, will slash this amount by 96% to a puny 600 million barrels of oil."

Benefits of #publictransit and true costs of driving in a cute video

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Bus crowding is not a "problem," it is people voting with their feet for #publictransit. Gov't should respond.

Public transportation increased demand hurts on-time performance | "About 704,000 people ride Muni each day. 
"We're at a five year high for system ridership," SFMTA Director of Transit John Haley told KTVU. "I think the people continue to want more Muni and continue to use it.""

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#climatechange plan, no plan, poor to starve

California drought: Food banks drying up, too - SFGate: "With less local supply, food prices will spike, increasing as much as 34 percent for a head of lettuce and 18 percent for tomatoes, according to an Arizona State University study released last week. With fewer fields planted, there could be as many as 20,000 unemployed agricultural workers who will need more food handouts, especially in the Central Valley."