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The Tenderloin neighborhood in District 6 in San Francisco could see a reduction in the speed limit from 25 to 20 miles per hour as early as April in an effort to improve pedestrian safety and reduce speeding.

City supervisors acting as the county transportation authority board at its Feb. 9 meeting, took a step forward in approving funding for the new speed limit signage Tuesday that would go up throughout the neighborhood.

The allocation of Proposition K funds of over $81,000 for 290 new signs is dependent on the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency Board of Directors anticipated vote…


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The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency last Tuesday received an initial approval from the San Francisco County Transportation Authority board of $16.2 million to purchase 30 32-foot buses.

Muni’s smaller fleet of buses serve the hilliest parts of The City that would otherwise might not have transit service because of the steep hills and turns. Julie Kirschbaum, SFMTA’s director of transit, said the buses will replace the transit agency’s oldest fleet of buses that they purchased from manufacturer Orion in 2007.

The transit agency plans to join a consortium with the state of Georgia, who are purchasing buses from Creative…


San Francisco will open 11 locations this weekend where voters can drop off mail-in ballots.

The Department of Elections will have a location in each supervisorial district that will be staffed by the department on Saturday and Sunday. Each location will open from 10 a.m to 4 p.m.

Via, San Francisco Department of Elections.

A number of public libraries will serve as ballot drop-off locations where voters can place ballots into sealed red boxes that will have the official city and county seal on the box. Each voting day, the Sheriff’s Department will transfer the boxes back to the department, officials said.

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San Francisco police Friday say they made an arrest in the alleged theft of Maki, the ring-tailed lemur, who was taken from the San Francisco Zoo.

Maki was found on Thursday at the Lutheran Hope Church Day School in Daly City after parents and kids spotted the lemur in the area. Daly City police responded to the church along with zoo staff and Animal Care and Control where they positively identified Maki.

Authorities said they have arrested 30 year-old Cory McGilloway for the alleged theft of the lemur. …


A rendering of the Van Ness bus rapid transit system along Van Ness Avenue, via SFMTA.

San Francisco’s first bus rapid transit system is more than halfway done along Van Ness Avenue, but businesses impacted by the delayed project have yet to receive grants from The City to help pay for rent, utilities, wages and other essential needs in order to survive.

The grant application was finally opened last month for businesses owners to apply, but city officials expressed concern over why it took so long when talks about helping businesses along Van Ness took place last year.

Peter Gabancho, the project manager for the $309 million Van Ness Improvement Project, told city supervisors sitting as…


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A huge white tent sits outside of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium Friday morning across from City Hall, giving the air of a major event about to take place. A major event is about to take place: Election Day.

Normally held inside San Francisco City Hall, officials are making final preparations to open its Voting Center Monday just outside of the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium on Grove Street between Larkin and Polk streets.

Officials said no matter how voters cast their ballots this year, The City will ensure a safe voting experience safe. …


Photo by Jerold Chinn.

San Francisco supervisors at a special board meeting Friday approved to put a ⅛-cent sales tax on the November ballot making the board’s approval the final hurdle for the measure to appear on the ballot.

Supervisors had previously passed a different version of the measure last month, which included provisions that the Peninsula Joint Powers Board come up with a solution on governing Caltrain before the railroad can access the revenue generated from the sales tax.

The changes had put the measure in limbo for weeks as San Mateo County officials had already approved the measure without governance reforms. …


The San Francisco Board of Supervisors Tuesday voted unanimously to place a measure on the November ballot that allows city youth aged 16 and 17 to vote in municipal elections.

This is the not the first time the measure has appeared on ballot as it narrowly lost by 2.8 percent in 2016, but supporters believe that voters will pass the measure this year.

Supporters of the measure, which included the San Francisco Youth Commission, last month discussed the important roles youth have played recent civic engagements. …


Photo Courtesy: SFMTA

When Muni Metro reopens to passengers sometime in August, subway service will look vastly different than it did before the Covid-19 pandemic.

Transit officials are promising and betting that a new subway service plan will improve reliability and increase frequency that includes running frequent three-car shuttle trains between West Portal and Embarcadero stations.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency’s Director of Transportation Jeffrey Tumlin said last Tuesday that the agency plans to activate a crossover switch that will allow trains not only run three-car trains, but will also allow outbound trains at West Portal to switch back to the inbound…

Jerold Chinn

San Francisco-based journalist, editor.

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