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LATE NIGHT TRANSPORTATION UPDATE

A special thanks to all that showed up at the Land Use Committee Hearing yesterday at City Hall in support of a late night transportation. The room was packed in this first of many hearings to explore this complex issue. CMAC wants to especially thank Supervisor Scott Wiener for his leadership in tackling the subject and for pushing MTA and BART to look beyond the status quo to the greater possibilities ahead. 

What we heard yesterday was that the existing late night transit system is wholly inadequate and unworthy of a world-class city. (This, of course, will come as no surprise to anyone who has ever tried to get home to the Outer Sunset at 1:30 in the morning.) We heard a lot about the real limitations that transit agencies, especially BART, face in expanding and improving late night services. All the while, though, us old timers in the audience couldn't help remember that we heard the same excuses from BART 10 years ago at the Entertainment Commission. 

Clearly, the San Francisco of tomorrow is hardly knowable given the rapid pace of change that is happening in real time all around us. The one thing we can count on, however, is that the SF of the future will be a 24/7/365 city with more people living here and working here than ever before, and that this population will be working, playing and socializing in yet unimaginable ways. We believe that it is time for the City to get out in front of this curve and reimagine a late night transportation system that provides greater accessibility, convenience and safety for our locals, commuters and tourists of the other 9 - 5. 

Supervisor Wiener called for the creation of a stake-holder task force for the purpose of producing a late night transportation plan for ultimate incorporation into the City's master transportation plan. CMAC applauds this idea and will work to be an meaningful part of these discussions. This is progress!

ACTION ALERT!

Late Night Transportation Hearing; Round 1

 

Dear Friends of Nightlife, 

 

Monday, April 14th at 1:30 pm Supervisor Scott Wiener has called a hearing to discuss late-night transportation issues. This is a first of its kind hearing and there's bound to be many more but it is absolutely imperative that our industry makes a strong showing at this first hearing to demonstrate our support for much needed changes to the way our City looks at late night transportation.  There are many simple changes to existing systems that can be done to enhance safety and convenience of both our patrons and employees and encourage others to stay out later and spend more (not to mention, the more quixotic goal of getting BART to run later, be safer and cleaner). 

 

The hearing will include representatives from the Municipal Transportation Agency, Bay Area Rapid Transit, Alameda-Contra Costa County Transit District, Transportation Network Companies, the Taxi Industry, the Mayor's Office of Economic and Workforce Development, and the Entertainment Commission and will discuss the City's late-night transportation needs and progress towards developing a Late-Night Transportation Plan, with specific areas of focus, including ease of access, speed, and safety.

 

Below are some of the main points to be discussed:

-Availability & frequency of transbay transportation

-Availability & frequency of Muni LRV lines (Market Street Tunnel)

-Accessibility to information on Muni OWL lines

-Daytime vs. Nighttime Muni routes

-Transportation available to bar patrons and late night/early morning workers

-Public Safety

There will be public comment so if you have a poignant story, a personal point of view or a great idea, please be prepared to share it. 

 

Please mark your calendars. The time for action is now!

Land Use and Economic Development Committee

Monday, April 14th

1:30pm

San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 263   

STOP THE EVICTIONS OF ARTISTS


The cost of existence in this town has been soaring since the early 90’s and has resulted in the exodus of people of moderate to low income. The greatest single factor in this flight has been the lack of affordable rentals, which is directly attributable to abuse of the so called “Ellis Act.” This law, enacted in 1985 to help landlords who wanted out of the rental business, has long since been co-opted by unscrupulous developers who use it as a tool to clear out tenants from rent controlled properties and flip the buildings for huge profits. This subversion of our local rent control laws has been devastating to thousands of people deemed essential to the overall well-being of our City, including teachers, emergency personnel, young families and especially our artists. 

State Senator Mark Leno has introduced a bill (1439) which aims to slow down this type of development by requiring owners of residential rental property to hold on to their buildings for a minimum of 5 years before flipping it. It’s a simple remedy that should remove the greediest of developers from the equation and slow down the evictions. As modest as this bill is, it represents the single biggest reform of the Ellis Act in its 30 years of existence. 

Though the bill has a good deal of momentum at the Capitol one can never be sure of the outcome for there is little support of rent control in this State outside of Santa Monica and San Francisco. The bill is scheduled for hearing on April 8 in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. Those concerned with its passage should write an email of support to Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Chair of the Senate Committee on Transportation & Housing no later than Wednesday, April 2. 

STOP THE EVICTIONS OF ARTISTS.SAMPLE LETTER HERE!

The 6th Annual Nightlife Industry Summit

The 6th Annual 
Nightlife Industry Summit
iMon. April 7, 2014

● Meet with ABC Director Timothy Gorsuch, SFPD Chief Greg Suhr, Supervisor Scott Weiner and other elected officials about Nightlife and Development and other issues facing our industry

● Network with other operators, servers, workers and performers in the $4.2 billion industry that keeps San Francisco on the cutting edge of nightlife

● Brainstorm solutions, create partnerships, and suggest improvements to enhance patron experience, safety and improve bottom lines. 

The Entertainment Commission Industry Summit
Monday, April 7, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Main Library, Koret  Auditorium, 100 Larkin Street, SF

2014 Nitey Awards

The 2014 NITEY Awards

Celebrating excellence in creative content and patron experience in the nightlife industry!

www.niteyawards.com

Categories representing the best in San Francisco nightlife will be Juried by industry professionals during site visits and based on a variety of criteria including but not limited to:

  • Uniqueness and Quality of Creative Concepts
  • Staff
  • General Hospitality
  • Ambiance
  • Beverage and Menu Creativity
  • Sound
  • Lighting
  • Value Delivered for Patron Experience

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