Today’s RE Round Up

  • Paul Revere Principal Accepts Plea to Avoid Jail in DUI Incident

    A sentence has been handed down in the DUI hit-and-run case of Sheila Milosky, the principal at Paul Revere School. The San Francisco Examiner reports:

    The controversial principal of Paul Revere Elementary School in Bernal Heights was sentenced Tuesday to community service hours instead of jail time in connection with a DUI arrest last month in which she allegedly sideswiped two vehicles just south of the Golden Gate Bridge.

    Sheila Milosky pleaded no contest to two DUI counts Tuesday as part of a deal with prosecutors that will allow her to remain in school rather than behind bars. As part of the deal, prosecutors dismissed the hit-and-run charge.

    Milosky was actually sentenced to 30 days in jail, but that time will be served wearing an orange vest while cleaning up around The City as part of the Sheriff’s Department’s alternative work program. She also will spend nine months in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation program.

    PHOTO: San Francisco Examiner

  • Bike Delivery Businesses Excluded From Clean Air Freight Grant in Portland

    A sizable amount of federal transportation funds dedicated for clean air projects goes to freight trucks. This money pays for things like diesel engine retrofits that help reduce the enormous environmental impact of the nation’s delivery fleet.

    Bike freight services are popping up in Portland and other cities. Shouldn't these eco-friendly businesses benefit from the same low-emissions incentives that truck haulers get? Photo: Bike Portland

    It seems that if this money is made available, there are other low-emissions delivery models that should also receive the benefits. But Jonathan Maus at Bike Portland reports that a new grant program will subsidize the region’s heavy truck operators while passing over bike delivery services that use electric assist engines:

    The money comes from the federal government’s Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) program and it’s aimed at, “encouraging the purchase of zero-emission urban delivery trucks.” Unfortunately the money (which comes in the form of $20,000 vouchers per qualifying vehicle) cannot be used to purchase cargo trikes and other vehicles that use human-power in addition to electric assist. One stipulation of the grants is that the vehicles weight over 10,000 pounds.

    The goal of this program is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, so it seems promoting more freight to be delivered with pedal-powered trucks would make a lot of sense. It’s too bad that ODOT doesn’t yet embrace the type of freight vehicles used with much success by Portland companies like B-Line and Portland Pedal Power.

    When questioned about the policy, ODOT officials told Maus that they had not considered including bike delivery services in the program. Franklin Jones, CEO and founder of B-Line, a Portland-based bike delivery service, responded: “There is a false assumption that there is no alternative [to heavy trucks] for supplying goods and services into our urban core.”

    According to Bike Portland, bike delivery services like B-Line are starting to appear in major cities across North America, including MetroPed in Boston, Revolution Rickshaw in New York City, and SHIFT Urban Delivery in Vancouver.

    Elsewhere on the Network today: Pedestrian Observations explains how political dynamics can lead to donut-shaped transit patterns in many American cities. The Wash Cycle explains why it’s appropriate to subsidize bike-share, like every other form of American transportation, despite the hazy arguments offered by the Reason Foundation on the subject. And Systemic Failure remarks the tendency for “zombie highway” projects — those planned long before but never completed — to return from the grave, which is occurring right now in the Bay Area.

  • Sports, Music, and Beer: Three Lower Haight Events Today

    Looking for a fun way to while away your Wednesday?

    How about three fun ways?

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    This morning, you may notice more noise and sports jerseys in the neighborhood than usual. That’s because it’s the semifinals of the Euro 2012 soccer tournament, with Portugal facing off against Spain at 11:45am. Expect Danny Coyle’s, Mad Dog, and Nickies all to be broadcasting the action live.

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    At 6pm, head over to Toronado for their San Diego Brewers Night. They’ll have draft and bottle specials from Ballast Point, Green Flash, The Lost Abbey, Mission Brewery, Stone, and Port Brewing.

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    Finally, finish your day off with some live music at Underground SF, the site of a weekly “Local Artist Live-In”, presented by Love Haight Records. Every Wednesday night, the label features “local Bay Area music in a laid back comfortable community vibe.” Tonight’s acts are Erma and Girl Named T from 9:30pm to midnight, followed by DJ NoDough until 2am.

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    So there you go — three fun ways to spend your humpday. Enjoy.

  • Divisadero DUI Checkpoint Planned For Saturday

    We all know a huge drinking holiday is imminent, which means DUI checkpoints are set for this Saturday. Yes, you read correctly: the police have apparently caught on to the fact that June 30th…

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  • Soup Junkie: Soup Junkie (388 Market Street), an…

    Soup%20Junkie%20Open.jpgSoup Junkie (388 Market Street), an Asian soup-selling lunch stop that couldn’t be less like Soup Freaks, opened Monday in the FiDi. Owner Hung Lam has been selling through the pho and bun rieu made popular during his pop-up days, but now there are Vietnamese crepes, spring rolls, and chicken and pulled pork sandwiches. Also: breakfast a la Dynamo Donuts, Black Jet Baking Co. and Bicycle Coffee. [SFoodie]

  • How to Squat

    Let’s cut the bullshit and stop the rigmarole and quit giving this the runaround, shall we? This joke internet column is purportedly about fitness, and that means that it is, before anything else, about squats. You want to talk about fitness without talking about squats? I will spit on your grave, after you die. That is an appropriate reaction on my part. This is that serious. More »

  • Today’s Headlines
    • SFCTA’s Market-Octavia Study Recommends Congestion Pricing, Ped/Bike Improvements (SF Examiner)
    • Ed Reiskin: Parking Ticket Push Solves Both Enforcement and Budget Issues (City Insider)
    • SPUR’s Misleading Flyers Say “Central Subway is Going to Extend to Washington Square!” (SF Appeal)
    • Mission Local Details a Few of This Weekend’s Sunday Streets Activities
    • DUI-Driving Principal Gets Plea Deal for Community Service, Rehab (SF ExaminerAP via KTVU)
    • Bernal Heights Cyclist Struck, Injured by Car Driver (SFWeekly)
    • Sonoma Cyclist Killed by Big Rig Driver Last Week ID’d by CHP (Press Democrat)
    • Oakland Tribune Calls on Strava to Take Action in Wake of Bicycling Deaths
    • CAHSR Proposal Shifts Focus, Funding from Central Valley to SF, LA (Bay CitizenExaminer.com)
    • Silicon Valley CEOs: California Can’t Afford Not to Build HSR (Mercury News)
    • Unaware of Bicycles? Resort to On-the-Spot Ridesharing (Examiner.com)
    • Grist Argues That “All Oil is Foreign”

    More headlines at Streetsblog Capitol Hill

  • Listage: Nora Ephron Dies At 71, CCA Still Under Legal Attack
  • Double-D’s On Market Street 2.0: Dolby Making The Move
    Currently headquartered at 100 Potrero Avenue, Dolby Laboratories is in contract to purchase the 385,000 square foot building at 1275 Market Street (across Ninth Street from Market Square) with plans to move their people within the next year. And…

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