San Francisco supervisors introduce resolutions
on red lights, 49ers, power plant closure
By Lara Moscrip, Bay City News Service
January 24, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - The San Francisco Board of Supervisors
yesterday introduced resolutions on a wide array of topics spanning
bicyclists, the future of the 49ers within city limits and the
closure of the Potrero power plant.
Supervisor Bevan Dufty introduced a resolution that would ask
the city attorney to look into the circumstances that led to a
hit-and-run accident on Monday that sent a bicyclist to the hospital.
A woman biking to work during Monday's morning commute was hit
by a pickup truck when the driver made a right turn on a red light
at the intersection of Market and Octavia streets.
"These types of incidents will happen again," Dufty
said, referring to the busy intersection that funnels cars to
a four-lane freeway connector.
Supervisor Bevan Dufty. File photo.
Dufty wants the city attorney to explore taking photographs of
drivers who make right turns against the light at the intersection
and possibly hit them with big fines. He says the issue will be
taken up Thursday when the Bike Advisory Committee meets. According
to Dufty, rules regulating traffic at the intersection need to
"Right now, it's just not safe," Dufty said.
Supervisor Aaron Peskin, along with supervisors Sophie Maxwell
and Dufty introduced a resolution asking the San Francisco Redevelopment
Agency to work with the city to amend its exclusive negotiations
agreement with Lennar/BVHP Partners to provide for a redevelopment
project on Candlestick Point and the shipyard. According to the
supervisors, the proposal includes the possibility of a new state-of-the-art
stadium and parking for the San Francisco 49ers that would provide
the area with parks and open space, jobs and affordable housing,
among other benefits.
Maxwell introduced a resolution for the closure of the Potrero
power plant, asking the Mirant Corporation to abandon its efforts
to operate the plant and divest itself of ownership of the site.
According to Maxwell, the plant should close as soon as feasible
so that the area can replaced with surroundings "more in
harmony with ... sound public and environmental health."
Suprvisor Sophie Maxwell
Committee assignments were also announced at the meeting. The
Budget and Finance committee will be chaired by Supervisor Chris
Daly, vice-chair Supervisor Tom Ammiano and Dufty.
Supervisor Chris Daly reappointed to head the all powerful Budget
and Finance Committee.
The committee of City Operations and Neighborhood Services will
be chaired by Supervisor Jake McGoldrick, vice-chair Supervisor
Michela Alioto-Pier and Supervisor Ed Jew.
Supervisor Jake McGoldrick
The committee of Government Audit and Oversight will be chaired
by Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, vice-chair Alioto-Pier and Daly.
Supervisor Sean Elsbernd
The committee of Land Use and Economic Development will be chaired
by Maxwell, vice chair Supervisor Gerardo Sandoval and McGoldrick.
The Rules committee will be chaired by Ammiano, vice-chair Elsbernd
and Peskin. The committee of City and School District will be
chaired by Dufty, vice-chair Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi and Maxwell.
Supervisor Tom Ammiano
Lastly, the committee of Public Safety will be chaired by Mirkarimi,
vice-chair Maxwell and Dufty.
Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi
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