Tom Nolan

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    S.F.'s New Bike Counter Could Help Resolve Transportation Fracas

    Take a look at the available evidence and the conclusion is inescapable: San Francisco either is or is not a city of cyclists. Really, it depends on who you ask. Consult the number-crunchers behind the 2011 Census figures, the SFMTA bike count, or the seasonally-adjusted number cited by the Mayor's ... More >>

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    December 3, 2012

    Benching Alex Smith Is the Ultimate Alex Smith Decision

    Initially, the concussion that cost Alex Smith his starting position with the 49ers looked like the result of a textbook Smith play. With a minute and a half left in the first quarter of last month's contest against St. Louis, Smith dropped back to pass, panicked without a second's hesitation when h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Unlike Muni, Golden Gate Transit Refuses to Run Jihad Ads

    After Muni fired up its own version of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with its bus ad, the Golden Gate Transit Agency decided to officially steer clear of political ads itself.In an 18-1 vote on Friday, the Golden Gate Bridge Highway and Transportation District's Board of Directors adopted a new p ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2012

    Human Rights Commission Praises Muni's Response to Furor over "Defeat Jihad" Ad

    If San Francisco has learned anything from this pro-Israel Muni ad debacle it's that money talks. First, the American Freedom Defense Initiative gave Muni $3,800 to plaster the city's buses with an ad that refers to enemies of Israel as subhumans. And while even Muni Board President Tom Nolan says h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Leland Yee: Drivers Could Park Three Days for Free at the Cost of Nat Ford's Severance Package

    Wants three days of free parking ​Last week, City Attorney Dennis Herrera took what seems to be the first real potshot at a fellow mayoral candidate when he publicly said that he has better things to do than fight with Rush Limbaugh and ban shark fin soup. Anyone who has even barely scanned the he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 17, 2011

    Nat Ford's Departure Is Timed Well

    Is help on the way? ​Yesterday we pondered departing Muni CEO Nat Ford's legacy. It's hard to assess. In a way, under Ford, Muni is a bit like a meal at McDonald's -- you always get what you expected to get, and you're never all that thrilled with it. There is a case to be made, however, that Ford ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Nat Ford, Muni Chief, Leaving -- Finally

    Don't let the Muni door hit you on the way out​Well, it's official, Muni CEO Nathaniel Ford -- the highest paid man in San Francisco -- announced he will be leaving the transit agency at the end of the month. Ford's departure was mutual between him and his boss -- the San Francisco Municipal Trans ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 14, 2011

    Muni Operators Forced to Accept a Contract They Don't Want

    Muni operators are so mad, they can't even see straight​Last week, Muni operators sent a strong message to management when the union overwhelmingly rejected the contract proposal on the table, which would have, among other things, frozen their pay and revamped disciplinary process. But that messa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 9, 2010

    Mayor Newsom Paints a Bike Lane

    ​We don't exactly frequent the mayor's self-congratulatory press conferences. But when we heard he'd actually be painting part of a bike lane around the corner from our offices today at 1 p.m., we put down the amyl nitrate and headed out.The requisite media circus had congregated on the corner of ... More >>

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    April 21, 2010
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    May 27, 2009

    Terminus: Progressives Stymied as Supes Can't Muter Votes to Reject Muni Budget

    Today's very special noontime Board of Supervisors meeting clocked in at an extremely svelte 50-odd minutes. But, as was always the case in the ongoing wrangle over the Municipal Transportation Agency's budget, you could have boiled the whole thing down to a momentary exercise: Clerk: What'ya think, ... More >>

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    March 15, 1995


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