I commented that so much fanfare for such a pathetically small accomplishment showed how hick a town San Francisco really is.
I’m writing this after picking myself up off the floor where I had fallen after seeing this piece in Pat Murphy’s excellent San Francisco Sentinel about another gathering in my district.
According to the Sentinel, tomorrow’s dignitaries will include:
Senator Leland Y. Yee, Ph.D., San Francisco Supervisor Carmen Chu, Bijan Sartipi, Director, Caltrans District 4; Bon Yee, Director, San Francisco Department of Parking and Traffic; Dr. William Miller, 19th Avenue Pedestrian Safety Action Group (witnessed April 2007 fatal accident); and Manish Champsee, President, Walk San Francisco.
They’re installing a traffic light. A goddamn traffic light!
It’s not even at a previously unprotected intersection. They’re just replacing one light with a newer model, or something. The Sentinel’s excellent story didn’t provide many excellent details.
I don’t mean to be too harsh—we don’t want our elected officials to work too hard or actually strain themselves.
But… a traffic light?
They're proud that they do anything.
See for yourself: 19th Avenue and Sloat Blvd., Thursday, November 1, 2007, 10:30am.