“I heard Chronicle metro writer, Chuck Nevius’ new report on the 810 “news” Tuesday. It was plain horrific and god-awful. Nevius’ forte is as a writer. He’s NOT a radio guy. His voice was tantamount to listening to wallpaper. He tried in vain to be funny. He was not. The subject matter was the lights going out at Candlestick at the 49ers game Monday Night. It would have been merely bad if the segment ran a couple minutes. Nevius’ piece droned on well past four minutes. If this is supposed to draw listeners, then some moron needs to get his head examined.”
SF Chronicle columnist CW Nevius has joined the KGO 810 news team as a daily news commentator.
Nevius is well known to Bay Area readers for his unique look at the Occupy Movement, San Francisco politics, and even street toilets. His first commentary for KGO is a sad farewell to Candlestick Park, where Monday Night’s blackout during the 49er’s game may have signaled the end of the stadium.
C.W. Nevius has been a columnist at the San Francisco Chronicle for over 20 years, covering sports, reviewing movies, and spotting trends. He is currently a metro columnist, appearing on Tuesdays and Saturdays.
As a sports columnist he climbed the ski jump at the Norway Olympics, ate bee larvae in Japan, and skied in the French Alps. In all he covered eight Olympic Games, from Australia to Spain to Korea. (And the strangest place of all, Los Angeles.)
He also wrote about riding the “Straight Talk Express” with John McCain during his first presidential bid, parachuting out of an airplane, and running the Boston Marathon. Although he only reviewed movies for a year, he did rate a blurb with his byline on the DVD box of “Santa Clause II,” to the undying embarrassment of his kids.
He co-authored “Splash Hit,” about building the Giants’ new waterfront stadium with Joan Walsh. His latest book is, “Crouching Father, Hidden Toddler. A Zen Guide for New Dads.”
News and Program Director Paul Hosley said, “We’re thrilled to have a journalist of CW’s caliber join the news team. We look forward to hearing his perspective on the Bay Area’s news stories.”
Realize that this might mean that you’ll have less Nevius to kick around, SF Chronicle-wise.
Myself, I support the concept of congestion pricing. In fact, I’m thinking it’s possible that San Francisco could actually execute this idea in a textbook fashion. We’ll see.
*Phil Collins is a jerk but he was also a jerk back in his Genesis days, so you can’t say that he changed or nothing. And you can’t say that he just tagged along with the others from Genesis - he was Genesis, really. So, if you like the extended part that starts at 3:17 here and the other similar parts, well then you have to give props to Phil Collins, I guess.
Oh man, you drivers out there, you’re out on the road more and more every year* but the amount of gasoline and diesel ‘n stuff you buy isn’t keeping pace. So when people like you trade in their big old fuel-guzzling SUVs for Toyota Prius hybrids, the amount of gasoline they buy and the concomitant tax they pay to the Govmint goes down, let’s say by a half or two-thirds.
That’s good for Prius drivers but bad for the govmints. This chart from a big new report (free .pdf) out of California’s own RAND Corportation think tank ‘splains it all. See? You people are out there clogging up the roads and tearing up the streets 100% more than you were in 1980, but you’re only buying 50% more fuel:
You drivers are paying more in tax but not as much as if you would be paying if you were taxed by the mile. (That makes you a deadbeat in the eyes of the Powers That Be.)
And things are only going to get “worse” whenTesla Motors’ mainstream Model S hits the streets in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, “late 2012,” right? Electric car drivers pay no gas tax at all, so how are we going to make sure that they pay their fair share to repave our streets ‘n stuff**?
The RANDian eggheads looked at these issues and, out of 15 ideas, decided that these three would be the most practicable:
What if the authorities put a GPS unit in your car or motorcycle? Not the regular kind of GPS receiver, the good kind, the ones that use differentials or whatever to pinpoint your whereabouts down to a couple yards on a 24-7 basis.
You don’t like that? Well how about a cell phone in your car next to the engine that would call the government on a regular basis to rat out how miles you’ve driven the past week?
You don’t like that neither? Well how about a system that ID’s your car when you buy gas and then computes your Miles Driven by looking at your particular model’s EPA rating?
And let’s say this all gets implemented in five years.
Or instead, our electeds could simply raise gas taxes a bit, but that’s not something that they like talking about doing.
Of course they could make this new VMT proposal “revenue neutral” by getting rid of or lowering per-gallon fuel taxes that you pay today. Once a system like this is in place, taxes would correlate more directly with miles driven – it’s up to you if you like that or not.
Welcome to The Future.
Speaking of 1980:
My uncle has a country place
That no one knows about.
He says it used to be a farm
Before the Motor Law.
And on Sundays I elude the Eyes,
And hop the Turbine Freight
To far outside the Wire
Where my white-haired uncle waits.
See how this libertarian, Canadian Power Rock Trio story ends after the jump.
*Not so much this past year or two, but you’ll be out there in force again soon enough.
**And maybe that’s the way it should be. I know all the arguments you’re thinking about - this is a political question, of course.
The debut of The Little Mermaid will be featured next month:
See you there!
Post-Ballet Receptions for the LGBT* Community
Single tickets now available!
Experience a ballet company as diverse as our community. San Francisco Ballet invites the LGBT* community to its 2010 Nite Out series featuring three dynamic evenings of world-class dance and an exclusive post-performance party.
Each Evening in the Nite Out Package includes a full evening’s entertainment
Friday, April 9 - Program 7 - Wheeldon’s Rush, Possokhov World Premiere, Robbins’ The Concert
Reception – 10:30pm to Midnight
Mingle with new friends and SF Ballet dancers at an exclusive hosted cocktail party with wines by Gallo, cocktails featuring Swan’s Neck Vodka, and light hors d’oeuvres. Plus enjoy great music, ambiance, and views of City Hall from the Dress Circle Foyer. Plus, new this season, have the chance to win fabulous prizes from HUGO BOSS, boon hotel + spa, and more at each event.
The Nite Out Package is a great value with prices starting at just $40 per performance! Individual tickets including the reception start at just $45.
How to Order:
To purchase the Nite Out 3-performance package, click here.
To purchase individual tickets, log in and enter promo code niteout.
Call 415.865.2000, Monday–Friday, 10am–4pm and mention Nite Out.
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