These are archived headlines from the RESCUE MUNI home page for 2004.
Today's scheduled hearing regarding bus improvement along the Inner Geary has been postponed yet again. It has been rescheduled as follows:
When: Tuesday, December 14
Where: City Hall - Board Chambers
Please try to attend the December Hearing or write letter to the Supervisors. For a sample letter, see my last e-mail from November 11th.
Want faster, more reliable service on Geary? Come to the SF County Transportation Authority Board meeting on Tuesday, November 23, at 11 am in the Board Chambers of City Hall to speak in favor of this project. (See Muni's draft proposal for Geary improvements for details.) Rescue Muni strongly favors this project, including stop consolidations, as a way to improve service reliability and speed for all users of the Geary corridor, particularly users who live and work between Van Ness and Market.
Also, interested Muni riders should attend the SF County Transportation Authority's Open House concerning Van Ness Bus Rapid Transit and related Prop K projects on Wednesday, November 17, from 4-7 pm (come whenever you are available) at the SFCTA's offices at 100 Van Ness, 25th floor.
Congratulations to Rescue Muni endorsed supervisors Jake McGoldrick (district 1), Aaron Peskin (district 3), Sean Elsbernd (district 7), and Tom Ammiano (district 9), all of whom were re-elected on November 2.
Rescue Muni endorsed candidates Andrew Sullivan (district 5) and Rebecca Silverberg (district 11) ran very competitive races but came in fifth and sixth, respectively - thanks to these two as well.
Please attend a pair of critical hearings at the Board of Supervisors regarding condemnation of 80 Natoma for the Transbay Terminal project. If you can't make both, please prioritize the afternoon meeting of the Board of Supervisors. Also, please contact your supervisor before these hearings via phone or fax and tell them to follow through with condemnation of 80 Natoma.
BOARD OF SUPERVISORS MEETING (regarding Condemnation of 80 Natoma)When: Tuesday, September 28
Be there to support condemnation of 80 Natoma, so a 50 story building is not construction in the Right-Of-Way of the rail extension. Without condemnation, the City is poised to proceed with an engineering solution proposed by SFCTA staff, which they claim will allow the rail extension to happen after the building is construction. This solution is considered impossible by many well respected engineers, therefore likely to kill the entire project.
SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY MEETING
When: Tuesday, September 28
Time: 11 am
Where: City Hall, Room 250
TA staff will likely unveil their latest nonsense report, without any input from TJPA. Be prepared to blast the report, the fact the TA continues to operate in a vacuum, the fact that the TA cannot legally do the engineering for the building (which AB 812 only allows the TJPA to do), and to again provide testimony on the events at the Peer Review meeting. We want the TA Board (the Board of Sups) to reject the TA report of a joint design and to support condemnation.
We need a good turnout -- thanks for your continued help and support of the project.
Tom Radulovich - BART
This year's forum includes candidates from districts 1, 2, 3, 7, 11. Districts 5 and 9 are also up for election, but Rescue Muni has already endorsed candidates for those two districts, including Andrew Sullivan, Chair of Rescue Muni for District 5. We have also endorsed Tom Ammiano for District 9 because of his many years of support for Muni. In addition we have invited two candidates for BART Board of Directors and hope to hear from them.
When: Tuesday, August 24 Time: 6 pm Where: SPUR, 312 Sutter, 5th Floor Transit: 2, 3, 4, 30, 45, or Muni/BART to Powell Station Refreshments will be served - see you there!
Rescue Muni opposes this amendment and urges you to contact your Supervisor and urge a NO vote. Members of the Rules Committee, considering the proposed amendment Monday, are Supervisors Alioto-Pier, Gonzalez, and Maxwell.
In addition, we will consider the Steering Committee's recommendation of early endorsements in two supervisorial races:
District 5: Andrew Sullivan
District 9: Tom Ammiano
Both candidates will speak briefly and take your questions. We will hold an endorsement meeting for the other contested districts (1, 2, 3, 7, 11) in August.
When: Wed. June 30, 6 pm
Where: SPUR, 312 Sutter, 5th Floor
Transit: 2, 3, 4, 30, 45, or Muni/BART to Powell Station
Refreshments will be served - see you there!
The amendment is before the Rules Committee at the Board on Wednesday, June 23 - the meeting starts at 10 am, but this is item 6 on the agenda, so it may be a while before it is covered. If you have time, please come and speak against it!
If you watched vehicles go by a fixed point, please fill in the Monitoring Form (excel / pdf). If you have Microsoft Excel, please fill in the Excel form and email it to us. If you don't, you can use the pdf form and mail it in.
And we need volunteers. Email if you'd like to help!
Unfortunately it appears that the conflict with the 80 Natoma project is still not yet resolved. Rescue Muni continues to urge the TJPA to take a hard line against this condominium tower which would irreparably damage high speed rail in California if built.
This project has been a focus of transit advocates and urban environmentalists for decades, it was endorsed by San Francisco's voters in November 1999, it was a one of the largest pieces of last November's Proposition K sales tax plan, it received major funding from Regional Measure 2 in March, and it's long been advocated by Rescue Muni. But we still need your help.
Despite years of planning work and painstaking jumping through legal and environmental clearance hoops, one property owner seeks to hold the entire project hostage and is using the time-honored strategy of last-minute political maneuvering to attempt to get his way. We need YOU to stop this hijacking of the public good!
Please attend two meetings on April 20 and 22 to show wide support for the project, so the SF Planning Commission, the SF Redevelopment Authority and other bodies follow though, certify the Final Environmental Impact Report, and make this project a go. Rescue Muni has submitted a letter (pdf) to all involved demanding that the EIR be approved - we need you to join us in urging the relevant bodies to approve it.
1. SF Redevelopment Commission, TUESDAY, April 20, at 4:00pm, Room 416, City Hall.
2. Special joint meeting of the SF Planning Commission and the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board (Caltrain), THURSDAY, April 22, at worker-friendly 6:00pm, Board of Supervisors' chambers in City Hall.
Once we jump through these last few hoops San Francisco and the Bay Area will be a lot closer to having the tranportation system they deserve, and most importantly the body formed to undertake the project, the Transbay Joint Powers Authority, will be on a proper legal footing and able to really get to work.
The outcomes of these meetings will affect how San Francisco functions for decades to come. Please help us help our representatives do the right thing!
Note: Rescue Muni hasn't taken a position on the cuts, though we are recommending revenue enhancements to mitigate them. The specific service cuts are opposed by Central City Progressives. Also, Transportation for a Livable City is recommending new funding sources to avoid cuts.
Refreshments will be served!
Rescue Muni recommends several revenue enhancements to reduce the need to cut service, reduce deferrals of maintenance and capital projects, and more generallly improve Muni's financial footing. In particular, we recommend:
We also recommend, as a longer-term service improvement, electrifying all remaining segments of the 71-Haight Noriega and the 47-Van Ness to allow replacement of motorcoach service with zero-emission trolley coach service.
We participated in a public meeting at Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council March 11 (Thursday), 7 p.m. at the Park Branch Library (Page and Cole). Peter Straus of Muni staff (and Andrew Sullivan of Rescue Muni) attended.
Copyright © 2004 RESCUE MUNI. All rights reserved.
Questions? Send us email.