Compromise Re-Reform Measure Introduced

July 24th, 2007

Today’s Chronicle discusses a compromise that is supported by Mayor Newsom and union leaders. Also the Examiner discusses it. As we understand it this is based on the Peskin measure that we support, with some changes, notably one fewer Supervisorial vote required to reject the budget, and many fewer employees (2.75% instead of 10%, but up from the current 1.5) that can actually be hired and fired at will by the director. Additional funding for Muni is retained. We’ll have an analysis when we can see the text.

Supervisors: Support Peskin Amendment; Oppose McGoldrick Amendment and Parking Initiative

July 23rd, 2007

The following letter (also in pdf) went out to the Supervisors tonight, who are tomorrow considering proposals to further reform Muni. Rescue Muni supports the Peskin amendment (Re-Reform) and opposes the McGoldrick amendment (Un-Reform).

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Muni miscellany

July 22nd, 2007

Some news this week:

  • From the Examiner Saturday: Apparently a deal has been made by Supervisor Peskin and Muni unions concerning the Muni re-reform measure now before the board. Unfortunately the article isn’t up on the Examiner website yet.
  • 90 percent of riders in a recent SFTEP survey say reliability is the #1 issue facing Muni. 65% of those who don’t ride say reliability is the main reason why not.
  • Muni posts feedback it received on proposed new bus shelter designs. Check to see that your comment is there!
  • A bit old but interesting follow up to our recent Central Subway discussion: A report by Tom Matoff late last year was highly critical of the cost effectiveness of the project, which is important not least because it would require hundreds of millions of dollars in federal funding. (Matt Smith column of January 3; also a Chronicle report in January.) The report was presented at the MTA Board in March – we can’t find it online, does anyone have it?
  • Muni Re-Reform Discussion at D3 Demo Club Monday

    June 24th, 2007

    The District 3 Democratic Club is hosting a forum on Supervisor Peskin’s Muni reform proposals on Monday, June 25, at 6 pm. Details from the announcement below:

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    Muni: “When It’s Bad, It’s Really Bad”

    June 10th, 2007

    Detailed article today in the Chronicle about the wide range of issues affecting Muni reliability. In particular, Muni’s chronic budget problems are highlighted, as well as Supervisor Peskin’s proposed labor and budget reforms. Mayor Newsom and Rescue Muni vice chair Daniel Murphy are quoted (among others).