Dog-killer artist loses SF contract, keeps second

Article By: Joshua Sabatini | 11/16/11 5:46 PM, SF Examiner Staff Writer

The San Francisco. Arts Commission terminated a $750,000 Central Subway art contract with the dog-killer Brooklyn artist Tom Otterness Tuesday but allowed his $700,000 commission for a sculpture at the San Francisco General Hospital to move forward as planned. (read more)

How San Francisco spends money during a recession: They commissioned two art projects from a New York artist, famed for shooting a dog.

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Muni budget outlook dims

Though SFPark says it’s not about money, they are under the division of Finance and Information Technology and not under Sustainable Streets.  Here’s Sonali Bose talking budget woes:

By: Will Reisman | 12/09/11 4:00 AM, SF Examiner Staff Writer

While the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency is facing a daunting hole in its upcoming two-year budget, its current financial outlook isn’t getting any prettier….Sonali Bose, the SFMTA’s chief financial officer, said, “We just don’t have enough money to support our current services,”

Shortfall:
– $28M: Current SFMTA fiscal-year deficit
– $23M: Original fiscal-year deficit estimate
– 22 percent: Increase in size of deficit
– $818M: Total SFMTA budget
Source: SFMTA

Who runs the SFMTA? Org Chart

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2011/12/muni-budget-outlook-dims#ixzz1nKdYImJ6

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2011/12/muni-budget-outlook-dims#ixzz1nKbe1gZP

SOMA resident feels taxes by new Smart Meters

SF Park Pilot Project is an EPIC FAILURE!

Jay Primus and the rest of the SFMTA are not listening to the residents! I live in a pilot area in SOMA where SF Park installed meters. They removed replaced nearly half of the Residential (Y) Zone parking and replaced them with meters. The end result is that taxpaying city residents can no longer park their cars near their homes, apartments, and businesses. The city is effectively *RE-TAXING* residents through the use of these Job -Killing Meters.

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SFMTA to hold town hall meetings to discus budget outlook

By: Will Reisman | 02/23/12 1:04 PM, SF Examiner Staff Writer

Muni passengers and motorists wary of service reductions, transit fare increases or extended enforcement times for parking meters will probably want to attend a series of town hall meetings next month on the agency’s budget issues.

The San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which operates Muni and all other surface transportation programs in The City, is facing upcoming budget deficits of $19.6 million and $33.6 million respectively.

Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/transportation/2012/02/sfmta-hold-town-hall-meetings-next-month-discuss-budget-outlook#ixzz1nKWaX4Ht

The meeting schedule is as follows:

Saturday, March 3, 10 a.m. to noon
SFMTA Headquarters, One South Van Ness Ave., 2nd Floor Atrium

Thursday, March 8, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
San Francisco City College, 50 Phelan Ave., New Multi-use Building Room 140, 1st floor

Wednesday, March 14, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
San Francisco Public Library, 100 Larkin St., Koret Auditorium

Thursday, March 15, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
SFMTA Presidio Division, 2640 Geary Blvd., Training Rooms C, D and E

Wednesday, March 21, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
San Francisco Waldorf High School, 470 West Portal Ave., Herbst Hall

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