This morning, the Chronicle ran a story about a Muni mechanic nearly tripling his salary via a gaudy $164,000 earned in 1,954 overtime hours.
Going through Muni’s books is a bit like wandering through one of its vehicles — you’re going to step in something unpleasant very quickly. But reporting that Muni is blowing out its overtime budget — or even that electrical mechanic Khoa Trinh is earning metric shitloads of overtime pay — is a bit of a gambling-in-the-casino story…
Stories like Trinh’s get the headlines — and rightfully so. But the problem is larger. When you have chintzy, aging, breakdown-prone equipment being repaired by too few mechanics and a clubby atmosphere in which overtime is doled out as a reward and siphoned to a few favorites, a handful will earn second incomes, and many will pocket a pile. And, remember, someone signed off on this, ostensibly. It sure would be interesting to know why… (more)
Saturday:SFMTA NE Mission Parking Planning Community Meeting. The SFMTA will hold an open house meeting (at John O’Connell High School Auditorium, 2355 Folsom Street), to field input on its plans to install parking meters and enact permit restrictions in the northeast Mission to reduce cruising for parking. The SFMTA says its staff won’t present a proposal, but will listen to residents “talk about the streets where they live and work and play, and review issues and ideas with us.” Planners are expected to schedule a follow-up meeting with a proposal. 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
How will the staff field input on its plans if they are not presenting the plans?
The Bicycle Coalition is trying to generate a presence at this meeting, so don’t miss this chance to tell SFMTA personnel know what you need, and what you think about the Sunday parking meters.