Norman Yee’s Statement

How prop L came about:

Supervisor Norman Yee attended POPS meeting at the Taraval Police Station last night to present the SFMTA Charter Amendment on the ballot for this November, and answer questions about it. He explained how the Charter Amendment came about.

As the former Chair of the Rules Committee he observed the public vetting process that the Board of Supervisors goes through in determining who to appoint to a position and felt that the transparency in the methods the supervisors use was somewhat lacking in the Mayoral appointment process.

All eleven supervisors have an opportunity to ask questions and investigate the backgrounds of all the applicants as does the public in most city positions appointed by the Board of Supervisors.  They generally try to get a consensus among the supervisors, and they end up with more congenial appointees as a result. He doesn’t see that same transparent process in the Mayoral appointments. The Mayor’s appointments generally just get announced with no background information or pubic vetting process.

Yee feels that the city needs a more balanced transparent process for appointing the SFMTA Board members and that now is a good time to give the voters a chance to weigh in on balance of power and transparency issues that concern him.

Since he is trying to create a more balanced situation between the departments, he feels that it is also important to allow more transparency and give the Supervisors greater say in how the SFMTA budget is determined, so, he included a change in the number of Supervisors required to send the SFMTA budget back for revisions that match the requirements of most other departments.

Most attendees appreciated that explanation and asked how soon the ballot initiative would take place if it passes in November. We were told it would take about 30 days to be enacted.

Other questions about the process and the options for change were explained. As some of the Board members are coming up for renewal soon, those positions would most likely go to the Board of Supervisors to fill. Download  Yee-oped that ran in the SF Examiner.
Yee’s ballot statement signed by 6 Supervisors. Lyesflyer

Knowing this, we suggest you check with your candidates running to see which ones support Prop L and how they would handle the new responsibility if they win in November.

YES on L campaign

The Likely Fate of San Francisco’s Prominent Piers 30-32

socketsite – excerptPiers30-32

While the Port of San Francisco is in the process of updating its Waterfront Land Use Plan and examining potential uses for the City’s prominent Piers 30-32, the 13-acre site is likely to remain a deteriorating parking lot with sweeping Bay views for at least another decade, and possibly two or three…

But with minimal structural repairs every five years, the Port estimates the existing piers and use could last another 20 to 30 years, which would cost an estimated $6 million in Capital Costs but yield a 350 percent return on that investment.

And given the numbers above, unless a “big idea” emerges, “where location matters much more than cost” and which is sponsored by a development partner “who is willing to obtain state legislation authorizing their project and has the patience to navigate a complicated State and City regulatory process,” the Piers 30-32 site could very well look the same in 20 to 30 years as it does today.

Well, it could look somewhat the same in two to three decades. For even with a bit of periodic maintenance, portions of Piers 30-32 will likely start to fail in 5 or 10 years, at which point Port engineers would simply barricade the failed areas. And of course, all bets are off if – or rather when – there’s a moderate to major earthquake… (more)

Could this be a staging ground for a pilot project for a Muni transit hub since parking is the only use planned? It’s not that far from the bridge.



Muni’s $2.4 Million Mission Transformation Saves 2 Minutes, Costs Shopkeepers More

Phil Matier : cbslocal – excerpt – (video)

SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) — San Francisco’s plan for Muni in the Mission District promised to speed up commutes, but the time saved has come at a startling cost: a million dollars a minute…

For the past five months crews have been busy remaking 23 blocks of Mission Street to make it more bus friendly, putting transit only lanes, taking out parking and rerouting traffic.

The price tag on the project? $2.4 million.

Muni says the transformation will save commuters about two minutes.

Local business owners say the money, along with the time saved, is just not worth it.

“We support better service for Muni riders, but this is basically hurting the businesses and the economic vitality of this community,” says Roberto Hernandez of the Mission Merchants Association.

The trouble is faster buses also means fewer cars coming in to shop.

Take, for example, the busy intersection at Cesar Chavez Boulevard.

“They created what we are calling the “Trump wall” – people cannot drive onto Mission street. They are forced to make a right-hand turn,” says Hernandez.

Drivers are forced to go around the block to get back on Mission Street. No sooner than you get back on Mission, you’re ordered off again, and the again , and still again…

“What it has done is stopped people from coming onto Mission Street,” says Hernandez. “Consequently, for over 300 businesses revenue has dropped drastically over the last five months.

City Hall feels the time-saving project is worth it…(more)

If you don’t agree with City Hall that “it’s ok to spend 2.4 million dollars to save 2 minutes”, cut off the normal flow of traffic on a busy commercial cross-town street, put hundreds  businesses and employees at risk, force elderly and young people to walk longer distances to catch more crowded buses with less seats, support Proposition L, the SFMTA Charter Amendment, that calls for changes on the SFMTA Board. Get the details and join the campaign: