from SF Chronicle letters, 10/27/16 – excerpt
While walking down to Polk Street yesterday, I stopped to read a flyer taped to a pole and was once again reminded of the absolute power that the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency holds over the city. This flyer urged people to vote for a number of measures that The Chronicle has given a thumbs down to. One is Muni oversight.
After participating in a process of meetings and hearings on the Polk Streetscape Project, I was completely disheartened. The people of the neighborhood were barely heard. I was left with the impression that the SFMTA was going to do whatever it wanted, regardless. Now, they have big plans for Van Ness Avenue.
This elaborate plan is happening without question. Hundreds of trees will be cut down to enable this work. This act is a devastating tragedy in itself. I am afraid to think of how many more parking spaces will be eliminated. But this is part of the SFMTA’s Transit-First policy.
Forcing people out of their cars is a big agenda. The feeling I get is of a powerful city department that can ride roughshod over the people, devastate neighborhoods and the environment, answerable to no one. Scary. SFMTA needs oversight.
– Carol Drobek, San Francisco
Vote Yes on L!
When you compare the SFMTA Board meetings to the SF Planning Commission Meetings, you can see the difference having a more balanced board makes. The SFMAT Board meetings always end the same way. Whatever staff suggests is what the Board votes unanimously to do, regardless of what the public says. All members of the SFMTA Board are appointed by the Mayor. Proposition L would change that and at least 3 members of the Board would be appointed by the Board of Supervisors.
According to the Public Press, if proposition L passes, a new board would take form in June 2017. This is really important because there appears to be a plan to merge Planning and Transportation, meaning all the tricks the SFMTA has been playing with (or I should say on) the public, will be visited on us by the Planning Department soon if we don’t act now to stop it.
This is why huge amounts of money are being spent to stop DHL+M. But, we know better, don’t we? We are smarter than that. We are going to help spread this video:
We are are going to let people know they can vote for change at City Hall and take back our city and our streets! We are going to support Muni riders not contractors. We are going to bring back the service Muni riders want and ditch the techie gizmos SFMTA is buying instead. We are going to overhaul the entire program by putting people into office who will service us not tax and spent on programs we object to.