By Joe Fitzgerald Rodriguez : sfexaminer – excerpt
Can we say “Goodbye” to the Muni Monsters? art by sfbluecomics
April has been a rough month for Muni riders, the transit system itself, and its parent entity the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency.
Now, the Board of Supervisors is asking — Should SFMTA’s leadership go?
That doesn’t necessarily mean the agency’s director, Ed Reiskin, should be dismissed — though that’s something they’re discussing. But city leaders are also asking more basic structural questions about the agency’s Board of Directors, wondering if it should be disbanded, reconstituted, or otherwise changed to provide stricter oversight over Muni.
Eight out of 11 members of the Board of Supervisors told the San Francisco Examiner that SFMTA’s leadership needs to change — though none were settled on how, yet… (more)
Maybe the supervisors should start by interviewing the underlings at the agency, the drivers who have been routinely ignored and kept silent for years. Ask the drivers what is wrong with the system they are dealing with daily. Review the complaints that have been filed and start to followup on some of them.
If you want to know where the leadership spends it time and priorities just take a look at Reiskin’s calendar. How much of his time is devoted to Muni matters and how much to his favorite pastime, self-congratulatory events. Ask the staff what is wrong at the agency. They can tell you all you need to know once they know their jobs are not in jeopardy.